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Hello and Welcome!

Life is tough, but God is good. God’s Word is a strong foundation that is indeed practical and relevant in our world today. Scripture surely molds and changes us as we integrate it into our hearts and lives. Paul’s example in I Thessalonians demonstrates spiritual fruit that remains. I want these same elements to characterize my life to:

  • Present the gospel with boldness,
  • Give myself—in loving, supporting, cherishing,
  • Live without blame and above reproach,
  • Exhort and comfort others (as a mother to her children)
  • Expect God’s Word to work powerfully,
  • Condition others for persecution and suffering,
  • Always be ready for Christ’s return.

A personal relationship with Christ is the most exciting element for daily living. He came to give us an abundant life! (John 10: 10). He loves us and wants us to experience the fullness of His grace, joy, and peace. A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 15: 13). I pray that you’ll find encouragement and hope through my writings and that God will bless you abundantly as you seek His face.

Warmly, Fran

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THIS MONTH'S MESSAGE

FLOWER POWER

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10: 12 KJV

Buchart Gardens is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia. The elaborate display dates back to 1904 when Jenny Buchart decided to transform part of her husband’s limestone quarry into a sunken garden. Today it is open all year and includes a botanical array of breathtaking beauty.

When one walks through these delightful grounds, it is impossible to choose the most outstanding exhibition. The plants are obviously healthy and well attended. Each provides colorful blossoms that are distinct, yet make a significant contribution in the overall scheme and design.

Likewise, part of our spiritual growth is to realize our importance in God’s garden, especially when we exercise the talents and abilities He has given. Many feel inferior about their own gifts and they compare themselves unfavorably with others. And yet God designs different people just as He created various kinds of flowers. The lily and the rose each have their own features. In fact, every blossom has its own unique characteristics. Tulips and lilacs and hyacinths are not alike and yet each kind of flower adds a particular fragrance and beauty to any arrangement.

The same is true in life. Take a few moments to make an inventory of your gifts. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Through His power, you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own.

Dear Father, thank You for helping me to grow so that my blossoms will make the world’s landscape more beautiful.

Copyright 2000 Cook Communications Ministries In the Garden With God by Honor Books. Used with Permission. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

THIS MONTH'S RECIPE

Southwestern Chicken
(Quick and Easy Crockpot Dish)

2 cans (15 oz each) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar (16 oz) chunky salsa, divided
4 or 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Combine the corn, black beans and ½ cup salsa in a slow cooker. Place chicken breasts on top, and pour the remaining salsa over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours or until meat juices run clear. Sprinkle with cheese, cover until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Serve with chips, tortillas, or rice. This dish also freezes well, can be divided, and a portion frozen to reheat later for another meal.