Wednesday Words – Wake Up!

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I’ve slacked off in my free printable posts lately! I do apologize. You know what? It seems like for me if I slack off in one area of my life, it creates a ripple effect where other things end up suffering as well. I have been a little off the last week or so, just more tired than usual. As a result, I’ve had a harder time waking up early. Since I haven’t been having that good, quiet, “me” time in the mornings, I’ve been worse about getting my workouts in every day. I’ve allowed myself to cheat a bit here and there nutritionally. Overall, it is just so clear to me that when I’m prioritizing and making time and effort to do the things I need to do to care for myself, I am so much more likely to thrive in all areas of life! So this is a call to myself to WAKE UP! I need to make time for what is most important and allow the rest of my time and effort to flow from there!

I hope you’ll print this guy out and be encouraged by it! AwakeOSleeper

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Wednesday Words – Slow Down!

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Wow, I’ve not been the best blogger lately. It seems like every time I turn around, time has just gotten away from me. BUT, that is why I am extra excited about this Wednesday Words because it has been the theme of my week and it has really helped me out when I feel like I’m falling behind. I put so much pressure on myself to do “it all” and to do it perfectly, when what I need to do is give myself grace and focus on the MOST important things. Ultimately, God doesn’t look at my to-do list and critique how much or how little I accomplished that day. He cares about my heart, and my time spent with HIM, and how I used my time to bring Him glory.

So my hope and prayer throughout this week has been to, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, SLOW DOWN and focus on the Lord. I want to lay down at the end of the day and know that my heart was full, my actions and words reflected Jesus, and I used what I’ve been given for God’s glory. It has really changed my overall spirit and brought me so much peace this week!

This print is sort of my paraphrase of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God!” I hope it will be a good reminder for you, too! Click here: SlowDownAndPray

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Wednesday Words – In Christ Alone

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I know I typically do scripture but I absolutely love hymns and scripture-based worship songs. What I love about music is that the tunes and words will just get stuck in my head and I’m singing or humming to myself all day these sounds of worship. I believe that the way a song gets stuck in our head is God’s desire for our prayer life as well – that thoughts of Him and communication with him are constant, even in the midst of the chaos and craziness of our days, he wants us to be in communication with him. That is why he gave us the Holy Spirit, after all.

In Christ Alone is one of my favorite hymns. It was sung at our wedding, in fact. I love that it lays out the entire story of Jesus in one song: his birth, his death, his resurrection, his glory, and the promise of my own future glory. It is truly a beautiful song and I love the days when this is the one stuck in my head instead of the Itsy Bitsy Spider or the theme song from Daniel Tiger 😉

Click here for the printable version: InChristAlone

Wednesday Words – Fixing Our Eyes

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I drew this verse earlier in the week and it has stuck with me! I have been drawn to this verse ever since the beginning of my journey toward better health, but initially I was drawn to the part about running with perseverance the race God has marked out for us. I liked that part because I felt like it was a new challenge for me. I was faced with a new race into unknown territory and I wasn’t sure if I would succeed. I felt sure it was where God was leading, however, so I wanted to stay strong and persevere.

This week, my heart was more drawn to the part of fixing our eyes on Jesus. Life is so full of distractions. My mind seems to always be racing about what I need to do, who I need to see, what I should’ve said when… the list goes on. I am so easily distracted and can so quickly get caught up in life’s “what-ifs” or “could’ve-should’ve,” or comparison to others, or feeling like I’m not doing enough. If my focus is on Jesus, I don’t have to deal with any of those thoughts! If my focus is on Jesus, I feel peace. I feel joy. I feel content. I feel confident and beautiful and full.

I’m being challenged lately as a mother, as a wife, as a coach – I’m being pushed and I’m growing and it is good and wonderful thing. But it’s like Peter walking on the water towards Jesus. When his eyes were fixed on Jesus, he was fine. He walked on water! But when he got distracted, he sank. He forgot the truth of who was leading him. When his eyes were on Jesus, anything was possible. When he was distracted, it was only a matter of time before the waves swallowed him up. Thankfully, Jesus is there. He will pick us back up when we fall. But I want to work hard to keep from sinking in the first place.

