Scripture Sunday: Be Thankful Out Loud and Intentionally

Last week Sunday I went to a church that was recommended to my by the AirBnb hosts I am staying with. I loved it, as I knew I would, and it was such a great message.

The service after Thanksgiving and leading into Christmas pointed out that gratitude is not something that is inherently known, but taught. As children, or now as parents, we are always reminding kids to say thank you, to show thankfulness, and to have gratitude.

Pastor talked of gratitude and that it is not always felt. Throughout life it must be practiced to be learned and truly felt. Do you practice gratitude? I love that it can be learned because that just means everyone has to potential for gratitude, and that it can be a part of your life, even if it isn’t in the present moment.

We were reminded to be thankful, in the good times, and the bad.

Give thanks in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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We were reminded that giving thanks invites God in and that we didn’t get where we are without Him.

Along with Him, who are the people who have held you up, during good times and bad? Who has been there for you, no matter the circumstance?

It is so easy and loving to thank the people in your life. It’s free and quick, too. So really, what is there stopping you from loving those in your life and thanking them?

And to wrap it up, he told us that we are our story and what we make of it.

I am constantly saying, “Speak life,” and I love that as a thought process. Speak the good, what you want to happen, and the positive you foresee for yourself and your future. There is negative all around you but you don’t have to focus on that, or let that be a part of your day.

You are your thoughts. If you change everything from “have to” to “get to,” how will that positively impact your day? How will that change your mood?

Being thankful in everything we have is something so many take for granted. Not everyone has a car to drive, fresh water to drink, a safe place to live, or a job to go to. Turn having to drive into getting to drive. Be thankful for the water bill you pay that ensures you have running water to use. Have a grateful heart for the house you get to clean and the bed you get to make. And you get to go to work, to a job that you worked hard for and chose. If you don’t like it, work hard, and choose something else. These are all things we get to do.

But in the meantime, be thankful for what you get, all that you are blessed with, and the people all around you. There is always something to be thankful for!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you:

Dear God, Thank You for everything You have done and everything You will do for us. We know we are not here because of what we ourselves did, but because of the grace and opportunities You have given to us. We thank You for the people in our lives. We praise You in the good and the bad. We will remember to be thankful today and everyday, and turn what we “have” to do, into what we “get” to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: The Best Way To Spend Your December

I shared this meme on my Facebook page and I wanted to share it with you, too. What better way to spend part of your prayer time in December than to learn Jesus’ story before his birthday?

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I hope this inspires you to dig deeper into the Bible and more specifically, into Jesus’ life, this December.

Today is the first day of December, so it’s the perfect day to get started=) Happy Sunday and God Bless.

 

Scripture Sunday: Are You Praying Enough?

pexels-photo-208278Because I’m not.

And this isn’t me feeling bad about it, guilty, or beating myself up, it’s just an observation. But I want to be praying more. So I write it down with the rest of my to-do’s, and I write it first. Every time I realize I am not praying as much as I want to be, I make it a priority.

Sometimes, I fall off the pray train. But I always get back on. And I guess it isn’t even praying that I am slacking at, there are always prayers throughout each day. But what I need is to get into the Word more, to read my daily devotionals, and to set apart a large chunk of time to pray and get into it, not just to pray out the door, as I call it.

Praying out the door refers to those quick prayers, the ‘Thank you God for waking me up,’ or the ‘Please protect my friends and family throughout this day.’ It’s for any small prayers you make during the day, and those are all great, and He wants us to talk to Him each day. And to pray to Him each day. But He also wants us to get deeper into our faith.

He wants to hear from us but He also wants us to give time and silence, and to meditate on the Word so that we can hear from Him.

Since traveling, my hubby and I took next to no time at all in figuring it out. We’ve easily streamlined workdays, outings, packing the car, and the organization of it all. But for me, I need to up my prayer game.

Do you pray on a “schedule?” What works best for you?

If you’re reading this, I just want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank you for reminding us to keep praying and to keep talking to You. We are forgiven, whether we pray or not and whether we remember to talk to You and read the Word or not. You are such an amazing God. We are so lucky and blessed to have You! Please, talk to us so loudly we know it’s You and we cannot NOT hear You. Never stop reminding us to pray everyday, be thankful and grateful, and love on others as Jesus would. Some of us need these reminders more than others. **Haha** In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Scripture Sunday: What He Wants From Us

God wants us to love Him. That’s a biggie. Love God, and love people.

God wants us to love everyone. He wants us to be giving. He wants us to jump to the aid of anyone who needs it.

God wants us to be selfless.

God wants us to lend a helping hand and volunteer. And He wants us to share Him.

He wants us to tell everyone to pray more, to listen to God more (because He talks to everyone,) and to share Him more.

God wants us to spend time, talk with, and join together with people who we love to praise Him.

