Free: 31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture

Are you looking for faith based journaling prompts?

Do you want to do one month of journaling using scripture as your guide.

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We have a new downloadable PDF available for free called: “31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture”.  This download is perfect for keeping your journaling focused on the Word of God. Each day you will be given one key word and an accompanying scripture. In addition you will be given instructions on what to write about. Each day you will be guided in your journaling with prompts which will

  • build your faith
  • fill you with praise for the Lord
  • challenge you to confess things to the Lord
  • and more.

If you want to spend 1 month journaling through scripture,  “31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture” is just the thing, download and enjoy.

Also: As this is our original content, please feel free to post information regarding this on your own blog or website, however, please link back here for the download. Thanks so much.

Free: 31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture

Are you looking for faith based journaling prompts?
Do you want to do one month of journaling using scripture as your guide.

Image

We have a new downloadable PDF available for free called: “31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture”.  This download is perfect for keeping your journaling focused on the Word of God. Each day you will be given one key word and an accompanying scripture. In addition you will be given instructions on what to write about. Each day you will be guided in your journaling with prompts which will

  • build your faith
  • fill you with praise for the Lord
  • challenge you to confess things to the Lord
  • and more.

If you want to spend 1 month journaling through scripture,  “31 Days of Journaling Through Scripture” is just the thing, download and enjoy.

Also: As this is our original content, please feel free to post information regarding this on your own blog or website, however, please link back here for the download. Thanks so much.

You are Loved…Just as You Are

You are truly, deeply loved, really. Why do we all have this desire to be someone else or to have what someone else has? If we are to be honest, I think we all have a current “I wish…”?  I wish I was thinner? I wish I was prettier? I wish my skin was more flawless? I wish I wasn’t divorced? I wish I was better at…? I wish…I wish…I wish….

The other day I was talking with a pastor friend of ours and in talking about another pastor he said “I wish I could preach like him.”. I immediately stopped him and told him, that was the other pastors style, and God gave him his own style. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about this desire so many of us have because it is the topic and one of the reasons behind the study we are currently putting together called “Because Liada“.  So here’s what I want you to know, you are loved for who you are right now today. And from the lyrics from an awesome song by JJ Heller “not for what you have done or for what you’ll become”. You are loved for you, just as you are at this very moment even if who you are right now is…fallen, sinful, overweight, divorced, depressed, lonely, etc. I’m not saying we need to settle in to where we’re at and stay there because it is always good to work towards being the best we can be. But we need to learn to be the best of ourselves, not of someone else. We need to learn to love ourselves just where we are today because Christ is not waiting till you lose weight to love you. He did not wait to die on the cross for you till you accomplished something great.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 NKJV

Isn’t it incredible what we do to ourselves? We try to separate ourselves from the love of Christ by thinking we are unlovable when He has said nothing can separate us from that love. We think He would not want us and we are unforgiveable when He has said He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.  So if you are doubting your worth, if you are feeling unloved, lonely, unbeautiful, etc. focus on Him who loves you without end, who’s love fails not and who loves you today…just the way you are.

You are Loved…Just as You Are

You are truly, deeply loved, really. Why do we all have this desire to be someone else or to have what someone else has? If we are to be honest, I think we all have a current “I wish…”?  I wish I was thinner? I wish I was prettier? I wish my skin was more flawless? I wish I wasn’t divorced? I wish I was better at…? I wish…I wish…I wish….
The other day I was talking with a pastor friend of ours and in talking about another pastor he said “I wish I could preach like him.”. I immediately stopped him and told him, that was the other pastors style, and God gave him his own style. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about this desire so many of us have because it is the topic and one of the reasons behind the study we are currently putting together called “Because Liada“.  So here’s what I want you to know, you are loved for who you are right now today. And from the lyrics from an awesome song by JJ Heller “not for what you have done or for what you’ll become”. You are loved for you, just as you are at this very moment even if who you are right now is…fallen, sinful, overweight, divorced, depressed, lonely, etc. I’m not saying we need to settle in to where we’re at and stay there because it is always good to work towards being the best we can be. But we need to learn to be the best of ourselves, not of someone else. We need to learn to love ourselves just where we are today because Christ is not waiting till you lose weight to love you. He did not wait to die on the cross for you till you accomplished something great.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 NKJV

Isn’t it incredible what we do to ourselves? We try to separate ourselves from the love of Christ by thinking we are unlovable when He has said nothing can separate us from that love. We think He would not want us and we are unforgiveable when He has said He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.  So if you are doubting your worth, if you are feeling unloved, lonely, unbeautiful, etc. focus on Him who loves you without end, who’s love fails not and who loves you today…just the way you are.

Plum Bars…oh my deliciousness!

ImageMy kids made these today and oh my are they good. We took a recipe and tweaked it to use ingredients we had on hand, they came out awesome. We used plum jelly because it’s what we had but they would be equally as delicious with raspberry jam or whatever jam you have on hand.

1 1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

2 cups ground almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup of your favorite preserves

Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Beat in egg. In separate bowl mix flour, ground almonds and cinnamon. Gradually beat dry into creamed mixture.

Press approx 2/3 of mixture into bottom of greased 13 x 9″ pan. Spread preserves over dough. Crumble remaining dough over preserves.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes or till browned slightly on top.

Cool completely and cut into bars.

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How to Get a Free Copy of: The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink In Here

My book: The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink in Here is now available in paperback on Amazon.com. Here’s how you can receive a free copy: For a limited time I am willing to give a copy free to anyone in exchange for a review if you enjoy it. All I ask is you review it either on Amazon.com or on your blog. If you are willing to review it on your blog and would like to host a giveaway I will give you an extra copy.  Just email me if you would like a copy mailed to you. If you would rather receive a kindle version, I can do that as well.

