Cooperation and Encouragement

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But howContinue reading “Cooperation and Encouragement”

The Right Perspective

The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him. (Proverbs 18:17, CSB) Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. Do you remember the story of the blind men and the elephant? None of them knew what an elephant was, but wanted to experienceContinue reading “The Right Perspective”

Make Understanding a Priority

And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 AMPC) Today’s scripture instructs us to be kind, understanding, and forgiving.  Today I want to focus on being tenderhearted or understanding.  To be understood is a desire that most allContinue reading “Make Understanding a Priority”

Imprisoned by a Grudge

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9 NLT) Why is it so difficult to let go of the hurts inflicted upon us? Being hurt by the people we love, most especially our mates, can be hard to overcome. But why is that? Could it be justContinue reading “Imprisoned by a Grudge”

Choose To Accept

to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV) I’ve written a lot about choices we need to make in order to effectively follow God’s word, and here’s one more: Acceptance. This scripture lets us know that because of God’s mercy and grace, which isContinue reading “Choose To Accept”

Living Face to Face

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. (1 Thessalonians 3:12, New Living Translation) We often hear of couples who say they’ve just grown apart, and therefore, find little in common with one another anymore. More than likely, whatContinue reading “Living Face to Face”

Choose To Listen

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself. (Proverbs 18:2, AMPC) Life today is filled with so many choices that, sometimes, we find it overwhelming.  The challenge of choice is to choose the path that leads to our desired destination or result. Christ came to earth to live,Continue reading “Choose To Listen”

Fruit That’s Always in Season

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT) It’s finally autumn. That’s a big deal for Arizona. With our scorching, hot summers, fall and winter are the seasons we look forward to the most. Although relatively warm compared to otherContinue reading “Fruit That’s Always in Season”

Fullness of Joy

… And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10, AMPC) I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (John 15:11, AMPC) The verse in Nehemiah quoted above tells us thatContinue reading “Fullness of Joy”

Fear is a Thief

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7,AMP) The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress,Continue reading “Fear is a Thief”