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LIVING HOPE- The Heartbeat of Hope: 09/19/17

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By , September 20, 2017 10:43 am

We began our new season of Divine Design Discipleship and topic of LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing “I Have a Hope” by Tommy Walker and “The Solid Rock” by Austin Stone Live.  

Kathy introduced the study on Living Hope with an exploration into what hope is and where hope is found.

THINK AGAIN-Cultivating the Mind of Christ; More Fundamentals: 09/20/16

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By , September 20, 2016 3:53 pm

In praise and worship we sang Standing on the Promises by Selah, Head to Heart by United Pursuit and No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music.

Kathy continued her teaching on the fundamentals of cultivating the Mind of Christ by looking at how Jesus operated from a core knowledge of His Identity, Reality and Destiny.

How Relationships Work: Life-Giving Friendships – 04/14/15

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By , April 15, 2015 11:32 am

We began our last day of this series with praise and worship singing: Christ Be All Around Me by Michael W Smith and What A Friend by Kathryn Scott.

Kathy finished up this series on relationships describing the characteristics of a best friend – which we have in Jesus, the purpose of friendship, and what fruit is produced in godly  friendships.

A Taste of God’s Love

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By , July 18, 2014 11:59 am

He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble.


2 Corinthians 1:4

In the last few days I’ve had disturbing news about two people I love. First I received a text message asking for prayer for my friend Robin. She was being wheeled into surgery to have an emergency appendectomy. Next, I heard that Debby, a dear friend, had just lost her mother. My heart ached as I thought about how hard those things must be.
Both times I dropped everything to pray, but as soon as I said “amen” my next impulse was to start cooking. At a time when words seemed empty, I couldn’t think of a better way to express my concern than to bring an offering of comfort food. Heaping quantities of good food served in disposable containers speaks a love language most people understand.
Almost every time you see Jesus encounter hurting people in the Bible, He does something tangible: He reaches out, He visits, He feeds. Those are the things that I can do too to bring some small measure of comfort, strength, and healing to people around me. It is wonderful to know that God can actually use my portable little feasts to tell His children “I love you.”


Robin’s Chicken Pot Pie is my new name for an old favorite. It, like most comfort food, is nourishing, simple, and familiar. This one-dish meal evokes pleasant childhood memories of times when I was home sick from school. I couldn’t wait to dig into this steaming treat (or to pinch off a bite of crust when no one was looking).
1 package Pillsbury All Ready Pie Crust
2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
6 carrots, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
1 ¼ cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 small jar pimentos, drained
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup all purpose flour
1 onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 cup half and half
1 ½ cup chicken broth
6 tablespoons sherry or dry white wine
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
2 teaspoons salt (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
Cook the chicken breasts in seasoned water until falling off the bone, approximately 30 minutes. Cover the pot and let sit until cool. Drain off broth and save for future use. Discard skin and bones; chop coarsely. Reserve the broth
Preheat the oven the 350 degrees. Blanch carrots in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and cool.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly without letting the flour get brown. Add the broth and cook over low heat until thickened. Add the half and half and the sherry, cook over low heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tarragon. Add the chicken and vegetables, stirring gently. Taste and adjust seasonings (most people will prefer more salt).
Mix the egg and water in a small bowl. Pour the filling into a greased 9×13-inch casserole. Place the pastry over the filling, then trim, leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the edge of the dish with egg wash and press the overhanging dough onto the dish. Crimp the pastry decoratively and brush the top with egg wash. Use excess dough to make cutouts for the top if desired. Cut a steam vent in the center. Bake in the middle of the oven until dough is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
This is my adaptation of a recipe from “Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook” by Sheila Lukins, Julee Rosso, Sarah Leah Chase


Debby’s mom made her banana pudding with Eagle Brand milk. This sugary, syrupy milk must taste like liquid love to Debby because she insists that it is essential to the recipe. I have also included my personal favorite banana pudding recipe—it’s very close to the version on the back of the Nabisco vanilla wafer box. You’ll have to try both and see which your taste buds prefer!
2 ½ T. all purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 ½ c. half-and-half
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
2 egg yolks
1 t. vanilla extract
3 c. sliced ripe bananas
1 box vanilla wafers
6 egg whites (at room temperature)
6 tablespoons sugar
Make custard: Mix flour and salt. Add half-and-half and canned milk and cook in double boiler until mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Add tempered egg yolks. Stir until thickened (This took over 30 minutes – finally put directly on the heat to speed up the process. Be sure to stir constantly if you do this.) Add vanilla. Cool slightly.
Make meringue: Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add 6 tablespoons sugar.
Make pudding: In a medium ovenproof dish, layer vanilla wafers and banana. Pour custard over the layers. Spread meringue over pudding and bake at 425 degrees until golden, approximately 4-5 minutes. Burns easily. (For a crowd, use a deeper dish–double the custard recipe and quantity of bananas. I did this and still did not use the whole box of wafers.)
1 cup sugar, divided
2-½ tablespoon flour
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs, separated
2 c. half & half (or substitute whole milk, but it won’t be as wonderful!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 c. sliced ripe bananas
1 box vanilla wafers
2 egg whites (optional: makes a prettier and more generous meringue)
Make custard: Mix flour and ½ cup sugar. Add milk and cook in double boiler until mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Add tempered egg yolks. Stir until thickened, approximately 10-15 minutes. Add vanilla. Cool slightly.
Make meringue: Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add ¼ cup sugar (or 6 tablespoons if you are making the larger meringue).
Make pudding: In a medium ovenproof dish, layer vanilla wafers and banana. Pour custard over the layers. Spread meringue over pudding and bake at 425 degrees until golden, approximately 5 minutes. Burns easily.

