Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Thoughts - Where Do I Go?


There is a song that we sang with one of our former Choir Directors called "I go to the Rock". It went something like this..

Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to?
Who do I turn to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?
I go to the Rock, I know He's able, I go to the Rock

I go to The Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock

Where do I hide till the storms have all passed over?
Who do I run to when the winds of sorrow threaten?
Is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
When my soul needs consolation, I go to the Rock
 
You get the idea.
 
I was reminded of this song several times over the past month. Maybe not the song itself so much, but the idea behind it. I wonder, where DO those who don't know Christ go when things go terribly wrong? I'm not just speaking of "non-church-goers". I am speaking of people who don't KNOW Christ.
 
Each time I was diagnosed with cancer, I knew that Doc would do what needed to be done to make me well, but that God was the one who would heal me and support me until I was whole again.
 
Recently, a very dear friend of mine lost her husband. He went to the hospital thinking he had pneumonia and was sent home a few days later with Hospice care. He went to heaven a week later.
 
Just last week, another friend lost her brother. He was fine yesterday morning. She spent today making funeral arrangements.
 
In times like these, when life jerks the rug out from under you, where do you go? Who do you turn to?
 
We don't know what tomorrow (or this afternoon) holds. We make plans as though we do, but things can take a sudden tragic turn in a matter of seconds. It is so important to know God before we need Him to walk us through a valley. We need to know He is worthy of our trust. We need to KNOW that He has a plan. We need to KNOW that His way is best...even when we hurt and life doesn't make a bit of sense.
 
Take every opportunity to spend time in God's Word. Get to know Him. Open the pages of your Bible and experience for yourself the stories that make up God's story of redemption. Scripture is full of people, who found themselves in need of Divine intervention. It is comforting to see how God worked things together for the good of those who love Him over and over and over again. Added to that, talk to Christians, especially those really crazy ones who believe that everything is all about God. You will be amazed at how easy it is to believe their "crazy" stories when you need spiritual comfort.
 
The bottom line is simply to not wait until you need God-sized comfort and guidance to get to know God. There will come a day when something happens that causes your heart to hurt so much that no person in your life can ease your pain. My prayer for you is that, when that day comes, you will already have such a deep and rich relationship with our Heavenly Father that you will instinctively rush into His arms.

 
 
 

 

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe - Warm Gumbo Dip


Warm Gumbo Dip Recipe

 

Ingredients

 
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 cup chopped assorted bell peppers $
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  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled, large raw shrimp, chopped $
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  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sliced pickled okra
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Toasted French bread baguette slices

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and next 2 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until peppers are tender. Stir in shrimp and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add cream cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat, and stir in okra and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish, and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. cheese.
  2. 2. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with bread.

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Pick Me Up


Father God,
I do not know what this week holds. Thank you for your promise to always be with me. Help me to remember that you are my strength and refuge when things get difficult. Help me to remember that you are with me when I am troubled.
Amen



 
 

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Prayer

 
How do you pray?
 
Do you think about it?
 
Do you sieze the moment to go to the Father on behalf of another?
 
Do you give that person who asks for prayer the blessing of hearing you put words to the cry of their heart?
 
I have to admit that sometimes I am detached from my prayers. Sometimes I say the words that I think others expect to hear and go on about my business. Many times I promise to pray for someone and wait until I am in private to take their request to God. In my defense, I am extremely emotional and sometimes I feel like I MUST detach myself from the moment when I am talking to God for fear of melting into a sobbing blubbering mascara running incoherent mess. isn't that a lovely picture?
 
Most times the very idea of being allowed to talk to the creator of the universe is enough to leave me utterly speechless. If I pause and consider that I am entering the presence of the Savior of my wretched wandering soul...wow. I am so overcome with emotion that I can barely think, much less put words together to form sentences. To consider that I am in the presence of Jesus Christ who paid the debt for my sin so that I could live forgiven and victorious and spend eternity in heaven AND that I actually have His attention and can speak to Him...it is too much to bear.
 
So, I separate myself from the present situation emotionally when I pray for someone or pray in public.
 
No one likes a 41 year old cry baby.
 
There are times when, no matter how hard I try, the emotion in my heart wells up and slips out of my eyes and down my cheeks. Sunday night was one of those times.
 
We ordained a new Deacon. The last part of our ordination service is my favorite. The candidate sits at the alter and all the ordained men file by, lay hands on him, offer words of wisdom / encouragement, and pray for him. For some it is awkward. Others cherish the opportunity to pray for a brother in Christ.
 
There is something indescribably beautiful about men praying for each other. It is very different from the big eloquent prayers offered in Sunday Service and Wednesday night prayer meeting, although I do enjoy them as well. These prayers were personal, short, whispered, spirit filled... offered by one man of God for another.
 
There was no detaching myself from the moment as I watched the men of our church file past, wrap their arms around Blake and whisper to him. I have no clue what they said, only that Blake thanked them and said "yes sir" a lot. I watched as his best friend prayed for him, as his dad prayed for him, and, as each man passed by, I was struck by the tenderness of it all. These men have seen war, are firemen, carpenters, coaches, etc. and are a source of strength for our congregation.  There is something beautiful and so special in these rugged tough men kneeling beside one and lifting him up to our Father.
 
So, while my daughter and her friends giggled and said, "there she goes! she's crying again",  I thanked God for the men He has raised up to serve our congregation and for the opportunity to be part of another ordination service. I couldn't help but think of one we lost to cancer so recently and how God has raised another to stand in his place.
 
I love our church family. I love watching God work in their lives. I love watching God shape people for service. I would be dishonest to say that ministry doesn't wear me out. Sometimes I feel as though my soul is sucked dry. Then God gives me a moment like Sunday night and I am reminded of why we do what we do. There is no greater blessing than to be a pastor's wife.
 
 
PS...forgive the rambling...that's what happens when I don't detach from the moment! Now, let me go fix my mascara....
 
 
 
"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday's Weekly Recipe

Cherry Cobbler
 



Ingredients

1     can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling                        
1     cup Original Bisquick™ mix                        
1/4  cup milk                        
1     tablespoon sugar                        
1     tablespoon butter or margarine, softened                        

 
        
  • 1 Spread pie filling in ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Place in cold oven. Heat oven to 400ºF; let heat 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven.
  • 2 While pie filling is heating, stir remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop  6 spoonfulls onto warm pie filling. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.
  • 3 Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is light brown.
     


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

    Monday, August 18, 2014

     
     
     
     
    Lord,
    It has already been a busy day. Thank you for reminding me to pray for the people you have placed in my life. Give me courage to offer to pray with those who are discouraged, hurting, and in need. Give me words to speak. Let me not hesitate to seize a moment to pray with anyone who needs me to put words to the cry of their heart.
    Amen
     
     
     



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