Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a New Goal

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a New Goal

Ideas can pop into your head all the time. One idea leads to another, and it’s hard to decipher which ideas, goals, and dreams you should follow…and which ones need to be just ideas. You’ve probably heard the expression, “God placed this idea on my heart so I need to follow my heart,” but be careful with this theory.  The Lord Himself says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

God goes on to say, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10)

If God is searching our hearts behind our deeds, then it would be wise for us to do the same before we jump into anything.

Here’s a few questions to start with when searching your heart:

1. Why am I doing what I’m thinking about doing?

2. What am I really trying to achieve?

3. Is it wise to do this financially? Do I have the time to commit? Will any of my relationships be hindered?

4. How will I do this thing with balance? (What will the boundaries be so I don’t get myself over-scheduled and overwhelmed?

5. What will measure my success?

It’s easy to get excited about a new idea or goal. It’s even fun to start planning, buying materials, or just hop into your new ambition. It’s much harder to finish what you started. So before you eagerly jump on board, take a step back to look at the big picture. What’s really going on in your heart behind this new idea? If you can align your belief and thoughts to what God’s will is for this new passion of yours, then you’re ready to jump in. It might take some discipline and scripture searching to get there, but it will be worth it in the long run.

* Thank you for stopping by Cooking Up Faith ~ this devotional is part of this week’s series: Looking at the Big Picture. Join us each week for three posts on a new Biblical focus.

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Harvest Wild Rice Soup


Fall is here and Mrs. H is bringing us this delicious Harvest Wild Rice Soup recipe!!

Ingredients needed -

1/2 cup wild rice
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 small onion, diced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon parsley
1/8 teaspoon sage
1/8 teaspoon rosemary
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream


Cook wild rice according to package directions; set aside.
In a pot, sauté vegetables in 1 tablespoon butter.
Add broth and seasonings to vegetables.
Melt remaining butter in a sauce pan and combine with flour.
Whisk in milk and let cook, continuing to whisk, for about a minute or so.
Add mixture to pot and whisk to combine.
Stir in cream and cooked rice.
Makes 4 servings.

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Three Things Your Daughter is Probably Struggling With Today…and How to Help Her.


Kids are especially gifted at masking their feelings. They’re so busy with homework, riding bikes, and going to activities that it can easily seem like all is well in their little world. However, underneath the easy laughter is a heart that unfortunately is facing some big challenges.

Here is a look at a few things your daughter is probably struggling with today…

and how you can help: 

Her Looks: She may think she’s too tall or too short. Her nose too big or too small. She’s probably trying to figure out her “style” and may dress sloppy one day and dressy the next. She notices the girls around her…and they don’t look the same as her. Any difference, even slightly, can make her feel like her looks don’t quite measure up. Many young girls are never taught where true beauty comes from, and carry this insecurity for the rest of her life.

How to help: Tell your daughter often she is beautiful. Ask her to take a look at you – her mother, and your mom – her grandmother. Point out how we naturally age as we get older and if our goal is to be outwardly beautiful our goal will fail as the bad hair days, extra pounds, and wrinkles come. We will be let down at one point or another. Instead, remind her that true beauty is unique that many women never acquire. True beauty is one with a heart faithful to God.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Fear of Rejection: Fear of being rejected because she’s not cool enough for the girls or cute enough for the boys. This will cause her to do anything and everything she can to fit in and gain positive attention. If there isn’t any positive attention coming her way she could rebel just to seek negative attention. Any attention is better than no attention.

How to help: Remind your daughter that it is impossible to please everyone you meet. Some people, no matter how nice or kind you are, will not be nice and kind in return. If you run your life trying to please people you will do just that…run constantly without a break to even catch some air, because there is never an end when trying to please people. Instead, teach your daughter what it means to please God instead of people – to have faith and trust in Him and serve Him with your heart and hands through love, patience, and peace.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people  were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Galatians 1:10

Her Abilities: Someone is always going to be a better basketball player, dancer, gymnast, student, and your daughter is going to notice exactly who that person is. This could either make her give up on herself all together and pursue nothing, or become obsessed with being just as good, if not better, which will make her main goal turn into pride instead of passion.

