Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GOALS {ILLUSTRATED FAITH}

It's the time of year when we focus on new goals. We set our One Words, New Year's Resolutions, and the like, all to prepare to better ourselves. My One Word for 2018 is joy. I am excited to focus on being more joyful this year and getting back to the joy of His salvation.

The brand new Illustrated Faith kit is out and is focused all around Goals. Shanna gives eight specific areas for goal setting: wisdom goals, hope goals, faith goals, prayer goals,  kindness goals, peace goals, home goals, health goals. Each area has a devotional card with not only a short devotion, but questions and a Scripture verse to pray over and meditate on. Shanna encourages us to "...celebrate the good, and ask Him to transform the rest. Here's to a new year of fresh beginnings and new #goals!"


When I first heard the theme of the kit, I wasn't sure if the kit would apply to my One Word. However, it totally does! Joy can be found in seeking wisdom from Him, in the hope of the Father, in living by faith, in praying and growing in my prayer life, in being kind as the Father lavishes kindness on me, in the peace I have from knowing God, in creating a joyful and worshipful attitude in my home, and in striving to be healthy so that I can do the work He has called me to do. I can't wait to dive into this kit and learn about finding joy in these areas.

The Goals Kit includes:
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll washi tape
1 thank you card from Shanna
2 sheets translucent stickers
6 tip-ins
8 devotional cards
1 plastic holder

Session 1 - #Wisdom Goals
Session 2 - #Hope Goals
Session 3 - #Faith Goals
Session 4 - #Prayer Goals
Session 5 - #Kindness Goals
Session 6 - #Peace Goals
Session 7 - #Home Goals
Session 8 - #Health Goals





No matter what your One Word is or what goals you set for this year, this kit is going to help you get a good, solid start. Pick up your Goals Kit today! Just click the image below.









Monday, January 15, 2018

COUNTING MY BLESSINGS

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are protected.
Proverbs 18:10




Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...


2305. The warmth of my home in this bitter cold.


2306. My church coming together to do some deep cleaning at our church.


2307. Seeing the kids in kid's church worshiping God.


2308. Sunday lunch with my family.


2309. A Sunday nap.


Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.








Wednesday, January 10, 2018

COMMIT YOUR ACTIVITIES TO THE LORD

Think of your activities right now. All those things filling your calendar. Work, church, ministries, your child's sports or music lessons, homemaking, your hobbies, everything that you do. Now, think of this: when was the last time you committed those activities to God?

Commit your activities to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

Commit your activities to the Lord.

The Word tells us to commit our activities to the Lord. Do we actually do that? Do we pray asking God to lead us in our activities? To guide us? To give us direction? Or do we jump feet first ready to do it all on our own?

Today I want to encourage you to pause at each activity. Ask God how to move forward, what to do and say, to lead you, and to give you a good attitude in what you do. Ask Him to help you do it all, everything you have to do, for His glory.


Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something
done for the Lord and not for people.
Colossians 3:23





Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ONE WORD 2018

I have never, ever stuck to New Year's Resolutions. I don't even make it past the first full week of January before I just give up. It's ridiculous really. In 2011 I heard of the One Word movement. This is where instead of making a long list of resolutions, you pick just one word and focus on that. I thought it seemed like a great idea so I chose a word. I don't even remember what the word was. In 2012, I decided to get serious and really do this One Word challenge. To help me, my word that year was intentional. Since then, I've had some really great words to focus on.

Sharing my One Word for 2018. #oneword #oneword365 #oneword2018

Back in early November, I was praying over one of my children. Our child had a talk with us one night and revealed that they were really struggling. I began to pray joy over my child. That God would restore joy into their life, heart, mind, attitude, words, every single part. I intentionally prayed this on a daily basis. One day, as I was praying joy over my child, I felt God nudge me and say that my child wasn't the only one who needed more joy. I needed more joy.

My first reaction was to disagree. The reason I disagreed is because joy and happiness are two very different thing. Joy is from God. It's in knowing that He is in control, that He holds us in the palm of His hands, and that we have a hope and a future with Him. Happiness is circumstantial. I wanted to tell God that I needed to be happier, yes, but that I had joy because I know Him. Then He reminded me of a verse.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12

Yes, I know the Father and have joy of the promises He gives. But I wasn't walking in that joy. When we are first saved, we are full of the joy of our newfound salvation. We are excited and on fire. After time, sadly, that fire and excitement diminish some. We need to regularly do a heart check. Go back to that time of salvation and grab a hold of that fire again. We need to stir up that excitement. We need to walk in the joy of the Lord.

That brings me to my One Word for 2018. Joy.

Sharing my One Word for 2018. #oneword #oneword365 #oneword2018

This year, I want to focus on restoring the joy of His salvation.

My action plan:

  1. Memorize Scriptures about joy.
  2. Pause and focus on the joy of the Lord in all times; good, bad, tired, frustrated, stressed, every possible emotion that comes.
  3. Regularly think back to the time of my salvation and the joy I felt. Grab a hold of that joy.
  4. Get into the Word more. When we are in the Word and praying, how can we not feel His joy!?
  5. Walk in His joy. Let the joy be seen on my face, in my attitude, and in my words.

Sharing my One Word for 2018. #oneword #oneword365 #oneword2018

I am really excited about my word for this year.

So friends, what is your word for the year? What are you going to focus on? Please share in the comments!

*Thank you to Michelle at Displaying Grace for my beautiful One Word graphic!

Monday, January 8, 2018

NEW BEGINNINGS AND BLESSINGS


#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...


2305. A blessed holiday season with family.


2306. A warm home during frigid temperatures.


2307. Celebrating my husband's birthday.


2308. Plans being made for a new year.


2309. My son graduating at semester. How is it possible that I have two children graduated from high school!?


Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.





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