Monday, August 19, 2019

Overcomer (& a Giveaway!)

I've been a fan of the Kendrick Brother movies since the beginning. In our home if we come across any of their movies on TV (Fireproof, War Room, Courageous, Facing the Giants) we always stop and watch them, no matter what part of the movie it is in. We truly love them because of the incredible message in each one- a message that clearly points the viewer to Jesus. I was so excited to hear that they have a new movie releasing this Friday August 23rd, Overcomer!

Overcomer is the story of high school basketball coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team's state championship dreams are crushed. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

The message of Overcomer is one that will leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?  What a fabulous movie to watch at the beginning of a new school year with your kids!


The Overcomer website also includes tons of great resources including a Family Guide, Team Devotional Guide, and a Parent Guide.


Interested in winning two tickets to go see Overcomer? 
Join me over on Instagram where I'm giving away two tickets! 




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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

If He said it, he will do it!


As a child I am embarrassed to admit that I truly believed that when I was an adult I would know all the answers and have everything (money, relationships, work, etc) all figured out. (Come on, didn't you think that too?) I crack up thinking back to that naive little girl (bless her sweet heart for thinking that) because my middle age self knows now that that will NEVER happen. Honestly I spend most of my days feeling like I am failing the many tasks and responsibilities on my plate. I run around trying to juggle everything (work, family, home, ministry, friendships, volunteer work, CASA, Chrissy's Closet, etc) dropping balls and failing oh so very often. As a reforming people pleaser, type A personality I struggle with not having all my ducks in a row and everything figured out. I so often need the reminder that I don't have to be or feel qualified to do what God is calling me to do- just obedient and willing. If He calls me, HE will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 says: 
"The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." NIV
"The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!" The Message
This is one of my favorite of all verses (it's been on my desk for as long as I can remember) and one that I cling to when I feel like I am not equipped or prepared or able to do what God has before me {which is SO VERY OFTEN- today included!}. There is such comfort in the reminder that it's not up to me!
My prayer today is that we are all able to remember that our job is to be obedient to what God calls us to do, to be faithful in that calling, and to leave the rest (and the results) to God. Rest in that truth today friends, HE is faithful and HE will do it.


Monday, August 5, 2019

People are the ENTIRE POINT

This time of year when things are so busy and hectic with summer ending and school starting, it's so easy for me to get caught up in my daily to-do list and forget that the people God puts in my path are NOT distractions but are in fact the entire point! My prayer today is that we all see those people He places in our way today, really see them and that we don't think of them as irritations or things that deter us from checking off the millions of things on our lists. That instead we view them as hand-placed in our lives by God himself for a specific reason and a purpose.

Romans 12:9 in the Message says...
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

August Scripture Writing Plan: Miracles

Happy almost August friends! 
The scripture plan this month is over the topic MIRACLES. 

One of my favorite things in the Bible is the showing of God's power and might through the miracles that Jesus performed. These miracles are a reminder of God's great love for us and of His ability to do more than we can ever dream or imagine. Each miracle was recorded to remind us that God is almighty, that He is in control and that He loves us greatly. Miracles remind us that with God ANYTHING is possible. Truly anything. 

God has total authority over every single thing in this world--over demons, angels, circumstances, people, animals, and every single aspect of the physical world. When we stand in His presence, we are standing in the presence of the One who can fix anything. All He has to do is speak the word and miracles are a reminder of this truth about His character. 

I love this quote about miracles by John Piper that I think sums of miracles perfectly:
"We live today by faith in the promises of God by looking back to the decisive work of Jesus Christ.”
My prayer is that this month we find the lessons in each of these miracles 
and grow closer to the Lord God Almighty!



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 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!}

Friday, July 26, 2019

God is Faithful in ALL that He Does

Good news this Friday morning: 

He is always with us...if anyone leaves, it's us, not Him.
He will bless us...just not always in the ways we think.
He will provide for us...always. Seriously- ALWAYS.
He will give us rest...if we will be still. (If being the key word).
He will go before us...and WITH us.
He will guide us...we just have to seek Him.
He will answer us...if and when we shut up long enough to listen.
He will strengthen us...He IS our strength.
He will always love us...NOTHING can separate us from His love.
He is faithful...in ALL that He does. It's impossible for Him to not be faithful.


Psalm 33:4 says: 
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.


Friday, July 19, 2019

I am Imperfect

My biggest enemy says awful things to me every single day. Things like…..”You are such a slacker. You are a big fat fraud and a disappointment to everyone around you. The things you are don’t matter. You are a horrible example for the Lord. You are so not equipped to do what God has called you to do. You are absolutely destined to fail. Everyone around you is doing so much more for the Lord. In comparison, you suck. Why do you even bother?”

