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Hearts in Heaven

 

For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ…

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.  ~ Phil. 3:18, 20 NLT

 


As believers, we know that in a short while God will set all things right – but until then, what are we to do?

The world is a mess right now. And maybe it’s always been this way, but between social media and instant news, we are bombarded with firsthand images mere minutes after tragedy strikes.

Fear and anger battle to run our world. Self-centeredness presses in to beat out selflessness. So little of the greater good is acknowledged even though we know it’s out there. Instead, we’re exposed to the bad because havoc sells.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.    ~ Eph. 2:10 NIV

Our citizenship is not here, but in heaven. Yet, this is where we live our days right now. And in these days we can make a difference – in our families, in our workplaces, in our communities, in our world.

Though we are only here for a little while, it pleases the Lord when we do all the good we can in the time we’re given here on earth. What does that look like for you?

I’m reminded as I go through the checkout line, drive through our city’s crowded interstates, check-in at the doctor’s office, drop something by our son’s school, volunteer at church – that these are all opportunities to do good, to let someone see Jesus’s love through me.

The world needs our good! We can’t let fear or anger diminish the good we need to do and be.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.    ~ 2 Cor. 9:8 NIV

YOU are needed today – maybe now more than ever before. Your heart is in heaven, but your work is here.

This is your chance.

DO and BE good in the world today.
 


 

Verse to Memorize

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. ~ Heb. 13:16 NIV

 


TODAY is a good day!

~ Natalie

 

 

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Spring Prayer Journals now in the shop!

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I’ve just completed several new prayer journals, a spring study, and more – all in A Simple Note Shop. My journals are all unique – I don’t duplicate designs and everything is made by hand.  If you’d like to have a special journal made, contact me about options. As always, thank you for supporting A Simple Note!

 

Today is a GOOD day!

Natalie

 

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Spring Folio: a season of renewal

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I am so happy to announce my new spring study…

Spring Folio: a season of renewal

 

This seven-part study for the spring focuses on the theme of renewal and the topics of wisdom, listen, trust, embrace, beauty, compassion, and opportunity.

 

Each topic begins with Scripture and a devotional, followed by “Renewal in Process” activities, lectio divina verses, and a Scripture lesson to ponder.

 

Additional pieces include: watercolor paper and pencil, lectio divina instructions and corresponding pages for each topic, a watercolor notecard and envelope, an Organizing a Prayer Journal card, a Spiritual Rhythm Practices work page, Resources page, and perforated Scripture cards.

 

The Spring Folio could be completed in one week or over several weeks. It is also a relevant companion for Holy Week.

 

The folio is printed on watermarked fine linen 8.5×11 white paper, in black and green ink. It is presented in a clear envelope folder with a button closure, and is shipped in a bubble mailer.

 

The Spring Folio is offered by pre-order to ship March 4-16, 2019.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. It’s been my privilege to work on this project for you!

Order HERE

 

 

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New Handmade, Handbound Prayer Journals

I’m so excited to let you know that I’ve just added new handbound prayer journals to my A Simple Note Shop (etsy). Making these journals for others is such a fun process for me!

Each journal is one-of-a-kind; I don’t make duplicates of any designs. If you’d like something done in specific colors, you can contact me using the “Request Custom Order” button on the shop’s front page.

If you’re looking for a way to organize your prayer lists, I’ve also included an “Organizing a Prayer Journal” card with each journal.

I’ll be adding more throughout the month. Please contact me if you have any questions – thank you!

Natalie

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Love is Patient

 

Love is patient.  1 Corin. 1:4 (NIV)

 Love never gives up. (MSG)

 

“Meanwhile,” said Mr. Tumnus, “it is winter in Narnia,

and has been for ever so long . . .”

~ C. S. Lewis– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Patience seeks us out in the winter.

 

In the heaviness of snow-laden icy branches and soundless gray landscapes of Alaska, when the days were dark and the nights were long, I yearned for any hint of warmth and light and color.

 

There are seasons in my life like this, too.

 

Seasons of abiding under.

 

Seasons of enduring through.

 

Seasons of patience.

 

Patient love is deeply rooted in faith. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.(Heb. 11:1)Patient love refuses to give up when things seem stagnant and stuck. It endures in the winters of life, steadfastly believing in the inevitability of spring.

 

Helen Keller said:

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

 

Love challenges us: Be patient. Don’t give up or you might stay in endless winter.

 

Patient love waits . . . when it seems like distant feelings will never be resolved.

 

Patient love stands alongside . . . when the hurt is almost too much to bear.

