Dig Deeper Series-SOAP Method

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In my last post I introduced you to a new series I’m super excited to start. Well, today is our first official day! Yay!

I love, love, love learning. I try to learn one new thing at least every day. I thought it would be fun if we took a look at some Bible study methods floating around out there and used them to study the Bible together. Continue reading “Dig Deeper Series-SOAP Method”

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What’s in a name?

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With so many types of books out there, sometimes it’s confusing to know if you’re writing a short story, a novella, or the lesser known novelette.

I thought it would be fun to make an infographic for you to use as you’re writing or reading your next book. Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

In the Word Wednesday-Dig Deeper Bible Study Series

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I’m super excited to share with you a new series I’m putting together in place of our weekly In the Word Wednesday. For the next three weeks we’re going to take on one Bible study method and apply it to our daily Bible reading.

Continue reading “In the Word Wednesday-Dig Deeper Bible Study Series”

Exciting News…

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Hey Friends!

First of all, I hope everyone is having an awesome start to 2017! Woohoo!!!

In that spirit, I wanted to let you know of a little something I’m working on…Would you like a sneak peak?

I’m putting together a little story about a guy and a girl, a coffee shop, a journal, blind dates, and missed chances. Throw in a misunderstanding, God’s perfect timing, and Valentine’s Day and you’ve got…

Something New…a short inspirational romance I’ve written just in time for Valentine’s Day.

If you know of someone who loves to read Inspirational Christian Romance, be sure to pass along the word. I’ll be giving away free copies to all subscribers. Yay!

Blessings and Joy!

Sarah

 

 

In the Word Wednesday- Idols

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But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Matthew 6:20

I didn’t intend to put my hobbies ahead of God, it just kind of happened. One day I realized that I was spending more time on the things I wanted to do instead of spending time with God.

Have you ever found yourself in this position?

Twice now I’ve read in my Bible or did a devotional and both times they were on the same thing. I think maybe God’s trying to get my attention.

In this world with so many things it has to offer, it’s easy to get swept up into doing this or doing that and forgetting to do the one thing that will start our days off right…spending time with God.

And there are certain seasons of life when it’s easier to get off track than others…and I’m not making excuses or justifying my idolatry or yours. The Bible is clear that whatever we think about the most, talk about the most, do the most…that’s where our treasure is. That’s what our hearts are worshiping.

I think that God gives us wake-up calls from time to time to grab our attention. For some of us that might mean that chaos is ruling in our house or that we continually feel on edge or crabby. When life seems to spin out of control, that’s when we need to take stock of our hearts and determine whether we’re storing up worldly treasures or storing up God Himself.

Life on this broken planet won’t instantly turn to sunshine and roses once you decide to put God first, but it will start to change. You’ll notice that you have more joy. More peace. More laughter. You feel less on edge. You make better decisions. And that’s because we’re coming back to the one thing we really needed all along…Him.

Reflection Questions:

What captures the bulk of my time? TV? My phone? Social Media? A Hobby? My Children?

What do I spend a majority of my money on after the bills and essentials are paid for?

 

Action Steps:

1. Repent of your idolatry. Ask God to show you where hidden areas might be in your life. Journal them and pray over the things God reveals to you.
2. Evaluate your mornings. Are you always rushing out the door with no time to spare? Are you getting up early, but get sucked into checking Facebook or social media? It’s time to revamp your morning routine. Try setting your clock ahead twenty minutes and going to bed twenty minutes earlier so that you have time to read a morning devotional.
3. Make a commitment to spend time in the Word every morning and do it.

 

Friends, I wish I could say that putting God first always comes easily for me, but it doesn’t. That’s why I think it’s so important for us to encourage one another to dig deep into the Word. Coming up I’m going to give you a quick peak inside my Quiet Times and how I go deeper in studying the Bible.

Until then,

Blessings and joy!
Sarah

What have you done to spend more time with God?

