Women's Ministries

Women’s Connection: August 2019

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”     

The Word of God is to your spirit as bread is to your body. When your body feeds on physical food, it produces physical power called strength. When your spirit feeds on spiritual food, the Word, it produces spiritual power called faith. Just as you can’t eat one meal and feed on the memory of it for several weeks and become strong, you can’t just remember what the Word says and stay strong in faith. We can’t get casual about the Word. If you do, you’ll slack off and, one of these days, the devil will catch you unprepared and steal you blind. Remembering the Word isn’t enough. You must continually feed on what it says. Get it out, read it and study it… the verses you’ve read a thousand times. Suddenly God will give you the greatest revelation of it that you’ve never seen before. You can’t get continued results if you don’t spend time in prayer and in the Word of God. Studying it daily allows the Spirit to nourish you. Jesus said “The Words I have spoken to you, they are Spirit and they are Life.”

Food Review

Cherries - sweet, juicy, delicious cherries!!!

I do enjoy them when they are in season and have been enjoying them thoroughly. Not only are they one of my favourite fruit but they are acclaimed to be a super fruit.  They have the highest level of disease fighting antioxidants and contain other important nutrients, as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries), vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fibre and folate. They ease the pain of arthritis, gout and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. They help with memory loss, jet-lag and aging and are a good anti-inflammatory.        

Cherry Crisp

5 cups pitted cherries     2 tbsp sugar    1 tbsp cornstarch    ½ tsp vanilla    ¼ tsp almond extract

Topping---1/4 cup whole wheat flour   ¼ cup br sugar packed   ¼ cup granulated sugar    ¼ tsp. Cinnamon  ¼ tsp salt     ¼ cup cold butter cut in pieces   ½ cups oats   1/3 cup chop almonds.   Toss cherries, sugar, cornstarch and extracts in bowl.  Prepare topping whisking flour, sugars, cinnamon,& salt. Add buttrer oats & almonds mixing until crumbly.  Place cherries in small pan, sprinkle topping over cherries.   Bake 375 for 25-30 min., until topping is slightly browned.

Women's Connection: July 2019

Awhile ago, in my daily devotional, 1 Cor. 6:17 really spoke to me: “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

Be separate is the key. In John 17:17, Jesus says, when praying to the Father, “Sanctify or separate them through your truth. Thy Word is truth.” We cannot separate ourselves from any destructive habit without replacing it with something else. We cannot turn away from the things of this world unless we turn to something stronger. If we give the Word of God first place in our lives, it will continue to separate us from poverty, anxiety, sickness, hatred and the darkness of our old habits.  Once my son discovered this. He had a small bible that he carried around in his pocket. Every time he wanted a cigarette, he would reach in his pocket and pulled out the Bible instead, turning to pre-marked verses, such as “I can do all things through Christ” and “Greater is He that is in me” until the urge went. He won victory over that habit by the power of the Word. We need to lock into the Word and let it separate us from the things of the world and move to the things of God.

Women's Connection: May 2019

A young girl, named Zochitl, wrote that years before she owned a pager or cell phone, after turning 19, she moved 700 miles away from her mom. One morning, she left early to run errands, forgetting her scheduled call to mom. Later that night, two policemen came to her door. Mom had been worried because she’s never missed one of their chats. After calling repeatedly and getting only a busy signal, her mom reached out to the authorities and had them check on her. One of the policemen turned to her and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.” When she went to call her mom to apologize, she found she had accidentally knocked the phone off its base. After talking with her mom, she hung up, thinking mom had over reacted, but also that it felt good to be loved so much.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks each and every one, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God. Love never stops looking for us. He diligently pursues us. “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

John 17:23, “I in them and You in Me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  What an amazing verse! God loves us as much as He loves Jesus.

Heaven Declares

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

God has a master plan for you!

Plan your day according to what you desire the outcome to be. You can plan your day with positive implementations that will cause your morning to be the benchmark for the rest of the day. Know, my child, that your plan is based on your thoughts and out of the abundance of your heart, the mouth speaks. My child, out of the abundance of your thoughts your vision will speak for itself. Did you know that I have a plan for your life? The blueprint of your life has already been predetermined for you. What I create is always good. I will never plan anything for you in vain or unintentionally. My plans for your life are strategic and the outcomes are always good when you are in obedience to My voice and My word. The storms of life will come to throw you off course, but my plan for your life is to keep you aligned with Me and moving toward your destiny. 

