Devotionals

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Published February 16th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix
  • 12 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 10 ounces prepared alfredo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  •  pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish (I used an 8" X 8" dish).
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted.
  4. Serve with chips or bread and enjoy.

Let Go and Let God

Published February 16th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Each Morning I would find myself waking up with the same worry I went to bed with. My mind would wander and think on things that I had no control over. So much that my worry began to consume my days. Then I realized God’s got this! Sometimes letting go and letting God can be hard.

We often forget that God already knows not only our days but our families days too. 

Jeremiah 10:12-13 says:

“But God made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding 

he stretched out the heavens.

When He speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses”. 

We have a God who speaks the thunder into place! How amazing is that! How much more He has already spoken into our lives. When I find myself starting to worry or fear I remember my God, our God has power over the skies, how much more He loves us and has for our lives! God promises that He will guide us, knows our future and that He will always be with us!

Let go and let God!

His Banner Over Me is Love

Published February 9th, 2018 by Ccwestside

He brought me to the banqueting house, and His Banner over me was Love.  Song of Solomon 2:4

For the last several weeks the Lord keeps ministering to me that His Banner over me is Love. No matter if I’m in the dark caverns of despair or basking in blessings His Banner over me is Love!  It's really glorious to know that my Heavenly Father has a Banner of Love over me! This Banner doesn’t just read ‘Love' - which is His Agape Love but it performs that unconditional Love for me 24/7 no matter what life brings me. That speaks volumes to my heart.  It brings me comfort, knowing my God is for me, that He’s with me, and that He’s covering me, taking me right through to the finish line. He never gives up on me and that Banner over me never waivers even when I do. Oh like Paul I ask myself why do I do the things I don’t want to do… at times I fail miserably yet Jesus remains the same and He loves me the same always. Both are mind-blowing to me. Why would a perfect God love such an imperfect me so perfectly?  

Jesus is Love and He loves us perfectly. Every day His Love is immeasurable and consistent. His Love doesn’t change depending on His mood or our conduct.  Your behavior can’t change His Love for you.  Your rebellion can’t chase Him away.  Nothing can separate you from the Love of God Romans 8 tells us.  He holds that Banner high and with full assurance over you, proclaiming you as His very own.  Individually He loves you as His beloved child! Over each of you He has a Banner of Love leading you to that banquet table where we will feast with Him for all eternity! For me that is a remarkable, incomprehensible truth!

Us humans, if not being ruled by the Holy Spirit, are all over the place with our emotions and feeling. So it’s hard for us to grasp the depth of God's Love for us.  We must not allow life’s circumstances to dictate our thoughts but to keep our minds fixed on the Love of God and His Word.  Psalm 119:17 says “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God; how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand” That verse gets me excited to know my Heavenly Father has so many sweet, treasured thoughts of me as a prized-possession, which each of us are as He gave His only Beloved Son Jesus for our redemption. The world beats us up making us feel so invaluable at times but oh how Jesus loves me! 

I’m so humbled by God’s fierce Love for me… Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God! I pray today you can take comfort in knowing how much Jesus Loves you, that He’s always there with you, and that He will confidently complete that good work He started in you as He is always triumphant!  His Banner of Love always remains strong and unmovable over us so that we can walk in victory & continually shine for His Glory! 

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Published February 9th, 2018 by Ccwestside

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

  1. Heat waffle maker; spray with cooking spray.
  2. Remove cinnamon rolls from can; set icing aside.
  3. For each waffle, place 1 cinnamon roll in center of waffle maker; close.
  4. Bake 3 to 4 minutes or until waffle is thoroughly cooked and golden brown. *Spray waffle maker in between each waffle*
  5. Meanwhile in a small bowl, stir together reserved icing, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until glaze is smooth.
  6. Pour glaze over hot waffles and serve! (Can also be served with real maple syrup instead of the glaze.)

Be of Good Courage & Trust in the Lord

Published February 2nd, 2018 by Ccwestside

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart,

All you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24

In this world, sometimes we are going to be a proverbs 31 woman and sometimes in the midst of pain and trouble, we are going to be a psalm 31 woman. We will have those seasons of distress and desperation like David did when he wrote this psalm. Line by line you can feel David's pain and his desperation for the Lord. At one point David writes "I am a broken vessel" and I think that is a key phrase in this psalm. The Lord often calls us to come to Him as a broken vessel. Once you admit those words like David did, then the Lord can begin to heal and work in your life.

In 2 Corinthians Paul says Christ's power is made perfect in weakness. Paul said this AFTER he asked the Lord to take away the thorn that was causing him so much pain. The Lord did not accept his request so Paul's attitude changed through prayer from Lord get rid of this anguish to Lord I will glory through this anguish because You are bringing me into a deeper relationship with You and working something special in my life. It is okay to ask God to fix something in your life, but don't grow weary if He doesn't move right away. He is working in your life in a way that you can not see yet and His power will be revealed to you in a way you haven't seen before. Painful seasons sometimes become the most intimate seasons with the Lord. God stretches you, God grows you, He transforms you in a way that you would have never done on your own.  

David says multiple times in this psalm, "I trust in the Lord". That is what we have to do even if it's hard. If you're in a season of troubles, trust in the Lord. The Lord promises us throughout scripture that He will turn our anguish to joy. His promises are unfailing..Be of good courage and trust in the Lord. He will strengthen the heart of those who hope in Him. Take each day one at a time, stay in His word, pray without ceasing and trust that the Lord will bring joy in the morning.

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