TAKE A VERSE TO GO

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Hi friends! Today I’m bringing you a journaling post for your Wednesday. The school week is halfway over and what is better than having a little fun on the blog on a day like today?

At one of my church conferences we made these little cards with Bible verses on them. Their purpose was to be a small and easy thing to carry around with you, and to look at the verses when you need a little encouragement. At the conference, the leader gave us all these small index cards and key rings. I keep my little set in my car so every time I get in, I see the verse right on top, and if I need a pick-me-up, I can sift through them all.

I think this is just a neat and easy way to have the Bible with you wherever you go. I know a lot of my friends have attached them to their keys, or carry them in their backpacks during school. You can even laminate them or cover them in clear masking tape so they don’t get ruined. Every week I add at least one new verse, usually the weekly verse that’s up on the blog. I’ve found that doing this has actually helped increase my memory of the weekly verses I choose because I am constantly looking at it when I’m stopped at light or there’s a lot of traffic.

I know this isn’t exactly journaling, but it falls into a similar category since you can decorate the cards however you like. It’s a simple, easy, and crafty thing to do and only requires index cards and a key ring or string to tie them together! Thanks for much for reading and have a great rest of your week—see you Friday!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

P.S. The cover picture is of my set of cards just F.Y.I!

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ACTS 18:9

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Hi friends! Wow this weekend has been crazy eventful. My school’s first football game was this Friday and last night I was blessed enough to go to a Coldplay concert aka the greatest band in the world. I think this weekend was just what I needed after being thrown back into reality with the start of school. For this week’s weekly verse I’ll be bringing everyone to Acts with a verse that—once again—I found on Pinterest. If my weekly verses and cover photos aren’t found on Pinterest is this really Shebrews Good? 

“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.”

-Acts 18:9//NIV Translation

Today in Sunday school we took a look at Revelation 1, which has a bit of the same message as this week’s verse. We are always told to proclaim the name of God, but it really is something that we should be doing! God gives you chances everyday to share His word or message with others. It might even be something as small as mentioning that you had a really great time at church the other day. Maybe saying something as nonchalant as that will get someone interested to see what church is like.

If we let fear rule our hearts when it comes to speaking the word of God then we are allowing the devil to grab hold and stop us from doing what we are called to do. It’s scary to think about it like that, but it’s true. The devil is going to try his hardest to keep us from carrying out our calls from God, but that doesn’t mean we have to let him. Read the Bible, pray, and talk to others about your Christian experience—don’t let the devil have any hold on your life. One of my church conferences spoke about being a warrior for God. We are constantly fighting a spiritual battle and the only way to win that fight is to not let fear rule our hearts and put on the armor of God against the enemies that bombard us.

I know that can sound kind of depressing and nerve-wracking, but with the Bible and a community of great Christians around us it isn’t as hard as it sounds. You just have to know how to use your “weapons” accordingly. So this week make an effort to proclaim the name, no matter how you choose to do so.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

EXCELSIOR

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Hi friends! It finally Friday…yay! One week of school is done and over with and I have a whole weekend of exciting things ahead. So today on the blog I am bringing you a quick devotional post inspired by one of my favorite book series.

Near the end of the summer I marathoned a book series called the Raven Cycle. If you haven’t already (and if you’re a huge reader like me) you should really check these books out. This series probably ranks top five for me, and that’s a hard thing to do since I do read so often. One of the characters Gansey has a saying that he always refers back to, and it appears in the books quite often. I fell in love with this word the minute it was first mentioned, and you can probably guess from the title of the blog what that word is. Excelsior is a Latin word that roughly translates to onward and upward or ever upward.

I think that I grew to attached to this word as the series went on because the meaning that it holds for me now. I’ve decided to make excelsior my kind of motto for this school year. I love the idea of always keeping your eyes onward and upward, seeking God as you walk through life. I think that it’s a great reminder that when you’ve made a mistake or are falling into a slump that you can move onward and you should be looking upward to God, who is the one thing in your life that is always going to be the same. Why shouldn’t we focus on something that is always constant, correct, and good? So this next week (or month or year) maybe you too can use excelsior as a motto for your walk along God’s path.

