Leap of Faith

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Sometimes I want to know more.  I want to be able to make the right decisions for my life.  I don’t want to go outside of the will of God and find myself flailing about in the midst of consequences I actually bring upon myself.  I want more than anything to stay within the pathway He sets before me.  And while I want one thing, I have to accept the fact that what I want may not be the best choice for me or for others.  Ultimately, I want God’s best.  I take seriously the larger decisions in my life.  I think everything I do works together with God’s plan to build up His kingdom and grow me spiritually.  I have various folks in my life who influence my thinking, but sometimes they just add to my confusion.

For this world’s wisdom is foolishness with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their own craftiness.  And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the wise and recognizes how futile they are.  1 Corinthians 3:19-20.

Futile.  We try to reason everything out and the more we reason, the more we seek another’s counsel, the less we know and the more muddled our thoughts become.  That is when I retreat.  I actually stop talking to people about my quandary, my crossroad.  I sit quietly before the Lord and ask Him for His wisdom.  I rest until I have a clear answer.  That can be daunting.  Sometimes the answer seems totally out of sync with anything I’ve been advised.  I don’t know about you, but most times God leads me to act, not on logic, but on faith.  The leap may be frightening.  I tend to argue with God in these times, just like Moses saying he couldn’t speak before Pharoah.  So God gives him Aaron to go along and help him.  Sometimes I think all the things God used to make Pharoah let Israel go, was to show Moses the power of God’s might.  I relate well to old Moses.  But that is because I take my eyes off God and put them on myself.  Moses was more concerned with his inadequacy than God’s adequacy.  Logic sees as far as one can see before the jump; faith sees God at the end of the jump.  From that vantage point, we catapult with courage, knowing He provides a safe landing.

In His Grip,

Mary

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Today’s Taste Thursday Recipe is…

 Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip

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what you need:

1 pkg.  (16 oz.) frozen pizza dough, thawed

1 egg, beaten

2 sticks KRAFT or POLLY-O Mozzarella String Cheese

2 black olive slices

1 cup BREAKSTONE’S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream

1/4 cup KRAFT Lite Ranch Dressing

1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well-drained

1 green onion, sliced

1/2 cup finely chopped red peppers

1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

WHEAT THINS Original Snacks

How to make it:

PAT dough into 12×6-inch oval on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Indent dough, about 3 inches from one end of oval, for the mummy’s head. Let rise in warm place 20 min. or until doubled in volume.

HEAT oven to 375ºF. Brush dough with egg. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped lightly. Pull apart string cheese to make about 16 strips; arrange on bread for the mummy’s wrappings. Bake 1 to 2 min. or just until cheese is melted; cool slightly. Press olive slices into bread for the mummy’s eyes; cool completely.

MEANWHILE, mix sour cream and dressing in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in next 5 ingredients. Refrigerate 30 min. or until ready to serve.

USE sharp knife to remove bread from top of mummy’s body; scoop out bread from center, leaving thin shell on bottom and side. (Reserve bread top. Discard removed bread or reserve for another use.) Fill bread with spinach dip just before serving; cover with top of bread. Serve with WHEAT THINS.

Pick-me-up-prayer…

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

Tackling Tough Questions…

imgresWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Should I be doing anything when I pray a request?

Great question!  I do not know what you are requesting is of God or what your prayer or Big Ask is, but it reminds me of Nehemiah…take a look.

Nehemiah 2:7-8 (ESV)

And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

Nehemiah’s countrymen, the Jews, were living in destitution. The once powerful walls of Jerusalem were little more than scattered rubble, and her great gates that once protected the people and welcomed their friends were reduced to char and ash (Nehemiah 1:2-3). This broke him, and he began praying earnestly for God to work mightily on the Jew’s behalf (Nehemiah 1:4-6 & Nehemiah 1:11). However, he didn’t stop there; rather, he started planning for the day when God would answer his prayer.

Many of us wait for God to work and answer prayer, like Nehemiah, but unlike him, we aren’t prepared for when He does. God uses that time of waiting to prepare us, which he did with Nehemiah. Nehemiah served king Xerxes as a cupbearer, a trusted position. The king, sensing his brokenness, asked him, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick?” (Nehemiah 2:2). But Nehemiah didn’t retell the sad tale, but was prepared with a well-planned solution.

Here are a few tough questions to ask yourself:

Are you preparing for the day when God moves?

Have we been praying for something so hard and long, but not preparing ourselves for when it occurs?

Examine your life and assess where you need to be actively preparing for God’s move, instead of passively waiting for something to happen.

