Mindful Monday Devotional – Living by Faith

Mindful Monday - Living by Faith

Mindful Monday - Living by Faith

Welcome to 2018!  A new year with new possibilities.  I hope that you, like me, are determined to move forward in your faith and put everything that’s happened to you behind you (as much as possible at any rate) follow the apostle Paul’s example in Philippians chapter 3:13b-15:

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press ontoward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenlycalling in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. And if you think differently about some issue, God will reveal this to you as well.…”

It takes a lot of faith to leave our pain and struggles behind us and look to the future.  Looking to the future means we have faith that there are better things in that future. Even better, that there is some ONE in the future to guide us through it and to receive us there.  I read a devotional this past week in my YouVersion devotional by Ryan Stevenson that speaks to this and I wanted to share it with you, my readers:

 

Living by Faith
The Christian life is all about FAITH. Hebrews 11 says, “faith is being sure of what we hope for, and knowing something is real even if we do not see it.” I love this verse because it always brings me comfort when I am in the midst of a season where I’m finding it difficult to hold on. When God has called us to do something, we must believe and act on it. I believe that God delights in those who will follow the call He’s placed in the heart, and risk the comfort of everyday life for the Kingdom’s sake.

The easiest thing for us to do is doubt. As an emotionally driven people, we often find ourselves in peaks and valleys, caught between hope and despair. It seems as if the journey of life is a constant rollercoaster of highs and lows. It seems that even when we want to move forward with confidence, our flesh continuously wants to resort to the comfort of what we can see, feel, and physically grasp. This can be extremely frustrating because we want to see results and the fruits of our labor quickly.

Are you in a season right now where you feel like nothing exciting is happening for you? Are you feeling alone, hopeless, or discouraged? I have been there and know the feeling! Let me offer you the hope that keeps me going. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “I know the plans that I have for you…plans to prosper you…to give you a future and a hope.” If you are feeling discouraged today and are having a hard time believing, just know that God is closer to you than you know.

He is using this season right now to stretch, bend, purify, and refine you into a warrior for the Kingdom. Like grapes that get crushed and pressed and eventually turn into beautiful wine, so our character and faith after the Lord puts us through His refining process. This may require some crushing, pressing, filtering out the junk, and even sitting for a while to mature, but in due season, it’s our time to be released! God has a plan for you, and it’s probably just around the corner! BELIEVE IT!

by Ryan Stevenson, “Trusting God in the Eye of the Storm”

“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”–
James 2:17 ESV

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. .. (read the whole passage HERE)”  –Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40 ESV

 

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 1/7/18

End of the Age Updates for 1-7-18

End of the Age Updates for 1-7-18

Hello everyone!  Well the holidays are behind us and I’m trying to get the “normal” back to routine 🙂  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a blessed Christmas! Speaking of normal, this post gets me back to my normal posting of our end of the age updates posts every Sunday.  My hope with these posts is that we all are kept alert to what is occuring in our world and how it matches up to Bible prophecy (and boy does it ever!).  Here are this week’s updates:

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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January 2018 Scripture Writing Plan

January 2018 Scripture Writing Plan -click here

I hope you all had a great Christmas season! I think I’m in recovery mode right now 🙂 I worked really hard this year!  But that’s behind us now and it’s time to move on. Speaking of that, here is our Scripture Writing Plan for January, 2018 with the theme of “moving on” 🙂

Let me know if you enjoy using these plans! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

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Mindful Monday Devotional: Favored and Blessed

Mindful Monday Devotional for 12-11-17

Mindful Monday Devotional for 12-11-17

(Originally posted here in 2013):

As I’ve been reflecting on how the Lord used my mother’s pneumonia to get her to the ER where they did an MRI on her chest and stomach and found the gangrenous gall bladder that could have killed her had it not been caught when it did, I decided to look for a devotion for Mindful Monday that focused on how sometimes the Lord uses unexpected things to bless us.  Things that we may never in the world expect to ever be a blessing, like my mom’s pneumonia.  Yet as we are in the Christmas season, I also wanted something to share about the birth of Christ.  I came upon this devotion that seems to combine the two so nicely, I knew it was a God thing to share with you, my readers 🙂  I hope you can glean good things from this!  This can be seen originally at CBN.com.

Favored and Blessed

by Kay Camenisch – When Gabriel appeared to Mary, he said “Hail favored one. The LORD is with you!” (Luke 1:28, NASB). Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, told her, “Blessed among women are you” (Luke 1:42b, NASB). When God declares it so, we can hardly disagree, but I sometimes wonder about Mary’s blessing. Unarguably, being Mother to the Son of God is a tremendous honor and blessing. However, Mary did not live a charmed life.

We aren’t told much about her, but Mary’s response to Gabriel would lead us to believe that she had outstanding character and was devout. She was certainly not one that neighbors would expect to need to rush her wedding date. Her blessing led to her reputation being tarnished, to shame for herself and her family.

