Write the Word: Love One Another

What this world needs? What my home needs? What I need?

More love.

More peace.

More joy.

More selflessness.

More Jesus.

I have a Scripture writing & praying plan for February that allows you to pray one verse daily for your husbands. However, I know many of you aren’t married OR may be sensing, as I am, that we need to tune our hearts to HIS LOVE for all. I want to grow in love for my husband, my children, my neighbor, my enemies.

Each day as you begin your time with the Lord, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, comfort you and convict you through His Word. You can pray through these verses or write them out in a journal. Do both! Choose one to memorize. If you have more time in your day, read the entire chapter for the verses on each day.

Why Write the Word?

Take a quick moment and think about the things you write down throughout your day. Now, you may be more digital than I am, but I still WRITE in an actual paper planner, I write down my grocery list, notes to my kids, in my prayer journal…you get the idea.

But, why do we write things down? 

We write things down that we want to remember.

Why wouldn’t we want to write down the most important Words there are?

His Word is life to us — write it down!

His Word is a treasure — treat it as such!

His Word is comfort to us — allow Him to comfort you as you write.

His Word is conviction to us through His Holy Spirit — soften your heart as you write. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life as you write and pray His Word.

If you would like more info on Writing the Word, see this page for more details and a video where I show you my journal and how I do it! 

Love One Another Scripture Writing Plan

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More Write & Pray the Word Plans

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Happiness and the Christian

Are Christians supposed to be happy? Are happiness and joy really that different? What exactly *is* the difference? Aren’t we supposed to strive for holiness more than happiness? Was Jesus happy on earth? Is God happy?

The gospel is good news, right? If we believe it to be such, I think living lives of misery likely doesn’t do much toward showing others the love of Jesus.

My ideas about happiness have certainly changed in the last year or so. It started when I read The Happniess Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee. Her message so deeply resonated with me that I blogged about it, I led an online book club through it and I’ve given the book as gifts. The message has been further applied in my life as I have read 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life and 60 Days of Happiness: Discover God’s Promise of Relentless Joy by Randy Alcorn.

“Among Christ-followers, happiness was once a positive, desirable word. Only in recent times have happiness and joy been set in contrast with each other. This isn’t just biblically and historically ungrounded; it has undermined our understanding of merriment, pleasure, and joy. Are laughter, celebration, and happiness God-created gifts, or are they ambushes from Satan and our sin nature that incur God’s disapproval? Our answer determines whether our faith in God is dragged forward by duty or propelled by delight.” Randy Alcorn from 60 Days of Happiness.

I knew that my life as a believer would include suffering. I knew that Jesus suffered and so would we. I honestly thought that God desired my holiness and NOT my happiness.

God does call us to holiness, of course, YES. But, through our lives of obedience and service and living out the uniqueness of who God has made us to be…there is joy. There is happiness.

I don’t think that there truly is so much difference between joy and happiness. I think we use those words interchangeably and try to make joy sound a little holier. {grin} Not that there is anything wrong with choosing our words carefully or feeling strongly about certain words.

Did you know the Bible references happiness?

Have you ever read this famous passage from Matthew?

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Blessed = Happy

In the original language, the word that Jesus is using in this passage means happy. Hmmm. Although He uses the word happy, the things he tells us will make us happy are not traditionally thought of us happy things. Oh, but that is the way of the cross…that is the way of Jesus…and I think that is the key to understanding happiness as a Christian.

Happiness doesn’t look like what the world says happiness is. As believers, we can find happiness {and joy!} in things that the world may think are crazy. 

For the JOY set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. (Hebrews 12)

Finding joy in giving of your life on a cross?

There is joy to be found in living a life of love. Jesus was the perfect and ultimate example.

There is joy to be found even in sorrow.

There is happiness to be found in obedience.

There is a deep seated happiness in knowing our eternity is secure.

There is a blessedness in knowing Jesus and reminding our hearts that we are never alone.

Let’s take back the word HAPPY

So, I say it’s time that we, as believers, TAKE BACK the word happy. Let’s not look at it as a bad word. Let’s remind our hearts that joy and happiness can be very similar and both can be wonderful benefits of living a life in Jesus. Let’s not look condescendingly at people who use the word happy, but on the same token, if someone has a conviction about the word let’s show grace. Either way: grace. Whether you like the word happy or you don’t, there is grace for you.

And you know what? Grace is one of the ultimate happy gifts of Christ. Let’s enjoy Him.

The Essential Oils I Use Every Single Day

These little bottles of oils are amazing. They have improved my life and my mood so much that I have to share! Have you ever wondered what all the hype was about? What in the world do people even do with these oils? Well, I’m here to tell you how I personally use them each and everyday!

**In this video I discuss a household cleaner and some other items for detoxifying your home. I will be sharing those in a blog post coming next week! A Part 2 for this post! 

Oils in the Morning

  • Frankincense – there are so many amazing benefits to using frankincense on a regular basis. I mean, they brought it to the baby Jesus, right?? It is promotes & maintains healthy stress levels.
  • Dragon Time – this is the 2nd type of female/hormone oil that I use. I have been using progessence (explained in my night time oils) for 1 year and 2 months now. It has changed my female life. I had terrible cycles all through my life. The progessence has improved nearly every physical symptom. No more cramps, cycle cut in half, amazing. Well, the Dragon Time has been recently added to my routine to try to help with the extreme moods that come right before my cycle. I’ve been using it 3 months and it does seem to be helping! I rub 2 drops onto my stomach every morning and then 1 drop on the back of my neck.
  • Joy – joy is my happy smell. I rub it on my chest and neck every morning and am reminded to CHOOSE JOY and GRATITUDE.

