Your passion: The time when you took the form of a human, came to earth as Jesus Christ, and let yourself be tortured, shamed, and killed. Your passion was all for the end result of setting things right between you and those who choose to trust you completely.
You loved us so much that you willingly went through hell, just to have a living relationship with us.
Now I consider myself. I run away from most thoughts of pain and suffering. I try my best to avoid suffering. But sometimes, my suffering is your discipline.
I often do not get that. I think it’s because I did this, or didn’t do that. I don’t often stop to consider that you are shaping me into more of you, and sometimes, because I usually need to learn the hard way, your shaping hurts and is painful.
But I know this, I am passionate about living life with you. I am zealous about spending eternity with you.
So help me.
Examine me and reveal my issues to me. Show me where I need to repent. Make it clear to me where I need to change my thoughts, actions, or attitudes to become more pleasing to you.
I will do my best to turn from the things unholy and to run to your love and grace. Empower me with your Spirit to move this way.
I met my friend Victoria last year. I saw this beautiful Kenyan girl in the mall with a baby in a stroller and went to ask her who styled her hair. We live in a town in Sweden where it’s impossible to find someone to style our Kenyan hair.
We quickly became friends; speaking on the phone a lot. She tried on numerous occasions to invite me to dinner, but I’d always say no and postpone it to a later date. I can vividly remember the number of times we tried to make arrangements to meet. These meetings never happened. I plan my time meticulously weeks ahead of time. Therefore, her impromptu calls to meet in an hour or so were of course turned down.
To be honest, there was also a part of me that did not want to hang out with Victoria because she drank too much. Parties with too much alcohol really weren’t my scene.
The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.
I’m considering publishing a 14 day devotional on interacting with God’s Living Word. Does it sound interesting? Would you read through the devotional? What are your thoughts?
God, thank you for Carlie. She is so much more excellent than I ever imagined. Never in a million years did I think I would find a wife like her. You have blessed me with a woman after your own heart. Carlie is the object of my eye. She captivates me with her beauty and strength. She runs our household effectively and keeps our doors welcoming. She desires to see people come to a saving knowledge of you and uses her talents to bring others into your presence. Thank you for bringing Carlie into my life. Amen.
Men, what’s your prayer of gratitude for your wife?
I love music. It has ways of communicating messages in ways that wouldn’t happen in other forms of communication. It helps make words memorable. It helps make messages stick in the mind.
Lecrae has a new album. It is excellent. The messages and ideas he sends out in this album are deep and impactful. A message of his I want to emphasize is this: Men – You don’t wanna do it.
I want to take a minute to highlight a song, and yes, this is directed primarily towards men. (I thought this post was about pornography and adultery? It is, just trust me, but you need to listen to the song below and read the passages from Proverbs first.)