December 24, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Spinach Seafood Bisque

This has become a favorite side dish to complement a special meal. Depending upon where you live and what is easily accessible (and affordable), you may choose shrimp, crawfish, or lump crab meat for this dish. Or you could combine all three! Now that we live in the midwest, fresh seafood, “imported” from the Gulf Coast, is our Christmas-time treat!

December 14, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

A Spiritual Stress Test


“Afflictions do us good likewise, as they make us more acquainted with what is in our own hearts and thereby promote humiliation and self-abasement. There are abominations which, like nests of vipers, lie so quietly within, that we hardly suspect they are there till the rod of affliction rouses them; then they hiss and show their venom. This discovery is indeed very distressing; yet till, it is made, we …

December 1, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Grace Widows: Hope and Healing for the Forsaken (Part 1)


“The Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” (Malachi 2:14)

As she rolled away from the invading sunlight that announced morning, Shelly closed her eyes in protest. Out of habit, her hand stroked the spot where her husband, Carl, used to sleep. The sheets felt empty and cold. When …

November 25, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Papa’s Cajun Oyster Dressing

PaPa’s Cajun Oyster Dressing

(Secret Family Recipe)

Growing up, my grandfather was the “oyster dressing maker” in our family. I still remember the old-fashioned double stove and all the dreamy scents that would come out of it at Thanksgiving! Even when I was a kid, and as much as I hated oysters, I loved …

October 21, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Three Signs that Christians have been Desensitized by Feminism


I’ve been thinking about the way we’re all so prone to acclimate to our surroundings. We are indoctrinated on a daily basis, often, without knowing it. That’s why it’s so important to stay in the Word of God. But it’s more than just reading it; we also need to absorb it, and apply it to every area of life. We need to evaluate all of our choices in life–all of …

September 23, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

To God be all the glory and honor and praise…


Sadly, this advertisement is set up in front of a cathedral in Vienna. Consider this when you prepare for worship on Sunday mornings.

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September 6, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

A Young Woman’s Prayer of Chastity


Admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste… that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:4–6)

Does God not see my ways and count all my steps (Job 31:1,4)? I have made a covenant with my body to be discreet and chaste; why then should I flaunt myself?

Has He not said that “marriage is honorable among all” (Hebrews 13:4) and that …

September 6, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Living out Biblical Principles: A Young Man’s Prayer of Chastity


Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded… (Titus 2:6) Abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter… (1 Thessalonians 4:3–6)

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I …

August 24, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

The Beauty of Love

This article is from Ligonier Ministries HERE

“You are beautiful as Tizrah, my love, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners.Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me—Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead” (Song 6:4–5). – Song of Solomon 5–6

In his teaching series Wisdom, Dr. R.C. Sproul says that “there is so much wrong with the romance …

August 10, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

How to Respond to Pain and Suffering…Past and Present

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. – Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford

A while back, I did a study using Martha Peace’s book, Damsels in Distress. The last chapter focused on responding biblically to …