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Celebrating the Release!

I’m so thrilled to be sharing Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures through Advent with you. In celebration of the release of my first ebook, I have a give away for one of you! Yippee!! I also have several more “Praying the Scriptures” resources in store for you!!

Give Away

If you purchase Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures through Advent between now and MONDAY at midnight, you will be entered into a GIVE AWAY for these awesome prizes!! ONE blessed reader will receive this package of goodies from me! U.S. residents only.

I will look at the email addresses of each person who PURCHASED the Advent ebook and randomly draw ONE winner to receive this package. So you don’t have to do anything to enter…just purchase and I will have your email! 🙂

Some of my very favorite items for prayer & journaling…and a few other fun things as well! A journal, index card spiral, my favorite pens, favorite coffee mug, Ann Voskamp’s Advent book, Praying Wife prayer book, Dayspring Redeemed necklace, Dayspring Letterpress block, 2 beautiful prints.

Release Week Give Away!

You will also receive this lovely print created by my local friend, Mary Kate. It didn’t make it into the picture above, but it will come in your package as well! One of my favorite passages from the Advent resource!

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Introducing: Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures Through Advent

Praying the Scriptures Through Advent

Join me on a journey through the Advent season as we focus on Jesus, Light of the World.

Each day we will take a closer look at one Scripture passage pertaining to light. We will read the Scriptures, ponder them, pray through them and have space to journal together through this season.

Praying the Scriptures has had a profound impact on my prayer life, my heart, my struggle with depression, and my walk with God. He has drawn me close through His Word in ways I never would have known had I not joined Him on this journey. I’m so thankful.

I want you to find that Jesus is drawing you close through His Word, too. 

Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures Through Advent

In this study you will find:

  • 31 Day resource
  • Each day contains 1 verse about light, a short devotional, a prayer and journaling lines to personalize the passage and prayers
  • Ideas for different ways to use this study (discussion at dinner? formal unit study for home schools? Sunday School class? devotions for mom?)
  • Pinterest boards to help you expand this if you wish! 1 — Jesus Light of the World: Arts, Crafts & Home Decor, 2 —  Jesus, Light of the World: Educational Ideas & Projects
  • 2 lovely printables to print and frame as a reminder of LIGHT through the Advent season
  • A page of youtube links for songs to listen to each morning or share with your children on the topic of light

Jesus, Light of the World in my shop!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting this blog and our family. I’m so excited to have so many of you joining me on this journey to pray the Scriptures!! I’m praying for God to draw you close as you spend this time in His Word. 

Praying Scripture through Advent

Praying Galatians 2:20 For Your Family

I’m so thankful that you decided to join me for this 31 Day series of Praying the Scriptures for Your Family! What a blessing YOUR FAMILY will receive through your prayers! The peace we gain through prayer {Philippians 4:6-7} is blessing enough, but in praying the very Words of God over your family, the blessings gained are more than we will ever know about on this side of heaven!

As you start this journey of praying the Scriptures, I hope you will take a few minutes (less than 10) to listen to this audio encouragement where I share 5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures.

Please click here to read all 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Family.

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Today’s Scripture To Pray For Your Family

Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Prayer: Lord, in Christ we are made new. Thank You that we can look beyond our past straight into the eyes of our loving Savior. Thank You that You are alive in each of us and for the HOPE that gives us. Increase our faith, Lord, because sometimes, living in this world, it just gets so hard. We see destruction around us, not to mention our own sinfulness and worldliness and we struggle. But, grow our faith and grow our trust in You and remind us that You truly do work all things for Your good. Thank You for loving me and giving Yourself for me.

 

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5 Things Not To Tell Your Depressed Friend

5 Things Not To Tell

I’m guessing we all have someone in our life that needs encouragement. I’m guessing most of us know someone that struggles with anxiety or depression or any combination of things. As one who struggles myself, I wanted to share a few things with you that I feel are important NOT to say.

If you’re looking for ways to help, here are 5 verses you can share with a struggling friend and practical ideas for struggling moms.

