Friday, May 22, 2015

3 Ways To Keep Your Sanity This Summer

By Angie Ketcham

Time to let the summer fun begin!  But before everyone is ready to jump in to summer activities, here are 3 things to keep everyone in the house sane and happy.  Before you know it, we'll be packing away those swim suits and heading off to another year of school, so let's make some happy memories along the way!

1.  Keep a routine

Kids look forward to the summer to take a break from the structure and routine of the school year.  Although it's nice to do this for a week or so, keeping a routine in the house will help keep everyone sane.  Whether your child wants to admit it or not, they thrive on routine and predictable days.  Sleeping in is nice, but doing this too often makes it set the day up for more sleeping and inactivity.  Kids need to keep their brains active and getting out of bed each morning will help motivate them to be more active.  Keep your children in the habit of personal grooming each morning.  Encourage healthy eating to start their day.  Be creative in keeping them busy throughout the day, keeping meals and activities fairly consistent throughout the week.  I'll share more ideas on keeping a routine in next week's Friday post.

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2.  Eat Healthy

Nows as good of time as any to begin healthy eating patterns for your family.  When you are filling your child with less sugar and more nutrition, they will feel better, blood sugars will be more leveled, and you will see a more focused, less whiny, better behaved child all around.  Although getting your child to eat healthy doesn't always happen overnight, there are some things you can do to make healthy foods more accessible.
     *Become informed.  Learn to read Nutrition labels and learn how fats, carbs, proteins, and other things affect the body.  Learn what amounts are appropriate for your age child and know how much is healthy eating for your child.
     *Make a plan.  Sit down with your family and talk about things they like to eat or meals they would like to see made.  Write it down and make it available so that everyone will know what to expect and can even be a part in the meal preparations.  When planning a menu, evaluate the foods you eat and make sure you have foods from each food group available.
    * Prepare snacks in advance.  At the beginning of each week, prepare foods that will make it easier to grab and go while kids are home during the day. Cut up vegetables and have them split into snack bags for easy snacking.  Cut up cheese slices and separate lunch meats into small bags so those can be quickly retrieved for a snack attack.  In coming Friday posts I will share more examples of easy snacks to keep the family healthy and happy on those long summer days.

3.  Stay Active

It is essential to your child's health to be active.  An inactive child is prone to depression and atrophy of the mind and body.  Sitting and playing video games all day does not provide exercise and stimulation that their brains and body need.  Send them outside to move!  Make it a family affair, if possible.  Create a contest or task that they have to complete to earn time on electronics.  Sign them up for local sports camps or buy a pool pass and let them burn energy at the pool.  Make this a regular part of your daily routine and see to it that it is done before the electronics or "sitting" time is allowed.  In coming Friday posts we will share more about the effects of exercise on the body and activities your children can do to stay active, healthy, and less stressed.  It's a win, win for everyone involved.

So what are you waiting for?  This is going to be a summer to remember!  I pray safety and protection over each of you.  Let's make some memories.





Thursday, May 21, 2015

Go...

by:  Debi Baker

"23 …Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and
urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full."
Luke 14:23 NLT

We had a missionary at church last night.  It was a time where he shared with us some of what he does in the missionfield.  As he shared, I began to think about this verse in Luke.  Jesus is telling us to go out.  We aren't supposed to stay in our comfy churches and 'let God bless us.'  We are supposed to go outside the 4 walls and cause people to come inside the walls.  Then, when those people begin to serve Him…they are supposed to go out.  And so on and so on. 

Can you imagine how empty the churches of today would be if no one went out?  Jesus came into this world to "seek and save that which is lost." [Luke 10:19]  He came with a purpose; that purpose was to get the lost saved.  The Bible tells us that we are to be like Christ.  So, it stands to reason that if He sought out the lost; we should do the same.  That fact is reiterated in Luke 14:23. 

Now, I'm not saying that each of us is to go to another country half way across the world.  Not everyone is called to go that far.  Each of us IS called to go.  Jesus said Acts 1:8 NLT,  "…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."   The symbolism in that last line is this:  Jerusalem = our family; Judea = Our neighborhood; Samaria = Our town; the ends of the earth = everywhere we are.  That means that there is a missionfield for each one of us.

