Pursuing God's Purpose and Promises For Women
Greetings!

Welcome to Promise Helpers' December 2021 newsletter. Well, we are in our last month of our Year of Praise theme for 2021. It has been another difficult year but hopefully you took the challenge of praising the Lord during those arduous times. Our hope for having this theme was to encourage us all to stay focused on the reason we were created; to give glory to the Lord because He is worthy of our praise. He fights our battles, He loves us unconditionally so much so that He sent his only Son to live among us so we could visually see the love our Father has for us. Blessings to you in these last few days of 2021. We love you!

As always, if at any time you need prayer, please contact Promise Helpers by clicking the "Prayer" button below or visiting our Facebook page to leave a message. We have mighty Prayer Warriors ready to stand in the gap on your behalf.
 
Overview for our December newsletter:

  • Article "A Tote That Shed Light" by Karla Maxwell
  • Awesome Lyric Video to Wrap Up Our Year of Praise
  • Christmas Morning Crockpot Breakfast Recipe
  • What's Happening in Your Area?
  • Our Contact Information
A Tote That Shed Light
by Karla Maxwell
Recently I was in my garage on a mission to find Christmas lights in a vast accumulation of storage totes. The totes were labeled but not specifically for Christmas lights, so a-hunting-we-will-go. I was moving quickly with my search until I came to one large heavy tote. This particular tote was nestled too tightly to open the lid, so I pulled it out just enough to pop open the lid a few inches. But to no avail, there was still not enough light, so I used a flashlight to peer inside. Then a thought bonked my brain. How does my Light for Christ shine to others?

You see, I was the hard to open tote. We are to be the Light of Christ for others to see, but is the Light of Christ that is in me visible to everyone? Or does my light only shine when I am around other Christians (like the flashlight shining into the tote) because their Light of Christ shines brightly, making it easier for my Light to shine? If in fact my Light only shines when I am around like-minded followers of Christ, then I have failed miserably for those whom the Light truly needs to shine. That was an eye opener.

Continuing with this aspect of the large tote, this tote was filthy on the outside, but the inside was clean, leaning to the notion of our Salvation through Jesus Christ. The Lord looks at our heart, our motives for the things we do. Are my motives pure and in line with the Lord?

This tote also gives thought that while on earth we will have suffering, but when we have Jesus, our hope is in the Lord. We have the Armor of God to protect us. Thank you, Father, for protecting us and giving us your Word to stand firm upon.

In order to see what is inside the tote, the tote had to be opened up. As a follower of Christ, I must open my heart and mind in order for the Holy Spirit to do His work in me and through me. The Fruit of The Spirit in me can only be exposed when the lid is off. If I keep the lid on, no one can see the goodness of the Lord. I cannot share love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. gentleness, and self-control if I am closed up and closed off from the world. Therefore, I must continually renew my mind in order for my Light to shine brightly.

Jesus came to earth to defeat darkness. There can be no darkness if there is light, as proven by my hunt for Christmas lights in the totes. When the darkness was exposed in the large tote, the truth of what was inside was revealed. This tote experience will forever be ingrained in my head, and now it is up to me to reflect that experience in my actions. I encourage you to keep your lid off so others can see the Light of Christ in you and through you.

To God be the Glory!
Lyric Video "Great I Am" by New Life Worship
Christmas Morning Crockpot Breakfast Recipe
Hash brown, Sausage, Egg & Cheese Crockpot Casserole
Ingredients:

  • 1 26-30 oz. bag of shredded, frozen hash browns
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 lb. bulk sausage
  • 1 15 oz. can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 2 Bell peppers, diced (red, green, yellow, or combination)
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. shredded cheese (cheddar, swiss, monterey jack- you choose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Brown sausage until cooked through
  2. In the sausage drippings, cook the pepper, onion and garlic so they are cooked yet still crisp
  3. in a large bowl combine the cream of mushroom soup, salt and pepper with the frozen hash browns.
  4. In a separate bowl, crack and whisk the 12 eggs until blended

Assemble the breakfast casserole
  1. Spray your crockpot with nonstick spray for easier cleanup.
  2. Start with the hash brown mixture on the bottom of the crockpot
  3. Next cover with 1/2 the sausage and veggie mixture and 1/3 of the shredded cheese
  4. Add a second layer of the hash brown mixture
  5. Add the second half of the sausage and veggie mixture and the second 1/3 of the shredded cheese mixture.
  6. Add the final layer of hash brown mixture
  7. Pour the dozen eggs over the layers
  8. Finish with the last 1/3 of shredded cheese

Cooking the Crockpot Hash brown casserole
  1. Cook on low overnight. Do not go over 10 hours or the hash browns begin to lose their integrity. We all want to eat hash browns with integrity.
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Hamilton 
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Promise Helpers is a non-profit Christian ministry for women that seeks to help women experience the fullness of God’s purpose and promises for them. Our desire is to bring women to a place of personal wholeness so they can bring wholeness to their marriages, homes, families and communities. Promise Helpers is women ministering to women, reminding one another of the promises of God and encouraging one another to implement those promises into their daily lives. The foundation of Promise Helpers is prayer, for apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing.