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A Call to Change

Recent reminder…

You and I – we share a purpose and commonality. We are called to bless and encourage each other. We are to bless and encourage our friends, our family, colleagues. We are to bless and encourage our husbands. We are to bless and encourage our children.

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thess 5:11 (NLT)

Speak life

Declare life and expectations over those you love. Use kind and encouraging words to draw out the best in your husband and / or your children. Be the first to see their goodness and potential! Be the one who recalls why you married your husband, what you saw in him and remind him of all the good you have to offer.

I am not suggesting that we should be blind to the faults of our husbands or children. I am however stating emphatically that there are two very simple truths that always endure:

  1. Just as my husband is flawed in some areas. So am I. Just as my children are not perfect. Neither am I.
    Thankfully we are all covered and redeemed by the grace of God.
  2. Having established that, all that remains is for us (you and me) to choose to focus on the good, that which is right, that which is life-giving, that which builds. We are called to bless and encourage, despite the current conditions or limitations.

That is what I LOVE about scripture. It is not limited by our current situations or concerns – it is far above it and it calls us to to a greater life!

Forgiveness

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19 (NLT)

You and I have received the gift of God’s grace and mercy in abundance. Be kind and generous in offering forgiveness to others. Yes, I know we are all slighted and offended (often by those closest to us) but what sets us apart from the world is what we do next. Forgiveness.

So…

Remember how precious your words of encouragement and blessing are.Offer them freely and frequently to your husband to draw out his strength, love and spirit. Offer affirmations and encouragement and forgive easily.

Reach out and bless your children today. Pray & declare the Father’s blessing over their lives. Use kind and uplifting words, gently guide their growth with love and patience.

It’s a tall order for most of us, I know. Life is busy, your kind words and patience probably run out just as mine does. Please persist? Please try again? We need to be a generation of wives and mothers who commit to change and improvement and it needs to start with change in our own lives.

May you be blessed RICHLY today!

Thanks for sharing my Cuppa.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Our prayers can change the world

Our prayers are an amazing opportunity to sit in the presence of our Father and bring our heart’s concerns to Him. See again Jeremiah 17:7 from yesterday’s reading.

Today I want to challenge you to start preparing for one day of global prayer – by women like you and I – who are committed to making a difference to the injustices and oppression faced by so many women, men and children around the world. Imagine just how powerful a day of prayer is – for one entire day the globe will be encircled and blanketed by the prayers of women from 160 countries worldwide that are praying toward the same goal.

What is the WWDP?

What is the Women’s World Day of Prayer? WWDP is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women in more than 160 countries, who come together to observe a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March every year. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER brings together women of various races, cultures and churches in fellowship and understanding. You can read more on their site.

2 March 2012

For the 2012 WWDP the Christian women of Malaysia have prepared the theme for this year’s day of prayer as “Let Justice Prevail“.

Although Malaysia’s multi-ethnicity has added to the rich heritage of its land and people, it has also given rise to many problems and challenges. Justice for
all is the hope and prayer of the people. “Let Justice Prevail”.

Our challenge

I hope that you will seriously consider the task of starting preparations to join in the day of prayer.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Col 3:23 NLT

God bless!

 

the peaceful wife

Helping wives go from hurting and frustrated to empowered, healed, and confident in Christ

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Hearty chats for women about this, that and whatnot.