The Source by Bombi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard times have been around since the dawn of sin yet there are moments that the weight of it can seem so heavy it wants to crush the joy and spirit out of everyone in its way. So what do we do? Where can we turn to when things worldwide aren’t going up? Who do we call on when everyone and everything is failing us?

I can flip the script and talk about the best of times. The economy is at an upswing. Everyone around you is getting engaged or having a baby or getting their long, hard awaited degree. You’ve just heard news that you’ve inherited a great amount of money, so much that you and your children’s children wouldn’t have to worry or want. You are in the best shape of your life.

​You are having the time of your life, on a roll, and it seems like all of your dreams are coming true. ​

So whom do you need? Where do you turn to for inspiration or an idea of what to do with your good fortune?

If you look to this world and anything in it to be your sole source you are looking amiss. You can marry the most amazing and wonderful hardworking man, but what do you do if he breaks his back and can no longer provide?

​You can be in the roughest season and waiting on your next break, but what if it doesn’t come the way you think it should?

I’m here to tell you that if you look to God to be your source, you will lack no good thing. If your life, peace, love, and joy source depends on yourself, your president, economy, boss, job, education, friends, fiancé, spouse, etc., then you will eventually be disappointed and let down.  Man can only give, be and do so much. But God is limitless and will do and be all that we need Him to be. Make Him your source, and watch your circumstances, good or bad lose their shine in comparison to His majesty.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~Psalm 73:26(AMP)

Nagging Wife Syndrome by Sonya

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is so hard to not nag your husband when there are messes around the house and you can trace his tracks of where he has been. I can get so frustrated if my husband is just watching TV and I am slaving away at cleaning up the kitchen from dinner or doing laundry or chores of some sort. I don’t like to nag him to help clean up because that just makes it stressful and tense between our relationship. As frustrated as I can get about it, those messes are reminders of God’s gifts all around us. Like Jesus’ example, He extends His love all around and we have the opportunity to demonstrate that love to our loved ones by serving them through our daily lives like doing chores and cleaning up after them. Marriage is designed to be a reflection of Christ and His love and serving your husband is key in that. Therefore when I nag and point out his faults, that is poisoning our relationship and not allowing God to shine through our marriage. I have failed many times at this and not looking at my spouse through God’s eyes and how He sees him. But I get tired of picking up after my family and I get grumpy and don’t want to serve. Than I am reminded of the verse in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good.” We have our days where we get exhausted but I need to remember to focus on the good work ahead. I know it is hard work to serve someone when you are tired and all you want to do is nag and yell at them to get it done but that has gotten me nowhere. My husband doesn’t want a nagging wife, he wants a loving wife that will serve him and do the good God has called me to do. A nagging wife is like, “A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike,” Proverbs 25:24. I don’t want to be that dripping water that annoys the ones I love.  I want to bring refreshment and encouragement to my husband. Taking these messes as blessings and understanding how God created my husband in His image has helped me see that serving him is a gift. I should be thankful when I do clean up, do laundry and chores around that I am doing unto the Lord.  I’m grateful to be able to do this for my loved ones because I don’t know how much longer God will allow me to be with them. Let that be a reminder to cherish each day and when we start to nag at our spouses or get frustrated of the messes they’ve made to know that it is an honor and gift to serve them as they are a gift from God!

 

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Full Speed Ahead by Kenika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can typically separate people into two distinct categories.  Those that go after life full speed ahead, and those that sit back and take life as it comes at them.  I am definitely one of the former.  Every day of my life I am looking to the future, to whatever the “next” thing is.  I live in a constant state of analysis, which includes where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I plan on going.  Very little takes me by surprise as I’m on the front end of my own journey.  Compare that to people who wait for doors to open, sit back and let opportunities approach them, and take everything one day at a time.  Honestly I think there is merit in both.  For the “go-getters” as they call us, we are moving and shaking and making things happen. We’re not sitting back and waiting on anyone to do anything for us, we’re willing to put ourselves out there in order to get it.  For the more laid back crew, they tend to take their time, weigh options, and allow time to do what it needs to and bring whatever it will bring to them.  They tend to be more content and less stressed in comparison to those of us that can’t seem to just go sit down somewhere.

There are also some negatives to both sides. For those that are grabbing life by the horns, there is more room for anxiety, restlessness, and discontentment.  For those looking for life to grab them, they can be unfulfilled, stagnant and so on.  Wherever you find yourself one thing is certain, we are all subject to time and chance.  Ecclesiastes 9:11, “Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”  You can be the laid-back, super intelligent strategist, the one trying to run as fast as you possibly can or a combination of both. Either way you’re subject to time and chance.  Think about it like this, it doesn’t matter how fast you run if the opportunity isn’t open and available yet.  It makes no difference how much you sit back and plan and wait, you’ll eventually have to show up in a moment where chance presents itself.  However you approach life, one thing remains constant, you’ll still have to trust God for His perfect timing and for the chance to fully evolve into who He has called you to be.  Whether anxious or patient, stay your course, don’t drop out of the race and one day you’ll finally get a chance, and it will be time.

 

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Back To School- The Kids Are Ready, But Are We? by Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By mid-August my “bonus daughter” will be leaving for college and quite honestly it’s daunting. While I’m excited for her next phase of life, I find myself pondering how this beautiful, brilliant and incredible young lady will transition into her new life.  And although she’s been raised with incredible morals and a good foundation from her Dad as well as other family, I still find myself asking… Will she find the right friends?  Will she stay focused on her studies?  Will she make good choices? Is she prepared to be away from home? Will she meet and date the guy she is going to marry?

It’s crazy being a parent/stepparent. Your mind tends to wonder and second guess if you’ve done all you can do to be an example, to instill the right things and so on. Let’s just pause right here because while most people have 18 years to wrap their brain around this parenting thing, I’ve had a 12-month crash course. In my own translation being a stepparent means stepping in where needed, as needed, if needed and most importantly not overstepping your boundaries. It’s a tricky thing to learn and balance. However, I’m learning to embrace the process and the role I’m assigned to and might I add the operative word is “learning.” Every day I’m introduced with a new lesson and some pop quizzes here and there.

As our children prepare for their school year be it elementary, high school, or college we as Christian parents have an obligation to pray for them and cover them. Our children are facing temptations and pressures we know nothing of. While it’s my desire for this amazing young lady to make good decisions, it’s even more important that she makes Godly decisions. But it is her decision and our job is to equip her with God’s Word and trust that if we train up a child in the way they should go when they are old, the will not depart. (Proverbs 22:6).

So I put my questions aside and pray for God’s protection and leading because at the end of the day, I know the real question isn’t, “Is she ready for the world?” but rather, “Is the world ready for her?”

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