Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread recipe with us this weekend!

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar with milk added to make one cup)
1/4 cup oil
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped or 3 jar jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine first six ingredients; set aside. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and oil. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Stir in jalapenos and cheese. Pour into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares or wedges. Serve warm with butter and 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 and follower her on Facebook here.

March-April Series

Sunday is March 1st, which means (ding, ding, ding) it’s time for a new series here at Cooking Up Faith!! This next series will go from March to April. It’s gonna be good. Ready for it??

9 Biblical Ideas

 

9 Biblical Ideas that will Transform Your Life. This is exciting stuff. We’re going to dig into God’s Word and discover 9 powerful ideas from God, and let them sink in and take root in our hearts. These really do have potential to change our lives, and break some unhealthy bonds we may be in.

Here’s a sneak peek:

1. Receiving God’s daily help in our lives

2. Knowing and living out our main life purpose

3. How to remain in God’s love after church service is over

4. You are okay with God (for those who live with unnecessary guilty consciences)

5. Spiritual Gifts (what they look like, how they are supposed to be used)

6. Gaining more from the Holy Spirit

7. A few things that could help you have a better day

8 & 9 To be announced.

Join us right here on Monday for our first post from this new series! We’ll start with a devotional on receiving God’s help in our daily lives.

Other Cooking Up Faith series:

The book of Ruth

4 Strengths of a Wise Wife

The book of Ephesians 

Praying for Your Husband

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Jesus said we ought to pray for our enemies. If we are to pray for our enemies how much more should we pray for our husbands?

Praying for others comes easily to some people. They pray so much for others that they forget to pray for themselves! Others pray so much for themselves they forget to pray for others. Let’s try to find the balance. We need prayer so we will stay strong, and our husbands and children need our prayers so they will stay strong.

Why Pray?

What will praying for someone actually do? Will it really change anything for the person we love? The answer to these very real questions is such a gray area for us…such a black and white answer to God. We could spend hours analyzing these questions, but we’re not going to do that in this post.

Today, we are going to come to this simple conclusion:

* Praying for others is a command from Jesus Himself. (Matthew 5:44)

* Jesus prayed for others. (Luke 32:22)

* Almost all of the New Testament writers encourage us to pray for others. (James 5:16)

* It most definitely can’t hurt to pray for others. (Job 42:10)

Let’s Pray

So, we know for sure it is good to pray for others. How? Why? Does it matter? Let’s lean not on our own understanding and just get to the act of prayer.

Prayer is a silent and “behind the scenes” way of supporting and helping your husband ~ fulfilling a role you were intended to bear. You don’t have to believe hard enough when you pray. No, this method of thinking lies within your power, your ability. Why are you praying? For God’s help. God’s power. God’s ability.

Do believe in God’s power and authority to act upon your prayer in a way that lines up perfectly with His will and His perfect vision. He’ll do this whether you really believe He will or not, because He is faithful even when we are not.

How much more will our benefit be though, when we do expect and watch for Him to act upon our prayer…waiting for His perfect answer…waiting for His perfect decision. We can even thank Him before we see an answer to our prayer, knowing He is working and moving.

We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of the free riches of God? ~ McLaren.

Quiet Times this Week:

Prayer

Monday (today): James 5

Tuesday: Romans 8

Wednesday: Philippians 4

Thursday: James 1

Friday: All of Habakkuk (only 3 chapters) (A back and forth prayer between Habakkuk and God)

Each chapter to read and S.O.A.P this week is on prayer. Click here to learn more about using the S.O.A.P method. There is much personal growth in daily reading and reflecting in God’s Word on your own!

Related Posts:

Intimacy with Your Husband

Having Real Beauty for Your Husband

Supporting Your Husband

*Join us next Monday to start our new series: 9 Biblical Ideas that can Transform Your Life!

* Joining Wise Women

Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us this weekend with a delicious breakfast recipe: Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup!

Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup
4 servings

for syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
for pancakes
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Add blueberries. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine eggs, milk, sour cream and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Pour batter onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with blueberry syrup and 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 and follower her on Facebook here.

