Admiring leads to genuine respect

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My husband, Nick and I at a wedding a few years ago. ❤️

“So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today our application for the study includes 3 actions:

1. Praying for our husbands to love us with Christ’s love.

2. #Refocus our hearts to Respect our husbands by admiring their good qualities.

3. Let respect come alive in action. You know your husband. Hear what’s important to him. What’s on his mind. What’s important to him should be important to you.

Today I was challenged to start making a list of things my man mentions that need to get done so I don’t forget. Seriously, I need lists in my life!

Pray for God to help you speak your man’s language of what respecting him looks like to him. He will help you! Praying for you all!

What is your action? Share below!

Praying for you all,

Amy

✨New Here? I’m blogging through my Bible Study, “Refocused: Fixing your eyes in Jesus for the road ahead.”

This week is Marriage Week!

Next week is Motherhood Week!

The last week is Home Week!

I hope you’ll follow along! Resources below:

Download the study free HERE

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You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

There’s an edition for every season of life!

Trusting God with Your Marriage

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A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

A few years ago this week, I was walking through an infirmary in Jamaica when a sweet soul in a bright orange dress laid in her bed smiling widely and waving at me. I drew closer, shook her hand and introduced myself to her. Beside her bed was a wheelchair and a small bedside table. On her table, a bible was laid open to the book of John.

I talked to her for a few minutes and then I waved some of my friends over to meet this happy spirit. We circle around her bed as she shared passages of the bible from memory with us. We were humbled by her joy and her faith. Then she started handing out presents to us.

“I want to give you something,” she said as she looked at me. She grabbed a braided bracelet from her bedside table and tied it around my wrist. She tied it so tightly I could hardly get it off to sleep that night. The three pieces of thread, in native colors of the Jamaican flag, were weaved so strongly together, with no gaps so that it looked like one piece of continuous yarn with three colors.

Of course, I KNOW this is an illustration God has given me through this sweet angel of his for this verse:

For me, this bracelet represents God in the gold, me in the green, my husband, Nick in the black. With the Lord holding us together, we will stay connected, strong and steady and without any gaps for others to enter in to this sacred covenant we entered into eleven years ago.

This verse and illustration is now used in wedding ceremonies. My sister in law included it in hers. And I can see why.

We can trust God with our marriages.

We can trust him and call out to him when we have anxiety and worry about the current state of our relationship.

We can trust him and call out to him to protect our bond and keep it strong when others around us are unraveling.

We can trust and call out to him when we are at the end of our own rope in our marriage.

When we don’t think we can hold it together anymore, we can trust and call out to him and know HE CAN.

I don’t know about you, but I find so much freedom knowing God is able to hold this beautiful, but complicated thing called marriage together, making it strong, unified, and better with every twist and turn as long as we trust Him and follow his pattern for it.

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I’ll be honest, I get sidetracked in life, how about you, friend? A few years ago, I was tired of spinning on a hamster wheel, feeling like I was making no progress in areas of my life. I prayed and God told me that this was not the way He desired for me to live. He showed me through His word that I AM His daughter, and that there is a better way. A refocused, narrower way. We can ask God to make our vision clearer for our lives, more effective to know Him better and see Him more clearly right where we are. To have more peace and fulfillment in our relationship with Him, our marriages, our mothering, and our homes. He will flood those areas of our lives with new clarity and breath and life and beauty when we ask Him and meditate on His Word towards those areas in our lives.

His Word brings beauty to the most mundane parts of our lives! By the end of January, if you join us, you will be folding laundry, or reading to your children, or having a conversation with a friend, realizing you are standing on Holy Ground with Jesus, doing exactly what He created you to do, communing with Him and doing good work for His glory, right where He has placed you! Join us here at Refocused Bible Study to REFOCUS through His Word!

It started New Year’s Eve, but jump in anytime!

Download the study free HERE

OR

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study There’s an edition for every season of life!

Praying for you!

Amy

Cultivating Oneness in Marriage

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“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife and the two are united into ONE.” Genesis 2:24

ONENESS

Being united and staying united as ONE in marriage does not happen passively.

This world pulls us in a million directions, but God’s Word pulls you into a progressively closer relationship with Him, and into a progressively closer relationship with your husband.

Today in our study guides, we were asked to pray over and write out the

“road to ONENESS”

My husband and I have a morning rhythm that helps us have time with Jesus first AND a routine time together that creates ONENESS: An undistracted cup of coffee with each other in the morning. UNDISTRACTED= FOCUSED=ONENESS

A cup of coffee represents focused time together. Sitting down and leaving the computer and phone behind to converse with the most important person on this earth to me, my husband. This is our road to oneness. Yours may look different, especially if you don’t drink coffee. But one thing will be the same:

Marital oneness grows with a mindset and heartset of making your husband priority of all your relationships on this earth.

Our relationship with Jesus is in a league of its own. Way above all our earthly ones!!! As we walk with Jesus, he will help us leave what needs to be left behind and will walk us down this road to greater oneness in our marriages. Our coloring page in Refocused today:

Praying for all of you as we walk down this beautiful road to greater Oneness!

New Here? See whats going on below!

