Friday, November 21, 2014

Thoughts on Thanksgiving



By Angie Ketcham

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I have a little conversation with God about this whole “giving thanks in everything” business.  He whispers in my ear just what I need to hear when my attitude just doesn’t seem to find its way to thanksgiving.  His words of grace echo in my stubborn head and remind me the direction I need to take when this old flesh wants to rebel.

 First, there is so much I can be thankful for. A husband, children, a home, a job, food, friends to gripe to that won’t judge me. And I begin to feel a little lighter, and a little ashamed that I am taking these blessings for granted just because I’m stuck in a moment of chaos where I feel like I can’t keep going or it’s all going to fall apart around me, crumbling down to the ground: irrepairable. Because it isn’t about a feeling at all.  It’s about a decision.  A command for our own benefit.  He never promised we’d never have difficulties.  But He did still command a decision from us to “count it all joy” as suffering develops something in us of true character that nothing else can.  Whether it’s finding ourselves knee deep in dirty dishes, dirty diapers needing to be changed, over-committed calendars, or puddles of our own tears, he has a lesson for us to learn from it still.


Second, God is saying stop trying to control it all and give it back to Him! “BE STILL”, as I remember the words written in my Bible, and reading them at least a hundred times.  And yet, here I am, trying to steer the boat, letting the craziness replace the calm I know I can find only in my Jesus. Stillness is definitely an art that must be practiced in order to fully grasp the benefits.  I don’t know how to slow down, let alone be still. And control?  Letting go of control means trusting Him in this moment and all the moments that created the ultimate breaking point. All He asks is for me to breathe again, reminding myself of the truth held in this verse, “Be still and know that I am God...” Psalm 46:10


Feeling totally convicted and yet mercifully refreshed by His Word, I can no longer stay in a state of self-pity and ungratefulness.  I have a new knowledge of who He is and I will choose which thoughts I allow to rest in my mind and those that have to go.  I know that I will bring Him glory as I choose to give control over to Him, be grateful in my own mess, and trust that He is working out the details.  Give those anxious feelings over to Him and find time to worship in this holiday season.  We owe this to ourselves, our family, and, most importantly, the one who calms the storm.  Happy Thanksgiving to all you ladies:



Thursday, November 20, 2014

In ALL Circumstances...

by Debi Baker

Today I am taking a break from 'The Names of God' and to remind us that we are called to be thankful!  

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to "18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."  


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What?  You mean I am supposed to be thankful when the toilet overflows?  When the kids disobey?  When my hubby is late from work and dinner is ruined?  YES!  We are to be thankful in ALL circumstances. We are not told to only be thankful when things are peachy keen.  It's easy to be thankful when everything is going well.  It's when things go awry that we find it difficult to express thanks to God; but that's when we need to do it!

As Thanksgiving approaches next week, take some time to thank your Creator in ALL things.  When the toilet overflows, be thankful that you live in a home where you have a toilet..  When the kids disobey, be thankful that God has blessed you with offspring that you can raise in the fear and admonition of the Almighty God.  Ask Him how he would have you handle their disobedience...and then follow through with His instruction.  When your hubby is late getting home, be thankful that he has a job that provides your home and the food on the table...even if it is a little well done.{{smiles}}  In every circumstance there is at least a small shred of something for which we can be thankful, we just have to look for it.

That is my challenge to you.  This week, from today until Thanksgiving day, each day...in each circumstance, look for that shred of light that is something for which you can be thankful.  As the week goes on, come back here and share with us your story of being thankful in all circumstances!  

God bless and have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Season of Thanksgiving, Every Single Day

By: Shari A. Miller



I love Fall, it's my favorite season. Along with it we have Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, which is just around the corner.

We host Thanksgiving dinner every year at our house. Every day the picture is the same. I'm awakened with the morning sunlight streaming through the window, and I hear my husband in the kitchen preparing for the day ahead. (I am very blessed to have a husband who is an excellent cook. I am the baker in the family, so I come up with all the yummy treats.)

