Thursday, September 20, 2018

He is our Defender!

 By Debi Baker

I was at a conference earlier this week and heard this song for the very first time.  It's so powerful.  Please listen below:

Have a wonderful day,





Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thirsty Soul

By: Jenifer Metzger

We've all experienced thirst. After a workout or on a hot day we are desperate for water. One long drink of cool water feels like a mighty rushing waterfall that quenches our deep thirst. It feels good. It fills us.

Have we experienced that with God? Are we desperate for Him? Do we let Him come over us like a mighty rushing waterfall to quench our soul?


One thing about water is we rarely take just a sip. Though a sip is good and can help us feel satisfied to a point, we normally take a good long drink. Then a little later, we take another good long drink. And then again, and again. Our thirst is satisfied but we have the need to keep going back regularly. Our thirst continues. One small sip a day is not going to satisfy us. We keep drinking.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for You, my God.
Psalm 42: 1

The same is with God. We experience Him, but once isn't enough. We have to keep going back. Our soul needs more than a sip, our soul is desperately thirsty for Him continually. A sip is okay, but we need to regularly take a good long drink and then we need to keep going back for more.

Our soul stays thirsty and we need to continually drink.




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It is time for the Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

By: Melissa Baker

In the city we live in, each school in the district has a phrase or slogan that they use to represent the school. Our oldest son started middle school this year. In starting this new adventure, I learned that the middle school's slogan is "your vibe attracts your tribe". At first I thought it was kind of weird. But as I thought about this saying more and more, I have come to love it! And it is so fitting, not only for middle schoolers but for every person, men and women alike. The vibe or attitude that we put off, will affect who we attract. If we are constantly negative, the people around us will be negative. The situations we find ourselves in, will also be negative. If we are constantly positive and happy, guess what? We will suddenly find ourselves surrounded by friendly people and more positive situations. We human beings, feed off of eachother. So we should want to attract people that will bring the best out of us. 

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

The same works with who we chose to put in our lives. If we surround ourselves with a bad or negative crowd, we are slowly going to turn into the people that they are. So as christians we must be careful who we chose to let in our lives. We must imitate Christs humility in our relationships, so that we can live more positive and joyful lives. We should want to attract Christ-like people, but in order to do that, we need to be Christ-like as well.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus..
Philippians 2:2-5

So just a friendly reminder "Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe". Be careful as to what vibe you are putting off. 


Have a great day!






Sunday, September 16, 2018

One heart...


The expression often used for two people that are close, inseparable even, is that their hearts are "knit together".  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced the excruciating pain that happens when two hearts that were once knit together are torn asunder by an offense, a misunderstanding, a betrayal or even just apathy and neglect. It happens in marriages. It happens in friendships. It happens in families. It happens in church. If it has happened to you, it can make you guarded and hesitant to let yourself get that close to someone again. It can make you afraid to trust again. It can even hinder you from drawing close to God and trusting Him. When difficulties surround you, when the enemy seems to be triumphing over you, when circumstances seem as though they are defeating you, you may cry out, "You, too, God? Have You abandoned me, too?" Remember, beloved child of God, your heart is entwined with God's heart. You are one. He is yours and you are His.  It is impossible, against God's very nature and character, for Him to ever fail you, leave you, or let go of you.
"...He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]" Hebrews 13:3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Make a choice to trust God based on the truth of His promises, not based on what you are going through or how you are feeling. Say it aloud, right in the face of the enemy, the one who is whispering vile lies to you telling you that you are alone, abandoned and forsaken, "I trust You, God!" Speak aloud the promises found in His Word about His love and faithfulness. His Word will fortify and strengthen you.

In a good marriage, when the husband and wife are truly knit together in heart, when one of them is struggling, hurting, or suffering, the other spouse feels it as well. The other spouse may even say, "I wish I could bear the burden for him" or "I wish I could take the pain for her".  God did bear the burden for us and take the pain for us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. How ludicrous would it be for Him to sacrifice His Son on our behalf, then just abandon us to slog through this life on our own. Ridiculous! "He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?" Romans 8:32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition God has invested Himself wholeheartedly into His relationship with you. He is not uncaring, unfeeling, or callous to what you are going through and feeling. You are one and what matters to you matters to Him. Whatever you are suffering now, He already suffered for, in order to assure your victory in and through all things. You are not alone and never will be. That's a Person and a promise you can count on.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

2 Easy Ways to Meditate on God's Word






Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 119:27 NLT


This verse offers two key areas for meditation: God’s laws and God’s deeds. By meditating on both, our faith will be strengthened. Let’s break this down.


God’s laws


Did you learn the Ten Commandments when you were young? Since I grew up in the Lutheran church, I had a strong understanding of God’s law. I still have a bracelet I wore to Sunday school as a child. It has silver links with little charms of each of the ten commandments.

I’m grateful that I grew up with a deep appreciation and respect for God’s laws. His laws aren’t meant to steal the joy from our lives. They are meant to protect, guide, and lead us to the abundant life He promises.

I’ve come to understand the value of God’s law more as a mother. Teaching my children to be careful around electrical outlets, fire, barbed wire fences, ponds and chemicals has not always been easy. I remember them crying when I said “No” to these dangers.

When my children were very young, they didn’t understand why these things could hurt them. But I understood the dangers, and I risked listening to their protests to protect and guide them. I wanted them to choose wisely so they could live the best life possible.

God does the same thing with us. He knows why the “bad” things we want will hurt us. He understands the big picture. He even risks our protests and our turning away from Him to protect and guide us. He wants the best life possible for me and for you. That’s the function of His law, and it is a worthy focus for meditation.

Tip: See Exodus 20 to meditate on the Ten Commandments.

God’s deeds

Remembering God’s wonderful deeds is a way to anchor your faith. You can study His marvelous acts in the Old Testament, such as delivering the Israelites from Egypt in Exodus. You can study Jesus’ miracles in the Gospels. You can also read the book of Acts to learn how the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples when the church was established.

You can also remember God’s wonderful deeds in your own life. Make a timeline of events from the last year, five years, ten years, or however long you like. Write down the major events—good and bad—and note the wonderful things God brought out of them.

Sometimes you can’t find a good thing from a certain season. But you can note how God brought goodness out of it. For example, I have learned how He developed perseverance and strength in tough seasons that seemed to produce no benefits.

Tip: Keep a journal just to record God’s wonderful deeds in your life.


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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,



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Reflection questions:


1. Which part do you need to meditate on more: God's laws or God's deeds? Why?

2. How can meditating on God's laws and deeds help you this week?