Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Morning Pick me up

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the mostQuoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly,

"The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know."

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Using Discernment...or Being Judgemental?

We NEED discernment. It is God-given and is a good thing. We do NOT need to be judgemental. THAT is a sin. So, what's the difference?

The Ladies in the FLO Bible Study discussed this at great length last night. We are studying the book of James and started Chapter 2 last night. When James tells Christians "Do not show favoritism"...what is he talking about? Without going into ALL the different ways we dissected this tidbit of Scripture, I will try and share with you, dear reader, what we discussed.

As Christians, we are fearful of being deemed "Judgemental" and this fear keeps us from talking to our sisters in Christ about sin in their lives. BUT, we are to hold each other accountable and to help each other grow. So what are we to do?

First of all, We must bathe the whole situation in prayer. Sounds easy enough. "Dear Lord, please prepare 'Sally's' heart for what I am about to tell her." But that is not the sort of prayer I am suggesting. Rather than pray for "Sally", I think we need to pray for OURSELVES... something more like this... "Lord, I see _____ in Sally's life and I think I should talk to her about it. Please search my heart and reveal any selfish, self-serving, or otherwise unholy motives there. Please reveal any pride in my heart. Lord, convict me if I am being judgemental. Cleanse my heart Lord until the only purpose I have in talking to her is so that her relationship to you may be restored."

When we are aligned with God's heart, our goal in confronting a sister in Christ about sinful behavior is simply to restore her relationship with her Savior and with other Christians.

A quick check is to ask myself: Am I concerned with her character or her clothes?

In other words, am I concerned with her heart or her behavior? When we are being judgemental, we are being critical of unacceptable behavior. When we are being discerning, we are concerned about a heart issue.

Bottom line is this, when a sister is stumbling, we must reach out to that sister and do all we can to help restore her relationship with Christ. The issue in this situation is not the behavior, but the heart behind the behavior. Rather than approaching her and saying "Why are you _________?" We look past the behavior and approach her with, "I am concerned about you. I feel like you are searching for something (or stumbling or struggling spiritually, etc.)...

that maybe you do not feel fulfilled (or grounded in your faith, or under attack). What's going on?" If she says you're crazy and don't know what you are talking about, then let her know that you will be praying for her and if she ever wants to talk, you are available.

I feel like I must add one more thing...if God is truly convicting you to approach a sister about sin in her life, do not talk to others about it. Do not ask their opinion or assessment of the situation. Be brave enough to follow God's lead and talk to her yourself. If God is leading you, you do not need anyone else's approval. When we discuss someone's faults, sin, and shortcomings amongst ourselves, our driving motive is often pride. We feel better about ourselves because we are "better" than the one we are talking about..... but.....that is gossip and slander and is hurtful and God calls it sin. We do not restore a sister to fellowship by gossiping about her.

Remember, the goal is restoration, not condemnation.

Whew! I promise that was harder to write than it was to read! My heart aches as I think of times when I have made the wrong choice and have talked about someone and/or condemned them rather than talked to them and restored them!

Lets Pray

Oh Father! I have sinned. I have been prideful and thought that my sins were "not as bad" as others' sin. I have been full of judgement and condemnation rather than filled with love and compassion for a fallen sister. Cleanse my heart Lord. Draw me close so that Your holiness washes over me. Show me where my heart is full of sin and give me the courage to face that sin, ask your forgiveness, and turn away from it and put it out of my life forever. Help me Lord to NOT be judgemental, but to be driven to restore my sisters' relationships with You first and then to restore their fellowship with other believers. Lord, let me live out my testimony and protect my witness. Let those who know me want to know you, or to know you more.


Until next time!



"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

Pasole - Thank you Chasity for this wonderful recipe! NOW....if we could just have some nice cold "soup" weather!

1 package hot and spicy sausage
3-4 cups chicken broth
2 small cans hominy
2 small cans green chilies, diced
1 can stewed tomatoes in juice
1 yellow onion, chopped
4-5 cloves fresh garlic
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon (or more) oregano
1/2 teaspoon (or less) cayenne pepper
Avocado (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Cilantro (optional)
Tortilla strips (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)

Directions: Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Makes: 4 servings

1. Combine corn, broth, chilies, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper and sausage in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Stir in the tomatoes and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Serve in soup bowls with optional toppings.


