Announcement and Giveaway!

We hope you are enjoying the holidays with your friends and family!

We wanted to take this time to make an announcement ~ on January 5, 2015 we will begin free Bible study, here at Cooking Up Faith! We are all busy women with little time to research and study the Bible…yet our hearts ache to know God more intimately and become stronger women of faith.

The studies we will be offering will guide you into Biblical books and topics. We’ll point out how the book/topic relates to your life and give you application tips on how to become a faith-filled woman from the inside and out.

We will begin January 5th with the book of Ruth!!!

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The schedule will look like this:

Mondays: Bible study from the book of Ruth with a key scripture/story, how it relates to your life, a challenge, and a prayer. There will also be a weekly homework schedule.

Saturdays: Mrs. H., from Heritage Schoolhouse, will stop by and share a delicious recipe with us.

We are currently researching, writing, and praying over this study and hope it will be a motivation, challenge, and encouragement to you!

After the book of Ruth Bible study we will go right into another study. Here’s what the next few months will look like here at Cooking Up Faith:

January: Ruth: Living like Ruth in 2015

February: Expressing Love in Marriage: 4 Simple Ways to Change Your Marriage

March-April: Renew Your Mind: 9 Renewal Thoughts to Build Confidence and Character

May: Titus: Patterns of Spiritual Wives and Mothers

Along with announcing January’s Bible study, we would like to give away one of our Sashay scarves!!

Sashay Scarf Giveaway

So beautiful for Christmas!! So…to enter to win this scarf, simply leave a comment in the comment’s section (you can also leave a comment or like the post on our FB page) and you’ll be entered! We’ll be giving away a Sashay scarf with each new Bible study announcement, so if you don’t win this time, keep trying! :)

* We will announce the  winner via Facebook a week from today and contact the winner via e-mail.

Until we see you in January, have a very Merry Christmas!

See You in January

Cooking Up Faith will take a pause on the blog starting today until January.

We appreciate your understanding and patience!

Until then, enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.

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“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:10-11

Daily Devotional

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Avoid things that will entice you to get caught up in worldly affairs, just as a soldier displays self-control and discipline in an army.

Follow the Lord’s rules for doing His work, just as an athlete follows the rules of a race.

Work hard like a farmer who gets paid well if he raises a large crop.

“Think over these three illustrations, and may the Lord hep you to understand how they apply to you.”

2 Timothy 2:7 (Living Bible Edition)

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Say a prayer today asking God to shower you with His kindness, mercy, and peace.

Then, welcome and receive His kindness, mercy, and peace.

Search and seek for ways God is being kind, merciful, and providing peace to you throughout your day.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord shower you with his kindness, mercy, and peace. 

2 Timothy 1:2 (Living Bible Edition)

5 Steps to Great Communication Skills

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Jesus said to love God and love others. Loving others means spending time with them, and that involves a lot of communication. If you are insecure about talking with others or even being around others, this can cause frustration or a sense of failure as you try to love others, but don’t quite feel sure about yourself when you’re around them. If you are so caught up in yourself and how you are being perceived, it will make it difficult for you to take your eyes off of yourself to love, accept, and help others.

So, in order to be effective in loving others, we must learn how to communicate well with others.

Here are 5 steps to great communication skills:

1. Body language – smile, act “comfortable” and relaxed, hold a good posture.

2. Ask questions – people love talking about themselves, so when you ask a person questions about their work, family, weekend ect. it makes them feel like you’re really interested in their life, and they are more than happy to answer! Try to remember what a person talked to you about the last time you were together, then make a point to ask them about it the next time you see them.

3. Listen with facial expressions – while a person is talking to you, act interested! Smile, nod your head, look them in the eye. These are all forms of expression that will let the person know you are interested in them and what they have to say. Avoid looking around the room or glancing at your phone while you’re in a conversation.

4. Relate and Respond – as valuable as asking questions is, nobody wants to feel like they’re being interviewed. When the person is finished talking, relate to what they have said and respond with a similar story or situation of your own.

5. Offer suggestions if wanted – some people love hearing advice from people, and others get very defensive when advice is offered. You probably know your family and friends well enough to know how they respond to advice. If advice is genuinely wanted, then offer a suggestion or advice to their situation. Just make sure you really understand the person’s circumstances before jumping to conclusions and offering advice that might just backfire.

Jesus surrounded himself with many people while he was on earth. He had the best communication skills of all! What we see in Jesus is that he was always interested in who he was with, and where their hearts were at the moment. He sought to give, serve, and love them.

Notice that Jesus often withdrew himself from people as well. After a busy day of serving hundreds of people, he would remove himself to be alone and pray. If you are an introvert this is refreshing news! It is okay to withdraw from people so you can recharge and re-energize. Just watch your heart and make sure you’re not just avoiding people for the sake of laziness or selfishness.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you,

you also are to love one another.

John 13:34

Related Posts:

Understanding Jesus’ Statement: Ask and You Shall Receive

How to be a Confident Woman

Enjoying God’s Presence Today

10393165_702462349842786_2217533899744533977_nAbout Cooking Up Faith

 Cooking Up Faith seeks to teach and equip women in the knowledge of God’s Word, in order to help her become victorious in her walk with God, marriage, and motherhood. Subscribe to Cooking Up Faith (located on the left-hand side of the blog) or join us on Facebook so you’ll never miss a new post or recipe!

Oreo Truffles

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Mrs. H. from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her easy as 1-2-3 Oreo Truffles recipe with us!

1 – Crush up an entire bag of Oreo cookies.

2 – Stir cookies crumbs together with a softened block of cream cheese.

3 – Shape cookie/cream cheese mixture into balls and dip in melted chocolate candy coating.

Enjoy!!

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You can find Mrs. H sharing stories from her farm, homemaking tips, and delicious recipes on her blog. You can follow Mrs H’s blog at Heritage Schoolhouse. Follow her on Facebook here.

Daily Devotional

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Never do we need to worry about forcing fruit to bear from our good intentions.

God will accomplish everything He wants to be accomplished,

and everything will succeed as is His will.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

(Isaiah 55:10,11)

Daily Devotional

apple-496977_640The mystery of Jesus began before He was even born.

A virgin conceiving a child?

How could this be?

Joseph showed us there can be faith in the unknown and the unseen. He trusted the message from an angel sent by God. He obeyed and did what he needed to do to take care of Mary and follow God’s will.

Even when it didn’t make sense.

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Matthew 1:24,25

Daily Devotional

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It is God’s will and desire that all people of all nations, all cultures, and all languages know Him and receive His love and grace.

If that is God’s will, let it be ours too. Let us strive to teach, model, and pray for all people to know Him and praise Him. Let us never stop ceasing in prayer and hope until Jesus returns and all will bow before Him and confess that He is Lord.

May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you; May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

Psalm 67:3-5

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leaves-449622_640A mother requested that her two sons might be able to sit next to Jesus on his throne.

Her request was denied as Jesus responded: “To sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

The other ten apostles were indignant when they heard what the mother had requested of Jesus.

But Jesus – He was not indignant, annoyed, or irritated. Instead, He was understanding. He explained to his disciples the pressure those young men and their mother feel as the rulers of the Gentiles “lord it over them.”

Then Jesus offered an escape from the pressures of the world to be “great,” “popular,” “famous.”  He explained if you want to be great, serve.

The same offer is available to us today. Strive to be good, not great. In doing so, you will be great in God’s eyes.

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:26-28