Archive | June 23, 2013

Casting My Care

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Lord, I continually set before you,
My requests and all my needs
With thanksgiving I come unto you,
My concerns unburdened to thee

 

I wait for your intervention, Lord,
In quietness of soul and mind
And worship at your footstool,
Leaving my cares behind

 

And Lord, I express my thanks for you,
For all you are to me,
I thank you, Lord, that I matter to you,
Though at times, I cannot see

 

Because of the circumstances in life,
The things that I go through,
I find my eyes are on the storm,
When they should be looking to you

 

So help me, Lord, each precious day,
No matter what life brings me,
To carry on with hope and faith
And to rest in you with peace.

M.S.Lowndes

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You Are Not Alone

You-Are-Not-Alone Some time ago I posted a story about the ups and downs of being a single daughter. In the story I said that as a single daughter I often feel alone and lonely. Besides I cried and make an intense communication with God, there is a poem that I always read. This poem was be able to amuse, strengthen me and reminds me that I was never alone. I have a true friend that is the Lord Jesus Christ

At times like these it’s hard to find the right words to say,
And I know that words alone won’t take the pain away.
But, I know a man who sits high, and looks low,
And He is saying, “My child, you’re not alone.”

He is saying, “I love you and I am concerned about you,
and all the pain and hurt that you are going through.”
He is saying, “Lean on me, I will be your comfort through this time.
And although it’s dark now, the sun again will shine.”

Even though it’s hard to see through tears that you now cry,
Just know that there will come a day when your tears, He will dry.
And though words alone won’t ease the pain that you now feel,
Just know that in time, your heart, He will heal.

I pray that God will give you peace, and strength in your heart
As He holds you in His arms and from you, He won’t depart.
May you always be encouraged, may you ever hold on.
And remember, “My child, you’re not alone.”

 

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:9-17

Karina

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Respect your Husband

This afternoon I and my fiancé returned following the second session of premarital counseling and once again as a couple who will get married we got a wonderful blessing from God. We have learned more about Christian Marriage. I am trying to summarized the counseling materials and very pleased to share to all of you..

Today’s topic focused more directly to womenas a wife. The emphasis is on how to respect my husband. Many marriages begin well and end poorly because men and women are not properly trained in how to treat one another. God has specific roles for the husband and the wife and when we stay within those roles we have happy marriages and good family lives. Here are some important things that must be done by a wife.

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”. (Genesis 2:18)

Treatandrespect himas a leader

God gave you your husband as the leader in your home. This means that he is not only the Spiritual leader; he is the one who make decisions.  Women are ill-equipped to make large decisions; we are far too emotional for that big responsibility. Your part in the decision process could be to help him be the leader by providing him with information that will aid in decision-making. And remember that just because you provided information, this does not mean that your husband will consider that information.  He chooses what to use in the decision process; a wise husband will ask for his wife’s advice.  When he chooses not to consider your information and/or advice let him take responsibility for the decision, be it good or bad.  Never, ever say “I told you so” or words to that effect when a decision has gone bad.  When he makes good decisions thank him for taking that burden. Remember to avoid getting leadership and advice from other males in your life such as your pastor, friend or even your brother. Take a look at what the Bible says about your husband’s role as leader and head of the wife:

Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Respect His Maleness 

Accept the fact that God made you the weaker vessel. This is one of those things that have taken me many years to do.  I am a strong willed woman and many times I have tried to do things that I needed not to do. I now am thankful that my husband carries the heavy packages and opens the doors for me. He is being what God has made him to be, my protector – not only for safely sake but for my own health and well-being. You were created for him, as his helper. Let your husband be the strong one and when he is, praise him for it and thank God for him. Let him open that pickle jar; even if you loosened it for him. Here are some Bible verses for this hint:

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Corinthians 11:9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

