Life Planner

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Three years ago, my sister got me my first planner. To be honest, I didn’t know what the hype was but the moment, I opened it up and started planning out my days and decorating each week, I fell in love! I decided to do this post because so many girls always ask me where my planner is from and it always brings me so much joy to let them in on my planner addiction. Fellow planner addicts know you just can’t stay shut about it. 🙂

My very first planner was the Erin Condren one and I thought I would never trade her in. But these planners are on the pricier side ranging from $50-$55 so the following year, I was on the hunt for a functional, pretty, and cheaper planner. This is when I found The happy planner which range from $20-$35. I loved her too! But of course, my inner planner addiction was just searching for something more. Something that was more interactive and christian based. This is when someone told me about The horacio printing planner. This planner has genuinely been my favorite thus far!!!

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When I first got her in the mail, I was obsessed. I fell in love immediately and couldn’t wait to find something, anything, to write in the pages. The planner I got is The lovely planner. It’s hardcover with gold coil binding and opens up to a little message from the creator Polly, which is super cute. But what I love so much about this planner is how interactive it is!

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Before going into the actual week-to-week and month-to-month planning section, there are pages dedicated to exercises of dream planning, a yearly bucket list, a refocus cloud, generosity planning, a heart check, and even a list for your fears. This planner got me thinking about my present spiritual life and how it’s reflecting on my everyday daily life. I was able to sit down and pray through my God-given dreams and goals to visualize how to accomplish them. But what was even greater, is how this planner includes a page where I can write out what is distracting me from putting forth the action to achieve my dreams and goals. I loved how where you list your fears, you can also write out a verse to counteract that fear because the truth is, we need reminders. A professor once told my class that God doesn’t help you remember what you first haven’t forgotten so this planner helps me remember. It doesn’t just help me keep track of classes, appointments, goals, homework, papers, to-do lists, exams, birthdays, and important dates but it helps me remember the things that truly matter; the people I love, the things that influence my spiritual life, the dreams I have, and the things I should do more of. It helps me prioritize and manage my time wisely without overemphasizing my schedule but what God wants me to do with the time He’s given me.

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I love how it also includes monthly praise reports! This is so essential because it helps build a heart of gratitude and praise which is crucial for a healthy christian life. It also has bible verses on each page which is a major plus.

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If there is one thing I love most about this planner is how minimal it is because you can just decorate away to your hearts content. I love stickers, washi tape, and colorful pens so this is great. I get my stickers and notepads from michaels, etsy, and target. I get all of my washi tape from michaels as well.

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If you’re looking for an interactive, christian based, functional, pretty planner then I highly suggest the horacio printing planner! Not to mention that 10% of ALL sales goes towards fighting human trafficking efforts; I mean, how awesome is that!

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I recommend this planner to moms-on-the-go, students, people with super busy schedules, the average 9-5 working girl, and anyone who loves planning! This planner is for everyone 🙂

Perfect Peace

  • “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 26:3

This year has been difficult to say the least. It’s been full of tough decisions, taking leaps of faith, and things I have no control over. From death, cancer, to trusting God to do what only He can do; One thing that has remained constant is the peace I feel in my heart. Through the chaos of life this year and its sadnesses too, I have truly had a peace that surpasses all understanding. I’m learning if a decision you have to make is of God, you will have peace.

If you keep your mind and heart focused on the things above, on Jesus Christ, peace will guard your heart no matter the waves that threaten to overwhelm you. This peace comes as a direct result of having a relationship with Christ Jesus. The peace God gives isn’t like the peace the world gives. His peace is perfect and is constant. It does not mean you won’t mourn or cry but it does mean you won’t respond to your emotions first. With the peace of God, you’ll respond to His voice before anything.

  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27 NIV

  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

  • “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2 NIV

A Day at the Well

  
With 2016 in front of you, you have 361 days left of new beginnings. 361 chances to start fresh. That’s 361 opportunities to let go and let God. But will you?

One of my favorites stories in the bible is about the Samaritan woman. It’s a beautiful story of deliverance and fulfillment. It’s the kind of story that gives hope to the hopeless. In John 4, Jesus is on his way to Galilee but in order to get there, He had to go through Samaria. As he’s passing through, he stops to rest by a well. While resting, a Samaritan woman comes to the well to get water. So Jesus asks her if she can give him a drink. But almost immediately, she realizes He’s a Jew. In those days, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along, they weren’t even part of the same social circle because they didn’t believe in the same things. So the woman says this to Jesus and His response is amazing.

In John 4:10, Jesus says, “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” In other words, Jesus is saying, if you only knew what I could give you, you would allow me to fill you up with a water that never runs dry. Jesus knew this woman was in need for something deeper than that well could satisfy. The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and was with another man and Jesus points this out to her. He doesn’t say this to be mean or to call her out on her past mistakes, but he says this to let her know that he knows. Jesus knew her past. He knew her present. And in spite of this, Jesus says to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you, you would allow me to be the supplier of life to you.” It didn’t matter that she had 5 husbands. It didn’t matter that she was with another man after 5 failed marriages. Jesus STILL took the time to have an intimate conversation with her. He took the time to offer her the greatest gift anyone could get, the gift of eternal life with God because of His grace.

So the Samaritan woman says in John 4:15, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” In other words, she’s saying, “Jesus give me what you have because everything else I’ve tried hasn’t worked. Give me what you have to offer because it has to be better than the cards I’ve been dealt.” The Samaritan woman is saying, “Give me you so that I don’t have to keep coming back to this same place that hasn’t brought me any progress.”

As we move forward in 2016, you have a chance to accept Jesus into your life. You have a chance to let go of the past just like the Samaritan woman and allow God to take over. Because the truth is, if you continue going into dead places looking for life, you’ll come up empty each time. The Samaritan woman continued going through husband after husband seeking fulfillment and love but each time, she failed. Each time she was more dry than the last.

You can keep doing the same things with the same people but it won’t be any different. You can keep thinking the same way expecting deliverance but it’ll be the same. But if you take what Jesus has to offer, you’ll always be filled. Jesus is the one that makes things new. He’s the one that fills up the empty. Because the second you allow Jesus to be your supplier of life, you’ll no longer do the same things. You’ll no longer be looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places. You’ll have life, peace, security, healing, and most of all unconditional love.

With 2016 in the palm of your hands, you have the opportunity to let go of the baggage of 2015. You have the chance to let God in and let the past out. Don’t allow another day to pass with you doing the same things expecting different results. Jesus is the only one that can fill up all the emptiness within you. God is the only one that can deliver you from past struggles and fill your deepest longings.

 Let Us pray

Father God, I need you to fill me up. I know I can’t change myself God. But I know you are the only one that can make me over again. So I accept your gift of the living water. But even more Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I ask that you come into my life and just like the Samaritan woman, fill up the emptiness within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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With love & MANY blessings,