Life Verses, Scripture Plans

October Scripture Writing Plan: Life Verses

October is here! Pumpkins, cooler weather, football, and warm coffee.

This month we will be studying “Life Verses” from the Bible. These are scriptures that can carry you through thick and thin. Through the ups and downs. Through the joys and sorrows of life.

This October, commit to spending just 5 minutes a day writing out the scriptures below. Each scripture contains the power and authority of God to fight off temptations and trials that may come your way. They have wisdom, rejoicing, and comfort. They have peace and hope.

Here is this month’s Scripture Writing Plan:

 

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How You Can Use the Scripture Writing Plan:

1. Write out the scripture for the day in a journal. Simply look up the scripture, read and reflect. Then write it out.

2. Use the UP acronym to dig deeper:

U – Understanding (Write out what you think God is trying to tell you from this scripture)

P – Purpose (Write out why this scripture is important in your life today.)

3. Write your own thoughts. After writing out the scripture of the day, use any extra space to write out your own thoughts, things that happened in your day, prayers, or what you’re grateful for that day.

 

 

 

Enjoy your quiet time in God’s Word this month. We’ll join you on Sundays to keep you motivated and encouraged in this month’s study of “Life Verses.”

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When Someone Frustrates You and You Can’t Let it Go

Have you ever had a person have such a stronghold over you? The choices they make irritate you. The way they treat you and others infuriates you.

One of the scriptures from this month’s study is Romans 4:14

This life verse can literally help you release and let go of any stronghold a person has in your mind. The grudge can be lifted, the annoyance can take a back seat, and peace can resume in your head. Here it is:

For God has accepted them to be his children.

They are God’s servants, not yours.

They are responsible to Him, not to you.

Let Him tell them whether they are right or wrong.

And God is able to make them do as they should.

Romans 14:3,4 (Living Bible Edition)

We can get SO worked up over the way people around us are acting and choosing to live. It can frustrate us to the core. But it doesn’t have to. We can release them and their actions to God. Let Him judge them. He sees their heart. They are His servant’s, not yours. They are His responsibility, not yours. Let Him deal with their heart and actions.

Meanwhile, you just keep being the best you that you can be. Live in a way that is pleasing to God, because you are His servant and responsibility too. He’s watching over you and your heart just as closely. Make sure to guard that heart of yours, so it remains pure and pleasing to God.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ~ Proverbs 4:23

Everything you do flows from your heart. If someone is acting in a certain manner it is because of a heart issue. You cannot simply get mad and voice your frustrations at someone and expect them to change. It is their hearts that need to be changed, and God is the most effective means of changing hearts. Make sure you are allowing God to change your heart as well. Make sure you are welcoming Him into your heart so His presence can take residence in your life and actions.

This is one of those “Life Verses” that you want to hold on to and remember. People come and go in our lives – new people and those who have been with us forever. This brings new issues, new temperaments, and eventually new frustrations. In those moments, pull out this scripture and remember the words that bring freedom from letting others consume our thoughts and worries.

 

 

Desserts, Recipes

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Friday was the first day of Fall, and Heritage Schoolhouse is joining us this weekend with her Pumpkin Oat Muffins! A great recipe for the new Fall weekend!

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Pumpkin Oat Muffins
12 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 cup oats
for topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon butter

Directions: 

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pie spice, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In separate bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, milk and oil.

Then, add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

Stir in oats.

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

Combine brown sugar, flour and oats, cut in butter. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Thank you Heritage Schoolhouse! 

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Hope for the Imperfect Christian

It is a broken spirit you want – remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore. ~ Psalm 51:17

God is not waiting on the perfect of heart to shower with His compassion and approval. Instead, He draws near to those who feel broken, lost, imperfect, and incomplete. For it is in them that He can do what He does best – love, heal, restore, and make complete in Him.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  ~ Psalm 34:18

The world craves perfection. God craves a heart of remorse and determination to turn back again to the Lord who forgives and forgets. He rejoices in those who are obedient to Him, but He rejoices just the same in those who seek Him for grace over their strongholds, mercy over their imperfect hearts.

