Thursday, August 27, 2015

Close Encounters with God...

by Debi Baker

God has been dealing with me so much lately.  The problem is the topic.  See, I don't know what to do to 'fix' the thing He wants fixed in anyone other than myself.  Oh, I've been preaching and preaching on this subject and the congregation will amen throughout the message, however, there isn't any change!

What am I to do?  I know that God wants to get churches out of their 4 walls and into the 'highways & byways.'  I know that God is tired of people sitting around in their pew on Sunday morning and then after church they get up and leave and go about the rest of the week with NO CHANGE.

Close encounters with God.

I know deep down in my knower that God is speaking to this world today.  It's way past time for us to 'get serious' about Him.  Time is short and we must be about our Father's business!  Am I saying we can't have fun?  No.  I am simply saying that every breath we take should be taken doing the work of God.  Jesus' return in the clouds is at hand!  Even if we don't really care about strangers, every one of us has unsaved loved ones.  Do we want them to miss heaven?  I don't!  I want each and every member of my family & friends to know Jesus Christ and to have a personal relationship with Him!!

We don't have the promise of tomorrow...the trumpet could sound at any moment!  With that being said, isn't it time for us to seek the face of God?  Adam had the privilege of seeing God face to face in the Garden of Eden...until He and Eve disobeyed.  Abraham had close encounters with God; the most amazing of which was when God told him to take his son, Isaac, and sacrifice him on an altar.  Isaac was his long waited for and prayed for blessing and now God says to sacrifice him!!  Being the man of faith that he was, Abraham never questioned God, he just followed directions.  Because of his obedience, God rewarded him by encountering him just before Isaac was killed!  I told my church yesterday that I believe Abraham and Isaac had 'church' at that altar that day!

Abraham loved God so much that he was willing to obey to the nth degree!  Hmm...sounds just like God who loves US so much that He willingly sacrificed His son for us!

When we have these close encounters with God they will be life changing.  But then again, maybe that's why we aren't having them...because we like our life just like it is and we don't want it to change.  Well, my friend, if you aren't willing to let God change your life, you aren't going to be able to let Him change your future!!  Think about some of the encounters people of the Bible had with God.  Imagine how amazing your life would be if you would have those kinds of encounters with God...instead of just warming a pew on Sunday mornng!

Thought for today:  Am I willing to truly have a close encounter with God NO MATTER what He does with and in my life?


Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Legacy are You Leaving?

By: Shari A. Miller


Please don't forget to stop by our Cap Creations Giveaway, for your chance to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to their store!


Sometimes we all think that we have all the time in the world.

Time to visit a loved one tomorrow, time to play catch with our sons another day, time to get down on the floor and play dolls as we here our daughter's laughter echoing throughout the house.

The truth is we don't even know if we have tomorrow. Nothing is a guarantee.


I don't know if you've heard about a knew app that's out, called Periscope. I's a live streaming app that allows you to talk to friends in all places of the world. You can go from the the states, to Paris, London, Germany, and back to the states again within the blink of an eye.  It's an absolutely   wonderful tool that allows you to grow your business, learn about the world, and gain Christian encouragement all at the same time.

However.

It can also be something else. A huge distraction.

Just like all new electronic advances that are out there, it can take precious time away from our families.

The other day I was watching a very talented woman talk about her cake baking business, while her precious children were vying for her attention. My heart broke. Each time they approached her she waived them off with a not now sweetie. I wanted to wave my red flag through the screen and say, "No, Stop! You think this is just a one time experience, but the one time of telling them to go away can quickly turn into two, and before you know it the years have past and they are grown and gone."

What are we gonna do about it moms?

What kind of legacy will we be leaving for our children? One in which we are present and focused on them, our one in which we are focused on everything but.

Now, please hear me out.  I'm not saying all apps or advances in technology are bad. What I'm saying is, before we even start, we have to draw a line in the sand as to how much we will use them.

Once we become intentional with our time, we can then begin to look at what type of legacy we will be leaving.

For me, the following are just some of the ways I have found that work, when I am being more intentional and working on leaving a legacy for my family.

