Living for God Until we Go to Heaven

Scripture refers to Heaven in three different ways: the vast expanse of space that surrounds the earth; the unequaled celestial universe; and the longed-for dwelling place of God. The reality that Christians will one day live forever in the presence of the Lord is a fundamental doctrine of the faith. The Bible only gives us a few glimpses of this Heavenly abode. It is a place prepared for Believers – John 14:1-3. It is a place without sorrow, darkness, or any kind of sin – Revelation 21:1-7. In Heaven, we will be like Christ; yet we will be able to recognize one another – 1 John 3:2. The most important thing about Heaven, however, is the presence of God. We will be forever with Him. Heaven is not meant to be an ethereal concept that we store in some mental safe-deposit box until we feel the need for it. We are to live now in the light of eternity. The values and perspective of eternity should guide our lives in the present – 2 Peter 3:10-12:

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”

This is a subject that has been on my heart for some time now because I so wish for more of us to understand that just getting saved is not all there is to going to Heaven. Being saved by the precious blood of Jesus is all that is needed to be able to call Heaven our future home, but I do not believe the “rest of the story” is being taught in our churches today. I believe that there are very many who accept Jesus as Saviour, but that is the end of the journey for them; they have their ticket to Heaven. Salvation is just the beginning of a new life in Christ in which we all need to grow in and strive to be more like Christ each and every day while we are still present in this world. The purpose for that is to so shine our lights for others to want to come along with us. “God would that none should perish.”

I regret to say that not many “Christians” in this day even know what the Bema-Seat Judgment is, or they equate it with the Day of Judgment. The Bema-Seat Judgment is for the Saved in Christ, immediately upon our translation into Heaven. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10). This Judgment is not for Salvation, but rather our works – what are we doing with Christ since we received Him as our Saviour? When we are saved, we are led by the Holy Spirit to live for Christ, if we are growing in the Spirit and trying to become like Christ. When we let this world lead us astray, we turn from our quiet times with God in our prayer closets, we turn from searching His Word so that it may mold us to be more like Christ and reveal His will for our lives, we leave God’s church family and the support that can be found there to help us through life’s trials and give us a place to serve the Lord.

Do we not understand that living in and for this world, or sowing to the flesh only leads to a life of sin and corruption? Galatians 6:5-8 “For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” A life led sowing to the Spirit of God leads to a life of righteousness and holiness. Those who sow to their own flesh do not lose the Spirit, but they lose the fruit of the Spirit. What kind of a testimony do we have for a world of lost sinners if we are living in the flesh? (I struggle each day against my fleshly sin nature that we all have as humans. Some times I win and some times I lose. I usually lose when I try to fight the battle on my own instead of calling on the Lord and His Holy Spirit to help me die to my sinful flesh.) Those who sow to the Spirit experience a harvest of righteousness and peace, the abundant life that God wishes for His children to experience in this world.

“Oh, well,” we think, “it’s okay, I am still going to Heaven, and God will forgive me.” Yes, of course both of those thoughts are true, but too many have forgotten that each and every one of us will stand before Christ at this Judgment and give account of what we did for Christ after He saved us. I have spent times in my life in the world, though saved, and when I came back to a walk with Christ, I felt such great remorse for those wasted years that could have been spent shining for Him. While on my knees crying out to God for forgiveness for those wasted years, I could not help but think how each of us will be so terribly overwhelmed by the remorse of not having done more for the cause of Christ, when we go into His presence, that we will weep uncontrollable tears of sorrow. I believe that those are the tears that the Lord God will wipe away from our eyes.

Every Believer has the choice to build with the valuable and lasting relationship with Christ, or the worthless and fleeting corruptness of this world and its ruler, satan. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

Not only is this Bema-Seat Judgment a time for our works to be held in account, but it is also a throne where Christ will give rewards to His faithful servants. Now, I know that we all love getting recognition for doing good or doing right, but I believe when we received these rewards from Jesus, we will with all our hearts and souls want to turn right around and lay these rewards at the feet of Jesus. We will fully realize that anything we may have earned would not be possible if not for Him-we will not even be in Heaven if not for Him, and it is He who truly deserves all rewards.

Scripture calls these rewards crowns, which comes from 2 Greek words: 1. diadema – a crown worn by a king and bestowed by birthright, 2. stephanos – refers to the crown bestowed an athlete in the athletic games or on the field of battle for personal victory.