"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Tips, Trivia, and Tidbits

Seems Too Good to be True...
But it is true!
Gleanings from real research by Neil MacQueen

What if I told you there was a well-researched and statistically proven program that on average can:
increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years
significantly reduce your child's use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
dramatically lower their risk of suicide
help them rebound from depression 70% faster
dramatically reduce their risk for committing a crime
improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
reduce their risk for rebelliousness
reduce the likelihood that they would binge drink in college
improve their odds for a "very happy" life
provide them with a life-long moral compass
provide children with a caring extended family
get them to wear their seat belts more often
and will also statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adults years

Is there such a program?

YES, there is.

...And it is supported by research from Duke University, Indiana University, The University of Michigan, The Center for Disease Control, Barna Research Group, Gallup, Pew, and the National Institute for Healthcare Research, and several national surveys.

How much would a program like this be worth to you?

What if I told you it was free, and only took about 2 hours a week?

Would you be interested?

Take a look at the above list again. It's not a dream. The program is called

"active church participation."

In study, after study, after study, children who actively engage in a faith community on a regular basis are rewarded with SIGNIFICANTLY reduced likelihood of life problems and risky behaviors, and stand to significantly improved their odds of a happier, healthier, and longer life.

These studies show the same results for adults as well.

Here are some other tidbits....
"The cohabitation rate is seven times higher among persons who seldom or never attend religious services compared to persons who frequently attend," writes David Larson of the National Institute of Healthcare Research.

"Women who attended religious services once a week were only one-third as likely to cohabit as those who attended church services less than once a month."

Furthermore, "If the mother frequently attended religious services, both sons and daughters were only 50 percent as likely to cohabit as adult children whose mothers were not actively religious."

A study of inner city Jr High students cites that the highest concentration of pessimists is found among students with the lowest attendance at church.

Those who attend church weekly or more frequently, on the other hand, exhibit the following profiles:
They are more optimistic about their futures;
They have better relationships with their parents;
They are more likely to dismiss racism as an obstacle to reaching their goals;
They are more likely to have serious and realistic goals for their futures;
They are more likely to see the world as a friendly place in which they can achieve, rather than as a hostile world with powerful forces arrayed against them; and
They are more likely to see themselves as in control of their own futures, whereas those who do not attend church are more likely to see themselves as victims of oppression.

You can research it yourself. See what is said about the results that being an active participant (not just a member) of a God-focused (not self focused or works focused), Grace based (not works based) faith filled congregation of believers will have on your life and on the lives of your family!

Till next time...


"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Morning Pick Me Up...

We all have those days...mine usually happen on Monday. And while I am grateful for health that allows me to work, a job that allows me to bring home a paycheck to pay a mortgage that reminds me that I have a home complete with a laundry room full of laundry that reminds me that I have a family who left dishes in the sink that remind me that I had food to feed my family last night.....sometimes one of "those" days hits me and I just want to go back to bed! If you are like me and life sometimes seems to be a little bit out of control and you have more laundry than you do time.....take a deep breath, close your eyes and tell yourself "this too shall pass" may pass like a kidney stone, but it WILL pass!

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1



"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Todays thoughts are born out of a conversation I had with a Christian woman not too long ago. Events in her life have left her empty and angry. She has no joy or peace. She believes that "everyone" is against her and she is "negative" in general. She, like so many others, has fallen victim to Satan's lies. So, even though we have dealt with this topic in depth here on the blog and in our Bible Study, I feel compelled to visit it again.

Abundant Life

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)

How would you describe your life? Is it "full"? Most of us learned the verse to say "abundant". IS this how you describe your life? Are you full of Joy, Peace, Patience, Love, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Goodness, and Self Control? Or...are you angry, bitter, and short tempered...or do you fall into the numb, empty, and, dare I say it..."Poor Me" category?

