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THE TRUTH OF LIFE


THE NAKED TRUTH OF LIFE There was a man with four wives. He loved his fourth wife the most and took great care of her and gave her the best. He also loved his third wife and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, he always had a fear that she might runaway with some other man. He loved his second wife too. Whenever he faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out. He did not love his first wife though she loved him deeply, was very loyal to him and took great care of him. One day the man fell very ill and knew that he is going to die soon. He told himself, "I have four wives. I will take one of them along with me when I die to keep me company in my death." Thus, he asked the fourth wife to die along with him and keep him company. "No way!" she replied and walked away without another word. He asked his third wife. She said "Life is so good over here. I'm going to remarry when you die" He then asked his second wife. She said "I'm Sorry. I can't help you this time around. At the most I can only accompany you till your grave." By now his heart sank and he turned cold. Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The man looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the man said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!" Actually, we all have four wives in our lives. a. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die. b. The third wife is our possession, status and wealth. When we die, they go to others. c. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. d. The first wife is our soul, neglected in our pursuit of material wealth and pleasure. It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Always take care of your soul. One of the best messages I have received Pass it on..... Beautiful message.

MAKING HER LOVE YOU


Most of us have read enough and been through enough to know the signs to look out for that indicate a relationship’s gone toxic. We pretty instinctively recognize a dating red flag when it pops up on the first meeting with someone, and consciously try to avoid the codependency that comes with losing our identity to our partner. But how do we know if our relationship is, well, just actually working? They say when you know, you know – but sometimes it’s nice to have reassurance you’re on the right track. Read on for 11 signs you’re actually in a really healthy adult relationship — and some tips on how to keep it that way… 1. You like doing things together This might seem obvious, but if you’re in a relationship with someone, you should actually enjoy being with each other. You don’t have to like all the same things, but having shared interests is essential. Whether it’s watching sports, hiking, or just sitting next to each other reading quietly, you genuinely like hanging out together. 2. You can relax with each other You don’t have to let it all hang out all the time, never dressing up or trying to make a good impression, but you’re not always on your best behavior either, constantly trying to look perfect and say the right thing, all the while wondering if your partner is silently judging you. You’re secure enough to be yourself, and you know your S.O. loves you just as you are. 3. You know how to fight fair Fights are part of any healthy relationship; the key is knowing how to fight. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work author, Dr. John Gottman says it’s all about how you approach those inevitable conflicts when they arise. According to Gottman, the first three minutes of a fight are crucial, as they set the tone for how the rest of the discussion will go, and should ideally be a ‘soft startup,’ which means you don’t begin an argument by attacking your partner. Fighting can feel upsetting and awful, but if you and your partner are able to have constructive arguments that end with both of you feeling heard and loved, you’re doing great. And wouldn’t it be sad if neither of you cared enough to fight about anything, ever? 4. You both admit when you’re wrong — and say you’re sorry Love definitely does mean having to say you’re sorry. Part of knowing how to fight is being able to admit when you screwed up — and apologize for it. After a fight, both partners should be willing to own up and accept their share of responsibility for what happened. It shouldn’t always be the same person apologizing. No one is right all the time, or wrong all the time. (Besides, most of the time fights aren’t about right or wrong anyway.) Couples who aren’t afraid to say, “I messed up, and I’m sorry” after the dust has settled on an argument are doing something right. 5. Three words: lots of sex Let’s just admit it: if you’re not doing it, it’s not working. And if it’s not good, why bother? Therapist and author of The Sex-Starved Marriage, Michele Weiner-Davis, says good sex “offers couples opportunities to give and receive physical pleasure, to connect emotionally and spiritually. It builds closeness, intimacy and a sense of partnership. It defines their relationship as different from all others. In short, sex is a powerful tie that binds.” The definition of ‘lots’ will vary from couple to couple, but here’s something to keep in mind: therapists define a sexless marriage as one in which couples have sex less than 10 times a year, which is slightly less than once a month. 6. You celebrate each other’s successes Sure, you’re there for each other when things go wrong — but how do you respond when things are going great for your partner? Experts say that’s often more important to a relationship. UC Santa Barbara associate professor of psychology, Dr. Shelly Gable conducted an experiment in which she asked couples to talk about negative and positive things that had happened to them recently, then categorized their partner’s response on a scale of most destructive to most helpful. Gable found praise for positive things made the most impact on people, even more than sympathy for sad stuff. The worst reaction was passivity, no matter what people were responding to. Being happy and enthusiastic about your partner’s success is a recipe for a healthy, happy relationship. 7. You laugh together Have you ever fallen in love with someone who didn’t make you laugh? Nope? There’s a reason for that. Getting each other’s sense of humor, cracking each other up, being playful together — all these things are clues that your relationship is firing on all cylinders. Plus, having a sense of humor makes life a lot more fun, and sharing it with your partner is key. When the laughter starts to die out of your relationship, it’s a surefire sign the spark has faded. 8. You can have comfortable silences When you can be quiet together and neither of you is simmering with resentment or desperately wondering how to break the silence, it’s a beautiful thing. You don’t have to talk all the time when you’re in a healthy relationship. You can let conversation ebb and flow, work or read side by side comfortably, and not get scared that something is wrong. 9. You spend time apart and are really okay with it In a healthy relationship, both partners have their own interests and strong independent friendships outside the relationship. You’re not attached at the hip, going everywhere together and replacing all of each others’ friends. You don’t even have to live together. Out of sight isn’t out of mind, necessarily — or at least, not for long. Rather, a little bit of absence really can make the heart go fonder. Plus, when you come back together again, you’ll have more to talk about (see #11, below). 10. You’re not worried about the future We’ve all had those relationships where we’re constantly trying to figure out where we stand and where the relationship is headed. But in a healthy relationship, you’re not always wondering what’s coming next. That doesn’t mean you never think about the future, but you’re content to be in the moment, not worrying whether you should break up with your partner or whether you’re meant to be together forever. 11. And you can still surprise each other Relationships can get boring after a while if you don’t continue to actively work on them; you’ve heard all each other’s stories 37 times before, know what your S.O. likes to do on a Friday night after work, can reliably get each other off in bed and still squeeze in a chapter of your book before you go to sleep. But the best relationships still have that element of surprise, and that keeps things interesting. Psychologist and marriage counselor Esther Perel says introducing new and unexpected elements into your relationship not only infuses it with passion but also triggers the same rush of feelings you had when you were first falling in love, which is why that ‘in love’ feeling never completely goes away in the healthiest relationships.

