Words of Encouragement  ...from the pen of a ready writer

Words of Encouragement Business

 Articles by Linda  Linda's Book

Words of Encouragement Blog

  Do You Know For Sure?

 Words of Encouragement Home Statement of Faith About Linda Internet Resources Words of Encouragement Designs

      WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Learn more about Jesus! Let the Bible show you how to fix your life! Enjoy Christian words of encouragement from the Bible, inspirational Bible stories, Bible verses to live by, and sound Bible teaching. Learn how to homeschool and prepare healthy easy recipes. Scroll down for our menu...

by Linda Hull

 

ViewSignViewViewChristian Guestbook

 Please sign our guestbook...

Click on the logo above to register for your FREE Online Subscription to our mailing list. Receive FREE RECIPE E-BOOKLET! 


More From Linda>>>

Visit My "CREATION" Lens:

  Check out my lens

 Visit My "SEEKING HIM" Lens: Check out 
my lens

Words of Encouragement 2008 Archives

 

"I meditate on all thy works."

Be Transformed!

...by the renewing of your mind

 

Words of Encouragement is copyright 1996-2012 by Linda Hull, all rights reserved, reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without permission. Photos 2012 by Linda Hull. Some graphics are from Microsoft Office, J. O. D.'s Old Fashioned B & W Clipart Collection, Acacia Victorian Clipart, Christians Unite , Religion Clip Art by Expert Software, Inc. 1996, and Art Explosion 10,000 1995-2001 by Nova Development Corporation and its licensors. Rights of all parties reserved. Bible verses are taken from the King James Bible. Photos are copyright 2012 Linda G. Hull

 

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."  Isaiah 32:17 (KJV)

In This Issue

May, 2012, Volume 18.5


Letter From The Editor

 

Will You Contact Me?    Share a prayer request, your decision, or seek counsel. 

Unsubscribe

Back to Linda's Words of Encouragement Home Page


Mission Statement:

"As we live out our daily lives, each must choose whom they will serve. I seek to maintain a close fellowship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to serve Him as He directs. My desire is to be in the center of His will at all times. It is my prayer that Words of Encouragement will encourage and exhort all of us towards a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ through increased knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. May it provide the help and hope you seek. May it strengthen the Church of believers."

- Linda Hull

Do You Know For Sure?

Click above to find out how to be sure that you will have a place in Heaven with Jesus.

 

Back to Linda's Words of Encouragement Home Page


"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"  Galatians 4:16


  Letter from the Editor... 

 

Hello!

I am sure you will find much to enjoy in this issue of Words of Encouragement! 

Much is in the news to make us long for peace; both physical peace from lack of conflicts and emotional and mental peace of mind.  How do we find peace?  Why don't we just give up and quit?

It is a temptation to succumb to our fears and to doubt our LORD's ability and willingness to help us in our time of need.  Let us become overcomers, putting our trust in the one true God, the LORD GOD JEHOVAH!  I have included some helpful articles on these topics with tips and verses that are sure to bring much needed encouragement. 

Ray Comfort's film called "180" What Changed Their Minds in Seconds...." is a great witnessing tool.  It is an important film comparing the Holocaust and abortion.  Although it contains graphic pictures of the Holocaust, it is a must see.  You can find it after "Thought Provokers".

Begin reading Words of Encouragement by clicking to continue for the first article...  or just scroll down to In This Issue

Enjoy!

Linda

 

 

 


"To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."  Proverbs 21:3


 

IN THIS ISSUE

CLICK ON THE LINKS TO TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO AN ARTICLE

 

Do you know for sure?

Where Can Peace Be Found?

Musings

Persevere Don't Quit!
Favorite Things
Making Time Work for You!

Grandmother's Scrapbook

Home School Tips

Thought Provokers

Recipe Corner

Tract Catalog

Back to Linda's Words of Encouragement Home

Copyright 2011 by Linda G. Hull


The Believer's Mission...

"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

1 Peter 2:1-10 (KJV) 

 


WHERE CAN PEACE BE FOUND?

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee."  Isaiah 26:3

Peace seems so elusive in our time.  We read of nothing but war and more war.  All over the world people are struggling against tyranny.  Peace seems like a distant memory.  Some have never known peace in their lifetimes.  Where is peace?  How do we live amidst such confusion?  The answer is found in the Bible.  The prophet Isaiah tells us that the LORD God Jehovah is the source of peace.  We are to trust the LORD.  But how?

