Do you ever feel like your joy is being stolen? I know I do.
Suppose you can’t wait to get married, so you decide to find the perfect mate for yourself instead of waiting on God to work it out for you. It would be a terrible mistake to become so desperate that you settle for someone who’s just not right for you. It would be much better to wait until God brings you a divine connection.
Maybe you’re married and you’ve been thinking, “I want my spouse to change. I just can’t put up with my partner anymore.” You cannot change your spouse; only God can.
But God does not move in your life when you’re struggling and trying to take matters into your own hands. He moves when you trust in Him.
So I suggest that you pray and cast your cares on the Lord. Take your hands off the situation, trust in God, and go ahead and enjoy your life.
It may not be your marital status that you want changed. You may want to change your kids, your money situation, the world around you, or you may want a different job in your life.
We all have something going on in our lives that we would like to see change for the better. But trusting in God to make those changes is what we truly need.
Numerous times I’ve struggled by trying to change my husband, trying to change my kid, and trying to change myself, yet I failed every time. I probably struggled with changing myself more than anything or anyone else. But the truth is you can’t really change yourself. You can only tell God that you want to change and that you are willing to change. You can only offer up your life to Him everyday by praying, and leave the rest to Him. Ask for God’s help and pray.
My prayer is that the Lord would work in me and change me. I know I can’t do it myself, and I know I can’t make it happen. It’s not my place to make it happen, but I want You to do it, Lord, because I believe that you are the only one who can make my life right.
The verse for this week comes Nehemiah 8:10: “…be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is the strength and stronghold.”
The recipe for this week is Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. There’s nothing like homemade soup on a cold day.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
1 bag noodles (medium Amish noodles)
4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1/2 chicken fat (for the broth)
1/2 small carrot (grated)
1/2 stalk celery (diced)
2 teaspoons chicken base
4 small cans chicken broth (save 1 can back)
Cook chicken and fat together until chicken is done. Strain broth into another pot. Take chicken and shred into pieces. Add chicken to broth, and add carrots and celery. Cook until almost done. Then add noodles and cook until just tender. (Don’t over cook noodles or they will be mushy). If you need to add more broth, use the can broth. If you need to add more chicken base, add in small amounts or it will be too salty.
From my blog to your kitchen, God bless and happy dishes.
Remember to comment and tell me what the Lord has done for you.
Stay tuned for more homemade recipes and blessings from my table to yours.
In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 18 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month.
Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.