True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. G.K. Chesterton Contentment is not inherited, it is learned. Most people discover—at a very young age—that they cannot have everything they want, but… Continue reading Learning Contentment: Scripture Writing Plan May 2022
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."1 Peter 2.9 When you hear the word holy, what comes to mind? Unfortunately, I think many people tend to envision a prideful, self-righteous mindset that disdains… Continue reading Holiness Exalts the Lord: Scripture Writing Plan April 2022
We've been deluged with quite a bit of rain in West Texas. In fact, we've had so much rain that apparently we are no longer in a drought. After we bought our house and property, we had several brutal thunderstorms (about 4 of which included flash flooding). We now have a view of a lake… Continue reading Living Waters: Scripture Writing Plan August 2021
Last spring, in the middle of the pandemic, I needed a yearly physical. Somehow I made it into the doctor in the lull between the initial panic and the spike that was to come. After a quick evaluation of my paperwork (and noticing that I was "getting towards that age"), the doctor conducted an EKG… Continue reading A Spiritual EKG: February 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
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