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Tabitha was a beautiful person who showed her faith by her works. She gave and sewed clothes for the poor.

The devotional explores what people will say about us when we die.

In the end, the love we showed will be most important.

Love ❤️

R.S.

The Truth About My Marriage

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Marriage is a blessing.

At one time in my life, I hated marriage and never wanted to be married. I looked at my parents’ relationship and the lack of real love and support and joy, plus my fear of adultery and being controlled kept me far far away in my heart. I had two main reasons: one I assumed or just thought that this vixen at my dad’s job had led him into infidelity and I could not imagine that as great and beautiful as my mom was & two I did not like when my dad spoke harshly and made everyone in the family feel stupid and unworthy. I wanted to be free and never be made to cry by a man. I never wanted to beg a man to stay with me. I never wanted this, I never wanted that. All of my motivations against marriage were hard-fast and negative: I didn’t know any happily married couples. I didn’t see anyone having fun in marriage. I had secrets in my heart that became words and those words became my attitude and my character as the quote goes.

But God had healing for me.

He had a man that He had selected me for and him for me. Every marriage is a covenant with God and if you Google “What is the marriage trend in America?”, the statistics will alarm you. The Bible says that the purpose of marriage is to raise godly offspring and bring glory to God.

I have not always done that. Marriage tests you and pulls out your flaws and weaknesses. The flaws come from my ego, my experiences, my heart. Yet, God giveth more grace.

I pray that my marriage will continue to grow into a testimony, despite all our imperfections.

Love,

R.S.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in Good Health.”

Christ

3 John 2:2 New King James Version

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John New King James Version

Greeting to Gaius

The Elder,

To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in [a]truth.

Gaius Commended for Generosity

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren [b]and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive[c] such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.

Diotrephes and Demetrius

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating[d] against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, [e]but he who does evil has not seen God.

12 Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also [f]bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

Farewell Greeting

13 I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.

Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Footnotes

  1. 3 John 1:4 NU the truth
  2. 3 John 1:5 NU and especially for
  3. 3 John 1:8 NU support
  4. 3 John 1:10 talking nonsense
  5. 3 John 1:11 NU, M omit but
  6. 3 J

Feelings: Life and the Unknown

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Have you ever reflected on how much you want things to be as easy or as stable as they were yesterday?

And inevitably, they are not.

The new school year is starting and already things are different. New teachers. New rules. New procedures. New schedules.

Same old materials.

Time to be resourceful.

Time to innovate.

Time to be proactive.

Sometimes you don’t have it in you. Sometimes you do.

Sometimes the other constraints around you and out of your control impede on the good you want to do.

In our minds, we all know what is right, but as the Bible says, “The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Lord, strengthen our flesh so that we can live out the days of our lives as good examples for Christ. Give us energy despite the things in life that drain and drag us down. Help us to remember former times of hardship and bear up under the weight. Help us to be realistic and honest about what we are working with and help us to be fair with one another.

Please forgive us for longing for days of old and help us to make the future as useful as it can be. Forgive us for missed opportunities and help us to see clearly for the opportunities we have in the future.

Bless us to not let our emotions and circumstances control us, but to do as Paul and press forward toward the mark of the high calling in Jesus Christ.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

-R.S.

Take Refuge in the Lord and Rejoice

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Scripture to read today: 2 Timothy Chapters 1 & 2 and Psalms 5.

Pray for others and pray for mercy for them. Pray for all leaders and pray for those who love the Lord. Pray for your enemies and pray for your protection. Pray for the discouraged and pray for help.

With love,

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Affirmations For Pregnant Women ❤

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I was researching videos on pregnancy and thoroughly enjoyed this one!

 Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God has blessed you with a new life and He will provide! Trust, listen, and obey!

The Self-Funded Latina Haircare Co. Beating Big Name Brands | by Supermaker | Supermaker.com | Medium

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Today, we chat with Julissa Prado, founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, a curly-hair product line whose mission is to help their customers embrace their natural curly hair texture. I went to UCLA and…
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EVERYTHING IN TIME

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How can someone so smart,turn out quite so stupid too?How come someone so lovedcould turn out quite so cruel? There are ever circumstances;and ever …

EVERYTHING IN TIME