Requirements for receiving my book for free to review on your blog:  Your blog must not contain offensive material or adult content. My book is written from a Christian perspective I request it be reviewed by Christians. Thank You.

Are You Listening? God’s Whispering.

As you know …life is busy, it really is, and the more ‘advanced’ we get as a society, the less time we seem to have. When we do have some time, we go and fill it with more busyness, work will expand to fill whatever time we give it. Amidst all that busyness, below the hubbub of our days, if we take the time to listen, there is God whispering to us. Whispering, why does He whisper?  I mean, if God would shout at us as we keep working, it would certainly save time and we could accomplish just as much for Him as when we slow down and take time listening for His whisperings, couldn’t we?  Well, thats doubtful, and God knows it.

I’m not saying God never shouts to get our attention because there are times He definitely does just that. And I’m not saying it’s impossible to spend time with the Lord while we work, because I’ve definitely done that too. However, we all need to be spending quiet time listening for the whisperings of the Lord. Scripture reveals many ways in which God communicates with His people, whispering is just one of them, so what’s so special about a whisper?  The depth of your relationship is often discovered in whisperings because the whisperings are the easiest to miss.

In 1Kings 19: 1-14 is the story of Elijah hiding in a cave from Jezebel who was seeking to kill him. God sends a very strong wind which broke the rocks, an earthquake, and a fire but the passage says “God was not in them”. All these things were followed by a whisper from the Lord, and Elijah heard it. Again, as I read this I wondered, why a whisper? As I compare this passage to my life, I know in times of busyness if God sent an earthquake…I’d notice, if He sent a fire (which He did at one point in my life), I’d notice that too (and I did). But when He sends a whisper, if not attentive, if too busy filling my days, I could miss it, and that is exactly the point. It’s an issue of faith, “Was that You Lord?” “Did I hear You correctly?” I think God wants to find out just how in tune we are to His voice. Just like in the 1 Kings passage, if we can only discern the earthquakes and fires from the Lord and not the sweet whisperings, we can miss out on so much the Lord has in store for us. Elijah was in tune to His voice and God had work for him to do. Elijah had a journey to take and a King and a prophet to annoint.

There is one other thing I notice about this passage, Elijah had distractions going on in his life. First, there was the distraction of running in fear from someone who wanted to kill him, then there was the distraction of natural disasters going on all around him (wind which sounds a lot like a hurricane, earthquake and fire). Unfortunately, it is often during extreme trials in our life, when we let ourselves get so consumed by the trials that we neglect taking time to listen for His voice and yet it is during those times we may need to hear the whisperings the most. God has great and mighty things planned for you, listen for His whisperings. What is He saying to you today?

Lord,

I want to recognize every intonation of your voice.

Every inflection.

Every sigh.

Every whisper.

I want to know you so closely that I can tell by just your voice if you have a smile on your face over something I’ve done or even…disappointment.

I fail You

Am unworthy.

Yet You’re always there-ready for me to come to you.

And yet You do chase after me…

You don’t let me go so easily, do you?

That’s You’re voice isn’t it?

If only I was listening.

I do recognize it and heard it over the busy hubbub of my days

But I could have missed it…and kept running.

But I heard, and I’m here, safe in You’r embrace.

Why? Why do you love me?

Why do you forgive me over and over?

You tell me…because I am yours.

Precious.

Even when I feel like a wretch.

Even when I act like a wretch.

Sinner that I am.

Fallen.

But saved.

I Love You, Lover of my Soul.

And I do think I hear a smile in Your voice.

Whisper to me…sweet nothings.

A .75 cent Fall Wreath

ImageToday I made a fall wreath and it cost me a whopping .75 cents. For real just .75 cents. I had found this fall garland at a yard sale for .75 cents, you can still see the price tag on it in the photo. Image

I then went off into the woods to find some vines. I pulled some bittersweet vine down out of the trees, it kills all the trees anyways so it’s good to get it down out of the them. I twisted the vine into a wreath by tucking all the ends inside each other and wrapping them around each other. Then I spray painted the wreath a nice pumpkiny orange color with paint I had left over from another project. Image

I only did this step because my front door is real dark and vine wreaths don’t show up well on it. I thought if I started with a base of orange color, any vine which showed through the leaves and things on the wreath would be orange and add to the color of the wreath instead of disappearing into the door.

Then I used my glue gun to glue on all the pieces which I had cut off of the fall garland. I added about 10 more fall leaves which I had left over from a project from last year, I think I got them in a package at the dollar store.

Then to finish it off, I added a bow made from bailing twine and some orange gingham ribbon I had left over from another project. Isn’t it wonderful when you can pretty up you world through frugality?

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Because Liada

Because Liada logo

What does Because Liada mean?  It comes from a quote from Helen Keller who said, “Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”  I love that quote and I think it pretty much sums up how God wants us to live this life He has given us. He wants us looking for that wow in every day. He wants us living an abundant, fulfilling life. But He also wants us to move beyond our pasts and be the child of the King He created us to be.  Why? Because Life Is A Daring Adventure, Because Liada.

 Because Liada also is the name of a bible study we are in the process of putting together. It is a creative, bible based, journaling and artistic adventure. I am so excited about this study. Each lesson has a creative project which goes along with it. If you have feelings of inadequacy in regards to your creative or artistic abilities, there is no need to worry, anyone can do these projects, and all instructions will be included. While this study has been fun to  write, it has been even more fun to play with all the art supplies as we work through the lessons and match up the perfect creative project with the bible lesson. This study will challenge  you as you discover the awesome authentic, unique individual God created you to be.

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If you are interested in hearing updates as Because Liada progresses or possibly on being part of the launch team please email us using the form below. We will be looking for a select group of people who are willing to trial run this study and report back to us on the lessons and the art projects etc.

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