with Carolyn Goff
Another week has flown by, and the next one will fly by just as fast. It is hard to realize how fast our lives are going by. I guess I am feeling a little nostalgic with my birthday tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 9). I can not believe I am this old.
Please pray for these folks this week: Kristen Carlton Jones, Tim Landers, Brianna Landers, Gary Hyatt, Jim Ruth, Woodie Deming, Carolyn Goff, Samantha Mosier, and Shirley and Tony Cupples. I know we all know people that need our prayers.
Our birthdays this week are Brady Well and Leah Lemons on Feb. 12; Garret Romero on Feb. 14; and Terry Hopper on Feb. 15! This great day comes but once a year, so be sure to celebrate to the fullest and create incredible memories.
Happy Valentine’s Day! How about making classic French toast for your family for Valentine’s Day. You will need four large eggs, eight thick slices of bread, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, one tsp cinnamon ground, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, one tsp vanilla extract and 2/3 cup milk. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees F or heat a skillet over medium high heat. Grease well with butter. Add all ingredients, except the bread, to a blender or to a shallow dish and whisk well to combine. If whisking by hand, it is ok if the flour does not mix in completely smooth. Dip slices of bread into egg mixture, dredging them well on both sides and place on hot, greased griddle or skillet. Cook for a few minutes until the bottom of the breads start to get golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side. Remove to a plate. Serve warm with syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Devotion for this week comes from https://www.intouchaustralia.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions/the-battle-of-the-mind – “Corinthians 10:3-5. Do you understand how Satan works to bring down believers? Although we may think of his attacks as external, the real battleground is in the realm of ideas. If he can get a church to believe erroneous doctrines, unbiblical philosophies, and false assumptions about God, he can lead it away from the truth and into error.
“And the Enemy uses this same tactic on individual Christians as well. The battlefield is our mind, not our circumstances. As the Father of Lies, he knows that deception is an effective tactic. His goal is to influence our thoughts because how we think determines our attitudes, emotions, desires, and actions. Therefore, he seeks to twist our thoughts in order to gain a foothold and wreak havoc in all areas.
“Any thought that is contrary to God’s Word needs to be taken ‘captive to the obedience of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). And Jesus showed us how: Every time Satan threw a temptation at Him, He answered it with an appropriate Scripture (Matt. 4:1-11). However, we can’t simply wave our Bible in the air, hoping to scare the devil away. To effectively defeat his lies, we need a good working knowledge of God’s Word so that we can fight deception with truth, whatever the situation might be.
“For instance, if you struggle with fear and anxiety, cling to verses that affirm God’s trustworthiness and care. If envy is the problem, the answer is Christ’s sufficiency for your life. As you fill your mind with God’s Word, Satan’s lies will become easier to identify, and your attitudes, emotions, desires, and behaviors will align with truth.”
Have a blessed week! Stay safe, well and happy!