The Best Marriage Advice I Ever Received

1 Peter 3:1-2  Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

I have read over this verse countless times.  However, when your marriage is struggling, or when your husband isn’t behaving the way you wish he would, it’s hard to get a straight thought in your head!  So, turning to this verse in my times of marital ‘non-bliss’, was not my first inclination.  In fact, my first instinct was to beat HIM into submission with maybe a frying pan or a wooden spoon!  I mean, after all, HE is the one not behaving as he should, and HE is the one who has a problem, NOT ME!  Well, this verse was the beginning of my introduction to humility.

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Why is God Making Me Wait?

Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will look to the Lord;  I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

We’ve all been there.  We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for God to hear us, to give us some sort of sign or guidance.  Maybe you’re going through this right now.  This has to be one of the most difficult things for me as a Christian.  I think this is mostly because of how incredibly close I feel to God when I do get an answer right away.  When I don’t get an answer, I start to feel forgotten or rejected.  Have you felt this separation and perhaps even frustration?

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This One’s For the Moms!


Proverbs 31:25-30  Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I could have put all of Proverbs 31 in this post, but that would get a bit lengthy.  But, if you get a chance, please head to your Bible and read it in its entirety.  It’s truly worth it.  Do you ever feel like you work so hard to take care of your family and no one even notices?  When you feel that way, remember God sees all you are doing.

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Giving God Leftovers


Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Now, I’ll admit.  I’m a mom and a wife, among many other roles, so I love leftovers!  But when it comes to our incredible God, I certainly don’t want to give Him any leftovers!

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Spring: The Season of Hope


Song of Solomon 2:11-12  For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

I just love the spring. Birds are chirping, squirrels are frolicking, the grass is starting to green, flowers are starting to come up from the ground, and colors are coming back to the earth.  This is such a beautiful reminder from the Father of our new life in Him. After such a dark period with no leaves on the trees and dead grass, there is now hope for what we know is coming. Flowers, colorful birds, bright green leaves, and new life all around us.

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Making the Father Proud


John 15:9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Ladies, do you ever think Jesus is looking down at what we are doing with this look on His face?  I know I do!  Sometimes I wonder how He could still love me with the things I’ve done.  But as this verse shows us, Jesus loves us.  If you take a deeper look, it says He loves us as the Father loves Him.  Wow!  That’s a lot of love.  The truth is, Jesus is the only one who is capable of loving us unconditionally.  Even when we scream at our kids, get snippy with our husbands, or have a breakdown over the dirt someone carried through the house with their shoes on, He loves us!

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Standing in the Trials


James 1:2-4  consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I don’t know about you, but I know I have faced some very difficult trials in my life. Sometimes I’ve been to that point where I just ask myself, What else could go wrong? How much more can I possibly take?

Ladies, I struggle. When I’m facing challenges in life, I tend to forget to focus on God because this life can be so distracting. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the pain and lose perspective. This verse helps me to remember how God shapes us while we are persevering through the tough times.

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Do We Really Need Church?


Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

I’ve heard many people who call themselves Christians say they don’t need to go to church.  I’ve heard reasons like “My relationship with God is personal“, or “I don’t need church to worship God“, and the ever-so popular “I don’t need those people judging me“.  Is this someone you know or perhaps you yourself?  If it is someone you know, how do you respond to them when they say they don’t need church?  If this is you, how do you find out what truth the Bible says about attending church?

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A New Commandment


John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

I just love reading the words of Jesus.  There has never been and never will be a greater inspiration to us as Christians.  This verse from the book of John speaks volumes to me and I know it’s something we all struggle with.  “A new commandment I give to you.”  When I read this I know this is as important to Jesus as the initial ten commandments and should be treated as so.  “…that you love one another:  just as I have loved you…”

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Kindness at Home


Colossians 3:12 (ESV)  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

I once heard a speaker say we often treat strangers with more kindness than we do our own families and friends.  In that moment, with those few words, my life changed.  My mind went back to certain moments in my life.  Like all the times I’ve held doors open for strangers, which is every time I walk through a public door, really.  I thought to myself, What do I do for my own family that is THAT kind, expecting nothing in return?  Those times when I deny loaning my friends or family money, yet I graciously give to the homeless man on the corner.  When we have dinner guests, I’m charming, smiling, and happy.  Yet when I cook for my own family, I’m grumbling because no one offers to help me in the kitchen.

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