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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

We are currently waiting to get our full shipment of journals in so that we can begin shipping to all of you who purchased the Joy in Christ journal during the presale. We are so excited to get this journal in your hands and see how God will use it.

The journal covers Philippians and Colossians and as I studied while writing the devotional journal I was so impressed with how joy can change things. Paul had such joy even while facing the hardest times in his life. The devotionals written in the journal come from a very raw place for me. God burdened my heart to write this journal just a few weeks after I lost my daughter, and over and over I could feel God showing me, that no matter what I face, I can have joy in Him. Joy changes things.

I thought I would give you guys a little freebie that goes so perfectly with the study, and is just such a wonderful reminder that no matter what we face, the joy of the Lord is our strength. So here is a lock screen or phone background that you can use to remind you throughout your day where our strength is found. Click here to pull up the full size image and then save it to your phone.

 

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Ashlee Faison Wallace

Love this! Thank you so much for sharing! !!!!!

Melissa Miller Everett

Thank you Kristin! This is beautiful!

Ashley Medina

I looks beautiful

I told my gronemathdr how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

3 Months and Mother’s Day

What a week of mixed emotions. This week we launched the Joy in Christ devotional journal, and it has been so exciting to see your orders come in and to think and pray for the women that will study God’s Word using this journal. It is so exciting to see something that I have poured my heart into be out there, and it is my prayer that it will encourage every person that receives it.

At the same time, the weeks has also had a sense of heaviness. Yesterday was 3 months since we found out that Sophia’s sweet heart had stopped beating, and tomorrow will be 3 months since my precious girl was born, and then there is Sunday.

There is such a constant mix of emotions in my heart since losing Sophia, and I can see so many things that God has taught me. Not an hour goes by that my heart does not miss my little girl, which means that not an hour goes by that my heart doesn’t long for Heaven where I know my Sophia is. My heart feels like it is torn in two between my heavenly home, my Savior, and my daughter in Heaven, and my earthly home, with my daughter here, my husband, family, and ministry. I think though it has made me realize that I should have always had that longing for Heaven. It is a delicate balance to yearn for Heaven, and still fulfill my purpose here on Earth.

Three months ago my life completely changed in so many ways. I changed. Any sorrow I feel reminds me of the greatest pain I have ever felt, and every happiness seems to remind me of the one little girl who I wish was smiling with us.

So, this weekend we celebrate Mother’s day. My first as a Mama of two, and my first with a child in Heaven. There will probably be tears, but I can’t help but be thankful for my two little girls, and for the privilege to be their Mama.

I am also so thankful for my Mom, and even extra grateful for her this year. I am so thankful for the way she has loved me, how she has poured her whole heart and her whole life into raising her children. I am so grateful that in the hardest days of my life that she cried with me, prayed for me, and just sat with me. Seeing her hurt for me has just been such a reminder of how much I am loved. And yet, even in her pain, she has pointed me to Jesus, and reminded me that God has a sovereign plan for my life, and He also did for Sophia’s life.

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Praying for you, mama. That you’re watching Christ shine the Gospel through this tragic experience is breathtaking. How marvelous, how wonderful. A friend of mine lost her baby boy four months ago, just as you did. My heart breaks for you and her. Praying so fiercely that you will be comforted by our Lord and Savior.

So sorry, my heart aches for you! I will have you in my prayers over the next few days. I pray God’s peace will surround you!

Jodi Maxwell

All I have to offer is a silent nod of understanding and virtual hug. We were chosen to carry them and then carry on to carry His gospel. Keep Calm and Carry On took on a whole new meaning after that.

Leslie Damore Traube

Oh. Wow

Joy In Christ Devotional Journal Presale

I am so excited to share this piece of my heart with you all. It has been on my heart to write a devotional for years, and the Lord made it clear in the past few months that this was the time. This devotional journal covers the books of Philippians and Colossians, two of my favorite books of Scripture. The title is Joy in Christ, which is my hearts message. That no matter what you are facing, whatever happiness or deepest sorrow, as believers we can ALWAYS have Joy in Christ.

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Each of the 33 days in this journal has an assigned portion of scripture, a short devotional, and plenty of space to journal what the Lord is teaching you. It is my prayer that this journal will help you cultivate a deep desire for Scripture, and a more intense love for our Savior.

We are running a presale through Saturday, May 10th. Journals are $15 each with group discounts listed below. The journals will be shipping by May 23. If you order during the presale you will receive a set of memory verse cards that correspond with the study for free. All orders received before Saturday at midnight will receive the free set of cards. There is no need to enter a code or add them to your cart, unless you wish to purchase additional sets.

 

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I am so excited for you to have this in your hands. The words written on these pages come straight from my heart and my own journals over the past several months as I studied these books. If you have any questions feel free to use the contact form at the top of the page.

The journals would work great as gifts, or to use for a small group, Bible study, or retreat. My heart is to see women studying Scripture on their own, and discussing it in community with other believers. Discount codes are available when you purchase 3 or more.

3 or more 10% off use code SAVE10

5 or more 15% off use code SAVE15

10 or more 20% off use code SAVE20

50 or more 30% off use code SAVE30

 

If you are local and would like to pick up the journal contact me for a code to deduct the cost of shipping from your purchase.

