Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cell Churches

Does anyone else out there in blogland attend a church that uses cell ministry? We have been attending one for almost five years and I have to say that it has been a real blessing to me. I know some people will not agree with me, but everyone has their own opinion. In our church (The Crossing), we have regular church on Sunday morning and night and then meet in same sex cells one time during the week, where we have a lesson and camaraderie with this group. The cells meet in the cell leader's home in most cases, which makes it an ideal situation to invite those that are unsaved, because it is not as intimidating. I have met some very dear friends through the cell ministry and it gives you a group that you can always count on to pray for you and listen to you. In a large church like ours, this can be very important, so that people do not feel left out. What do you think about cell ministry or have you ever heard of it?

Sound off, ladies! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, January 28, 2008

When Life Is Good...

The tendency is to lay off of Bible study and just do it under our own power. I find this especially true in my own life. Life has been pretty average lately, with no major ups and downs, and this is the worst time for me in regards to my time in the Word. It should not be that way, however. We should use this time to gain strength for the coming battle ahead - for it is sure to come. No battles yet that I can see, but I did spend time with God this morning. I don't want to be overcome by the storms. I want to weather them with grace and peace. By spending time with Him every single day - no matter whether life is good or not, I can gain that strength. God was just waiting on me to realize that I need Him all the time. Not just during the bad times. Why did it take 36 years to figure this out? I must be a S-L-O-W learner! God is so patient with me and I thank Him for that. I surely must be frustrating to Him, yet He still loves me. That is so amazing to me! What has God been speaking to You about this week? Share with me via email (Words2Moms@aol.com) or leave a comment.

Don't forget to sign up to win 101 Cups of Water over at The Nearsighted Bookworm. The drawing is February 1st! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Are you Tired and Weary?

Do you ever feel tired in your soul and mind? Do you feel like you are simply hanging on for the ride on the merry go round of life? As moms, this is something that constantly has to be battled, simply because we are wired to take care of others. I reviewed a book that has really encouraged me called 101 Cups of Water and I am giving away a copy over at The Nearsighted Bookworm. If you are interested, click the link and leave me a comment.

God didn't mean for us to live our lives merely hanging on. He wants us to be present in each and every moment. That is why we need to stay in His Word and depend on His strength to get us through.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y'Barbo

If a book set on the high seas calls to you in this cold month of January, consider Beloved Castaway. The story of love and redemption will keep your interest and allow you to rest and relax in your warm house. What could be better?

To read more of this review, go to The Nearsighted Bookworm.

Have a blessed day! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, January 11, 2008

Book Review, Devotions, and Fun...Oh, My!

If you are looking for a fun book to read during a cold, winter night, then check out my newest review of Happily Ever After by Marilynn Griffith here. It was a very good read with a wonderful message about the value of Christian friends.

Are you in the Word? Find out more about the habits of the Proverbs 31 woman here at my new devotional blog, Words 2 Moms. Going through the Proverbs 31 list of skills of that elusive woman has really been blessing me and other women. Join us on our journey!

In our house, not much has been happening. Today is my dh's birthday. He is such a wonderful blessing to me. No matter what dream I have, he is right there beside me, encouraging me and rooting me on. He is my biggest fan. He is a wonderful father as well. God has so blessed me with him and I am so proud to be his wife. Happy Birthday, honey! Here is a picture of us that we included on our Christmas card.

Have a blessed day! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

What Kind of Food...

Are you feeding your family? To read more about what God says about this subject, visit Words 2 Moms. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Men are from ?, Women are from Earth

Have you ever noticed how differently men and women react to things? I have. Today, I took KA to school for the first time since "the incident." I walked her in so that I could talk to her teacher (a man). I said, "KA was bit by a dog over the Christmas break. Her lip was torn and she had 40 stitches. " He said, "Well, at least her face is still all there." I said, "It was traumatic for her." I then walked out. All the way to the car, I was fuming. I could have frailed him! I can just see the headlines in the paper, "Crazy Mom Attacks 2nd Grade Teacher." I think that I could have beat the rap for assault. If it had been a woman, she would have hugged KA and been sufficiently sympathetic, but nooooooo, she had to get a man, who thinks that since her face is still connected, then everything is fine. MEN!!!!!!

Anyways, I guess he just couldn't think of anything to say, so that just came out, but it was not what I expected this morning. Oh, well! Onward and upward! I hope you have a wonderful day, full of joy and love!

Have a blessed day! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Proverbs 31 Woman

Do you read Proverbs 31 and shudder to think of trying to be that woman? God didn't put that verse in the Bible to make you feel unworthy. He put that in there as a guidebook for living! Visit Words2Moms to learn more about the Proverbs 31 woman as we journey through these verses this month!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year...New Beginning

New Year’s Day brings to mind resolutions and new beginnings for most people. This day is when thousands of people all over the world begin their diet, their exercise program, stop smoking, start reading their Bible, and other things that they feel that they need to change in their lives. For Christians, however, there is no need to wait until New Year’s Day to begin anew, because God brings us new mercies each and every day....

To read the rest of this devotion, visit me over at my new devotion blog here. I would love to have you!

Happy New Year! Smiles and Loves! Janis


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