How to Stay Devoted to God When Life Gets Unpredictable

How to Stay Devoted to God...When Life Gets Unpredictable

Today is your final lesson from the book of Ruth! January seemed to fly by, but hopefully your daily quiet time in God’s Word using the S.O.A.P method slowed down the rush of the day, and allowed you to soak in His words. At the bottom of this lesson you will see the new series for the month of February. :)

RUTH’S UNPREDICTABLE LIFE

So many unpredictable moments happened in Ruth’s lifetime. She was a pagan, but became a believer. She had a husband and a new life, but tragedy struck and he died. A life once secure, Ruth found herself picking up leftovers in a field.

One thing was consistent in Ruth’s life though. Her faith and devotion to God. Through her obedience Ruth found herself in the family line of Jesus the Messiah when she gave birth to her son, Obed.

Do you think Ruth had any idea what her devotion, faith, and obedience would lead to? Her obedience to God brought rich rewards – some she saw in her lifetime, but some she did not. She was able to give birth to a son and watch him grow, but she could not have known that through her very own family line would come the birth of the Messiah!

Here we are left with a lesson and a challenge:

Our devotion to God and our faithfulness to the responsibilities He has given us will bring reward.

 

REWARDS FOR FAITHFULNESS

Take a look at just a few scriptures on our rewards for faithfulness:

Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:11-14

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8

Too many of us cheat ourselves by trying to “take matters into our own hands” and get our rewards now. We overspend, overeat, get lazy, give up because we want our break now. We want to see the pay off for our hard work now. Instead of pressing on toward the goal which is in Christ, we pull towards us a goal we can reach in this lifetime.

STAY ON TRACK

It’s easy to start a new goal. We’re great at achieving our goals in the beginning. It’s much harder to stay consistent and remain devoted to our goals. Challenges hit, things get boring, we don’t see the benefit, and it’s harder than we thought…so we quit, or we keep going but just don’t “give it our all.”

Here’s what Ruth would tell us: keep going, stay devoted. Remain obedient and faithful to God through your words and actions. It will pay off. You will receive a great reward for your faithfulness. You will one day see with your eyes what you cannot see now.

JOE THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER

A man named Joe works in the construction business building houses. A lot of his clients get anxious when their house looks more like a war zone in the process of construction rather than the haven they had envisioned. Joe was building for a particular client a few years ago who was always angry. Nothing he did was ever right. This client yelled at Joe, called him names, and bullied him every day on the job. Inside Joe wanted to burst and yell back, but he had a family to provide for and a God to serve. He knew if he lost his temper he might lose the job, and worse, a good reputation in the business. As hard as it was to stay calm and collected, Joe didn’t say anything negative in response. He replied, “yes sir,” “I understand,” and “I’ll do my best to build you a great house.”

After several months the house was finally complete! The client was thrilled with the outcome, and with Joe’s hard work. At the time Joe wondered why God had allowed such a difficult project to come upon him, but he knew in his heart that he had responded in the right way. Several years past and Joe received a phone call from the same client. He was much more respectful and told Joe that he wanted to buy several lots, pay Joe to build several homes, and split the investment. One of the lots was in a premier neighborhood that would bring in much advertisement and free marketing to Joe’s business.

Joe reacted to a difficult situation based on what he believed was right – God’s way – responding in a gentle manner. Not paying back evil with evil, but evil with right. Joe stayed devoted to God and was obedient to God’s command to love others. Joe saw a rich reward – not immediately – but a few years later. He knows his eternal reward for his faithfulness must be even greater.

HOW TO STAY DEVOTED AND FAITHFUL TO YOUR DUTIES

What responsibilities has God given you? Marriage? Motherhood? Work? Money. Like Ruth, you have probably had your share of unpredictable moments. But you can choose to be like Ruth and Joe. You can keep consistent with your devotion to God and you can be sure you will receive a rich reward. Here’s a few ideas on how to stay devoted and faithful:

1. Respond to negativity with love, positive words and actions:

This is what Ruth did. Naomi became bitter after the loss of her husbands and sons, but Ruth responded to Naomi with great love. Joe responded to harsh words with kind words. They both saw a great reward due to their great devotion to God.

