Sometimes .. you gotta wonder why ..

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Saturday night .. In bed by 6:15pm …. after what started out as a pleasant interaction between husband and wife …

Something I said caused major offence .. seemed like an innocent .. even

throw away

comment …

Plans for a nice evening, now damaged ..

It’s sometimes very easy to forget just how much our words can hurt .. and some of us who are more sensitive than others – don’t deal so well …

What to me seems jovial – may tear at your heart.

I struggle especially  .. as a wife. I often find the onice is on me to be the peacemaker .. and … I sometimes feel that this is unfair ..

Having read God’s word .. and in my basic understanding of it .. these verses shone a light on my struggle ..

I read in The Message Bible in 1 Peter 3:8-12 ….
‘Summing up: Be agreeable,  be sympathetic,  be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exception. No retaliation. No sharp tongued sarcasm. Instead,  bless – that’s your job,  to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good,  Here’s what you do : Say nothing evil or hurtful ; Snub evil and cultivate good ; run after peace for all you are worth. God looks on all this with approval,  listening and responding well to what he’s asked ; But he turns his back on those who do evil things’ …

Kinda gives me no excuse really .. Somehow I have to ‘suck it up’ .. and actually listen to God .. if I believe He is real .. that He loves me .. I am His child .. and along with all the blessing that entails .. I have a responsibility to Him .. to obey .. even when I think that I am right .. and someone has hurt or wronged me ..
And sometimes that’s REALLY  .. REALLY hard .. so hard … it .. hurts …

I have to confess that it’s a growing thing for me .. years in the making .. just starting to get it .. and slowly learning to listen to God and put it into practice ..

It is like the picture above .. sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is not even visible .. but I dare not stop in the tunnel. I need to keep moving forward, towards the end anyway ..

What about you? What’s your stumbling block? Pride? Fear? Other people’s opinions?

Can I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on the only one who can strengthen you in your struggles …

He can be trusted .. His word encourages .. challenges .. convicts .. and instructs ..

I especially love The Message translation .. it has opened the Bible to me like I have never read it before …

Thank you .. for taking the time to read my musings … those of one who is extremely fallible … but keen to keep going …

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