Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hear my cry, O God...

Debi Baker

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;

I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
Psalm 61 1-4 NKJV

These 4 verses say so much! It's an amazing prayer to the Father! The Psalmist is crying out to God to hear his prayer. He says 'attend to my prayer.' He's simply emphasizing that he wants God to listen to his prayer. He wants to make sure God hears how committed he is to Him. The Psalmist is emphatic! He is absolutely in love with the Lord and wants to be where He is.

Hear my cry, O God and lead me to the Rock. #thursdaythoughts #Bible
Photo Credit - Karen Johnson, cousin to Debi Baker
This is my prayer! I want God to hear me just as David did! I want God to know that His presence overwhelms me; that I know He is my shelter. He is my protector from the enemy! I will ever rest in His presence!

How about you? Does this passage speak your heart? Or is there a different verse or verses that speak your heart? Please comment below and share your verse; we'd love to hear from you!!

Have a blessed day!!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How To Get The Most Out of Bible Reading

By: Jenifer Metzger

Bible study is vital to your Christian walk. The Word of God is one part, the other being prayer, of our communication with God. But knowing how to study the Bible isn't always easy.

I've shared before 5 ways to study and understand the Bible. To read the details of each each step, click HERE.
1. Read the information before the book.
2. Utilize YouVersion.
3. Read the commentary.
4. Cross reference.
5. Journal.

But today I wanted to share with you how to get the absolute most out of reading your Bible. It's simple really.

Pray.

How to get the most out of Bible reading. #Bible #Biblestudy #w2wwordfilledwednesday

Pray before you open your Bible. Ask God make your heart tender and ready to accept what He wants you to learn. Ask God to help you see, really see what the Word says. Ask Him to help you understand what you are reading and to know how you need to apply it to your life.

Then pray again after you read your Bible. Thank God for His Words. Thank Him for speaking to you in this way. Ask Him to help you meditate on what you read throughout the day as it comes to mind. Ask Him again to help you know how to apply it to your life.

Prayer is the key to really getting something out of reading the Bible.

Do you make a point to pray before and after you read the Word? If not, will you start? Share your own experiences in the comments.





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

Three rules to this link up:
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.

Woman to Woman Ministries

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad


Recipe and Image courtesy of wwwmMyRecipes.com

Ingredients:


  • 5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sweet salad cube pickles, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 to 2 tsp. celery salt
  • 4 drops of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions:

1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes. Peel potatoes, and place in a large bowl. Add eggs, and chop mixture into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with salt; toss to coat.
2. Stir together mayonnaise and next 13 ingredients; gently stir into potato mixture. Sprinkle with paprika; add black pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 2 days.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Your Love Story

By: Jenifer Metzger

Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite. #lovestory #marriage #marriagemonday #wife #husband #love

You've probably heard this quote before. Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite. We hear love stories all of the time. From movies, tv, books, friends, family members and even strangers. We ooh and aah over the romantic details. We fall in love with the idea of this sweet love.

The idea of this love story has gotten a little out of hand. No longer can a man just ask a woman to marry him or a young man just ask a young woman to a dance. It has to be a big show. There has to be some big display of love for all to see. Then everyone else feels they have to outdo and the show continues. We soon become discontent with our own proposal or love story. It's not at all that there is anything wrong with these big displays. They are great. But so are smaller, more personal displays. It's not the size of display or the audience or price tag, it's about the heart.

Today I want to encourage you to think about your love story. It doesn't matter if your husband proposed in an elaborate way or if it was just the two of you in a quiet setting with no big show. It's your story. It doesn't matter if your husband posts to Facebook how amazing he thinks you are and how much he appreciates you or if he simply tells you in the quiet of your home. It's your love story. Don't let your heart be discontent. Embrace your love story exactly the way it is. Own that love story! Be proud of that love story!

Share some of your own love story in the comments. We'd love to hear!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Built upon the rock...


We're living in turbulent, unsteady times.  Terrorism, political upheaval, sin abounding, how do we as God's people respond to it all?

First of all, we must realize that no political figure, no man or woman, is the answer to earth's woes.  God tells us not to put our trust in man. Our trust and refuge is to be in God alone. (Psalm 118:8)  Many will be deceived when a leader arises in this world bringing the nations into a time of false peace.  We've got to be aware of that.  The only One who will bring this world into true peace is the Prince of Peace, when He returns to rule and reign forever and ever.

As God's people we must build our foundation on the truth of God's Word and be uncompromising in our obedience to it. It may not be the popular thing or the culturally correct thing to do, but it is essential to the survival of our house.  It is the only way we will withstand the storms we all can sense on the horizon.

Build your house on the rock and do not fear.  Jesus Himself told us, " I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]" John 16:33

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