But her problems didn’t end there. Circumstances then forced Mary to take a long journey on a donkey over rough terrain – right at the time her baby was due. Since there was no room for her, she had to give birth in a filthy barn, laying her first child, her tiny newborn son, in a feeding bin. Do you think Mary felt blessed?

As if giving birth in a stable was not enough—though totally innocent—Joseph and Mary then had to sneak their baby away in the night. They were forced to flee to another country to save Jesus’ life.

Jesus would have been a delight to parent, but I sometimes wonder if His siblings became jealous, thus creating family tensions. Even though Jesus was without sin, as a twelve-year-old He still gave His mother quite a scare when He stayed at the temple and was lost for three days. I’m sure that did not feel like a blessing.

However, it probably deepened Mary’s appreciation for each day she had with her son. Later, her anguish would be unbearable as Jesus was reviled, falsely accused, shamed, beaten, and crucified. Favored? Blessed? Mary was helpless as she watched her firstborn son unjustly persecuted and brutally killed.

And yet, Mary was favored and blessed among women. She was chosen by God to bring the Savior into the world. However, in spite of such a singular honor, at times her life did not seem blessed. Mary endured significant suffering because she birthed the Son of God. Her blessing was the source of suffering.

As I look at Mary’s “blessed” life, I realize that when I’ve asked for God’s blessing, I’ve looked for personal gain. I’ve hoped for financial increase, recognition, comfort, or advantage. All such desires focused on my personal benefits. I didn’t consider that God grants favor and blessings for His goals, not mine—and they often come with hardship.

Can we expect blessings without suffering? Is there even one biblical hero that didn’t suffer? Hardship is inevitable. Why do we dream of a life without suffering? Jesus said we would be persecuted. It is through affliction that we grow in the knowledge and character of Christ.

Instead of seeking personal blessing and a life of ease, we need to focus on the second part of Gabriel’s message to Mary, “the Lord is with you.” In fact, if we join God in what He’s doing, rather than seeking what we want, we will be favored. When we encounter suffering with the blessing, we can draw from His strength and provision.

We also need to be aware of our own favor and blessing. If we know Jesus, He lives in us. Therefore, like Mary, we have been chosen by God to carry the life of His Son to the world. Because Jesus lives within us, indeed, like Mary, we are favored and blessed.

Also, just as with Mary, God is with us. He will give us grace for each day. It won’t always be easy, but He promised that He’ll never leave us or forsake us.

We can know that whatever trials we face will be used for good if we love God and are called according to His purposes. Our suffering will not be for naught. (Mary’s suffering was great, but think of the good that came from it!)

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we can rejoice, even in the midst of a struggle, because we are favored and blessed.

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 12/10/17

End of the Age Updates for 12-10-17

End of the Age Updates for 12-10-17

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a joyous Christmas season as the day approaches on which we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!  I apologize for the lateness of this post. I’ve been swamped with making my own Christmas cards this year (a post to come on that) and my intermediate sign language class.  A lot has happened since my last prophecy update post, so let’s get right to it! –>

(I’m going to post the most recent videos. If you’d like to watch the weeks I missed sharing, click on the link below each video set to go to the list of videos for each respective speaker.)

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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Freebie Friday – Candy Christmas Printable Planner Stickers

Freebie Friday Candy Christmas Printable Planner Stickers

This week’s Freebie Friday almost didn’t happen 🙂  With the craziness of preparing for Thanksgiving, I didn’t prepare a freebie for you.  Fortunately, unlike thousands of crazy Black Friday shoppers, I had a quiet day at home and got some things done earlier and decided to throw something together for our Freebie Friday.  It’s not the fanciest set, but I think it will be cute used on a Christmas layout 🙂

Please let me know in the comments below if you use these! I’d love to hear and/or see 🙂

These are sized for the brand new Happy Planner classic.

Print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper.  I use these here.  They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs.  If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down.  Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

If you’d like this printable, click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing.  If you use this kit, I would LOVE to see how you use it! Please comment below so I can see ?

Please remember this is for PERSONAL USE ONLY!

Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers?  Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago.  They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things.  Click on the image here to check it out! –>

HP Instant Ink

Click on the images below to pull up the full sized pdf files of the FREEBIE for viewing and printing —>

Christmas Candy Printable Planner Stickers 1 of 2

 

CLICK HERE FOR CUT FILE

 

page 2 of 2

 

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Scripture Writing Plan for December 2017

Scripture Writing Plan for December 2017

This month I posted a poll in my Facebook group, Christian Planner Journal and Craft Fellowship asking them to choose one of three options for this month’s scripture writing plan. The winner by a large margin was “Peace, Joy, and Praise”.  So I took that and worked in Christmas passages and the result is this month’s scripture writing plan 🙂  The first half of the month I focused on verses regarding peace, joy, and praise; and the last half of the month on verses about Christmas.  Christmas is a Christian’s most joyous time of the year (along with Easter) because that’s when we recognize and celebrate the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ! Now of course we know Jesus was not born on December 25th. However, that’s the day of the year (season for many of us) that we set aside to keep the Coming of the Messiah of the world in our thoughts and praises, thanking Him for coming to earth to save us all from our sins and the resulting consequence of those sins:  eternal separation from the Father, God.  What more object of adoration and praise can there ever be?? 🙂

I’m a big kid at Christmas. Always have been, and I try every year to focus more on the true Reason for the season and less on all the commercial stuff.

