I have been trying to build this ministry for a while now and I want nothing more than to do what God is asking of me. Sometimes I feel like I need to do more work on growing this ministry. You know, seminars on growing your blog, workshops on getting more subscribers and followers, Email lists… all that techy stuff. It can feel like a battle against all the other blogs and social media pages on line to get content out there. I for sure want this ministry to reach more people so that more people can find Jesus. Not that this blog is a person’s only link to find Him, but I certainly wouldn’t be apposed to being one of the bricks in a path to Him. That’s all… just a brick. If God decides to grow this more than a brick, well, I’ll do my best to keep up.
I recently had a moment of frustration with people/circumstances going on around me and felt so powerless to change it. God reminded me of a verse… over and over, in fact. It’s one I have read many times and one I have breezed by many times. When you feel powerless, I pray this verse will comfort you and bring you some peace.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
Oh if I only knew how to be still! Do you know the dictionary definition of still? As an adjective, it means not moving or making a sound. As a noun it means deep silence and calm. WOW! Those are pretty strong words. Deep silent? Not making a sound? How hard is that? This is so hard to do in our multitasking, ladder climbing, time is money, way of life. Even in those moments that we simply don’t want to fight the battle anymore and we wish someone would just fight it for us… we will do something to help the person who steps up to fight for us, don’t we?
Exodus 14:14 is a clear statement that God will do the fighting and we need only to BE STILL! No amount of workshops, seminars or on line courses can grow this ministry the way God can. No amount of our own strength can work out a situation the way God can.
Now I’m not suggesting any of these things are bad to do. I’m just saying that God WILL fight for us! When you feel that sorrow will overtake you… God will fight for you. When you feel like people step in front of you, God will fight for you. When you feel hopeless, God will fight for you.
Defeat can seem overwhelming. But it’s in those moments of feeling defeated that being silent is the only thing left to do. Now God can fight for you. I need to be silent more often and let God do the fighting. He already has a plan for this ministry and He has a plan for your life as well. Just be still.
The baseline purpose for this blog is to serve. Serve God and serve my readers. When you go to a restaurant, a server will come to your table and ask you what you would like to order. You have perused the menu and made your selection. You give the selection to the server and soon you received what you desired to have from the menu. I am going to ask my family of readers here to tell me what you would like to order. What would you like to see more of from my table? I want to bring you what you’ve ordered. I want to hear your opinions about what I should write to you each week. I truly want to serve my readers what they want. What would you like to order?
Here is my selection from my menu for you this week:
Chicken in a Hurry
8 chicken tender loins (or 4 chicken breasts) -these can be cooked from the frozen state-
1 cup ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup water
2 envelopes dry onion soup mix
In medium bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, water, and onion soup mix. Place chicken in crock pot. Pour ketchup mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve with your favorite side dishes or over pasta. This also makes a great 1 dish meal like chicken bowls. Simply Cut chicken into bight size pieces and place over mashed potatoes and add corn. Voila! 1 dish dinner!