Thursday, October 30, 2014

Who is our provider...



God is I AM...the One who always is.  Another name for God is Jehovah.   Jehovah means that God is present in every situation and that He intervenes for good.  Many times in scripture Jehovah is combined with another word to give another, deeper realization of God's character.  One of those words is the Hebrew word, Jireh.  Jireh, means 'to see.'  Jehovah Jireh…God is here and He sees [the need and will provide for it].

In Genesis 22, God has called Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  Isaac asks his father where the sacrifice is and in verse 8, Abraham says to him, "8 ...'God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.'  And the two of them went on together."  Continuing in the story, in verses 13-14 we see that God did, indeed, provide the sacrifice.  "13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.  He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.  And to this day it is said, 'On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'"


Another way to translate Jehovah Jireh is to say that God will see to it!  God's pre-vision IS His provision!!!

Philippians 4:19 says, "19 ...My God shall supply ALL my needs according to His riches in glory."

Matthew 6:33 says, "33...seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

These are just a couple of examples of the promises of Jehovah Jireh...The Lord, our Provider!  How awesome it is to know that God will always provide for our needs!!!  Won't you listen to this song and thank Him for His provision!!!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Enjoy the Moments

By: Shari A. Miller



Have you ever had the feeling that there was something more out there?

Something more to this life than what you have?

Have you ever struggled to live in the moment because you're always wishing for something better?

If you are it's time to stop. It's time to turn the noise and the chaos of the world off. 

It's time to take a good long look in the mirror and realize......

What you have is really quite splendid.

It may not seem like much, but here's the thing.

It's really a masterpiece.

Instead of wishing for what could be, it's time to realize you already have everything you need.

It's time to take stock in the blessings around you and thank God for all He has done.

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

When you get rid off all the outside voices telling you what you should get and what you should do, you'll realize that God has already supplied everything you need.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19

Enjoy the moments friends.

Start your morning with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for being right where you're at. Because right where you're at is right where God wants you to be.


Photo Credit: Wilson X via photopin CC,


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! 

Three rules to this link up:
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, October 28, 2014

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup


Recipe courtesy of MommyHatesCooking.com
By: Melissa Baker

This is a great recipe for those cool fall and winter nights. It's also very versatile. You can either bake or boil the chicken. If you boil it, you can boil it in the chicken broth with the taco seasoning. You can even toss the chicken, broth and seasoning in a slow cooker and cook it that way. You can add corn or beans to the base soup as well and make it your own. This is a quick fix meal and very simple to make. It's great for potlucks or family gatherings during the holiday season as well. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

•2-3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
•1 32oz Carton Chicken Broth
•1 Packet Taco Seasoning
•1 Small Onion – Chopped
•1 Tbs Butter
•1 Can Rotel
•16oz Velveeta Cheese
•1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
•1 Cup Heavy Cream

Directions:

1.Combine Chicken Broth and Taco Seasoning in a large pot, bring to a boil.
2.Add Chicken Breasts and allow to boil 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
3.While Chicken is boiling, melt butter in a small pan, add onion and cook until tender.
4.Once Chicken has finished boiling, remove from pot, reserving all liquid. Shred Chicken, return to pot and liquid.
5.Add Onion, Rotel, Velveeta and Cheddar Cheeses to pot, heat through, allowing cheeses to melt. 6.Once Cheeses have melted, add Heavy Cream. Heat through without boiling.
7.Serve warm topped with a bit of cheese and tortilla strips.



Monday, October 27, 2014

A False Marriage Statement

Marriage is a partnership of two people. It takes a committed man and a committed woman to make the marriage work.

False.

Marriage takes more than two people.

It takes the Trinity.

In A Lifelong Love, author Gary Thomas says this:
Many of you are frustrated in your marriages because you try to live as if the Trinity isn't part of the equation. You keep asking something of your spouse and rarely get it:
"Listen to me more."
"Talk to me more."
"Help out more."
"Have s*x with me more often."
When was the last time you asked something of God's Holy Spirit? "Help me to love more. Help me to listen more. Renew my heart. Give me strength. Help me forgive..."
If we don't fill up the coffee maker with our coffee grounds and water, it will not make coffee. If we don't fill the gas tank in the car, it won't go. If we don't charge our cell phone battery, it will die. In the same way, we must fill our marriage with God.

A #marriage takes more than two people...

Thomas also says, "We can keep trying to draw from an empty well, trying to transform our marriages by asking our stubborn or unfeeling spouses to meet our needs, or we can ask the God who promised to "pour out" His Spirit on all who seek Him for what they need."

We need to stop trying to do marriage on our own. Stop trying to make it work alone. We need to bring the Holy Spirit back into the equation.

Check out Thomas' book A Lifelong Love. You will be blessed! To enter to win a copy, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scripture Sunday: Along the Path



Our scripture for this month is a bit longer, but worth the effort.

Take time to really read portions of the prayer from David in Psalm 16:

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 
 
Think back to your high school years. What dreams or plans did you have? Could you have ever dreamed your life would turn out like it has?
 
As a high school teacher I was constantly asking my students what their plans were and what was "next" for them. Some had answers, others just wanted to make it through their high school career and couldn't think beyond that milestone.
 
No matter what your "plan" was, it involved choosing a path. Our educational and professional paths can seem pretty clear when we begin, but sometimes the path for our relationships and spiritual life is a bit more involved.  
 
When life is good and everything is going our way our path feels straight, clear and pleasant. That's when it's easy for us to declare verse 2 from Psalm 16, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."  I can declare that Jesus is my everything when I don't have anything blocking my path.
 
One of the best parts of being in relationship with a loving, creative God is knowing He wants to be in a relationship with us - ALL the time, not just when things get tough. He wants to "counsel" us and He's with us at all times so we "will not be shaken". I love how David connects with God.
 
My most favorite activity is taking a walk with someone because the only thing we can do is talk with each other. Some of the best conversations I've had with my children came as a result of following a path up a mountain. We love to hike and I am often amazed at what they share and the topics they bring up.
 
How much time do you spend simply being with God? Are you doing all the talking or are you taking time to really listen? As much as we'd like to know all the answers or be able to see where our "path" is going to end up - that's just not how it works. In verse 11 David acknowledges that God shows him the "path of life", but he doesn't say God shows him WHICH path to choose.
 
If you feel like you've chosen a bad path or that life has forced a difficult road on you - take heart. God offers us life through His truth. We do not have to be consumed by fear, even if our current path seems dark. We can read scripture and hold tightly to the promises we discover.
 
As we walk the path of life, let's follow the directions from Psalm 11 to help us grow as women after God's own heart...
 
     * Keep our eyes on the Lord
     * Accept God's counsel
     * Claim God's presence with us at all times
     * Remain unshaken with the Lord at our side 
     * Find our refuge in God
     * Remember that Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer
 
 
Thank you for taking time to be a woman of the Word and for allowing scripture to be a living, active presence in your life - you are wonderful!
 
Kasey
 
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