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Mental Health Minutes

Questions Over Declarations
Asking questions can be more motivating than declaring something as truth.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 20, 2024
FamilyLife Today

How to Be Unoffendable
Feel criticized by your spouse? Defensive with friends? On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host author Brant Hansen as he exposes 'righteous anger,' revealing one change for a better life.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 20, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Mercies From God Should Produce A Humble Heart
When we look back and see the mercies of God in our lives, it should humble us.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   2 Samuel 4:9 “As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity…” This seems to be David’s favorite characteristic of God. He says this line later in his life to Bathsheba when it comes time to name a new king (1 Kings 1:29). David has just been presented to him by Rechab and Banaah what they consider a desperate situation. “You have had a long standing enemy, David. Saul and his household have hunted you like an animal. And today, we have taken it upon ourselves be used as the Lord’s tools to avenge your good name.” Abner thought he could bring about God’s promise on his own behalf. Rechab and Banaah thought they were the ones to bring into existence God’s promise on their own behalf. What they called good was really wicked and evil. But David saw the situation differently than Rechab and Banaah. And he swears by the living God who has been extraordinarily merciful to him that he, David, will not turn his back on God, turn his back on God’s word, in order to join in the plot and ploy of these men who raised their hand against the house of Saul unjustly. The Kingdom of God, led by David, would not be established by the means of injustice and murder. It would be established upon the foundation of God’s promise. Get what David is saying. David is not presuming upon the mercy of God. David is not saying, “Well, God has been merciful in the past, so I’m pretty sure he will be merciful again.” No! David is saying, “The Lord has been kind and gracious and merciful to me, that when I was in dire straits, He pulled me out. When I was being chased down, He delivered me. When I was wasting away in the wilderness, he was building me up and renewing my strength. When I was in misery, I was met with mercy!And none of it was because I deserved it! It was all because God made a promise and was going to keep that promise. So how could I turn away from Him? How could I take His promise into my own hands? Why would I trust anyone else, who by false means, is trying to bring the promise to reality. NO! I will trust LORD! I will not presume upon future mercy by my disobedience, but instead I will trust the LORD!” My friends, can you look back over your life and see sparing mercy? Can you see saving mercy? You must not look upon those mercies and gain a proud heart.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 20, 2024
Show Day by Day
Lori Cline - A Love Story

A Love Story: Church Matters
It is important for believing couples to be part of a church family. #theloriclineshow Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Do you have a village? You were not created to live on an island of one. We need each other and whether you are single or married, you were created to LIVE in and BE in a village. I can honestly say, I can’t think of a time or season in my life when I didn’t have a village. I’m from a small town and my dad was a pastor, so I had people loving me, supporting me, teaching me, leading me and keeping an eye on me all the time. Just because I grew up and got married doesn’t mean all of a sudden I don’t need people loving me, supporting me, teaching me, leading me and keeping an eye on me. That never changes. We need each other to make it through this life and that is no accident. God designed it that way and His design is always what leads to the very BEST this life has to offer. All this month, my focus has been on a love story. It’s my love story that begins with God’s love for me and leads to where I am in this season, celebrating thirty years of marriage. To God be the glory! It’s so true what they say that the days are long and the years fly by! On one hand, it seems like yesterday that I was saying, ‘I do’. On the other hand, it feels like a lifetime ago. Through it all, God has been faithful and good. We’ve learned a lot and even though we still have much to learn, I’m taking this month to share with you the truth that has guided and grounded us along the way. One such truth is that we need consistent people of God in our life. Our marriage would not be what it is today without the people God placed around us through faith communities over these past thirty years. Our eyes were opened to this early in our marriage. We were moving. Our movers stood us up one hot night in Houston, TX. Our community of faith showed up and showed us what love your neighbor really looks like. From that point on, we were all in. Church wasn’t simply a service to attend, it was a broken and messy people of faith, invading our homes over the years, loving God and loving each other, through the good, bad and the ugly of life. It’s not about what you get, it’s about what you GIVE. It’s how you build one another UP with your gifts and how you as a body together shine the gospel light of Jesus to a dark world. You can’t be a city on a hill with a population of one. You need people to sharpen you, challenge you and spur you on along the way. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? We need each other. God created us to live IN community with one another. Single, married, young, old, when we come together, something beautiful happens. Culture today is moving you more and more to self sufficiency and isolation. Don’t fall prey to the lie. You need people. You need God’s people. Our world has never in history been more connected, while the physical and mental health of Americans is at risk due to a growing National crisis of loneliness. Church matters. It’s not perfect, but the cornerstone that it is built on, Jesus Christ, IS. That’s the truth. Church matters in our marriage and it always will. It hasn’t been without its wounds, brokenness and pain, but even then, God used those scars to draw us closer to Him. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 20, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Setting Sail for Marital Success
On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host Bryan and Stephanie Carter who chat about marriage tips, like why respect and open communication is key for a strong relationship.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 19, 2024
Mental Health Minutes

