This was a nice reminder to really listen for God, to stretch our ears to hear Him speak.
Fifty years ago today on August 28th 1963 Dr Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech during the March on Washington. It was a pretty big deal and definitely a time of liberation for a people group that had otherwise been oppressed. Today I just wanted to express my heart felt gratitude for what took place fifty years ago today and say thank you to all of those men and women who came before me who stood up for what was right when no one else would stand and who really did make it to where, “little black boys and girls will hold hands with little white boys and girls.” My husband and I would not be here if things had not changed. And now we can live our lives knowing that we are the next fifty years from today… So thank you and God Bless!
I found this blog over at the better mom and totally needed to read it again and share it, especially since the fall semester of school just started up (a blog post on that will surely come at some point) anyway it talks about how important it is to learn to say NO for the sake of your sanity and how important it is to prioritize. I hope you walk away being able to answer and reflect on the questions and how they apply to your life and hopefully you will walk away from reading this knowing that some times NO is the best option for the season you are in and that it’s okay to say NO. This article is by Tricia Goyer and can be found below under its original title.
5 Questions That Can Change Your Schedule…and Your Life
I used to be the worst at saying no. If someone needed help at church, or a babysitter, or a work-project to get done, I was the person whom they could count on. I prided myself for being able to accomplish more than anyone I knew, but the cost was great. I was stressed. I was overwhelmed. I was tired all the time. And my shoulders grew weary from the high level of expectations. Especially mine.
My husband, John, was the one who taught me to say no. After one ultra-busy season he sat me down and forced me to go over my schedule. Together we asked these questions in order to pare down our calendar:
Take a few minutes and answer these questions. You might want to start with the last one first. What do you miss out on when you forget to say no? One of the most important things is inner renewal.
My friend Tracy showed me this offer a few weeks ago to sign up to review this devotional and I am so glad that she did! The devotional is titled Wife After God. It’s by Jennifer Smith and you can check it out here for more information. I like the fact that it doesn’t matter what time of day you do it, there is always time to complete the challenges that are given. I also like the status updates that are provided even if they are a bit canned but that’s mostly because I am on several different social media platforms and that gives me a morsel of content…
But my favorite part about this devotional is the fact that there are questions that can be answered in a small group setting (or if you are like me, on Facebook) and they invoke reactions!! They are not controversial questions more like thought-provoking ones that allow people to think and ponder and really reflect on their lives and marriages… I mean just the other day I asked my Facebook friends this question: Why is it important to know God’s purpose for your marriage? and one of my friends simply put, “so you can see the end result and not get bogged down by the in between-growing into it-stages, and won’t give up when (not if) it gets hard.” I mean I love the wisdom that comes from just sharing one of the questions on a social platform.
If you all know me I love prayer… And she has a prayer for each day that will surely leave you full of joy and encouraged… In fact as soon as I read her opening prayer I knew this would be a great devotional to read and share and do over and over again…she prayed for our hearts to be softened and for us to have the courage to go through and accept the challenges, she also prayed that our hearts would be guarded from distractions and prepared by the Holy Spirit… My faith was built up from the very beginning… not to mention I get to look forward to all the different topics that are covered such as Pure Joy, Marriage Is To Make You Holy, Who You Are Called To Be and Intimacy in Marriage just to name a few!If you are interested in buying a copy for you or a loved one (this would make a great gift) you can buy it here from Amazon. I can definitely see myself learning so much about my marriage during this devotional and I am excited to see what comes from this and how I can incorporate the things I learned into different aspects of my life.
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