God bless those that are one the world wide missionfield.  We need to see that Jesus is shared throughout the entire world…the tiniest of all villages in the deepest part of a jungle…those people need Jesus, too!!!  But just as important as that field is…so is our neighborhood, our town, our county, our state, our neighboring state.  Every person in the world deserves to hear the Gospel.  Every person has a right to hear the Gospel.  And from hearing it, they can make up their own mind about whether or not to follow Christ.  We are told only to draw them in…it is God that will do the work once they are in His house.

What missionfield will you be concentrating on…

May you be blessed as you minister on your missionfield,

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Broken

By: Shari A. Miller


I'm looking at a piece of history that I hold in my hand, a pocket watch that used to belong to my grandpa. He was a farmer in Kansas, during the great depression, a time when things were far from easy, and barely getting by was the norm.

The watch is now broken, it's been a long time since it told the farmer of long ago, how may hours his days would hold. I often wonder what he was doing when the watch stopped. Was he out working in the fields with the dust blowing thick as he worked the combine trying to harvest what little wheat his crop would bare. Or, was he in the comfort of his home, getting ready to lay his head down for a nights rest.

Was he happy? Was he content? Or was he broken in spirit, just like the watch that served him so well.

How about you friends? Are you happy and content? Or have you been broken and weighed down by the troubles of the world. Troubles so hard that they seem to suck the life out of you and break any chance of hope that might have been there.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)



Friends, at one time or another we've all had moments in our lives when we are broken, when our spirit is tattered by the storms of life and we feel like we can't go on.

During these times we have two choices.....

  1. Hang on to the hurt and pain and let it eat you alive. 
  2. Give it to Jesus, lift your hands up, palms open and surrender it all to Him.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

This may seem like over spoken rhetoric, words that you've heard time and time again. 

However it's pure truth.

Truth that needs to be said over and over again, so it will sink in, take root and grow.

Just like I can take my grandfather's watch to a watch shop to get repaired, you too can take your whole self to Jesus and watch Him repair your life.

He can mend you, He can fix you, He can comfort you when you feel like you can't go on.


"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:3-4 (NIV)

Are you ready friends? Are you ready to surrender it all to Him?




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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Italian Meatloaf

By: Melissa Baker


Recipe courtesy of CookWoorld.Blogspot.com
1 lb. ground beef 
1/2 lb. ground mild Italian sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. parsley
1 egg, beaten
3/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
2 slices white bread, crumbled
1 T. milk
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese, reserve 3/4 C. for topping
1/4 C. parmesan cheese
1 C. marinara sauce, plus 1/2 -3/4 C. more for topping

Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Ingredients for a Lasting Marriage

By: Jenifer Metzger

This summer my grandparents will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary, my parents will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary and my husband and I will celebrate our 18th. So I have been thinking a lot about what makes a lasting marriage.  This day in age marriage is throw away.  Get marriage today and divorce tomorrow, no big deal.

A few years ago I asked on my Facebook page what people thought made a lasting marriage. Some of the answers I got were: forgiveness, determination to stick it out, and a Christ center marriage. I couldn't agree more with these answers!

My husband and I have had our fair share, and maybe more than our fair share, of disagreements. We come from completely different backgrounds and we married very young. We have had financial problems, trust problems and health issues with a child. All of these can break a marriage, if those three things listed above are not present.

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We have to be forgiving. We take our loved ones, our spouses in particular, and expect perfection from them. Then when they let us down, we are so slow to forgive. My friend said we need forgiveness and a terrible memory. When your husband lets you down, and believe me he will, forgive. God forgives us so we are to forgive our husband.

We need to be determined to stick it out. Unless you are in an abusive relationship (in that case, seek help, if need be email me and I will help you find help) you need to keep a mindset of never giving up. Divorce should never, ever come out of your mouth.

We need to have a Christ centered marriage. Pray daily for your spouse but also pray that God will help you to be the wife He called you to be. Pray with your spouse, read the Word together, and attend church together. Always talk to God about your marriage and about what He wants you to do. Remain Heaven minded, even in your marriage.

I want, unless He returns, to celebrate a 39th anniversary and a 58th anniversary.  But to do that, I must remember these three ingredients for a lasting marriage.  The next time you pray, pray for these three things in your marriage.  The next time you and your husband have a disagreement, remember these three things.  Let's have marriages that honor God.

What other tips do you have for a lasting marriage?


*Updated repost from 2001.