WHO TO MARRY


You might think you don't matter in this world, but because of you someone has a favorite mug to drink their tea out of that you bought them. Someone hears a song on the radio and it reminds them of you. Someone had read a book you recommended to them and gotten lost in its pages. Someone's remembered a joke you told them and smiled to themselves on the Poda Poda. Never think you don't have an impact. Your fingerprints can't be wiped away from the little marks of kindness that you've left behind May our good Lord keep showering you with His blessings

JESUS HEALED A WOMAN WITH STRONG FAITH


http://bit.ly/2tLcBun ">Luke 8:42-48 As Jesus was on his way the crowds almost crushed him And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years but no one could heal her She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped Who touched me? Jesus asked When they all denied it Peter said Master the people are crowding and pressing against you But Jesus said Someone touched me I know that power has gone out from me Then the woman seeing that she could not go unnoticed came trembling and fell at his feet In the presence of all the people she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed Then he said to her Daughter your faith has healed you Go in peace Mark 5:27-28 When she heard about Jesus She came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak because she thought If I just touch his clothes I will be healed

As I spent time meditating on the recount of the women with the issue of blood in the above passages in light of the fact that I truly do believe that God is doing a new thing I was encouraged by her story Not only for myself but many others I know who have been hindered on their journey of life by experiences of there past or even events in their 1.What’s your issue? And How long have you been dealing with it?Luke 8:43 Let’s face it we all have issues some more obvious than others 12 years is how long our character had been dealing with her issue Our versus open by mentioning there was a women with an issue of blood It is important to note that in that day and issue of blood was usually caused from promiscuous and inappropriate sexual behavior Modern day vernacular could be interpreted as an STD Our issues may not be so obvious; they may be molestation or abuse in our Childhood Divorce Infidelity in our marriages Poor business decisions Losing our families trying to play God because we won’t relinquish control 2. What has it cost you Our issues have a price She had spent all her living trying to find a cure Mark 5:31 She suffered many things of many physicians and spent all she had and was nothing bettered but rather grew worse She spent all her living not just her liveli-hood but her life Many times in an effort to take care of ourselves we neglect to run to God 1st but instead as a last resort In other cases we try to run from the problem live in denial by relying on other things These things may be materialism drugs, alcohol, manipulation or human relationships to fix us And yet in all of our human efforts it seems that things are not getting better only worse Only to find that in the end it has cost Peace Joy Families Friends Ministries Finances Business We end up as she did physically financially relationally emotionally bankrupt So again what has your issue cost you 3. What do you have to press through? Remember the Beatles or Elvis in their hay day Ok that’s thronged, hard to get near crowded with society However the crowd was not her only obstacles No in fact she knew before she began that if she had been caught in public with an issue of blood they could have would have stoned her in public She knew that she had to press through the shame that had caused her to be in that state in the first place and yet she pressed So my question to you today is what do you have to press through to touch Him Disappointment Hopelessness Shame Unbelief Pride or the crowd? I would encourage you that whatever your hindrances or reservations press Press because He is not a respecter of persons Press because He is the same yesterday today and forever Press because you will experience the same result she did Power 4 Power went out of Him because she touched Him with not only her fingers but even more so with her faith You know what is interesting to me in this recount? I wonder how many other people must have touched him that day and didn’t get healed People who were doing it because it was the religious thing to do the popular thing the in thing for the day and yet only one got healed That one was the one who touched Him with her faith Not a casual encounter but a committed conscientious effort to reach out to Him It is important that you know He has never stopped reaching to you from his outstretched arms on the cross Christian or non Christian he took the shame and the burden of His cross so that we would not be crushed by the weight of ours
Isaiah 59:1 His ear is not deaf to hear our cry and His hand is not too short to reach down and save

