Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When You've Been Kicked in the Gut

By: Jenifer Metzger

In the final two months of 2016 I continually heard comments like, "If we can just get out of this year!" and, "I'm so over this year!" and "Once we hit the New Year everything will be okay." Between health issues, relationship issues, financial issues, racial issues, the election and the media, people were really tired of 2016. And I get it. I really, really get it, 2016 was a hard year all around. But to think that the once the clock strikes midnight and we turn the calendar from 2016 to 2017 and all our problems would fade away, that's just foolish.

Our problems have followed us. I woke up on January 1st and my grandmother was still battling cancer, one of my best friends was still battling cancer, my dad was still dealing with a health issue, my son still had an attitude, I still had bills that needed to be paid, I was still crazy tired, still, still, still! I am going to guess that you woke up on January 1st to find your problems hadn't vanished either.

Not only did our problems change the calendar page with us, but goodness, here we are two and a half weeks into the New Year and it's already been a tough year! This year has already seen my grandmother in the hospital for a week, one of my best friend's daughter in the hospital for a week with a big health scare, my other best friend's daughter with a strange illness the doctor can't figure out, big ice storms that have cancelled church, a virus for me, and a big disagreement with my husband. It's only mid-January but, are we done with 2017 yet?


Last week I was feeling this big kick in the gut at the problems all around me. This year was supposed to be better. Everything was supposed to be okay, not worse! I felt like I couldn't breathe anymore. Then God showed me Psalm 34.

Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there;
if you're kicked in the gut, He'll help you catch your breath.
Psalm 34:17-18 MSG

I read and re-read this verse probably 15 times as I felt the presence of God begin to surround me. As I felt God whisper, "I am right here daughter." I had been kicked in the gut, so hard. My friends, my family, everyone around me was being kicked. But God is promising to be with us and to help us catch our breath.

What about you? Has this year already brought some trials and troubles that have you gasping for air? Or maybe there is a trial from last year that has followed you and you just keep crying for help? Friend, God is there. He is right beside you. All you have to do is call to Him. He's there waiting to give you breath back. This doesn't mean our trial will instantly be gone, but it does mean that He will walk beside us helping us the whole way. Cry out to Him.






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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Greek-Style Chicken Wraps

By: Melissa Baker

Recipe and Image Courtesy of www.MyRecipes.com

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 ounces shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (about 1 cup)
  • 2 Kirby or small cucumbers, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons plain hummus
  • 6 (8-inch) whole-wheat flour tortillas   
Directions:  

1. Place tomatoes, olives, feta, juice, oregano, oil, pepper, chicken, and cucumber in a large bowl; toss to combine.
2. Spread 1 tablespoon hummus over 1 side of each tortilla.
3. Top each tortilla with about 1/2 cup chicken mixture.
4. Roll up wraps; cut in half.



Monday, January 16, 2017

5 Ways to Flirt With Your Husband

By: Jenifer Metzger

When we are dating, we flirt with our guy. We flirt in the way we act and the way we talk. Then marriage comes, babies come, bills come, life comes. Pretty soon not only are we no longer flirting, but we don't even remember how!

Flirting with your spouse is one way to keep the spark alive in your marriage. It keeps things fresh. It keeps those butterflies fluttering in your stomach. And it is something special for just the to of you.

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Here are 5 ways to flirt with your husband.

Wink at him!

When you are at church, the grocery store, a family gathering, or just sitting at the dinner table, catch his eye from across the room, give him a big smile and wink.

Give him a big kiss!

Randomly go up to our husband and give him a kiss. I am not talking a little peck on the lips. I am talking a heart stopping kiss that's going to have him thinking of you all day!

Send him a text!

Sending your husband a text each day is a great way to show him you love him and are thinking about him. But every once in a while trade the "I love you" text for something a little more spicy. He will love it!

Uncover a little bit!

