One Word, One Prayer: Favorite Verse

I have not done my one word one prayer for a while. Last month I tried to blog everyday in September and this month I am just trying to survive my life and a job. I have several IEP’s that are currently sitting on my desk that need to be completed. Once I am done teaching for the day I need to feed my soul and recharge my body. I have been working out and attending bible study. After attending a woman’s conference event at my local church I have been trying to be consistent in my journaling. While I was journaling a verse caught my eye. I went to my bible and found the verse. I underlined it in my bible it was that striking to me.

 

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This print was found on The Educated Owl’s Etsy shop! Check out her store she has some SUPER cute items!

 

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

 

So for this week instead of a word I have decided to keep this verse at the front of my brain. This verse is so AWESOME for young girls that feel as though they should put so much time, effort and money into their outward beauty.

 

Does this verse hit home for you? Please comment below if this strikes you so that I can pray for you also!

 

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One Word, One Prayer #19

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Where do I start for this One Word, One Prayer post? I had such a GREAT weekend!!! I went to an Insta meet up and met other business owners and bloggers! I had such a GREAT time and was on such a high once I came home. I have lots of great post ideas in the works and other bloggers that I would like to work with! Then, I went to church on Sunday forgetting that there was a BIG NAME leading worship this week. The sermon was AMAZING and the worship was OUT OF THIS WORLD! So, the BIG NAME asked everyone to have a seat and sang one of his songs for us. As, I read the word on the screen I began to cry. The lyrics are as follows:

“Tell Your Heart To Beat Again”

By: Danny Gokey

You’re shattered
Like you’ve never been before
The life you knew
In a thousand pieces on the floor
And words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you’re never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Beginning
Just let that word wash over you
It’s alright now
Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up, take step one
Leave the darkness, feel the sun
Cause your story’s far from over
And your journey’s just begun

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven’s working
Everything for your good

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of grace
Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again
Beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

Danny’s story is heartbreaking. He lost his wife in surgery  just a few short months before trying out for American Idol. I did not loss anyone to death but I went though a really hard patch in my life about 7 years ago. I share this story to try to help and reach people out there knowing they are not alone. I had met the man who I thought was the man of my dreams. After getting married and being married for a year he decided that we should legally separate which in turn became a divorce. I was so crushed and broken at that time in my life.  Looking back I view this event as a speed bump in my life in which made me who I am today.

I LOVE the man I with now and know that a relationship takes work. This song spoke so strongly to me because this is exactly how I felt after the divorce. I had to remind myself that I was starting a new beginning. I have also had a few friends that recently have been going though hard times. They are speed bumps in the journey of life. Even though you can never forget what has happened you have to “step into the light of grace.” This week I will be praying and thinking about the word BEGINNING. I pray for all the people that are starting over and getting over their speed bumps in life. God is great and will move in your life in great and amazing ways.

Love and Peace

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One Word, One Prayer #18

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This weekend at the church I have been attending they had friend Sunday. The public figure they had invited out was Sean Lowe from the show The Bachelor. Growing up in a family of girls we would always watch The Bachelor. I knew Sean and I watched both the seasons he was on. I had forgotten that his father was a pastor so I figured I was going to go to church and hear Sean share his testimony instead he was asked several questions. One thing he said caught my attention not because it was new but because it was a great reminder. He stated that “Love is a verb, it is an action.” Sometimes I think that my words show the people around me that I love them but it was a great reminder that what I DO is how I show the people around me that I love/care about them. When I took the love languages quiz mine was physical touch but my fiancee was acts of service. He is really big on me showing him through specific actions that I love him. So this week I want to be intentional about DOING LOVE! I want it to become an action verb for me. So this week my word is LOVE!

How will you show someone LOVE this week though your actions? (Friends, boyfriend, husband, coworkers, anyone)

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One Word, One Prayer #16

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This weekend as I wrestled with what word I would pick I felt like maybe I should continue the word I picked last week which was SCHEDULE. I did not do such a great job with this word. I made time the first day to have quiet time with my bible and the Lord but the rest of the week I was just so busy. I know, I know this is no excuse that is why I felt like this week I should focus on this word again. Even though I would like reading the bible and having quiet study time to be apart of my daily life it hard and we all have to be intentional when we decide to put this time into our lives. As I near starting school I am thinking that I could build just 5 minutes into my prep time and even though I know I should be planning and prep for school I feel as though this might center me and be a good anchor if I am having an especially challenging or great day.