2. Keep your eye on the prize:

Money can get tight and it can get hard to pinch and save. Using credit is much easier, but this is not God’s will. Keep your eye on the rich rewards you’ll receive years down the road for your devotion to be a wise steward with you money. It will be much greater than anything money could by on now.

Dealing with toddler’s tantrums, spills, and diapers can seem daunting now, but keep your eye on the teenage years when your time spent correcting, guiding, and disciplining now will pay off.

3. Remember stories like Ruth and Joe:

It’s hard to imagine what could possibly be a reward for your devotion to a difficult situation or person now. Remembering rewards like Ruth or Joe received gives us hope for our own rewards. Think about devoted people to God that you know. What rewards have you witnessed from their devotion and faithfulness to God?

Keep Studying with the S.O.A.P method! These chapters go along with today’s lesson and will provide you with even more scripture and insight into what was discussed today.

What is S.O.A.P? It is a way to actively read scripture. The letters stand for:  

S ~ Scripture (write down a scripture that particularly speaks to you during your chapter reading)

O ~ Observation (write down what you observe about this scripture)

A ~ Application (write down how you can apply today’s chapter reading to your daily life)

P ~ Prayer (write down a prayer)

Chapters to S.O.A.P this week:

Monday (today): 1 John 3

Tuesday: 2 Timothy 4

Wednesday: Luke 18

Thursday: Colossians 3

Friday: Romans 12

FEBRUARY BIBLE STUDY: 

Strengths of a Wise Wife

What better month to talk about love and marriage than February?? :)

Bible study will continue next Monday with the first of four lessons about the Strengths of a Wise Wife from the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is LOADED with wisdom on everything from parenting, finances, marriage and more. The Bible study you’ll be getting from this next series will contain 4 important components of what it means to be a wise wife.

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Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

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Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart recipe with us this weekend!

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

1 small eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry (or you can use pizza crust)
1 tablespoon cornmeal
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine vegetables, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer to an 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake at 450° for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and moisture has evaporated, stirring every 10 minutes. Sprinkle cornmeal over a greased 14 inch pizza pan; place pastry (or pizza crust)  on prepared pan. Spoon vegetable mixture over pastry to within 1 1/2 inches of edge. Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered. Bake at 450° for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cut into wedges 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.

 

Laying Your Requests Down

Laying Your Requests Down

We’ve been discussing the book of Ruth for the past 2 weeks. We know that Ruth’s husband has died, and she has chosen to cling to her mother-in-law, because where her mother-in-law lives is where the One true God is worshiped. Ruth is determined to stay where God is, and to follow His will.

Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi gives Ruth a lot of advice on what they should do next, and Ruth follows her council. A man named Boaz was eligible to be the kinsman-redeemer for Naomi and Ruth since he was related Ruth’s father-in-law. If Ruth married Boaz, she could have children with him, carry on the family name, and have ownership of his land. Now, she just needed to make her request to marry Boaz.

How did Ruth do this? She took Naomi’s advice:

“Wash, put on perfumed oil, and wear your best clothes. Go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let the man (Boaz) know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, notice the place where he’s lying, go in and uncover his feet, and lie down. Then he will explain to you what you should do.”
Ruth 3:3,4

There was nothing sexual about Ruth lying down at Boazes feet. “By lying down next to Boaz at night,” Ruth is only “symbolically proposing marriage to him,” and that “all of this is done honorably, within the customs of this culture” ~ Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith.

Ruth proposed her request by laying down at Boazes feet, and her request was granted. Her and Boaz married, and had a son together, named Obed.

How can we relate to this particular story of Ruth?

We too, have needs.

We too, have requests that we desire to have fulfilled.

We too, have a place where we can lay down our requests.

Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:29-31

Let’s do a visual practice.

Think about what you are needing healing from in this moment in your life.

Now close your eyes and visualize yourself laying these burdens down at the feet of Jesus. Tell God what you need healing from.

boredom

addiction

regrets

past hurts

anxieties

doubts

Picture Jesus picking up your burdens and nailing them on the cross.

