Downline Summit for Women

Downline Summit for Women
February 19-20, 2010

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Grace for the moment

Hello Ladies,
This morning I began reading the prayers of the prophets. I began reading in Ezra this morning, and I came across the best verse ever. "But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage." Ezra 9:8 I was just amazed at how Ezra noticed that grace had been shown to the people. I personally always think of grace in conjuction with Jesus, but this passage and period of time occured before Jesus came to earth. It's amazing to know that God can give us grace for a moment, it makes me think about how I extend grace. Who needs grace for a moment in your life? Remember God does give you grace for every moment of your life. I was also blown away by verse 13 of chapter 9, which state "since You our God have requited us less than our iniquities deserve..." Let that sink into your heart for a minute, the NIV version uses the word punishes instead of requited. God punishes or requites us less than our sin deserves. Knowing that makes me praise God and calls me to be humble in how I treat others. May God constantly give you grace for the moment.
By: Ariyana Rimson
December 15, 2010

Monday, November 9, 2009

The DL Women coffee/dessert event was a wonderful success last week! Ariyana "brought the Word" on prayer---check out her notes below! Thanks Ariyana!!!

James 5:13 - 16, part b "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. KJV

3 questions: What kind of spirit are you praying with? Gal. 5 speaks of the sinful nature and one of the attributes is idolatry. Psalms 51:15 - 17, Romans 8:26-28.
Who are you praying to? A genie or the God who has created all things to bring Him glory. Referenced Hezekiah in 2 Kings 19.
When are you praying? Is it only when you are in despair or have you spent time in prayer praising Him for who He is and the lives that He has touched. referenced John 17 (Jesus praying)

Proverbs 15:29 - Lord will hear the prayers of the righteous.

References for "remembering others in our prayers"
Colossians, Philippians, Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Philemon.
Look at what Paul prayed that they would grow in and why he remembered them. It is awesome.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wonderful Pumpkin Gooey Cake

Some of the AWESOME Emerging Leader women came over this past Tuesday night and this recipe was a big hit! Take time to bake this weekend and invite a few friends or neighbors easy dessert and a huge opportunity to minister! Have a great fall day!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

6 to 8 servings

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Great Quote!

"Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can."

--John Wesley

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hello Ladies!
This link is a MUST WATCH! My dear husband sent this link to
me last night and, WOW---SO convicting!!!! Pass it on.....NO

Let me add this:
Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14

May we rejoice each day in our PRECIOUS make-up and, give GLORY to God in
our speech about our looks/weight, etc.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Meditate on His Word

I constantly find myself singing christian songs or reciting verses throughout the day. It was amazing to know that I was meditating on the word of God. Beth Moore's book Believing God has a chapter on "Believing God to put His words on your tongue". She discusses what meditation is, she states, "In the Old Testament the practice of meditation did not involve the thought life alone. It involved the mouth. In fact, some of the English meanings of the Hebrew word for meditation are to murmor, mutter, speak, whisper." I am always cautious of my mouth, as you know our tongue can always get us into trouble. I have to remember Psalm 19:14 that states, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." I pray that for you and for myself, that my murmoring and whispering will be acceptable to the Lord today. As you go throughout your day speak the words of God whether it is reciting verses or encouraging yourself with the word. Joshua 1:8 says, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it." Meditate Today

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


September 16, 2009

Peace . . . in Spite of Panic
by Charles R. Swindoll

Isaiah 26:3-4

I invite you to focus your full attention on one of the rarest of all virtues. It is a virtue that everybody pursues, but very few possess on a regular basis. I'm referring to the often-longed-for but seldom-found virtue of peace.

Peace---something that is needed between nations just as badly as it is needed between neighbors. We are a warring people. Deep down underneath our placid plastic cover we are fighters. Most people don't live at peace with themselves, so it stands to reason we don't live peacefully with others. We are basically critical and intolerant. We are in an endless wrestling match with insecurity, a lack of confidence, a struggle with a purpose and place in life, and the pursuit of freedom from worry and anxiety. That's true among Christians as well as non-Christians. How very few live a life that is calm, deliberate, free from anxiety.

Tucked away in the twenty-sixth chapter of Isaiah are two verses we need to dust off every once in a while---verses 3 and 4.

I'd like you to take note not only of what these verses are saying, but also of what they mean to you personally. I want to draw my remarks from the colorful Hebrew language, which is the original text of Isaiah 26:3-4. Remember, the prophet is not writing about international peace. He's talking about an individual at peace with himself, with God, and with others. Let's take a closer look at those two verses.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD , we have an everlasting Rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Steadfast is from a term that means "to lean, to rest, to support." It's the idea of being sustained as a result of leaning on something supporting you. The words "of mind" come from one verb that means "to frame" or "to fashion, to form." In the original Hebrew language, this particular construction has the idea of "a frame of mind."

