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LIVING HOPE- Prayers for Living Hope and Healing Rain: 11/14/17

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By , November 15, 2017 12:20 pm

We began our ninth lesson in the series LIVING HOPE with praise and worship singing  Healing Rain by Michael W. Smith, Solid Rock by Austin Stone.

Kathy finished our fall session on Living Hope with an explanation of what it means practice Living Hope in dry places through prayer and what it means to pray for rain in the rainy season.

Feast For A Summer Day

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By , July 1, 2014 10:06 pm

Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Isaiah 32:2 NIV

Hot summertime is the perfect time to stop and feast. Most of us can find reasons to celebrate in summer: school’s out, the water’s warm, reunions and holidays abound. But I’ve also noticed that summer can be awkward middle ground, sandwiched there between what has been and what is coming next. I’ve found myself antsy and impatient, as uncomfortable as a wet bathing suit in an air-conditioned room, wondering, “How long until we get there?”
So I invited some of my prayer partners over for lunch last week because the Bible tells us to keep the feast “until He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) Not one of us around that table is without an “until He comes” place—where we’re waiting on God to come and provide or restore or heal or to answer that special prayer. How wonderful to have people who care about those situations and who are willing to wait with us until the moment when our faith becomes sight.
We didn’t really do anything “spiritual” — we talked and laughed and told stories and caught up on life. But we did do something supernatural. We obeyed God’s call to come together and feast. What we experienced had little to do with what we ate and everything to do with the connection that happened. We gathered as the family of God, feasting on love that never fails and laughter that is such good medicine (1 Corinthians 13:8, Proverbs 17:22)! No wonder we came away refreshed and fueled–better equipped to face the heat and drought and weariness of our circumstances.
Everyone asked for the recipes for this gluten free summertime feast. Chicken salad was the entrée, and I added a hearty black and wild rice salad for our vegetarian friends. Fresh fruit, vine-ripened tomato slices, deviled eggs, and gluten free crackers completed the menu. Cookies and coffee were offered for dessert. I hope you will enjoy these recipes for your next light lunch, beach trip, or tailgate.
chicken salad
4 bone-in chicken breasts, cooked
¾ cup pecans
½ cup celery, chopped fine
½ cup scallion, chopped
½ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Cook chicken breasts in seasoned water until done, about 30 minutes. Leave them in the broth to cool (at least 1 hour and up to overnight). Remove chicken from the bone, shredding with your fingers, and then chop finely with a knife. Toast pecans for about 8 minutes in the oven or 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave. Let the nuts cool slightly and chop coarsely. Mix mayonnaise with the remaining ingredients, whisking to blend well.
Combine all ingredients and adjust seasonings to your liking. (This ratio of dressing to chicken does not yield a very creamy style of chicken salad. Good for my family, but you may prefer more mayonnaise.) Serves 12. This recipe is definitely better the 2nd day!
Recipe adapted from one shared by Karyn Badeaux. She gave a lovely birthday lunch for our friend Debbie Brazeal and much of my inspiration for this party came from her!
rice salad
1½ cup black rice
½ cup wild rice
Kosher salt
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons honey
½ cup scallions, chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup apple, chopped
1 cup pistachios, toasted
Cook black rice and wild rice in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 35-40 minutes; drain and rinse, shaking off as much water as possible. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
Whisk vinegar, honey, and remaining ¼ cup oil in a large bowl. Add black rice and wild rice, scallions, apples, bell pepper, and pistachios; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. (This recipe must sit overnight to let it absorb the dressing. If serving the same day, use only part of the dressing mixture before serving. Save the remainder and add before storing.)
Adapted from Bon Appétit, January 2014

Re-Thinking Sabbath, Part 2 – 04/29/14

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By , May 5, 2014 11:09 am

We ended our year praising God with 1) God Is Able by Hillsong Live 2) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfill, and 3) The Well by Casting Crowns.

Kathy concluded “Re-Thinking Sabbath” and sent us into the summer to live out what we’ve been learning all year. Remember that all this year’s lectures are posted here on the site as well as the handouts.

See you in September!

Re-Thinking Sabbath Rest, Part 1 – 04/15/14

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By , April 16, 2014 5:12 pm

Yesterday we worshipped by singing How Great Thou Art by Paul Baloche, The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfill, and Jesus I am Resting Resting by Tricia Brock.

Kathy began her teaching on Sabbath rest using mainly excerpts from Exodus 20 (8-11) and Deuteronomy 5 (12-15), showing us that the Sabbath is a gift to us. Obedience to the Sabbath leads to blessing and freedom. We learned that Sabbath is 1) Counter-cultural – we have bought into half-truths about why we can’t rest on Sunday. 2) Supernatural – keeping the Sabbath helps us remember that He is the Lord who makes us holy and sanctifies us. 3) an Art – keeping the Sabbath takes practice and there is no set formula.

Re-Thinking Work, Part 3 – 03/11/14

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By , March 12, 2014 9:32 pm

We praised to 1) Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin, 2) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil, and 3) Holy, Holy, Holy by Gateway Worship.

Kathy continued our mini-series this week discussing the topic of FEAR. Focusing on Jacob’s story in Genesis 32, we looked at I. Fear of Man, II. Fear of Lack, and III. Fear of Failure.

Rethinking Work, Part 2 – 03/04/14

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By , March 5, 2014 11:43 am

We praised God in song with 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil, 2) God of the Impossible by Sara Reeves, and 3) On Jordan’s Stormy Banks by Jars of Clay


Kathy continued our mini-series on redefining work as we looked at:  I. Work got warped (Genesis 2, 3, 17), II. the Weight of Work (Exodus 33), and III. Worship in work (Psalm 90).

