Why not give this flag a place of honor at your summer get-togethers? This pretty, fruity dessert was featured on the CW Interests page of the July/August 2014 issue. It’s easy and fun and makes a sweet and healthy alternative to cake or cookies.
Excerpted from the May/June 2015 issue of Christian Woman Magazine.
Make prayer a priority and realize the power it holds. For the most part, we are busy people, and we need to always keep in mind the power of prayer. Prayer must be a part of our daily lives. Consider these 21 suggestions for making prayer a stronger part of your spiritual life.
#1. Set aside a particular time and place for prayer. Some like to pray ﬁrst thing in the morning; others pray at night. Maybe you like to pray when you are driving or taking a walk. Let it be part of your daily routine.
#2. Write a prayer or keep a prayer journal. Some who enjoy writing ﬁnd it easier to pour out their souls when they are writing their thoughts, praise and requests on paper. You might choose to write in a journal every day, once a week or once a month.
#3. Pray at odd times and places. You don’t have to close your eyes. You can be washing dishes, clothes or windows. Talk to God during the entire day.
#4. Make prayer meaningful to you. Talk to God as you would to a friend. You don’t have to use ﬂowery language. Talk to God in terms that are meaningful to you. Sometimes when children pray they say, “Help the sick and afﬂicted.” They probably don’t know what “afﬂicted” is, but they know about Johnny’s sore arm. Make the prayers personal.
#5. Pray for a different group every day. Maybe on Mondays you can pray for your family, on Tuesdays for the church, on Wednesdays the government, etc.
#6. Pray at least 10 consecutive minutes a day. Someone has said that if you spend at least 10 minutes a day in prayer you can pray for all the things you can think of.
#7. Have a prayer service in your home. Invite members of your congregation over to pray for someone who is having a baby, struggling with a speciﬁc problem, going to college, etc.
#8. Find a prayer partner. Pray using email or on the phone. Ask your partner to pray with you and for you and what is going on in your life. Encourage one another with prayer.
#9. Study David’s psalms about prayer and adoration for God.
#10. Mouth the words when someone is leading a public prayer. It is easy for our minds to wander when we are in an assembly and someone is leading prayer. It helps if you mouth the words of the person leading the prayer.
#11. Stop and pray in the moment. When you are thinking about someone or something, stop and pray at that moment. Don’t wait until later when you might forget it.
#12. In the mornings, pray for yourself. During the day, pray for others.
#13. Keep a prayer list. Keep a list near your Bible or study materials with the names of people who need prayers.
#14. Become involved in a prayer chain. Have several people lined up so each person can call another to ask for prayers for something that is needed.
#15. Realize and acknowledge answered prayers.
#16. Don’t forget to thank God for prayers answered.
#17. Pray for help with your prayer life.
#18. Ask God to teach you how to pray more effectively (as the apostles did).
#19. Study scriptures that record prayers in the Bible. Use a concordance to look up speciﬁc prayers in the Bible.
#20. Plan a weekend of prayer. Maybe you have a wedding, a mission trip or some other important event coming up. Invite friends to your house to pray for the event.
#21. Remember this acronym: ASAP – Always say a prayer.
Sue Crabtree taught in the education and Bible departments at Faulkner University for 20 years. Now retired, she and her husband, James, work in inner city ministry in Montgomery, Ala.
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Free Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Downloads From CW
The May/June issue of Christian Woman featured some simple, fun ideas for parent gifts for Mother’s Day (May 10) and Father’s Day (June 21). Download the Reese’s Pieces wrapper featured in the article here (this one says Daddy, but this one has a blank spot for you to include the name of your choice). The M&Ms wrapper is available for download at http://kinzieskreations.blogspot.com/2012/05/m-for-mom.html.
Christian Woman Promise Calendar, Part 3
In 2014 Christian Woman magazine spent a year focused on the topic of prayer. Featured in every issue was a prayer calendar with scriptures guiding our thoughts.
Last year’s prayer calendar, written by Michelle Moore, was so well-received by our readers that Michelle has prepared a new calendar for 2015. The theme of this year’s calendar is “God’s Promises.” With each issue the two-page color insert will appear on pages 27 and 28, suitable for framing or posting on your refrigerator or near your work station, or you can download the calendar for May and June here.
The January/February calendar can be found here.
The March/April calendar can be found here.
Reprinted from the April 2015 issue of Gospel Advocate Magazine, this article describes one man’s struggle to escape a street gang lifestyle and turn to Christ.
Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). It has been my experience that I am often unaware of the transforming process of the gospel until I see the contrast of who I used to be and who I am now. The transformation Paul speaks of reflects a fundamental change in character, and such change does not happen except by a “renewal” of the mind over a consistent and indeterminate period of time.
My story is of one foolish soul who was transformed by the gospel. I am afraid that at times I feel that I carry the memories of another man. Nevertheless, I was what I was, and I am what I am; may God be glorified by this thorn-riddled soul only to the extent that I find closure in my weaknesses and glory in His strength (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Before you are the beginnings of a hoodlum who was transformed by Christ, and that hoodlum (spoiler alert) was me. This is how I tell it.
CW Poem Correction
The poem “Solitude” by June Davis Handte was included in the annual March/April CW Poetry Anthology. The last two stanzas were accidentally omitted. The poem appears here in its entirety.
Could I but be an insect small or pretty butterﬂy,
Up into the poplar tree I’d go, and there I would defy
The world to topple, crash or fall!
I’d just settle back and with a sigh,
Forget those things below,
The leaves like little angels’ wings,
Would hypnotize me so.
Their song in perfect harmony
Delights the wind you see,
It whispers gently in my ear,
Saying, “Come to me! Come to me!”
I’ve found my home, my secret place,
Up in my poplar tree,
Where I can dream and plan and be alone
And get in touch with me!
I’m sure the birds must wonder
Why I am in their tree
And why I do not fly away
The whole wide world to see.
But here I sit so happily,
So quiet like a dove,
Secure in all I see above,
Content in God’s Eternal Love.
June Davis Handte
Excerpted from the March/April 2015 issue of Christian Woman Magazine.
Warning cones surrounded the huge red fire truck, stopped on the freeway overpass. Three firemen stood saluting atop their rig. An enormous American flag hung gently below the overpass. All motorists traveling that freeway viewed that scene as they passed under.
This impressive scene was repeated for miles and miles on freeways in our area on two separate days that sad week. The respectful reverence honored two officers fallen in the line of duty. Tears welled up in the eyes of those passing this awesome sight.
The “A Matter of Taste” column in the March/April issue of Christian Woman features recipes that help you make the most of a busy day by cooking ahead and freezing foods for another day. The article features foods like Parmesan Garlic Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Enchiladas and others, as well as some great information on how to freeze foods to keep them both easy and tasty after freezing. Try this easy Banana Oat Muffin recipe and let us know what you think.
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Looking for a fun and easy Easter dessert?
Look no further than this adorable Easter-themed cake. Featured in the “CW Interest” column in the March/April 2015 issue of Christian Woman, it makes for a cute centerpiece and a delicious show-stopping dessert. The banner is available for download here.