A New Song

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By , July 7, 2013 10:10 pm

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.

 Psalm 40:3 NLT


I first discovered the power of praise as a desperate, fruitless Christian in the early 90’s. My life was practically devoid of love, joy, and peace. I was willing to try just about anything to find the abundant life that I knew Jesus had promised. So when the opportunity came along to go away for a weekend of prayer and praise, I decided to give it a try.
My only acquaintance with singing to God had been on Sunday mornings with the Baptist Hymnal or joining choruses of “Pass It On” around a campfire. But on that fateful weekend, I spent a big portion of those days singing praises to the Lord. It is no exaggeration to say that I was changed forever and so was the way I relate to the Lord.
That time of praise was so potent that I came home and immediately invested in the tools to make praise a lifestyle. I was a stay-at-home mom whose husband had an unpredictable income, yet I raided my stash of savings to start a music collection and get a 6-disc CD player installed in my car. (They weren’t standard in those days.) My kids and I ran errands to the sounds of Don Moen, Darlene Zschech and Judy Jacobs, singing along as we went.
I found that my praises silenced the chorus of condemnation that had been playing in my head for years. Only later did I find the Scripture that says just that: “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2 NIV)  Whenever we sing of God’s mercy, the barrage of accusation is drowned out by the truth of God’s grace.
Rehearsing the truth in song became a source of joy in my life. When I found a song lyric that ministered to me, I’d search for verses to support it. If there was a principle that I sought to integrate into my life, I would create a playlist of spiritual songs on that topic. Somehow singing the concepts helped them burrow deeper into my soul—I literally sang them into my life.
Today I have collected over 4000 praise and worship songs. So many of those songs represent significant moments in my journey with the Lord. “Rejoice Africa” will forever take me back to the sweet presence of God’s Spirit impacting a boys’ soccer tournament. In the days when my father lay dying in ICU, “Made Me Glad” was my lifeline. “You Have Been So Good To Me” represents a turning point in my understanding of God’s character, the day I became fully convinced that His perfect love surrounds me and everything that concerns me.
It is my hope that you, too, will discover the powerful blessing of praising the Lord. To that end, I have compiled a list of songs and albums that have been meaningful to me and to the members of Divine Design’s Servant Team. I pray that you will soon be able to say that God has put a new song in your heart!
Favorite Artists:

Tommy Walker
Travis Cottrell
Klaus Kuehn
Gateway Worship
Paul Baloche
Michael W. Smith
Chris Tomlin


Favorite CDs:

“Revealing Jesus” by Darlene Zschech
“White Flag” by Passion
“Counting On God” by New Life Worship
“Alive Forever” by Travis Cottrell
“Revival At Brownsville” by Lindell Cooley
“Cover The Earth: Lakewood Live” by Various Artists
“WOW Hymns” by Various Artists
“Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern” by Various Artists
“Greatest Hymns” by Selah

Favorite Songs:
From Sissy:
“Whom Shall I Fear ” by Chris Tomlin
From Dana:
“The Stand” by Hillsongs
“Reign In Us” by Starfield
“Great I Am” by New Life Worship
“Hello, My Name Is” by Matthew West
“I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin
“Stronger” by Hillsongs
“Hallelujah We Will Sing” by Tommy Walker
“One Thing Remains” by Passion
From Martha:
“Just As I Am” by Travis Cottrell
“Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill
“All My Fountains” by Travis Cottrell
“Who Am I” by Casting Crowns
“Voice Of Truth” by Casting Crowns
“Deep Cries Out” by Bethel Church Live
“A New Hallelujah” by Chris Tomlin
From Phyllis:
“Blessings” by Laura Story
“Holding On” by Jamie Grace
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
“Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go” by Indelible Grace Music
“The Power Of The Cross” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
“We Win” by Dennis Jernigan
“You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan
From Donna:
“Never Once” by Matt Redman
“Broken Hallelujah” by Mandisa
“In Christ Alone (with the Solid Rock)” by Travis Cottrell
“How Great Thou Art” by Chris Rice
“How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood
“I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin
“The Struggle” by Tenth Ave North
“By His Wounds” by Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall, and Stephen Curtis Chapman
From Debbie:
“Abba Father” by Klaus Kuehn
“Awakening” by Chris Tomlin
“Love Like Fire” by Hillsong Live
“Roar From Zion” Klaus Kuehn
“Whisper His Name” by Deluge
“Be Thou My Vision” by 4Him
“Counting on God by New Life Worship
“Standing” by William McDowell
“God Of The Impossible” by Sarah Reeves


