Thursday, January 28, 2010

If I Could Tell You Something - Week 2

I would tell you that….
You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Last week I challenged you to ask God to show you how He made you….you. I also asked you to talk to Him about the things you don’t like about yourself and ask Him to show you why He made you the way He did.

I got 4 e-mails last week that said pretty much the same thing…..

“You know what we talked about in Flo Sunday night, about your best features and/or something you like about yourself ? I have been thinking since then and I honestly can’t come up with anything. I don’t know if it’s because we have been (women) taught we’re not suppose to admire ourselves. I get embarrassed when someone does give me a compliment, I know I should take it graciously but somehow I can’t… Another one my hang-ups. I’ll keep trying to come up with something but don’t be disappointed if I can’t.”

My response each time was “Keep looking. You have til Sunday. Don’t disappoint me.”

Sunday night when the FLO girls got together for Bible Study, we passed out index cards.
Each Lady stood up and introduced herself and all the other ladies wrote down one thing they admired about her. Since this is a new group, there are some new faces, so it also gave us a moment to get to know each other. Just as I anticipated, no one had any trouble finding something pleasing in all of the women in the room….all the cards were full. Each lady took her cards home with her to remind her of what other women see in her.

So, if we can readily see things in other women that we find pleasing, why can’t we see it in ourselves? I have my theories, but will save them for another time. If you had a hard time thinking of something you like about yourself, let me offer you this…..

Read Genesis 1.
See that God SPOKE everything into existence…..until He made man. He said “Let US MAKE man in OUR IMAGE”. Now, God did a great job on the mountains, the clouds, the sun, moon, and stars, the oceans, rivers, waterfalls, peacocks, kangaroos, Koala Bears, Pandas, Butterflies, and song birds by just speaking them into existence. Nature is wonderful and beautiful and marvelous. Now, how much more wonderful and marvelous are YOU than these, if He CREATED you rather than speaking you into existence? Okay, I understand, that was Adam and Eve…the FIRST man and woman. They were special to God. You may think that God does not take such care with the rest of us.

Look at Psalm 139:13-19
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.


God KNIT you together. He CHOSE the color of your eyes, hair, and skin. He sprinkled your nose with freckles (or not) and chose the color and shape of your lips. The same One who spoke the mountains and oceans into existence carefully knitted you together in your mother’s womb. My mom knitted when I was a child. It is a painstaking task. It is not something that can be rushed. Interesting that THIS is the term David used in the Psalm to describe life in the womb.
So, If you are still having a difficult time finding something pleasing about your body, consider the Lord of all Creation KNITTING you together. Think of the time it took, think of how all your body parts must work together, think of the intricate details of your eye color, hair color, and the texture of your skin. You, my dear sweet reader, are a Marvelous creation, knitted together by God himself. And what did He say when he created Adam and Eve? The same thing He said when He formed YOU…..Very good.

We will not meet this week, but will look at the Plan and Purpose God has for your life the First Sunday in February.

FLO Bible Study meets each Sunday night from 5-6 at Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl. Find out more about Pearson at www.pearsonbcfamily.org.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Contagious Anger

Courtesy of Kristy Freels

Proverbs 22:24-25 says, "Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself. "
Anger can wreak havoc on both the body and soul, but its tentacles reach beyond the individual and wrap around everyone in close proximity. Bitter out-bursts and silent resentment are not just our own personal issues.

An angry spirit is contagious. It is passed from one person to another - and from one generation to the next. Workplaces can become tense environments full of caustic words and attitudes. Ire turns homes into battlegrounds of verbal explosions or silent hostility. Even churches suffer from malicious gossip and fights over personal preferences.

God created us to live in fellowship with others, but anger can poison our relationships. Tragically, those closest to us are the ones who suffer the most. Children learn to respond to life's situations by observing their parents' example. They then develop similar attitudes and patterns of behavior. We need to give serious thought to what kind of heart we are passing down to our sons and daughters.

Thankfully, God is in the heart-changing business. Just as we learn an angry person's ways by association, so we can learn righteous ways by walking closely with the Lord. Christ calls us to come, learn from Him and find rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-29).