How to help: Show your daughter scriptures that talk about our unique spiritual gifts. Let her know that God has equipped her with a gift to be used to share with others. Point out what these gifts are. (see Romans 12:6-8). Remind her that other people have the same gift as her, but God can only use her in a unique way with her gift. Tell her not to put too much pressure on herself to figure it all out, but instead go with her God-given passion, along with prayer, and be patient with herself as she discovers how to use her gift. Teach your daughter that these gifts serve one goal – to build up the Church, and we are all working together…and therefore there is also no room for jealousy or rivalry.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Did you see some of yourself in these struggles? We are all daughters with the same Father, and therefore we all have the same struggles. Your daughter’s challenges are not so far from your own. Relate to her and let her know you understand. Help her feel normal in her feelings and not so alone. Share with her the gift of scripture, prayer, and knowing God. Every stronghold must come down in Jesus.

* Thank you for stopping by Cooking Up Faith ~ this devotional is part of this week’s series: Raising Little Women. Join us each week for a new Biblical focus.

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5 Characteristics of a Godly Woman to Teach Your Daughters


Do you ever feel like the rush of carpooling to school, dance lessons, and homework leaves you feeling like you haven’t taught your daughter anything you really wanted her to learn in  a day? Yes, you fought through traffic and got her where she needed to be, but where was the time to teach her about her value, her self-worth, and her real purpose in this life? Are her teachers or activities going to teach her?

Probably not.

The big question becomes how? How do you keep up with the daily ins and outs in your daughters life, and still make room for truth and wisdom? The key might be to narrow down to a few characteristics you really want your daughter to know and understand…and maybe add more from there.

Here’s a place to start:  5 characteristics of a godly woman to teach to your daughters:

(With held from watermark community church)

SEEK GOD FIRST: Reject the lie that anyone or anything can satisfy you.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:33-34

SPEAK FAITHFULLY: Love others with godly wisdom, boldness, and kindness as a faithful completer of others.

She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26

SHOW TRUE BEAUTY: Bodies deteriorate, persons develop. Invest in that which lasts.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

STAY HUMBLE: Be constantly aware of ‘pride and selfishness. Don’t think less of yourself but think of yourself less.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:3-5

SERVE THE LORD: Set your mind on eternal things, serve the eternal King, live to please only Him.

“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”

John 12:25-26

Make it your goal to either model these virtues, teach your daughter these virtues, or pray these virtues for your daughter. Give yourself grace when there was more rushing than being still and reflecting on what’s real…but get yourself back up the next day and fight for your daughters. Fight for their character. Her eyes are watching what you model. Her ears are listening to what you teach. Her heart is open to what you pray for her.

* This devotional is part of this week’s series: Raising Little Women.  Join us again Friday for more posts on this series!

* Your turn: What do you really want your daughter to know right now?

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Oh, the many stages and phases that girls go through to evolve into a woman. Little girls cling to their mama’s hand, teenage girls cling to their independence. Young adult ladies sort through questions and unresolved emotions, as older women discover a new confidence within themselves they didn’t know existed.

And in between the growing and maturing and unraveling mothers wonder, “Am I doing enough?”  Mothers put the weight of their daughters faith, goals, dreams, behavior, and even personality and attitude all on themselves. Mothers look at their daughters as if they were a mirror ~ reflecting how much or how little you gave. 

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. 

Isaiah 54:13

Read the above scripture again, and as you do feel the weight and pressure lifting off your shoulders. Your daughter, your little women, are being taught by God. He is orchestrating events, experiences, and emotions for your daughter to know Him and receive His grace and love.

God saved you by his grace when you believed.

And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8

Your faith and your daughters faiththey are a gift from God. You can’t take credit for this. No matter what you do, your daughters faith will come as a result of God. You may play a very big part though! Your faith may encourage her and inspire her to also become a faithful woman…but you see, God was the one to use you to influence her.

Don’t take this position you’re in lightly! Invite and welcome God to use you to influence your daughter. Stay close to Him, pray daily, study His Word – make yourself available to be a great influence in your daughter’s life.

