The Grass is Greener Where You Water It #LifeIsTooShort –

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Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers ‘with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth (Prov 5:15-18)~~  The only real promise of infidelity is that most of those marriages end in divorce. In the blink of an eye, the trust and security that was the foundation for a healthy marriage is destroyed. Sadly, it takes years of dedicated work to rebuild lost trust and security ripped away by an affair.. IF it even happens at all!  The reason is simple. After an ice storm, have you ever attempted to walk down a frozen sidewalk? Although it’s possible, there’s always anxiety that a horrible fall might be right around the corner. What many couples fail to realize is that an absence of trust and security in a marriage is like condemning a person to live on that ice-covered sidewalk. Your mate is never truly free to relax because he or she is continually fighting to keep his or her footing. Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God’s word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. If people put as much attention into their OWN marriage as they give to outside entities activities and people, imagine how low the divorce rate would be! Instead of looking at how green the grass APPEARS to be on the other side, try watering your own grass! It’s amazing how well a marriage flourishes when we nurture it!!! It’s been said how awesome it is to marry the one you love.. (Well, who else would you marry???)– but even more awesome it is…when you LOVE THE ONE YOU MARRIED! Look it’s just that simple! Marriage is that protected fenced in backyard! NO ONE should be allowed to walk in inside it other than the two of you that are part of it…and God Himself; not the kids, not mama or daddy or your siblings or your buddies or your girlfriends! FORSAKING ALL OTHERS means just that! This is your beautiful, blessed and sacred space – Your dream yard and the curb appeal you show the world should be a reflection of God’s purpose and blessing upon you! Water the grass and tend to it meticulously! When there are issues – deal with them IN THAT SPACE. When there is joy – celebrate IN THAT SPACE. When there is tribulation – grieve and rebuild IN THAT SPACE. Your marriage should be your place of solitude and your ultimate destination to get away from the world. Treat it right and your marriage will be something you’ll always look forward to coming home to!

There’s a Process to the #Promise. Be Patient until the Payoff-

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Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit; Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this (Ecc 7:8,10)~~ In our discontent, confusion and sometimes even our selfishness, we find ourselves apt to quarrel with God Himself and cry out upon the badness of our times, the hardships we have to go through and the waiting we have to endure to get to our blessings; when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. We long for the goodness of former times; as if we didn’t have like things to complain of (that we did). We find ourselves quoting even Christ to say “Lord if you would let this cup pass from me…”. Anything would be better than having to go through something bad just to get to the good! It’s a fact though, that our own impatience in going through… makes our trials harder for us than they need to be. See, in quoting Christ, WE leave out the part that says “Nevertheless, not my will but THY will!” (see Matt 26:39). If we would only understand the necessity of the “PROCESS”. We have to remember that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Ps 30:5) – that’s a PROCESS. In fact, every blessing that God has ever delivered came as the result of a PROCESS. He could have instantly restored mankind after the fall in the Garden of Eden, but He took creation through a PROCESS for the next few thousand years until the coming of His son Jesus! He could have simply ‘smote’ Pharaoh and the Egyptians and freed the Israelites but He took them through a PROCESS of crossing the Red Sea. As we go through the “PROCESS” we will find at the end that the event of our trials and difficulties is often ended better than we thought at first… we just need to not be weary in our well doing…because in due season (after the process) God’s promise will be delivered! Don’t tap out in the PROCESS but wait it out…endure it…run it with patience! And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Heb 6:15). Friend, God’s Word tells us over and over and over again…Believe It! If you have PATIENCE in the PROCESS, the PAYOFF is His PROMISE! Focus on your Faith and it will get you to the Finish!

 

Have You Tried #Faith Or You “Got This”?- 

Casting ALL your cares upon Him; for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).


It’s SO important it is that we learn to cast all our cares upon the Lord. But can the Lord handle all that . . . would He WANT to handle our little issues… with each of the Christians around the world casting their cares upon Him on the same day…at the same time…constantly and continuously? Can He take care of all those things? Is our issue even important to Him that He would consider us? How many calculations can He handle in His head at one time?


All questions that probably go through our mind every time we feel the desire or need to go to the Lord in prayer! But friend, those are all seeds of doubt that the enemy wants you asking because if he can get you to doubt just how much God cares for you, he knows you’ll just stop going to the Lord and try to figure out your own way and … BAM! 


Understand this – There’s NO limit to what God can handle. There’s NOTHING you can’t ask of Him! EACH of us is important to Him. And as EACH of us cries out to Him, looking to Him in time of need and trouble, He is able to handle all of that . . . and INFINITELY more.


And THIS is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing “according to His will”, He heareth us: And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him (1 John 5:14-15). Do you like to just talk into the air? Or do you like to talk when you know someone is listening? God is listening when we pray. He wants to hear us pray, and He wants us to pray in the realm of His will. He wants us to pray about those things which are important to us: that we would bring our cares to Him and cast them at His feet, leaving them there and trusting in Him. He said that if we would do this, committing our way unto Him, then He would bring it to pass. He’s assuring us of an answer.


Things do trouble us. But we all have to learn how to take hold of the Word of God, letting it be used and made manifest in our lives, where we’re ever committing our way unto the Lord: every day, in every thing, committing our way to the Lord.