Start planning today for your answered prayers.

Meet Liz…

221602_10150165171242175_3666343_nMeet Liz Morgan and her husband Mike.

I recently asked Liz to tell us a little bit about her family…this is what she told me:

“I have been married to my beloved & best friend, Mike for 17 years the 28th of September! We have two kids, Michael a Junior in High School, 16 & he enjoys wrestling on the Cabot High School Wrestling team. And Ashleigh a Freshmen in High School, 14 & she enjoys music & dancing and she serves on the ThoseKidz team here at ThatChurch. Mike is an Egroup leader for married couples, and fills in on the Guest Services team when needed.”  Whew, Liz…you sound busy!382802_10150354889667267_372782488_n

Ahhh look at this happy couple!  Love it.

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What a wonderful picture!  I love this one…

 

 

 

 

Liz and daughter

 

 

Mom and daughter…look at those blue eyes! WOW!  So beautiful!

 

 

1011267_10151761715335030_2076182953_nThis is their family cover for their first album.  No just kidding…

Doesn’t it look like a cover?          ((I don’t know if anyone of them sings anyway…maybe they do!  This would make an very nice album, you might think about it Liz!))

 

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This is Mike, he is a “CERTIFIED MAN” he has the T-Shirt to prove it.  ((Cool shades Mike! Are those PJ pants? Just sayin…))

 

 

 

Back to Liz…how did you land at ThatChurch Liz?  “We came to ThatChurch when it was Mercy’s Cross and located back behind Popeyes 10 years ago. We were invited by Kevin & Andrea Billingsley…..they’ll have to ask me for the story 🙂 It’s way to looong to try and tell you! LOL”  Ok, the next time you see Liz…ask her for the scoop…we need to know the WHOLE story!

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What ministries are you involved in Liz?  “I my self-serve on the Women’s Ministry team, I help Mike lead a married couples group, I fill in, in the nursery from time to time.”  She’s modest, she does WAY more that!  We may have to ask Renee and Jasen, they will tell us! ((Great friends, I can tell!))

 

 

 

 

How did you get started in the women’s ministry anyway?

382346_4576085608710_37328591_n“I got started in the Women’s Ministry from the beginning! I like to say it’s all Renee’s fault….she made me!!!!!((Oh!  I won’t tell her you said this)) But no she didn’t, she ASKED me “If we start a Women’s Ministry will you help me?!?!?!?!?!” and God laid the Women’s Ministry on my heart! The Women’s Ministry has brought me closer in my relationship with God and other women, older and younger! What a blessing they have all been in my life! I have to say my favorite part of the Women’s Ministry is EVERYTHING! Being on the lead team, having a team of my own, the events that we host, the other ministries that we serve with, are all greats ways to connect with other women(older and younger)! We can all learn from all of them and I couldn’t think of a better place, way and ministry!!!!!!! As I said earlier ALL of the ladies at ThatChurch have a very special place in my heart, for one reason or another.”  Boy!  Are we glad Renee made you…I mean asked you too!

Hey, Liz what do you like to do as far as hobbies are concerned?  Besides your singing career?

“My hobbies & interests, WHEN I HAVE TIME, are scrapbooking, sewing, cleaning, organizing, family time, learning, researching, the list is endless!!!”  Seems that is the theme to most of these interviews…when there is time.  Maybe that should be your album title!  🙂  Sounds like one!

65689_10151622820300030_1196355644_nAll kidding aside.  Liz has a huge heart and is loving, caring and compassionate.  She is beautiful inside and out.  Just ask anyone who knows her.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty and the call of volunteering!  If you do not know Liz yet…I suggest you add her to your gotta-do list.  She is that person you MUST know and become friends with.  You will be glad you did!  Tell her you saw her on the blog…and just go hug her neck.  She will warm you with just her smile…and melt you once you know her!  She truly is a blessing to many…including myself.  I love you Liz!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Taste Thursday Recipe is…

Taco Pie

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A pre-baked crust of refrigerated crescent-roll dough is filled with a mixture of browned ground beef and taco seasoning layered with sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed nacho chips. It is returned to the oven for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls

1 pound ground beef

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

8 ounces shredded Mexican-style

cheese blend

1 (14 ounce) bag tortilla chips, crushed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Lay crescent dough flat on the bottom of a square cake pan and bake according to package directions.

3. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the taco seasoning and stir together well. When dough is done, remove from oven and place meat mixture on top, then layer with sour cream and cheese, and then top off with the crushed nacho chips.

4. Return to oven and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Pick-Me-Up-Prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!