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Which Gates?

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

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The bars of a cell in Alcatraz hopefully are not the gates that you speak of those in authority above you. To be known at the gates was to be respected. To be thought well of. This weeks challenge is to speak well of your boss, your husband or another authority figure of your choosing. Again, if you are married, please start with your husband. But the challenge has a twist. Speak well of them even when they aren’t around. Purpose to say something positive.

The difficultly lies in the fact that we are often very good about making a positive actually a negative. Hence the photo of Alcatraz above. Make sure the gates are not just bars on a cell! Make it a true positive. If you struggle finding something then purpose to look.

Leave a comment on how you are doing!

You’ve Just Been Served

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There is a pastor in El Salvador who makes this for us every time. He has a servants heart wanting to bless us with this amazing meal.

Serving, it is not the easiest thing to do. Putting others needs first, being aware and looking for ways to fill others’ needs is hard but definitely worth it. It helps us to be humbled, brings us joy and most importantly it blesses God.

Don’t forget to comment on how your challenge went this week!

Here are some verses in serving:

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for* you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:22-25

Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. 1 Timothy 6:1-2

Wednesday Web Sitings

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My father is one of the most servant hearted people I know. That’s why I chose that picture above. He is always putting others first and serving them. Its a blessing to watch.

On to our web sitings for the week!

This website has a whole slew of options on how to serve others! If you are running out of ideas on how to serve the person you have chose for this week’s challenge then skim through these for some inspiration!100 Ways To Serve Others

Random Acts Of Kindness Can you believe it? A whole website on random acts of kindness! That’s awesome, happy exploring!

In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut NBC published the following list of ideas, suggesting that people do random acts of kindness in the name of those killed on that tragic day. NBC’s Idea List

Here is another fun list of ideas from Good Housekeeping http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/acts-of-kindness

Granted some of these lists are for random people or directed towards anyone in your life but you can find ideas or adjust them in light of this week’s challenge. While these are mostly random acts of kindness its still in the heart of serving others. That is kindness and service, seeing a need and meeting it.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on how your challenge is going!

Sneaky Service

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She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:12

The above picture represents service to me in a couple of ways. There is a gentleman that I know who loves to serve people. He looks for needs to fill. Small needs, big needs, it doesn’t matter. He will fill it if he is able. One of the small things he does that most people don’t even realize is that when he hands you a mug he will turn the handle so that it is facing you. If its a soda he will open it and turn it so the opening is facing you. All you have to do is reach out and grab and take a drink.

The reason I love this quality is because it is such an unnoticed act. It is the perfect example of serving without seeking recognition for what you have done but simply for the sake of serving.

This is our challenge for the week. Pick someone to serve this week, preferable an authority figure (if you are married I suggest your husband). Look for something small every day that you can do to serve this person. Try to find something that won’t be realized. Something small and simple that will bless that person without them realizing it or knowing who it was that did it. We want invisibility or anonymity, either one. The goal is to purpose this every day. Pick the person now, its easy to switch it up every day but I want this to challenge us. So stick with the same person for the challenge, but don’t let that keep you to only that person for the week.

The second reason I love this picture is because it is my father’s favorite mug when he comes to visit me. When he is here I try to serve him his coffee in this mug because I know he likes it. This is a perfect example of a small way you can serve someone. Notice what they like or dislike and try to make that happen. If they like a certain type of coffee, bring in an extra bag of that, even if its not your turn to bring in the coffee. If your husband has a favorite mug, make sure its clean on Saturday morning before he gets up.

Don’t forget to comment on how it is going throughout the week!

Wednesday Web Sitings

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Challenge Tip: Keep a journal. Pray. When you share with The Lord you get to tell someone. Whether it is a small thing or a large thing. Whether its a secret or just information you are using to practice not sharing. This way you have the relief of telling the one person it is ok to tell everything.

I keep a journal and when I write I look at it as letters to God. I find I focus better in prayer this way. But there I can say anything. Be it small or big. God sees and He understands.

Here are some websites to help with this week’s challenge. Some of them are just encouragements and some are practical. Enjoy!

The first is full of more encouragements and inspiration: My Pinterest Board

I did a search on trustworthiness and this one made me laugh, though the tips are useful: Wiki How To On Becoming Trustworthy

This is not much, and a sad start to my first week saying “I’m going to work harder to bring you more!” But to be perfectly honest I am not finding much that is a good quality website out there. There are lots of tips on how to become trustworthy but many are from motivational speakers and not Biblically based. Now I am not saying that the methods they use are not effective, they probably are, but I do not want to post a website without having the biblical basis backing it. So, if you are looking for more, do a search on becoming trustworthy and you will find more. Just read it with the thought of how it falls in with Scripture.

Remember, post a comment on how you are doing with this week’s challenge!

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A Challenge In Trust

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Happy New Year’s Eve! I am rolling out a new format for 2013 and I am very excited. Let me briefly explain and then jump right in!

Mondays will be challenge days, there we will explore the topic of the week and have a challenge to work on that particular area for the week. In comments I hope you all post how you are doing in the challenge or share stories about something you learned.

Wednesdays we will keep to being Wednesday Web Sitings, but I want to work harder at incorporating more websites and pictures and interesting apps. So I will work harder to find interesting and useful tools for us to use.

Fridays we will explore other areas of Scripture that apply to the topic of the week. This will be a fun time to see how much things in Scripture tie together.

So for this week’s overview and challenge:

The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
Proverbs 31:11

The word secretary is becoming politically incorrect but in spite of that I still use the term because of its root etymology (fancy word to say how a word came into being). Secretary came from, “Secret Keeper.” As a church secretary I see and hear a lot about people’s lives that need to be kept quiet for privacy’s sake. But this is a quality that is good for all to have and work on.

If you are single, like myself, then this verse can easily be applied to any authority figure, be it boss, parent, or simply someone older that you respect. Our challenge this week is simply to not share things that they share with us. Be it small things or large things. But simply to keep anything they share to yourself. It is a practice in the small things. So if your boss says, “today I had shrimp for lunch.” Later, if you are talking to a friend and they mention shrimp and you find yourself ready to share your boss had shrimp, don’t. It may seem simple but I trust that God can use this challenge to really refine us and give us opportunities to grow in this area. Choose now who you will use as your authority figure in this case and ask God to build you in the area of trust worthiness.

Leave me a comment on how it goes!

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Known At The Gates

Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31:23

How can someone become known in places of authority? Two ways, 1. their own actions and 2. other’s testimonies about them. When we are striving to be those show respect and honor we need to be doing the latter, speaking well of others.

This week we will be focusing on how we speak of others, specifically those in authority above us, be it a position of authority at work, or spiritually someone we should show honor and respect to, like a parent or a pastor.

In a world where communication happens instantly we have a very difficult task ahead of us. It is not easy to think before you speak in such an instant world. Especially when we are seeking to defend ourselves or seeking to explain our own part. Speak well of others, even when it is difficult. Lets go back to the old adage,

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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