The apostle Paul wrote that when he was a child he spoke and acted like a child, but when he became a man he put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11). The bottom line is that we all need to grow up and get past magical thinking. That kind of approach—believing love happens by osmosis and can be sustained in the midst of bad choices—is, well, naïve and childish at best. Sure Snow White and her prince didn’t gather information on each other before falling in love and living happily ever after—but their story is a fairy tale!
If we checked on the real-life results of a Rapunzel or Cinderella story, we’d probably find they had a very different ending. The truth of the matter is that you can’t rely on just chemistry or even spiritual inklings alone to choose a life partner who will help you achieve marital success and satisfaction.
Unless you hear from on high so clearly that “you know, that you know, that you know” it’s the voice of God saying, “My child, this is the one!” you’d better not move without gathering information. And remember, God will always confirm His word to you with accompanying signs through His Word, your circumstances, or people.
Too many women have said, “He changed” after they said “I do.” In retrospect, he was always the person he’d revealed but the woman was so happy to finally have someone’s attention that she didn’t pay attention to the facts and warning signs.
Excerpt From: Michelle McKinney Hammond. “The Real Deal on Love and Men.”
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The only power the past should have in your life is the ability to teach as you move forward. The past is not your present…not your future. Don’t listen to any lies that tell you life seldom changes. That life will never get better. That you are doomed to repeat your story. These are all lies from the enemy to hide the truth of God’s promises to you.
True, life isn’t easy. But it wasn’t meant to be. It was meant to prove us, purge us, and refine us to be even greater than when we started out on this journey. Yes, chastening for the moment does seem grievous, but it eventually bears the peaceable fruit of righteousness if we allow God to finish what He started in us. You don’t want to stop. You don’t want to lie down on the job of life. I encourage you to continue to trust God in spite of how you feel or what you see.
Excerpt From: Michelle McKinney Hammond. “Getting Smart About Life, Love, and Men.”
[Available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay. For more information, visit www.MichelleHammond.com]
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This truth may save your life, dear sister. There will always be people who don’t see your value or recognize your worth. Understand that others may try to superimpose their insecurities over you and try to rob you of your security. They may despise your confidence. The very thing they envy about you is what they’ll try to destroy. Be still before them and let God handle it. Give God room to intervene. Don’t cast away your confidence in Him. He is with you even when you feel alone in your struggle. He will take your part when you walk with Him.
Unapologetically, I am,
Excerpt From: Michelle McKinney Hammond’s “Getting Smart About Life, Love, and Men.”
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“My friend, if I could leave you with one single thought it would be this: Never fool yourself into thinking you have the right to take someone else’s husband. That is a war no woman can ever win. If you take him, you will live with shame and fear all your days. The shame you may be able to get past in time, but the fear will steal your peace. You’ll be constantly reminded that stolen goods come with no guarantee of remaining yours. Loving someone else’s husband brings death to your dream of “to have and to hold forever amen” a shining, gallant prince who will carry you away on his steed with sweet promises, forever loyalty, and the intent to love you as God intended. It puts an emptiness in your eyes that should not be there and robs you of the security God wants every wife to have. Yes, wait. Hold out for the husband who will be truly yours. The one God gives you.”
Excerpt from Michelle McKinney Hammond’s Book: “Getting Smart About Life, Love and Men”
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