Friday, May 12, 2017

Hiding God's Word in Your Heart

I had the great honor of speaking at a women's retreat this past weekend
 and it was such a sweet and precious time.  
As an added bonus one of my college roommates is the women's ministry director 
for the church so it was a fun time getting to visit and catch up with her. 
Her church is full of some sweet, precious, and FUN ladies who 
love the Lord and each other and we had such a great weekend!

The theme for the weekend was Anchored and one of the topics 
I spoke on was being Anchored to God's word.  

I truly believe that God's word anchors us to Him and is what 
directs us to fulfill our purpose in life. 
It is God himself that gives His word power, 
and it is in and through His word that we encounter Him. 
Reading and meditating on God's word builds our relationship with Him stronger. 

Several years ago after my brain surgery, I had a few weeks where reading 
or listing to anything was very difficult for me.  
Not being able to read my Bible truly changed me and
 made me want to read and memorize as much scripture as I possibly could- 
in case that were ever to happen again. 

In America we have such amazing access to God's word- 
(I personally have 15 bibles in my house and access on my computer, phone, iPad, etc.)
but that is not always the case and who knows when that access could be taken away. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I the Lord Do Not Change


Everything in our lives changes. 
Seriously, EVERYTHING. 
Relationships change. 
The amount in our bank account changes. 
Hairstyles change.
Our health changes. 
Technology changes.
Our weight changes. 
Our feelings and emotions change.
Everything changes- sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. 

Our world is moving at a crazy hectic pace 
and things seem to change in the blink of an eye. 
Change usually brings uncertainty and anxiety- even when it's good change. 

When circumstances and situations change and move and shift, 
it unsettles and often freaks us completely out. 
BUT that is only if we put our trust and faith in those circumstances. 

Your circumstances are not your savior. 
Your relationships are not your savior. 
Your bank account balance is not your savior. 
Our Lord is the ONLY thing that does not change. 
He alone is our Savior. 
His mercies endure forever. 
His love remains constant despite our challenges 
and trials and all the crap that arrives in our lives. 

For I the Lord do not change; … Malachi 3:6 

It doesn't matter what has changed in your life or what changes you will face today,
you can rest in the truth that
He WILL NOT CHANGE.

Your circumstances may seem shaky and scary today 
but there is a firm foundation, a Solid Rock, 
on which to plant your feet and steady your stance. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

What IS, NOT What IF

I have a confession to make. I am a WHAT IF girl. 
I can easily start thinking about something and spiral down into a huge pit of WHAT IF. 

Are you a WHAT IF-er? 
Do you find yourself thinking....
WHAT IF......I lose my job? 
WHAT IF....my marriage falls apart? 
WHAT IF.....someone I love dies? 
WHAT IF....the medical diagnosis is scary? 

God clearly calls us to focus on WHAT IS, NOT What IF. 
What IF is speculation and allows Satan to get a foothold in our hearts. 
Dwelling on WHAT IS- the facts laid out in the word of God- is what we are called to do. 
His TRUTH that is LIVING, ENDURING, and remains FOREVER. 

I love the Message version of Matthew 6: 33-34 which says...
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

This is a perfect passage to remind us to focus on WHAT IS, NOT What If in our lives. 
God WILL provide what we need. 
Worry is needless, senseless, useless, faithless, godless, ridiculous and pointless. 
1 Peter 1:25 says....But the word of the Lord endures FOREVER! 

My prayer today is that we would focus on WHAT IS, not on WHAT IF!

Monday, May 1, 2017

NOT TODAY SATAN

I have a confession to make. 
At least once a month I think 
(and sometimes say out loud)
"I'm quitting writing scripture writing plans. NO MORE. I am DONE."

Now as I write that I realize it sounds ridiculous. 
But let me explain. 

I get tons of emails each month from some sweet readers of my blog 
and followers of the scripture writing plans and I LOVE those emails. 
Seriously you can't imagine how much those sweet emails mean to me! 

They are full of stories of how the scripture writing plans have 
touched them, caused their relationship with Christ to grow, 
and how they are using them with friends, family members & those in their church. 
I can't begin to tell you how much I love those emails, am thankful for those sweet people 
who take time out of their busy schedule to write me & how much joy they bring to my heart. 
I love hearing how God is using my tiny works for His good 
and He is so very gracious to show me through those emails. 

However in addition to those precious emails....
I also get a handful of emails that I do NOT love. 
The kind that upset me and make me utter the statement above about quitting. 