The house becomes alive with activity as we hurry to prepare for our guests. In the background you can hear the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a must for my son to watch, ever since he's been a little boy. 

Delectable scents fill the air, and the table is set with a meal that is fit for a king. The door bell rings and hugs and laughter soon fill the room. Family gathers round the table and we stop to give thanks to our one and only risen King.

A picture perfect day, for giving thanks, like the one above doesn't have to happen just once a year. 

A heart filled with thanksgiving should happen every moment of every day.

 "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)

Life can be hard, very hard.

Each day brings with it, it's own set of joys and hardships.

When the hardships happen, the only way to get through them is by reaching our to the Lord and finding his strength and joy.

This doesn't happen by just once in a while reaching out to him when we are desperate for help. This happens by going to the throne each and every moment of every single day. 

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it states,

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 

Did you notice the phrase in there, "give thanks in all circumstances"?

When we do everything that was mentioned in the verse above, along with an attitude of continual thanks, things will change.

When I was driving to pick up my son the other day, I was talking to God telling him everything I was thankful for. I thought, "Wow! Even though there are hardships I am still so very blessed!"

Giving thanks honors God. It takes our focus off the negative and puts it onto the positive. It makes up step into the here and now and live fully the life God intended us to live. 

Are you ready to take the step with me friends? Are you ready to live in a season of thanksgiving every single day?




Photo Credit: Anthony Quintano via photopin CC,


It is time for our 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, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homemade Buttery Dinner Rolls



Thanksgiving is coming up next week so I thought I would share a recipe for dinner rolls. These rolls are just what you need to go with your turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving this year! Rolls are a great addition to any meal or holiday gathering, not to mention one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner! There is nothing quite like homemade rolls! Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of 12Tomatoes.com

Yields 12 rolls 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (~110º F)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted; plus extra for brushing on top
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and active yeast. Set aside 5 minutes; mixture should be bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine milk, egg, oil, remaining sugar and salt and mix together.
  3. Once yeast mixture has bubbled up, add that to the mixing bowl.
  4. Gradually add flour to the dough mixture, beating on low speed. Dough should begin to come together.
  5. Drizzle melted butter in and beat at medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Continue to knead until the dough comes together into a sticky, elastic ball.
  6. Turn dough out into a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and place in a warm, draft-free place for 60-90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  7. Gently transfer dough onto a smooth, lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. 
    [If not making immediately, freeze rolls at this point.]
  8. Roll into balls, but slightly flatten one side and place it in a 9x13-inch baking dish that’s been lined with non-stick sprayed parchment paper.
  9. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  10. Set baking dish aside for another 45-60 minutes in a warm, draft-free place.
  11. Optional: melt extra butter and brush it over the tops of the rolls.
  12. Place rolls in oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden.
  13. Remove from oven and lift parchment paper out of baking dish, transferring rolls to a wire rack to cool.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Paint Those Toes, Girl!

By: Jenifer Metzger

Winter weather has hit! One day we were at 60* temps and the next we were below freezing. I guess winter is ready to come. For those of us living in regions that get cold, it means packing away the flip flops and shorts...and nail polish and the razors.

You know what I mean ladies!

It's so easy to skip shaving in the winter. After all, we are wearing pants. No one even sees our legs.

Except our husband...

Our toes are covered by shoes so why bother painting our toe nails? It's so time consuming for no one to even see.

Except our husband...

Your husband sees your legs and toes every day. And if he doesn't....girl why not!?

It's winter, but don't pack away the razor and nail polish! #marriage

Don't pack away the polish and razors! Shave those legs for your guy! Paint those toes for your guy! It may seem like a small thing and he may not even notice at first. But what a great way to show him that you love him and want to be intimate with him!

What's another small thing you can do to show your husband you love him and want to be intimate?