Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alone

I recently came across a post by Lysa Terkurst on Facebook that so struck me. 

How true is that? 
When we are struggling most of us tend to turn inward and away from those 
around us who can help us through those struggles- especially God-
that's exactly what Satan wants. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Want to be a RAOK Ninja?

Back in 2013 when I started going to MD Anderson 
I created some little notes to post in bathrooms. 
I originally created them before my surgery because 
I prepared a little list of RAOK for Madison 
and her sweet friends who spent my surgery day with her to do. 
I loved thinking of them performing acts of kindness at MD Anderson
instead of just sitting and worrying about me.

   

      

Ever since then I've kept some of the signs in my purse along with some washi tape
 and I put them up each time I visit MDA for follow up visits
 and again this year when diagnosed with Melanoma and becoming a patient once again. 
I always visit every bathroom I pass on the way to my appointments
and honestly I feel like a little RAOK ninja! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fear NOT Scripture Notebooks


I started a new Bible study with some sweet friends this week and our topic is fear & anxiety. 

{We are doing Anchored by Lauren Hlushak}



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scripture Prayer Cards

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I'm a HUGE  believer in the power of prayer. 
I think many people WANT to pray but 
sometimes we all struggle though with not that we should pray,
but WHAT specifically we should pray. 

So a few years ago I made some prayer cards. 
I made one set of things that I wanted to daily pray 
my daughter and another set of things
 I wanted to pray specifically for my husband. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Find You Here

I find such comfort and solace in music. 
When my soul is weary and tired and worn and worried about those I love
- music centers me and reminds me of God's goodness and love. 

The song Find You Here by Ellie Holcomb is one of my current favorites. 

It's a beautiful song that is such a great reminder that God 
is near to us when we are in the midst of darkness. 
That He will carry us through the pain and struggle. 
That He holds us in His mighty hands. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sometimes Things ARE Crappy

I am an optimist and believe that a positive attitude is a choice and makes a huge difference. 
Our lives are full of blessings- we just have to look and acknowledge them. 
I try to speak kindly and positively to those around me 
and think that most of the time I am successful. 

But sometimes y'all, things are just crappy. 
Like seriously crappy. 
Crappy crappy.

A marriage that falls apart and a spouse leaves?  Crappy. 
A cancer diagnosis? Crappy. 
The loss of a job or home? Crappy.
A relationship broken beyond repair? Crappy. 
Someone you love with an addiction they don't see and won't get help for? Crappy. 
The death of someone you love? Crappy. 

God did not say that we would be without trouble in this world- in fact he said the opposite. 
In John 16:33 he says....
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Kari Jobe CD Winner

Michelle Tuller you are the winner!

Be on the lookout for an email requesting your address. 
Thanks to all who participated!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Garden by Kari Jobe {with a Giveaway!}

I'm a firm believer that God is a God of details and that there are no coincidences. 
And so that fact that the incredible, beautiful new CD by Kari Jobe, 
The Garden, arrived in my mailbox the night before 
I traveled to MD Anderson for my pre-op appointments for Melanoma surgery
was like a sweet little gift from our Lord. 

This CD is beautiful and was truly a balm to my weary soul
on that 2 hour drive to MD Anderson
{which is THE most amazing hospital in the world!}.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thy Will

I don't know about you but sometimes it's hard for me not to get caught up 
in the WHAT IF'S in and around my life. 

What if that medical diagnosis is cancer?
What if that relationship can't be repaired?
What if that marriage can't be saved?
What if they lose their house?
What if they can't get pregnant?
What if they prodigal child doesn't return?

But that is NOT what God calls us to do. 
He calls us to pray and trust and give all our worries and concerns to Him.
We are to place our lives, our worries, our circumstances in His hands. 
To remember that HE is preeminent over all our circumstances. 
He is God and I am His child, dependent on Him.

Colossians 3:15 says: 
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fear is a Bully

Read this in my devotion (Fear Not by Max Lucado) today- such truth! 

Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. 
Happiness complies. 

Do you ever see the two together? 
Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? 
Clear thinking and afraid? 
Confident and afraid?
Merciful and afraid? 
No. 

Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and unproductive. 
For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

February Scripture Writing Plan: Peace

Happy almost February! 

I felt very strongly led to do a topical plan over PEACE this month-
given the lack of peace that we seem to have in our world lately.
I made the plan 31 days and plan to do that with
 all topical plans in the future so that they can be done any month-
not just the month I write them for.

Friday, January 27, 2017

In case you need a reminder this morning.....
"If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. 
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. 
He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning... 
Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!...
You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. 
You aren't an assembly-line product. 
You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, 
and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman!"
-Max Lucado

{If you have never read the book You are Special by Max Lucado, 
take 8 minutes and watch the video below. You ARE Special!}