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My "Wake Up And Shine" Planner Layout

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This motivational planner spread is incredibly special to me already, and it's not even Monday yet! Last week I interviewed for and was offered the job of executive director for our convention and visitors bureau, and I couldn't be more excited! My first full week as director may mean I need some encouragement from my planner. Each journal block of this layout has alternating washi tape that coordinates with the inspirational stickers I chose. All from the same sticker book, the flowers and phrases all go together in a beautiful, neutral palette. I love how elegant they are and how pretty they are without loud colors or bright images. We all need encouragement and motivation at times during our week, and our planner is just one place we can put Scripture, quotes, our favorite flowers or just a color or pattern that we love. What ways can you encourage yourself - and others - in your planner, your work space, your home, at church this week? Let's get creative and lift each o

Words For Wednesday

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Grilled Hawaiian Burgers

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It hurts to admit this, and I will probably be shunned by those who love me, but I'm not a big fan of burgers. There. I've said it, and it's out there.  It's probably because I've had too many dry, tasteless, crumbly burgers in my lifetime. But when they're made to be juicy and full of flavor, I'll gladly eat those burgers! These quarter-pound patties are marinated in pineapple juice, making them absolutely wonderful. Grilled inside or outside, they're definitely burgers I would eat any day of the week. Ingredients: 1lb ground sirloin 8 1/2oz can sliced pineapple 1 cup BBQ sauce 1. Shape ground sirloin into four 1/4-pound burgers. Place them in a small baking dish.  2. In a small bowl, combine the juice from the pineapple and the BBQ sauce.  3. Pour the marinade over the four burgers and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 4. Heat grill pan to medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray. 5. Remove the burgers from the marinade and arrang

Some Of My New Favorite Faith Quotes

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There are so many amazing Christians in the world who are sharing their faith in many different ways. As I look through social media and online resources, there are countless Scriptures, photos and quotes that are posted to uplift, encourage and convict our hearts. Here are some of my favorite faith quotes I've read recently: Ask God to bless your work. Don't ask Him to do the work for you. Sometimes God will put you in a battle empty handed so that when you do get the victory, you'll it was Him, not you. I don't have to be able to see how God will do it or why God will do it. I just have to believe that He will do it. I am not in control, but I am deeply loved by the God who is. You don't have to be afraid of the unknown. It is unknown only to you. God is well aware of where you are of every step He is asking you to take. On my bad days, I seek God. On my good days, I thank God. On my great days, I praise God. Every day, I need God and am grateful He is always here

My "Limited Edition" Planner Layout

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Did you know that you're a limited edition? I know I am. There is only one of me in the whole, wide world, which may very possibly be a good thing... I usually apply the term "limited edition" to books, though, so that's the theme of my planner pages this week. The Happy Planner's Bookish sticker book has all these amazing images, banners and journal blocks, and they're already color coordinated - yay! Less thinking for me! One of my goals for the year is to read more books, so this spread is wildly appropriate. And sometimes it's the small details, like the tiny banners hanging on every day's borders, that make the biggest difference. I have several major events and opportunities happening this week, so I covet your prayers. I can't wait to document their answers on this week's planner pages. Maybe that sleeping puppy on Friday's block will even wake up long enough to rejoice in God's goodness with me. Have a wonderful week, my friends

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

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I honestly don't have words to describe how beautiful the property looks under the new-fallen snow. I'll just leave these pictures here for today and pray you'll get the same peace from this winter wonderland as I do. Have a wonderful weekend!

This Is Me, A Sinner Saved By Grace

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We've probably read Romans 6 dozens of times, heard messages preached on it, had verses from it read at baptisms and done Bible studies on sin, death and grace. Paul's words stand just as strongly today as they did when they were written so many generations ago. So you've read this passage, but have you ever read it backwards? There are certain words in Scripture that should jump out at you and make you wonder why they're there. Words like therefore, for, likewise, neither and then should always point you back to the verse right before it. Then it's like a road map back to the original thought.  So, for example, let's start with Romans 6:14 -  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. This is a popular verse, one that people will quote as a stand-alone verse, but the word "for" being used twice should make you stop and think. For what? For often means "because," so because of something, sin will