Trusting In God Instead of Yourself

Relying On God To Pay Your Bills

Are you struggling financially? Is money so tight, you have to watch every penny that’s spent? In this economy, many women have a hard time finding a good-paying job. Due to a high divorce rate, wives and mothers are left without financial means, suddenly having to find ways to cut monthly expenses like cable bills, phone plans, and insurance coverage just to have enough money to buy food and gas. If you’ve ever used a calculator while putting groceries in the basket to make sure you have enough money, then you know what it is to be financially stressed. Having to stretch every dollar is no fun! While friends and family talk about the latest restaurant they ate at, you smile and think about how many times you’ve had to eat Ramen noodles because you didn’t have extra money to dine out.

A few years ago, I found myself in this type of situation. I was in my early 50’s, life was pretty normal, and then my marriage of 27 years ended. Suddenly, overnight, I was pinching pennies.

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What To Do Before Life Knocks The Breath Out Of You

Breathless Moments

On this journey through life, there are breathless moments that cause us to gasp for air.  As home buyers, we gasp as we sign our name on the dotted line while contemplating 30 years’ worth of mortgage payments. We skip a breath as we sign the restaurant ticket for that meal that costs more than we thought.  But one day, my signature signaled the beginning of some real breathing issues accompanied by severe emotional distress. Sitting in an attorney’s office, I signed my name on court papers executing the end of a 27-year-long marriage. One year before I was in full-time ministry and the next year divorced. Oh, there had been signs of its failing for several years, but when you’re a Christian, you just sweep them under a rug and trust they will disappear somehow. You know the drill, ignore and hope it goes away. You cry when you’re alone and smile around others until the devastation creeps back out from under that rug and suddenly knocks the breath out of you. Anyone who has experienced serious devastation of any kind knows what I’m talking about. Your heart starts beating way too fast and you can’t catch your breath. Your emotions go on overload. How do you prepare for something you never thought would happen? Is there an insurance policy for emotional devastation?

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Creamy Tuscan Garlic Tortellini Soup

I was looking for something rich and filling, but also quick and easy.  This recipe certainly did the trick. I used store-bought cheese tortellini. I didn’t have any spinach, so I substituted kale. The heavy cream makes it so smooth. Full of flavor and color, this will definitely be a soup I make for guests.

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How to Run From Life’s Temptations

“How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
Proverbs 1:17

Sometimes, birds can be smarter than people. If they sense danger, they quickly fly away. They don’t wait around to be caught in a trap. People aren’t always that smart and so they fall into dangerous situations everyday. These traps can be as seemingly harmless as a student joining in to make fun of another student, or even more sinister when someone is lured out of their marriage into a relationship with someone cheating on their own spouse, but then is shocked when this same person cheats on them. Many temptations or traps are being set right before our eyes, but if we pay attention and discern who is involved, we can avoid falling into them.

An ancient father named Solomon was teaching his son about the evil trappings of life. Recorded in Proverbs 1:8-19, he explains how bad people will entice you to join in their activity by saying, “Come join us. We’re going to lie in wait for some innocent person to come along and then rob them. If you help us, we will share the loot with you.” Solomon told his son not to be lured into this. Falling in with them even when you can see who and what they are would be as foolish as a bird that sees a net being spread right in front of it, but flies into the trap anyway. Birds are too smart for that. They recognize the danger.

Recognizing that if these people hurt others, you can be assured when the opportunity arises that they won’t hesitate to hurt you.

When you see a dangerous trap being spread out before you, take a moment to discern the situation and then run! Be like the birds and quickly fly away.

Favorite Blackberry Cobbler

Who doesn’t like cobbler? On our property, we have wild dewberries (like blackberries only smaller) plus I planted some blackberry bushes, so my freezer is full of beautiful purple berries. This recipe is easy and quick, which is the way a recipe for dessert should be so you can get right down to eatin’ it!

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries (do not use blueberries)
1 cup sugar
1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted

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