Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole and The Irresistible Table

Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole Irresistible Table by Mary DeMuth @MelissaKNorris

I love making my family's meal time special with home-cooked nutritional food. I believe spending time together around the table promotes a bonded family and makes each person feel important and valued. When author Mary DeMuth announced her cookbook, The Irresistible Table, was releasing, I eagerly awaited my early copy of the book. Mary's a Christian author who shares the same belief as I do and talks about it in her new book. I'm excited to share with you one of her recipes. I know it was the first recipe I tried, but not the last. Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole 4 whole chicken breasts 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained (I used marinated-Melissa) 1/3 cup butter (I will use less-Mary) 1/3 cup flour (I will use less, more like 1/4 cup-Mary) … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like God is Far Away? Plus buy one get one free of Pioneering Today

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Sometimes I feel like God is far away and if I just dig deeper into my prayer life and Bible reading, I'll find Him. Do you ever feel like that? I've had times in my life where I felt the real voice of God speak to me. Without any doubt I knew He was directing me down the path He had planned for me. I could feel His presence, a holiness that raised goosebumps on my skin and burned my eyes with tears from His mercy and grace. I long for those times. I want to be immersed in Him. I keep reading the word, hoping to find Him. I pray, "Where are you?" And I catch small snippets, but not the bigness I'm seeking. For some reason, I feel like I should be able to find God with just my prayers and my Bible. Even though I find true growth while reading non-fiction books like Mary DeMuth's Everything and Francis Chan's The Forgotten God. I feel like these are crutches and if I was a "real" Christian, I would be able to see the truths they share on my own. This is plain ridiculous. … [Read more...]

I Am-How Two Words Bring Forgiveness

Have you ever tried to forgive someone? I've often struggled with true forgiveness. I'll think I've forgiven. l pray about it, but the next time I'm hurt, I remember everything ever done as if it were today.   Recently I read Mary DeMuth's new book, Everything-What you give and what you gain to become like Jesus. God used her words to hand me the key to forgiveness. Two weeks ago, I spoke at a women's retreat. I'd planned on reading part of Mary's book from chapter 7. What I didn't expect was to share my own Am statement. While speaking, I felt God nudging me to do so. Three years ago my marriage was in a shaky spot. God has worked wonders in me, my husband, and my marriage. But I'm still a work in progress. In an argument one night (even though our marriage is healed we still argue sometimes) my husband said, "You haven't really forgiven me. You keep bringing up the past into our present." I wanted to deny this. … [Read more...]