Four Minute Love
Falling in love may take less than four minutes.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 18, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Marriage’s Secret Sauce
We know Aretha Franklin's 'Respect,' but in 2024, does it still matter? On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host Bryan and Stephanie Carter argue yes, emphasizing its role in saving marriages.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 18, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

The Anvil Of God’s Word
Setting ourselves against God’s Word ensures we will be crushed by it.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   In this story, we see three people who are scared—Ish-bosheth, Rechab, and Banaah. And all three of them are scared as a result of refusing to trust in God’s word.   You have Ish-bosheth, who once Abner is gone, goes into a downward spiral of fear. But why does this happen? It happens because Ish-bosheth refused to believe God’s word that David would be the next king of Israel. Ish-bosheth knew God’s word to David. Abner had known this word and communicated it to Ish-bosheth, as I am sure Ish-bosheth already knew. But Ish-bosheth not only refused to believe God’s word, he actively positioned himself against God’s word, trying the create his own throne and dynasty.   Not only that, but Ish-bosheth put his hope and trust in man. All of his courage and resolve came only in so far as Abner was close by his side. Do you remember when Abner told him that he was going to switch sides and join Team David? What happened? Ish-bosheth was paralyzed with fear. And now that Abner is dead, he is gripped with more fear.   Ish-bosheth refused to heed God’s word, and actively set himself in resistance to God’s word and suffered for it.   Heed the warning here today—do not set yourself up against God’s word. God’s word is the anvil upon which your rebellion and refusal to trust it will be crushed.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 18, 2024
Show Day by Day
Lori Cline - A Love Story

