Prayer For Our Nation

Father God we come boldly before your throne of grace with thanksgiving lifting our nation in prayer so that your people may be able to live quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. We thank you for showering us with your abundant blessings and for making this nation great in all the earth. Your word says, "blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." We realize that the only reason why we have faired so well and have been prosperous, is because in the past, you have been the God of this nation and the people have honored and and served you. But now, our nation as a whole have left you their first love in honoring and serving you and have turned our back on you and have allowed sin and abomination throughout our government and nation. As a result of that, it has been manifested in the lives of the people.

25 Unforgettable Love and Marriage Quotes (REMR 13)

It has been an incredible journey on "Relationship Enrichment, Marriage Rescue and Practical Principles for Healthy Living After Divorce." during the entire month of June 2013, and we've come to the final post in the series today. Valuable lessons have been taught, and what I have learnt from this journey will remain seared upon the table of my heart. And in the words of Audrey Hepburn, "If I get married, I want to be very married."

But whatever your choice, it is no secret that marriage is not for the faint of heart. It requires a whole lot of unconditional love, trust, respect, hard work and a life long commitment. With that said, here are some unforgettable quotes on love and marriage to empower, inspire and encourage you as you journey in your marriage relationship:

1.  "Love your spouse with everything you've got! Don't take short cuts and don't settle for just coasting by. The road ahead may be difficult at times, but you'll get through anything if you choose to face it together; have faith, and never give up on each other." ~ Dave Willis

2.  "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." ~ Mingon McLaughlin

The Week That Was Series 10 - A Lesson Learned On Being First Class

On 'A Minute With Maxwell' for yesterday June 28th 2013, the challenge word for the day was "First Class" In the short inspirational video message John Maxwell said these words, "You want to be first class, you got to do first class...don't just expect that you get a ride in the first class of life, do something that earns you first class. It's not an entitlement, it's not something that you are entitled to be or to do, it's something that you earn."

So my question, is first class really for everyone? Are most people willing to do what it takes so that they can earn that spot in the first class of life?

Prayer For Marriages (REMR-12)

"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled." (Hebrews 13:4) Today dear Lord we lift up before you marriages. We acknowledge you first as the Lamb and the bridegroom that is come, and we the church as your bride, made ready to meet you. We ask that by the power of your Holy Spirit and your anointing, sanctify us afresh today that we are spotless, without blemish and without wrinkle. We dedicate our marriage to you, and we declare our marriage to be honourable and the bed undefiled.

Strategies On How To Love Yourself and Gain Confidence (REMR-11)

by Cindy Holbrook

After her divorce, Paula felt very alone and did not have much confidence in herself. She had devoted her entire life to taking care of her husband, children and anyone else who happened along the way.

She did not feel that she was worthy of contributing to the world unless she was giving others what they needed. What she failed to realize is that until you learn to love yourself and gain confidence that you are limiting how much love and devotion you are able to give to another. In time, Paula learned to love herself and her confidence boomed. She was happier than she had ever been.

8 Quotes About Life That We Love

"Do not die in the history of your past hurts and experiences, but live in the now and future of your destiny."

"I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days." ~ L. Ron Hubbard

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." ~ Nelson Mandela

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Divorce and Remarriage Factor: What Does The Bible Say? (REMR-10)

I am certain that you will agree with me that divorce and remarriage are becoming too common place in our society today - sweeping through both our nations and our churches. A husband or a wife (Christian and non-Christian alike) can dissolve their marriage for just about any reason without giving consideration to what the bible teaches.

Now in days gone by, this was unheard of. Divorce was rare, let alone remarriage. It was something that many persons just did not do. Ethics and morality were first place in our society. And so those who did engage in divorce were considered of the world, lacking Godly character, and were subsequently either marginalized or shunned once they did. But here we are, in a world where divorce is now more prevalent than it has ever been before. For the most part, God's creation are being led by a culture of convenience, as opposed to what scripture teaches.

