Monday, November 20, 2017

You Cannot Pour From An Empty Cup

By: Jenifer Metzger

Empty.

Have you felt it? You give and give and give of yourself day in and day out. Your husband is pulling on you for intimacy, your children are pulling on you for attention and care, your house is pulling on you, work is pulling, ministry is pulling, projects are pulling, friends are pulling. You suddenly feel like a worn out tug of war rope.

Everyone wants something from you but you feel empty, like there is nothing left to pour out. Sister, we've all felt it. You are not alone. You need to remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup. If you keep giving and giving without filling your own cup, there will be nothing to give anyone.

You need to fill your cup up.

Your family needs you to fill your cup up. When we are empty, we are no good to anyone. Here are a few ways to fill your cup up.

Everyone wants something from you but you feel empty, like there is nothing left to pour out. You need to remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup.

Get sleep

Turn off the tv, power down the computer, put aside the project and go to bed. I know there is so much to do, but you my friend need sleep. If this means you have to put the kids to bed 30 minutes early, so be it. Truth is, they will benefit from the extra few minutes of sleep. We need sleep. God designed our bodies to need these hours of shut down every day.

Read

Reading is a great way to relax. Whether you are reading a devotional or a fiction story, reading helps you unwind. I always read for a few minutes before bed. It helps my mind and soul settle down and relax from a hard day. Who cares if it takes you months to finish a book, just pick a book and read.

Do something you love

What is something you love to do but just haven't had the time to do? Reading? Knitting? Puzzles? Gardening? Whatever it is, find it again. You loved it for a reason and maybe it's time to remember why. Even if you only do it for 30 minutes a week, do it.

Go for a walk

There is something so refreshing about walking. It gets that blood pumping and leaves us feeling so good. What is good about walking is the kids love it too. It can become a family affair! If possible, head out side and walk for 30 minutes in the morning or maybe after dinner. If whether doesn't permit, try the treadmill. You will feel so good!

Attend a Bible study

Meeting with like-minded sisters in Christ to study God's Word is an incredible experience. You find that you are not alone. You have an hour or so to simply talk to women who are going through or have been through what you are facing. You cry healing tears. You leave encouraged and refreshed. Find a women's Bible study and join. Can't find one, pray about starting one!

Spend time with Jesus

Jesus refills us in a way nothing else can. I know you are busy and the thought of adding 1 more thing to your list terrifies you. Something you must remember is that God is the Author of time. When you give Him time, you will find that you have more time to do the things you need to. Intentionally spend time with the Father each day and you will fill refreshed.

Whatever it is, whether something from this list or something else, do something to fill yourself up. You cannot keep giving and giving when there is nothing left to give. Fill your cup.








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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Remember and speak up...


What wonders has God done in your life?  

Let's brainstorm some possibilities that might trigger you to remember some of God's works/wonders in your life.

  • The wonder of your salvation.  What is your salvation story?
  • The wonder of God setting you free. Has God set you free from an area of bondage, addiction, fear, worry, depression?
  • The wonder of a relationship that changed your life. How has God interwoven your life with the life of someone who impacted your life forever?
  • The wonder of His protection.  Have you ever been in a situation where you know that God miraculously spared your life?
  • The wonder of His provision. Do you have a story of God's provision for your needs?
  • The wonder of His healing.  Has God healed your body, or your mind, will, and emotions?
  • The wonder of His empowerment to endure difficulty?  Has God ever supernaturally enabled you to face and get through a difficult time of testing and trial?
  • The wonder of His companionship.  How has God revealed Himself to you as a friend?
Why not take the time to sit down and journal some of the ways God has worked in your life?  

Do your family and friends know your wonder stories?

This week, those of us that live in the U.S.A., will gather with our family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  One way we show our gratitude to God is to remember the things He has done in our life, His works and wonders that we have personally experienced, and to meditate on, or think about them .  Another way to show God our gratitude is to talk about His deeds with others. Do your spouse or your children and grandchildren, your siblings, cousins and friends, know your stories of God's work in your life.  Do they know how you came to know Christ?  Do they know of the ways He has miraculously intervened in your life?  Do they know the stories of His daily steadfastness, faithfulness and provision?  As you gather with your loved ones this week, why not give thanks to God by sharing one of your wonder stories?  Maybe you could challenge everyone around the table to do the same?  What a wonderful way to give thanks and to give God the glory and honor He deserves!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Modesty

By:

Emily Miller

I am so very tired of the standards for women that have just become a "norm" for society, especially in the way we dress.





Women are believing that dressing how you want is "okay", so long as it makes you feel "sexy".

What they do not understand is that the act of dressing in a manner that can come across as provocative is just another norm that society has placed on us.

Women complain constantly about being sexually objectified when in reality I believe we can buy in too much to the lies we are being fed to the point that we start to become part of the problem.

Our bodies are supposed to be temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such we are supposed to be treating our bodies with respect.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1 Corinthians 6:19

We are not our own, We are of God, and as such, we should dress in a manner that will be pleasing to God.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

Don't listen when the world tells you that the way to success is to dress in an unwholesome fashion. Hold fast to your values, and God will show you His will that he has for your life.

 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes.
1 Timothy 2:9

Simple is better. Notice the key words Timothy uses in this passage, decency, and propriety. Decency in regards to this scripture means that you dress modestly. Propriety means that you are taking ownerofp for the ways in which you dress.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10

God made us. We are His masterpiece. When you view your body in this way, why would you not want to dress your body in a way that will respect the work of God, as well as yourself for who you are as being an image of Christ?

Please take a moment today to really dwell on the meaning of these verses, and see how you can take at least one of these verses and apply them to your life when picking out your wardrobe chocies each day.

Blessings-

Emily

Friday, November 17, 2017

Seasons of Change

by Victoria Duerstock

Last week I shared how quickly I felt time was going and how I was amazed that my daughter had turned 20.  This week I'd like to offer some encouragement for those who find themselves in the middle of a difficult season because last week also marked for us a beginning of a new season just nine years ago.

Nine years ago we uprooted our family and moved to a new town in a new state with no family close by. This move culminated a few years of very difficult times for our family.  The Lord shut the door on a job in a city that we loved and had planted our roots deep from college on. Gradually only one door was opened to us and we walked through in obedience even though it was incredibly difficult and sad.



I look back now and smile. Much need growth occurred during that difficult season and while I would never wish a valley experience on anyone or myself for that matter, I can say that it was good. God meant each step for good, and while difficult He walked the hard path not only with me but my husband and my children as well.

But now, this is what the Lord says, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.'” (Isaiah 43:1-2)

I pray that whatever circumstance you find yourself in

  • difficult marriage
  • troubled children
  • caring for aging parents
  • financial desperation
  • job loss

that you will know that with God as your Savior you can take the next step and find renewal as the Lord leads your steps.

Rest in His unchanging word and the promises you find therein.  God is good, and does good and works all things together for our good.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Light of Life

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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