Monday, April 25, 2011

Celebrating Easter and Differences with my In-Laws

I had the wonderful blessing of my husband's family enjoying their Easter meal in our home.
Three of his four sisters and their children joined us, along with his parents, as we shared some delicious food, fellowship, and over-all had a great time.

It reminds me of how very blessed I am to have married into such a wonderful, supportive, and Christian family!

Their family has always done things a certain way, and they are very much creatures of comfort. They do not often deviate from their "norm" - yet they do not judge others for the differences between them. I love this about my in-laws!

If only the rest of the Christians in our world could learn this lesson from the family I have married into!

They are gracious, kind, and accepting of all of the differences between us, as well as that which we share - our faith, families, and friendship.

I know there are so many families out there that have anxiety and tension that rule the in-law relationships. I am so blessed to not have those emotions attached to mine. I pray for those who do have strained relationships in their marriages and in their in-law relationships.

Dear Lord,
Today I lift up all of the married couples and their in-laws!
There are so many dynamics that enter into these relationships, and Lord, you are the Creator and Master of them all!
Thank you for putting these families together.
I pray that whatever situation husbands and wives may find themselves in, that they will respect, honor, and accept the differences between their families, and use those differences to glorify You!
In Jesus' Holy Name,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anxiety ~ When Prayer Isn't Enough

During the Spring, especially Lent, of every year I always experience more anxiety than normal.
Most of the year, I am a very content woman, who can give everything over to God, and trust him to take care of me and my family.

I have been so stressed out lately, that even my prayers are not glorifying to God.

That is the scariest thing for me. I live in prayer, breathe prayer, and rely on prayer to be my link to our Provider and Lord.

I am not sure what the explanation is for this seasonal anxiety...but I do know that compared to Jesus' burden during Lent, my small worries should not be enough to make me feel so sick!

God gave us His son Jesus, and sacrificed him for us.
How is it possible, then, that I would allow my petty, human issues to effect me and push me away from Him?

Prayer after prayer, and I am still anxious. I have even called my doctor to seek some kind of medical options for this anxiety.

Right now I am calling on The Eternal Healer and Physician:

Dear Lord,
I place my life in your hands. All of the anxiety and stress that I am allowing to control me, I release to You, O Lord.
Please help me Lord, to see Your way, and to resolve these anxious issues to Glorify You.
In Jesus Name,

Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Unclutter Your Life with Prayer

A Lenten Prayer

Where should I begin, Jesus, to unclutter my life?
I have yielded to temptation and filled my days with more commitments than I can comfortably manage.
Help me to let go of whatever I cling to.

Free my time.

I have crowded my space with too much baggage:
With gadgets and conveniences and possessions.
Help me to let go of whatever I cling to.

Free my hands.

I have filled my head with trivial distractions:
News, weather, gossip and prejudices.
Help me to focus on more important concerns.

Free my mind.

Jesus, my life is cluttered with more idols than I realized.
I have given them a reverence they do not deserve!
Teach me to renounce their claim on me,and end my divided allegiance.

Guide me to a simpler life and more generous service to You!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19

The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20