Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unfailing Love



Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Thursday's Thoughts

More on Spa Day...

It is not often that you meet new people who instantly become a part of your life. This was the experience we all had when we met Lisa and Melissa. Their personalities are contagious. We had an absolutely wonderful time and were truly sad to see them leave.

If you ever have an opportunity to see these ladies, it is a MUST. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Their presentation included tips from how to inexpensively get dentist white teeth, to how to clean behind the toilet without ever bending over (you have to hear this one). And the greatest thing was with each cool tip there was a Bible verse to back it all up. It was great.

As I watched the ladies presentations, they were so funny, so uplifting and so spiritual that I could not imagine myself being anything like them. Then they began their testimonies. WOW! It was awesome to listen to the ladies explain their “troubled” lives and “not exactly perfect” families while still uplifting Jesus Christ! It was amazing to watch the other ladies who attended become enthralled with their testimonies and realize that these wonderful spiritual ladies do not live perfect lives…..and we are not expected to either.

God was ever so present that day. We thank the Spa Girls for sharing themselves with us in such a personal way. We all were reminded that God is still in control when we and those around us are not; that we have to get on our knees and turn it all over to him; and HE will take care of us!(and that we can clean the floor around the toilet without ever bending over)


Lovingly,

Christie

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kids in the Kitchen

Chicken Fingers on a Stick

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 24 Inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes (Mom, you'll need to supervise with the skewers)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups plain dried bread crumbs

1. Cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide strips and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold the chicken strips slightly and wave them onto the skewers.
2. Set burner to medium-high - or if using a grill set to medium high and close the lid - heat until hot.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the oil and the barbecue sauce. Spread the bread crumbs on a sheet of waxed paper. Lightly brush the sauce mixture over the chicken strips and then roll them in the bread crumbs. (Great fun for the kids to do!)
4. Grill or Fry the chicken fingers uncovered until they're no longer pink inside.
5. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice (honey is good!). Serves 6 to 8


Enjoy!
FLO Ministry Team


Monday, July 27, 2009

Pics from Spa Day

Enjoy some pics from Spa Day...

Our ministry team with The Spa Girls



The Spa Girls in action

Some of the ladies who attended

Our Kitchen Crew

Spa Day Recap

As you know the FLO Ministry Team has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spa Day at PBC. We began several months ago making plans for this special event. We took great time and effort in planning out the minute details of the day. We must say that Spa Day totally exceeded our expectations and came off without a hitch this past Saturday. The Lord truly blessed our efforts and allowed us to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Our guests for the day were The Spa Girls, Lisa Seale and Melissa Calvert (
www.thespagirls.net). These ladies were such blessings to the ladies of our church. We enjoyed the first session of our day with them teaching us practical ways to create a spa-like environment in our own homes on a shoe-string budget. But, the most moving part of the day was when Melissa and Lisa shared candidly their personal testimonies with us. We’ve heard countlessly from women who attended that at least one of the ladies’ testimonies was exactly what she needed to hear, and it was SO encouraging to know that there was HOPE out there for ladies who suffer from depression, feelings of failure, wayward children, divorce, etc.

The “SPA Girls” instantly meshed with our ministry team and we gleaned a tremendous amount of wisdom from them in the short time we were together. It is not often that you meet new people who instantly become a part of your life. This was the experience we all had when we met Lisa and Melissa. Their personalities are contagious. We had an absolutely wonderful time and were truly sad to see them leave.


Over the rest of the week, we will share our personal thoughts and feelings about SPA Day, the SPA Girls, and Women’s ministry events in general.

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Friday, July 24, 2009

Everlasting God



"Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:28-31

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday's Thoughts

Gosh! I’ve been busy the past few weeks. Last night as I drifted off to sleep, my “to-do” list flowed through my mind in an unending stream. This morning I woke up before the alarm went off and just listened to the quietness of my sleeping home. In this quietness, I realized just how busy I have been this summer and how frighteningly easy it is to get lost in the frenzy of amazing people, projects, and possibilities.

