Verse Of The Week ~2 Corinthians 5:17~

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a crazy week. It seems like this week has been one of those weeks where everything is just go, go, go! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to slow down and soak up this weeks’ verse with me. Whatever stage of your life you are in right now, I hope you can take something away from this passage. Let’s take a look:

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

If you’ve ever owned an item that got damaged or broken (which is probably all of us), let me paint a picture for you. Let’s say I have an iPhone that I’ve dropped on pavement, dropped into the toilet, etc. This phone probably isn’t in the best shape. On top of that, let’s also say that it has a battery life of five minutes, cameras that don’t function, a memory that is full, and has no data. Basically, this cell phone is pretty broken and useless. There’s not much you can do to fix it. It would cost a boatload of money to have every single broken thing fixed, so you come up with a better plan: getting a brand-new iPhone. The point of this whole story is to show you that when we come to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, he doesn’t just fix us, no, he completely makes us new.

If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been made new and perfect in Him. He cared enough to look at your flaws, mistakes, pains, worries, and past and make you new anyway. Don’t be discouraged by thinking that a perfect Creator wouldn’t want anything to do with an imperfect human, because you’re wrong there. He wants everything to do with you. He wants to pick up your shattered pieces and make them new into something beautiful beyond compare.

And if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t matter how broken you are inside, He died to make you new. You don’t have to live as a slave to your sins in the past. Jesus came to save imperfect sinners, not perfect people. You can have new life in Him. Give your all to Him and watch beauty come from ashes.

My prayer for you this week is that no matter what point in your faith you are at, you will see that God has made a new and exquisite creation in you. You were broken, but because of God’s love, you are new.

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Healthy Three-Ingredient Cookies

Yep, you heard that right. Healthy cookies that only require three ingredients! These cookies are super easy to make and only take a few minutes to whip up. They’re also egg free, dairy free, sugar free, and could be gluten free if modified. Lets get baking!

Healthy Three-Ingredient Cookies

Yield: 8-10 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Optional add-ins:

  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Peel and mash bananas
  • Stir in oats
  • Mix in optional ingredients
  • Scoop batter onto cookie sheet in small rounds
  • Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Enjoy!

These cookies are delicious served warm or chilled. They also taste delicious with a glass of milk or almond milk if you so desire. I hope you try these cookies out and love them as much as I do!

Verse of The Week ~Isaiah 40:8~

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I’m in love with this week’s verse and I am so drawn to the hope and promise it brings. It’s especially perfect at times like this when the seasons are changing and there is an air of change in our everyday lives.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

Isaiah 40:8

Plans change, people change…it’s a fact. Our lives are filled with an unending amount of uncertainty and change. This verse is such an encouragement to any person who has ever experienced any form of change. There is absolutely nothing physical in this world that we can put our trust in to last forever. Our health won’t be perfect, our possessions will break and wear out, and relationships will end. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but this world and the things in it will not last. It’s the hard truth.

Luckily for us, it doesn’t end there. God has not only given us His Word, the Bible, but the Holy Spirit as well that will stay with us for all of eternity. He has promised us that His Word will never fail. It is unending, unchanging, and without error. That, my friend, is some straight up hope for us as Christians.

I hope this verse will be a reminder to you throughout the week that even though there are hundreds of things in our lives that will change, God’s Word is the one thing that never will. His Word is eternal.

 

 

3 Easy & Cheap Organizational DIY’s

For today’s blog post, I’m going to be showing you three super easy and super cheap DIY’s that’ll help keep your room or home organized. Whether you’re looking for something to do on spring break or for a way to keep your clutter organized, these DIY’s are for you!

Printed Decal Labels

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This DIY is so fun and easy to make. You can use these labels in pretty much any way you wish! I used mine on a recycled jar to create a super cute container for some of my makeup products. These stickers could be used on anything from plastic bins to your bathroom mirror. The possibilities are endless!

