Ellen Martin | @ellenmartin03
Something I struggle with on a daily basis is quickly saying something harsh or something that I don’t mean. I find that Christians, myself included, can be so quick to judge and criticize the behaviour of others. We need to remember that everyone is messed up somehow and we all need love and grace.
Proverbs 13:3 says “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Further, Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The tongue is a powerful thing. It can be used to build one another up, or tear one another down. We need to guard our tongues. It is so easy to say something that could hurt others. We hold the power to either make someone’s day better or worse.
Megan Oaks | @MeganCOaks
For anyone who has read my testimony, or been following closely my life in the blogging world; you’ll know a very special day is approaching in my life. A day that may bring back some pain, but today I am anxiously awaiting its arrival so I can celebrate. In just a few sort weeks, my husband and I will reach the one-year mark from the day he walked out of our home and declared our marriage was over.
Matt Coker | @BackRowOnline
Before joining the leadership at my church’s Celebrate Recovery program, I was a small group leader at a Celebrate Recovery held in a different church in town. I lead a group called “Integrity of the Mind,” a group of men who want to build up their sexual integrity and develop a healthy view of women and get a handle on any sexual habits or addictions.
When I took the group over, the group had four people in it, and it had been that way for the better part of the two years or so that the group has existed. But after I was asked to share my testimony, we quickly rose to having 15 people in the group.
The leaders of that Celebrate Recovery had really been pushing this group, because they felt lead that this was an area that many men in the program found themselves in. And it had taken hold of many people, who were deciding to be real men.
About a month after I gave my testimony that year, a man walked into the group and sat down. As we do with each new person, we asked him to tell us why he feels he needs to join our group. He told us of his womanizing, his objectifying of women, and so on, and that he finally came to a realization that this is hindering his walk with God and his happiness in life.
Then he turned and looked at me and said something I didn't expect.