Devotional: Woe to the Person who Strives with his Maker

Devotional: Woe to the Person who Strives with his Maker

Woe to the person who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, "What are you making?" Or shall the work say, "He has no hands"? (Isaiah 45:9) 



Are you struggling against God?

Are you complaining because of how life has life broken you?

Are you murmuring that God does not know what He is doing with your life because it seems to be in a complete mess? 

If you are, understand that all these are forms of striving with your Heavenly Father and the result is great distress for you for Woe to the person who strives with his Maker! (Isaiah 45:9)    

Therefore stop striving with God and start trusting Him.

Tell Him that you do not understand why your life is unfolding the way it is but that you are still going to trust Him anyway.  


Woe to the person who strives with his maker Isaiah 45:9


If you must strive, strive with another potsherd for Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! (Isaiah 45:9)

A potsherd is a broken piece of a pot that is usually useless. This means that if you want to strive, find another human being who is not fulfilling their life's purpose and strive with them rather than strive with God Who is in Heaven.


Better still, stop being a useless, striving potsherd and ask God to show you what purpose you can fulfill even if you are broken. 

Ask Him to show you how you can serve Him with your brokenness instead of striving with Him and other people because of your brokenness.

For example, a broken piece of a pot can be used to scoop water into an unbroken pot. A real life example would be helping a large Christian ministry for example as an usher even if you are broken on the inside.


Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to forgive me for striving with you. I ask You to also forgive me for speaking against You because I did not understand why all these bad things have happened in my life. 

Father God I also ask You to show me how I can serve you with my brokenness instead of striving with You and other people because of my brokenness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.  
  
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Devotional: Without counsel plans go askew


Devotional: Without counsel plans go askew

Without counsel plans go askew, but with many counselors, they are established. (Proverbs 15:22)

This shows us that it is good to have trusted advisors who can speak into your life and help you make good decisions. 

Therefore thank God for your mentors and start taking their advice seriously. Emulate Queen Esther because she took the advice of her uncle Mordechai seriously when the Jews were facing annihilation even though she had not told anyone that she was a Jew. As a result, she was able to save the Jews and their enemy was destroyed.
Without counsel plans go askew but with many counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22

If you do not have a human mentor, begin cultivating relationships with people you trust who are more experienced in ministry, marriage or in whatever else you may need mentorship in. 

In addition, consult Jesus as your Mentor in addition to being your counselor because His name shall be called Wonderful,  Counselor. (Isaiah 9:6) 
His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

Combine this with reading your Bible and using it as another counselor because All Scripture is inspired by God and it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and instructing in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) 


Prayer 

Heavenly Father I thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to help me when I need the help of Wonderful Counselor. I thank you also for the Holy Spirit and His gifts which can help me make the right decisions in my life.

Father God thank you for Your Word because it is also a spiritual counselor since it teaches and corrects me. 

Father God I ask You in the name of Jesus to lead me to the people you would like to be my human counselors and help me to be teachable and correctable. Amen.   

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Relaxation tips: Munch on mangoes, Nose a rose, Omit white flour

Relaxation tips: Munch on mangoes, Nose a rose, Omit white flour

The following relaxation tips can help you manage stress more effectively:


Munch on Mangoes

Mangoes are other fruits which contain linalool – the compound that tempers the changes associated with stress in the body.

Mangoes are also excellent sources of nutrients that the body needs to maintain its health when it is dealing with stress like vitamin C. 

Therefore prepare a soothing smoothie by blending linalool containing fruits like mangoes, grapes, and oranges and sip it to keep stress at bay.
Munch on mangoes to manage stress

Nose a Rose

Though this fact did not really need to be proven scientifically, studies have shown that the scent of a rose can change a person’s mood. Therefore spend time smelling roses if stress has changed your mood for the worse. 

To do this, buy a bouquet of fresh roses and keep it on your desk. Better still, take a walk to the nearest rose garden for a holistic healing experience since you will be surrounded by its healing hues, scents and sights.  
Nose a rose to manage stress

Omit White Flour

Consuming foods with white flour causes rapid surges in blood sugar levels which are followed by rapid drops. These changes are associated with the release of the stress hormone known as cortisol.

Therefore, omit white flour from your diet by steering clear of foods like white bread, cakes, and cookies. Replace them with foods prepared from whole grains like brown bread. 
Omit white flour to manage stress




Bible Verses to Help your Marriage

Bible verses to help your marriage

Bible Verses to Help Your Marriage
Bible verses to help your marriage include:
Above all things love each other fervently because love covers many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
Above all things love each other 1 Peter 4:8

Above all things put on love since it is the perfect bond. (Colossians 3:14)

Love is patient and kind. It does not envy and it is not proud or conceited. Love does not behave rudely and it is not selfish or irritable. Love does think evil thoughts or rejoice in evil as it rejoices in good. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy. Love is not boastful. Love is not rude. Love thinks no evil. Love rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

What God has joined together let no one separate. (Mark 10:9)
What God has joined together let no one separate Matthew 19:6

