Scripture Sunday: Take Today (And Every Sunday) To Rest

In a past bible study, our group talked about Sabbath and how important it is to take Sundays off. This is to be the day of God, rest, family, and friends.

But is that what we do? Do we take this day for God and our people? Or is it our only day off and so we squeeze everything into this day?

For most of us, we prepare for the next week on Sundays. We meal prep, schedule our life, and clean the house. We take kids to this sport, that sport, birthday parties, and play dates. We work and run errands.

Sunday has become the busiest day of the week and not the rest day that He wants for us.

Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.

Deuteronomy 5:12-14

I work a 4 days on/2 days off schedule, so work on Sundays is a part of my life.

But a couple of weeks ago, I really prayed on this. I asked God to show me a way to not work on Sundays, to rest, to have time for my people, and Him.

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Work was very slow for one of my working weekends, I literally did not have any work come into my bin. So that Sunday was freed up for what He wanted me to be doing, resting.

Last weekend was a scheduled weekend off for me, so more rest on Sunday. (And if you saw my Facebook/Instagram post, I completely unlpugged last Sunday, for the whole day. No phone. It was great.)

And now this Sunday is an editing holiday for me. What should have been my “Day 1” is now a day off.

Now, I’m not saying every Sunday I won’t work. And this last Sunday I did spend about 30 minutes at the end of my day thinking, and planning for the next week. But I also rested and stayed 100% present in the day.

I went to church. I cuddled kiddos. I spent time talking with my BFF. And you should find a way to do this, too.

So for this Easter Sunday, do what you can to slow down. Pray extra and rest. Praise God and go to church. After all, it’s Easter and you never know what miracles may come of it.

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

Dear God, Thank You for Your word. All we have to do is read the bible to see all that You have for us. Thank You for giving us a day of rest and urging us to take it. Thank You for giving us a day for You, us, and our family and friends. We are so thankful for You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Happy Easter Sunday friends=)

Scripture Sunday: Make God a To-Do List

I heard this recently and I just had to pass it on.

We all know that God wants us to have joy, be happy, and give love to others. What does God not want us to do? He doesn’t want us to worry, be sad, be negative, be anxious, cry, or really anything negative. So what do we do then?

Because this life is hard. Things break our hearts, cause us pain, and sometimes it feels like it will never end. But it will, and this is how to stop it right now. Give it to God.

Write God a to-do list. Tell Him all the things you want Him to do for you, so that you don’t have to. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to give Him all the bad stuff, so we can hold on to the good stuff, and only the good stuff.

Make His to-do list, and be real with Him. Tell Him you want Him to have your sadness, you worry, and your hurt. If something is breaking your heart, put in on His to-do list. If something is making you anxious, add it to the list. If you want to change but your’re struggling, add that to the list, too.

We know that everything happens according to God’s plan. That we need to share Him and share love, and that ultimately that’s all He wants from us. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t human and that we won’t feel these feelings.

It’s ok, and He understands. But He also wants us to remember that we don’t have to shoulder it, not any of it. He wants us to give it to Him. He wants to take all of it so that we can stop and smell the roses, slow down, be happy, and enjoy this life.

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So, make Him a to-do list. Give him all of the bad stuff. And only keep the good stuff.

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

Dear God, Thank you for allowing us to give You all the bad stuff. We are so thankful to give You a to-do list of the hard things that make us hurt. We want to always remember that we can come to You with anything, no matter what it is. And we want to live with love and happiness in our hearts, even if we’re feeling all the humans hurts of this life. God, you are so good. We praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Put God on Your Phone

We’re all on our phones too much. All day long, half the night, and everywhere in between. Phone, phone, and more phone.

So why not put God on your phone? It’s something that we’re on, looking at, and using everyday, anyhow.

I love choosing something that’s pretty, or catches my eye and then also has an amazing and refreshing word from God.

