5 Suggestions for a Meaningful Quiet Time

To know God we must spend time with Him and in His Word. Yet this can be challenging this day and age. We have pulling at us from a million different directions. It can be hard to know WHERE to start or HOW to start or how to stop all the distractions.

I think we must start by asking the Holy Spirit to help us in our time of need. We must make our relationship with God a priority. We must say to our hearts, “This is the most important thing I can be doing now. More important than the dishes or making the bed.” This is vital. 

“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” Elisabeth Elliot 

So, we must be in God’s Word to know God, but also to allow the Holy Spirit to convict and comfort us through the power of His Word.

Shut off the distractions. At least the ones you can control. {wink}

Put the phone somewhere else not nearby. Turn off the tv. Maybe do a quick “brain dump” list before starting so you aren’t tempted to worry about what is for dinner. Write a quick to-do list of all that is on your mind and get it on paper. And feel no guilt if little ones are playing at your feet or crawling on your lap. There will be days of quiet in your future. But for now, it’s ok for children to see or hear you pray, for them to see you open God’s Word even if you only get but a minute to read.

Start with gratitude. Just begin naming your blessings…”Thank You God for…”

Naming our blessings reminds our hearts of our true joy and contentment and that it can only come from Christ. We are also reminded of how blessed we are. It is good for us to tell our hearts we are thankful. It is good for us to remind our hearts of the faithfulness of God.

Say a simple prayer, “Lord, I want to see You, I want to know You, I want to behold You.”

Sometimes we get worried or nervous that we aren’t praying right. Or that we don’t know what to say. Or that we aren’t eloquent enough. God sees our hearts and knows us intimately. He already knows what is on your mind, so just tell Him. Tell Him you want to know Him more. That is a prayer He loves to answer.

Don’t rush. Sit and wait. Be ok with silence.

In our culture today we are so used to the noise that we often have a hard time in the quiet. Yet, in the quiet, when we can still our hearts and minds, we can hear the still, small voice of our Lord. We can allow Him to minister to us in the quiet. Slow down. Sit with God awhile.

“The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” Elisabeth Elliot 

Read 1 Psalm a day.

If you aren’t in a Bible reading plan, I highly recommend reading and praying through 1 Psalm per day. The book of Psalms is the place where my heart first learned to pray the Scriptures. Through this book the Lord worked miracles in my own heart during a very dark season in my life.

What times would you add to this list? I would love to hear from you in the comments! 

Bonus Tip

If you aren’t sure where to start in studying God’s Word, I have a wonderful resource to share with you.

Learn 7 different ways to study your Bible in 7 days (or longer if you wish to spread out the content!) These 7 ways are do-able by anyone!

Bible Study Methods contains video content for each of the 7 methods as well as workbook pages to correlate with each method. Arabah Joy does a great job of walking you through each of the 7 methods and I know many of you will be so blessed by this resource!

You can read more about this course here. It is at an introductory price of $29 this week.

I also did a live video showcasing what is in this course, you can view that here

Free Ebook on Praying the Psalms

Through 3/26 you can get my ebook, Praying the Psalms, for FREE when you purchase Bible Study Methods through my link!

Please email me at candace@mercyisnew.com to request your free ebook!

6 Tools in my Emotional Wellness Toolbox

For many years I have struggled with emotional wellness. Depression and anxiety were a part of my daily life for quite awhile. Darkness crept in and led me on a journey through the wilderness. God met me there. Make no mistake. He was right there with me.

But through that time, I have learned and grown and God has shown me new glimpses of Himself that I would never have known had I not walked through the valley.

In this video, I share more of my personal story as well as 6 of the most helpful tools I have in my toolbox for emotional wellness!

 

6 Tools in my Emotional Wellness Toolbox

God’s Word

God’s Word truly is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path! We find encouragement, comfort, wisdom, correction, and the power of God’s Living Word each time we open the pages to study, read or pray through it.

One of my favorite tools for studying God’s Word is this Bible Study Methods Course: 7 Ways in 7 Days! This week you can get one of my ebooks FREE when you purchase the course at the sale price of $29.

Prayer & Praying The Scriptures

Sometimes we don’t have the words to speak. Praying God’s Word has transformed my prayer life. I no longer have to worry if what I’m praying is in alignment with God’s Word or that I won’t be able to thick of what to say. I pick up God’s Word, the Psalms is my favorite place to start, and I read the Word of God out loud, and slowly God transforms my heart as I pray His words back to Him.

I have monthly plans for praying the Scriptures if you’d like to print these off for your own personal quiet times. There are plans for praying for your children, praying for your husband, praying for teachers, praying verses of hope, and more.

