Monday, October 29, 2012

Marriage Monday: Your Role in Your Husband's Salvation {Link up}

Marriage Mondays"

Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I'm sitting in a cozy corner of a bustling Starbucks somewhere in the Atlanta metro area while my hubby is in a business meeting!  We are headed back to the Georgia coast later today after spending the weekend with my Mom and Dad in South Carolina!  Thanks so much for the prayers and words of comfort and encouragement that many of you have shared with me during my Mom's illness! She is doing fairly well at present -- she is actually able to get up some days and spend a little time in her wheelchair, which is a nice change of pace from being in bed twenty-four hours a day!  She told me yesterday that she still feels cheated -- we all thought she was about to meet Jesus a couple weeks ago, and she said she was so disappointed to wake up in the same room!  ;)

Today, I continue to have the privilege of posting my Mom's precious words of wisdom in my series on Living with an Unsaved Mate. If you are just joining in, you might want to go back and read the Introduction, her advice on Accepting your man just the way he isher counsel on Living in a House Dividedand her experience with What Not to Do to Win Your Husband to the Lord.  Today, she shares what you can and should do to see your husband come to true salvation through Jesus Christ.

May 11, 2012


Finally God had my attention and I learned to stop doing the Don'ts and start doing the Do's!  :)  These are the things that I learned to do to help see my husband come to know the Lord.

L   1) Live it!

Live the Christian life before your husband!  Daily actions and reactions as well as faithful attendance at church speak volumes to him.  The Bible teaches that a wife can win her husband without a word by her godly behavior!!

1 Peter 3:1-6 NASV  -- “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

2) Seek it!

Pursue holiness and righteousness!  Because the Christ-like life is worth whatever it costs, I pursued holiness and righteousness with all my heart.  

Continue putting off the old ways of the flesh and putting on the new ways of the Spirit-filled life. Keep on growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only would I be the benefactor of such spiritual growth, so would my husband and children.  (More on that next week!)

3) Pray! Pray! Pray!

Perhaps this should have been in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!

Prayer is an awesome God-given privilege as well as a God-given responsibility to His blood-bought children. I found that fasting and prayer went together when I was really seeking to know my God and to align my heart's desires in line with His. When there was a deep prayer burden, such as the soul of my husband, which God alone could meet, PRAYER was and is essential!! .

James 5:16 KJV --  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

4) Persevere

Now if you think I did it perfectly from then on, you are in for a rude awakening! Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time I failed, I would be a rich woman today!! But we serve a merciful and gracious God who bids us to come boldly right into the Holy of Holies, right to His throne of grace where we receive mercy and grace to help in the time of need, and where we receive forgiveness when we confess our sins and also cleansing from all our unrighteousness. It is like God just reaches down and picks us up out of the dirt, dusts us off, and sets us by His side to run anew---where His Presence is ever with us!  

I hope you have been blessed by this series!!  Please check back for the exciting conclusion of Living with an Unsaved Mate next week!!!  I think you know how this story ends -- but you will want to read it for yourself!

Your Turn to Share:

Do you live with an unsaved man?  Or do you have a testimony of your husband coming to the Lord after much prayer and patiently living out Christ before him?  If you have a testimony that will encourage other women in a similar situation, please share!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Cake for National Pumpkin Day

Did you know that October 26th is National Pumpkin Day??

Look what my amazing son, Chris, made on National Pumpkin Day!!

Isn't that incredible??  Shh!  Don't tell anyone -- but he is entering this masterpiece into a dessert contest tonight at our church's Fall Festival!  I hope he wins!  :)

He got the idea from you know where!!  Seriously, where else do amazing ideas come from???  ;)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Make Me a Blessing: Encouraging Others When Waiting

"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers,be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing."  ` 1 Peter 3:8-9 

It has been awhile since I've added posts to my "Make Me a Blessing" Series.  However, I had an opportunity to be a blessing on Tuesday and I wanted to share about it.

Have you ever thought about the opportunity you have to be a blessing to others when waiting in line??

On Tuesday, I decided to Vote Early, as I have no idea whether I will be in GA or in SC on Election Day.  There is way too much at stake this November for me to take a chance of missing the opportunity to cast my vote.

I expected a handful of people to be there voting early.  I certainly didn't anticipate a long line of early voters and a wait of about forty minutes to cast my vote!

