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Do You See Me & Amazing Sex {Living Proverbs 31}

I love when I’m inspired by a post and then someone else also gets inspired.

This is why we do these features!!

Last week Melinda from Auntie Em’s Guide to Life read one of the features I talked about.  She then expanded on it.  I loved it.

She is right in her piece entitled ‘Do You See Me.‘  It’s hard to work, work, work, and feel like no one notices. <—-tweet

I’ve been there. In fact, I’m still there.  The bottom line is that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to take care of our family.

Melinda’s amazing verses of encouragement remind us that He sees us always.  Having someone here on earth see us isn’t nearly as comforting as knowing that He sees us always.

  • Isaiah 43:1 … I have called you by name. You are mine.
  • John 10:14 … I am the good shepherd. I know my own.
  • Psalm 139: 1-5 … Lord, you have examined me and know me. you know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions… You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power… (there’s lots more that is really good; read this whole chapter!)
  • Psalm 91:14 … He knows my name.

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Back in February, I did a series with a group of amazing ladies.  It was a marriage series and it was so much fun.

We talked about quite a few things but one of the hottest topics was sex. 

I’m highlighting Erin from Mystery 32 for exactly this reason.  I don’t see a lot of positive talk about this across the blog world.  She talks about working together to get it right. 

Her piece ‘Amazing Sex, It Takes Work‘ is spot on in my opinion. 

We seem to live in a world that is all about the now.  Doing it now but doing it safely seems to be a mantra in a lot of minds.  On the other hand there is a lot of hype that waiting will make it perfect.  I like her words here:

My overall point is this: We should encourage those that are not married to stay pure for the wedding night, but that doesn’t mean we pretend it will automatically be amazing right away. We should encourage virginity because of the blessing that it is and what it means for a future marriage. For those that are married, let’s encourage them to press on through the hard times, including the hard times with sex. If you are in a marriage where the sex is not what you expected it to be, hold on. You have the rest of your lives to practice and you can learn to love each other in a way that is amazing for both of you.

Thanks for reminding us that in regards to sex, practice makes perfect!!  <—-tweet

Here are their links to the other pieces from February in case you’d like to check them out as well.  Kayse @ KaysePratt.com,  Monica @ Elevate Ideas,  Emily @ Primitive Roads,  & Jamie @ Brown Paper and Strings.

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Tweets, Texts, & Commandments {Into the Word Wednesday}

I’m not sure if it’s the holidays or if it’s the end of the world prediction (anyone really believe that?) but I’ve seen quite a bit of it.  Bickering both online and in real life.  Between people that are supposedly friends and also between loved ones. 

I’ve seen it in the way of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and even on blogs.  It can even be via a nasty text, email, or instant message.   

I get having a bad day.  I even get having feelings hurt by someone we care about.  Hey, I get it. I’ve been hurt devastated by people closest to me more than once in my life.   Being hurt or even offended doesn’t mean retaliation.  Even when that might be the only way we feel we’ll get closure on a situation. 

Let’s not forget that John 15:12 states: ‘This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.’ 

I believe our first thought in a situation shouldn’t be how we can get back at someone.  Perhaps we should wonder or question what could have happened to create the issue. 

I also feel we shouldn’t use text, email, or another form of print media to express our feelings.  The point we are trying to make doesn’t necessarily come across the way we want it.  It can come across as cutting, curt, or even condescending.  Rarely can such a brief message convey what we are really trying to say.  So at that point, it’s taken incorrectly which causes a rift.

I was taught not to say anything if I didn’t have anything nice to say.  I take this to heart and simply don’t respond to it.  I prefer to talk things through either over the phone or in person.  Many people don’t prefer this.  It’s easier to hide behind a computer screen spouting off than to speak with someone face to face.   

We are called to love one another as He loves us.  Of course this is hard to say in a world of blogs, social media, and smart phones but I’ll say it anyway.  These types of media are not to be how we solve conflict not to be used to show our love for each other.  All of these serve a purpose but are not meant to replace our relationships. 

Life is way too short to live it over texts and tweets!

I love for people to see in my eyes or hear in my voice that I’m loving them as He has loved us.  I also love to feel it from others.  There is no better way to express ourselves.  It just can’t be done in a few sentences or text speak. 

I’m challenging you today to take a spare minute and make a phone call, write a handwritten letter, or grab a cup of coffee with a friend or family member.

Would He simply send us a text to tell us if He’s disappointed in us or to show His love? Nope, He sent us an entire book and died on the cross.  Wow.  Talk about love!!

Won’t you join me in spreading a little holiday love this season?

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You Can Do Nothing {Into the Word Wednesday}

This week as I write these words I’m comforted by them.  As you are reading these words I’m probably on my way to make one of my dreams come true.  It’s an appointment I’ve wanted for a long time and it’s happening!! 

I’ve been standing on this verse for about a year now.   Knowing that I can’t do anything without Him.  Remembering that He is always here but that I need to step up and be the branches.  Reaching for the opportunities He provides for me.

In the past few months I’ve branched out in so many ways.  I’ve loved the chance to do so.  I’ve enjoyed my life so much more because I’m doing what I want to do.  I’m making things happen (with His help of course)!

It’s the ‘you can do nothing’ that really stands out.  It’s true.

Have you ever tried to do everything under your own power and failed miserably?  I’ll admit that I have.  Many times over.  Every time I feel myself straying it seems that life somehow falls apart.  As I’m working my way back, growing closer to Him things seem to fall into place even when it shouldn’t be that way.

We can’t be anything without the vine.  That vine provides our nourishment for mind, body, and soul.  Without it, we are dried up branches with no life therefore we haven’t the strength or courage to reach out for that next opportunity.

Let’s join together to keep our branch strong, nourished and healthy.

What do you do to keep yourself knit closely with Him? What has occurred in your life because of your faithfulness?

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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