Throwback Thursday: Thanking God

Throwback Thursday: Thanking God

The matted photos on an angle, grouped together, surrounded by a title,  a little embellishing and a journal block of what you are thankful for, brings it all together.  Simply a lovely layout. Notice the subtle pen work around the “grateful” title? Love it! Supplies used: solid cross texture for background (reverse side of patterned paper) journal block from Autumn Blessings cutouts *from Autumn Blessings kit (available in Faithfully Yours store) Journal prompts Have you taken time to thank God recently for what you are grateful for? Share 1 thing you are grateful for today below in the comments. Faithfully,   P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  Have something to share?  Submit...
All In for Jesus

All In for Jesus

Isn’t it interesting how you can read a verse several times and yet something new pops out at you?  Take the greatest commandment for example: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 Did you notice the word all?  Not some. Not when convenient. I have a tendency to gloss over that little three letter word. Today’s morning reading was about going “all in” for Jesus.  I’m not exactly sure what that looks like when I feel like I can barely keep my head above water most days.  While I know I’m surrounded by a sea of grace, I feel more like the disciples during the storm. That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:35-38 And to think I have the audacity to ask if God even cares!  We feel that way sometimes though, don’t we? (I hope it isn’t just me)  Yet we know better. And we need that reminder, once again. That there is no need to be afraid. That we have to muster up what little faith we have. And trust in the only one who really does care...
Overextended? Love God Love People

Overextended? Love God Love People

It’s good to be home. While it was an amazing opportunity and there will be things I’ll miss about Switzerland, it is good to be home. I’ve been busy with my girls, laundry, dishes, cleaning, telling about our trip, loving on the puppies, going through a pile of mail and dealing with jet lag.  My mother-in-law was bringing over lunch after church, but I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to clean my bathroom! I’m also anxious to get back on track. I wanted to be ready right out of the gate to tackle Monday.  I was inpsired in Switzerland. I learned new things.  I discovered new ways of doing things. I have so much to capture. I wanted to begin implementing right away. I wanted to add to my already crammed to do list. [pintraffic desc=’Feeling overextended? Love God Love people!’ position=’7′ icon=’pinterest’ page=’http://www.faithfullyyours.net/562′]http://www.faithfullyyours.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ToDoLoveGod1.png[/pintraffic] I also wanted to get back on track with my morning quiet time.  So I felt it appropriate to start a new book. Overextended…and loving most of it! by Lisa Harper.  Perhaps overwhelmed is more what I’m feeling, after just posting last week about slowing down and savoring the moment. The first chapter is Living the Jesus Way of Life.  (so not worrying about a long to do list)  So, a good choice to begin this week, don’t you think? I love this quote from the author’s friend. You know, I think this is what we’re supposed to look like when we stand before Jesus. I don’t think we’re supposed to show up in glory with time to spare, a fresh manicure, and perfect...
Stop and consider

Stop and consider

I’m currently in Montreux, Switzerland.  While my husband is at work, I get to explore and enjoy the beautiful scenery. As I headed out to the promenade to walk and see what I could find, I realized I was walking fast. I literally had to slow myself down. At home, I’m in a hurry.  I try to squeeze as much as possible in a day.  My to do list is long and never complete. Here, I had to tell myself to slow down. Enjoy the journey. Savor the moment.  As I did, the following scripture came to mine. I have spent a lot of time alone, walking, exploring, and thinking.  I have come to realize that I need to realign my priorities. However, I am grateful for this opportunity and the time spent with God. Journal Prompts: Are you rushing through life? Take a moment to stop and consider God’s wonders. Faithfully,   P.S. Leave a comment and share your thoughts an the above...
Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey

God requires our obedience before our understanding. This is a quote I ran across in my morning reading in Unstoppable by Christine Caine. It made me stop and think.  Is this a hard concept for you as it is for me? I don’t like surprises, not being in control, not knowing what is going on. I plan out to the finest detail. Yes, I have learned that things rarely go as planned. I’ve learned to be flexible and maybe even a little spontaneous. But what I like, is to understand first. I want it my way.  God’s way is best. God chooses the part I am to play in the body of Christ. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 I feel unprepared. God prepares those he calls. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 I want it and I want it now!  God’s timing is perfect. It is my job to trust and obey. Love and serve. Journal Prompts: God requires our obedience before our understanding. What are your thoughts on this? Choose one verse from above and reflect on it. Faithfully,   P.S. Leave a comment and share your thoughts an the above prompts. P.S.S. As mentioned above… Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born To Win By Christine Caine / Zondervan In his letters, Paul calls us to run the race God sets before us. Inviting...
Say Yes to Jesus

Say Yes to Jesus

Another newish to me speaker at the Women of Faith conference was Patsy Clairmont. I have heard of her, seen her books, but never experienced her. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed her speaking. I picked up her latest book, Twirl. This morning I read a chapter entitled “Yes”. This is a refreshing change. I sat there thinking of how most books I tend to read have a chapter devoted (or at least a a couple pages) saying no.  In our busy lives nowadays combined with a people pleasing attitude it is hard to say no. And here Patsy says, “yes”, to Jesus that is. [pintraffic desc=’Say yes to Jesus!’ position=’7′ icon=’pinterest’ page=’http://www.faithfullyyours.net/505′]http://www.faithfullyyours.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SayYes.jpg[/pintraffic] Don’t you just love that quote? I have never heard it before. Patsy shares how the word yes is joyful, cooperative, makes others smile. Yes can be a skylight for the soul, it can aerate our attitudes, and it can be a bridge over misunderstanstandings. Yes is a seal of approval, an Enter Here sign, a “permission granted” document. Yes is powerful, permissive, and pleasing. form Twirl by Patsy Clairmont Have you looked at yes that way? Refreshing isn’t it? I need to start by saying yes to Jesus. I want to pray, “God fix me, change me, heal me, turn me into who you want me to be”. And then sit back and wait for Him to do his thing. Yet, I need to meet Him. I need to say yes to Him. I need to immerse myself in the Word and let His living words awash over me. Changing...
Letting Go and Showing Up

Letting Go and Showing Up

[pintraffic desc=’About letting go and showing up’ position=’7′ icon=’pinterest’ page=’http://www.faithfullyyours.net/495′]http://www.faithfullyyours.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Remember.png[/pintraffic]   This past weekend I attended the Women of Faith conference. The theme was “from survival to revival”.  It is easy to get in survival mode and not even realize it.  There is no secret or key to being revived though.  Get in the Word. Remember who God is. Remember who you are in Christ.  No secret. Perhaps it is more of a discipline. I was excited to hear from some speakers whose books line my bookshelf and fill up my Kindle. I was also interested in the new-to-me speakers.  Of course the musical guests were awesome as I have heard them both before-the talented Natalie Grant and Matthew West. I particularly love hearing the stories behind the songs. Christine Caine spoke from Joshua. Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.  I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.  No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.  Joshua 1:2-6 God said, “Moses my servant is dead.” She then posed this question. What is “dead” in your life?  What are you...

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