WHO TOUCHED MY CLOTH?


As Jesus was on his way the crowds almost crushed him And a woman was there who had been to bleeding for twelve years but no one could heal her She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped Who touched me? Jesus asked When they all denied it Peter said Master the people are crowding and pressing against you But Jesus said Someone touched me I know that power has gone out from me Then the woman seeing that she could not go unnoticed came trembling and fell at his feet In the presence of all the people she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed Then he said to her Daughter your faith has healed you Go in peace When she heard about Jesus She came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak because she thought If I just touch his clothes I will be healed

As I spent time meditating on the recount of the women with the issue of blood in the above passages in light of the fact that I truly do believe that God is doing a new thing I was encouraged by her story Not only for myself but many others I know who have been hindered on their journey of life by experiences of there past or even events in their 1.What’s your issue? And How long have you been dealing with it?Luke 8:43 Let’s face it we all have issues some more obvious than others 12 years is how long our character had been dealing with her issue Our versus open by mentioning there was a women with an issue of blood It is important to note that in that day and issue of blood was usually caused from promiscuous and inappropriate sexual behavior Modern day vernacular could be interpreted as an STD Our issues may not be so obvious; they may be molestation or abuse in our Childhood Divorce Infidelity in our marriages Poor business decisions Losing our families trying to play God because we won’t relinquish control 2. What has it cost you Our issues have a price She had spent all her living trying to find a cure Mark 5:31 She suffered many things of many physicians and spent all she had and was nothing bettered but rather grew worse She spent all her living not just her livelihood but her life Many times in an effort to take care of ourselves we neglect to run to God 1st but instead as a last resort In other cases we try to run from the problem live in denial by relying on other things These things may be materialism drugs, alcohol, manipulation or human relationships to fix us And yet in all of our human efforts it seems that things are not getting better only worse Only to find that in the end it has cost Peace Joy Families Friends Ministries Finances Business We end up as she did physically financially relationally emotionally bankrupt So again what has your issue cost you 3. What do you have to press through? Remember the Beatles or Elvis in their hay day Ok that’s thronged, hard to get near crowded with society However the crowd was not her only obstacles No in fact she knew before she began that if she had been caught in public with an issue of blood they could have would have stoned her in public She knew that she had to press through the shame that had caused her to be in that state in the first place and yet she pressed So my question to you today is what do you have to press through to touch Him Disappointment Hopelessness Shame Unbelief Pride or the crowd? I would encourage you that whatever your hindrances or reservations press Press because He is not a respecter of persons Press because He is the same yesterday today and forever Press because you will experience the same result she did Power 4 Power went out of Him because she touched Him with not only her fingers but even more so with her faith You know what is interesting to me in this recount? I wonder how many other people must have touched him that day and didn’t get healed People who were doing it because it was the religious thing to do the popular thing the in thing for the day and yet only one got healed That one was the one who touched Him with her faith Not a casual encounter but a committed conscientious effort to reach out to Him It is important that you know He has never stopped reaching to you from his outstretched arms on the cross Christian or non Christian he took the shame and the burden of His cross so that we would not be crushed by the weight of ours Isaiah 59:1 His ear is not deaf to hear our cry and His hand is not too short to reach down and save