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.

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

{Be sure to read to the bottom for an ETSY coupon code worth 20%}

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!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Garden by Kari Jobe {with a Giveaway!}

I'm a firm believer that God is a God of details and that there are no coincidences. 
And so that fact that the incredible, beautiful new CD by Kari Jobe, 
The Garden, arrived in my mailbox the night before 
I traveled to MD Anderson for my pre-op appointments for Melanoma surgery
was like a sweet little gift from our Lord. 

This CD is beautiful and was truly a balm to my weary soul
on that 2 hour drive to MD Anderson
{which is THE most amazing hospital in the world!}.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thy Will

I don't know about you but sometimes it's hard for me not to get caught up 
in the WHAT IF'S in and around my life. 

What if that medical diagnosis is cancer?
What if that relationship can't be repaired?
What if that marriage can't be saved?
What if they lose their house?
What if they can't get pregnant?
What if they prodigal child doesn't return?

But that is NOT what God calls us to do. 
He calls us to pray and trust and give all our worries and concerns to Him.
We are to place our lives, our worries, our circumstances in His hands. 
To remember that HE is preeminent over all our circumstances. 
He is God and I am His child, dependent on Him.

Colossians 3:15 says: 
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fear is a Bully

Read this in my devotion (Fear Not by Max Lucado) today- such truth! 

Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. 
Happiness complies. 

Do you ever see the two together? 
Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? 
Clear thinking and afraid? 
Confident and afraid?
Merciful and afraid? 
No. 

Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and unproductive. 
For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

February Scripture Writing Plan: Peace

Happy almost February! 

I felt very strongly led to do a topical plan over PEACE this month-
given the lack of peace that we seem to have in our world lately.
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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

In case you need a reminder this morning.....
"If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. 
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. 
He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning... 
Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!...
You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. 
You aren't an assembly-line product. 
You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, 
and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman!"
-Max Lucado

{If you have never read the book You are Special by Max Lucado, 
take 8 minutes and watch the video below. You ARE Special!}


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bring it All To the Table

I don't know about you but I'm often guilty of NOT
taking my burdens and worries to the Lord- 
simply because I feel like in the scheme of things they
are truly minor or trivial or insignificant. 
That my little issues and worries are so silly 
in light of major health issues and losses those around me are facing. 

But that's NOT what the Lord says. 

Phillipains 4:6 says..

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I read this in Fear Not by Max Lucado yesterday morning and loved it. 

My favorite sentence: 

Jesus doesn't condemn legitimate concern for responsibilities 
but rather the continuous mind-set that dismisses God's presence.

God loves us so and He wants us to bring EVERY burden and concern and worry to Him in prayer.
Even those that seems silly or insignificant. 
Even those that may turn out to be selfish. 
ALL of them. 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prayer Request Printables

I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer. 
One of my favorite verses on prayer is Jame 5:16 
and I love it in The Message translation: 
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. 

I had a sweet reader ask recently if I'd make a prayer request printable 
to match the scripture writing plans and I was happy to do so!

I couldn't decide on just one format so I came up with four to share with her...and you! 


Monday, January 23, 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now

I love to read and I read a LOT. 
I love both fiction and non-fiction & am usually reading several books at once. 

Right now I'm reading a bunch of non-fiction books that are AWESOME!

In case you are looking for a new book to read, here's what I'm reading right now...


Sunday, January 22, 2017

God of Details

God is truly a God of details and for that I am so very thankful! 
This morning I woke with a super stinky headache & my sweet hubby has bronchitis
 & so we stayed home from church.

I happened to open Facebook on my iPad right about the time our church starts a
nd saw that for the first time our church service was on Facebook Live!
 I don't believe in coincidences- not only did I get to attend church in my pj's from home 
BUT they sang a song that I so needed to hear this morning! 
(Don't have a church to watch online? Check out mine- Central Baptist HERE
We would love for you to join us!)

