Friday, October 31, 2014

Thanksgiving Scripture Writing

When I started creating my Bible Study & Prayer Journal 
one of my very favorite parts was the scripture writing section.  

A few months ago I started writing out scriptures 
and found that I absolutely LOVE it- for two reasons. 

For one, it helps me memorize scripture which I so desperately want to do.
In the days before and directly after my surgery last year, 
I was so thankful for the scriptures I had memorized 
because they are what I repeated over and over and over again 
to myself during those scary and pain-filled days.  
After surgery I couldn't read or do anything on a computer or ipad 
{because it really hurt my head} and so those scriptures comforted me.  
Since then I've really worked on memorizing more scripture and  
I've found that writing them down really helps me to memorize them.  

Secondly, I love writing them down because it really helps me to 
think about and specifically focus on a set of scriptures.  
It's a great time to listen to God's voice and truly only takes a few minutes a day. 

Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, 
{and I heart Thanksgiving}
I decided to make a set of Thanksgiving Scripture Writing Verses
to use and to share with YOU!

Each verse only takes about 10 minutes to copy
and I've included the verse list as well
as a page to write the verses on if you'd like it. 

Click the image below or HERE to download your own copy! 
Praying it blesses you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I'm a Mess {and so are you}

I listened to this song on repeat on the way to work this morning.
I so love the lyrics.
Such a precious reminder that although I'm a mess, 
God loves me so!

Truth is harder than a lie
The dark seems safer than the light
And everyone has a heart that loves to hide

I'm a mess and so are you
We've built walls nobody can get through
Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do
Bring your brokenness, and I'll bring mine
'Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy's waiting on the other side
If we're honest
If we're honest
Don't pretend to be something that you're not
Living life afraid of getting caught
There is freedom found when we lay 
our secrets down at the cross, at the cross
It would change our lives
It would set us free
It's what we need to be

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bible Study & Prayer Journal

A few months ago I started looking for a Bible study and 
prayer journal but couldn't find any that were set up the way 
I wanted and included all the things I wanted it to so...
I decided to make my own so that I could customize it the way I wanted it. 

I worked on it for about six weeks and started thinking- 
if I make this a printable journal, there might be some others that would want one too!

So after lots of great input from sweet friends,
 I finally finished it and just posted it in my ETSY store!
{I'm so excited!}

It includes 3 different editable cover options

 and 26 printable pages including:
  • Books of the Bible
  • Sermon Notes (2)
  • 30 Day Scripture Writing Plan (3)
  • Writing Scripture 
  • Bible Study Notes (2)
  • Prayer Requests (2)
  • Praying for Those I Love
  • Verses to Memorize (2)
  • Printable Memory Verse Cards (3)
  • Editable Printable Memory Verse Cards 
  • I am Thankful for...
  • Count your Blessings
  • Where or how did God show himself to me today?
  • Song Lyrics I LOVE
  • Quotes to Remember
  • Notes (3)

You can print the pages full sheet sized or 1/2 sheet sized. 
The great thing is that you can print as many copies of each page as you need! 

It's truly been a labor of love and I pray that it's a blessing to those who purchase it!

If you are interested, here's a page from the journal as a FREEBIE just for you- 
The 30 Day Scripture Writing Plan #1 can be found HERE
{Black and white version can be found HERE}

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Faith Through Struggles

Sweet friends- I'm working on something I'm writing and would LOVE
 your thoughts on faith and struggles. 

If you have a few minutes, would you mind filling out this 10 question survey? 

Thank you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I'm working on memorizing Luke 6:27-40 
because I so want to live out those verses daily. 

But I'm going to be honest- these verses challenge me so. 
It's so easy for me to love those who are sweet and loving. 
I can do kind things for them all day long. 

But to love those that are difficult and cranky and not so loveable? 
It is just plain old hard.
And not so much fun. 

But those people are the ones that need it most. 
Those people- I call them sandpaper people- 
NEED love and kindness desperately.

I love the simplicity of verse 36: 
Our Father is kind; you be kind. 

"To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

He alone

It seems like there are so many hurting and struggling people in my life right now. 

Those dealing with loved ones with cancer, t
hose battling cancer themselves, those with seriously ill children,
those with loved ones in rehab, those facing big court battles- 
so many struggles that my heart hurts for. 

Praying specifically Psalm 62:1-2 this morning- 
that they would be reminded that HE alone is their rock and salvation!

You can print a PDF or JPG copy HERE