Supporting Your Husband

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No wife purposely acts in a way where she can be compared to an annoying leaking faucet. No woman wants to nag and nag her husband until he can’t stand the sound of her voice or her presence in the room.

a wife’s nagging is an endless dripping. (Proverbs 19:13)

Nagging, complaining, and criticizing reduces a man to a boy and underscores the very thoughts and feelings of a human being. He is no longer allowed to have struggles, imperfections, flawless feelings, or human-like characteristics. She expects perfection out of him, and when he fails to perform the nagging begins.

God’s will was never for a woman to be domineering over her husband. Instead, He created woman to be a man’s helper. 

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” (Genesis 2:18)

This scripture brings life into marriage. Helper, not destroyer. Helper, not judge. Helper, not accuser.

Some antonyms for the word hurt are:

well

pleased

comforted

remedied

healed

cured

healthy

happy

How can your attitude and your tongue create a home full of comfort, happiness, healthiness, and healing? 

1. Greet warmly

Greet your husband with a warm smile and hug when he gets home from a long day of work. Make him feel like his hard-working day was worth it.

2. Listen intently

Your husband is going to have problems at work. There will be struggles and hard times. Listen to his heart. Listen to what he’s going through. Don’t rush to criticize or demand what he should do about it. Just listen to what he is going through.

3. Praise generously 

Praise him for what he is getting right. Praise him for hanging in there and working so hard for the family. Mercy triumphs judgement. (James 2:13)

A wise wife knows that nagging and criticizing only destroy and wreck a marriage, so she doesn’t nag. Instead she is warm and welcoming. She listens. She praises and looks for good in her husband.

She helps her husband and her husband respects her for her wisdom and grace.

Keep studying about the role of a wise wife!

S.O.A.P these scriptures this week to dig deeper:

Monday (today): Colossians 3

Tuesday: 1 Peter 3

Wednesday: Ephesians 5

Thursday: 1 Corinthians 7

Friday: Proverbs 12

* To learn more about S.O.A.P click here.

Posts from The 4 Strengths of a Wise Wife Series:

One Thing a Wise Wife Knows Well About Intimacy

Being Beautiful for Your Man instead of Men

We’ll finish our series next Monday with a post on building your house in wisdom. :)
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Valentine’s Cake Mix Cookies

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us this Valentine’s Day with a Valentine’s Cake Mix cookie’s recipe.

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Click here to find the recipe Mrs. H used for these delicious cookies!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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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 and follower her on Facebook here.

Being Beautiful for Your Man instead of Men

We’re continuing in our February series: 4 Strengths of a Wise Wife. Last week we looked at the strength of intimacy. Today? It’s all about being beautiful.

Beauty

There are two ways a woman can feel beautiful. One way she can be beautiful. A wise wife knows what it means to be beautiful.

Seeking Beauty from Men

Women who seek praise and affirmation of her beauty from outside her family circle (her husband and children) are seeking the feeling of beauty.  She uses charm and physical appearance.

You’ve seen this type of woman. She dresses just a little more provocatively than she should, especially on a night out with “just the girls”. At summertime her bathing suit gets just a tad more revealing. She flirts with a sly smile or light touch with another man, but just enough to make it fun and “harmless.”

What this woman is doing is seeking the feeling of beauty, based on physical appearance and charm, from other men and women, not from her husband and children.

She’s not taking the time to be beautiful. Instead, she’s going away from her family to feel beautiful from the praise of others.

It’s easier this way. To darken the eyeliner, show a little more cleavage, be “fun” and admired. This brings quick gratification. Quick feelings of knowing what it’s like to feel beautiful, admired, adored.

Don’t buy into the message that more make-up, more cleavage, and a charming personality equals a beautiful woman. The truth is it equals a woman who is desperate to feel beautiful.

Every since we were little girls we’ve played dress-up, draped our necks with our mother’s necklaces, and pranced around the house in high-heels.  There is something so deep within us that yearns to know we’re beautiful. 