Do you get up in the morning and hurry off to work? Wouldn’t it be better to stop before you leave home and commit your way unto the Lord? There’s your answer! God’s Word would tell you this is the way. Try it; it will make the day change so completely! Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass (Ps 37:4-5)…

The Lord is our Foundation of #Peace in the Unstable World- 

They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever (Ps 125:1)~ All those minds shall be truly stayed, that are stayed on God; He keeps them in His perfect peace (Isa 26:3)!! They shall be as firm as a mountain supported by providence, much more as a holy mountain supported by promise.. God’s promise…steadfast and unmoveable! They cannot be removed from confidence in God. They abide for ever in that grace which is the supporting foundation of their everlasting continuance in glory. Committing themselves to God, they shall be safe from their enemies (Ps 27:6). Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Rom 8:35) No not one!! Mountains may molder and come to nothing, and rocks may be removed, but God’s covenant with us cannot be broken, nor His care of us cease. Our troubles shall last no longer than our strength under Him will bear us up. The rod of the wicked may come and fall upon us, our persons, our estates, our liberties, our families’ names, on any thing that falls to our lot; but it cannot reach our souls (Job 1:12)!!! And though it may come upon us, it shall not rest upon us! The Lord will make all work together for our good (Rom 8:28)! For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39). No matter what is out there, no matter what we see or hear or feel, no matter what comes – God is our foundation of stability in all things. Friend, sleep in Heavenly peace; knowing and trusting in Him!

Have we forgotten how to watch our mouths? #FightingWords ->

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A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (Luke 6:45)~ Just like The tree is known by its fruits; what the mouth “commonly” speaks, generally agrees with what is most in the heart. If you ever want to really know a person, listen to them when they “really” speak. We are so full of unruly evil in our tongues that we have to script ourselves and write down our conversations to make sure we say what sounds good for the situation. But the truth will be revealed when we are just “being ourselves” and the words that come out will be spoken from the heart. That which is in the heart is sometimes so strong, even our own minds can’t control that which heads toward our mouths! The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell (James 3:6). Words we speak are one of the most powerful but also the most dangerous weapons we have. Remember, with words God created the universe but with words He also destroyed the earth by flood. The courses of life and death were spoken of Him and we who are in His image have the same power in our tongues. But unlike God, we aren’t perfect and shouldn’t even pretend to be. We are human just like the next person. We make mistakes, exhibit attitudes, let our pride get in the way and sometimes act like children, just like other humans. So our lesson here is that we have to give each other the benefit of these imperfections and be willing to take ownership of what we bring with our mouths that causes our relationships destruction and do the opposite. Rather than purposely destroy each other with the sharpness of our tongues, let us make that effort to intentionally uplift each other and make peace. Words have so much power – they can bring a person in the best of spirits to the point of depression – and they can bring a suicidal person down off the ledge and and have THEM motivating others to love life! So like grandmother used to say – if you don’t have anything nice to say…then… DON’T SAY ANYTHING! May the “Word” of Christ be so grafted in our hearts, that we may be fruitful in every good work…and life-giving in – Every – Word! 

#Think Things Over… Positively! –

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…Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind! (Rom 12:2)~ What if your life could be changed by just changing the way you think?  Things we look at, read, listen to and go through have a lot to do with what impacts our way of thinking. What we think, we usually become… as confirmed by Proverbs 23:7. But it’s not a single thought, it’s what we allow repeatedly dominate our senses. What are you seeing? What are you listening to? What are you reading? While some things are out of our control because they are part of our situation in life, certain stimulus in these areas shape how we respond to our situations in life. When we surround ourselves with things that elicit negativity, we develop a negative disposition. If you’re always hanging around negative people, watching non productive things, listening to mindless media, and reading things that provide no positive growth potential to your mind, your mindset will then always be negative. We have the ability to control a lot of what comes into our minds that could bring on a positive attitude. Here is why this is important: A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes in our lives. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. It can truly transform you! If only we realized how powerful our thoughts truly are, we would do whatever it took to not allow ourselves to think negative thoughts again! Imagine that – a positive and drama free life!  Yes, all the negative stuff still exists (for now) but you don’t have to partake in it and you sure don’t have to let it overtake you! So, see the positive possibilities, affirm the positive, visualize the positive, surround yourself with positive people, listen to the positive things, allow only positive and uplifting content in your space; expect the positive, and your life will change positively. THINK about it!

Being #Blessed Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Have Trouble; But In Christ Trouble Doesn’t Have You ->

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Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble (Job 14:1); These things I have spoken unto you, that IN ME (Jesus) ye might have peace. In the world ye SHALL have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33)~~ Every man of Adam’s villainy race is short- lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendor falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (2 Cor 4:8-9)…Whether it’s just that something that’s always going on in our lives or it’s true trouble that comes to stress our lives, the big difference my friend between you and the unbeliever is that YOU are equipped to handle what may come. It’s not that we don’t have trouble, but in Him, trouble doesn’t have US! Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength (Isa 26:3-4)…where we put our focus, our reaction, our trust and our love from our hearts and minds is what keeps us stable in life’s unstable situations – it is what renders powerless, the powers against us. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper (Isa 54:17); And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phi 4:7). In Him, YOU Overcome!