Thursday, October 27, 2016

Loving others like Jesus would

by Debi Baker

One of the 'traditions' our family enjoys for the holidays is getting together and enjoying a typical, traditional meal as well as each other.  It's always been just us with an exception on rare occasion.  Location has changed because of the growing size of our family, but everything largely remains the same.  We have the same menu every year for Thanksgiving & Christmas...turkey, dressing, homemade noodles, homemade rolls, macaroni & cheese, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, sweet potatoes, water, tea or soda.  It's always the same and it's something that we all look forward to.

In our church we have 2 military families that are f-a-r from home; one is a family with 4 small children and the other is a newly married couple.  Earlier this week my 13-year old grandson sent me a message and asked if we could invite these couples to our family Thanksgiving because they don't have family here and they would be lonely!  {{awe}} 

"40 ...truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  
Matthew 25:40 NIV 

This came from his genuine heart.  No one prompted him to say anything.  He just wanted them to be included in our family since they are far from home.  My heart burst with joy at his heart for these 8 precious people.  I would love to include them, I told him, but with our family alone we will be hosting 25 people and that's missing one of our daughters & her family (it's his family's turn this year).  If we add these additional 8 people that's over 30 people in the house.  Since it's at my grandson's home...I told him he needed to ask his parents.  It's up to them.  We kind of left it at that.

Then...we got word that the husband of the newly married couple is being deployed...right before Thanksgiving!  Last night, he came to me at church and asked if we could invite the wife since now she will be alone for Thanksgiving and no one should be alone on Thanksgiving!  Well...his mama (my daughter) and I told him that would be fine.  And my heart is so full.  We don't know yet if she will be joining us, but what matters is that he cared enough to want to include her!

Sometimes we wonder if all we are teaching our kids ever sinks in.  And then once in a while, we see a glimpse of that teaching in them and we know it's all gonna be ok.  I worry sometimes about my grandbabies...12 in all, ranging from 6 months to 18-years!  But all in all, my kids have done an amazing job with their kids.

I thank God for His many blessings!  Seeing Him shining through my of the biggest and best blessings ever!!

Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Praising God Through Hymns

By: Shari A. Miller

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. ~ Psalm 105:2 (NIV)

When I came home from college back in the early 90's, I yearned for something more.

My friends were married and now living in different parts of the country and I felt a little lost. I wanted a deeper relationship with Christ, a way to praise Him in song that didn't involve what I thought to be, the "dry and outdated" music of the past. I can remember going to church and telling my parents about the praise and worship music that was sung in other churches, and how I wished they would sing praise and worship music in our church.

Long story short, they eventually did start singing it in our church and I was so happy that times were changing. I loved the new songs and the joy they brought to my heart. However, eventually, it seemed as if that's all they sung and the hymns started to become little to non existent.

When my children were in their early teens I started to long for the comforts of old. I longed for the hymns that I remembered singing as a child. I was saddened by the fact that my children were going to miss out on a very important aspect of church history, worshiping God through hymns.

It's funny how individuals change. When we are younger it seems as if we long for the newest, fanciest thing. Then we get older, and maybe a little wiser, and we realize that what we had before us, is what we wanted all along.

Now, I have nothing against praise and worship music. I actual love both praise and worship music and hymns. But, there is just something extra special to me about praising God through hymns, it brings me comfort as I rest in the words of the Savior's grace and goodness towards us.

Often times, out of the blue, a song will run through my mind that I remember singing as a child. One of my favorites is, "My Jesus I love Thee."

My Jesus I Love Thee
  1. My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
    For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
    My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  2. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
    And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
    I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  3. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
    And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
    And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  4. In mansions of glory and endless delight,
    I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
    I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  5. ~ William R. Featherston

Do you have a favorite hymn? Do you have a special memory that's attached to a hymn from your past? How do hymns draw you closer to the Lord?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mini Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 24 mini muffin cups or insert paper liners.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, oil, milk and pumpkin puree until well mixed. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined; do not overmix. Divide batter among cups, sprinkle each with a few pumpkin seeds and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out and let cool completely.

Monday, October 24, 2016

4 Ways To Make Him Want To Come Home

By: Jenifer Metzger

My husband and I once watched a movie where in one scene the wife is home waiting on her husband to come home from work. As he pulls the car into the driveway, he catches a glimpse of her in the living room. He is overcome with love for her and just sits in his car and watches her for a few moments before excitedly going in to her. Fast forward a little bit in the movie and the same thing happens. Husband pulls into the driveway and catches a glimpse of his wife. Only this time, things have been stressed between the two. There is a distance. Instead of lovingly watching his wife, he sees her angry and frustrated as she tries to calm the baby and yells at the other kids to calm down and quit running around. Husband sighs as he dreads going into the house.