Now imagine Jesus walking over to you, placing His hands on your face, and telling you that you are healed.These burdens are nailed to the cross, they are dead and gone. The only thing that is really alive in you, that really has power within you, is His Spirit.

Now proclaim that these burdens have been dealt with through God, and you are free to receive blessings of peace, prosperity, joy, confidence, and healing.

We can have all the knowledge and understanding in the world on scripture, but if we don’t communicate with God through prayer we are cheating ourselves from the power of the Holy Spirit being awakened within us.

You may have to lay your requests down daily. Sometimes we think we’ve prayed, we’ve asked for help, we feel stronger and at peace…so why do the same struggles, same temptations, same burdens keep coming back??

Because we will never be free from a broken world and our flesh until Christ returns or we meet Him first. So, until we are perfected completely and our flesh is gone and only His Spirit remains, we will battle sin and temptations and burdens. Therefore, we must daily lay our requests down at the feet of Jesus.

And daily He understands.

Daily He responds.

Daily He has compassion.

After laying down your requests at the feet of Jesus spend some time with Him while you’re there.

Praise Him

Thank Him

Proclaim His Righteousness

Declare who He is and who He is not

Ruth laid her request of marriage at the feet of Boaz, but much more came from her request than she could anticipate at the time. In giving birth to their son, Ruth became in the ancestry of King David and Jesus Christ.

When we lay our requests down at the feet of Jesus, let’s do so with great anticipation and belief that Jesus will restore us, help us, and care for our needs. It is not so much the struggles and sin that wear us down, but our own unbelief and doubt that Jesus has more power over them. Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord, yet be bold in our belief that His power and authority is greater than any struggle we face.

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.

Ruth 4:14-16

Keep Studying! We strongly encourage you to participate in the below assignment, called S.O.A.P. These chapters go along with today’s lesson and will provide even more scripture and insight into what was discussed today.

What is S.O.A.P? It is a way to actively read scripture. The letters stand for:  

S ~ Scripture (write down a scripture that particularly speaks to you during your chapter reading)

O ~ Observation (write down what you observe about this scripture)

A ~ Application (write down how you can apply today’s chapter reading to your daily life)

P ~ Prayer (write down a prayer)

Chapters to S.O.A.P this week:

Monday (today): Psalm 34

Tuesday: 2 Chronicles 7

Wednesday: Psalm 66

Thursday: John 14

Friday: Hebrews 4

Stay accountable by joining us on Facebook! The daily chapter to S.O.A.P  will be posted on our Facebook page to help you stay on track. :) Join us next Monday for our final lesson on the book of Ruth. We will also share what study we will be doing next!

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Cheese Filled Manicotti

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Mrs. H, from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her Cheese Filled Manicotti recipe with us! This looks delicious!

Cheese Filled Manicotti
6 servings

1 package manicotti shells
15 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Combine cheeses, bread crumbs, parsley, and salt; set aside. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil and oregano. Simmer 30 minutes. Pour half the sauce in a baking dish. Stuff cooked manicotti shells with cheese filling; arrange in dish and top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 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.

 

Why Ruth Clung to Naomi

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“My mother-in-law and I were happy for 20 years. 

Then we met each other.” ~ Reader’s Digest

The jokes and stories about mother-in-laws all seem to have one thing in common ~ they’re all negative. If you do find a positive story about a mother-in-law you feel like there must be some sort of catch or sarcasm stuck in there somewhere.

Why is it that mother-in-laws get such a bad reputation?

Some really have earned it…but most likely mother-in-laws are just imperfect women like us, and daughter-in-laws tend to dwell on their faults, advice, and personality and take it personally. There are emotions of competition, jealousy, and defensiveness on both parts which heightens little remarks, comments, and actions. Some comments really can go too far and be meant to “stick it to her”…on both sides.

