Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Suffering is No Excuse to Stop Serving

By: Shari A. Miller




Suffering.

We've all had our share of misfortunes that have come into our life and shaped us into who we are.

When we go through these trials it can be easy to take our eyes off the Father and put them onto the pain we are feeling. We can get caught up in our situation, spin our wheels with worry, and end up going no where fast. The truth is, we can get so focused on self and our problems that we and forget the searing truth of what being a child of God means.

Being a child of God, means resting in His presence, trusting Him with our lives, and knowing that He will work all things out for our good.

So, when the times of suffering come, we need to remember that it's no excuse to stop serving.

No, matter how deep the hurt is that you bare, you need to turn to Jesus and remember the resounding truth that God offers us, 

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Paul and Silas knew the exact meaning of praising Jesus, while they where going through suffering, 


"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them." Acts 16:25 (NIV)

Even in prison they did not focus on their earthly troubles, but instead they put their focus on God, and they where a witness to God because of this.

I want to challenge you this week....when the troubles of life seem to overwhelm you and you feel like you are drowning and have no way out....turn to Jesus. 

Praise Him, and seek His guidance through the situation. Ask Him what you are supposed to be learning, and who you are supposed to becoming during this time. In doing these things, He will be glorified and others will see Jesus inside of you, because you choose to use your trial for good and in turn glorify His name. 




"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Matthew 28:20















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, July 22, 2014

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

By: Melissa Baker

This is an easy, "go to" recipe that has very few ingredients. You can throw it in the crock pot and let it cook while you are working, at ball games, shopping, etc. Very simple yet really delicious! 

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2-15 oz cans chicken broth
  • 24oz. frozen egg noodles

Directions:

Cook chicken, soup, butter, and broth in crock-pot on low for 6-7 hours. 
Take chicken out and shred. 
Put chicken back in; add noodles and cook on low for 2 hours. 
Stir a few times while cooking

Tip: Serve with mashed potatoes.


This recipe is courtesy of KeyIngredient.com


Monday, July 21, 2014

Marriage Fruits of the Spirit: FAITHFULNESS

By: Jenifer Metzger

Today we continue the Fruits of the Spirit in Marriage series. To read the previous week's, click on lovejoypeace, patience, kindness, and goodness.

Today's fruit is faithfulness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23


#Fruit of the #Spirit in #marriage - week 7 #faithfulness

We all know that unfaithfulness in marriage is a no-no. We know that we must keep our love and our body for our husband only. But what about our heart?

God calls us to be faithful in all ways. Faithful in where our thoughts wander, faithful in what our eyes see, faithful in what our lips utter, faithful in all ways.

I love to read, reading is a wonderful way to relax, learn and so much more. But if we are reading books that make us wish our husband was romantic, as the main character is, or think lustful thoughts, we are being unfaithful. Be careful what you read. Be faithful.

We live in a world scantly clad men appear everywhere, tv, magazines, billboards, everywhere. We are going to see it. Simple as that. The unfaithfulness comes when we take that second look. Once we see it, we need to turn away from it, not continue to look. Be faithful.

We are called to be kind to everyone. But we need to make sure our kindness is not mistaken as flirting. Let your flirtatious words be saved for your husband. Be faithful.

Be faithful to your husband in all ways.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Just Getting Started

By: Angie Ketcham


As I put on my cap and gown and stepped in line to join the nearly 500 students who would be receiving their Associate of Arts certificate, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Many of the young people in line with me probably didn’t even think of it as a big deal, just the first step to getting where they wanted to be in life.  But for me, it was a huge accomplishment.  I was a 36 year old woman with 6 kids, working full time, and searching for what I wanted to be when I grew up.   It had been an extremely rough year in my family.   We had been through some very devastating events that year, yet here I was, standing in line, done with my degree with a 4.0 GPA.  At that moment in time, I was so glad I had made the decision to go back to school.  More importantly, I was glad I had just started somewhere!

Getting started is the key to accomplishing dreams and goals in our lives and in our family’s lives.  Whether it’s taking that family vacation you’ve wanted to take, starting your own business so you can be at home with your kids, getting in shape physically, building a strong spiritual foundation for  your family, or whatever you want to accomplish, there are steps you can take to see those things accomplished for your family:

1.   Pray about it… Seek God in the direction you should go.  Where is God leading you?  What season does God have you in? What season does God want you in that you’ve been putting off?  When we put God in the forefront of every decision we make, He is faithful to give us direction for the future.

2.  Make a plan… Every dream or goal needs a plan to how it’s going to be accomplished.  How does this dream look in the future?  What steps do you need to take to get to the end results?  What is the timeline you would like to see this happen?  When we take into consideration what is going to happen, what might happen, and how we can be ready for those things, we will be more successful in getting to our destination.

3.  Write it down… Sometimes times get tough when you’re trying to accomplish a goal.  Write down your plans and objectives so when times get tough, you can look back on those things and stay focused.  Lists can help remind you what still needs to be done.  Also, keeping your reminders in one place will allow for easy retrieval for phone numbers, names, and other important information.

4.  Do one thing…  Even if it’s a small step, take that first step to accomplishing your goal.  When I went back to school, it seemed so daunting to go through all the process.  But, one day I just drove to the college and went to admissions.  I spoke with a counselor.  That was it!  It really was that simple!  It can be something as simple as getting brochures or doing some searches online regarding your topic.  Make a file for your papers and get back to it as soon as you can.

5.  Think positive… Sometimes the only thing that holds us back is ourselves.  Fear, lack of confidence, negative talkers, the lack of knowledge, or other negatives, will always try to stop your efforts of accomplishing our goals.  Don’t allow these things to take hold in your thoughts.  The Word of God tells us to take captive every thought and renew your mind with the Word of God.  By doing so, you will put out those negatives and create an environment that is going to get you where you need to be.

6.  Don’t give up….Life is always changing and rearranging.  There may be times that your dream has to be put on the back burner for a while.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t pick it back up when the time is right.  Don’t put it down for so long that you forget to get back to it.  Refresh your mind once in a while with an assessment of where you’re at and what you want to accomplish.  Assess whether the time is right for you and get back to business as soon as you can!

I chose to write on this topic today because I am so blessed to be able to say this article is my “Just get started” moment.  I knew long ago God wanted me to share my words with others.  I had a dream that I would be able to use my words to encourage and challenge others on their journey in life.  I too, followed these same steps and now I’m here to share these words with you.  I’m excited to share the things I’ve learned along the way.  Happy adventures!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

He calls them by name...

by:  Debi Baker


"He decided how many stars there would be 
in the sky and gave each one a name."
Psalm 147:4 CEV

Happy Thursday!
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Do you know how special you are?  I struggle with this.  I don't really feel like I am all that special to God.  Sure, I would suppose I am special to my husband, my kids, my parents...and probably to some friends, too...but God?  My head knows but my heart struggles!  Psalm 147:4 is just one of so many verses that tell us how special we are.  God created the stars.  He counts them.  He names them.  He must truly care about the stars in they sky!  Well, we are created in His image!  How much more He must care for us.  We surely must be special to Him!

I pray that each and every one of you will realize just how special you are.  You are special to God, first and foremost, but there are many people in your life that you are special to, too!  Don't ever forget that!  God has a plan and a purpose for your life.  Seek Him and He will direct you.

Have a wonderful day!