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May Scripture Challenge 2016

Two years ago I started the May Scripture Challenge as a way for us to keep each other accountable and encourage each other to spend time in the Word. I was amazed at the community that came together  and committed to reading Scripture every day in the month of May…so this year…we are doing it again! I would love for you to join us! Join us on instagram, or in our Facebook group!

The Challenge:

  • Read scripture every day in the month of May.
  • Share a photo on instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #lampandlight so that we can encourage each other on the journey and inspire others to make Scripture a priority.

How to get ready:

  • Decide what you are going to read. I recommend choosing a book of the Bible and starting at the beginning, but if you are already in a reading plan or going through a study you don’t need to choose something else.
    As an additional option this year, we will be studying the book of James with the Grace Upon Grace study. You can purchase the study in our shop if you would like to follow the same reading plan.
  • Prepare your heart. Ask God to encourage your heart throughout the month of May, and instill in you a love and desire for God’s Word.
  • Ask a friend to join you. I will be here to cheer you on, and will be checking out the hashtag often, but it would be great to ask a friend or a few to try to commit with you so that you can encourage each other.
  • If you aren’t sure how to study Scripture, you can read this post about how I do it.
  • Share the image below on Facebook or instagram and ask friends to join in.
  • You can also share it on Pinterest using the Pinterest button at the bottom of the post.
  • Join our Facebook group and connect with other women online who are doing this study!mayscripture2016
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Choosing Joy and Clearing the Social Media Clutter

Social media…it has tremendous power for good, but it can also be a huge time sucker that steals away lots of time in the day, and more importantly our joy.

Aside from the fact that Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media can tend to steal time away from us doing big things that really matter, I have one other issue with it. A few months ago I made a huge effort to eliminate things that are negative from my life. I know it might sound straight from a cheesy self help book, but this has made a huge difference for me. I get easily distracted by negative things in my life. I think about them more than I should and tend to let them make me worry unnecessarily.

So here is my challenge to you, and if you will do it, it  will make a huge difference. Head over to Facebook and instagram, and clean up your feeds.

  • If someone is contantly negative, remove them from your feed.
  • If they post things that tear down others, remove them from your feed.
  • If you find yourself feeling jealousy when you read their posts, remove them from your feed
  • If you feel like you are in constant competition with them, remove them from your feed.
  • If you feel irritated by their posts, remove them from your feed.
  • If they do not point you to Jesus or encourage you, remove them from your feed.

This might seem silly to you, it did to me at first too. But, when I actually did it, I can’t even tell you how relieved I felt. Removing negativity from your life will have a profound effect on how much you can accomplish and how you feel. When we remove negative influences, we are free to fill our time and minds with the Lord, and with the joy that comes only from Him.

Clear the clutter, and make time for what really matters. Remove the things that distract your heart from the most important One, and fill your life and feed with people that point you to Jesus and turn your heart to praise.

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Below I have posted a few verses on joy to remind you where our true Joy is found.

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

My lips will shout for joy,
    when I sing praises to you;
    my soul also, which you have redeemed.
Psalm 71:23

May all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
Psalm 70:4

Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
Jeremiah 15:16

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalms 51:12

For the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:24

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Rebecca Jo Vincent

I’ve just felt God’s prompting on this this morning… so thank you for the reassurance to do it. Time to clear the air in my world :)

Bonita Rose

I have done this and oh the peace it gives… xo bonitarose

Rachel Schultz

I just did this today! I personally struggle with comparing myself to “healthy” people or food/fitness accounts. Despite their platform of encouragement + information, they unintentionally make me feel like I’m not healthy enough, I’m not good enough, I’m not fit enough. Thank you so much for sharing those versus and reminding us where our joy comes from!! <3

This really does help & it is a great advice!
http://www.beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com

Joanne Gutierrez

Thank You Kristin!

Favorite Things 4/15

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My first favorite for the week has to be the new Grace Upon Grace study on the book of James. I am so excited that this is finally available. God taught me so much through this study and it is my prayer that He will do the same for you!