A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife and the two of them shall become one flesh . (Ephesians 5:31)

Do not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

Marriage is honorable and the marriage bed should be kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)
Marriage is honorable Hebrews 13:4

The wife does not have authority over how body, her husband does. Similarly, the husband does not have authority over his body, his wife does. Do not deprive each other except after first agreeing to do so in order to devote yourselves to fasting and prayer and then resume marital relations again so that satan does not tempt you. (1 Corinthians 7:4-5)

Do not do anything out of self-ambition or conceit. In humility, esteem your spouse as better than yourself. Look out not only for your interests but also for the interests of your spouse. (Adapted Philippians 2:3-4)

A fool vents all their feelings but a wise person holds them back. (Proverbs 29:11)

A soft answer turn way wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger Proverbs 15:1-2

Do not let corrupt words leave your mouth but only good words that edify. (Ephesians 4:29)
Only good words which are necessary for edification come out of my mouth Ephesians 4:29

Do not be anxious about anything. In every situation combine prayer and supplication with thanksgiving as you make your requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Do not be anxious about anything. In every situation combine prayer and supplication with thanksgiving as you make your requests known to God. Philippians 4:6

Commit your marriage to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. (Adapted Proverbs 16:3) 
Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts shall be established Proverbs 16:3

God + You + Your Spouse = A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12) 
A cord of three strands is not easily broken Ecclesiastes 4:12

Trust in God with all your heart and do not rely on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct you. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5-6

Do not be afraid because I am with you. 
Do not be dismayed because I am your God. 
I will strengthen you. 
I will help you.
I will uphold your with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) 
Do not be afraid because I am with you. Do not be dismayed because I am your God. I will help you. I will uphold you with My right hand. Isaiah 41:10

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
With God all things are possible Matthew 19:26


To learn more read How to Fight for your Marriage with Bible Verses by Dr. Miriam Kinai.
How to fight for your marriage with Bible verses


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Prayers for Families that are Fighting

Prayers for families that are fighting

Prayers for Families that are Fighting
Prayers for families that are fighting include:
1. Heavenly Father we are gathered here in the name of Jesus and in agreement to pray for our family. We therefore ask You in the name of Jesus to help us find solutions for the problems that are causing fights in our family because Jesus said that If 2 of you agree about anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven because where 2 or 3 are gathered in My name, I am there with them. (Matthew 18:19-20) 

2. Heavenly Father our family is flooded with problems which are making us fight. We therefore ask You in the name of Jesus to help us for it is written that When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)
When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19

3. Heavenly Father, we ask You in the name of Jesus to open a way for us to make money so that we can provide for the needs of our family. (1 Timothy 5:8) 
This prayer is based on the fact that many fights in families are caused by money problems. It is derived from the Bible which says, Where do fights among you come? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war within you? You lust but you do not have. You murder and covet but you do not obtain. You fight and quarrel and yet you do not have because you do not ask. And when you ask, you do not receive because your motives are bad. (James 4:1-3) 

4. Heavenly Father we ask You in the name of Jesus to put a hedge of protection around this family and all that we have and to bless the works of our hands so that our possessions increase. (Job 1:10) We also plead the blood of Jesus on our family and declare that no weapon formed against this family shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17) in the name of Jesus. 
No weapon formed against me shall prosper Isaiah 54:17

5. Heavenly Father, we ask You in the name of Jesus to help us solve these problems that are causing fights in our family. We thank You Father for the blessings You have already given our family and the ones You are going to give us. (Adapted Philippians 4:6)
Do not be anxious about anything. In every situation combine prayer and supplication with thanksgiving as you make your requests known to God. Philippians 4:6


6. Heavenly Father we ask You in the name of Jesus to help us solve these problems that are causing fights in our family and we also thank You because we know that With God nothing is impossible. (Matthew 19:26)
With God all things are possible Matthew 19:26


Come to Jesus as a Family
After praying, you have to come to Jesus as a family if you are tired of all the fighting because He tells us, Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest. Take up My Yoke and learn from Me because I am meek and humble and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)
Come to me all of you who are weary and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28

To come to Jesus, you have to get saved. 

To get saved, you say with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) 

Therefore, get saved right now and ask your spouse and children who can understand to also get saved.  
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord Joshua 24:15

After getting saved, you have to take up the Yoke of Jesus which are the instructions for life that He gives us. 

Therefore make it a point to read the Bible together as a family once a day so that you can learn how Jesus wants you to live as a family. 

This is important because Jesus taught, Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them is like a wise person who build his house on the rock for when the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, it did not fall because it was founded on the rock.

However, everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand because when the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, it fell and its fall was great. (Matthew 7:24-27)


Therefore if you do not want your family to fall because of the problems hitting it from all directions, you have to be Be doers of the word and do not deceive yourselves by being just hearers (James 1:22) or just readers who do not take action.
To learn more read How to Fight for your Marriage with Bible Verses by Dr. Miriam Kinai.
How to fight for your marriage with Bible verses


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