This is one of my favorites. It reminds me that God has a plan for me. His plan is to prosper me, not to harm me, and to give me hope, and a future. God is so good!

For any verse, all you have to do is Google ‘bible scriptures wallpaper,’ and there are so many to choose from! If you want a specific verse, just ‘Google bible scripture wallpapers’ and a few of the scripture words to find the one you want.

This is such an easy and fun way to keep God in our sight, literally.

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

Dear God,

Always remind us to keep our eyes on you! We’re so thankful that You have a plan for us. We are so blessed! We praise you and thank you for Your plans to prosper us and give us hope. You are such an awesome God and we’re so lucky to know we can get through anything as long as we have You. I’m Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Ask God Where to Go

I don’t feel lost but I do wonder.

I wonder “where” I should be going. I also think about what I should be doing. I love to do lots of things, and I always have. But I think about if I should be doing more of one thing, and less of all of the things? Or if I’m doing what I “should” be.

Do you wonder about that?

For me, I love knowing that God has a plan for me.  I love knowing that even if I stray a bit, God will bring me back to where I should be. But I also get that feeling, that ‘déjà vu’ or instinctive knowing, that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

It’s Him telling me that I am where I should be and I’m doing it right. And I’m so thankful for each time I hear it.

I’m so thankful and grateful that there is a plan for my life and all I have to do is live it. I encourage you to talk to Him about it all and stay in peace that everything is as it should be.

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

Dear God, We thank You for having a plan for our lives. We are so thankful that we can come to You with our wonders, doubts, and questions about ourselves. We thank You for reminding us that we are on the right path. We are so lucky to live in the peace You provide to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Stay in Peace

This is what God wants us to do. He wants us to be happy, at peace, full of joy, and enjoying this life. (And remember, we cannot hear Him if we aren’t at peace. We cannot hear Him if we are sad, dwelling on our problems or focusing on the negative.)

He doesn’t want us to worry, to hem and haw, to feel anxious, nervous, sad, mad, or anything negative. He wants us to give all these feelings, thoughts, and problems to Him.

God wants us to know that He has a plan for us. He wants us to know that He is taking care of us and that He will provide us anything we need.

We must remember that things happen in His time and according to His plan. We must hold onto faith and patience. We must go to Him with everything and stand firm.

The Lord will fight for you, you need only stand still. Exodus 14:14

I love this scripture because it reminds me that He is always fighting for me. All I need to do is love God, love people, and take care of a stranger like I would my best friend.

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

Dear God, Thank You for taking care of us. Thank You for taking on all of our burdens, sadnesses, hurts, and negatives so that we can be left with only the positives. Thank You for all Your promises and for loving us. We are so blessed to have You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Scripture Sunday: Have Grace with Yourself

Because God does with us.

We are all too hard on ourselves, expect too much, and when we inevitably let ourselves down, we take it hard. We feel bad. We feel overstretched and like we’re never getting enough done, accomplished, or taken care of.

But this isn’t what God wants for us. He wants us to slow down. He was us to give Him more time. He wants us to spend more time with our people. And He wants us to not try to keep up with the outside world, because let’s face it, the outside world is crazy.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

I myself never live up to my own standards. I always have more on my to-do list and I am never spending enough time with Him. But you know what? He does NOT feel that way. Those standards we have and goals we want to hit, those are self-imposed.

God knows where we were going to be in this minute. He knew that we were going to just make that noon-deadline for work this last week. (Me!) He knows that we may miss a deadline in the future, and He tries to remind us that that’s ok.

Miss a deadline, just don’t miss hearing Him talk to you.

Forget an errand, just don’t forget to pray.

Forget to give yourself grace, but remember, He won’t forget to give you grace.

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

Dear God, Thank you for giving us more grace than we ever give ourselves. We are so luck to have You. You are always there for us and You always know what is happening with us. You are always there for us to talk to, cry to, yell at, or laugh with. You always support us no matter if times are good or bad. You always love us and we thank You for that. 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!