Sometimes I like to go back and reread some of the books that have had the biggest influence on me. Kisses from Katie is on my list to reread because it is truly a life changing book. It will open your eyes to so much that is going on in the world, and how much we have the opportunity to love on others. Because at the end of the day, we can be a beautiful witness for Jesus simply by loving the people around us.

Working from home means that you can usually find me in leggings and Target t-shirts. I recently got this minimal makeup palette, and I have been loving it. It is everything that I need for a quick and easy makeup look. It has blush, bronzer, highlighter, and eyeshadows all put together in an adorable little palette.

My sister bought me this luxurious face mask for Christmas and I finally took the time to use it this past week. Wow, days later and my skin still feels incredibly smooth. It is a splurge, but the product lasts long and the results are amazing.

I am currently decorating my office, and I am loving all the pineapple things! My love for pineapples started when I was a little girl and first made a trip to Williamsburg, VA, and learned all about how pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. I have collected a few for my office, and I am loving this white pineapple! Could it be any cuter!

My Spotify Worship playlist is usually on repeat! I play it while I work, while I study Scripture, and when we are in the car. If you are looking for a great playlist, I recommend it. I would love to hear what songs are your favorites so I can add them to my list.

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Charlotte's Corner

I always love Pineapples and for the same reasons you listed! I love that they are sign of hospitality and I have also visited Williamsburg.
So happy to have found your site..with your uplifiting posts and great resources.

Grace Upon Grace

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Today is the launch day for Grace Upon Grace which is a study on the book of James and my newest devotional. Each study that I write is so personal and such a sweet reminder of all that God has taught me. The devotionals come directly from my personal journals and quiet time with the Lord and it is really my way of sitting down for coffee with thousands of women, and just telling you what the Lord is doing in my heart, and teaching me through His Word.

I am constantly amazed at how God speaks through His Word, and how He meets us right where we are and gives us just what we need as we study Scripture. The book of James did just that for me, and it is my prayer that this study will meet you right where you are and bring you closer to Him.
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The study of James is about so many things. It touches so many areas of our hearts and lives. It is about living out the Christian life day to day. Living a life of faith. It is about trials, and wisdom, and our speech, and faith, and about His amazing Grace Upon Grace for every time we fail and every step of this journey. It is about learning who Jesus is, and being transformed to be more like Him. It is for someone new to studying the Bible, or someone who has been studying Scripture for decades.

I would love for you to join me in studying the book of James. Do it on your own, or grab a few friends and form a group to Study God’s Word together and encourage each other.

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Grace Mae

I am really excited about this new devotional. I recently found your blog and have been really blessed by it. Just ordered my copy of Grace Upon Grace. Looking forward to digging deeper into His Word. Many Blessings <3

Favorite Things 4/7

I am sharing a few of my current favorite things. I would love to hear what you are loving right now in the comments.

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I have loved Bloglovin for awhile, but recently with pregnancy insomnia, I was reminded how much I love being able to follow all my favorite blogs in one place. You can follow along here! What blogs do you love? I always am looking for something new and inspiring to add to my feed.

Audacious
by Beth Moore was such an excellent and encouraging read. It is a great reminder to live out bravely what God has called you too.  If you are looking for something to read, I highly recommend Audacious

After I had Emily my hair got super dry. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work. My sister recommended I try theAudacious
and conditioner and I was amazed. It literally changed my hair in one shower. I also use the Liquid Reconstructo
and I can’t believe I waited so long. My hair is so much healthier now.

Because I work a lot on my phone, it always seems to be dying. I bought this extra long iPhone cord
for Jeremy and ended up claiming it as my own. I love that it is so long and can reach across the room so that I can charge my phone from anywhere.

I love this song
by Chris Tomlin. So thankful for the truth of this song. You can check out the video below.

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Amy Duncan Hale

I couldnt get the link to work for the charger. Where is it from? Very interested in that! ;)

Rebecca Jo Vincent

I never tire of Chris Tomlin. His music is so good

Welcome to Wifedom

Loving all your posts and pictures (so crisp and pretty!) and products! I’m a new blogger and would love to connect and hopefully inspire you! It seems like we may have similar goals :) loving on wives and mamas.