Sunday, September 25, 2016

A tender, responsive heart...


A couple of months ago my friend from church read Ezekiel 11:19 at our weekly prayer time.  I found the wording in the New Living Translation to be especially impactful. When I got home, I added it to my list of verses that I have turned into prayers that I use during my devotional time.  "Father, I ask for myself and my loved ones that we will not have stony and stubborn hearts but that our hearts will be tender and responsive to You, Your Word and Your Spirit.  In Jesus' Name. Amen"  It occurred to me that if our hearts are tender and responsive to God, then all the other things we may pray for a person, that they would be saved, that they would walk in obedience to God, that they would walk in God's will, would happen naturally.  A heart that is tender and responsive to God is naturally yielded and obedient to Him and His ways.

Since then, day after day I have been praying this simple prayer, praying it over myself, our family and loved ones, and our church family.  What surprised me was how God began to work in my own heart in such a tangible way.  I can only describe it by saying that I can feel myself being tenderized.  In my morning quiet times I have been feeling God's presence especially near and sweet.  I've been sensing His leading as I pray, and feeling His heart for those I am praying for.  He has taken me to a new level of forgiving others and praying for those who have hurt me.  My time with God has been richer and sweeter, and I am sensing that same tenderness spilling over into my relationships with others.

When I first started praying that verse, to be honest, I was thinking more about the benefit of praying it for others.  But God, in His goodness and lovingkindness, knew just what my own stony, stubborn heart needed.

still following,

Friday, September 23, 2016

You Are A Missionary

By: Jenifer Metzger

And He said to them, "Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature."
Mark 16:15

The Bible tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. This is an important call God places on the life of every Christian. To some, that call takes them away. Away from their country, away from their home, away from the comforts they are used to, and away from friends and family.

Yet to some, that mission call takes them right to their living room.

You are a missionary. #family #motherhood #parenting #parenthood #missionary

Fellow mom, whether your child is 2 months or 20 years, whether you have 1 child or 10 children, whether you have a job outside the home or you are soley a mom, you are a missionary. You have a call on your life that God Himself placed in you. This call is to reach your children for Him and your mission field is your home.

It's a big call friend. but know this: God gave you this call because He knew that you were the exact missionary your children needed. You can do this, you can lead your children to the Father. Lead them by being the best example of Jesus you can be. Let them see how incredible it is to live for God. Live your life so that your children want to live for Him.

Embrace the call. Be a missionary to your children.





Thursday, September 22, 2016

NO MORE pain, sadness, tears...

by Debi Baker

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more 
death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."
Revelation 21:4 NLT


The nightly news is so full of murder and crime. It disgusts me. Surely it must disgust God! After watching the news every night, I feel like I need a shower; a shower to wash off all the garbage. While it disgusts me, I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't stay apprised of what goes on in this world. I don't feel like I can put my head in the sand and just ignore it. I also know that I can't do much about it...except pray!  

God knows the beginning from the end.  He already knows how & when this world will finally cave! All we can do is pray for those that don't yet know the Lord as their personal Savior. We must also share the Good News of Jesus Christ!  

Revelation 21:4 gives us hope! It assures us that there is none of this sadness, sorrow, crime, murder, etc in Heaven!!! I don't know about you, but I'm so very ready. I'm tired of all the negativity!!!

I pray that each one of you will read this verse over and over. Let it get deep into your spirit. When the garbage comes across your TV or radio...pray. Pray for the lost. Pray for the criminals. Pray for the victims. Just PRAY!

Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Take Up Your Cross

By: Shari A. Miller








It is time for the 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 or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday

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1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. Link back to W2W somewhere in your post. (Feel free to use our button if you want!)
3. Visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

By: Melissa Baker

Ingredients:

Recipe and Image courtesy of www.AllRecipes.com
  • 8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • MIX TOGETHER:
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.