Verse Of The Week ~Philippians 4:13~

I love today’s verse and I think it’s such a great reminder that our true strength can only come from God. Let’s jump right in 🙂

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

Such a short verse, but such a powerful verse as well. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Him who gives me power. Him who gives me might. 

I love how the writer of Philippians, Paul, doesn’t use the word “some”, but rather “all”, noting that God gives us the strength to face all things through him. Paul was a man who had faced so much for Christ including persecution and imprisonment. But God used the trials in Paul’s life to benefit His glory and to bring those around Paul to a faith in Him. Paul persevered, remembering that he could do everything through Christ, and God did such amazing things through his life. I think the same thing applies to us that did to Paul’s life. When we realize that God is in control and we can face even the biggest of trials through the strength He gives us, amazing things will happen.

This verse has really been applying to my life lately as I’m preparing for a missions trip to mexico in less than three weeks. It’s going to be my first mission trip and I can’t tell if I’m more excited or nervous about it. I know that God is going to use my team and me in powerful ways, but I’m also very anxious to be stepping out of my comfort zone like this. One thing that God has been whispering to my heart recently is that I can only do it through Him. That gentle reminder has calmed my nerves when I needed it the most not only because it’s comforting, but because it’s 100% true. The only way we can face hardships and challenges in this life are through Him. And boy, am I so glad that I don’t have to face things on my own. Because of Christ in my life, I know that He is the source of my strength and it is a powerful strength that will never wear out. He is the source of your strength and you can do all things through Him.

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My Favorite Reads For Christian Girls

Hey there! So let’s address the elephant in the room…it’s been a hot minute since I’ve done an actual blog post! Let me just say, life is so crazy. But today I want to take some time and share with you some of my top books that I think every Christian girl should read, no matter where she is in her journey with Christ.

Bob Goff is probably one of the most vibrant and interesting authors that I’ve ever read. This book is so eye-opening and I love how it crushes all the standards that “love is” by saying that love isn’t anything – love simply does. Bob’s stories are so fun but yet they leave you with a great moral that you’ll remember forever.

This is one of my favorite books because it gives you a glimpse into a young girl’s heart as she leaves everything she knows to pursue the Lord’s plan for her in missions. It’s such a relateable book as well because throughout the book, you see Katie struggle with her own plans that she thought were cemented in place when she discovers what God has in store for her life. Definitely worth the read 😉

This book has been a favorite of mine for so very long, and every time I read it, I get something new out of it. This book is all about a young girl finding her comfort in her Heavenly Father in the midst of extreme and unjust trial. It’s such a fascinating book, and I would recommend it to girls of all ages.

I love Annie Downs and this book is another great one on how to speak and be love in every single aspect of our lives. I also love that this book includes scripture memorization and journaling as you read. Annie’s transparency and real-life examples in this book make it so engaging and easy to relate to. Another amazing book I highly suggest 😉

I have yet to finish this entire book, but what I’ve read of it so far is amazing. I think there are so many important things in this book that every girl needs to hear. It holds so many important Biblical truths that I think are so very vital for us as girls to remember.

I did an Instagram post a while back about this book, but I just love it so much! This book covers everything that the Bible has to say about our spiritual and physical health and I think it’s such an amazing read. The world throws so many false images on us about what health should look like, but this book shows what God thinks about our health. Another great book that I absolutely think everyone should read.

That’s all I have for now, but I would definitely love to hear what you’re top reads for Christian girls are and maybe I’ll read them too! I hope that this post gave you some ideas and some encouragement to enrich your spiritual walk through books.

Until next time, keep on living By His Eyes ❤

 

 

 

 

Verse Of The Week ~Psalms 55:22~

Welcome to today’s verse of the week! This verse just takes my breath away and I hope it does the same to you. Here we go 🙂

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you: He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalms 55:22

The writer of this Psalm, King David, beautifully captures God’s sustaining power in this verse. It’s absolutely amazing how he uses the word “cast” which means to discard, put aside, or let loose. This picture of laying our worries and cares at the feet of Jesus is so incredible. I also love the use of the word “sustain” In this verse. It shows just how much God loves us and how much He desires for us to be kept safe from harm in His arms.

Sometimes letting go of things can be hard. Especially when we’ve let those things become a part of us. When I was younger, I had a stuffed bunny that was my prized possession. “Bunny”, as I so creatively called him, became such a part of my childhood that it was hard for me to even sleep without him. When I got a little bit older and I decided that it was time for me to start sleeping without him, it was so much harder than I had expected. That’s because he had become such a big part of my life and I had become attached to him. The same thing is true in our lives when we hold on to things such as anxiety, worry, stress, and grudges. If those negative things stay in your life for long enough, they will become a piece of you that is harder to pry away than if they had only been a part of your being for a short time.

Sometimes that “prying away” step is challenging and uncomfortable. Sometimes we wonder if it’s really worth it to give it up. Often, we question if God can really take those negative things and turn them into something beautiful. But trust me, when you cast your cares upon the Lord, He’s going to deliver you into His wonderful healing and security that’s greater than anything you’ve ever experienced. 

Verse Of The Week ~James 1:12~

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Hello friends! I hope you are having an excellent day 🙂 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’s care….So don’t 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 😉

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 😉 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