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

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“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.

Don’t Sweat the Infidel

Don’t Sweat the Infidel
By Marlene A Hibbard
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“Do not fret because of evildoers. Be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1,2).
Sometimes it’s a very long wait and those offenders have not begun to “wither”. You see no fulfillment of this verse. But you don’t know what’s happening inside them? Maybe you’ll never know about it but sin’s cancer is eating away inside them or some sexually transmitted disease is causing blood in his urine. Not that vindication is our goal but you may be facing temptation and asking yourself, “Why should I practice restraint and resist temptation while he’s out philandering and seemingly getting away with it.”
What to do while we’re waiting.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:3).
Do not worry about or focus on that cheater at all. Focus on God and his promises.
Consider Pharaoh and how impatient the Israelites must have been waiting for their freedom while Moses was paying his visits to the King and God kept hardening Pharaoh’s wicked heart. He even claims to be confessing his sin to Jehovah in Exodus 10:16. He asks for forgiveness. He begs Moses to plead with God to forgive him and take away this deadly plague. “I solemnly promise that I will let you go as soon as the locusts are gone” (Exodus 10:17)
You may have had a mate who keeps on cheating, then comes back and asks forgiveness and makes promises that sound sincere. Even your church officials have encouraged you to take him back and forgive seventy times seven. Don’t let your heart be troubled. You’ve been told that once he repents you are obligated to be reconciled. What a dilemma. How does anyone know that heart of another person? Is his repentance sincere or not? Take another look at Pharaoh. If you didn’t know the story would you believe he was truly sorry for his rebellion or just wanting the plagues to stop? There’s no way you can know. Also, if he is truly repentant, does God command forgiveness or reconciliation? Learn to take action by reading: The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

Leave a comment and we will discuss this further.

By the way, sometimes your pastor or church leaders can be wrong. It’s happened.

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Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services (see Resources under banner). This site offers support 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.

Verse for the Day II Corinthians 4: 16,17

 

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“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner

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in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever!” (II Corinthians 4:16, 17;The Living Bible Version of the Life Application Bible).

Relationship Secrets Revealed

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This is the final part of this series and just in time for Valentine’s Day
The final secret you didn’t hear about in your premarital counseling is:
Woman’s # One Need is Attention and Devotion

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What an opportunity to advise you guys out there who are in the midst of marital problems. You can swallow your pride, get out there and use your imagination and spoil her even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you don’t have the feelings in your heart right now. Do you know that love is not a feeling. No, it’s an action. Maybe it’s your wife who was the unfaithful partner in this marriage. You feel like really messing her up but instead you go out and buy her flowers, (it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day). She may or may not appreciate your attention at this moment but keep it up and see if it makes a difference. Women need attention. Each partner must take a percentage of the blame when things go wrong in a marriage.
If you are only learning for the first time that women need attention and devotion then at least you did read it here today. Do something with the information. Take action. They don’t even have to be expensive gifts. In fact, if she’s used to you giving expensive gifts it may not be the thing at all. Learn what her love language is.

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Meet a need and even if you get an adverse response from her, you did the right thing before God. Is she deserving, maybe not, but then it means all the more. What do we deserve? Do we deserve the payment Christ made on the cross for our sins? No. That was grace on his part to come and die. Can you express grace?

Gary Chapman’s book offers great insight into how to adapt to your mate by understanding what language they speak and listen to in the love department. If you want help click here 

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Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services (see Resources under banner). This site offers support 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.

Relationships Can Save Sinners From Death

Quick Tip of the Day
When you read James 5:20 did you ever apply it to your mate? Maybe you are on the verge of breaking up due to infidelity, porn or being terrorized by your spouse purposely causing suspicion of those sins. What if you looked at him as a sinner in need of salvation? Instead of anger, can you put on a spirit of helping a needy sinner?

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Godly Sorrow Works
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Of course this is an emotional situation but by the grace and strength that God alone can give you may be the one person who can turn this sinner from the error of his way.
“…let him know that he who converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20)

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Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services (see Resources under banner). This site offers support 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.

