Thursday, April 29, 2021

Always Hope + Free Printable

Are you feeling lost in your struggles? Is the chaos of life weighing on you? Do you struggle with feeling God's protection in your life?







I know, full well, that life can, at times feel like a roller coaster ride. You are strapped into the seat, speeding along these twists and turns. You struggle so hard to climb up the hill that is set before and then, you are off, racing to the bottom. It feels out of control.



Oh and that is if the ride of your day goes smoothly. That is not even counting the unknown factors that get tossed into your life that can make you feel like things have gotten off track.



God has got you covered. 



Was it a decision that was made somewhere along the way that caused a wrong turn?
 


There is always hope. 



No matter how chaotic things may feel. 








No matter how upside down things may seem. 



God has got you covered.

 


1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV 




No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.



He is keeping you safe.





Are you needing a reminder of God's Protection in your life? I have put together a 30 day Bible Reading/Writing Plan for you. That is one reminder for every day of a month of just how important you are to God and how He is keeping you safe. Even when life is out of control. 









Prayer:




Father in heaven, my Immanuel. I thank You so much that no matter what decisions are made that impact the course of my life, You are faithful. You provide a way for me to endure. Please help me to remember that You are in control. Help me to remember that You will keep me safe. In Jesus' name, Amen. (1 Corinthians 10:13)




Your turn: 




Are you feeling lost in your struggles?
Is the chaos of life weighing on you?
Do you struggle with feeling God's protection in your life?




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Brave Enough to Say No








Blessings,










Leigha  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Add Focus to Your Prayers

Have you been struggling with your prayers? Do they feel rushed? Do you feel like you might be missing something?



I have added Anglican Prayer Beads in to my prayer time. Did I just lose you?








I was skeptical, at first, as well. Then just before Lent, I started reading a lot about praying with these beads.



I decided that since I was going to be observing Lent, for the first time, I might as well get some beads.



Add Prayer Beads




I LOVE using them. They help me to slow down and focus more on what I am praying while I spend time rubbing each bead between my fingers.
 


The beads are really easy to use and, believe it or not, they are helpful for those of us with anxieties.



Start by holding the Cross. As you gently rub the cross between your fingers, say the opening prayer or Scripture.





 


Then you will move to the Invitatory Bead. This prayer or Scripture is where you ask the Lord to join you.



As you move around, you will say a prayer or Scripture at each of the 4 Cruciform Beads.



To Slow Down and Focus




Next, is the Weeks Beads. There are 7 in each section and 28 total. You will say a prayer or Scripture at each of the beads. Use this time to slowly repeat the Scripture or prayer. Be sure to pause before you move on to the next bead. This allows a little more time for you to focus on the prayer or Scripture.
 


You will then come full circle to the Invitatory Bead with a prayer or Scripture to close out your time with the Lord.
 


Now you are back at the cross with your final words of prayer or Scripture.



I am providing an image for you that I hope will help you. I found it online and will provide a link for you.









Matthew 6:9-13 NIV 



“This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’

 

Your turn: 



Have you been struggling with your prayers?
Do they feel rushed?
Do you feel like you might be missing something?



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, You are God of gods and Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17). Please forgive me for the times that I struggle with knowing exactly how to pray. Forgive me for the times that I follow the world instead of turning to You in prayer. Jesus, I thank You for providing Your disciples with a prayer when they came to You asking for help on how to pray. In this gesture, it reminds me that I am not alone with my struggles. Thank You for being with me, for helping me to resist temptation and to stand up against the enemy (Matthew 6:9-13). In Jesus' name, Amen.

 



For a more in depth look at how to use Anglican Prayer Beads, check out these links:




Below is a Sample Prayer for you. I hope you find it helpful.












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Blessings, 









Leigha 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Moments of Joy

Do you often feel bogged down in your struggles? What activities can you work on to help you find a moment of joy? What new activity are you willing to learn in order to find that moment of joy?





Two months ago my husband walked out the door.



So, Leigha, how are you doing since he left?



Honestly, I have a few good moments. You know, a few moments in a row where the pain does not seem so overwhelming. I may even be able to laugh at something during those few moments. Then, all of a sudden, something will trigger a memory and I will be sad again.



I will say, however, that I am managing. With the Lord's help, I am continuing to move and not get bogged down.


For the Joy




I have started working on a latch hook rug kit. You remember those, right? You probably worked on them as a child. You may have even gotten them for your own children.
 


I decided to try something easy to see if my hands could handle the pain. It may take me a while to finish the one I am working on, but so far, my hands are managing. After this one, I plan to look into a latch hook pillow cover.



The next project that I am going to attempt is diamond painting. Have you heard of it? I was looking through paint by number projects to see if I might be interested in giving it a try. While I was looking, I saw several ads for diamond painting and it looks so interesting, I decided to attempt it. We will see how it goes.


Set before Him 




Another activity that I have started working on (sadly, I should have been working on all along) is spending time going through memory passages. These are passages of scripture that I have dedicated my time to memorizing, but do not devote as much time to recalling.









So, in other words, if you were to spy on me, you would see me attempting to repeat my current memory passage. You would also see me, walking around, trying my hardest to recall a passage I have already memorized. I have to admit that this activity can be time consuming, but I really enjoy it. It keeps my mind focused on the Lord.
 


Whenever I start to feel bogged down because of my struggles, it helps to remember that Jesus endured suffering as well. Once I stop and think about how He suffered, how He endured the cross (for me), it helps me to put things into perspective.
 


Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV   



fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.



Your turn:



Do you often feel bogged down in your struggles?
What activities can you work on to help you find a moment of joy?
What new activity are you willing to learn in order to find that moment of joy?



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, You are God of gods and Lord of lords, You are the great God, You are mighty and awesome (Deuteronomy 10:17). I confess, Father, that I do get bogged down in my struggles. I often find myself lost in depression. I ask that You will forgive me. Help me to remember to keep my eyes focused on Jesus. He endured the cross so that I would not have to experience that punishment. He went through the shame so that I could be forgiven. He now sits with You in heaven and His action provides a way for me to reach You. Help me to remember His pain and suffering, so I will not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 12:2-3).




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Blessings, 







Leigha 















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