Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not My ways.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
“For as heaven is higher than earth,
so My ways are higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9
My baby girl does not understand why I make her go to sleep between 8 and 8:30 each night. I know that she will be MISERABLE if she does not get 10 hours of sleep, but she doesn't know that. All she knows is that I am forcing her to do something she doesn't want to do. It really doesn't matter whether she understands it or not. I am going to do what is BEST for her, because I love her...even if it makes her unhappy for about an hour every single night.
My teenager often faces a different sort of "unfairness". There are times he is required to "suffer" through things he does not want to do, not because it directly benefits him (like an 8:00 bedtime benefits his sister), but because someone else is bettered for his "suffering". If his "suffering" is outweighed by the blessing someone will receive from what I ask of him, then it is worth it to me for him to suffer a little.
I know that God's word says that HE is a PREFECT parent, and I am learning to trust God in all the things I cannot understand....just as my own children are learning to trust me. Sometimes God forces me to do something I don't want to do because it is best for me in the long run. Other times, God allows me to suffer because He intends to use my suffering to bless someone else and they need the blessing more than the suffering will hurt me. 

Sometimes things are just broken...broken bodies, broken hearts, broken dreams, broken relationships...because we live in a fallen, sin-filled world.
Rather than expend my energy trying to understand "why", I am learning to trust that God sees the big picture, He knows what's best, and He promises that all will be made right when we get to heaven.
Until then,

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Weekly Recipes - Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers

  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Yields: 4 main-dish or 8 side-dish servings
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Grill: 18 mins

    4  large red, yellow, and/or orange sweet peppers
    1  tablespoon olive oil*
    8  ounces fresh peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped; skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces; and/or bulk pork sausage
    1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
    1/2   cup chopped onion (1 medium)
    2    cups corn bread stuffing mix
    1  cup chicken broth
    1  4 ounce can diced green chile peppers, undrained
    1  10 ounce container refrigerated Alfredo pasta sauce
    1   tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
    1. For a charcoal or gas grill, place whole sweet peppers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium-high heat. Grill for 13 to 15 minutes or until charred and very tender, turning occasionally. Wrap peppers in foil. Let stand about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
    2. Meanwhile, for stuffing, in a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add shrimp, chicken, and/or sausage; corn; and onion; cook until shrimp is opaque, chicken is no longer pink, and/or sausage is brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in stuffing mix and broth; cook just until broth is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in half of the green chile peppers.
    3. Using a sharp knife, loosen edges of skins from grilled sweet peppers; gently peel off skins in strips and discard. Brush peppers with oil. Cut each pepper in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Spoon stuffing into pepper halves. Return to grill. Grill about 5 minutes more or until heated through.
    4. For sauce, in a small saucepan combine Alfredo sauce and the remaining green chile peppers. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Spoon sauce over stuffed peppers. Sprinkle with cilantro.
    From the Test Kitchen
    Omit oil if using sausage.
    Nutrition Facts (Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers)
      Per serving:
    • 383 kcal cal.,
    • 18 g fat
    • (6 g sat. fat,
    • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
    • 3 g monounsatured fat),
    • 119 mg chol.,
    • 1417 mg sodium,
    • 39 g carb.,
    • 4 g fiber,
    • 10 g sugar,
    • 15 g pro.
    • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Tuesday Tips, Tidbits, and Trivia

