As I continue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RefreshHer this week, I had to stop and share a brief video, because out of my blog came the opportunity to add videos on You Tube. This is an arm off of my site here, that holds the same desire – the refresh the hearts of women. I never set out to begin a You Tube Channel, but it just sort of evolved out of the desire to speak to women on the same platform as my blog, but in a little more personal way.
Today’s video is a challenge to memorize Scripture. I’ve by no means gotten it down pat! I stumble and falter (as you’ll witness on the video!), but the important fact is that I’m getting His Word in my heart. I share this today, not to boast, but to gently nudge each of you to find a passage of Scripture that you could memorize.
There are no secrets to memorizing – it’s just hard work and a heart to do it. However, we do have the help of the Author! God Himself will enable you and me to remember His Word as we ask for wisdom to do so (James 1:5).
Go here to see the video. You can also search my name, Denise Cunningham and you’ll find the thumbnail above. I pray it will encourage you to keep on memorizing, if you’re working on Scripture memory, or to get started if you’ve been hesitant to begin. It’s a wonderful blessing that you will surely treasure!
Are you memorizing Scripture? What are you working on?
Do you struggle? Start with ONE verse and write it on a card. Get the understanding of the verse in your heart. Pray that verse back to God. Take that card with you everywhere. Put it in your pocket. Put it in front of you when you’re working. Keep saying it over and over until you get it mastered…it make take days or weeks. Just keep at it. That verse will become your dearest friend.
I remember the night we had the privilege of having our visiting missionaries in our home for a light lunch. I LOVE having missionaries around my table! The conversation is incredible. I am challenged and convicted. This particular night I was encouraged.
As we chatted, dear brother Milo Tomas told us about a tract that he has written and distributed in the Philippines – hundreds of thousands of them. However, at one point he was disturbed that though there had been so many handed out, he had not heard of one person that had come to Christ as a result of it. His heart was heavy. He felt discouraged.
Then one day he was in a class of missionary trainees and he shared that fact – that no one had come to know Christ because of the distribution of his tract. At that moment a hand was raised and a man said to Milo, Continue reading “You Just Might Be Wrong”→
I love hosting showers! Babies and weddings are just fun events to celebrate! They are both gifts from God, and that alone makes them special! This past Saturday I had the blessing of having a wedding shower in my home for a sweet young woman who has been a part of my Adult Bible Fellowship this year. I had so much fun coming up with a menu and decorations to help her celebrate her upcoming fall wedding!
I thought I’d show you how I plan and work ahead of time to keep things from being too stressful the morning of the shower.
Decide on a color scheme – I used pink and deep maroon flowers, the colors of the bride’s wedding.
Begin to decorate the week before. Here are some things I had done before Friday~
Sketched on my chalkboards
Make/prep whatever food you can ahead of time. My do-ahead’s included:
Cooking the sausage for the sandwiches
Cutting strawberries for the scones
Putting all the dry ingredients for the scones in Ziploc bags, ready to mix
Get out all the dishes/platters you’ll need ahead of time. The night before set the tables, label platters and places where the food will be placed. I use sticky notes on the platters telling what food goes there. Then the day of the shower, if someone wants to help, they know where to put things. or if I’m working alone, that keeps me from getting frazzled!
Get the pitchers, utensils, plates and napkins ready.
The day of the shower, try to have the food ready for the oven, or finished, if possible 30-60 minutes before your guests arrive. Then you can have the kitchen clean and you’ll be ready to greet your friends as they come.
Also, accept help if others offer! A friend from church did the fruit and the punch. My daughter came an hour early and helped me finish plating food. Oh,and having a husband who is so wonderful to do dishes is a super-duper blessing!!!!
Working ahead is the best way to keep from being stressed. A relaxed hostess can make her guests feel welcome because she really will be glad they came!
This has been a full summer, and I’m not necessarily talking about how busy it’s been. I’m referring to the fullness in my home and my heart. You see, we have had the joy of hosting many people here. We have had our church family here in small and large groups. We hosted prayer meeting, after service fellowship, children’s Bible Club and women’s Bible study. I’ll share the events via some pictures and explanations.
I love adding seasonal decor to my home. Fourth of July happens to fit in with my decor pretty nicely, so I put little splashes in several areas of the living room/kitchen, and then outside as well. Here’s a peek at the inside…
We just added little flags to the landscape and pots outside…
We’re looking forward to some fun family time today! I hope you have a great holiday! God bless the USA!
Sone years ago our church graciously gave my husband a 40-day sabbatical that started on Christmas Eve. During the first week of January we went to a lovely mountain home in South Carolina to rest. This home was located high up in an area known as “The Cliffs.” We were staying at the end of a section of homes at the end of the road. We could look out the large windows in the house and see the tiny lights of the houses below us twinkling in the darkness.
The weather was quite blustery; the wind was howling when we unloaded our belongings from the car and the snow was flying. After we got our things moved into the house, my husband headed back down the mountain to go get our younger daughter who had been staying the week with her sister. He would be gone about an hour and…
I had the lovely joy recently of out of town guests who popped in unannounced! Dear, old friends strolled into our Wednesday night church service and surprised us! They had gotten a hotel nearby because they didn’t want to drop in on us as overnight guests, Continue reading “Best Breakfast/Brunch – Hash Brown Bake”→