Here are a few things to remember as you help your daughter’s faith grow:

You can influence:

When a young lady sees an older woman strong in her faith, this gives the younger lady a sense of security and hope. She has someone to look up to, someone who is leading by example, someone who is going against the world and clinging to the Word. When a younger lady sees an older woman with strong faith it gives her hope that she can have strong faith too. You can be this woman to your daughter. You can have this kind of influence on her young heart.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

You can Encourage:

Support your daughter. Give her positive feedback. Don’t let her give up. Remind her she is loved by God.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

You can Guide:

Advice her in the way of the Lord. Share scriptures with her on what God’s Word says on specific situations.  Daily ask God to give you the right words and wisdom in order to guide your daughter in the right path.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8

You can Pray:

Pray that God will give your daughter the gift of faith.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4


*This devotional is part of this week’s series: Raising Little Women. Join us again on Wednesday and Friday for more posts on this series!

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Fall Paper Leaf Wreath and Garland Tutorial


Lia Griffith is joining us today to share her tutorial for this beautiful Fall leaf wreath and garland!




Click here for the free leaf printables.

We are excited to announce that Lia will be joining us once a month to share her amazing crafting tutorials with us!!


Lia Griffith’s website offers DIY tutorials, printables, decorating, recipes, holiday and wedding ideas. Check out her website at Lia You can also find Lia Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

Home Style Green Beans

homestyle green beans

Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us today to share her delicious Home Style Green Bean recipe with us!

Home Style Green Beans
6 servings

fresh green beans
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook beans until tender. Meanwhile fry bacon; remove from pan and crumble. Saute onions in bacon grease and remove with slotted spoon. Drain beans and combine with bacon, onions, vinegar, sugar and seasonings. Cook and toss over low heat. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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.

Purposeful Wives and Mothers: Creating New Habits of Positive Thinking

Purposeful Wives and Mothers

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house.

And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.

1 Timothy 5:13

When a person doesn’t have purpose they become idle. Idle means without purpose, pointless, not active or in use, shallow, superficial, vain, and minor. Ouch!! Nobody purposely wants to be these things!

Every day we can take care of our families, our home, our community and not even realize the purpose and impact in what we’re doing. Without the knowledge and realization of our impact and purpose we can become idle in our thinking.

We may think what we’re doing is pointless, not useful, or minor…even though it’s not. This habit of defeated thinking will carry out in how we behave and what we achieve. A mother who feels like taking care of her children and home is boring and minor will feel exhausted and depressed. Yet a mother who knows that caring for her family and home has purpose and is in fact God’s will for her will feel uplifted and hopeful…even in the times of tiredness and weariness. 

1 Timothy 5:14 says, so I counsel young widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. This is the Bible’s advice to women! Take care of your children, manage your home, stay strong in your character! There is nothing idle about being a wife, mother, and homemaker.

Create a new habit of thinking. Tell yourself: I have major purpose as a wife and mother. It is useful for me to manage my home well. This is a healthy habit of staying within God’s will and purpose for you!

* Thank you for joining us today! This devotional is part of our series this week on Creating Healthy Spiritual Habits.

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Roasted Tomatoes Over Pasta


Mrs. H from Heritage Schoolhouse is here to share her Roasted Tomatoes Over Pasta recipe with us! Yum!!

Roasted Tomatoes Over Pasta
2 servings

Two nice green house tomatoes
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons butter
4 slices microwave bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 350.
Slice off tops of tomatoes and scoop out most of the pulp and seeds; discard.
Place tomatoes in a baking dish.
Place garlic inside tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in saucepan and quickly brown bread crumbs.
Remove bread crumbs from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
Fill tomatoes with bread crumb mixture.
Top with seasonings.
Sprinkle with remaining olive oil.
Bake for one hour.
Meanwhile prepare pasta and toss with butter.
Place pasta on serving dish, top with tomatoes and sprinkle with bacon.


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.

October Weekly Bible Study Schedule

October is here! A favorite time of year…the weather gets cooler, fall decorations, pumpkin patches, football, scarves, and boots. :)

A new month also means a new set of weekly Bible studies here at Cooking Up Faith! Here’s the schedule:

We’re finishing up this week with our study on Waiting on the Lord and Friday we’ll get a new recipe from Heritage Schoolhouse.  Come back Monday to start the study on Creating Healthy Spiritual Habits. :)