Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Daily Decision to Follow Christ

By: Shari A. Miller

I've often wondered why it is so difficult to have consistency in life. What I mean by this is.....being consistent with what should matter most in our lives. 

We know in our hearts what should be most important, Christ first, family second, then work and friends third. However, life can throw us curve balls, blindside us, and take us off guard and we quickly forget.

The only thing that can help when life gets topsy turvy, is to make a full on conscious decision every day to follow Christ.

"Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." - Matthew 16:24

We must come to the reality that the need to follow Christ daily is just as important as it is to breath. As we breath in our lungs fill with life giving air, likewise when we breath in the reality of Christ and His written Word, our souls fill with life giving strength and energy to make it through the day. We have to give ourselves daily reminders that Christ must come first, because if we choose to put Him last, and get overwhelmed with the events of the day, that will make us feel even less powerful as we try to face the days struggles on our own.

Do whatever it takes to make sure you follow Christ above all else. Whether it's setting alarms to remind yourself to dig into the Word and pray, or possibly putting up sticky notes to remind yourself to give Christ first place in your day, or even enlisting an accountability partner to make sure you stay on course.

If it hasn't already become practice in your life, give yourself at least 5 minutes a day to do 3 things.

  1. Pray
  2. Read God's Word
  3. Worship      
When you do these 3 things every day it'll leave you with a desire for wanting more and more. This daily decision will leave your cup overflowing as you grow in your relationship with Him.

Won't you join me friends as we daily decide to follow Him?

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12

I have decided to follow Jesus

  1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    I have decided to follow Jesus;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  2. Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
    Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
    Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  3. The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    The world behind me, the cross before me;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  4. Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    Though none go with me, still I will follow;
    No turning back, no turning back.
  5. Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
    No turning back, no turning back.

- S. Sundar Singh

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

German Chocolate Macaroons

Recipe courtesy of

  • 5⅓ cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
Chocolate Topping
  • Melt 4 ounces sweet chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
Sweetened Condensed milk topping
  • 6 ounces sweetened condensed milk

  1. Place sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler until slightly thickened (About 45 minutes). Keep warm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease and lightly flour the cookie sheet.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Toss and mix well. Add egg whites and nuts and mix well.
  5. Using a round tablespoon drop macaroons onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 23 minutes or until golden brown on top. Place on cooling rack.
  7. Melt chocolate with shortening in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until chocolate is melted. Drizzle chocolate over macaroons.
Then Drizzle thickened sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

And He shall reign forever and ever...

This summer my husband spoke at a church conference in London.  What a wonderful blessing it was to participate in this conference and to visit London.  Of all of the amazing sights we crammed into our nine days there, one of the most meaningful was our visit to Westminster Abbey.  No photography is allowed inside, but if you've watched any of the royal weddings you have some idea of the splendor of this place of worship.  I was particularly moved by seeing the burial place of missionary David Livingstone as well as the burial place of my favorite composer, George Handel.  However, what impacted me the most were the words of Revelation 11:15 written on the wall of this abbey, the place of the coronation of the kings and queens of Britain down through the centuries. 

 "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord,
 and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever."

What a profound reminder that the kingdoms of this world will pass away, with all of their strength and power as well as their faults and frailties.  Yet, the God Who created the heavens and the earth, who still keeps watch over the nations, who always has His eye on the evil and the good, His reign will never end.  One day we will see Him make wrong things right here on planet earth.  What a day that will be when the kingdoms of this world are ruled by Him, when all tears are wiped away, when the lion and the lamb live at peace with one another, and He reigns forever and ever.  I'm longing for that day!

still following,

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Gift of Being Mom

I want to speak directly to you moms out there. Moms who work full or part part time jobs, stay at home moms, moms who are facing intense trials with a child, moms who are walking on the mountain top rejoicing with their kids, moms of adult children or toddlers, moms who are tired, moms who are rejuvenated; those who are overwhelmed and those who are energetic. These next few minutes are for YOU.

