Wednesday, April 29, 2020

May Scripture Writing Plan: Kindness

Happy almost May sweet friends! 
The scripture plan topic this month is one of my favorite things: 

It's so easy to feel bombarded by all of the bad, the evil, the sadness in this world we live in- especially right now when things are so scary and so uncertain. It's easy to feel discouraged and completely down and depressed by it all. The one thing that has stood out to me above everything else during this dark time in our world isn't bad or negative though, it is the crazy lavish kindness I have seen displayed. 

Because the news is so full of unknowns and terrible statistics and frightening predictions, it is so refreshing and encouraging and lovely to read and watch stories that show you the good that is still in this world. You know the stories I am talking about- they are the ones at the very end of the broadcast (Why just one I always wonder? I wish the news was full of those stories!). The kind of stories that make you want to be better, to do more, to be the good in the world. 

I love that God's word is full of reminders to us that we are called to be kind and loving to others- regardless of our circumstances. Even when we don't want to. Even if we don't feel like it. Even when we have lots on our plates and on our minds. God repeats those things He wants us to remember and kindness and love is definitely a theme we see repeated over and over and over again in His word. God's love and mercy to me helps keep me mindful of why I love Him so much, and why I should let Him show others that same love through me.

So this month let's focus on what God's word says about kindness and pray for God to help us live in a way that reflects His nature to others! As a bonus challenge- as you write the verses this month, ask God to bring someone to mind that you could show some extra love and kindness to! 

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 the folder HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

God is Sovereign

We are all grieving something- the loss of people we love, the loss of a job, the loss of income, the loss of a business we put our heart and soul into, the loss of a relationship, the loss of time with friends and family, the loss of events we were looking forward to- just to name a few. This quote sums up how I feel about the things we are grieving today.

"Sometimes we must grieve a different ending. A different ending doesn’t mean God has changed his mind about you. God is sovereign, even in our disappointment. Life doesn’t always pan out the way we hope or envision. It’s okay to grieve an unexpected ending to a season, a situation, a day, a moment that didn’t end in the way we hope or plan."
-Shelly Miller, The Sabbath Society

I am thankful for a sweet Lord that is sovereign, even in our disappointments. I am thankful that it's okay for us to grieve and be sad- as long as we don't wallow in that grief forever.

If you are grieving something today, know this:
1. It stinks and I am sorry.
2. You are not alone.
3. It's okay to grieve the things that you are missing.

4. God is still sovereign and loves you so!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

God Plans

I don’t know about you but the uncertainty of this time in our world is what I think is the hardest on me. I have often said over the past few weeks that I would be okay if I just knew WHEN this insanity would end because everything feels so scary and uncertain and I’m not a fan of either scary or uncertain. Of course that’s not possible but in the midst of all this unknown, I have some GOOD news for you: No matter what happens today (or tomorrow or the next day or the next) or how stinky it may be (because some of this is super stinky), it's just a single day and God’s plan for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day (or this time). God is the only thing we can count on 100% and He promises that HE will carry you, sustain you, and rescue you!

Isaiah 46:3-4 The Message:
I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.” 

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