Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12
All week-long I have done nothing but complain about family members. Sadly in spiritual arrogance I wrote in my journal what this person or that person was doing wrong. Lord, I pray that you continue to show mercy on my misguided soul. For in my arrogance I wanted you to severely punish the family I thought did not deserve your grace. And, Lord, it saddens me to confess: I never stopped to think beyond my shallow needs of feeling vindicated. Surly, Lord, a person’s soul salvation is worth more than a temporary feel good statement.
Honestly, Lord, I would be mortified if I read or heard someone asking you to punish me.
So, Lord, please forgive me of my sins. Help me to walk and speak in the ways of a righteous child of God. Teach me in my moments of spiritual enlightenment to show your love, kindness, forgiveness and courage to those during weak moments. Look upon these people and blessed them with new eyes to see their errors as you have done for me. Give their tormented souls peace so they will do the right things.
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. ~Matthew 19:6
Whisper your heavenly love to the wounded soul oh Lord. Heal broken hearts with your divine touch.
For again someone feels they have fallen short of your glory by not guarding their heart. Lord replace their sorrow with joy. Because in all sincerity they thought they were doing what you expected of them as spouses; and as a result of truly trusting their loved ones their hearts were broken by infidelity.
Their spouses silence, without complaint, lead them to believe all was well with the their lives as a couple and as a family. But as infidelity deeds are and were being uncovered the illusion of perfect relationships and family units are being destroyed.
Lord, please help the victims of infidelity in this delicate moment; as you spiritually work on their companions moral values by cutting away relationship deceptions and replacing spiritual corruption with Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Strengthen these victims Lord with your words, presence and unconditional love. Give them the ability to forgive quickly. As you sustain their marriage with the bonds of holy commitment. So that both will continue nurturing a lasting matrimony. Lord quiet inner turmoil of shame, anger, deception, hopelessness, selfishness, disappointment, lack of trust, and the feelings of loss by replacing each emotion with love and understanding. Amen
¹²While Jesus was in one of the town, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” ¹³Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing.” he said. “Be Clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.“
Lord, some people talk too much because they want other’s to hear their “know it all” speeches; then again some people talk too much because of nerves chatter; and, then, Lord, some people talk too much because of self-absorption. But this prayer is for those that talk to much because of emotional and mental pain that overflows into their daily conversations.
Lord, help the person that is in emotional or mental pain to see that you enter into their lives everyday. Lord help them to understand you know their spirits are filled with worries. Let them know Lord they are no different from the man with leprosy when it comes to your unyielding love for your creation. Lord, allow them to feel your presence; and gently convey to their spirits that you stand waiting to heal their brokenness. Lord, give them the words to ask in prayer for guidance and healing as they create a dialogue between you and them.
I am asking for you to do these things Lord because: I have found those that unwittingly share life experiences have been greatly wounded. And because of their sorrows I come humbly before your Throne of Grace. So, once again, Lord, I am asking for divine healing for those that talk too much as they try to ease their emotional and mental pains. Lord, I ask that they find a true friend in you. Lord, I pray that you begin to peel the layers of untold anguish from their unconscious minds. Exposing their raw emotions for what they are as you help them to deal with each heartache privately. For in lessening their spiritual suffering they can find hope. And in finding hope they will find wisdom in who to share your blessings among and their tribulations with.
It’s not a secret among my family and friends that I am a black Republican. Most black people who are Democrats ask me, “What the hell are you thinking?” And as usual I respond with laughter as they stand there ready to aggressively argue politically. Sadly they forget I have the same freedoms as they to choose whatever. However, this morning a friend sent me this video via email. I thought it was priceless and filled with humor. And I enjoyed the video for so many reasons. My only hope in sharing this video is that others will see the humor in political nitpicking. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone! –Annette
Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid. ~HARLAN MILLER
I am not in a happy mood when it comes to my marriage, therefore, I would be a Praying Mantis! Why would I want to be a Praying Mantis? Well for starters they are very beneficial to the planet; and another reason is 15% of the time they eat their mates. Now mind you I’m not into cannibalism but this is a morning when I’m asking myself why am I married.
With that written, I would like to ask you what insect would best describe your mood today?
Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy. ~Deuteronomy 5:33
Speak to my heart Lord. Your words have commanded me to follow a path you have divinely paved only for me. Help me Lord to stay on my path when the storms of life are raging, when I can’t see my way clear from the dust and I must walk alone. Give me your strength to journey on by giving me faith to believe in you; and hope by knowing I will live long and have a prosperous life in the land I will enter and occupy. Amen.
Yesterday, for the second time, my friend told me that her ex-husband expressed to her that she could never date and or marry a rich man. He told her rich men only date and marry women that look like Barbie. Hum . . . Really! Whatever!
I told her most rich men are no different from men that are not rich when looking for love. I assured her only shallow men (rich or otherwise) look at the outer parts of women instead of the beauty they have within.
I gave her words of encouragement as a friend and as a woman.
Any-who-how, after hearing this young man speak about self-love, it occurred to me that my friend is not alone. Therefore, I’m sharing this video with my readers because I find it so inspirational; and very befitting for “Inspirational Friday’s.” Enjoy!