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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NEW Prayer Cards

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. 

Each card includes a prayer and a scripture. 
I printed them out 4 per page, cut them out, 
laminated them and put them on a ring. 
I keep them in my purse and they are a great reminder 
to me to pray specifically for those I love the most.  
If I'm stuck in traffic or line somewhere I'll pull them out and quickly pray. 
I love having something specific to pray- rather than just a general prayer.

I had the cards listed in my ETSY store but last year had to remove them 
because I just didn't have time for the printing, laminating, mailing 
parts of creating them for orders. 

 But at the end of last year I added them back- this time as instant downloads!
 As instant downloads you can purchase a set, print them out 
and keep them for yourself or give them as a gift! 

The great thing about a digital download
 is that you can print as many copies as you'd like!
So you buy once, and can print multiple copies!

I just added three new sets to my ETSY Store- Praying the Armor of God for boys, Praying the Armor of God for girls, and Praying for Lost Loved Ones. 




The Armor of God sets are 8 to a set and can be printed 4 per page. Six of the cards have a scripture reference and image for one of the pieces of the armor of God and one card contains all of the verses together.

The Prayers for My Lost Loved Ones come 16 to a set and can be printed 4 per page. Each of the 14 cards has a prayer and a scripture reference.and are great to keep in your purse and card as a reminder to pray often for those you love who are not saved.

All of the cards can be found HERE in my ETSY store.

From now through June 1st, use the code
 HELLOSUMMER for 25% off your ETSY order! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CREATOR not Critics Count

I spent much of yesterday ridiculously dwelling 
 on an hurtful/unkind-ish email
 (non-work related FYI) I was sent yesterday. 

{Why is it that we can get 1,000 kind comments but the one 
we tend to focus on is the single UNkind one? }

As I've read and prayed about it I've been reminded of what I KNOW to be true... 
that my audience, my true audience, is Him and NO ONE else. 
I am thankful for that truth and for sweet friends who remind me of that truth when I forget.

Galatians 1:10 says...
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? 
Or am I trying to please people? 
If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

GOOD News 5/17/16

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!

When a nursing home and a child care center share a space?
BRILLIANT and precious!


This sweet promposal? Adorable!


This random act of kindness?
Amazing.
"God you want me to do what?"


When a bride has to cancel her wedding and says....
"I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale."
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

This little girl has no hands. 
And yet, she just won a handwriting award!
Talk about grit and determination!






Monday, May 16, 2016

Wise Advice on a Monday Morning

I love Philippians 2 and love the traditional version of verses 3-4: 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. 
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
( I love it so much that Madison and I used to pray these verses every morning on the way to school)

But I read this morning verses 3 and 4 in 
The Message and just had to make a quick printable of it. 

The world seems so full of hate and ugliness and anger and meanness. 
Imagine the world if we all tried following this advice! 

Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. 
Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. 
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. 
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. 
Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

If you'd like your own copy you can find one in PDF or JPG HERE.  



Monday, May 9, 2016

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things....Today!

I've come across so many awesome things 
lately that I am LOVING and thought I would share with YOU! 

How cute is this UGH shirt from Em Dash Paper? 
(her cards are also ADORABLE!)
Because to be honest, although I am usually super positive, 
there are days when I feel all UGH! 

So the older I get, the drier my skin seems to get. 
I use it when I get out of the shower and it's super hydrating and smells fabulous!

I've been doing Weight Watchers since the beginning of January 
(I love WW- when I follow the plan I can eat what I want and it works for me! Down 31.6 lbs so far!)
and Halo Top Ice Cream is one of my favorite low calorie treats! 
It's pricey but SO worth it!  
I haven't tried all of the flavors but the ones I have I absolutely LOVE! 
It contains Stevia which makes it taste super yummy  and has 24 grams of protein! 

The entire pint is 240 calories/8 grams of fat/16 grams of sugar.
To put that in perspective a pint of Blue Bell (which I love) is  
640 calories/32 grams of fat/68 grams of sugar. 

Giddy UP, Eunice by Sophie Hudson (aka BooMama) is AMAZING!
I'm on the launch team for her book so I got an advance copy.  
I started reading it right away and could not put it down!
You should absolutely pre-order a copy HERE.  
The book is equally funny and wise- so so so good!
One of my favorite quotes so far is...

"...life is infinitely richer when people are our priority. The end. We can sidestep it all we want to, and we can fill up our days with stuff that doesn't really matter...but there's no getting around how much women need each other. The heart of the gospel is relationship, and God has hard-wired each of us with a longing to be seen, to be loved, and to be known ".