Bible Study & Prayer Journal Printable Freebie {limited time}

CPOver the last month I have a ton of emails asking for specific printables…many of those requests included bible study printables. I love writing notes to my self in journals when I’m studying the bible. The problem is that I end up have 10 different journals. I wanted to create something that could easily go into a basic three-ring binder. What a particularly love about this set is that you only print what you need for each study! For example when doing a bible study such as SheReadsTruth you know from the beginning how many days/week the study lasts! I also reacted prayer request and praise pages! I feel like it is really important to have both. Sometimes we can become…well…hopeless when it come to prayer requests, this is a fallen world we live in and we see it and live it every day. Having the praise page will help us stay grounded when it seems all hope is lost, we can look at all the praises! In fact for me personally this week has been one of those times. ConqI have also included a lovely printable to keep us grounded as well! Romans 8:37-39 something I go back to time and time again. There is so much love, hope and comfort in these verses! We are more than conquerors and NOTHING can separate us from the love of Jesus! {paraphrase and emphasis mine} Before Downloading please SUBSCRIBE!

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Upcoming printables

  • Family Planner
  • Meal Planner {HUGE reader request}
  • plus homeschool printables

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COMING SOON!! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle {and extras}

Ladies something Awesome is coming!!! From April 23-28 The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will be here! I can’t tell you exactly what the bundle entails…yet!What I can tell you is that you do not want to miss out on the opportunity to purchase an entire homemaking library plus $200 in free bonuses for $29.97…95% off…WOW!

This Bundle will blow your mind! There are some phenomenal topics!  I am so excited about this…You should be too!!! Imagine all this right at your finger tips on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.   I’m sure we all know mama/wife who could really benefit from this bundle! It might be you! I think lots of times as mamas and wives we allow our selves to get steamrolled by life weather you have one child or 10!  Homeschooling, work, sports, and just day-to-day life can seem over whelming right? This bundle is designed specifically for us! Full of encouragement, wisdom and inspiration! Now, who doesn’t need that! I just know that you will enjoy this Bundle as much as I know I will!  sigg1 copy

Breaking Free

philAs I continue in my SheReadsTruth 1-2-3 John study the Lord is revealing so many things to me daily…some are good, while others are extremely humbling, and still others are pretty hard to admit. In todays reading something really kept nagging at me. 1 John 3:6  “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” It makes you stop and think huh!? My husband I were discussing this particular passage and how it could very easily discourage and possibly confuse the reader, maybe even ensue a bit of panic. The word CONTINUES stood out to me. 

con·tin·ue | verb 

  • to do something without stopping : to keep doing something in the same way as before
  • to keep happening or existing : to remain active or in existence without changing or stopping

Continue, keep doing, without changing…aka habitual sin. We all have it, we all do it, we are all human and need to repent. Even Paul the Apostle who wrote most of the New Testament struggled with sin…

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:14-25

 

 

Sin of any sort will cause us not to have that close and intimate relationship we all strive to have with the Lord. So here we are knowing that there is something that we keep coming back to. Habitual sin can be anything that you know is sin but really have no intention of stopping or just can’t seem to stop no matter how hard you try even though you know you shouldn’t be doing it {Knowingly Continuing} Habitual sin can range in severity anything from anger, gossip or adultery {and everything in between} Regardless of what it is we all need to break free from it. But how? Grab your Bible, a journal or notebook and find a place where you can talk to God. The first part of breaking free is identifying it…yeah it may get a little rough…it was for me. For me admitting it is absolutely the hardest part. No one wants to admit that they have something that they can’t break away from. In most cases it brings us some kind of joy or pleasure. The guilt usually comes later. Admitting it is going to be between you and God which means you will be safe in admitting it to your heavenly father…I promise. You may even realize in your fellowship with the Lord that there is sin you didn’t even realize you had been struggling with. That’s ok this is time between you and God, He wants to draw you closer. After identifying it comes the change. It’s time to repent and ask Jesus to set us free! roms In addition to prayer I like to grab my journal and write down my habitual sin(s) and write a prayer to God asking Him to help me break free. Over the years I have asked the Lord to dissolve the desire, take away the temptation, etc… I also like writing encouraging verses on sticky notes where I know I will see them throughout the day like the bathroom mirror, the computer screen, by the phone, even a daily reminder on my iPhone. These act as a reminder that we can do all things with Christ who strengthens us. {Philippians 4:13} I’d love to tell you “Ok now its going to be easy and go on your merry way” but as we know things that matter aren’t usually easy. This is going to be an ongoing process with daily repentance, and we are going to fail unless we repent and give it to God daily. God wants to be there for us, He wants to heal us, He wants to draw us closer, we have to allow Him to do it. For many the sin we are struggling with is something big and deep. If this is the case in your life I would highly recommend, prayer, journaling, and reading the bible daily. In addition talk to someone you trust, your spouse, your mom, your friend, or your pastor {or his wife} Psst…us Pastors wives are ready and willing to pray with you and love you more than you know!  