There is a huge movement that will tell you to "Name it and Claim it". This goes hand in hand with the "Health and Wealth" movement. While I do NOT believe that God's ultimate desire is for you to be healthy and wealthy (just ask Job), nor do I believe that if you name it and claim it that it will come to pass (Ask Paul about that one), I DO believe that it is possible to have the abundant life that Jesus promises in the midst of any and ALL circumstances and I have learned in my own life that the closer my walk is with God, the more abundant my life matter the circumstances.

You may be sitting there glaring at your monitor and thinking "how dare you! You don't know anything about me!" and that is true. I don't know your story. I don't know your loss. I don't know your hurt. I don't know what keeps you up at night or what events have made you build a nice strong thick wall around yourself to keep everyone at a safe distance.

But I DO know God and I DO know Jesus and I know that God created you and that Jesus died for you and that makes you pretty stinkin special. I know that Jesus' promise of abundant life applies to you, as do the Fruit of the Spirit if you are a Christian... and I know that the promise of Salvation is yours for the taking if you are not. I also know this....

What ever it is that is stealing your joy, what ever it is that has happened to you, that you have done, or that has been done to you is bad enough. It is bad enough that your loved one passed away. It is bad enough that you are sick. It is bad enough that your spouse left. It is bad enough that you were abused. While these things are tragic, the true tragedy is that many many women let these events control the rest of their lives. THAT is tragic and is the true delight of Satan...afterall, He ONLY comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Has he done this to you? Stolen your Joy? Killed your desires? Destroyed your dreams? God does not do these things...only Satan.

Nothing breaks my heart more than to see a woman in bondage. My heart bleeds for women bound in sin and blind to their lost condition, BUT my soul cries out in anguish and frustration for the Christian women who are in bondage to the lie that they cannot live a life of abundance and have a life characterized by the Fruit of the Spirit.

Jesus says that His sheep know His voice. When was the last time you hear Jesus' voice whisper to your heart....or, are you listening to the enemy of your soul who reminds you of all the reasons that you should be miserable? The thief comes to ONLY to steal, kill, and this who you re listening to? If so, start listening for the voice of Jesus, the LOVER of your Soul!!!!

Pray with me

Father God, there are times when life seems to overtake me. I know that I have been listening to the enemy's lies and that I SHOULD be able to live the abundant life you have promised. Oh Lord, i DO want that, but I cannot seem to get past ______________. (you fill in the blank) Help me Lord. Speak to my heart and help me to let go of __________________ and let YOU heal my heart. Help me to see my life from YOUR point of view. Help me to see what YOU are doing in my life and in the lives around me. Comfort me so that I can rest. Lord God, __________________ has left a mark on my soul and I hurt. Please Lord, take away the pain and use my hurt to minister to others so that something good can come from ___________________. I want to trust you Lord. I want to believe that You are good and that all your ways are good. Help me to see my life through YOUR eyes so that I can see where you were present in my life during the times when I have been so hurt.




"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday's weekly Recipe

Kid's in the Kitchen
My 6 year old and all her little friends love to "help" me cook. Here's something they can help put together...and is "picky eater" friendly! (warning...a bit too high in calories and sodium if mom plans on eating it too....may want to substitute ground turkey, skip the Ranch dressing, and use lowfat cheese!)

Mini Taco Bowls

What You Need
8 flour tortillas (6 inch)
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 cups chopped lettuce
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup KRAFT Ranch Dressing

Make It
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MICROWAVE tortillas on HIGH 30 sec. Line each of 8 muffin cups with 1 tortilla. Carefully fold back edges of tortillas, leaving opening in centers for filling.
BAKE 10 min. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in salsa; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min.
SPOON meat mixture into tortilla bowls; top with remaining ingredients.
TACO BELL® and HOME ORIGINALS® are trademarks owned and licensed by Taco Bell Corp.

Nutrition Info....
Calories 450
Total fat 19 g
Saturated fat 6 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 1120 mg
Carbohydrate 37 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 32 g
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 30 %DV
Iron 25 %DV

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Tips, Trivia, and Tidbits

Top ways to beat the "Winter Blues"

I searched the web for a list of tips for beating those nasty winter blues. I think that the best advice came from the Livestrong website. Here is what it said.....

