Marv's Musings

What is Love

Posted By: Marv Mickley · 7/8/2013 8:00:00 AM

This morning, as I went through my emails, I had received a message from Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family. To see love, through the story he shared, really touched me. I hope it touches you as well!

"True love can stand the tests of time and illness. 

Meet Bill and Glad Forward, a couple you won’t soon forget. Glad has advanced Alzheimer’s, and the love Bill shows to his precious bride of 50 years is beautiful. “I count it a great privilege to care for this woman I’ve loved all these years,” Bill explains in this touching video.  “She has done so much for me over these years. Now she can’t, but I can.”

It’s a love so sincere and so humble it’s almost impossible to watch without tearing up. I hope Bill and Glad’s story inspires you today." - Jim Daly, Focus on the Family

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Conflict and Intimacy

Posted By: Marv Mickley · 6/4/2013 9:00:00 AM

Growing up, what were you taught about Biblical conflict resolution?  Ha, ha!  Me too, nada, zip.  I went blindly into friendships, marriage, parenting, jobs knowing next to nothing about healthy conflict.  Yet conflict resolution is at the heart of the message of Jesus. He died to reconcile us to the Father, and wants us to reconcile relationships here on earth.

Practical help on conflict resolution? It’s there, in the Bible --speaking the truth in love, appropriate anger, forgiveness, initiating reconciliation, admitting faults, dealing gently with those who error, and many more. If I can apply these principles, relationships are restored, intimacy happens, character is built and I become more like Christ. I still want to avoid conflict, but I know it’s best to step into it… with God’s help.

What Does Easter Mean To You?

Posted By: Marv Mickley · 3/20/2013 1:20:00 PM

Easter is just around the corner. For many, this holiday is about bunnies hiding eggs and candy filled baskets. For me, it’s about the miraculous sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Down through the centuries, many have tried to discredit the resurrection. They have no problem with the kind, compassionate Jesus who ministered to the poor and downtrodden. This view of Jesus requires nothing of them. They can admire Jesus; even emulate Him, but still answer to no one but themselves.

A risen Jesus SHOUTS that He is the Son of God, and as such He has a claim on us. I am accountable to Him, my Redeemer, the One who loves me and gave His life for me. Through His death and resurrection Jesus conquered sin and death, opening heaven for you, me and anyone who accepts His gift of eternal life. We love Him with our lives ...

Heartwarming Reunion

Posted By: Marv Mickley · 11/15/2012 10:27:00 AM

Courage & Back To School

Posted By: Marv Mickley · 9/4/2012 5:00:00 AM

Love it or dread it…back to school season is here! This time of year signals a time of transition. Young children off to their first day of Kindergarten. Teachers finalizing lesson plans. New students wandering in circles. Anxious high schoolers faking confidence.

Some invite new experiences. Others feel fear. All must move forward. Regardless of age or life circumstance, many of us feel the same way. It’s fun attacking new situations with confidence, isn’t it? Confidence is different than courage. Courage often involves fear while moving forward. It doesn’t necessarily mean you feel courageous.

As a child, I was shy and introverted.  I found new situations involving relating to strangers very difficult for me. Was I sometimes fearful? Definitely! Over time, as I faced new situations, I learned I wasn’t as inept as I felt and actually came more confident. Am I still fearful sometimes? Absolutely!

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