Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pray Some More

By: Shari A. Miller

The place where I'm happiest, and most comfortable, is when I'm in Jesus' presence pouring my heart out to him in prayer. It brings a soothing balm to my soul.

There are times when life gets very hard and I feel as if the prayers I utter just don't seem to be getting through. But, I know better than to believe this. I know it's a lie from the enemy trying to hinder my relationship with God.

When I feel that I can't hear God, or that he is far away, one thing I have learned is to.....pray some more.



In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, God's Word tells us to, "pray without ceasing."

It doesn't tell us to pray when we feel like it, or when things aren't going well, it says to pray ALL the time.

When we continue to pray, we're in obedience to his word, and he will honor us for that. 

When we continually turn to him, instead of doubt and worry, he will grant us peace. 2 Thessalonians 3:16a, states, "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way."

Friends, don't give up when the answers don't seem to be coming, or when trials seem overwhelming. Focus on God and not the problem and he will carry you through.

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers 



It is time for our 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, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

Three rules to this link up:
1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. You must link back to W2W somewhere in your post.
3. You must visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fiesta Pork Chop and Rice Bake


By: Melissa Baker
Recipe courtesy of Six Sisters Stuff

This is a recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while now. I have seen several variations of this recipe, using different ingredients and substitutes. If you are not a fan of pork, you can use chicken instead. It looks and sounds extremely tasty! I can't wait to give this recipe a try!!

Ingredients:
  • 6-7 pork chops (boneless chops that are about 1/2" thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilis
  • 1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper.
3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and brown pork chops (about 2-3 minutes each side, turning once).
4. Spray a 13x9" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the chicken broth, tomato sauce, green chilis, taco seasoning, uncooked rice, and onion; mix together until completely incorporated.
5. Place the pork chops on top of the rice mixture and top with the green and red peppers. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for about 60 minutes or until the rice is tender.
6. Remove from oven and top with cheese. Let the cheese melt for a couple of minutes and then enjoy!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Too Busy For My Marriage

When was the last time you and your husband went on a date?

When was the last time you and your husband sat down and had a meaningful conversation?

When was the last time you and your husband really connected?

Life is busy. I totally get that. Some days I feel like I don't even have the time to breathe so where I am going to find extra time to give to someone else?

No matter how busy we find ourselves, marriage should be at the top of our priority list. Right under relationship with God. If you are too busy for your husband, you need reevaluate your priorities.

Too busy for marriage? Time to reevaluate your priorities! #marriage

If you are finding that you are too busy to really connect with your husband each day, something has got to change. And that change will start with you. Don't wait for life to slow down. Don't wait for the kids to grow up. Don't even wait for your husband to make the change. Be the change.

  • Every single day tell your husband that you love him.
  • Every single day kiss him like you mean it.
  • Every single day spend at least 15 minutes talking to your husband.
  • Every single week take at least 1 hour to really talk to each other.
  • Every single month take at least 1 date night.

What else would you add?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Introducing

At Woman to Woman, we are excited about a new day of ministry! Beginning next week, and every fourth Sunday, we will have Scripture Sunday.

#Scripture #Sunday

I am thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of the Woman to Woman team, Kasey Johnson. Kasey will be our Scripture Sunday lady.


When Kasey isn't teaching Social Studies and Language Arts to middle-schoolers she is a student of life at home with her husband Matt and their three boys. Kasey's latest Bible Study, Mom Essentials, is a fantastic resource for any mom hoping to return to the essentials of life and focus on what matters most - her relationship with Christ and her family. Learn more about Kasey at Smarter-Moms.


Connect with Kasey: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Email

Please help us welcome Kasey!



Friday, August 15, 2014

A Mom's Perspective on Depression

A Mom’s Perspective on Depression
                                                                   By Angie Ketcham


This week, I’ve spent a lot of time in contemplative mode about life and death due to the myriad of articles written in regard to the suicidal passing of Robin Williams.  Although I’ve never been personally touched by a close, personal experience with suicide, anytime I hear of such a tragedy, I try to figure out where I stand on the issue and what perspective I should have as a Christian mother and leader in the church. 

I would like to be able to say because I’m a Christian that depression has never been a part of my life.  But the truth is that there have been some really low times in my life that I have walked through the “valley of the shadow of death” that is talked about in Psalm 23.  As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet that most people have, at some point, suffered with periods in their lives of sorrow, grief and despair.  Life lets us down.  Hormones wreak havoc on our bodies and minds.  Even the strongest person can be broken down when depression rears its ugly head.  Young mamas too often experience post partum depression, and we won’t even talk about the hormonal upset that takes place from “the change”.  Then, sometimes it is external factors that cause great sadness within us.  All of these are very real feelings.  So, what does the Word of God have to say concerning depression?

The most important thing to remember is that you are never alone.  God is always with you.  God’s Word says in Romans 8:39, “Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”  What a great promise!  While we tend to focus on the waves that are overtaking us, Jesus wants us to focus and call on Him.  We do not serve a God who is just going to sit back while we are overtaken by life’s drowning problems.  God’s word says in Matthew 14:29-31, “when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink.  “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.  Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him.”  We serve a God who will reach down into any place, if we call on His name, and he will deliver us, love us and set us back on to dry land to continue our walk with Him.  God’s word says in 2 Samuel  22:20, “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.”  He wants us to trust Him no matter what we are going through.  The Word of God is filled with promises of Hope and Joy.  The Word tells us to take captive every thought and put it into submission to the Word of God. (2  Corinthians 10:5).  When we are practicing this daily, Satan has no chance to put a stronghold on us or other members of our family that are affected by our depression or are experiencing their own depression.


I read one article that talked about one thing that is absent in the presence of depression: Joy.  As Christians, we should choose joy.  And, I add to that, Hope.  Without Hope and Joy, we are no different than the rest of the world that is living in darkness, trying to find their way out.  It is not always easy to find hope and joy when the flesh is not seeing it, feeling it, or living it.  But, we must make it a priority to cast down those things that do not align with the Word of God, take captive those thoughts, and fill our minds back up with more of the Word.  Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are righteous, whatsoever things lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think of these things.”  With God’s help we can overcome the things that keep us from being the best wives, mothers, pastors, friends, and people that God created us to be!