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie - Weight Watchers

Ingredients:

2 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray
1 tsp butter
1 small onion(s), chopped
2 cup(s) mushroom(s), sliced
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cup(s) frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup(s) canned chicken broth
3 cup(s) cooked chicken breast, chopped
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk, divided
4 roll(s) reduced-fat crescent roll dough, unrolled

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a 10-inch round shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
Coat a large pot with cooking spray. Add butter and melt over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms and cook, until tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Stir in paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. Add vegetables, broth and chicken. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
In a small cup, combine flour and 1/4 cup of evaporated milk; stir into chicken mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of evaporated milk and cook until mixture is slightly thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
Spoon chicken mixture into prepared baking dish. Unroll crescent rolls and arrange dough around inside edge of baking dish to form a border (there will be a hole in the middle). Bake until rolls are golden brown and filling is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Cut into 6 pieces and serve.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

If I Could Tell You Something - Week 1

If I had one chance to tell you something that would change your life for the better, what would I tell you? Where would I start?
I would tell you (in no particular order) that:
* You are wonderfully and fearfully made
* GOD has a plan and a purpose for you
* Christ died for you…you have a place in heaven
* Everything works together for good
* You are forgiven….but live with consequences
* What you do DOES matter
* Your past is NOT your future
* There is a war raging and YOU are in the battle
* Garbage in = garbage out
* There are “friends” that are not good for you
* Church is important
* God has placed people in your life….who has God given you?

Next week we will begin with you. Your creation. Your life. You are not an accident or a mistake. God made you exactly like he wanted you.

We are, as people, pretty self centered. As people, we believe that we fall somewhere between "I am totally insignificant" and " I am amazing". Would your opinion change if you believed that the God of heaven and earth lovingly created you?

Name something you really like about your physical appearance.
Do you regularly thank God for the thing you listed?
Name something that you don’t like about your physical appearance.
Have you considered that God made the thing you named and that HE made it just like HE wanted it?


Over the next week, spend time considering the way God put you together. Thank Him for the things that work well, are pleasing to you, and that bring you satisfaction. Ask Him to reveal to you, or help you begin to understand why He put you together the way He did and how the things you are not so fond of fit into His plan.

Read Psalm 139, focusing on verses 13-16. Ask God to remind you throughout the week that HE made you just like HE wants you!

FLO Bible Study meets each Sunday night from 5-6 at Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl.
Find out more about Pearson at
www.pbcfamily.org

Friday, January 15, 2010

Announcing New Bible Study

If we could tell you something….what would it be? If we had one chance to tell you about God….what would we tell you? If we had one day with you… what would we want you to remember from our visit? Those are the types of Questions that gave rise to our first FLO Bible Study. This Study is for you. Born out of years of one on one conversations, e-mailed prayer requests, and group discussions.

It is our prayer that over the next few months you will see God with fresh eyes and hear His word with fresh ears. Whether you have 40 years of perfect Sunday School attendance…or if you have not been to church in years, we have somethings to tell you….

God created you just exactly the way He wanted you to be…
God has a plan and a purpose for YOU…
There is a war being waged…and YOU are in the battle…
YOU need a Savior…
There really is victory in Jesus….
YOU are part of a bigger story…
And more

Flo Bible Study meets every Sunday from 5-6 p.m. at Pearson Baptist in Pearl, Ms.
Hope you’ll join us!


For our friends in places like Tupelo, Mississippi; Dyersburg Tennessee; Sao Paulo, Brazil; London, England, New York, New York; San Miguel, Chile and Weston, Canada…
We will be posting “Bible Study thoughts” on the Blog each week after FLO Bible Study meets.

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Walk the Walk Update

2010’s Walk the Walk is ready for your participation. Walk the Walk is a ministry for any woman looking to live a more healthy lifestyle. We will be incorporating a Biblical approach to eating and fitness. All ages, all body types are welcome. This will be a work in progress so suggestions are welcomed (mobimed@bellsouth.net). This is not a “program” nor “membership to any type fitness club or gym”. It is a group of women who are like-minded and who want to encourage each other to fight the fight daily with better decisions about health; which include focusing on being active. We will also meet for group exercise. We talk the talk about God, let’s begin Walking the Walk with strengthening our bodies too, as God intended. We meet Tuesday and Thursday nights at Pearson Baptist Church from 6pm-7pm in the gymnasium. Please bring hand weights or leg weights if you have them. If you have any questions, please direct them to Danyelle Carroll at the email listed above.