If you put the two thoughts together, they convey this: "A frame of mind that is receiving support from leaning and therefore is being sustained." That brings us to the main verb, will keep. The term means "to guard from danger, to watch over." It is so rendered in Isaiah 42:6.

The frame of mind that is being supported as a result of leaning: You, Lord, will watch over with "shalom, shalom." Not literally "perfect peace," but "peace, peace." In the Hebrew, a term was repeated for emphasis. So here the idea is of an unending security, a sense of uninterrupted, perpetual rest and calmness. It doesn't come from some human being. According to the prophet's words, it comes from the God upon whom the person leans.

How does God know when to give us that rest? Well, it says in verse 3, because we trust in Him. In the Arabic (occasionally closely related to the Hebrew), the term for trust has a very picturesque meaning: "to throw one's self down upon one's face."

I think of a trampoline when I think of that imagery. I think of jumping up and down and letting all of my weight fall in an almost relaxed manner on a trampoline. You can just feel yourself bouncing off that stretched-out piece of thick vinyl.

The thought here is that you abandon all other crutches you could lean on, and place all of your anxiety, all of your being, and all of your circumstances on the only One who can support you.

Can He support? Good question. Read on . . . it says that He is an everlasting Rock. Now it would hurt us to fall on a large, solid rock. But it's not the idea of falling you must remember. It's the idea of leaning. It's the thought of leaning on something that will be perpetually supportive, solid enough to sustain your weight.

Putting all the above together, the paraphrase would read like this: "A frame of mind that is receiving support from leaning and, therefore, is being sustained, You, Lord, will watch over with infinite calm. Because he leans fully and relies upon You and none other, You, Lord God, are the everlasting support."

This is the scene of a tranquil, restful mind in spite of circumstances. What a marvelous, limitless promise!

I recently came across Isaiah 26:3-4 and am I glad I did! It's been a sustaining force and source of strength in my own life, particularly during a recent week I endured. What a week! I hardly know how to describe it. There won't be another like it. (Hear that, Lord?) Maybe I should pray, Let there be no other! There were disappointments. There were jolts. There were surprises. There were family illnesses. There were constant demands.

But behind the scenes . . . there was a great measure of peace in my heart. Yes, there were times when I became anxious. Three or four times I was really anxious, but for the most part, when I claimed the truth and entered into a personal experience of verses 3 and 4, there was a distinct difference. When I said, "Lord, I consciously now lean on You and abandon all of my strength for this situation," He held me up.

This is not merely print from a page in the Bible. This is a biblical principle that works in the trenches of life. It begs to be applied. It reaches out from the page with long arms and stretching hands, saying, "Take me. I'm yours, Christian, please take hold of me. You have to claim me." That's what I want you to do as a result of reading this Scripture passage and today's devotional.

This devotional is part one in a four-part series.

Excerpted from Stress Fractures, copyright © 1990 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

PLEASE, PLEASE, MUST take time out and listen to this AMAZING sermon! This is Tom Nelson's first sermon since his heart attack and, YOU WILL BE SO TOUCHED and BLESSED by this!!!! Please listen!

Hugs to All!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


We had a BLAST at the Downline Retreat on August 28th out at For the Kingdom Camp. We ate a wonderful chicken dinner (I LOVE chicken!), had great desserts (thanks Heather and Sarah for bringing great sweets!) and, played games (Ariyana was "GAME COACH"- FUN!). You all are a SPECIAL and VIBRANT group of women! This year has gotten off to a FABULOUS start! I hope and pray that the early mornings are getting easier and, I pray that you are LOVING the "fire hydrant" of Biblical Input!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This recipe looks YUMMY! Thank you Christy Edwards for taking the time to send it....I am hoping to make it for my family this week! Isn't it SO FUN to keep house and cook for our family, roommates or dear friends?? LOVE to ALL!!

Chicken Cobbler Casserole
"cross btwn French Onion Soup and Chicken Pot Pie" Southern Living

6 T melted butter, divided
4 c cubed sourdough rolls
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
2 T chopped fresh parsley
2 med size sweet onions, sliced
1 (8oz) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 c white wine or buttermilk
1 can cream mushroom soup
1/2 c drained and chopped jar of roasted red bell peppers
2 1/2 c shredded cooked chicken

Toss 4 T butter with next 3 ingredients, set aside
Saute onions in remaining butter in a large skillet over med-high heat 15 min or until golden brown. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes.
Stir in wine and next 3 ingredients, cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until bubbly. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish or 11x7 in baking dish. Top evening with bread mixture.
Bake at 400 for 15 min or until golden brown.

Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Oh! How I love the F~A~L~L!!!!!

Next to Christmas...this time of year is my absolute favorite! Fall, oh, how I adore the fall! Here are a few reasons why:
-Pumpkins Everywhere!
-Mums in bright colors
-Pumpkin bread
-College football and the NFL (my favorite team: Dallas Cowboys!)
-Inviting Friends over for a cup of hot cider
-Yummy Casseroles
-More pumpkins everywhere!
-Autumn and apple scented candles
-Sweaters and boots
-Leaves changing
-Running on a fall afternoon with leaves crunching under me
-Sitting outside with John and the children
-Fall scents of hand soap and lotions next to the kitchen sink
-My children trick-or-treating

Oh....the fall! I cannot get enough!

Here is a great hot appetizer to get it all kicked off. Would be great for tailgating or, for a dinner with new friends:

Hot Chicken and Artichoke Dip

2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped up (boil or b
1 8 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayonaise
1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. Louisiana Hot Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

(This recipe is easily doubled)
Place in 8 x 8 glass dish sprayed with PAM and bake at 350 for 20-25 mins. or until bubbly. Serve with crackers. (Use glass 9 x 13 dish if doubling recipe)

Happy Fall!
Blessings to You,

A Great Piece of Advice for Wives

My friend, Jennifer Bell, wrote this wonderful email re: being a pastor's wife. Her husband Brad Bell planted The Well Community Church in Fresno, CA over 5 years ago. Jennifer was a college girl when I met her and, I have watched her "bloom" into such an amazing and wise woman of God. These words not only apply to being a pastor's wife, but, to any of us who are blessed to be married and, to those of you who long to be married one day. Jennifer truly speaks truth here and, I hope you can glean from it, as I have.

1. FLEXIBILITY. I decided to get pregnant the week prior to planting the well, so when the baby came, my man took , oh, hmm, I believe ... 2 days off? let's just say I wasn't real happy.. I mean, I was definitely up for eternal perspective and the "greater good".. but it sure didn't show in my attitude! so to expect to be a single mom for a season and do it with a joyful heart is certainly helpful..

2. PERSPECTIVE. read good books (including your Bible!). I have really benefited from books.. some of the best being "Created to be His helpmeet" (Pearl) and "High Call, High Privilege" (Macdonald). and "Calm my anxious heart" (dillow). We need to be constantly reminded of the big picture. DO NOT attach yourself to negative people.. especially if YOU tend to see things half full.. remember the verse about the corner of the roof? I have seen men forced out of ministry due to a bitter wife's faucet dripping acid onto his ministry. If you can find a fellow ministry wife who is positive about the experience, buy her lots of gifts and don't let her out of your sight!

3. SELFLESSNESS. If you truly desire to be a support to him, you can't get obsessed with the question "what have YOU done for ME lately?". .. Brad told me to expect a tremendously busy first year.. MAYBE two.. well, here we are seven years later.. probably much busier than we were then.. so settle in, and learn to enjoy the ride. Find ways to connect with him in the midst all that he's juggling and be a place of refuge for him. (you'll know when you're doing a good job if he speaks sweetly about you in his sermons and he doesn't have to ask permission to use your latest blowup as an illustration : ) FOCUS on the benefits of your lot in life.. NOT the negatives.. don't compare yourself with your girlfriends who may have more money than you do or live in a bigger yourself with the poor widow in Africa who has to walk five miles each morning to draw dirty water for her children to drink before she has to leave them to fend for themselves while she walks another 3 miles to the marketplace to sell trinkets totaling $1 for the week..

4. INTIMACY. Try to remember that your hubby is stretched in a hundred directions trying to wear way too many hats, all the while attempting to look competent in all of them.. He has to juggle so many things.. so take care of him physically. There are so many books out right now about a man's need for physical intimacy.. read them. He is already feeling the weight of the world.. knowing everyone is sizing him up. If you communicate deeper than words that YOU think he is desirable, he will have much more strength and confidence to forge ahead. This also helps him get in touch with his ability to meet you in your own need of love and affection..

Thank you Jenn for sharing...