Top 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Friend Struggling With Depression

1. Christians are supposed to find their joy in Christ! You shouldn’t be sad/depressed/angry if you are a true Christian. This statement hurts. YES there is JOY in Christ. But, having deep seated joy doesn’t take pain away. Joy in Christ, for me, looks like peace and contentment DESPITE our circumstances. And let’s face it, none of us have perfect circumstances all the time. I fully believe our circumstances, the ones we view as negative, draw us to Christ. He uses those times in our lives to show us Himself. He gives us Himself, which is joy, of course, but He doesn’t always take the pain away. He meets us in our pain. 

2. It is sinful to take anti-depressants. Can I just gently suggest that possibly God gave doctors wisdom to CREATE the anti-depressants in the first place? Can I offer the reminder that you would never, ever ask a cancer patient to stop chemo because it’s a sin. You wouldn’t tell your diabetic friends to stop using insulin or taking metformin. Even if you really, really believe that taking anti-depressants is wrong, let’s just keep those thoughts to ourselves, because truthfully, they aren’t helpful.

3. You must be depressed because of sin in your life. Do you remember the passage in John 9 where Jesus is asked WHY a man is born blind? Jesus does not say it is because of sin. Jesus tells them that their affliction was given them so that glory could be brought to God’s name. I believe there are many reasons for the pain and suffering in a Christian’s life, not the least of which is that we can give glory to God in the midst of our trials.

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned,this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:1-3 

4. Everybody has bad days. Everybody is sad now and then. So, this is true…everyone does have bad days. Bad days are not the same thing as depression. Being sad about a circumstance in your life is not the same as depression. Even grieving, as awful as it is, isn’t the same as depression. Grieving and life circumstance CAN certainly LEAD to depression. But, those aren’t always one in the same.

5. Get over it. Just get over it. Ouch. If you broke your leg tomorrow, I would probably not tell you to “get over it.” I also would never, ever consider saying that to any friend struggling with ANYTHING at all, no matter how big or small YOU feel it is. That is the thing, we never have the whole picture of what someone is going through. We just don’t. Our limited experience isn’t enough to see into the hearts of those around us. Only Jesus can really see into the depths of our suffering. So, instead of attempting to see just how bad someone has it, how about encourage regardless of the size of the issue. For me, things that may seem small to you, sometimes greatly weigh me down. It’s just the nature of who I am. For others, they may deal with things that I have never faced…this doesn’t mean I can’t still be a blessing and encouragement to them.

Lastly, I don’t want to leave you hanging…I want you to know that it is possible to be a blessing to a friend that is struggling. Be a listening ear without telling them what to do, write an encouraging note in the mail with a Bible verse in it. Tell your friend you are praying for them, and then pray! Pray WITH your friend. Text your friend (if she is like me and doesn’t always answer the phone) and tell her you are praying for her or just “hope you have a great day.” Send flowers. Order pizza for your friend’s family for dinner. Drop off her favorite drink on her front porch. Tell her that you love her no matter how she is feeling that day. Point your friend to this list of resources for blog posts and books she can read for encouragement.

Sometimes, when one is depressed, it’s really hard to accept help. If you are the friend that is struggling, I encourage you to humble yourself and accept whatever a friend is offering to do for you — laundry, bring a meal, keep your kids for an afternoon, let your friend into your heart.

Friends, encouragement is so vital to our well being. I hope and pray that this post blesses you and helps you know how to encourage your friends that are struggling right now. And I pray that the next time you are struggling, the Lord will provide encouragement for you as well!

Do you have anymore suggestions for me? What have you been told that really hurt? Or what could your friends do that would really help?? I want to hear from you!

3 Years Off of Anti-Depressants

I would love for you to read an update now that I have been off all of my anti-depressants for 3 years and am thriving. God has been so good to me. My mindset has changed. My health has changed. We are never truly hopeless if we have Christ. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us giving us the power to make the steps necessary to BE TRANSFORMED.

My Journey Off of Anti-Depressants

My wellness journey & 51 pound weight loss! 

