Monday, October 15, 2018

Relentless Savior


My sweet puppy Poppy is only about 6lbs. Because of that we often lose her... in our house. That sounds a little crazy but she follows so closely behind me almost everywhere I go that sometimes I walk into a closet or room and grab what I need and close the door without realizing I’ve trapped her inside. A few minutes later I will realize she’s not in the room with me (because she is always in the room with me) and start to panic. I quickly retrace my steps and typically find her laying on the floor in the closet waiting for me. Now we have two dogs and when I realize Poppy is missing, I could just say… “Oh well, we have another dog, I’ll just forget about Poppy because she doesn’t matter” but of course I don’t. Because I love her so and because it’s my job to care for her, I immediately search for and find her- making sure she’s safe. This is exactly how God feels about us, His lost sheep.

Luke 15:4 says...
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
When one of God’s sheep is lost He follows it, searches for it, and doesn’t stop until He finds it and brings it so. He does this because of His great love for us. He knows that the sheep (and we) can’t save itself. He takes action and actively seeks out the lost. He doesn’t do this grudgingly- 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿. 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿! He left the 99 to save you and me!

Memory Verse: Week 42




I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 42


     
You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Friday, October 12, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 41


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 41


     

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Stormy Seas

I'm willing to bet that you (or someone close to you) is in the middle of a storm. An old seaman once said, "In fierce storms we can do but one thing. There is only one way to survive. We must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there."

Richard Fuller commented on the old seaman’s words: 
“This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you. Reason cannot help you. Past experiences give you no light. Only a single course is left. You must stay upon the Lord; and come what may -- winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers -- no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm and hold fast your confidence in God's faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 25:4 says....
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall. and like the heat of the desert.You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. NIV

No matter what storm rages in your life today – no matter how fierce the winds or how high the waves may be or how out of control you feel, remember this – 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙖 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙂𝙤𝙙. Heaven is not in a panic. 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗮𝘇𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀. “Lash yourself” to Him, and He will supply everything you need to stand firm in the storm.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Speak TRUTH


“If people really knew you they wouldn’t like you at all. You are a big fat fake.“

I don’t know about you but there is often a list of lies running around in my head. (True confession: The one I hear most often is the one listed above.) The more those lies run around in my head, the more likely I am to believe them because those sneaky little things start to burrow and take root. And eventually they begin to feel like truth. Why? Because Satan is crafty and he will do everything in his power to root those lies in our heads and confirm them in our hearts.

Your lies may be different but my lies are things those like:
  • You are a stupid idiot. How could you make that mistake? Can’t you do anything right?
  • Wow. __________ is so much smarter, prettier, wiser, kinder, more successful, more witty than you. You suck.
  • Why can’t you get it and keep it all together? Everyone else can- you just aren’t strong enough or smart enough. -You aren’t good enough. You will never be enough. 
  • You should be able to do everything and meet everyone’s needs simultaneously. You shouldn’t ask for help because it just shows what a slacker you are. 
  • You are a crappy wife. You’ll be lucky if your husband doesn't get tired and leave you for someone better, prettier, younger, smarter, kinder.
  • You have zero self-discipline. If you did you would consistently eat better and exercise more. You are destined to be a big old lazy fattie. 
  • Your dreams are ridiculous. You’ll NEVER be able to make them come true so you shouldn’t even bother. 
Now none of those are things I would say to ANYONE else. EVER. So why is it okay for me to speak it to myself? It’s not. If you wouldn’t say it to your friend, you shouldn’t say it to yourself. Those lies are a ploy Satan uses to convince us those lies are truth. Satan wants nothing more than for us to listen to and believe those lies. He wants to distract us and disable us- that is his ultimate goal.

1 Peter 5:8 says:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. NIV
Did you know that lies lose all power in the light of truth? They do! We must notice when we are listening to those lies, take every thought captive and replace those lies with THE truth. The truth that God’s word is full of. We just have to remember to listen to (& read) His word instead of Satan’s stupid lies. 𝙄𝙛 𝙂𝙤𝙙’𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙨𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧- 𝙜𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜? 𝙔𝙤𝙪. If we kick those thoughts out the moment they arrive, they won’t be able to take root and control us. Is it hard? For sure. But the more we fill our head with God’s truth, the less frequent and quieter those lies will be.

