Thursday, October 2, 2014

God is able...

by Debi Baker


"20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work

within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

Ephesians 3:20NLT


Even though we may say we believe God can do anything, I wonder how often we really believe it?  God is able...He is able to do ANYTHING!  This verse says He can do INFINITELY more than we might ask or think!  No stop for a minute...what does infinitely mean?  It means never ending or immeasurable!  God is able to do whatever we ask or think, yes, but He is also more than capable of doing so much more than we could ever imagine!!!  The KJV of this verse says 'exceedingly abundantly' more than we could ask or imagine.  That tells me that God can take any prayer or thought we might have and do MORE than our brain is capable of imagining!  

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One example of this 'exceedingly abundantly' type of blessing 
comes to my mind.  Some friends of mine and my hubby's were married for something like 10 or 15 years (to be honest, I don't remember the exact number of years, but it was a lot!)...all the while praying for a child.  Year after year...begging God for a baby.  They were prayed over in church several times.  One day, they found out she was pregnant!  That family now has 4 children!  They had begun to think that God would never give them a child and now they have more than they EVER imagined!

Whatever it is that you are believing God for, He is able to give you far MORE than you can possibly imagine.  Too often we pray for such and such and God is wanting to give us more.  I think all too often we put a limit to our blessings because we see with finite minds when God sees infinitely!

So, today, I challenge you to believe God for some of that infinitely more than we might ask or think kinds of prayers!  If you are believing God for something don't put Him in a box.  Ask according to HIS will and watch Him bless you above and beyond!!!

Have an abundantly blessed day!!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What is Your Whatever?

By: Shari A. Miller



Just think......anything that we do in our lives all begins within our minds, all because of a simple and yet, complex thought. I have often sat back and wondered how one thought that leads to an action, can change our world.

Thoughts have immense power.

God gives us the free will to set our thoughts on whatever we choose. We can choose to dwell on our trials and tribulations, or on things that will bring us pleasure and worldly gain. Or we can think on the things of Jesus and what would bring glory to Him.

Philippians 4:18 states,

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." 

His Word gives us the clear answer on where our thoughts should reside.

Whatever is:
  • True
  • Noble
  • Right
  • Pure
  • Lovely
  • Admirable
  • Excellent
  • Praiseworthy

The devil is tricky. He tries everything possible to get us to focus on anything but these. He tells us to focus on ourselves first, and anything that can cause the "me" mentality to be proclaimed. He also uses our earthly troubles to tell us that the above doesn't even exist. Whether it be money problems, relationship problems, sickness, depression, and so much more.

Here's the secret. We all have problems, being a Christian doesn't make us immune. It does however, give us something more powerful than anything the devil tries us to snare us with, the power of Christ.

When those thoughts start creeping through your mind, the first thing you need to tell the enemy is, "Get out!" Turn the thoughts over to the Father and banish them through the blood that was shed by God's Son. 

Then get into His Word. Immense yourself in His truth so that you'll be able to stand firm when the lies of satan start to knock at the door of your heart. Memorize Scripture so that it takes root and flourishes in your mind and soul.

Surround yourself with the whatevers God talks about in His Word, and let go of any of your personal whatevers that can't align with His will.

Fill your home with uplifting music and tape scripture verses where they can always be seen. When possible work together as a family to support each other on this journey. Pray for one another, and encourage each other to turn your whatevers into anything that would glorify His name.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crock-Pot Jambalaya

By: Melissa Baker


Recipe courtesy of KatiesCucina.com
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours, 50 minutes
Yield: 8

Ingredients: 
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 tsp hot sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 pound frozen peeled shrimp, thawed
2 cups white long grain rice
Fresh chopped parsley as garnish.

Directions: 

1. Prepare the ingredients for the crockpot: cut chicken, dice sausage, and chop the onion, green bell pepper, and celery stalk.
2. In the crock pot combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth. Stir in oregano, cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, and thyme. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
3. Once the contents in the crockpot are done cooking, carefully remove the liquid. You will use this liquid to cook your rice in a separate pot.
4. Cook the rice according to package directions using as much jambalaya liquid as possible; 2 cups rice needs 4 cups liquid. Typically I can get 2 cups of liquid from the crock pot so I'll use an additional 2 cups water.
5. While rice is cooking, stir in the thawed shrimp in the crockpot, cover and cook until the shrimp are cooked (about 30 minutes).
6. Once rice is done mix into the crock pot. Discard bay leaves, add fresh chopped parsley if desired, and serve.

