Category: encouraging verses

whisper a prayer

  • “Bless and keep ____________, so that she (he) will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”  (Psalm 1:1)
  • “Cause ____________ to obey us, for this is right.  Let him (her) honor us, his (her) father and his (her) mother, so that it may go well with him (her) and that he (she) may enjoy a long life on earth.”  (Ephesians 6:1-3)
  • “Let the light of your face shine upon ___________.  Fill his (her) heart with joy, and let him (her) lie down and sleep in peace.”  (Psalm 4:6-8)

 

home sweet home

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 ever have one of those days?   you just want to be at home.  in the quiet.  just alone.   

in the comfort & protection of your “home sweet home”. 

today was one of those days.

Psalm 121

    1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
       where does my help come from?

    2 My help comes from the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.

    3 He will not let your foot slip—
       he who watches over you will not slumber;

    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
       will neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.

    7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;

    8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.

doubt? or hope?

doubt.

what is it? 

why do we doubt so much?

the dictionary defines it as:

  • –verb (used with object)
    1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
    2. to distrust.
    3. Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about.

    –verb (used without object)

    4. to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief.

    –noun

    5. a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.
    6. distrust.
    7. a state of affairs such as to occasion uncertainty.
    8. Obsolete. fear; dread.

what does doubt cost us?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:  “Our distrust is very expensive.”

did it cost you a relationship?

a close relationship with Christ?

an emptiness in your heart?

years of heartache?

goals not accomplished or even attempted?

low self-esteem?

what can you do about doubt?

counteract your doubt with HOPE.

Where do you place your HOPE?

have HOPE in Christ.

HOPE in your future.

HOPE in a God that loves you and wants the best for you.

step out.

step out and trust Him.

Isaiah 40:31 says “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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snow day

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snow day!  life is good! (recognize this movie scene?)

other than relaxing & sipping coffee, i do have some stuff to accomplish at home today,  hopefully even some time for scrapping!

enjoy your day!

James 1:17:
17 Every good and perfect gift is from God. It comes down from the Father. He created the heavenly lights. He does not change like shadows that move. 
 

happy valentine’s day! / thank you valentines!!

just wanted to say happy valentine’s day to my friends & family!  

Hubby–I love you–you are my forever sweetheart!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!  

Son–Happy Valentine’s Day!!! love, mom

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 Philippians 1:3        “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
Afternoon Sugar High {my Valentine Gift}

ohhhhhhh myyyyyyy. 

just received a “special delivery” from my valentines, (hubby & son).

i didn’t think that these sugar cookies could get any better, but how about covering them in chocolate?!?!?

…to die for….

absolutely, unbelievably, incredibly delicious

here’s some pix

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well, that’s all for now, my sugar coma is taking over.   hope all of you are having a SWEET valentine’s day!

kick’n off the new year

received this email devotional this morning and thought i would pass it on to you…..

LITTLE CHOICES
by Gail Rogers

The tiny wrinkles around my eyes seemed to appear almost overnight.  One day I was very aware of them and knew I had better get that eye cream I was hearing about.  I’d better try the “triple action”!  I was amazed at the results…and in such a short time! This was good.

The waistband on my jeans felt tight.  Could it be those wonderful cappuccinos I was regularly enjoying? I was amazed at the results… and in such a short time!  This was not good.

I didn’t like the sand paper edge that seemed to spring up in a friendship of mine. I asked the Lord for patience and grace to bite my tongue. I was amazed at the results… and in such a short time! This was good.

Little decisions or changes peppered throughout the day push the edge of results to the negative or the positive.

It’s the same in your spiritual journey.  Little changes… conscious little choices that push your walk with God in one direction or another.  Little choices to let God in or to hold Him at a distance.  Little choices of attitude; little choices of purity in thoughts or choices of entertainment.  Little choices.  Invite Him into them.  You will be amazed at the results… and in such a short time!

“Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me”

(Psalm 51:10).

