Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Song in My Soul: It is Well...

This has always been one of my favorite church songs. I remember going to a "Gospel Meeting" when I was younger (maybe 10?) and hearing a sermon based solely on this song. The speaker went line by line talking about the implications, the promises, and the hope that we have in Jesus, all based on this song.
Even as a green-to-the-world 10 year old, I knew that what he was saying was meaningful.

Here's my favorite line (emphasis mine):

My sin-
oh the bliss of this glorious thought-
My sin, NOT in part, but the WHOLE-
is NAILED to the cross and I bear it no more!
Praise the Lord! 
Praise the Lord, oh my soul!

The PDF is of the first verse. Download it HERE!

Scripture Pictures: Luke 6:45

Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

I was fortunate enough to attend a Ladies Retreat a month ago and got to hear Kayci Ross speak. She was funny, entertaining, and extremely thought provoking. If you'd like an overview, I tweeted at the event. Check out #EBLR2016.
The theme was 'Words', and the key verse was Luke 6:45. I'm not sure which version Kayci used, but the verse has stayed in my mind. I created 2 versions, and the PDF is available for download under the pictures. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monthly Reflections Printables

Because reflection is good for the soul, I made some monthly reflections sheets that match my monthly outlines.
My goal is to use these at the end of each month to really make myself see how much I've grown. God does amazing things for His children, but I know I sometimes get too caught up in life to see them. Hopefully these will help.

I have color versions and black and white available for download. Enjoy!

color version

black and white version

Scripture Pictures: John 11:25

John 11:25 NLT

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

I couldn't decide on the background, so I made 3 different ones. The downloadable file has all 3 included. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Scripture Picture: Psalm 73:26

Psalm 73:26 CEV
3 font versions included in the download!

26 My body and mind may fail,
    but you are my strength
    and my choice forever.

Scripture Picture: Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4:23 CEV
Three font versions included in the download!

23 Carefully guard your thoughts
    because they are the source
    of true life.

Scripture Picture: James 3:18

I started creating scripture pictures because it helps me focus on God's Word just a little bit more. Here's what I created for James 3:18 NLT

18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

I used 3 font styles- mostly because I can never tell what looks good. The PDF to download contains all 3 versions.

Scripture Writing Challenge 2016

This year, I was challenged by my good friend Abby to dig deeper into God's Word.
The previous year, Abby found the blog Sweet Blessings, where the author (Shannon) mapped out different scriptures that would take about 5-10 minutes to write. I figured I spend so much time doing other things, that might or might not be considered a "waste" of time, that I need to purposefully take time for God. Besides, it's only 10 minutes, what could it hurt?

Here's an example of April's Challenge.
Isn't it gorgeous? And Shannon made lists in Spanish, short lists (My Girl Twin likes the short list cause she wanted to do the challenge too, but found the long version daunting.), and a "manly" list without all the frills.

After pinning everything I could find from Sweet Blessings, Pinterest anticipated my needs and showed me Rachel Wojo, who has everything on Bible Journaling.
(That's a thing now. Did you know that? I feel so out of the loop!)

Rachel's site offers monthly plans as well, but they are topic based. (I pinned all of them for later use.)
Here's the Reading Challenge for April from her site. I know it's a reading challenge, but I know I absorb more when I write.

His Mercy is New is another site that offers Reading/ Writing outlines. Candace is the author of the blog, and she offers topical/ Bible book outlines that encourage readers to Write the Word & Pray the Word.

Heidi St. John also offers Scripture Writing outlines on her site. Hers also seem to be topical.

So why am I telling you about all these ladies and their plans? Because I needed them, and I'm guessing you might as well.

I'm a mom of 4 (yes, I had a baby since the last time I blogged), and an elementary school teacher. I also have a hubby who likes talking to me when we find the time. :)

I was busy. I AM busy. I was also drowning in anxiety.
Have you seen the news lately? Do you see what's happening all over the world? Doesn't it frighten you just a bit? Please tell me it's not just me.
I needed something to calm me.
Now you can tell me to look to God, and I do, but I need something that's routine and organized. I can't just open God's Word on a whim and see what happens.

That's why I love these monthly outlines. I look forward to getting my 5-10 minutes uninterrupted God time. It's not a lot, but it's helped me so much.
I'm calmer. I'm not having mini-panic attacks. I can face the world, my kids, my students, and my hubby without having a million things in the back of my mind whispering how things can go wrong.

5-10 minutes with God has help set me free from anxiety. In fact, sometimes I'll write more. I'll write extra; especially on those days that were more trying than others. 

So, feel free to join me in the Scripture Writing Challenge! It helped me to get a new journal (it gave me something to look forward to) and I got myself a new Bible. I'm using the Inspire Bible (NLT).  
It's so pretty. *she said dreamily*

I can't draw or doodle to save my life, so I like that this Bible does it for me. It's for creative journaling (it's a thing!) and it has lots of pictures just waiting to be colored and journaling lines waiting to be filled.

If you are wanting to map your months out on your own, or you want something to use as a check off sheet, I made a little something you can use! I'm just putting the pic for April on here, but I promise there's a whole year's worth in the download!

I hope you'll join me! It's never too late to start!
I'll also be sharing scripture pictures from this journey. I find it calming to create, and I like pretty things. :)
Check under the label Scripture Pictures for download links!