Light Therapy... Increased exposure to full-spectrum light is now the Number One recommended treatment for SAD. This can include exposure to natural light [the sun] or artificial light. The light intensity should be at least 10,000 Lux for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes a day. Early-morning exposure appears to work best.

Vitamin D ...Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin," and improper levels of it have been linked to many illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Recent studies have also found that Vitamin D plays a significant role in depression and mood regulation. A blood test is required to determine a patient's vitamin D levels. Studies indicate that it can often take months of supplementation and sunlight exposure to bring low vitamin D levels to a healthy range. Talk to your doctor and get tested before you begin supplementation. It is very important that your doctor monitors your vitamin D levels via blood testing to make sure your levels are therapeutic and not toxic.

Omega 3...There is mounting evidence that the omega-3 acid DHA reduces symptoms of depression. Your brain needs a constant input of essential omega-3 fats for it to work properly. The richest sources of DHA are fatty fish--such as anchovies, bluefish, carp, catfish, halibut, herring, lake trout, mackerel, pompano, salmon, striped sea bass, tuna (albacore) and whitefish--and fish-oil capsules. Plant-derived sources like tofu/soybeans, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed oil and canola oil are also recommended.The recommended dosage varies from 1,000 to 4,500mg per day. The best omega-3 supplement is molecularly distilled fish oil that is higher in DHA than EPA. As with vitamin D, however, consult with your doctor before beginning supplementation.

  • NOTE: supplement with a high-quality cod liver oil, as it is "fish-plus": fish oils plus vitamin D and A. A high-quality cod liver oil may be more important than any other supplement you can take, because it is not a supplement at all: It is an essential food source.

Abstaining from Sugar, High-Fructose Corn Syrup and Artificial Sweeteners ... Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup [HFCS], and artificial sweeteners have a seriously detrimental impact on your brain function and mood states. There is a great book on the subject written by William Duffy called "The Sugar Blues." I suggest that you read it and begin making a conscious effort to eliminate these toxins from you diet.

Exercise... Regular physical activity has been shown to be as helpful in reducing symptoms of depression as are antidepressant medications, individual psychotherapy and group therapy. However, research shows that it may take at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for at least 3 to 5 weeks to significantly improve symptoms of depression. Smaller amounts of activity have been shown to improve mood states in the short term. One study, in which participants walked daily for 7 weeks, showed decreases in depressive symptoms over 5 months. Certainly, exercise has fewer side effects than medication.

Laughter... Laughter increases the production of "feel-good" chemicals in your body, while fostering a positive state of mind. It is a natural high that leaves us feeling uplifted, energized and in a more blissful state. Engaging in a minimum of 10 minutes of laughter a day (or approximately 100 "HO HO HA HA HA'"s is considered a healthy therapeutic dose.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy...Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be as effective in treating depression as are antidepressant medications, but without the side effects. CBT helps people change their beliefs and behaviors to be more positive, life-affirming and self-empowering.

Remember: What you focus on is what you get.

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"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Morning Pick Me up

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Prepare Yourself

I had to laugh when I saw this cartoon! I believe that we can ALL relate to the Sunday Morning Circus. Little Suzy wants to wear snow boots with her sun dress, Little Johnny will not get out of bed, Dad cannot find his belt, and you poke your thumb through your only pair hose, causing a HUGE run (after you have tried on 6 skirts, 2 dresses, 4shirts, and a sweater before settling on the same dress you wore last week)... and the cat just threw up on the carpet. You FINALLY get everyone in the car, you and your husband are not speaking, and the kids start in with "he's touching me, no I'm not, YES you ARE...".

Been there?

Sadly, I am very familiar with this scenerio. Since My sweet husband is also my sweet Pastor, he leaves the house before the rest of us get up and around. This gives him time to get his head and heart ready for preaching....and removes himself from the Sunday Circus. But I still have all the other issues to deal with.

I struggled through the Sunday Morning Circus for several years before I discovered an almost perfect cure for it. I will gladly share my secret. Are you ready?

Prepare yourself.