My prayer today is that we are aware of the lies we allow in our head and that we immediately counter them with truth from God's word!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Scripture Lock-Screens

     

     

Setting your phone lock-screen to a Bible verse is a GREAT way to
memorize a verse or to remind yourself of one of God's promises.

If you are looking for a lock-screen, the crazy talented Krystal Whitten
has a ton of beautiful Bible verse lock screens you can download for FREE HERE.

And while you are there, check out all of her awesome work- she's incredibly talented!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 40


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 40:


     

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Thursday, September 27, 2018

October Scripture Writing Plan: Purpose

Happy almost October friends!

The scripture writing plan this month is over a topic I think many of us struggle with: PURPOSE. 

Have you ever wondered WHY God placed us on this earth? 
Have you ever wondered WHAT exactly your purpose is in being here? 


I definitely have and I don't think I am alone.
With so many things competing for our time and attention today, 
it can be a struggle to understand God's purpose and plan for our lives.

Thankfully God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess about these things.
He has very clearly revealed His purpose for our lives in His word- 
which is the primary way He speaks to us. 
The Bible is our owner’s manual and it explains what no self-help book ever could- 
His detailed and explicit purpose and plan for our lives. 
Isn't it awesome? 


Let's spend this month digging into His word
 to learn more about what God says our purpose is.




FYI: 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.

TO PRINT: You can find a copy of the plan in English and Spanish in the folder HERE.
{Just a reminder, don't try to print the images below or they will be blurry. Be sure to click the link to download a PDF copy!}

You are worth it.

Feeling unloved? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling unimportant? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling less than? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling like you won't ever measure up? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling broken? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling like a failure? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
Feeling left out? Not true. God says you are worth His love.
𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓽𝓱 𝓲𝓽.

Romans 8:38-39 says:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
My prayer today is that you are reminded over and over again today that you are worth His love- no matter how you feel. I pray that He reminds you in big and small ways- through His word, through situations you encounter and through His people how much He loves you and that NOTHING can separate you from that love. I pray that God takes away every thought from the enemy that you are less than and that you are able to see yourself as he does: 
𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓽𝓱 𝓲𝓽.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 39




I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 39:


     


You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Monday, September 17, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 38


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 38:


     


You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Known, Seen, Loved, Safe

It’s easy to feel invisible in this world. To compare ourselves with others and find us lacking.To feel like the important people in your life don’t see you or your needs or if they do see them, don’t care even a bit about them. We all want desperately to be valued, to be loved, to be noticed, to be understood, to be seen. The problem is that when we feel that way (and we ALL feel that way sometimes)- we tend to look around, instead of up. We look for a savior in other people, in other things, in other places, in anything and everything. When we look to a friend, a spouse, a child, a job, a bank account, social media- we will always, always, ALWAYS come up lacking.


Jeremiah 12:3 says:
“Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you.” NIV

When we feel that we are invisible, the good news is that we are seen by God. God doesn’t take His eyes off of us. Ever. He doesn’t miss a single thing that we say, that we do, that we think. He cares about every single thought in our heads and every single care in our hearts. There is NO substitute for Jesus.

If you feel invisible today (or any day), please remember:
  • You, sweet friend, are known. 
  • God never stops thinking of you.
  • He even paints reminders in the sky of His promises to you. 
  • You, sweet friend, are seen. 
  • You did nothing to earn His favor but you have it. 
  • He sees every single ache, every single wound, and every emotion you have. 
  • He sees your pain and wants to hold you through it.
  • You, sweet friend, are loved completely by the God who created you.
  • If God calls out every single star by name, how much more must He know and love you?
  • He knows you perfectly because you are made in His image.
  • He knows every single strand of hair on your head. Every single one. 
  • He loves you so much that He died for you. 
  • You, sweet friend, are safe with God. 
  • There’s not a tear you shed that He doesn’t know about. 
  • His love is the one thing that will never change. Ever. 

My prayer is that when we feel lost and broken and invisible, that we look up to Jesus and no where else. That we are reminded that we are always and forever His child and can rest in His mighty hands.