Resources for Women

Nutrition

Tired of the same old dips or sauces?  Or want to know how to “fortify” your pasta or sandwiches with more protein?  Consider cashews.  They are a good source of copper, Magnesium, Manganese, nutrients often deficient in our typical diets.  Ideally, purchase only “raw” cashews (not roasted), for best nutrition and flavor. 

For cashew dip; soak 2 c. cashews in 4+ c. water 4-8 hours, drain the soaking water, add 1/2 c. fresh water, 1-2 T olive oil (optional, type your choice, helps texture), puree again and season according to your taste. 

Savory dip? Try ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp + lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, chopped chives, garlic, onions, your choice. (No one can guess what’s in your party dip!)

Sweet dip? 4 T. honey, agave, or maple syrup, or cinnamon, to taste.

Sandwich spread?  Try mixing it with pesto, lime juice, sun dried tomatoes, chopped artichokes, leafy greens, the possibilities are endless.

Cake frosting?  Mix with 1-2 T. lemon juice, 2 T. coconut oil, 1/3 c. maple syrup, to taste of course. 

I use pureed cashews as a base for basic white/cream sauces (adds protein and reduces need for flour), e.g. for macaroni/cheese, or cream soups.  Or use whole cashews in stir fry dishes, or bake with other grains/nuts for trail mix!  Enjoy!

~ Pam, R.D.

 

Bible Study Tools

If:Equip - This is a free, daily study resource that allows women to engage with scripture, hear from leaders, and converse about how it applies to their lives. It connects women via the web, but it can also be used as a Bible study tool for small groups.

She Reads Truth - Are you looking for a way to get into the Word of God each day?  She Reads Truth might be your answer!  It’s a wonderful online bible study with multiple bible study plans to choose from.  It is a website founded by women supporting each other to be intentional about their time with God and their Bible every day.  

Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Alsup - This book is for any woman who does not want a textbook, but is interested in going a little deeper in their understanding on some basic theological issues.

Women of The Word, by Jen Wilkin - This book offers a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture. This book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

Look at The Book - Visual Learning - This is an online demonstration of reading through Scripture. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher.

BibleArc - BibleArc will serve those whose study of the Bible begins with a sharp focus on the text of scripture before reaching for a commentary. This includes both exegetical preachers and Bible students simply hungry for the Word.

Bible Reading Plan - This one offers a drop-down menu so you can choose a reading plan (OT, NT, chronological, etc.) in the version you prefer; provided by BibleGateway.com.

Bible Commentaries - Contains classic Bible commentaries by history’s most renowned commentary writers; provided by E-Word Today.

Precept Radio - Tune in to Precepts Ministries on BlogTalkRadio, a live call-in Internet radio show. Precept Ministries International is dedicated to equipping people everywhere with the tools to discover Truth for themselves by studying God's Word inductively.

Devotionals

Our Daily Bread – A favorite devotional used by many; provided by RBC Ministries.

Songs of JESUS by Timothy Keller - The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook—Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately, and relied on them to face every situation, including his death. Understanding every verse of the psalms will bring you a new level of intimacy with God, unlocking your purpose within God’s kingdom. Renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller writes the book his readers have been asking for: A year-long daily devotional.

Savor by Shauna Nieguist - A foodie, at-home gourmet cook, and master entertainer, Niequist writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life - including friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, heartache, and more. Combining content from Bread and WineCold Tangerines, and Bittersweet with insightful takeaways, her comforting 365 day devotional speaks spiritual truths to women in easily digestible bites.

A Year with C.S. Lewis  - This devotional offers 365 daily readings from the works of C.S. Lewis. Each month begins with an indexed listing of excerpts for easy referencing. Start or end your day with the beloved creator of Narnia and his classic insights on faith and life.

Other Helpful Books

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman - Refocus your vision of motherhood! Encouraging moms to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ, even when disappointment sets in and the dirty laundry is still waiting to be washed, Furman recasts the experiences and tasks of everyday life, showing women how they can treasure Jesus more deeply no matter how busy they are.

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst - In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy - The legendary Eat That Frog, provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.

Kiss That Frog by Brian Tracy - This work contains a series of practical, proven, easy-to-apply ideas and strategies that anyone can use to change their thinking from negative to positive.

Onward by Russell Moore - The days of our parents and grandparents are past---change is in the air and Jesus is summoning us into the future. It's time to answer his call! Urging the church to respond to social and political issues with the gospel, Moore encourages us to be powerful advocates for religious liberty, human dignity, and family stability.

Prayer Tools

Operation World - A tremendously useful resource to help any Christian pray for every nation in our global world.

Prayercast - Highlights the needs of the world through online media resources in order to provide and spur on every believer to heartfelt, strategic intercession.

Family Resources

Focus on the Family - is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. Find resources for marriage, parenting, life challenges, and faith.

Rhapsody Ranch - is a new non-profit organization established in 2010 and located in Knightsen, CA. Their passion is to impact the lives of disadvantaged kids and troubled teens, bringing them hope by encouraging faith in God and building strong character all the while caring for, riding and enjoying horses and ranch life. They also welcome children with Down syndrome and Autism as well as children diagnosed with medical conditions.

Recovery & Support

Divorce Care - Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Call (925)516-0653 x7163 or email sallyjenkins@goldenhills.org.

GriefShare - is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Call (925)516-0653 x163 or email sallyjenkins@goldenhills.org.

Celebrate Recovery – Celebrate Recovery is a community of people who through brokenness and service are experiencing the healing presence of Jesus Christ. Call (925)516-0653 x163 or email sallyjenkins@goldenhills.org.

Options for Women of California (Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery) – We know that an unplanned pregnancy can create a lot of questions with no easy answers. Let us help you understand your options.

Friends of Options for Women of California (News, Events, and Support) – We offer free, compassionate support to women and their families who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

Moms in Prayer - Do you worry about your children? Come experience God's peace and hope when you pray alongside other moms. Moms in Prayer International, formerly Moms in Touch, gathers moms together to pray for God to transform our children and schools. Join us in praying for the next generation.

For more information about local groups, please contact Diane Korsden: tdk1026@comcast.net; Conniyn Buchanan: connilyn@aol.com; Betty Sanchez:danbet87@yahoo.com; straussfamily1@mac.com; Lisa Ray:4rayrays@comcast.net.

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