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Psalm 41:9

Even my  close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Oh Ladies, I am thinking this hits a bit close to home for all of us!  Is there a lady on earth that was never wounded deeply by another woman that she thought was a good friend?  Is there a woman on earth who has never felt that sting of competition when in a room with another woman, maybe even a close friend?  If there is a woman who has never been deeply hurt by another woman in her life I would love to meet you because in my experience that is “part” of the reason women don’t trust women!

When I first moved to Tennessee I didn’t trust women at all which is somewhat crazy and yet I just felt all women were not to be trusted.  Obviously God has a sense of humor because He has given me such an incredible passion for women and the female heart.  We have such beautiful hearts and yet most of us are so wounded we don’t even know where to begin each day.  We feel the need to protect our hearts, be strong, not too needy, not too harsh, beautiful, sweet, hard working and able to carry on amazing relationships, never letting anyone down – ever!  We have incredible expectations for ourselves and there are just not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything we feel the need to accomplish on most days in order to feel accepted.

We need to stop ladies!  We are beautiful and God has created us with amazing hearts!  You know that beautiful woman who seems to have it “all together”, well she feels just as inadequate as you do.  What?  Is that possible?  Not only is it possible it is probable!  The more perfect she looks and acts more than likely the more she feels she might not still be quite enough!  How sad, instead of our coming together and uniting as women to uplift each other and help each other become all we can be for God we are competing over stupid simple things and if you bring a man into the mix the battle becomes hot!

My heart and prayer is for us to learn to become a force to be reckoned with instead of a continual cat fight!  We are so above all of that foolishness!  It has been a struggle almost since the beginning of time but it is time for us to recognize that it is a tool Satan uses to keep women and I mean all women, including you from becoming all you can be for God!

Are you ready?  Are you willing to pray that God will help you overcome that jealous, frustrating battle you feel with women you don’t even know yet?  We can have victory and we can empower each other and we can claim victory and make a difference in our lifetime, not only in our own lives but in the lives of our families, our friends, our churches, our communities, our states, our country and our world.  If we can let go and ask God to change our hearts and the hearts of the women around us we can make a difference for Him.  Let’s start today, are you with me on this?

Quote:

“We ,may not be able to do any great thing, but if each of us will do something , however small it may be, a good deal will be accomplished.”  D.L. Moody

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Psalm 62:5

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.

 

Let’s take some personal inventory here a minute:  Where is your self

esteem?  Is it under the rug somewhere or maybe on a shelf for a while

because you don’t have time for yourself and I’m sorry but no one is truly

full of themselves.  They may be selfish but if you know someone who is over

the top seemingly arrogant and overflowing with self confidence they

probably don’t have ANY confidence in themselves at all and are over

compensating.

 

Where do you look to build your self esteem?  Are you counting on someone

else to affirm you?  Let me just say Ladies, I have been there and tried

that idea expecting friends, family or the man in my life to affirm that I

was “ok” and that doesn’t work!  On good days that can be great, but then

along comes a day when they say or do something that hurts your feelings and

all of a sudden everything they have ever said that was positive went

straight down the drain and you don’t believe it any more.

 

Your self worth can only come from God!  He created you and sees you as

beautiful and worthy of His time!  Seriously have you ever thought about

just that thought alone?  The Almighty God who created the Universe by just

speaking it into existence sees you for who He created you to be and He says

you are worthy of His time!  As the Bible says in Romans 8:31 “If God be for

us, then who can be against us?”

 

This is important, in order for you to fully realize your full potential you

must have a healthy self esteem!  You are worth it, God says you are!  We

all have our days where we feel like we must be at the bottom of the barrel

but I have found that you can’t lay there and wallow in it, you have to pick

yourself up, brush yourself off and wait silently for God alone to meet your

expectations.

Quote:

“The measure of a truly great man is the courtesy with which he treats lesser men.”  Anonymous

It is a little bit cooler in TN today, note I am saying a LITTLE bit cooler!  It is August so it is never really cool but I have been thoroughly enjoying the occasional breeze we have had lately.  Bill and I are heading to Indiana this weekend for Pulse Festival.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

I hope you had the chance to check out the books yesterday!  I am truly looking for some more good reading for this fall so I will be sharing more as I find them.

Let’s get to the recipes:

Grilled Shrimp Orzo Salad

Prep Time:  25 Min  Grill Time:  25

Ingredients

  • 1 large ear sweet corn in husk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 6 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped

  • DRESSING:
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Carefully peel back corn husk to within 1 in. of bottom; remove silk. Brush corn with oil. Rewrap corn in husk and secure with kitchen string. Grill corn, covered, over medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until tender, turning often.
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • Thread asparagus spears onto two parallel metal or soaked wooden skewers. Rub shrimp with jerk seasoning; thread onto two skewers. Grill asparagus and shrimp, covered, over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender and shrimp turn pink, turning once.
  • Cut corn from cob; place in a large bowl. Cut asparagus into 1-in. pieces; add to bowl. Add the shrimp, orzo and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 2 servings.
Olive Zucchini Spread
Prep Time:  20 Min.  + Chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 French bread baguette, sliced

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients; beat until blended.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with baguette slices. Yield: 6 cups.
Berry Patch Pie
Prep Time:  30 Min   + Cooling

Ingredients

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in berries and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil; pour into prepared crust. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.
Have a blessed day!!
Janet Scott

Psalm 38:9-10

O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.

David was obviously distraught and overwhelmed at this point in his life and yet he knew that God was watching and would deliver him.  Have you ever felt this way or do you know of someone who does today?  David was at the point where even the joy that shone in his eyes in previous days was gone!

God loves you beyond measure and he will strengthen you, heal your heart and give you back your joy.  If it isn’t you that is suffering right now maybe there is someone you know could use your ability to show them the love of Christ today.  God is ever present and cares about every heartache and trial we face.

From the way this Psalm starts and the title, it looks as though it could have been written after he had sinned and he was depressed over his consequences and the fact that he felt as though his friends had left and his enemies were going to kick him while he was down.  Our view of life can get distorted a bit when we are down if we do not keep our eyes on God.  We can even get to the point where we feel that everyone is against us when really they may be just trying to stay out of our way or they aren’t quite sure what to say or do.

If you are in a position to help someone else who is down ask God for direction and keep the idea in mind that they may not seem receptive but do your best to be there once they are.  Don’t allow yourself to be dragged down into their despair but pray for them and ask God to show them His way of escape.

If it is you who is down today ask God to guide you and to allow you to feel and see His love even in others who may actually be trying to help.  Trust Him to deliver and heal you today, He cares and He hasn’t missed a tear you have shed over your situation.

Quote:

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.”  Dale Carnegie

It is a gorgeous day here in TN and a great day to start planning out the Fall and Winter reading!  Bill and I are working at Starbucks today, I am actually praying we get a office of our own soon.  We are taking advantage of our time together to work together while he is home because the Fall schedule is quickly approaching!  Pray for us as we write this next book that it will truly be from God.

Now, before I start in on the books I have to tell you about one of my daughter Candace’s favorite movies for children that I have to admit I always loved when she was little as well.  We still have a couple of the VHS that we play for my Granddaughters and Candace and I laugh all the way through them!  Look for Little Dogs on The Prairie the last time I checked you could still order them at Lifeway and Books a Million.  They are great Christian movies for children and they always have a great message within the story as well.

The Berenstein Bears have been awesome since they first came out many years ago and now they even have a Christian flavor, mentioning God in their lessons which are now written by Stan and Jan’s son!  If you haven’t checked them out they are really worth a look!