This week I have decided to pray and think about the word TRUST. I have lots of exciting things happening in my life, blog, and a new business. I have to put my full and complete trust in the Lord that I am right where I need to be and right where he wants me to be. I am so excited to launch my new store and jump in with both feet meeting other Arizona bloggers. I have made a few connections and would like to continue to grow this blog. Currently the focus is books and my OWOP posts. I am looking into adding some cooking posts as I cook often and I sell Pampered Chef. I love teaching but I love cooking, reading and blogging also. How do you fit everything in well I guess that is why this weeks word is so important and pulls at my heart strings. TURST sometimes is hard but a daily reminder to TRUST this week will help me as I end summer and beginning working for the 2014-2015 school year.

Do you have a word that you will focus on this week? Add it to the comments section!

If you don’t have a word for the week join me in thinking and praying about the word TRUST!

Love and Peace

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One Word, One Prayer #15

Well here we are it is Tuesday and almost one month from my last post! I have had lots going on with 4th of July and a quick trip to Disneyland! (Which is a place I LOVE going to!!)

I have still been thinking about what word I would focus on for the upcoming week. This week as I walked into church I thought of the word I would think and pray about for this upcoming week. I always take my bible and a notebook into church so that I can write any notes as the pastor is teaching for the service. Before the pastor started as I pulled out my notebook I had this pull on my heart to pray, think and put into play the word SCHEDULING. I LOVED the small group women’s bible study that I participated in the spring and I really liked that I regularly had “homework” to complete which got me digging in the bible. I always have great intentions to do quiet time with the Lord in the morning before I go to work so this week I scheduled in my phone all of the verses that were referenced in the teaching on Sunday. I have intentionally scheduled time every morning this week to have quiet time with my Lord and Savior. The best part was as I sat through the teaching (sermon) at church the teaching was all about how when we dig into the word God will work through us. If we put the word into play God will work trough us. I had chills run through my body as he wrapped up the sermon with talking about how we as Christians should dig into his word and know his word so that we are closer to him. What a God moment for me this weekend. I looked back at the word I had written before the sermon even started and just felt comfort in knowing that I am doing the right thing and that through him I am getting the words that will really work and speak to my heart for the week.

Be on the look out for my new bags/store to be announced later this week! Comment with which color tote bag/purse you would buy. I am looking to raffle on off!

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One Word, One Prayer #14

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Labels for my bags!!
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Four prints for UrbanAnneBags!
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Aunt Anne with baby Jayce! (1 Week Old)

So  it has been awhile since I have sat down and written a post for my blog and think space. It has been a busy few weeks as I was fishing up school,  preparing for my sisters baby shower, and preparing for a trip back home to Wisconsin to visit family. Well God had different plans for our family……my sister had such high blood pressure that they delivered her baby early. ITS A BOY!!! I could not be more excited to be an aunt. I am even more thankful that my sister and baby Jayce are doing well and are healthy. We had a wonderful trip back to Wisconsin. We even got to FLY this time instead of drive. This was quite an exciting thing for my sister and I! I am out of school but would like to keep focusing on a word every week. It just might have to be posted on my sewing machine or on my mirror as I get ready in the morning. My word for this week is PRODUCTIVE. I am gearing up to open up the UrbanAnneBags shop and my now fiance is working on a large project for work. I just pray that every day we are both productive and working toward our personal goals. I am so excited to share with my blogging world that I have received my tags and have purchased all the fabric I need to make the bags. My goal is by Monday you will get a sneak peek at the 4 color choices for the bags that will be sold on my ETSY site. As I close out this post I thought I should leave you with a few pictures of what has been happening the last few weeks!

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Dorris and I at Prom 2014
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One Word, One Prayer #13

This week I decided to think about and pray over the word GUIDANCE. I have been daily doing my devotional and I am currently reading a WONDERFUL book about being more than just a Bible study girl by: Lysa TerKeurst. As I was reading the book I just felt lead to think and pray over the word GUIDE. I want so badly to hear God and to turn to God in any stressful situation I may be placed in. I love the Lord but too often find that I am turning to him for big things or only in the hard times. I am trying to train myself to fully relay on God for ALL things. I want to praise Him and talk with Him as if he was right beside me as a good friend. I have been going to a great woman’s Bible study with a church that I attended a few time while I was single. In that study we have 5 nights worth of homework. Last night the following verse was in the “Take Action” section and it really sunk into my heart.

