Monday, May 31, 2010

Butter Crunch Slices

Butter Crunch Slices

1 cup (6-ounce package) butterscotch pieces, melted
1 cup finely chopped salted peanuts
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

Combine all filling ingredients. Chill while preparing dough.

In large mixing bowl, combine ingredients for dough. Blend well with mixer. Divide dough in half. Pat out each half on wax paper to a 12 x 6-inch rectangle. Spoon filling down center of each rectangle. Fold one side of dough around filling and then the other. Gently shape into a log. Wrap; chill at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets.

Makes about 6 dozen.

Ladies Bible Study 6/1/10

Come and have a wonderful time with the ladies of Round Up Cowboy Church. Come on in, have some coffee and snacks and get to know everyone...

Ladies Bible Study will meet tomorrow night (6/1/10) at Round Up Cowboy Church at 7:00 p.m.. We will be studying our last lesson in James. We have had a great time studying the book of James and we've had a lot of interesting conversations that seemed to come just at the right times in some of our lives. We will also be discussing what studies we would like to do in the near future and I will be looking into some DVD series by Beth Moore.

Please come tomorrow night and bring a friend!

All Gave Some and Some Gave All~

Thank you to those who gave all... thank you to those who have served and thank you to those who are currently serving for our country! I salute you... God bless you~!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Isaiah 31:10
So do not fear,
for I am with you;
do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Don't be discouraged or dismayed. He goes before you and after you. He knows your needs before you even know you have them. He is our mighty God and our Redeemer. In Him we can trust.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, a]">[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Friday, May 28, 2010


Graduation Tonight

We are off tonight to Tahlequah for my niece Emily's graduation. We will stay the night and then tomorrow will will be her blow out party at MeeMaws. I'm so proud to call this young, wonderful gal my niece! She's a wonderful lady!

Be with Emily as she begins her new life. Guide her footsteps and show her Your ways. Teach her to start her day with You and to depend on You for all of her needs. Watch over her and keep her safe.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Weapon of Praise

"I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies." 2 Samuel 22:4

Each day one of my e-mail friends sends me a "thought for the day". Yesterday the one she sent me said, "Praise has the power to lighten our heaviest burden." This is such a true statement. I feel that the majority of Christians don't understand that praise is a weapon- and a powerful one at that. When we are in times of trouble, facing battles or difficulties, that's the time to praise the Lord. When God hears your praises, it will bring Him near to your situation. In this way praise is like an "SOS" cry.

Often during times of battle, the Lord had Israel send out the praisers first. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they praised the Lord and the prison doors were opened. What are we doing when we praise the Lord? We are magnifying Who He is. We are rehearsing His goodness. We are being reminded of how powerful and awesome He is. If you will praise the Lord in spite of your circumstances you will begin to notice a difference in them. When you praise the Lord (magnify Him) He begins to look bigger than your situation.... He IS bigger than your situation, praise just reminds us of that and brings everything back into perspective. What once seemed like mountain has been reduced down to size compared to the magnitude and majesty of the Lord.

Stop looking at the problem, your enemy, the battle, the size of the mountain, the darkness, instead start praising the Lord. Praise will cause Him to show up every time. When He does show up... He can fight the battles for you.

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?

2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, and am not silent.

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the praise of Israel. a]'>[a]

4 In you our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.

5 They cried to you and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by men and despised by the people.

7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

8 "He trusts in the LORD;
let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him."

9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you
even at my mother's breast.

10 From birth I was cast upon you;
from my mother's womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

13 Roaring lions tearing their prey
open their mouths wide against me.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted away within me.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me b]'>[b] in the dust of death.

16 Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced c]'>[c] my hands and my feet.

17 I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.

18 They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.

19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

20 Deliver my life from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.

21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save d]'>[d] me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the congregation I will praise you.

23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

24 For he has not despised or disdained
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you e]'>[e] will I fulfill my vows.

26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
they who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,

28 for dominion belongs to the LORD
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.

30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.

31 They will proclaim his righteousness
to a people yet unborn—
for he has done it.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Please Note

Please note that RUCC Church's ladies group will not be going out on Saturday, May 29th for a shopping day.

From this point until further notice all Saturday ladies day outs have been cancelled.

Waiting for Perfect Conditions

" 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4

If you are waiting for all the right conditions before you do what you know the Lord has called you to do, you may be waiting a long time. How many times have you said something to the effect... I'll do it when my children are grown so I'll have more time; or I'll do it when I get a promotion because I'll be in a better position it give; or when my husband gets saved because then I'll have the support that I need; or when I get a better education I'll be better equipped to handle the task; etc? Too often we put off the important things ( the things of God in our lives) because everything is not just perfect around us- we want things to be just "so-so" before we'll make a move.

