The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bitterness and discouragement are directly proportional.

Have a great weekend! 

Next week TSS will focus on healing from bitterness.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I want to shout a huge THANK YOU to each of you that encourages me in The Sweet Stuff Ministry through your prayers, emails, texts and calls.  I have enjoyed every minute of service through this ministry and look forward to much more and new things to come. 

Today's post is a challenge for you all:

1. Bring to mind at least 3 people that encourage you and are a source of inspiration and strength. 
2. Stop and thank God for them.
3. Take time to thank each of them.  Give them a call, send a message, or better yet, go and visit.

These folks contribute to your Sweet Stuff in life!                          #TSS

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ecclesiastes 2:26   To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness....

Yesterday I had a great and fulfilling conversation with a dear friend of mine.  I want to share parts of that conversation because it was such a testimony of spiritual growth and seeking of God's heart that it moved me in a powerful way.

The topic was relationships and the details of the conversation were about a relationship that she is in.  The fellow in the relationship had made the comment that he wanted to make her happy and that she made him happy.  My friend put on her "big girl panties", as I like to say, and said to him, "You cannot make me happy".  Now before you think that her statement was cold and crude, let us examine it.  You see, my friend has been badly hurt, betrayed and pretty much stomped on in another relationship.  Through that situation, she chose to draw near to God and seek what he has for her to learn about relationships *BTW-she is my hero in this department! 

Through prayer, study and a deep relationship with God, she has grown.  The growth that she has experienced is that she allows God to lead her thoughts, actions and emotions regarding relationships.  She has chosen NOT to allow her human emotions to be the driving force in a relationship.  She has asked God to guide her and grant her wisdom in relationships.   WOW!

She has found happiness from her relationship with God and in turn is happy with herself.  You see, we can not be completely happy in any relationship until we are able to be completely happy alone.  This is what she meant when she said told the fellow that he could not make her happy.   They share happy moments and events, but he is not responsible for her happiness nor is she for his.

Happiness is a decision that is made within the gray matter between one's own ears.  Others may offer us happy times but true, inner happiness comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ inside our hearts.             #TSS                    

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Whether on television or in the newspaper, new car ads can be very enticing.  A picture of a beautiful, shiny new car at an unbelievable price will look so good to us.  Great price, outstanding financing options, loaded feature packages will make us salivate to own one.

However, there is always the FINE print.  Have you ever read all the fine print in a car ad?  You may need a magnifying glass to catch it all.   Only two in stock, basic module, financing package to qualified buyers, warranty info, car may not look like the one in the photo, etc, etc, etc.  All the info can make one dizzy!

By the time we sort out the facts and details, the initial ad may have appeared somewhat misleading.  What appeared to be simple truths about the car, had conditions and much fine print to sort.

How much of our character contains fine print?  How much of what we appear to be or act like is really how we are deep down on the inside?   Character is made up of our personal standards, beliefs, morals, ethics and views.   Character is who we are when no one is looking; when no one is reading the fine print of our inner selves.   Does the fine print match the image that people see in us?  Does that image reflect Christ as God expects? 

When we say that we believe in something or stand for something, do we stand firmly on that belief, no matter the environment or are our beliefs conditional, depending on the environment or people around us?   Do we fear worldly repercussions for presenting our beliefs, such as losing a job or friendship? 

Andy Stanley, Dr. Charles Stanley's son said this, "With my dad, there is no gap between who he claims to be and who he is".    That is the type of character that we should all strive for.  #TSS



Monday, August 26, 2013

Do not reach out to the offers of this world.

Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We should not reach out to the offers of this world.  The masquerades and empty promises change and fade over time.  Promises of wealth, fame, feelings and images prey on the vulnerability of a person's self worth.  These empty promises mask themselves in many forms and the masks are ever evolving.

Following the offers of the world, interferes with God's will in our lives.  If we seek a renewing of our minds, God can change the way we view the things in this world.   To view things from God's perspective, takes our eyes off "self" and focuses our eyes on loving and serving others.  Our thoughts will no longer be centered on self gain and accomplishment but will be centered on obedience, honor and giving to others. 

Refusing to conform to the patterns of this world requires self discipline.  A renewing of the mind will create a desire to submit to God's will which will in turn replace the desire to yield to fleshy and material "wants".   The things and patterns of this world will pass away.  Following God's perfect will for us on this earth will produce eternal treasures.  The promises of this world are empty.  God's promises are fulfilling and everlasting.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Do not spend time focusing on who you think you are not.

Focus instead on who God knows that you are and the greatness he has instilled within you.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In the midst of calamity, sin not.

Job 2 :10   But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman.  Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?"  So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. 

When calamities come to us in life, we are often quick to question God's goodness or justice in allowing bad things to happen to us.   Believing in God does not protect us from trouble, however faith and believing can protect us from sinning in the midst of our troubles.

