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1/11/15 11:39 P

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*sigh* I often try to "win the battle" as it says at the bottom of the meditation there. I have to work on that!

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What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?


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1/11/15 8:42 P

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Funnygirljess, so do I. I have to keep my thoughts on being loving.

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1/11/15 8:31 P

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Amen to that!

Thanks for posting this. I get easily discouraged.


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1/11/15 8:10 P

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Holy Motives

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
John 15:10

During Jesus’ time on earth, He was the epitome of love and compassion—yet He was also surrounded by conflict. He didn’t hesitate to set the Pharisees straight when they spoke or acted against God’s will. Jesus even rebuked Peter when His disciple rejected the prophecy that Christ would suffer and die (Mark 8:31–33). But Jesus’ motives were pure and perfect. He never intended His words to harm His listeners; rather, He spoke from a heart of love for His children.

We urge you to consider your motives when the temptation arises to do battle with your mate. Is your aim to lovingly enlighten, or to prove you are “right”? Are you reacting to another problem that has nothing to do with your partner? Is this really an important issue, or are you just blowing off steam at the expense of your spouse?

As long as we remember Christ’s motives for conflict and follow His example, we will “remain in his love,” and our marriages will move down the right path.

Just between us . . .

• During our last dispute, did you feel that my goal was to “lovingly enlighten,” or to win the battle?
• During conflicts in our marriage, how can we be more like Jesus?
• Have I wounded your spirit during times of disagreement? If so, will you forgive me?

Lord Jesus, You were no stranger to the challenges of conflict, and we thank You for Your inspiring example. How much we want to be like You and to do Your will. Show us Your wisdom in new ways as we seek to mature in this area. Amen.

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1/9/15 12:34 P

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“Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart.
Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it.”
Psalm 37.4-5

He will grant your request

Is this actually possible, that God will give us what we want?

The answer is not that simple as the question. The above scripture says that if you delight in him, he will give you, what your heart wants.

So what it means to delight in the Lord? Let us first say what delight in the Lord is not. It is not saying your daily prayers, going for Sunday mass or any other similar activities. Delight in the Lord goes far beyond, what religious people would usually do.

It is more like your thoughts are constantly focused on Him. It is, that your life is fully surrendered. You live for Him and in Him (you do not have to be a priest to do that). You reflect his glory in your life, and you put him first in everyday life.

What people do not realize is, that when you live that way, your desires will change! A lot of things you want now, you will not want any more. And you will long for things; you did not before. Your desires will more likely resemble God's character.

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