Devotional: John 20

Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.” (John 20:1, 2 MSG)

Today’s post will be short.

Most of you who read this blog are Christians. You are saved and you are trying to move forward in your walk with Christ, otherwise you wouldn’t even be reading this now…

This Sunday is a Christian’s biggest victory.

It is the day out Savior was raised from the dead.

And I just want to remind you- just like the people who were around Christ, this really happened.

Mary knew what Jesus had told her about rebuilding the temple, raising himself up.

But when she went to the tomb and he was gone- she wanted to know where he was.

Thomas, a disciple, didn’t believe it really happened until he saw him and felt his hands!

And we have to remember and realize, that Jesus really died. And he really raised himself up.

It’s not a fairy tale story. It’s truth.

Celebrate it this Sunday.

Wed Wisdom: Ms Johnnie on Marriage

The bible says Forsake father and mother and cleave to your wife (or husband). It is to be a life long affair. It will not always be a bed of roses, all hugs and kisses. No two people are alike. So there will be disagreements and arguments, joys and sadness, hard times and good times, sickness and health. There are circumstances when it is impossible to stay together. That’s when God is there to forgive, but we must also forgive ourselves. Someone may say I’m marrying him (or her) not the family, but remember that family will be your children’s grandparents. Partners should enjoy doing things together, playing, working, being interested in the same hobbies, etc. When there are children, both should agree on rules and punishment. One parent shouldn’t say “do” while the other says “don’t”. Children must know that you love them and will always be there for them. Take time to be with them and be able to say follow me. Be a good role model for them. Marriage is a big important business.

My Grandmother and Grandfather were married for quite a while. Over 50 years I know for sure. I remember that party. 50 years with the same person. That’s very impressive. That’s commitment.

That’s missing today. I hate it for the world.

I hate it for the people who marry and expect it to be forever.

This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 HCSB

If you are having problems in your marriage – first – seek God. Work on your marriage. Don’t confide in another man/woman about your marriage issues. If you need to- seek professional help. Don’t be afraid to fight for your marriage.

Marriage can be wonderful. It can be terrible too. But there are ways to make it the best thing in the world. You have to work at it. The great marriages are ones that have been worked on. If you choose to not work on your marriage, you are choosing divorce.

Divorce isn’t supposed to be a marriage ‘fix’.

This is a tough blog to write because I don’t know many people who aren’t divorced. It’s hard for me to call something someone did just flat out wrong… but the scripture does talk about it.

If you want to know more about divorce, message me. If you want to know more about what the scripture says about divorce – dig into the word.

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Life Blog

Woah dude! Judah has been sleeping so much better here recently. Like last night? 1am to 7:45. Mama likes.

Here’s our most recent pics.

My little guy looking so big!

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Lucy went to a Princess dinner with Mawmaw. She wasn’t a big fan at first, but she eventually warmed up. Ill post the pictures from it when I take them off my camera. Here’s what she wore.

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Such a stinker. My ‘life blogs’ have been few, I know. I’m a little cramped on time. We are doing risen week this week and it’s been great! Lots of people coming out.

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Ok- got our morning bible study here in a few so I gotta run!

Hope you have an awesome day!

Devotional: Romans 8

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. (Romans 8:1, 2 MSG)

My husband preached an amazing message Sunday. I know it was God working through him. God uses my husband in amazing ways and I’m so grateful that my husband is the kind of guy who is willing to listen to God when he talks. I’m blessed that he truly is the spiritual leader in our family.

This was one of the verses that he used Sunday morning. He used a different translation, but still, the message is the same. This is so comforting.

We do not live our Christian lives with a low lying black cloud.

We don’t live our lives being haunted by sin.

We don’t have to wonder about our fate.

If you do wonder about your fate, then deal with it. Figure out who you are living for. Figure out your goal and your life finish line. Are you running the race for God and his glory or your own?

If you succeed, do you praise yourself?

If you fail, do you blame yourself?

It’s all about Christ, not us.

If we succeed, it was because of Christ.

If we fail, Christ is there to pick us up and dust us off.

If you don’t want to think about life after death, that’s usually a red flag that you don’t have assurance in where you will be going. Process this stuff.

Think about it.

Talk to someone.

It’s not something you can risk not thinking about.

Marriage Monday: Men’s Insecurities

A man’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?
Proverbs 18:14

Based on a study done, where over 1000 men were surveyed – the majority of men said that they felt insecure about their job, role as husband or father, or both.

Men are strong and capable. But they slip up, just like the rest of us. When they do, they feel like failures. And it’s our job as wives to reverse this. Not to increase the feelings.

When Wes and I went and visited his father’s church a long while ago, his father introduced us to one of the elders of the church. He shook Wesley’s hand and when Wesley introduced me to him, he said, “Oh, you’re his pillar? Nice to meet you.”

I didn’t understand that for a while. But I do now.

It’s my job as his wife to help build him up when the world tears him down. If I don’t do it, who else will?

One of my biggest rules that I try my hardest to never break is this: Never say anything negative about my husband to anyone.

That is the quickest way to tear your husband down, by badmouthing him to your friends.

If men are insecure (Which they would never admit too, because… they are insecure about it) then how would they feel if they found out you blast them to your friends about all the little things they do wrong?

Exactly the same way you’d feel if you thought that your husband was telling people how he’d wish you’d lose a little weight or cook better. Thing is – men don’t do this. It goes back to respect and love. They naturally respect us and this is part of that.

Try to build up your husband this week.

Focus: Prayer – Who we pray to

We talked about what prayer is and how to do it. Today we will discuss who we are praying too.

Now, I don’t mean Jesus vs. Allah. I mean, who we are praying to – just our God.

Our God is one God – but he exists in 3 different ways, or in ‘three persons’.

You have God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. Each one plays very different roles in our lives. But all exist in our lives.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:14

For simplicity sake (because this is one complicated aspect of God) I’ll describe it like this:

God is the father and the forgiver of our sins.

Jesus was the payment for our sins. Without him we would never be able to go to heaven.

The Holy Spirit is our current God presence. He lives within us, and helps us daily.

When you pray, thank each one specifically for their acts in your life. To the Father for his forgiveness and his mercy. To Jesus for his sacrifice, and to the Holy Spirit for his continued work in your life.

It’s important to know who you are talking to when you pray. If you’ve been in church your whole life, this may all be redundant. I apologize if it is. I’m just trying to be as clear as possible for those people who may not know how to pray well.

Hope this helps!