Scriptures: Rom. 8:29; Habakkuk 2:2; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 55:11; Deut. 28:1, 30:8

Prayer:

I know, Father, that your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not like mine. You have given me a promising future. Remove people who come with flattery and connect me with those who will speak the truth in love. Give me a heavenly download concerning my destiny. In Your name I pray, Amen.

I decree and declare:

That I will learn how to manage my time effectively.  

That every promise of God over my life is not null and void.  

That new relationships are aligning to me.  

That the favour of God is attracting what I need to fulfill my calling.  

That my destiny will not be disrupted by the enemy. 

That I will walk in total obedience to the Lord. 

That the disruptions around me will be silenced.  

That I will seek the face of the Lord in every decision-making plan, and that my ears are open to new ideas and concepts in Jesus’ name.

Women's Ministries: April 2019

Hebrews 10:19 “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is His Body.”

It was a dark and sombre day in the outskirts of Jerusalem. On a hill just outside the city walls, a Man who’d been attracting crowds for the past three years hung in disgrace and pain on a rough wooden cross, Mourners wept and wailed in sorrow. The light of the sun no longer brightened the afternoon sky. The intense suffering of the Man ended when He cried out in a loud voice, “It is finished.” At that very moment, another sound came from the great temple across town - the sound of ripping fabric. Miraculously, without human intervention, the huge, thick veil that separated the outer temple from the Holy of Holies tore in two from top to bottom. That torn curtain symbolized the reality of the Cross. A new way was now opened to God. On the Cross, Jesus the Man had shed His Blood as the last sacrifice allowed, all who believe in Him are able to enjoy forgiveness of sins and enter into a relationship with God. Amidst the darkness of that Good Friday, Jesus opened a way for us to be saved from the consequences of our sins and experience fellowship with God. Thank you Jesus for the torn veil.

Have a blessed, peace-filled Easter ,knowing the price has been paid for our sins.
Jesus is also the reason for this season!

Women's Connection: August 2018

1 John 5:18. "We know whoever is born of God does not keep on sinning. But whoever is born of God guards himself, and the wicked one cannot touch him."  Satan cannot do anything to you apart from fear, any more than God will do something for you apart from faith (Heb. 11:6). Just as faith is unwavering confidence in God and His Word, fear is unwavering confidence in something that has the ability to hurt you or cause a serious loss in your life. It is activated through words and actions in the same way faith is activated through words and actions.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. Notice how there’s no fear?

Fear must come from the outside. It first comes against your mind as thoughts of doubt, unbelief, and disaster. When you meditate on these and it starts to come out of your mouth, they begin to grow and take root inside you. Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." (Matt 12:34, 25) If you want good things to come to pass in your life, speak God's Word. Refuse to speak words of doubt, fear and unbelief which gives the devil a foothold. Don't ever act on fear. It will move into your spirit and choke your faith. It will do its best to stay there and ruin your life. Fill your heart with God's unchanging Word and watch the abundance of your heart produce the fruit of the Spirit and the blessings of God.

Women's Connection: May 2018

I read an article on a guy, James, who got a new puppy, and caught him chewing on one of his books. He shared that this was only one of the incidents he’d caught him chewing on his personal possessions. It brought to mind our dog, Buddy, when he was a puppy. He chewed on anything he could get to - my glasses, money, any paper laying around and all the plastic tips on my shoe laces.  I like the way James brought it around to us about what we "chew" on in out minds and hearts.  Do we carefully consider what we are feeding our souls when we watch T.V., surf on the internet, the social media, games, music we listen to, etc.? We have been learning in Bible study that what we "chew" on is what comes out of us, especially in a time of crisis. No wonder the Lord told Joshua to meditate on the Word day and night to have success. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matt. 12:34 What we fill our minds with is how we develop our maturity, or not, in the Lord. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Rom. 10:17. Having our mind so full of the Word that at times of crisis we know what to speak.  Now that's good chewing.

