Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fog...

by:  Debi Baker


"14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life
is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone."
James 4:14 NLT

I'm sure that growing up you heard your mama tell you that 'life is short - enjoy it while you can.'  And if you have children, I'm sure you've told them the same thing.  Life IS short!  Unless you are a child and you want to be a grown up...then you think you'll never be a grown up.  I remember telling my kids that they were only young once.  How true that statement is...as a child we want to be all grown up...as an adult we would love to go back to being a child!  We are never satisfied, are we?  

This particular verse has been heavy on my heart this week.  My hubby and I witnessed a tragic death of a young man last Sunday night.  He was...maybe 20 or 21.  He died tragically.  His short life snuffed out before he had the opportunity to live.
Photo Credit / Photographer: Ruth Hartnup

Beautiful sister...your life is important!  You are important!  Make memories with your loved ones...starting today!  The memories you make might not be just for you; they could be for someone else to remember you once you are gone!  Enjoy each moment of your life...even the bad times.  We can't appreciate the good without going through some bad!  

Live every moment like there will be tomorrow...BUT...we need to plan like Jesus is coming today!

Life is like a fog...here now, gone in a little while!  I pray that your 'fog' is amazingly blessed!

May this day be the best you've ever had...filled with love, laughter and memories!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I'm a Mean Girl


By: Shari A. Miller


Ugh, she isn't very pretty, she sure needs to lose weight. Oh my, that hair! Why doesn't she ever do something with that hair!

Really? Did she just make that same mistake again? When will she ever learn?

She just isn't as good as everyone else!

These words kinda sting don't they? These are the words of a mean girl.

These are often words I hear myself muttering over and over again, often times more than once a day.

Guess who I say them about?

Me.



Pretty sad, huh?

Guess what? I bet I'm not the only one that suffers from "mean girl syndrome". Sisters, it doesn't have to be this way.

God, didn't create us this way.

"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

God made us in His very own image, He knew exactly what He was doing when he made us. He made us with a unique purpose in mind to do His will.

We are not less than, we are enough, and more than, because we were created in His image.

Join with me this week and let's make a change, let's start a new journey in our lives. This change will not only affect us, but others around us, as they see something new being born inside us.

Everyday this week, I want to challenge you to stop the negative self talk and begin positive self talk instead. Grab a journal, a piece of paper, or whatever you can find, and from now until next Wednesday write down 10 positive things about yourself everyday. You make think that there's no way you can do this. But, here's the thing! You can! I'll give you some examples...


  • I'm a good mom.
  • I'm a great baker.
  • I'm a good listener.
  • I have a beautiful smile.
  • I love my laugh.

Now it's your turn. No negative self talk, only positive. I'm excited for us to come back and share next week how the Lord has made a difference in our lives as we look at our life through His eyes, and not the world's.


"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." Philippians 4:8 (NIV)






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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paprika Chicken


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons plain yogurt
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons ground paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as
sambal oelek)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 (5 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8
pieces
salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon ketchup

Directions:

  1. Whisk together yogurt, garlic, 3 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon hot chile paste, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels. Season with salt.
  5. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, sherry vinegar, ketchup, 1/8 teaspoon hot chile paste, pinch paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Grill chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 4 minutes with grill lid closed.
  7. Turn chicken and grill with lid closed until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
  8. Spoon sherry vinegar mixture over cooked chicken and serve.

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com


Monday, March 23, 2015

Being A Woman of Time Management

By: Jenifer Metzger

We live in a busy world. Between household duties,  homework, yard work, grocery shopping, running kids from here to there, church events and much more, our calendars are full. Many nights we fall into bed completely exhausted then wake up and do it all over again. Where does this leave our marriage? Often, too busy for our husband.

Being a woman of time management. #timemanagement #marriage #family
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How can we be women of good time management?
  • Have a set time to get up each morning and spend time with God first thing. What better way to start your day!
  • Have a general daily routine and stick to it. But always be willing to be flexible when needed.
  • Make a to-do list each day of things you wish to accomplish. Prioritize your list. Things that are not so important, put at the bottom and if it doesn't get done today, it is okay.
  • It is okay to say no. Yes we want to be there to help others, but there are times when it is okay to say, "No, I am sorry I cannot do it at this time."
  • Limit your children's activities. I have four children. If they were each involved in two or three activities each, I'd lose my mind! We limited them to one activity at a time. And it works out that my boys like baseball, a spring/summer sport, and my girls like the fall/winter sports.
  • Go to bed on time each night and get six to eight hours of sleep. You need sleep and cannot function without it.  o be a good wife, mother and friend, we need sleep.
  • Schedule at least one night a week of nothing and stick to it! Make this night a time to relax with your family. Watch a movie, play a board game, do a puzzle, have a Wii bowling competition, go for a walk, do something together as a family to relax and laugh.
  • Schedule at least one time a week for your husband. Whether it is an entire night out of the house or just an hour after the kids go to bed. But make it a priority. A friend of ours became a senior pastor about a year ago but he still has his full time job outside of the ministry and stays very busy. He told us recently that Friday night is dedicated to his wife. No other plans can be made on this day, it is just for her. Even if you cannot dedicate an entire night, you can plan a walk after dinner. Or after the kids go to bed, sit in the back yard and just talk under the moonlight.
Let your husband know that he is a priority to you. Make a true effort to spend time with him. Maybe he doesn't want to talk about feelings and romance, what man really does? But you can listen to him talk about work, what project he wants to do, or sports. You may not understand everything or why he's passionate about it, but you can be a listening ear to him.

Today I challenge you to plan something for you and your man. After the kids go to bed for the night, if you have an older child you trust to babysit or a trusted neighbor, ask her to watch the kids while you and your hubby go for a walk or just sit in the backyard and have him tell you all about something important to him. Spend time relaxing with your hubby. 

What changes do you need to make to be a better time manager?  What will you plan for you and your husband this week?


A repost from October 3, 2011.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Learning To Let Go



Learning to Let Go



Lately I’ve had the opportunity to experience the joys and sorrows of growing up kids.  No one ever prepared me for the heart wrenching experience of letting my children spread their wings and fly.  When I was an ambitious youngster, I never gave a second thought to what my parents felt as I fearlessly stepped out into the adult world undaunted by what may lie ahead of me.  I never for a second gave a thought to the “ripping away” that my mom must have felt when I chose to “do it my way” and live on my own.  Now that I have one child out of her own, one carrying my first grandchild, and one in her last year of high school (not to mention my baby boy that is now 15 and 6 foot tall and the youngest that is visibly becoming a “woman”.  Big sigh), I have begun to realize the brevity of life.  I have begun to realize what Paul meant when he said that life is “but a vapor”.  And I have to admit, I’m throwing a big tantrum to make it stop moving so quickly.  I know that’s not the spiritual thing to do, but let’s just be real, letting go hurts.  I’m only realizing that I am weak, but I am so glad that He (God) is strong.  Maybe you are struggling with this today also.  Maybe you’re at those beginning pangs of “the first of the lasts”, like the last time you had to buy a jar of baby food.  Or the last time they rode a bike with training wheels.  Or the last time they let you kiss them goodbye in public.  You know, the things we don’t notice until they are gone.  Maybe we can walk this road together as we learn to let go.