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Chewing gum in school was once-upon-a-time-crime. Now, shooting classmates is the rage. Statistics can be manipulated to favor one’s political agenda however it’s obvious, any way we look at it, we have massive problems rushing over our land like toxic gasses spewing from the Kilauea volcano. Failed relationships, splintered families, increased teenage suicides, road rage, and media violence make our air toxic like the volcanic gases pluming on Hawaii’s big island. How did we get to this place where the culture we breathe burns with poison? Why is our culture at this brim of insanity? The debate is ongoing, but . . . It’s pretty plain to me Check it out, human trafficking, porn, media violence, and the state of our disintegrating families, all point to the mental health crisis in our country. Emma is upset because she discovers her husband is watching porn and he is no longer interested in being intimate with her. Continually agitated, Emma explodes when her seven year old son, Logan, makes a muddy mess on the floor first thing in the morning. Logan heads off to school feeling like a failure, and his day spirals downward exponentially. Individual emotional well being is at the root of a healthy culture, school, community, church, family, and marriage. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 The behavior of one person effects the behavior of another Little Henry, ate all the bananas, and broke his classmates hearts because he did not share. Likewise, our own personal daily choices affect our thought life, which directs our behavior, which impacts others. Even if these individual choices and behaviors seem to be private matters, they do have an effect on others for better or worse. I know. You recognize some areas where you need to change your priorities and behavior, but what’s really keeping you up at night is the attitude and behavior of that other person. You can’t change someone else, but must confront in love. It’s only by God’s grace you can change yourself. You wake in the middle of the night wondering how in the world can you find peace in your relationship with this other person who’s dragging you down? You need to confront this person in love. Find ways to do so here. Remember God is able to give you life without lack May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 When that person does not respond positively, remember God is able to supply everything you need. He can even supply what you need emotionally when in a difficult relationship. An accurate vision of God is an important launching point which will lead you to joy, peace, and confidence amidst relational stress. You can have this regardless of the other person’s improper choices. Dallas Willard’s book, Life Without Lack, will help you gain an accurate vision of who God is and guide you into a life of peace, regardless of your outward circumstances. How desperately our culture needs this hope and joy

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