Day 4
"Love is Thoughtful"

"How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand."
(Psalm 139:17,18)

When you were dating, perhaps you said to your sweetheart, "I can't stop thinking about you!" But maybe things have changed since you got married - and birthdays and important events have slipped by without thinking. Oooops . . . . and that has caused problems. What started with forgetfulness can become an accusation of thoughtlessness, inconsideration, and total frustration between you both. Learning to be intentional about thoughtfulness can prevent such missed opportunities to demonstrate love.

There is a differences between men and women in this matter of thoughtfulness. Men can focus on one thing seemingly to the neglect of other things, while women characteristically have ever-rotating radars which can pick up on "signals" from (too) many fronts. A couple who knows this difference, and appreciates it, can help each other. It reminds me of a conversation in the movie Rocky where Paulie is quizzing Rocky about what Rocky sees in his sister, Adrian. Rocky's response goes something like this: "Hey. I've got gaps . . . She's got gaps . . . together we fill gaps." Rocky was a wise theologian in his understanding of how in marriage a husband and wife "complete" each other.

Here's another challenge for the day: By email or telephone, if possible, ask your spouse the question, "How are you doing? Is there anything I can do for you?" As we think loving thoughts we are spurred on to loving actions.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint."
(Proverbs 29:18)

Vision is a powerful motivator, as we see in both today's passage from Proverbs and the life of Walt Disney. When we hear and embark on the journey God has for our lives, we become supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit to work toward that vision. If a natural, "man-made" vision like Disney's can result in such an enormous impact, just imagine what can happen if we can tap into God's vision for your life and your family!

God's vision is fueled by His omnipotent power, provided for through His limitless resources, and crafted by His incomprehensible wisdom and knowledge. The journey God calls you to go on will leave an impact which is felt throughout your entire life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to commit my life afresh to discovering and living in Your vision for my life. I want to live for Your purposes, so that the impact of my life will be felt for generations. As I pray for my wife today, my prayer is that Your vision will ring clearly in her heart and mind. I pray that we would live for that vision with unity and courage together in Your will. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Proverbs 16:1-3 ... Ask the Lord to examine your heart today. Give Him full "permission" to alter your course and to work on your motives and intentions so that they are fully aligned with His perfect will.

God Bless - and may He keep you and your family safely under His wings. -
The Dove Alliance