Food

Food is medicine. At least that is what I’m learning. Not that I eat well 100% of the time but I am learning. I am much healthier than I was in 2016. I’m taking baby steps and feeling SO GOOD.

I currently am listening to It Starts with Food and this book is SO GOOD. I seriously wish everyone could listen to it! If you want to know more about WHAT food does inside our bodies and brains, listen. If you deal with anything like inflammation, allergies, skin issues, obesity, fatigue, and on and on…they cover ALL of this. I am really enjoying the audio book as I don’t think that I would do well reading a book like this myself.

Exercise

Exercise is another one that has been SO hard for me. But, here I am, the end of March and have been exercising consistently 3-4 times per week since the first week of January! I am actually ENJOYING it, too.

For me, what has helped me to enjoy it more this time around is 1) meeting friends to exercise with 2) having the blessing of a gym/work out room at our church free to use 3) meeting friends with KIDS for mine to play with 4) a personal trainer friend giving me exercises to do and weight training as well 5) feeling myself getting stronger 6) seeing my stress levels more manageable.

I have lost 12 pounds so far since the beginning of the year by eating better and exercising regularly. Feeling good is one of my biggest motivators right now. My emotional wellness affects my life so much!

Small Group & Church

My small group is one of the greatest blessings in my life. They are my people. They love me for who I am. We learn together. We grow together. We grieve together. We do life together.

We were made for relationships. Do not forsake meeting together. If you don’t have a church family, please start looking today and just get involved. Don’t look for the perfect church, you won’t find it. We are all just a mess! But find a place where you can serve and love and be loved in return. With God’s help you can find it! Even if you have to invite people over to your own house to find it!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Essential Oils

Did you know that one of the MAIN benefits of using essential oils daily and consistently is improved MOOD!?!? I mean, come on. Could there be any better gift for me? Created by God Himself? He placed Adam and Eve in a garden and this was the ideal and perfect setting. These days we aren’t outside enough to reap the benefits of all the plants and oils in creation. So, these precious little tiny bottles and diffusers help bring God’s creation right into our homes!

I use several oils regularly that all help with the wellness of our family and my moods and emotional wellness. If you want more information or to join our team (all under the leadership of Dr. Edie Wadsworth) let me know! We have an amazing team and IT MATTERS what team you join! We have classes, facebook groups, regular video teaching, fun give aways and more within our Oily Sisterhood!

I have several videos on my YouTube channel where I talk about what oils I use and how I use them if you want to watch any of these.

Let’s hear from you! What are the tools in your emotional wellness toolbox? What helps keep you and your family well! What is one thing on this list you would like to try? 

Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days

God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path. It is a treasure. We come to know the God of the universe and His intimate love for us when we read and study the pages of His Word. If you want to know God more, reading & studying His Word is the way to do that. His Word is how we BEHOLD Him.

Yet, sometimes, we don’t know where to start. We feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of Scripture. We see so many methods available to us that we give up before we even get started.

I wanted to share a little more info with you on this brand new e-course called Bible Study Methods: 7 Ways in 7 Days. So, I did a quick facebook live video yesterday and I give you a sneak peek at the worksheets and videos in this course!

Beware: This is one of the most chaotic videos I’ve done. LOL! The dog is scratching at the door, my internet keeps going in and out, I’m hollering at the kids to get the dog. Oh well. A little glimpse into real life I suppose! 🙂

That is why I was so excited when I saw this brand new resource from my sweet friend Arabah Joy detailing 7 SIMPLE WAYS to STUDY God’s Word. She is sharing 7 methods AND printable workbook pages to help yo get started on your journey of studying the Bible.

Bible Study Methods Course

When you purchase the Bible Study Methods course, you’ll automatically receive all course materials including:

  • 7 daily videos from Arabah Joy — one for each day of the course. In these videos, I’ll show you exactly how to do each Bible study method, step by step. The 7 Bible study methods we’ll cover are the
    • Topical Bible Study Method
    • TASTE Bible Study Method
    • Verse Mapping
    • Chapter Analysis Bible Study Method
    • APPLE Bible Study Method
    • Lectio Divina and
    • Word Bible Study Method
  • A comprehensive workbook outlining all 7 methods.
  • Printable worksheets for each of the methods. These printable templates walk you step-by-step through each process.
  • Follow-up challenges periodically from me 🙂 Iron sharpens iron, right?

The course videos and materials can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, or mobile device. You can choose to print the workbook or download it to your computer or phone. This is a self-paced course and you will have lifetime access to all course downloads and materials.

This 7-day course is designed to teach you 7 different Bible study methods that will revolutionize your time in God’s word, equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures, teach you how to develop your spiritual senses, and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.

