Verse Of The Week ~James 1:12~

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Hello friends! I hope you are having an excellent day ūüôā I’m so excited for today’s verse of the week, so let’s just get right into it!

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:12

In John 16:33, the writer says, “In this world you will have trouble…”. So let’s face it, trials are a natural part of our lives. Trials are placed in our lives for a reason by a God who can see bigger than any human ever will. They aren’t put in our lives for the sole purpose of making us miserable (although it might seem like it at times). You see, God puts struggles in our day-to-day to¬†bring us closer to him¬†and to¬†refine us.¬†Just as precious metals must be continuously heated and the impurities skimmed away, so God must “heat” us and “scrape” our filth away to mold us into what He has planned for us to be.

That last part of the verse gives me goosebumps. “Having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him”….how powerful. To hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” one day makes all of the trials we face on the earth seem smaller than small.

Choose today to let the little trials go and to turn the big trials over to God. Choose to persevere. Choose to stand the test and watch God do the impossible.

Verse Of The Week ~Psalm 100:3~

Happy Sunday! I hope you had a wonderful week! If you saw last Sunday’s verse of the week, we talked about some beautiful verses from Matthew chapter 10 about God’s profound love and care for us. If you missed that post,¬†click here¬†to read it! Today’s verse is very similar to last week’s verse, but I think it’s definitely worth discussing. Here we go!

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100:3

It is he who made us, and we are his.¬†Wow….those are some powerful, powerful words right there. With that simple sentence, the writer of Psalm 100 relays God’s divinity and His care for His “sheep”.

In today’s day and age, it’s not natural to see a shepherd with a herd of sheep leading his flock to fresh grass and water. But when Jesus lived, shepherds were probably like the McDonald’s of today (as in you can’t go more than 10 miles without finding one). The shepherds of that day cared for each and every one of the sheep in his flock and wanted what was absolutely best for his sheep. The same can be said about our Shepherd. God genuinely wants what is the absolute best for us every single day. There’s not a single moment that He isn’t thinking about each of us. When we, like little lambs, stray even slightly away from the Shepherd’s path, His gentle staff will direct us back to the place that He knows is best for us.

Just like the shepherd’s deep love and care for his sheep, our Shepherd desires only to love us and gently guide us back to His path of care. After all,¬† we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.¬†Though God’s path may seem hard at times, He is with us through it all and His plan is greater than anything we can imagine. ‚̧

 

Verse Of The Week ~Matthew 10:29&31~

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I know it’s been a little while, but verse of the week is back at last! Let’s jump right into¬†this week’s passage.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father‚Äôs care….So don‚Äôt be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29&31

I love the parallels the writer makes in these verses. I think it’s such a beautiful picture of God providing for the sparrows and providing for us as well. I also love the assurance of our worth that is placed at the end of this passage…”you are worth more than many sparrows” and the phrase, “So don’t be afraid”.

The beginning of the passage talks about two sparrows being sold for a penny (which is not a great sum of money, even in those days), but yet God still sees¬†each and every one of them.¬†It says “not¬†one¬†of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care”. If God cares with that much intensity for birds, how much more must he care for each of us? Just the thought¬†makes me so incredibly grateful for His love and provision.

If you’re like me and do well with visual reminders, here’s a few ideas for you. I love¬†this beautiful sparrow necklace¬†that is small and dainty, yet is an everyday reminder of His provision. Another idea is incorporating it into your bedroom or a space where you find yourself spending a lot of time. I think¬†these sparrow wall decals¬†would be perfect.

Never forget that if He provides for the sparrow that are worth¬†half of ¬†a penny, He sees and cares for all of your needs. Pinkie promise ūüėČ

DIY Prayer Journal + How To Start A Prayer Journal

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One of the things I’ve really been loving lately is prayer journaling. I had many people tell me that I should give it a try, but it never really seemed like my type of thing….now I’m hooked ūüėČ The best things about prayer journaling is that it can be completely different from person to person and it doesn’t have to be perfect (the messier, the better, in my opinion). The way I prayer journal might look totally different from someone else’s, but that’s the beauty of it! God made us all unique and different for a purpose. I like making things, but if crafting isn’t your thing (or you don’t have extra time to spare…been there done that), feel free to use any pre-made journal you already have. I’m going to show you how I make mine, but go ahead and experiment with whatever you like!

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Paper for the inside of your journal
  • Stiff paper for the outside of your journal (cardstock, scrapbooking paper, or even leather will work)
  • A hole punch
  • String to bind your journal
  • Scissors
  • Whatever else you’d like to use on your journal. This is totally optional, but using fun pens, markers, washi tape, stickers, post-it notes, etc. will add a fun touch to your journal

Making your journal is super duper easy (I promise). All you have to do is fold your inside paper and cover paper in half so they form a notebook. You can use a ruler and measure out your cover to ensure that it goes over all of the inside paper, but I just eyeballed it. Next, you’ll want to punch holes in the inside and cover paper. Do this on the fold so that you can use the string to bind it together. I find that one hole punch at the top and one on the bottom through all of the paper works well to keep the journal together. The last thing you’ll want to do then is to run a string through all of the holes in the paper and the cover to pull it together. I decorated my cover with some writing that says “pray without ceasing”, but you could write anything or decorate it with whatever you like! Don’t be afraid to get creative!