Respect as an Attitude

There are times when the husband is not respectful to the wife. This does not give you license to be disrespectful. You cannot control his actions, but you can control your reactions. You see, respect is not only seen in your actions (as a verb) but it is also seen in your attitude (as a noun). When you show an attitude of respect toward your husband he will think twice about the way that he is treating you. Love him, even when he is unlovely. Serve him, even when he seems not to appreciate your service. Listen to him, even when you may not understand what he is talking about. Be attentive to his physical needs, even when you are tired.  God will bless you and your marriage when you remember to have a respectful attitude.  Bible guidelines for this are:

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Respect His Reputation 

Don’t air your dirty laundry. When you are in the company of others you should never be saying things that tear your husband down. Instead you should be saying only good about him. Brag on him! Be faithful to him in thought, word and deed. This includes what you say and do in front of the children. Teach them to respect their Daddy, he is their protector too and they should see him as a hero. The Bible is loaded with this concept, here are a few verses:

Proverbs 12:7 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 31:11-12 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 

Respect His Provision 

This is a Biblical principle that has been overlooked in our modern world.  In the day of the two-income family, we have come to depend upon the wife’s income to provide for the needs of the family. This ought not to be. Don’t misunderstand; I realize that sometimes it is necessary for a woman to work outside of the home, in the case where the husband is physically unable.  However, when your husband is able to provide for the family – let him do it! Here is the Biblical standard on the husband as the provider: 

Genesis 3:17-20 And to Adam he said,”Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ’You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Respect His Home 

Make your house a home, no matter what the living circumstance. Make it comfortable and clean. Make the bed. Clean up the dirty dishes. Keep up with the laundry. Your husband works hard and he deserves a cozy home after a hard day. Get up before your husband and the children – set the tone for the day.  When you have things in order your day will run smoother for your entire household. Teach the children to clean up after themselves and how to do daily and weekly chores. All this should be done without grumbling or complaining.

Titus 2:4-5 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning 

The Counseling today concludes with a question: are you ready to become a good Christian wife?

This material counseling was taken from an article “How to respect your husband “Written by Pamela Rose Williams

Summarized by Karina

 

 

 

Jesus Hold my Hand

 

holding_hands_I came upon Mr. Isaac during an evening shift at the care home where I was a supervising nurse. He was visibly in great distress. With wide-eyed terror he told me, “Tonight’s the night, nurse. Tonight he’s coming for me.” He motioned towards the window. “Can’t you see him sitting there?”

“Who?” I asked.

“Satan. He’s coming to get me. I’m trying to cling to Jesus, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold on.  And if I let go, he’ll get me.” He shuddered.

Realizing this need went beyond my nursing skills, I called Mr. Isaac’s pastor. He talked with him kindly, read the Bible to him, and prayed with him. Still, Mr. Isaac could not be comforted.

“Tonight I want you to drop into Mr. Isaac’s room every 15 minutes,” I instructed my care aides. “Hold his hand and talk to him. He has to know he’s not alone.”

Whenever I could, I’d check on Mr. Isaac myself. But he was no better. Nothing we said or did helped him achieve peace of mind. Totally exasperated, I grasped his hand firmly and blurted out, “Mr. Isaac, the way I’m holding onto your hand, that’s the way Jesus is holding onto your hand. And he will not let go.”

When I returned to the ward some time later, one of the aides asked, “What did you do? Mr. Isaac has been sleeping ever since you left.” I too was puzzled.

Since I was just about to start a leave of absence, I did not see Mr. Isaac again until two years later. By now he was blind and in the last stages of throat cancer which made swallowing and speaking difficult. Sitting down beside him, I took his hand in mine, and said, “Hello, Mr. Isaac. How are you today?”

His face lit up with sudden recognition. “Nurse,” he croaked. “Jesus is still holding onto me, and he will not let go.”

And He didn’t.  Not long afterward, Mr. Isaac died peacefully, knowing that he was going right into the arms of Jesus.

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 3:5

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13,NIV)

Story by Helen Grace Lescheid