WHY RUTH CLUNG TO HER MOTHER-IN-LAW, NAOMI

Remember from last week’s lesson, Ruth’s husband and father-in-law have died, and Ruth and her mother-in-law are left together to move on. Naomi tries to persuade Ruth to return to her own family, but Ruth refuses and clings to her mother-in-law saying,

“Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yahweh punish me, and do so severely, if anything separates you and me.”  ~ Ruth 1:16,17

Whoa. That’s some dedication to a mother-in-law. Why? Was Naomi a saint of a mother-in-law who was just a joy to be around? Not really. We see in the following sentences that Naomi has become quite bitter after the death of her sons and husband.

Ruth’s decision to cling to Naomi’s side was because of her new faith in the God of Naomi – Yahweh of Israel. Remember, Ruth was from Moab, a pagan nation. It is because of Naomi and her family that Ruth came to know the one true God. Where Naomi lived was where God was worshiped, and that’s exactly where Ruth wanted to stay.  She was not about to let anything separate her from God ~ not even her mother-in-law.

DON’T LET ANYTHING SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD ~ NOT EVEN YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW

Maybe your mother-in-law is difficult to be around.

Maybe her words sting.

Maybe her cold shoulder hurts.

Here’s where we find the message of help and hope with those difficult mother-in-laws…or any difficult person in our life. The answer is by letting that difficult person be who they are going to be, say what they are going say, live how they are going to live. Release their comments, actions, and lifestyle to God and let Him deal with their hearts and attitudes. Ruth didn’t try to change Naomi or make a deal with Naomi in order to stay by her side – she stayed by Naomi because she was committed to staying with where God was.

Where is God in your relationships? God is in love, patience, kindness, not holding grudges, not judging, and not creating quarrels. Where God is is where you want to cling to and stay. That’s not right next to your mother-in-laws side, but it is held next to God’s side.

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us no long criticize one another.

Romans 14:12,13

Your mother-in-law will stand in front of the Lord one day and will give an account for all of her words, actions, and lifestyle choices. So will you. So use all the energy you’ve got to make sure your words and actions are ones of goodness today, so when it’s your turn to stand before the Lord you will receive great reward for your faith.

 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.  May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

Ruth 2:11-13

STRONG WOMEN OF FAITH

A strong woman of faith does not focus her thoughts on another person’s faults or annoyances. Instead, she focuses on her own behavior, making sure she is taking responsibility for her own thoughts and actions. If another person is negative or selfish, a strong woman of faith does not let that bring her down. She knows that their behavior is a reflection of who that person is, and simply that. She lets that person deal with their own consequences of their behavior and feelings, instead of trying to “play God” and deal with them herself. She does not try to compete or “one up.”

A confident women chooses to treat everyone in her life with kindness, fairness, and respect even if they don’t treat her well in return. She doesn’t allow others to take advantage of her and will set healthy boundaries, but she also doesn’t allow her character to be weakened because of someone else’s weak character.

THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURES TO S.O.A.P:

What is S.O.A.P? It is a way to actively read scripture. The letters stand for:  

S ~ Scripture (write down a scripture that speaks to you in your reading)

O ~ Observation (write down what you observe about this scripture)

A ~ Application (write down how you can apply this scripture’s purpose to your daily life)

P ~ Prayer (write down a prayer)

Monday (today): Romans 14

Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 5

Wednesday: Proverbs 4

Thursday: Galatians 6

Friday: Ecclesiastes 5

Related Posts:

The Unbelievers Around Us

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Mrs. H, from Heritage Schoolhouse is with us this weekend to share her delicious Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe with us!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 lb fresh chicken tenders cut into chunks
several garlic cloves, minced
several green onions, minced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
6 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons corn starch
head of broccoli, chopped

Directions: 

Melt butter in saucepan over medium high heat.
Brown chicken on both sides in butter. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add garlic, onions, and sesame seeds to saucepan and sauté for several minutes.
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and cornstarch in a bowl.
Pour into saucepan and stir until thickened.
Add broccoli and cook for several minutes.
Add chicken back in and cook until done.

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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.

The Unbelievers Around Us

“The unbelievers around us can become believers.”

The Unbelievers Around Us

Philip Vander Elst graduated from Oxford in 1973. A smart guy who loved books, ideas, and debates. He was also an atheist. Two things just didn’t add up to Philip ~ the existence of so much evil, and the thought of being conformed without freedom to a religion that you cannot touch or see.

