Sunday Scripture: Friends

I have been overwhelmed lately.

With heavy emotions and sadness over all the tragedy happening all over the world, but especially so close to home.  With worry about the future of the leadership of our country.  With busyness in our everyday summer schedule.  With stress over the things on my to-do list.  With frustration, when my kids are at each others’ throats and not doing a darn thing I’ve told them to.  With, with, with.

I need to breathe.  I need to pray.  I need my friend.

Luckily, she is literally on her way to my house right.now.this.second.!!!!

And with that thought, I feel some of the weight fall off of my shoulders.  The thought of an entire week surrounded by my children and my God-daughters rekindling their relationship with each other, while being in constant proximity to my best friend….just soothes my soul.

Sunday Scripture: Friendship

Today’s Sunday Scripture Image is from In-Courage

Usually, we go to Montreat during the summer.  Or at least hide out in the mountains for a week.  But this year, the whole crazy train is coming to my house, and I couldn’t be happier.  So I’m signing off for the week for some much needed Betsy-time.  Follow me on Instagram if you want to know what we’re up to!

Have a Blessed Week!

Sunday Scripture: Love Matters

I have no words to express my emotions about the tragic events over the past couple of weeks.  My heart is broken for all the lives lost, for the families, and for us as a country.  We are all God’s children, and all a broken people.Sunday Scripture: Love MattersAnd with all of the animosity and controversy over the different #matters movements…I think we are losing focus over what God wants.  Love thy neighbor.  Treat them as yourself.  Love your God and love His children.  All of them.  Period.Sunday Scripture: Love Matters#LoveMatters

Have a blessed week!

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{The images in today’s Sunday Scripture were found here and here on Pinterest.  The original images were not able to be found on the actual websites.}

Sunday Scripture: Nicene Creed

My Bible Study small group is taking a break from our traditional studies for the summer, and participating in one of the IF: Equip app daily devotionals.  I went to the IF:Local Conference a couple of years ago, and loved it so much that I downloaded the app, and have been doing their daily devotionals ever since.Sunday Scripture: GodToday’s Sunday Scripture is is straight from the IF App!  Check it out here. 

So we chose the 9 week study of the Nicene Creed for our summer study.  Easy to follow along with, but if someone misses a week or five, no problem jumping back in.  I’m loving the dissection of each part of the Creed, the history and Scripture backing up each phrase.

And it is such a great reminder of how awesome our God really is!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: America

Our neighborhood is celebrating the 4th of July today, on the 3rd.  Which I’m sure everyone who works appreciates, since tomorrow {Monday} will be a holiday.  So today is filled with Patriotic festivities, BBQ, and late night fireworks.

I’m not sure about your neighborhood, but our is large enough to have a Facebook page.  Where some of my neighbors feel like it is their duty to air every concern, complain and agenda they have.  Although often entertaining to read {these people are adults?!!}, it’s also frustrating to see so many privileged people complaining about the stupidest things.   In fact, the whole country is like this, choosing the silly little things to get upset about, taking sides without researching, and forgetting just how privileged we all are.

Despite all of our problems and our uncertain future, I am still so, so proud to be an American.  I’m proud to be a Christian in America {where I’m so blessed to be able to practice my religion freely}.  And I hope that even if it’s just for this weekend…our friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans can truly put their gripes and differences aside to celebrate our freedom together.

This Sunday Scripture is in hopes that Americans will come together this weekend to praise God for our blessings and freedoms. #SundayScripture #faith #America #Blessed #4thofJuly

Today’s Sunday Scripture image was found on Raising Up Rubies

God Bless America!

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Sunday Scripture: Cherish

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but blogging can be quite a process.  Between coming up with something to write about, actually prepping and doing the activity I may be writing about, editing pictures and then actually writing the post and scheduling it for all of social media….it’s about a 5 hour process.  Per post.  Now, obviously, I’m always working on about 4 posts at a time, editing pictures late at night or writing a post over the course of a week, so those 5 hours are rarely all at once….but it’s still a lot of time.

But, I love it.  I love sharing the stuff that we are doing, making, cooking, etc.  So, I’m always trying to find a happy balance between enjoying life and cherishing those memories in person, as well as documenting everything online {I think of my blog as a scrapbook/photo album/journal}.

So today’s Sunday Scripture is just a reminder for me to continue to take advantage of every moment I have on this earth.  I’m trying to really soak up moments with my Littles this summer, and participate in their day to day a little more {other than just toting them to and from camp!}.  I’ve made messes with Lincoln, built Lego kingdoms with Jayna, and snuggled with Millie while she reads to me.  I’ve managed to keep the computer work to nap time and even managed to sit on the porch and drink hot {HOT!!!} coffee.  #priorities right?

Sunday Scripture: Cherishing Moments

                                   Thanks to The Flourishing Abode for today’s print!