When God told Joshua that it was time to enter into the promised land, He told him to send the priest out first. The priest were suppose to step in the water of the Jordan River to cross over. What if they had waited for the conditions to be just right? What if their attitude had been, "We'll go into the river when God rolls it back, or removes the water, or builds a bridge, that way we won't get our shoes wet." As we look in the Bible we see that many of God's servants did not always have all the perfect conditions to work in, but they did it anyway... they took a step of faith. The right condition for Gideon would have been to have a big army with him, but the Lord cut it back to 300.... not the right conditions to win a battle.

Waiting for the right conditions means we are waiting on the conditions that we have chosen- we want to do it our own way, in our own time. God chooses the conditions and they may not always seem favorable. Look at the conditions that Paul went through in order to get the gospel out. Stop waiting for all the right conditions- conditions of your own choosing. Because even if the conditions did change and they became exactly like you wanted them you would still wind up finding another "reason" (excuse) as to why you can't. Don't wait for everything to be perfect; don't wait for things to change; because in both cases... it just may not happen.

Psalm 21

1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!

2 You have granted him the desire of his heart
and have not withheld the request of his lips.

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.

5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.

6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.

8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will seize your foes.

9 At the time of your appearing
you will make them like a fiery furnace.
In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up,
and his fire will consume them.

10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
their posterity from mankind.

11 Though they plot evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed;

12 for you will make them turn their backs
when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength;
we will sing and praise your might.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I See It And Marvel

"They saw it, and so they marveled..." Psalms 48:5a

When you see the handiwork of God, when you see Him take an impossible situation and make it possible, when you see Him make a way where there was none, when you see Him perform a miracle on your behalf, when you see Him put down your enemy and fight your battle for you... you can't help but "marvel". You can't help but stand in amazement at what God has done. There are those who will tell you that you shouldn't marvel or be amazed when you see God answer your prayer because if you had faith that He was going to do it, you shouldn't be amaze when it happens.... faith was expecting it.

Though my faith is expecting the Lord to answer my prayer and move on my behalf, I am still marveled when He does it. I am marveled by the fact that He would even do it for me (because truthfully, none of us deserve any blessing we get from God). I am marveled at how perfectly God did it and how nothing was left undone. I marvel because of His great love for me that compels Him to grant me my petition. He is a marvelous God who does marvelous things, and just because you have the faith that He will do it... you should still keep an attitude of amazement over the goodness of the Lord to grant your desire.

psalm 20

1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.

4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

9 O LORD, save the king!
Answer a]'>[a] us when we call!

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window.... the world is coming to life. I've sat here long enough to watch complete darkness turn to day.

I am thinking... about how God doesn't want us to know of Him, He wants us to KNOW him~ it's all about a relationship.

I am thankful for... Good kids. Watching my daughter graduate this last week has drawn me to think a lot about my kids. I thank God that they are good, respectable, loving adults.

From the kitchen... It's clean! Yesterday I cleaned out drawers and organized things... and a couple of days before that I washed out all the cabinets where the pots and pans and Tupperware are stored.

I am wearing... A tee-shirt and pj bottoms

I am creating... hmmm... I've been thinking about what subject/book/study to do after our ladies class is finished with James.

I am going... to start fixing up the front bathroom. Some paint, a new shower curtain and some decorations and it will have a whole new look~!

I am reading... I always have several books going at once. I'm reading 1 Timothy for Bible reading... and I'm currently out of a regular book to read~ oh no!

I am hoping... That today someone will see Jesus in me.

I am hearing... It's better to *know* what you believe and not take someones word for what you think you believe. So many of us grow up learning things that weren't correct. Totally unintentional by our parents/preacher/co-workers... and until we study to show ourselves approved we may never know a difference.

Around the house... Things are clean and tidy. It was a stay-at-home Monday yesterday that enabled me to rest and get some cleaning done.

One of my favourite things... is to sleep in late on Saturday mornings.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Ladies bible study, Wednesday night church, housework, work... etc.... etc....etc.....

Is trying to remember... all the things going on in each of my children's lives. The more spread apart they are, the harder it is~!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. a]">[a]

4 Their voice b]">[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Know Whom I Have Believed

Saturday Spring Cleaning

I've sat here this morning playing online and the urge within me has been to get up and get some deep spring cleaning done in the kitchen. I know, I know... I need to jump up while the urge is still there right? I plan on pulling things out of cabinets, wiping shelves down, sanitizing, moving some things around and scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing. And, in a minute, that's just what I'm going to do.

