Monday, June 18, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 25


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 25:


     

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



Love Does

Love isn't easy y'all. Hallmark movies sure make it seem like it is but that's a load of malarkey. Love is a daily (hourly sometimes) CHOICE because sometimes we don't feel it. At all. But- even when we don't feel it, we show up for those we love. When they are being awesome and when they are being awful. When they say & do kind things and when they irritate the ever loving tar out of us. When they are being sweet and when they are being flat out ridiculous and dumb and annoying. When they say kind things and when they say things that truly wound & hurt us. When they ask us to be there and when they push us away. It's simply what love does.

Romans 12:9-10 in the Message says "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply, practice playing second fiddle."

So today that's my prayer today. That we would all choose to love. Forgive. Make the call. Reach out. Show up. That we would look for those around us who need to see and feel love and that we wouldn't wait but act on it immediately as if it were the most important task on our to-do list today. Because it is!


Monday, June 11, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 23 and 24

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 23:


     

Week 24: 



     

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


Friday, June 8, 2018

Worry: Matthew 6:34


Worry is something I have ALWAYS struggled with (pretty sure I inherited that trait from my sweet mama) and as I start to worry about all the million things that could or might happen (usually in the middle of the night), I try to stop myself and repeat this quote and then Matthew 6:34 which says.....
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

I absolutely love this verse in the Message which says...
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. (The Message)

The word worry actually comes from an old German word that means "to choke" or "to strangle." And that is exactly what worry does- it chokes you spiritually. It creates an emotional and mental stranglehold on your life. It doesn't EVER make anything better. In fact, it makes things worse. I love that in this verse He points out that worry—any manner of pace-the-floor, can’t-sleep-at-night fretting—is not helpful because it changes NOTHING. This verse is a beautiful reminder that worry isn’t necessary for a child of God. Our Father knows precisely what we need, when we need it. He is never early, never right, always right on time. The same God who paints the flowers of the field and tends the birds of the air holds every part of our lives in his nail-pierced hands. The same God who loved us so much that He went through the hell of Calvary for us, loves us too much to leave your life to chance.

My prayer today is that we are able to rest in the promise and that as we start to worry we are reminded there is no need- HE is in control and loves us so!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

He is Your Refuge and Fortress

If you’ve ever taken a small child swimming for the first time- you know that they cling to you for dear life, holding their tiny little hands tightly around your neck, squeezing you so tightly they leave marks with their tiny nails. They hold on so tightly, afraid that if they let go, they will surely drown. You are their safe refuge and you hold as tightly to them as they hold tightly to you- to let them know that they are safe and secure. That’s exactly how I think our Heavenly Father holds on to us. When we dwell in Him, He is our refuge and fortress. Though our grip may (and probably will) waiver, His NEVER does- it’s always sure and secure. Though our strength may (and probably will) fail, His strength is all powerful and remains, ALWAYS.

Psalm 91: 1-2 says…“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

We may not always see it or feel it, we might forget it’s there at times, or even wonder if He's left us to fend for ourselves in the heat of the hard situations of our life. But His protection IS real. He doesn't, He can't, He won’t forget us or ignore us. We belong to Him and His love is too great to leave us alone. We all have fortresses that we run to when we are overwhelmed by life. People, relationship, work, play, tv, etc.- anything that takes our mind off our problems. But no matter how hard we try, they don’t work because the only true fortress we have is with the one true God. A fortress that will ALWAYS protect us and NEVER let us down.

My prayer for us today is that no matter what troubles we face today, no matter how alone we may feel, we are reminded that God is always the place of refuge we can run to, He is always our safe place. He is stronger than any attack this world and Satan can muster. Cling to His neck and He will NEVER let you go.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 22

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 22:


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

     

Sunday, May 27, 2018

June Scripture Writing Plan: God is SOVEREIGN

Happy almost June friends!

The scripture writing plan this month is over the wonderful fact that GOD IS SOVEREIGN!

God is sovereign. 

Sovereign is defined as:
  1. a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
  2. a person who has supreme power or authority.
  3. a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.

There is no limit to God's rule. He is the boss. 
He is sovereign over the whole universe & absolutely everyone & everything in it. 

He is never frustrated, helpless, or lost. 
He is the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. 