Crown of Rejoicing – reward for winning souls to Christ – 1 Thessalonians 2:19 “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

Crown of Righteousness – given to those who have lived life as if Jesus may return at any moment (our great hope) – 2 Timothy 4:5-8 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Crown of Life – awarded to those who have suffered persecution or martyrdom for their faith – James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” And Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Crown of Mastery – for those who have disciplined their bodies and have been victorious over them – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Crown of Glory – this is the crown that will be given to those church leaders who have faithfully cared for the Lord’s sheep – 1 Peter 5:1-4 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

Our Great loving and merciful God richly rewards those who have persevered and lived in obedience: Matthew 5:5,12; 19:27-30; 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27

Can we all just imagine what this world and our country would be like if God’s people would fully understand what comes after the Salvation of Jesus Christ in our hearts and lives? I dare say, it would not be as wicked and corrupt as it is today, and becoming more so every day. Yes, I know we are living in the end times, and satan knows that his time is short. Should we not also realize that our time is short as well, and live a life that makes those lost ones want what we have in Christ? Why do we let the evil ruler of this world be so successful in taking as many souls as he can to Hell with him? God did not create any of us for Hell, nor He did create Hell for mankind! He would that NONE should perish! 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

If we are not living for Christ, we are living for satan.

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in God's Truth


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My Review of “The Covered Deep”

It is with great honor that I submit this review of “The Covered Deep” by Brandy Vallance. As an avid reader of historical fiction, especially Biblical or Inspirational historical fiction, I highly recommend this book. Having grown up in the Midwest, I can relate to the many wonderful metaphors that Mrs. Vallance used so eloquently throughout her first novel. Oh, the shivering memories that came to mind on the very first page with these words: “Spin–” “The word felt like cod liver oil on her tongue.” I could totally understand relating the horror of living life alone as a spinster (in the mind of a young lady) to the taste of cod liver oil. My Daddy used to give us a tablespoon of cod liver oil at night before bedtime as it was “well known” that it would prevent all those winter colds and ills. The experience was anything but pleasant.

I found myself being carried along with Bianca on her adventure to London and the Holy Land after winning a contest that her father brought to her attention. I was thrilled that her father was a partner in her quest to find her “soul mate” instead of listening to her mother’s advice to simply settle for a “good husband” while she was still of a marrying age.

At times I became impatient to know the answer to the mystery behind Sir Adrian’s essay contest that brought four winners together for this adventure. It became obvious that he had ulterior motives that I would not know until near the end of the story. My emotions went up and down when obstacle after obstacle presented itself as a hindrance to the blossoming of Bianca’s and Paul’s romance. I really wanted to make Madeline just go away!  I thought a time or two about skipping ahead, but then I knew I would miss out on all the happenings that would add to that mystery and Mrs. Vallance’s way with words that paints such vivid mind pictures along the way.

Although I find it most difficult to choose one of this author’s analogies as my favorite, I keep coming back to this one, “The sun pushed farther, cut itself on a cloud, and bled.” What a reminder that books are almost always better than their movies!

Not only is The Covered Deep a great story of human romance; it also brings home the love, mercy and forgiveness that God affords each of us during our life-adventures.

You can purchase your copy of The Covered Deep at or Barnes and Noble.

Also don’t forget to follow Brandy Vallance at her website -

For all who live locally, or not, Brandy will have her official book launch this Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs:

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1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905

“Come celebrate the launch of The Covered Deep in grand style. Taking place in a remodeled historical school, guests will be entertained and taken into the 19th century world of Bianca Marshal (incurably romantic bookworm from Appalachia) and Paul Emerson (historian of the British Museum in London). Victorian decorations galore. Tea and pastries catered. Themed giveaway baskets every half hour including tea pots, books, gift cards, etc. Victorian dancing led by a historical dance master from 11-12 (Virginia Reel, British dancing, etc.). Book signing, reading, etc. The Covered Deep can be purchased at the party for $15 or you can bring your own copy to be signed. Come anytime between 9am-2pm.”

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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Godly Women


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Contentment – the Ultimate Acceptance

Contentment is the ultimate acceptance of ourselves, our surroundings, our past, and our future. For a believer, finding contentment should take no effort whatsoever, right? I mean, Jesus has paid the price for our sin and He has given us a secure future of eternity in His presence, free of all pain and sorrow. His Word assures us of this:

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

The suffering we experience now should be viewed in light of an eternity to be spent with the Saviour – Revelation 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” God provided a way for us to be rescued from an eternity in hell–He is sufficient to meet our needs in this world that He created – Philippians 4:13, 19 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

As we travel through this journey of life, we find that this blessed state of contentment is not as easy as just saying God’s Word says such and such, so that should give us the contentment we need. Feeling satisfied when we have very real unmet needs, not letting ourselves worry when we have overwhelming concerns, having patience in letting God work when pressures abound (Be still and know that I am God)–these seem like impossible dreams. Happiness–despite heartaches caused by the past, in the midst of tragedies experienced in the present, based on promises trusted for the future–is not merely a human pursuit, but demands spiritual resources only found in the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is not possible for us to overcome life’s bumps and valleys all on our own. God does not expect us to. That is why He sent His Holy Spirit as our Helper, and He gave us His Word to meditate on daily.

