Thursday, March 5, 2015

Treasure...Masterpiece

by Debi Baker

"… the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure."
Deuteronomy 7:6 NLT

This verse always throws me for a loop.  How amazing it is to be God's own special treasure!!  He has created us, chosen us and calls us His!  Throughout the Word of God we are told that He has chosen us.

"10 For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Think about these two verses for a few moments......chosen to be His own special treasure...we are His masterpiece!  You and me, we are God's own treasure...we are His masterpieces!  Think about Michelangelo, daVinci, and other famous painters or sculptors.  Their works of art were masterpieces.  They were highly treasured and sought after!  

We are God's masterpiece...Highly treasured by the Most High God...sought after by the Creator of the universe!  It's time we stop looking down on ourselves and take hold of that truth!  

Sister...you are a very special treasure, created by your Father in heaven.  He looked at you and saw you were a masterpiece...one of a kind.  Take comfort in knowing that He calls you His own!  No matter what this life brings you, God loves you and to Him, you are the best of the best!


Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

His Great Love


We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 #Godslove #w2wwordfilledwednesday

Our Father has complete and unconditional love for us. We don't have to do anything to earn the love. We can't do anything to stop the love. He just loves us. A passionate, unending love.

This Father who loves us fully also wants to be involved in our life. In every detail of our life. Not just those big defining moments when we ask for His guidance. Not just the catastrophic events when we cry out in fear and sadness. He wants to be a part of our entire life. Our every day regular mess life. He wants to be there with us for the little victories. He wants to hold our hand through the tough moments. He wants to laugh with us when we are joyful. He wants to stand next to us as we care for our families. He loves us so much that He wants to be in all of it, every step of the way.

Stop fighting His love. Stop denying His love. Stop shutting Him out. Open your arms and your heart to this perfect love. Accept it. Embrace it. Love others because of it.






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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread


Ingredients:
Recipe courtesy of Facebookers Recipes Group

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 pizza dough (I used store bought and let it sit out for about 20 minutes)
  • 8 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese (I used part skim)
  • 3 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Franks Wing Sauce
  • 1/3 cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing

Directions:

Cut chicken into cubes. Season with salt and pepper. Heat teaspoon of olive oil in skillet and add chicken when hot. Cook chicken completely and then add 1/4 cup of wing sauce. Stir to coat chicken and let simmer for a minute or two. Take chicken off heat and let cool.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.**
On a well floured surface, spread pizza dough into a long rectangle shape.
Add ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing (depending on your preference!) and remaining 1/4 cup of wing sauce. Spread across the dough. Add chicken and then top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. You can also add a bit more of the wing sauce on top of the cheese if you want it to be a little bit spicier.
Roll the dough like a pinwheel until you reach the end. Make sure to tuck the ends of the dough in so the middle doesn't 'ooze' out when baking.
Spray baking sheet with light coat of non-stick cooking spray. Place garbage bread on the pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Let sit for five minutes and cut into and enjoy!
 
**Some people have commented that they found this cooked too quickly and the inside is raw. All ovens vary and cook differently. I would highly recommend that the rack you use is in the middle of the oven as opposed to the bottom rack or really high up in the oven where it will brown more quickly. You could also lower the temperature to 400 degrees, but it may take a little longer to cook!



Monday, March 2, 2015

Trusting Your Husband Because You Trust God

By: Jenifer Metzger

It's painful to admit, but because I want to be honest with you, I will. Sometimes I have a hard time trusting my husband to make decisions. It's not that I am controlling, because I'm not at all. I tend to be a very indecisive person. but only because I am always afraid of making the wrong choice or letting someone down. When my husband has to make the big decisions, I worry about what if he makes the wrong choice or we let someone down because of his choice.

Our husbands have a lot weighing on their shoulders. We say we want them to lead our family and home and that's a big responsibility sisters. At times it might be scary for us to watch them lead and wonder what will happen. Yet it can also be scary for them. If work is slow, our husbands worry about supporting their family. If you are in the middle of a crisis, your husband worries about protecting his family. It's a lot to have that much resting on you.

Our husbands want to lead and provide and they want to do a good job of it. So how can we trust them to do a good job and make good choices? By trusting God.

You can trust your husband to make the right choices and lead, because you trust in God. #marriage

God promises to be with us and never leave us. Therefore we can place our husband in His hands and know that God is leading him.

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

...Never will I leave you,
never will I forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

Lift your husband in prayer each day. Pray that God would guide him in all his decisions and lead him to make good choices. Whether it is finances, a career path, how to protect the family, relationships with others, any decision he makes, ask God to guide him.

When we understand that God is leading our husband and when we lift him in prayer regularly, we feel at peace about letting him lead as God has called him to.



Friday, February 27, 2015

Guilty As Charged! No More

Guilty As Charged! No More

This has been one of those weeks that I had many opportunities to feel guilty.  Guilty because I was working outside of the home and didn’t get to put in a lot of one on one time with my kids and their homeschooling.  Guilty because I have been extremely tired and taking naps after working, then going to bed early and sleeping in until the last possible minute I can, leaving out my devotion time with the Lord.  Guilty because my patience hasn’t been where it usually is (see above reasons) and I’ve raised my voice and made unnecessary threats to children that don’t seem to correctly measure the temperature of the situation.  Guilty because I have to follow through with threats of not allowing friends to play over this weekend because chores and schoolwork didn’t get done in a timely manner.  Guilty that I let someone down by not meeting their expectations of me.  Guilty that I didn’t accomplish my endless list of to-dos and should-haves like laundry and grocery shopping, to name a few.  Guilty.   And the laundry list goes on.  Yet that still, small voice speaks to me very clearly that THIS is not the plan God has for me.  THIS is NOT how I need to walk in the freedom that I have been given in Christ.
Guilt is a common emotion among mothers from the time their babies are born.  Sometimes it comes from a comparison to other mothers and sometimes it comes from our own expectations of who we should be.  It is important to find the balance on what is healthy and what is unhealthy guilt.

Finding A Balance Between Healthy and Unhealthy Guilt
Not all guilt is bad.  Sometimes it can be healthy, as it gives us a nudge to move forward with what needs to be done.  Take, for instance, my guilt for spending time in the Word.  I consider this a healthy nudge from God to get back in the place that I need to be.  When this guilt comes on it is best that I acknowledge it and re-prioritize, and read my Bible.  It is the same with exercising and eating healthy.  These are positive guilt that, if acknowledged can lead to positive results.


Unhealthy guilt is false guilt that points out my faults and shortcomings.  These thoughts are usually a comparison to other people or expectations that are unrealistic or beyond my control.  These thoughts only give me a sense  of failure and overwhelm me before I even get started.  These are lies from the devil that tell me I’m a failure and I will never measure up.  But the truth is that God’s Word says in Ephesians 2:10:  “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  He already knew what we could handle and He never expects more than giving it all to Him and letting Him use the mess that we are right where we are at.  When faced with a situation whether you need to know if it’s healthy or unhealthy guilt, ask yourself these 3 questions:
·        How does God view this situation?
·        What does His Word say about it?
·        What does God want me to do?


I’m thankful that God knows my name and He knows the plans He already has for me.  I can REST in Him knowing that He’s already got every situation under control and He already knew that I was going to mess up with whatever I’ve messed up with.  I’m thankful He’s a forgiving God and gentle, loving Father that has grace and allows us to meet Him wherever we are and start fresh each morning without carrying the guilt that the world would have us carry.  You, Momma, don’t need to carry unhealthy guilt, as it has been washed away as far as the east is from the west.  Now, get up and carry on with your day!