Make Laughter A Rainbow In Your Marriage – Episode 1 of 3

MAKE LAUGHTER A RAINBOW IN YOUR MARRIAGE
Storms will blow in, it’s unavoidable. Laughter in your marriage is very similar to a rainbow appearing after a storm. God has a sense of humor. If you don’t believe me take a good look at how ‘different’ your spouse is from you. Yikes! Now that’s funny.
 
While describing his day after work, he uses three words and turns on the television. She uses 4000 words to describe the conversation she had with the checkout clerk at the grocery store. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Both and neither.

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So, I’m Divorced: Now What? Episode 3

SO, I’M DIVORCED: NOW WHAT?
Episode Three
I have spent the last few weeks talking about life after divorce. One key component to keeping your life on track after a divorce is to continue disciplining your children. The second key component is to allow yourself time to heal before rushing into another marriage. If you haven’t read episodes one and two please do so.
Today I will talk about the third key to keeping your life on track after divorce:

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So, I’m Divorced: Now What? Episode 2 of 3

SO, I’M DIVORCED: NOW WHAT? 
Episode Two

Last week I started talking about life after divorce. One key component to keeping your life on track after a divorce is to continue disciplining your children. If you haven’t read episode one, please do so. I discussed why this is so important for the parent and the child both.

Today I will talk about the second key to keeping your life on track after divorce:

NUMBER TWO: Don’t rush into another marriage.

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So, I’m divorced: Now what?

SO, I’M DIVORCED: NOW WHAT?
Episode One

“Death is a final stage of life, something we all must face. But many people go through another kind of death well before the coffin. It’s called divorce.” ~Kevin McDonald

No one gets married with the intent of getting divorced. But it happens frequently. I’d like to discuss three powerful ideas that will help keep your life together after divorce. In episode one, I will share the first idea…

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What happens when you pray over your husband

 

When a wife prays over her husband there are three amazing outcomes.

1st John 5:15

15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

God answers your prayers, lift your husband up to the Lord.

It’s ok to pray WITH him but I want to encourage you to pray OVER him.

1: CREATES SPIRITUAL INTIMACY
If you were to quiz any married man and asked him to rate how he feels when his wife prays ‘over’ him, he would say “It is a 10 out of 10 or even higher.” Why?

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My Baby Can Sleep

While there are many things that cause strain and conflict in marriage, often times one of the biggest offenders goes unnoticed. The Bible is certainly clear that children are a blessing from the Lord. That fact is undeniable. However, the constant strain a young infant can have on his parents from the day in and day out night wakes and feedings, hours of rocking and soothing and holding can drive a wedge between a husband and wife, emotionally and physically.

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Mending a Broken Heart Episode 3 of 3

Over the last few weeks, I have been discussing the topic of mending a broken heart. The Bible gives us a roadmap to healing from many different types of brokenness. The first step is to humble yourself. When we humble ourselves, we are free to truly worship the Lord. It is then that we give full control over to Him and we trust that He is in control, regardless of the pain. The second step is to seek HIM through reading the Bible, meeting with other believers, and fasting. Continue reading “Mending a Broken Heart Episode 3 of 3”

Mending a Broken Heart – Episode 2

Last week I began discussing the topic of healing a broken heart. The Bible gives us a roadmap to healing from many different types of brokenness. The first step is to humble yourself. When we humble ourselves, we are free to truly worship the Lord. It is then that we give full control over to Him and we trust that He is in control, regardless of the pain.

 

This week I want to discuss step two: To Seek His Face

 

How do we seek Him?

There are three key ways to seek God.

ONE: READ OUR BIBLES

God has already said everything we need to hear to prophets, disciples and apostles long before our time. They marvelously documented his words and directives.

Every time we read our bible, something new jumps off the pages as if it was brand new.

When you read your bible, I would suggest you journal. Write down anything that moves your spirit or mind such as things that are amazing to you, things that are confusing. Write down things that make you happy or sad. Journaling makes your journey so much more personal.

 

TWO: MEET WITH OTHER BELIEVERS

Often, God speaks through other people for various reasons. Sometimes it’s because we are tuning him out. Other times God uses other people and their passion to inspire us and change us. Seeking Godly people is the same as seeking God.

 

THREE: FAST

Fast wholeheartedly. Biblical fasting is a way to take our eyes off earthly things in order to focus more on the Lord. It doesn’t have to be a sacrifice of food, especially for those with health issues. Fasting can be giving up screen time in order to pray or spend time in the word. This is not meant to be a “one and done” event. The bible indicates that fasting is a lifestyle of serving. Serving God as well as others.

 

Isaiah 58 (don’t fast just to fast)

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
       and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
       when you see the naked, to clothe him,
       and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
       and your healing will quickly appear;
       then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
       and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
       you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

 

For further growth, please consider taking our online course at https://www.daretobedifferent.com/Marriage-ClassSeminar.

We pray blessings on you and your family.

Matt and Pam

Mending a broken heart

The Bible gives us a wonderful road map on how to heal a broken heart. Today I will show you 1 of 3 ways.

Broken from: Marriage has gone bad, parent abandoned you as a child, family member hurt you deeply.

2nd Chronicles 7:14 
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Whether you are the victim or the perpetrator….
Almost all people with pain would label themselves the victim.

Number one: Humble Yourself

* The bible indicated a particular order to healing.
* Many want to be healed first THEN they will change.

10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
Luke 14:10-11 (NIV)

* Limit the number of people you dump your pain on.
* Keep focused on His calling on your life.
* Remember the torcher the prophets endured without complaining.

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Pam & I love you very much