Monday, January 22, 2018

Memory Verses: Week 4

I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 4:


The primary reason we were put on this earth was to glorify God and to give Him thanks. 
The Bible tells us this over and over again including in Psalm 107:1. 
(Also in Colossians 3:17 and Hebrews 13:15 and many other verses!)

But to be totally honest, sometimes thanking and praising Him can be hard. 
Super crazy, painfully difficult.
When things are hard and painful and NOT GOOD and 
when we are in a time of despair, pain or struggle, 
the absolute last thing we want to do is give thanks and praise. 

But the Bible doesn't say....do it only when you feel like it. 
It says simply DO IT. 
We are to do it because God IS good and His love endures forever-
regardless of our circumstances. 
It doesn't mean we have to love the circumstance or the situation-
it means we are to love and thank God period
because His goodness and love will not run out, 
wear out, grow old, fade away- EVER. 
(Need more reminders? Just read Psalm 136 to see an entire book of verses that remind us His love endures forever!)

It's not about being optimistic, it's an act of faith. 
It's deliberately saying - I trust in God's goodness to me and to others, 
I trust that even in the worst situations of my life- 
He will bring some good from it because He is GOOD. 

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish
 and the complete list in a folder  HERE


     


Thursday, January 18, 2018

GOOD NEWS: 1/18/18



I love happy stories.
You know- those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
{And there IS so much 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.

Here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Memory Verses 2018: Week 3

I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 3:

Fear NOT? I don't know about you but NOT being fearful is a huge struggle for me.
I worry about everything from big things to tiny things. 

Thankfully this verse gives us some GOOD news when it comes to fear. 

It tells us to not be afraid for two reasons: 


  1. He is with us. 
  2. He is our God. 

We don’t have to be afraid because we have a hope that others don’t. 
We know that God will strengthen us and help us in each situation that we face.
 He dwells in heaven, knows the future and the past, has unlimited wisdom and resources 
and in this verse says that He WILL help us. Not that he might, he WILL. 
His presence guarantees strength to endure every trial, to bear up courageously 
under all suffering, persecution, struggle, and affliction. 
God assures that we are NEVER EVER without help. 
When we realize the fact that God is on our side, 
that He will walk with us through any situation or circumstance or struggle
 that we might face, we can see why He tells us to not be afraid. 

God upholds us with His mighty power. 

I find such comfort that when we are exhausted and our own strength is small and spent, 
when we stumble and fall and have no strength to pick ourselves back up, 
our loving Lord reaches down His powerful right hand and lifts us. 
As long as we remember that God is with us, we can boldly proclaim, 
“I am not afraid because my God is ever with me! 
I am anxious for nothing; the Lord is my God!”


You can print out the verses in English and Spanish
 and the complete list in a folder  HERE


     

I also created some verse cards that you can print out and punch a hole in to carry round with you.
You can find verses for weeks 1-12  HERE








Friday, January 12, 2018

Chemo Treats

I'm pretty sure every single person I know has been affected by cancer in some way. 
Either they, a close family member, or friend has been diagnosed 
and battled cancer at some point in their life. 
I had a dear friend in middle school/high school, Heba,
who battled cancer and died our sophomore year. 
My sweet mama was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 
and died in 2002 after battling it for 9 months. 
I have had countless friends diagnosed and battle cancer, 
some winning and some losing and some still fighting today. 
I myself even had a diagnosis last year. 
I was lucky mine was caught early and only required surgery, 
not chemo or radiation but so many do. 

I started a group last year in my town called the Chemo Fairies. 
Each week we gather a little treat (usually something to eat) with a note 
that is tailored specifically for those going through chemo and 
drop them off for cancer patients at our local cancer clinic. 
They are just a fun little something to remind them someone cares and is thinking of them.
Honestly the treat isn't the main thing, it's the fact that 
someone is thinking of, praying for, and rooting them on in this battle!



