Friday, April 24, 2015

Be Careful Little Eyes




Be Careful Little Eyes
By Angie Ketcham

As a vigilant soldier, we have to be careful what our little one's eyes see.  In a world inundated with technology and images, we must be vigilant to protect our children from from the constant images that bombard our lives on a daily basis.  

A few years back, my 11 year old daughter, innocently enough, downloaded some apps on the Kindle while sleeping over at a friend's house.  The content of what was in these apps would make a grown adult blush!  She saw and heard things that was perverted and twisted sexually.  I cried when I found out, because her innocence was lost that day.  As  I explained to her later, because of her choice of giving in to curiosity, she could never undo the images that saw.  She could never undo the things that she heard.  She will always have that thought in her mind, unless cleansed through the blood of Jesus, and she can never go back.

There are things we can do to protect our children from experiencing these incidents.  My husband and I bought a filter program that we installed on our computer that monitors anything coming in or going out.  There are several out there to choose from.  These programs will limit pop ups and block your child from being able to get on to websites that are rated inappropriate.

Another must for computer usage is to keep electronics out of the bedrooms.  In our home, we kept the computers in a central location of the home, like the living room.  I-pads are allowed in bedrooms, but after a certain time of the night, they are to be handed in to us.  We have filters on what they watch and can see anything that they have been on through the watch programs we have installed.  We are very particular when it comes to what shows they can watch, even on television.

Some feel we are overprotective about what we allow or don't allow, but, as a parent, I am the watchman on the tower, and it is my responsibility to guard the hearts of those entrusted to me.  By watching violence, sexual content, spiritual issues (such as witchcraft, paranormal shows, and spiritual medium content), I am helping shape the adult that child will one day be. 

We must also remember that our children are always watching us.  They are learning be the things we say and do.  They become not so much by what we tell them, but by what we don't say.  They will pick up on those things we don't want them to see or notice.  Are we being the example of Christ that we want our children to be?



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shhh...God is speaking!


"10 Be still, and know that I am God!"
Psalm 46:10 NLT

Maybe I've been too busy.  Maybe I've been to talkative.  Maybe God is trying to talk and I haven't been listening.  Whatever the reason, I feel God has been saying, "be still, know that I am God."  

I always try to listen for His voice...in whatever form He chooses to speak...maybe it would be through the whisper of the trees or the patter of the raindrops falling gently.  Maybe it would be through the sweet friend with whom I have lunch.  Maybe He'll choose to speak with His voice or give me a thought.  I don't know how, but I know He speaks to me.
But trying to listen for His voice may not be enough since I feel the urgency to "be still."  Maybe I am just needing to rest in His presence because I am so busy and He sees His daughter getting tired...so tired, in fact, that sometimes I feel like I'm losing it.

I believe God has been speaking to us as a whole as well as to me individually.  It's time we take 'time' for Him.  Reading the Word, praying, worshiping, studying...those are all fine and well, but God wants His children to just be still and know that He is God.

Won't you take some time today and just be still before Him.  Turn off the TV, turn off the radio, sit outside in the sunshine or inside by the fire and just ... be still.

Have a blessed day in the stillness of God,

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who Do You Worship?

By: Shari A. Miller


I get excited about so many things in life.

Some of the things, or people, that make the top of my list are: God, my husband, my daughter, my son, studying my Bible, helping others, the Seattle Seahawks, and the list goes on and on.

Sometimes I have a problem with my list.

You see, the things on the list seem to change their order a lot, and when that happens everything in life looses it's focus.

When we devote our time and attention to these things, it's an act of worship.

But, here is the thing. Our heavenly Father is a jealous God and He wants us to worship one thing only, and that one thing is Him.


"Do not worship any other god, for the Lord , whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."
Exodus 34:14 (NIV)

Who do you worship?



Satan is a manipulator. He tries to sway us with our human emotions and get our focus off of what should be most important in our lives, God.

So many things get in the way of worshiping God. A fight with our husband, money problems, someone has wronged us, our favorite team just won a big game, having difficulty with one or more children.

We need to create a check up system in our lives to prevent this from happening. That check up system begins by going to God in prayer.

We need to ask God to create a clean heart within our lives so that it will be renewed and open to having Him as first place in our life. Which in turn will place our point of worship where it belongs on Christ our Savior.

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sister, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1 (NIV)

Our lives are not about us and what we can get, do, or be, it's about Him. Period.


"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that openly profess his name." Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

Who receives your worship? Take time this week to re-evaluate your priorities and make sure God is at the top of your list, right where He wants to be. Having and intimate worship relationship with the Savior is the best kind of relationship to have. Our lives seem to flow so much smoother when our priorities are straight. Don't you agree?



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beef and Chedder Casserole

By: Melissa Baker



Recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups wide egg noodles (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 12 ounces ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and green parts), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar



Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Oil a 2-quart baking dish.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook to al dente according to the package directions. Drain and put in the prepared baking dish. Toss with the sour cream, Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add the bell peppers and scallions and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Make a space in the pan, add the tomato paste and toast for a minute. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add the diced tomatoes, stir and bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

4. Pour the beef mixture over the noodles and sprinkle with the grated Cheddar. Bake on the middle rack until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Monday, April 20, 2015

He's Not The Enemy

By: Jenifer Metzger

In this life, we have an enemy. A very real enemy. An enemy that wants nothing good for you. An enemy that seeks to kill, steal and destroy you.

The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy;
but I have come that they may have life
and have it to the full.
John 10:10

So, yes, we most definitely have an enemy. However, it is not your husband.

From day one of the marriage, we become part of a team. A team that consist of you, your husband and God. This team needs all three people to function. But more than just a team, the Bible says in Mark 10:8 that we are no longer two but one flesh. We are one. How can we be an enemy to our self? We can't. We don't yell at ourself or disrespect ourself. We can't be an enemy to ourself, therefore, we cannot be an enemy to our husband. We are one flesh.

We may be one flesh, but do we act like it? From my own life, I can tell you the answer is a big fat no. More times than I care to admit we have butted heads or argued or quit talking to each other over something so insignificant. One of us parks the car under the tree and the birds leave us not so nice gifts and the other gets ridiculously mad. One of us forgets to make a phone call or run an errand that the other asked of us and suddenly our world is falling apart. I don't yell at myself or put myself down because I forgot to run an errand. I might be a little put out, but I sure don't yell at myself. So why should I yell at my husband over him forgetting? He's not my enemy.

If a house is divided against itself,
that house cannot stand.
Mark 3:25

Stop looking at your husband as your enemy and start looking at him as part of you. Give your husband respect and treat him kindly.

Have you ever felt like your husband was the enemy? How did you overcome this? Do you still struggle with it and would like prayer? Share your experiences in the comments.