A Spring Scripture Challenge…..Because You Know You Want More Jesus

Hello, I’m Leah!

I thought I’d introduce myself, because it has been a few weeks since I posted anything here. The last few weeks have been F-U-L-L of all sorts of goodness, and honestly, I just have not settled down to get my thoughts in order. I will write more about that soon, but today I am so excited to share with you something the Lord has placed on my heart for us.

As you know, Resurrection Day (Easter) is on April 1st and it is all about new life springing forth from the grave when Jesus rose! Jesus had been crucified three days before and His followers thought that all was lost. But God!!…….He did a new thing on Resurrection Day and death was defeated once and for all. Hallelujah!! (Want to know more about why I think Jesus is such a big deal? Go HERE.

What better time to start a new habit that draws us up close to Jesus than Resurrection Day and the beginning of a new month!

 

Chapter Read...What It Said Challenge

 

 

If you have hung around here for even a pair of minutes, you will know that I am like a dog on a bone about being in the Word. Scripture is LIFE to me, and I want it to be LIFE to you. I never knew how much I needed to be in the Word every day until I got in the Word every day way back in 2001. It feeds my heart and soul and gives me what I need to walk through this messy world. I’m hooked on Bible study for life!

Sometimes, though, for some of us it is hard to decide exactly HOW to be in the Word every day. So often I have women say to me, “I just don’t have time to do an in-depth study that requires 30 minutes or more of at-home work each day,” or “I want to read my Bible, but I just don’t know where to start.” I get all of that. I really do. So, for the month of April, I want to offer you a way to be in Scripture, AND to draw little nuggets out for your own heart.

Ta-da! My Resurrection Day/Spring/April Scripture Challenge!

I can make you a guarantee….100% money back guarantee. If you will commit 30 days to spending time reading one chapter of Scripture each day and journaling about it, your faith will grow and you will fall more in love with Jesus and His Word. I promise. Pinky-swear! God promised that His Word will never return void, which means it will always make a difference in the heart and life of the one who interacts with it. I am living proof that this is true.

So, here is how we will roll with this. Beginning April 1st, I am challenging you to:

1) Choose ONE CHAPTER of Scripture (any chapter, anywhere in the Bible) each day.

2) Read that chapter.

3) Write a little (or a lot) about what the Lord spoke into your heart from that chapter. (Keep reading, I have a FREE GIFT to help with this.)

Easy, huh? You may want to read 30 chapters out of one particular book in the Bible, or you might want to go totally rogue and random with your chapter choices. You might even want to read the same chapter every day for 30 days. You decide what works for you!

I have created a FREE journal page to help you keep track of your chapters and your heart ponderings. You may already have a journal that you like to use for such things, but I thought it would be fun to have a dedicated sheet for the effort, for those who would like to use it. I’ve named it ‘Chapter Read….What It Said (to me)’ and I would love for you to have it. There are two ways you can get it. Either download from the green button below, OR send me an email to [email protected] and I will send it to you via email.

 

What do you say? Would you like to grow in your faith this spring? Do you desire to learn more about Jesus and His Word? Will you take my challenge?

If so, please leave me a comment below or send me an email letting me know you will taking the challenge. I am so excited to hear what God speaks into your heart and life in April.

SDG/FCA!!

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God Has a Reason for Your Season – A Printable

Dear readers,

Perhaps you, like me, are journeying through a tough season in life. A season where you are tempted to throw in the towel, give up, walk away. A season of loss and pain. I smell what you are stepping in. May I encourage you with the thought that seasons do come to an end, and another begins.

God reminded me last week that there He has reasons for our seasons. Reasons that, this side of eternity, we may never fully comprehend. That is where our faith and trust in Him must kick in.

So, today, I offer you a printable for your fridge or mirror or wherever you need a simple reminder that God has a REASON for your SEASON. Simply click on the picture to download and print this for your own encouragement. Bless you, dear friend. May God hold you closely in this SEASON.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Good

Welcome back to Friday! And to Good Friday…the day Jesus died for my sin and yours. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t too good for Him, but for me, the day of my Lord’s death became the day that I had the opportunity to truly live. You, too, if you are a Christian.

Today at Five Minute Friday, our word prompt is from Kate Motaung, appropriately enough, GOOD. Yes, GOOD.  So, let’s get going.

 

Does it seem to anyone else that the pages on the kingdom calendar are flipping faster and faster? Maybe it is just that I am more in-tune with what the Bible says will happen in the end. Very little news is GOOD these days. So much death, so much suffering, so much deceit and darkness all around. Even as I dragged my weary body out of bed this morning, I received a text from my BFF that her father-in-law had passed away in the night. I shed tears, because my own grief is still fresh. Shootings, beheadings, natural disasters, and heartache abound. Where is the GOOD news?

May I offer you a bit of GOOD news today?

 

And we know that in all things God works for the GOOD of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   Romans 8:28 (NIV)

 

At first blush that may seem like small comfort in the face of intense pain and suffering; it may seem trite. Trust me, it is not small comfort. There is amazing peace embedded into the concept.

Millennia ago God knew what would happen in your life and mine on April 3rd, 2015 and every other day of our lives. He knew, He planned, He purposed. His GOOD is for us. His heart is for us. Nothing happens to us that is outside His ability to turn it for our GOOD. Nothing.