I created the first set of tags and placed them in my ETSY store HERE

I just added a second set HERE

I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to hear from friends and family of chemo patients 
who have received the treat and what a blessing they have been to them. 
It's truly an easy way to support someone who is going through an awful time.

How about getting a group together of your own Chemo Fairies
to bless those in your community going through chemo? 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

52 Books in 2018: 1-9

I LOVE to read. 
It's seriously my favorite thing to do.
And lucky for me, I'm a super fast reader so when 
I take the time to stop and read, I can read a LOT. 

The last week I've been under the weather and so I've spent lots of time
 sitting with Poppy in my lap reading. (IE= heaven!)

My goal is to read 52 books this year and I was able to get 9 read last week. 

Now a word of caution- I like to read lots of different types of books. 
I love Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, true crime, mysteries, and romance. 
So my book choices are all over the place.

Here are books 1-9, a link to each one, and my rating from 1-5. 

Interesting and suspenseful
Rating: 4

Good, solid mystery
Rating: 3

I listed to this one on Audible and it was so good.
A very different type of topic but I loved it!
Rating: 4.5

Historical, based on a true story, and FABULOUS
Rating: 5

Great family story!
Rating: 3.5/4

Super thriller, interesting plot
Rating: 4

Heart-racing thriller
Rating: 3.5

Great story of friendship, love and betrayal
Rating: 4

Marriage/abuse thriller
A little too dark for me...I had to skip over a few parts. 
Rating: 2.5


I also started an Amazon list of all the books I'm reading this year. 
You can find the list HERE



{Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, 
I will earn a tiny commission if you click through and make a purchase.}

Monday, January 8, 2018

Memory Verses 2018: Week 2

I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 2:

Daily Devotions on IG Stories


Over the past few months I've been occasionally doing my morning devotions on Instagram stories. After a bunch of direct messages about the devotions and sweet friends sharing
 how much they like them I've decided to start doing a devotion each day on IG stories. 
I can't promise it will be every day, but most days for sure. 

If you are on Instagram I'd love for you to join me!

{If you don't know, Instagram stories are just short little videos that you can do on Instagram. 
They only stay up for 24 hours and then they disappear. Details HERE.}

I always get lots of questions about the devotions I use so I thought 
I would go ahead and link them here for easy access. 

The two I'll be starting with this year are

and 


I love them both and am super excited to share them with you! 
The devotions will only be about 5 minutes long 
and I think it will be a great way to start the day with my IG friends!

I also usually get a bunch of questions about my Bible (which I LOVE) 
so you can find all the details about that HERE if you are interested. 

{Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, 
I will earn a tiny commission if you click through and make a purchase.}

Friday, January 5, 2018

Memory Verses 2018: Week 1

I don't know about you but every day I see or read or hear something that makes 
my heart break and makes me honestly shake my head at the world we live in. 
There is just so much heartbreak and sadness and evil and pain that 
honestly it's heartbreaking and almost completely overwhelming. 
When I start to feel overwhelmed with the awfulness of this world, 
I turn to God's word because it's honestly the ONLY thing that gives me any true comfort.

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.  

When we read and meditate on God’s Word, 
we build our relationship with him stronger and deeper and we have HOPE. 
Hope that is ONLY found in Him.

This is mentioned over and over again in scripture. 
Here are just a few examples: 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9:  
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

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.

Psalm 119:15-18 
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

John 1: 1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


He wants us to know Him, focus our hearts, souls and all our might on loving Him.
  
He wants to use His Word to:
•Encourage us
•Affirm us
•Love us
•Be our stronghold and anchor

In order for that to happen we must: Hear it, Read it, Learn it, and Obey it!

I read recently of a woman who said…...
"If I bring my phone to Bible study what I’m saying is I’m NOT okay missing a phone or text from a friend or work- but I AM okay missing the message the Lord might have for me.” 
OUCH. That stepped ALL over my toes!

