Sunday Scripture: Temple

“Your body is a temple.”

How many times have I heard this snibbet of a Bible Verse?  It’s sprinkled all over the Pre-Tween Christian parenting resources that I’ve been scouring recently…especially the ones on how to talk to our kids about their bodies and sex (Can you believe it’s almost “The Talk” time?!?!).  So, that’s what I associate that verse with.  Sexual morality and respecting our bodies.  But then, the rest of the verse….

“So glorify God in your body.”

In other words….

Sunday Scripture: Temple {How are you REALLY treating yourself?}

Sunday Scripture Image is from The Daniel Plan book

There are so many other ways to take care of this physical vessel God has given us.  And although I don’t usually do New Year Resolutions, the start of each year does make me contemplate what my priorities should be.  And this year, this verse really resonated with me.  Maybe it’s because I’m once again running a Biggest Loser Challenge on Facebook; my mind has been wrapped around creating nutritional and physical challenges, as well as motivational and accountability ideas for everyone participating.

If you’d like to join our challenge, head over to our Facebook page {Biggest Loser 2017} and request to join…we’ll get you all set up!  But hurry!  Registration ends tomorrow… Monday, January 9th! 

Sunday Scripture: Temple {How are you REALLY treating yourself?}

Sunday Scripture Image found on A Merry Life, but originally tagged from Peak 313

And now that my feet are healthy again, I’m back in full swing at Bootcamp.  Where the emphasis is strength, power and endurance.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m really hoping that the weight loss piece will also be in there.  But I’m ok with focusing on the long-game.  Now that I’m done having kids, and I’m getting closer to *ahem* middle age, I’m more concerned about keeping my body and mind as healthy as possible for the rest of my life.

Emphasis on “mind” as well.  I’m fully aware of how busy life is, and how thin I am constantly being stretched.  So part of this Sunday Scripture is also my reminder to take a break.  Do something that gives me joy.  Rest.  Take care of ALL of myself….so I can be a better servant to God, my husband and my kids.  Cuz we all know that if Mom’s down, the whole house is down!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Christmas Peace

We are officially in the countdown to Christmas…according to the numerous Advent calendars dotting the walls of my house.  And even though it’s a time of celebration, family and tradition, it also carries a lot of pressure and stress with it.  For those who have lost loved ones, it’s a difficult time full of memories.  And for those that celebrate the holidays with a happy heart, there is still *everything* that needs to be done.5daa855867fe9b4beb474de75b2cc912Sunday Scripture image courtesy of Nicki Koziarz

Decorating, shopping, cooking, planning, creating, shopping, Christmas cards, cookie swaps, class parties, picking out a tree, Advent, ornaments, wrapping, Eggnog, reindeer, Elves on Shelves, visiting Santa, holiday lights, church, Christmas outfits, shopping, eating, cleaning, hosting….

Can we all just agree not to judge each other?  That way, maybe we can take a breath, relax, and just enjoy the blessings that come with Christmas.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Thankful Cards

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, there were so many lovely printables of the many, many Bible Verses about giving thanks….it was hard to choose!  So when this image popped up on my Pinterest feed this morning, I checked out the Good Enough] blog that was linked to them and found a gem!

Instead of focusing on one thankful Bible verse, Kim made a bunch of free printables of different scripture about giving thanks.  And I love how she has hers displayed on a small clipboard display, easily interchangeable.Sunday Scripture: Thankful CardsSo instead of having just one Sunday Scripture for you today, I thought I’d give Good Enough] a little love and send you over there to grab some free printables for Sunday Scripture about giving thanks!

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Grateful

We’re hosting Thanksgiving again this year.  It’s honestly one of my favorite holidays…especially to host.  With the south’s mild weather, it’s usually in the 60’s…perfect for leggings, boots and vests.  Every year we have a different set of guests that come to dinner, but that’s half the fun of it, getting to appreciate new people each year.  I love cooking the side dishes as we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.  Dave and the guys smoke the turkey all day outside, while the kids play in the yard.Sunday Scripture: Grateful

Today’s Sunday Scripture art was created by A Cup Full of Sass….isn’t it gorgeous?!

 Thanksgiving is a week I unplug and spend time with my family and friends.  I have so much to be grateful for!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Blind

Whelp.  No matter how you feel about it, we have a new president.  And although I’m not sure what the next four years will look like, I am still so glad and blessed to be an American.  And I’m choosing love and faith.  I’m choosing to continue to love my neighbors {no matter their beliefs, orientation, race, political view, parenting style, etc.}, and have faith in God.  Those are the things that are the most important.  Look it up.Sunday Scripture: Blind...I'm not sure about what the next 4 years look like, but I still have faith in God's Plan. #SundayScripture #faith

Today’s Sunday Scripture image is courtesy of All Womens Talk.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Election

Well, no matter who you support {or not…}, the fact is that we will have a new leader of America this week.  And yes, I’m just as concerned as you are about the outcome of the election.  However, I know that God knows what He is doing, and I trust Him.  I pray for our country, all of the candidates, and for all of the voters.Sunday Scripture: Election...a Bible verse to remember as you pray about the election this week. This Sunday Scripture image has one of my favorite verses on it.  Pretty much applicable to anything in life, but an especially great Bible verse for this election week.  You can buy this pallet with the verse on it from Rusticly Inspired on Etsy.