I hope you enjoyed this post and check back Sunday for a new weekly verse!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

PRAYER SHARE: SENIOR YEAR EDITION

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Hi friends! This Wednesday is not only my third day of senior year, but also the first day of the new session of my church’s Wednesday night meetings. I am so excited for my final year of these meetings (although I’m a little sad I will admit 😦 ), and can’t wait for what God is going to show me this year through the messages spoken each week. But moving on from that, I thought today would be a great day for a prayer category post!

Because it’s my senior year, I’ve been spending my majority of prayers praying for success and fun this last year of high school, as well as taking the time to pray for my friends as they journey through their last year as well. Instead of typing a full out prayer, I’m going to share with y’all a little list of things that you could pray about.

SENIOR YEAR (OR SCHOOL IN GENERAL) PRAYER IDEAS:

  • success for the new school year
  • strength to push through the stress that comes with school
  • the instinct to always turn to God in times of need
  • clarity when it comes to big decisions (college especially)
  • adventure and fun in every minute you have left of high school
  • success for your friends in all their endeavors
  • to grow stronger in your faith

So that’s just a small list of things that I’ve been praying about lately. Obviously what and how you pray is all up to you, but I thought that I would share a few things in case you need a little prayer-spiration. Thanks so much for reading and make sure to check back in Friday for my next post!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

“Pray without ceasing…” -1 Thessalonians 5:17//ESV Translation

 

PSALM 61:2

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Hi friends! Tomorrow school starts (for me at least), and I am about to be thrust into my last year of high school. It’s a slightly alarming thought. Once again I was searching through the depths of Pinterest and found the picture that is the cover photo for this post. I love this verse so much and happen to think it’s very fitting for this week as summer ends and school begins.

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

-Psalm 61:2//KJV Translation

If you haven’t already, read all of Psalm 61, I promise you that it’s worth the read. Truly all of it fits with the theme of this week. This verse (and passage) is a great reminder to give it to God when we are feeling overwhelmed with what life has been thrusting at us. Stress can afflict even the best of us, and if we don’t find a healthy outlet to relieve that stress then it’s going to cause many more problems in the long run. It’s easy to pick out simple activities that are easy stress relievers, but it’s a harder action to turn to God and let him have your worries and troubles. Often we choose to deal with out emotions individually; we don’t like to pester others with our problems or reveal our vulnerability. The great thing is though is that God wants to see that from us. He revels in getting to be close to us and helping to carry our problems. As this verse states, when you are growing weary turn to God and He will lift you up.

There is no one else in the world that you can turn to and actually load your troubles and worries off onto them. God is the only one who can carry that weight, so why shouldn’t we let Him do just that? Next time your heart begins to grow heavy, pray to God. Confess to Him your problems, emotions, and thoughts. Just because He may already know them doesn’t mean He doesn’t want to hear it directly from you.

Thank you so much for reading, and I wish everyone a happy Sunday. And if you’re starting school tomorrow like me, good luck!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

ADVENTURE

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Hi friends! This Wednesday, I bring to you a post about adventure. I’ve been thinking a lot about adventure recently, and I’ve made a sort of pact with my friend about creating adventure this last year of high school. I have been praying really hard for this to be a year where things happen, a year where I choose adventure over complacency.

I believe that God provides opportunities for adventure around every corner. He doesn’t want us to fall complacent or unmoving. He wants us to get up and explore the world around us, and while doing so to spread the love of Jesus to anyone we may encounter. As Romans 12:11 says “never be lagging in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”  God truly wants us to never lag in zeal, whether that be in school, friendships, adventures, or when worshipping him. The Lord pushes us to be adventurous so that we can spread the gospel to as many people as possible. So, when broken down adventures are an opportunity from God to serve Him.

