Probing Question for Your Marriage: I receive an email in my inbox from Marriage Matters. It is full of advice and is often helpful. Today’s email presented a question for each spouse to consider. I was really challenged because I’ve been thinking about it this lately, especially considering that it is so easy for me be really short with those around me when I get stressed. Here is the question: What do you think it is like to be around you?
A Poem to Pray: This is one of the poems that my wife reads at Morning Time at breakfast right now. Upon hearing it for the first time, I immediately said: “I am going to memorize it.” I loved it. I especially like the focus on “little” throughout the poem. Being a Christian is a call to walk humbly and allow the Holy Spirit to use our “little” words and acts to bless others. The author is Matilda B. Edwards.
God make my life a little light,
Within the world to glow,-
A tiny flame that burneth bright,
Wherever I may go.
God make my life a little flower,
That giveth joy to all;-
Content to bloom in native bower
Although its place be small.
God make my life a little song,
That comforteth the sad;
That helpeth others to be strong,
And makes the singer glad.
God make my life a little staff
Whereon the weak may rest,-
That so what health and strength I have
May serve my neighbor best.
God make my life a little hymn
Of tenderness and praise,-
Of faith, that never waxeth dim,
In all His wondrous ways.
Journaling to Freedom: Do you ever feel torn? Conflicted? Today I spent time with the Lord listing the multiple interests and passions that are pulling me in such different directions. It can be really hard for me to decide where to put my time because there are so many things in my heart but such limited time. In line with James 1:5–8, I asked God for wisdom. What is most important to Him? What are my limitations? What is realistic? What is in my heart? I am exploring these questions and more before I just keep myself busy with “good things” that may not be where God wants my focus. James 1:5 reads: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all…”