Women's Connection: Sept 2017

I was reading an article on borderline Christianity. It was related to the children of Israel when they finally came to the promised land with Joshua and Moses had died. The Lord told them to go across the Jordan River and claim the land promised to them. There would still be battles to win. The enemy would not give it up easily. But God promised to be with them and, if they obeyed Him, they would win every battle. However, the tribes Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh asked to stay on the east side of the Jordan. They saw all its goodness and wanted to settle there. So just before he died, they asked Moses to let them settle there. Moses was very upset but they proposed a compromise and finally Moses agreed. These men moved by sight and not by faith. God had told them to possess the west side of the Jordan. This is an example of borderline Christianity. Are we possessing only that which satisfies us, or are we moving ahead to claim all that God has for us and all that Jesus paid such a high price for us to have.

Matt. 13:23 But he that receives seed into good ground is he that hears the Word and understands it; who also bears fruit and brings forth some 100 fold, some 60 some 30.

Women's Connection: August 2016

John 5:8 “Stand up pick up your bed and walk.”

Can you imagine being flat on your back for 38 years? That was the condition of the man at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus knew he had no power to get up and walk in his own strength, but commanded him to do the impossible - to stand up and walk. The man faced a choice. He could ignore Jesus, debate with him or obey him. At that moment, he chose to believe Jesus and made his move to obey. Miraculously, strength flowed into his body and he received all the power he needed to do the impossible. We often linger in our troubles so much longer than we need to. We get overwhelmed by adversity. We can be tormented by fear or worry, all because we do not dwell in His Word. Without reading and dwelling in God’s word, we have no foundation for our faith. We need to have a Word from the Lord to be able to stand on. When we find a Word to stand on, we then have a choice. We can ignore it, debate it, or obey it. It’s only when we choose to obey His Words that we will find the miracles. 

Women's Connection: June 2016

Luke 17:6 “He replied, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this Sycamine tree, Be rooted up and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.”  (Cont.)

The Sycamine fruit was bitter to eat. It looked as good as the Sycamore tree but certainly not as tasty. Since it cost more, the rich got to eat fruit from the Sycamore. The poor ate the fruit from the Sycamine as it was least expensive. To eat it, they would nibble on it a little at a time because it was so tart. When a person who is bitter and full of unforgiveness chews on their feelings for a long time, the fruit of bitterness makes them bitter, sour people. As well, the Sycamine is pollinated only by wasps. Strangely, the Sycamine is not naturally pollinated. The process is only done when a wasp sticks its stinger right into the heart of the fruit.  It has to be stung in order to be reproduced.  Have you heard a bitter person say “I’ve been stung by that person.” It is likely that people who make such a statement have been “stung” by a situation that the devil pollinated in their hearts and souls with bitterness and unforgiveness. Jesus was saying, in order to rid this nuisance from one’s life, a person must have faith the size of a mustard seed. Any person who has even a tiny measure of faith can speak to bitterness and unforgiveness and command them to leave if that is really the desire of his heart.

Women's Connection: April 2016

2 Cor. 3:18 “But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are CHANGED into the same image from "glory to glory”, even by the Spirit of the Lord.”

I was watching the story of a little girl who had Down’s Syndrome who loved butterflies because they transform from an ugly cocoon into a beautiful insect. She thought she was not considered pretty on the outside, but because Jesus was in her heart, she believed she was beautiful on the inside.

Changed, transformed, transfigured - those are powerful, exciting words and they describe what will happen to us when we spend time beholding the Lord in word and prayer.  As we spend time renewing our minds with the Word of God, our outer being will be transformed like a caterpillar.  Instead of conforming into the image of the world, you’ll begin to conform to the image of the reborn spirit within you. Study and mediate on God’s Word and let it change you from the inside out. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind and release the beautiful spiritual butterfly living in you. 

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We need to apply and stand on the Word over the situation we find ourselves in, and not dwell on the circumstances, but on what the scriptures say about it. Refuse to let our thoughts drown out what God is saying.

Women's Connection: March 2016

Luke 24:1-3 “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.” 

Truly, it’s time to stop looking for the living among the dead. It’s time to stop walking around in the cemetery of sin, sickness and failure and to step into resurrection life. The Bible says we have been raised with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly places. So we are no accident. God has specific plans for us, but we’ll never know what they are until we put our attention on Him. That’s why the devil works hard to keep us focusing on the problems of life. That’s why he tries to keep our attention turned away from the living Word of God. Why? Once we truly understand that we have the life of God inside us, we will begin to act just like Jesus did. We’ll be acting like the body of Christ on earth and this terrifies him. Don’t let Satan bind you with the grave clothes of yesterday’s sin and defeat. You’re not dead anymore. You’ve been raised with Jesus.

