Friday, August 21, 2015

Put Up Your Guard - Guest Column

Today I have a guest column for you -- Some wise words on a very important topic from Chris Lawler, a minister in Waynetown, Indiana.  Please leave him some love in the comments!

Put up your guard!
Malachi 2:15-16 NLT

Most people who watch the news or frequent social media sites have heard about the
hacking of an online site that promotes extra-marital affairs. 

The existence of such a site says much about us. The fact that there were, apparently,
millions of subscribers, sadly, says much more. And now, as the list of subscribers has gone public (due to the hackers), countless marriages that were secretly in trouble are now going to publicly crumble.

But while this hacking scandal is public and terrible, it is not unique. This event only reveals on the outside what already existed on the inside. We, as a people, have put our guard down when it comes to our hearts, families and marriages. Consider what God says on the matter:

Malachi 2:15-16 NLT
[15] “Didn't the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. [16] "For I hate divorce!" says the LORD, the God of Israel. "To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. "So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife." (This passages speaks to men, but just as easily applies to both husbands and wives)

It doesn't take a website to crumble a marriage. It just takes an open heart. Sin often needs only an opportunity.

We don't need a website to bring devastation to our families.  We simply need to think "it could never happen to us."  Affairs and marital fractures happened long before today.  And they can happen to any of us.  All of us.

All we need to do is drop our guard.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Blogs I Follow...

While I'm not always writing on this blog, I sure am reading perspectives from other blogs!  Thought I'd share my favorites with you in case you'd like them too!

MATT WALSH - Ultra conservative, fierce, and fearless.  Preaching Truth - and he's saying all the things we're afraid to say out loud.

JEN HATMAKER - How much do I LOVE this lady!  I've read several of her books and participated in many of her Bible Studies.  I wish I knew her in real life!

WE ARE THAT FAMILY -  This wonderful Christian wife, mother, author, and runner of Mercy House writes an amazing blog about how she navigates a secular world with Christian values and choices.  I always get great inside from her blog posts!

MOMASTERY - The most amazing book this lady wrote is called, "Carry On, Warrior."  It's a MUST-READ for all women.  Seriously.  The Momastery blog is also full of great posts!

Happy Reading!
:) Mags
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

H O P E = Hold On... Pain Ends.

Lately, I've been standing in the gap in prayer for some friends' marriages.  Satan seems to be doing a lot of work lately attacking people that I care about, and all I can do is watch (and pray), and offer support (and pray), and cry (and pray), and, to be honest, there's been a lot of cursing (but more praying).  In searching for some words of wisdom, I once again found myself at the Momastery website.  I LOVE this article from Glennon Doyle Melton: .

So if your marriage is under attack... or even if not, I strongly encourage you to GO.  NOW.  to read her Easter story.  Be sure you read the Post-Script... and even the comments... Satan has been busy, but God always wins.

Easter blessings to you,
♥ Mags
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