Thursday, January 11, 2007
To Sum It Up
My apologies for not posting yesterday, but I was away from my computer. My husband and I were invited by Pastor Mark and Mrs. Debbie Pryor to speak to the married couples of The Pentecostals of Orange County concerning How To Resolve/Avoid Conflict. Although I am no authority on this topic, 27 years of marriage has taught me a few things. The moment Pastor Pryor gave us the topic, I immediately thought of Proverbs 15:1. In The Message Bible it reads, "A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire." Borrowing Smokey Bear's famous quote, I titled my lesson "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires." Ephesians 4:26 instructs us not to use our anger as fuel for revenge. Although I will not take time to give you my entire outline, I pointed out six ways Jesus used anger properly. My husband has frequently told people, "Call me when there is a fire on the stove. I can probably help you save the house. Don't call me when the house is entirely engulfed in flames. It is too late to salvage anything." If you have a stressful relationship, there are three ways to avoid a huge fire. 1. Have a smoke alarm - that means you must communicate, communicate, communicate. 2. Have fire insurance - pray, pray, pray! 3. Get a fire extinguisher - love, love, love. Finally, always remember that you are for each other and not against each other. I hope you have a blessed day surrounded with love.