Most of us neglect our Quiet Time on Sunday Mornings. Afterall, we are going to be in church for 3 hours on Sunday already. I have learned that, of ALL the days that I need to be well armed spiritually, Sunday is THE day!

I started getting up and spending some quality time with my Savior before going to Church to Worship Him. I pray for my kids, for my pastor, for our worship leaders and Sunday School teachers, etc. I pray that God will fill me with His peace and joy and love. I pray for those that will be in our services, both members and visitors.

Several things happen when I take time to prepare myself for Sunday, but the MAIN thing is that my heart turns toward God, the object of my worship. There is a precious peace that fills me when my heart is turned toward God and everyone in my home benefits from it. My children seem to be more pleasant, my clothes fit better, and we are on time for Sunday School...sometimes without a single threat (If you do not get in the car RIGHT NOW>>>>>).

So, I challenge you to NOT skip your time with God on Sunday Mornings. Actually, I challenge you to make your Sunday Morning Quiet time an absolute priority. Let go of those sheets 30 minutes early and visit with the object of your worship while the house is quiet and peaceful. You will be amazed at the change it will make in your Sunday experience when you start your day with God as your focus.



"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

The Kraft website has become one of my favorites! Too bad I have a house full of terribly picky eaters!!! (sigh) I am still going to try this one on them....wish me luck!!!!!

Turkey and Vegetable Tostadas
What You Need
6 flour tortillas (6 inch)
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix, divided
1 lb. ground turkey breast
4 tomatoes, chopped, divided
1 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup water
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses
1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Make It
HEAT oven to 400°F.
PLACE tortillas in single layer on baking sheet; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with about 1 tsp. taco seasoning. Bake 6 min. or until crisp and lightly browned.
MEANWHILE, cook turkey in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 4 min. or until done, stirring frequently. Add 1 cup tomatoes, zucchini, water and remaining taco seasoning; simmer 5 min., stirring occasionally.
SPOON turkey mixture onto tortillas; top with cheese, lettuce, remaining tomatoes and cilantro.
TACO BELL® and HOME ORIGINALS® are trademarks owned and licensed by Taco Bell Corp.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
Store any leftover turkey mixture in airtight container in refrigerator. Store any leftover tortillas in airtight container at room temperature. When ready to serve, spoon turkey mixture onto tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Heat in toaster oven or microwave. Continue as directed.
Fun Idea
Serve with fruit nachos for dessert. Spray additional flour tortillas with cooking spray; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges; place on baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 4 min. or until crisp. Top with sliced strawberries or other cut-up seasonal fruits and spoonfuls of chilled prepared JELL-O Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding.

Nutrition Info: Makes 6 servings
Calories 260
Total fat 7 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 750 mg
Carbohydrate 22 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 27 g
Vitamin A 30 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 35 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two for Tuesday

2 easy substitutions for the New Year.....
Most of us made resolutions a week or so ago. Even if we did not make a formal resolution or two, most women I know have said that they are going to make changes this year. Most of those changes revolve around Spiritual Growth and Weight Loss. If you too want to excel in these areas, here are 2 little changes you can make that will help you on your journey!!!!

1. Substitute one sugary or salty snack for a piece of fresh fruit. Rather than reach for that bag of chips or handy snack cake, grab an apple, banana, or orange instead! You will have to make sure that you have fruit handy ahead of time so that you won't be as tempted to go to the snack machine, BUT the payoff is amazing! Not only will you reduce your caloric intake, you will be substituting processed junk food for something God made to FUEL your body! Fruits are full of vitamins and fiber and natural sugars. Give it a try and I promise you will feel SO much better after a healthy snack!!!!

2. Substitute 15 minutes of Farmville, Facebook, Words with Friends, or other Ap with 15 minutes of reading your Bible. This is not cutting into your sleep, your family time, or work schedule. I am not suggesting that you give up your online time. Just give up 15 minutes of it. There are GREAT Bible Aps for the iPhone that will allow you to choose your favorite version of God's Word and will also help you design a reading plan if you choose. We all carry our phones everywhere we go anyway. You can get your 15 minutes in while you are waiting in line, during lunch, before you leave work, before you go to bed...why not read God's Word to your little one at bedtime? If you use "YouVersion", you can LISTEN to the Bible while you fold laundry or cook dinner!

