Friday, June 30, 2017

How to find protection, strength, and courage

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*picture taken by Jacklin Drake - near Branson, MO


Back in the day...rocks were a place of safety. 
They provided protection from the enemy and a shield from the weather. They provided a place of refugee to regain strength before continuing on their journey. It was a safe place and a place to rest. 

Today, God is our Rock. He will protect you from the enemy and shield you from the storm. He will renew your strength and your courage to continue on this journey of life. When you are tired he will give you rest.

Lean on the Father today and let Him be your rock. Run to Him in your time of need, talk to Him, tell Him what is on your mind, and trust Him to deliver you from what you are facing. 


The Lord is my rock, 
and my fortress, and my deliverer; 
my God, my strength, 
in whom I will trust; my buckler,
 and the horn of my salvation, 
and my high tower. 
Psalms 18:2 

What are you facing today? Do you need prayer? 
I would be honored to pray for you if you would like to share your need in the comments below. ♡♡♡
You can also email me at shinningwithsparkle@gmail.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

This is the Day the Lord has Made

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This is the day that the Lord has made, 
let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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*picture taken by Jacklin Drake - Lake Texhoma


I took this picture when my husband and I were on a 
weekend get-a-way. It was a very stressful time in our lives and God provided this trip right when we needed it most.  

By the time I took this picture we were relaxed and enjoying ourselves. God always knows what you need and He will give you rest when you need it most.  

It is important to spend some quality time with your creator. Maybe you can't take a trip but find a place to "get away" from your daily routine. Eliminate all distractions and give God your complete attention. Talk to Him and let Him speak to you and rest in His precious presence.


"Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
 and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28 KJV




Are you tired of the same thing every day? Are you physically exhausted? What do you need from the Lord today? DON'T LEAVE ME A COMMENT... Go to the Lord in prayer and ask him to give you rest, revive your spirit, and renew your faith in Him.

(Of course, I love hearing from my readers so if anything I write touches you please let me know.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Day of Summer - Free Bucket List!


Well it is officially Summer!


I love the long evenings, swimming, cooking on the grill, setting by the fire pit, and everything thing else that comes along with Summer Time!

Yesterday, I was browsing on Pinterest and ran across a Summer Bucket List for kids. It is great and you can find it on my Family Fun board HERE. But, I wanted to create a list for those of you who may be empty nesters, or young couples, or anyone else who wants a list not necessarily "just for kids". 

So, I put together an A-Z Grown-Up's Summer Bucket List!
Several of these items are things my husband and I do and some are goals for this summer. A few may seem childish - but hey, we are all kids at heart right? And isn't that what summer is for, to go back to your childhood days? 

I hope you enjoy your summer!



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Question for YOU!
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? (Now or when you where a child) Share in the comments!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Think about positive things and thank God

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*picture taken by Jacklin Drake - Hartshorne, OK

God is the creator of the universe and all that is in it. 
Sometimes you can run across something that combines God's creation with man's creativity and just be astounded. 
Man has made lots of things in our world, with the knowledge God has given us. 

This man-made dam at the end of a local city lake can be breathtaking at times. Just to sit and listen to the water rush across the top can be so relaxing. It runs down the side of the dam and into a small stream then under a bridge. I can get lost in the majesty of our creator as I observe the beauty around me. 

It is good to take some time and spend it with the one who created you and everything around you. Whether that be alone at your kitchen table, sitting on your front porch, or outside near the lake.Think about positive things and thank Him for all He has done for you.


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
 whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever ever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; 
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, 
think on these things.
Philippians 4:8 

Where is your favorite place to be alone with God? 
Sometimes we need to change our place. If you feel like you are in a "rut" try spending time with God in a different place. If you usually sit at the table take your coffee and Bible out to the porch or vice versa. 

Would you share with me your favorite places to spend time with God? Comment in the box below 

Friday, June 9, 2017

It is the begining of a new day ...A fresh Start!


Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits. 
Psalm 103:2 KJV

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*picture taken by Jacklin Drake

I love taking pictures and I love watching the sunrise!

It is the begining of a new day ...A fresh Start!
If you didn't like the way yesterday went it's a chance to do something different, to do better.

I heard a saying once:

"If you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?"

Think about that for a minute. What WOULD you have?
Would you have your kids, your spouse, or your parents?
What about your home, car, food, or the clothes on your back?

When was the last time you REALLY thanked God for all that He has provided for you?

It is easy to take for granted the blessings that we are surrounded by each and every day.

Start something new! 

Begin each day by giving thanks to the Lord.
Count your blessings and name them one by one. Write them down even. If you have a journal, start a new habit of writing in it daily, beginning with what you are thankful for. It will make your problems look much smaller.


Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits. 
Psalm 103:2 KJV


How do you start your day? Coffee or Tea? Scripture reading or Bible Study? Or maybe you have your quiet time in the evening? Share with our readers what works for you...post in the comments below


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Are you struggling to break free? Download Scripture Cards


Are you struggling? Do you have a problem that just seems too big to handle?

Sometimes what we are going thru seems to hard too bear. When we are in the middle of a struggle it is hard to have a positive perspective. The problem seems like a huge mountain and we don't have enough energy to face it another day.

I saw a funny the other day that said... see the footprints in the sand...that is where I walked beside you; see that long groove over there.... that is when I dragged you for a while.



Feel like the Lord is dragging you? Read this post...


I know.... I know.... He picks us up and carries us, right? Well, have you ever tried to carry a child who is kicking and screaming because they don't want to go the way you are making them go? But you know best, (cause you're the parent) so sometimes you might have to drag them a little. Not in a harmful way but in a safe way for BOTH of you. (as arms and legs are swirling around you!) If you are a mom of a child over two you get the picture!

Have you ever felt the dragging of the Lord? It usually comes after the gentle prompting that we didn't obey. Then there was the more direct persuasion but we still didn't obey. Then someone gave you confirmation that this is the way you need to go and you just outright said "NO!". That's about when the dragging takes place!

Our Heavenly father knows what is best for us. He can see the BIG picture. He sees what lies ahead of us on the path we are on. He loves us and adores us and wants us to be happy. But he knows what is best and to protect us he will drag us if needed. 

You will most likely struggle during this process. You may not understand what is going on around you. Your faith is being tested. You feel week and out of control. You normally trust the Lord and His direction but this time you just don't see how this is going to get better. You can't see any light at the end of the tunnel.

As you struggle you are being strengthened. Your faith may be tested but when you get through this it will be stronger than ever! You may feel weak but give it ALL to God. Don't fight against the Lord. Walk beside Him as he fights this battle for you. When you get to the other side of whatever it is you are going through right now, you will be able to look back and see the Lord's hand at work, it may not be immediately but eventually you will see.

When we come out of each battle we are stronger than when we went into it. If you are thinking, "God, you said you wouldn't give me more than I can handle. And I don't feel like I can handle much more of this...". Know this very important fact...God knows EXACTLY how much you can handle. He made you, he knows the number of hairs on your head, and he knows right where you are at right now! He has not left you! Trust Him even when you cannot see Him working. He will bring you through :)  


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The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.
~Psalm 28:7

FREE Scripture cards!
Download and print these cute scripture cards. Place them on your mirror, fridge, bathroom, etc. as daily reminders.
Here is a sample of one of the cards:


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Do you have a favorite scripture that has gotten you through a time of trial in your life? Would you be willing to share that scripture with others who might be facing the same situation? ❤❤❤❤❤
Please write the scripture or reference in the comments! Thank you :)