Re-Thinking Work, Part 1 – 02/25/14

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By , February 26, 2014 4:30 pm

We sang 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil  2) The Well by Casting Crowns and  3) I Stand Amazed by Chris Tomlin


We began our mini-series on re-thinking work by focusing on Deut. 10:12 and discussing what it means to (1) Fear the Lord (2) Walk in His ways (3) Love Him and (4) Be whole hearted.

Breath of Fresh Air, 01/28/14

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By , January 30, 2014 12:22 pm

*Please note, there are a few seconds of distortion near the beginning of the recording. It only lasts for a few seconds and the remainder of the recording is clear.

We kicked off our second semester in our new location with praise singing 1) The Lord Our God by Kristian Stanfil 2) Breathe by Rebecca St. James and 3) Be Thou My Vision by 4Him.

How thankful we are to God for His provision in so many ways as we begin a new semester in a new room at Covenant. Kathy’s teaching on the fresh breath God offers us was so timely and REFRESHING:)!

Intruder Alert!

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By , January 27, 2014 9:41 pm

Don’t miss the new semester of Times of Refreshing: Re-Thinking Work and Rest beginning January 28th. Join us in person on Tuesday mornings at 10 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Room 104 and invite your friends! If that is not possible, you can take advantage of this teaching series via our website. The weekly message and handouts will upload on Wednesday afternoons and can be accessed 24/7 at under our Resources tab. Please join us at a day and time that is convenient for you.




My soul still remembers and sinks within me

Lamentations 3:20 NKJV

We dropped our suitcases at the back door, arriving home from a trip, destination now long forgotten. Home sweet home—I love that feeling of returning to the familiar, tired but refreshed, ready to get back to my regular routine. My first task was to take the dirty clothes downstairs to start a load of wash. As I made my way through the kitchen I noticed something that stopped me in my tracks. There was a piece of shutter, a slat that bore deep indentations, sitting in a pile of sawdust. Obviously we had had an intruder in our absence, one with two sharp front teeth.
Going directly to the room where the shutters hung, I was mortified to discover that the scoundrel had gnawed most of my windows. In the adjacent room, I found small brown pellets littering the floor. Then I turned to see the worst violation of all—my newly upholstered chair, the one with the pretty pale blue damask, wore an ugly yellow stain on its right arm.
Horrified, I screamed for my husband, “Bob, come here!” He stopped his unpacking to find me. “Look at this. It’s all ruined!” I said. “How in the world did this happen?” He suspected that a squirrel had gotten into the house while we were away. He went to work locating and evicting the nuisance.
We determined that the little creep had wriggled in through the chimney. I never again wanted to deal with a problem like this, so I promptly called a chimney sweep to close up the entry point. His services were a bargain compared with the expense it took to undo the more visible damage.
This little episode was not catastrophic, but it was costly and inconvenient. And it serves as a great illustration of deeper things. Countless times across the years I’ve walked into situations where intruders like fear, anger or shame seemingly came out of nowhere. I’m left wondering why these unwelcome reactions were able to barge in and leave their marks.
I recently put this principle to use when I noticed I was a bit anxious about my new sport of swimming. Every time I go to the pool to swim laps, it takes me a few minutes of praying and rehearsing Scripture to overcome an unpleasant sense of dread. It’s not full-blown panic, I just feel tense and anxious in a way that’s not compatible with my true desire to be there for exercise and relaxation.
It finally occurred to me to ask God what was going on here. No sooner did I ask than He brought to my recollection an event buried deeply in my memory: I had nearly drowned once! It’s hard to imagine that I could I forget something like that, but I did.
My anxiety over swimming may seem like a minor thing, but God demonstrated that He stands willing and able to help. Identifying the entry point (the near-drowning incident) was curative in itself. But God went beyond informing me and administered emotional healing as well. His healing touch came when He led me to Psalm 18:16, “He reached down from high above and took hold of me. He pulled me out of the raging water.”
God knew that I was in danger that day long ago, and He sent someone to rescue me. When I realized this, not only did I feel loved and protected, but dread and anxiety lost their power over me. I knew through and through that the same God that can deliver me from a scrape with death can certainly keep me safe in the swimming pool!
How comforting to know that I can call upon my Redeemer in prayer when events from the past have left their imprint inside of me. I am learning to ask God to examine my thoughts, feelings and experience to find out where the squirrel got in and make the needed repairs in my soul.

My spirit, why are you so sad? Why are you so upset deep down inside me? Put your hope in God. Once again I will have reason to praise him. He is my Savior and my God.


Psalms 42:11 NIRV

Here is a sample prayer you can use to explore entry points when you experience emotional responses you can’t explain:


Lord, in the places where my soul is disturbed within me, I pray that You would reach down to reveal and heal. I open the book of my life to You. Search each page of my history. I give you complete access to my memories, emotionally charged circumstances, and significant events or environments that have intruded my life. Show me where the squirrel got in and continues to rob me of peace and joy even today. I invite Your healing touch. Come quickly, Lord, and repair what’s broken. Thank You for being a God who sees, cares, and redeems. In Jesus’ name, Amen.





Trumpet Call: Rethinking Time, Part Four – 11/12/13

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By , November 14, 2013 2:30 pm

This week we began by worshipping God for being the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End…and for being greater than anything in our past, present or future. We sang 1) Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin  2) Stronger by Hillsongs and 3) How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin.


Dana shared the work she had done on the Tool and Technique: Timeline, going through some of her “squares” with us. She demonstrated how believing lies affects our behaviors and how to arrest the process with God’s truth.


After the teaching we had a time of listening prayer as we heard Nichole Nordeman’s “I Am” and David Crowder’s “Here’s My Heart Lord”

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