Relationship Enemy Approaching Your Marriage

Quick Tip of the Day for January 31, 2014

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The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still. Be quiet and obey
God.

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When God led Moses and His people out of slavery in Egypt, He showed
him the way ahead of time and told him Pharoah would come after them.
We are
warned of satan’s attempts to devour God’s children and the spiritual
warfare that we face. “He [spiritual enemy] uses ruthless and
unconventional tactics such as deceit, deflection and disguise” (David
Jeremiah, I Never Thought I’d See the Day*). We need to know how to
get the victory over the enemy.

If you and your mate are both Christians, you should be on the same
team. But if you are facing betrayal, then clearly someone has been
deceived by the lust of the flesh and is not taking spiritual warfare
seriously. But you can win this battle by doing 6 things:

1. Recognize that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts (Ephesians 6:12).

2. Recognize the enemy wishes to see Christ-followers defeated.

3. Recognize you have a Supreme Warrior who will fight for you.

4. Know that God has a plan in this even if your mate doesn’t change.

5. Cry! Notice as Pharoah drew near what the Israelites did. “…and
they became frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord”
(Exodus 14:10, NAS). Great idea, isn’t it?

6. Memorize His promise in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor
forsake you, so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my Helper, I
will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’” or “For He shall give
His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11
(NKJV).

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You, your children and your marriage matter to God. He is touched with
the feeling of your infirmities. Even if you don’t feel you can apply
these scriptures right now, just keep repeating them over and over.
Then let us know what influence they have had. Leave a comment.

Sources: The Holy Bible; I Never Thought I’d See the Day, by David Jeremiah, Faith Words Hachette Book Group, NY; ©2011 by David Jeremiah; pg. 38.  The second chapter of this book, though not geared to marriage, is a real eye opener for Christians who thought life would always be rosy and picturesque. Jeremiah says he never thought he’d see the dayI Never Thought I'd See the Day “When Christian Wouldn’t Know They Were in a War”.

 

 

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Marlene Hibbard is not a professional counselor and recommends the above Christ-followers for counseling services (see Resources under banner). This site offers support 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.

 

Relationship Secrets Revealed Which You Should Have Been Told Before Marriage Part II

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Top Priority

What were you looking for in a mate? If you’re reading this blog you may have had some severe disappointment in your spouse. If you had it to do over again, what would you rate as the top priority characteristic in a potential mate? Did you detect a love for God? Did it appear that His will was supreme in his/her life? Then all else will fall into place. That’s the #1 question and it’s no secret.

God made male and female. Though ultimately we should find our needs met in God, He did create us with needs that can be met by a life-long partner. Here is a couple to consider.

Secret #1. A man needs to be admired.

Secret #2. A woman needs attention or devotion.

 

1. Man needs admiration. That statement can turn you off it he’s been unfaithful and you are still angry so start with Secret #2 in Part 3 (next blog post) instead.

Marianne first saw her husband on a basketball court in college. Her first impression was he had an inflated ego and that turned her off. He was the captain of the basketball team and the star player. After getting to know him, she realized that God had a leadership role for his life and this confidence and decision making quality was needed. She tried to change him thinking he needed some humility. She criticized him frequently. A friend confronted her about her attitude and she was wise and took into consideration that she often mistook confidence for pride. It took time for her to change but they both were blessed to be able to attend yearly marriage conferences. That’s when she learned that even leaders need someone to cheer them on (thus the cheer leading at sports). This is one of the differences between men and women that should be taught in preparation for marriage. Your husband needs your admiration. It’s a need God has called you to meet. Admire him enough to say so, yet not just in words but in actions. Did anyone tell you this secret before you got married? Leave a comment, I‘d like to know.

If there has been infidelity in your marriage and you are still living together, be sure to get to some marriage conferences and continue to see a counselor. This is essential. If you can’t afford it ask your church if they have any way of helping you save your marriage. Here’s a link for more information on one conference.

Weekend to Remember

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Written by Marlene A Hibbard

Next time: A Woman Needs Attention and Devotion

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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.