What would the Devil Think of You???

I love sayings and quotes and a friend of mine sent me this one this week. It just sorta got me, right in the heart. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first… I had to step back and read it again. Then I thought… HUM…. what does the devil think of me. Is he scared of me, does he know that i’m out fighting against him, would he say, “oh no, she’s up.” What are you doing today that would scare the Devil. Think about it.

The Power of a Woman’s Words

I am reading a book right now called, “The Power of a Woman’s Words”… I picked it up one day just at random in the Lifeway store. For some reason it just sorta jumped off the shelf at me. I must admit that my husband will say to me, ” you just don’t hear how you talk to me.” My first thought is always, “what do you mean, I love you, I don’t talk to you in any bad way.” BUT DO I. As I began to read this book and what God has to say about our words , my heart was crushed. then touched. If we only realized just what our words truly do to our men.

* Words can break a Man
* Words can Debilitate a Man
* Words can Make a Man
* Words can Motivate a Man
* Words can Captivate a Man

The book of Porverbs has much to say about wives and words:

* Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (prov. 11:22)
* A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping (prov. 19:13)
* Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife (prov. 21:19)

Are you living in a desert and don’t know it. Is your husband living in a desert and looking for an oasis???

Now read Proverbs 31: 10-12,23,28-29

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life….Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land…..Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her; “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all”

We always say, “who in this world could be the Proverbs 31 woman??” I actually think with God’s help it could be quite easy.

Here are some things we might say to our Husbands:

I told you so
What’s wrong with you
I can’t do anything to please you
All you care about is yourself
That was stupid
You never help me around the house
If you don’t like it, you know where the door is

Here are some things we should say to our Husbands;

I’ve been thinking about you today
You look handsome today
I love spending time with you
I can always count on you
You are my best friend
Thank you for taking such good care of me

I challenge you today to speak kindness into your husbands’ life .

Attic People or Basement People????

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who bring out the best in others, and then there are certain people who tend to bring out the worst??? I’ve heard them referred to as “attic people” and “basement people.” One lifts you up; the other pulls you down.

Jesus was the Master of believing in the best in others and encouraging them to reach beyond their own limited view of their abilities. His disciples had witnessed Jesus command a lame man to walk, restore the rotting skin of a leprous outcast, remove fever from Peter’s mother-in-law with a touch, calm a raging storm, deliver a man from demons, and raise a litle girl from the dead. But Jesus wanted more from his friends than to remain spectators in the gospel. He longed for them to be participants and partakers.

During the passover celebration Jesus retreated to the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. Crowds of people quickly pursued this miracle worker to witness his teaching and healing power. One of his disciples remarked that the people were growing hungry. Jesus turned to Philip and asked. “where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Jesus was not concerned with a lack of provisions. Rather, He was taking this opportunity to invite the disciples to share in His ministry. He didn’t need their help. However, He wanted to invite them to participate in a miracle to boost their confidence and faith. It was a gentle breeze in their sails.

Philip was smart. In a matter of moments he calculated that it would take eight months’ wages
to feed the ten thousand people gathered on the hill. But Jesus wasn’t looking for facts; He was looking for faith.

Andrew was practical. He canvassed the crowd to see what resources were available… and he came back with five small barley cakes and two small fish. But Jesus wasn’t looking for practical; He was looking for powerful.

THEN something powerful happened. He told the disciples to have the crowd sit down in groups. He took the loaves and fish, blessed the food , and gave it to the disciples to distribute.

Did Jesus need the disciples’ help? No, but He chose to include them in the miracle.

Read Matthew 10: 6-8 and read Matthew 28: 19-20 He saw potential in them. Like a coach he who belives in his team HE BELIEVES IN YOU…. He is the wind beneath our wings.