Americans are notoriously impatient!  Even though some of the folks around me were part of the Greatest Generation, including the man behind me who talked to me about his experiences during WWII, they had obviously been influenced by the impatience of modern generations, as most of the conversation was dominated by complaints for having to stand in line so long to vote.  There were also complaints swirling around me concerning why the county didn't have more voting machines, more places open to vote, more poll workers, etc.  I refrained from reminding them that all of those things cost money, and none of them wanted higher taxes!  ;)

I made a decision to try to change the prevailing mood and to encourage those around me with a smile and a pleasant attitude and to not take part in the complaining.  ("Do all things without complaining and disputing" - Philippians 2:15 NKJV)

I reminded the rather negative man behind me that waiting gave us a chance to practice the character quality of patience.  I even gave him my best 100-watt smile!  :D  But, he wasn't too impressed with that thought!  ;)  Apparently, he had some health condition that made it painful for him to stand for a long time, so I offered to let him go in front of me, but he declined.  I also spoke of the privilege it was to have the freedom to vote, and he readily agreed with that concept, and started talking about those in other countries who would give anything to be able to vote, which led to a discussion of his experiences during WWII.  He also launched a lively conversation about how much our country needed a Change of Direction. I heartily agreed with that train of thought, and although he didn't stop complaining, at least he stopped complaining about waiting in line!!  ;)  

As I talked to those around me and focused on encouraging them during their waiting time, instead of focusing on how much I had to get done that day and how much time I was wasting standing in line, the time sped by rather quickly.  Hopefully, I was able to make a small difference in someone's outlook that day!  :)

How about you?  Have you ever looked for ways to be a blessing when waiting in line somewhere?  What have you done to encourage those around you?  Have you ever tried to help a struggling mother by seeking to console her fussy baby or to distract her squabbling children?  Have you ever let someone go in front of you in a grocery line? Have you ever tried to connect with the people around you?  Please share your experiences!!

I wonder -- will you accept the challenge to avoid complaining when stuck in a long line and consider it an opportunity to be a blessing to those around you?  Let me know if you are accepting the challenge!  :)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's Cooking? Family-Friendly Freezer Meals

Two weeks ago today, which seems like forever-ago, I was rushing to South Carolina to be with my Mom and Dad, during what we thought were my Mom's final hours on this earth. Apparently, her work here is not done!

Currently, I am at home, but planning to head back to South Carolina in the near future. This time I know what's coming, so, I am working hard to prepare some meals to put in the freezer for my family.

I found some bone-in chicken breasts on sale "Buy One Get One Free" at my local grocery store earlier this week, so I have been filling the freezer with some family-friendly chicken casseroles.

First, I made this easy version of a classic recipe:

Chicken Pot Pie

It turned out better than ever, and we quickly devoured one pan, and I froze the other one.

Today, I made this super delicious-looking casserole:

Pioneer Woman's Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

I'll probably bake one pan tomorrow night, and I put the other pan in the freezer.

And then I made two pans of Chicken Enchiladas -- one for tonight and one for the freezer.  This family favorite is worth sharing, as it is easy to make, freezes well, and is well-liked.

Chicken Enchiladas 

2 cups shredded chicken, divided
2 cups shredded Mexican 4-cheese or Cheddar-Jack
3/4 cup sour cream
1 small can Rotel tomatoes with chilies
1 package 8-inch tortillas
1 10-ounce can Enchilada sauce

Stir together 1 cup shredded cheese, chicken, sour cream and tomatoes with chilies. Spoon chicken mixture down center of each tortilla and roll up. Arrange seam-side down in a lightly greased 9x13 inch pan.  Pour enchilada sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 or 30 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until heated through. Garnish with cilantro and chopped green onions, if desired.

Now I need to find some ground beef on sale!  :)

What are your favorite recipes for freezing?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Marriage Monday: Winning Your Husband to the Lord {Link up}

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Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I apologize for not posting last week -- I was preoccupied with helping to care for my precious Mom during her "final days" on earth.  How ironic that I'm in the middle of a series she wrote for me on Living with an Unsaved Mate.  She lived with an unsaved man (my dear father) for nearly twenty years, before God brought him to salvation!  It has been a joy to be with my Dad the last eleven days and see how much God has changed him!  He has become so generous and so very tender with my Mom -- qualities that he did not demonstrate before the Lord started working in his heart!!  

If you are just joining in, you might want to go back and read the Introduction, her advice on Accepting your Man, her counsel on Living in a House Divided, and her thoughts on Walking Alone, before reading today's post on how to win your husband to the Lord.

May 11, 2012


Perhaps the best place to start is what NOT to do to win your husband to the Lord. I should know! I did quite a few of the Don’t Do's, such as:
  • Putting tracts in convenient places where he couldn’t help but see them 
  • Sharing a story with him about someone else’s husband who finally came to the Lord (hint, hint!!)
  • Nagging    
  • Pleading

Finally, God got my attention when one day during my prayer time He spoke to my heart, saying:

“Get out of My way and I will save him!”

What a shock to realize that with all my striving to win my husband to the Lord, I was just standing in God’s way!! 

