Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
While singing this verse with 170 Vacation Bible School kids, we literally LEANED sideways, as if we were falling into the word "lean." Even though it was taught to children, it is absolutely a song for us all. It's truly what takes us through life, the thick and the thin. Lean on the Lord.
There is no doubt that even the best of marriages struggle at some point(s).
Struggles can be with trust, communication and understanding. To truly give oneself to another is very challenging; just as challenging as understanding God's love for us. How could He really love each of us so much and so completely, when sometimes we can hardly do that with our own spouse, or even our own selves?
We tend to Lean only on our understanding instead of balancing our lives with our spouse's understanding. Maybe we rarely give acknowledgement to who purposely brought us together.
And our paths? Can they always be straight?
Marriages and life
are a winding, sometimes narrow, sometimes WIDE path.
In our marriages, we must acknowledge that He
has brought us together. We must trust that He will show
us the way. We must Lean on Him to show us where
He wants to take our relationship. We must trust that what
we experience in our marriage is only to make us better.
We must, together, share the belief that our path will
never be completely straight in our view,
but that The Path That Lies Ahead will be the one chosen for us,
to share completely together.
1) What do we struggle with most in our marriage?
Do we each struggle with the same things?
2) Do we Lean on the Lord to support & help our marriage?
3) Do we walk the path together? Are we on the same team?
To quote Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts:
"Christmas is doing a little something extra
While reading my devotional from the YouVersion App (Which you can download here from this button) -
- I came across this little, thought-provoking nugget: "Gift giving is honorable, generous, and says, "You were on my mind."
We resemble our Heavenly Father when we offer gifts to others. It's normal and expected to give presents at Christmastime, but what if we were generous all the time? What if we gave to a friend in April just because? What if we contributed to a friend or cause in July? If we made giving a regular part of our lives, we might not have to focus so much on doing it during one month of the year."
As Charles Schulz says: "Christmas is doing a little something extra
Yes, yes it is, among many other things! Oh, how we love to shop, create and deliver our gifts. Oh, how we love to receive our presents.
Oh, how we love to celebrate and EAT with family and friends. Oh, how we love the special time of year. But, let us always remember that Giving has NO Season. Doesn't matter the size, shape, experience,
or cost of our gift,
there is always a REASON to give.
Think beyond ourselves.
Be a Blessing.
Change Lives. Give to Others.