Verses on Love — Quick Tip of the Day

Proven Fact:

God’s Love For His Own Proven in the Authority of His Word

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NIV)

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“I am fearfully and wonderfully made, no matter what I or others think about me.” Elizabeth George

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“He has a grand plan and purpose for my life, no matter how the present may look.” Elizabeth George

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“He has given me spiritual gifts that I can use to benefit other believers, no matter how I may be floundering or failing at the moment.”                Elizabeth George

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Courtney’s quote

“Trading in the lies of Satan for the truth of who Jesus says I am… It’s a process, a daily, sometimes minute by minute process…not easy but I’m in a much better place realizing that the truth really does set people free… Thank you Heavenly Father for your love, mercy & grace. And to all my loving, praying & caring friends & family, thank you for being who you are in my life.”

Courtney Hibbard

Relationship Mistakes of Victims of Infidelity Part II

Mistake #2

Believing God Wants to Zap You (By Marlene A Hibbard)

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Is God on your side?

When God says He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3); obviously it means that love goes on without end. The Apostle Paul reiterates this in Romans 8 when he says he’s convinced that … [nothing] can separate us from God’s love, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Catch the full impact of the word Lord. It means Master. Job said, during His severe trials, “my foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside” (Job 23:11 ASB). If you are walking in His path, making Him the Master of your life, you need not fear being zapped by God. It may not always look like it but He IS on your side.
You may need to be reminded of God’s love if you are facing betrayal of any kind.

You may need to know He’s not waiting with outstretched lightning bolts, to zap you. Tomorrow, we’ll give an example of Ginny’s expectations from God. Please leave a comment.

Disclaimer:

Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services (click on Resources below Header Banner). This site offers resources and advice from Hibbard’s personal experience and experience in counseling as a Pastor’s wife for twenty-plus years. This site is not intended to be a substitute for getting professional help but encourages readers to get professional help.

3 Mistakes and Solutions of Victims of Infidelity

 3 Mistakes and Solutions of Victims of Infidelity    So you think God isn’t being fair? Your spouse cheated, lied upon confrontation, then God allows him a promotion and a raise and you ask: Isn’t God watching? That, my friends, is the first mistake in our series which we’ll cover in the next three blog posts.

Mistake #1  Thinking God Isn’t Watching

Mistake #2  Believing God Wants to Zap You

Mistake #3  Believing Your Happiness Is God’s Top Priority

Today: Mistake # 1 Thinking God Isn’t Watching

God cares about his children and you can be sure He is watching. He also is very angry with the offenders who spurn His laws.

  

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    God is touched with the feelings of your infirmities. God is also observing those who think their infidelity is hidden. One Israeli soldier may have thought that in the battle of Ai. He took articles of the spoils of war which by covenant had been devoted for destruction. He secretly buried them in his tent. (Like there are any secrets kept from God, right?)   

Listen in:       Johua is calling every tribe, every family down to the very man to line up. Searching for the culprit, the lot falls on Achan. Busted!

God is bringing judgment as the tribes stand in awe. Severe punishment is pronounced. God had shown them in the next battle that they could not stand against their enemies without God on their side. Someone had stolen the accursed things and put them among their own stuff. God’s anger burned and fire was the consequences for the stolen items, Achan and his sons and daughters, donkeys, sheep and cattle were put to death. The stolen items and all Achan owned were burned.

God is Watching You 

Solution to Mistake #1 Change Your Thinking and Understand God’s Anger and Judgment

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger lasts but a moment; but his favor lasts a lifetime.” God is surely watching, He sees inside every tent and even underground. Sin arouses His anger. “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused” (Exodus 22:22-24). There are over a hundred verses in the Old Testament alone regarding God’s care for the needy, the helpless, the poor. He hates injustice. This passage goes on to say that those who afflict the widows will be taken with the sword and their wives will be widows and their children orphans.

Review: God sees every dark corner, every tent and underground, Sin arouses His anger.

Solution: 1. Change your thinking by getting to know God and His characteristics. Do a search of God’s judgments on sin.*(or see below)

2. Be aware of His watchful eye, His loving care for the afflicted. You and your children in this case.

3. Know that He is watching and He wants to hear from you. Make your request known to Him

Look for God’s blessings even in the worse situations. He is a good God but sometimes we don’t recognize His goodness. You may feel God is blessing your mate for wrong doing by giving him a promotion but could God be working to your advantage by giving him that raise? Will this in any way benefit you and your children?

*If you are so overwhelmed that doing a search for verses is beyond you, Kay Arthur has done the work for you. Check out her helpful devotional.

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Lord Heal My Hurts

Lord Heal My Hurts

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No Matter How Deep the Wounds, God Can Heal Your Hurts.

Everyone hurts. The pain runs deep, the scars never seem to fade, the memories torment us. As a result, our growth is stunted, our walk crippled, our relationships infected. Will relief never come?

Yes — when you put yourself in the hands of Jehovah-rapha, the God who heals! No matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, He wants to be your refuge.

