Responding to Insults, Criticisms, and Rebukes

Insults, criticisms, and rebukes can be really painful! But – they often do help me to grow spiritually as God uses them to prune and refine me. I don’t have to be afraid of them – even if they are a bit unpleasant at first. Let’s define the difference between these 3 concepts. All three …

Is Avoiding Arguing Really Possible?

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash We are continuing our 21 Day Fast from Negative Words and this week the focus will be on arguing. The Lord gives very clear instructions throughout the Bible that those who know, love, and follow Him are not to argue, quarrel, or fight. Oh, and don’t forget to comment on …

If I Insult Others, I Need a Spiritual Check Up ASAP

Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash It’s easy to get into the habit of fault-finding and having a critical spirit about other people. It takes no spiritual maturity, wisdom, talent, or special abilities to criticize others and tear them down with words. The sinful nature does this effortlessly. It’s also easy to think, “Well, he …

My Response to Insults Says a Lot about My Character

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Unfortunately, we will all be the targets of insults, at one time or another. Even Jesus faced intense criticism, insults, and terrible persecution. And He was God! He was completely perfect. And yet, so many people hated Him. It hurts deeply to feel misunderstood, wrongly accused, berated, or verbally attacked. …

What Is an Insult?

Photo by Marc Schäfer on Unsplash We are continuing our 21 Day Fast from Negative Words that we started on Valentine’s Day. You are welcome to join any time and start your 21 days whenever you like. Last week, we talked a lot about complaining – what it is , what it isn’t, how we …

Join Me for a 3 Week Fast from Negative Words!

Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26 A wife inspired me with her story earlier this week. I’d love to invite us ALL to do a fast similar to the one she decided …

A Wife Begins a 21 Day Fast from Negative Words

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash I am so thankful to this precious sister in Christ who has allowed me to share some of what God has been doing in her life and heart. It’s a blessing to get to hear from wives in every stage of this journey. Perhaps you may want to join …

What Topics Are on Your Heart This Year?

Photo by Bart LaRue on Unsplash Ladies, What are some topics you’d like to see me cover in the coming year? I’d love to hear your suggestions and thoughts. Some areas we have covered in the past: Control and giving up control Insecurity Righteous anger and jealousy Sinful jealousy Security and Identity in Christ Don’t want …

Do I Have a Spirit of Offense?

Photo by Christian Fregnan on Unsplash Something our culture today is really great at is – offense. It is almost mind-blowing just how easily offended people are today. And it is sad. Because when we are so easily offended, we also have a lack of unity, relationship, emotional connection, harmony, and teamwork. We also miss …

6 Reasons NOT to Criticize Your In-Laws

Photo Credit – Flickr Before we get into the issue of why not to criticize our in-laws, let’s define criticism. When I am speaking about criticism in this post, I am talking about: having a critical, judgmental, negative, condemning spirit toward others that cannot be pleased. insulting other people. fault-finding. gossipping. having a negative attitude. …