“SPA Day” is in 2 days. Last night the ladies on the FLO ministry team (and several others) stayed after church and transformed Pearson’s Fellowship Hall into a Hot Pink- Lime Green- Zebra Striped paradise. (it is so over-the-top girly that my critically male husband said it made him itch) Months and Months of preparation have led up to this weekend. We have been very busy securing a caterer, choosing flowers and other decorations, designing printed materials, securing door prizes…you get the picture...we’ve been busy. For the most part, we have been very focused on “WHY” we are planning a huge ladies event, and on “WHO” we want to represent. This week I lost my focus and THAT is when I began to get weary…and grouchy. Have you been where I am? Have you had seasons when life is overwhelmingly full of grand and amazing people, projects, and possibilities that you ponder the possibility of getting in your car, getting on the interstate, and just driving til you run out of gas??

Christians love to claim the promise, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, but what happens when we lose sight of the one we are to be drawing our strength from? I found out this week….we get weary, grumpy, “stressed”, “frazzled”, worried, short tempered….need I go on? This week I got caught up in the details of the Ladies Event, and lost sight of the Ladies. This week I got caught up in the Ministry and lost sight of the One who gives me the strength to carry out the ministry. Thankfully, my sweet Savior whispered to me in the quietness of my sleeping home this morning and reminded me that I serve a great big God and that HE’s got this under control.

There are going to be times in life when things are overwhelming. There will be times when seemingly unreasonable deadlines will have to be met. There will be times when we truly feel like we are in the last leg of a marathon and all we want to do is crawl over the finish line so that we can collapse. There will be hard days. There will be busy days. There will be seemingly impossible days. When these days come, we are wise to bury the promise ‘I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me” deep in our hearts. Then, let’s set our eyes on the One who gives us strength and draw from HIM that which we need to get through the tough days.

Hugs,

K

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kids in the Kitchen

ANIMAL CHIPS

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

1 large flour tortilla
Cooking spray
Salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut shapes from a large flour tortilla.
2. Arrange the animals on a baking sheet, lightly coat them with cooking spray, and sprinkle them with salt.
3. Bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes, and your chips are ready for a dip in salsa or guacamole.

Enjoy!
FLO Ministry Team

When Your Hut's on Fire

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'Ho w did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Morning Prayer

Good Morning Lord. It's Monday again. Another week stretches out before me. I just wanted to take a moment before I start my week and sit with You. What do You want from me this week? Who have You placed in my path? I don't know what is in store for me over the next week, but I know that You do. I know that You are in total control and that I can depend on you.
Thank you for sitting with me for just a minute before I start my week. Lord, let me be a reflection of You in all I say and do.
Amen


Praying that You feel God's arms around you today and all this week.
Serving Him
FLO Ministry Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

G'Day From the Land Down Under!

As we told you earlier this week, we're in the full throws of Vacation Bible School at PBC this week. It has been a huge success! We have one final night remaining. Please pray specifically for the parents that will attend our finale service tomorrow night. Enjoy some pics below...











Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Kids in the Kitchen

Strawberry Mice

Ingredients:

Fresh strawberries
Mini chocolate chips
Black decorators' icing
Almond slivers
Toothpick
Red lace licorice
Wedge of Cheese (Your choice)

Instructions:

1. For each mouse, slice a small section from the side of a strawberry so it sits flat.
2. Press a mini chocolate chip into the tip for a nose, using a small dab of icing to secure it in place, if needed.
3. Add icing eyes and stick 2 almond slivers into the top of the berry for ears.
4. For a tail, use a toothpick to carve a small hole in the back of the berry and push the end of a piece of licorice lace into the hole. Serve these berry cute treats with small triangles of cheese.

Enjoy!
FLO Ministry Team

Monday, July 13, 2009

We're on the Boomerang Express

The FLO Ministry team is in the Land Down Under riding The Boomerang Express this week! It is VBS week at Pearson and we are practicing our best Aussie Accent while we share the love of Christ with the kids. We’re going to put all our efforts into VBS this week, so our posts will be short (we may even skip a day- *gasp*).

Please be in prayer for us as we shower our Savior’s love on the children (and teachers) this week. Please pray specifically for physical strength and stamina and that our excitement will be just as strong on day 5 as it is on day 1! It is our desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to these precious children.

Serving Him,
The FLO Ministry Team

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Surrender All



I can't think of a more perfect song to end with as we finish up the topic of submission. I hope that this is your prayer as you enter into worship this weekend.

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Thursday's Thoughts

Submission.....A Matter of Trust
Thursday's Thoughts have been on "Biblical Submission" for the past two weeks. As we close the topic today, I want to bring to light one final misconception about God's command to submit and give you, Dear Reader, a beautiful picture of submission.