    Our Greatest weapons against Satan are Prayer and time in God's Word. It is no wonder that the most neglected thing in our spiritual lift is our "quiet time" aka Bible Study and Prayer. As we spend this week together focused on trusting God, I want to challenge you to trust God to hear and answer your prayers. Do not limit your prayer life to times of crisis. While God does comfort us and answer us in times of crisis, we miss out on a rich relationship with our Heavenly Father by not going to Him continually in prayer.
    Got a super busy schedule? Here are some opportunities for you to claim for prayer time....
    • When your alarm goes off - Thank God for giving you another day
    • As you shower - Thank God for your Body
    • As you eat breakfast - Thank God for your food
    • Before you wake your family -  pause beside each bed and thank God for them
    • As you drive to work, thank God for transportation, and ask Him to guide you through the day ahead. If you take kids to school or daycare, pray with and for them out loud. They will always remember you praying for them!
    • As you begin your work day, where ever that may be -  thank Him for the job you have been given and ask Him to use you
    • As you serve others - Ask God to touch their lives
    • At lunch - thank God for your food, for the mid-day break, and for being present with you all day long.
    • On the way home (or waiting for family to come home)- Ask God to take away any worry or stress from your day so that you can be fresh, patient, loving, kind, compassionate, and merciful with your family.
    • As you fold clothes and do housework -  thank God for those He has allowed you to share your life with, ask Him to guide them and refresh them, ask Him to help you to be what they need you to be,
    • As you prepare for bed - thank God for your day, for the things He revealed to you, for the people He placed in your path, and pray for your family and friends, talk to Him about your worries and concerns, ask Him to help you rest peacefully
    • if you are a sleep-deprived parent - spend those restless nights praying for your baby, for his/her future, for his/her salvation, for his/her health, for his/her future spouse, and for strength for yourself. Spend some time praying for comfort for the parents who have lost children or are unable to give birth.
    As you can see, there are ample opportunities during the day to speak with God. Don't waste those moments with radio, talk shows, or idle gossip. You will be AMAZED at how quickly God can change your focus and your attitude, not to mention the amazing way He will assure you that He is present and active in your life, when you spend your day talking to Him!
    Have a Wonder-full day!

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

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Monday Morning Pick Me Up

    Father God,
    As I start this week, please help me to trust your ways. Remind me that you have everything under control. Help me to give my worries and troubles to you so that I am free to focus on sharing your love with others.

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

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Thursday Thoughts

    God's Plan / My Plan

    What a comforting thought! The Lord of heaven and earth has plans for me! YAY!
    I am amused (and sometimes saddened) by the things people apply this verse to. Winning a ball game, getting a new job, a new love interest, having a child, and any other thing we consider to be good for us. We have to understand that this verse does not say "I will help you complete the plans YOU have for your life", it says "I have plans for you." God will bring HIS plans to fruition, He never promises to make YOUR plans a reality. God is all knowing and He knows what is absolutely best for us in light of eternity. The first thing to remember is that this promise concerns GOD's plan, not ours.
    The scripture itself IS straight forward. but taking any scripture out of God's Word to stand alone is silly. While this promise is absolutely true without any doubt, we MUST take the rest of God's Word into account when claiming it. I won't belabor the point, but want to take one moment to back up one verse...
    For this is what the Lord says: “When 70 years for Babylon are complete, I will attend to you and will confirm My promise concerning you to restore you to this place.  Jeremiah 29:10
    70 years.
    God sees the big picture. In the big scheme of things, 70 years is not so long. So, when we claim the promise that God has plans for us, the second thing to remember is that the promise is in God's time.
    Finally, we have to remember that God's ultimate goal is to Bring Himself Glory, because in revealing His glorious self, people doomed for hell find the hope of heaven. That's what this life is really about...drawing others to salvation. From God's vantage point, the BEST thing for you might just be to have cancer so that you can share His love and message with a fellow cancer patient; might be that you lose a child so that others can see the hope and strength you have in Christ; might be that you don't get your dream job because He knows it would compromise your integrity.  The final thing to remember when claiming this promise is that God's plan for your life will bring Him glory.  In the end, the only things we will REALLY care about are those things that have eternal significance....those things which bring glory to God.
    So, remember, God DOES have a plan for you... to give you a future and a hope..

    It's His PLAN
    In His TIME
    For His GLORY

    Just my thoughts,

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

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Wednesday Weekly Recipes - Peach Crisp


  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Bake: 40 mins 375°F

    2  tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    7  cups 1/2-inch fresh or frozen peach slices (8 peaches about 3-1/2 lb.), or 1/2-inch cooking apples, such as Granny Smith
    2  tablespoons honey
    2/3 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers (5 squares)
    2/3  cup packed brown sugar
    1/3  cup all-purpose flour
    2  tablespoons rolled oats
    1/4  teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/3   cup butter
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For filling, in a bowl stir together granulated sugar, the 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Add peaches; toss to coat. Spread in 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Drizzle honey over peaches; set aside.
    2. For topping, in a bowl stir together crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, rolled oats, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over the peach mixture.
    3. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.
    Nutrition Facts   
      Per serving:
    • 306 kcal cal.,
    • 8 g fat
    • (5 g sat. fat,
    • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
    • 2 g monounsatured fat),
    • 20 mg chol.,
    • 101 mg sodium,
    • 58 g carb.,
    • 4 g fiber,
    • 30 g sugar,
    • 2 g pro.
    • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Tuesday Tips, Tid Bits, and Trivia

