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Intentional Inspirations Newsletter - 3/31/23
The events of this past week have been heartbreaking. So many are lost without Jesus. Our world has totally turned against God, against His Word, and many are being led astray into deception and confusion. But you know what? I have hope!
My hope is not in this world.
My hope is not in having people like me.
My hope is in Jesus and in His Word.
This verse from Mark 13 states that heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Words will not pass away! That means that I can always rely on His Word to tell me the truth, to teach me, to guide me, and to encourage me. God’s Word, the Bible, should be the foundation of my life. But is it? When I am struggling, need some guidance or encouragement, do I run to His Word? Or do I run to my favorite Christian self-help book, or online preacher, or social media accounts? Ouch!
Below I share a sermon from Mark 13 that really challenged me in this area. I can’t tell you how important it is to make sure that you are in God’s Word daily. We are being bombarded from all sides all day, every day, with messages that do not align with God’s Word. Unfortunately, some of these false messages are even coming from those claiming to be Christians and pastors. That’s why it is so important that we know God’s Word so that we can “test the spirits” and discern what is true and what is false. If you get one thing out of this week’s newsletter, I pray that I have spurred you on to be more intentional about reading and studying God’s Word!
I am finally feeling like I am back to normal after being sick for several weeks. Now that the weather is warming up, I am excited to get outside more. We are plugging away at our homeschool. I can’t believe it is the end of March already. Where does the time go?
Well, I better scoot and get this posted. May each of you have a blessed weekend, and I pray you have time to get in the Bible more during this coming week!
I have shared before that I am reading and studying my way through the book of Mark. This week I am on Mark 13. Our pastor did a sermon series preaching through the book of Mark back in 2015, so I have been listening to those sermons this week. One sermon really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you. It is on Mark 13:28-31 and it is titled: “Words That Won’t Die!”
The focus on my blog in recent years has been on living intentionally, and if I could encourage you in only one area to focus on, it would be to be in the Bible, reading it, studying it, memorizing it, obeying it. All else in this world will pass away, but God’s Word will never pass away! If we truly believe this to be true, then God’s Word should be what we run to for guidance, encouragement, help, etc. But do we? Or do we run to our favorite self-help author, or our best friend, or our favorite online preacher? Or worse yet, “follow our heart”. Please take an hour this week and listen to this sermon. Then be intentional to be in God’s Word on a regular basis! We are living in days of mass deception. We need to know God’s Word so we are not led astray. [If you are interested, you can see the whole sermon series from Mark here.]
Are you tired of being sick all the time? Does it feel like you just got over one illness in your family, and suddenly, everyone is sick again? This digital guide from Earthley is a great resource to help you learn how to support your immune system.
This week I found this neat Bible study tool! Austin Bible Church has put a full year of Bible reading, videos, and study notes in a course type format. While the daily lessons are dated, they are also just listed as Day 001, Day 002, etc. so you can work through it in order no matter when you start. Since this is in a course type format, you mark each lesson as “complete” when you are done so you can easily see where you are in the schedule. The readings are chronological too. Go check out Through the Bible 2022!
I wanted to share this recipe again because I have been making it a lot lately for my kids. I make a pan of these Chewy Granola Bars, cut them up, put them in individual snack bags, and in a container in the refrigerator. When my kids want a snack, they just grab a bag out of the frig and enjoy! These are so much better for them than the store-bought granola bars too!
This is for all you homeschoolers — are you looking for a way to organize your homeschool records and keep track of your schedule? Take a look at Homeschool Planet! Not only can you track your homeschool schedule, grades, etc., but you can also track your chores, appointments, and other family life things. What I love about Homeschool Planet is that you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to test it out. See if it is a good fit for you and your family, and if it is, then you can pay to continue using it.
The weather is finally turning warm here in Kansas, and I am looking forward to doing some container gardening. I never seem to have time or energy to have a big garden, but I can do container gardening! Read this post where I go into detail about how to get started!
Just a quick reminder that you can find all my weekly newsletters archived over on Substack here. Feel free to click on over and browse through past newsletters and posts. If your Inbox gets overloaded, you can always just go to my Substack page to find them.
Praying for each of you, that you are finding your rest, your hope, your strength, in Jesus alone!
Take care. Don't fear. Trust God!