As a woman you are a precious gift of God to the world, fulfilling a purpose that only you can fulfill. This book will help you realize your infinite worth and value so you can confidently become all that God intends for you to be and do all that He has called you to do!  You can order it athttp://www.joycemeyer.org/ProductDetail.aspx?id=000163

The Day Satan Called, written by my husband Bill Scott is an amazing true encounter of a time over 20 years ago that he had trying to help a witch escape a Satanic Cult.  He and his wife at the time took her into their home and well about the only way I can put it is that all Hell broke loose in their home.  It is a story of the Spiritual battle that exists not only in the “obvious form” of witchcraft but in our everyday lives with the struggles we face on a daily basis with addictions, broken marriages and troubles with our children, etc.  The power of God is brought to light in such a powerful way in this story it will encourage you in your every day fight against the powers of darkness.  We can choose to not think about it or talk about it but the battle exists that is why the Bible makes it clear in Ephesians 6:12-14 that we need to put on the armor of God before we start our day.  You can preorder this at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_20?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+day+satan+called&sprefix=the+day+satan+called

Now, on the lighter side, one of my absolute favorite speakers and authors would be Patsy Clairmont:

This book contains 61 short, funny stories. Each story takes just a few minutes to read, but it’s message will keep you thinking all day. Patsy takes everyday happenings and translates them into lessons to be learned. This best selling book will keep you laughing.  You can find it at http://www.amazon.com

I really hope you have an incredibly blessed day!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

 

Psalm 34:17-19

 

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

 

Do you need deliverance this morning?  God is listening and He does care and He will help and if you have been seemingly waiting forever, maybe today is your day!  Don’t give up whether your need is physical, financial or maybe there is a person that is tormenting you to death, or maybe you are waiting for that right relationship, whatever it is God has promised to heal and deliver!

 

Believe me I know how tough it can be when you are waiting and as these verses state, “many are the afflictions of the righteous”  it would be nice if being a Christian meant we never struggled and never had a heartache again as long as we lived but that is just not the case.  God promises here to deliver us though and we need to believe those words and live them out.  Don’t settle and don’t give up, often it is when it seems as though things just couldn’t get any worse that our answers come.

 

I need this encouragement today as well, God often seems to use my Bible studies to work on me as well as anyone reading them.  It is so important for us to walk in God’s promises and to have faith that He will deliver us unless He specifically tells you different.  When God chose to not remove Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” whatever that was, He told Paul “no”.  So, unless God has told you no then you can trust unless He does that help is on the way and victory is yours!  Go in that confidence today and get excited as you watch and wait for Him to come through.

 

Quote:  “As I grow older part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me.”  Bebe Moore Campbell

 

It is an overcast day, great for some good reading AND I don’t know about you but lately I am thinking I don’t want to see another grilled hamburger for the rest of the Summer.  I know I will change my mind in a day or two but for now, I need something different and I think this Chicken burger is just the thing!  I am going to post my recipes this morning and I will be back this afternoon with some great reading ideas!  Tomorrow I will post reading for all ages ideas as well, I have to admit when it comes to reading I am having a difficult time thinking of the transition from a book to an electronic reader of sorts but they are growing in popularity  and it is the world our children and grandchildren are growing up in so it may be time for some of us to check into the Nook reader for children if it is the right answer to get them hooked on reading, let me know your thoughts on that!

Chicken Florentine Burgers

Prep Time: 25 Min  + Grilling and Cooling: 10

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups chopped sweet onions
  • 1-1/2 cups dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound ground chicken
  • 3/4 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach

Directions

  • Place the onion, wine and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until wine is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and onion mixture. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.Free Issue Offer
  • Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on buns with tomato, spinach and remaining cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Country Style Vanilla Ice Cream
Prep Time:  20 Min  + Chilling Time and Freezing

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cold 2% milk, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat 2-1/2 cups milk to 175°; stir in the sugar until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
  • Place remaining milk in a large bowl; whisk in pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir into egg mixture. Stir in whipped topping. Press waxed paper onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Have a great day and I will be back with those books!
God Bless,
Janet Scott