And at the very least, God wants us to pray. He wants us to come talk to Him. He wants us to tell Him everything He already knows about us. He wants us to feel loved . He wants us to know that we are His favorite!

He wants to guide us, He wants to help us.

If only we would let Him.

Let Him.

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, Thank You for loving us. Thank you for reminding us to do what You want from us. Thank You for guiding us to be helpful, kind, loving, caring, selfless, and all around people lovers. We are so blessed to be loved by You. Thank You for always having a plan for us and reminding us of all Your promises in the Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Scripture Sunday: God is Everywhere

And I love it. I cannot go one day without Him showing up and reminding me He is there. Matthew 28:20 says He is always with you, and he really is.

At the Gym

What? I know it sounds weird but one day as I was about to leave the gym, I overheard a fellow gym goer talking with an employee. Normally I wouldn’t think twice about it but I heard the guy telling the employee about this new Christian rap station, artist, or song. I don’t know exactly what the conversation was but the gist of it? God at the gym=)

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I don’t “work” for a company that is outwardly religious, religion based or otherwise, but lots of my coworkers are Godly women.  And make it be known. Because it’s a remote position, all of our communications are done over email and my boss had this meme one morning. Thank you God for my amazing coworkers!

Social Media

It isn’t hard to find God in and on social media. I see Him all the time. Fun memes, pretty scriptures with backgrounds, and more. All you have to do is “like” some Christian things and Insta people who like Christian things, and all the sudden your feed will be filled with God. Try it, you’ll love it.

At the Bar

Seriously, earlier last week I was just having a wine with my hubby at a bar. I can’t remember specifically what was said or how it came up but when the bartender said, “God Bless,” and it was good enough for me. Yes, God is even at the bar.

Wherever you go and whatever you are doing, He is there. How awesome is that?

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, Thank You for being everywhere we are. Thank You for constantly reminding us that we can come to You and that You are always with us. We are so thankful to hear from You and see You in our daily lives. There is nothing we want more than to feel Your presence and know You are there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Worry Less

Philippians 4:6 says not to worry, but instead to go to Him with everything.

I love this. It’s reassuring and calming, like so much of the Word. The thing is, worry is a part of everyday life. And while I am not one to worry, I know people that are.

And this is where Jesus comes in. And prayer. And God. Don’t worry, instead go to Him with everything.

 

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In your prayers, thank God for everything He has done for you. And pray to Him about everything you want Him to do. Prayer is how we communicate with God, and he is always listening.

As you pray (and go through your day,) pray as if you already have what you’re praying for, as if your prayer has already been answered. This is faith.

Speaking life and what we want from life is the most important thing. If you don’t want it, don’t say it!

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, We thank you that we can come to You and that You know our hearts. We are glad to know that we can always speak to You and that You are always listening. We thank you for Your peace and joy. We thank You for encouraging us to come to you in prayer whether we are sad, happy, upset, annoyed, hurt, or worried, because You will take care of all of it. Thank you for taking our worries so that we don’t have to carry them. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: What Our Troubles Can Do For Us

I love the devotional I’m going to be sharing today. It reminds us to work towards more patience with God and in life. Because His plan is already set, and we have to learn to get there. We may not understand why things are happening when they do, but we can have patience in them.

Besides, we shouldn’t rely on our own understanding anyhow. We can give Him our doubts and our worries.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

And what’s why I love this devotional. It’s saying the same thing.

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To “get” where we need to “go,” we have to be strengthened, smarter, and wiser. He knows this and helps us along the way. Our troubles feel hard but they are not impossible. We have to use our troubles as a way to grow.

The second part says that we should take our troubles to God in prayer. We should ask Him what He wanted us to learn from them. I love this.

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, We want to thank you for taking on all our troubles. We are so blessed that we can rely on You and trust Your plan for us. Guide us to have more patience and always seek You in troubled times.  Lord we give You our hearts so that You may give us peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: Micah 6:8

 

Do this.

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That’t it. That’s all you have to do. Be humble. Love people. Love God and go to him with everything. Read the word. Share the word.

I opened right to this today and it just made me think, like, that’s it. It’s not hard, it’s not “unwritten.” It’s plain and simple. All we have to do is have some faith and live in his promises.

Do you feel the same about this verse? Which verse really speaks to you?

Happy Sunday All!

 

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 2

Good morning friends, and Happy Sunday=)

This week was the second week of bible study and it was just as good as the first. (Click here to read the first weeks post.) This week’s big idea was about saying “no.” You need to stop, pause, and cease and sometimes, say “no.”

The talk was good but it was the after talk that really got me this week. My bible babe, Cindee, said something that really struck a cord with me. And it changed my whole week for the better.

She asked us all to think about how we know when it’s time to stop something. Now, I’m one to join in, talk, and discuss my feelings or ideas, but I wasn’t sure what she was getting at when she said this.

