~ 21-days of “Marriage Points of Power”© ~
via iCleave© Ministries & The Marriage Concierge™
“Random Acts of Kindness”
Marriage, whether newly-married, or several years in, forms habits, traditions and memories. As the days and years go by, the two of you, like us, can accumulate a lot of things. Things that at a given point in time had “special value”, and made us “feel” good, but now that we look back, how much does the “stuff” really matter??? We are preparing to get ready to entertain family, and plan our Thanksgiving and Christmas family time, and both of us realized that we had stuff that inundated our closets and things that have taken over our garage. Oh, and please let’s not talk about that closest that has “stuff” just waiting to fall out at the onsite of an opened door. You too? So glad that we are not the only ones! Hence, Day 10……….
November is moving along and we are nearing the end of yet another year and we find ourselves, clearing our old files, and cabinets, gathering old photos and organizing items as we prepare for the holidays. We utilize this time to update family mailing addresses, book photographers for those beautiful holiday Christmas cards, and prepare for the Family memories that last a lifetime! In the hustle and bustle of these preparations we love it when God shows us needs that are larger than our own. Needs that make us take a look together, at how we spend money, give of our time, and walk in the godly values that represent our family unit. This is a testament of a true marriage covenant, and a prayer to reveal the heart of husbands and wives eager to please God. As a family we check our closets, and bookshelves, and food-pantry items, and begin to see so many areas that we can “pay it forward”, or “give back” items for those who may be in need…..besides, isn’t this what Jesus wanted us all to strive towards……….
We are certain that many families, like ours, have so many material items in their grasp, hidden away in closets, under beds, or if “nooks & crannies” could talk, placed in areas we can hardly remember. Some of us are even wondering “Is it time to start Christmas shopping?” We finally looked at each other and said in unison, “Stop that!” We realized that it was time check our heart and place in perspective, how we wanted our marriage to be represented in the kingdom, and we sincerely thought of all of you! What type of legacy will you leave for your children? How will your marriage play an intricate role of servitude in the kingdom??
It’s time to clear out the overflow and make a conscious effort to “pay-it-forward”. Many of us, reside in communities that have local women/men and children’s shelters and food banks, where there are many opportunities to serve. 36″For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
– (Mark 8:36-37)
Are you aware of how this pleases God when we serve with a selfless heart. The Reward of Service 40″He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.42″And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Matthew 11: 40-42)
Desire to serve in the name of Jesus, after all Jesus is at the center of all of it. We read in the book of Matthew that Jesus is speaking about even the smallest act of service done in His name will have a Heavenly reward. Praise God! This time of year many are moved to give thanks in their homes, during thanksgiving as well as make preparations to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and all that He represents. We get so excited about this time of year because God’s grace is sufficient now more than ever for us all! Today, thank God for all that He has done in your life, and your marriage. Most importantly, go to your husband/wife and whisper a sweet, “I Love You”, in his/her ear, thanking them for choosing you. Now, pray and seek God for His instructions on how you both can give back and serve in an area where you can “pay-it-forward”, some of those things that have been cluttering your life, or causing a spirit of confusion in the organization of your home. Giving back and paying it forward is albeit a small act of service, but it is with great adoration and humility that many “step-up” to the plate and learn more about themselves and their life’s purpose. Are you both up for the challenge?? Remember, whatever you choose to do, all Glory for those deeds, belong to God!
If you are reading this, then you already have more than someone else, and are blessed beyond measure. Many around our world don’t have the means to access the internet or even a computer, or a hand-held social media device to access these types of resources. Be aware there are so many ways God can use you and your marriage. Intercede for those that may be the “least of these”. Ask God how you can serve Him as 2013 comes to a close. Search your heart and ask God to prepare your marriage to be a vessel where God can get the glory. As you prepare for the days ahead, be on guard and pray for a discerning spirit, God is all around your world friend, just waiting to use the Holy Spirit inside of you, to build and transform His kingdom, will you let Him???
It is so important that we give thanks for what we have acquired up to this point, good or bad. It is out of this gratefulness where God can align the best opportunities for service. Go through your closets, take an inventory of your blessings and praise God for what you have. Then, ask God with your whole-heart, how you can help serve His kingdom by giving.
Happy Cleaving! –iCleave Ministries, Inc.