Too many of us are striving to keep up with the idea that a perfect face, skinny waist, and the click of high-heels are making us as beautiful as we felt when we were 2 years old.

Seeking Beauty from Your Man

Scripture says, Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.  

In other words, fearing the Lord is how a woman becomes beautiful and stays beautiful, even in her older age. Women aren’t born beautiful. They’re made beautiful by their choices and actions. God’s hand is upon this as He shapes us and molds us to become more like Him.

2 Corinthian 3:18 says, And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

A woman who knows that beauty results from a heart transformation from the hand of God knows what it means to be beautiful for her man instead of men. She seeks affirmation for her beauty based upon her actions and service to her man, her children, and her God.

Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates. (Proverbs 31:31)

So what exactly does a woman who is truly beautiful for her man, her children, and her God do? Let’s look together at what is described as this virtuous woman from Proverbs, chapter 31.

Her Priorities:

“the Lord” (31:30)

“her husband” (vv.11-12, 23, 28)

“her sons” (v.28; cp. vv. 1-9, 15, 21, 26-27)

“her household” (vv. 15, 21, 27)

“her maid or household workers (v.15)

“the poor: (v.20)

“the needy (v.20)

Her Activities:

She shops for the best quality she can afford (vv.13-14, 22, 24)

She “works with willing hands” (v. 13; cp. “labor,” v. 31)

She provides clothing for her household and herself (vv.13, 19, 21-22)

She gets up early to make sure everyone has food for the day (v.15)

She ensures her family does not run our of supplies and prepares ahead for harsh circumstances (vv.11, 18, 21-25)

She carefully invests her money and works to profit from her investment (vv.16, 18, 24)

She helps meet the needs of the poor (v.20)

She “watches over the activities of her household” (v. 27)

Her Character:

Trustworthy (v.11)

Consistent (v.12, 18)

High Standards (vv. 13, 16)

Industrious and Productive (vv.13-16, 19, 22, 24, 27)

Initiative (vv.16, 22, 20)

Serves (vv. 15-20)

Strong (vv.17, 25)

Holds Honor (v. 25)

Compassionate (v. 20)

Has confidence instead of worrying about the future (vv. 21, 25)

Uses wise words and instruction spoken with love (v.26)

Her Blessings:

“She is far more precious than jewels” (v.10)

“Her sons rise up and call her blessed” (v.28)

“She is trusted, praised, and prized by her husband” (vv.11-12, 28-29)

The community’s respect for her husband is enhanced (vv.23, 31)

She “will be praised” (v.30)

She deserves “the reward for her labor” (v.31)

She is known and receives praise for “her works” (v.31)

Wow! Being a beautiful woman is more simple than we make it to be. Simple acts of caring and loving our family and our God are enough to make a woman beautiful. Why do we try SO hard in SO many different ways to be beautiful?

Now before you go and think you’ve messed up too much or you’re already raised your children and it’s “too late,” let’s look at what God says about grace:

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Every morning is a fresh start.

Do you have a 5 year old? You still have a chance to be beautiful to that 5 year old.

Do you have a 15 year old? You still have a chance to be beautiful to that 15 year old.

Do you have a 50 year old? You still have a chance to be beautiful to that 50 year old.

Children are always looking up their parents to model strength and wisdom and beauty, no matter how old they get.

Have you been married 5 years? You still have a chance to be beautiful to your man.

Have you been married 15 years? You still have a chance to be beautiful to your man.

Have you been married 50 years? You still have a chance to be beautiful to your man.

You always have a chance to be beautiful to God.

Women desperately seeking to feel beautiful can in fact be beautiful. No  matter how big your mistakes or how many times you’ve failed, you get to put two feet on the ground every morning and try, try, try again and again.

Your efforts are being seen and heard. You are beautiful.

Here are this week’s chapters to S.O.A.P.

