Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Ways to Enhance Your Devotional Time

One of my favorite things to do is 
read my Bible early in the morning with a fresh cup of lukewarm coffee. <-- I call this my Quiet Time
  (yup, i like to let it sit so it's not so hot... my hubs make fun of me ;) ) 
I discovered this love in May 2010 when I found my  $3 Bible. You can read about that here
At the time, I was teaching and would wake up at 5 am, study my Bible, pray, get ready and be at work by 7 am. This was life changing for me. This was the first time I had actually read, researched, memorized, meditated, and learned God's Word as an adult.
 I remember everything taught to me in Sunday School, Pre-Teens, and Youth Group, but there's something different about being a grown-up and discovering your first love again- that being Jesus. I loved Him as a little girl and found Him again as an adult. 
He's been working on me ever since. He never let go- and for that I'm so grateful. 
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As for my Quiet Time... 
I start the day off by myself at 6:15 am, before my daughter awakens from her sweet slumber, then- 
I get my perfect $3 Bible, prayer journal, colorful pens, highlighters, computer, iPad (use for different translation of the Bible), and coffee (must have coffee). 
I usually try and participate in a Bible study whether online (Good Morning Girls or She Reads Truth) or using devotionals; such as Jesus Calling or the devotional in my perfect $3 Bible.  This helps direct me, so that I'm not more distracted by the question, "where should I start reading". I love following a Bible Study, it encourages, challenges, and equips me in ways I never imagined. 
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1. S.O.A.P.
When I read a passage, I like to use the S.O.A.P. journal method. This form of journally is interactive and allows God to minister to my heart as I slowly dwell on His Words. It's amazing. I highly recommend it. 
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Why S.O.A.P. your verses?  
It's one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it, suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses you are able to dig deeper into scripture and "see" more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you to take the time to SOAP the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily Bible reading!
What does S.O.A.P. mean?S - stands for Scripture- Physically write out the scripture and you'll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and write out what you are reading!

O - stands for Observation- What do you observe in the verses that you're reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A - stands for Application- This is when God's Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P - stands for Prayer- Pray God's Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your lifesource 
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2. Research
Once I SOAP a verse, I will research specific words that stand out to me. These are words that I've circled, highlighted, or marked in my Bible or under the O for Observation in my journal. 
Biblehub and BlueLetterBible are a couple of my favorites
3. Scripture Tag
I like to read different translations of the same verse to better understand the meaning. I use the app YouVerse Bible for the amplified translation and others. Within the amplified translation there are related passages that take you for a game of scripture tag. This is a great way to dive deep into the Word and see how God intertwines messages to teach us. 
4. Write
I go back to my journal and write down all I've discovered: related scriptures that spoke to my heart, definitions of words that stood out to me, notes to myself, and whatever I'd like to write at that moment- sometimes I doodle the scripture and let it sink deep in my heart. Some people like to write the verse over and over again to memorize it, but I enjoy creating fonts that display the verse. (this must be the teacher in me :) )
5. Pray
Lastly, I pray about the scriptures I just studied. Depending on what the scripture deals with, I will pray out the scripture or pray that is takes root in my heart (Luke 8:15) I then pray about other issues that are on my heart. 
A prayer journal is a great tool for keeping track of prayers, petitions, and praise reports for answered prayers. I LOVE looking back at prayers and seeing God move in my life. Sometimes I forget how He answered a specific prayer of mine. It increases my faith and trust in Him when I can see how He's been working behind the scenes the entire time. It gives me encouragement for future prayers. 

The Lord said, "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Habakkuk 2:2 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moving Sale

If you live in the Pensacola, Fl area I've got something for you!!!!

We are moving across the country... again.... and would like to sell some furniture pieces. 

Here are the links on Craig's List that you can find a 

Desk
5 Draw Dresser
Night Stand
Toy Chest 






Contact me if you're interest or know someone who would be. :) Thanks a bunch! 


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Sloppy Joe Biscuits





Directions:

1. Preheat Oven as directed on biscuits 

2. Fully cook meat in skillet

3. While cooking meat, foil a baking sheet (you may need 2, I do)

4. Place biscuits on foil, use Tbsp spoon to smash in the middle making a bowl shape with the dough

5. Once meat is cooked, pour in Manwich and diced tomatoes
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6. Spoon meat mixture into biscuits bowls ( I usually put 2.5 Tbsp in each biscuit)
top each biscuit with cheddar cheese

7. Place in oven and bake as directed on the biscuits can ( usually 12-15 minutes )

8. Take out, let cool so that the biscuits come off foil, and serve

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Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Ways to Meditate on God's Word