My biggest enemy is Satan and the things he says in my head. Those words in my head are truly the biggest obstacle to my doing the things God has called me to do. Isn’t that ridiculous? But that’s how the enemy works- he is sneaky and oh so crafty. He makes me question my ability and God’s ability to work through me. He causes me to focus on my lack of ability and makes me think I have to figure it out on my own which is a big fat lie. When he speaks loudly to me (some days it seems like he’s screaming at the top of his lungs) I have to turn to God’s word to remind me what a liar he is.

Exodus 4:10-12 reminds me….
Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

God has created us for His glory. He has apportioned to each of us our own assignments. We each have a field- an assignment God has give to us and to us alone. We each have a unique group of people to love and minister to. And if we don’t, they will miss out. Thankfully we don’t have to fulfill those purposes in our own strength or figure out how to accomplish them on our own, He promises that He will equip us to fulfill those purposes. We must trust that when He says he will give us the ability to do it- He will.

My prayer today is that we are reminded that we are created uniquely for a purpose only we can fulfill. That God is all powerful and not limited by our current state and weaknesses. That when we are tempted to listen to the enemy’s lies that we can’t fulfill those purposes, we turn to God’s word and the truth. That although we doubt ourselves, we never doubt Him. That we are reminded that although we are imperfect, He perfectly equips us to do the assignments He has given to us. #notesinmybible

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Be Our Guest Treats

One of my favorite things about our new house is the room for lots of guests! I love having people come and visit and this new home is perfect for that. One of my favorite things to do is to leave little treats for those visiting to let them know how excited I am that they are there.

I have a tray in one guest room and a basket in another (things I already had in a closet) and fill them with a bunch of standard items each time and then add in a few special treats specific to the guest.

I always include:

  • a bottle of water
  • snacks of some sort
  • mints
  • a basket that includes travel size shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash & lotion
  • a phone charger (because isn't that the worst to forget yours?)
  • a card with our wi-fi network and password on it (because it always feels weird to ask for it)
  • a book or two (or magazine)
  • a devotional book (if that's not a habit they are used to maybe this would spur them to start?)
Special items I sometimes include depending on the guest: 
  • candy or snacks I know they love
  • a face mask
  • a special book
  • a t-shirt
  • a fun surprise gift
It doesn't cost much to make someone feel super welcome in your home and you probably have most of the things already in a drawer or cabinet. If you'd like to make your own wi-fi card you can find a fill-able PDF of the wi-fi card I created (I print mine 4 per page) to make your own HERE


And I would love to hear suggestions for anything else you think might be fun to include 
or what you do to make your guest feel welcome!

Monday, July 8, 2019

I see Hard. He sees How.

In this broken, hard world it’s easy to think that things are irreparable and simply can’t be fixed. But that’s NOT what God promises and not what His word says.


Revelation 21:5 says…..
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Romans 8:28 says…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

That marriage in shambles that seems unfixable? He can use it for His good. That severed relationship that seems irreparable? He can use it for His good. That situation that is so heartbreaking you don't think you can stand it? He can use it for His good.

Maybe not in the way that we think or hope but we can count on the fact that He will make something new and glorious out of the yuck in our lives. He will use it for His good. Even in the difficult and hard times He is working for good. When all we see is HARD, all He sees is HOW. My prayer today is that if all you can see if brokenness and heartbreak, that you are reminded that He is always working things, even the hard and overwhelming things, together for good. I pray that if all you can see if the hard today, you are reminded He indeed works all things together for good.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

July Scripture Writing Plan: Attributes of God

Happy almost July sweet friends!
The scripture writing plan this month is on the
ATTRIBUTES of GOD


I'm so excited about our topic this month! Studying the attributes of God is an incredible opportunity to grow closer to God by learning more about His nature and His character. While fully comprehending who God is impossible for us as human beings, thankfully God makes himself known in a variety of ways- both through what He reveals about himself in his Word and in his creation. When we look at His word we can begin to try to wrap our tiny minds around our awesome Creator and God. God’s attributes definitely inspire awe and wonder and reverence, but they also remind us of His deeply personal and relational nature. He longs to know us intimately. When we speak of God's attributes, we are talking about those characteristics that helps us to understand who He truly is. My prayer is that we spend the next month getting to know our creator, God of the universe more intimately.


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!}

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How do you smell?


I think every person has a unique smell and have strong sense-memories tied to lots of people in my life. When I was in high school and college I worked at Neiman Marcus in Houston. It was a super fun job and part of working there meant I was able to purchase things at a discount (which is good because without it, my poor young self would not have been able to buy anything there!). One of the few things I purchased was a bottle of perfume. The perfume was French (with a name I cannot pronounce) and I loved that I didn’t know anyone else who wore it. For the past 30+ years, I’ve worn that same perfume consistently. While I have other perfumes it’s the one I wear almost daily and still love so. One day during the summer while I was in college, I was shopping at Target. I was standing in an aisle completely alone when I heard a voice say…”Shannon, where are you?”. Since I had come to the store alone and couldn’t see anyone, I thought this was super weird until a friend popped his head around the corner. I asked how he knew I was there and he said…”I knew you were here because I smelled your perfume. That’s your smell so I knew you were close by. I just followed my nose!”.

