Scriptures for Encouragement + FREE 30-Day Scripture Challenge Pack

Scriptures for Encouragement + FREE 30-Day Scripture Challenge Pack

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We all experience challenges in our life and the Bible is the perfect resources as our scriptures for encouragement.

Fill our hearts, renewing our minds and speaking the Word of God stirs with us faith, the promises of God, strength by the power of the Holy Spirit and so much more!

In fact, this is what Hebrews 4:12 says,

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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Filling Our Hearts

Our hearts are a very sensitive place where we hide God’s Word.

Out of our hearts also flows everything we are whether good or evil. It’s essential then that we protect our hearts.

How do we protect our hearts?

We protect our hearts by being mindful of what we choose to allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear.

Everything around us can affect us, so guarding and protecting your heart from what could penetrate it is of highest priority.

In Proverbs 4:23 in The Passion Translation it says,

So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.

The Word is also something we can hide in our heart.

Our loving Father allows us the choice of what we fill our hearts with and we can either choose to pursue the Lord and His ways or the ways of this world.

For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure. Matthew 6:21 TPT

 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NKJV

Transforming Your Mind

Renewing our minds is a process of setting or fixing our mind and thinking on things that are from God. As we do this, we start to become who God says we can be.

We are to also be the salt and the light of the world by thinking differently, acting differently and speaking different. By having scriptures for encouragement, we can constantly examine if we’re staying true to the Word.

If we’re no different than the world then we’ve conformed and lost our flavour.

The environments around us can change us if we’re not perceptive and watchful of what’s going on around us. What we allow in our minds can conform us to this world and the way it operates.

Transformation is a continual process and not something that happens overnight.

Romans 12:2 TPT says,

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

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Speaking the Word

We need to intentionally meditate on the Word so that that is what comes out of our mouth.

Joshua 1:8 NKJV says,

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

To meditate means to: moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot and speak (source).

We are to literally utter, mutter and speak the Word of God.

It’s not to just speak words either for the sake of saying them. It’s that we’re to say these words to hear them, and when we hear them it’s affecting our heart and the way we think.

Just as food is fuel and nourishment to our bodies, the Word of God fuels our spirit and the way we think allowing our words to change.

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What are some scriptures for encouragement that are your go-to?

Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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Christmas Bible Story + FREE 30-Day Scripture Printable

Christmas Bible Story + FREE 30-Day Scripture Printable

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There’s nothing like coming together as a family every night, lighting a few candles, grabbing a hot chocolate or tea and reading a passage that leads up to the birth of Jesus.

Take a journey over 30 days with a Christmas Bible story scripture challenge, from the prophecies of Jesus, to Mary and Joseph’s encounter with the angel, and then finally Jesus’ birth.

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The story of Jesus is significant.

Why? Because without Him we would not have been redeemed and restored living in a new covenant of grace.

Our loving God in His great mercy, having given His created image (people) the ability to make their own choices, made a plan of redemption from the beginning.

Jesus was already prophesied about in Genesis 3:15, which says,

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

As you continue to look in scripture, Jesus is prophesied about and foreshadowed in the Old Testament. God was set on redeeming His people, and there was an appointed time for Jesus to come.

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The Unlikely…Mary, Jesus’ Mother

I love a good story about an underdog.

I think about how Mary must have felt being visited by an angel to say she will carry the One whom God will send to redeem His people AND have a child without being intimate with a man.

To think that God would plan something so unlikely, having a woman become pregnant miraculously, by the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowing her, is beyond my understanding.

Can you relate with Mary in trying to figure this all out? Our mind just can’t fathom this kind of thing.

The angel, Gabriel, actually encourages Mary about God’s miraculous nature by reminding her that Elizabeth was pregnant in her older age.

Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:36-37

And immediately, following Gabriel’s reminder, Mary says the most powerful words of faith.

“Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

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How do you celebrate Jesus in this season of Christmas? I’d love to hear what your family does. Feel free to share in the comments below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

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Homeschooling has amazing benefits and one of them we view as a complete advantage, and that’s to help develop Godly character in our kids while we homeschool.