Submission is a matter of trust, not blind obedience.

Obedience says "I will do what you tell me to do." Obedience is not a heart issue, it is a behavior issue. Many people obey out of fear. Children can obey to avoid punishment. Employees can obey to keep their jobs. Wives can obey to avoid an argument. Obedience is not an indication of trust or respect and is not the same as submission.

In submitting to someone, you are telling that person, "I trust you and your judgement. I believe that you have my best interests at heart. I know that you have taken my needs into account in making this decision. I will follow your lead" Submission is a matter of the heart. Submission IS an indication of trust and respect, because one can only submit to a person who has proven themselves to be trustworthy and deserving of respect.


Scripture give us a beautiful example of submission in the book of Luke.
Chapter 22, verses 41-43 reads:
He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Our savior, Jesus Christ asked God the Father to find another way to save mankind if possible, but Jesus KNEW and TRUSTED that if the Father said "Go to the Cross", that was the only way. I cannot think of a better picture of complete and total submission than Christ. He did not follow blindly. He knew the plan to save mankind and, because His heart and His passion was the same as the Father's, He submitted to God and went to the cross. Because of this, you and I have the gift of salvation.

There is no way to fully address something so complicated as submission in a few posts, but I do hope that we have opened your heart to the idea of Biblical submission.

Hugs!
K

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kids in the Kitchen

"Honey, How Was Your Day?"

With our families running around to and from church activities, sporting events, and summer camps it’s easy to lose sight of who are children really are becoming. One way you can open a line of communication with them is to invite them into the kitchen for a fun-filled, family-friendly activity. This will serve two purposes 1) get your child involved in the kitchen responsibilities and 2) encourage communication between the child and parent.

Throughout the rest of the summer, we will be recommending recipes that are kid-friendly and something you can do together. We’ll call our series of recipes “Kids in the Kitchen”. We hope you enjoy!
PIZZA DIPPERS

Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces prepared pizza sauce, warmed

Directions:
Heat oven to 350F. Grease 1 large or 2 small cookie sheets. Unroll dough and separate into sections. Cut each section in half so you have double the breadsticks. Place strips 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Brush with butter; sprinkle evenly with pizza seasoning. Bake at 350F for 11 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; sprinkle strips with cheese. Bake for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with warmed pizza sauce as dip.

Enjoy!
The Flo Ministry Team

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Break

It is definitely Summer time here in Mississippi! Our kids have been off to camp, we are preparing for VBS, some members of the ministry team have been on vacation...and it is 100bazillion degrees outside! Well, maybe it is only 99 degrees outside, but the thermometer on the dash of my car reads 105 everyday when I get in it...that's hot enough for me!

The FLO Wednesday Night Bible Study will not meet the month of July. This allows the Ministry team a month to prepare for the fall schedule and allows all the ladies a change in pace. We will start back up on SUNDAY nights in August, but will likely still do the Bible Study Post on Tuesday.....I think.

Until, we start back in August, I am going to use Tuesdays to get your input, dear reader. Now, I know that some of you who are faithful to read the blog everyday have not signed up as followers because it asks you to set up a google account. The account is free and you can use whatever screen name and password you have on your current e-mail account. The process is not difficult, and once you click "follow" on the right side of the blog page, it walks you through the steps. All that is to say, we would LOVE to know who you are, so please sign up as a follower!

I have been asking myself the Question "What do women need to know about God?" for the past several weeks. If I had one chance to talk to a woman about her creator, what would I tell her? Would I tell her that she is loved unconditionally, that Jesus died for her sins, that she is fearfully and wonderfully made, that Jesus came to give her abundant life, or that all things are possible when CHRIST is her strength? What do women need to know?

So dear reader, what do you think?
What do the women in YOUR life need to know?
What do we need to discuss here on the FLO blog?
Let us know what you're thinking.

We love ya and are praying for ya every day!

Hugs!
K

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lord, Help me

Lord help me this week to be an example of your love to the people you have placed in my life. Help me to live each day in such a way that others want to know You because they know me. Help me to love unconditionally. Help me Lord to care for the people you have entrusted to me as precious gifts to be cherished and nurtured. Help me to be a good steward of my time, money, and resources. Help me to live this week like a woman who has been freed from the bondage of sin and has been promised eternity in Heaven with You. Help me to let go of the past. Help me to forgive and, where appropriate, forget. Convict me of thoughts, desires, and behaviors that do not bring you glory. Help me Lord, help me become a women that does not have to tell the world that I am a Christian. Help me become a woman whose life is a reflection of Your grace. Help me become a woman whose words are a reflection of Your love. Help me become a woman whose actions are a reflection of Your mercy. Oh God! More than anything I want the world around me to see You in me!