So can we all just send up a little “Thank you” right now for the little moments that renew our souls.  Whether it’s drinking your coffee while it’s still hot or singing along with the kids in the car, these are the days of summer.  Rejoice and be glad.

To see more of my summer’s little moments….follow me on instagram!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Friendship

Our sermon series this month is about Connections…and last week, Jenn focused on true friendship.  Not situational friendships, that are qualified by your surroundings and only small parts of your life…..but unconditional love for each other.Sunday Scripture: Friendship...what the Bible says is needed to have an intentional and faith filled friendshipToday’s Sunday Scripture is courtesy of Instagram @MicheleCushatt

One of the scriptures that was covered was the story of Job and his three friends, who came to sit and mourn with him for a whole week…without saying a single word.  True friendship doesn’t require the right {or any!} words.

But my favorite Bible story about the loyalty of friendship is the story of Ruth.  Even after Naomi told Ruth that she had nothing of value left to offer her, Ruth replied:

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” -Ruth 1:16

Sunday Scripture: Friendship...what the Bible says is needed to have an intentional and faith filled friendshipI Heart Inspiration and originally Beria Blogs

True friendship has to be intentional.  Even if you aren’t in the same place in life, don’t believe in the same things, or even if you don’t speak to each other on a regular basis…genuine love requires intentionality.  And the qualities of a true friend {listed above} prove that any true friendship is automatically faith-filled.

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Sunday Scripture: Birthday

Today is my baby boy’s birthday!  My little one is {already!} two years old and is our pride and joy.Sunday Scripture for a Birthday Boy!It’s amazing to me how much he has changed over the last week, let alone over the last two years.  Let me tell you, this boy keeps us in stitches and is often my saving grace from all the girl drama around here.  He is silly, sweet, cuddly and kind.Today's Sunday Scripture is dedicated to our Birthday Boy!And boy does he love to dance!  He’s still crazy about cars, balls and Legos…and has finally won Maggie over with constant treats.  He’s learning how to jump, talks in full sentences, and can pout with the best of them when he doesn’t get his way.  He’s getting a balance bike for his birthday so he can start keeping up with his sisters on their bikes!Today's Sunday Scripture is dedicated to our Birthday Boy!Lincoln loves to sing {“Twinkle Twinkle”, “Down to the River to Pray” and “Ba Ba Black Sheep” mostly}, knows about 20 of his letters and can count to 10 {as long as you don’t miss #4!}.  And since he is all about Batman undies and M&M’s…we are starting to potty train this week too!

We are just so blessed to have this little joy, Lincoln, in our lives!  Happy birthday Bubba!Sunday Scripture for the birthday boy! You can buy this week’s Sunday Scripture print on Etsy from Taylor Elliott Designs.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!  Today, instead of a Sunday Scripture verse from the Bible, I found a lovely quote from Donna Bell a while back on pinterest…and I think it’s just perfect for Mother’s Day.Although it's not a typical Sunday Scripture Bible verse, this is a great quote perfect for Mother's Day!

I am so greatful for all of the women and mothers in my life….my mothers, grandmothers, sister, best friends, and all of my fellow mamas up the street and around the world, who have raised me, supported me, laughed and cried with me, drank with me, and helped me raise my kids.  I truly would not be the woman, or mama, that I am today, without all of them.

Love you all!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Fruits of the Spirit

We’ve been working through many challenges in our house lately.  Sass, lying, anger, indulgence, greed, meanness.  And some of it is the children!  Today’s Sunday Scripture literally jumped out at me when I was perusing Pinterest this week.  Someone I follow must be dealing with the same challenges, because all the sudden I was staring at an entire Pinterest feed of various images of the same verse.  And games, and Bible lessons, and devotions.Sunday Scripture: Fruits of the SpiritYou can download a copy of this Sunday Scripture print from               Sincerely, Sara D.

Needless to say, I re-pinned half of them for a rainy day…my whole house needs a little reminder to practice all of the fruits of the spirit.

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Sunday Scripture: Songs

As much as my kids beg to listen to Kidz Bop or Taylor Swift, we are pretty much an old school country and Christian radio kind of house.  I’m occasionally a Classic Rock fan while I sew, but songs about smoking in the boy’s room aren’t exactly what I want the kiddos singing along to.  But luckily we have a couple of awesome local Christian radio stations that the kids have literally grown up listening to.  I get choked up watching them dance and sing along to all of our favorite praise music.

So when I found this image of this lovely Psalm for this week’s Sunday Scripture…it literally struck a chord.

Sunday Scripture: Songs

I like most of the music on the Christian radio stations, but some of the songs resonate with me more than others…

Here are the songs that are just speaking to my soul this week:

“Call it Grace” by Unspoken

“Breathe” by Jonny Diaz

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman

What’s your favorite song?

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