Monday (today): Proverbs 31

Tuesday: Proverbs 14

Wednesday: James 1

Thursday: Romans 4

Friday: 2 Timothy 1

Daily quiet time can be a special part of your day. Simply grab your Bible, a journal, and a pen. Read the daily chapter given above and write in your journals using the S.O.A.P method. S.O.A.P stands for:

S ~ Scripture: write down a scripture that speaks to you

O ~ Observation: what do you observe about this chapter? What is God trying to tell you?

A ~ Application: how can you apply  what you observed about this chapter to your life?

P ~ Prayer: write a prayer in your journal

* Next week’s post will be a challenge to change the statistic of one of a wife’s worst habitual attitudes.

Other Posts from this series:

One Thing a Wise Wife Knows Well About Intimacy

*Joining Wise Women

Homemade Pepperoni Rolls

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us this weekend with a fun snack!

Homemade Pepperoni Rolls

Ingredients:

Pepperoni slices

Mozzarella cheese sticks

Crescent rolls

Italian seasoning

Directions:

Place four slices of pepperoni and half a mozzarella cheese stick
on a crescent roll. Roll up starting with the long side.
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Bake at 450 for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with pizza sauce.
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 and follower her on Facebook here.

One Thing a Wise Wife Knows Well About Intimacy

It’s officially February, which means it’s time for a new series here at Cooking Up Faith! This month series is called 4 Strengths of a Wise Wife.

One Strength of a Wise Wife: She knows the importance of intimacy in marriage.

For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, since we are members of His body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

Ephesians 5:29-31

Wise Wife

The truth is you already know intimacy is important in marriage. You know God intended intimacy to be between a husband and wife. Scripture says, But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

The key is to not forget to do what you know.

Here’s the thing. When you let intimacy and closeness with your spouse slip, you could be sending your spouse these messages:

What you might be saying (and maybe truthfully feeling):

“I’m tired.”

“I have a headache.”

“I’m not in the mood.”

“I don’t feel attractive.”

What your spouse might be hearing:

“I’m tired of you.”

“Being intimate with you is a burden.”

“You’re not enough to get me in the mood.”

“I’m not attracted to you anymore.”

Men feel empowered, strong, and confident after being intimate with their wife. When a wife isn’t interested or treats intimacy as a chore, it can be a real blow to a man’s ego.

He can feel discouraged, confused, and insecure, which can lead him to feel unmotivated with work or with the family. He may even start looking for that confidence and closeness he’s missing in another woman.

You may be thinking, “but intimacy really isn’t that important to me in our marriage. Why should I have to “be available” to my husband if I really don’t want to when he does?”

You need to make intimacy a priority to help your spouse with his lack of self-control, and yours.

That’s why it says in scripture Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (1 Corinthians 7:5)

If you put a plate of comfort food – steak, mashed potatoes, and rolls in front of a man after a long days work without lunch, but say, “Nope. You can’t eat it. Wait another day.” How tempted do you think he would be to take a bite when you walked into the other room??

You are his comfort. You are what he wants. You are the only one he gets to share intimacy with. That’s why he married you! Don’t deprive him of that love and closeness he is longing for.

Jesus said, “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” (Matthew 26:41) Oh, how our minds want to do what’s right all the time, but how weak our body’s are to follow through.

If your intimacy is weak in your marriage, your marriage will be weaker.

If your intimacy is strong, your marriage will be stronger. Your husband will be stronger individually, and you will be stronger as well.

Evaluate your marriage. Do you feel a special closeness with your spouse, or have you two become more like roommates?

You may need to ask your husband how he feels about the intimacy in your marriage. You may think it’s great, while he might be wanting more.

It could be you’re not seeing the best in your marriage because you’re intimacy isn’t the best. You may have a good marriage, but perhaps more intimacy could make it great. You cannot have a passionate, close, and intimate marriage without intimacy.

Don’t wait for your husband to help around the house more or pay you more compliments. Decide that you will be the one to serve him without complaint. When you have a marriage that you want strong, don’t waste time waiting for your husband to do all the work. Be proactive in your marriage.

Scripture puts it this way: Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.  In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church,  since we are members of His body.

For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two will become one flesh.