Ruth: A Study of Redemption, Week 7 – 04/09/13

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By , April 9, 2013 10:23 pm

We continued our look at the third chapter of Ruth, using her encounter with Boaz as a model for prayer.

Fresh Hope

By , March 11, 2013 6:38 pm

With Christians and non-Christians alike, challenging circumstances tend to turn us inward. We grit our teeth and hope the challenges end sooner rather than later. Not my dear friend Mary White—read how her prayers took her from grim resignation to a place of fresh hope:


My dad is 83 years old, and just last October shortly after my mom passed away, he made the choice to sell their home and move into a retirement community. This was an easy move for him considering the circumstances. My older brother (who also lives in Greenville) and I spent a long weekend moving him in and getting him all settled.


Now my dad has never been one to display lots of emotion or share his feelings. We are not very close because we have not really shared our hearts with each other. We can talk about the weather or food or a football game but that’s about as deep as it goes. Over the years, the Lord has helped me to hope for more in the way of relationship with my dad but at the same time love and accept him where he is.


So after just a few short weeks in his new home, my dad got sick and was hospitalized. After 3 weeks in intensive care, the decision was made that he needed more care than the retirement community could provide and he would have to move to a nursing home.


This move was tough on my dad. In 6 short months he had lost his wife, his home, his health and his independence. Once again I headed to Greenville for a visit and an opportunity to love and encourage him.


That morning as I prayed, I asked the Lord what I could do to comfort and help a man who struggled even on a good day to share his emotions and feelings with the people closest to him. The Lord led me to the story in John 12 where Mary comes in and pours a jar of oil on Jesus’ feet and wipes them with her hair. And I thought, “Jesus, this is a very close, intimate picture. I could never do something like that with my dad. We would both be so uncomfortable.” The truth of that statement made me sad. But at the same time I was also hopeful, hopeful for what could be.


So as I sat outside the nursing home that morning, praying before I went in, I was nervous and uncomfortable as I remembered the picture of Mary and Jesus. I called out for help and told the Lord I was weak in the area of connecting with my dad and didn’t know what to do. I was thankful when He reminded me that I am never alone and when I am weak He is strong. He always comes to my rescue when I am honest with him and ask for help.


Unsure and shaky, weak and uncomfortable, I walked into my dad’s room. To my surprise I met a wonderful man named Dave from my parent’s church who “just so happened” to stop by for a visit that morning! What my dad lacked in emotion, Dave made up for. As he prayed for dad I could sense God’s comfort and encouragement in the room. I silently prayed “Thank you God for showing up!” Then Dave turned to me and asked if he could pray for me. God knew exactly what I needed. Dave prayed and said his goodbyes and had not been out the door 1 minute when another person from the church came in! (You have to understand that my dad doesn’t have many visitors) The Lord knew I needed some help and he sent it.


After our visitors had left, dad and I were going through some mail together and he came upon a card from an old friend. Tears filled his eyes as he read the card and he looked at me and said, “The years go by so fast.” I took his hand and sat in the moment and cried with him. We didn’t have to say a word. It was an intimate, connected moment with my dad that I will never forget.


Just before leaving that afternoon, I remembered that I had some comfy socks in my bag that I had bought for dad and asked if he would like to put them on. As he said yes, I realized he was unable to do this for himself. Before I knew it or could really think about it, there I was—kneeling at my dad’s feet in his wheelchair, taking off his slippers and placing those new socks on his feet. The picture that God had given me of Mary and Jesus that morning quickly came to mind. Amazing, God… another intimate moment.


What I had allowed myself to hope for, God made happen. God is showing me, through a long challenging relationship, that it is never too late for Him to soften hearts. He is a redeeming God that can make anything new! Don’t ever give up on love because if we will allow it, love wins every time!



He rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, restoring dignity and respect to their lives.