Prayer Concerning Your Needs

Father God we give thanks and praise to your great name. Today we come believing you that all our needs will be met according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. This is the confidence that we have in you: That if we ask anything according to your will, then we know that you hear us and that you will grant according to your marvellous riches the request and petition that we desire. We humbly ask that you make all riches abound towards us that we have sufficiency in all things. Bless us to prosper in every good work. According to your word, it is your desire for us that we have success, prosperity, and be in good health, even as we prosper and grow spiritually. Bless each family member, friends, associates and all those with whom we interact with on social media, in Jesus' name, amen. Ref: 1 John 5:14-15; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 3 John 1:2

The Week That Was Series 9 - When Tempted To Give In, I Turned To The God In Me

It felt much like a kick in my abdomen. My spirit grieved. Not long after the negative emotions spiked, signalling to me that it was  time to put up my protective shield. I could no longer contain my emotions, which by that time was raw and very deep, that needed some quick first aid attention. So I rushed through the door and quickly paced myself down the hallway into the nearest bathroom.

I could not stop the tears that began to stroke down both sides of my cheeks. I could not risk allowing anyone else to see me that way, so I dried my tears, washed my face, took a deep breath and walked back to the place I felt 'safe.' 

The Most Intimate Thing You Can Do With Your Spouse (REMR-9)

photo via: The Romantic Vineyard
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us. (Psalm 90:17)

God in His infinite wisdom created us to have intimacy with Him first and foremost. He made male and female. He ordained and officiated at the very first marriage between Adam and Eve, thus giving them the freedom within the confines of their marriage to have and enjoy sexual intercourse and not to ever be ashamed of it. But is that the most beautiful thing that couples can enjoy in their life? Is it the most euphoric and intimate act that we can do as married couples? It may surprise you that the answer to those questions is no. Instead, it is prayer. 

Tips On How To Rebuild Trust In Your Marriage (REMR-8)

Hello everyone!

It is my hope that you have been tremendously blessed, inspired and empowered by what has been shared thus far on this blog, in particular, from this month's series "Relationship Enrichment, Marriage Rescue, and Practical Principles for Healthy Living After Divorce."

Today's topic is about trust and how to build/re-build it. There are varying definitions for trust. One such meaning taken from Collier's states: Trust is "a firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice of another person or thing.."

For the purpose of this discussion on marriage, trust is the foundation of every relationship, which makes intimacy in the true sense of the word possible between the two persons. I am certain you will agree with me, it takes a lot of effort and time to build up over the years, yet it is so easily broken. And not surprising, many people struggle with the broken elements of it, not knowing the first step to take once the trust factor has been damaged.

Anna Jones Buttimore - What I Learned in Church Today (16th June 2013)

Anna Jones Buttimore:

I was tremendously blessed and humbled by this honor when Anna Jones Buttimore left a comment on my blog that proved how our Heavenly Father is working in our lives to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ around the world to bless, encourage and inspire others.

The article being referred to, "The Power Of God's Acceptance" was written back in February 2013. I wrote it a time when I was in deep distress and could only turn to God with the understanding that because He accepts me as I am, it was enough to minimize the pain of what I was going through.

World's Best Dad Series: A Father's Day Prayer

"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever."

A Father's Day Prayer
by Kirk Loadman

Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father have worked to become a good father.

Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

Let us praise those father who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfather, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect. Let us praise those father who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Skip The Ties This Father's Day - How About An Attitude Adjustment For Kids (REMR-7)

Traditionally, for Father's Day each year, fathers have received gifts from their children such as ties, tool kits, designer socks and shirts, fishing poles, just to name a few. But not so this year according to a CNN Contributor Ruben Navarrette, Jr. in an article he wrote entitled, "Fathers, stop coddling your kids."

Speaking from his perspective and for some of the Dads that he has spoken to over the years, he said, "What many of us really want for Father's Day is an attitude adjustment for our kids." Without prejudice, I have to concur with the author's opinion. I agree wholeheartedly that we are living in an age where many parents are struggling with raising their toddlers and/or teenagers.

Parents struggle with matters such as discipline for when a child act out of context and fail to follow the rules. Many children go around with an attitude as if you [the adult] are the child, and they are the parents. They do everything they can to thwart and twist you around their little fingers.