During my brain tumor journey the song and phrase that I clung to like no other was: 
God is Able. 
He reminded me of this truth over and over and over again during those scary months.

When I clicked on Facebook live this am, what song was just starting? 
God is Able! 
Thankful for a God who loves me so that He provides exactly 
what I need, exactly when I need it!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beautiful Things



This morning I listened to the song Beautiful Things by Gungor and loved the lyrics (posted below) so much that I decided to find out where the inspiration for the song came from. 
It's such a beautiful song that reminds us that regardless of our daily circumstances we need to remember that one day all of the angst & suffering 
we have now will be made NEW!
 God is present even in our difficulties!

I read an article where Gungor said: 
"My wife Lisa and I wrote the song together based on experiences at our local church. We were seeing our friends going through suffering and pain. This song is an expression of hope that God will make beautiful things out of the dust in our lives, and God will somehow use us, use our obedience and love, our feeble human effort, and build Himself a kingdom. I see that God is using suffering to bring us closer to Him."

The verses used as inspiration were Isaiah 2:4 and Revelation 21:4-5


You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

Sweet Blessings on FB

Even though it's been suggested many times I never started
a Facebook page for Sweet Blessings 
(for fear that I wouldn't have time to keep up with it & that there really wouldn't be enough folks interested) 
instead just linking to my personal Facebook page- until NOW!

Lately I have been overwhelmed with friend requests 
& never seem to be able to keep up with them. 
Currently I have 593 pending requests. 

So I decided that it was time to give folks a place to easily find the scripture plans and 
blog posts on FB- plus a great place for me to share awesome 
blog posts, books, videos, etc that I find on a daily basis. 

So if you'd like to follow along, you can find Sweet Blessings on Facebook HERE

Happy Weekend friends!

Courage Scripture Writing Plan CORRECTION

So I don't know about you but I am FAR
 from perfect and make mistakes all the time. 
Daily.
Hourly
I mess up.
Big and oh so often.

If you are doing the Courage Scripture Writing Plan this month than you are 
going to notice on the 22nd that I made a mistake.

The verses for the 22nd are the same verses for 1st. 
This wasn't intentional- just an oversight on my part.
(Truth: I was hurrying to post the Courage plan 
and didn't have my sweet proofreading friend check it. Haste makes waste!)
I apologize and will replace the linked version with a corrected plan soon.

For the 22nd you can...
write 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 in a different translation 
or pick a favorite set of verses to write!

Thank you for understanding and grace! 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Fear is a Liar


I am crazy fearful. 
I worry about everything. 
Seriously....everything. 

It’s something I’ve always struggled with but it seems the older I get, the more fearful I have become. I think it’s because I’ve lived more life and seen so much brokenness and 
sadness and witnessed so many horrible things happen. 
 I know so many precious friends who have lost children, so many who have battled illnesses and addictions, watched so many families explode, seen first-hand so many heartaches and losses 
and conflict that it’s hard NOT to worry because I know how awful life can be. 


I so often stay awake at night 
(thankful to have concealer to cover the massive bags under my eyes- at least partially) 
worrying about everything from a snarky comment that someone left me on social media (Do I respond? If so what do I say? Maybe I should just stop all social media?), to did I pour enough love into my sweet girl while she was growing up (Oh how I pray I did), to a friend who is struggling with a burden so heavy I’m not sure how she is carrying it (& wondering what I can do to help her), to the health of myself and 
those I love (& pondering what I can do to keep them healthy & happy for a long, long time), 
to a million other things- both big and small, real and imagined. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Parenting Is Hard

Parenting is hard & beautiful. 

Recently the amazing and fabulous 
Ann Voskamp posted the following on Facebook


I loved it so and shared with several friends that I know are 
walking through some difficult & painful times with their children 
who they love so very much.  

I loved Ann's post because it's a reminder that
we are not alone and holy work IS hard work!

I created a printable of this quote for my friends who 
might need to print it out and keep it is a daily reminder.