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Disclaimer:  Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services. This site offers resources and advice from Hibbard’s personal experience and experience in counseling as a Pastor’s wife for twenty-plus years. This site is not intended to be a substitute for getting professional help but encourages readers to get professional help.

Relationships Involve Suffering

Responding With Humility to Trials

Quick Tip of the Day

What’s the most difficult part of struggling in a relationship or breaking up? For most it would have to be responding with humility. In the banner on the top of this page we see where our supernatural help comes from. No, I’m not referring to my picture. In the middle of the banner you’ll find the word Bible. That’s what this blog is about.

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To get a good perspective on suffering, there is a man in the Old Testament who can teach us a few things.   As C.J. Mahaney states it in Humility True Greatness: “I want to take you…into the presence of someone for whom life did not make sense, someone whose horizon foretold appalling and dreadful suffering for himself and God’s people, and yet who learned a divine perspective on suffering and trials– a perspective that altogether transformed him from a complainer and a questioner into a faith-filled worshiper of God” C. J. Mahaney, Humility True Greatness (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2005), 137.

Read about Habakkuk in the book named for him in your Holy Bible. Then come back for a discussion and state your opinions in the comments area by clicking the top right icon on this page.

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Disclaimer:  Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services. This site offers resources and advice from Hibbard’s personal experience and experience in counseling as a Pastor’s wife for twenty-plus years. This site is not intended to be a substitute for getting professional help but encourages readers to get professional help.

 

 

Blessings on Resurrection Sunday

Easter is New Beginnings

Blessings on Resurrection Sunday

Eggs—the symbol of new life beginning.eggs colored

Christ died in order that we could have new life. Everlasting life. But He rose again to newness of life. The apostle Paul tells us to be made new in Ephesians. I printed the following up for myself to memorize. You and I can start over today! I’m posting Ephesians 4:21-32 in the Amplified Version as it’s a real attention catcher starting out

NEW BEGINNINGS 

 

Quick Tip of the Day

Quick Tip on Quick Answers to Prayer

George Mueller Faith Cox Bailey                                          http://tinyurl.com/lwkug7u 

“Why, Beta? Why was he kneeling?” George Mueller asked his friend after the first time George saw a man kneel to pray.

“It’s always done. At least here. That’s why.”

Finding Beta’s answer insufficient, George answered his own question.

“I know why. He had to kneel because he wanted to tell God that he was humble and human and that God was almighty and all-wise. He was showing his awe, his fear, his adoration, Beta!”

From my own experience I believe it makes a difference when we humble ourselves and stop what we are doing to talk to God. Take it to the Lord on your knees.

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Take Time to Pray for Your Marriage

Take It to the Lord in Prayer

“Pray without ceasing” just as Paul admonishes us in

II Thessalonians 5:17.

HAVE YOU DONE THAT YET?

While “pray without ceasing” indicates an attitude of continual
prayer, there’s something powerful about getting right down on your
knees and spending time talking with God about your decisions, your
problems and praising Him that you can do so. In my experience there
have been many divine revelations while I was on my knees or shortly
thereafter. Maybe that’s because God says, “be still and know that I
am God”. Even if it’s a matter of trying to find something I’ve lost,
I find that if I take the time to kneel down and pray for God’s help,
I find it faster. Before you knock it, try it.

What’s the number one reason we don’t pray as we ought to? Does your answer have anything to do with time? How would it work for you if you could increase your efficiency in prayer time?

It Does Take Time To Pray
Try this quick tip. Do you plan to pray? You plan other activities,
right? In Chapter 10 of Time Management From the Inside Out, by Julie
Morgenstern, you’ll learn how to schedule. Put prayer time in that
schedule.
When you use scripture to pray, it can help you to stay focused.
Therefore, it encourages you to pray more. You need not wonder what to say and that saves time. It’ helps you stay focused as well. You can use Colossians 1:9-12 to pray for yourself. If your mate is a Christ-
follower you can pray the same verses for them. It’s the prayer Paul
prayed for the Colossian believers and many other.

Sample prayer from Colossians:

Chapter 1:9-12 Lord, fill ___________ (me or my mate) with the
knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
I pray this so that we will live lives worthy of You, Lord, that we
may please you in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing
in the knowledge of Yourself and your Word. Please strengthen us (or
me) with all power according to your glorious might so that I may have
great endurance and patience, and joyfully give thanks to You…etc.

There are many other patterns for prayer in the letters Paul wrote.

Godly Sorrow Works Repentence

The more you use these scriptural patterns to fulfill your responsibility of praying for your marital problems, the more you will see God work and the more encouraged you will be to pray. Make it your top priority. It’s life-changing. Leave a comment (above right cloud icon) or send a private email to let us know how God is working. Email address: marlenexls@gmail.com

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recommends the Christ-followers for counseling services found by
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only and does not constitute professional advise. Marlene Hibbard
takes no responsibility for any actions taken on the basis of the
information provided here nor is said information intended to be a
substitute for professional help.