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5 Books for Praying Moms

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“As parents, we give careful thought and attention to providing for our children. Would a mother send her young child out into the cold without a coat and hat? Would a father forget to feed his children? Knowing their dependence on us for protection and provision, our hearts are attuned to our children’s physical and emotional needs. In many cases we know their needs even before they do, and fulfill their needs before they ask…if we would give such careful attention to our children’s physical safety and emotional well-being, why would we ever send them away without a spiritual covering?” Jennifer Kennedy Dean, from the introduction of Legacy of Prayer.

My prayer life has ups and downs, just like yours does, I’m sure. I have days, weeks even, where I question God’s sovereignty ~ not that He is sovereign ~  but asking the WHY question. I have days where I question and doubt my “ability” to pray. I have times where the quiet of my heart are the only prayers offered up. I have times when doubt creeps in.

But, God has put such a burden on my heart to earnestly and continually be praying for my children.

I’m not faithful, but He is. 

These are 5 {now 8 since I have updated this list!}  books that have encouraged, inspired and motivated me to get on my knees and fervently be in prayer for my children. I hope they will encourage you in the same way.

8 Books for Praying Moms

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children ~ this book I have mentioned on my blog several times, it is probably my favorite book to use when I need some specific, Scriptural prayers to pray over my children. This book is broken up into chapters, each chapter describing a different thing to be praying over our children: faith, salvation, character, relationships, future, etc. And with each chapter there are several pages of Scriptures that you can pray by just inserting your child’s name! I love this part of the book. I can open to any of those pages and just pray those verses over my children at anytime.

Upside-Down Prayers for Parents: Thirty-One Daring Devotions for Entrusting Your Child–and Yourself–to God ~ this is a newer book in my collection, I purchased it after reading about it at Oh Amanda’s blog, where she went on to do a book club with it. These prayers are not your typical prayers, thus the title: Upside Down Prayers. But I LOVE this about the book, these prayers are digging in and getting to the heart of God for our children. Prayers like, “I pray you’ll get caught doing wrong,” and “I pray you’ll get weary and give up and learn that with submission comes strength.” Wow. These are prayers that question our ability to truly want and pray God’s will for our children’s lives.

Prayer Warrior Mom: Covering Your Kids with God’s Blessings and Protection ~ I received this book for review and knew I would love it. This book is more of the motivation and sweet encouragement we all need to pray for our kids. There are a few Scriptures and questions at the end of each chapter, also, that will help you to get more out of the book and apply it to your own life.

Legacy of Prayer: A Spiritual Trust Fund for the Generations ~ I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, ever since Jennifer Kennedy Dean spoke at my church many moons ago. This book will truly light a fire in you for leaving a legacy for your children ~ and not just any legacy ~ a legacy of prayer. The author talks about how we are building up a “trust fund” with our prayers for future generations. This book will help you to see how your prayers can affect generations to come.

Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds ~ This book isn’t just for parents, but I love Beth Moore and I love taking this book, finding a specific need of a child (or a friend) and praying those verses over them. Praying God’s Word has become my favorite way to pray and this book is such an aid in that. The topics in this book are things like idolatry, pride, strongholds, overcoming the enemy, etc.

Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children ~ this book took the booklet below (the 2.99 shorter book) and expounded on it. I have loved it so much. Very practical, which I need! I ended up creating this Scripture Gift for Children after reading this book! Have you chosen verses from Scripture to pray for your children?

Praying Circles around Your Children ~ {this is a shorter, condensed version of the book above}  I read this kindle book when it was free a few months ago and feel that it is worth every penny of the $2.99. It’s a short read, but VERY motivating and reminding us how important it is to pray for our children. I love the specific ways this book includes to pray because they are things I had never thought of before. If you need some fresh motivation and ideas for praying, this is a great place to start.

The Warrior ~  it was written by Joyce Swann. This book is actually a fictional story but it is SO encouraging and challenging and convicting in the area of praying for our children!! I hope you will take a look at this book. I loved it.

 

What books are your favorite books to encourage you to pray for your kids?