"Trust ye in the LORD for ever:  for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength"  Isaiah 26:5

For many, trusting is difficult.  Past life experiences have caused distrust and suspicion.  These ask the question, "Can God be trusted?"  They hesitate in fear and trepidation. 

Some can find no peace because the way before is already filled with much uncertainty.  These ask the question, "Where is God?"  They too live their life in fear.

We have the testimony of Isaiah to help us trust the LORD for He knows what the LORD will do and has done in times past:

"For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."  Isaiah 25:4

Many long to trust the LORD.  They have waited for His deliverance, but still their situation hasn't improved.  Their anxiety increases daily.  They ask, "Why hasn't He acted?"  They are in dismay, in danger of losing faith, but Isaiah gives the hope of our faith.

"He will swallow up death in victory; and the LORD GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us:  this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."  Isaiah 25:8-9

Confusion also comes from a life lived in direct disobedience to the LORD's commands.  When we sin, we break fellowship with our LORD.  He hates sin, and yes, He does forgive the repentant one, but He also expects us to obey Him.  He does not expect us to keep on willfully sinning against Him.  Confusion is not from the LORD.  Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."  1 Corinthians 14:33

So where does confusion come from?

"For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."  James 3:16

Confusion stems from sin, specifically from envy and strife.  To find peace, we must repent, meaning to turn away from sin, confess or agree with God we have sinned, and ask His forgiveness.  Of course, He is quick to forgive and forget our sin if we are sincere.  To be at peace, we must rid ourselves of our sin.  We cannot have both.

Sometimes, our sin seems so great it is impossible to be rid of it.  Yet, the LORD is faithful to forgive and restore us to a righteous relationship with Him.  When we struggle with sin, it is because we are double-minded, uncertain if we really want to give it up.  It means changing our ways and our will.  That is difficult!  How do we change?  We ask our LORD to change us!  We resist temptation and pray for strength to endure until the desire for sin is gone. 

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."  Jeremiah 29:11-13

Here are some action steps to peace found in Philippians 4:4-9

"Rejoice in the Lord alway:  and again I say, Rejoice."

"Let your moderation be known unto all men.  The LORD is at hand."

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

"Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:  and the God of peace shall be with you."  Philippians 4:9

Here's another verse that is such an encouragement...

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  Philippians 4:13

Trusting means waiting upon the LORD to act in accordance with His promises and His will.  The Bible clearly teaches us that we can trust the LORD GOD JEHOVAH.  He is trustworthy.  He is faithful to keep His word.  He loves us enough to have sent Jesus, His Son to take our punishment so that we might be reconciled to Him. 

Peace can be found, but we must position ourselves to receive it from our LORD.  Even when peace is not found around us, we can have the peace that "passeth all understanding," (Philippians 4:7).  While confusion reigns around us, we can have peace on the inside.  Trust the LORD.  That is the only way.  Then we can say with Paul:

"...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am , therewith to be content."  Philippians 4:11b

 

 

 

Back to In This Issue


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law."  Galatians 5:22-23


   Musings... Isaiah 40:25-31

 

"To whom then will ye liken Me or shall I be equal?  saith the Holy One.

Life up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number:  He called them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding.

He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary: and they shall walk, and not faith." 

 

 

Back to In This Issue


"Fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed; for I am thy God:  I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."  Isaiah 41:10


Persevere, Don't Quit!

"Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us:  for thou also hast wrought all our works in us."  Isaiah 25:12 (KJV)

Let us be reminded that it is the LORD who puts it in our heart to begin a work.  If it is to be completed, it is because He performs it through us.

"I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:  for without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5

Most of us are quitters.  If it doesn't come easy, we put aside the task and quit.  If the way becomes difficult, fraught with hardship and trials, we quit.  Maybe that's why the Bible speaks so much about enduring to the end.  Our Lord knows how hard it is for us to finish, much less to finish well. 

Consider these verses about "enduring" because they cover the range of things we must endure:

Jesus said, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."  Matthew 24:13

Jesus said in reference to the parable of the sower: "And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time:  afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended."  Mark 4:17

Paul said this to the Church at Thessalonica:  "So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:  which is a manifest token of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye suffer" 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Paul wrote to Timothy:  "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."  2 Timothy 2:3

Interestingly, the words used in these verses for "endure" are different.  The idea in each is to bear up, to wrestle through, to be afflicted. 

