Choose a Loving Relationship

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It is most likely not possible to avoid all unhappiness in your relationship, we are all human.  However, your relationship should be more happiness than pain.  If you are constantly suffering in your relationship it may be unhealthy.  This may be an indication to get help.  Call us here, speak to your pastor, pray, be proactive do something to change your situation.  It will not benefit you in the long run to continue in an unhealthy relationship.

When Facing Boiling Water

When Facing Boiling Water

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

The More I Seek You

The More I Seek You

It is time for another music therapy piece. Enjoy!

The More I Seek You by Kari Jobe

The more I seek you,
The more I find you
The more I find you, the more I love you

I want to sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, its more than I can stand
I melt in your peace, its overwhelming

 

The background behind this piece stems from the story of Mary and Martha. Luke 10:34-42, expresses that Jesus and His disciples went to Martha and Mary’s home where Martha focused on preparing a meal and serving them while Mary focused on listened to Jesus’ message by sitting at his feet. Martha became angry with Mary and approached Jesus to demand Mary’s help. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Mary and Martha’s story teach us an important message about priorities. Serving is a great thing but spending time at Jesus’ feet is best. Jesus is less concerned about your ability to impress him with your “skills”. Jesus wants time with YOU! Will you spend your time with HIM?

Faithful

Faithful

Be encouraged and understand that you are loved unconditionally by your Creator. Read and meditate on the following scriptures:

I am a MASTERPIECE created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 1:13-14)

No matter my past, I AM FORGIVEN of my sins because of the lavishness of His grace upon me (Ephesians 1:7)

I AM A BRAND NEW person. My old sin nature has passed away, and everything has become brand new (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Because He was wounded, I am HEALED (Isaiah 53:5)

The joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH (Nehemiah 8:10)

I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

I am the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have been given VICTORY in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57)

I walk by FAITH and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)