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Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them. – Proverbs 29:20 NIV
When we commit to a marriage, we vow to love and respect each other.
It is important to say kind words to our spouses. Instead of focusing on small annoyances, we can retrain our thinking to appreciate the skills they have that we do not.
For example, my husband is handy. He can fix things around the house, yard, and shop, while it would be impossible for me to repair things such as a damaged roof, because I have no knowledge of those things. I would gladly swap doing the dishes for making dinner after a long day of work. My husband and I are a team. We don’t nag each other with small criticisms.
It is the same with the Lord: we don’t have to bring to His attention minor annoyances of our day. Even though He already knows our troubles, He appreciates a grateful heart.
When we find ourselves wanting to complain hastily, we can stop and ask ourselves what we are thankful for instead. Amen.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV
God is a God of light. The more we become like Him, the brighter our light shines. If we become known for being patient and helping others, to Him be the glory. He inspires us to do good works.
Good deeds are not a way to earn our way into heaven. It is by grace we have been saved.
When we are saved, our hearts change. Our desires and even our plans change as the Holy Spirit leads us. We can trust Him always. When we read the Word of God, our prayers become less about a list of things we would like God to grant us. Our prayers become focused on His purpose for our lives. Amen.
Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 6th anniversary anniversary. Please watch our anniversary video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more happy adventures that God has blessed us with.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21 NIV
The Lord created the ten commandments for a reason. He was not just giving His people a list of rules to follow. He was providing His people with a set of values that would strengthen their relationships. For example, honoring our fathers and mothers acknowledges the work they have done to raise us well.
By following the Lord’s commandments, we are not better than others, for all have sinned. But by learning to love God’s commandments, we become more kind, patient, and accepting towards others. Nobody is perfect. We can remember that we are all still learning, and our Heavenly Father is very patient with us. Amen.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – King James Version (KJV)
When family members or friends are ill, our heart goes out to them. We can pray for them and also ask our church family to pray for them. Sometimes the Lord restores their health. Other times, He makes us see His perfect will. We may not understand His timing, but it is always fair.
We can also pray for the Lord to show us what actions we can take to comfort those around us. Maybe it is sending a card, placing a phone call, or bringing over some food. We never know how much we can shape the lives of other people, so we can be thoughtful when we consider what we can do to help.
It is important to renew our walk with the Lord every day so that we don’t forget about his blessings. Jesus comforts us and never forgets about us. He is always there when we need Him. Amen.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.
Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.
We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When we are kind when we choose our words, others are more likely to treat us nicely in return.
When we say whatever comes to mind, we sometimes speak too quickly, and might say something hurtful.
The Lord asks us to love one another, and part of being loving means choosing our words carefully. Amen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 NIV
I was troubleshooting an issue on my website the other day with a tech support guy and even as tech savvy as I am, I was getting frustrated. I had to step away, take a deep breath, and eat something for breakfast so that I wouldn’t be irritated just because I was hungry.
The Lord wants us to be compassionate. I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the tech support conversation with a person who is impatient and irritated. I had to pause and send peace and ease to the tech support person I was angry with because I know what it is like to be in his shoes.
We have to forgive ourselves for not always being as compassionate as we could. There is always another day to try again. Amen.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV
When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up.
The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 NIV
It can be challenging to always speak with grace. We don’t have all the answers, but we can be kind and patient when we don’t have the answer or choose not to speak.
When we judge another person, it can be easy to get caught up in our own sense of right and wrong without considering their perspective. Sometimes it is best to listen.
The Holy Spirit can direct us how to answer when we are unsure. He never tells us to say anything unkind. He always has the right answer, but sometimes we have to wait for it. We don’t have to react to situations immediately. After prayer and meditation, we may see a situation differently.
Sometimes dealing with things with grace requires unplugging ourselves from technology. We can set healthy limits so that we are not unwittingly letting in agitating communications. It is perfectly fine to turn our phones off or put them on airplane mode so that we can exercise good sleep routines. The Lord knows that if we take care of ourselves it will be easier to respond with grace. Amen.