Now, I’m sure there are a lot of ways to deal with habitual sin so the way I am suggesting may not work for you and that’s ok. Seek God and He will guide your willing heart!

My prayer for you today is that the Lord will work in you and draw you closer to Him. If you would like prayer {specific or non specific} please comment {Please note that all comments are private unless I approve them} or email me. I’d love to pray with you or/and pray for you!

james

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

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Happy Monday! As I mentioned last week the Lord is working HUGE in my family! If you are believer you know when God moves satan FREAKS…we have been dealing with a ton of spiritual warfare. We are staying continuously in God word. One Friday I started a new SheReadsTruth bible study in 1-2-3 John. 123-John-ABIDEHonestly when I decided to pick a new SRT bible study I didn’t think I would be doing this particular study…but God did! Over the last few days God has spoken to me in ways I NEVER expected! Yesterday the “H” word happened in my heart…I was Humbled….in a HUGE way. I mean the Lord called me out…honestly I needed it and I’m so happy it happened, I didn’t realize the extent until I asked God to reveal it. Had I not been studying in that particular passage I would have probably just continued on my happy little way. Thank you Lord that you guided me to this study! If you haven’t already head over to SheReadTruth and start a bible study {there are a bunch and are on average last about 2 weeks} The Current plan is Jonah {I haven’t done it yet, but my mom said it is phenomenal. Something that I LOVE about SheReadTruth is that you can always do past plans! And if you have the YouVersion app you can add SheReadsTruth plans to your phone or tablet!

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

1 JOHN | 2:12-13

Of course I have been Encouraged, Comforted, Humbled, and Loved from reading the bible. I have also been so spoken to through some really amazing music! This past one particular song kept catching my ear…no matter where I was. Hillsong United | Oceans was EXACTLY what I needed every single time I heard it play. It was really amazing the way God was working! Not familiar with Hillsong or Oceans? Have a listen!

Live in the Studio:

Album version with the Lyrics:

Oh Hillsong United you are so blessing by God!

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Grapevine Studies $25 shopping spree Giveaway!!!!!

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As I have mentioned before I love teaching my children through pictures and  Grapevine Bible Studies is absolutely perfect for us!

I love the way Grapevine Bible Studies differ from other studies not only in the use of stick figure drawings, but in the manner that it breaks down sections of the Bible into small, bite-sized, digestible chunks of memorable information! My children are able to easily retain what they are learning in each bible study while enjoying it as well!  As your children work through the five-part-lessons they understand the biblical characters and events in terms of their context, chronology, culture and geography PLUS they get to draw pictures! Learning the bible and drawing whats not to love? No matter what we other bible studies we do my children LOVE their Grapevine Studies and keep coming back to them!

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I love having the full color Teacher’s Book {note: I don’t print the teacher books I just open them on my iPad.} The Teacher Book guides you through the daily activities! Each lesson begins with reading scripture from the Bible, followed by discussion of the scriptures(s), which is sometimes followed by a map assignment. Looking up key words in the Bible dictionary!

When it comes to Grapevine Studies there are a number of age options! The studies are broken down into age  categories

  • TRACEABLES  perfect for AGES 3-5
  • BEGINNER  for AGES 5-7
  • LEVEL1 for AGES 6-8
  • LEVEL2 for AGES 8-10
  • LEVEL3 for AGES 10-13
  • LEVEL4 for YOUNG TEEN
  • MULTI-LEVEL for AGES 7 AND UP

My twins loved the traceable last year when they were 3 and this year are enjoying the beginner level! Our oldest is a mix of level 2 and 3. However I would highly recommend the traceables for any reluctant drawers no matter their age…my son was one. Also the Multi Level is AWESOME for those of us with children of all ages. We have the Multi Level for 4 and up. What I love about Grapevine Studies is that you are able to mix and match to get the perfect study for your child no matter their age!