A Love Story: Delight In It
God made marriage for spouses to delight in each other. #theloriclineshow Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Do you know you are loved? I mean not just loved, but delighted in? When you delight in something, it brings you joy. You lean into it and you can’t get enough. That’s how I am loved. When you know you are loved, it changes everything. Growing up I had no doubt I was loved. I was loved well by my parents and then I discovered God’s amazing love for me. I accepted that gift of love and found myself secure, confident and free in who He created me to be. Then I met my husband in college and discovered a redeeming love that captured my heart. It’s a God designed display of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. It’s an eternal love story like no other and no matter your relational status at this moment, you’re invited into it. Love’s design is where the story begins in creation. Love made a way through Jesus and love is the promise of what’s to come. Love is the motivator. God SO loved, because He IS love. You see marriage is SO much more than an ‘I do’. It’s a holy union, established by a holy God to be a reflection of His deep and intimate love for us in the here and now as well as for eternity to come. It’s a gift we delight in as God delights in us. Today I am celebrating God’s gift of love to me. It’s my anniversary! My husband and I have been married 30 years today. In honor of that I am wearing my bridal veil! I haven’t had this thing out, I don’t believe, since my wedding day! I was inspired to wear it by my sweet friend Debbie. She and her husband Pete have been married thirty years as well. Each year on their anniversary, Pete wears his top hat and Deb wears her bridal veil. They walked into church like that one Sunday and it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Everywhere they went that day, in their top hat and veil, they brought joy and celebration. Even after thirty years, they delight in one another and they delight in the Lord for His gift of love to them. It’s beautiful. When I think about delighting in love, I can’t help but think of Song Of Solomon. We won’t read it here today, you can do that on your own. But, I do want to share a couple of verses God has used to draw my heart closer to His and closer to the one who holds my heart. Song of Solomon 2:4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Solomon’s bride knew she was his. His banner, like a flag of victory, surrounded her, protected her and blessed her abundantly. Underneath this covering of unconditional love, she knew she was safe and could fully rest and be free to love and be loved in the arms of her beloved. As a child of God, I live my life under the banner of His love. I walk in victory. I am free and abundantly blessed as I rest in His arms of love and grace. Song of Solomon 2:16 My beloved is mine and I am his; This is covenant talk. I give myself to you and you give yourself to me. This oneness is a sacred trust. It’s not simply for the honeymoon phase, it’s a oneness of body, mind, heart and soul that stands the test of time. For better or worse, in sickness and in health, in loss and in plenty, when we’re tired and the kids won’t go to bed or do their laundry and we’re getting on each other’s last nerve, till death do we part, I am yours and you are mine. This is the same covenant promise we have from God all throughout scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, He reminds us of His promise, I will be your God and you will be my people. His banner over me is love and I am His and He is mine. I rejoice in this love and I delight IN it. Proverbs 5:18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. I’ll just leave that right there for the married couples. May we rejoice and delight in our marriages today. This delights our heavenly Father and no matter if you’ve been married 30 days, 30 months or 30 years, your marriage is a holy gift of love that goes way beyond, I do. That’s the truth. Happy 30th Anniversary to my beloved. Wherever you go, I go. It’s a great adventure. I praise God for the gift of our marriage. It’s not perfect, but daily we look to the one who is and by His grace, we still say, I do. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 18, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Connecting in the Busy
Busy schedule? Connecting can be tough. On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host David & Meg Robbins as they share their takeaways from the Love Like You Mean It cruise.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 17, 2024
Day by Day Hacks

Day By Day Hacks
Singing during times of quiet, private devotional can be a response to what we read in God’s Word.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 17, 2024
Show Day by Day
Outdoors with Shaun Merrell

Built to Last
Want to know the best way to catfish? In this episode of Outdoors with Shaun Merrell, we'll show you how to build the perfect noodle float that's sure to fill the freezer. And we only had one or maybe two mishaps in the building process! #outdoorswithshaunmerrell Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Shaun Merrell
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 15, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Toxic Masculinity: From Passive to Proactive
Why is it so important for men to reject passivity and step up as leaders? It could look like men feeling the need to keep quiet or going with the flow. On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host David and Meg Robbins a they talk about the fears and uncertainties that lead to toxic masculinity.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 14, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

The End Does Not Justify The Means
How we accomplish our goals is as important as the accomplishments themselves. #daybydaylw Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Did you win the game? Did you make the grade? Do well on the test? Did you get the raise? Did you finish the job?   Most of life is focused on results, outcomes. There was a time towards the end of my academic life, that I stopped caring about hard work, effort output, and was only concerned about one thing—finishing the degree.   But we all should know that the end does not always justify the means. Winning a game by the means of cheating tarnishes the win. Getting the raise by means of sabotaging co-workers discredits your own work. Completing your homework by copying someone else’s negates the point.   It is not just the end that matters, but also the means.   How you get to a goal is just as important as the goal itself.   In the unfolding drama of 2 Samuel, which is about David ascending to the throne of Israel, uniting Israel into one kingdom, we have been watching different people employ different means in order to try and accomplish the goal and unite the kingdom. We have seen political prowess, pandering, polygamy, and murder. And underlying, or should we say superseding all of this is the sovereignty and providence of God, who takes even the sin of man and makes it serve His decreed purposes.   Over the next few days we will watch one more attempt by some to try and impress King David with their ability to bring fruition God’s promise of a Davidic Kingdom, but it will not end well for them.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 14, 2024
Show Day by Day
A daily word of encouragement