Let us focus on the last few words from Job 2:10:  "So in all this, Job said nothing wrong".   Think of a time when something undesirable happened in your life.  Maybe the loss of a job, death of a loved one, an attack on your character by someone, betrayal of a friend or co-worker led you to question why such a thing happened.  I have heard others say things such as "If God is so good, why did he allow this?"  I have seen people turn from God due to anger because of trouble in their lives.

When we allow our minds to entertain questioning God's sovereignty, we become caught up in sin.  The sin is having an irreverent, disrespectful attitude toward God. 

In our troubles, we are praise God and trust in his sovereignty and wisdom.  We will not always understand why things happen, we are not meant to. 

If you are in the midst of a calamity in your life, remember this method:  Sort, sieve, learn, leave.

Sort--the blessings and praise God for them.
Sieve--allow the anger and negative emotions to pass through your mind.
Learn--seek what God is teaching you and learn and increase your faith in him.
Leave--put away the hurt, offer forgiveness and leave the details to God.        

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fear will interfere

Psalms     27:1    .... The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?

Do not allow FEAR to INTERFERE with the plans that God has for you and your future. 

Fear is of the enemy.  Fear stems from a lack of feelings of security and trust.   If we allow damaging strongholds to exist in our lives, fear will accompany.  

Strength is of God.  Strength and security will allow us to fulfill the plans that God has for us. 

Gather strength and persevere.   Trust in God's strength, truth and promises.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Isaiah   30:18  So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.  For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.

Life Principle #7  (Dr. Charles Stanley):  The dark moments of our lives will last only so long as necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us. 

I love Dr. Charles Stanley.  I had the privilege of meeting him in person a couple of years ago.  I love to study his life principles.  If you are not familiar with these principles, I strongly encourage you to study each one of them. 

Life Principle #7 spoke to me many times during my battles with bitterness.  In the healing process of bitterness, or any dark period in our lives, we must look to God to show us the things within ourselves that may need attention.  We must look at what God is trying to teach us or to change about how we feel and think. It is within the trying times of life that we are subject to think and feel negatively.  The trials of life are times of temptation for us to turn away from God's promises and principles.  

We, ourselves, sometimes cause dark moments and trials in our lives to linger on.  This is especially true when we do not learn and move forward in tough situations. When God has accomplished his purpose in our situations, the dark periods will begin to produce light. When we can see things from God's perspective, his purpose can be accomplished in and through us.  His help and compassion will bring the light forth in the darkest of times.    

                       

Friday, August 16, 2013

Psalm 86:17  Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


We serve a God of comfort and peace.  His offer of both is always available. 

When turmoil, anxiety and disruption of your peace are present in your life, remember that we ALWAYS have the promise of comfort from God. 

It is up to each of us to submit to that comfort and to enjoy inner peace. 

Allow Him to comfort you-whatever your situation.     

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Time moves on

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Time waits for no one.  As a matter of fact, it moves on quickly. 

So many things in this world will readily demand our time:  work, errands, and activities.  The hours in the day seem to be shorter than the lists we have to complete. 

Our children grow up in a time frame that passes by like a vapor.  Eighteen years feels more like eighteen minutes as you watch them leave home for college.

The fact is this:  We all have the same amount of time on the clock each day.  We choose how to spend the time.  We decide our priorities.   

Seek to gain wisdom in the realization of the brevity of life.  Take time each day to spend in God's purpose.  As we spend our time, may we never overspend and fall short of using the time wisely. 

See to it that you make God the first priority of your time. See to it that your family is the next priority of your time.  Use time wisely so that you gain wisdom as time goes by.    

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keep your eyes and feet pointed forward

Isaiah  43:18  Forget the former things, do not dwell in the past.
 

Anatomy review:  We have two eyes in the anterior portion of our bodies.
                               Our heads will not turn completely around to the backside.
                               We do not have rear view mirrors.
                               While it is possible to take steps backwards, our feet point forward for easier movement in that direction


Our bodies are designed perfectly!   God designed us to look forward, literally.  Our eyes point ahead of us.  In order to see behind us, we must turn our whole body around.  We cannot look at what is behind us and what is in front of us at the same time.  God wants us to view the events and decisions in our lives in the same manner--looking forward.  He does not want us to dwell on things of the past, particularly the negative and hurtful things, bad decisions and sin. He intends for us to look and move forward, distinctively toward his kingdom. 

Continuously looking into the past is unproductive and extremely tiring.  Allow God to help you forget the past so that you can look forward.  Keep your feet pointed ahead and take your steps in that direction.  No walking backwards.  No looking back.  

Isaiah 43:25  "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. 

God does not look back upon our sins and past mistakes.  In this verse, "for my own sake" tells us that God forgives us purely from the love that he has for us. He remembers them no more so that we may be new creations as we move forward to the advancement of his kingdom. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Philippians 2:1-2   Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

It is so easy for teens to desire attention and popularity.  Most have a need to "fit in".  It can be heartbreaking for young folks to feel rejected by exclusive cliques.  It is damaging to the self esteem and self worth.   The scars from this type of rejection can be long lasting, even into adulthood.  Sadly enough, some adults carry those exclusive types of thoughts and behaviors throughout their lives, rejecting others, therefore limiting potential friendships and missing out on blessings.