I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week. 
My sweet friend Mandy compiled this great list and each week I'll be sharing 
a new verse along with a printable for you to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 1: 


I'm doing it in both a white and a black background
and you can print out the verses (and even a Spanish version) 
and the complete list in a folder  HERE

So who's in for learning 52 verses this year?



Monday, January 1, 2018

Bible Reading Plans

A fairly common resolution that I think is FABULOUS is the resolution
 to read through the Bible in a year. 

I can think of no better way than to spend time reading through God's word completely.

There are tons of great plans out there so I thought I would share a few that I think are great 
as well as a printable version that I created after a blog reader asked for one. 


 has some fabulous plans online including: 

These plans are great because you can follow them on your phone 
or computer and you can do them alone or with friends. 
I'm actually working on one of these plans myself! 



(which I LOVE) has several plans as well including 
(allows you to read the Bible in the chronological order in which its stories and events occurred), 
(allows you to read the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.)
(allows you to read the books of the Bible as they were written historically, 
according to the estimated date of their writing).

I love the Bible Gateway plans because they allow you to: 
  1. Have reminders sent directly to your email
  2. Record your reading progress
  3. Pause your plan any time to read at your own pace


also have some great options for reading plans including


Ligonier Ministries has a great list of printable plans HERE 
including some that are just five days a week and some that are chart form. 


I had a blog reader request a printable plan so I've created a simple one that you can print out 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!}







A Prayer (and a word) for the New Year

Happy 2018 sweet friends! 

This is my prayer for you this new year...

I spend lots of time leading up to the new year thinking
 about and praying about
 my word and verse for the following year. 

This year my word is DWELL and my verse is Psalm 37:3 which says...
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

I love the word dwell because it's a reminder that I need to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing God's goodness and grace.

 I believe that this year God is telling me to slow down, to savor. 
I can’t dwell in a hurry and I tend to ALWAYS be in a hurry. 

Do you pick a new word of the year? 
If so, share below, I'd love to hear what it is and be praying that word over you! 


Thursday, December 28, 2017

January Scripture Writing Plan: Wisdom

Happy almost January friends!

As we start a new year scripture writing is a great way to spend
a few minutes each day focusing on what is truly important! 
It's an easy way to spend some time in God's word and with Him. 
There is just something about writing out scripture that seems 
to make the word come alive for me- 
and I'm so thankful it's been a blessing to so many of you as well!

The plan for this coming month is over a topic that I think all of us need more of: WISDOM!


Wisdom is defined in the dictionary as: 
the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise and the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight" (Proverbs 9:10). The wisdom that leads to life and ultimate joy begins with knowing and fearing God... fearing the Lord means fearing to run away from him. It means fearing to seek refuge, and joy, and hope anywhere other than in God. It means keeping before our eyes what a fearful prospect it is to stop trusting and depending on God to meet our needs. The fear of the Lord is, therefore, the beginning of wisdom not only in the sense that it is the first step in a wise way to live, but also in the sense that all the later characteristics of wisdom flow from the fear of the Lord like a river flows from a spring.


The Bible - specifically Proverbs- is chock full of reminders of what wisdom is.
It's vital that we not only know WHAT it is but that we also study 
what God says about it and then DO IT . 
This month's plan is full of verses from Proverbs that remind us what God has to say about wisdom and being wise- as well as what happens if we are NOT wise! 


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!}



You can also find the general plan for January from last year   HERE


Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Baking 2017

I love to bake. 
It's relaxing and fun for me to make sweet treats for friends and family. 
In fact, I started this blog to post recipes (and there are tons on here). 
I inherited the love of baking from my sweet mama who was an INCREDIBLE cook. 
At Christmas time each year we would spend a weekend making
 tons of treats and it was one of my favorite weekends of the year. 
As I bake now I miss her so but try to remember all the fun times 
with her and now am lucky enough to have my sweet girl join me sometimes. 

This weekend I made a few goodies and thought I would share the recipes in case 
you are looking for some yummy treats to whip up this week. 
Some are super simple and all are super yummy!