Click here for your printable version! FixingOurEyes

Wednesday Words – Fruit of the Spirit

I have found myself desperately praying for more of the fruit of the spirit lately. I don’t know, something about being mommy to a 2.5 year old, plus the unpredictability of a 9 month old – it seems like I’m at the end of my rope more often than not. And nothing upsets me more than to be in the midst of losing patience and speaking harshly to my babies. There is certainly a time for sternness and a hard tone of voice, but when that tone is used in anger rather than in love, my heart breaks a little bit.

I love my kids so much, and I love my husband so much, but I see more and more every day that if my relationship with God isn’t where it needs to be, my love can be covered up by frustration, irritability, bitterness, a short-temper, eye rolls… it is certainly a humbling thing to read the list I just typed compared to the list that the Lord gives. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control. These are the qualities I desire, not just in the happy, sweet moments, but in the ugly ones too. This is truly the mark of the Holy Spirit!

If you feel like I do, print this one out – put it somewhere that you can see it daily. Hang it somewhere that you’ll catch a glimpse of it in times of need. Maybe on the wall near the time-out spot you seem to visit a hundred times a day with your little one. Or maybe on the pantry door as you’re retrieving yet another snack or meal for your always-hungry kids. Or maybe you don’t have kids and you need it next to your computer screen as you answer dozens of emails from sometimes rude or ungrateful senders. Or maybe in your car, so you can see it as you head away from home to the stress of work, or as you head away from work to the stress of home. Let’s remind ourselves of who we are in Christ so that we reflect the Spirit rather than our flesh!

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25

Printable version: FruitoftheSpirit

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Wednesday Words – Kid’s Edition

The other morning as I sat with James while he ate his breakfast, I was struck with how old he seemed. His vocabulary is huge and his memory is amazing. In that moment I suddenly thought, “he’s ready to start learning scripture!” I got so excited at the thought of teaching my boy words from the Lord to engrave in his heart and remember for years to come. I’d love to say that the perfect scripture came into my heart in that moment or that I prayed to God to provide the right one and I opened my bible and there it was — but that’s not what happened. Basically, I did a quick google search of “bible verses for toddlers” and came upon Philippeans 4:4, and I thought it was a great place to start. 🙂

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I soon realized that teaching my child scripture is the ultimate accountability. I wasn’t expecting to get hit in the face so hard with it on day one! But as we repeated together our verse, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, Rejoice” it was being stuck in my mind and heart as well.

Then, the day went on, and I was faced with things that made me feel like doing the opposite of rejoicing. I hit some roadblocks and some hiccups. How did I handle it? Not well. I got angry and I got frustrated and I ignored the scripture I was attempting to teach my child.

Then night time hit, he was going to bed, and as I gave Neely her bottle James came in to say good night. I was feeling defeated, down, and just ugly. I put on a smile and gave him a kiss, and was immediately reminded that we should practice his scripture before he went to bed. So together we repeated it again, and as he left, I felt such guilt! I was trying to teach my son TRUTH while ignoring it for myself.

I think that’s been my hope in drawing these scriptures and putting them up around my house. The more I see them and remember them and feel them, I hope the more I will practice the truths that they proclaim. I hope I will believe them without doubt so that when trouble hits, I will be armed with the truth that nothing can shake the God of the universe. He is in control!

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Printable Version here: Phil4-4

Wednesday Words #7

Ever since I made the decision to call my blog “Living in Light” I have been very aware of mentions of “light” in scripture. Every time I see a new verse that references our call to be the light, or that light overcomes dark – anything – I love it so much! It seems to continually affirm my desire for my life to be a light, whether its through this blog, my Facebook page, or hopefully mostly through my words and actions on a daily basis with those I come in contact with. I just love the idea of LIGHT! There is no fear in light, there are no secrets, it is full of color and warmth. There is JOY in the LIGHT!!!

Click here for your free printable of this verse! FloodedWithLight

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