All of these different scenarios about endurance speak of staying the course, not quitting.  What are they?

*There is enduring in the faith, without forsaking our LORD.  

*We are to endure through persecution. 

*Last we are to endure difficulties and trials. 

These verses speak of situations far more difficult than merely finishing a task, but they can still be an encouragement to us. Whatever our situation, there are several things to remember...

*  It is the LORD who empowers us with His power.

*  It is the LORD who enables us to do the task.

*  It is the LORD who provides the resources we need to complete the task.

*  It is the LORD who strengthens us so we can continue when we feel like quitting.

Persevere to the end.  Don't quit.  Stay the course.  Endure.  These are wise words.  For we know if we can persevere, we will reap the reward.

 

 

 

 


"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58


FAVORITE THINGS.... 

"Found" by Walter Hunt

 

There are things that stand out in our minds, leftovers from childhood.  This particular painting reproduction called "Found" was of great influence to me as a very little girl.  A copy hung in my bedroom at my Granmomie's home.  I loved to hear her tell the story of the painting. 

The poor little lamb was lost in an unexpected fall snowstorm for their are some leaves still on the bushes.  The Vultures are gathering, preparing for their next meal.  Then just in the nick of time, the faithful collie, a sheep herding dog, has found the lamb.  His howling will alert the Shepherd.  In the meantime, the collie will protect the lamb.  After I asked Jesus to be my Savior and Lord and began to understand the role of shepherd that Jesus has over Believers, the painting had even greater meaning.  Now I see my Savior when I looked at the painting.  Now I see other Believers taking on the role of the collie, calling out to the Good Shepherd for help with a lost little lamb.

I am thankful to have two copies of the painting in my home, and I'm thankful for the Lord's help in finding them.  May we Believers take up the task of the collie whenever the need arises.

 


"O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee:  be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.  Isaiah 33:2


Making Time Work for You!      

     

"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:16

Much of our everyday stress could be attributed to an overload of activities.  Trying to weed out the unnecessary things is much like performing triage!  Often we are forced to choose between the things we want to do and the things we must do.  Sometimes the line between the two is difficult to determine.  How do we choose?  How do we find the balance?

What does the Bible say?

The Bible teaches us to redeem the time.  "Redeem" according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary means "to buy back: repurchase"; also, "to free from what distresses or harms."  When we mismanage our time, we rob ourselves of God-ordained opportunities.  God gave us enough time, if we will listen to Him and obey Him, we will accomplish all that we must.

The Bible is filled with instances where time management skills were crucial...

The one that most readily comes to mind is Noah.  He was commanded to build an ark.  He obeyed God and the ark was built, ready for the flood.  But what if he had procrastinated, busy doing more pressing tasks?  Would the ark have been built in time?  Would God have found someone else to build the ark?  Would God have delayed the flood?  How long would God have waited?

Then there's the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Official.  An angel appeared to Philip commanding him to go "toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert."  (Acts 8:26b, KJV)  So Philip obeyed and went where he was directed, meeting up with a high level official of Queen Candice of Ethiopia.  The man was reading the Book of Isaiah, but he couldn't understand it.  Philip explained it to him, and the man received Jesus as His Savior and Lord.  What if Philip had waited to go?  Who would have explained Isaiah to the Ethiopian?

There is a phrase used by those in construction work or other contract work that says, "Time is of the essence".  It means that a job is to be completed on time, or in a reasonable amount of time as indicated by the contract.  God means us to order our lives because time is of the essence. 

Time, once lost, cannot be regained.  Before we can figure out how best to use our time, we need to be aware of how we are using our time right now.  What habits have we fostered that have led us to be a failure in our time management?

*Is procrastination a problem? Do you put off important tasks?

*Are you a time waster?  Do the tasks that keep you busy have any real value? 

*Are you a time hoarder?  Do you prefer to be selfish with your time, following your own interest?

Understanding how you misuse time will determine what is needed to better manage your time. 

Change bad habits...