Compassion not Annoyance
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
A daily word of encouragement

The Monster in the Caves.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
A daily word of encouragement

Compassion not Annoyance
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
A daily word of encouragement

Grace and Grace Alone
This man who was tormented by demons, secluded from the world, and feared by everyone is in heaven today.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 10, 2024
Mental Health Minutes

Searching for Faces
We search for human faces even in inanimate objects.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Redefining Masculinity
On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host Rapper Kevin “KB” Burgess and Ameen Hudson as they highlight the importance of fatherhood, addressing toxic masculinity, and supporting single mothers raising sons.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
Lori Cline - A Love Story

A Love Story: It’s A Choice
Anger must be faced head-on with humility rather than embraced or fed.   #theloriclineshow   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   In your marriage, do you have disagreements, discussions or do you verbally fight it out? I think it’s safe to say, for any couple, there are times you’ve maybe had all three. When one arises, you have a choice in how you communicate and resolve the conflict as well as how you love one another through it. My husband and I are celebrating thirty years of marriage this month, so I’m sharing some things we’ve learned along the way as well as sharing truth from God’s word that has sustained and guided us on the journey. When it came to conflict resolution, we had different experiences. I came from a home where arguments were on full display. My husband came from a home that didn’t. Both experiences brought learned patterns of communication into our marriage. I’ll never forget our first big disagreement. We had very different perspectives on how it went down. I remember he said, “I hate it when we fight”. I responded with, “oh that wasn’t a fight”. We realized right then and there, we were coming from very different places and we needed awareness, love and truth to be front and center as we moved forward. We are so different. That IS God’s design. Not only are we uniquely created in God’s image as men and women, with distinct strengths, when we step into marriage, we bring some additional baggage along with us. Some of those suitcases are full of good things, others not so much. It all eventually gets unpacked. Navigating those moments over the years requires honesty, a lot of love, patience and not giving the enemy any place within your heart or your home. That’s a choice we make. Ephesians 4:25-27 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. We place a high value on truth in our marriage because God calls us to put off falsehood. If we are feeling something and are tempted to hide it, we can’t NOT talk about it. It’s a red flag we do not ignore. Our emotions reveal so much and they are God given, so we should never sweep them under the rug. That’s where so many relationships begin to deteriorate. Be a safe space for your spouse to be honest about what they’re feeling. Don’t be selfish and make it about you. Listen to understand. Don’t try to fix them, but be WITH them in what they’re feeling and together take it to Jesus. It may be a light bulb moment where the Spirit reveals an area that requires repentance or forgiveness. Have you ever gone to bed angry? Sadly, I have and it’s awful. Being angry is unavoidable but what we do with that anger is a choice. The reality is we can’t hold onto it, feed it or project it onto others without stepping closer to sin, which always moves us emotionally farther away from one another. We must face it head on with honest, humble and open hearts. We’re two image bearers of God, different by design and created to be one. It’s not easy, but no matter how different we are or what baggage we may bring, through life as we each draw closer to God, we draw closer to one another. That’s the truth. Marriage is a beautiful gift. I thank God for mine every single day. Trust God’s design and plan for yours. Celebrate your differences and choose to listen, forgive and STAY when the going gets tough. When you do, you’ll be a shining display of God’s love and goodness to the world. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Tomato Soup, Super Glue, And Secret Purposes
No corrupt world leader or false teacher can disrupt the plans of God. #daybydaylw Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Not too long ago, two oil activists entered the National Gallery in London, and splattered tomato soup all over Rembrandt’s painting, “Sunflowers.” They then superglued themselves to the wall. They wanted to make a statement. They wanted to ruin a masterpiece to gain attention to their own cause. Later that day, the National Gallery put out a statement informing the public that the painting was unharmed because, unbeknownst to the activists there was a thin layer of glass protecting the painting. Listen to me church, the world, corrupt leaders, wolves in sheep’s clothing will think they can stop and disrupt and dismantle the plans of God. They throw their tomato soup all over the masterpiece of the gospel, thinking they are destroying it. And yet, there is the protective glass of God’s Providence protecting His masterpiece. What makes the providence of God different than the national Gallery in London is that God is able to incorporate the tomato soup for His own hidden purposes, for His glory and our good.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 13, 2024
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Day by Day - 2 Samuel