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Thank you, thank you for all of the support and love you all have shown to me through this process, my prayer is that these journals will be a blessing to you as you seek to become more like our Savior.

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Samantha Williams Foster

Yay ordered!

Lynn Stafford

I told my mother I wanted one of your journals as a graduation present. And she informed me that she reads your blog. Thank you for being an inspiration to many people.

Bj Vercontaire

Ordered! So excited! Thank you for sharing this with us :)

Reflections on the First Day

Yesterday more than 400 of you joined in for the first day of the #lampandlight May Scripture challenge, and shared photos on instagram and Facebook. What a blessing it was to see my news feed flooded with pictures of open Bibles. My heart was encouraged as I read what God was teaching you all, and some of you posted things that my own heart needed to hear yesterday.

Last night I was thinking about how many of you shared Scripture yesterday. Over 400 is a lot of people sharing Scripture, but then I started thinking about how many people saw what was posted. How many feeds did those pictures show up in? How many hurting hearts read words of comfort? How many seeking hearts saw Jesus?

This challenge is all about getting in God’s Word, and making Scripture a priority in our lives. It is about making habits that make us more like Christ. It is also about comforting those that are hurting, and being lights in this world.

If you haven’t started the challenge, don’t feel like you are behind, just join right in. I know that if you spend a month in Scripture that it will change you, and it just might change someone else too.

If you want to learn more about the challenge, you can read about it here.

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For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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I am so glad you issued this challenge Kristin. I was originally going to do another study for the month of May going through a book on writing & creativity. But when I sat down to study a verse that’s been on my mind this week, I found the Lord calling me to obedience. To only do those things which He has asked of me. And although I’m sure that other study would have been great, it wasn’t something He had asked me to do. I was trying to do it in my own strength. And because I believe my writing comes only from Him, going ahead with that study, mustering my way through, would be a mistake. But this challenge is something I definitely feel Him calling me to. So I will be doing a deep study on obedience this month. Thank you for the encouragement you bring. I’m looking forward to seeing where He takes us this month!

Alyssa Barajas

I’m so excited about this. I’ve needed a challenge and a form of accountability to get me going!

May God be glorified!!

Caitie Sheppard

Oh, how I LOVE this post!!♥

Preparing for The Scripture Challenge

The May Scripture challenge starts tomorrow! I am so excited to have so many of you join me, and I can tell that you are excited by all the posts, comments, messages and emails I have been getting about the challenge. I even chatted this week with my dear friend who I consider to also be a mentor and prayer warrior and she let me know that I even had a 60 something lady joining in with us. So thankful that Scripture unites the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the broken and the thirsty.

I just wanted to give you a little encouragement today of the importance of being in Scripture, and encouraging each other with God’s Word. I recently finished studying Philippians as part of special project that you may have seen glimpses of on instagram. I can’t tell you how encouraged I was by that little book to keep my eyes fixed on the purpose of spreading the Gospel, and having joy as Paul did through all suffering.

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Yesterday my sweet friend Jessica posted on FB that she was feeling down and had been hurt by some people, and asked the ladies in her life to remind her of some Scripture to encourage her heart. I shared with her how much the book of Philippians had meant to me, and told her that I thought it would encouraging to her. This morning I woke up with a heavy heart. I got on Facebook to see what was going on, and I saw a new post from Jessica. She was quoting some of the verses in Philippians that I had pointed her too.

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Philippians 1:12-14
The Scripture that had comforted me, I gave to her, and then when I needed it she gave it right back to me. Isn’t our God amazing. Scripture is powerful, and it is such a joy and an honor to be able to encourage each other with the Word of God. You may feel like in sharing Scripture with the challenge that you are clogging up someone’s feed, but you do not know whose hurting heart will be encouraged by God’s Word spoken through you.
So…here is a recap of the challenge! Take some extra time today to pray and ask God to help you in this month to know Him more, and to encourage your heart and the hearts of others along the way.

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.
  • 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.scripturechallenge
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I’m excited to participate in this, Kristin! I’ve been blessed by your words of encouragement posted on Instagram each day!

I just started a Beth Moore study and will be continuing my read-through-the-Bible plan on my ‘off’ days! So excited to see what the Lord does through this challenge, sweets! :) <3

Sally Coulton

I am looking forward to this Scripture Challenge for the month of May. My sweet granddaughter Amanda posted this challenge and I want to join her. I want others to know that at the age of 72, I totally need to be in the Word daily. ~Grandmother of Nine!~

Sylvia Delgado

Perfect timing! I really need this and looking forward to renewal in God’s Word!

Sandy Kay

This is my beginning: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Pslam 19:14

Nancy Zirbas

I am all in!! Can’t wait to hear from the Lord.

Michelle Bruner

This sounds like fun!!! ~ <3

Linda Thomas

I saw this challenge through a Facebook friend – and it’s pretty wild because I have been thinking about studying Philippians. Now I am committed to do more than just THINK about it. Here I go…let’s do this!

Amy Black

I’m in. Going to do Ephesians.

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