With pressure mounting to take care of house, yard, job, and family, it's time to pray.  When it happened to me, all I could do was cry, "HELP!"  I was desperate!  I begged God to intercede in my day, and show me how to manage my time.  I was willing to do whatever it took!

Changing bad habits and fostering new ones can make a big difference in our day!  Determine in your heart that you will allow God to change your habits.

A Sunday School teacher taught our class to prioritize our time by placing God first on our list, family second, others third, and self last.  Surprisingly, it works!  If we put God first, He orders our day in accordance with His will.  Things fall into place and time is available for all that must be done. 

Time management is all about doing what God wills, rather than what self wills.  It sounds easy enough, but when time is slipping away, it is easy to panic and take control.  Our personal desires often win the battle, leaving us scrambling to accomplish our "must do's".  Too often we demonstrate a lack of trust in our Lord when we fail to heed His direction.

A Step by Step Plan...

#1 - Start by turning your day over to the Lord.  Pray about the activities of your day.  Commit yourself to following God's lead.  You will find God will add and subtract activities as you submit to His will.

#2 - Make a "to do" list.  Write down everything that comes to mind that is to be accomplished, including recreation and family time.  Next organize your list by putting "must do's" at the top, then following with the next items in order of priority. 

#3 - Create a daily schedule, allowing room for flexibility.  A 24-hour calendar is great for plotting appointments.  Start with the "must-do's" because they can't be changed.  It helps to know how long a particular task takes to completion so you can space your commitments. 

#4 - Develop a tickler file.  Anything that must be done later can be notated in a special ticker file.  Note this activity on your monthly calendar.  On that day, pull our your tickler file to find info on the task.

#5 - Learn to delegate tasks others can do or can be trained to do.  Other people in your household may need to participate in accomplishing important tasks.  Enlist their help. 

Becoming proficient in time management requires practice and faithfulness.  Developing new habits requires diligence and self-discipline.  It helps to have a measure of desperation to keep yourself motivated to stay the course.  In time, you will begin to see your life becoming less frantic.  Surprisingly, you will also find you are accomplishing so much more and having fun because you aren't stressing!

 

 

 

 

Back to In This Issue


"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57


GRANDMOTHER'S SCRAPBOOK

Photo of Lois Rebecca Brice (1880-1918)

"Inspired by great-grandmother's scrapbook, compiled before 1918."

 

The Church

by F. R. Holeman

 

This ugly little building,

With clumsy pew and stove,

Without a desk or chancel,

Despise not thou, but love:

'Tis rude and very humble,

And in a lonely spot-

The world would hardly like it,

But thou despise it not

 

The poor and erring built it,-

An emblem but to show

That what is truly lovely,

From perfect faith must grow'

'Tis rough and poor, but earnest,

And cometh from the heart-

A gift unto their Maker,

Esteemed much more than art.

 

The pulpit is unseemly,

And altar hath it none,

Nor font, with holy washing,

To seal us for the Son:

And yet, this place is holy,

And known of God above-

The very place where dwelleth

The Saviour and the Dove.

 

The soul here wakes from sleeping,

And here is born again

A life, which is eternal,

Within the hearts of men:

Then love this place, so humble,

That erst was lightly trod,

And ever henceforth call it

The Dwelling-place of God.

 

He careth not for temples

All costly made within,

Unless the heart He knoweth

Is deadened unto sin:

If His, He dwelleth in us,

And everywhere we pray

We make for Him a temple,

As beautiful as day.

 

He dwelleth all around us,

And hallows every spot

Where Christians come to worship,

And where the world is not:

Then love this little building,

Though rude and rough it be,-

It herein but resembleth

Our own impurity.

 

 

 

 

Holeman, F. R.  Christian Poems.  Claremont, NH:  1865. 

Public Domain

Back to In This Issue


 "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:  He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."  Isaiah 40:11


 

  HOME SCHOOL TIPS


Teaching Gifted Children

It doesn't take very long when homeschooling before you may notice your child is exhibiting a particular talent or ability that most children of the same age do not have.  These abilities can range from musical abilities, strong reading skills at an early age, artistic abilities, etc.   Consider these as clues that your child may be gifted. 

Gifted children tend to boredom with only bookwork.  They require the opportunity to explore their particular gifts and will have a thirst to learn more.  They may prefer to focus on their topic of interest, rather than pursue study in other topics.  However they do need a balance between studying what they are most interested in and subjects needed for a well rounded education. 

