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The Mad Board - Girlfriends in God - March 31, 2015

Learning to control anger is a crucial life lesson – one that we need to master and pass on to our children.

March 31, 2015 The Mad Board Mary Southerland Today’s Truth Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (James 1:19-20, NIV). Friend to Friend Learning to control anger is a crucial life lesson – one that we need to master and pass on to our children. Up until my young adult years, I had a huge temper. It took very little to make me furious. In moments of anger, I would slam doors, hurl various objects across the room and yell … a lot! I don’t remember anyone telling me what to do with my anger – until I surrendered my heart to God. And believe me, He had plenty to say about it in His Word.  As the years went by, I married, and became the mother of two amazing children who inherited my huge temper. It was now my responsibility to train Jered and Danna in the ways of God, including how to control their anger. I prayed continually that God would not only give me practical ways to manage my own anger, but that He would enable me to teach my children to control their anger as well. That is how the “mad board” was created.  When Jered was nine years old, we realized that he frequently struggled with his little sister, Danna. She had discovered each and every one of her brother’s emotional buttons and delighted in pushing ... read more

Obsessed for Perfection - Integrity Moments - March 30, 2015

My son, Jeremy, battles with obsessive compulsive disorder. He’s consumed in his pursuit of his view of perfection.

    Obsessed for Perfection By: Rick Boxx March 30, 2015 My son, Jeremy, battles with obsessive compulsive disorder. He’s consumed in his pursuit of his view of perfection. For instance, perfect for Jeremy is a completely full roll of toilet paper. When someone uses that toilet paper, then, it’s no longer perfect. Therefore, Jeremy flushes it all down the toilet so that he can replace it! What I’ve discovered is that perfection is me-centered. When we get obsessed with our idea of perfection it becomes about us, whereas excellence is about serving others. Philippians 2:3 teaches, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” In your work, you can pursue perfection or you can pursue excellence. Perfection is a destination that brings bondage. Excellence, however, is a journey that is selfless. Which will you choose?   Learn more about Rick Boxx and Integrity Resource Center read more

Sharp Tongues - Activate - March 29, 2015

People can hurt you with their words intentionally or unintentionally. David describes the conspirators and their attacks.

  SHARP TONGUES Read: Psalm 64 Key Verse: “They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.” - Psalm 64:3 People can hurt you with their words intentionally or unintentionally. David describes the conspirators and their attacks. Their main weapon is the tongue. As a recipient of their abuse, David’s pain is deep. Even for a brave warrior like David, words strike his heart. How do you overcome such opposition and cruelty? Here are some practical options: 1) Ask God for His protection as David does in this psalm. 2) Be honest with God about your suffering and ask for His comfort. 3) Create additional physical or relational distance in toxic relationships. 4) Ask the person who is communicating with you if they could re-phrase their statement because it was hurtful. This takes vulnerability and is best when there is trust or you perceive the harm was unintentional. David closes the psalm by reminding us to stay morally upright during an attack and to take refuge in the Lord. For more from Pastor Jesse Bradley and Activate Media Ministries, visit www.activatelife.org read more