Suffering {Think On These Things}

Monday, June 18, 2018


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For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory...-II Corinthians 4:17

I leaf through the pages, and my heart stops. I look into her eyes and feel like I have been punched in the gut. Staring back at me is a lifetime of pain. Pain inflicted by one who should have loved me. I throw the papers away in hopes of getting rid of the hurt aching inside, but there is no easy way to escape the heavy burden I carry. I hold it always hidden under the surface of my heart. Twenty-four hours later I fall apart. I would like to say, "I am strong" and after all these years it doesn't bother me, but I would be lying. The heaviness is still there.

So I sit down to read His Word and come across these words, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory..." It then hits me. The heaviness I carry from the pain I can't seem to escape is light. In the end it carries no weight no matter how hard it is to handle now. Through the heartache God is working on me, preparing me for an "eternal weight". And this weight is glorious. There is nothing heavier than the glory of a God who aims for my good.


This month will you join me as we look at suffering? While it is horrific as we go through it, in the end it can bring about good. There is hope in suffering, because God is there.




En español...


If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here. To read about the benefits of Scripture writing, see this post.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...




Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set


I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals


Let's Think On These Things!


Gossip {Think on These Things}

Sunday, May 20, 2018


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We know how much gossip hurts and angers us, yet we seem to not mind it when we are NOT on the receiving end. There are a million reasons why we gossip...
  • We want to connect with those we are gossiping to.
  • We want to make ourselves look good.
  • We want to be the center of attention.
  • We want to seek revenge.
  • We want to be seen as important and as a source of information.
  • We are bored.
  • We are jealous of the one we gossip about.
  • We feel terrible about ourselves and want to feel better.
Turn the gossip around and make us the target and we are devastated. We can't fathom why anyone would talk about us like that (forgetting that we do the same). We are angry that others would speak about us while we were not in their presence. We are hurt by their words. The fact of the matter is we know how to spread gossip, but have a hard time processing it when we are receiving the brunt of it.

This month we are going to focus on what gossip does and how we should handle it when we are on the receiving end. Before we get to the verses let's talk about some of excellent resources dealing with the topic. 



Keep it Shut by Karen Ehman is an excellent book on how to manage our mouths! There is a chapter on gossip, but the book branches out to other problems with our tongue like flattery, quarrels, "digital" talk, etc. There is a study guide available and a 40 day challenge called Zip It.


Another great and convicting book is Stopping Words That Hurt by Dr. Michael Sedler. This book hits hard. Sedler discusses why gossip happens, how to counteract it, how to deal with someone who has spoken ill of you, and practical advice to change your own speech. This has been one of the most life-changing books for me when it comes to deal with my words and the words of others. 


I am reading The Forty-Day Word Fast this month. The book focuses on gossip, but also judgment, negativity, and criticism. As Christians, we think of fasting when it comes to food or TV or onscreen time. But what about our words???

So would you like to join me this month? You can find the verses to write out below and other resources to help you on your journey.



{You can download the file here.}

(Also in Spanish! También en español.)

Aquí está los versículos en español.


If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here. To read about the benefits of Scripture writing, see this post.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...




Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set


I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals


Let's Think On These Things!


Heroes of the Bible {Think On These Things}

Friday, April 13, 2018



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What makes a hero? Is it his or her ability to face fearful situations without fear? Is it the saving of lives? Does a hero always know what to do? Last year we took a look at some of the famous women of the Bible and what they did to deserve recognition. In the month of May, we will look at just a few of the men of the Bible that turned out to be heroes. Their backgrounds are varied... a boat-builder, a giant-killer, a dare-maker, a persecutor-turned-preacher, and so many more. Their heroism will surprise us. What makes a hero? Maybe it is their simple and quiet obedience and focus on the God that loves them.



You can download the file here!

If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here. To read about the benefits of Scripture writing, see this post.


During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...




Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set


I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals


Let's Think On These Things!


Such a Fool! {Think On These Things}

Sunday, March 18, 2018


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Spending money we don't have. Speaking before thinking. Venting our anger. We know it when we see it...foolish behavior. Yet, there are many times we don't see it in ourselves. Maybe it is easier to see it in others. Maybe we don't like looking like a fool so we disregard our dumb behavior. This month let's focus on what a fool is and how to avoid that type of behavior. Here's a hint: it starts with our beliefs about God! Join me this month? See below for more information...




If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here. To read about the benefits of Scripture writing, see this post.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...




Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set


I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals


Let's Think On These Things!