The Redeemed Challenge – Day 5

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Good morning! Today is Day 5 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we see that although at times we might feel weak, the truth is that we have a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. We live in a fallen world which means we will face troubles in this life. But God doesn’t expect us to face them alone. We have the Holy Spirit inside us to give us the strength we need to face whatever comes our way.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!!   Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

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The Redeemed Challenge – Day 4

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Good morning! Today is Day 4 of the Redeemed Challenge! In today’s chapter of the book, we read that we became children of God when we gave our hearts to Him. I hope this reminder brightens your day. No matter what you are facing today, let this knowledge catapult you to a brighter tomorrow. Your Father is the King of Kings!

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!!   Hello My Name Is by Matthew West

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

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The Redeemed Challenge – Day 3

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Good morning! Today is Day 3 of the Redeemed Challenge! In Chapter 3 of You Are Redeemed, we see that God’s thoughts about us cannot be numbered. Sometimes we might wonder if God even cares, if He listens to our prayers, and if He sees our struggles. But the truth is that God does care. He is listening. And He is right beside you, even when you doubt.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you? (Just an FYI that during the work week I might not be able to answer right away, but I will still answer as soon as I can! I love hearing from you guys, so keep the comments coming! 😊)

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!!   Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day:

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The Redeemed Challenge – Day 2

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Good morning! Today is Day 2 of the Redeemed Challenge! In Chapter 2 of You Are Redeemed, we read how we are God’s masterpiece. Often times we each tend to focus on our own flaws and weaknesses. We think that because we aren’t perfect, we aren’t of value. But God did make us each perfectly unique. We should learn to embrace our quirks because they make us one of a kind. And remember that you also have a lot of wonderful strengths and talents that make you shine.

Share in the comments: Is there something with today’s chapter of You Are Redeemed that resonates with you?

Don’t forget to listen to the song for the day!!!!!!!   You Say by Lauren Daigle

And here is the smartphone wallpaper image for the day. By the way, I heard from an Android user yesterday who said she was able to take a screenshot of the picture. From there you should be able to make it your wallpaper. Hope this helps!

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The Redeemed Challenge – Day 1

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I am so excited! It is Day 1 of the Redeemed Challenge! I hope you are excited too! I decided to hold the challenge this month because my book, You Are Redeemed, turns 1 year old on the 22nd of this month! If you want to join the Redeemed Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book on Amazon or your favorite online bookstore. Read the corresponding chapter for the day and then touch base with me here.

Today in chapter 1 we talk about how we became a new person when we became Christians. Changing our old habits and mindsets can be difficult. It does take time and practice. When you stumble, don’t let it bring you down. Remember who you are and keep moving forward.

Share in the comments: Is there something from the first chapter of this book that resonates with you?

I have a surprise for you! I decided to also share a song with each post throughout the Redeemed Challenge! I was pondering this for some time. I almost talked myself out of it. Then God gave me a nudge to do it. So check out today’s song!!!!!!! Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

And a second surprise! Each day I will share an image which contains the “Your Words Have Power” section of the chapter. My hope is that you can use it as your wallpaper on your smartphone for the day. We all look at our phones a lot. So each time you look at your phone, read the message for the day. If you have an iPhone, you can open the blog post in safari and save the image to your photos. Unfortunately, I am not sure how it will work for Android users. So if anyone figures it out, please share!

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The Redeemed Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

Hi Friends! My second book, You Are Redeemed, is approaching its first birthday! 🎉🎂🎁🎊🎈 To celebrate I will be hosting The Redeemed Challenge throughout the month of September. First you’ll want to grab a copy of my book, You Are Redeemed. It is available in ebook and paperback on your favorite online bookstore. (The ebook is free! 😱) Then each day throughout the month, read the chapter for the day, and meet up with me here! It’s going to be a blast! See you soon!

Breathing Room

Do you give your soul any breathing room? We live in a fast-paced world where we are always going, going, going. And even when we sit down for a moment, we are bombarded by our devices or the television. There is noise everywhere we turn. We have emails, texts, social media, the nightly news, and much more vying for our attention. It can be overwhelming.

Author Emily P. Freeman has a podcast called The Next Right Thing. She is often talking about “creating space for your soul to breath.” Well, she gets a lot of questions about that. Many people want to know how to do that and what that looks like. So in a recent podcast episode – Episode 90: Start With This Simple Routine – she gives an example. She has a routine each morning in which she:

  • Prays
  • Reads from the Bible
  • Writes in her journal
  • Reads from another book. Not the Bible this time, but rather a non-fiction Christian book.
  • Prays again

Emily’s point in this episode is to say that giving your soul room to breathe can look different for everyone. You don’t have to follow her specific practices. Just come up with a routine that works for you.

Now some people cringe at the word “routine” because they think having a routine is boring. Yet other people thrive on routines.