One extra thing that I did was I made a little pocket in the back of the journal to place prayer cards that people gave me. I also put my prayer card for my missions trip to Mexico in there so I can be reminded to pray over those things daily. Let me know if you’d like one and I’d love to give it to you!

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Now onto how to use your prayer journal…

Again, every single person is different, so don’t feel like you have to do exactly what I did. Some people thrive on writing out their entire prayers in their journals, but I tend to do best with just writing down specific prayers and praises and praying over them.

I like to start out each page with the date, a section for my prayer requests, and a section for praises. I also like to include a little section where I can write down ways that I saw God move throughout the day, whether it was in the beautiful sunshine or in a sweet time spent with a friend.

Something else that I like to do after writing down my prayers and praises is to art it up a little bit with washi tape, little drawings and sayings, and whatever I’m feeling! Some people like just a cut and dry format and others like lots of colors and patterns, so do whatever suits you!

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Use the time when you are writing in your prayer journal to reflect over the things God has done and the things that still need His guidance and help. Although writing things down is a great start, really let the prayers you are writing sink deep into your heart. Let me leave you with these verses to encourage you in your prayers

 Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

DIY Two-Ingredient Sugar Scrub

Welcome back to another DIY blog post! Today, I’ll be showing you how to make this amazing moisturizing sugar scrub that’ll leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

How to make the sugar scrub:

  • Simply mix your melted coconut oil and sugar together well and add in some essential oil. I prefer peppermint or tea tree oil but some other ideas are lemon, lavender, or citrus. Store your scrub in an airtight container at room temperature for best results.

I like to use my sugar scrub in the shower on my hands, arms, and legs for silky soft skin. Just gently scrub it onto wet skin and rinse with warm water and you will have moisturized skin in no time! This sugar scrub would also make a wonderful inexpensive gift for friends and family (Hint, hint…Mother’s Day is on Sunday). You could spoon it into a small mason jar, tie some raffia or ribbon around it, and make a cute little label for it. You could even give it with a loofah sponge or some other kind of relaxing bath product. It’s just the thing for a DIY spa night and it also makes the perfect gift!

Verse of The Week ~Exodus 3:11-12a~

I don’t know about you, but often I find myself questioning God and saying things such as “Why me?”, “But isn’t that too hard?”, and “What if I can’t do it?”. It doesn’t always hit me right away, but at some point, I realize how foolish I am to be asking those kinds of questions to the One who created the very grass on which I stand. In Exodus, we are given a very relateable picture of ¬†Moses questioning God at the burning bush. Let’s read it:

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.”

Exodus 3:11-12a

If you continue to read throughout the chapter of Exodus , you’ll see that Moses doesn’t just question God this one time. He proceeded many times¬†to interrogate God with many of the questions I find myself asking sometimes. I think the best part about this passage is the five words that God uses to assure Moses that He was the one…”I will be with you”. With these five words, God distilled Moses’ fear and reminded Him of just how big of a God He truly is.

Although this encounter happened¬†thousands of years ago, I believe that we can still gain immense knowledge from it. God calls us daily to do things that we might not be comfortable with. Sometimes they’re small and they go unnoticed, but other times, you can’t ignore them. It might be something as small as saying hello to the new person in your class, but it could be something as big as traveling across the world to spread the word of God. Whatever God might be challenging you to, remember that He is bigger than¬†anything¬†that you will ever face. I love this quote that says, “If God brings you to it…He will bring you through it”(p.s. my jaw dropped about six feet when I found out that this quote is by Kim Kardashian). The point of the story is that if God leads you to something, He did it for a reason and He will lead you through it. Don’t limit God because of your fears. He is big enough to be with you through whatever He’s calling you to.

Verse of The Week ~Isaiah 53:5~

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In light of Easter last week, I think this verse is perfect. It really captures the true depth of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it brings the reader a new appreciation of all that Christ has done for us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Pierced, crushed, punished, wounded…..these are the words that are associated with the price Jesus paid for our eternal life in Him. My mind cannot even begin to wrap itself around just how much suffering our Lord went through to save us. Although we may know some pain here on Earth, I can tell you that our physical pain is nothing compared to the pain Jesus endured on the cross.

However, that’s not the most powerful part. The most powerful part is that He chose to suffer¬†for us.¬†He chose to suffer for sinful people like you and me. You see, even though He knew it would be miserable, Jesus saw past the pain to the point of each and every one of our brokenness, and still chose to be the sacrifice. He knew the hurt, but He also knew the healing that would result. When Jesus gave his life on that day so long ago, He gave life to¬†everyone.¬†He gave life to the sinner, the addict, the depressed, the broken, and the imperfect. He gave¬†life, despite the pain.‚̧ԳŹ