This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Your thoughts?  How does Paul’s advice on intimacy resonate with you today? How is his advice easy for you to follow? How is it difficult?

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Quiet Times:

Here are this week’s chapters to S.O.A.P.

Monday (today): Genesis 2

Tuesday: Galatians 5

Wednesday: Malachi 2

Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 4

Friday: Hebrews 13

Daily quiet time can be a special part of your day. Simply grab your Bible, a journal, and a pen. Read the daily chapter given above and write in your journals using the S.O.A.P method. S.O.A.P stands for:

S ~ Scripture: write down a scripture that speaks to you

O ~ Observation: what do you observe about this chapter? What is God trying to tell you?

A ~ Application: how can you apply  what you observed about this chapter to your life?

P ~ Prayer: write a prayer in your journal

* Join us next Monday as we keep talking about Strengths of a Wise Wife, specifically on the importance of being charming, beautiful, and modest.

* Joining Wise Women 

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Is Love an Action or a Feeling?

On Monday we will begin a new series here at Cooking Up Faith called

4 Strengths of a Wise Wife.

The 4 strengths that we will be sharing over the next 4 weeks just happen to be some form of action.  It leads us to question – is love an action or a feeling?

Love

Love as a feeling:

The world would tell us that love is indeed a feeling. You become attracted to a man. You can’t stop thinking about him. Everything about him is wonderful and you can’t imagine any other man to have the ability to measure up to his standards. This must be love.

You get married and have the wedding of your dreams. Kids, vacations, and hundreds of Facebook worthy moments later life seems pretty perfect…on the outside. Problem is, that feeling you once had for your man has started to fade a bit.

He’s no longer as attractive as he once was.

The way he paces the room when he’s nervous has suddenly become annoying rather than cute.

His priorities are suddenly not the same as yours.

The feelings are fading…and you wonder…maybe I don’t love him anymore? What if I never did really love him?

This is the point in the marriage where the world says: you’re feelings are gone. Why stay with someone who isn’t exciting to be around? Why live a boring and mundane life? You’re better than that! You deserve more! Divorce him…move on…and find a man who will make you feel love again.  

Love as an action:

The Word paints a different story. There is really little to no mention of loving a person based on your feelings in the Bible. Instead love seems to be shown through an action.

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Not love is feeling patient. Love is patient.

Not love feels kindness. Love is kind.

Not love doesn’t feel envy. Love does not envy.

Not love doesn’t feel like bragging. Love does not boast.

Not love easily forgets to remember wrong doings. Love keeps no record of wrongs.

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The above words from Romans don’t read. Feel happy and love others. Enjoy everything about the person you’re around and serve them. Rather, we see action words: Devoted. Serving. Practice. Share. Honor.

Perhaps the Word is telling us that attraction or “good feelings” towards another person is something God places in us so we will want to be close or together with that person…but true love is an action that comes after attraction.

The most powerful form of love ever shown on this earth was one of great action. Jesus physically died a brutal death so that we could live in heaven with God forever. He became our bridge to God. His perfection covers our imperfection.Some may argue that Jesus wanted to die for us, in other words, he felt like dying for us.

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These are Jesus’ words just moments before He knew He would be arrested, tried, and crucified from Luke 22: 

Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray, 42 “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”

[43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.][l] 45 When He got up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief.[m] 46 “Why are you sleeping?” He asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation.”

What conclusion do you make from the words of Jesus?

Do you think He felt like going through with the task He had come to fulfill?

Did He feel happy? Excited?

So much of what we’re hearing today is: We need to feel excited. We need to feel beautiful. We need people to applaud us and praise us so we will feel valuable.

But God’s Word gives us another option and another way…

the only way to truly live with freedom.

Action. Take action. Feelings will come and go. They can easily be up or down. Why live based on something so unstable.

What does a life lived based on action instead of feeling look like for you? 

February Series at Cooking Up Faith
February Series at Cooking Up Faith

Join us Monday as we discover some powerful ways we can take action and love our husbands, our marriages, and our God.

*Your Thoughts? Do you think love is an action or a feeling?