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But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 This verse is stating that if we as humans are lacking wisdom in life and life choices to ask God who without questioning will give it to us. It states in my Bible study  that “God will listen and respond when we go to him for guidance.” Whenever we need wisdom we can always turn to and relay on God. When we pray to Him he will generously supply us with what we need. This may  not be what WE want but it is what God has planned for us on our path of life. I am thinking about this word this week so that God will guide my daily decisions be it big or small. I want to call upon the Lord in all situation I am “stuck” in.  This week try and call on/pray to God every morning for the week. It will make a difference in your life.

If you have any God moments to share please comment below!

Love and Peace

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One Word, One Prayer #12

Well life has been crazy! Not that life has stopped me from thinking about a word for the past two weeks. I have started attending a woman’s bible study at another church and I am LOVING it. I feel like God has placed me at just the spot I need to be at this point in my life. I have grown up in a Christian house hold and have always loved the Lord but feel at times that I lack a personal relationship with him. For the month of April I have been waking up daily during the weekday and reading a short devotional. This has really helped me stay on track and keep the Lord center in my life. With that being said as I have been going though this wonderful bible study the topic of prayer is a recurring theme. Now throughout life I prayed when people were hurting or needing something but to just be still and quiet while talking with the Lord has been amazing. I have felt this calm come over me in the past two weeks. So for the last two weeks I have really been thinking about the word PRAYER. I have made time in my life to pray even if I have nothing to say just to be still and quiet has been interesting. Hearing God takes work I am not 100% there yet but I am working on hearing and following what God has to tell me. I have been blessed with a few GREAT Christian women in my life that really make me hunger for more of the Lord. One of my close friends has a daughter that was having AWEFUL nightmares. Just by playing the word of God saying that He is keeping her safe and surrounding her she has had less scary dreams. God is amazing and through him all things are possible. I am so excited to continue my walk with him and with the GREAT women HE has placed in my life!

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One Word, One Prayer #10

Here we are week #10! Last week was the start of March Madness and the boyfriend, some friends and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas. I will be sharing soon about our fun and exciting trip! The first few days of the week I had a word that has kept coming to mind. The word for the week is SOAR! I am a special education teacher and I always hope that we can transition students from an environment where they are receiving specialized instruction to a 504 which is where the student is still able to receive accommodations in the classroom setting. I had a meeting with one of my students on my caseload and we as a team have seen a HUGE improvement in her school setting grades and behavior so it was discussed to switch her to a 504. I then said it was time to spread her wings and soar. I just feel like this is the word for the week. I also have a WONDERFUL  teacher friend  I work with that will be switching schools next year. She is slowly letting the people she cares about most know about the change. I am so excited to see her SOAR and to help lift her up so that she can SOAR. This week I will be praying and thinking about the word SOAR!

If you have a word for the week please leave it in the comments section.

Love and Prayers

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One Word, One Prayer #9

This week as I get back into the school/work routine I have found that I am SUPER tired. I had planned for my word this week to be relationships but as I sit here and write this post I am being lead to focus on another word for the week. Today when I began to feel run down the word ALIVE came to mind. This then leads me to think man am I thankful I am alive everyday that has been gifted to me. While I sat quietly thinking about the word alive a story of an event that happened this weekend pops into my mind. In order to understand the full story I will have to start with last Wednesday. As you may know it is now the season of Lent in the Lutheran church. I was raised in a family that we would attend Wednesday night Lenten services and enjoy soup and fellowship before church. When I walked into church last Wednesday I saw a wall with very pretty brightly colored cards. So I walked over and read what the instructions said to do. It stated that you were to write down a prayer request you may have and then take one for you to pray for over the course of the week.  I have had a thought on my heart for a while so I decided to let it go and give it to someone else to pray about and think over for the upcoming week. As I left my prayer I took a different one to pray about for the week When I read the back of the card I thought well we all have been praying for this family. The family that I have been praying for this week has a son that is close to my age. The family suddenly lost the husband and father of the family within that last few weeks. So I have been praying and thinking about this family as I go to bed at night. On Sunday after church I decided to go to a local coffee shop and pick up a coffee where I ran into the wife and mother of the family that I have been praying for. When I saw her all I could think was give her a hug and let he know that God has bigger plans. I know currently it is so hard for her and her family to comprehend the loss of their family but I just felt like I was placed there to encourage her to stay ALIVE! So this week as I pray for the loss of this family I will also be thinging and praying over the word alive. I pray that she can find peace and comfort in the Lord and knowing that she needs to continue to live for her children.

BE ALIVE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE!

Love and Peace

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