Recalling families that have been labeled ‘dysfunctional’, I thought of how that label was derived; what was its conception. Was it so because individuals perform comparisons and see their family as lacking something, as less than perfect, as flawed – as dysfunctional (not performing normally; acting outside social norms or malfunctioning)?
Then I thought – we are all a part of God’s design. Just as He called into being the majesties of the earth and the heaven, we are placed in our families, by none less, than divine design. Where or what is the dysfunction in that divine placement? Could David’s family be construed as dysfunctional? What about Abraham’s family? But – look how God used their family members. Joel Osteen preached a good sermon the other day: “don’t allow yourself [your family] to be labeled as damaged goods: don’t allow yourself to see your family as none other than good. Being a member of your family, whose actions are sometimes less than perfect, is not a mistake. It is purposed. Nothing that happens in our lives is by chance.” Continue reading →
Hello all! Depending upon what part of the world you live in there is really not any telling what your weather was like today. The US had temps ranging from -1 to 78! Today, I heard a newscaster say that Houston is the only place where in the same week (or even the same day) one can get frostbite and sunburn! The weather is definitely one thing that is not controlled by man!
The last few weeks I have been meditating on three things that I heard some months ago in a sermon from Ed Young of Second Baptist Church in Houston. I cannot recall what the sermon was about, but the below stayed with me, and the verses have really comforted me and allowed me joy in the last few weeks.
God is with me …
Hebrews 13:5 For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God is for me …
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
God is in me …
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
It just doesn’t get any better than that. Be open to all that God has for you!
Father, when all else fails, it is quite comforting to know that you are always consistent. You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are indeed faithful. You are WITH me; you are FOR me; you are IN me. Thank you for all that you are to me, and all that I am in you! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Submitted via email distribution January 28, 2014.