Thursday, May 17, 2012

Live Intentionally

Make it your goal to make your marriage heaven on earth for your husband.  The people we will influence the most on this earth is our family.  We need to be doing everything we can to influence them for good.

They should be the ones who see you smile the most.  They should be the ones you are the most patient and gentle with.  The "real" you is who you are before your spouse and children.  You need to deal with who you are and allow God's Spirit to work powerfully in you to make you more like Jesus.

Many people excuse the behavior they use at home on the other family members or their hormones.  They need to confess that and start working on loving those people God has put into their families.  Make your whole family's life heaven on earth. 

Don't have unrealistic expectations of your spouse and children.  Love them the way that they are and let them know it.  Be warm and affectionate with them.  Be at peace with them.  Someone has to stop the vicious cycle of quarrelling and strife, why not you be the one who starts stopping it?

Have no regrets if your husband or children should die early.  Choose your words carefully, because you can never take them back.  If you get upset with one of them, tell the Lord instead and see them through the eyes of Jesus.  Be an encourager, not a discourager.

Go to the cross often and remember what He has set you free from.  The greatest freedom is to forgive others.  We must walk as Jesus walked.  We must be salt and light, especially to our own family

We only have one life to live.  Live it intentionally, moment by moment.  Want to be 100% His!  Put your act together with the Lord and put His Word in every detail of your life.  Wrong decisions and choices lead to lifelong regrets.  Control your emotions.

Let the Word of God dwell in you richly and love others.  Make heaven on earth for your family.  May God bless you abundantly as you seek to follow Him.

Most of these ideas were taken from Kathleen Hart when she spoke to us at church one day.  She was a little old lady with a heart of gold and words of wisdom.  I want to be like her when I grow up.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer
Psalm 19:14