New Year Bible Challenge I’ll be honest, I get sidetracked in life, how about you, friend? A few years ago, I was tired of spinning on a hamster wheel, feeling like I was making no progress in areas of my life. I prayed and God told me that this was not the way He desired for me to live. He showed me through His word that I AM His daughter, and that there is a better way. A refocused, narrower way.

We can ask God to make our vision clearer for our lives, more effective to know Him better and see Him more clearly right where we are. To have more peace and fulfillment in our relationship with Him, our marriages, our mothering, and our homes. He will flood those areas of our lives with new clarity and breath and life and beauty when we ask Him and meditate on His Word towards those areas in our lives. His Word brings beauty to the most mundane parts of our lives!

By the end of January, if you join us, you will be folding laundry, or reading to your children, or having a conversation with a friend, realizing you are standing on Holy Ground with Jesus, doing exactly what He created you to do, communing with Him and doing good work for His glory, right where He has placed you!

Join us here at Refocused Bible Study to REFOCUS through His Word!

It started New Year’s Eve, but jump in anytime!

Download the study free HERE

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study There’s an edition for every season of life!

Praying for you,

Amy

3 Tips to have Consistent Times with God

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Today I have some tips to help us be consistent in Bible study and prayer in 2021, no matter what crazy things are happening in this world !

“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

COMMIT- to carry out an action deliberately.

Let’s be deliberate about growing with the Lord this year.

There’s no better commitment you can make!

Here’s a checklist I put together to help us all start out on the right foot in bible study & prayer for the New Year:

_Prepared: I always set my Bible, journals, and pen out the night before. For me, part of this step includes having my coffee pot ready to hit the button in the morning!!!

_Time set: Think about your schedule & decide when you will do your study. I love getting up before everyone in the house to spend time with Jesus. But before bed may work better for you.

_Give yourself grace when these plans don’t make it to reality. One day this week I didn’t have time I’m the morning with the Lord, so I spent a few quiet minutes with Him right before dinner!

Not matter what, stay deliberate by committing to engage in God’s Word before you look at social media for the day.

Download the bible app on your phone.

Don’t look anything else until you read some of His Word. Look through the study & see what the few verses are for the day and click a pic of them to refer to throughout the day.

Consistent in prayer- Don’t call anyone on the phone until you’ve spoken to God yet. This is great for car time! Unless you have talkative babies in the backseat 🙂

These are just a few tips that have helped me stay focused on the Lord. Feel free to share any great ones you have. He is worth the focus!!!

My goal is always that you will be encouraged on this journey with Jesus! I hope you’ve been inspired to refocus on the Lord this week.

❤️Monday REFOCUSED on MARRIAGE week starts! ❤️

Download the study free HERE

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study There’s an edition for every season of life! (See below!)

Look Forward in Faith

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Coloring page and reflection page of Day 5 of Refocused Bible Study

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponderthe path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

It’s so natural to keep looking in the rearview mirror at what’s behind us. And it’s helpful to reflect a bit to learn, but we need to quickly follow the wisdom above in scripture and use what the Lord’s taught us on the road ahead.

What will bring God glory?

Dwelling on the past?

or

Looking straight ahead of us through the lens of His Word, locking eyes on Him, taking His hand, and walking forward with a heart of courage?

What do you want to see on the road ahead of you?

Do you want to see a beautiful garden, planted with the promises of God’s Word, watered in prayer, and grown through the light of His presence?

If you do, the resource below is perfect for you!

Let’s look forward remembering Who God is, How we are equipped in him, and narrowing our focus on what matters most – Our relationship with Him, our marriage, our motherhood, and our home!

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” -Ellisabeth Elliot

New Here? See whats going on below!

New Year Bible Challenge I’ll be honest, I get sidetracked in life, how about you, friend? A few years ago, I was tired of spinning on a hamster wheel, feeling like I was making no progress in areas of my life. I prayed and God told me that this was not the way He desired for me to live. He showed me through His word that I AM His daughter, and that there is a better way. A refocused, narrower way. We can ask God to make our vision clearer for our lives, more effective to know Him better and see Him more clearly right where we are. To have more peace and fulfillment in our relationship with Him, our marriages, our mothering, and our homes. He will flood those areas of our lives with new clarity and breath and life and beauty when we ask Him and meditate on His Word towards those areas in our lives. His Word brings beauty to the most mundane parts of our lives! By the end of January, if you join us, you will be folding laundry, or reading to your children, or having a conversation with a friend, realizing you are standing on Holy Ground with Jesus, doing exactly what He created you to do, communing with Him and doing good work for His glory, right where He has placed you! Join us here at Refocused Bible Study to REFOCUS through His Word! It started New Year’s Eve, but jump in anytime!

Download the study free HERE

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

Join our online group on FB HERE: Facebook Group

CHALLENGE: Monday through Friday, before looking at social media, Engage in God’s Word using the study or reading plan and prayer. Then, comment on this blog, the FB page, or Instagram and answer the question I pose. If you don’t have time to say much, just say, “I did it!” And we will cheer you on! Interact and be held accountable by myself and others to start this year out remembering WHO GOD IS, that YOU ARE HIS DAUGHTER, and the GOOD WORK HE HAS FOR YOU on the road ahead!

Praying for you!

Amy