NOTE: It's in your best interest to clear any exercise activities with your physician first.

Enjoy this lite snack, courtesy of Weight Watchers:

Cauliflower Poppers


Ingredients:

1 spray(s) cooking spray

1 small head cauliflower

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder, or more to taste

1/2 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces (there should be about 4 cups). Place cauliflower in a medium bowl and add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper; toss well to coat.

Spread cauliflower on prepared baking sheet and bake until cauliflower is tender, but not mushy, stirring halfway through, about 10 minutes. Yields about 1/2 cup per serving.

Enjoy!




Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The FLO Flower Pot

Several years ago in Craft class, Mrs. P. made us all make “yo-yos”…at least I THINK that’s what they are called. She gave each of us a circle of fabric and showed us how to run the thread through it to make a puffy sort of thing. Not being anything close to someone that might possibly resemble someone who can sew, I thought, “Okay, that was kind of neat. But what on earth would that ever be good for?”

A few days or weeks (remember, this was a while back) later, she brought me a rolled up piece of Ivory colored fabric. I will never forget the look on her face…she was absolutely beaming. We were planning our first “FLO” Fellowship. This was going to be the official unveiling of the “For Ladies Only” Ministry at Pearson. Mrs. P had taken the pinwheels we made in craft class and turned them into Flowers. She explained how a little piece of each of us was attached to “FLO”. I unrolled the fabric and found this:



I wrote the following to explain the Flower pot. I asked Mrs. P to read it the night of our first Fellowship….

An ordinary circle of colored fabric. By itself, plain and simple. Nothing extraordinary. Nothing spectacular. But….put this piece of fabric together with others and something amazing begins to happen. They begin to work together- their colors and patterns complementing each other. Together, these seemingly plain pieces of fabric become a beautiful Flower arrangement. Other pieces of fabric become stems of support. Another piece becomes the Flower pot which holds the soil from which the Flowers draw the nutrients they need to grow, survive, and thrive. The Largest and most important piece of fabric is the backdrop that holds the whole thing together.

What a beautiful picture of the women in our group. Alone, none of us are particularly remarkable or spectacular. Alone, we have strengths…but we also have weaknesses. Put us together and something beautiful begins to happen. Our strengths and weaknesses begin to complement each other. Together, we are able to give each other strength and support. We are (or should be) planted in the “pot” called the church, where we can get what we need to grow and thrive spiritually. The backdrop that holds us all together is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

So, welcome to “FLO”, the “For Ladies Only” ministry of Pearson Baptist Church. FLO has only one purpose, to let the love of God FLO through us to reach others.
November 13, 2006


When I wrote those words, “FLO” was still just a dream in my heart. I had no idea what “women’s ministry” was supposed to look like. All I knew was that I knew far too many hurting, empty, broken women and that God was the only one who could make them whole. So began the 3 years that brought us here.

Sunday night, we had our 2010 FLO kickoff. As I sat and listened to 5 precious women tell the group about the different ministries they are heading up this year, and as I watched women of different generations, different races, different backgrounds…married, widowed, divorced, and single…with and without children, grand children, and great grand children….talking, laughing, hugging one another, and asking about this or that ministry opportunity….I thanked God for the privilege of being allowed to serve Him and for letting me see Mrs. P’s “FLOwer pot” become reality.

The FLO Blog is a large part of the FLO Ministry. The whole reason we started this blog was so that we could give you, dear reader, a little bit of what we are able to give the ladies at Pearson. We wanted to take our ministry outside the walls of our church building. Little did we know that we would reach 41 of the states in America and 34 other countries in just over 8 months. Never did we imagine that we’d reach places like Chile, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, Brazil, France, or Japan. Never did we imagine that there would be thousands of women visiting the blog.

Thank you, dear reader, for planting yourself in the FLO Blog Flower pot. We’re glad you visited and hope you’ll join as a follower. Please feel free to comment (you can comment as a follower or anonymously) at any time. As always, we are bathing you in prayer, wherever you are. It is our most earnest prayer that God will wrap His arms around you and give you peace, courage, and life more abundantly.