Those emails are ones that complain & do so not very kindly.
Complain about the topic I chose for the month. 
Complain about the fact that there isn't a general plan for the month. 
Complain about the fact that there isn't a short plan. 
Complain that the new plan for the month hasn't been posted yet.
Complain about how the plans print on their printer. 
Just complain. 

And those emails make me sad. 
And sometimes I'll admit, angry. 
Angry because I do the plans in my spare time- of which I do not have much- and for FREE. 
(Fun fact: I don't make a single penny off of my blog and in fact running my blog COSTS me money
No sponsorship. No ads. Nada.) 

Like many of you, I have a super busy full time job, 
lots of volunteer opportunities I'm involved in, 
a family to love and take care of, a Bible study to teach, a blog to write 
and a million other tasks to accomplish each day. 

Writing a plan takes time and isn't something that I do quickly or take lightly. 
It takes time in the word to research and read. 
It takes time to create it, have it proofed, have it translated, format it, post it, etc. 
And I love doing it but when I get those emails it honestly makes me want to cry. 
And sometimes it does. 

As I was thinking of the latest not kind email I received late last night I realized something- 
those emails are having the EXACT effect that Satan would like for them to. 
He is CHEERING when they upset me and make me think of quitting. 
Because he would LOVE to cause me to quit writing those plans. 
Because he hates anything that would cause us to grow closer to the Lord. 

And that made me wish I was wearing this shirt of mine that I love: 
Because stupid, stinky Satan will not win. 
I will NOT quit doing something that I know God has called me to do. 
NOT TODAY SATAN. 

Galatians 6:9-10 says....
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Such a sweet reminder that when we are weary 
(and that's when Satan loves to attack us) 
we are to carry on doing good. 

So my prayer for you and for me this morning is that when folks 
around us are used by Satan to make us angry
 and want to quit doing those things God has called us to do- 
that we see that clearly and say loudly: 
NOT TODAY SATAN! 

PS If you have to write someone an email to complain, please try to at least say something kind in it too! 

PSS Y'all are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words on this post- I promise that was not my intent when writing this. 
But know that you have blessed me greatly with them!  

Friday, April 28, 2017

May Scripture Writing Plan: Friendship

Happy almost May!

The new topical plan for this month is over the topic of Friendship.
Godly friends are so important in my life and I am blessed with some incredible ones.
 But friendships are hard- no matter how old you are.
I know that many women struggle with grown up friendships
so I thought spending some time focusing on what God
says about friends would be awesome!

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.


You can find a copy of the plan in English and Spanish
and a plain copy of each in the folder HERE.

At the suggestion of a blog reader, I also decided to do
a fun iPhone lock screen with the plan on it.
You can download a copy of it HERE.

This is the plan for the month of May from last year
which is topical plan on Anxiety/Fear.


You can copies of those plans 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







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Are You Weary?


Are you weary? Is your heart restless? Does your burden seem super crazy heavy? 
Do you feel like you are drowning under the tasks and challenges before you?
If you answered yes- know that you are NOT alone. 
This world is crazy and life seems to be more and more hectic 
and rushed and overly full each day. 

Thankfully when we feel overwhelmed and weary, 
Jesus bids us to come to Him for He IS indeed rest for the weary.

He says this in Matthew 11:28-30 which says...

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I love this precious invitation to come to the Lord. 
These words are so gentle and sweet and comforting.

I love His promise that IF we will seek him, we will find much needed rest in Him. 
The key is...we have to actually seek Him!

My Bible (that I love so very much) is a dual translation with NIV 
on one side and The Message on the others. 
I absolutely love these verses in The Message that I read this morning. 

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace is beautiful said and something I so long to do. 

Jesus offers rest on today from any pain, sickness, hurt, anger, abuse, 
disappointment, neglect, or sorrow you are dealing with. 
So if you are weary, my prayer today is that you (and I) will find rest in Him. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

April Scripture Writing Plan: Grief

Happy almost April! 

The new topical plan for this month is over the topic of Grief.
I have so many precious friends dealing with grief of one type or another right now
 and I thought a plan on grief would be something to comfort them during difficult times.

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Prayer Card Giveaway

It's my birthday  and I want to give one of YOU a gift 

so I'm having a birthday giveaway!  


I'm giving away a set of personalized scripture prayer cards

 (for a child, grandchild or spouse). 


