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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Sunday Scripture: Healed

Happy Easter!  Savor this weekend {and spring break} for the time with family, the spring air, and the general sense of renewal.  But always remember the real reason for the season….Sunday Scripture: Healed {A verse about the most important part of Easter}Source: Pinterest

I can remember as a kid, having mixed emotions about Easter.  I loved the candy and egg hunts, but couldn’t understand why more people weren’t sad in church.  I fixated on the gruesome details of the Easter story…the betrayal, the torture, the death, the depression and sorrow.  It was not until I was an adult did I figure out that although all of those parts were essential, they were just the beginning of the story.Sunday Scripture: Healed {A verse about the most important part of Easter}Source: Moritz Fine Blog Designs

I realized that the most important part of the story is that it all happened for us.  Jesus dying on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice…and allows all of our sins, mistakes, and transgressions to be forgiven.Sunday Scripture: Healed {A verse about the most important part of Easter}Source: Zulily 

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While I was looking for an image for this Sunday Scripture verse, I found hundreds.  I literally could not decide which one to use.  And I loved that I found it on canvases, teeshirts, screensavers, iPhone cases, and coffee mugs.  The reason why I love that?  Because it should be a daily reminder for all of us.  It’s what our faith was built on…the most important thing ever.Sunday Scripture: Healed {A verse about the most important part of Easter}Source: Fresh Farmhouse on Tumblr

I hear people’s stories all the time…about how they think their past {or present} is so terrible….how could God love them enough to forgive them?

Easy peasy.  He already has.

So, again, Happy Easter!Sunday Scripture: Healed {A verse about the most important part of Easter}Source: @powertochange

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Sunday Scripture: Serve

This past week I had the honor of accompanying the other leaders in my church to a leadership conference in Charlotte, NC at Elevation Church.  It was a whirlwind two days full of campus tours, Q & A sessions, breakouts, worship music and inspiration.  Although their church is a lot different than ours, I really soaked up the basic principles of how they run the logistics of their children’s ministry, and how they treat their staff and volunteers.

Sunday Scripture: Serve

Thanks to Fools for Christ for today’s Sunday Scripture image

I was intrigued how they were able to obtain and retain so many volunteers…and many of them commit to an entire year’s worth of teaching Sunday School.  Some of this is due to the fact that Elevation Church has many, many different worship opportunities…so the volunteers never have to sacrifice their own worship experience.  But I loved how the church cared for their servants.  Full meals, childcare, counseling, celebrating birthdays, etc.  Many of the same things that we do as well…but my main take-away is that we need to do better.  How can we love on our volunteers and let them know how much we appreciate them?

Does your church or workplace do something cool for your staff?  Please leave me some ideas!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Greater

It’s one of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible….you see it on Christian coffee mugs and teeshirts, constant motivation that God is with us as we strive toward our hopes and dreams.  I’m certainly not a Biblical scholar, but even I know {after reading the whole verse}, that John was actually referring to false prophets….people who claim that Jesus and the Bible are not enough.  But even though consumerism kinda picks and chooses catchy verses to print, I still see some similarities between the two interpretations.  Because when you are following your dreams, there are bound to be obstacles.  And I know for me, most of those obstacles are in my head.  I’ll tell myself I’m not good enough, I’m not cut out for this, it’s not “my time.”  But after reading this verse, maybe John is warning against the critics in my brain.

Sunday Scripture: Greater.....when you listen to the critics

Thanks to It’s All About Christ’s Tumblr Page for today’s image!

Because, as they say, “I can do all things in Christ.”  So why do I doubt myself?  Or, why do I doubt my worth?  Or, why do I doubt God…who ultimately loves me and wants me to succeed.  So, I keep my eye on the prize, knowing that He is cheering for me the whole way.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Business

My subtitle for today was going to be Busyness.  But autocorrect kept changing it to Business…I guess the two go hand in hand.  Especially this time of the year, when my focus is almost completely on sewing and getting my business ready for spring craft shows.