However, I believe that in this case, having a daily routine is vital for everyone. If we don’t intentionally set aside time for the Lord every day, then there will be days when we forget. One day will lead to another day, and then over time our souls will reap the consequences.

For me, I make reading my Bible a priority each morning before I leave for work. And I can tell you it makes a huge difference in my day. It allows me to feel anchored and at peace. If I happen to miss this one activity, my day feels off. So that is my way of giving my soul some breathing room.

In my Christians Read blog post from last Thursday, I touch a bit on this same topic of giving the soul some breathing room.

So what about you? How do you give your soul breathing room? I would love to hear!

A Comforting Promise

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I just wanted to drop a quick line to share a post I wrote for the Christians Read blog last Thursday.

And I wanted to give you a word of encouragement. No matter what you are going through, no matter what you are facing, you are never alone. God is always there, if you’ll have Him. In James 4:8 it says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” What a comforting promise that we can hold onto today!

The Mystery Blogger Award

I am so excited to tell you that I have received The Mystery Blogger Award!

I would like to thank The Eclectic Contrarian for the nomination! I encourage you to check out this blog. You will walk away feeling inspired and thoughtful, and perhaps humored as well!

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. The award was created by www.okotoenigmasblog.com.

 

Here are the rules:

-Put the award logo/image on your blog

-List the rules

-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

-Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

-Answer the 5 questions you were asked

-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

-You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

-Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question

-Share a link to your best post(s)

I’ve been asked the following questions….

1. What is something that almost instantly inspires you to write?

Reading my Bible gets me thinking a lot! And I usually read my Bible in the morning, when my brain is fresh, so that helps as well.

2. What gives you hope?

Reading my Bible and seeing that the people in those pages were not perfect. (Except for Jesus, of course.) But seeing imperfect people who were still able to be used by God gives me hope.

3. What kind of heart would you say you have?

I hope I have a heart for serving the Lord and for helping other people.

4. What would you say about the sun and the moon?

It’s crazy because we see them every day, yet I always want to take pictures of them. The beauty God created seems to mesmerize me.

5. What about a cup of coffee could inspire you to write?

The first thing that came to mind was a cappuccino I had a few months ago. It looked like there was a small heart on top. I like to think this was from God, reminding me of His unfailing love.

3 Things About Me:

– I don’t like talking about myself. (So I am glad I only have to put 3 things. LOL.)

– I went to the same college as Sandra Bullock. (Not during the same time though.)

– I have been in 39 American states.

My Best Posts:

I really enjoyed my thirty posts from The Gratitude Challenge last November. And I am looking forward to my thirty posts for The Redeemed Challenge coming up in September.

Nominations:

God’s Kid Speaks

The “F” Word. (Faith, Family, Food.)

Blessings by Me

Not the Norm

The Project: Me by Judy

 

My Questions to the Nominees:

1 – What habit has helped you reach your goals?

2 – Are there certain things you like to do in the morning to start your day off on the right foot?

3 – What is your favorite book?

4 – What is on the top of your bucket list?

5 – When you were a child, was there something you collected? Or as an adult, is there something you collect now?

Lessons from Flowers

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a restful weekend!

I wanted to share my Christians Read blog post in which I talked about a lesson learned from a Blue Moon Rose. I hope you enjoy it!

Yesterday my husband and I were in Lowe’s. We go to that store quite often. (In fact I was just informed that we will be going back later today!) Hubby likes to joke that it is one of my favorite places, but it’s really one of his favorites. Although we have been in there so much, I am usually able to save us time by knowing where to find whatever it is we happen to be looking for. Yesterday we wanted to purchase some new hummingbird feeders because some of ours were on their last legs.

We also meandered through the garden area. I’m sure you know you can find a wide variety of plants and flowers in Lowe’s. But on this particular day it had me thinking about how many different trees, plants, flowers, bushes, fruits, vegetables, and so on that God created. All in what appears to be a short period of time, He thought up countless types of plants. And even when you narrow it down to, let’s say tomatoes, there are still numerous different types of tomatoes. Yesterday as I looked at the flowers, I noticed that distinct blooms on the same plant looked slightly unique from its neighbor.

And the same is true with you and me. Almost all humans are born with ears, eyes, a nose, a mouth, arms, and legs. Yet we are all different. Even so-called identical twins have their differences. God made us all unique and special. We all have our own quirks, personality traits, gifts, and talents. How amazing that out of billions of people, you cannot find two who are exactly the same. What an illustration of how our loving Father took His time in crafting each one of us.

It’s funny that my pastor usually speaks about things that have already been floating around in my head. One of the things he mentioned this morning was how we are all unique. He said that in today’s culture you will find many people who try to be the same. They want the same haircut, the same clothing, the same style, etc. But God didn’t want us all to be the same. We are unique and should cherish our differences.

So I wanted to leave you with that thought today. Remember how special you are. Instead on criticizing yourself for your quirks, celebrate your uniqueness. God created you and He doesn’t make mistakes!