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Welcome November 2019 With a Forever Thankful Mindset

November 1, 2019

There is a lot of good change in the air. Yes, not only are the leaves finally turning bright yellow, orange, and red, here at Heart of the Matter Ministries we are cooking up some devotional videos [see below] and even providing fill-in-the blanks and discussion questions for you, as well as your young and older kiddies, to go along with the videos. Plus, we are thrilled to now provide copywork for those training and mastering their writing.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, do we simply want a Thankful Pumpkin as part of our decor, or do we “really” want a thankful mindset? Watch below and learn how to change your mindset, forever.

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the [below] November 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.

And as we do each month, let’s pray together: Dear Father, as my family and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, help me to be truly thankful. And Lord, I pray for those family members that irritate others. Give me the grace and wisdom to ease that tension so we can all enjoy the celebration.  Help me to slow down and spend time with you so I can count my blessings. Sustain me through this busy season with your love and kindness. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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

Encouragement

Welcome October 2019

October 1, 2019

“Father,  I long for your blessing, so keep me delighted with your words. It’s too easy for my focus to shift to the world around me and all its frustrations, but I know 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.”

As we continue to be intentional with our mission to “bloom” for Jesus, may the October 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.

To download, the October 2019 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.

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.

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