 

Patient love forgives the harsh words . . . welcomes back the lost . . . holds the hand of the dying.

 

Patient love does hard things.

 

Let our patient love be the kind that holds fast in the difficult. That stays the course. That believes nothing is too hard to patiently, faithfully withstand in hope.

 

Patient love propels us to spring.

 

Patient love never gives up.



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 “And yet you go away with nothing, whilst all the time God has stood with outstretched hands not only to take you, but for you to take Him. Think of the invincible, unconquerable, unwearying patience of Jesus.”

~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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Whoever is patient has great understanding.

~Proverbs 14:29a

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Patient love endures through the winter, knowing that the spring eventually arrives. Don’t give up! God sees what you’re abiding under and what you’re hoping for.

 

Today is a GOOD day!

Natalie

 

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The Gift of Reflection

No need to search for it at Macy’s or Best Buy or Target. It can’t be purchased at the tree lot along with a Frazier fir and pine garland. And it won’t greet you at the office Christmas party or your city’s holiday parade.

No, it’s up to us to receive it, to make time for it this season. An open invitation to quietly reflect on the wonderful meaning of God’s Christmas narrative is His gift to us each day of Advent, but it could be lost among the bells and bows and holly.

Mary reflected; she pondered. I wonder what she thought about in the quiet moments of her unexpected pregnancy: an angel visit, a soon-to-be husband’s guiding dream. Surely, she must have contemplated all that had happened to her. And then she must have imagined what her life would be like when the time came for the baby to be born. Did she ever picture shepherds and angels and kings sharing in the story…

Like us, Mary knew of God’s mercy and deliverance in her people’s past. And based on this, she wisely, humbly chose to believe His plan for her in the present. We are told in Luke 2 (actually twice) that Mary “treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean” (Luke 2:19).

We, too, can ponder. We can believe and be part of God’s plan when we reflect on His faithfulness in the past, and rely on His good purpose in our present circumstances.

He is faithful. ~ 1 Thess. 5:24

He is loving. ~Psalm 25:10

He has good plans for us. ~ Jer. 29:11

Where have you seen God’s faithfulness in the past?

How is God demonstrating His faithfulness, love and purpose in your current circumstances?


Advent Reflection:

Read Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-55 NIV) and the reflection questions following.

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

    for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

Reflect: 
What phrases speak to your life right now? Treasure these words. Write them down, carry them with you, and ponder them over the next few days. May God’s Word speak to you during times of reflection this season.


The time for reflection is here… 

Today is a GOOD day!

~ Natalie
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Unhurried

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. 

We shall get there some day.”

~ A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


 

Living in a large city has been an adjustment for us.

 

Everyone is in a hurry. At a red light, the person behind me lays on the horn as soon as the arrow turns green. In HEB, the person in front of me is weaving her cart through and around trying to get to her next appointment. At the post office, everyone is running . . . hurry in, hurry out.

 

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In our fast-paced world, it seems that slowing down might actually be an impossibility, doesn’t it? We want everything now – no waiting, no lingering, no time for a breather.

 

What about our relationship with God?

 

I don’t think He’s in the habit of rush orders, immediate text responses, or hurried answers. God values our time and energy; both are gifts from Him. I believe He expects us to give back a portion – unhurriedly – time spent with Him in quiet contemplation.

 

Slowly, reflectively reading His Word.

 

Lingering over a heartfelt prayer.

 

Quietly sitting in His presence.

 

Wholeheartedly praising Him for all that He is.

 

He is unhurried.

 

He beckons us to come, find a bit of rest in Him. He won’t push us. He won’t rush us along. In fact, as God, He has all the time in eternity. But we must slow down. Be quiet and still. Pause in His presence.

 

Unhurried.

 


 

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.

~ Psalm 62:5


 

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

~ Mark 6:31-32


 

Today is a GOOD day!

~Natalie

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NEW! Reflections: an Advent journey

A New Advent Devotional

Over the last few months, I have been working on (creating and writing) an Advent project – and it’s ready!

Reflections: an Advent journey is an unbound collection of 25 devotionals (Dec. 1-25) with Scripture, prayers, and evening reflections.

Description:
looseleaf pages of hand-cut fine ivory parchment paper
printed in black ink
held together with jute cord
a handmade tag
packaged in a clear cellophane tape-resealable bag

$14.00 – includes shipping

For Sale in my Etsy shop here: SimpleNoteShop

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A Simple Note

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 This short, weekly letter includes:

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Thanks again for visiting – it means so much!  And, as always, I welcome your questions and comments!

~ Natalie

Today is a GOOD day!