Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Having Faith in God {24 Hours at a Time}

By: Shari A. Miller


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NIV)


God's been teaching me a valuable lesson these past few months.

He's been teaching me to have faith in him each and every day.

Various circumstances such as mounting medical bills, the high cost of medications, a week off work without pay due to illness, and hours being cut at my husband's work, have really caused us to tighten our purse strings, and dig down deep to see what were made of.

Let me tell you. It has not been easy.

I know I'm not the only one to walk this road. The only one to have problems in her life. 

However, I am here to say that it has taught me something new.

Through the frustration, through the times of being scared, he's peeling away layers of who I am a little at a time. 

He's peeling away the fear, peeling away the doubts, peeling away self. 

Day by day. A little at a time. I am learning. Learning lessons.

One day, the fear and angst may rise, and God guides me back into my place, telling me that worry is not the way. And the next day when trials hit me smack dab in the face, I'm learning to have faith in him instead. 

Each day, 24 hours at a time, I'm trusting him for our needs. I'm trusting him to provide for what we need and not necessarily what we want.

It's a process, and one that I am grateful for. Because he is molding me into his image. Molding me into who he wants me to be.

What about you? Has God placed you in a difficult season? What has he been teaching you? 

Remember the season won't last forever. Take it a day at a time. There's light at the end of the tunnel as you trust him 24 hours at a time.


“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)




Photo Credit: Jyrki Salmi via photopin CC,


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, October 21, 2014

S'mores Cheesecake


Recipe courtesy of TastyKitchen.com


By: Melissa Baker


Ingredients:

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 2-½ cups Graham Crackers Crumbs, Plus Extra For Optional Garnish
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ¾ cups Melted Butter
  • 1 cup Miniature Marshmallows
  • ½ cups Warmed Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping, Plus Extra For Optional Garnish
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 16 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 14 ounces, fluid Sweetened, Condensed Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Miniature Chocolate Chips
  • 1-½ cup Miniature Marshmallows, Divided Use



Preparation:

Crust:
In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Stir until all combined. Pour into a 10-inch springform pan. Pat mixture up the sides and on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup mini marshmallows then drizzle with fudge topping. Chill while preparing the cheesecake.
Filling:
Combine cream cheese and condensed milk in a mixer on low speed until smooth. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, until blended, but do not over mix. Stir in chocolate chips and 1 cup of marshmallows. Pour over crust and bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes or until almost set. Sprinkle with an additional ½ cup of mini marshmallows and return to oven for about 5 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown and puffed.
Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen. Chill overnight then remove sides of pan. Just before serving, break up pieces of graham cracker and stick in the top, and then drizzle with more warmed fudge topping.





Monday, October 20, 2014

Pure Eyes, Clean Heart {Part 2}

*Warning: Today's subject has to do with p*rn. You may wish to not read with the little ones over your shoulder.

Last week we discussed how p*rnography hurts. This week we will continue our conversation...

The statistics are terrifying. Too many are struggling with this horrible evil known as p*rn. And sadly, too many think it's okay. We justify our sins by saying things like, all men do it, it's not actually touching someone, I know other Christians who do it and are okay with it, and the Bible doesn't say not to.  But all we are doing is making ourselves feel okay about the wrong we are doing.

Matthew 5:28 tells us, But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Looking at p*rn is looking lustfully at a woman, therefore it is committing adultery according to the Word of God. 

Dealing in p*rn is also a self-control issue. We need to control our emotions, desires and urges. When we marry, we are fully committing to our spouse for life. This means when we have desires and urges s*xually, we need to control our self until we can turn to our spouse.

It all goes back to the heart. Are we seeking a closer relationship with God? If so, we need to remove anything that blocks our path to Him. P*rn definitely blocks the path to God.

Craig Ferguson says in his new book Pure Eyes, Clean Heart, "If I am going to lead my wife and kids, I must first allow myself to be led by God. It's not that I'm going to be sinless or never make a mistake. But I want to cultivate the desire to be pure and to live according to God's will, not my own cravings."