Do you need a spring cleaning in your soul? I know I do at times. Sometimes I don't realize it until I really get to looking into the cracks and crevices of my life... and there lies the dirt. Lately I've been reading I Samuel and it's really been touching my heart. Not only do I need to spring clean my house~ but I need to spring clean MY house/ my mind and body.
I believe I'll start now...

Friday, May 21, 2010

psalm 18

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn a]'>[a] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave b]'>[b] coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded. c]'>[c]

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I have not done evil by turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop d]'>[d] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the LORD ?
And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.

36 You broaden the path beneath me,
so that my ankles do not turn.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;
I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations;
people I did not know are subject to me.

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;
foreigners cringe before me.

45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD;
I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.

Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out

Saturday, May 29th

Meet @ Round-Up Cowboy Church @ 10:00 a.m.

We will be discussing on Tuesday night where we would like to go and what we would like to do.

All you need to bring is money for one meal and the rest is up to you!

Come join us!

Spirit Filled

Women with Purpose

Read: Ephesians 1: 1-14

We read here how we all were “…foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will”. (V: 11)

God has planned and designed our lives before we were even born. He has given us a purpose, plan and destiny to fulfil. He has picked us out and made us His own. He has set us apart to carry out His will. We are women with purpose. Have you found what God’s purpose is for you? Do you believe He has an awesome plan for your life? Jeremiah 29: 11 says “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome”.

God has a wonderful plan for our lives to bring about good. We need to realize that plan. If you don’t yet know what God has for you to do – ask Him to reveal it to you. Ask Him for a ‘vision’ for your life. He will make known His will and His purpose for your life (V: 9). For each one of us is unique and has a unique plan that only we can fulfil. And we are well able to do it. God will equip us to carry it out as Hebrews 13: 21 says “Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it)”.

Don’t be afraid to rise up in what God has laid upon your heart to do. You will not regret it. It will give new meaning and purpose for your life.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Walking in God's Ways

Read Ephesians 5:1-21

"...Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their fathers]..."

I guess this verse sums it up. We need to be imitators of God. Our hearts desire should be that of becoming Christ-like in every area of our lives. God isn't interested in just a little bit of us. He doesn't want to be put in a box labelled 'Religion' and left on the side - only to be opened up now and then when we need Him. He wants to be involved in every area of our lives. Even the little things about our lives He is interested in.

Our mindset should change to wanting our lives to be in line with God's ways. I know we can't change over night. Some things drop away more easily than other things. And often when we breakthrough in one area, we discover something else to put right. I often liken this to an onion. You peel back one layer only to find another layer underneath. God puts His finger on different areas where we need to change. But thankfully we don't have to do this on our own. God works in us - and with us, to bring about that change.

But despite all of that, we need to have a desire to walk in God's ways - rather than the world's ways. A lot of these things mentioned in verses 3-5 seem to be commonplace in today's society. No one seems to be concerned, and it's almost like if you don't live this way; you’re out-of-date, old fashioned. But God doesn't think so. His ways do not change to fit into the times we live - neither should we. Our lives need to reflect our faith.

V: 15 says, "Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people)". We really need to examine our walk! When we live our lives in the light of God's word - we can't go wrong.

Rainy Day

I layed in bed this morning and listened to the pouring rain and thunder and watched the amazing lightening zip across the sky... and I recalled that in the song "How Great Thou Art," that it talks about the display of God's mighty power:

O Lord my God,

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all

The works Thy Hand hath made,

I see the stars,

I hear the mighty thunder,

Thy pow'r throughout

The universe displayed;

Then sings my soul,

My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Psalm 17

1 Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea;
listen to my cry.
Give ear to my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.

2 May my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.

3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night,
though you test me, you will find nothing;
I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

4 As for the deeds of men—
by the word of your lips
I have kept myself
from the ways of the violent.

5 My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.

6 I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;
give ear to me and hear my prayer.

7 Show the wonder of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings

9 from the wicked who assail me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a great lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down;
rescue me from the wicked by your sword.

14 O LORD, by your hand save me from such men,
from men of this world whose reward is in this life.
You still the hunger of those you cherish;
their sons have plenty,
and they store up wealth for their children.

15 And I—in righteousness I will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hurtful Words Spoken

Read James 3:2-12

The human tongue can do so much damage. It can ruin friendships, cause misunderstandings, put a wall between brothers and sisters. We have all been guilty of saying hurtful things. We must be ever mindful that what we say can damage and cause divisions – and therefore not to speak critically. A lot of what we say is probably best left unsaid.

