Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Little R & R...

by Debi Baker


For our family, it's that time of year once again...V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!  My husband and I always made a point to take a vacation ever year when our kids were little.  We started with a long weekend when I was pregnant with the first of four bundles of joy!  We continued with the long weekend format until our youngest was 3 or 4 years old.  After several years of doing Branson, MO we decided that we needed to enlarge our focus and decided to take 10 days.  This allowed us to venture further away from home than the 3 hours it took to get to Branson.

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It was important to us to take that time every summer with our kids.  It was time just for us six!  Our kids loved it.  We loved it.  As a family we enjoyed about 17 states and the beautiful countryside created by God!!  Those vacations were and still are some of our favorite memories!  Our family is close and whenever possible our kids will go on vacation with us to this day...in 2012 my hubby and I and our 4 kids and their families all went together.  This year, 2 of the kids and their families are going along.  And the day has finally arrived!!!

One reason I love vacation time so much is because it affords us the opportunity to get some rest away from the normal hustle & bustle of our life.  Another reason is because we are able to relax...we don't have to wake up early and rush off for the day.  We get to slow down a bit and 
enjoy our time, our family and God's creation!!

Leonardo Da Vinci said, "Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.  Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."  Is that not some of the greatest advice ever!  Not only is it great advice but it is the absolute truth!

So, as I prepare to leave this evening I challenge you, if you don't already take a vacation...take one...even if it's just a long weekend or even just a weekend!  Go somewhere other than 'home' and take some time to rest and relax!!  Take some time to enjoy God's creation!!




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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

He's Always Been Faithful

By: Shari A. Miller

As I look back over the years I see so many ways that God has been faithful to me and my family. Sometimes, it happens just how we expect, and other times the results are nothing like we would of expected. 

But you know what, the result in the end was always part of God's great plan. It may be a plan we don't understand yet, but one that will work out according to His will and in His perfect timing. 

One of the ways that God has been faithful to us over the past month is through finding us a new house to live in. If some of you remember, I told a story a few weeks back of how we were searching for a new place to call home.


Now, the home pictured above is not our new house, but rather the one that I grew up in. There were many great memories made there, just like a now there will be many new memories made in the home that God picked out for us.

I'm excited for the move and how things will unfold over the next few weeks....moving is always an adventure.

As I look back over how everything unfolded I see that God was indeed in charge. He held our hand every step of the way, and guided us right to where we needed to be for this next chapter in our lives.

If you a facing uncertainty in your future I want to remind you that God is faithful. He will never let you down. He will always supply just what you need. Lean in deep to Him today and trust Him with whatever might be laying in your path. He is always faithful, He will never lead your side, trust Him as He guides your way.

Please take a moment to meditate over some beautiful scripture passages that declare that faithfulness of our Lord. Following is one of my favorite songs to listen to by Sara Groves called, "He's Always Been Faithful." I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do.


"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
- 1 Corinthians 1:9


"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." - Psalm 86:15

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every
morning; great is your faithfulness."
- Lamentations 3:22-23 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
- Jeremiah 29:11-13


"But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one." - 2 Thessalonians 3:3

                                                               








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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

By: Melissa Baker
Recipe and Image courtesy of Susan Bowden Tips

Ingredients:


  • 1 box Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar
  • 1 can (21 oz) Duncan Hines Comstock® Strawberry


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine cake mix, butter and 1 egg in large bowl until well blended. Reserve 1/3 cup for topping. Press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer in large bowl. Beat in remaining eggs and 2-½ cups confectioner’s sugar. Pour over cake mixture in pan. Spread strawberry pie filling on top and sprinkle with reserved cake mixture.
  4. Bake 1 hour or until golden brown. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into bars and sprinkle with remaining confectioner’s sugar.



Monday, August 22, 2016

8 Ways To Bless Your Husband That Won't Cost A Penny

By: Jenifer Metzger

We all want to bless our husbands. To shower them with something wonderful from time to time. Yet we don't always have the money or means to do so. Here are 8 ways to bless your husband for free!

8 ways to bless your husband that won't cost a penny. #marriage #marriagemonday #wife #husband #blessyourhusband

  1. Pray for him. Pray daily for your husband. Remember, if you aren't praying for him, there is a good chance that no one is. Even if your husband's family are Christians and are praying for him, no one can pray for a husband like his wife can. So pray!
  2. Be kind. People, your husband included, respond to kindness. Often it is easy to be kind to others, yet our husbands get the raw end of the deal when it comes to our kindness. Show your husband kindness in the way you act toward him and the way you speak to him.
  3. Pay attention to him. It is easy to get wrapped up in the kids, housework, and anything else going on, including our phones. Don't forget among it all to pay attention to your husband.
  4. Laugh with him. Do something every day to laugh together. Whether it's a tv show, a chat or a tickle session, just laugh together.
  5. Make him something special. Make a dinner or dessert, or both, that he loves. He will appreciate that you made his favorites.
  6. Be interested in what interests him. Ask him questions about his job or hobbies. Get to know what really makes him tick.
  7. Appreciate him. Whatever it is that he does, from mowing the lawn to putting the kids to bed to gassing up your car to going to work each day, show him appreciation.
  8. Initiate in the bedroom. Enough said.
What are other ways you can think of to bless your husband that won't cost anything? Share in the comments!



Sunday, August 21, 2016

None of them shall lack any beneficial thing...



While reading Matthew 7 in my devotions last week, the Lord reminded me of His desire that we be persistent in our pursuit of Him and in prayer. These verses, in particular, are what stood out to me.

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

The Lord used these verses to speak two things to my heart.  First of all, when we are praying according to God's will, then we should be undeterred and have relentless faith in seeking, knocking, and asking.  In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells a parable about a widow who relentlessly and persistently kept coming to a judge for justice.  This judge was unjust, and yet finally he responded to her because of her persistence.  Jesus then goes on to say that God, unlike the judge in the parable, is just and He will respond to our cries to Him.

The second thing God spoke to my heart about was how our God is a good Father who gives us good and advantageous gifts.  In Psalm 34:10  it says that we will not lack any beneficial thing.  In other words, if God's answer to something we are asking Him for is no, then, even though we may not understand it, God Who knows all things, knows that what we are asking for is not good, advantageous or beneficial.  In other words, it's not what is best for us.  It may be that it's not beneficial, good and advantageous for us at this time and that He is waiting for the right time to give it to us.  On the other hand, it may be that it's not best for us at all.  Either way, we must be so confident in God's love for us that our faith and confidence in Him is not shattered when His answer to us is wait or no.

I think that those two things, the fact that God wants us to boldly, persistently, relentlessly seek Him and pray, and the fact that He will only withhold those things from us that are not beneficial for us, should embolden us to pray with greater faith and confidence!

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