Plank Challenge

I want to try this…

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – Rest
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – Rest
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – Rest
Day 26 – 210 seconds
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – Until failure

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OwnIt365 Day 1 Notes

I started the whole Bible plan from OwnIt365. I didn’t want to lose my notes. So, here they are:

God created everything from nothing but his will. God and Satan talk to each other. God is in charge and limits Satan’s actions.

Gen 1:1 “heavens” — plural? Maybe like we say peoples meaning “all kinds of people” … “all heaven” meaning nothing is outside God’s creation.

Gen 1:31a “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Why was it very good?

I’m reminded of Nancy’s fridge magnet: “God doesn’t make junk.” Maybe he said that to remind us that fundamentally, creation is good. The bad comes in with sin… everything would be good without sin breaking the good down. My imagination isn’t good enough to picture the world without sin – that’d be heaven.

My most favorite thing that God created is the stars in the sky – how ordered & beautiful. Least favorite is bugs that bite/sting people. The weirdest is probably man – humankind.

I cannot create something from nothing unless your talking abstract. God spoke STUFF into being and brought about life with his breath. I can only create moods with my words: tension, peace, laughter, etc.

Juggling the Kids’ STUFF

As I finalize plans for the coming school year, I’m often overwhelmed! There’s so much to do, so many different things to juggle, and so many ways to mess it all up. I can’t be the only feeling this way!

Lord, be with all of us parents as we plot out our plans and help us keep those plans in check with You. Grant my fellow parents and I peace and success – whatever that may look like. Bless our children with your love above all, and then a little bit of learning to help make life go well with them. Sprinkle in even more love and a lot of fun too. Thank you, Jesus, for delighting in each of us so we can delight in You as we go about life, not overwhelmed but free.

Leaders and Volunteers at Church

I got to join a gathering of folks who love Jesus and serve the community through their own awesome and unique ways at CrossPoint last night. So many people! It was a fun gathering, and I’m so very grateful for all the people that “bring it” to make church happen. We are the church. Thank you, Lord, for empowering us with your love!


“Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.” – Martin Luther

“Christianity isn’t for the Little Engine that can. It’s for the train wreck that can’t.” – Dan Emery Price

“We contribute as little to our spiritual birth as we do to our physical birth.” – Jacob Preus

“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.” – Tim Keller


Pray Before You Speak


Jesus Calling Devo

This devo from Jesus Calling really struck me this morning. I’m typically quick with my words. It seems sometimes that I’ve been trained somehow to be quick witted, sarcastic, and funny. That is a hard thing to unlearn, but I really need to!

I’ve noticed that things go so much better when stop taking altogether when I’m in a bad mood or angry.

I love the simple prayer, “Help me Holy Spirit” but I think I’d rather just go with, “Help me Jesus.”

Lord, help me remember to pray this bullet prayer before a word leaves my lips… especially when I’m upset or grumpy!

Prayer for Emotional Roller Coaster

​Dear Lord, remind me to pause before I react. Sometimes the stresses of life pull at my emotions, which cause me to have reactions that tear at my relationships. Please forgive me for poor reactions in my past. Thank You for second chances. Thank You for the way You prepare my heart for everything that I’ll be facing today, tomorrow and in all my tomorrows to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries Facebook Post

Gift of Faith That Saves

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
John 6:63‭-‬65 ESV

My faith in Jesus is enabled by the Father. Not even my faith is my own doing! It is God alone who saves.

You Have Self-Control

​There are certain messages in the Bible that apply to everything – self-control is one of them. It doesn’t matter what kind of problem we have in our lives, self-control comes into play in every area. If we don’t discipline ourselves, our emotions will rule us and our lives will be miserable.

Exercising self-control means living in moderation. Everything in life requires quality decisions and discipline to make it happen. So many of our problems are a direct result of a lack of discipline. Financial debt happens when we can’t control our spending habits, bad health follows when we can’t control our eating habits, etc.

If you are in a situation that seems overwhelming to get out of, a lot of discipline and self-control may be required. Thankfully, God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us and help us. 

If you are born again, you have the Spirit of Christ inside you – complete with the fruit of self-control. You may not have developed it, but know that it’s there. You have what it takes. Make a decision to develop self-control through your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Starter: God, I choose a spirit of discipline and self-control. By the power of Your Spirit in me, I will do what You tell me to do and not be controlled by my feelings.

— Joyce Meyer, YouVersion Promises for Your Everyday Life Devotional

Killing Anger

“Anger is like a check engine light.”

“Anger is not a tool to fix things.”

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Let God deal with our anger… God already knows about your anger! He sees you. Nothing is hidden. He doesn’t reject you because of your anger. God is your defender and the only one who can truly comfort you. God can change your heart. Furthermore, God can change the heart of the one you are angry with.

Journaling Basics

Journaling Basics - Journal Writing for Beginners (Journaling Prompts #1)Journaling Basics – Journal Writing for Beginners by Lisa Shea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a thorough overview of journaling with lots of good information. I like the conversational, easy reading style the author used. I also liked how well this little booklet was divided out. I could skim over sections that were less relevant to me very easily. I could see how this text would be helpful for those struggling with the concepts of journaling. It’s not really so hard! I also appreciated how Ms. Shea didn’t push one style or method of journaling. It’s a very open-minded introduction.




My YouVersion and friend from Fishers of Men did this verse up. The show “My Little Pony” has the kids talking about talents a lot lately, and this verse is kind of perfect for this topic!