Love Equates Serving

The scattered mind. 
I can’t sleep, I’m not hungry, I’m not interested, I’m not me. Then who am I and what am I doing here? How did I get here? When did I let it all fall apart? I feel like Humpty Dumpty and I need to be put back together again. 
Life has been all about finding a cause and alternative therapies for my husband’s illness. My prayer life surrounds my words of asking God to make me have a servant’s heart. I want to love, serve, and help my husband in the manner that he needs without taking away his pride in doing things for himself. 
Make me a servant.
Serving each other is an act of love especially in the marriage relationship. When we look at it in this manner, we use our talents and gifts as loving offerings and expressions of love. 
An example of this. My husband needed some compression socks and knowing he didn’t have the time for such research, I took the bull by the horns and did the research on my own. Working with the criteria he gave me, I found exactly what he was looking for. He loves his new “Foot hugging socks” so much he went and ordered more. Everyday he thanks me for this little act of loving service and everyday I am thankful for having my capabilities. 
When we realize that our main responsibility in marriage is to serve one another in love our marriage takes on a whole new persona. 

10 loving ways to serve your mate

  1.  Take care of yourself. Don’t let the cares of this life bring you down. Pray, do your bible study, meditate, exercise, eat healthy. You can’t give what you don’t have. If you’re sick, it’s more difficult to serve. 
  2.  Ask your mate what he wants. I make my husband his two veggie and fruit smoothies every night before going to bed so he has them ready to go in the morning. This way I know he’s eaten properly and he doesn’t have to get up earlier than he does. (4 a.m. is early enough).
  3. Exercise together. Go for walks, bike rides, hikes etc. doing it together helps you encourage one another and brings you closer together. If you have children, bring them along or hire a sitter so you can have one-on-one time with each other.
  4. Turn off the TV and all your devices when you eat meals together. Give each other undivided attention. 
  5.  Use manners when talking to each other. Please, thank you, excuse me go much farther than demanding and condescending. 
  6. Encourage each other, especially when one of you is ill. Don’t let your mate’s illness stop your loving words of encouragement.
  7.  When our kids moved out of the house, we divided up the chores between us. If we can’t get to one of them, we let each other know and help each other out. 
  8. Relationships are a 100% commitment. Once we get this into our head and really understand it, we’re better able to clean a toilet, iron a shirt, or other mundane tasks. 
  9. Make allowances of our time for your mate. It only takes me 15 minutes to make two shakes for my husband. 15 minutes out of my day to say “I love you” and make sure he has a nutritious breakfast and lunch is a joy to me. 
  10. The first act of service we should do for our mates is to pray for them. Pray for their safety, their health, their wealth, their minds, their hearts, their visions, their works, their relationships, and whatever else you can think of that needs praying over. Spending time with one another will give you what you need to pray about. Sometimes my husband will tell me, “I’m having a problem with __________, can you pray about for me?” 

Love Equates Serving

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WHO’S LISTENING TO YOU?

If been cleaning out some computer files, and found this nugget. Hope it gives you some insight not only on Van Gogh the artist, but also into your own life.

A LIVING MESSAGE

Vincent Van Gogh was not always an artist. In fact, he wanted to be a
church pastor and was even sent to the Belgian mining community of
Borinage in 1879. He discovered that the miners there endured
deplorable working conditions and poverty-level wages. Their families
were malnourished and struggled simply to survive. He felt
concerned that the small stipend he received from the church allowed
him a moderate life style, which, in contrast to the poor, seemed
unfair.

One cold February evening, while he watched the miners trudging home,
he spotted an old man staggering toward him across the fields, wrapped
in a burlap sack for warmth. Van Gogh immediately laid his own
clothing out on the bed; set aside enough for one change, and
determined to give the rest away. He gave the old man a suit of
clothes and he gave his overcoat to a pregnant woman whose husband had
been killed in a mining accident. He lived on starvation rations and
spent his stipend on food for the miners. When children in one family
contracted typhoid fever, though feverish himself, he packed up his
bed and took it to them.

A prosperous family in the community offered him free room and board.
But Van Gogh declined the offer, stating that it was the final
temp­ta­tion he must reject if he was to faithfully serve his
community of poor miners. He believed that if he wanted them to trust
him, he must become one of them. And if they were to learn of the
love of God through him, he must love them enough to share with them.

He was acutely aware of a wide chasm, which can separate words and
actions. He knew that people’s lives often speak louder and clearer
than their words.

–Author Unknown

As you go through your life today, stop to think: Who is listening to you?