Then Philip met his wife. Philip describes her as beautiful and intelligent. She was also a Christian. It shocked him that this very smart and intelligent woman could believe in God. Philip became determined to find out whether there was any solid evidence to support the existence of God and truth to Christianity.

What Philip was about to discover would change everything for him.

WHY DON’T PEOPLE BELIEVE IN GOD?

The reason many people are atheists is the same as it was for Philip ~ how can there be a good God if there is so much horrible evil in this world, and how can you believe in something you cannot prove is real?

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.

I will be honored throughout the world.”

Psalm 46:10

RUTH WAS AN UNBELIEVER

Ruth was from a pagan nation, Moab. A man named Mahlon visited Ruth’s nation of Moab in search of food because there was a famine in his land. Mahlon met Ruth and the two fell in love and got married. It was through Mahlon and his family’s faith in God, that Ruth came to know the one true God. Their faith in God sparked an interest in Ruth. She discovered the God that they knew and now had faith of her own.

Tragedy struck and Mahlon died, along with his brother and father. Ruth was left with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and sister-in-law, Orpah. Naomi insisted Ruth and Orpah return to their families and remarry. Naomi had no other sons in which the women could marry, which meant no chance of being able to carry on the family name or land.

Orpah returned home…but Ruth? Ruth refused and clung to Naomi…she didn’t want to leave the land and the people who worshiped the God she had come to know, love, and serve.

“For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”
Ruth 1:16

OUR INFLUENCE ON OTHERS

Ruth was a pagan, an unbeliever, yet God used her husband and his family to teach and influence her to come to know God. Because of their influence Ruth was led to discover God, and she became a great role model in what a woman of faith looks like. What God did in Ruth He can do with anyone. The unbelievers around us can become believers.

HOPE 

What does this story from Ruth leave us with? Hope. Hope that anyone can become a believer. Hope that those that are even stagnant in their relationship with God can become stronger. Hope that hearts can change and eyes can be opened.Hope for ourselves ~ that we might have a  positive influence on others.

What do we do with all this hope? We wait patiently on the Lord to move mountains. We pray without ceasing for others. We influence others with our own confident faith ~ not by being pushy or preachy ~ but by being patient, kind, positive, and strong.

Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart. 
Luke 6:45

WHAT DID PHILIP DISCOVER?

So what did Philip discover? Ideas jotted down in a book by a man named C.S. Lewis. Philip read Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem with Pain. Through Lewis’ written words, lies of a restricted religion shattered, and truth of freedom from human nature’s desire to sin became new truth. Philip  could relate to C.S. Lewis – he too graduated from Oxford. He too was once an atheist.

When Philip met his wife, he met what faith looks like.  She knew God and that was enough to spark an interest in Philip. C.S. Lewis’ confident faith influenced Philip’s many questions:

Why is there so much evil in this world? Our rebellion against a good God creates natural negative consequences. It’s not His doing or will. It’s ours. How can you believe in a God that you can’t see or touch? You experience His power through prayer and reading His Word and realize you can see Him and feel His presence. Faith and hope that He is present is the first step.

Now Philip is a believer, and he too is influencing others.

As women, our influence on those around us – our husbands, children, neighbors, friends, and even strangers can be simple, yet influential. Confident faith of our own. God has the power, authority, and desire to move and mold hearts in those we love.

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

These are daily scriptures to look up and write down in a journal. You can highlight words from the scripture that stand out to you. You can pray the scripture for yourself or others. You may want to write down the scripture on an index card and work on memorizing it. This simple quiet time will keep your mind in God’s Word throughout the week.

Monday (today): Romans 12:12

Tuesday: Luke 22:32

Wednesday: 2 Corinthians.5:7

Thursday: Hebrews 10:35-36

Friday: Luke 17:5

* Your Thoughts? Who are the unbelievers around you? How do you stay strong in your faith around them? Have you ever noticed any positive influence you’ve had on their life?

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!!!

Ruth Bible Study 2015

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 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)