Monday, May 02, 2016
At the end of a long day, a long month even and our last day of school - the house is a mess, there are groceries to be shopped for and laundry to fold and put away and floors to sweep. But as I walk in the front door, I notice this open Bible on the piano bench.
Suddenly, my heart swells and calms and I realize that no matter how many things have gone undone or are waiting for me - this is what speaks success in my home at the end of the day. The evidence of a new generation of hands and hearts navigating these pages.
As I told my children over our last day of school breakfast, if they only ever learn one thing in this house, let it be that God is the most important thing. And may there be many more open Bible moments in this home for our growth and His glory.
Deuteronomy 4:29, "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul."
2 Chronicles 15:2b, "If you seek him, he will be found by you."
Jeremiah 29:13, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Psalm 27:4, "One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."
Psalm 119:2, "Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart - "
Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
Tell yourself this truth today: God does not move away from you, if you feel far away you are the one who has moved. Seek Him and you will find.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
Micah 3:8, "But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin."
Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for righteousness, for they will be filled."
Acts 2:4, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 4:31, "After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."
Acts 13:52, "And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."
Ephesians 3:16-19, "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Philippians 1:9-11, "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory of praise of God."
Tell yourself this truth today: No matter how empty I am or feel, God can and will fill me when I am willing and available!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Psalm 68:19, "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."
Isaiah 7:4a, "Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid."
Matthew 11:28-30, "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."
1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Tell yourself this truth today: Giving my burdens to God's capable hands will lighten my load.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Genesis 2:2-3, "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
Exodus 20:11, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
Psalm 23:2-3, "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Psalm 62:1, "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him."
Psalm 91:1, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest."
Mark 6:31, "Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'"
Tell yourself this truth today: God models rest and provides rest for me.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Luke 11:34, "Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness."
John 8:12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
Romans 13:12, "The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light."
1 Corinthians 4:5, "Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God."
1 John 1:5, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."
Revelation 21:23, "The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."
Tell yourself this truth today: When darkness threatens to overwhelm, remember - God is light.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
2 Samuel 22:40, "You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me."
Psalm 144:1, "Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."
Ephesians 6:10-18, "Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all he flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
Tell yourself this truth today: God does not leave me helpless for battle, He equips me with what I need.
I ordered this print on Etsy from a shop called Printable Verses, it doesn't seem to be open at this time.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Good morning! Mother's Day is coming up - it seems earlier this year! I still have some sweet gift sets and am offering a coupon code and even a giveaway today! Yippee!
You can use the code GIVESLOW for $5 off your gift set! There is a huge post with lots of photos and details here that you can reference for many more specifics about this sweet set I've had fun putting together! All gift sets will ship no later than Monday, May 2nd! And, shipping is still included for US addresses!
I'd also love to give one set away! Yay! Leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to slow down on Mother's Day! Comments will be accepted until Friday, April 29th at 8pm EST. Winner must have a way to contact them and a US shipping address.
Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the inspiration of a Mother's Day picnic found on Pinterest! Here are some great ideas in case you are still making plans!
Breakfast in a Box
Sweet idea from Southern Living
An adorable box lunch!
DIY R&R Day from Ann Voskamp and the version I tried at home!
A treasured memory: Mother's Day picnic 2008!
Adorable banner printable
Mother's Day free printables
Printable Mother's Day cards
Can't wait to hear your ideas too! Also, you can now pre-order my book!!!!! Right now, only through the publisher's website but soon through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Also, it will be available as an ebook eventually too but not for pre-order. Yay!
Joshua 23:10-11, "One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God."
2 Chronicles 14:11, "Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, 'Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O Lord, you are our God' do not let man prevail against you.'"
2 Chronicles 20:12, "For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."
2 Chronicles 20:15b, "This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'"
2 Chronicles 20:17, "You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you."
Tell yourself this truth today: God is fighting for me!