As women, I think we tend to cover up from head to toe because we are so self-conscious about our bodies. The thing is, your husband isn't looking at your cellulite, wrinkles or extra pounds. What he's looking at is the hot woman he married who he is legally and morally allowed to look at and admire. So uncover a little bit and let him look!

Hold his hand and caress his fingers!

As you are sitting in the car or sitting on the couch together, grab his hand and caress his fingers. Let him know that you love those hands that work so hard for you family.

What are some other ways you can flirt with your husband? Share in the comments!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Don't give up!

On wintry days spring seems far away, harvest season even farther.  We can become weary of winter's short days and long, dark evenings and its cold weather and lose sight of the promise that winter never lasts forever and that spring always comes.

Just as every year has four seasons, life has seasons, too.  The difference is that the seasons we go through in our life aren't repeated in a yearly cycle.  Most of the seasons of our life come and go, never to be repeated again.  Some seasons are short.  Mothers may recall how in the blink of an eye your newborn baby became a toddler.  Some seasons are long.  Young mothers may feel like the toddler and early childhood years are stretching on forever in an endless cycle of laundry, fetching snacks, picking up toys, breaking up sibling skirmishes and trying to train your little one to be a decent human being.  Some seasons are gratifying.  You may be in a season like that, a season where you are seeing success at your job, in your ministry, in your relationships.  Some seasons feel thankless.  No one seems to notice, much less appreciate, how you go above and beyond at your job, the delicious meals you put on the table each night, the faithful way you serve each week in the church nursery.

Whatever season you are in, there is One Who knows and notices. He sees every hidden act of submission and obedience to His heart and His ways.  He sees the way you serve others.  He sees the way you go above and beyond the call of duty on your job.  He sees you driving your teen all over kingdom come to his extracurricular activities with nary a "thanks, Mom!" in return.  He sees you making that dinner, setting that table, and the family scarfing it down so fast that you wonder if they even really tasted it.  He sees you caring for that elderly parent, who didn't really care for you with the tenderness you needed when you were a child. He sees you diligently, faithfully, preparing for that Bible study that you're leading, only to have those who committed to come be hit and miss in their attendance.  He sees you on your knees praying day after day, year after year, for that prodigal son or daughter without seeing a hint of them turning to Christ.  He sees you forgiving again and again and again the offenses to your heart from that difficult and hard to get along with family member.  He sees your deep soul weariness.  He sees.

"Don't give up!",  He says.  "Your harvest of blessing is coming!"  Just as spring follows winter,  blessing follows obedience.  In those long, hard seasons, when you wake up in the mornings with that same deep soul weariness that you went to bed with the night before, don't you quit.  Your harvest may not be exactly when or exactly what you expect, but it will come at just the right time and it will be blessed.  That's a promise.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

When You Cannot Find God

By: Emily Miller

Let's face it.

We all have had situations in our life where we have to truly wonder where God is.



I had one just recently as I was in the hospital over Christmas break with a blood clot in my right arm.

Then, just recently I was hospitalized again due to complications from the blood thinners I am on.

Where is God in a situation like that?

I intended to relax over break, watch Christmas movies, get some chores done, and work on my writing.

This month I planned on learning about the Vietnam war, something I have never studied before and was excited to learn more about.

Instead, I found myself in the hospital for a total of almost five days.

Our lives rarely go according to plan. As a matter of fact, each and every experience God puts us through in our lives are intended for our faith in Him to grow.

After all, our faith in God will only be able to grow only if God puts us in situations where we have trouble seeing His divine hand.

"For that you know when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow".
-James 1:3

When you find yourself facing a seemingly hopeless situation where you cannot seem to find God, remember that He is still there. Take this opportunity to boldly seek Him and grow in your Faith and endurance in Christ. 

You may not see God's work in a negative situation for a while, but you will discover that in the end, your relationship you have with Him has strengthened due to the trials He has put you through.

Blessings,

Emily