When Christians Start to Stink
For those of you who were not at the Truth in a Skirt event, I thought I would share with you what I shared with the women that evening….and this time I’ve got a photo illustration!
A few days after Christmas I discovered a bowl of leftover corn that had made it’s way into the remote region of our refrigerator….you know, that little spot in the back of the fridge where science experiments grow. When I took the plastic wrap off the bowl, I was surprised to find that the corn had sprouted and was the beginning of a little cornfield. Since I am easily fascinated by gross things, I called my kids to come see what I had found. They were equally impressed with the discovery, and so I decided to leave it on the counter and see what it would do. It grew about an inch a day and before long the corn was stretching several inches above the rim of the bowl.
One morning I went into the kitchen to find that my cornfield was gone. When I asked my husband (who obviously is not as fascinated by gross things as I am) what happened to my bowl of corn, he said that he had to throw it out because it had started to stink. I thought about how that bowl of corn was such a good picture of what happens to us as believers when we don’t move beyond ourselves. That corn was growing nice and tall, but since it was confined to the walls of that bowl, it eventually began to rot and stink. We are blessed to be a part of a church that provides great teaching, training, and equipping, but God never intended for us to keep all that for ourselves. When we grow, and grow, and receive training, and receive more training, and get more equipped, and on and on, but never do anything with it, and never go beyond the walls of our building, then we begin to stink. We become puffed up and full of pride.
God expects us to do something with what He has given us. To do anything less is to be a poor steward of what God has entrusted to us. The purpose of equipping is so that we can minister to others and so that we can move beyond our walls to a lost and dying world that needs to know about our Savior. I may not know everything there is to know, but I do know this…..I don’t want to be a Christian that stinks!
A note from DBC Cares….
Many folks from DBC have been seriously ill or are recovering from a surgery that limits their mobility. Currently DBC Cares has 7 folks needing meals 2-3 times weekly during their recovery time. If you would be available and like to minister to our church body in this way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Vonnie at (940) 391-4200.
Women’s 2017 Conference
March 31 – April 1, DBC Student Ministry Center
“A Beautiful Conference” with speaker Angela Thomas
Register here, Registration help desk: 940.297.6706
Early bird rate through March 17: $39. Regular rate, March 19 -31: $55
IMPACT Women’s Mentoring
There’s not a single treasure in our world—no mountain, lake or tree, star or planet or field of flowers, even our friendships—that wasn’t planned, designed, and given to us by God. He gave us these things for one purpose and that is to make our hearts sing with joy!
We recently did just that at our IMPACT Women’s Mentoring Fellowship where we celebrated the friendships between women…younger and older…Mentor and Mentee!
We shared a delightful brunch and heard beautiful songs and many stories about lasting friendships that grew from of their time together. Elizabeth Vinson shared her own story and the joy we find when we “Prepare for IMPACT”.
I have met, loved and prayed for all of you lovely ladies for many years asking God to grow you in godliness and wisdom that you might be a blessing to others. If you were unable to attend our IMPACT Fellowship, I would like to introduce you one more time to Cathie Hanna, to whom I pass my baton…
She is a woman after God’s own heart and has a teachable and gentle spirit. You’ll find her quick to listen whenever you have the chance to visit with her. Cathie has been a part of the IMPACT ministry for nine years, serving as a Mentor and with the leadership team.
Cathie is married to Ed Hanna and they have four children: Kristin, who is currently in her third year of law school at George Mason in Washington, D.C.; son Matt is a senior at UNT; Melissa a 10th grade “Strutter” at Ryan High; and Tyler, who is in 8th grade at the Corinth Classical Academy.
May God be glorified in the opportunities He gives to us each day and may He bless you richly!
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalms 90:14
P.S. Here is my kale salad recipe. It was a hit at our fellowship among all you healthy eaters.
8-12 ounces kale, the curly kind (about 2 heads)
- 2/3 cup dried fruit of your choice—cranberries, cherries, apricots, or golden raisins
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or cashews, toasted
- 1⁄2 small red onion, diced
- 1 celery rib, sliced on a diagonal
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1⁄2 to 1 lemon, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup of Red Quinoa cooked, cooled and fluffed
Rinse kale in a sink of cold water and swish around. Lift out into a wire basket and spin in a lettuce-spinner. Cut off most of the rib. Roughly chop kale and place into your salad bowl. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
Massage the Kale: Pour a small amount of EVOO into the palm of your hand and spill some into your other hand. Now just dig in and massage your kale for about 30-60 seconds until the leaves turn bright green and begin to soften. You can hold it overnight at this point.
The next day add your onions, celery, toasted nuts and dried fruit and toss with dressing.
Dressing: Mix the EVOO, lemon juice, agave nectar and salt and pepper for dressing or use a bottled fruity, slightly sweet dressing (I used Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette for our IMPACT Fellowship). I did squeeze a little lemon over the top to brighten the sweetness.