So, I leave you with a quote that I have offered here before. It is one that hangs on my fridge because it speaks so deeply into my heart, especially in times that are not GOOD. I’ve made it a printable so you can download it and hang it on your fridge, too. Trust Him. He is working all things out for your GOOD.

Rest of Joy Quote

 

 

 

 

 

A New Printable for When Times Are Tough

Hello friends,

 

Just popping in to offer you a new FREE printable! I have had this quote on my refrigerator for at least 20 years. In the midst of turbulent circumstances, one read helps me to turn my eyes from the turmoil, and fix them on Jesus. So, I spent a bit of time and turned it into a printable. I needed a new one because the piece of paper on my fridge that the quote was on was all curled up and ratty looking. Now, you can have one, too.

To print it off, simply click on the image, and either save it to your computer (to share with others later), or right click and print. Flitter, print off a few for sharing, anyway. We all go through tough times, and I bet Jesus will afford you an opportunity to share one before the weekend is over.

Join me on Monday for the unveiling of my 2015 Monday series. Grace and peace to you, my friends.

I am linking this post up at:

Satisfaction Through Christ

 

 

Rest of Joy Quote

 

Heart Notes ~ 12.14.14

Friends, welcome to Monday. Welcome to Heart Notes!

This week we are re-visiting our verse from last week, and adding another to it. If you missed last week’s post, I encourage you to click here and take a peek at it. Today’s post will make much more sense if you have done this.

Now, let’s refresh our memory on our verses from Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Today we will focus on verse 7. I underlined it above.

Last week I asked some mighty nosy questions, and many of you responded to the post, letting me know that you needed to have those questions asked over a situation(s) in your life.

Today, friends, it is time for some testifying. If you took last week’s post seriously, and spent some introspective time, just you and Jesus, I’m thinking you may have a word of testimony that you would like to offer about the peace you discovered because you talked to Jesus about your situation.

 

I’ll go first. There are so many times that Jesus has given me His peace as I have been faithful to turn life’s angst over to Him. Recently I experienced His peace as my sister and I sat by our Mother’s bedside and heard her physician tell us that it was time to just keep her comfortable until Jesus came for her.

It would have been so easy to let anxiety take over, to fight against what I knew to be true, and try to prolong her life. Instead, my heart knew, even before Dr. Thompson spoke the words, that Mother would be meeting Jesus soon. Earlier that day I had breathed a prayer, asking Him to be with us, and give us strength and peace as we walked through whatever the day brought. HE DID!

Sure, it was a tough day or two, but Jesus was with us. His people surrounded us, and I knew undeniable peace in the midst of the storm.

 

Now, friend, it is your turn. Tell us about a time when you cast your anxiety on Jesus, and found peace, even as the winds howled about you. Leave me a comment here, or email me at [email protected].

 

In case you missed the FREE December printable, here it is:

Heart Notes ~ 12.2.14

Today is Cyber Monday and I am running a special on Legacy Bible study workbooks all throughout December. Beginning today, if you purchase a From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy workbook from me (through my website), you can take advantage of my BOGO special. Buy One, Get One 30% off.

I have put a special button on the right side of my website that will allow you to take advantage of this Christmas sale. Simply click over to any post that I have written. You must click into a post to find the sidebar. Then scroll down until you see the Paypal section on the sidebar. The BOGO special is the 4th ‘add to cart’ option that you will see.

 

Well, what do you know? Here it is December! We have journeyed through a whole of the Word this year, and I hope we have tucked a heaping helping of it into our hearts. God promised that His Word would never return void, and that it would always accomplish its purpose. So, I claim that promise over these Heart Notes posts. Although the comments are few on them, I believe that God has used them in some hearts and lives in 2014.

Have any of these Heart Notes posts and/or printables impacted you this year? Were you able to memorize some of the verses? If so, how has the Lord used those verses in your life in 2014? It would be a blessing to hear from you, either in the comments section or via email.

 

Now, let’s get on to today’s printable and verse. The December FREE printable is festive and bright, and I hope you will print it off and enjoy it. Here it is:

 

 

 

 

Pride will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin. Proverbs 16:18 (NCV)

 

 

Let’s begin at the beginning~~with a definition of the word ‘pride’. For that we will turn to our friend, Webster. Consider it, please.

 

a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people

a feeling that you are more important or better than other people

a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.

Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pride>.

 

Definitions #1 and #2 are where the wheels come off the wagon in most of our lives, although #3 can also get us into trouble. However, let’s focus on #1 and #2 for today.

Now that we have defined pride, let’s go back to our verse for this week and plug in those definitions. I think it will be instructive to us.

 

 

Pride~~~a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people~~~will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin.

Perhaps the place we get in trouble here is that we feel we DESERVE to be respected.

 

Pride~~~a feeling that you are more important or better than other people~~~will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin.

Umm, ouch!

 

I am greatly convicted by today’s exercise in plugging the definition of a word into a verse of Scripture. I have been guilty of pride so often in my life. That is why I consistently ask the Lord to show me any pride that hides in my heart. Just when I think I am free of pride, the Holy Spirit sweeps out a corner of my heart, and finds a crumb of pride there. I want to be faithful to do away with ALL pride in my life, because I want a consistently intimate relationship with Jesus.

Thanks for reading today, friends.

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