Many parents may believe they are not qualified to provide the training and teaching a gifted child needs.  Do not let this discourage you!  There are support groups for parents of gifted children available, or you can form your own. 

Remember teaching involves laying a foundation of basic knowledge and skill, paving the way for further study later on.  Gifted children catch on to basic concepts more quickly.  They will need more advanced teaching.  This can be accomplished by providing hands-on projects apart from textbook training.  Allow children to explore areas of interest by connecting them to experts who can direct them to resources for advanced learning.  Set up an interview with experts familiar with topics of interest.  Prepare questions in advance.  You will discover gifted children are self-starters and with some encouragement often study subjects of interest on their own.  Parents will provide accountability and structure.

 

Encourage advanced learning!

*Provide a variety of reading materials

*Encourage creativity with musical instruments

*Encourage creativity with art and graphic design

*Explore a variety of sciences

*Promote math skills

*Encourage entering contests and competitions

*Encourage hobbies

*Encourage handcrafts such as needle work, sewing, and cooking

*Participate in ministry opportunities and service projects

 

Here are some ideas we tried with good success...

* Leggo building kits such as the robotics line

*K'Nex building kits

*Electronics building kits

*Computer skills beyond the basics (find a friend who is a computer geek)

*Trying new things:  food, culture, language, etc.

*Building projects such as making models, using architectural programs, etc.

*Origami

*Encourage entrepreneurship

 

We as teachers provide opportunities for kids to explore new concepts, foster critical thinking, and develop practical application.  Parent/Teacher, you are the facilitator and mentor who will guide them to finding the information they seek, and will provide accountability and assistance.  Teach them how to learn and how to find information; they will do the rest.

 

 

 

The happiest thing,

The freest thing,

That man may hope to see,

Is a sun-bonnet mite

Of a country child

In the top

Of an apple tree.

 

-Mary Dawson

 

 

 

Dawson, Mary.  Untitled Poem.  American Kitchen Magazine.  XI.  (April- September, 1899):  141.

Back to In This Issue


 *******MAY HOMESCHOOL TIPS******* 

Remember each child is different so your teaching style will need to be adapted for each child.  Some children may be tactile, preferring hands on projects and manipulatives to learn a concept.  Visual learners will do well with reading and observing.  Auditory learners will want to discuss concepts and talk about ideas. 

Back to In This Issue


If you have questions about homeschooling, please contact me!  

Don't Quit!  Get Help! 

There is help available if you want to homeschool, but maybe you don't know where to find it.

If you are struggling to find information, resources, and support for your journey, you will find my book, "Homeschooling:  The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse" very helpful.  My affordable booklet explains the basics about how to get started, record keeping, legalities, curriculum choices, and more. 

My homeschool booklet is available to help you on your journey: 

   

Homeschooling:  The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse.

>>>Just click on the book cover or the link above to go directly to the secure store site to order.  

 

MORE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES: 

 

***Visit Homeschool Resources & Tips Squidoo Lens for more homeschool info!

Just click on the icon:

 Check out my lens

 

 

Back to In This Issue  


 

If you are looking for an easier way to keep records, Homeschool Tracker is the best solution I've found! 

This is a free downloadable program for all your record keeping needs!  I have used it successfully for years!  Record keeping couldn't be easier or quicker!

Back to In This Issue  


"And even to your old age I am He; and even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you:  I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."  Isaiah 46:4


THOUGHT PROVOKERS


Excerpt from the book,

"From Girlhood to Motherhood"

by Mary Lowe Dickinson

 

"And, first of all, as the chief barrier against trouble, as it is the first charm of every pleasure, is what we term love of God, obedience to conscience, adherence to principle.  By the latter is not meant a set of rules by which the daily life is to be governed, but a deep underlying purpose that great things and small shall be ruled in righteousness.  Is it right?  Not is it popular?  Is it stylish?  Is it convenient?  Is it labor-saving?  Is it easy? but is it right.  This the one great but simple question for womanhood and girlhood to ask and to answer.  It is sometimes a hard question but becomes constantly easier, as repeated rejection of evil strengthens the will for good.

Some one says that one who could arouse in the young women of our country a fixed determination to do right would have furnished a basis of national character stronger than that yet acquired by all our methods of moral culture.