1. We need to examine and keep consistent in our relationships with God. We need to meet with Him daily, being in His Word and praying so we can seek what His will is for out lives, and how He wants us to mature in Him. If we don't meet with Him daily it is so easy to let things slide and let the enemy take a foothold. When we are in constant communion with the Savior it's easier to listen to His voice and obey His call.

2. When we meet with God we need to ask Him what type of goals He wants us to be working towards. When we set goals, and actually write them out and put them somewhere where they can easily be seen, it's a great reminder of where our hearts and minds need to be. These goals can range to anything and everything, from how we want to spend time with our family, what types of values and characteristics that we want to instill in our children, to what our personal and business goals look like.

3.  Once we've had consistent daily time with God, and set out our goals for our life's direction we need to make sure that after God, family comes second in our lives. Absolutely nothing should take the place of our family. Enjoy your babies while you have them. Let the house work and the extra activities wait. Let them see that other than God, and your husband, they mean more to you than anything.

These are just a few of the ways that you can practice on working to make a memorable legacy for your loved ones and others around you.  In what ways do you practice leaving an intentional legacy for your children?

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6





It is time for the 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 or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday

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1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. Link back to W2W somewhere in your post. (Feel free to use our button if you want!)
3. Visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peach Freezer Jam

By: Melissa Baker

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened white grape or apple juice
  • One 1.75-ounce package no-sugar-needed fruit pectin (or 3 tablespoons from a jar)
  • 5 to 6 medium peaches, peeled, diced and coarsely pureed in the food processor (3 cups of puree)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Five 8-ounce freezer-safe glass jelly jars & lids (cleaned and dried)
Peach freezer jam. #recipe #peach #jam
Recipe & Image courtesy of Recipegirl.com

Directions:


1. Heat the juice in a medium saucepan at medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Whisk in the pectin. 2. Continue to whisk until dissolved. Keep at a hard boil for 1 minute. 
3. Stir in 3 cups of peach puree, sugar and cinnamon. Bring back to a boil and keep at a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup with a spout for pouring (it will be very liquidy). Divide the hot mixture between the 5 jars, leaving 1/2-inch room at the top of each jar (room for expansion during the freezing process). 
5. Place the tops on the jars and let them sit at room temperature until they are completely cooled off (12 to 24 hours). Put one jar in your refrigerator to use now, and put the rest in your freezer to use later!
TIPS:
*You can use the little disposable Glad plastic containers, just in case you don't wish to go out and purchase special jars for this recipe!
*Keep a single, opened jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Jars may be kept frozen for up to 1 year.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Giveaway Fun!

By: Jenifer Metzger

Today we have a super fun giveaway for you!

The very sweet Cathy from Cap Creations is offering a $50 gift certificate to a Woman to Woman reader! That's an amazing gift!


I found Cap Creations about 6 years ago and fell in love with their beautiful metal hand stamped jewelry. I have 2 pieces right now and alternate between the 2 wearing 1 almost every single day. Here are the 2 pieces I have:

Family Number

Gather Around

I love my necklace that says Metzger 6 and my Gather Around that has all 6 of our names. I actually had lost my Gather Around necklace this summer. I was so upset about it that my husband spent 3 hours helping me find it. Thankfully we did find it and I have worn it almost every day since.

Each metal stamped piece comes with a beautiful pearl. Cap Creations also has earrings, bracelets, keychains and even something for your kids. Check out these wooden pendants for the kids:


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Head over to Cap Creations and browse around all the beautiful jewelry! To enter to win the $50 gift certificate, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.




Friday, August 21, 2015

10 Ways to Calm the Morning Rush

By: Jenifer Metzger

Most schools are back in session or are starting very soon. Our family homeschools and we started back on August 12th. Whether you homeschool, attend private school or attend public school, the morning rush can be hectic.

Having a hectic morning is good for no one. It causes cranky kids and a stressed mom.

Today we want to share a few tips to help calm the morning rush.

10 ways to calm the morning rush. #parenting #family #backtoschool

  1. Prepare what you can the night before. Have showers done at night, not morning, and have their clothes and back pack laid out and completely ready before they go to bed at night. This will trim your time down and help things go more smoothly. We get everything from undergarments to jewelry out. It really does help.