A to Z Scripture Adventure Starts Tomorrow

A to Z Badge 2015Sometimes in life something wonderful and unexpected happens, and then it happens again. Several months ago I was in North Carolina visiting my dad. Jay and I went into a Chick Fil-A to get food before heading home. Suddenly I heard my name, “Ms. Sharon!” I turned around and when my eyes adjusted, I recognized a dear friend who had been one of my students at the small Christian school where I was principal and teacher several years ago. I hugged this dear one and was introduced to her two year old! As we were getting ready to leave, she gave me a gift I did not expect. She told me she still had the scripture key ring she had gotten at school and was teaching the A to Z verses to her little boy! This was incredible to me. It was a promise fulfilled and a dream come true.

Just yesterday, another one of my students, now a college graduate and teacher visited our church. She told me she had been thinking about me often as she was now a teacher herself, and said that she used her A to Z verses all of the time.

Nick, my own middle son designed the banners displaying the verses you will see each day in April. When I asked him if he neededHeather and Alex me to send him a copy to make the banners, he said, “Puh-lease!” I could say them blindfolded!”

That was the whole idea. That these forty students who attended our school from 2001 to 2006 would get these verses in their heart so that they would always have them. The fact that they are still using them and passing them on to others is more than I could ask or think. I know there are others of the 40 who could be awakened in the night and if the letter,” F” was called out, they would sit straight up in bed and say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I know that perhaps some of our students have for a time fallen away from what they believed and what was dear to them, but the things they have learned and the reality of truth and Christ is still alive in their hearts and will bring them through in the end.

I am inviting you to take the adventure that 40 students and teachers took  to  learn and live the A to Z verses. You live them by getting them deep in your heart (through repetition and meditation) and allowing each verse to come alive in you. I promise you your life will be enriched.

Taking one a day and living with that verse throughout the day is only the beginning. After April is over, you can take one a week until these verses truly become yours! Once they are yours, no one can ever take them away from you, and you can pass them on to others. This is definitely an adventure you don’t want to miss!

How it works:

If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the blog, so you won’t miss a day. Come by each day to get your verse. Take the verse with you everywhere you go. As you brush your teeth, open the door, or whatever triggers you to think of the verse, say it or think ten times each time with the reference said on number 5 and 10. At the end of the day, if you think you haven’t said the verse at least 100 times, tally them up until you have. You will not regret it. Be sure to leave comments sharing your adventure with us! Let’s get started!

Visit here to read more from the  Blogging A to Z Challenge 2015.

Words from Mom: Activating the Law of Focus

focusYou attract more of what you think about.

You get more of what you focus on.

Five More Practical Ways to Activate the Law of Focus in Your Life Today:

  1. Choose to be positive. Be kind to others. Encourage others. Put the best connotation on what others are doing, Instead of criticizing or complaining, assume they have good intentions and mean well. It may not always be accurate, but by giving the other person your gentler responses, you attract more of the same to yourself and more importantly, you bring out the best in them.
  2. Repeat to yourself truth and Scriptures that define what you want. Repeat a short version of what you want hundreds of time. For example, you can say “joy” over and over again or “abundance” or “health” or “wisdom” or “the Presence of God.” By doing this, you are literally building a pathway in your brain so that your brain feeds this truth to your spirit. This is renewing your mind. Romans 12:2 tells us that renewing your mind proves or demonstrates the perfect will of God in your life.
  3. Think about what it looks like. What does “joy” look like? What does “health” look like? Meditate on this. God will work with you on this. Get His vision of it.
  4. Let all negative feelings leave you as soon as you possibly can. You don’t want more of these. If you are upset, worried, distraught, ruffled, frustrated or angry, quickly return to peace. Find the fastest way back to calmness. That is where God is, and He can then, and only then, set  your situations back into alignment with His will.
  5. Get yourself happy. Stay in that happy state where you simply “feel good.” This is the place of peace and trust that we have the privilege of living in. This is the perfect will of God that He wants us to demonstrate. This can be done no matter what is going on in your life or how things seem to be. You can find this place of peace right in the middle of unpleasant situations.

You get more of what you focus on. You can activate this law in your favor for the hour ahead of you, and for the day, the week and years to come.