That revelation plunged a hole deep into my balloon of self-effort, deflating it as all the air of my self-reliance leaked out. 

God clearly showed me that I could not save my husband no matter how hard or how long I tried! Salvation belongs to the Lord, not to me or to anyone else!  Once I understood that truth, I fell on my face, desperate, destitute of hope apart from God’s mercy and grace.  Realizing my utter dependence on God, I surrendered my husband completely to Him. I told God that I didn’t care what it took -- my life, the life of one of our children, my husband's job (his "god"), whatever . . . . He could take it all if He would just save my husband!

The cry of my heart became-- 

”I am willing, Lord, for you to do whatever it takes to give me a heart that is wholly yours. I am willing for you to do whatever it takes to bring my husband to Yourself. All I ask, Lord, is that you give me the grace for whatever the trial. 'Whatever it takes, whatever it takes' became the continual and constant cry of my heart!!!!"

Wow! I have to ask myself if I am willing to pray that same prayer -- Lord do whatever it takes to make me more like You; do whatever it takes to save those I love who have rejected You. That is not an easy prayer!  Only God can give us the grace to really make that the cry of our own hearts!!!

My precious Mom has suffered much in this life, but has learned to remain joyful and focused on others through it all. Her faith is real and it has been tested many times over. She has lived a life poured out to the Lord, and comes to the end of her life with No Regrets. 

Last week, with my father, my sister and me gathered around her bed, my Mom helped us plan her funeral. She also told us the songs she wanted sung and why each one was significant to her spiritual journey.  One of those songs was "Whatever it Takes."  I did a Google search and found the following recording of that song.  Please select play and listen carefully to the words of this song, which have been the cry of my mother's heart for many, many years of her life:

Song: Whatever It Takes Stephanie Holden from truthimpacts on GodTube.

Your Turn to Share:

Do you live with an unsaved man?  Or do you have a testimony of your husband coming to the Lord after much prayer and patiently living out Christ before him?  If you have a testimony that will encourage other women in a similar situation, please share!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Love between a Brother and a Sister

Every time I look at this picture I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes!  When my Uncle Kenny (my Mom's younger brother) heard how seriously ill my mother was, he drove through the night to be here early the next morning to see her!  She visited with him for a little while that morning, before becoming too sick to keep up any conversation. At that point, he sat patiently by her side, holding her hand, and the love and tenderness between them filled the room . . . and my heart.  

Mom shared some stories with me from their childhood later, and how they were just a year apart and very close when they were growing up.  All of this makes me ponder the many brother/sister combinations in my own family.  It is hard to imagine what those relationships will look like 40, 50, 60, years from now. Will those who are "partners in crime" share a special bond and scheme together even into their senior years?  What about those who tend to be like oil and water now?  Will age magnify or minimize their differences?  Will they forebear with one another in love?  Will they bear one another's burdens as the years go by?? 

I have no way of knowing what the future will hold. All I can do is encourage family unity and close family relationships now and hope that this pays off in the future. So far, my older children bless my heart by continuing to seek each other's company and counsel and to help each other out in times of need.  I pray that they will all continue to build relationships with one another as the years go by!

While they were here, we grabbed a few pictures. This is Tiffany with my Dad and my Aunt Mary.

And here she is with Uncle Kenny.

Such a blessing to get to spend time with them!  :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

2 Sisters plus 1 Ford van equals Trouble!

My sister and I seem destined to have some kind of car trouble when we are in Greenville together!  Usually it is the "White Elephant" that causes problems, but this time it was her van, "Black Beauty!"  :)

We went out to run some errands for my Dad.  Our first stop was Lifeway Christian Book Store for some thank you notes.  On the way, my sister noticed that she had to push the brake pedal all the way to the floor to get any brake action.  We seemed to be stopping OK, but something wasn't right.  When we left Lifeway, the brake light was on, so we headed to the closest Auto Zone to buy brake fluid.  

The Auto Zone dude was very nice and helped us put in the brake fluid.  We thought our problems were solved . . . 

But, look what Black Beauty did with that brake fluid . . . .

Yes, she leaked it all right out onto the pavement!  :(  (A very ungrateful response, if you ask me!)  ;)

My sister's take on the situation . . .

Yes, two sisters plus one Ford van always seem to spell disaster!  :)

To check out some of our previous adventures with our Ford vans, click on these links:

The White Elephant has an Adventure

Totally an Adventure

Unfortunately, my sister is still waiting to have her brake line repaired so she can return to Ohio. This is sad news for her youngest daughter, who will have to celebrate her birthday without her Mommy!  The good news is that if she had not discovered the problem when she did, she would have headed over the mountains for Ohio, leaving a trail of brake fluid behind her . . . .

Once again, we are so very grateful for God's protection and provision!!
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