I have been looking through all of the materials and watching the videos myself and I think this will be a really helpful study for many of you!!

What this course does is give you an excellent STARTING POINT so you can choose the method that best suits you in this season and dig in! It gives you options. And resources for each method!

Free Ebook From Me

When you order Arabah Joy’s Bible Study course through my link, I will send you a FREE copy of my newly released and updated 30 Days of Praying the Psalms! If you already purchased this particular ebook, I will be happy to send your free copy to a friend as a gift to them from you!

If you purchase Bible Study Methods through my link, please send me an email at candace@mercyisnew.com and I will forward you my ebook Praying the Psalms!

This freebie deal is only good March 20-26. 

Here’s a Cuppa Grace for you, weary mama!

Hey, mamas, here is a big CUPPA GRACE from one mom in the trenches to the next.
 
It’s been one of those days. It started so beautifully, as seen by my pretty Instagram picture of my Bible and coffee. I was up really early and prayed for my kids and our day. I was feeling all on top of things. Hopeful. Even joyful to be awake so early.
 
And then my kids woke up. It’s sorta been downhill from there.
 
Ahem. You know by now that pictures aren’t always what they seem, right?? You know I love God’s Word and I love my quiet time in the morning but you know I have bad days too?? Today has been one of those days where I have especially questioned every single decision more than I do on other days when I just kind of overthink everything. 😉
 
Maybe we *should* put them in school. Why *did* we give our kids devices? (They are currently without said devices and it may be awhile before they get them back. More second guessing.) How can I really do this mom thing and do it well? What am I thinking? Maybe our relationships would be better if we weren’t together 24/7. Maybe we need a break. Maybe I need a break. Maybe I should start a savings account for all the counseling my kids are going to need. How can I know what would have been better? How can I rest in this decision? Maybe this was a bad decision. Maybe I’ve failed them in this area…and on and on and on.
 
And you know what the answer is to all of my questions? JESUS.
I know this answer and I pray with all my heart that my kids know I’m desperate for Jesus and that I don’t have it all figured out. I hope that when I’m a failure as a mom my failings point them to a God that will never fail them.
 
So, moms who homeschool and moms who chose public school…this grace is for you. Moms who destest devices and moms who love technology in their home…this grace is for you. Moms who have pinterest perfect parties but carry the weight and fear of failure, this grace is for you. Moms who wish they could have pinterest parties, this grace is for you. Moms who don’t care about pinterest parties but just wish they could have any kind of celebration with their child today, this grace is for you. Moms who are doing this alone, this grace is for you.

 
Jesus is FOR YOU. You are loved. I am loved. Let’s show that same love and grace to each other. WE NEED EACH OTHER and that GRACE so desperately. We are all just making our way home. Let’s share a CUPPA GRACE together. <3

Free to Flourish

“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.” Proverbs 11:28

What does it mean to FLOURISH?

I recently looked up the word flourish and right there in the definition was the word thrive.

To flourish is to thrive. To grow. To prosper. To be healthy.

I don’t know about you, but I want this for my life. I especially want this for my spiritual life.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Jesus came to give us this life. He came to give us not only life, but abundant life. He came that we might thrive. He came so we could flourish.

But what does this look like in our daily lives? How can we flourish amid all the evils of this world? How can we thrive in all the heartbreak and grief?

Jesus knew that in this world we would have trouble. He faced His cross with joy. He told us to follow in His footsteps…and His footsteps lead to suffering. Yet, He also promises abundant life.

We can flourish because of Jesus because our flourishing and our thriving have nothing to do with our circumstances. We flourish when we are walking in the love and security of Jesus Christ as our only hope and salvation. We flourish in His love.

In other words, we are free to flourish not because of what we have done or what is happening around us, but because of Jesus.

Free to Flourish Devotional Kit

The new kit this month from Dayspring and Illustrated Faith is called Free to Flourish. It is beautiful.

Do you desire to live your life in freedom…the freedom God desires for each of us?—Freedom from…?  Freedom to…?  In the Free to Flourish devotional kit, Bekah Blankenship insightfully gives prompts for “prayerful thought and reflection” and desires us to “step into the freedom God has so sweetly given each one of us.”  “I am certain of God’s plan to bring you out of an existence of simply surviving into one of thriving.  You were made to flourish, my friend!”  —Bekah

Devotional message:
Free to Flourish

Sample copies:
1.  Free from fear
2.  Free from shame
3.  Free from insecurity
Plus 11 more!

Product Details:

  • 1 plastic pouch
  • 1 devotional booklet
  • 1 clear stamp collection
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
  • 2 cardstock sticker sheets
  • 3 tip-ins
  • 1 magnet
  • 1 thank you card from Shanna

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