"Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed." -Linda Wooten

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Women in the Word Wednesday: A Journey Through Proverbs 31 - One Virtue at a Time

Now that I'm jumping back onto the blogging bus - I thought it would be a good idea to spend Wednesday's in the Word. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be in the Word of God often. It is such a source of strength and encouragement and is truly a road map of how we should lead our lives.

Beginning last week - I started leading a group of ladies in my church through Courtney Joseph's study of the Proverbs 31 Woman. (You can find all of the resources for this study on her website at www.womenlivingwell.org).

I thought this would be the perfect place to start our Wednesday series of being in the Word.

Trust is the first virtue we encounter in this chapter.

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
Proverbs 31:11

"Does your husband have full confidence in you? Does he fully trust your spending habits, your training of the children, your ability to run the home, your words that you speak about him when he is not in the room, your faithfulness to him in regards to flirting with other men, your emotions and temper, and the choices you make?"

The husband of a VIRTUOUS woman has full, secure confidence in her and trusts her and because of his security in her – he will have no lack of gain.

Isn’t it awesome that we have the opportunity to be such a treasure to our husbands?  Proverbs 19:14 says that

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents but a
prudent wife is from the Lord.”

A prudent wife is a blessing from God. But what is a prudent wife?  Prudent means acting with or showing care and thought for the future, being wise, sensible and understanding. Truthfully – some of those characteristics just aren’t traits I possess on my own – but are things I must seek after and ask God to help me with.

·       Do you struggle in any of these areas?

Reading through many of the verses in the book of Proverbs – we are reminded over and over that choosing to walk in wisdom and righteousness, putting our trust in God and heeding the instructions in his Word will lead to a blessed, joyful life. Why then do we find walking in this sort of obedience so difficult? Because it is in our nature to be selfish. It comes naturally for us to think of our husbands –“well he sure doesn’t do this…or he doesn’t always make the best decision or I don’t see him heeding the Word and walking in wisdom…”

At the end of the day – we are on this journey to become the Proverbs 31 woman – NOT only to please our husbands, NOT just to be praised and adored by our children, NOT just to remembered any certain way, NOT even to provoke a change in our husbands – but simply because this is the kind of woman God has called us to be…and it is our responsibility as a women of God that desire to please Him to walk in obedience.

Are you striving to become that Proverbs 31 woman? How are you intentional in your daily life - to be that virtuous woman?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tasty Tuesday - Bruschetta Chicken

*This recipe was originally found at Bruschetta Chicken www.food.com & tweaked a bit by yours truly

I really need to work on my photography skills. This pitiful picture absolutely does NOT do this recipe justice. This recipe has become a family favorite - and is perfect for summer tomatoes!!

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast   **(I used chicken breast halves)
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 c. Italian Panko Crumbs
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil  (to cook the chicken in) **vegetable oil is pictured but EVOO is best
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil  (to be used in the bruschetta)
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion salt
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
shredded mozzarella cheese  (to be used for topping)


*Whisk together 3tbsp. of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir in the basil, garlic powder, onion salt and tomato. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Allow to sit and marinate for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

*Dip each piece of chicken into the egg and then press into the panko crumb mixture to coat.

*Heat the oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan or skillet.

*Place the chicken in the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until chicken is no longer pick in the center, and has a golden brown color.

*Reduce the heat to low, leaving the chicken in the pan. Spoon the bruschetta over the chicken and top with mozzarella cheese. Cover the pan and cook just long enough for the cheese to melt.

*Serve the chicken with a side of veggies or salad and ENJOY!!

(again - the pictures just don't do this recipe justice. This was AWESOME! You will not be disappointed.)

Share some of your favorite go-to chicken recipes in the comment section below.

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