 

 

 

Writing Desk- Using Pinterest to Storyboard Your Book

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I’ve often wondered how we managed to survive without Pinterest. *Grins*

As far as social media goes, it’s one of my favorites? Why? Because I’m a visually driven person. I love, love, love beautiful images. And Pinterest is full of them!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I plan my novels. Bear with me if you’re not a writer as I answer this question.

I use Pinterest. Yep. And for me, it works.

If you’re stuck or your writing muse seems to have vanished, why not give Pinterest Storyboarding a try?

Here’s my process. Continue reading “Writing Desk- Using Pinterest to Storyboard Your Book”

Gardening Chores- January

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January may possibly be the easiest month to do gardening chores. I think I said that last month, but this time I mean it!

This month I’m going to hunker down and bury myself under a mound of catalogues and magazines, read over the Farmer’s Almanac, and start dreaming about my garden in the spring.

I’ve still got some carrots going strong, so in the next couple of weeks we’ll harvest them. They should be nice and sweet since we’ve had a couple of nice freezes.

I’ll also continue to fill the birdfeeders and put out suet.

Other than those few things, that’ll be it for this month.

Happy Gardening!

Blessings and joy!

Sarah

PS- What do you do in your zone for your garden in January?

In the Word Wednesday- Ascribe

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Ascribe- Verb (used with object), ascribed, ascribing.

1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute:
The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.

2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic:
They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.

from dictionary.com

 

Psalm 29 starts off saying:

“Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”

Later, it speaks of the voice of God being like thunder over mighty waters, as powerful, majestic, able to break cedars, but also able to make cities skip in joy like calves. David also compares God’s voice to flashes of lightning, able to twist oak trees, that can strip entire forests bare.

Then my favorite part:

verse 11 “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Wow!

Ascribe. Have you ever thought about the power of God’s voice? That’s what David is getting at in this chapter. That God’s voice, just His regular voice has the power to strip forests bare, to make trees twist on the spot, and to thunder and quake.

God possesses immense power in just His voice that we can only partially imagine, and yet, with His voice He created the universe. He spoke every star into place. He told the earth to bear fruit and it did.

And yet, this same God who has the power to break trees in half with its magnitude is gentle with us.

God, in His infinite glory and wisdom knows that we can’t handle the full power of His voice, and yet we know it’s there. God, in His great love for you and for me decides to restrain this raw power and turn it into something to give us strength and peace.

Ascribe to Him glory and strength. Because He is glory. He is strength. And He chooses to give to us freely out of His love.

Be blessed and comforted by this, friends. God is so good to us, in all of His might and majesty, He loves us.

Blessings and joy!
~Sarah

P.S.: What words do you ascribe to God?

 

 

Word for 2017-Intentional

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For the past several years I’ve asked God for a word for the upcoming year. And every single time I ask, He’s faithful to give.

This year my word is Intentional.

In 2016 we saw some major accomplishments, we saw spiritual strongholds crumble in the presence of God, we saw miracles and healings, and personally I received deliverance from some PTSD issues related to childhood trauma.

And while we saw so many positive things, I can’t help but remember the not-so-positive as well. One issue that stood out over and over was the fact that in many ways I let important things slide. I wasn’t intentional about making them a priority.

So at the close of 2016 I began to pray in earnest for God to give me a word. And in His graciousness He did.

Intentional.

I believe that this year- 2017- is going to be a year of great revival. I believe that God is going to continue to reveal Himself in spectacular ways–signs, miracles, and wonders– in the extraordinary and the ordinary events of our lives. And for me personally, He has been whispering that He is going to open up the doors to a long-standing calling He placed on my live two decades ago and even as recently as six years ago.

Y’all, I’m excited to see what God is going to do!!

And through it all He is calling me to be intentional with spending time with Him daily–to deepen what I already do into a new season of daily worship and experiencing the presence of God. He’s calling me to be more intentional in planning, in taking care of my priorities and schedule. But most of all, He’s calling me to be intentional in the Great Command– Loving Him and Loving Others.

There are so many words God could have given me, and I’m so honored that He entrusted me with this word.

So what’s your word for 2017? What are a couple of ways you’re going to live it out?

Blessings and joy,

Sarah