Please pray for guidance before you vote, and remember we answer to only Him in the end….have faith.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Raising them Up

We have been blessed with three beautiful children, that we are raising to love Jesus.  And it just makes my heart fill with joy when we catch those spontaneous moments that they express their love for Christ without any prompting.  It happened twice this week.

Dave told me the sweet story about how during bedtime prayers, Millie strayed from her usual prayers for her “lovies” and thank you’s for food and a house.  And instead, she thanked God for dying for us and for giving us church to go to.

And Friday morning, on the way to school, I caught Lincoln playing peek-a-boo with the sun as we drove, and it disappeared behind buildings.  Then, out of the blue, he says, “God made the sun.  And God made me…..I love God!”  I got a little choked up that he would make those connections himself, so all I could reply was, “God loves you too baby!”Sunday Scripture: Raising them Up....when this mama catches her kids praising God without prompting #faith #childrenofGod #SundayScripture

I found this beautiful work of art on Pinterest, with no credit.  So this week’s Sunday Scripture doesn’t have a link.  If you know who’s image it is above, please let me know so I can give credit!

Have a blessed week!
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Sunday Scripture: Aware

I know, I know.  Today’s Sunday Scripture is not actually a verse from the Bible.  But I saw this on Pinterest from Time-Warp Wife, and it made me stop in my tracks.  It’s such a fitting quote for me this time of the year.  I believe in God with my whole heart, but it seems that Fall is a season of intense physical appreciation for me.  I’m constantly aware of the perfectly blue sky, the gorgeous shades of the changing leaves, and the relief of cooler weather.  And in my appreciation of the beauty that God has surrounded us with, I am able to see the good in the world, and all He has done for us.Sunday Scripture: AwareAnd with all my awareness with the miracles around me, I find myself in steady conversation with God.  In my personal busyness that comes with the season and impending holidays, I feel like all of these changes in nature are God’s way of reminding me that He is always here, and wants a relationship with me.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Storm

After a shaky end to the week, we made it through the storm with minimal damage, thank God.  We had some trees come partially uprooted, lots of branches down, and power out for about 18 hours…but we are so blessed to be safe and our home to be in one peace.

I’m so proud of my hubby and my community, who are out in town today, serving those that need help recovering from the storm.  And we continue to pray for those who are dealing with significant damage, and of course, everyone in Haiti.

Sunday Scripture: Storm #HurricaneMatthew #GodisGood

Today’s Sunday Scripture image is courtesy of Simply Living By Faith on Tumblr.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Honey

I got schooled in kindness by my eldest daughter the other day.  Our insane dog will let just about anyone into the house in the middle of the night without even twitching; but will bark incessantly at a car door three miles away.  And like clockwork, she went on a barking spree at the mailman who may or may not have even been in our neighborhood.  Right after I put the baby down for his nap.  Grrr.  My instinct is to yell at her, clap my hands, and get mad.  But the other day, as I was carrying on, Jayna took over.  “Mom, I got this,” she said, interrupting my noisy {and futile} attempts to shut the dog up.  And she left the room and went into the dining room where the dog was, out of sight.  And sure enough, the dog immediately got quiet.

So as Jayna walked back in the room, I asked her how she got Maggie to stop barking.  And Jayna simply said, “I killed her with kindness.”  I had taught this metaphor to her the week before when she was dealing with an annoying kid on the bus, never dreaming that she would apply it to the dog.

She went on to tell me that she just started petting Maggie and telling her that it was OK, it was just the mailman, and thanking her for “letting us know.”  And after she acknowledged and affirmed the dog, Maggie felt like she could stop barking.

So when I came across this beautiful print of Proverbs 16:24 from French Press Mornings, I just knew I had to use this as a Sunday Scripture for this week.Sunday Scripture: Like Honey #faith #killemwithkindness #SundayScriptureI am a sensitive soul.  I don’t respond well to criticism in general, but I find that my attitude towards it is greatly affected by how it is delivered.  And a sincere compliment goes a long way with me.  I had an older woman compliment how I handled some behavior in Publix the other day, and I ran on that high all week!  It made me feel like a rockstar, and encouraged me to respond with the same attitude and patience the next time a kid was pushing my buttons.  Hopefully I can remember these words this week when I feel like I need to kill somebody else with a little kindness!

Have a blessed week!

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