God chose not to just give us contentment as a gift, for His purpose. He chose rather to teach us to be content as we allow Him to be the ruler in our lives. Contentment is something that we must learn – Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” As we trust God’s gifts to be sufficient and His assignments to be appropriate, we can accept the way we look, the means we have been given for provision, the family in which we are living, the struggles through which we have gone, the jobs we now have, being content and fulfilled in all – 2 Corinthians 3:5, 6 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” and 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” God, through His Holy Spirit, taught Paul to be strong yet content in whatever infirmity he would experience, and we know that Paul suffered more infirmities for the cause of Christ than anyone. When we truly realize that God is in control of all things, it makes it easier to praise Him through our trials. He has reminded me many times as I strive to know Him more that if He has allowed “this” then He will see me through it. It is all for His glory, and rightfully so.

On the other hand, acceptance does not mean that we lie down and do nothing and just stagnate. Dissatisfaction with areas in our lives that can be changed, within Divine guidelines, may help us to see that something is missing, or something has gone awry. When this happens, we dare not adopt the “Canaan syndrome” of complaining. Remember that God’s people were not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of their murmuring – Joshua 5:6 “For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.” Instead of grumbling and complaining, “why me?” We are much better off if we take that dissatisfaction to the Lord and ask Him what He would challenge us to do. At the same time, we must be willing to be “content” as we work toward ultimate goals. This is the balance between “I have learned…to be content,” and “I can do all things through Christ.” (Philippians 4:11, 13)

We must trust that God has given us everything we need for each moment in time. We can be content with ourselves, our families, our surroundings, our jobs, or our pasts. As we allow ourselves to depend on the Lord, we are content while we pursue His goals for our lives.

Proverbs 16

1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Godly Women


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Must See New Page on Anna’s Custom Crochet!

My new WP site, Anna’s Custom Crochet, is a work in progress. I have just added a must see new page called Baby Booties with pictures, prices and the ability to purchase!

Please take a look and pass it on! ;-) Thank you so very much! Anna


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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Call to Action


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Handmade Crochet at its Best

Originally posted on Anna's Custom Crochet:

Yes, you read that right! Anna’s Custom Crochet is handmade, custom crochet at its best. If you are looking for butterfly or lady bug headbands for those special little girls in your life, or beautiful roses headbands for that young woman, you will find them here. Perhaps you need a good quality, one of a kind, jumper set with bonnet and booties for that new addition in the family. Or, maybe you want different colors or sizes or completely different items. Just let me know! Those ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for what Anna can do in crochet! See for yourself:

Anyone for team colors in baby booties?  

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Or maybe just other baby booties


How about that new addition to the family? Looking for a unique little jumper set?

 100_3521 I made these for gifts for family and friends.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sin Still Separates us from God

As God took me to His Word in Isaiah 59 this morning, it once again became apparently clear to me that God is still the same today as He was yesterday, and will be forever. He never changes, He is still the one and only all-powerful God Jehovah. Most of us have heard that and been taught it in Sunday Schools and sermons. I believe it to be just as true that humans do not really change in our selfish self-behaviors either. There are no new sins in this earth that have not been committed since the beginning of creation. Our sins still separate us from God, and our schemes to cover up our sins or try to justify them have not changed much over the millenniums either. But, God still deals with our sins and those behaviors, and He still wants and administers judgment for them as He has over the centuries. A chuckle sticks in my throat when I catch myself or see others strive to explain away or cover sin. What a silly waste of time. We all know that since God does not change and He does see and know everything, there is no hiding or twisting or covering anything from Him. His justice always prevails, in His perfect timing. No matter how hard we try, we cannot hide anything from God. David said it in Psalm 139:7-12 “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

God’s Words through Isiah to His people centuries ago still apply to us today – Isaiah 59

1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in God's Truth


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Think on these things: 10 Things Your Husband Hates


Wonderful truths for all wives to understand. I know God is still working on me in some of these areas.

Originally posted on Revealing The Christian Life:

My husband and I spent many years in a miserable state. I’m ashamed to tell you that this list is a result of some of the ways I was guilty. Several, actually. I’d love for you to learn from the mistakes that I made over the years.

He hates when you throw him under the bus in public. When you point out his faults, criticize, or correct him, you make him feel like an idiot in front of others—and that’s demeaning. Don’t embarrass him in any way (especially in front of your children). Would you want him to do that to you?

He hates when you remind him of his past failures. It’s something that was settled long ago (or maybe just last week), and you just can’t seem to let it go. We’ve all failed. Let go of things that have already been worked through and settled. If there…

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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