When my husband goes out to run an errand, sometimes he takes what seems to me like forever. Sometimes I jokingly ask him if he purposely took the long way around just to be alone in the quiet of his car for a longer time. However, when this happens, I always stop and ask myself, did I do anything to make him want to come home? Have I been loving and inviting in a way that makes him excited to be back at home with me? Or have I been mean and disrespectful, practically pushing him out the door and dreading to come back home? The truth is, sometimes he just sees a garage sale and stops to check out the goods or sees someone we know at the gas station and chats for a minute. But sometimes, yes, I have been uninviting to him and coming back home in a rush is not very appealing to him.

Martin Luther once said,
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
How can we make our husbands glad to home?

4 Ways To Make Him Want To Come Home #marriage #marriagemonday #husband #wife #wifey #home #family

  1. Respect him. Period. It doesn't matter what he has done or how out of wack your emotions are today, respect him. This means don't raise your voice at him, don't roll your eyes at him, and don't call him names. The more respectful you are to him, the more he will want to be home and be around you. If he is getting more respect from his co-workers, family or friends, guess what? That is where he is going to want to be.
  2. Value him. Men deeply desire to be respected, but they also deeply desire to be valued. When he says something to you, value his opinion, Don't throw his words out the door, think on them. Weigh his opinion. If you ignore his words, why should he bother talking to you at all?
  3. Love him. When your husband comes home, welcome him with a loving smile, kind word and kiss. My husband works an extremely physical job so he doesn't always come home smelling like roses. Sometimes he even tells me, "you don't want to hug me right now. Let me go shower." But I still always give him a kiss. What man doesn't want to come home and be kissed by his wife as soon as he walks in?
  4. Make your home inviting. I know that when I come home and my house is disorganized, cluttered and down right a mess, I feel chaotic and stressed. I also know that my husband feels the same way. Keep your home clean so that your husband doesn't have these feelings. I am not talking about having a 'showroom' house. I am just saying to keep things picked up and have some form of organization. Then add special touches, such as a plate of his favorite cookies on the counter, a candle burning to add ambiance and his favorite blanket draped across his chair.
This week I challenge you to work on these 4 ways to make your husband want to come home.

Your turn! In the comments, share another way you can make him want to come home to you.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

God is good and does good...

On a beautiful autumn afternoon, my husband left the office earlier than usual, picked up our youngest grandson from our daughter's house, then came by our house and picked me up.  He thought that this sunny day, tucked in the middle of a rain filled week, was too good to waste being indoors.  He took us to a nearby park where my grandson enjoyed playing on the playground and throwing rocks into the river.  It was lovely.

If you looked at that one little snippet in my husband's life, you might label him good and kind.  But when our two year old grandson proceeded to walk into the river, shoes and all, and my husband scolded him, perhaps if you had caught him only in that moment you might label him harsh or stern.

God is always good and always kind and does good.  Unlike us fallible humans, there is not one iota of darkness or sin in God's character.  In all that He does God's motives are pure and good.  Yet, when God sets up boundaries or tells us "don't go there",  like Adam and Eve, we too often assume that God is withholding something good from us.  You and I can both understand that my husband scolded our grandson for his own good.  The river was deep and swift and full from the recent rain and wasn't safe for him to be wading in.  Why then can we not understand and trust that when God says "don't!" about something, it's not because He's some heavenly curmudgeon out to spoil our fun, but a good Father Who knows what is best for us.

Our view of God is often skewed by our life experiences.  It's easier to view God as good and kind if our earthly father modeled that to us.  If our father was harsh or cold and distant, our view of God can be skewed because of that filter.  In order to help correct that, look up kind, kindness, lovingkindness, good and goodness in your concordance or online.  Fill your mind with the truth about God's character and how He feels about you.  When life is hard and harsh, you will need confidence in God's love and goodness to get you through.  This simple truth that God is good and kind and does good has been an anchor for me when the enemy used my difficult circumstances to accuse God to me.  That is one of satan's favorite tricks.  satan loves to kick you when you're down and whisper vile lies that God isn't really good, that He doesn't really care, that He doesn't really love you.  Armor up with the truth about God's character so those fiery arrows won't be able to penetrate.  God is good and kind and does good.  That's a truth you can stand on.

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