Monday, March 30, 2009

Sights and Sounds from Sundays Introduction

Sunday is always such a wonderful day! It certainly should be; It's the Lord's day. Even though everyday is the Lord's day, Sunday is just so special because, for one we get to be together with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we get to hear a wonderful message from God's Word that He has given our pastor (in my case, my husband!), and we get to sing the wonderful songs of praise to the Lord and worship Him. Sometimes we even get to take a nap! (Not in church,but at home after church!) Sundays should be a day of rest, you know; so a nap is perfectly in order! Sundays are just great! I can't imagine doing anything different on Sundays. Hopefully I will be able to share a little through these posts that the Lord is doing for us at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sundays!

This is a scene that I never tire of seeing; folks on their knees bowing before the Lord, at the altar. This is something that people do frequently at TBC, and it is such a blessing. I know it is to the preacher, and I know the Lord is pleased. "Thank you Lord, for your blessings and the spirit of revival you have given us."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Introduction to the W.O.W. Factor

Have you heard the term "putting the 'wow' factor" into something? Maybe you have gone into a beautifully decorated house or building and stood there with your mouth open and said "wow"! Or maybe it is some other event or circumstance that has "wowed" you. Have you ever thought about the fact that you could be the "wow" in the "wow" factor?

For years in studying the women in the Bible, I have tried to look at them from the aspect of whether they were a wise or a foolish woman. Proverbs 14:1 says, "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands". According to this verse, it is simple to determine whether or not a woman is wise or foolish. It is whether or not she "buildeth" her house (not literally of course) or if she "plucketh" it down with her hands.

We can not only determine this concerning women in the Bible, but also women that we know and see in our everyday lives, including ourselves.

The key is that as Christian women, wives and mothers, we apply the principals that the wise women of the Bible applied to build their homes. If we do this then we too will be a wise woman or a W.O.W. (Woman of Wisdom)!

It is my desire to teach this study in the Ladies Sunday School Class (Tabernacle Ladies' Class or T.L.C.). Also at the bi-monthly ladies' fellowship at our church (Sisters In Service or S.I.S.), the plans are to have a segment on a W.O.W. woman. Also, I want to periodically, as the Lord allows, post on this blog about these wise women. The posts will just be titled W.O.W. or maybe "Another W.O.W."

It is exciting! I thank the Lord for the opportunity to share what He has given me concerning this. I would certainly hope that I can always say concerning these thoughts, that they are "from" the LORD and not "from" Gail. I hope and pray that they will be a blessing to someone.

Achsah W.O.W

Achsah was a W.O.W. (Woman of Wisdom) Delilah was not!  Which one am I?

Note the differences in the following two passages of Scripture:

Achsah's Way:Joshua 15:16 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
17 And Nathaniel the son of Kean, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
18 And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou?
19 Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.

Delilah's Way:
Jg 16:16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

The“young” bride, Achsah got her husband to do something by “moving” him. (See the results v.19) Wicked Delilah got her husband to something by “pressing” him (daily). (See results Judges 16:21) What is the difference between these two words? “Pressing” did not mean ironing his shirts! It probably means the same thing as nagging.

Another interesting word in the Bible, and one that is in reference to women (yikes)  is the word "brawling".  It actually says it is better to live in a corner of a housetop than to live in a wide house with a brawling woman. (Prov. 21:9; Proverbs 25:24)  That word "brawl" means to beat or drive away.  (Sometimes looking up the actual meaning of a word is a little scary!)  It sounds like this is what Delilah evidently did this to Sampson daily until she beat him down.  Yes, today it is called "nagging".

Prov. 31:12, says, “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

We will not get anywhere with our husbands by nagging, by brawling, by anger and contention, but we might be able to "move" him by a meek and quiet spirit. 1Pe 3:4 says,  "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."   I think if we tried this more, we might be pleasantly surprised!

Let’s don’t do evil to our husbands, but let's do them good “all" the days of our lives!
Let's don't be a "brawling" wife and drive our husband away and beat them down. Let's build them up! (Prov. 14:1)
Let's don’t "press" our husbands, but "move" our husbands!

P.S.  I came across this devotional from a year or so ago.  I thought it would be good to share on "Sunday Favorites";  that maybe it would be a help and blessing to someone.  As I was editing it, I realized that I needed it too!  That's the way the Lord works!  I hope it is an encouragement to someone.
Become a W.O.W. (Woman of Wisdom)!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Crock Pot Chicken-n-Dressing

The following is a recipe which I have done a couple of times. It is a very good recipe for Sundays or when you have a big family or a crowd to feed. Of course, crock pot cooking is always nice. I am trying to get my "Meals for a Month" all organized and on my desktop. So, I thought I might as well share some of them. This could also go under "Family Favorites" as well.

I am doing this for dinner tonight. Tonight is "most of the family over" night, so hopefully it will feed everyone.

Crock Pot Chicken - n - Dressing

1 baking hen - cooked and pulled apart,
or use bonesless chicken or,
even better, use already
cooked, Walmart chicken!!!
(You know, that "Semi-homemade" way of cooking! There's nothing wrong with that!)
1 large skillet cornbread - crumbled (I think you have to make this, or you might could buy it, I don't know. I'm planning on making my own.)
1 med. onion chopped
3 ribs celery chopped
2 hard boiled eggs
2 Tbs. sage 1 stick of butter or margarine
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup

In crock pot, layer 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup.

Mix all ingredients except hen and layer half of mixture over soup.

Add layer of half of chicken, the other half of dressing mixture - other half of hen and remaining soup

Cook on low for 3 hrs.

Very tasty and great for Sundays!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gail's "Healthy" Cookies

Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c butter softened
3/4 c raw sugar (I use only about 1/4 cup)
l egg or 1/4 c. Egg Substitute
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
13/4 c. Spelt Flour
1/2 Tsp. Sea salt
1/2 c choc. chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Preheat over to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, beat butter, with sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir well. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop on oiled baking sheet by teaspoonfuls and bake at 10-12 min. or until done.

I was planning to take a picture to show these wonderful cookies, but before I could get a chance, they are all gone! Yes, I make them for me, because the ingredients are low glycemic, which is great for people who have to watch their blood sugar, as I do, but my family likes them as well. So I can't keep them unless I make cookies for them at the same time. At Christmas, of course, I do try to have a bunch of regular chocolate chip cookies.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Today we had several of the grandchildren and Lonnie made a treat for them that has been a favorite of our family for years. It is simply saltine crackers with peanut butter on top, then a marshmallow topped with a few chocolate chips (the girls used to make smiley faces with them, and of course, now the grands do also), place in the oven on low broil and let the marshmallows melt. These are so scrumptious, simple and cheap! Try them you will love them!!!!!

Lonnie's family ate these as children and passed it on down to us. We (when the girls were little), added the chocolate chips and named them "Treasures".