What You’ll Need:

  • Design of choice (I found this image that said “Love never ends {1 Corinthians 13:8}” online and printed it out)
  • Jar or container of choice (I used a recycled salsa jar)
  • Packing Tape
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Dish scrubber

Instructions:

  • Use google or another source to find a design that you like
  • Print it out
  • Cover the top of your design with one layer of packing tape
  • Cut the design out to the size you want your label to be
  • Fill a bowl with warm water and allow the design to soak in the water for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove from bowl
  • Use a dish scrubber to remove all of the paper off the back of the tape (the design will have transferred onto the tape)
  • Once all of the paper is removed, allow the tape to dry
  • That’s all! You now have a label that you can use on whatever you wish!

 

Display Tray 

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This tray is really easy to make and adds a sophisticated touch to your bedroom, vanity, or bathroom counter. You can use it like I did to keep lotions and perfumes organized, as a place to display candles and decorations, or even as a designated spot to toss your keys and wallet so you don’t lose them.

What You’ll Need:

  • A cheap tray (I got mine from the dollar store. Gotta love the dollar store)
  • Design of choice (I went with this rosegold geometric pattern I found online)
  • White school glue
  • Water
  • A small bowl
  • A paintbrush

Instructions:

  • Find a design you like online and print it out
  • Measure the design to fit in the bottom of your tray and cut it out
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of water with 2 teaspoons of school glue until a watery glue substance is formed
  • Use the paintbrush to coat the bottom of your tray evenly with the glue mixture
  • Lay your design on top of the glue
  • Cover the top of your design evenly with more glue mixture to give it a waterproof surface
  • Allow the glue to fully dry
  • And that’s all!

 

Desktop Organization Cup

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This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest DIY you’ll ever do! You can use this handy little cup to keep whatever you like organized. I filled mine with pens and pencils and put it on my desk.

What You’ll Need:

  • Container or jar of choice (I used a recycled icing jar for mine but anything will work!)
  • Design of choice (I found this really pretty floral pattern online)
  • Tape

Instructions:

  • Find a pattern online that you like. You could even use a picture that you took!
  • Print it out
  • Measure the height of your container
  • Cut out a piece of your design to fit
  • Tape it on your container
  • And you’re done! Easiest DIY ever 🙂

 

 

Verse Of The Week ~Philippians 1:6~

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Welcome back to this weeks’ verse! I hope you had a great week filled with lots of fun! Let’s take a look at today’s verse.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

First off, this verse is so great. But what’s important is not just that it’s great, but that it’s 100% true. God has a plan for each of our lives, and He has had that plan since before time began. I don’t know about you, but that just boggles my mind. Thousands and thousands of years ago God thought of me and planned out every single millisecond of my life. He knew that I’d be a clumsy, messy, imperfect girl, but He decided to begin a good work in me and complete it. That right there is gold.

I just got home from an exciting ski trip with my youth group and the theme of our sessions was surrender. I think surrender goes hand in hand with this verse perfectly. I know from experience that surrender is hard. There’s no easy way around it. However, when we let go of our plans and let God take them over, powerful things will happen.

Because I’ve had to surrender my plan to God, so many beautiful things have happened to me that wouldn’t have happened if God needed to drag me kicking and screaming. For example, when I moved Churches over five years ago, I was upset, but I eventually came around to letting God take over my plan for what I wanted. Because I surrendered, I got to meet a sweet little brown-haired girl at my new church who is now my best friend and will be my best friend for the rest of my life. That sweet, sweet friend is the one who suggested for me to use this verse as my verse of the week. See, God works in incredible ways when we realize that His plan is greater than ours.

As you enter into this new week ahead, don’t forget that no matter what may happen, God knows exactly what He’s doing. He never makes mistakes (never ever). He has started a good work in your life and He isn’t about to scrap it. Give Him your all and watch your life be changed.

