What If We Spent the Next 40 Days Cultivating Praise?

“Joy is an outward sign of an inward faith in God’s promises.” Tommy Newberry

What would our lives look like in 40 days if we spent them cultivating PRAISE, GRATITUDE and JOY and not complaints and broken records of failure that often run through our minds?

Praise needs cultivating. Gratitude needs cultivating. Joy needs cultivating. “Could it be that one of Satan’s major strategies is to divert us from praise? After all, he knows that God delights in our praise, and that doesn’t exactly make him happy. He also detests the rich benefits that praise brings to us and others.” Ruth Meyers

I’m a day late and a dollar short for starting Lent on time (February 14th) but isn’t that what Lent is all about? Lent is about offering myself to Him in all my weakness and depending on His strength. When I am weak, He is strong.

I don’t have a set schedule, but every week I will hop on sometime live on my facebook page to share thoughts from these 2 books: 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life and 31 Days of Praise.

“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:1-3

An Invitation to Join Me


Philippians 4:8 Printable

Whatever is true printable PDF

Easter Baskets for Teens

Parenting teens comes with its challenges, doesn’t it? One thing I have enjoyed, as a mom with 2 teens and one 12 year old is continuing traditions in our home even when they may seem to be too old for said tradition. Leaving Valentine cards & candy on the breakfast table in February, filling stockings full of things they love, Easter eggs hunts and Shamrock shakes in March.

One of those traditions is finding special, meaningful and cross-centered items to go in their Easter baskets each year. No, we don’t have to have baskets to celebrate Easter. But, yes, I love making holidays and other days special in our home. So, for me personally, if there is ANY day I’m going to make special, it’s going to be the day my Savior rose from the grave!

Finding Christ-centered Easter items can be a bit of a challenge, though. But, Dayspring has come through for me…big time!!

Look at all of these beautiful ideas for Easter baskets that I found at Dayspring!

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In addition to these Christ-centered ideas that will help remind my teens of God’s love for them, here are more ideas that I think teens would love! I have included gift cards in our baskets this year, too. ūüôā

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

Tell me what items your teens would love to receive in their Easter baskets?

More Christ-Centered Family Easter Ideas

The First Day of Lent 2016

Lent Scriptures

I can’t believe Lent and Easter come so early this yer! I would love for you to join me as we WRITE and PRAY God’s Word through the days leading up to our Lord’s resurrection.

From the book of Matthew I have put together a schedule of verses, with a few grace days added in as well. Traditionally, Lent has been the 40 days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. And Easter comes on March 27th this year!

Lent Scriptures

Join me as we journey through the book of Matthew and the last days of Jesus.

Jesus Write the Word. Pray the Word. PDF

Jesus Write the Word. Pray the Word.

Click here for many more resources on Lent to use with your families and your own devotional time! 

**Join me each morning around 8am on my facebook page as we walk through Wait Only Upon God together! (ebook 1/2 off through 2/11 only 3.99)

Why Write the Word?

I have had the question of WHY we would want to write the Word of God.

Here are my best thoughts on that:

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 ‚ÄĒ write it down!

His Word is a treasure ‚ÄĒ treat it as such!

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

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

Pictures from Instagram

Please be sure to join me over on Instagram with the hashtags #WriteTheWord and #PrayingTheScriptures so we can encourage one another and pray for one another!

As an example, here is one of my {nearly} daily Write the Word morning tidbits from my time with God:


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The Last Days of Jesus {Lent Scriptures}

Jesus from the Book of Matthew: Write the Word. Pray the Word.

As we head into the Lenten season, let’s focus our hearts on Jesus: The Trial, The Cross, The Resurrection.

Let’s spend 40 days looking at the last days of Jesus by writing the Word and praying the Word.

Observing Lent isn’t exclusive to certain denominations or faiths. I choose to spend the time leading up to Easter by focusing my heart on the cross and resurrection of Christ! Spending more time in prayer and reflection, asking God to search my heart and show me any hidden sins, asking Him to cleanse me. Repentance and grace are the beautiful gifts God gives us during Lent.