Each person, regardless of their differences, is a creation of God. Each with unique gifts and purposes.  God loves and accepts us all.

If you know a teen, adult, family member or friend that feels rejected because of bullying or cliquish behaviors, offer these points of encouragement:
                  -It is perfectly ok not be like everyone else
                  -Your peers are not the yardstick by which your worth is measured
                  -Continue to be who you are and not a Xerox copy of someone else
                  -Do not chase after the affections of others
                  -Pray for God to send the people that He would have in your life
                  -Find your security in those loving adults and family members in your life
                  -High school is only temporary
                  -Search for the greatness within you--God put it there for a purpose!

*Rinse and repeat as often as necessary!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Storms

If there is a thunderstorm in your life today, whether a pop up shower or a severe storm, God is in control.

He can make the sun shine again in your life.

Have a great weekend!   #TSS

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Psalms 57:10      For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;  your faithfulness reaches to the
                           skies.

I must be honest.  I feel as if I am undergoing open heart surgery minus any anesthesia.  I know I am not alone.  As we approach the next couple of weeks, many of us will help a child move to college.  For us, it is our first.  Many of my friends are sending their first, second or third.  Some will be empty nesters.  Somehow this was much easier when I was the one leaving for college!

The old saying, "where on earth has the time gone" has passed over all our lips.  I have had many moments of reflection of the past 18 years, remembering each stage of her childhood, reliving special memories and activities that we have experienced. 

I am so proud of her and her accomplishments and I am completely excited for the journey that she has before her.  I suppose that mamas will always crave to have their children in their care for a little bit longer. I am so thankful that God blessed me with her and I know that she will make great contributions to the advancement of His kingdom.

I pray for each of you that will send a child to college this month.  As parents we have been blessed with our children and we must entrust them to God and his plans for them.  A dear friend of mine so gently reminded me:  God loves them more than we do and He will watch over them. 

From the song, "Find your Wings":
                               "I'll have tears as you take off
                                 But I'll cheer as you fly"

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hope

1 Timothy 6:17      Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

The end of your rope is not the end of your hope. 

Worrying about finances can send us to the end of our ropes.  The world demands so much from us financially just to merely exist.  Medical bills, insurance premiums, mortgages, increasing grocery and fuel costs are enough to make us slide to the end of that rope.

There is a knot at the end of the rope.  GOD is the knot at the end of our ropes.  He promises to always take care of us and provide for us. 

When you feel like you are at the end of the rope, allow your feet to rest upon the knot.  Pour yourself into the promises found in the Bible, pour your heart out to God.  He will show you the way.  #TSS

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Do not allow bitterness and baggage to hold you hostage.

God wants you to be free and to enjoy The Sweet Stuff he has to offer.     #TSS

Monday, August 5, 2013

Warfare

2 Chronicles 20:15    "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God's."

Even though we cannot always see or understand our enemies, we truly only have one enemy:  Satan.  He is the evil one who seeks to devour us in every way.  He uses people to accomplish his evil deeds.  There are times when it seems like a huge army with thousands of people is camped at our doorstep.

When we are dealt injustices, hurts and dirty deeds, it is difficult for us to understand why.  It is so hard not to take the injustices personally.  This is an opportunity for the seeds of bitterness to sprout and grow.

Spiritual warfare is important to comprehend yet difficult to accept.  Basically, it boils down to this:  the war is between God and Satan; we are on the battlefield but the battle is not ours.

Our best defense against spiritual warfare is a deep, intimate relationship with God.  When this is in place, He will fight our battles and keep the devil off our backs.      

Friday, August 2, 2013

About Me

I want to take this opportunity to show you a bit about myself on the other side of Facebook and my blog.  I am a wife of 23 years, a mother of three, daughter, sister, granddaughter, college faculty, Radiologic Technologist, seamstress, horse lover and most of all a Christian woman with a desire to know God on a deeper level each day. 

God asked me to begin The Sweet Stuff Ministry to reach folks who deal with hurts, disappointments, and bitterness in life.   I am in the ditches of life right along with you.  I have hurts, scars, worries, and fears.  I know that we live in an imperfect world, but we serve a PERFECT God!  He can take all the bitterness, hurt and worry and turn it into Sweet Stuff.

Thanks to each of you for reading my posts but most of all I want to praise you for desiring to learn more about God's word and his omnipresence.  My posts contain inspirations that come from the time I spend seeking God and through the everyday events of life.  He has been so good to me-even in the times when I fail Him. 

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May God richly bless you all and may you forever enjoy The Sweet Stuff that God has for you!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Do your friends build up your faith or do they tear it down?

True friends should rejoice in worship along with you and help you draw closer to God.

Read Psalsm 1:1           #TSS