Saturday, August 27, 2016

Be Alert

Early this year I started working on eating better and exercising.
I vow to do this most years- but this year I actually kept up with it 
and have lost 50 pounds! Woo hoo!

Part of that included walking early in the morning. 
Since I'm now deaf in one ear and wear headphones while walking 
I've learned that I have to really be super alert and pay close attention to my surroundings. 
This is because I can't tell what direction sounds are coming from 
(call me from behind and you'll see- I turn to the left always!) 
and unless I'm looking will not know of any oncoming car or walker/runner. 

I've almost walked out in front of a car or run into a runner coming in the 
opposite direction countless times because of this. 
As I walked early this morning in the dark and yet again 
almost ran smack dab into another walker 
(because I was looking down and didn't see or hear him) 
I thought about what a an example of life my needing to be alert was. 

Because the enemy is ALL around us-
(The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy- John 10:10
just waiting for us to slack off and let our guard down so he can swoop in 
and pull us away from the Lord and His works- we MUST be super aware and diligent. 
And that even though I know I need to be uber alert- 
I get distracted so often that my eyes stray from looking ahead- 
where I should be looking to be safe. 

Memorizing this verse today as it's such a great reminder!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls 
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
-1 Peter 5:8

Friday, August 26, 2016

September Scripture Writing Plan 2016

NOTE: If you are having trouble downloading the Sept. pages at the links below (which are shared exactly the same way as all the others so I have NO clue why?) I'm so sorry. I have checked each one at least ten times and they are shared correctly. So I've placed a second copy in the folder HERE

Happy, happy, happy almost September!

Once again- thank you from the bottom of my heart
 to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends,
and even prison groups
are working through the plans together.
GOD is so cool how He uses our simple works for HIS good and glory!
I loved hearing stories of how the topic for this month was so needed for so many.

Here is a portion of one of my favorite emails lately about the scripture plans:
Thank you for investing time to provide a resource that pushes me and many others to have a deeper relationship with the Lord. Each day I read the passage, copy the passage, and then I may write out a prayer in response, do a further study of certain key words or passages that stand out to me, or write it using different hand lettering fonts. A few weeks ago my husband told me he would like for our family to start having more consistent time together in the Word, so I shared with him my notebook and what I have been doing. He liked it so much he started copying the passages and bought our sons notebooks to begin the plan as well. We are using the plan as a family, each copying the passage daily, and sitting down together on Thursday evenings to talk about the passages that impacted us the most. We have a 14 year old son and a 12 year old son and having this time together in the Word is an awesome time for our family. Thank you!
My husband and I also teach the College and Career class at our church. Last summer we did a series with them on fear and anxiety, sowhen we saw that the copying plan for this month was on the same topic we decided to challenge that group to participate with us. We provided notebooks and the plan to them on Sunday, May 1st and started that day in class. There are several of them faithfully following along and it has provided fruitful conversation in our class time as well as challenged them to be spending time daily in the Word.

This month I felt it would be good to do a general plan- so no specific topic for September!

Quick NOTE: When doing the monthly plans (especially the topical ones)
I may occasionally repeat verses- since they are appropriate for more than one topic.
Please know that I work to keep repeats to a minimum
(I actually keep a big old spreadsheet to keep from having too many repeats) 
but occasionally it will happen!

You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.
They are in the folder alphabetically- so scroll to the bottom for Sept!

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE

Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE

And many of you asked for a shortened version and
 another sweet reader picked those verses so we have one this month!






Thursday, August 25, 2016

GOOD News 8-25-16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

This little boy? Inspiring!

Kid President is my favorite! 
Love this pep talk to teachers and students!



This teacher wears the same outfit every day as a way to fight bullying.
How cool is that?


Homeless at 16, this young man turned his life around and is now giving back!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

August Scripture Writing Plan 2016

Happy August!
This summer has flown by and I just can't believe we are already in August!

Once again- thank you from the bottom of my heart
 to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends,
and even prison groups
are working through the plans together.
GOD is so cool how He uses our simple works for HIS good and glory!
I loved hearing stories of how the topic for this month was so needed for so many. 

This month I felt it would be good to do a general plan- so no specific topic for August!

Quick NOTE: When doing the monthly plans (especially the topical ones)
I may occasionally repeat verses- since they are appropriate for more than one topic.
Please know that I work to keep repeats to a minimum
(I actually keep a big old spreadsheet to keep from having too many repeats) 
but occasionally it will happen!


You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE


Monday, July 25, 2016

Red and Yellow, Black and White, They are {ALL} PRECIOUS in His Sight!


Red and yellow, black and white, they are {ALL} PRECIOUS in His sight. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Prayer for Our Law Enforcement Officers

Y'all, the state of our nation right now is so very scary. 
Shooting after shooting of our brave law enforcement officers
in the past few weeks is truly horrific and heartbreaking.
It seems like it just get worse each day and turning on the news is terrifying and awful. 

With every new shooting I just keep praying more 
(Jesus, come quickly!)
and asking God to protect the brave men and women 
who put their lives on the line each and every single day for you and for me.  

I can't imagine the fear and anxiety that law enforcement officers (and their families)
 must feel as they walk out the door of their homes each day. 
Their job is already normally dangerous most of the time as it is-
 but now, they have to be on guard and worried 100% of the time
that the people they are trying to protect and serve
might actually be trying to harm them!