Notes *If preparing the night before store the crock pot ingredients in a ziplock freezer bag or large tupperware in the refrigerator. *I cook my rice in a rice cooker using as much liquid from the jambalaya as possible. This adds flavor to the rice and makes it taste like its been cooking with the jambalaya for hours.


Monday, September 29, 2014

3 Things Your Husband Needs To Hear Every Day

By: Jenifer Metzger

A person hears approximately 50,000 words a day. Your husband hears approximately 50,000 words a day. He hears his boss telling him what to do, sometimes it's likely not pleasant. He hears commercials telling him that he's failing if he cannot afford to buy you diamonds from the jewelry store. He hears put downs from others. He hears negative comments all around him. But what is he hearing from you?

Are your words to your husband uplifting? Are they encouraging? Are they loving? Are they respectful? Or are they negative like the world?

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Here are three things your husband needs to hear (and feel) from you every single day:

1. I love you. Every day start the day telling him you love him, then end the day with the same words. And remember that action speak louder than words, so show your love to him. Make dinners and desserts he likes. Send him sweet text messages throughout the day. Be kind to him. Brag on him to your mother. Let him feel your love as much as, or more than, you say it.

2. I respect you. One of the most important things to a man is to feel respected. He needs to know that his wife respects him. Tell him with your words each day. Show him with your actions. When he makes a decision, respect it. Even if you don't agree with him. Simply pray for him. When he speaks, look him in the eye and give him your full attention.

3. I want you. Every man wants to feel wanted and desired by his wife. Your husband is no different. He wants to know that you find him attractive and want to 'be with him.' Tell him that you want him, and once again, show him. Forgo the cotton jammies occasionally for something that is just for him. Don't turn away when he says he wants you. Be with him.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This Is It!



By: Kasey Johnson

 
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Let me be honest.

I wasn't expecting our "Scripture Sunday" from last month to pose such a challenge in my life. You see, I'm currently learning how to do a new job and let's just say I'm not a fan of starting over.

Have you ever had to start over and leave behind the wonderful feeling of knowing what you're doing and feeling confident? Yeah - it's not my favorite.

The "it" I'm currently dealing with is a necessary evil - it's my job.  I'm struggling to remember that yes, God is faithful and yes, He will take care of my "it" no matter how difficult things become.

To help me accept these statements of truth I'm trying to make sure I do my part and obey scripture. I know God will fulfill His promise - so I'm working on fulfilling mine.

Rejoice always - In order for me to always rejoice, I have to believe that my situation is part of God's will for my life. I can only find joy when I'm able to trust God's leading and that he truly is in control. When I feel like everything is falling apart I can look to the heavens and rejoice!

Pray continually - God created the universe and everything on earth. It is amazing to me that He longs for a relationship with mankind and that He listens to my prayers. The charge to continually pray means I stop thinking so much about myself and start focusing on God and others.

Give thanks - Being thankful is not something that comes naturally in our society. I hope to live a life that focuses on the blessings around me but if I'm being honest I sometimes find myself wishing for something I don't have or can't do. Thanking God for my life and my family helps me keep a spirit of thankfulness.

All of us are dealing with an "it" but no matter how difficult our "it" becomes we can remember the second part of this month's scripture - that "THIS IS IT".

Where you are, what I'm dealing with, it's all part of God's perfect plan for our . The best part of God's will is that it is filtered through the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the Cross.

This month I'm taking the power away from my "it". I'm going to be spending my time and energy rejoicing, praying and thanking God for fulfilling His will in my life.

I pray you'll be able to have the same kind of month. Take this scripture and write it somewhere you'll see it every day. God is on our side, even when it feels like the world is against us. We're living out God's will and He is with us!

I'd love to hear your stories about making it through a rough time of when you were able to rejoice and give thanks even when things weren't going the way you thought they should. Your story will encourage all of us!

Kasey