Sunday, February 14, 2016

God alone can satisfy...




It's Valentine's weekend.  The message that we are bombarded with is that somewhere out there is a romance that will fully satisfy every longing of your heart.  No wonder marriages fail at an alarming rate! 

No spouse, no friend, no mentor, no church, no career and no hobby is going to completely satisfy you or fill up the space in your heart that only God is meant to fill.  Growing in your relationship with God, becoming heart intimate with Him, and walking in the eternal plans and purposes that He has put within you, is the key to a satisfying life.  He's your Mr. Right, your Perfect Soulmate, your only All in All.

still following,



Friday, February 12, 2016

If Momma Ain't Happy....

By: Sarah MacKinney

Picture this. You get home from a long, tiring, frustrating day at work and your laundry is piled up, your house is a mess and supper needs to be made; in which you get no assistance. Or maybe this is more typical in your house; you spend all day cleaning, preparing a delicious meal for your family and the minute they walk in the door coats are flung on the floor, backpacks thrown on the couch and everyone heads to their room to grab their electronics; totally ignoring your clean house and meal on the table. I'm guessing every woman reading this can relate. So what is the impending result? Anger, words spoken in frustration, yelling, possibly some tears. And that my friends, sets the tone for the entire evening. Do you realize that you have the power to change the atmosphere of your home?  The saying, "If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy" is a very true statement! Instead of taking a break and asking God for wisdom and strength, often times our stress is unfairly taken out on our kids and our spouses. I am guilty!


The words that we speak in anger have the ability to change the mood of our home and have the strong potential to shape our children into who they become. Should they respect the house rules?Absolutely! Should they use the manners that we have worked so hard to instill in them? That's a no brainer, of course! But its our job to be aware of how we respond to these frustrating situations. The Bible tells us that words spoken in anger are foolish. It also tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath but anger stirs up dissension. Sometimes we forget that we represent Christ to our children.  If my kids always see me angry and irritated, speaking unkind words and not using wisdom in my responses; that teaches them it is acceptable to act that way and it paints an inaccurate view of Christ. If I claim to love Jesus but I can't stop yelling and harping on their tender souls, I am not representing Him well.

A few weeks ago before school started I had an issue with my teenager and I was very harsh about it, sending her out the door to face her day in tears. As the day went on I felt worse and worse and even though we don't encourage texting while she is at school; I took the initiative and sent her an apology. I didn't back down on my stance on the issue that started the debate, but I admitted that my response was wrong. I believe that our kids need to see us apologize. I believe when they see parents asking forgiveness, it does something powerful and speaks volumes. Kids are vulnerable, they are fragile and guess what....they WILL mess up. Just like we do on a never ending basis. But the grace of God far extends beyond our daily mistakes. And our children need to know that our love for them far extends their mishaps as well.

Learning to respond instead of react is a very valuable lesson. Maybe that means we need to take a mom time out and read some scripture. Maybe it means preparing yourself before you walk in the door or before everyone comes home; formulating a gentle response to whatever comes your way.And most importantly, it means daily asking God for strength. Daily asking God to help you be the mom and the wife that your family deserves. Asking God to give you wisdom and discernment in your speech and actions and continually refreshing ourselves in the word. One of my favorite sayings in regard to parenthood is; "It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult. Choose your words wisely." If you're human, you have messed up in this area. But you can start fresh. You can begin TODAY!  My prayers are with every mom who reads this; mommy-hood can be hard, but it is the best job you'll ever have.

Sarah

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Faithful Love & New Mercies

by Debi Baker

"22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;

    his mercies begin afresh each morning."
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

No matter what burdens you carry; no matter your lot in life, God's love is faithful.  It never ends.  It matters not what you have done in the past or what you will ever do in the future, God's love NEVER FAILS and NEVER ENDS!!  He is faithful, always there for us.  He has unending mercy.  Do you know what mercy is?  Mercy is 'unmerited favor.'  Mercy is God withholding the punishment [for our sins] that we deserve and His granting us forgiveness instead.


It is OUR sin that put Jesus on the Cross.  He died so that we could have eternal life.  We deserve the punishment that Jesus took for us.  That, my friend, is God's mercy!!  And according to the scripture, His mercies start all over every day!  What a loving God we have!!!

Rest in knowing that your burdens are His.  Rest in knowing that God's love and mercy is unfailing!  Rest in the arms of the Almighty.  

"28 Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'"
Matthew 11:28 NLT

Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Move Those Feet

By: Jenifer Metzger




Have you ever prayed this verse before? Have you ever asked the Lord to order your steps? We often pray that God would direct us, show us what way to go, help us! Then we stay put. Hmmm...

We want God to order our steps, yet we don't move our feet. If you are praying that God would lead you, direct your steps, be willing to move your feet. Be willing to go where He calls. Don't pray for guidance then stay put when He leads.



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranate, Dates and Bacon


Jewel-like pomegranate seeds star along with bacon, tangy clementines and sweet dates in this mixed green salad recipe. To make it a dinner salad, top with chicken, shrimp or pan-seared salmon.

Recipe courtesy of www.EatingWell.com
Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 5 cups torn escarole
  • 5 cups torn green-leaf lettuce
  • 2 clementines, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Combine buttermilk, Parmesan, mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper in a mini food processor or blender; process until smooth.
  2. Toss escarole and lettuce with the dressing until evenly coated. Transfer to a serving platter and top with clementines, dates, pomegranate seeds and bacon.