Hugs!
K

Sunday, January 10, 2010

WALK the WALK

We'd like to announce our newest ministry for the ladies of FLO. Walk the Walk will begin THIS WEEK. We will meet regularly every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 12th. Even if you're unsure about wanting to commit, please feel free to come and see what Walk the Walk is all about! We'd love to see you there!!


For questions, please email Danyelle Carroll at Danyelle.Carroll@MobilityMedicalInc.com.

Serving Him,
FLO Ministry Team

Friday, January 8, 2010

Action Oriented Thinking

In the wake of all the resolution setting, I can’t help but be reminded of what my pastor spoke about last Wednesday night. It was a timely reminder of the patience that change requires. It has stuck with me, and so I hope that it will make a lasting impression with you as well.

It probably won’t surprise you that 70% of resolutions are never met. So, that leaves us with the question…"Where does life change begin?"

Romans 12:1-2 says this “ Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

We are equipped to make a change only because of God’s grace and mercy.

So, how can we make changes that will stick and resolutions that we can keep?

1. Focus on long term goals, not just short term resolutions.
2. Focus on progress, not just perfection.
If we focus only on perfection, we set ourselves up for failure!
3. Focus on the HOW and not the WHAT.
We know what we want and it’s easy to focus on the WHAT. But, we need to change our focus to the HOW of getting to the WHAT. We’ve got to put some HOW to the WHAT!

Phillipiams 3:10-17 says this “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you."

Perfection is a process!

His Forever,
Christa

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lighten Your Load in 2010

New Year Resolutions get a lot of Hype. Most all of us make a personal resolution or 2, even if we don’t do it officially. January 1 is a day to start fresh. The New year is all about making changes, starting something new….getting it together.

My resolutions USUALLY involve adding something to my life…exercise, a budget, a few good habits. About the only thing I consistently resolve to remove from my life are the extra calories that my New Year’s diet will not allow.

As I am thinking about 2009 (and years gone by) and looking toward 2010, I realize that, along with the addition of some very good things, I could resolve to remove some very bad things. There are all sorts of things I carry from year to year. Things that have no purpose aside from stealing my joy and causing me grief. Grudges, resentment, bitterness, and anger come to mind. Then there are other things I carry around… like guilt and regret. As I try to look at my emotional baggage objectively, one common thing strikes me….all of these emotions are tied to events in the past…..let me tell myself that once more….IN THE PAST. Can I stop here for just a moment? If all these negative emotions are tied to events in the past, then why am I dragging them around?

We ALL have things we WISH we could undo. We ALL have moments we wish we could re-live. The fact is, the past is the past. No matter how much we yearn to make things right, we CANNOT go back in time and get a redo….and neither can the people that may have wronged us. All these things are like rocks that we carry around. They weigh us down, keep us up at night, steal our joy and peace.

It is not too late to resolve to lighten your load in 2010.

What if you could walk into 2010 with one less stone in your sack of burdens?

What is the one thing you would leave in 2009?


Hugs,
K

Monday, January 4, 2010

It's Another New Year

All the hustle and bustle is over. Christmas has come and gone. We are embarking on a New Year, and like many I am already thinking about what happens next. But before I can do that, I have been reminded of something. Something that has had me thinking and realizing some of my shortcomings.

As our preacher told us in church yesterday, God is wanting me to spend time with Him. Well, ok I guess I can do that. I did take off work a few hours extra to spend time with my husband and a few more to spend time with my kids. I am taking off for 4 days to go to Disney World next month. So surely I can take some time off to spend with God - right?

Let me get this straight - God wants me to spend some one on one time with Him. Wow, I have 4 kids what is that? Then the big thing is that God wants me to LISTEN and not talk. Wow, I am not so sure I am ready to do that. OK fine, I tried - as I sat alone last night a million things were going through my head and I could not seem to focus, much less make a way to hear God talking. Actually all I could hear was myself talking.

Why is it that when it comes to God, we find it very difficult to "make time" for Him? Why is it that we find it so easy to make God wait? Why is it that we get so frustrated when we have to sit in line for 10 minutes at McDonald's, but yet often times make God wait days, weeks, months and for some, even years before we give Him a few minutes of our uninterrupted time?

My goal this week is to find time to talk with God, in the quiet, and then make myself sit in silence and listen to what God has to tell me. Man, I cant wait to see what He has to say and I can't imagine how happy He is that His little girl is truly listening!

Love In Christ,
Christie