In addition to that they also come in two different format options Print and Ebook. Personally I have only gotten the ebook versions that way I can print what I need ,when I need it, for who I need it for…mama win! I have friends who only buy the print versions because they like that its all there and ready. It is absolutely personal preference.

Wanna test it out? Get a Free eBook Lesson – Last Supper eLesson

 

Ok it gets better than a free eLesson? The wonderful Dianna at Grapevine Studies is giving one of my lucky reader a $25 shopping spree!!!

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Shine, Bright Let Your Glory fill this Land

I love music…I always have! I sing all the time to EVERYTHING my husband can attest to that! Growing up it was all about music. My dad is a HUGE music lover and I grew up with all genres of music…really…Heavy Metal, Soft Rock, Country, Oldies, Soul…You name it! When I was little my dad would drive me to school on his way to work. We lived REALLY far out of town so every day was always a little road trip. Two things were ALWAYS on our trips, music and Dr. Pepper ;) This fond memory lives with me today. My love for music is more that just the sound of a good beat…although that is always a plus! Its all about the words, the emotion, the message. Below are some of my most favorite songs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Shine, Bright
Let Your Glory fill this land
Lift high, the King of Kings and great I am
Jesus, You are the way

Na na na na na na, Jesus Na na na na na na, you are the way, Na na na na na na, Jesus, Na na na na na na

If you are not familiar with these artists you CANNOT go wrong with any of there music or albums!

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Where You Go I Will Go…Lead me!

ruthIt’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything personal. Life got surprisingly and unexpectedly hectic…but all in a good way! Starting in September my crochet shop ‘Cute as a Fox Shoppe‘ went crazy. I was averaging anywhere from 10 to 20 orders per week (from etsy, Facebook and locally) which I absolutely loved! d4b92cd0904f25f6a25f3c481ad284c1One of my best-selling items with the Seattle Seahawks hat (if I haven’t mentioned it before my husband and I and our family are diehard Seahawks fans!) well as many of you know the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl… I thought I was busy in September and October wow I hadn’t seen anything yet! After the championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers…the Hawks were going to be going to the Super Bowl!!! I was getting an order about every half hour! Finally around the beginning of March my shop slow down! That’s okay I was needing a break! Please feel free to visit my shop at any time I take orders all year!

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In addition to my shop, my husband and I made the decision to completely close our photography business in 2013 and pursue ministry! (I know I’ve already told you) For many years we have known that my husband is called into ministry that (we are called to be ministry family) he is specifically called to be a pastor. In 2013 my husband was getting some very awesome opportunities including acting as interim youth pastor Sunday mornings!! For the last six months he’s been taking the junior high and high school students through and in-depth study through the book of Romans. Towards the end of 2013 we took a HUGE step of faith along with our very closest friends we decided to go with them and plant a church in a small local city nearby in sept. 2014. God was in control and he was leading us. jerWe then went to Seattle to meet with the elders at the parent church we were planning to branch from. The Lord rock our world the very next  day. After returning from that trip the Lord changed his direction for our family…(Staying at our current Church that we love) We did a TON of praying and seeking God to give us clear audible direction (basically writing it out for us on the wall) he did…we even prayed “Lord if your will is for us to stay then show us” we prayed for out of the blue conformation…within 12 hours we had gotten that conformation not once, not twice but three times. “Wow” is all we could think. proverbsFrom that day one we have gotten daily conformation that The Lord has us where we are supposed to be. He stopped us in our tracks and pointed us in a different direction. Much like Abraham standing before God ready to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac and then from the heavens Abraham heard the Lords voice telling him to stop. 10″ Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” {Gen 22} The Lord wanted to see that we were faithful servants, he wanted to see that if he said go that we would go. And we were ready that just wasn’t the plan he had. Our two other sets of friends are continuing with the church plant and we hope and pray nothing but the best for them and we pray that the church strives and it just reaches all the people in that little town. As for us and our family, the Lord is working and working big. I don’t know what the plan is. I don’t know how it’s going to look but I am excited to be a part of Gods plan and to see the way that he’s been working in my husband and our family and myself. Two years ago we would’ve never expected to be where we are today. After so many years of praying that Lord would open the doors for us in ministry, God has opened the floodgates. Please join with me and my family and pray for this journey. Also join us as we pray for our beloved friends who are stepping out in faith and starting from scratch at church and in a small town that really need them. So here we are standing ready and willing saying “Where you Go, I will Go. Where you Stay, I will Stay.”

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