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AFTER DIVORCE – WHAT’S NEXT?

Who said it would be easy?  Many have difficulty adjusting to life after divorce.  Depending on the type of relationship held prior to the divorce, reason(s) for the divorce and the livelihood of each  after the divorce, it can be devastating to one and a blessing to the other; devastating to both, or a blessing to both.  Whatever the cause may be for the divorce, an acceptance of it determines how one moves on with his/her life.

Some may be so used to being married and are totally lost when it comes to dating; whereas, others may be ready for an adventure in hitting the dating scene.  A casual relationship may appease some; whereas, others may long for a committed relationship.  The problem comes when one wants one type of relationship, but the one whom they’re trying to get with wants the opposite. To avoid a misunderstanding or the feeling of being lied to, cheated on or taken advantage of, one must be specific as to what he/she wants when dating.  When one settles on the type of relationship based upon what the other wants or expects; instead of remaining true to self, they establish precedents and/or practices that may become detrimental to a future relationship with that person.  Although it’s good to compromise; setting aside what you want just to please another usually results in unwanted and unnecessary pain, stress, bitterness and misunderstanding.

After a divorce, before getting back into the dating scene and/or beginning a relationship, the following question should be asked of oneself:   Have you allowed yourself a chance to get to know yourself as a single man/woman before getting into a relationship?  Do you have baggage that will only allow you to continue the patterns of behavior you have previously succumbed to?  Have you searched your heart and realized what causes insecurity, intimidation, mistrust, jealousy, hurt and pain within you, and what actions to take to nip in the bud?  Do you really know what makes you happy?  How is your spiritual life?  Are you being proactive or reactive in your prayer life?  What can you bring to the table in a relationship? What are you expecting from a man/woman?   These are just a few questions that will help you to become focused on moving on after divorce.  Until you are able to answer the aforementioned, you stand a chance of reliving your past.  All things are normally good at the beginning.  But LIFE happens after the infatuation wears off and reality sets in.  The question is, “Are you honest and open enough with self to attract the same honesty and openness from another?”

After a divorce, usually one immediately clings to another relationship to sustain the heartache occurred because of the separation.  However, sometimes, it’s because the one who they have clung to is the one who was a major contributor to there being an ex- spouse.  In reality “Did You Train Your Ex for Their Next Lover”?  That’s an interesting topic that I will dive into via future blogs.

Until then, take one day at a time learning and loving you again while fulfilling your desires and dreams.  Remembering the following scriptures:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

WILL ALL OPEN THEIR EYES AND EARS?

WILL ALL OPEN THEIR EYES AND EARS?

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for the opportunity to say, “Thank U”.

Father, as many have awakened, and have begun there Monday journey, they are weary as to what today may bring. Our medical professionals and staff are in harm’s way on a daily basis trying provide a life line to the sick and injured, in addition to combating the epidemic that has taken so many lives. Our service personnel who are stocking shelves at grocery stores and other businesses are trying to serve, as well as survive. Those who are delivering food, cooking at restaurants, in nursing homes, and/or in confinement are fighting to stay healthy; whereas, many are grieving the loss of loved ones. Wherever one may be this morning, I pray that U touch their heart with love and peace, provide protection and healing of all, as well as bless our scientists to find a cure for this epidemic.

Father, let everyone open their eyes to see themselves, and open their ears to hear U, through Ur holy word.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
~Linda F. Walker
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DOES FREE WILL COME WITH OBSTACLES?

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed #SONday morning. Grateful for Ur continued favor.

Father, as many have awakened on this beautiful morning, they continue to praise U for the blessings that U continue to bestow upon them despite their shortcomings. They know that through every trial and tribulation experienced, they acquired the lessons that have allowed them to walk the path that U have orchestrated for them. They know that through every dark moment experienced, U have always allowed Ur light to remind them that U are present in all situations, and will never foresake them. They know that through their journey in life, obstacles of every sort will arise to divert their attention to the things that are contrary to Ur teachings. However, as they continue in prayer and supplication, they will experience an increased faith, and stronger dependency upon you.

Father, help all to realize that U are in control at all times. Help them to know that although U give all the free will to choose their own path in life, there will be trials and tribulations that may take them off course. Therefore remain alert, prayerful and faithful in U, through Ur Son Jesus Christ.