Sunday Scripture: Busyness or Business

Source for this image comes from the Bible….and Retype, an app that creates images for memes.

Despite the overwhelming amount of work, the lack of confidence I sometimes have in my products, and the chaos that ensues at home because of my busyness, I put my whole heart into my products.  I love it, and truly believe in the value of the items that I make.  And addition to helping other moms who buy my things, my business also gives me a sense of worth.  It makes me feel like I am contributing to society, as well as our household income, a bit as well.

Have a blessed week!
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Sunday Scripture: Everlasting Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hopefully you are spending today with those who you love the most.  We have had a lovely weekend together.   Dave and I got to spend our Valentine’s Day a little early at the Garth Brooks concert on Friday….and all three of us girls got beautiful roses yesterday!!

Sunday Scripture: Everlasting Love

Today’s Sunday Scripture is perfect for today….and you can get it as a free printable courtesy of the artist, Erin Leigh.  Head over to her website to download it.

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Precious

This weekend I am in Atlanta celebrating my firstborn’s seventh birthday.  It’s been four and a half years since she has been the only child {and had my undivided attention!}, so I thought I’d take her to visit my sister, Loo, for the weekend and get a little face time without the other Littles hanging all over me.  Sometime in the past 7 years, Jayna has become a bonafide kid.  Not a toddler or even a little kid anymore, but a kid that has opinions, dreams {and a touch of sass!} of her own.  And it’s not very often I get to just enjoy her.

Sunday Scripture: Precious....celebrating my oldest daughter's birthday

Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: ScriptureDoodle Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!  It’s my favorite day of the week….so I thought I’d do a giveaway!  April from #ScriptureDoodle was kind enough to send over some awesome new products for me to try and give to you.  Jayna was thrilled to have some new supplies and inspiration.  And Millie was jealous that Jayna was getting a bunch of stuff to try out.  So, April sent their brand new ScriptureDoodle Coloring Book over for Millie to try out!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!They both ended up sharing all the materials, and miraculously took turns with everything without a fight.  And it’s turned into a thing.  Almost every day I catch the girls sitting quietly at the kitchen table, with their ScriptureDoodle supplies spread out, coloring and doodling.  It’s given them some awesome opportunities to reflect on The Word on their own.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So, there are a bunch of #ScriptureDoodle packs to choose from….for ALL ages.  If you go to this link, you can compare all the packs and see what is right for you or your kids.  We have the Littles Pack, which comes with all of this:#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!I love the pack of Truth Cards that comes in the Littles Pack.  They are nice sturdy cards with a verse on one side, and an inspirational photograph on the other side.  I was able to show Jayna, using the cards, how she could pull an image or idea from any Bible verse to begin to create her doodle.  For example, “I call on the Lord in my distress and he answers me.  -Psalm 120:1”  has a picture of a telephone on the back…but then I had to explain what a “telephone” was….#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!Once she understood how to pull keywords up, she wanted to try it on her own.  Also included in all of the packs are the How To ScriptureDoodle Study Cards.  A huge list of Bible verses is on the back, and now Jayna uses them to look up verses in her Bible to doodle about.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!I just love how the doodling has gotten my kids deeper into the Word, while still expressing themselves creatively.  And since she still gets frustrating writing letters and drawing pictures, the coloring book has been perfect for Millie…she’s so proud of her creations in there!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So, obviously, we are in LOVE with the ScriptureDoodle products…..the pencil pouches are hand painted, and all of the illustrations in the coloring book are hand drawn by April.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So I’m so excited to do not one, but TWO giveaways this week.  You’ll automatically be entered into both drawings…..one winner will receive a #ScriptureDoodle Coloring Book and pack of 12 colored pencils.  The other winner will win a complete Littles Pack {which includes a notebook, pencils, colored pencils, an eraser, a sharpener and Truth Cards…all in an adorable drawstring pouch}!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!And I’m making it super simple to enter the giveaway….you’ll want to definitely subscribe to the Instagram feeds {both ScriptureDoodle and April’s}, so you can not only have beautiful Scripture illustrations coming through your feed, but stay up to date on the newest stuff from #ScriptureDoodle.

