My Father Sings Loudly Over Me - Does Yours?

Acceptance: Receiving others willingly and unconditionally (even when their behavior has been imperfect) and loving them in spite of any differences that may exist between you. (Romans 15:7
                                                      (Please read the definition of Acceptance - above -  again.)
As I sit here writing this 52 WKP on Acceptance, I can think of a clear example that has stuck with me and spoke acceptance to me personally. My husband always brings me coffee in the mornings! He has for the last 35 years of our marriage...every day! One morning in particular he brought me my coffee, “as usual”, but this time was not “usual.” We had a huge argument the night before, and we went to bed really angry at each other.  So, I was kind of shocked that he brought me my morning coffee! I looked at my husband and asked, “Why are you bringing me my coffee?” He answered, “I may be angry with you, but I still love you!” BAM! Acceptance!
Each of us needs to know that we are still loved and have value even when we don’t do it all right.  That cup of coffee (or a cup of cold water-Matthew 10:42) given even when differences are obvious or after a “failure” occurred helped communicate value, acceptance, and love.
Jesus - The Light of the World: (Jesus Meets Our Need For Acceptance)
Acceptance is one of my top needs. During my growing up years, I had a lot of rejection and went without many needs met, so I began to wonder, “What is wrong with me?” But….God, He filled my need and made it clear that He accepted me for me...end of story or maybe I should say “beginning of a new story”!
Has He done this for you? Do you know how completely accepted you are by our Heavenly Father? Maybe, as I did, you grew up feeling unaccepted or unacceptable. God tells us He rejoices and sings over us! What??? The Father of the universe sings...over me???
Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
 
 
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What's Love Got To Do With It?

Aloneness = the condition of a person who is unloved, unknown, unwanted; having no intimate relationships
Intimacy = antidote for aloneness; to know and be known, to love and be loved; to live in connected relationships
 
Several years ago I heard a report on the radio about a study that had been completed where those surveyed were asked if they felt their life had been successful.  Only 3 out of 100 declared that they felt their life had been successful.  One of the guys I teach at The Jericho House (a men's addiction recovery environment) asked me point-blank, “Are you one of those 3?” It didn’t take long to answer.  Yes.  I do feel that my life has been successful and meaningful.  My life is not perfect, nor are all my relationships as close as I wish they were, but I am a happy man and feel loved and cherished by family and friends.  I love Jesus and He loves me.  In my book, that is success.
But now that I am about to reach my 69thbirthday, there are just a few really important nuggets I would like to pass along for those who may be interested in finishing this life with abundance rather than classifying life as awful, average, or unsuccessful.  
Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group of men in the Los Angeles, California area.  We spoke and discussed legacy.  I was profoundly moved to realize we are always leaving a legacy to those behind us and living the legacy handed down to us.  We may have to make adjustments along the way to the legacy we received, so that we don’t poison the legacy we leave behind.  We determined together that we want to leave a legacy of love….God’s love, so that the world will know that we are Jesus’ disciples.
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Meeting The Need for Appreciation in our spouse

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Appreciate or Disintegrate?

Appreciation:

Expressing thanks, praise, or commendation, particularly in recognition of someone’s accomplishments or efforts. Gratefully acknowledging what someone “does” (Colossians 3:15b, 1 Corinthians 11:2).

 

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Approval in Family Children, Grandchildren, & Extended Family

Approval (Blessing) - Building up or affirming another person, particularly for who they are (as opposed to what they do); affirming both the fact and the importance of our relationship with another person.
(Ephesians 4:29; Mark 1:11)
 
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Approval in Marriage Caring for Your Spouse

Bless His Heart, He's A Nice Guy But He Sure Is ...........

 

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