For our family, character development is very important; it’s what sustains us through our lifetime.

And in particular, Godly character is what makes us as children of God different than the world; it’s really the yeast in the dough, the light on a hill, the salt of the earth that others will see.

Being that we have this amazing advantage, we don’t want to waste any opportunity that we have to teach and train our kids.

Find out how to develop Godly character in our kids

How To Develop Godly Character In Our Kids

What we help develop in our kids when it comes to Godly character will be something our kids will take with them the rest of their lives.

Here are some ways to help develop Godly character in our kids:

We can help them think

What we think about has a huge affects on us, whether it be negative or positive.

Self-talk is a huge component of life as a child or adult. Our mindset would prefer the negative because it’s easier to think about. But the Word of God tells us that we have the mind of Christ and an ability to think on certain things.

We can be a good example

Teaching our children isn’t enough; we must model Godly character.

Children are great learners. They observe their environment trying to understand it and will explore their boundaries. The way they do this is by practicing the learned behaviour or attitude to see if it’s acceptable.

Homeschooling provides an environment where as parents, we get to be that good example. We also get to also talk to our children about their character if something needs to be addressed or encouraged.

For the rest of this post, join me over at Minnesota Country Girl where I have the privilege of guest posting for the 30 Days of Gratitude in the Homeschool series!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

30-Day Homeschool Prayer Challenge

30-Day Homeschool Prayer Challenge

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Prayer can change the atmosphere or direction of anything, including your homeschool. But most often, it is us who needs to KEEP praying and speaking God’s Word. Join my 30-day Homeschool Prayer Challenge and see what God will do through daily prayer prompts, scripture, prayer, encouragement and support.

The homeschooling lifestyle isn’t easy.

Let’s just look at a list of what a homeschooling mom deals with:

  • Education – hoping that they’ll engage with what’s being taught and the ability to teach so that it’s understood.
  • Household – cooking, cleaning, laundry, finances, yardwork, organization.
  • Driver – activities, homeschool co-op’s, sports, kids/youth groups.
  • Relationships – having a good relationship with your kids, husband, parents, siblings, friends.
  • Ministry/Volunteer – getting plugged into a local church, charity or other volunteer organization.
  • Self-care – where does this fit in?

A homeschooling mom’s plate is full.

Just looking at this list makes me feel overwhelmed, but thankfully, it doesn’t all happen at once.

You can feel joy one minute and a failure to your kids the next. Emotions are everywhere for everyone.

We can do our best to prevent hard homeschooling days, but ultimately we need the help of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and help us soften our hearts, discern what’s going on, pray into all things and believe that outcomes will change by the power of God.

You can change the direction and atmosphere of your homeschool with prayer. Join my 30-Day Homeschool Prayer Challenge and receive 'My Homeschool Prayer Journal" FREE!

So what does prayer do?

…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16)

Prayer intervenes, interposes, intercedes and makes supplication. (Source)

Life isn’t easy; it’s tough. We have an adversary, the devil, walking around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The goal of the enemy is to have you think that God isn’t good, causing you to question everything about Him, ultimately becoming separated from Him and even to the point of denying Him.

God has given us a free will. Everything about life is a result of choice, but not everything that happens to us is our choice.

Cling to God as if your life depends on it.

There are times when relationships with friends or loved ones are in turmoil, children are making choices that aren’t good for them and they’re not happy with the consequences of their actions, or there’s a lack of finances to pay all that’s due. You could also be experiencing ill-health in your body, mind or emotions or a tough go at homeschooling trying to figure it all out.

Whatever the case, we need to know that although our life experiences are tough that God does allows them and it gives us an opportunity to cling to Him as if our life depends on it. 

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (James 1:13)

Know the difference between God and the enemy.

God is so much greater than to teach us with evil, sickness or lack. These experiences do exist, but they are not from God, they are from Satan, whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus came so that we would experience life, and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Be aware of the enemy’s devices. If we know the difference between God and the enemy, we’ll avoid falling prey to his schemes of doubt and questions.

God’s character. If we know the character of God by reading the Word, we’ll know that anything that we’re experiencing in life that doesn’t line up with who God is only temporary, but a matter of prayer.