To enter just comment below with your favorite thing about your birthday- 

your favorite , your favorite tradition, anything you love about your birthday! 


I'll pick a winner tonight before I go to bed tonight and post the winner here!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ETSY New Items and a Coupon Code

I've recently added a few new items that I created for our retreat
 to my ETSY store and thought I would share them here- 
along with a coupon code for 25% off! 


I created this print CHOSEN to use on the tables one night and
I love the reminder that we are chosen, redeemed, adopted, brave, forgiven, beloved, child of God!


We even had a sweet lady make some cookies to go on the tables to match and they were beautiful! 

I created these scripture cards for the ladies at our retreat. 



They are an instant digital download so you can download and print as many sets as you'd like. 
They make a great gift for someone and are awesome to keep in your purse or car! 

The verses included are:
-Matthew 5:4
-Psalm 119:50
-Romans 15:13
-John 16:33
-Psalm 27: 13-14
-Hebrews 13:5
-John 16:20
-Isaiah 61:2-3
-Deuteronomy 31:6
-Zephaniah 3:17
-Revelation 21:4
-John 14:27

 You can find other scripture card sets HERE and HERE


I also made these bookmarks- which are also a digital download.  
This version of this verse is beautiful and what was on our ladies shirts for the retreat too!



ETSY Coupon Code: 
From now until April 1st, use the code HAPPYBDAY 
(It's my bday week!) to get 25% off your order!  

By far, my most popular items are the scripture prayer cards 
for children, for husbands, and for grandchildren. 
If you don't have a set this is the perfect time to purchase some using the 25% off code. 
They also make GREAT wedding and baby gifts! 

Conversation Cafe Podcast Interview

Ever wonder how and why I started writing scripture writing plans? 
Check out this interview I did with Bekah Shaffer for her podcast, 
Conversation Cafe where we talk about how they started. 

It was my first podcast interview and we had a great time talking about everything from brain tumors to God's calling to our shared love of 48 Hours, Dateline, and Hallmark movies!

You can check out Becca's Blog HERE and listen to the Podcast HERE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Battle is NOT Yours

I'm a fixer by nature. 
If there's a problem and things seem out of control, I want to find a solution. 
ASAP. Stat. Immediately. 
And sometimes that is a good thing. 

Have a technology issue or task you are trying to accomplish? I'm your girl. 
Have a party you want to plan and need some creative, inexpensive ideas? I'm your girl. 
Have a care package you want to send and want some fun theme for it? I'm your girl. 

But other times, when the battle is NOT mine? 
It's not so good. 

2 Chronicles 20:15 says...
Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

Many times I get frustrated trying to fix things (and people!) 
and fight battles that are not mine to fight. 
To meddle in things that God is working in and through. 
To allow Him to work in His mighty and powerful ways.  

I love this verse so because it's a beautiful reminder that Jesus has already won victory over EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that this life and world can throw at us.  
He has fought and WON against everything- 
marriage difficulties, financial struggles, cancer- EVERYTHING.  

Just like the verse above says, all we have to do is trust Him, take our positions, 
and stand firm in His promises, His plan, His almighty power.   

I made this little printable for a retreat this past weekend
 and I put one on my desk as a reminder to myself. 

If you'd like to print your own copy, you can get one in the folder HERE
I printed mine wallet size (9 per page) and they are perfect for the little army men. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Forgiveness is Hard Y'all

Forgiveness is hard y'all. 
Super stinky hard.

It's often hard to forgive others when they have wronged us and wounded us- even when we know they didn't intentionally mean to hurt us. When we are wounded and weary forgiveness doesn't come easily or quickly. When someone hurts us it's easier to withdraw and pull away from them to to try to repair the trust and relationship. Often we have to just make the choice to forgive over and over and over again until we feel it.

But sometimes I think even harder than forgiving others-it's harder even to forgive ourselves. 
To forgive ourselves the way God repeatedly forgives us over and over and over again. 
To give ourselves grace and mercy just as we give grace and mercy to those we love.

We torment ourselves thinking about what we could have done, should have done
and although we know God forgives us, we can't (or won't) forgive ourselves. 
I think for me it often boils down to the fact that it's the unrealistic expectations 
I have of myself and put on myself that is at the root of this inability to forgive myself. 
I want to believe that I am better than I am- but the reality is, I'm not. 
I am a sinful, imperfect mess that is saved only by the grace and mercy of Christ.