The Terror And Glory Of The Gospel
Jesus pronounced the penalty for sinners and then took it upon Himself.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   No doubt you took note that Rechab and Banaah received the judgment of God. They were hanged. It was a curse upon their life. And we all have that curse over us. All of us have played the part of Rechab and Banaah. All of us have abused God’s word, misused it, trying to advance our own station in life, trying to use God’s word to justify sin, to bring about self-exaltation. All of us. And we all deserve the judgment of the KING. The terrifying reality of the gospel message is that the KING greater than David has appeared. Jesus Christ came into the world, lived a perfect life, establishing forever His kingdom, and will one day bring perfect justice to all those who have rebelled against His kingdom. But the glorifying reality of the gospel message is that King Jesus has done something David could not do. Whereas we are like Rechab and Banaah, in that we are deserving of judgment, King Jesus pronounced the sentence upon sinners, and then stepped in to receive it for all those who would see their need for mercy, and plead for it, and receive it by putting their trust in that Christ’s death atoned for their sin.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 21, 2024
Show Day by Day
FamilyLife Today

Jesus on the South Side
Jesus, admired yet often misunderstood, is a central figure in history. On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host Rapper Kevin “KB” Burgess and Ameen Hudson as they discuss the misrepresentations of Christianity. Who is Jesus to you?
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 12, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

A Security That Causes Sleep
God is transforming everything, even acts of wickedness, into elements of His ultimate plan. #daybydaylw Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   One of the difficulties of reading narratives is that we have to read the whole narrative to catch what God is doing, and that can be difficult to do in a 2 minute episode of Day by Day. But when we pull back, or when we finish this drama, we will all be amazed at how God used the sin of man, the scheming of man, to accomplish his great goal of providing us with a perfect King. This entire passage in 2 Samuel 3 should make us long for a king who acts with perfect righteousness, who sees the desires of the human heart and can protect his people from deceit and seduction of human scheming, who is able to snuff out the schemes of wickedness, who is completely honorable, who has no need to negotiate and use political power plays in order to consolidate power and authority. And that is what we get in Jesus. He is that King! And so as we look back, this one thing we must understand is that God is not up in heaven reacting to the sin of man and his schemes; He is taking these sour lemons and making lemonade. All of this is happening under the providence of God, which is a sweet security at night when you lay your head on the pillow.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 12, 2024
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Doc Talks

"Believing the Lie" - ft. Joshua Broome
The world tells us things about ourselves that are not true.   #doctalkspodcast   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 11, 2024
Mental Health Minutes

Negative Anticipation
People would prefer to anticipate negativity than uncertainty.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 11, 2024
FamilyLife Today

Helping Kids Navigate Intense Emotions
Could your behavior be affecting your children's emotions? On FamilyLife Today, Dave and Ann Wilson host Sissy Goff and David Thomas as they explore how parental strategies might contribute to child anxiety.
By: FamilyLife
(FamilyLife)
Aired on Jun 11, 2024
Lori Cline - A Love Story