 1 Samuel 2:8 MSG

The Pits

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By , October 22, 2012 11:02 pm

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Ps. 40:2 NIV

Lately, my attitude has stunk. My nose has been out of joint. Even though I’m not facing any major problem, everything has seemed ugly and crooked and unbearable. The words exiting my mouth have come out with a whiny tone. Think about an unhappy two year old and you’ll have the picture. Despite my efforts to climb out of the pit, I just haven’t been able to rise above my sorry state of self-absorption.  My prayer has been, “Lord, rescue me from myself!
In Matthew 9:36 we see Jesus looking over Jerusalem and having compassion on the people. His heart was moved because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Yes, that description just about covers it. I’ve felt the same way — annoyed, pestered, vulnerable, oppressed and powerless to do anything about it.
Pray, Jesus tells His listeners, that God would send workers to help these poor people. I definitely could use some help to get out of the pits! So I bowed my head and prayed, “Lord, I cannot seem to find a way out of this funk. Would you please send a worker to help me?” Though I have many praying friends that I could call, it felt right to leave it with God, believing that He would send help my way.
The next morning found me at church. One of my favorite missionaries was in attendance, so I located him after the service for a quick visit. As we were about to part ways, he asked if he could pray for me. “Of course,” I agreed. He began to pray, asking for God’s blessing and strength. Then he paused and said, “The Father is well pleased with you.”
Pleased? With a whiny, wayward sheep like me?” To say I was blown away is an understatement. One might expect a lecture or a solid kick in the pants, but not this. The kindness of God overwhelmed me and my heart bowed in repentance. Preoccupation with myself was replaced with praise for His marvelous grace. “Oh, Lord, your love is incredible. Thank you. Thank you for sending help. Thank you for loving me just as I am!
The Lord of Love had sent a worker to shower me with reassurance and affirmation when I was being anything but loveable. I came away from that encounter feeling like a lost sheep that had been rescued from the ditch.
What a Good Shepherd we have, loving us the most when we deserve it the least!

But God has shown us how much he loves us

– it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 GNT

Belief Statement

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By , September 15, 2010 7:01 pm

The Bible—All scripture is God’s holy and infallible Word, the very definition of truth. (2 Tim 3:16, Is 55:11, Jn 17:17) “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 NIV)

The Trinity—There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14)

Jesus Christ—Jesus Christ, the eternally existent Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and was resurrected in order to atone for the sins of those who trust in Him alone for salvation. (Mt 1:16, Heb 4:15, Jn 20:25-29, 2 Cor 5:21)

The Holy Spirit—Every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation, providing the guidance and power to follow Jesus. (Eph 1:13, Jn 16:13-14, Rom 8:11)

Salvation—Without Christ, we are spiritually dead and separated from God. By His grace, God forgives the sins of those who believe in Christ alone for salvation, making them forever children of God. (Eph 2:1, Is 59:2, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9, Jn 1:12)

Faith—The call of every Christian is to live by faith. It pleases God when we take Him at His word and rest in His character. (Rom 1:17, Heb 11:6) Jesus told His disciples, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (Jn 6:29)

In the Beginning

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By , September 14, 2010 9:37 pm

I often marvel at the power and creativity of God when I consider how I arrived at becoming a Bible teacher and leader of a discipleship ministry. After all, I was the woman who had vowed, “I’ll do anything but teach” when my father urged me to use my gifts in a classroom just as 7 of his siblings had. Instead, I pursued a degree in pharmacy and a career in pharmaceutical sales. All along, however, I was aware that God had planted a deep love for His Word in my heart and an intense longing to do something of lasting significance. I assumed that marrying and having children would quell these rumblings, but realizing these dreams only made the desire for eternal things more intense. After a yearlong wrestling match with God, I finally agreed to leave the workforce and become a full-time mom. Almost immediately, the Lord began to present me with opportunities to work for His Kingdom. To my great surprise, not only did I participate, but I actually enjoyed ministry!

I’ll never forget the day that the direction of my life was forever changed. I heard Psalm 119:65 explained for the first time. Its basic meaning is that I can expect God keep His promises and interact with me according to what He says in the Bible. Suddenly, I saw my relationship with Him in a new light that was shockingly simple. I am free to approach God (in fact I am invited to do so!) asking Him to make His Word my personal experience. All my years of acquiring Bible knowledge were about to culminate in what Jesus modeled for us—a lifestyle of discipleship. To say that I was excited is an understatement! I furiously began applying all the principles and promises of Scripture and found, to my great delight, that God is completely faithful to fulfill His Word. This discovery was too great to keep to myself. I soon had 3 other women meeting around my dining room table seeking to apply the Word of God to the issues of their lives as well. As I have continued this pursuit over the years, the Lord has not only grown me spiritually, but has called other women to join me in the journey. The ministry of Divine Design Discipleship has become a community in which many women of faith have learned to know God and experience life according to His design.

This website is offered so that you might take advantage of the testimonies, tools and techniques that have proven helpful in my journey. I pray that God will bless you as you explore them.

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