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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lent Scripture Writing Plan

Several blog readers asked if I'd do a plan specific for Lent this year 
and I was more than happy to do so!
This plan should start tomorrow and last for 40 days. 


You can find a copy of the plan in the folder HERE
in both English and Spanish as well as plain versions of each type. 

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

Live Like You're Loved

I don't know about you but there are times that although I know
 in my head & heart that I'm loved by God, I don't feel loved. 
That I fail more often than I succeed. 
That I am not enough. 
Not kind enough, giving enough, forgiving enough. Enough.
That I don't do enough for Him. 
That I simply fail to measure up. 

I came across this video late last week and it so spoke to me!
I absolutely love the message behind this song & it's such a beautiful reminder
that His love for me isn't based on how good I am (thank goodness!)
but on how good HE is. 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

March Scripture Writing Plan: Grace

Happy almost March! 
Gosh that was quick- where did Feb. go? 

The new topical plan for this month is over the topic of Grace. 
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, February 22, 2017

Alone

I recently came across a post by Lysa Terkurst on Facebook that so struck me. 

How true is that? 
When we are struggling most of us tend to turn inward and away from those 
around us who can help us through those struggles- especially God-
that's exactly what Satan wants. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Want to be a RAOK Ninja?

Back in 2013 when I started going to MD Anderson 
I created some little notes to post in bathrooms. 
I originally created them before my surgery because 
I prepared a little list of RAOK for Madison 
and her sweet friends who spent my surgery day with her to do. 
I loved thinking of them performing acts of kindness at MD Anderson
instead of just sitting and worrying about me.

   

      

Ever since then I've kept some of the signs in my purse along with some washi tape
 and I put them up each time I visit MDA for follow up visits
 and again this year when diagnosed with Melanoma and becoming a patient once again. 
I always visit every bathroom I pass on the way to my appointments
and honestly I feel like a little RAOK ninja! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fear NOT Scripture Notebooks


I started a new Bible study with some sweet friends this week and our topic is fear & anxiety. 

{We are doing Anchored by Lauren Hlushak}



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Scripture Prayer Cards

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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. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Find You Here

I find such comfort and solace in music. 
When my soul is weary and tired and worn and worried about those I love
- music centers me and reminds me of God's goodness and love. 

The song Find You Here by Ellie Holcomb is one of my current favorites. 

It's a beautiful song that is such a great reminder that God 
is near to us when we are in the midst of darkness. 
That He will carry us through the pain and struggle. 
That He holds us in His mighty hands. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sometimes Things ARE Crappy

I am an optimist and believe that a positive attitude is a choice and makes a huge difference. 
Our lives are full of blessings- we just have to look and acknowledge them. 
I try to speak kindly and positively to those around me 
and think that most of the time I am successful. 

But sometimes y'all, things are just crappy. 
Like seriously crappy. 
Crappy crappy.

A marriage that falls apart and a spouse leaves?  Crappy. 
A cancer diagnosis? Crappy. 
The loss of a job or home? Crappy.
A relationship broken beyond repair? Crappy. 
Someone you love with an addiction they don't see and won't get help for? Crappy. 
The death of someone you love? Crappy. 

God did not say that we would be without trouble in this world- in fact he said the opposite. 
In John 16:33 he says....
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Kari Jobe CD Winner

Michelle Tuller you are the winner!

Be on the lookout for an email requesting your address. 
Thanks to all who participated!