 

Oils Throughout the Day

  • Thieves – this is our immunity blend and also happens to smell wonderful. We use it even when we aren’t sick because I like to be proactive with my oils and not just reactive! We are rarely sick in our home so I figure it must be helping!
  • Orange in my Diffuser – orange makes me happy. So I use orange nearly everyday, usually in combination with one other thing. I do orange & lavender, orange & peppermint, orange and ANYTHING is amazing. 🙂 I have my diffuser running all day in our main living area.
  • Grapefruit – I love grapefruit in my water! Anything citrus is usually my favorite.
  • Allergy blend – LLP is the allergy bomb. Actually we use it for ANY congestion and sniffles, ear pain, etc.
  • Focus Blend for my son – I mix Vetiver and Cedarwood to promote good focus during our homeschool time.

Oils Before Bed

  • Progessence – The progessence is what I mentioned above that has helped my cycles so much. Pretty much the miracle oil. 😉 I put 2 drops on the inside of each ankle at night before bed.
  • Cedarwood – this is an oil that can be used for several things, but I use it to help me sleep! I have it in a roller bottle mixed with Lavender and I roll it on the bottoms of my feet.
  • Lavender – the calming, swiss army knife of oils! If you don’t know what oil to use in a certain instance, use lavender. I use it at night to help me get good rest.
  • Stress Away – I put this in my diffuser at night because my husband doesn’t care for the smell of Cedarwood in the diffuser. 🙂 Stress away has a vanilla-y type smell.

Resources I Use with My Oils

Carrier Oil – I love using ROLLER BOTTLES on my oils because I can add my own blends and also add a carrier oil to DILUTE the oil and make it last longer! It also goes on much easier with the roller top. This fractionated coconut oil is what I’ve been using as my carrier oil for the last year.

Roller Bottles – The BEST roller bottle tops are the stainless ones from Young Living that fit directly onto a YL bottle. The roller ball is stainless and it so much smoother than the plastic or anything else I’ve found. You can get a package of 10 for 9.95 I believe. (You get at least one in your starter kit!) I have ordered these pretty roller bottles as gifts for Christmas! They are very pretty.

Diffusers – I have multiple Young Living diffusers in my home and love them. I also have a few from Amazon that have worked really well too! I have this one, which has lasted more than a year so far. We had this one and loved it as well!  And  yet one more we’ve had for over a year and it’s still going strong! (WHY YES, I love diffusers and have them in every bedroom and our living areas!! I believe in the power of aromatherapy that much!)

Starter Kit

The starter kit is *the* best deal if you want to get more than one oil! You get 11 amazing oils, a DIFFUSER, some samples, a roller tops, some small sample bottles you can share with friends…it’s amazing.

Go here if you’d like to sign up and join our team! Our team is blessed to have Dr. Edie Wadsworth as our leader, it has been so fascinating to learn about oils from a doctor’s perspective. When you join our team, you get added to her facebook group just for our team members. We have lots of classes, videos, you can ask questions, etc.

 

 

Stay tuned for another post coming next week where I talk more about using essential oils and a few simple products to DETOXIFY your home! 

Craving Connection

We all have a God-given longing within us for meaningful and authentic relationships. We were created with that longing because God desires relationship with His children. He created us for intimacy. But, getting to that place can be difficult for many of us. I have struggled with friendship over the years. That is probably why I love this new book, Craving Connection, from the (In)Courage writers so much.

This book discusses improving our connections with God, with friends and with our communities. Each day there is a suggestion for engaging those around you, a 3-4 page devotional, connection questions, a prayer and a challenge.

Simple challenges like “text a friend and tell her how much you appreciate her.”

How could your life be different after prayerfully and intentionally connecting with God, friends, and your community?

Craving Connection is a journey where (in)courage writers share real-life stories, practical Scripture application, and connection challenges that will encourage you to find out!

Craving Connection Devotional Kit

Along with the new book, the Illustrated Faith devotional kit for this month goes along with the new book!! It is BEAUTIFUL. Such pretty colors, fonts and flowers!

The new kit is also called Craving Connection

My Unboxing Video

 

Craving Connection Video from (In)Courage

Find the Book & Illustrated Faith Kit

You can find the book AND the devotional kit at Dayspring! 

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Write the Word. Pray the Word.

1st and 2nd Thessalonians square

I finally have a new Write the Word plan up for you!! I can’t believe how many requests I’ve gotten to KEEP MAKING these Scripture writing plans! I love it when you tell me what is helpful for you! <3

1st & 2nd Thesslonians made a great plan that will take you about a month if you follow this plan!

{You can find Psalm 119, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Last Days of Jesus and a Women of the Word plans ALL on this page!}

But why write the Word? Why do we write things down? 

What is “write the word” or a “scripture writing plan?” You can read all about it and watch a video where I explain more by going to this page. 

We write things down that we want to remember.

Why wouldn’t we want to write down the most important Words there are?

His Word is life to us — write it down!

His Word is a treasure — treat it as such!

His Word is comfort to us — allow Him to comfort you as you write.

His Word is conviction to us through His Holy Spirit — soften your heart as you write. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life as you write and pray His Word.

Write the Word 1 and 2 Thessalonians PDF

Write the Word 1 and 2 Thessalonians