3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
Points to Ponder: The Lord protects and favour the righteous. The question is, “Am I righteous?”
…do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.
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To strengthen your faith in God, seek the face of God
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So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
Points to Ponder: Jesus is our rock and our foundation; we should rely on, put our trust on and believe His Word. How about you? Where is your security based on?
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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When you think of all that’s good, give thanks to God.
In Job 38:4 , God asked Job:
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?”
He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord.
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Points to Ponder: Sometimes we may ask God, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?”
God does care for us. We have to have faith in Him that He will see us through our situation. Our focus should be on Jesus Christ, not on our problems.
January 17 marks our 12th year of marriage. I can tell you that it is not a bed of roses. Jennifer and I had lots of great times, and uhm, times of “intense fellowshipping”. But through all of it, I have learned many things, both small and great. In corporate “Lessons Learned” fashion, I would like to share three things that hopefully will be of help to couples especially for people like me who are reserved and very private when it comes to relationships. Or at least I was 🙂
Don’t treat yourself as if you are heaven sent to your partner; don’t value yourself as more important in the marriage (“bringing more to the table” financially, emotionally, etc). If not, how you value the other will slowly but surely diminish. But feel free to consider your spouse as the one who is heaven sent to you.
Continuously nurture the love you have for each other. Your love should not be like that of growing trees – taking care only at the beginning until it has grown; Rather, it should be like that of delicate flowering plants – giving love and care every single day. This emotional investment is much more valuable than any financial investment you will ever make.
This to me is the most important. You should have a third party! This is to bring more life to your marriage. No, not like those adulterous affairs that you see in some movies. But rather, your third party should be Jesus Christ. He should be at the center of your marriage. He will be like another leg in your tripod of marriage stability – without whom we cannot stand on our own.
Now, I am not saying that I have mastered these things. There’s a difference between saying and doing. I even have to remind these things to myself! The first step is to recognize potential issues and then put the above into practice. Not all tips may be applicable to you, but I’m confident that at least one will be.