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Welcome July

July 1, 2019

As we welcome July, we feel that all God wants is for us to keep it very simple and bring it to ground zero by praying for our nation… will you join us?

Dear Father, thank you for our nation’s freedom and for those who gave their lives for this country. We confess our nation’s sins and beg your forgiveness and mercy. Turn our hearts to you and to the truth of your word so you can bless our country. We praise you for the freedom you grant us through the death of your Son. Help us to live as free men, pleasing you rather than pleasing our fellow men. In the name of Jesus, 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.

Encouragement

Welcome June

May 31, 2019

Summer always reminds me of pool parties, pineapple smoothies. and memories! This month, let’s take the time to sit down and list major events in the lives of your children, including the good stuff, such as parties, graduations, awards, and even the not-so-good, such as illnesses and surgeries. Keep narratives of family events and highlight the occasions with photos of everyone present. In a few years, your children will find it much easier to construct their family’s history.

Today the internet presents us with many valuable resources for accessing family history. After using several new sites, I uncovered relatives several generations back, and I love adding photos and personal information that family members penned. I’ve learned I’m related to several patriots of the Revolutionary War, and I’ve found women named Cynthia on both sides of the family. 

Here are some sites to get you started:
Free sites: FamilySearch.org, Family Quest
Not free: Ancestry.com
Now, let’s kick off June with prayer. Ready?

Dear Father,  As summer approaches, hot weather, and vacations, keep us from taking a break from our faith. Keep us focused on others as we congratulate graduates and their parents who finished the job well. Help us to demonstrate godly respect for our spouses and others in authority. As the roses bloom, may your Spirit draw us ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, the exalted name, Amen.

Lastly, let’s bloom in June. 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.

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

To download the calendar, click here.

Encouragement

Welcoming Shades of Green

April 30, 2019

Regardless your journey, how many are joyful because the clouds have washed away, the leaves are different shades of green, and the weather is comforting? Here at Heart of the Matter Ministries, we are glad indeed!
For this month, let’s work on discerning the Holy Spirit, more… which means, seeking Him for everything.

Let’s kick off May with prayer. Ready?

Dear Father,

By the grave-robbing, kingdom-advancing, Christ-exalting power of the Holy Spirit, restore us with the joy of Your incomparable salvation; renew our love for the beauty and freedom of holiness; and intensity our awareness and excitement about the occupied throne of heaven. In the name of Jesus, the exalted name, Amen.

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

To download the May 2019 Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome April

April 1, 2019

Whether you’re a mom of a preschooler, a homeschool mom, a mystery reader at heart, or a very tired mamma or empty nester, let’s choose to welcome April with open arms. It’s the month we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s the month where we happily cheer at the sight of blooming flowers, but growl at its yellow dust, it’s another month for new beginnings and resolutions. What will you resolve this month?

To kick-off April, let’s pray together: 

Dear Father, This month we celebrate Your death for our sins and your resurrection. As we ponder the sacrifice You made for us, we pray for a deeper understanding of Your love. You conquered death so that we have nothing to fear. Let gratitude fill our hearts. Enable us to praise You more and more. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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

To download the April 2019 Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome March 2019

March 1, 2019

As the month of March presses on, we are excited for what is to come in 2019. 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. And of course, let’s pray together to welcome March…

Dear Father, I am distressed when the world exalts evil and wicked schemes succeed. I pray for your righteousness to prevail instead, and for men to return to Truth. Make me light in darkness. Keep reminding me that you are faithful and your justice will succeed. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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

To download the March 2019 Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome February.

February 1, 2019

Some might say that February is the Monday of the calendar year. January is full of rest much like a Sunday after the hectic holidays have passed. In February, we get truly started on our year, making plans with much to look forward to. The year is ahead of us, much like on a Monday, when the week can still be filled in with gatherings, celebrations, and get-togethers.

While Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, who can deny the joy found in a fresh start? A clean slate? February is a month of new beginnings, the anticipation of spring, and, of course, excess amounts of love. This is the month where we are called to express our love in tangible ways to those around us. There’s an entire aisle at the grocers filled with candy hearts, pink and red wrappings, and those over-sized chocolate kisses. Kids exchange Valentine’s cards in their schools, sweethearts exchange gifts, and friends celebrate together.

As the month of love presses on, we are excited for what is to come in 2019, on and off the radio… yes, details will be coming soon!

To kick-off February, let’s pray: 

Father, I am so thankful you loved me when I wasn’t lovable. I would never have given this sinful world a second thought, but you expressed Your love with a horrific sacrifice. Please help me boast in your steadfast love so that others may know your majesty.In Jesus Name, Amen.

Seek Him and Choose to Be Shade.

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.

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

To download the February 2019 “Others Centered” Calendar, click here.

Encouragement

Reach Out To Others Prayer

January 24, 2019

It’s so easy to focus on me, Lord. Today, help me see that lonely person of those I don’t notice. Then, teach me how to brighten their day. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

The Soul Groans Prayer

January 19, 2019

Father, the chaos is intense today and my soul groans. Please give me a huge dose of Your love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Encouragement

Friendgiving Prayer

January 17, 2019

Jesus, I’m so thankful You brought these friends into my life. Help me love them more and think of myself less. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

Thank You Prayer

January 15, 2019

Jesus, I cannot fathom Your sacrifice for me. Truly, Your death proved Your love. Thank You again and again, Amen.

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