I’m continuing my efforts to “catch up” my daily devotional thoughts –these are belatedly for March 3rd.
“Many people fail at marriage because they don’t love themselves, and therefore they have nothing to give in the relationship. They spend most of their time trying to get from their spouses what only God can give them, which is a sense of their own worth and value. Receiving the free gift of God’s unconditional love is the beginning of our healing, and the foundation for our new life in Christ.
We cannot love ourselves unless we realize how much God loves us, and if we don’t love ourselves, we cannot love other people. We can only maintain good, healthy relationships with this foundation of love in our lives.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“The Word of God has much to say about morning. David started his day praying and listening to God. He instructed the priests to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening. Many times we pray and pray, but…we don’t listen.
We can avoid disasters when we wait on God’s instructions before acting. A great beginning leads to a great finish. Begin your day with thanksgiving and praise, and in the evening before you rest, thank the Lord again for a great day.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
Once again, similar to the March 2nd post, it’s important to first properly love ourselves, in order to extend healthy love to others. It’s usually due to insecurities in ourselves that we try to make someone else change how they treat us–and manipulation is another behavior we should avoid, because nobody appreciates being manipulated and used.
Mornings…I have found it be true every time. When I start the morning with a quiet time of devotions and prayer, my day goes much better than on the days I don’t.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever felt manipulated by someone you love?
Are mornings best for your quiet times?