These are 2 EASY little substitutions any of us can make!

Until next time....

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Morning Pick ME Up

Okay,....This morning I needed someone to pick ME up!

It happens sometimes.

Some days it is just HARD to get up and get going!!!! Then I got to work and got busy...and, well, now it is 4 in the afternoon! Oh well, Better late than never!

We are doing our own version of "The Biggest Loser" at PBC, and I think this cartoon is perfect for the mood most of us ladies are in right now!

Happy MoNdAy!!!!!!!


"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday Thoughts- Bearing Good Fruit

The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22&23 NIV)

Jesus says in Matthew 12 "A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad," and in Matthew 7 "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?"

So, if we know a "tree" by its fruit, then it is only logical that those of us filled with the Holy Spirit would bear love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control in our lives.

Please note that Going to church, Being active in Sunday School, Attending Ladies Bible Study, Singing in the choir, Serving on the children's committee, and Working in the nursery are not on the fruit list....but isn't that the criteria many Christians use to "inspect" themselves?

Therein lies the problem. We are working toward, cultivating, and focusing on the wrong things. The Fruit of the Spirit is born in us when the Holy Spirit sets up residence in our soul. It is a package deal, promised to all Christians. No one has been denied the fruit of Patience. Joy was not withheld. God did not choose to give some all the fruit except self-control. When we accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit enters in and resides in us. The outward sign of the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives is His fruit.....lots of fruit=healthy fruit=no spirit. After all, you know a tree by its fruit.

In 2012, as you are making your resolutions, pause and do a Fruit Inspection....on your own tree. Are you Peaceful? Are you Joyful? Are you filled with Goodness? Would people describe you as Faithful, Kind, Patient, and Gentle? Are there areas of your life that are out of control or do you practice Self Controlled?

When you find your blood pressure rising and you want to scream, remember "The Fruit of the Spirit is Self Control".

When the line at the grocery is an hour long, remember "the fruit of the spirit is Patience".

When you feel the stress of life taking over, remember "the fruit of the Spirit is Peace".

I want to challenge you to cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in your life this year.

Let's Pray

Father God,

Thank you for giving me the Fruit of the Spirit. Speak to my heart Lord and convict my spirit of the areas in which I am not bearing good fruit. Help me Lord, to always be mindful of "Fruit Inspectors" who are searching for something to put their faith in and grow me so that the fruit my life bears draws them to YOU. Father God, I want my life to be good and pleasing to you. Give me the courage to inspect my own fruit and honestly evaluate the fruit my heart bears. Where I am lacking and weak, I ask that you strengthen me. Guide me and direct my path so that I am constantly drawn closer to you. Create in me a hunger and thirst for your Word so that it will water and fertilize the fruit that is mine through the Holy Spirit.


Until next week!



"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

Chicken-Almond Stir Fry
total time 35 min prep 10 min
servings 4 servings, 2 cups each

What You Need
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing, divided
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen oriental mixed vegetables, thawed
1/2 cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted
2 cups hot cooked brown rice

Make It
chicken with cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. dressing; cover. Refrigerate 15 min.
HEAT large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 min. or until chicken is done, stirring frequently. Add vegetables and remaining dressing; cook 5 min. or until heated through. Stir in nuts.
SERVE over rice.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
How to Toast the Almonds
Place almonds in microwaveable shallow dish. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 min. or until almonds are fragrant and crisp, stirring every 30 sec.

Nutrition Information
Calories 440 Total fat 16 g Saturated fat 2.5 g Cholesterol 65 mg Sodium 470 mg
Carbohydrate 40 g Dietary fiber 6 g Sugars 10 g Protein 31 g Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 70 %DV Calcium 6 %DV Iron 25 %DV
Healthy Living Information
Good source of vitamin A or C
Low sodium

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Monday Morning Madness

To you and yours from all of us...
We pray that you have a blessed New Year!!!

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.