“I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. ~ Isaiah 57:15

When your heart is broken, when you feel sorrow, when you feel deep regret, God is there waiting to receive your brokenness. In these times, go to Him, in prayer and in spirit, and receive His healing over you.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~ Psalm 147:3

3 Ways to Receive God’s Healing:

~ Pray, and ask God to heal you, forgive you, restore you

~ Read scripture over God’s healing and forgiveness

~ Welcome God’s love and forgiveness into your heart

~ Be patient. Healing takes time. Strongholds are strong, but God is stronger. Give Him the time it takes to work in your heart and remember, God uses time to heal.

In the words of David,

“don’t keep looking at my sins – erase them from your sight. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God…”

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7 Promises of God to Live By

This weekend at church we started a new series about the promises of God. Our preacher shared with us that there are 7,400 promises from God in the Bible. He encouraged us to live our lives through the belief and assurance of these promises.

It got me curious what really are the promises of God. So I researched all 7,400 and have them listed below.

Just kidding. I found 7 of my favorite promises from God, and hope to really think about them more often, and live walking in the truth that these promises are ours.

  1. God Will Supply Everything we Need

God promises to take care of us, and give us everything we need to survive. According to God’s Word all we really need is food and clothing to survive. Everything on top of that is a want and not necessarily a need. 1 Timothy 6:8 says,

So we should be well satisfied without money if we have enough food and clothing.

At the end of the day, we must look at our lives and the burden we feel to keep up with everything in front of us financially. If we have food and clothing, we are okay. Everything else can wait or is not truly necessary, or else it would have made it on the list of needs according to God.

God knows that you need food and clothing, and He will give them to you if you give Him the first place in your life and live as He wants you to. ~ Matthew 6:31-33

      2. All Things Will Work out for Good

God promises to make everything work for good. This promise takes strong faith to believe, because we don’t always get to see the good that comes from everything we go through. It is the promise that God says He will make everything work for good that we must believe in, not the circumstantial evidence that causes us to believe.

And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans. ~ Romans 8:28

   3. Our Sins are Forgiven

Sometimes we wonder if God could really forgive us over and over and over. We wonder if God grows impatient with us for gossiping, lying, and being selfish when we thought we were done with all of that. But God promises to forgive every.single.sin until the day we die.

But the water I give becomes a perpetual spring within you, watering you forever with eternal life. No one shall snatch you away from me, for My Father has given you to Me and His is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can take you from Me. ~ John 4:14 & 10:28

   4. We Will Live Forever with Jesus

Hope is in our future. One day all that is wrong in the world will suddenly be right, and we will joyfully live with God, Jesus, all the saints and angels, and all those we love so much here on earth. And we will be loved in a way we never knew we could be loved. God promises this gift of a new life, a joyful life, is in our future.

There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. ~ John 14:2,3

5. God Will Give us Peace When we Pray

God promises to give us peace when we pray. When we feel anxious, sometimes all we really need to do is withdraw and welcome God’s promise that He will give us peace when we pray.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

     6. We Will be Blessed for Our Obedience to God

God promises to bless those who are obedient to following Him with fruit that will not fail and it will prosper.

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God  wants them to do, and day and night are always meditating on His laws and thinking about ways to follow Him more closely.

They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper. ~ Psalm 1:1-3

7. We Are a New Person in Christ

God has promised that once we welcome Jesus as our Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit and become a new person. It doesn’t always feel like the Holy Spirit lives withinus, and often times we still struggle with feeling a connection with God or even a desire to be completely obedient all the time.

But even though we don’t always feel the righteousness of the Holy Spirit within us, God has promised that He is there, working within us. Again, we have to believe His promise of this, instead of believing it because we feel it.

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Promise of the Holy Spirit within us…

Because of what Christ did, all you who heard the Good News about how to be saved, and trusted Christ, were marked as belonging to Christ by the Holy Spirit, who long ago had been promised to all of us Christians.

His presence within us is God’s guarantee that He really will give us all that He promised, and the Spirit’s seal upon us means that God has already purchased us and that He guarantees to bring us to Himself. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God. ~ Ephesians 1:13,14