Soul Food

He Is Risen

I recently found this super cute Crazy Train baseball tee at Farm Girl Mercantile – isn’t it adorable!? Love the vibrant Spring colors, the floral-printed church and, most importantly, the message.

He is risen. We hear this a lot during the Easter season, but what does it mean? It means that Jesus died for my sin (and yours). It means that He did not stay dead. It means that Jesus is very much alive and offers the gift of salvation to all who accept. Friends, I’m not perfect. Far from it, actually. Do I still mess up? Oh, yeah. Do I still worry? Absolutely. Am I immune from tragedy? Nope. But I can tell you that I cannot imagine a life without Jesus. With Jesus, I have hope. I have a peace that passes understanding. When I find myself worrying, I can talk to my Heavenly Father and He will take my burden. I am the daughter of a King.

The awesome thing about God’s grace is that He meets you where you are. You can be saved today, right this moment, there in the quietness of your own home or wherever you may be. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter how you’re currently living your life. God’s love does not discriminate and His salvation is not withheld from anyone. Here’s the story:

We Are All Sinners
Romans 3:23 – We have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Eternal Life Is A Free Gift – but it did come at a price, which has been paid in full by Jesus
Romans 6:23 – The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We Must Trust & Surrender
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Our Assurance of Salvation 
Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prayer for Salvation
I know I’m a sinner, Lord. Please forgive me of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Please come into my heart. Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Did you say the prayer above? Did you mean it? Then it’s done. God is not a liar, and His word never returns void. And the best part? You can’t ever lose your salvation, no matter how many times you fall (because, friend, you will fall). In John 10:28-29 Jesus says, ” I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

I hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend!

 

Soul Food

Bible Journaling

A couple years ago, my parents gifted me what I consider to be the best devotional book EVER. It’s called Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

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Last year, I began Bible journaling as a means to retain what I read each morning in my devotional, and the corresponding Bible verses. It’s also a way to focus my creative energy into something that is not only fun and relaxing, but major soul food!

Initially, my Bible journaling began as an addition in my Happy Planner, as a way for me to consistently see the truths I’ve learned for that particular week; however, this Christmas I asked for an actual journaling Bible and my parents, once again, delivered! The specific Bible I asked for is the Inspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling. It’s a beautiful Bible with vintage floral page edge print – included is scripture art that I can color, and room for my own artwork and notes.

In addition to my new journaling Bible, I also found a sketchbook I can use when I have extra notes and artwork, for those times when my God-given inspiration and creativity are bigger than the pages in my Bible. My hope is that this Bible and my journals will one day be passed on to my boys and my grandchildren when I am long gone and, more importantly, that they will remember times throughout their lives when their momma practiced what she preached (and journaled)!

On that note, I’m off to enjoy some semi-quiet (the little guys are upstairs blowing their leftover New Year’s Eve noisemakers) Bible time, and a big mug of hot Earl Grey tea.

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