We have gone through another week. I can’t believe how fast January has flown by. February 1st is on Friday people!!!!
I think we are more than halfway through the Old Testament and definitely through the biggest books. Yesterday we started reading the Psalms and I have to say that the Psalms are some of my favorite parts of the Bible to read. There is so much encouragement in them.
Just think, even those passages where David is lamenting his sin or someone else’s (as we read about Doeg’s today) we can take encouragement from those. It is so easy to get down on ourselves about failing the Lord, but the key is that we get back up on our feet and keep on moving forward.
David was called “a man after God’s own heart” and look at how many times he sinned and grieved the Lord. Yet, he took the time to ask forgiveness for his sin and then worked at having a better relationship with the Lord after it. And yes, he failed more than once. It was a continual thing with him as we’ve already read in 1 and 2 Samuel. But we don’t need to get caught up in our failures. We need to allow God’s forgiveness to become a part of us and grow our relationship with Him.
I’m so thankful He doesn’t just kick us to the curb when we fail Him. I know it hurts God’s heart to see us do so, but He extends the greatest mercy to us that we will ever know.
I am really excited about the month of February. I have some great recipes lined up over the next couple of weeks leading up to Valentines (my hubby has had a couple of years to try them out already, hehe). I am also going to be doing a series on Fridays on marriage and I am really excited about having two guest posts from author Sheri Rose Shepherd. She is one of the leading authors on marriage and relationships. I am currently reading through a review copy of her book, “Your Heart’s Desire: 14 Truths that will Forever Change the Way You Love and Are Loved”.
Whether or not you are struggling in your marriage this book is for you, Ladies! There is even a chapter for single women (it’s for everyone!). I know, for me, this book has already convicted me about having a meek and quiet spirit. I know the Bible talks about women having that type of spirit but I am such a dramatic person that I have found it difficult to curb my “loudness”. Reading about her experiences with the same issue has really helped me in that area. I can’t wait to finish the book.
And, if you have been following Courtney’s Marriage Challenge over at Womenlivingwell.org, we are now into week two. How are you doing on it? Seeing any changes in your attitude toward your husband? When we learn to look for the good things, the bad tend to fade away. Looking forward to this week’s challenge. Just might have to blog about it. We’ll see…….
Happy Monday Everyone!
For His Glory,