We have also been hurt by hurtful words – some more than others. In many cases the damage is so deep that it takes a long time to heal – in some cases people never heal. But we know that if we belong to Jesus, He can heal us as we surrender it to Him. Nothing is impossible for Him to heal – if we allow Him too. There are so many Adults carrying around hurts from childhood ‘verbal abuse’. We need to deal with these things. The hurt gets buried deep, but God has a way of bringing it to the surface. It’s painful, but needful to truly be healed and set free from the affects of negative, hateful words.

The saying ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’, is not true, and in-fact it’s quite the opposite. Bones can heal a whole lot faster than words spoken over us. If you are struggling with the pain of having negative, abusive and hurtful words spoken over you – will you give it over to God today? Let Him heal you and place His love in your heart towards those that have hurt you. Forgive them and let it go. I know often it can come back echoing in our minds – but refuse to listen. One helpful thing I’ve been realizing lately, is to find out from the word of God, what God thinks of me. Meditate on Scriptures about God’s love for us, that we are Sons and Daughters of the most high God (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:14-17), Kings and Priests (1 Peter 2:9-10), and so on…Ask God to show you and direct you to scriptures like these. Meditate and memorize them until you believe it – and not doubt your importance and significance to God. Because you are important to God. You are His precious child – the ‘Apple of His eye’. (Zechariah 2:8). Believe it!

'Tis Wednesday

Wow, where have the last five days gone? I am totally exhausted. Not hardly a slow moment in the last 240 hours except for sleep. My daughter is graduated, all the food has been given away and put away, all family has gone home... and finally, we have our house and our lives back! :-) I wouldn't have changed anything. Everyone had a wonderful time, ate plenty of cake and goodies and attended graduations. Now, it's time for a little bit of rest........and getting life back to the norm. I hope that this finds you all doing well. Hugggggs~

Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."

3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. b]'>[b]

4 The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, c]'>[c]
nor will you let your Holy One d]'>[d] see decay.

11 You have made e]'>[e] known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday Night~

Just A Few Reminders~

Just a few reminders to all my Bible study ladies~

We will not have Bible Study tonight due to graduation activities. Instead, we will be meeting next Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. (May 25th) for Ladies Night Out. The following Tuesday (June 1st) will be our last study in the book of James.

Our Women's Shopping Day Out will be on June 29th. If you would like to come we will be meeting at the church at 10:00 a.m.. All you need money for is lunch... anything else above and beyond is optional. If you just want to window shop... then come on, you won't be the only one, I promise!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Busy, Busy

Just busy busy with graduation activities! Only a moment to sit and get online this morning..

A house-full of people... and more to come tomorrow.

Calgone take me away!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mothers and Daughters

Today is her graduation practice~ tomorrow is her graduation party and Sunday is her Bacalaurate~ and then Monday she will graduate...

My daughters last day of school was yesterday. I was a bit sad and reflective most of the day. It doesn't seem that long ago she was a little chubby-cheeked, blue-eyed cherub with blond ringlets. Oh, how I miss those days. But, I truly wouldn't take them back because I see before me the beautiful woman that God has grown before my eyes. I love her this way. I spur her on with prayer and words of encouragement. She has the backing and the knowledge, but most of all, she has Jesus... and I know, she's going to make it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Unity and Fellowship

I am an observer. In a room full of people I may be considered one of the quiet ones. But, really, I'm not. I just like to see what's going on... who's doing what... etc.. Lately as I've looked around my church~ I realize I am so thankful for my church family~ and that I love them fiercely. They are my friends, but more than that, they are family. I know for some, they are closer than literal family~ and I'm so thankful that God has made us brothers and sisters in Christ. When you know that you can call on someone to pray with you, meet with you, or just listen to you.. it's such a comfort and joy. I had the fortune to grow up with Christian parents, but I live several hours from them. My church family is my home away from home. The people there are loving, kind, friendly, quick with a smile and good for who they are in word and in deed. I am blessed.... So blessed...

Psalm 15

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?

2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,

5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim Salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God, reigns!"

Friendships & Bible Study

Last night's Bible Study was wonderful. As one of the women said "I think this has been the best study so far.." and I tend to agree with her. My heart felt full as I glanced around the table. It wasn't so much the lesson it's self (although very appropriate~ just ask Beckie! ;-)) I think it was the communication that broke through. The friendships I saw bonding when we were sharing the times of perseverance in our lives with each other. It's so amazing how much easier it is to persevere when we see someone else has been where we currently are... and that they made it through it~ just like God's Word tells us we will. That hand of friendship reaching out, those kind words, the reassurance of prayer partners and friends. It makes it worth it all.

Thank you ladies, for sharing your hearts last night!