Prayer connects our heart to God’s heart.

God is supreme and the final authority, which means if our heart isn’t longing for what God would have happen, it’s us that needs the change, not God.

By you being here on this earth at this very moment in time, is for your heart to connect to God’s heart through prayer impacting earth with the influence of heaven.

If God can make all things work together for good (Romans 8:28), then likely He wants you to reach out to Him, like a child reaches out to their father. God wants you to fervently knock, ask and seek Him, pursuing Him with hope as your anchor to your soul.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

 

Prayer requires us to stand.

We have to know that prayer is a fight. 

Prayer is not a matter of flesh and blood (physical people), but of power and principalities and rulers of the darkness.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

Angels are waiting for your spoken word.

God needs you to agree with His Word and speak it out loud. In fact, the angels are waiting for His Word, so that they can get to work actively accomplishing His will on the earth.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
(Psalm 103:20)

Would you like to join my 30-Day Homeschool Prayer Challenge?

Who is the 30-day Homeschool Prayer Challenge for?

This challenge is for someone who:

  • desires to see change in their homeschool environment.
  • craves creative and innovative homeschool ideas to help their children be their best at learning and your ability in teaching them.
  • hungers for other homeschool moms to be encouraged about their homeschooling endeavours.
  • longs for their marriage to grow stronger.
  • yearns for their children to fulfill their life’s purpose, destiny and calling.
  • believes they are blessed to be a blessing helping others in need.
  • desires to see their family’s income increase, so that they are the lender and not the borrower.
  • wants their relationships (family, friendship, etc.) strengthened.
  • believes they can be better and healthier in their body, mind and emotions.

 

What will you get from being involved in the 30-day Homeschool Prayer Challenge?

You’ll receive:

  • My Homeschool Prayer Journal ($6.00 value), absolutely FREE, when you join!
  • Daily prayer prompts will be posted, along with a scripture.
  • 30-day scripture challenges to continue on our journey of prayer
  • Prayer as you submit your prayer requests.
  • Encouragement, support and love from this group that is the praying homeschool moms.

 

Will you join me to see change?

Let's join together in faith, praying and declaring God's Word! See you in the challenge:)

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

6 Ways To Disciple Your Kids

6 Ways To Disciple Your Kids

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What are some ways to disciple your kids? Do you need a curriculum or a program to disciple your kids? Just living life is a powerful discipling tool as you take the opportunities with your kids as they present themselves.

What Is Does It Mean To Disciple My Kids

I believe that as parents, we want to see our children make Jesus the Lord of their life, be passionate about serving Him through others and have a deep personal relationship with Him. So when we hear the term “discipleship”, we can think about what we need to do to disciple our kids.

Disciple defined:

When looking up the word “disciple” in the Bible, you will find it used in the New Testament, mostly in the gospels.

When the Bible speaks about disciples, you’ll notice that it’s used to clarify whose disciples they were. As you read the context, you really begin to see that a disciple is a learner (as the definition indicates). In today’s terminology, you could that a disciple is a student.

Disciple applied

Let’s apply this definition to discipling your children.

To disciple your kids, is to help them be a student of the Word (Jesus), following Him. As your kids stay the course, ideally the steps would continue where they would ask Jesus to be the Lord of their lives, become baptized all the while learning to surrender and trust in Jesus growing in their faith.

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6 Ways To Disciple Your Kids

1. Natural conversations

There’s nothing like a child asking a question or opening up a conversation about something. THIS becomes the greatest opportunity to talk about the Word of God. An inquisitive child is one who is hungry to learn, be taught and looking to apply it to their life.

2. Rhythms at home (prayer or devotions)

Your family’s natural rhythms of devotional or prayer time are good to talk about WHY your family does what they do through. The last thing we all want to do is create a religious tradition doing something out of obligation and routine, rather than relationship.

We have found that this devotional has been great with our daughter who’s 7. She can sense the peace of God through the loving words that are shared. We also expand on those words by applying them to her life, and asking her questions to dig deeper.