It is easy to see that a life lived under the dominance of this purpose has backbone, stamina, the vision to discern the right and the courage of its convictions.

This inflexible loyalty to principle is a quality, in which mothers, of all women, should excel.  Through them as in no other way the love of God and right becomes a part of the life of the children.  Through the children, as they grow up it reaches the nation.  Hence we are justified in speaking of the gift as one bestowed upon the national character."

 

Public Domain - to read the free e-book, go to Goggle Books 

Dickinson, M. L.  From Girlhood to Motherhood.  New York:  Fleming H. Revell, 1899.  51-52.

Back to In This Issue


"For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited:  I am the LORD; and there is none else."  Isaiah 45:18


*Ray Comfort's video, 180...

 

 

Years ago I served as a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center.  I personally counseled women who were trying to determine if they were pregnant.  Some, when asked how they would respond to an unwanted pregnancy indicated their choice would be abortion.  It was my task to give them the facts about the dangers of abortion, but primarily my job was to provide information about the resources available for both mother and baby.  I believe this video is life changing and will make a difference in how abortion is perceived because it exposes abortion for what it is.  There is always a solution apart from abortion.

If you or a friend need help with a crisis pregnancy or are recovering from an abortion, help is available.  Please click on the link below to take you to helpful resources... 

http://www.octoberbabymovie.net/ministryresources/

 

 

*Please note that this video is copyright protected.  However, it is available as a free download from Ray Comfort's website:  http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=237&view=view.download&catid=7&cid=41&lang=en  or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI For more information and additional resources, and the html code to embed this video on your website, please visit http://www.heartchanger.com .

Back to In This Issue

 


"Finally, brethren, farewell.  Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 2 Corinthians 13:11


 

 

RECIPE CORNER


"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:6   

 

 

MENU

Click on the links below to go to a recipe or the tip of the month or scroll down.

Lemon Tea Bread

Cream Cheese Tarts

Tea Cookies

 

TIP OF THE MONTH

 

"Hear, and understand:  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."  Matthew 15:10-11

 

 

* More recipes can be found at Free Recipes or Free Cooking Recipes.

Back to In This Issue


Lemon Tea Bread

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

Grated peel of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9x5 loaf pan.

Cream butter with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs and lemon peel.  Sift together flour and baking powder.  Add alternately to egg mixture with milk.  Blend in walnuts.  Pour into prepared pan and bake until golden brown, approximately 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and poke deep holes into entire surface of bread, using a long hibachi skewer. 

Lemon Sauce

1/4 cup sugar

1 Lemon, juice and peel, grated

Combine 1/4 cup sugar with lemon juice and grated lemon peel.  Brush juice mixture over the top of the bread. 

Let bread cool before removing from pan. 

 

Return to Menu

 

 

Cream Cheese Tarts

2 (8 oz.) cream cheese pkgs.

3/34 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 jar maraschino cherries

1 box vanilla wafers

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1 box paper cupcake holders

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Leave cream cheese unrefrigerated to soften.  Place cupcake holders in cupcake pan.

After cream cheese is very soft, put in blender.  Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Blend until pourable.  In each cupcake holder, place cookie first.  Add 1 teaspoon crushed pineapple to each cupcake holder on top of cookie.  Fill each cupcake holder with enough cream cheese batter to 3/4 full.  Bake in oven 12 minutes.  Let cool for 1/2 hour.  Cut cherries in half.  Place 1/2 cherry in top center of each cupcake.  Makes 3 dozen.

 

Return to Menu

 
Tea Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of salt

3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 cup flour

Dash of baking powder

1 box Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla.  Sift together, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture, blending well.  Fold in chopped nuts.  Roll the dough out into 2 balls.  Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate, and chill for at least an hour.  Flatten out dough and cut into 15-16 equal size pieces.  Shape into small marble-size balls.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until firm, but not brown.  While warm, roll into powdered sugar.  Cool.  Roll again in powdered sugar.

 

Return to Menu

 

 


"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."  Acts 2:46-47

TIP OF THE MONTH -  Uses for old pillow cases

*store bedspreads, quilts, and afghans

*stuff with an old pillow for a pet bed

*store stuffed animals

*add a drawstring at the opening to make a laundry bag

*store seasonal clothing

 

In This Issue


Thank you and God bless you!