Do you know how important your role is? Do you know what a high calling you have placed on you?Do you know that your child looks to you for love, security and acceptance? Do you know that your words can determine the course of your child's day? That the look on your face every time you look at them plays an important role in their self worth? You are irreplaceable. You are valuable. You matter. God chose YOU to be the momma to the children you have, whether your children are from your own womb, foster care or were chosen to nurture, love, teach, guide, challenge, grow, cheer on and lead your children! Stop for a second and name all of your children one by one.  Say their names slowly and think about each one's giftings, the way they make you smile, the way they may make you cry, the things they struggle with, the things about them that make you giggle, the things that make each one of them unique. Abby. Morgan. Cole. Mackenzie. Gavin. Chloe. The names of the children that God gave me to mother. The names of the most precious people to me. I was never given the chance to be the earthly mother to our Chloe, but I carried her for 9 months, held her in my arms and continue to deeply deeply love her, even though she is in the arms of her Heavenly Father. Maybe you have your own "Chloe." If so, my heart weeps with you. But even her life was a gift. Each of my children are a gift from a God who loves me enough to entrust me with such greatness! What are the names of your gifts?

You are a powerful force in your children's lives. Will you fail? Yes. Scream occasionally? Probably. Miss a soccer game or forget to send a sack lunch to school on sack lunch day? More than likely.  Welcome to human-ness. I constantly see the words "mom fail" on social media from guilt ridden mommas when these minor situations happen. Those aren't mom fails. Those are natural, human moments that we all have. I have forgotten to pick my child up at preschool more times than I would care to admit. I have let my son wear his Spiderman mask in Wal Mart which in turn scared many little children. I've sent my kids to school with less than desirable hair on picture day, and sent Ramen noodles and Doritos in their lunches as their only source of nutrition. This speaks nothing of my parenting. And your mistakes speak nothing of your worth as a mommy either. Give yourself a break, you are human. Remember, you are your own worst critic. Lots of other mommas probably look at you with respect and think, "wow....shes such a great mom!"

Don't downplay the importance of who you are in the lives of your children. Don't forget that your children are a gift. God could have chosen anyone else in this world to give them too, but He didn't. He chose you. With your yoga pants and ponytail or heels and a dress. With your professional job or your days at home cooking and cleaning. In the book of James we are told that every good and perfect gift is given from the Father above. Your kids are gifts, and you are a gift to them. Take time today to reflect on the good gift that they are. One of my favorite quotes is, "Your children will become who are you; so be who you want them to be." So moms, give yourself some grace. And don't be so busy that you miss out on the greatness of being a mommy. Because having someone call you mom, is a beautiful treasure; an invaluable gift.


Thursday, October 1, 2015


by Debi Baker

So many people think that it is a sin to have emotions.  Well, I got to thinking about that and have decided that since we are supposed to be like Jesus, then it must not be a sin to have emotions.  The sin would be 'what we do with those emotions.'

Jesus was a man of many emotions.  He felt compassion. Jesus was angry. He was troubled.  He grieved; He wept; He groaned; He rejoiced very greatly and was full of joy; Jesus loved.  These are just some of the emotions that Jesus experienced.  He was fully man and yet fully God.  The 'man' part of Him was all that man is, and that includes emotional.

Even though Jesus experienced emotions, He was fully in control of those emotions.  He didn't let His anger get out of control.  He didn't let His emotions rule Him.  It's okay to be angry.  In fact the Bible tells us to "26 Be angry but do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down on your anger." [Ephesians 4:26 MEV]  Harboring that anger becomes sin.  

We can be full of joy but if we let that joy become a nuisance to others in the face of their despair, then it becomes sin.  We need to be compassionate towards others...feeling what they feel, caring for them and not pushing their feelings aside.

Jesus wept...more than once.  It is OKAY to cry.  It's not okay to let the reasons we cry rule our life.  Of course we will be sad when a loved one dies but we have to move on beyond that.  And I doubt that loved one would want us to 'stop living' just because they have passed on.  Now I'm not being crass...just honest!  Crying because we are saddened at the plight of the world, there isn't anything wrong with that.  In fact, we should let that sadness move us to action.

I think we should always allow our emotions to move us to action.  There is nothing that happens without passion.  Think about this.  One woman, for the most part, single-handedly, got prayer taken out of our schools.  How?  Because she was passionate about it.  That passion moved her to 'do something.'  If we Christians would allow our emotions and passion move us to 'do something', think of what could be accomplished for the Lord!!!!

I challenge you today to let your emotions move you to passion and then let that passion move you into ACTION!  Like the Matthew West song says...DO SOMETHING!!  If you haven't heard the song in a while, I've put a link below.  

Have a blessed day!
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