Friday, August 29, 2014

A Note To A Momma

A Note To A Momma

As I sit down to write, I have a million thoughts swirling around in my head, but none of them seem to stick long enough to make a brilliant statement of greatness.  As a matter I fact, the only thing that sticks is this still small voice that says there’s a mom out there that needs to hear these words…You’re doing a great job!  It seems that days are weaved into weeks and months of the same fabric over and over:  Make a bottle, change a diaper, watch Caillou for the millionth time…wipe down the high chair and pick up the leftovers that the dogs missed, clean up the blocks and colors for the thousandth time today…find the missing Desitin, and once again, change a diaper that now needs to be delivered directly to the trash bin, kiss the owie that just happened when you turned for just a second, while putting a baby down for a nap…all the while your mind is thinking about all that needs to get done, wondering how the bills are going to get paid, and thinking the noise coming from the toddler’s room is going to be half a day’s work to clean up…Your emotions are all over the board and all you really want to do is lay down and take a nap because you were up most of the night with a teething baby and a two year old jumping on her bed reciting every word she’s learned in her 24 months of life on Earth….and you wonder…Is this it?  Is this how it is suppose to be?  I used to be able to complete a thought, but now I can’t even seem to be able to get my two year old to rest!  I’m so tired, but I need to grocery shop because I only have enough for one more day of bottles, and now I’m thinking dinner is a wash.  We’ll have to eat leftovers again.  I feel like such a failure with it all!
 So, to you, Momma, God sends you a message.  He wants you to know He loves you very much.  If you have a moment, look at the birds in the sky.  They’re there as a reminder to you that He cares so much more for you.  He sees you.  And just like that bird in the sky, He will never leave you.  He’s got this and He’s so proud of what you’re doing!  So much so, He entrusted you with some of His most prized possessions!  He sees how many diapers you’ve changed today and wants you to know each change is to remind you of His constant care for you.  Just like you constantly care for that little one, He gives you His constant care too.  He hasn’t left you, He’s cheering you on!  So don’t give up, Momma!  This too, sadly enough, shall pass.  And He’ll be with you every step of the way!



So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.



Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And [yet] not one of them is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.  But [even] the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be struck with fear orseized with alarm; you are of greater worth than many [flocks] of sparrows.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Storms...

by Debi Baker

"29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. 
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." 
Psalm 107:29-30 (NIV)

Most everyone I talk to anymore is struggling with some sort of storm in their life.  It seems everywhere we turn there is something that causes a whirlwind of emotion and craziness.  So how do we get through these 'whirlwinds?'   How do we make it from day to day when the world around us is out of control?


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Psalm 107:29-30 is basically telling us that trusting God will bring peace.  God will calm the storm in our life...He will still the waves and they will become calm...He will guide us to where we need to be.  Here's another thought on this...while God may calm the storm around you, more often He'll calm the storm within you.  

While life is indeed a whirlwind, the peace that God gives us...that peace which transcends ALL human imagination...will allow us to be calm during the storms.  If you feel like life around you is out of control, don't let it get the best of you!  Look to the Lord and let Him calm the storms in you...and as the storms in you are calmed, you may find that the whirlwind of life around you doesn't turn your world upside down!

Have a blessed day,




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cherish Every Moment

By: Shari A. Miller





Moments....

They slip through our fingers like sand. 

If we are not intentional with how we use every moment, they will get washed away, never to be seen again. Memories will be lost, and tasks left unfulfilled, if we don't learn to treasure the gift of life that God has given us.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:" ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

God has used this past month to remind me how true this verse is.

My precious mother, has been fighting Alzheimer's for the last two years. Within these past few weeks, her condition has worsened. Words don't come as easy any more, names and faces often elude her, and her eyes often drift away to a time of days gone bye.

My baby girl has been preparing for a new adventure as she starts college again and moves out on her own. It seems like yesterday, that I was teaching her ABC's and 123's.

No matter how much we would like to stop time, we can't. The ticking of the clock continues, and the hands move forever forward with each new day.

Each morning you wake up, spend time with the Lord, and ask him how he wants you to use your days, so that he could be glorified. Don't let time be used up with meaningless tasks, seize each day to the fullest with laughter and joy. Don't let the here and now slip away without breathing deep, and drinking in it's beauty and grace.

From this day forward, live the life God has given you, and live it well, cherishing each moment every step of the way.




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 26, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars


Recipe courtesy of 365DaysOfBakingAndMore
 By: Melissa Baker

Yield: makes one 8 X 8-inch dish

 Ingredients


  •  1 16 ounce package peanut butter sandwich cookies, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 8-ounce container Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 3.9 ounce package chocolate Jello-O Pudding Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate & peanut butter chips


Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a blender or food processor, finely crush 24 of the cookies.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and finely crushed cookies until well moistened. 4. Press into an ungreased 8 X 8-inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. Allow crust to cool completely before proceeding.
6. In the meantime, mix the package of pudding with the 1 1/2 cups of milk in a small bowl.
7. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and peanut butter together.
8. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip and mix until well blended.
9. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cooled crust.
10. Place dollops of cream cheese mixture over the pudding layer and with an offset spatula, gently spread to completely cover.
11. Spread remaining Cool Whip over the cream cheese. Refrigerate two hours.
12In a plastic bag, break up the 8 remaining cookies.
Sprinkle the cookies and chocolate / peanut butter chips over the top just before serving.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do You Just Feel Like His Roommate?

By: Jenifer Metzger

Do you ever feel like you and your husband are just co-existing in the same house? Like you are just going through the motions of living together? Then it's time to heat things up!

Do you feel like just his roommate? #marriage #wife #husband

Here are 10 ways to lose the roommate status:
  1. Kiss him like you mean it, every day!
  2. Sent him sweet text messages when he is away.
  3. Wink at him from across the room.
  4. Hold his hand.
  5. Flirt with him.
  6. Snuggle with him on the couch while he watches tv.
  7. Dress up for him, whether it's for going out or for staying in...
  8. Date regularly.
  9. That thing that drives him wild, you know, that thing, do it!
  10. Be his wife in a way only you can be.
What are other ways you can get close to your husband?