Adventures don’t always have to be extravagant outings that you have to plan extensively. In fact, they can be as simple as last minute plans at nine o’clock at night with your best friend to get ice cream. Take adventures as they are thrown at you. Don’t let fear overtake your urge to explore. You never know who God might put in your path or what might happen. And if you never seize the opportunity of adventure, you may be missing out on some pretty great things. Be bold in your faith, have a willing heart and mind, and allow adventure to happen.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

PSALM 11:18

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The new school year is approaching fast and as a soon-to-be senior, I am both nervous and excited for the last year of high school. It’s a scary thought to think that in a year I will be starting college in an entirely new state, with new people. But to put myself back into the mindset of the present, I was searching for a verse that would give me, as well as anyone who reads this post, encouragement for the new school year.

“Having hope will give you courage.”

-Job 11:18//NLT Translation

In this verse it talks about how having hope will give you courage. As Hebrews 6:19 states, hope is an anchor for the soul. When we are anchored in our faith, everything else in our lives will fall into place accordingly. Our trust in God needs to be completely solid. Give your fear and anxiety over to Him, an almighty god who can handle it all, no matter how big the burden might be. When we can trust in God, we can have hope, and when we can have hope we can cast our burdens onto God, and in turn that leads us to have courage for our future. When we are no longer worrying about the number of things that are plaguing us, then our fear is replaced with bravery.

We only have to place our anxiety onto God through prayer. Only through God will our hope inspire courage.

Thanks so much for reading friends! I wish you all the best last week of freedom possible (or a great week of school if you’re already back in session). Remember that God is always there to receive your prayers—in fact He wants you to talk with Him.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

Also side note on the cover photo for this post (from Pinterest): the verse is Job 11:18, not 18:11 like the picture says.

COLOSSIANS 3:15

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Hi friends! I stumbled across this verse on Pinterest (of course), and it really spoke to me, so I thought I would write a quick summary of my thoughts on this verse for today’s post.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…”

-Colossians 3:15//NIV Translations

What I think is so cool about this verse is the reminder to let Christ embrace us fully. It tells us to let Jesus rule our hearts. His peace will provide us with the comfort and guidance that we need to make it through life. If we open up and give it all to Him, then we have a safe path through life. That’s not to say that there won’t be any troubles and trials to make it through, but that we will have a place to turn when we are going through those things.

The peace that living alongside Jesus brings us is everlasting and gives us a joy that can’t be contained or put out. When we live with this joy, we are a shining light for God. I think that as the summer comes to close that’s a nice thing to hear. When we move back into our normal routines during the school year, we should remember to let the peace of Jesus take control. This way our joy can be evident every single day as we start new classes and meet new people. So this week (and beyond) remember to live in Christ’s peace and let your eternal joy show!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

GETCHA HEAD IN THE GAME

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Hi friends! I feel like I haven’t done a prayer categorized post in forever so here I am trying to bring a little more prayer into your Wednesday afternoon. Enjoy!

Everyone’s a fan of summer. Even if it’s not your favorite season, you can’t deny that there are a lot of really great perks to the three months you get off from school. Unfortunately, summer is usually the time that I start to stray from my normal routine and I find myself spending less time with God outside of church. With so many sleepovers, time out and about with friends, and a lot of activities happening around the same time, it becomes harder and harder to find specific moments to spend with God on your own. We fall into that kind of lull of summer and when we are bored with nothing to do we most often fail to turn to our Biblical studies. So for this week’s blog I have come up with a prayer to help us all keep our heads in the game as summer starts to wind down.

Dear God, as this summer is coming to an end and my normal school schedule will start to begin, help me to immerse myself in Your word instead of turning to worldly boredom curvers. Help me to remember that you are eternal and what I see now on earth is not that way. Give me that fire and passion for Your word and that want to be in community with you as I study the Bible or read devotionals. Thank You for giving me so much joy and opportunity this summer with my friends and family, and I hope be able to keep that excitement all year ’round. Amen.

Thanks for reading today’s post! I’ll be back Friday with a super fun and artsy post about journaling so stay tuned.

Much love & grace,

Jordan