Hi there! First off, happy October!! Texas weather has started taking a turn for the best, with cooler mornings and leaves turning shades. Helloooo autumn!
So today and in recent weeks, I’ve been mulling over this concept of how we can help our spouses realize their potential. Do we realize that marriage is more than about being happy and helping each other “get through life”? (Wow, what a small vision for our marriages!)
As your spouse’s closest friend, confidante, and live-in partner, you have an up close & personal view of their life. You see what they may hide from others. You know their strengths & weaknesses all too well — and you’re privy to their heart’s desires.
As a wife, I have unique insight into my wonderful husband’s gifts and talents. I believe God designed it this way — that he & I could be powerful seers into each other’s lives & call out the gifts we notice on display there. We must pay attention to the seeds of greatness we notice starting to form tiny buds in our husband or wife’s life. And what greater way to encourage and build each other up than to SHARE what we see WITH our spouses?!
In many ways, when our spouse realizes their potential, so can we. It’s like climbing a mountain together. You’ve got each other’s backs, sharing resources, help, and encouragement all the way up. But you also wait patiently for the other when they need time to catch their breath, and you’re there to help should they stumble or get injured. And you’re most certainly there with them when they reach the top!
Not sure how to “call out your spouse’s potential” and help them realize their dreams? Here are some practical ideas. I hope you’ll get started on this TODAY
Sexual healing minister Michael Cusick interviews Paul Young, THE SHACK author & sexual abuse survivor.
Hey friends. Sorry for the heavy messages lately, but in light of recent world events, I know many of us have questions about where God’s at & why He’s allowing such atrocities to happen. I think it’s important to address such topics in this space, so here goes.
Today I wanna share with you one of the most profound messages I’ve heard to date on deep personal & spiritual healing from abuse. Please do yourself a favor & give it a listen all the way through. I was so not expecting this level of depth in such a relatively short discussion.
This interview is with William Paul Young, author of the wildly-popular book The Shack (which honestly I have yet to read). It’s a book some Christians are wary of because, apparently, it plunges deep into the whole “dark night of the soul” bit, human suffering, and God’s place in it — asking questions many of us believers don’t dare to.
We’ve been taught that we shouldn’t question God… that we should have “reckless faith” even in the face of the most heinous evils that may happen to us (or around us). We’ve been taught that unwavering trust is where it’s AT — and Jesus absolutely says faith is vital to our well-being.
But maybe what we don’t understand is that faith isn’t the absence of questions. It’s the unwavering trust that in the midst of our deepest ones, we still believe in God’s character and that He’s planning good for us, even when all hell breaks loose in our lives. The deepest & most genuine faith is forged when we question every single biblical attribute about God but still keep holding His hand.
Let me know what you think.