Wives Respect Your Husband Even If You Think He Doesn't Deserve It (REMR-6)

Love him tender, LOVE him sweet, love him every step of the way and he
will reciprocate with his love!  photo via cc
I found out for myself when it was obviously too late, that love and respect go hand in hand - and they are actually inseparable within the context of a marriage relationship. Mutual love and respect, as most experts would agree, are key elements to building a healthy relationship and guarding each other against abuse. To support that thesis, scriptures such as Galatians 5:22-23 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 speaks specifically about the way we treat each other with love - and respect, although not explicit, is implied, and a huge part of the text just as much as love is. 

But sad to say, that in society today, many husbands are often treated with disrespect, contempt, resentment and even condemnation. It's been a part of our culture, and for many years, the women that do engage themselves in that practice towards their spouse, generally think that the respect for her husband is old fashioned and backward, especially if she is not getting from him what she wants. Her 'argument' is that he is not deserving of 'respect.'

11 Daily Affirmations That Will Solidify Your Marriage For A Lifetime (REMR-5)

Who God has joined together let no man put asunder
As we continue on this month's journey with the series, "Relationship Enrichment, Marriage Rescue and Practical Principles for Healthy Living After Divorce," I am mindful that not everyone who may be reading the articles from this series are (a) married (b) happily married.

You may have even gone through marriage before and are (a) divorced and (b) even contemplating divorce simple because, life didn't go the way that you had dreamed of. Nonetheless, I believe in the power of God and how He can turn sadness into joy, despair into hope, chaos and confusion into peace and divine order. I also believe that just as He created, He changes things, rules, reigns with His word, He has also created man as a "speaking spirit" to do the same.

We can use the power of His word to speak death and destruction to our lives by speaking negative words and confessions of doubt, fear and unbelief, or we can speak the abundant life of God through speaking what God says about our lives. That being said, here are 11 life changing affirmations and confessions that you can  speak over your marriage that would solidify your relationships for a lifetime:

Discover 3 Secrets To Strengthen Your Long-Term Relationship (REMR-4)

by Dr. Susan Campbell
One tip? Reminiscing about your first
dates can evoke excitement again
These simple practices will deepen your bond as a couple.

It's an unfortunately common issue among long-term couples: They eventually get stuck in a pattern. That pattern can take a variety of forms in their relationships - avoiding certain topics, feeling bored, walking on eggshells, frequently fighting or misunderstanding or all of the above.

So when things get tense, stuck, volatile, stale or boring, try these simple practices to deepen your love:

1) Remember what first attracted you to each other. Have a conversation and share what drew you to each other in the beginning. When couples come to me for coaching, I often ask them to tell me the story of how they met and what attracted them to one another. Each person takes a turn reminiscing about how things felt when they were first discovering one another and falling in love. This brings back those loving feelings.

2) Clear the air so you're really present. When couples have been together a while, little conflicts tend to get swept under the proverbial carpet - where they can't be seen. The only trouble is, these unseen issues can be held in your mind and make it hard for you to be present.

The Week That Was Series 8 - Pope Francis Reveals He Didn't Want To Be Pope

by Nicole Winfield
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis revealed Friday that he never wanted to be pope and that he's living in the Vatican hotel for his "psychiatric" health.

Francis showed a personal and spontaneous side as he met with thousands of children from Jesuit schools across Italy and Albania. Tossing aside his prepared remarks, Francis surprised the kids by asking them if they'd like to ask him some questions instead.

"Yes!" they shouted to cheers and applause - and the concern of teachers who fretted that no one had prepared anything.

Answering their questions one by one, Francis told them the decision to become a priest had been difficult and that he had suffered "moments of interior darkness" when "you feel dry, without interior joy."

But he said he went ahead because he loved Christ.

One of the most touching moments came when Teresa, a bright-eyed redhead no more than six, asked Francis flat out if he had wanted to be pope.

Turning Conflict Into A Gold Mine Of Growth Opportunities (REMR-3)

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There is not a single relationship on earth in which conflict doesn't exist. After all, two people can't be expected to agree on every single thing. It would not be the norm if that was the case. Conflict is actually a normal part of any relationship - between countries, governments, business, teams, couples in a relationship, marriage, just to mention a few. It is what we go through in life that makes it so interesting at times. And when the conflict is managed the right way, it helps us to build conflict resolution skills, thus providing the perfect opportunities for personal and professional growth.

What is conflict? 