5 Benefits Of Exercising From A Christian Perspective

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You are probably aware that working out is good for you. After all, it makes you feel better and stronger, but why? In this blog post, I’m going to give you a closer look at just why that is. So get ready, because this list will give you a reason to get up and moving!

Before I get started with the list, I want to make a quick disclaimer. Physical exercise is very important, but spiritual exercise is even more important. Check out this Bible verse from 1 Timothy 4:8 and keep it in mind every time you exercise physically.

 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

 

  1. Exercise makes you happy!

Multiple different studies have shown that when the human body is exercising, chemicals are released throughout the body that improve your level of happiness. Who knew, right? Getting in even as little as ten minutes of exercise in the morning can actually boost your mood for the entire day!

2. Working out = a good night’s rest!

Exercising can also help you sleep! Having a good work out has been proven to help regulate sleeping patterns and fight insomnia, giving you a good night’s rest. While many people turn to medicines and such, exercise and a healthy diet is the easiest (and not to mention cheapest) way to fix irregular sleeping patterns.

3. Exercising helps you be more energized!

Although this may seem contradictory, exercising can actually help you feel more energized! When you do any kind of physical activity, it strengthens your cardiovascular system, gets your blood pumping, and boosts your metabolism, which results in more energy. Hooray  for more energy!

4. Getting exercise boosts your immune system!

If you’re one of those people who seems to catch another sickness just as you’re getting rid of a sickness, this one’s for you! Working out causes you to flush out all of the bad bacteria in your body and reduce the risk of stress-related diseases. Next time you feel a cold coming on, grab your workout clothes and get some blood pumping!

5. Working out helps to maintain your God-given body!

The most important reason that you should work out is that it helps you take care of your temple. If you don’t get the reference, take a look at 1 Corinthians 6:19a. It says:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

This verse clearly tells us that our bodies are not our own, but they are God’s. If you were to build a house for God to stay in, would you want the house to have creaky floors, dingy walls, and crumbling ceilings? Of course not! In the same way, we should always remember that the Holy Spirit lives inside us. We should keep our bodies in tip-top condition for God and God only.

I could go on and on about the benefits of working out, but I chose to keep it to just five main points. I hope this article motivated you to get up and get some exercise! Never forget that God lives in us and we should always treat ourselves in a way that helps perfect the place in us where the Holy Spirit lives. Happy working out!

 

 

 

 

Verse Of The Week ~Be Strong and Courageous~

strong-and-courageousAs I was thinking about my blog and what I was going to write about, one of the things that kept coming back to me was that I should come up with some way to give my readers a weekly dose of Bible encouragement. Something like your morning cup of coffee, but for your soul. That’s when the idea came to me that I should have a verse of the week put up every Sunday to give you a kick start for the week ahead.  So without further ado, lets dive into this week’s verse.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

This phrase, “be strong and courageous” is so important that it actually appears at least 15 times throughout the Bible. If God says something once, it is very important, but if God has to say something more than once, we know that He’s not joking around. Another interesting thing that I found is that it’s not just God saying this over and over again, but  influential people including Moses, David, and Paul were used throughout scripture to prove His point.

I love this verse because it gives me such a sense of safety and security. It tells me that no matter what kind of condition I’m in physically, mentally, or spiritually, God will never leave me. It is so comforting for me to know that I don’t need to be afraid of anything because God is always by my side.

I hope this verse can encourage you this week to put away all of your fears and be strong and courageous. It is my prayer that you will be courageous no matter how many stressful things may come up. I pray that as you go into this week, you will look past the school, the work,and the busyness, and remember that He will never leave or forsake you.

This verse means so much to me that I decided to doodle it into an empty space in my Bible. I would encourage you to have a visual picture of this verse as well to keep you motivated throughout the week. Maybe that wouldn’t be writing it in your Bible, but it could be writing it on a sticky note and putting it on your mirror, writing it on the front of a school binder, making it the background on your phone, or framing a picture of it and putting it on your desk. Whatever way you choose, I hope you will find a way to be reminded of it daily.