Travel Report! :)

It was such a treat to be in Texas last month for the THSC Woodlands homeschool convention and then in Kentucky this past weekend for the Noah conference! It was wonderful to meet new friends and reconnect with others.

And a sweet highlight was getting to see a few Lifestyle members in person!! Thanks so much to all who stopped by and shared their smiles with us!! :)

“I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.” Psalm 108:3-4

 

Bright Lights Conferences

Good evening, friends! This is a happy note to let you know about some conferences for young ladies that are coming to MI and OH! The conferences are taught by Sarah Mally (a good friend of ours!) and will be happening this month! If you’re looking to be inspired in your walk with the Lord, mark your calendar and register! If it weren’t for scheduling conflicts, I’d be planning to attend at least one myself! :)

For more information click here!  To register online, click here!

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37

Miss Muzzie :)

Does anyone remember Miss Muzzie?! Our happy Miss Muzzies were a craft project at the 2016 retreat to remind us to not let our Scripture Memory verses get fuzzy! :) They can clip onto the verses we need to review next or even sit on our dresser to remind us to review our verses!

How is your Miss Muzzie?! Where is she crawling this summer? I’d love to hear!

“I remembered thy judgements of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.” Psalm 119:52

Psalm 121:8

“The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalm 121:8

On the Road | Quiet Time

A favorite tradition of mine is finding fun (and safe!) places to have my quiet time when our family is on the road! The Lord and I have had time together on the beach, on the deck of a cabin, in a cozy loft, on a dock walkway in Maine, in the van :), with my Grandma at her house… I’ve realized it’s a reminder that even as my locations change, the Lord is always with me and is my ultimate foundation. Not to mention I need Himself and His Word wherever I happen to be! :)

Daughters of Decision was recently in North Carolina for a homeschool convention and it was fun to have my quiet time beside a window in the hotel! It had a mountain view and overlooked a small portion of the city. I was so touched that the Lord put me in a room that had a mountain view – He knows I love mountains. How abundantly kind He is to us! :)

Where have you enjoyed having your quiet time? 

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

When Going Gets Tough…

When the going gets tough, when we get sick, when trials or tests come our way, does our spiritual vitality disappear under the tissue box? Do we figure we just don’t have time or energy, skip our time with God and then wonder why we’re so miserable?

Or does having a regular habit of the ‘5 Decisions‘ make any difference?

Well, as someone who’s recently been hit with a cold – I can wave my hand high in a big ‘YES!’ :) Continuing to spend time with the Lord through His Word has helped point me to the Lord and helped make my days feel more normal, even if my body doesn’t feel so! And on a very practical note, the habit of spending time in prayer made it second nature to ask for and receive His grace on morning six of this cold, when I was worn down. He brought the smile back to my heart! :)

So, if you’re facing a time of sickness or challenge, let me urge you, don’t quit!! The practice of cultivating our relationship with Christ is often the very avenue through which He sends the spiritual strength we need.

And if you’re in a sunny season of life, let me urge you, build those habits like crazy. If you’re committed when you’re healthy and life is easy, you’re more likely to be committed when you’re sick and life feels like it’s straight uphill. And that commitment just might be a life raft for your soul someday!

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life…I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.” Psalm 119:50, 52

An Afternoon Meditation

When people you know are flying the skies, this verse is a beautiful one to remember:

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10

Conclusion | Discipleship

Thanks for joining me in the discipleship series we started here on Lifestyle last year! (Can you believe it’s been a year?!) It’s been great to look together at what it means to be a disciple maker and to see how we can practically do so. It is a beautiful mission the Lord has given us!

As this particular series concludes, I’d like to share a few wise words from Robert E. Coleman, who studied Christ’s example of reaching the world through making disciples. I hope they are inspiring to you as well!

“Here is where we must begin just like Jesus. It will be slow, tedious, painful, and probably unnoticed by people at first, but the end result will be glorious, even if we don’t live to see it. Seen this way, though, it becomes a big decision in the ministry. We must decide where we want our ministry to count – in the momentary applause of popular recognition or in the reproduction of our lives in a few chosen people who will carry on our work after we have gone. Really it is a question of which generation we are living for.” Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism, p.32

May the Lord help us to live with the next generation in mind!!

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

 

Who Has Your Heart?

Around ten years ago I read something that started me thinking.

A woman shared online about finding Christ to be the ‘Love of our Hearts’. Being the granddaughter of a man who said ‘What does the Bible say?’ to my mother when she was young, I wondered if such a concept was Biblical. :) It didn’t take long for me to discover there was a bit of spiritual backing to the concept.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37, emphasis mine)

That did it for me. I took it to the Lord in prayer. I already knew the Lord as my Savior, but I wanted to know Him as the greatest Love of my Heart.

That very simple application of Matthew 22:37 was a major milestone for me as a woman. As the years went on I identified verses on Who the Lord Is and was intentional about thanking/praising Him for those things. I even had the opportunity to see Him show Himself to be my Provider, Protector, Comfort, and Leader (to name a few) in real life situations. What started as a prayer request and an intentional pursuit, resulted in my heart being captivated by Jesus Christ!

It is so easy for us as young women to think that a certain job, marriage, adventure or friends will bring us satisfaction. But there is only One who can ultimately satisfy our hearts and souls: Jesus Christ. It takes intentional investment – and it will all our lives. Some moments, I live with a smile in the glorious adventure of life with Christ. Other moments I discover my heart needs a refresh. But when that happens, the good news is, I know right where to go! My Savior is always available for SOS calls and heart to heart talks. (The Word and prayer. :) Yes…He is absolutely wonderful!!

So, my question for you today is, who has your heart?

Let it be Christ. He’s the One Who satisfies.

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:3-5