Pure eyes, clean heart. #porn is a horrible evil. One family shares their struggle of overcoming it. #pureeyescleanheart #pureeyes


Pure Eyes, Clean Heart is an amazing resource for any couple who has or is struggling with this addiction -or any addiction. Craig and Jennifer Ferguson share their own personal journey and real encouragement to break the chain of p*rnography. If you, your spouse or a friend is struggling, please check this book out. Let's break those chains and change those horrify statistics!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness





Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by Angie Ketcham
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So, I thought it fitting that my story be told today to all those mommas out there (or even those who aren’t mommas).  Very few lives have not been touched with this cancer in one way or another.  My grandma had breast cancer in her early 50s resulting in a mastectomy of her left breast.  I remember as a young child seeing her scarred chest, not old enough to realize just what those lines actually cost her.  We would often play with her silicone replacement that would be sitting on her dresser at night, in total oblivion of the sacrifice she made at the hands of this terrible monster called breast cancer.  I remember precious times, like the way she used to hold me in her arms and rest my head on her breast and sing “Amazing Grace” or another song as if singing in the presence of Jesus himself.  All these thoughts swirled in my mind today as I heard these two words.

Two lumps.  That was the doctor’s report today.  I had come in because there was a sore area on my breast that was causing me concern.  It wasn’t anything unusual, as I consistently have cystic activity that causes discomfort on a monthly basis.  But this time, the discomfort wasn’t going away.  So, I went in today.  The outcome was not what I thought it was going to be.  There were two lumps that need to be checked.  Wow.  So, today my thoughts have been thinking about what this could mean for me.

I couldn’t help but think of the life that has been given through my breasts.  It’s what gave both my babies nourishment the first year of their lives.  It’s where my restless toddler would lay his weary head saying, “Crawl me up, Momma,” as we slid up to his pillow snuggled so close.  It’s where my crying teenage daughter would seek comfort from her first experience with mean girls.  And yet, here I am, faced with the possibility of the loss of something that is a part of who I am. 

So, my journey is just beginning.  I’m praying for a positive report, an unnecessary scare, but I can’t help but be reminded of all you mommas out there that may be struggling with nursing issues (you know who you are) and feeling discouraged today.  Don’t forget to be thankful for the moments you’ve been given to give life to your children.  Enjoy each moment with them, even if it’s not going the way you expected it to.  And don’t forget to perform self-checks each month.  Early detection is the key with breast cancer.  If you notice anything different or uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to get in to your doctor.  It could just save your life.




by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.


a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.


Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.


True Blessedness ] As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What to do when you are in a battle...


"15 ...This is what the Lord says:  Do not be afraid! … for the battle is not
yours, but God’s…17 But you will not even need to fight.  Take your
positions; then stand still and watch the Lord's victory. He is with you,
people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!"
2 Chronicles 20:15; 17

Last week I told you about a Bible Study we are doing in Church on Wednesday nights.  It's on the 'names of God.'  It is a wonderful study and I am glad to share with you.  Knowing the different names of God help us to learn more about His character and love for us!  The week we dug deeper into  "El."  The word 'El' means God of Power and Might; Strong One or Might One.  It even carries the meaning of 'Hero!'  

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We read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.  It is a powerful passage about King Jehoshaphat.  At this time, several armies had declared war on Israel.  Jehoshaphat was frightened and ordered the people to begin fasting and he went to the Lord in prayer.  It was in that prayer that God spoke to him and said the verses above.  I love how God...El...the God of Power and Might; the Strong and Mighty One says "Do not be afraid! … for the battle is not yours, but God’s."  He went on to tell the King and all Israel that they were to STAND STILL and WATCH as God took the victory!  They didn't have to even fight...they just were to stand and see God work!  

In verse 21, "21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor.  This is what they sang:  'Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!'"

And I love the end of this little story...they people didn't have to fight...remember they just stood still as saw the victory of the Lord...when the battle was over, they were there to take the spoils.  God gave them victory AND prizes.  God truly is a Hero!!!

So, as you see a battle in front of you...know that the battle is not yours, but God's!  Do what Jehoshaphat did...Fast, Pray, Rally for Support (seek Godly counsel), Praise and then Stand!

Take a few minutes and read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 and see how mighty our God is!!!

Have a blessed day!