Getting Along With Family Members

It’s hard enough when people are mean to you, but it’s especially hard when those people are your own family.  Unfortunately you may never get family members to treat you fairly or even care.  The good news, however, is that you don’t have to put up with being mistreated.  But to you who want to take action and are listening, follow the advice of Jesus who said love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.  Bless those who curse you.  Pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on your cheek, turn to them, the other also.  If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.  Give to everyone who asks you.  And if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.  The only fighting your family should be doing is the good fight of faith.  Behaving badly is not only disrespectful, it is just plain stupid.  Forgiving this person for whatever he or she has done to you will free up your mental space.  It takes a huge load off your shoulders.

Good things happen when families are in harmony.  We are here on the earth as one big family and harmony begins within.  When families work, it’s because someone takes the time for getting along.  You can be the person who brings peace to your family or tries to.  If not, then don’t hate them and you don’t have to talk or hang out, just love them from a distance.

Lord, let your love take control of our thoughts, actions and words as we interact with each other.  Heavenly Father, I bring our family before your throne.  Please help us to value each other the same way you value us and give us the grace to treat each other right.  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen. 

Guest blogger… 

Minister D. G. LeVanseler


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Broken Hearts Find Healing in Songs

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In life, hearts get broken.  It is inevitable that something goes wrong.  Not everyone is living in the “Happily Ever After” part of their stories.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.”  It isn’t the trouble that meets us, that makes us who we are.  What we do in response to our challenges creates a bigger impact on who we become.  Jesus encouraged his followers, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).  There is a saying that we cannot avoid the storms, but we can learn to dance in the rain…or sing.   Stories about songs born out of heartache strike a chord.  The song can touch others and be an inspiration.  There are so many songs out there with amazing stories about how the songwriter and artists were moved in the creation process.  Plus so many more stories tell of a listener hearing the song at just the right time to make a difference in their day or their lives.  The songs’ messages can speak to our souls.  Noted here are just a few stories about songs—some old, some new.

In ~1779, Amazing Grace by John Newton:  Newton said only God’s amazing grace could take a rude, rough, slave trading sailor and transform him into a child of God.  He was talking about how God changed him. “…that saved a wretch like me…”

In 1855, What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph Scriven:    Joseph experienced the loss of his first fiancé the day before their wedding due to an accident.  The next person he loves also died before they could marry due to pneumonia.  He wrote the hymn to comfort his mother.  “We should never be discouraged—Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

In ~1862, Jesus Loves Me poem by Anna B. Warner was put to music by William Bradbury.  Based on her sister’s request, Anna had written the poem to bring comfort and peace to a dying child. “Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.”

In ~1876, It Is Well with My Soul by Horatio Spafford:  The hymn was written after a tragedy in which his four daughters drowned when the boat sank on a transatlantic voyage.  “When sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

In ~1886, Standing on the Promises by Russell Kelso Carter:  Athletic in his youth, Carter was diagnosed with a critical heart condition at 30 years of age.  Felt God healed him and Carter lived for 49 more years but did suffer with many health issues.  “When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail.”

Recorded in 2002, I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp:  This was the first song that God gave to Jeremy Camp after his first wife passed away.  “I still believe in your faithfulness, I still believe in your truth, I still believe in your Holy Word, Even when I don’t see, I still believe.”

In ~2014, There’s Hope in Front of Me by Danny Gokey:  The song is about journeys people go through when it feels like the rain storms will not end, but God puts little pieces of hope in front of you leading you to the light at the end of the tunnel.  “…up ahead there’s a big sun shining, right then and there you realize, You’ll be alright.”

In 2016, Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family:  The song was written by Hillary and friends after a much wanted pregnancy ends in miscarriage.  “I don’t wanna think, I may never understand, that my broken heart is a part of your plan.”

In 2017, Broken Prayer by Riley Clemmons:  Written from a feeling that you have to have yourself together to go to God, like your broken pieces are not good enough.  “Every scar and every fear, You want all I have, with no holding back.”

Prayers that you will always have a song in your heart that lifts you up when you are down.

Who Could Argue With Love?

Our All-Powerful, Loving God sends his only begotten son to be born of a virgin as a gift to mankind.

Who could argue with love?

The ruler Herod sends soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:16) But the wise men bowed down and worshipped the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:10)


Even as a child Jesus loved to talk about God, amazing people with his understanding and his answers.

Who could argue with love?

His mother and father asked “Why have you done this to us? We have been frantic looking for you!”

Jesus asks, “Why did you need to search, didn’t you know I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:48-49)


Parents brought their little children to Jesus so He could touch and bless them.

Who could argue with love?

The disciples scolded the parents for bothering Jesus. But Jesus said “Let the children come to me.  Don’t stop them.  For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (Luke 18:15-16)


Jesus talks and socializes with people society judges and rejects.  He befriends sinners.

Who could argue with love?

The Pharisees saw this and asked the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” Jesus hears and says “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” (Matthew 9:12-13)


Jesus taught that we shouldn’t seek revenge or be a hypocrite, we should love our enemies, forgive and show mercy.

Who could argue with love?

Some of the people and the religious leaders said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind, why listen to a man like that?” (John 10:17) Chief Priests and elders schemed to arrest Jesus and kill him. (Matthew 26:4) Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:37-39)


God shows how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinners.

Who could argue with love?

The Council said Jesus deserves to die.  They spit in his face and struck him with their fists (Matthew 26:66-67)  The Roman soldiers flogged Jesus with a whip and mocked him, giving him a crown of thorns. (Matthew 27:26-30)  Being nailed to the cross and crucified as a criminal, Jesus said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”


God sent Jesus as a Prince of Peace, to show in the flesh how we are meant to love.

Who could argue with love?

But through worldly ways, that type of love was rejected.  Then and now, there are people who are driven by hate and violence.  They argue and hurt others instead of showing love.

But in God’s Kingdom  — Love wins !!!!



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