Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Twix Truffle Brownies

Recipe courtesy of chef-in-training.com

By: Melissa Baker
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⅓ cup flour
Shortbread Truffle Layer
  • 1 (10 oz.) box Lorna Doone's Shortbread Cookies
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
Caramel Layer
  • 14 oz. bag of caramel cubes, unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
Chocolate Layer
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add salt, cocoa powder and flour and stir to well combine. Do not over mix.
  3. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.
Shortbread Truffle Layer
  1. Place cookies in a food processor until fine powder. Mash in cream cheese and sugar until mixture is well combined.
  2. Gently press shortbread truffle evenly over cooled brownies.
Caramel Layer
  1. Place caramel cubes and milk in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between each increment until melted and smooth.
  2. Evenly pour over shortbread truffle layer.
  3. Place in fridge to let it cool.
Chocolate Layer
  1. Combine chocolate chips and shortening together in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until melted and smooth.
  2. Evenly spread over the top of cooled caramel layer.
  3. Let set up in fridge before cutting into.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Song

By: Jenifer Metzger

I am all about Christian media. Especially when it has to do with marriage and family. No matter what season of marriage or parenthood we are in, we can always use refreshment, encouragement and inspiration. When I first heard of the new movie, The Song, I was thrilled at the possibility of another marriage resource. I was not disappointed.

The Song, based on the book in the Bible Song of Solomon, is a music driven, romantic comedy about things we all pursue; love and meaning. Lead characters, Jed and Rose, learn about marriage and commitment while Jed is working on his music career. Their relationship starts out full of romance and promise. Then trouble sneaks in.

Check out the trailer:

The Song opens in theaters this Friday. I know your will be blessed and encouraged by this movie.

Plan a date night this weekend with your husband and go see The Song!

*While I loved The Song and think it is a great marriage resource, it is not something for children. I don't want to give any spoilers here so if you'd like more detail, check out Plugged In Online's full review here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Becoming A Praying Family Series Part 2

Becoming A Praying Family Series Part 2:
Encouraging Your Man to Lead Spiritually

Today our focus is turned to our husbands.  Let me present my disclaimer from the start.  I am fully aware that households are made up of different circumstances.  It may be that you are a single mom or perhaps your spouse is an unbeliever.  In such cases, I believe God can give you the strength to be the spiritual leader in your home just as well as any other household.  But, today our focus is on our husbands and their role in becoming a praying family.

I Timothy 3:1-5

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b]sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

God has ordained our husbands to be the spiritual leader of our household. This includes leading the family in the way of prayer.   Although we can’t make our husbands take that responsibility to be the spiritual leader of their home, nor force them to pray with or over their family,  there is much we can do to be an influence and lead them in that direction.  Here are two main keys to seeing your spouse become the spiritual influence that you want in your household.

Number 1:  Be submissive and subject yourself to his leadership.

It is our responsibility as their wives to follow our husband’s lead.  I know this is a hard one for women in our culture to gulp down, but the fact still remains, THIS is how we can be influencers to our husband!

I Peter 3:1  
 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.

In my own journey, this has been incredibly difficult to learn to do.  I have always been the take charge kind of gal.  It was not until very recently that I learned I need to allow my husband to make decisions concerning ME and my family!  I hadn't noticed how “silent” my husband had become in making decisions for our family, only to discover that he had “given up” because I never “listened” to him anyway.  Now, I work really hard to bring even the smallest decision (especially spiritual in nature) to him first.  I will then ask my husband to pray over me and that God would show both of us what is the right decision to make.  Then I will ask him.  If he has a direction he thinks we should take, I choose that direction without an argument.  I have found, since I have made this conscious effort to let him lead, he has been more willing to be a part of leading us as a family.

Number 2:  Pray For Your Husband to Be that Role of Spiritual Leader

I believe there is no greater thing that you can do for your husband than to pray for him!  He needs to be lifted up in prayer each and every day!  One of my favorite go-to books is The Power Of A Praying Wife by Stormie O Martian
This book is jam-packed with prayers that get to the heart of the matter.  It gets very specific on what areas to pray concerning your husband and scriptures to go along with those prayers.  Pray that your husband will take on his call to lead his household in the ways of the Lord.  Pray that he will become the prayer warrior that God has called us all to be! 

I also found this prayer to be very helpful in guiding me to pray for my husband to be the spiritual leader God wants him to be.

Dear God,
Please guide our husbands to be the true, Godly leader that you want them to become.  So many families today are in crisis, a problem that may well be solved by men taking their rightful role as the leader of their family.  Please help them to be good examples to their children, especially their sons.
And, God, please help us, as their wives, to allow our husbands to lead…to provide encouragement, to avoid thwarting their initiatives, to make room for our men to bloom as the leaders they were meant to be.
Please help us to remember to pray daily to the Holy Ghost for guidance for our husbands to lead throughout their day.

Here are some prayer cards that can be printed out as reminders to pray for our husbands every day!  Be blessed as your family grows closer through the power of prayer.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pray, Believe, Receive

by:  Debi Baker

"24 you can pray for anything, and if you
believe that you've received it, it will be yours."

Mark 11:24 NLT

This is one of the verses I used on a recent Wednesday night.  I've read it thousands of times but God, being the timely God that He is, opened my eyes to it during that service.  Jesus is speaking...telling us that we can pray for anything...the salvation of a loved one, a restful night's sleep, etc...and if we will believe that we have it...IT WILL BE OURS!!!  Sweet ladies, that's like a free pass...God is just waiting for us to pray our prayers, believe them and call them as done...so He can bless us!

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We are starting a revival next week and this verse is one that I am clinging to for many salvations and life changing events!!!  Now, don't take the verse too far.  We need to be diligent and faithful to pray the right kinds of things.  In other words, don't go praying to be a millionaire, believe that you are and expect God to answer.  Perhaps He would, but I believe that these kinds of prayers are to be the prayers of God's people for the benefit of all and not for 'me.'  

More than life itself, I want my mama to be pain free!  That wonderful woman has had pain every single day of her life since 1969.  Can you imagine never being pain free!  I am praying for pain free days for her.  I believe that she will call me one afternoon and say, 'Guess what?  I haven't had any pain all day!!'  So I know, because Jesus has said it is so, that it will happen.  And I can't wait for that day!  There are many other things in my life that I am praying for and believing they are done...even calling them as done.  One thing God can NOT do is lie, so if He said it is so...IT IS SO!!!

Today, pray your prayers a little differently.  Pray with a sense of completion.  Pray and believe it is done.  And when you are done...confess that it is so.  Even when you don't see the answer...call it done and don't go back to 'wishing' for it.  Be confident that God has heard and answered!!

Have a blessed, prayer answered day!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Don't Waste Any More Time

By: Shari A. Miller

God and I had a little talk with the enemy of lies today.

Guess what we told him?

We told him, "To get out and don't waste any more of my time!"

I finally feel like I am at a point in my life where I finally get it, a point where I have learned an important lesson. One that I have preached far to often, and never quite grasped.

Worry wastes time. It steels us of our todays,  and causes us to lose sleep over our tomorrows. It accomplishes nothing but stress, heartache and sorrow.

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

The clock ticks away with it's never ending rhythm, and the days on the calender fly by so fast. 

Friends......are you with me? Together, lets stop this never ending cycle.

Let's turn in over to the Father. No take backs. Let's just leave it with him.

He's in charge. We are not. 

It's time to put our days to good use, by using them the way he intended. To live a life with whole abandonment to what was, as we put our trust in him. It's time to fill our days with purpose and passion as we live them completely sold out for the King.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Photo Credit: Rob and Stephanie Levy via photopin CC

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