This New Years don’t make grand resolutions that will fade in a few short weeks.  Choose daily to let God be a part of the little choices…choose to be amazed …and in such a short time!

~Heavenly Father,

Thank you that You can create what is right and good in this heart of mine that often struggles with the little daily choices.  Thank you that I can count on You to renew a right attitude within me.  I am not making grand New Year’s resolutions that will fade, but I am asking You to help me make the right daily choices in the little things of life.  I want to be changed in this New Year.  I want You to renew right attitudes in me daily.  Amaze me with the results, Father, as You guide me in the small things of my day.  Thank you that I can face this New Year with freshness and anticipation because You are holding my hand!  You will help me in the little things of my life.  For this I give You my praise! In Jesus name I pray, Amen

from my hubby

today i opened the mailbox and found a surprise!  my husband had told me that he had ordered  something for me, but wouldn’t say what.  quickly i opened it and found a green Women’s Devotional Bible.  did i say “GREEN”???   my new favorite color.  i can’t resist a shirt, a purse, a notebook or now, a BIBLE in GREEN!!!!  i had actually read about it on another blog, showed my hubby and low & behold, he snuck online and ordered one for me!!!!

whatta sweety. 

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”  Philippians 1:3

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cute & quick

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with fall upon us, a new year of youth group begins.  this year, i & another lady, are leading the girls’ middle school small group.  i tried to think of a way that would make verse memorization convenient and interesting.  while wandering the office supplies aisle at Walmart, i came across some index cards that come with a key ring already attached, and they are perforated down the middle……my creative juices started flowing and i came up with this quick idea.

simply purchase the pack of index cards (perforated, hole-punched and key-ringed) and packs of extra keyrings

tear in half

then place them in piles of 30 (per girl)

attach the key ring

i also made a front and back cover, using cardstock that is cut slightly larger than the index cards.  this is where you can be creative.  i picked some favorite patterned paper and with my quickutz, cut out my initial.  you could do whatever you want.

ribbon was added for added ‘cuteness’

these came out so well!  the girls can stick them in their purse or backpacks, attach them to zippers whatever they want!  they are small enough to take them anywhere.  each week, they can write down their memory verse inside it and almost like flashcards, they will have them right there in one area, ready to learn! (and the possibilities are endless–you could use these for so many different things!!)

  • Psalm 119:11  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
  • Psalm 119:105  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
  • James 1:22  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”

more than enough

2 nights ago, we sat down for our family devotions…usually they are directed more for kids, but that night, i found the devotional extremely applicable.  (just fyi, the devotion book that we are currently using is from Focus on the Family, “Fuel: 10-minute devotions to Ignite the Faith of Parents & Teens” by Joe White)  The following, is just a bit of the devotional that day.  I hope maybe it will give you a little to think about also.

  • John 10:7-10  “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.'”

Webster’s Dictionary defined the word abundant as “more than enough.”

More than enough.  Think about it.  Jesus came to give abundant life, abundant peace, and abundant joy. 

How much beauty is more than enough?  How much pleasure is more than enough?  How much fame and success are more than enough?  How much money is more than enough?

When will we stop trying to get high on this world’s stuff? 

Life with God is abundant.  Don’t try living any other way.

ooooh baby

newbornnick1994.jpgnick-oct-1994-blog1.jpglast night we celebrated the end of summer with a party.  it was a lot of fun….now the morning after cleanup is almost complete and i realize that in less than 48 hours Nick will have began his 7th grade year.  it’s hard to believe…that he is getting so old.  this summer he turned the big “1-3”.  it seems like only yesterday he was a happy lil’ guy barely big enough to stand on his own.  now he not only stands alone, but stands taller than i do….eeks…7th grade.  where does time go?  do we really appreciate our lives as they are at this very moment?  or are we so busy rushing into tomorrow that we don’t stop to realize what we have today, and how quickly it could be gone.

  • “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward…”  Psalm 127:3
  • “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14
  • “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:14