3. Bible study

If you’re doing a Bible study at home, verse memorization, scripture copywriting, etc. it’s a great time to expand on what the scripture means and its application in your child’s life.

4. An experience

One of the benefits of homeschooling your kids is the ability to see and sense all the learning challenges as they come up in your kids. These moments are impactful as we get to immediately get to the root of something in their behaviour and attitude and for us as homeschool moms, rely on the Spirit to lead and guide our conversations.

For more on discipling your kids while homeschooling, check out my guest post over at Outmatched Mama here and make sure you sign-up to get the FREE printable I’m offering – available for a limited time!

Another experience is if your child attends a class or sport outside the home and they feel upset about their ability to do what the teacher asked. As their body language begins to show that something is wrong, we can reassure them and value who they are by giving them a Word from God.

These are such divine moments as a parent to engage the fruit of the Spirit and ask for wisdom and guidance from Holy Spirit. He will show you!

5. Church family

A church family is so important. You cannot raise your children on your own; you need the community of like-minded believers to speak life into your children whether it’s by cheering them on or correcting an inappropriate behaviour.

It’s also encouraging for your children to see the body of Christ their age come together where it’s a safe place to ask questions and talk about what’s on their heart as it relates to their faith. It really does take a village to raise a child.

6. Your example

Being led by the Spirit is key to our Christian lifestyle. As you sense the Spirit of God moving through you to do or say something, include your children in this and talk to them about it. God becomes real in your home when your children are exposed to God through Holy Spirit is revealing to you.

Not only that, but the presence of God can be so tangible that your children will experience God in those moments. We just can’t limit God, putting Him in a box of how things will look in our homes.

There are many ways to disciple your kids, and it doesn’t have to be hard. Which way(s) does your family connect with and lean towards? Let me know in the comments below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

“Give Thanks” Banner {FREE PRINTABLE}

“Give Thanks” Banner {FREE PRINTABLE}

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I love autumn and the season of thanksgiving, and I’d love to help you celebrate with a”Give Thanks” banner free printable!

We are all sowers and reapers

“The sower sows the word.” Mark 4:14 NKJV

One of THE most important seeds any one of us could ever sow is the Word of God. The Word of God is transformative and powerful in its nature, designed to bring life and love, correction and discipline. Cultivating the soil of your heart is important so that the Word of God can grow out of you, more and more!

“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:15-20 NKJV

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Your heart condition matters

To a farmer or gardener, soil conditions matter, along with the exposure to all the other elements (air, water and heat). Each of us is a farmer and the same thing applies to us; our heart-soil conditions matter.

Examining your heart is a priority because we are all affected by what goes on around us and to us. The Word of God is a seed which is designed to be deposited in our hearts, mixed with faith. Believing God at His Word and trusting in Him, makes what He says a higher reality than what we are seeing with our natural eyes.

So then, YOU are a farmer, too, planting the Word of God in your heart. As you feed and water your heart with God’s Word protetcing the seed with prayer, and praise and worship, there will be a harvest!

As we rejoice in the season we’re entering into, cultivating a heart of thankfulness to God is important. So I’ve put together a “Give Thanks” banner as a reminder to keep our gaze set on the Lord as we give Him thanks in all things.

“GIVE THANKS” BANNER {FREE PRINTABLE}

I love to share the things I create for our family with you! So I have a FREE “Give Thanks” banner that’s printable and available to download below.

How to print and display your “Give Thanks” Banner

  1. Print the banner single-sided using white cardstock paper.
  2. Cut along the faint grey lines on each paper.
  3. If you prefer a matte finish, the letters are ready for the hole-punch. But, if you prefer a glossy finish or durability, putting the printed sheets through a laminating machine like this using these laminating sheets will do just that!
  4. Take a hand-held hole-punch to create two holes – one at the top left and one at the top right corner of each letter.
  5. Use jute twine pushing it down under at the left top hole and pushing it up and through the right top hole.
  6. String the rest of the letters in this same pattern.
  7. You can choose to have the letters on one long jute string with the leaf in the middle as your spacing (included in the printable), or form it on two lines like I did below.

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I’d love to hear the ways you give thanks to God during this season. Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie