Monday, June 29, 2015

Enjoy The Now

By: Jenifer Metzger

Some times we rush through life. We think things will ease up when our husband gets new work hours, when the baby is finally potty trained or when the teenagers are able to drive themselves. We are tired, exhausted really. We want life to settle down and things to be easier. We heavily sigh as we wish for the future to come, and be more simple.

Instead:

Enjoy the now.


Today is not going to happen again. One day your children will grow up and you will miss today. I promise.

My son used to crawl up in my lap every single night. As we sat watching tv, working a puzzle or whatever our night held, he would crawl up and ask me to scratch his back. I loved it! However, there were a few times that I had had a long day and just wanted to sit alone. I never told him this. I never made him get down because I knew he needed it. Little did I know, I needed it too. Now, at 12 years old, he doesn't climb on my lap anymore. I miss it more than I can say.

My husband loves to tickle me just to see me smile. It irritates me. I hate being tickled. However, one day I know he won't be there to tickle me. My heart aches at knowing this. So, I let him tickle me.

This day will pass. Enjoy it. Enjoy the time with your family. Hold your husband's hand. Color a picture with your child. Dance in the rain with your husband. Jump through the sprinkler with your kids. Enjoy the now.



Friday, June 26, 2015

Gently Lead

Gently Lead
By Angie Ketcham

This week has been a week of patience for me.  I have been teaching my 12 year old daughter to sew. Although one of my most favorite things to do in life is sew, teaching someone to sew is not easy.  I remember as a young girl, begging my mom, "PLEASE! JUST LET ME USE YOUR MACHINE."  All the memories of what my mom must have felt as she dreaded pulling that machine out, became my realization this week.  I thought she just didn't want to sew.  I didn't know she was trying to avoid teaching me to sew!


Of course, it's not that I don't want my children to learn how to sew.  I want my children to have the special memories I did of creating something from scratch.  I want them to know the satisfaction of finishing a project and knowing I made it.  But, someone has to take time and patience to get them there.  And I'm the one that has been chosen for the job.   Did you get that moms?  He, the God of the infinite universe, has plucked me out of infinite eternity to have patience with this 12 year old girl.  Right here.  Right now.  He knew, once I found my place in maturity (haha), that I would have exactly what I needed to take care of THIS child.  He showed me that, just like her, I need to grow into what God has called me to do.

I look back on my life and realize that I'm just like that child that needs to learn to sew.  No, I don't need to learn to sew, but I need God's grace and mercy (for me these are other words for patience) to "perfect" that which He has started in me.  I'm still really busy in trying to figure it all out, but like the loving Father that He is, He gently leads me from where I'm at to where I need to be.  No, I don't always like the tough stuff that polishes me and softens me, because those things tend to be hard and even painful, but He waits patiently for me to come to a place where I learn to rely fully on Him.

Today, we are learning to move beyond threading the machine and sewing straight lines.  I know it might be a long day, but I am ready!  She said to me last night that she can't hardly stand to go to bed, because sewing is just so addictive!  I agree, Baby, I agree.  A girl after my own heart.  Now to try and get anything else done besides creating on our machines.  This momma's heart is happy and right where she's suppose to be.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

God is faithful...

by Debi Baker

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9 NIV

No matter what we must know that God is always faithful and just.  He cannot lie.  This verse reminds me that God knows my sins but I must confess them [with my mouth] to Him.  Once I acknowledge my sins, God is a good God who s faithful.  He won't cringe when we confess our sins to Him.  He won't shake His head in disbelief.  He is faithful.  He is just.  He doesn't rule over us with an iron fist.  He will receive our confession and then He will forgive us.  Once forgiven, we will be cleansed from our sins.



It is then our responsibility to go about our business and do our best to not sin again.  That, of course, will never happen until the day we are in heaven.  Why?  Because we are not perfect...never have been...never will be on this earth.  Jesus was the only perfect man to ever walk the earth.  We are to strive to be like Him, but the reality of it is we that as long as we walk this earth we will never be perfect like He is.  He knows that.  But He still wants us to work at it.  Working at being like Jesus means we are keeping Him first.  

Don't fret when you get knocked upside the head by the world.  It happens.  But when it does, confess your sins to God and He is faithful and just and will forgive you and cleanse you from unrighteousness!!!

Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What to do When Fear Grips Your Heart

By: Shari A. Miller

They call my name back to the lab.

It's time. Time for that dreaded monthly blood test.

My heart beats fast and I wish that I could be anywhere but here. As I sit in the chair they prepare everything to draw my blood. While they draw my blood, I pray hard, "Dear God, please, please, let that blood be good, please let the tumor markers be low."

Once their finally done, I sigh and walk out of the room trying to push out of my mind what will happen if the blood tests come back with a high tumor marker count.

It will equal a PET scan with the possibility of the metastatic breast cancer spreading to other areas of my body, with a new treatment soon to follow.

Fear grips my heart and I silently cry out to God, "Why Lord, 10 years later, I still don't understand."

"Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." - Psalm 62:2 (NIV)




This is the reality of a metastatic breast cancer patient. This is my reality, a reality that I deal with every hour of my life.There are times that I just don't understand, times when I am mad, sad and filled with fear all at the same time.

We all go through hard times in life, some have harder situations than others. What matters is what we do when these times strike and try to knock us down for the count.

When these times grip my heart the only thing that helps me through is my faith in Christ.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

When I am at the end of my rope, I reach out to Christ and hang on to Him instead. You see, God does not want us to be crippled by fear. He says numerous times throughout His Word that He will be this us, that He is our rock and salvation and fortress therefor we do not need to be afraid.

Whatever trial you're going through today, give it up and turn to Him instead. Let Him carry your burdens there is no need for you to do it on your own. There is no need to be worn out be fear and worry, take the force of those emotions and turn them into something good instead through the help of the Lord.

Take the opportunity to show others who He is through these hard times. Let His light shine though you as you proclaim His goodness and tell others how He has walked with you and at times carried you every step of the way.

It's okay friend, He will take care of you, just trust Him with the situation, give it all to Him and surrender the worry into His hands.




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables (Mississippi Mud Style)


Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups fresh green beans
  • 3 red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Dry Ranch Mix
  • 1/2 stick butter plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup water plus 2 tablespoons

Directions:

1. Wash chicken breasts, pat dry with paper towel and place in the center of the crockpot. Surround the chicken with water. 
2. Sprinkle dry ranch mix evenly on top of the chicken. 
3. Place half stick butter on top of chicken. Cook chicken on high for 3 hours. 
4. Wash green beans and place next to the chicken in the crockpot. Place cut potatoes on the other side of the chicken. 
5. Dot vegetables with the remaining two tablespoons of butter. 
6. Sprinkle green beans and potatoes with 1 tablespoon of water each to moisten a little. 
7. Continue to cook on high for another 3 hours until chicken is done and vegetables are tender.