Philippians 4:8 can be a valuable measuring tool.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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Theme Reveal: A to Z Challenge 2015

atoz-theme-reveal-2015-125As the curtain opens a human-sized A comes front and center and takes a bow. B, C, D, E follow gracefully in turn, each one humbly bowing and extending his/her “hand” to focus on the following life-size letter. The crowd cheers as each one is presented, standing to their feet with whistles, applause and shouts of approval. The A to Z verses have come to life! They now add vitality to your very existence. They are as much a part of you as your arm or ear. You wonder how you ever made it without them. That is my goal for the A to Z Challenge 2015: A to Z Scripture Adventure!

I can’t wait to introduce you to MY 26 friends. Each day for 26 days, I will feature an amazing, life-filled, life-changing, life-challenging scripture. These verses are precious and priceless to me. They’ve been with me for the last 15 years, and I have meditated on each one hundreds of times. I know them, and I love them. When I hear or see one of these verses, I immediately smile, and say, “That’s my verse.” I hope by the end of April, many or all of these verses will be yours, too.

This is my second year to be a part of the A to Z Challenge, and this year is going to be easy and fun for me, and easy and fun for you to read. I am not going to attempt to explain the meaning of the verses or try to expound upon what the verse actually says. I may simply give some bullet points of insights I have received, or I may write something I feel the Lord has impressed upon me. Some days, I’ll  be posting blogs that I have previously published.

You will obtain the most advantage from this adventure if you will take the verse of the day and say it, or think it as many times as you can. If it seems boring, think of it as exercise. Repetition is the key to strengthening those muscles, and we are doing nothing short of strengthening our spiritual muscles!

The second part of each day’s blog will be to pray for others. I am listing real life problems, challenges, questions in categories from A to Z. Find a problem you can relate to, and I will suggest ways to apply our daily verse to those problems. By praying for others, you are developing those spiritual muscles even more. It’s going to be a month of exercise, a month of growth, a month of refreshing, and certainly a month of adventure. You will be invigorated as you see the changes that come through simply making these verses a part of you.

To get started, would you leave your prayer requests, problems, questions or challenges in the comments. I have C,D, J, M and P. I would love to add your requests to our list. Names will not be used. Feel free to state your request in very general terms. We’ll have a great group of prayers lifting up your needs, so jump on board.

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I Need Your Problems!

It’s not that I don’t have any problems of my own, it’s just that the magnitude of the project I am planning requires a wide and varied collection of the challenges people are facing on a daily basis. I won’t need to keep them, I just need to borrow them for a while.

The month of April is upon us and of course many of you are aware that April is the month in which bloggers from all of the world join the A to Z Challenge. For this challenge, we blog every single day except Sunday using the letters of the alphabet in order as a prompt and sticking to a theme of our choice. I will be revealing this year’s theme on March 23rd, but for now I would like to collect as many problems of all size, shapes, and intensity, as I can.

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I don’t mean to make light of any problem. I know some are so grave, even life-threatening that we hardly want to talk about them. My commitment to you is that I will pray for these specific areas of need throughout the month of April as I blog. I will be praying for God to reveal His will and make all provision for needs to be met and answers to come.

I will be blogging about how the Word of God can be applied to all kinds of problems. While the problems will be published, all names associated with them will be kept confidential. Names will be withheld or changed to protect privacy. These “problems” can be the kind of things you would write “Dear Abby” about, or they can be requests you would bring to the leaders of your church. They can be light-hearted concerns, questions to be answered, monumental decisions to be made, or challenges to be overcome. They can be your own problems or problems of someone you know.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Many people find that when you share your burdens, they become lighter. I need all of the problems you can send me. Feel free to private message me through Facebook, or if you can, leave them anonymously here. If you request a private email, I will be glad to provide that for you.

What will I do with your problems? First, I will handle them with prayer. Secondly, I will be seeking the Lord for encouragement for each of these problems. I may categorize them alphabetically too and list them for readers to pray over as well. This will be an encouragement to pray for others who have similar needs. There may be a day for health issues, and another for marital, another for financial. I am not sure how it will go. I do know that the Word of God will be applied to each problem, and those who get involved will be strengthened in their inner most being. I hope you will be a participant, a reader, a prayer an encourager, and maybe even a writer joining our A to Z Challenge 2015.

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Thank you for sharing your problems! I am confident that benefit will come to you for sharing. Also feel free to share problems you know of that others have. You do not have to share their name or any identifying information.

I am looking forward to April. Read more about the Challenge here.

Have a wonderful day in spite of any and every problem you face. You are not alone!

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