The start of a New Year gives us a wonderful opportunity to review both our personal and marriage relationships. It’s good to take time to ponder any changes we may like to make and seize the day in implementing them. We can purposefully use some of this time of Lockdown to declutter our lives and focus again on what’s really important and what we want to give priority to.
I came across a wonderful FREE tool from ‘Focus on the Family’. It’s a questionnaire you can take about you and your marriage. After taking you through a set of questions, you get a review at the end summarising areas of strengths and weaknesses, similar in a way to the outcome of a Myers-Briggs Test. This could provide a great opportunity to initiate dialogue with our spouses about our relationships as we look to live and love well and grow and mature together.
Remember in reviewing any results, to do so without accusation, but in love. Look on it as a stepping stone into some honest and helpful discussions we may need to have with one another. It’s important we continue to nurture our marriages as ‘together we really are stronger’.
As couples or individuals, there’s nothing to lose, but plenty to gain. Go on, give it a shot.
‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ Matthew 6:34 TLB
The story’s told of a clock that spent a great deal of time worrying about its future, reasoning that it had to tick twice each second. ‘How much ticking might that be?’ the clock thought. So it began to calculate that it would tick 120 times each minute, which is 7,200 times each hour. That meant in a twenty-four-hour day it would have to tick 172,800 times, and 63,072,000 times every year. By this time the clock began to get overwhelmed and sweat profusely. Finally, it calculated that in a ten-year period it would have to tick 630,720,000 times – and at that point the clock collapsed with a nervous breakdown.
Psychologists reckon that about 95 per cent of all we worry about never happens. What about the other 5 per cent? Four out of five times things turn out better than we anticipated, including a lot of outright blessings! In the end, only 1 per cent of all the bad we think might happen actually does, and of this it’s rarely as bad as we feared. That’s why Jesus said, ‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ The apostle Peter gives us the right perspective to live by in these words: ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC). So the word for today is – don’t obsess over the future.
This was todays reading from UCB. You can find it here –
From all of us here at ESPS Ministries, we wish you and yours a very happy and blessed year ahead.
I’m sure that none of us imagined that we would be starting this New Year in another National Lockdown. God knows though, and none of this is a surprise to Him. May all of us be able to rest in His divine peace and trust Him implicitly in every way in this season.
As promised, we are releasing today audio versions of all our seminars from our Annual Conference 2020. You will find these on our website in our ‘Conference & Events Section’. (https://espsministries.org/esps-conference-audio)
Fred Drummond (National Director of E.A.) - A wonderful message on ‘The Theology of Lament’ especially applicable in this season.
Rev Maggie Lane - Shares such a beautifully encouraging word for us all on ‘The Power of Perseverance’.
Donna MacNeil (National Director ESPS Ministries) – A motivational message for all who are married on understanding and balancing your marriage alongside ministry life.
Rev Tommy MacNeil – A timely and inspiring look at ‘Covid and the Kingdom’ and ‘How to thrive and not just survive’ during the pandemic.
As together we look forward to all that God has for us in the year ahead, be blessed by holding on and embracing the many promises of God’s word, as in John 14v27.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.