It's been a year---a difficult, aggravating, mind-boggling year. As we enter the holidays, we are weary and wary. More of us will be facing empty chairs either because of loss or simply because we are isolated. I am praying for each of us to be surrounded with the steadiness and consistency of God's love as we enter the winter months. Let's take this final month of the year to fix our minds and hearts on Jesus. I can think of no better way to close this year and approach the next than to meditate on Jesus.
You may not think we have a lot of reasons to rejoice in the mess that is 2020. However, if the writer of Philippians can write an entire letter of encouragement from a prison cell, can't we rejoice too? Don't you think our joy should be based on more than circumstances?
Webster's defines diligence as, "steady, earnest, and energetic effort : persevering application." Are we giving a "steady, earnest, and energetic effort" to serving the Lord? Do we steadily, earnestly, and energetically study His Word? Or, do we need to be more disciplined? Anyone who has trained for marathons or performed memorized solo work in music will tell you that it demands regular, disciplined effort. If our desire is to live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father, this too demands diligence.
One of my lovely readers contacted me recently and offered to share some great resources for our littles to help them participate with us in scripture writing! It's not always easy for kids to "copy" directly from the Bible, particularly with so much text to look at! This talented mama made tracing sheets for all… Continue reading Kid’s Tracing & Copying Sheets for March Scripture Writing Plan
In the history of the world, there has never been a teacher quite like Jesus. Even though He wasn’t handsome or charismatic, He spoke “as one having authority,” and His authority was supported by miracles and even the voice of God the Father. People throughout the centuries have attempted to deny His existence only to… Continue reading “Listen to Him” Scripture Writing Plan March 2020
Since I've started publishing scripture writing plans, I've had a few questions about how these plans work. There really isn't a set method for scripture writing, but I would love to share both what I have done and what others have done to get more engagement with God's word. Scripture writing (a.k.a. copying scriptures) is… Continue reading How to Use Scripture Writing Plans
Love. It is likely the most overused and misapplied word in the world. Most of the time, love is referred to in the context of romantic love, followed by filial love, and enjoyment of something. Romantic love, in particular, is glorified in our stories and music. It is worshipped. Idolized. Like all idols, however, romantic… Continue reading Steadfast Love: Scripture Writing Plan for February
During this festive season, one of the buzzwords you'll see on ornaments, t-shirts, and farmhouse chic boards is "joy." We are surrounded and bombarded with this concept of "joy," particularly as we gear up to celebrate Christmas, but do we as Christians understand joy? Do we grasp what it means to "rejoice always"? When the… Continue reading Joy Inexpressible: December 2019 Scripture Writing Plan
Fall is traditionally my favorite season of the year, but when November rolls around, the pressure increases exponentially. There are gifts to be purchased, letters to be sent, family events to arrange---and all the while, the daily demands life continue.
For this November, the scripture writing plan will focus on peace. With the holidays swiftly approaching, it is important practice quieting our hearts so we can recognize both the reassuring presence of God and the abundance of His love.
During the winter quarters of college, I can recall more than a few chilly Sunday afternoons when I would curl up like a cat beneath the warm, sunlit square of light on my bed and take a well-earned hour of rest. At other times, light was not always so welcome. After pulling an all-nighter to… Continue reading The Light: October 2019 Scripture Writing Plan