I want to discuss “Valentines Day Disappointment.”

So often we have preconceived expectations of love. I remember when Bobby and I were in our late 30’s and attending a Young Adult Sunday school class doing a series on marriage. Every Sunday I left class feeling depressed and unloved because someone would say “my husband runs my bath for me and lights candles.” Then another “my husband writes me “love notes weekly .” I was lucky if Bobby even said “I love you” to me. The enemy weaved into my mind the thought “your husband doesn’t love you.” It wasn’t until I was almost 50 I realized Bobby’s love language was works.

To be honest, even after learning his love language I still struggle at times because my love language craves affection. Bobby is Bobby. He’s not going to ever be the lovey dovey type. I had to just finally accept it. I choose to love him like he is. Praying and knowing God never intended for me to expect my husband or anyone else to totally fulfill me, only He can do that.
Yesterday I knew I would not get anything for Valentines. We don’t do all that, but yesterday Bobby washed the laundry in the basement and brought it back up so I didn’t have to go up and down the stairs- that was him saying “I love you.” People need to see through the eyes of God’s love. I have to pray daily too! Realize love can be expressed in many different ways and be grateful. Guard your mind and guard your heart with love.

Little is Much

If you have any age on you at all, you know who Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band are.

If you attended church anytime between 1930 and 1970 you will know and recognize the lyrics of this song. We sang it often, back before praise and worship music became the thing.

In the harvest field now ripened

There’s a work for all to do

Hark! the Master’s voice is calling

To the harvest calling you

Does the place you’re called to labor

Seem so small and little known?

It is great if a God is in it

For He’ll not forsake His own

Little is much when God is in it!

Labor not for wealth or fame

There’s a crown, and you can win it

If you go in Jesus’ name

And when the conflict has ended

And our race on earth is run

He will say, if you’ve been faithful

“Welcome home, My child—well done!”

Little is much when God is in it!

Labor not for wealth or fame

There’s a crown, and you can win it

If you go…

If you go…

If you go in Jesus’ name

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Kreiger Conrad / Kreiger Donna / Suffield F W Mrs

Me or Us?

Everything can’t always be about what you need or want.

If you are married, sometimes you have to pray and ask God to help you see what is going on in your spouse’s life. How can I be a blessing to them. What do they need from me? How can we be successful and fulfill God’s purpose for our family together.

If you are a single parent, what does your child/children need? Realize your children will only live with you for a short time. If you live to be 70, which is not old at all in today’s advance world of medicine—your child will only be with you 18 of 70 years. Make the most of that time. You will have plenty of time for you. The time you invest in your child will be a blessing.

If you are single with no children. Do you have parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, neighbors or friends who could be blessed by you? Like Paul, where are you suppose to be?

Your life is a gift don’t waste it only thinking about what you want.

What has God purposed for your life?

Jesus came to be a servant.

42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10

Are you willing to push me aside to do what is best for us, or others?

3 John Highlights

This is a personal letter from John to Gaius, who was taking care of traveling teachers and missionaries. In this letter, John also addresses Christians who are proud and refuse to serve others. All Christians should walk in love, working together to support God’s work both at home and around the world.

  1. God is concerned about both our body and our soul so that we are at our best for His service.
  2. Hospitality (welcoming others into your home) is a way to show love and support to fellow believers.
  3. It is the responsibility of churches and Christian individuals to support those who are called to full-time ministry.
  4. God’s true preachers do not preach to make money, but to fulfill their calling and express their love for God.
  5. We can support missionaries by praying for them and by giving them our money, hospitality and time.
  6. Sin such as pride, jealousy and slander still exist in churches today. If we ignore it, it will continue to grow.
  7. A true Christian leader is a servant.
  8. Actively look for ways to show support to God’s workers. It may be in the form of a letter of encouragement, a gift, financial support, an open home or prayer.