A Love Story: When It Itches
We can combat the hard seasons in marriage by leaning into God’s love.   #theloriclineshow   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Have you ever had an itch you can’t scratch? It can drive you crazy. That’s the premise behind the idea of a seven year itch within a marriage. Have you ever had that itch? All this month my focus is on marriage and while I am excited to say my husband and I are celebrating thirty years this month, I can also say there have been some itchy seasons. No matter how many years you’ve been married, there can be seasons of struggle and even decline in the relationship. That’s the itch. There’s a need that is going unmet or a red flag in the marriage that is being ignored. This is NOT a sign to hit eject or try something new. That is the temptation. The enemy has come a long way since the garden, but the enticement of the forbidden fruit is still the same. He creates doubt in our heart, twists God’s words, denies what is true and elevates the idol of self over surrender. When those very real temptations come or when the flame that once was has dimmed, you can remember what is true. Jesus calls us to die to self and be led by the spirit. Galatians 5:24-25 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. When you and your spouse are in step with the spirit, you will be in step with one another. It works this way, if you belong to Jesus, then your life will be lived out following Jesus. As a follower of Jesus, His command is clear in Matthew 16:24, “deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me”. He goes on to explain to his disciples in this moment that to FIND your life, you must LOSE it. Freedom and the fullness of life, within our marriages, is FOUND when we stop making it all about US. This requires both hearts to be surrendered and following after Jesus every day. Those who belong to Jesus, will live by the spirit and the spirit of God will NEVER lead you to temptation or sin. If you are itchy in any way, that’s a red flag. Identify it and cling to what is true. Shine a bright and honest light on the sin, temptation or struggle and together take it to the Lord. Throughout our thirty years of marriage I can honestly say that any seasons of itch or struggle are few and by God’s grace, did not lead us off course. Because of our own brokenness and sin, yes we have dealt with unmet expectations, poor communication, listening more to respond rather than listening to understand. Calling and career took us each miles apart in seasons and what could have led to struggle and hidden sin, instead led us to a high level of honest communication and accountability. You see that’s the thing, there will be itchy seasons in marriage and red flags. The enemy wants to destroy you and your marriage. If you haven’t noticed the home, marriage and family are under full on attack. We must be prepared. When hard seasons come and red flags surface, don’t hide them, run or blame. Lean IN to the spirit of God living in you to reveal what is true and lead you to understanding, repentance, forgiveness and grace. Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Put on love. The love that reaches deep to the darkest places of your heart and your marriage is what covers sin. It’s the love of God that first redeems us and then binds us together and calls us to forgiveness and grace for one another. That’s how we keep in step with the spirit within our marriages and that’s how we overcome any itch. That’s the truth. It’s a month focused on marriage as I celebrate what God has done in my own love story. Join me next time at lifeword.org as I share more truth that has sustained us along the journey. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 11, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

The Schemes Of Man Hurt The People Of God
Our sins do not only affect ourselves, but the people around us. #daybydaylw Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   A minor chord that is struck in 2 Samuel 3 is that the people of God get hurt when the schemes of man are preferred and executed over the plans of God. I say this because we have the listing of some names at the beginning of the chapter, and also an odd character about halfway through. We are given the names of David’s wives and his sons, and this serves as a bit of foreshadowing for what is to come. This won’t be the last time we read of Absalom and Adonijah. They will make a return to the story, and they grow up to be bitter, bitter men. We are also told Michal’s husband Paltiel, who came home one day to find that Ish-bosheth’s goons had come to remove Michal from her home and take her to David. Our text tells us that Paltiel followed Michal for a great distance, weeping as he went, at the thought of losing his wife. Remember, these were real people. These events really happened. And Paltiel is truly heartbroken. It does seem like he is losing the love of his life. She is being ripped from him, all for David to score some political points and favor with the people. Hear me clearly, the sins of man do not thwart the plans of God, but our scheming, living in our own wisdom and strength, chasing our own agendas, exalting ourselves, never happens in a vacuum. It always hurts other people. Men, you think your porn addiction that you think happens in secrecy isn’t affecting your marriage, you are dead wrong. Wives, you think your cutting remarks that you think are witty isn’t having an affect on your family, you are wrong. Our sin and scheming is like a pipe bomb filled with nails that leaves a devastating impact far and wide.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on Jun 11, 2024
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