Excited about my Cinderella event!

I’m so excited because my Cinderella live event in Overland Park, KS, only 9 days away! Are you signed up yet? 

The Cinderella goodie bags arrived in the mail. 

goodie bags

goodie bags

And the Cinderella pumpkin coach table decoration. It’s going to look really pretty with flowers in it on the center table up front.

Cinderella carriage centerpiece

Cinderella carriage centerpiece

Ray bought me jewelry for the event as a surprise.

The necklace doesn’t go with my fire red-orange dress, but the bracelet goes perfectly. He has great taste!

bracelet

bracelet

So cool too about my vendor, who will display and sell Origami Owl jewelry there.

Origami Owl jewelry  www.trying2staycalm.com/2012/02/origami-owl-custom-jewelry-50-giveaway.html

Origami Owl jewelry
www.trying2staycalm.com/2012/02/origami-owl-custom-jewelry-50-giveaway.html

One blessed attendee there will win a Cinderella pampering day:

Maybe that will be YOU! Are you signed up yet? Click here to save your seat today.

Your repentance is because of your relationship with God, not others

me and Ray, Branson marriage retreat

me and Ray, Branson marriage retreat

When Ray and I attended Roger and Laureen Traver‘s Mountain Top Marriage Retreat in Branson, MO, recently, one of the things they encouraged the married couples to do was to renounce spiritual strongholds, to pull strongholds down through the Word of God, and to repent of sin asking God (and others we sinned against) for forgiveness.

From the very beginning, there was the blame game. Adam blamed Eve for his sin, Eve blamed the serpent, and Satan (in the form of the serpent) just laughed, mocking and defying God.

God has the last laugh (“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” – Psalm 2:4, ESV), and Satan will soon burn in the lake of fire, being tormented day and night forever. (Revelation 20:10)

 Instead of blame and justification, we have to repent. The original Greek word for repent is the verb metanoeo, which means to change one’s mind or purpose – to change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God. Source: BibleHub.com)

So often, we don’t want to repent. We’d rather justify our sin, blame someone else, and then we’re stuck spiritually. This is especially true between a husband and a wife.

In Psalm 51, David was confronted by Nathan the prophet, when he had the affair with Bathseba, another man’s wife. In this Psalm, David is asking God for mercy and forgiveness. 

“For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, and You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight.” (Psalm 51:3-4)

The footnote in the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible says:

“This is quoted in Romans 3:4 to show the righteousness of God in all His ways. This does not mean that David’s sins did not offend others. It is God’s holy nature that makes sin identifiable and accountable, so sin is first and foremost against God. Even when we attempt to rationalize our “right” to sin against others, there exists no right to sin against God.

God is holy, and we as His people are to be holy, too. (1 Peter 1:16)

The next time you want to justify your sin that does affect your spouse, remember that your sin is first and foremost against God, and you don’t have a right to sin against Him.