Friday, October 17, 2014

Bible Study & Prayer Journal

A few months ago I started looking for a Bible study and 
prayer journal but couldn't find any that were set up the way 
I wanted and included all the things I wanted it to so...
I decided to make my own so that I could customize it the way I wanted it. 

I worked on it for about six weeks and started thinking- 
if I make this a printable journal, there might be some others that would want one too!

So after lots of great input from sweet friends,
 I finally finished it and just posted it in my ETSY store!
{I'm so excited!}

It includes 3 different editable cover options

 and 26 printable pages including:
  • Books of the Bible
  • Sermon Notes (2)
  • 30 Day Scripture Writing Plan (3)
  • Writing Scripture 
  • Bible Study Notes (2)
  • Prayer Requests (2)
  • Praying for Those I Love
  • Verses to Memorize (2)
  • Printable Memory Verse Cards (3)
  • Editable Printable Memory Verse Cards 
  • I am Thankful for...
  • Count your Blessings
  • Where or how did God show himself to me today?
  • Song Lyrics I LOVE
  • Quotes to Remember
  • Notes (3)

You can print the pages full sheet sized or 1/2 sheet sized. 
The great thing is that you can print as many copies of each page as you need! 

It's truly been a labor of love and I pray that it's a blessing to those who purchase it!

If you are interested, here's a page from the journal as a FREEBIE just for you- 
The 30 Day Scripture Writing Plan #1 can be found HERE
{Black and white version can be found HERE}

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Faith Through Struggles

Sweet friends- I'm working on something I'm writing and would LOVE
 your thoughts on faith and struggles. 

If you have a few minutes, would you mind filling out this 10 question survey? 

Thank you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I'm working on memorizing Luke 6:27-40 
because I so want to live out those verses daily. 

But I'm going to be honest- these verses challenge me so. 
It's so easy for me to love those who are sweet and loving. 
I can do kind things for them all day long. 

But to love those that are difficult and cranky and not so loveable? 
It is just plain old hard.
And not so much fun. 

But those people are the ones that need it most. 
Those people- I call them sandpaper people- 
NEED love and kindness desperately.

I love the simplicity of verse 36: 
Our Father is kind; you be kind. 

"To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

He alone

It seems like there are so many hurting and struggling people in my life right now. 

Those dealing with loved ones with cancer, t
hose battling cancer themselves, those with seriously ill children,
those with loved ones in rehab, those facing big court battles- 
so many struggles that my heart hurts for. 

Praying specifically Psalm 62:1-2 this morning- 
that they would be reminded that HE alone is their rock and salvation!

You can print a PDF or JPG copy HERE

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

God's Mercies are New Every Morning

Reading this morning sweet Ann's post titled 
and thinking/praying for some sweet friends 
who are in the midst of some truly huge battles. 

 I so loved this quote by her. 
What a great reminder that His mercies are new every morning! 

You can print your own PDF or JPG copy HERE

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Brain Surgery Anniversary

Its hard to believe it's been a year since my brain surgery.
A whole year.
365 days.
52 weeks.
8,760 hours.
525,600 minutes.
It's hard to wrap my head around that number.
In some ways it feels like it happened yesterday 
and I can vividly remember my terror and pain (oh the pain!) 
and then in other ways it seems like it's been a really long time.

I get asked often how I feel.
And I've often struggled with what to say.

Physically it's fairly easy to explain:
  • My right eye still doesn't tear {one eyed ugly crying still} & the right side of my mouth doesn't produce enough saliva so I use eye drops and a special mouthwash several times a day to help.
  • I struggle with some pretty awful headaches- especially when I'm overly tired and stressed. These aren't normal headaches- they are always on the side where my surgery was and nothing really helps to get rid of them except time and rest. I think that one lesson I needed to learn was to slow down and say no sometimes and the headaches remind me of that lesson when I forget.
  • I'm totally deaf in my right ear and that's probably been the largest daily reminder. Best part of being deaf in one ear? Put your good ear on the pillow when you go to sleep and you sleep LIKE A BABY! Learning where to sit in a place with lots of people talking {restaurants, conferences, church, etc} and learning to walk on the right side when walking with someone is becoming more normal as time passes. In super noisy spaces I have a really hard time hearing people talking to me which I hate but I'm learning to deal with. Getting used to everything being so stinkin' loud has definitely taken getting used to. I expected the opposite to be true- that everything would be super quiet but instead everything is loud- especially people on the phone. It's because all sounds are funneled into one ear instead of balanced out among two.

