Thursday, April 24, 2014

"GO!"

"19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations..."
Matthew 28:19 NLT

"23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."
Luke 14:23 NKJV

The thought for this Thursday is to "GO!"  If Jesus told us to go and make disciples, and If He told us to go out and compel them to come in...what makes us think that we can sit in our comfortable chairs in church and expect the unsaved to just flow in?  These 2 verses tell us to "GO!"  There is an action we are to be doing.  The entire word of God NEVER tells us to do nothing.  This life we live as Christians...it's worth sharing!  We are called to share the Gospel with those around us.  

So, today, I challenge each of you to "GO!"  Unless you are home bound there is no reason you cannot share the blessed Hope!  I encourage you to be Jesus to those around you.  Just remember, YOU may be the only Jesus they see today!

God bless,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

God's Dream For You

We grow up having dreams and plans. Then early into adulthood those dreams and plans may change, or maybe they don't. As life continues we continue to dream. Again maybe the dreams change or maybe just adjust a little. The point is we dream. We plan.

As God was knitting you together in your mother's womb, He dreamed and planned for you too. He laid it all out. It's bigger than you could even imagine. It's better than you could even imagine. Let God dream and plan for you because His dreams and plans will be amazing!

'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord,
'plans to prosper you and not harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.'
Jeremiah 29:11

I am really loving this song by Casting Crowns right now, Dream for You. Listen below:


What is God's dream for you and how is that playing out in your life right now?





It is time for our 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, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

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1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. You must link back to W2W somewhere in your post.
3. You must visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

By: Leah

Bring on the Chocolate!


Todays Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are simple and totally amazing! They are a favorite in the household as I'm sure they will be in yours as well.


Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Filled Cupcakes

Mix 1 Chocolate cake mix as directed on the back of the box.

In a separate bowl mix:
8 oz cream cheese
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 t salt
1 egg
Beat well and fold in 
1 c chocolate chips

Fill cupcake tins halfway with Chocolate Cake mix and then put in 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese mixture on top.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
Enjoy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

When He Isn't Romantic

Flowers.

Chocolates.

Moonlit strolls.

Open doors.

Love letters.

We all love romance and want our husbands to be romantic. At least be romantic once in a while. But the truth is not all men are always romantic. Some men are hardly ever romantic. And this hurts us.



We need to first, understand that God made man and woman different. Most, though maybe not all, women like romance. Many men do not even know what romance really is. God made us different. Don't fault him on who God made him to be.

See romance from his eyes. Maybe he doesn't bring you flowers, but he saved the last slice of pizza for you, turned the coffee pot on for you or texted you from work. That is his way of showing romance to you. It may look different than what you expect or want, but it's time to embrace your husband as he is. Instead of being hurt or complaining for the things he doesn't do, appreciate the things he does do. Thank him for every little thing. It may not be chocolate and roses, but it's his way.

Remember that romance isn't a one way street. Husbands like when we do things for them too. Years ago I had been wanting a rose. My husband hadn't gotten me a rose in a while and I just really wanted one. Then while at the grocery store I walked by the floral department and saw beautiful red roses. For a moment I felt a pang of desire. Then it hit me. I can buy him a rose too! So I did. I bought him a beautiful red rose and placed it on our dresser with a note saying I love you for him to find when he came home from work. He was so surprised and really grateful!

Next time you are offended or hurt because your husband hasn't been romantic, remember God made him the way he is, embrace it.

What does your husband do that may not be the typical romantic stuff, but might be his way of being romantic?


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Is it I? Lord, is it I?"

"20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table
with the twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said,
'Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.'"
Matthew 26:20 NIV

This past Sunday my church did an illustrated sermon, The Living Lord's Supper.  As we were preparing for this, the 13 men that played the parts of Jesus and the Disciples were placing themselves in the various roles.  I told each of them that I wanted them to truly take on the persona of their respective character.  And as I told them this, I felt the Lord speak to me that I needed to take on the same.  So as each of these amazing men would come to the stage to play his part, I tried to imagine how that disciple must have felt.  When Jesus said that one of His own chosen would betray Him, each of them must have been pierced in his own heart thinking that it could be him.  I imagine Peter...hot-headed Peter...taking his sword and threatening to pierce the one that would betray the Master.  I imagine Andrew, the one that brought so many people to Jesus.  Surely he must have wondered if he would now betray the One that he had served so faithfully.  Each of the 12 men must have had the past 3 years run through their minds.  Each of them must have wondered, "Is it I?  Lord, is it I?"  

Sometimes I think we read over the story quickly and fail to realize that it is so much more than a story.  This is an event in the lives of 12 men that had trusted in Jesus and had lived together for 3 years.  They depended upon one another.  They became family.  And now, one of them would betray, not only Jesus, but the entire family of men.  I cannot imagine the tensions in the room that night.  I can't imagine how each man must have felt as he looked around the dinner table wondering who was the betrayer.

On this Thursday before Easter, take a few minutes and try to imagine the scene.  Put yourself in the picture.  See, Judas was the betrayer, but in all reality, each and every one of us has probably been a betrayer of Jesus...maybe not to the magnitude Judas was, but certainly each of us has had opportunity where we have turned against Jesus.  Remember, it is OUR sin that put Him on that tree.

I pray that you truly put some serious thought into that last supper.  Let God speak to you through this event.

Have a blessed Easter.  Remember, He was crucified and buried but on the 3rd day...HE ROSE AGAIN!!!