Sep 27

Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

2012 at 11:03 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Church Life | Fun & Encouragement | Girltalkers

We are very excited here at girltalk because this Sunday, September 30, is our first public meeting as Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. God has blessed us with an amazing group of people for this church plant—many of whom are life-long friends. We can’t wait for Sunday morning when we will gather together to worship the Savior and hear Dad preach God’s Word. You can check out our lovely new church website and read an interview with Dad about the church plant. We’d love your prayers that Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville would faithfully proclaim the gospel in our community.

Sep 26

Fall is Here

2012 at 2:46 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Homemaking | Recipes

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Here is a yummy pumpkin recipe for fall, and a poem to go with it:

Colonial Pumpkin Bars

3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup pecans, chopped

Cream butter and sugar together. Blend in pumpkin and eggs. Mix remaining ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Spread in a greased 10"x15” pan, or (for a cake) in a 9"x13” pan. Bake at 350* for 25-35 minutes, depending on the size of the pan. When cooled spread with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend cream cheese and butter well. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and blend well.

Roxie Kelley and Friends, Just a Matter of Thyme, (Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel Pub., 1998), 115

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Come ye thankful people come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied:
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field
Fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of the harvest! grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

God shall come,
And shall take his harvest home;
From his field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Give his angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In his garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come,
Bring thy final harvest home;
Gather thou thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
in thy presence to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.

Words: Henry Alford, Music: George J. Elvey

Sep 25

The Best Subject of All Our [Online] Conversation

2012 at 6:00 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

f you are in company, let your time be spent in that conversation that profiteth: let it not be about your dressing, your plays, your profits, or your worldly concerns, but let it be the wonders of redeeming love. O tell, tell to each other what great things the Lord has done for your souls; declare unto one another how you were delivered from the hands of your common enemy, Satan, and how the Lord has brought your feet from the clay and has set them upon the rock of ages, the Lord Jesus Christ; there, my brethren, is no slipping. Other conversation, by often repeating, you become fully acquainted with, but of Christ there is always something new to raise your thoughts; you can never want when the love of the Lord Jesus Christ is the subject. So let Jesus be the subject, my brethren, of all your conversation.” George Whitfield in O Come Thou Long Expected Jesus p 13

Sep 24

Walk to Rest

2012 at 5:39 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

How do we find rest for our restless souls? True rest is not found in an afternoon at the spa, or by curling up in front of the TV, or from an hour of browsing Pinterest or Twitter.

Our Lord shows us the way to rest in Jeremiah 6:16:

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (emphasis mine)

Derek Kidner comments:

As for the compassionate offer of rest for your souls, it is brushed aside—for as sinners we do not take kindly either to God’s diagnosis of our restless state or to his remedy for it. That remedy…, both here and in our Lord’s quotation of the last line (Mt. 11:29), is no rest-cure but a redirection: the blessed relief of stepping out along the right way. Jesus interprets this in personal terms of walking with him as his working partners (‘my yoke upon you’) and his pupils (‘learn from me’). ~The Message of Jeremiah, p. 46, emphasis mine

Relief comes when we take a step of repentance for our laziness or craving of other’s approval that leads us to seek satisfaction for our souls online. It comes when we trust in the forgiveness that comes only through the atoning death of Jesus Christ.

We find true rest when we fulfill our God-assigned good works, by the grace of God, in a God-honoring manner: bending to the privilege of becoming God’s working partner, His student.

So what good and ancient road of obedience do you need to take a step down today?

Walk and experience blessed relief.