Emotionally it's almost impossible to explain.
Do I feel grateful? Absolutely.
Do I feel thankful? Definitely.
Do I feel relieved? So very much.
Do I feel blessed? Beyond measure.
But there's so much more to it.

As I was reading Ann Voskamp over this past year
{I heart her so!}
a word she uses often struck me as the perfect word to describe how I feel.

Quick definition from Ann:
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.


As I write this this morning, I am weepy and overwhelmed with thanksgiving. 
I am thankful that God is able and that He carries us when we can't walk on our own. 
I am thankful for my amazing friends and family that walked me through one of the darkest times in my life. For every prayer uttered on my behalf, for every meal brought to feed my family, 
for every minute sat in the hospital waiting as I was in surgery, 
for every sweet note, text, or email, for every sweet gift given to me, 
for every hug I am thankful. 

I am thankful for every awful headache I get, because it's a reminder that I am still here, 
that the outcome could have been so very different. 
I'm thankful that my story has a happy ending 
but am even more thankful for a God that is good and able 
even when the ending is not as we have hoped and prayed.
He is able. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Will Remember.

You can print a PDF or JPG copy HERE

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


I say "Dude" an awful lot. 
{Probably way too much in all honesty}.
"Dude. No way."
"Dude. Seriously?"
"Dude. What the heck?"

So when Madison and I were shopping for tshirts at Baylor and found one that said 
Dude on the front and Baylor on the back she insisted I buy it. 

So I did. 

And the first time I wore it I spent 15 minutes in the 
bathroom taking selfies while making different faces
{Poor Tony just kept shaking his head}. 

That way, instead of sending a text that said "dude", 
I can send a picture of my with my dude shirt on. 

It was one of the most ridiculous things ever but I have had more
 fun commenting on Facebook with a dude pic or sending a dude pic text.  

It's the little things people.

Okay. Now you tell me something ridiculous you've done lately.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The One Who Calls You is FAITHFUL & HE Will Do It!

I don't know about you, but I so often need the reminder 
that I don't have to feel qualified to do what God is calling me to do.  
If He calls me, HE will do it. 

This is one of my favorite verses 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. 
There is such comfort to me knowing it's not up to me! 
You can print a PDF or JPG copy HERE! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

ETSY Anyone?

So......I opened an ETSY store today. 
How crazy is that? 

I've thought about opening one for forever but didn't for lots of reasons. 
One was that I wasn't sure I had time. 
{But seriously, who needs sleep?}
The other was that I wasn't sure anyone would want to buy anything I have to sell. 
But I figured, why the heck not? 

I love making things and had the idea for some prayer cards with scriptures for parents
so I made them and decided to post them. 
{If I don't sell anything I'll just close it- no biggie, right?} 
I've only got a few items listed but will be adding more, 
including a custom printable item for those that would like 
a specific quote or verse created. 

If you'd like to check it out, you can find it HERE.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

This Job

Life has been so hard for so many of my sweet friends lately. 
I've spent many nights praying and praying and praying
for peace and wisdom and strength for each of them.
It's heartbreaking to watch others go through pain
and struggle and not be able to do anything about it!

I came across this quote from Elisabeth Elliot
{I heart her so!}
and just loved it.  
It's such a great reminder in something I strongly believe in-
God causes or allows everything.
Oh to be as wise and faithful as she was! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Worry Slanders Every Promise of God

I've spent most of my life a worrier. 
I worry about everything.
No seriously, EVERYTHING. 

My husband, my daughter, my dad, my sister, my family,
my inlaws, my cousins, that people won't like me, 
 the health of my family, my friends, my job, finances,
 my dogs, my marriage, my friendships, 
my health, accidents, death, 
spiders, pickles getting on my food, ants.
You name it, I worry about it. 
And I hate it. 

Because I KNOW that God tell me so many times not to worry....

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:34 
 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Colossians 3:15 
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
 to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 
 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. 
The Lord be with you all.

Psalm 55:22 
 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; 
he will never permit the righteous to be moved

Hebrews 13:6 
So we can confidently say, 
 “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Psalm 46:10 
 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, 
 I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 56:3 
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 121:1-2
 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Proverbs 3:5-6 
 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

1 Corinthians 10:13 
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. 
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, 
but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape,
 that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 8:31 
 What then shall we say to these things?
 If God is for us, who can be against us?

As I prepare to send Madison off to college in a few months, 
my worry tendencies seem to be OUT of control. 
I'm spending lots of time reminding myself of God's promises. 
This quote sums up what I know to be true about worry 
and is one of my all time favorites.

If you, like me, need a reminder not to worry, 
you can print out your own copy HERE