Saturday, August 22, 2009


• 30 Days to Understanding the Bible- Max Anders
• Big Picture - Tom Nelson
• The Lost Art of Disciple-Making - Leroy Eims
• The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
• The New Eve:Choosing God's Best for Your Life - Robert Lewis
• The Pursuit of Holiness – Jerry Bridges
• The Practice of Godliness- Jerry Bridges
• Radical Womanhood – Carolyn McCulley
• Becoming a Woman of Influence – Carol Kent
• Fearlessly Feminine – Jani Ortlund
• A Jewel in His Crown – Priscilla Evans Shirer
• Lord, Give Me a Heart For You – Kay Arthur
• Loving God with All Your Mind – Elisabeth George
• A Woman After God’s Own Heart – Elisabeth George
• Calm My Anxious Heart – Linda Dillow
• A Resilient Life – Gordon MacDonald
• Keep A Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot
• Fragrance of Beauty – Joyce Landorf Heatherly
• Disciples of a Godly Woman – Barbara Hughes
• Becoming a Woman of Excellence – Cynthia Heald
• Feminine Appeal – Carolyn Mahaney and Nancy Leigh DeMoss
• Lies Woman Believe – Nancy Leigh DeMoss
• Disciplines of The Beautiful Woman – Anne Ortlund *This is an AMAZING book written over 20 years ago and has wonderful wisdom in it for becoming a Godly woman.
• Disciplines of the Heart- Anne Ortlund
• Disciplines of the Home- Anne Ortlund
• 31 Days of Praise- Kay Myers
• Streams in the Desert- Mrs. CJ Cowman
• My Upmost for His Highest- Oswald Chambers
• Thrive, don’t simply Survive: Passionately Live the Life You Didn’t Plan- Karol Ladd
• Love and Respect- Emerson Eggerichs
• Creative Counterpart- Linda Dillow
• Fit to Be Tied- Bill Hybels
• Grace Based Parenting- Tim Kimmel
• The Grace Awakening- Charles Swindoll
• Laugh Again- Charles Swindoll
• Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life- Charles Swindoll
• Titus 2 Bible Study- Denton Bible Church Media Ministry.
• ANY THING by Beth Moore!!!
• The Reason For God- Timothy Keller
• Humility: True Greatness- C.J. Mahaney
• Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World- Joanna Weaver
• Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook- Martha Stewart
• Home Warming- Emilie Barnes
• Ordering Your Private World- Gordon MacDonald
• Your Girl: Raising a Godly Daughter in An UnGodly World- Vicki Courtney
• Making Room for Life- Randy Frazee
• Smart Women Keep it Simple- Annie Chapman
• Fresh-Brewed Life- Nicole Johnson
• Grown-Up Girlfriends- Erin Smalley and Carrie Oliver
• The Friendships of Women- Dee Brestin
• Chris Madden’s Guide to Personalizing Your Home- Chris Madden
• Love in Every Room- Karla Dornacher
• More Hours in My Day- Emilie Barnes
• The Financially Confident Woman- Mary Hunt
• The Spirit of Loveliness- Emilie Barnes
• Sheperding a Child’s Heart- Tedd Tripp

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Downline Women! Get Ready! Less than One Week!

Hello Downline Women!

Less than one week away! Downline is beginning and, it is going to be a FANTASTIC year! I am excited about the bar-b-q kick-off night this coming Saturday, the 22nd. Be there at 5:30 p.m. and, we are going to have food, fun and, fellowship! I cannot WAIT to get to know each of you better!

How is your reading coming along? Please send me comments (right on this blog!) as to your favorite ‘read’ so far and, what you are learning! We would all love to see what you are gleaning from these books!

The Lord has been teaching me SO much this summer! I have been thinking and praying for each one of you. Praying that the Lord would totally WAKE YOU UP to the need and urgency of discipling women! Praying for each of you to have energy and a continued passion to be in your seats and ready to learn/absorb/study the WORD. The AWESOME and MIGHTY WORD ~ the Bible is our LIGHT and our GUIDE. The Lord is our RESCUER and our HOPE and our REFUGE! He is our end all and our be all…….He is closer than our breath every minute of every day!

I am excited! I am typing faster and faster this minute because I am wanting it to be August 24th right NOW!

I will close with a quote from Ruth Myers:

“How astonishing that this majestic, sovereign God yearns to be involved with us and longs to meet our needs! Repeatedly He reveals Himself to be our Father and Friend, our Redeemer and Rescuer, our Provider and Guide and Protector. He is bread to satisfy our hunger, water to quench our thirst. He offers to meet not only our physical and social needs, but also the deepest needs of our total natures. Now and forever. He wants to make us feel secure, valued and significant.”

Have you all heard the song by the Dave Crowder band, “Oh, How He loves us”?….amazing lyrics! Go to iTunes NOW and get it! Amazing song!

Have a blessed day!