Before, my man that would be in my life needed to be financially stable and caretaker. Top of the list. God has a funny way of moving your lists around as He moves into your life. The closer I became with my dearest Lord, my requirements changed. The moment I dated my first godly man, I never wanted to go back. There is something so special and uplifting having someone pray with you. To start the day in prayer and end the day together in prayer. A united force like I spoke about earlier. Prayer is such a powerful thing. It can heal all wounds and give strength to survive another day. It pours out love that in moments you have a hard time finding. Prayer is a must for me now. Top of the list..must love God. I'm at the critical stage of life. Who I accept into it needs to be someone that will always put God first. Who will bring my children and me even closer to Him. That we, together, can be a powerful force for God. Getting the work done. Getting Gods work done. If you find yourself with an unbeliever, there is still hope. You can still pray for them . It will be harder for you as I have witnessed. A lonely path. But I have seen God work miracles. As you live your life daily through and with Christ, your walk can make a difference to them. They can see Christ through you. Prayer. It can work miracles and it's sad we don't use it like we should. The blessings it can bestow into our lives as a couple or by ourselves. It has united my family, my children, so much more. To experience the power together is awesome.
It also helps with hard times..like the ugly word, reproof.
It goes along side becoming the person we need to be for our perfect mate or anyone around us. For in relationships, we need to learn to swallow our strife inside us and prayerfully come to the Lord with ears and mind to willingly listen. To accept the reproof in a godly way no matter how it's given. This is something I am desperately working on. For me, reproof gets my hackles up immediately. Gods working on me. I may be short to them but within a few minutes after I cool down I start to see what they meant. God has started to focus the mirror on me. Oh the log in my eye. It's hard. It's hard to accept that we are severely flawed. It's hard to swallow our pride when someone we love points it out to us.
But pride can be so damaging to any relationship in your life. You don't need it. Humble is the way to go. Trust me on this. I have seen relationships, including ones in my life, ruined because one couldn't swallow their pride and admit to being wrong or sorry. Families broken. It's so sad. God knew how important we needed prayer because of the uglies we are up against. The pride and selfishness that we battle inside us daily. You have two goals today to do.
One, pray. Pray together. Start your day with God and end it with Him. Before any reproof or act of forgiveness, pray together. It's an aloe for all wounds. A healing salve. If you feel the burden on your heart that you have been wrong, listen to it, for it's mostly God talking to you. Reminding you of where and what we should be and not be. Prayer is powerful! United we can do anything. Second goal today. Accept any reproof, be it lovingly or not..accept it in a godly way and answer it humbly as Christ would. For we need to shine Christ into everyone's life by what we do and say.
As hard as reproof can be, I know..I had to listen to one yesterday..and I failed by getting angry..but in a few moments..I realized I was wrong..and asked for forgiveness. It's hard but if I can do it, so can you.
We don’t enjoy discipline when we get it. It is painful. But later, after we have learned our lesson from it, we will enjoy the peace that comes from doing what is right.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.