Downline Summit for Women

Downline Summit for Women
February 19-20, 2010

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.