In my own terms of definition, I would state simply that conflict is a situation that arises between two or more individuals in which there are disagreements, arguments and un-togetherness over their values, ideas, thoughts, motivation, perception or desires. The range of differences can be large and serious or small and trivial/petty. The human desire to be right in everything we do and say breeds the conflict which can drive you and your partner to insanity through the constant bickering and competing with one another on who is right or wrong. 

What do others have to say about conflict? I consulted the learned and the experienced to get a better understanding of this thing called conflict in relationships:

From the word of God in Amos 3:3 of the New Living Translation (NLT) it says, "Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?" In other words, God and man cannot walk together unless they are in agreement in thought, word and deed. Or, when translated into our everyday living, where there is not friendship, there can be no fellowship between the two. 

Book Review: Let Go To Grow by Doug and Polly White

Let me introduce Doug & Polly White. They are small business experts, award-winning authors, and syndicated columnists. Together, they have more than 50-years of business experience. The focus of their work is growing small businesses and their leaders.

Their book, 'Let Go To Grow: Why some businesses thrive and others fail to reach their potential' was named a Best Business Book of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Steve Kaufman, a professor at Harvard Business School wrote, "Doug and Polly combine well-documented theory with insightful lessons from the 'school of hard-knocks.' You won't find a better guide for how to grow your business." I wholehearted recommend this book to you. Doug & Polly's book is available in the following: 

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  • Downloadable pdf version
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Take Control Of Anger Before It Controls You (REMR-2)

"Don't sin by letting anger control you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry." (Ephesians 4:26)

"Fools vent their anger but the wise hold it back." (Proverbs 29:11)

"Understand this my dear brothers and sisters, you must all be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to get angry." (James 1:19) 

[I am deeply sorry for all the things that I have said to hurt your feelings. I now realize the error of my ways. I  was very angry at what you had done and should have listened to what you had to say first on the matter rather than yelling at you. I ask for your forgiveness.] Words I have had to say.

The difference between harsh words, soft spoken and kind words can be a matter of taking as little as three deep breaths. 

More from Empowerment Moments Blog: When Anger Becomes A Forbidden Fruit

If you and I really knew how intricate the human brain is and that it don't always work in our best interest, we would not be so hard on each other. True that we all get angry sometimes but I am often amazed at how angry so many persons are. And while anger is said to be a normal, healthy emotion, if not controlled and it's allowed to become chronic and explosive, it can lead to very serious consequences.

The Wealth Of Your Life Is In The Richness Of Your Relationship (REMR-1)

"Let the wife see that she respects and reverence her husband that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates and esteems him and that she defers to him, praises him and loves and admires him exceedingly." (Ephesians 5:33 Amp.)

"Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord." (Psalm 45:11)

"For husbands, this means love your wives' just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her." (Ephesians 5:25 NLT)

Whether you are preparing for marriage, you are already in a very healthy marriage, or hanging on by the thread and at the point of considering divorce, you do not want to miss this blogs' month long series on 'Relationship Enrichment, Marriage Rescue and Practical Principles for Healthy Living after Divorce.'

The Week That Was Series 7: My Participation In A Virtual Bloggers Party

This is what an unknown source once said - "In school you get the lesson and then take the test...In life you take the test and then get the lesson."

This week's series will probably be the shortest one that I have written thus far. It's not that I do not have anything to write on, actually there is much that I would like to talk about but I have chosen to keep it short and simple. If it turns out not to be the shortest, then I ask your forgiveness in advance. *_* :-)

I participated in my first virtual blog party this past week, hosted by Michelle Garrett of Divas With A Purpose, the first of that nature for her. The rules of the party were quite simple - participants were asked to submit a link to one of our posts that we would like to 'party' with and during this past week  of May we were required to visit each other's blog and spread blogger love by leaving a comment on the blogs we visited.

It was very interesting for me. And, with the hectic schedule I maintain, I did make time to visit and leave a comment on approximately 90% of the blogs. My aim was to do more than just spread love through the comment but to actually befriend the blogger with the hope that the same gesture would be reciprocated.

I will honestly say, the 4 bloggers that did stop by and leave a comment here, I felt the warmth of their love and friendship which I hope would last way beyond the May month blog party. With that said, I give a shout up to the following:
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