I decided to make a little printable to print out and keep with me to hand out
to any and every law enforcement officer that crosses my path. 
One side has a thank you note and one side has a prayer. 
 I want them to know how much I appreciate the job that they do 
and that I am praying fervently for them.


I printed them front and back and left a little spot at the bottom of one side 
to write a personal note and sign it. 
Please feel free to print your own and share with others. 

You can print out your own PDF copy HERE.
The folder includes a single copy if you want to print in full page
and one formatted for printing four per page front and back. 
To print four per page just select multiple and print 
front and back from your list of options. 

Let's bless our brave law enforcement officers and
 let them know we love and are praying for them!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

Saturday, June 25, 2016

July Scripture Writing Plan 2016

Once again- thank you to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends 
are working through the plans together.
GOD is so cool how He uses our simple works for HIS good and glory!
I loved hearing stories of how the topic for this month was so needed for so many. 

This month I once again felt very strongly that I needed to do
 a set of verses on a specific topic and so I chose a topic
that so many, myself included, struggle with: 
PATIENCE & PERSEVERANCE

Quick NOTE: When doing the monthly plans (especially the topical ones)
I may occasionally repeat verses- since they are appropriate for more than one topic.
Please know that I work to keep repeats to a minimum
(I actually keep a big old spreadsheet to keep from having too many repeats) 
but occasionally it will happen!


You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE

Friday, June 24, 2016

GOOD NEWS 6/24/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

This homeless valedictorian?
He truly lives out his motto of
"Never give up!"


This sweet couple have been inseparable for 84 years.
Precious. True love.


This high school senior designs hats for the less fortunate in Peru.



When 200 strangers attend funeral of WWII homeless vet with no family?
Beautiful

These Boy Scouts helped lady in their town in need. 
Love in action!





Tuesday, June 14, 2016

IN Case of Emergency: iPhone Users Need to Read This

Last month a friend of a friend had a heart attack while at the gym.  
This gentleman, who was new to town, only had his iPhone with him. 
A locked iPhone that had a passcode.  

Because of this it took HOURS and HOURS before anyone
could figure out who he was, since he was unconscious, and notify his family. 
Hours that his family didn't know he was in serious, grave condition 
and undergoing surgery.

Thankfully if you have an iPhone, there is a way to keep something 
like this from happening to you and your family and it only takes a few minutes to set up!

You can enter emergency medical information via the Health app 
which is then accessible from your lock screen without having to input your passcode.

Here's how it works: 

When someone picks up your phone they will see this: 
And if they click on the Emergency button, they'll then see this: 

They can then click on Medical ID to find out your name, 
medical info, and who to contact in case of an emergency-
but only if you have it set up. 

Here's how to quickly set it up: 
  1. Open the Health app on your phone. 
  2. In the bottom right corner, click Medical ID. 
  3. If you have not created one already, you'll get this screen below.  Click Create Medical ID. 
  4. Simply fill out the details including who to contact in case of an emergency and any other important medical information.  Be certain the Show When Locked option is turned on (green) so that it will show when your phone is locked.  
If you have an iPhone please set this up right away- 
and share with any of your friends or family members too!

PS I'm not an Android phone user, but if you are
 I believe these directions will help you set it up on your phone! 


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GOOD News 6/8/16

I love happy stories.
You know, those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
I LOVE those so very much!  
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

I share lots of those types of stories on Facebook 
but here are a few of my favorites from the past week!


How precious is that?

This teen sold newspapers for 5 years and earned enough 
to pay off college before he even started! Talk about determination! 



Dads learn how to style their daughter's hair at this class run by a single dad but...
It's not about the braid or the bun. It's about dads and daughters spending quality time together.


This janitor sends his five kids to college....for free!
For the last 15 years, Fred Vautour has worked the grounds of Boston College as a janitor. It hasn't always been glamorous, but sending his five children to the prestigious private college tuition-free made it all worth it.



How precious is that? 




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scripture Plan Survey

If you are someone who uses the monthly scripture plans 
I would LOVE for you to fill out the short survey below!  
I'm working on the next few months and 
would love some help on topic suggestion ideas.

Thank you so much! 


Friday, May 27, 2016

June Scripture Writing Plan 2016

Once again- thank you to those that have emailed me this month to
tell me how much you like these little scripture writing plans!

I try to respond to each email but please know if I don't that I
seriously LOVE hearing stories of how families,
and Sunday School groups, and churches, and friends 
are working through the plans together.
GOD is so cool how He uses our simple works for HIS good and glory!
I loved hearing stories of how the topic for this month was so needed for so many. 

This month I once again felt very strongly that I needed to do
 a set of verses on a specific topic and so I chose a topic
that so many, myself included, struggle with: 
FORGIVENESS

Quick NOTE: When doing the monthly plans (especially the topical ones)
I may occasionally repeat verses- since they are appropriate for more than one topic.
Please know that I work to keep repeats to a minimum
(I actually keep a big old spreadsheet to keep from having too many repeats) 
but occasionally it will happen!




You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


Another reader asked for a version that was more manly (for her husband) 
so you can also find that version HERE