But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. - Ephesians 2:13

Patience … A Daily Battle, But a Battle Worth Fighting

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 24, 2014

Picture yourself waiting in a checkout line that hasn’t moved for ten minutes. Many of us would feel frustrated. We live in a generation that expects instant results.

Everyone struggles with some degree of impatience. We’re born with this trait—think about a three-month-old who wants milk in the middle of the night. The inborn reaction is to fuss at the first hint of discomfort and to keep at it until the need is met. Patterns from our old “flesh” nature make this a continual battle for most people, but one that is very worthwhile to fight.

Let’s consider the biblical definition of patience. It can mean both long suffering and perseverance, or not giving up and yielding under pressure. In either case, it reveals itself when we are willing to wait without frustration while suffering or experiencing some strong desire. In other words, we accept difficult situations without giving God deadlines. What’s more, patience means accepting what the Lord gives, on His timetable—or what He chooses not to give. This quality results in inner peace and lack of stress. Meanwhile, we should pray, obey, and persist as we seek God’s direction.

The danger of impatience is that we might miss the Lord’s perfect plan and His blessing. Only when we trust our Father’s will and timing can we rest peacefully.

What causes you stress? Carefully examine whether you are taking matters into your own hands or releasing the circumstance to almighty God. Listen to Psalm 37:7-9 – “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off; but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

Seek His way and His timing.  Anything else can be destructive.

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Sink that Putt!

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 23, 2014

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Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls 41st Street

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 22, 2014

washingtonThe Washington High School sophomore football team held a Community Impact Fundraiser event at the 41st St Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls.  The team was able to raise $600 for Washington High School families in need of assistance with their grocery bills.  Sophomore football coach Steve Kennedy said he was impressed with the team’s generosity and willingness to help out students and families they may not even know.  Sophmore Thomas Vissers said, “It was awesome to be able to give to Washington High School families in a fun way.”

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Milking a Cow

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 21, 2014

“All the good ideas I ever had came to me while milking a cow.” –  Grant Wood

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BOOK GIVEAWAY

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 20, 2014

Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Today’s Monday Mission on Pizza Ranch Serves is to enter for a chance to win a book for yourself or to give to someone in your life who may need to hear its important message.

Do you struggle with trying to please people? Are you tired of trying hard to win the approval of people?

Author Jennifer Dukes Lee, a friend and fan of Pizza Ranch, has written a book called “Love Idol” to help people find freedom from approval-seeking and performance-based living. She wants you to know that you have nothing to prove. We believe in that message, so we’re giving away an autographed copy of “Love Idol” here on the Pizza Ranch Serves blog.

You can find out more about Love Idol here: http://amzn.to/Z9YPRO

To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post by Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:00 pm CST and let us know you’d like to win a copy for yourself or to give to someone else.

You can also enter on the Pizza Ranch Facebook page by commenting on the post about the book giveaway.

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Wisdom Requires Work

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 17, 2014

Have you ever felt like I have said yes to too many things well I have!  That is me. This has been a full week of saying yes to many things and the questions is,  am I saying yes to everyone or am I saying yes to God?  Lysa TerKeurst is helping me discern that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God.

TerKeurst tells us remember the Best yes is a Wise yes. If we are going to be able to discern what a Best Yes is we’ve got to have wisdom.

James 1:5 says   “Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.”

Wisdom requires work.  To exercise wisdom I must practice it in my everyday life.

Proverbs 2:1-11 gives us clear instruction on the way to have wisdom, to use wisdom, and be protected by wisdom:

My son, pay attention to what I say. Remember my commands. Listen to wisdom, and do your best to understand. Ask for good judgment. Cry out for understanding. Look for wisdom like silver. Search for it like hidden treasure. If you do this, you will understand what it means to respect the Lord, and you will come to know God. The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.He gives good advice to honest people and shields those who do what is right. He makes sure that people are treated fairly. He watches over his loyal followers.  If you listen to him, you will understand what is just and fair and how to do what is right. 10 You will gain wisdom, and knowledge will bring you joy.  11 Planning ahead will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

 

We can have wisdom, we can use wisdom, we can be protected by wisdom, but we have to practice wisdom!

  • Accept God’s words –God’s word is a gift
  • Store up God’s commands – read God’s word the more we memorize the more our thinking will align with His truth
  • Turn ears to wisdom – listen to wise teaching, wise advice, and keep company with wise people
  • Cry aloud for understanding – ask the Lord to show how are choices will affect others
  • Look for wisdom as passionately as we would hunt for a hidden treasure

 

Challenge today: Are you saying yes to everyone or to God?

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Bring the Rain – Mercy Me

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 16, 2014

“Blessed is the person who preservers under trial….” James 1:12

 

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Stories of Impact – Muscatine, IA

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 15, 2014

The MCSA (Muscatine Center for Social Action) provides shelter for the homeless and for those who have suffered from domestic violence.

Trying to get the word out for support and funds is always a challenge.  Yet, an unlikely source for help, one source Rachel Riley-Smock, supervisor of these shelters turned to was one she’s used before: Pizza boxes.

They created flyers which will be used as box toppers that the Muscatine Pizza Ranch and several other pizza restaurants will be putting on 1000 pizza boxes through the month of October.

Sometimes to make an impact, it’s just being used as a conduit to get the word out for a worthy cause.

For more on this story you can go to the Muscatine Journal at the link provided below.

http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/mcsa-helps-make-a-happy-home/article_595af0ef-e76c-524f-ab1d-82ca735e5c59.html

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Right Things

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 14, 2014

“Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.” Stephen R. Covey

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Write a Note

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 13, 2014

Write a note of thanks to someone.

Note writing is a lost art.  It has been replaced with emails and tweets.

While emails and tweets are great, notes of encouragement, prayers and thanks are priceless treasures.

It shows not only that someone cares but they took the time to think about you and provide you with words of grace.

This week write a note of encouragement to someone.

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