Interactive Devotion for Couples 2: Invite God Into Your Storms

Interactive Devotion for Couples Day 2: Invite God Into Your Storms When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, ESV) I am ashamed to admit that I have often prayed to God for help during a particular crisis and then was…

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Interactive Devotion for Couples 1: We Love Because He loved

Day 1- We Love Because He loved  We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19, ESV) This week, we will focus on our marriages. We won’t get into anything really deep—just refresh ourselves on the basics we often brush aside. Most of our romantic relationships are based on mutual love. Love is an incredible gift and something that deeply enriches our lives. I love my husband because he returned that…

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Sunday Selah

Sunday Selah, By: Ruth P. McDonald We’ve thought this week about relationships, and how weeds damage and hurt us. These weeds are prevalent because of sin. How often these same weeds creep up in our relationship with Jesus. We sometimes don’t care for the relationship like we should. We compare Him to the world, and often long for foolish, temporary things. We hold Him responsible for life’s struggles, finding it hard to…

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Relationship Weeds 6: Let’s Sum It Up

Relationship Weeds Day 6: Let’s Sum It Up This week we have been looking at different relationship weeds that damage and wound. As believers, we have been given everything we need to pull these pesky weeds from our lives: we have God’s written Word and the Holy Spirit within us. Are any of these weeds popping up in your relationships? I know I need to be more aware of their prevalence in…

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Relationship Weeds 5: Harsh Words

Relationship Weeds Day 5: Harsh Words A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1, ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29, ESV). A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.…

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Relationship Weeds 4: Dishonesty

Relationship Weeds Day 4: Dishonesty Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:9-10, ESV) Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22, ESV) Have you ever been lied to by someone…

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Relationship Weeds 3: Unforgiving Spirit

Relationship Weeds Day 3: Unforgiving Spirit And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25, ESV) Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32, ESV) Does anyone in particular come to mind when you think of a “good” grudge-holder? This person can hold onto…

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Relationship Weeds 2: Comparison

Relationship Weeds Day 2: Comparison For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10, ESV) It started as a pleasure drive around the affluent neighborhood a town over from ours. Driving up and down through the gated community, each home seemed more spectacular than…

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Relationship Weeds 1: Apathy

Relationship Weeds Day 1: Apathy So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16, ESV) After a morning of exploring the beautiful beach in Siesta Key, Florida, we walked back to our chairs, seeking shelter from the hot sun. Settling in our loungers, we reached into the bag, desperate to quench our thirst after a few sad attempts at snorkeling where…

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A Resurrected Marriage Story 7: Us

A Resurrected Marriage Story Day 7: Us “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19, ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you…

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