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

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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


Goals with Grace

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Goals with Grace. Do you make goals? Have trouble keeping them? Wonder why even bother? I’m going to share some goals with you for the New Year (I shared all of my goals in this post) as well as some resources that I have loved and have been very helpful for me.

As we enter this season of goal setting, let us go into the process with open hands, surrendered to the will of God as we attempt to steward our best for His glory.

Here is a wonderful outline for setting goals that I read in the new Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling devotional kit this month!

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When you are beginning to set your goals, start with prayer. Ask God for His presence and surrender Your will to His.

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s decree will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21

Open hands and an open heart…we must keep this humble attitude as we make our plans and goals. I want to do the best I can with what God has given me…yet I also acknowledge that God is sovereign and every plan I try to make is still subject to His loving care.

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The new devotional kit from Illustrated Faith and Dayspring is called Goals with Grace. Such a perfect theme for this time of year!

As I have been taking time to pray, plan (in all areas of life!) and set goals for myself, I have referred back to this outline above that is described in the devotion from this month’s kit. Ask God for His presence. Assess the current situation and even last year – what worked, what didn’t work, how can you better steward the life God has given you? Ask God for HIS vision for your life.  And then surrender it all back to Him.

My word and theme for this year is BEHOLD. I want to BEHOLD God more and behold my circumstances and myself less. The more time I spend in God’s Word, the more I behold Him, the more I learn of Him, the more I know Him. The more I know Him, the more I trust Him, the more I trust Him, the better I am prepared to surrender my own plans and goals and willingly submit to HI=is loving care.

{I liked this page from the devotional so much I tore it out and taped it into my Bible!}

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More New Year & Goals Inspiration

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Goals with Grace Devotional Kit

Walk through this 14-day devotional journey greatly anticipating God to meet you right where you are as you set daily, monthly, and yearly goals, and as devotional writer, Bailey Jean, graciously leads all to get eyes and hearts focused on the ultimate goal, Jesus Christ.  “The rest of our goals don’t matter if we aren’t set on THE goal.  May our goals point to Him.  May our goal be MORE of Him.”  —Bailey Jean
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

Do you have any tips for setting goals? Keeping goals? Follow through? I would love to hear your tips!

10 Discipleship Questions to Ask in the New Year

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As we look ahead to 2017 with hopes, dreams, prayers and visions, these are some wonderful questions to think and pray through!

You can see the 10 goals I’m working toward in this post.

More Reflections & Inspiration for the New Year

**I also encourage you to listen to this podcast by Sally Clarkson about guarding and preparing our hearts as we pray about the New Year and the goals we hope to set!

**This prayer from Desiring God is wonderful. I think I’m going to print it out and read it with my family.

**Scripture Memory plan with Beth Moore

**If you’re looking for a BIBLE READING PLAN in 2017, I listed several of my favorite ideas here!

10 Questions to Consider

Print this PDF and pray through these questions as you make plans and goals for 2017!

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10 Goals I’m Working Toward in 2017

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I’m a terrible goal setter. I will just say that right off the bat. But, I don’t feel like that excludes me from TRYING AGAIN. PRESSING ON. Each of us is a work in progress, yes? So if I believe that, I must wake up and try again!

I’ve been using Power Sheets by Lara Casey to help me be more intentional and GRACE FILLED when it comes to setting goals for myself. Her blog posts and resources on this topic are so full of GRACE and also so good for us moms who have a million things on our plates! (See her current goal setting series, her book Make Things Happen and her resource Power Sheets for creating goals.) 

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10 Goals I’m Setting in the New Year

  1. More consistent Scripture memory (I’m starting with Colossians 3, read this post for more info)
  2. Cooking more meals, eating dinner more as a family (this will help with my goal of eating healthier AND eating out less!)
  3. Think & pray before committing to ANYTHING new
  4. Regular exercise (I’m already signed up for Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You online course that costs $15 and has daily facebook live videos! Join me!)
  5. Smoothie or salad daily!
  6. 1-on-1 time with each child each month
  7. Implement weekly newsletter for my email subscribers
  8. Pray more. Worry less.
  9. Learn to behold God in all things. (See my word of the year for more on BEHOLDING my God!)
  10. Phone-free homeschool mornings (goal is from 9am-Noon)
  11. Bonus goal! (LOL) Share about essential oils and how beneficial they are by having more classes or get togethers with those who want to live healthier lives in 2017.

A few days ago I had a few hours to myself and was able to sneak away to a coffee shop and just pray and dream. I used to do this more often and I miss it so much! (That should be another goal for the new year!)

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Accountability

So what are your favorite ways to remain accountable when you set goals? Follow through is the hardest part! I would love to hear your ideas! I’m wondering/hoping if I could blog monthly about these goals if that would help ME to keep at it!

What goals are you setting in the new year? Let’s call them GRACE GOALS. And let’s be courageous enough to show ourselves GRACE as we work toward forming new habits to help us grow more healthy both physically and spiritually!

Let’s Be Women of the Word Together

 

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Do you want to be a woman of the Word? Me, too.

Join me beginning January as we begin our next book study with the book Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. 

Together we are going to grapple with questions like…

Why do we study the Bible?

How do we study the Bible?

What are practical tips for studying God’s Word?

How can we make our Bible study about God and not about ourselves?

In her book Women of the Word, Jen tells us that when we read and study the Bible looking to learn more about ourselves, we are doing it for the wrong reasons. The Bible is a book about God. We learn about Him, we look for Him, and we find Him.

This isn’t to say we don’t learn more about ourselves in the process, but HOW we go about our study will help us learn more about God, which is the ultimate goal.

Let’s study the One we want to become more like…

It’s been said that we become what we behold. Let us behold our God through the pages of His Word! 

 

Write the Word with us!

In the book Women of the Word she very strongly encourages us not to take verses out of context and to look at the Scriptures as a whole. I completely agree with this. However, before we look at studying a book of the Bible in depth, I would like for us to spend a few weeks looking at many passages about God’s Word itself. I want our hearts to be reminded of the importance and treasure of His Word.

Let’s see what God’s Word has to say about God’s Word. These are all verses that will stir our hearts to know His Word more and more!

I will be starting this Write the Word schedule on January 1st, 2017. Join me on Instagram if you’d like to see nearly daily morning nuggets of truth from these passages. 

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Join our Closed Facebook Group

We will be discussing this book weekly in our closed facebook group! We would love to have you.

Click here to join our group. I will look to make sure your facebook account is a real person. And then we will approve your membership. Look for a notification for His Mercy is New Community of Encouragement.

Reading Schedule

January 6th – Introductions in the closed group – come by and introduce yourself!

January 9th – discuss Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2

January 16 – Chapter 3

January 23 – Chapter 4

January 30 – Chapter 5

February 6 – Chapter 6

February 13 – Chapter 7

February 20 – Chapters 8 & 9, Conclusion

Free Study Guide

Jen Wilkin & her team at Crossway have put together a FREE study guide for this book that you can find here! I will be using portions of this in our closed group as well!

Passage to Memorize Together

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After Women of the Word

After we finish this study of the book Women of the Word, it is my hope and prayer that you will continue with us as we take a look at 1 book of the Bible and study it more indepth using the tools we’ve learned from this book!