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  1. Yes, I am 100% guilty of needing God’s forgiveness over and over again every single day. Yes, I seem to act like the Israelites in the Wilderness (as stated in our Bible) and I am complaining in my head and I am forgetting the blessings that have already been afforded to me. Why do we act this way? Why do we love each other with strings attached? God sets the example of “no strings” attached, so are we acting more like our enemy? Do we trick ourselves into believing that we are treating one another just like we want to be treated? Yes, we are deceiving ourselves very often. Luke 6:21 (I hope this is correct) states that we should treat others as we want to be treated. I really enjoy and believe in “kindness” this is how I want to be treated and how I want to treat others. Lord, please help me be kind to others with “no strings” attached.

    Our immediate family members know so much about our personalities and we can’t hide from them. We need to ask God to help us start at home loving by example as Jesus taught us. Let’s pray about everything so that we won’t sin by worrying about life. I’m so sorry for the grief or pain I may have caused my immediate family members over our growing up years. I can pray for guidance to learn to love well (without strings attached).

    Thank You Lord for teaching me to run to You for everything I need in life and for evaluating my heart to remove the wrong things in my heart.


    Your Sister in Christ

  2. Oh my, how this struck a nerve for me! My prayer is, Oh God, have mercy on me! I am completely undone but also so encouraged by your words.

  3. A difficult but important reminder. Thank you for reminding me that it isn’t just a luxury but a necessity to marinate in God’s love for me first since I can’t give what I don’t have. May our Heavenly Father help us better understand how we are loved and help us better love those around us!

  4. Mary,

    Guilty as charged. I need to love my husband & God more unconditionally. Neither deserves any harshness from me. God has been so faithful to me. Forgiving me over & over again. That’s why I’m loving Chris Tomlin’s “Thank You Lord”. Here is the third & fourth verses plus chorus that speak volumes to me:
    Thank You Lord for the hard times For lighting the way in the dark times For pulling me in, forgiving again
    The times that I took it too far, I gotta thank You for keeping me humble For picking me up when I stumble
    And although I change, You stay the same And I don’t say thank You enough
    For my mama, for my friends For Your love that never ends For the songs that make us dance On this ol’ dirt floor
    For my babies, for my girl For the way they changed my world (changed my world)
    Waking up today Yeah, I just gotta say Thank You Lord
    I just wanna say Thank You Lord (oh yeah)
    Praise up Eyes closed One thing I know I just wanna thank You Lord, thank You Lord (thank You Lord)

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Oh boy… and ouch ☹️ Thank you so much for this, Mary. Oh man… I’m going to have to bookmark this and read it often.