He is without equal. 
He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. 
He is not limited in any way at all. 
He has no beginning and no end. 
He is in control. 

His sovereignty means that there isn't anything that will ever enter your life that God does not either cause or allow. And NOTHING will ever enter your life that, if you are willing to trust in Him, He cannot work our for your good. 

He is more powerful and more loving than we can ever imagine. 


Let's spend this month focusing on the fact that God is sovereign. 


FYI: 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.

TO PRINT: 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!}


And if you are looking for the old plan for June over Forgiveness, you can find it  HERE
or the one on Who I am in Christ you can find it  HERE



Thursday, May 24, 2018

He is WITH Us

There are times when the tragedy and horrors of this life just seem to be too much and honestly threaten to overwhelm me. My heart literally aches for so many hurting families and friends facing serious illness crisis, death, struggle and pain. When things are good it's so easy to praise the Lord for His goodness. But when things are bad and sad? It can be just plain hard y'all.

My life verse is an interpretation of Daniel 3:18 which is...."& if not, He is still good." It's a reminder that although God doesn't promise to save us from the flames, He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. It comes from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they headed into a furnace- facing what could have been a terrible & incredibly painful death. Thankfully, God protected them but they were prepared to be faithful and were actually prepared to die if necessary. It's important to note that God didn't put out the fire they were facing. He just put Jesus in there with them and they came out perfectly fine- without even smoke on them. 
(You can read the awesome story here: https://goo.gl/S6piRg )

My prayer for you and me to today is that we are reminded as we face the fires in our lives (and we WILL face them) that He is with us. He may not stop the fire that we face or the trial that we are going through- but He will be in it with you. We are never alone- He is with us always. And that no matter what....He IS good and faithful and loves us so!

Monday, May 21, 2018

SHINE, Jesus, SHINE


John 12:46 says... "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."
My prayer today (and every day) is that God would shine through me. I am called to be a light for Him, regardless of the circumstances going on in my life. I think sometimes we all (I know I do!) make excuses for not being a light for him.
I must remind myself each day that I am called to do so, regardless of...
-how many things are on my to-do list
-how many cranky pants people I encounter
-how many struggles & problems I have currently in my life
-how many things don't go my way today (because things WILL go wrong, we can count on it!)
-how tired, frustrated, or overwhelmed I am
-how many things/people I am worried about right now
My prayer today is that we all shine brightly for Him to everyone we encounter, because He is the ONLY hope we have in this dark world.

Memory Verse: Week 21

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 21:


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

     

Friday, May 18, 2018

But God


But God.
Those words are two such powerful words.  
Over 40 times in the Bible are the words, “But God” and almost every single time they are like a giant white flag, pointing us to sit up and pay attention- because what is next is SUPER important.

Psalm 73:26 is one of those verses that I cling to when I am weary and worried and fearful. 
Because my flesh and heart does and will fail (and I know yours does too), 
BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
 GOD is. 
Not this sad, sinful, broken world full of pain and sorrow and sickness and strife. 
God is.

He will sustain us……even when we feel weary.
He will enable us……even when we feel completely incapable.
He will equip us….even when we feel it’s impossible.
He will comfort us….even when our hearts are breaking.

If your flesh and heart are failing today- Trust Him. Lean on Him. Let Him be your strength.

He is faithful.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

He will be our PEACE

Are you weary? Deep, soul weary? Is there something in your life that has your heart physically aching? Something heart breaking that you simply can't understand or fix or make better? Me too. 
As someone who is a person of action- who loves to help and to serve and solve problems- facing a situation in the life of someone I love greatly that I can't? It is hard and painful and heartbreaking. And to be honest I've been greatly struggling with that reality over something in my life.

But I am thankful, oh so thankful, for a heavenly father who meets me in my weariness. 
A father who I can sit at His feet and weep- knowing He hears me and loves me and that although I am weak, He is strong and I can rely on His great strength. I'm thankful that God's strength, not mine, is all powerful and that in moments of despair and weariness, I can lift my prayers to Him- He who is always listening and is fully in control. He promises in His word over and over again that He will be our peace and our strength- always. 

In case you need them this morning, here are a few of those many promises I am clinging to.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)
"He will be our peace." (Micah 5:5)
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." (Isaiah 40:29)
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. (Psalm 62:5-7)
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." (Psalm 121)