My Facebook group, Christian Planner Journal and Craft Fellowship and I enjoy doing these monthly plans together and discussing it each month.  I hope you enjoy these monthly scripture writing plans and use them to grow closer to our Lord as a result! I’d love to hear from those who are using it in the comments below!

Click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing –>

 

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Happy Girl Trendsetter Big Sticker Pack Flip-Through Review Video

Trendsetter Sticker Pack Review

Trendsetter Sticker Pack Review

I bought this a few weeks ago and fell in love with the new Happy Girl line from Me and My Big Ideas.  I thought you may enjoy seeing a flip through review of the Trendsetter line of the big sticker pack I picked up.

Please remember that I’m new to producing videos and still learning, so these will improve, I promise 🙂 I’m getting a new set of lights for this very purpose for Christmas.

I’d really appreciate a thumbs up and if you like these videos, please consider subscribing to my channel.  Thanks!

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Freebie Friday – FUNctional Christmas Stickers!

Christmas Functional Printable Planner Stickers

I know many people are getting a head start on Christmas planning even now before Thanksgiving.  I refuse to decorate till the day after Thanksgiving BUT due to the economy I did start Christmas shopping in September and now I am getting my planners ready.  That’s what led me to create this week’s Freebie Friday.  A page of functional printable stickers for the Classic Happy Planner and also the BIG Happy Planner that helps us stay on track of the activities for the holidays.

Please let me know in the comments below if you use these! I’d love to hear and/or see 🙂

 

These are sized for the brand new Happy Planner classic and also the Big Happy Planner

Print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper.  I use these here.  They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs.  If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down.  Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

If you’d like this printable, click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing.  If you use this kit, I would LOVE to see how you use it! Please comment below so I can see ?

Please remember this is for PERSONAL USE ONLY!

Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers?  Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago.  They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things.  Click on the image here to check it out! –>

HP Instant Ink

Click on the image below to pull up the full sized pdf file of the FREEBIE for viewing and printing —>

Classic-sized:


Christmas Functional Printable Planner stickers for the Classic-sized Happy Planner

Get Silhouette Cut File Here

 

Big Happy Planner-Sized:


Christmas Functional Printable planner stickers for big happy planner

Get Silhouette Cut File Here

 

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Mindful Monday Devotion: Abide and Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Mindful Monday Devotional -Abide

Mindful Monday Devotional -Abide

Are you like so many other believers in this world who are feeling downhearted with all that’s going on in the world today?  All that you and/or your family is going through?

We know that in the END we win, if we belong to Christ and that gives us great comfort, but what do we do in the here and now when things seem to be attacking at every turn?

 

Lately the Lord has been giving me one word:  Abide.

Sometimes we just are not in control of what happens to us. We pray and we try to learn to trust and as we pray it through and try to roll it off our backs, we sometimes feel like there’s SOMETHING we should be doing to fix things. Well, sometimes that may be true, but often it may just be that the Lord is using the PROCESS of what’s happening in our lives to teach us; to build something in us that makes us the people He wants us to be for eternity.

This life isn’t all there is! I like to think of it as a training ground for eternity.  Eternity isn’t just floating around on a white fluffy cloud playing a harp.  We will be working, playing, rejoicing…there will be plenty to do! Did you know that the Bible tells us that we will judge angels?  We will judge the nations alongside Christ!  There’s a lot to do there!  We will still be who we are now, just glorified versions of ourselves!  We will be trusting in Christ and our Father, we will know patience and hope and love in a more deep, richer, more profound way than we know here in this fallen world.  That isn’t just a robe we put on when we cross to the other side…we start learning those virtues right here! I have learned over the years with all that’s happened with my family that sorrow and trials are never wasted.  The Lord uses them to teach us and mold us into the sons and daughters of the King!

At times, I think the Lord wants us to just…   “Be still and know that (He) is God”:

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.””  -Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

 

What does just being still look like?  I think it’s one word:  Abide.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” – John 15:7 (NKJV)

Sometimes we have to stop racing around and striving and driving ourselves crazy and learn to BE STILL…and ABIDE.  We just continue to run the race…not in a competetive way to beat this person or that person, but to be keeping our eyes on the prize so we don’t become distracted.  Like a race horse with blinders on…he doesn’t seem to worry about where he’ll end up.  He can only see straight ahead of him and his only concern is to keep going straight ahead knowing he will receive a reward at the end of the race.  He can only see straight ahead, he doesn’t look at the other horses to his left or his right. It isn’t a race to beat the other horses to him. He just obeys his rider and looks straight ahead and pushes on.

So my words for today…well GOD’s words to me today to share with you are

“ABIDE” and “KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE”

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:12-14

 


Won’t you abide with Him…with me? 🙂

May you have a blessed, productive, yet STILL week 🙂

Still in His grip,

Helen

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