Lent Scriptures 1

Journal the Word. Write the Word. Pray the Word.

Each day we will write a small portion of the Matthew passage that tells us of Jesus’ last days. You may choose to journal through these verses in a notebook or in your journaling Bible! Or you can just write them out, praying them as you go!

We will ask God for understanding, for guidance for His Holy Spirit to teach us more of Jesus as we study this passage. Writing the Word and praying the Word help to engrain the very words of God onto our hearts. As we write, we can pray, asking for the eyes of our hearts to be opened to what God would show us about Himself through this Lenten season.


I hope you’ll join me on Instagram with the hashtags #WriteTheWord and #PrayingTheScriptures through these last few chapters of Matthew.¬†

Jesus Write the Word. Pray the Word. PDF

Jesus Write the Word. Pray the Word.


Wait Only Upon God

If you would like a short devotional, a prayer and journaling pages for each of the next 40 days of Lent, I encourage you to look at Wait only Upon God. Learn along with me what it means to wait only on Him, not on our circumstances to change, not on someone else to change, but to wait in HOPE on Christ alone.

This ebook is 7.99, the print copy is on Amazon for 11.99.

wait only upon God SLIDER

More Lenten Resources

I have been collecting ideas I’ve found online for the past several years, books, devotions, ideas for activities and ways to observe Lent…there are some awesome ideas out there! I hope you will take a look at these resources.

Favorite Books for Lent
Links Around the Web

Lent & Easter Pinterest Board

Join me on Pinterest where I pin lots of great Christ-Centered ideas for families to use during the Lenten and Easter season!

Follow His Mercy is New’s board Easter ~ Christ Centered Ideas & Other Easter Fun on Pinterest.

Praying Psalm 51 for Lent {Free Scripture Cards}

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 51

Psalm 51 is the perfect Psalm for Lent. I hope you will join me in Praying the Scriptures through Lent as we focus on passages that teach us to wait on God alone.

So often, in my own life, I have found myself waiting on something to change, someone to change, circumstances to change…yet what I need to be waiting on is the Lord. To wait on Him is to place my complete trust and full hope in Him and Him alone. Not what He may do for me, but Him.

Wait Only Upon God

It is not too late to join us as we spend 40 days waiting on God alone. Find the ebook here and the print version here.

Each day I will be sharing a graphic similar to this on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #prayingthescriptures and we will share Scriptures, prayers and discussions as God leads on how to wait on God. I would love for you all to chime in with what God is teaching you through this season of Lent.

Wait day 1

Mistake Noted in Book

The night before Lent begins I have found an error in the book that I wanted to go ahead and point out! Day 16, the Scripture should be Psalm 130:5-6. I will also be sure to share this online as we are going through the study.

Praying Psalm 51 for Lent

As we begin this season of prayer, fasting, repentance and cleansing, join me in praying Psalm 51 together and asking God to show us the sin in our lives as well as abundant grace to move in the opposite direction.

Dearest Lord Jesus,

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love. According to your great compassion blot out all my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me of my sin, precious Father.

For I know my sin, it is always before me, sometimes I can’t move forward. Against You and You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so you are always right and justified when You judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from conception. Yet you desire faithfulness and you teach me wisdom in the secret place of our intimate relationship!

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence, dear Lord, or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach others your ways, so that sinners can turn back from You. Deliver me from the guilt, O God, You are God my Savior, and I will sing of your righteousness! Open my lips, Lord, and I will declare Your praise! You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it, You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, dear Father, is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart you, oh God, will not despise.  Amen.

from Psalm 51

Free Printable Scripture Cards

Throughout this season, if you’re like me, you will need help keeping your focus. I created 4 Scripture cards for me as much as I did for you. I hope they are a blessing!

If you wish to print on card stock and laminate these will hold up for you a lot better!

Click on the PDF link or the graphic to download your Scripture cards and print!

Lenten Prayer Cards PDF

Praying Psalm 51 and Free Scripture Cards

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