    Lift Others Up

    We all have days when we feel like the world is against us...and sometimes it is! There are few things that can minister to a hurting heart like a word of encouragement. We can be a blessing to others simply by reminding them of the positives in their lives!

    This week, I challenge you to be a blessing to the following 5 people every day, simply by paying them a compliment. Notice their face and body language when you do. YOU will receive as much of a blessing as they do!

    1. spouse 
    2. child
    3. friend
    4. co-worker
    5. total stranger

    If this list does not encompass the people in your life, you can obviously substitute. Just don't omit "total stranger". It is always nice to get a compliment from a "total stranger".

    It is amazing to me the difference in MY attitude when I make a conscious effort to see the good in others. When I LOOK for ways to compliment those God has placed in my life, there is little room left for negative thoughts!

    Have a great week!

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

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Monday Morning Pick Me Up

    Father God,
    As I enter into a new week, please help me to remember that you have a plan and a purpose in all things and that Your plan is perfect.

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

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Thursday Thoughts - The Magic Bank Account

    My boss sent this to me last week. I thought it worthy of sharing. Enjoy!


    The Magic Bank Account


    Imagine that you had won the following  *PRIZE* in a contest:  Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:


    The set of rules: 

    1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. 

    2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.   

    3. You may only spend it. 

    4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day. 

    5.   The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!".  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.


    What would you personally do?


    You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?


    You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?


    ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL ...

    Shocked ??? YES!

    Each of us is already a winner of this  *PRIZE* . We just can't seem to see it.

    The PRIZE is  *TIME*

    1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

    2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

    3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.

    4. Yesterday is forever gone.

    5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

      SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

    Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

    Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”....










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

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

    Corn Dip

    This is one of my favorite treats. My friend Lindsay makes it for nearly every get-together we have and I am so thankful that she does! I could take the bowl and a bag of tortilla chips and eat til I pop! I don't, of course, but I COULD!

    2 cans Mexicorn
    1 can Rotel
    1 cup sour cream
    2 cups shredded cheese

    Mix together and refrigerate
    Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips

    Thanks Lindsay for sharing the recipe!


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

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Tuesday Tips, Tidbits, and Trivia - 6 Bad Cleaning Habits to Stop NOW

    6 Bad Cleaning Habits To Stop NOW

     STOP Ignoring Directions
    "When my customers say, 'I tried X brand and the stuff doesn't work at all,' I always ask if they read the directions on the label," says Teresa Ward, owner of Teresa's Family Cleaning. "The answer is usually no." It's in the manufacturer's best interest to ensure the product works for you. It's in your best interest to follow its advice.
    STOP Heading Straight for Harsh Cleaning Products
    Most jobs require nothing more than gentle, pH-neutral cleaners, which are not only safer for you and your family, they're easier on your home's furnishings, fixtures, and finishes. When you must break out the big guns, know that a little goes a long way. When you use bleach, things don't need to smell of it to be clean. Trust us!
    STOP Using Too Much Cleaning Product
    "More" doesn't directly translate to "better," says Colin Bishop, president of The Maids. "Use only the amount of cleaning product required to do the job," he says. "You just waste time wiping up the excess." You also waste product and therefore money.
    STOP Washing Your Cabinets Each Time You Clean
    "Cleaning them too often can wear the finish down and cause them to swell, as moisture penetrates the surface," says Matthew Ricketts, president of Better Life Maids. Spot cleaning does the trick, plus it's faster and easier.
    STOP Dusting Last
    Always dust before tackling the floors. Start at the top of the room, and work your way down and around. That way, your final vacuum or mop will take care of any remaining debris you've knocked to the ground.
    STOP Trying to Multitask
    Doing two things at once may make you feel like you're getting more done, but you're only prolonging the cleaning process, Ricketts says. "If you focus on cleaning only and don't try to organize, take a phone call, or watch TV, too, you can get the job done in half the time," he says. "Then you're free to put your full attention toward the things you'd rather be doing."

