Thursday, July 28, 2016

Blessed are the peacemakers

by Debi Baker


"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called the sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 NKJV

The context of this verse is not particularly directed toward law enforcement personnel, however, it is the job of law enforcement to keep peace or to protect and serve. I know that there are those few bad apples that make all law enforcement look bad but the majority of policemen/women are good and honorable.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

In light of the recent attacks on many of our police officers, I feel like we need to be praying for them in a powerful way. When a law enforcement officer signs up for the job, he or she knows that they could very well be signing their own death warrant. Just as the military man or woman is willing to lay their life down for our freedoms, a policeman, fireman or first responder promises the same thing upon taking that oath.  

Unless they are doing something illegal, there is no reason for people to be afraid of law enforcement. Law enforcement officials are there to keep peace. Why are they suddenly being attacked and murdered? Because there is no respect for authority in this world we live in.  

It's time for us to help change that. Let's begin to show respect to others. Let's help bring a positive feeling about regarding law enforcement! If we can't respect the ones that are supposed to protect us, how can we respect anyone!

Have a blessed day...and please pray for those in the law enforcement community! They are blessed by God for they are part of the peacekeeping of society.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Light of Life

By: Shari A. Miller








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, July 26, 2016

Mexican Lasagna


Recipe and Image Courtesy of www.TasteOfHome.com
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • Sliced ripe olives, guacamole, chopped tomatoes and sour cream, optional

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the salsa, beans, enchilada sauce, chilies, taco seasoning and pepper; heat through.

2. Spread 1 cup meat mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with two tortillas, a third of the remaining meat mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture.

3. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with tortilla chips.

4. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with olives, guacamole, tomatoes and sour cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Let the peace of God rule in your heart...


"Let the peace of God rule in your heart" is easier said than done in the world we are living in right now.  Just scrolling through the divisive memes and snarky comments on many Facebook pages or checking in on what's happening in the news can seem to steal a person's peace, can't it?  Yet, if God tells us to let the peace of God rule in us, it must be possible.  Let's look at the verse in context and see if we can find some clues on just how we let the peace of God rule within.

Keys to being ruled by peace from Colossians, Chapter Three

  • Set your mind, and keep it set on what is above, the higher things, not on the things that are on the earth. (v.2) When the things of this world are robbing you of your peace and filling you with worry and anxiety and fear, reset your mind onto eternal things such as the fact that God is still ruling and reigning on His throne and over the nations. 
  • Your life is hidden with Christ in God. (v.3) You are wrapped up in the arms of Christ, surrounded by Him and His great love.  Peace comes when we realize that nothing can happen to you unless it gets through Him first.
  • Christ is coming again. (v.4) We may not know when, and theologians may argue the details, but the fact is that we serve a God who cannot lie, and He promised that the same resurrected Christ who the disciples saw ascend into heaven, will come again in like manner. What a promise, and what peace that truth gives!
  • Don't participate in things that rob you of your heart peace. (v.5-9) Sexual sin, greed, idolatry, anger, these are just a few of the sins this passage tells us to rid ourselves of. It's not because God is a killjoy and doesn't want us to have any fun, but because these things hurt us.  They rob us of the freedom, peace and joy that God wants us to experience as His children.
  • Clothe yourself with life-giving things. (v.10-12) In prayer put on Christ's mercy, humility, gentleness, patience and endurance.  Ask God to help you walk around all day, clothed in the attributes of Christ.
  • Walk in forgiveness. (v.13-14)  There is nothing that robs a person of peace as much as holding on to unforgiveness and fostering bitterness.  It's impossible to be ruled by peace and bitterness at the same time.  Forgiveness is an act of the will, a decision made not because the person who offended you earned or deserved it, but because you want to obey God.  Getting rid of bitterness, however, can take time. Submit daily to the work of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to pull out all the roots of bitterness that have grown in your heart. Cleanse your mind and heart continually by reading and meditating on the Word of God.  It's very healing for your wounded spirit.
  • Live as one body with your brothers and sisters in Christ. (v. 15) The scripture says that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name that Christ is there with them.  The Bible doesn't say, but I've found it to be frequently true, that wherever two to three are gathered together there will be disagreement!  Strife and disunity and division are definitely peace robbers.  It is essential that Christians believe and agree on the basics, like salvation through Jesus Christ alone, and the inerrancy, inspiration and authority of the Bible, but that still leaves a whole lot of things that believers won't see eye to eye about.  It's then that we have to learn to live as one body by agreeing to disagree agreeably.
  • Be thankful. (v. 15) Did you know that ingratitude is a blessing robber? (Deuteronomy 28:47 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) It's also a peace robber.  How can your mind and heart be ruled by peace if it's full of mumbling and murmuring and complaining about the life God has given you?
  • Let God's Word dwell in your richly. (v. 16) What peace we'd have if our thoughts were ruled by the truth of God's Word instead of by what's trending on Facebook or the news!  Why not start by reading Psalm 119 and writing down in your journal all the beneficial things God's Word, (this chapter also uses the words laws and testimonies), does in your life.  It's amazing how beneficial God's Word is for us!
  • Minister to others. (v. 16)  Peace comes when we aren't self absorbed but are pouring out the good things God's doing in us on others.  This verse tells us to share the riches of God's Word with others.
  • Sing and worship. (v. 16) Make melody to God this verse instructs us.  Nothing sets a heart right like worshiping in song!
  • Do everything as unto the Lord. (v. 17, 23, 24) It's easy to lose your peace when you've finally finished all the laundry, but then you walk into the closet and see a pile of dirty clothes left behind by your beloved.  The mind wants to go to thoughts like this, "He thinks I'm his slave.  He can't even bother to put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket.   Murmur, murmur, murmur, grumble, grumble, grumble."  Whether it's housework, changing diapers, dealing with others on the job, or volunteering in the church nursery, developing a mindset that I'm going to do my best and do it with a good attitude as if I'm doing it for the Lord is what we're told to do in these verses.  The good news is that God promises to reward us for doing our work with this mindset!
  • Live in God's divine order. (v. 18-22) God runs everything in His universe in divine order.  There's nothing confusing or chaotic in how He works.  Before sin entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, divine order was automatic in the family. God was in charge of the beautiful creation He had made and Adam and Eve lived in perfect communion and union with Him and one another.  After they sinned, what was formerly automatic, living in divine order, had to be instructed to Adam and Eve. Colossians 3 gives us some more detail of how we can live in loving divine order within the family. Not living and loving in the family the way God wants us to brings chaos and lack of peace.
Isn't it wonderful that when God tells us to let His peace rule, He gives us such practical revelation of how to do it?  He's such a good Father!  He truly wants us to live peace filled lives, even in the midst of the chaos in this world. 

still following,



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Love...Perfect Love

by Debi Baker

"18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear 
involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18 NKJV


This verse is one that needs to be pasted all over the place right now.  We need to remember that love goes a long way.  Loving instead of judging!  Loving instead of wanting our own way!  Loving instead of ignoring!  

This way of the world today is a sad.  It's time to stop being a 'ME' world and get back to caring about others.  It's time to make someone else feel good about themselves and stop putting ourselves first!

I challenge you today to simply love.  Show love to someone you normally would think of as 'unlovable.'  God loves us all.  Take that knowledge today and share it with those around you.  Share a smile.  Offer to help someone.  Go out of your way for someone else.

If you spend the day doing this, I'll bet you sleep better tonight!!

Have a blessed day loving others!!
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