So as she went on, I was curious to know what she was referring to and how she knew to stop. And let me tell you something. These words were right from God, through Cindee’s mouth, and into my ears. I’m talking a game changer. And this is what she said.

She said, “You know you’ve overdone it when you feel these three things.”

  1. frustration
  2. anger
  3. depression

She said that when you snap at someone else, you know you’ve overdone it. When you snap at yourself and when you’re quick to feel agitated, annoyed or upset, you’ve done too much. These feelings signify that you’ve overdone it, and that you’re not resting enough. Who else can relate?

I know when she said these words I felt like, yup, I can see that. I spent the rest of the day really thinking on her words, what they meant to me and how they related to me. It was a good time of reflection and it didn’t take long for my actions to kick in because Wednesday was really good to me.

But before I get into that, there was something else, too. This was the second part of what I needed to really feel things (thoughts and actions) turn around. She said that we have got to live in the spiritual, and not the natural. This means taking control of our emotions and thoughts, speaking and acting with love and calm, and remembering what God wants us to do each day. That being, to be happy and spread love.

She said that when you are upset, snapping, annoyed or anything negative, that that’s not God in you, but the devil, trying to work his way in and ruin your day. And you know what? I’ve heard this so many times, but last Tuesday morning, when she said that, it stuck. I got it as if I’d heard it for the first time. And it was a great message for me to hear.

The next day, on Wednesday, I remembered waking up, and just feeling good. I felt better than I had in a long time. My marriage had a good day and night. I felt extra positive and ready for the day. And I carried that feeling with me all week.

I reminded myself that God wants us to be happy. I pushed any thought that wasn’t positive, inspiring or happy out of my head. I reminded myself to live in the spiritual and not the natural. Talk about freeing.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m cured of sadness. I’m not saying that negative things haven’t happened this week. But regardless of those things, this new way of thinking and being feels good. And I look forward to holding onto that and reminding myself of it so I can live my happiest and best life.

I hope this touched you in as amazing a way as it touched me. It felt really great and I’m so thankful for Cindee, and all the other amazing women from bible study. I can’t wait to see what else I get out of this study and share it with you.

I wish you all a very Happy Sunday, and until then, stay blessed=)

 

 

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 1

I started a new bible study this past week, and I have to tell you, I’m already in love with it. I mean, it helps that all the gals are awesome too, but this book started to resonate with me before I even opened the front cover.

The book is called Breathe, Making Room for the Sabbath. And it’s awesome. Truly awesome.

The main point of it is just that, breathe! And, don’t we all need a little bit more breathing room? Our fast-paced lives are full of never ending plans, more work that we can fit into each week and a sense that if we aren’t running full speed ahead, like “everyone else,” we aren’t doing enough.

But, this simply isn’t true. What? What do you mean? I don’t have to rush around throughout my days, say “yes” to everything, and be everything to everyone? Nope. You don’t. And here’s why.

This busy, high-pressured, non-stop stress filled life is NOT what God wants for us. God created the sabbath as the day of rest, right? But who really rests on that day? Anyone? And the last time you did throw your feet up, how did it feel? Did it feel great? Or did you feel instantly guilty and start thinking about all the things you should be doing instead?

I know I can barely sit and enjoy a TV show much less lay out at the pool without feeling the need to be doing something, really anything, that’s more than nothing. But why?

Because, that’s what we’re taught. Especially in this American culture. We are taught to never stop. We work too much and pack out schedules so full. All the while, we put things in our life first, instead of the people. And this is a problem, too.

For this first week, we talked about indulgences. Things that have been provided to us to enjoy. But, being the overindulgent culture that we are, of course, we have taken it too far. And we are literally enslaved to these things. What things am I talking about?

  • cell phones
  • ministry
  • computers/tablets/gaming systems/Ipods
  • coffee
  • desserts
  • people
  • spending money on things
  • relaxing
  • hobbies
  • exercise

While reading through the list, did any of these things jump out at you? Are these things you like to do, that bring you joy,  things that you are doing ALL the time? Are you choosing these things or ideals over your family? Over your spouse?

Through this bible study, we’ve been challenged to think this week about what is enslaving us in this life. These are things we do truly enjoy and appreciate, but that we take too far, use too much, only ever want more and cannot get away from.

We need to take a step back and realize these things are ultimately controlling us. We need to set boundaries. We need to take time to really rest and reconnect with God. We need to slow down. And we need to remember that all of this “slowing down/relaxing/reconnecting” is ok. Not only ok, but essential.

I’m going to do a 5-week bible series (just the length of my bible study) to reflect on and share with you the talks and themes of the book, Breathe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will and really do some thinking on it, too.

I wish you a very Happy Sunday and until next week, stay blessed=)