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If you don’t happen to win this giveaway, don’t worry!  April is offering 15% off for my readers with the code PIGTAILS on the Worship-Artist website, where you can get all of the #ScriptureDoodle stuff.  She also has a FREE coloring printable every week of one of her Scripture illustrations.  Here is the direct link to this week’s printable {see it below!}.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!Finally, if you have always wanted to start doodling yourself, but don’t know how to begin, join April for her FREE #scripturedoodle workshop coming up on March 3rd live online.  The best way to stay informed about that is to follow #ScriptureDoodle online {and enter the giveaway!}.

Ok, less talking…more winning!  Contest ends on Friday night…Good luck!

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Sunday Scripture: Slow

I generally don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.  I’m just like the next guy, where I can’t help but feel rejuvenated every time that ball drops….like it’s an excuse for a do over.  And as much as my Type-A personality craves order in my life {and an excuse to reorganize},  I am usually able to reign myself in and and not officially create resolutions.  Because, when life sets back in and those resolutions get put on the back burner, there is nothing but disappointment.

However.

I do think the transition from one year to the next is a good time to reflect on your life for a few moments.  And when I did this, I realized that  most of what was on my heart this past year had to do with clutter.

Physcially, I feel like we have accumulated a lot of “stuff” and it’s started to give me some major anxiety.  We’re already working on that a bit in the house…more on that later…

 But also, I feel like our social and emotional clutter has gotten a bit out of hand lately as well.  We’ve been super busy socially, both kids and adults…so much that I couldn’t tell you the last weekend we were all at home spending time with each other.  And I’d love to tell you that that will stop…but the truth of the matter is that I just added two more things to our plate by signing Jayna and Millie up for softball and dance, respectively.  But because I believe that sports and extra curricular activities are important for them, it’ll stay on the calendar.  But I plan on really picking and choosing some of our other social activities.  We have very limited time to spend together as a family during the week, so weekends need to get back to being for us.  Not for some random classmate’s birthday party.  So please don’t take offense if you invite us to something and we rsvp with a “sorry, we can’t make it this time.”  We love you, but family comes first.Sunday Scripture: Slow {slowing down in the new year...physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually}

But more importantly, I feel like emotionally and spiritually we need to slow down as a family too.  I’ve been noticing more and more that the kids respond much better to almost all situations when I am calm.  I may still show anger or frustration, but if I am calm, they are more receptive.  I will never forget one of the “mottos” of the camp that I used to work at as a teenager.  “Seek to understand” was one of the discipline techniques they taught us….find out what the situation is before you react.  And as a parent, it’s some of the hardest advice to follow.

Our knee-jerk reaction is to yell at someone.  And I’m finding that now, that the girls are a bit older and more responsible, that a lot of the times we get mad and emotional for no reason.  Dave will get frustrated with Millie crying {again}, and snap at her, just to find out that she actually hurt herself.  I”ll grab a toy and put it away when the girls are arguing over it, rather than stopping to find out what the conflict is, and encouraging them to figure out a solution on their own.

And I know we aren’t doing them any favors by doing this….it’s just a bad habit.  But the kids are just as bad at snap judgements and unnecessary emotions.  But….they are kids.  They are learning.  It’s our jobs as adults to teach them how to appropriately respond to situations, and I think we need to do a better job modeling this for them.

And finally, spiritually…obviously we all need to find more time to study The Word and pray.  But in this case, I think that all of this slowing down is interconnected….by seeking to understand before reacting, we are modeling purposeful behavior, which carries over into intentional prayer and quiet time.  And so today’s Sunday Scripture is a perfect reminder.

Today’s Sunday Scripture image was created by @meaningful_word and found on Tumblr.

Have a blessed week!

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