King of our hearts... - Our scripture this week is one short sentence… but packed with so much truth and importance. It’s to the point, precise, affectionate and kind. Yet, also unapologetically focused. It’s an invitation to investigate the true condition of our hearts. There’s a REQUEST, upon which a RESPONSE is required. When God ASKS of us to require His presence as our greatest need, what is our first response? Do we, earnestly, truthfully and wholeheartedly answer: “Yes Lord, the only One we SEEK is You – the King of our hearts!” Psalm 27:8 (AMP): “When You said: “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You: “Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word]”.
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Devoted to seeking the Lord… - As I have reflected on our theme around SEEKING HIM, I have pondered over a few pertinent questions: What does my calendar, my smartphone, my social media activity and my bank statement reveal about my priorities? Am I consumed with what others think of me – searching for their acceptance and approval, or am I seeking God, to glorify Him in every area of my life? What is it that we seek after the most? 1 Chronicles 22:19 (NIV): “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God...”
Seeking Him… - Have you ever wondered about the various ways in which we can seek the Lord? Have you ever found yourself searching for something that seems to be missing from your life? When this happens, we so easily look to the things of this world to fill the emptiness... God promises us that if we seek Him wholeheartedly, that He will be found by us!
Wie kies jy? - Wat beteken dit om ‘n gelukkige familie te wees? Liefde, aanvaarding, kommunikasie, en om lekker dinge saam te doen is belangrik om ons verhoudings te bou en ons families te versterk. Maar bo dit alles, is ons grootste prioriteit om God eerste te plaas in ons familie – om die keuse te maak, om Hom bo alles te dien en te verheerlik.
Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God... - Our Marriages and Families can show those in our communities what it means to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. That’s how we build a strong, healthy nation based on strong values and principles, with God as our foundation. Let’s hold on to these Truths: God is good, faithful, and His love for each one of us, and our loved ones will never end! He is a good, good Father to us and to our families.
Foundation-Stones... - Marriage and family are God's design. When we honour and commit to building and investing in our families, we are expressing God’s heart. As we continue to look at God’s original design for marriage and families, the insights and thoughts of our friends and family revealed the following 12 foundation-stones for healthy marriages and families: 1) God-first, Christ-led, Holy Spirit-inspired living; 2) Commitment to the Word of God; 3) Continual and consistent prayer; 4) Unconditional love; 5) Unity and oneness; 6) Companionship; 7) Forgiveness; 8) Servanthood; 9) Protection; 10) Surrender to God; 11) Connectedness; and 12) Generational impact.
Who is building your house? - As we continue to look at God’s original design for marriage and family life, I felt God prompting me to ask myself some important and challenging questions. Would you take time this week to consider these questions? 1) What is your understanding of a healthy and strong marriage and family? 2) How do you think healthy, strong families influence healthy, strong communities and ultimately nations? 3) If you are concerned about your family, what Bible verse do you reference first? What is your first response? 4) Reflecting on your family and marriage – what is one way you have grown and developed personally, and in your family relationships? 5) What advice would you share with couples and families going through tough times?
You Belong! - What does family mean to you? Do you feel loved and welcomed by your family (or extended family)? The world around us has changed significantly over the past few years – with the advancement of technology; the influence of Social Media; and shifting priorities, cultural standards, and belief systems. No wonder many people believe that the definition of marriage and family has evolved… but let’s not be deceived. Let’s go back to the original design for marriage and family life!
Jou eerste stap in alles is GEBED! - As jy nie weet wat om te doen nie (as jy hulp nodig het): 1) STOP; 2) BID; 3) LUISTER na God se wil en instruksies; 4) DINK aan ‘n Bybelversie en aan hoe Jesus sou optree; 5) ONTHOU God se liefde en genade vir jou; 6) TREE dan OP volgens God se wil!
Perfect Peace! - Our response to difficult situations or to tragedies exposes the foundation on which our lives are built. How do you respond when confronted with a crisis? Who do you run to first, when you need help? Once we know the perfect peace of God, we are able to rest in the strength of His everlasting goodness, unfailing faithfulness, immeasurable grace and unconditional love.