We celebrated our Country's Independence this weekend. As Christians, we have been freed from much more than the oppression of England. We have been freed from the bondage of sin and have been given a place in the Family of God. If you have accepted the gift of Salvation, claim your title as Daughter of the Most High. Celebrate the Freedom given to you on the cross.



A great price was paid for our freedom as Americans. A great price was also paid for our freedom as Christians.

Lord, let me never take either for granted.

Serving Him,

FLO Ministry Team

Friday, July 3, 2009

Yesterday,Christa pointed out that submission is not to be confused with being subservient. One definition for ‘submit’ is to defer to another’s judgement, opinion, decision, etc. It also means to yield oneself to the power or authority of another.
When we submit to Christ as Lord of our lives we are yeilding to His power, seeking His opinion, following His decisions, and allowing Him to influence our judgement.






Lord, I give you my heart, my soul, I live for you alone. Every breath I take, every move I make....have your way in me today.
Amen



Have a great weekend!
Serving Him
FLO Ministry Team

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday's Thoughts

Submission…A Matter of the Heart

Submission is not to be confused with being subservient. One definition for ‘submit’ is to defer to another’s judgement, opinion, decision, etc. It also means to yield oneself to the power or authority of another. To be subservient means to be slavish. Slaves, my dear friends, we are not! Let’s establish that fact before we go any further…to be a submissive wife does not mean that we have to be a slave to our husband.

Genesis 2:20b-22 states, “But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” Matthew Henry’s commentary states, “That the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”

I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful husband who is hard-working, loving, and unselfish. He’s proven himself true-blue in the 13 years we’ve been married. I haven’t always understood why he’s made certain decisions, but in the long run, and looking at his track record, he’s always seemed to have made decisions that he thought was in the best interest of our family. He’s proven himself to me. He’s proven that I can trust him, that I can depend on him, that when all is said and done, the needs of our family are his first priority. Why would I not submit to this man?

The Bible tells us in Ephesians that the relationship between a husband and a wife should mirror image the relationship between Christ and His church. If that’s the case, and we, as Christians, are followers of God (submitted to God), then aren’t we commanded to also submit to our husbands? Of course we are.

A Submissive Wife:
1. Reflects the love of Christ for His church
2. Portrays to her children her love and support for their father


Dear Lord,

It is our desire to be women who submit to our husbands. Help us to understand that only then, when the husband takes the lead, can he truly be the head of our household and be what you’ve called him to be. Help us to see that by submitting to our husbands we are acting out the relationship between Christ and the church. Allow our children to see the purpose behind the design of a marriage between a man and woman. Help us to be used to build up and not tear down what you’re trying to do in the lives of our husbands. We thank you Lord for what you’re going to do through us!

In Jesus Name, Amen


To close on a much lighter note…


A mild mannered husband was tired of being bossed by his wife so he went to see a psychiatrist. The doctor said he needed to build his self-esteem, so he gave him a book on assertiveness which the man read on the way home on the bus. He finished the book by the time he reached the house.
The husband stormed into the house and walked right up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face he said, "From now on, I want you to know that I am the man of the house and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight. When I am finished eating my meal, I expect a scrumptious dessert. Then, after dinner, you're going to draw me my bath so I can relax. When I am finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"
The wife looked him square in the eye and replied, "The funeral director."


His Forever,
Christa

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer Berry Trifle

Ingredients:
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
4 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries) washed and hulled, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 to 36 ladyfingers

Instructions:
1. To make the filling, prepare the pudding according to the package directions and chill it.
2. Slice the strawberries, then toss all of the berries with the lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to release their juices.
3. In a medium bowl, whip the cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
4. To make the layers, set a layer of the ladyfingers (around 7 or 8) on the bottom of a large, clear serving bowl. Top with the berries with half of the pudding.
5. Add another layer of ladyfingers, another third of the berries and juice, and the rest of the pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers and berries. Top with the whipped cream and a berry garnish.
6. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.