Did you know that everywhere we go, at ALL times, we are spreading the aroma of Jesus? It’s true. It doesn’t matter if we want to or not, much like my perfume reminds people who k ow me of me, as believers our aroma reminds others of Christ.

2 Corinthians ‪2: 15-16‬ says…. 
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

Because He lives in us and through us- God’s aroma is detectable by others around us. And here’s what is super important to remember: We ARE a fragrance to God regardless of if we want to be or not and regardless of the response of others. As believers of Christ we proclaim the gospel. Period. In the midst of suffering or rejection- we are still the aroma of Christ. On our good days and our bad days- we are the aroma of Christ. On the days we give lots of grace and mercy and show heaps of kindness- we are the aroma of Christ. On the days we are short-tempered and rude and crankypants- we are the aroma of Christ. It should be apparent to others that we have something in our lives that is not natural, but supernatural. We should radiate God to all those around us. We don’t get to choose when we want to be this- we are, every single day. We either smell like a 13 year old boy with BO and wearing tons of AXE body spray OR we smell like the most glorious Anthropology candle- the choice is ours. My prayer today is that others are drawn to Christ by our sweet aroma, not forced away by our stinky stench. I pray that others see Him in us and want to know Him too!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Proof that you are LOVED

Do you ever feel unloved? Unworthy? Unimportant?
{Yep. Me too. All the stinking time.}

But here’s the good news…
You don’t have to FEEL loved.
You don’t have to DESERVE love.
You don't have to do anything to EARN love.
You simply ARE loved.
Why? 
Because God says so.

Need some Biblical proof? Here you go!

Our feeling loved or unloved has nothing to do with the reality of God’s love for us- thank goodness! 
Our feelings of being loved or unloved cannot stand in the way of God’s truth that WE ARE LOVED.
It doesn’t matter how we feel, God still loves us. 
It doesn’t matter if we are worthy of His love, God still loves us. 
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, God still loves us.
My prayer for today is that we are reminded of this powerful truth: 
You ARE loved.

If you'd like to print out this reminder, you can do so HERE.

Friday, May 31, 2019

DIY Giant Word Wall

When people visit our new house or see pictures of it, one of the things I get asked
 about the most is our giant word wall. It's truly one of my favorite things! 
I thought I would share how we put it together for 
anyone who is interested in making their own. 

As we worked to build our new home over the past year, 
I started gathering ideas for decorating. We knew we'd be buying lots of new furniture and I really wanted to change the look of our house so it was more modern farmhouse(ish) so I gathered tons of ideas. It was super fun shopping and looking at and dreaming of different ideas. One night while looking on Pinterest (I so love Pinterest- if you do too, you can follow me here!) I came across a picture that linked to Joanna Gaines Instagram of a wall in her home. I was immediately smitten 
and knew that I had to have a wall like hers in our new house. 

I immediately started thinking about how to make the wall and where to get the letters. 
I shared the idea with my sweet husband who is super handy and can make
 just about anything I dream up (I have the ideas, he makes them happen- we are a good team!) and he said it would be super easy. Hip hip hooray!

I found the letters on  Ebay . There are tons of different options based on the size you'd like, but the set I purchased were 8 inch tall letters and included 176 numbers and letters. 
The letters/numbers are hard plastic and super durable.
The set I purchased were $59.98 which was the best price I found in all of my searching. 
(Search 8 inch Flexible Outdoor Portable Marquee Sign Letters)
If your space is smaller, you'll want smaller letters- 
my space happens to be large so I had room for the big ones. 

Once we had the letters I asked my husband to figure out the rest and of course he did. 
On the first weekend in our new house- when there were tons of other things he needed to do- he finished this project for me because he knew how much I wanted it up. 
How sweet is he? 

He went to  Lowe's (new house means a million trips to Lowe's) 
and purchased five 1x2 boards. 
He cut each board 60 inches long and stained them to match our beams. 
He hung the boards 10 inches apart since the letters are 8 inches tall, 
centered them on the wall, and nailed them up using a nail gun.
Originally he planned to cut a small channel in the boards
 to hold the letters but we found that it wasn't necessary. 
He said he would take them down and cut one if needed but I've never 
had a single letter fall so it truly wasn't needed 
because they sit on the board and lean on the wall.

I love love love how it turned out and thinking of new things to put on it is so fun!
I love that it can be used for scripture and quotes but also for holidays 
and celebrating anything or anyone visiting. 



A few last things....
Because I like things tidy I bought an accordion file to put my letters in 
so it's easy and quick to find the letters I need.  I bought mine on Amazon here

I started an album of the different sayings I put on my wall on Facebook. 
You can find it on my Facebook page HERE!
I also usually post pics of it on Instagram HERE