    Happy Cleaning!

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

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Monday Morning Pick Me Up

    Father God,
    As I enter another week, help me to see others as you see them. Help me to love and not judge. Help me to not focus on the faults and flaws of my family, friends, and co-workers. Keep me humble so that I will be better able to show kindness, grace, love, and mercy to those you have placed in my life.

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

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Thursday Thoughts - Mercy or Judgment?

    Mercy or Judgment?
    I can't think of a single person in my life who does not desire to be treated with mercy.
    The desire for mercy is as natural as the desire to sin. Just as I did not  have to teach my children to lie, I did not have to teach them to ask me to show them mercy. We all desire for those around us to see beyond our human-ness and show us mercy when we act out of anger, are preoccupied, are not compassionate, are rude, or demonstrate any of the attitudes we defend with "That's just how I am." We want others to accept us with all of our flaws (grace) and forgive us when they feel we have wronged them (mercy).
     While everyone desires mercy (even if they have learned to not expect it), few are eager to show mercy. I have known numerous people who pass judgment on those who have wronged them while at the same time crying for mercy for having done wrong to others. 
    No one wants to be "judged". Oftentimes judgment is based not on facts, but on a person's opinion. There are few feelings worse that being "misjudged".
    Some examples I see over and over again are
    • The woman who is debilitatingly shy is judged as standoff-ish, rude, or a snob.
    • The person who is eager to help and to lessen others burdens is judged as pushy, nosey, or accused of trying to "run things".
    • The homeless woman who was molested by her father, abandoned by her mother, and feels utterly hopeless to ever find someone to actually love her is judged as worthless, lazy, and a burden to society.  
    It is in our nature to judge others based on what we believe they should do or be. We judge people based on OUR lives, not theirs.
    Next time you are tempted to judge someone, be it your husband, child, friend, co-worker, boss, elected official, minister, minister's wife, parent, neighbor, sibling, sales clerk, etc., stop for a moment and consider the merciful response. If you were on their side of the situation, how would you want them to respond to you?
     Just my thoughts,
    "For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Wednesday Weekly Recipe - Overnight Cucumber Pickles

  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Yields: 3 cups
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Chill: 2 hrs or up to 3 Days

    1 cup cider vinegar
    1/3  cup sugar
    1   teaspoon salt
    1  teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
    1  teaspoon celery seeds
    2  medium pickling cucumber or 2 small cucumbers (4 to 5 inches long), coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
    1  medium bulb fennel, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
    1. In a large bowl combine cider vinegar, sugar, salt, fennel seeds, and celery seeds. Stir in cucumber and chopped fennel.
    2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 2 hours or up to 3 days. Serve with a slotted spoon. Makes about 3 cups.
    Nutrition Facts    
      Per serving:
    • 13 kcal cal.,
    • 200 mg sodium,
    • 3 g carb.,
    • 2 g fiber
    • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
    "For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Tuesday Tips, Trivia, and Tidbits

    The Swamp

    The word "swamp" brings to mind chomping alligators, muddy water, mosquitoes, humidity, and all sorts of unpleasantries. At least it did for me until I visited one.

    Here's a little trivia, just incase you find yourself in a battle of wits with someone over such things...

    A SWAMP is a flooded forest.
    A MARSH is a flooded meadow.
    A BAYOU is a "water road" through a swamp or marsh and is used by boats to navigate them.

    Here are some pictures of the swamp I visited, complete with alligators.


    Save the sound of the boat we were on and the people aboard, it was quiet and still. There were no bugs to speak of (thanks to bug spray I was soaked with, Im sure). The humidity was not as bad as I imagined and the heat was bearable.

    All in all, it was a wonderful experience. The swamp is a beautiful, wild place full of all sorts of creatures I have not had opportunity to see up close until now. 

    I never cease to be amazed at the diversity of God's Creation.

    Have a wonderful Day!

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

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    monday Morning Pick Me Up


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