Monday, February 27, 2017

Are You Just TOO Busy?

Not one more thing! Do you ever hear yourself saying that? Not one more meeting. Not one more cake to bake. Not one more errand to run. Not another person requiring anything from me. Not one more thing added to my calendar.'t add one more thing right now to my over-booked life. 

Staying too busy can lead us into stress and unrest. Are you hearing me as I preach to myself? I love to be busy. 

I plan to live my 100 years ( I have prayed for 100 years.) on this earth pouring out every ounce of by feeble attempts for my Jesus. Yet~ when I find myself too busy to sit at the feet of Jesus~ I am just too busy. Stress is a warning sign for us to go back to the basics and line up this thing called "LIFE" to fit into God's plan and purpose.

We need to remember to say "yes" to the best and "no" to the rest! I was challenged in my Bible study to pick two jobs in the church and do them really well. That is just good advice from Mrs. Sherry~ if you are reading!  

When we find ourselves in distress and trouble it is time to remember that the commands or will of our Father will give us peace and delight. How about you? On this beautiful Monday morning~ are you full of delight? Like Mrs. Sherry says, "Just do today what God's assignment is for you to do today." That seems simple enough. 

Psalm 119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Control Girl~ A Book All Ladies & Girls Should Read

This is one book I highly recommend to ladies of all ages. I can't remember when I have read a book that could be more helpful. It seems like little girls are just born as natural controllers......I know I sure was and still struggle with this control issue. It was mother Eve who passed it down and we sure manage to keep it going. 

Shannon does a great job comparing how the girls of the Bible had their own struggle with control. Yet each time the control girls of the Bible took matters into their own hands they suffered along with those they loved and those who came after them all the way down to me and you. 

I like what she writes here:
  • A Control Girl detaches from God. A Jesus Girl relies on Him.
  • A Control Girl breaks God's rules. A Jesus Girl embraces the Bible's instructions.
  • A Control Girl trusts her own perspective. A Jesus Girl defers to God's viewpoint.
So many times we like to think we are just being a great wife, mom or Christan when we micro- manage, manipulate and control but it is just not so.  We need to give up our control and manipulation and let God work.

I plan on using this book for a group Bible study. I love this book and it was provided to me for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A New Place of Grace

Yesterday at staff lunch our Pastor told us of one of his college professors who allowed them to give themselves their own grade at the end of the semester. Some thought that would be a great idea. But I hated the idea. I don't think I would ever give myself a good grade if it were left up to me.

 I never think I do good enough. I am a perfectionist and I am my worst critic.  I want to be a better Christian. I want to be a better wife. I obsess over the areas of my motherhood where I feel like I failed. I never feel like my house is Pinterest worthy enough. I feel like I need to do more to be good enough.  I second guess every decision I make and read into every word I say. Yep~ I want to be good all the time and at everything.  Perfectionism is a tough slave master.  A Pastor friend asked me not long ago, "Do you always have to be perfect?" That's a big problem. I know it and I am a recovering perfectionist. I am praying that God will help me with this problem which is really the sin of fear of never being accepted or loved for just being me.  

 The problem is that in my walk with God this tends to lead to legalism and that is very ugly!  Self -righteousness.... self-sufficiency... independence.... no matter what you call it, it is  "I" and not "God." I have spent three years in a spiritual wilderness as God has been prying my hands off "gotta be good enough." He has been showing me how my perfectionism has turned into a goodness gospel and  He has been calling me into grace. A new place of grace and goodness where I can rest and depend only on Him and that is the most wonderful place to be~ depending one step at a time on my Heavenly Father. 

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. I John 4:10

As ye therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Colossians 2:6

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Heart Day to you!

 I just want to remind each of us that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He knows your name. He is madly in love with you. He preferred you over himself so much that He gave His life for you. He promises to never leave you or forsake you. He has plans to give you a future and a hope.

We love him, because he first loved us. 1John 4:19

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30

Monday, February 13, 2017

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters~ Oh So Good!

Cast of Characters~

2 pounds almond bark
1 bag of milk chocolate chips ~ (or which flavor you prefer)
1 Jar of salted roasted peanuts

Place all into a crock pot. Set on low. Watch closely. Set a timer and stir every 15 minutes until melted. Mine took 45 minutes but all pots are different and it will scorch easily. Drop by the teaspoons onto wax paper until firm. Place in an airtight container. Enjoy! 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love Is Spelled Chocolate Fudge~ Valentine Fudge Recipe

2/3 cups butter
3 cups sugar
2/3 cups evaporated milk
1 pkg. semi sweet chocolate
7 oz marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 7 minutes or to a soft ball stage. Remove from heat~ pour in chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth; spread in prepared pan. Let cool before cutting into squares.
    Place in the fridge to cool!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Friday! God Is Madly And Crazy In Love With YOU!

Photo Credit~cfisherphotography

Where ever you are and whatever you are doing on this February morning I hope you know that God loves you. He is madly and crazy in love with you. He knows if you have your game on and He even knows if you have lost your zest for life. He knows what you are facing this very day and He cares. Because of God, we have hope. No matter what this life may bring our hope is found in nothing less than Jesus blood and His righteousness.  

Life here has been busy but so very exciting. I have taken a position at my church as the Women's Ministry Director and I am having the time of my life. I am so very humbled that I am privileged enough to spend my life encouraging and serving the women of my church. God has been so good and He surely has dealt bountifully with me.  

I am working on balancing life and hope to be back to my blog friends a little more often. I am missing you!  



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