Friday, April 17, 2015

Busyness


Busyness
By Angie Ketcham

Soccer games. Choir concerts. School projects. On and on it goes.  It seems that sometimes it's never ending when you have a family.  And it's true.  Usually in our house we're going three separate ways just to get everybody where they need to be.  It's exhausting!  I'm thankful in my house, we finally have multiple drivers that can get around on their own, but still, is it too much? 

I long for the simpler days when we would have dinner together with nothing else on the calendar for that night.  I long for the laughter around the table as we played games together without having to run out for this meeting or that.  I long for the time spent in the Word as we would gather around as a family and have devotions.  It just seems these days there's just not a lot of time for that.  Schedules full of well-meaning activity has somehow become what our lives consist of.  And I long for a break. 

But I say yes.  Yes to the extra sleepover that everyone's going to.  Yes to the football tournaments that will just be 3 Sundays this season.  Yes to teaching the lady's bible study on Tuesday nights.  Yes to the bunco group on Fridays.  Yes to volunteering at the home school Mother's tea.  And all the while, I'm being sucked of any energy I have to give.  Any energy to give my family.  Any energy to give my husband.  Any energy to give myself.  Any energy to give my God.  I'm spent.

What will it take to break this crazy cycle?  It is my prayer that God doesn't get my attention with something that has to break me.  Can't I learn my priorities before I have to be tested in them?  Can't I learn the sanctity of the word, "NO"?  Can't I get the bigger picture of how God sees all of this busyness?  

In His still calm voice, He calls me to rest.  He calls me to rest in Him.  To soak up His presence.  To spend time with Him.  To calm the crazy, needless running and spend time on those things that are really important.  Those things that can't be redone.  Time.  Conversation.  Hugs.  Attention.  Peace.  A home-cooked meal.  A smile.  

Lord, calm my heart to hear from you.  Help me to only do the things you would have me do.  Help me to clear away the clutter and focus on those things that are eternal.  And worthy.  And worth my time.  Help me to savor each moment you have given me and give freely to others in return.

Amen.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Healing...God's got this!

by Debi Baker

"O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health."
Psalm 30:2 NLT

I am clinging to this verse this week.  It seems everywhere I turn the enemy is attacking me physically!  Earlier in the week, I had a visit with the dentist and ended up in pain when there hadn't been any pain before the visit.  And today, I have all the symptoms I had before when I had a shingles outbreak.  I am rebuking this!  I don't have time for shingles...I don't have time for dental pain issues!   I am trusting God to hear my pleas and to restore my health!  

Are you struggling with health issues today?  It is by the strips borne on the back of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV - "by His stripes we are healed.").  Cry out to the Father and let Him touch you!

God wants us to walk in health but so often we let ourselves will us into sickness.  I will not speak sickness into my life...I will speak life into my sickness!  I will not have an outbreak of shingles.  This dental issue...it is gone, in the name of Jesus!  The power of life and death are in the tongue  (Proverbs 18:21)!!  My tongue will bring life and not death!

Have a wonderful day speaking life!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I Surrender All

By: Shari A. Miller

I'm someone who likes to be in control.

How about you?

When I'm in control, I feel safe and secure. When I lose control, it makes me feel anxious, nervous, scared and well...just plain out of control.

One thing I've learned on my journey of fighting stage 4 breast cancer, as well as the regular struggles of life that happen to all of us is, I need to surrender all to my Savior.

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33 (NIV)



  1. As I've grown in my personal walk with God, I've come to realize that life is about surrendering to Him. Once I do this on a daily basis, the more at ease I feel. My feelings of restlessness and uneasiness dissipates as I realize it's all about Him and not about me.

In our society we are drilled from little on, to believe that life is about money, things, being successful, being in control and getting our own way. When we accept this mentality, the more painful it becomes when all of these ideals shatter and fall apart.

Friends, the one and only thing that truly matters is Jesus Christ. Not our desires, but His desires for our lives, not our dreams, but rather His good and perfect plan for our lives.

"And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." Luke 9:23-24 (ESV)

When we surrender our all, for His all, our life changes. We live not out of selfishness, but rather selflessness.

