JOY - Write through the Bible

Do you have a word for 2018? In the years past, I've never picked a word that will be my "word" for the year. As 2017 came to an end I started thinking about what I wanted to do differently in the new year. I wanted to slow down and read more, I wanted to be more intentional with what God has placed in front of me. I want to be happy and joyful serving exactly where God has me.

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While I am frustrated that a month has already passed and I didn't make extravagant changes towards Gospel living, I have continued to be more like Christ. I have made steps in the right direction. I really want to meditate on JOY this month, I want the joy of my salvation restored.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few passages from Psalm with me!

Did you pick a word for 2018, if so what is it? Is there a topic or book that you would like me to break down so that we can write them out together this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Sermon on the Mount - Write through the Bible

The new year begins in a few short days, with new goals and new dreams. I am picking back up my writing through the Bible and beginning to write and memorize more scriptures. I desire to "hunger and thirst for righteousness" and to learn more of the Bible.

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I was asked last year for a plan to write out the Sermon on The Mount (Matthew 5-7), I've broken it down to a few verses a day for 30 days. This gives you one grace day if you do it in January! Writing out scripture is always fruitful for me, it allows me to think on passages longer that I would quickly read.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Print out the page below, or save it to your phone for easy access and write through these few Chapters of Matthew with me!

If only for a season

I haven't been sleeping well lately. I've been through periods of life where I sleep horrible, my brain doesn't shut off but my body is tired. That's how it's been for the past few weeks. By the end of the day my body is dragging and I'm longing for a good nights sleep, but it seems to never come. In spite of this, this past week I've decided to counter the lack of sleep by getting out of bed (still exhausted) to spend time with God. Even though I'm tired I've found joy in sitting on my couch in the peaceful quiet of my house and spending time with God. Nothing routine. Just sitting in the quiet, reading my Bible, praying and writing. These are times that I have begun to long for.

Those that know me personally are aware that I'm in a time of change. But more so in a period of waiting. I know that change will come soon enough, but God has given me a sense of peace about everything. In the middle of the busy and the tired he has pushed me to be still and listen.

2 years later

As I sit here writing this I cannot believe that we have been here for 2 years. It's difficult to think about all of those moments we missed with friends and family over the past 2 years. It's crazy to look back and remember how tiny our boys were.
I still remember the last day. I bravely stood beside my husband at our church as they prayed over us and this journey we are on. I remember the final goodbye at In-n-Out with friends and family. I remember driving out of town crying over all of the people that I invested in and that invested in me over the past years. I remember the excitement and fear that was packed into our car along with everything else we owned.

January 4, 2015

January 4, 2015

But what would have happened if we had never came? I wouldn't have met many amazing people that now are really good friends. I wouldn't have suffered in ways that God wanted to take me through. I wouldn't have this story to share to tell of His wonderful work.

Currently John is the lead Pastor at our Church. (That is a story that I plan on sharing more of this next year.) John is continuing to take full load classes at SEBTS, as well as continue his music outlet with a local band. He's able to play worship sets and even do camps. 

A year ago today we began homeschooling the boys. An adventure that we knew was coming, but didn't expect to be nearly as difficult (or rewarding) as it has been. The transition has been more difficult as the relentless responsibility of teaching, driving, correcting, encouraging has all landed on us as parents. Slowly and after many changes we are beginning to see what is working for our family.

PaperFromHeaven is still one of our main sources of income, as well as FabricFromHeaven. Both keep me busy and give me a creative outlet. Balancing everything that I do is the most difficult.

What's next? I don't know. Some days we're certain school is over in 2 more years, and some days it looks more like 4. Some days I just don't even want to think about it and instead live in the ignorance of real life. My inner human longs to settle, but my adventurous being says "this isn't it, there is so much more that God has planned, hurry lets finish here and move on to what's next". I have to remind myself that even the trees have to grow from season to season. They cannot product fruit season after season without the growing phase. 

Would you continue to pray for us as we endure this life, as we sacrificially give all of our everything to be here to learn to serve God better?

 

2017: A New Beginning - Write through the Bible

I want to try something different this month.
This month I want to encourage you to read a chapter of Proverbs every day. Then write out 1-2 verses that speak to you. It'll be different for everyone, but it's something that God is impressing on your heart.

Here's to a new beginning! Lets start fresh. I tell my boys every morning, if you missed yesterday just keep going, start today. Start fresh. Don't try to catch up because that will burn you out. Start fresh today, because ya know what? HIS mercies are new every morning.

I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

Advent - Write through the Bible

Without Easter, Christmas means nothing. This is because Jesus had to die for His birth to be worth while. During the Christmas season we celebrate Christ's coming because He came to fulfill the promise of God to crush sin. Because of sin, Jesus had to become a perfect sinless man and die in the place of sinful men + women.

 

This month I really want to focus on what the season of Christmas is about. It's about God becoming man. It's about God's love for us that he would make such a sacrifice. I've chosen verses that display the story from the beginning to what we are waiting for now. Verses that begin with the problem that needed to be fixed, the fall of man, the prophecy of the coming of the Christ, and His birth, and finally his return.

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I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.

Give Thanks - Write through the Bible

As sappy as it sounds this time of year always reminds me to be extra thankful, to see God's grace and love in the little things. I find during the month of November as God preparing my heart for what is going to come next, the Birth of his Son!

I've picked different passages from all over the Bible that all speak loud of being thankful. Something that I can take with me and meditate on and just remember to "give thanks with a grateful heart". My goal is to spend this month preparing for Thanksgiving by seeing all that God has done for me and what I have to be thankful for, and also to set my heart ready to celebrate the birth of His son Jesus. I would love for you to join me on this journey and ready your heart as well.

You can download a bookmark for yourself here.

I want to challenge you to spend a few more minutes meditating on the Word of God each day. Add something to your quiet time, change something up. Each month I am going to post a theme of passages or a book that I will be writing through. I want to invite you to write through the Bible with me as well.