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Encouragement

Welcome June 2020

May 31, 2020

Let’s bow to our knees and pray… As we enter this new month, may we seek you more diligently than ever and crave the kindness of your presence. Bless us with sunshine and warmth from your Spirit and protect us from Satan who lies in wait for anyone who determines to do Your will. Overflow our hearts with Your love so we can spill onto our children and family. Enlarge our ability to care for others so we forget our petty concerns. Be our sun and shield so we have the strength to obey… may we follow You and praise You from morning until night. 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 June 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome May 2020

May 1, 2020

But God.

The uncertainty continues, but God.

The Bible has many “but God” verses, and each tell us that our circumstances DO NOT get the last word. The enemy DOES NOT get the last word. Death and disease DO NOT get the last word. Because there is always, always, always a but God.

Let’s pray… Dear Holy Father, COVID-19 has impacted our world dramatically in the last few weeks, accenting our helplessness and our need for you. Our country must open for business, and yet we fear what might happen when it does. So, we cry to the one who hung the sun and moon in the heavens and flung the stars into space. We know you hold the world together with your power and your eye beholds every event, even the thoughts of our hearts. We pray for your grace and healing on our country. Please draw the wayward to yourself through this crisis. For those of us who know you, guide us like a shepherd and carry the fearful in your arms. Teach us to trust you more. We praise you for what you are going to do. In Jesus name, Amen.

In this month of uncertainty, 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.

 

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

Encouragement

Welcome April 2020

April 1, 2020

In this new month of uncertainty, The One, is certain. As we do each month, let’s start with prayer, and choose to believe that He is in control of all things… Dear Abba Father, how desperately we need you in this time of upheaval. I pray for those suffering with COVID-19 and for the doctors and nurses who are overwhelmed with patients. Grant first responders grace and stamina as they care for our people and please restore the financial structure of our nation. Dear Father, use this crisis to realign our hearts with yours. I praise you I can be confident in my heavenly home even in chaos. I am grateful I serve a risen Savior, not a god made of stone or a figment of my imagination. The great I AM is my Father. Jesus is risen. He is risen, indeed. 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 April 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome March 2020

February 29, 2020

As we do each month, let’s start with prayer: Father God, King of the Universe, I praise you for life, breath, and another day to glorify you. Thank you for waking the trees and flowers in the spring and for leaving beauty despite the fall. With Your Spirit guide every word I speak so I can bless and encourage those around me. May I live every day with eternity in view and shun selfish thoughts. 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 March 2020 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.

Encouragement

Welcome September 2019

September 1, 2019

Dear Father, I want my heart to stay aligned with yours, so I’ll have the wisdom and strength to live like Jesus did. Remind me to stay in the Word and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the September 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-sept 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

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

Encouragement

Welcome August 2019

August 1, 2019

Father, as summer comes to an end, I praise you for the sun that warms the earth, for watermelon, cherries, blackberries, and plums that ripen this month. Most of all, I thank you for your abiding presence and that you never changes even though the seasons come and go. We pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the August 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-August 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

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

Encouragement

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.

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