Personality, Problems and Pain

In this chapter, we seek to  make the reader more aware of personalities and how they affect relationships.

One purpose of “Supernatural Love” is to help the reader understand the different personalities and how they affect relationships. In a marriage, or in any relationship, if you are unaware of how your partner is different than you are,  it can lead to a life of frustration and no growth in the relationship, as well as destructive behavior that can ultimately destroy the relationship. If you can learn to recognize the differences and accept them, it allows you to accept the person, with their personality and gifts, so you can move forward in the relationship, while you are encouraging them and growing with them.

In our own lives, this has been a huge theme. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.” That is; “According to his bent.”  When you are aware of the uniqueness of God’s design in your child, you can train them according to the specific design he placed in them. This is also true in our adult relationships: not in training, but in interaction. When we are operating according to our personalities and giftings, things tend to run much more smoothly. This is not to say that we cannot step outside of our comfort zones and grow, but the entire body is made up of individual parts that are made for a specific purpose, and acting according to God’s design always brings peace and joy.

Betsy

Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Labor of Love

As in childbirth, a book involves the conception, early labor, hard labor and delivery. Today, we are in the early stages of labor. The book was conceived years ago by Melissa. God planted in her mind a vision of the possibilities of “Comforting others with the comfort whereby she has been comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:14) As we live and learn, every life experience is not only for our personal growth, but also so that we can encourage others in their next step. Every one of us has something to give to our brothers and sisters.

Our view of life is originally limited to our experiences and understanding of the world around us. God desires for our eyes to be opened to the possibilities and purposes that He created us for. He waits patiently for us to allow Him to lead, instead of creating our own agenda. When we do step onto the path He designed for us, it is still a day by day, step by step journey, learning His word, listening to His Spirit for our leading, rather then stepping out ahead as we are so apt to do…”because those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons (and daughters) of God.” (Romans 8:14)

This gentle dance, the following, is something we are learning. God created each of us for joy and abundant life. We are learning the steps of a dance with a dangerous God. Placing our lives in His hands has been an exhilarating ride. A ride where we have experienced life that would not be possible without the yielding. God does not force His will on us. He invites us, He prompts us, He reminds us, He teaches us. He cares so much about us that He allows storms and fires to purify us into vessels of not only usefulness, but beauty. He waits for us to say like Jesus; “Not my will, but yours.”

Betsy

Published in: on December 9, 2008 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment