Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas!

From our family to your family, Merry Christmas! May this holiday season bring cheer, happiness, joy, and most of all love to you and your family!!! Don't forget to tell Jesus Happy Birthday because He is the true reason for the season! Be Blessed! 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Overcoming the irritations

This was a great meditatin message that came to me from a dear friend that is married as well.  I know you will enjoy it because I know I did!!! 


Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!" - Song of Solomon 2:15 NLT

Thoughts for Today

Sometimes it's not big things that hurt a marriage. Your spouse may not have been unfaithful or abusive. But what about those little annoying habits? What about his or her lack of consideration? "He never remembers my birthday." "She expects me to bounce in the door and pay all kinds of attention to her after I've had a grueling day at work." "He works all the time. He seems to love his job more than me or the children." "She gets her feelings hurt too easily." "If only he'd help me more with the kids and the housework. I work full time too." "She never backs me up when I correct the children."

Any of this sound familiar? You can probably think of a dozen things you wish your spouse would do differently. So how do you handle your frustrations? Do you calmly express your feelings to your spouse and talk it out? Do you let the little annoyances go by, forget them, and move on? Or do you keep track. "Bury them dead" as we discussed Monday?

Consider this …

Don't let the little foxes gnaw away at your marriage relationship. Ask God to help you see things from your spouse's perspective. Be open to talking out your differences. Don't pick up on every one of your spouse's "misdeeds." We are all human. We all blurt out hurtful words without thinking. We all become me-focused at times. Learn to overlook the little irritations. Try to resolve the bigger ones. And in it all, walk in forgiveness.

When something happens that irritates you, think of it in light of your love for your spouse. Ask yourself, "Is it worth making an issue of this?" If the answer is no, choose to forgive and move on. Catch the little foxes before they ruin the vineyard of love!

Prayer

Father, I know that in my marriage relationship I am sometimes too quick to respond in anger or frustration. Sometimes I find it easy to indulge in self-pity. Help me to have a more mature love. Give me wisdom in each circumstance. Help me know when to let go and move on. In the more serious situations, guide my actions. In every situation, help me walk in forgiveness.Help me not to allow the little foxes to spoil the vine. In Jesus' name . . .
Monday, December 2, 2013

Being thankful on Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Thanksgiving is not only a day that you can celebrate when the nation celebrates, but you can do it everyday.  We all know what the normal will be on the dining table: Dressing, turkey, ham, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and you can not forget the sweet potato/pumpkin pies!  Well you can bring an extra item to the table without even having something physically in your hand....a gratitude of thanks.  You have so much to be thankful for.  Make sure you tell God thank you.  He doesn't have to do it but be "thankful" that He does! 

When you can get some alone time with your spouse today, make sure you tell him thank you.  You don't have to go into a list (but if you want to go right ahead :-)) of what you thanking him for but just say thank you and give him a sweet soft kiss.  The softness of the kiss will leave him wondering what comes in after that kiss.  Make sure you look into his eyes and mean what you say.  Every marriage is not perfect but you can say thank you honey! If you have any kids, make sure you give them a hug and tell them thank you. A lot of children are not with their parents today but yours are and you should be thankful.  Oh and last but not lease, look in the mirror and tell yourself thank you.  Weird???  No because you do so much for the family and sometimes you don't feel like it.  So look, smile and say "thank you (insert your name)"!! 

I am so thankful for so much.  Each and every day is a brand new mercy from God and I can't help but be thankful.  

I pray you all have a blessed and fulfilling thanksgiving. Don't eat to much turkey! :-) 



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