Monday, January 22, 2018

Counting Our Blessings Linkup!

How was your week? I hope you had a wonderful week, however, either way, I know we can find blessings from each day. My week wasn't too bad except I've been extremely tired. Still recuperating from my surgery, is what I'm thinking. I didn't get as many things done as I had hoped, but I'm focusing on the positive blessings so let's get started!

12.  We had a little moisture here with a little rain and some snow. I'm not a huge fan of snow but it was so good to have some after such a dry period here. Of course, the sun is back out and all is dry but at least we did have a little precipitation.

13.  I always used to set up a notebook that had all the things I wanted to have handy for my Bible study or my homeschooling, when I still homeschooled. I haven't set one up for a few years but was inspired by Amy Hale to do so again this year. I loved the different sections that she has in hers because I also am focused on my Bible study and my ministry, just as she is.

I'm so excited to have a notebook again that will have everything at my fingertips. So many times I will think of something that I want to document for my book I'm writing and I'll write it on a scrap of paper or in my phone. I like having a place for all these ideas in my notebook. I'm very much focused on my ministry at this point in my life as I feel God has called me to do the online Bible studies that I have done and will continue to do once I'm past this latest health situation and my next surgery.

So here's a picture of my notebook tabs...

They are:

1. Quiet Time
2. Bible Study
3. Prayer
4. My Ministry
5. Message Ideas
6. Writing Ideas
7. Future Studies
8.  *blank*

I am leaving the 8th tab blank for now to see what I will need. By the way, these are Write On tabs and I used permanent markers. If you make a mistake or you want to change it, did you know alcohol will take the marker off? Isn't that great? So you don't have to panic if you need to change it.

I highly recommend following Amy on Instagram. You will learn so much from her and she will inspire you to grow closer to the Lord.

14.  I'm still consistently doing my Scripture Writing and enjoying this as part of my quiet time so much! I'm able to meditate on each one as I write it out for the day. Here's last week's Scripture pages.

Remember you can grab my list of January Scripture HERE if you would like to join in. It's never too late!

15.  I did work on my Celtic Santa this week. I didn't get to stitch as much as I would have liked because I was so tired all week but here's a picture of my stitching so far

When I'm done, it will look like this

My stitching is certainly a blessing in my life!!

Now you can share your own blessings on the linkup below!

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Ruled Journal with Spurgeon Quotations


For almost 160 years, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s earliest sermons were lost to history. Thanks to Christian George and Spurgeon’s College, these powerful words from one of the world’s most popular preachers are now widely accessible to be read, studied, and enjoyed in the twelve volumes of the Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon series.

This journal contains Spurgeon’s own inspirational words culled from these early sermons. On the page directly following each quote, you’ll find the source—the name and number of one of Spurgeon’s early sermons—for easy reference. In addition, the customizable table of contents at the front of the journal and the date feature at the top of each page allow you to keep your thoughts organized.

Whether you use your journal for writing sermons, taking notes, or daily journaling, allow Spurgeon’s stirring words to speak to your life today.


This is an absolutely wonderful journal! It has so many extras that I love and it's perfect for men or women, which is nice.

In the front it has a lined contents page that is numbered to match the pages inside. This is so nice because you can put a table of contents for your journal in the front so you can find what you need at a glance. This would be perfect for writers who document their ideas or for ministers who write their sermon notes out.

The paper quality inside the journal is very nice and thick so you don't have shadowing on the other side of the page. The paper is a lovely ivory color so it's easy on the eyes and all pen colors look great and are easy to read.

The best part is the quotes randomly throughout the journal to inspire you. Each and every one was wonderful. I really like this journal and highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This journal was provided to me by B&H/Lifeway Bloggers for my honest review

Blessings - Julie

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Thoughts

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Isaiah 41:10

There are situations in my life, and I'm sure in yours, that I have no control over. They can over-whelm me, make me sad, and paralyze me with fear. These are the feelings I have when I forget who God is and let the enemy take control of my thinking and, in turn, my emotions. The enemy loves when I take my eyes off of Jesus and onto the dilemmas around me. That's when he can do his best work and bring such doubt and fears into my mind that I will tailspin down into a dark pit of unbelief.

This Scripture in Isaiah is such a beautiful reminder that God can lift me out of that pit of unbelief and despair. His right hand lifts me out and places me on His rock of strength and comfort. He reminds me that He is in control and that He will work things out even better than I could imagine. God's Word reminds us of this in Ephesians 3:20-21...

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

When I look back at how God has worked in my life, I can hand over my current concerns to Him with confidence and joy. It's actually a relief to just give Him everything that worries or scares me. Even those situations that seem so hopeless that we don't know what to do next. He knows exactly what to do and I can be comforted that He loves me enough to handle it perfectly.

Our greatest weapon in these situations is prayer. Prayer over our concerns and, handing them completely over to the Lord during these prayers, is the weapon the enemy can't defeat. Giving Jesus control over our life, mind and situations, is the weapon the enemy can never, ever defeat. We can have rest and peace when we give everything over to Him.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4:6-7

Pray, petition and be thankful! Present your cares to the Lord and let Him guard you and give you the peace in your heart that you need. That's exactly what I'm doing over my concerns.

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Sacred Rest


How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.

Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.


Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia, and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the author of "Set Free to Live" and "Come Empty" (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.

Find out more about Saundra at


As someone who has felt un-rested so much, this book is a breath of fresh air. I have always equated sleep with rest, but Dr. Dalton-Smith shows us that they are two totally different things.

She shares with us the seven different types of rest, why we need it and advice on how to achieve it. She uses practical and scientific information to help us in our quest to find rest.

This book is in encouraging in the stories she shares and the encouragement to be intentional in our pursuit of rest. Each day of this devotional is a short section that is easy to read and will have you relaxing the minute you start reading it. I looked forward to opening this book each and every time.

If you find yourself feeling tired and/or burned out, this book is definitely for you. It will help you achieve the true rest that we all need. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Counting Our Blessings Linkup!

Personally, I have to stop and count my blessings. Life can be so difficult if all I focus on is the negative, hard things in life. Thinking about all the big and little things that God blesses me with, frankly, keeps me sane! That's a good thing.

10.  I've been doing my Scripture writing diligently. I have found this really helps me in my quiet time to focus on one passage of Scripture, meditate on it, and understand it more deeply. Here are some pages from last weeks writings.

You can click on the pictures to make them large enough to read. If you're interested in joining me in Scripture Writing, you can find my January list HERE.

I have been asked how I do this and the main thing for me is to write the Scripture out but on the side, I write out what the Scripture is telling me. This helps me to make the Scripture clear in my heart and to remember it.

11. My hand has gotten so much better and I've been stitching on my Celtic Santa - Wales.

Here's a picture of my stitching so far

I haven't stitched on perforated paper for years but I'm really enjoying this! The paper is a better quality and stronger than the paper I used to stitch on - oh so many years ago! 😉 It's working up fast, too!

By the way, I found out my hand pain is not from stitching but from holding my phone! My phone is a larger one and it's hard for me to hold it for very long without pain. Evidently, this is very hard on the tendons in the hand so I got these to put on the back of my phone and what a difference!

I use the ring on my finger to hold my phone and it takes the pressure off of my hand. I also love that it has the clips to hang my phone in my car or wherever I want. I'm just so happy I can stitch again!

What are your blessings? Please share on the linky below!

Blessings - Julie