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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:
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.
THIS MONTH'S MESSAGE
By Fran Caffey Sandin
One day while standing at the grocery check-out line, my eyes landed on a magazine cover line. The red-lettered, bold statement shouted, “Confidence Builders for Women!” I bought the magazine, but the article proved to be a ho-hum secular approach to self-exaltation.
About that time, I had joined with four other writers to encourage one another in our writing projects. Because we were all wives and mothers with a nurturing streak, we laughingly dubbed ourselves, the “Hens with Pens.”As we discussed the above article with its disappointing and frivolous suggestions, we began sharing how we each had gained confidence through our faith in Jesus Christ. Each of us had experienced life’s disappointments. Gracie had dealt with a life-threatening illness; Susan had experienced the death of her teen-aged son; Becky dealt with some inhospitable hostesses at speaking engagements; Rebecca, a pastor’s wife, with its time demands, also met the daily challenges of fibromyalgia; and I was grieving the death of a toddler son. But we each presented uplifting testimonies of the Lord’s faithfulness in our diverse situations.
Suddenly we realized that we had something better than “self-confidence” to offer the trembling, white knuckled, knee-knocking reader. We were becoming more confident, not in ourselves, but in Christ. As a result, we joined in writing two books, Courage for the Chicken Hearted, and Eggstra Courage for the Chicken Hearted: Humorous and Inspiring Stories for Confident Living. Drawing from our real life experiences, we pecked out books to encourage other Chicken Littles to stand tall, look heavenward, and declare, “Even if the sky is falling, God will be my strength and confidence.”
While all of us have occasional bouts of insecurity and doubt, there’s no reason for us to be chicken. Confidence can dominate our lives when we place our trust in Christ because:
1.We have unlimited access to the father (Hebrews 10: 19).
2.He is in control of our future (2 Timothy 1: 7, 12).
3.We have the competence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us (2 Corinthians 3: 4, 5).
4.God finishes what He starts (Philippians 1: 6).
5.Christ is preparing our Heavenly home (John 14: 1-3).
6.God is at work for our good (Romans 8: 28).
7.God is for us (Psalm 56: 9).
Through a great deal of prayer and patience with one another, we hens succeeded in hatching these books with the goal of sharing how we gained confidence through it all, and to point others to Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of courage.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that through your son, Jesus Christ, You have given us the choice of choosing faith over fear. Help us to remember that Jesus is our source of courage. In His Name we pray, Amen.
THIS MONTH'S RECIPE
Grandmother’s Cornbread Recipe
1 ½ cup cornmeal
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. soda
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup sugar
(may omit sugar if using this recipe to make cornbread dressing)
Mix ingredients together well. Place a cast-iron skillet on top of stove with burner on low, put about 2 T. of oil in skillet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Allow to heat while mixing cornbread, pour mixture into skillet to bake. If using a round pan instead, place the oil and sprinkled cornmeal in the pan and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes prior to pouring the cornbread mixture in.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
This is a great bread to make when serving fresh garden vegetables. Enjoy!