"The Squeaky Wheel"
It is so easy to focus on our work or our tasks at hand that our time for God and one another gets pushed to the background. The old saying, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" seems to be true all too often in our daily lives. We don't mean to do it, and in our hearts we don't feel any animosity toward God or to those closest to us, but the squeaky wheels of life tend to get the best of our time. As difficult as it is, we need to make the time to give God His rightful place in our day, and likewise to the people who are closest to us. I pray that you will grow to love God more deeply, walk in His will for your life and reach out to others by finding small ways to help, encourage and affirm them on a daily basis. Set some time aside each day to connect to God. Read your Bible for at least 5 minutes and
try writing a letter to God. You may not see the result immediately, but over time it will make a significant difference in your life.
Sincerely in Christ,
If you are married, or considering marriage, remember the benefit that you can derive as a couple from practicing spiritual disciplines in your relationship. Becky and I continue to read through our Bibles each year using the ONE YEAR BIBLE. It gives us an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, a Proverb and a Psalm each day. Often we will talk about the reading for that day, as it helps us stay connected spiritually.
Being single when one wishes to be married can bring extra stress and anxiety to life. So often, rather than being honest with the fact that we might be having lonely feelings, we can tend to over-spiritualize and say we shouldn't really need a mate to feel complete. As a single person, I often had such thoughts. It refreshed me to read in Genesis 2:18, "It is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him." Waiting is the difficult issue.
Those of you who know of Roger's conflict resolution process are aware that one of the goals of conflict resolution is to have everyone feel a "win win" in the solution process., To achieve this, each family member must be able to share their feelings and thoughts about how they would like to see the conflict resolved. We want to encourage you to be patient with one another; make sure you carve out some time from everyone's busy schedule to sit and listen to each other. Remember to pray at the beginning of the conflict and to always af firm one another throughout the process.
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