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November 2020—Praying, Praying, and Praying

November 1, 2020

“Dear Father, I’m overwhelmed with praise for all that you are and all that you have done. You spoke the world into existence and hold all things together by your power. You oversee the workings of this vast universe yet you take the time to care about me. You gave me life and breath and know every time a hair of mine falls. Oh, Lord, I worship you for your steadfast love. May I treasure you all the more this month we celebrate Thanksgiving, and freedom within our nation. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”

In this month of continued uncertainty and yes, politcal chaos, Jehovah Shalom, The One, is certain. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father, who controls ALL things, including justice and peace.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-Nov 2020-Cynthia L. Simmons

To download, the November 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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Why Reformation Day?

September 30, 2020

There’s a curious connection between Halloween and Reformation Day, and it’s more than just proximity on the calendar. Why did Martin Luther nail his famous 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door on October 31, 1517? Answer: He was confronting two religious observances that promoted false saintliness and exploited people’s fear of judgment and purgatory. Why should we celebrate Reformation Day? Instead of the treasury of merit that was for sale, Luther protested, “The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God” (Thesis 62). This was Luther’s desire for Reformation day. Let’s acknowledge it as we keep on clinging to Jesus…

“Father, I long for your blessing, not the blessings of this material world… Instead “your blessing” which promise me the assurance of being under your wing, regardless of what this world chooses and regardless of the direction it leads. Keep me delighted and hungry for your words. It’s too easy for my focus to shift to the world around me and all its frustrations, but I need to know that my hope lies in you and the eternal blessings you promise. Keep me closer to you and help me meditate on your truths. In the Jesus Name, Amen.”

In this month of continued uncertainty and yes, chaos, Jehovah Shalom, The One, is certain. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father, who controls ALL things, including justice and peace.


To download, the October 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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Are We Ready for September?

September 1, 2020

Let’s bow to our knees and pray… Father, we are thankful your eyes roam the earth and see our hearts as well as the events around us. We trust in your perfect wisdom, yet we tremble as men ignore truth, justice, and righteousness. The law is not upheld, the virus is spreading, right is twisted, and angry folk destroy our cities. Bless us and our children with a quiet and tranquil life. Draw the lost to yourself. Heal the injured and sick and bring justice to the evil. Protect our heritage. We throw ourselves on you for protection. Give us wisdom to teach our children and speak your truth. Thank you for surrounding us with your love. Father, we are thankful your eyes roam the earth and see our hearts as well as the events around us. We trust in your perfect wisdom, yet we tremble as men ignore truth, justice, and righteousness. The law is not upheld, the virus is spreading, right is twisted, and angry folk destroy our cities. Bless us and our children with a quiet and tranquil life. Draw the lost to yourself. Heal the injured and sick and bring justice to the evil. Protect our heritage. We throw ourselves on you for protection. Give us wisdom to teach our children and speak your truth. Thank you for surrounding us with your love. In Jesus name,  Amen.

In this month of continued uncertainty and yes, chaos, Jehovah Shalom, The One, is certain. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father, who controls ALL things, including justice and peace.

 

 

To download, the September 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

 

 

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Welcome August 2020

August 1, 2020

Let’s bow to our knees and pray… Dear Father, our world has changed rapidly and dramatically. As we see the virus spread and cities explode in violence, we can easily give way to fear. Remind us that You knew all the pitfalls before you breathed life into Adam. Help us remember Your power. You formed the plan of redemption before Satan even broached the first temptation. You calmed the storm when the disciples feared for their lives and You fed the multitude on with one boy’s lunch. We praise you for being the Alpha and Omega and for defeating death. Grant us Your peace and courage as the new school year starts and keep us faithful as we fulfill your call on our lives. In Jesus name,  Amen.

In this month of continued uncertainty and yes, chaos, Jehovah Shalom, The One, is certain. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father, who controls ALL things, including justice and peace.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-August- 2020-Cynthia L. Simmons

 

To download, the August 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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Welcome July 2020

July 1, 2020

Let’s bow to our knees and pray… Dear Father, creator of life and all things beautiful, I praise you for life and liberty in Christ. Thank you that Jesus paid for our redemption with His blood so we could live by your design rather than our passions. In this uneasy time, I run to you for sustenance, guidance, and protection. I entrust my fears to you and rest in the knowledge that you put us here for such a time as this. Help me to accomplish your purpose in these restless days. May I reflect your glory and peace to those lost and confused.  In Jesus name, Amen.

In this month of continued uncertainty and yes, chaos, Jehovah Shalom, The One, is certain. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father, who controls ALL things, including justice and peace.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-July- 2020-Cynthia L. Simmons

To download, the July 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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Welcome February 2020

February 1, 2020

This month we celebrate love. Whenever I think of love, I think of Jesus’ grace… But, then again, I also think of my cat, and yes, even ice cream. So, what does it mean to love? Watch below for a chunk of wisdom.

As we do each month, let’s start with prayer:  Oh Father, I bless your name for your graciousness and steadfast love. I am so unworthy of your lovingkindness, yet you lavish me with your grace and provide my daily needs. Thank you for friends, and family and forgive me for the times I take them for granted. Despite the cold weather outside fill my heart with the warmth of your love so I can overflow into others. Keep me from falling so I can reflect your love. In Jesus name, Amen.

Our mission: Be intentional to “bloom” for Jesus. May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

 

To download, the February 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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Let’s Welcome 2020!

December 31, 2019

Are you tired of starting another year by repeating the same habits, over and over again? How about “adorning” your new year with grace? Watch below… you never know, this approach may stick.

And, as we do each month, let’s start with prayer:  Dear Father, in this New Year, I long to please you with my obedience. Keep my gaze focused on Jesus and away from doubt and fear. Empower me when overwhelming emotions urge me to sin. Don’t allow my sins and weaknesses to entangle me and give me strength to move barriers to unwavering faith. I’ve learned the benefits of staying close to you, so hang onto me when feel like straying. Allow me to leave a godly heritage for anyone watching. In Jesus name, Amen.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

To download, the January 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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WELCOME DECEMBER 2019 WITH TEACHING MOMENT FOR ALL

November 30, 2019

This month we celebrate Jesus. Whenever I think of His grace, I’m overwhelmed with thanksgiving. He’s the reason we have eternal life and hope for this life. He can heal all our deepest wounds and satisfy our longings. He will bring justice to the oppressed, and best of all, He gives life.

This month’s devotional video [see below] comes with homework and DIY activities for you, as well as your young and older kiddies. Plus, we are thrilled to provide coloring and copywork for those training and mastering their writing.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the [below] December 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-Dec- 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

And as we do each month, let’s pray together:  Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to Earth. I’m grateful all authority will rest on Him in eternity because He will be kind and fair. I pray He will be my counselor this month and call me to rest rather than overwork or overdo. May He keep me close so I will be filled with His peace as I celebrate with family and friends. How wonderful that You are mighty and able to do whatever I ask or think. Shower me with your blessings this month. In Jesus name, Amen.

To download, the December 2019 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

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