When we do this, it's not for personal gain, thinking we've hit the lottery and we'll finally get what we want, it's surrendering for the fact of who He is.

Surrender needs to be an act of worshiping Him, because He is God, and He is holy.

When we change our focus and surrender, His ways become our ways, and His will for our life becomes our own. It doesn't do any good to try and fight against it. When we fight, we spin our wheels and go no where fast.

In order to maintain peace in our lives it all comes down to sacrificing our lives for Him. 

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Romans 12:1 (ESV)

  1. One of my favorite hymns is, "I Surrender All", by Judson W. DeVenter. 

  2. "All to Jesus I surrender;
    All to Him I freely give;
    I will ever love and trust Him,
    In His presence daily live. 
  3. I surrender all,
  4. I surrender all;
  5. All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
  6. I surrender all."

If you're going through a season of unrest, and you feel like everything is falling apart, instead of trying to hold everything together on your own, lift your hands up to the heavens and give it to Him. Don't try to take it back, let it go and watch how God works in your life. He will accomplish far greater things then you could ever imagine our dream of.

Please take a moment to listen to the song below. 




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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Recipe courtesy of 12tomatoes.com

Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut to1-inch cubes
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans low-sodium chicken or beef stock (more or less depending on preferred texture)
  • 2 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup water, optional
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 1-2 zucchinis, chopped
  • 6 oz. Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Parmesan, garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Heat a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over high heat and add olive oil.
  2. When oil is hot, add chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) and brown on all sides, 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add chopped asparagus, zucchinis and mushrooms and cook until just softened. 8 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Melt butter in Dutch oven and add Arborio rice. Stir until rice is toasted and lightly browned, then return veggies and chicken to pan.
  5. Lower heat to medium and add white wine. Cook until wine is almost evaporated, stirring frequently.
  6. 1/2-2/3 cup at a time, add chicken stock, stirring frequently and replenishing liquids once mixture is dry enough that spoon leaves a track through the rice.
  7. When chicken stock is completely absorbed, taste rice and see if it’s tender enough. Risotto should be thick, but still able to spread out a little.
    [You want it to be al dente, but if it’s too crunchy, add 1 cup water (a bit at a time). Adding too much will make your risotto gummy.]
  8. Serve hot and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Take Off the Cape

By: Jenifer Metzger

Last week I was needing some prayer and encouragement from my Christian sisters. I went to my Morning Reflections accountability group and began to type out my prayer request out. I was half way through and deleted it.

How could I, a woman who has been married almost 18 years, a woman who writes about marriage, need advice from others!? I walked away for a few moments. Then came back and began to type my request. For a second time, I 'chickened out' and deleted it. Then I decided it was time to be real.

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I typed my request out, clicking 'post' as fast as I could, just in case I wimped out again. My sisters immediately answered saying they would pray for me and many had great advice for me.

Later the same day I posted my request, we had a women's night at church. Our guest speaker, and my dear friend, had no idea of my prayer request earlier in the day. Yet her message that night was exactly the confirmation I needed. We need to take off the cape and be real with our sisters.

Ladies, we must be real with each other. We must take off the cape, take off the mask, stop pretending to have it all together and simply be real. When we are real, we can help others and others can help us.

We are all flawed humans living with flawed humans in a flawed world full of more flawed humans. We will have struggles. We will have trials. We will fight with our husband. Those are pretty much guarantees. When we hide it all in, wearing our cape and pretending everything is perfect, we are helping no one.

When we share of a struggle or situation we have with our husband, another sister in Christ may have already been in that situation. She may have just the thing to help you through it. Or maybe you share with someone who's going through the struggle right now. You can pray and encourage one another and be a sounding board for each other. But if you keep your struggle silent, she'll never get that help.

Being real does not mean bashing your husband, gossiping or complaining. It means sharing your heart and seeking encouragement and advice. Make sure when you share with your mentor, accountability partner, pastor's wife, or friend, that you are doing it for the purpose of prayer and encouragement.

So friends, today let's take the cape off and be real.

Do you struggle with taking off the cape and being real?