Women's Connection: February 2016

This is the love month. Really for Christians, it should be 12 months of the year. I’d like to retell you a story I read. A family therapist tells of a man who set out to adopt a troubled teenage girl. She was destructive, disobedient and dishonest. One day she came home from school and ransacked the house looking for money. By the time he arrived, she was gone and the house was in shambles. Upon hearing of her actions, a friend urged him not to finalize the adoption. “Let her go,” he said. His response was simply, “But I’ve already promised her that she would be my daughter.” God too has made a covenant to adopt His people. His covenant is not invalidated by our rebellion. It’s one thing to love us when we are strong, obedient and willing. But when we ransack his house and steal what is His? This is the test of love, and God passes the test. “For God shows His great love for us in this way, Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

The Father didn’t look at the wrecked house and say, “Come back when you’ve learned respect.” God didn’t look at our frazzled lives and say, “I’ll die for you when you deserve it.” No, despite our sin, in the face of our rebellion, He chose to adopt us and, for God, there is no going back.  You never again have to wonder who your Father is… “For God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in Him.”

Women's Connection: December 2015

Romans 10:17 “So then Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

I’ve written on God’s Word before but it seems more and more I am becoming aware of how real and powerful it is. It has integrity beyond reproach. God never changes (Hebrews 13:8) and His Word does not change. It is His Bond. The nature of His Word is miraculous. All He did was speak it and the world came into being. Hebrews 11:3 says “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.” He just spoke and what He said came into being by His Faith.  Abraham stood in faith against adverse circumstances and the Word of God prevailed.  God releases His faith with His Word. He is a faith being. We are dealing with a living God, a living Jesus, a living Word. His faith and our faith come together by the Word. His Word and Faith prevail on the lips of a believer. As we confess the Word in faith, the Holy Spirit has freedom to bring complete and total deliverance. This season, let’s put into action the rights Jesus purchased for us, by confessing the power of God’s living Word, be like Abraham and stand strong in faith giving glory to God.

Have a wonderful Christ-Centered Christmas and Happiest of new years

Women's Connection: October 2015

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14       You may be thinking, “Can a few people like us actually change the whole nation?”  Well can one demonic person change a nation for the worse, yes Hitler did. No nation is so far gone that God can’t change it.  Israel proved that. God has raised it up before our very eyes.  Did you notice that in this scripure it says, “If MY people which are called by MY name…” Notice also that He didn’t say “If my people will get out and sign petitions, or drum up a majority vote etc.” he said “PRAY” In other words we’re going to have to quit trying to work this thing out by ourselves, God Himself will do the healing in this land.  Our job is to PRAY, to believe and to seek His face.  The coming election is this month and we need to find out the morality and righteousness our candidates display, if they stick by Israel etc. and not listen to all the campaign promises that suit us or that tickle out ears.  None are perfect, but only God knows the heart.  God promises to give us wisdom when we ask for it, so seek His direction and let’s go out and vote.

Women's Connection: Sept 2015

John 10:12 “The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.”

I heard an excellent message from T.D. Jakes that explained how Satan is trying to scatter the church. When Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy,” He wasn’t only talking about our personal lives but also the church body as a whole. There is no strength in isolation. As a body of believers, united in mind, no weapon formed against us can prosper - a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken.

When Jesus was crucified, His disciples were scattered and they thought the ministry was done. Satan thought he had won the victory and scattered the flock. But then Jesus rose from the dead and brought the sheep back into the fold. He gave them a command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations. He confirmed it with signs, wonders and miracles. There is safety in numbers as we pull together for His kingdom. Jesus left the 99 safe in the fold to go after the lone sheep who was in danger on his own. What does Satan use to scatter us - strife, bickering, taking offence, unforgiveness, irritation over personality differences, etc.  Anything to cause hard feelings towards one another and squash the move of the Spirit. Satan is making an all out attack on families and churches and a lot of Christians are falling for it. We forget we are not wrestling against flesh and blood but principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. The world is to know we are Christians by our Love. 

- Marilyn MacMillan