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:1-12
~Linda F. Walker

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IS YOUR SPOKEN WORD DEAD?

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for the gift of life.

Father, as many have awakened and have begun their daily journey, they are mindful of where they have been and where they have arrived in life. Some have been stagnated by their own acquired habits of pleasing others and putting them first, while continuously accepting being an afterthought to those whom they put first. However, now they that have grown spiritually in putting U first, they have learned to love self, and to never allow or accept the notion of anyone treating them as if they are an afterthought.

Father, help all to look at self to determine who and whose they are. Help them to understand that love is a word that many use loosely; however, words without action voids the spoken word, just as faith without works is dead.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
~Linda F. Walker
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TRUST AND OBEDIENCE IS NECESSARY

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for another day to say “Thank you”!

Father, as many have awakened and have begun their daily journey, they are praying that through this darkness that glooms over the world today, U will continue to protect all by allowing Ur light to guide them through the fear of the unknown, while maintaining hope and an increased faith.
Father, many are in a situation where they cannot comprehend how things in life can change so quickly. However, they do know that Ur love is constant, that U are all powerful, faithful, and will answer their prayers in due time. Therefore, they will trust and remain obedient.

Father, help all to understand that U have prepared us for what is, and what is to come. Help all to understand that they must now equip themselves with Ur armor and shield, breastplate of righteousness, and helmet and shield. Moreover, help them to understand that it is by Ur grace and mercy that we have life, and are given second chances to get it right. Therefore, let’s not miss the opportunity, for tomorrow is not promised.

“God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” Romans 2:6-8
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ULTERIOR MOTIVES BREAK THE TRUST

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for another day that was not promised.

Father, as many have awakened and have begun their Thursday journey, they are focused on ensuring that their actions align with the words that come out of their mouth. They have learned, the hard way, that some will continously say one thing, but do another. They have learned that in building relationships, some have goals of learning the needs and wants of another, so that they can depict text book knowledge that they have learned about their particular situation, just to gain favor and trust from that individual. Although many believe that these type of people are truly for them, there is usually always an ulterior motive.

Father, help all to be wise and slow when putting their trust in man, for there is always some type of manipulation eventually revealed. Help all to realize when they put their trust in U, through Ur Son Jesus Christ, they do not have to worry about the ulterior motives of others. Help all to be quick to listen in order to understand, but slow to speak in an effort to fill the awkwardness of silence.

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.” Proverbs 16:2
~Linda F. Walker
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GOD CONTINUES TO LOVE, WILL YOU?

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for second chances.

Father, as many have awakened and have begun their daily journey, they realize that despite their shortcomings, U continue to allow them a room of escape as their trials become too burdensome. Although they continue to do the things that they know not to do, they realize that Ur love is never ending, for U continuously forgive and show that U come that all are saved, and will one day receive a mansion, robe, and crown. Although they doubt Ur holy power, U continue to show them that it is only by Ur grace and mercy that they are forgiven of their sins, and blessed to live life abundantly.

Father, help all to understand that although they fall short of Ur glory daily, U continue to guide them to repentance. Help them to remain alert, obedient, and focus as they go through life, always safeguarding themselves, with Ur armor and shield, against the wiles of the devil.


” I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” Psalm 30:1-3
~Linda F. Walker
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PUZZLES AND COMPASSES OF LIFE

Father, praising Ur holy name for another blessed morning. Grateful for the gift of life.

Father, as many have awakened and have begun their Tuesday journey, they are continuing to walk in confidence that Ur love conquers all. Regardless of what is occurring in the world today, U continue to teach, direct and prepare Ur children for what is and what is to come. Ur holy word is the answer to the puzzle of life that many continuously try to fit their way of thinking into as a means to their problem. However, they fail to understand that U have instructed all to not lean on their own understanding. Ur holy word is the compass that many try to redirect so that they can take shortcuts in order to reach their destination sooner. However, they fail to understand that they must maneuver through the trials and tribulations on the path U have established for them in order to be ready for their final destination.

Father, help all to search Ur holy word daily, rightly dividing it, to follow it as U lead. Help them to be careful of their actions, for many times actions result in reactions that ultimately leads to them taking the wrong path, which results in them prolonging, or not reaching the destination that U have purposed for them to inherit.

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe..
1 Thessalonians 2:13
~Linda F. Walker
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