"The best way to learn is to teach" (She Reads Truth
SRT is hosting a "Devotional Party" every Friday for the Lenten Season. This means that they are allowing the readers to write the devotional and share with everyone. 
Click the link to read my past posts on Psalm 130  , Psalm 38 , Jonah 1&2, Jonah 3&4

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Meditation is a common word heard in religion. Each religion has its own form of meditation. In Christianity it is a command given from God to put His word in our hearts. He said in Joshua 1:8, "Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night..."


meditate |ˈmedəˌtātverb [ no obj. ]think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. (source)

I have learned over the years that meditation is more than just sitting in a quiet place, reading the scripture over and over, repeating it in your head and out loud.... When you sit for quiet time (devotional time) it's a specific amount of time, it has a beginning and an end. However, we're called to mediate (think about, mull over, consider, ponder) day and night. How are you supposed to do that if you cannot possibly sit in quiet time day and night- we have responsibilities and a life.



















I have discovered a few ways to chew on God's word through out the day. I'd like to share them with you....



1. Sticky Notes
These little babies are my favorite.... I stick them on my desk, bathroom mirror, car speedometer, or anywhere around the house I need it. I've been known to put sticky notes on the front door- every time I leave, I read God's word. 










2. Write on the Fridge 
Do you have a family calendar, white board for writing the grocery list hanging on the fridge? Use it for more... write your scripture of the week/day at the top- every time you record an item or schedule an event you'll read that verse. Take a second to pray that verse and go on your way---> with that verse at the forefront of your mind.





3. Smartphone Background/Picture
There are so many beautiful pictures with Bible verses on pinterest and blogs that make great background on your phone. How many times do you look at your phone? That's how many times you'd read that verse each day. Pick a new one each week. If you can't find the verse you'd like on pinterest, create it on ww.picmonkey.com.

Or, make the verse a picture widget that takes up an entire page (using android). ---------> 








4. Sing songs that align with scripture
For example, Isaiah 40:28-31 is used in Lincoln Brewster's Everlasting God . Singing is an easy way to memorize. As a teacher, I would use songs with just about every topic. This was a fun and easy way for the kids to interact with the material.

 
5. Pray the Scriptures through out the day. 

Isaiah 22:22-23, Jeremiah 29:11, Revelations 3:7-8, Matthew 26:42 
Dear Jesus, thank you for the plans that you have for me- plans for good, not harm, plans of prosperity, hope and a future. Thank you for opening doors for us. You open doors no one can shut and You shut doors no one can open. You will drive our family firmly in place, like a nail in a wall. We are a square peg and will only fit in the square door you've opened for us. Let your will be done Father, not ours. Our life is in your hands. 

How do you meditate on God's Word? 
What are some uniques ways you've discovered to learn His Word? 

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A few blogs that add a dash of inspiration and encouragement to my life



  image via pinterest
background image courtesy of 
 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mardi Gras & Family Visit



March has been a crazy, fun, and exciting month. My in-laws (Mike & Terry) came to visit at the beginning of the month. They were here for Mardi Gras, Alex's first flight and his birthday. It was a jam packed visit. 

Click here to see our New Orleans trip & here for our Naval Aviation Museum adventure! 

We're in Pensacola, FL right now so that my husband, Alex, can complete his flight training. He isn't going to be a pilot, but be a flight surgeon. In order to be a flight doc he has to complete an intense 6 month training that would prepare him for working with the Naval or Marine pilots. So, earlier this month was his first flight. He loved it!! 

It was a perfect birthday weekend for this guy! 

 Daddy & Daughter


Father & Son 

Proud Parents!! 

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McGuire's Irish Pub
While Alex's parents were in town, we just had to go to McGuire's Irish Pub. It is absolutely delicious with a unique and corky atmosphere. 
1.7 Million dollars hang on the ceiling and walls of this pub. 
Charleigh was mesmerized. She loved it, we all loved it. 




 I just love him! 

 & her!! (look at those eyes) 


Charleigh, Terma & Pappap dancing! It was the cutest thing ever! 


 Our contribution to the $1.7 million wall

After dinner, Charleigh's hair is always crazy!

 outside McGuire's

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Mardi Gras- Florida Style 

We traveled downtown Pensacola to watch the Mardi Gras parade. It was a great time!





sweetness!




My awesome Mardi Gras mask that my sweet, loving father-in-law surprised me with- i'm a lucky girl. 

 Love them!! ( I was blessed with amazing in-laws!) 



















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Alex turned 28 on March 2nd. (sharing a birthday with Dr. Seuss)

We watched the Oscars as a family and enjoyed quality time together. It was an amazing, realizing end to an unforgettable weekend. I'm so glad Mike & Terry were able to come join us for the weekend. We love you guys! 



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