.free. Lock Screen Memory Verse + a little encouragement

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:15b

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I love how this passage reads in The Message:

Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.

Wow. Makes me think twice about what comes out of my mouth. You too?

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I  just finished reading Jen Hatmaker's new book, For the Love.

I've marked the whole book up like a madwoman and have noticed a common thread: freedom. Freedom to say no, freedom to set boundaries, freedom to be me...in the best sense of the word.

Freedom to wear yoga pants like a uniform (hah!) and freedom in the abundant love of Christ.

"God measures our entire existence by only two things: how we love Him and how we love people. If you get this right, you can get a million other things wrong." (p71)

How do all my random thoughts go together with Matthew 12:15?

Let me tell you...input and output.

Back in the 80's, when I was a painfully shy, sweet(ish) Sunday School girl, I spent most of class fixing my ever sagging tights where the crotch somehow always ended up mid-knee, the thin nylon sagging around my ankles, (I know I'm rambling, but please tell me I wasn't alone in this).

But when I wasn't wriggling around trying to get my undergarments just-so, I remember singing my little heart out. And I recall singing particularly loud to a song named "Input, Output".

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Do you remember it?

Warning: it's sung in a computer voice.

Mhm. Yep. I never claimed to be cool.

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Anyway, it goes: "Input, output, what goes in must come out.

Input, output, that is what it's all about.

Input output, your mind is a computer whose.

Input, Output, daily you must choose."

 And as cheesy and lame as the song is, complete with computer voice and motions, it's stuck with me.

if I live in love

If I pray and work hard on kindness and patience, I'll speak in a way that will make our children feel my love for them as they grow. They will see freedom in Christ through my words and actions.

But this not only means feeding our hearts with meat from The Word. It also means we need to be careful what we spend our time watching or listening to. What conversations we're having with others.

It also means if we're angry or dissatisfied, we need to have an outlet for it...before it comes out in an unhealthy way.

I'm a (recovering) stuffer. I hate confrontation and will just press anything unpleasant down further and further, hoping it'll just go away and I'll get over it.

UGH...so unhealthy!

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It wasn't until being married that I realized that's NOT ok! You can't do that when you're on a team with someone for life. Your spouse will think everything is peaches and cream and then WHAM! A typhoon hits and takes everything out in it's wake. It ALL pours out.

The little issue from that day and everything all the way two years ago back. And his head will be spinning with confusion.

Talk about things AND pray about them.

Find a friend, your husband, or a counselor to just be crazy open and honest with.

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And wouldn't we rather overflow with love, kindness, goodness, generosity, and encouragement for others?

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Enjoy this lock screen + printable!

I challenge you to forward this post or the image itself on to a few friends who you cherish and think may love it, too! xo

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Printable (below): Download here.

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Cell Phone Lock Screen (below): Simply take a screen shot or download here. 10:15 lock screen download

past lock screens

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October (free) memory verse lock screen for your phone

I'm so excited about the lock screen for this month! Thanks for your patience in getting them to you a week or so late, while I worked on our reLaunch.

So what do you think of our new look?! Are you loving all the freshness of it? I realize I'm quite biased, but I really really love how it turned out. Someone mentioned yesterday how it's so much more interactive now...and easier to be interactive! I hope you agree.

If you missed the reLaunch post on Tuesday, click here.

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This month we've teamed up with professional photographer Katie Harris over at Creole Wisdom.

She and I met last spring at Hope Spoken, while I was desperate for a good cup of coffee and she saw me waiting for a cab to grab one. Instead, she and a friend shared their rental car and we set off on a coffee-finding adventure, finally landing at the most chic coffee house in Dallas.

Love her for letting me put our verse on top of the prettiness she snapped.

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Since we're in October and harvest has begun, I thought 2 Corinthians 9:6 was perfectly appropriate.

But lets look a little deeper...there's so much rich text around this verse!

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6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 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.9 As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.”

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

(you can also read it here)

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Isn't that fantastic encouragement? I just keep re-reading it. Give what you've decided in your heart to give...God loves a cheerful giver. YES!

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times...you will abound in every good work. YES!

Your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. YES!

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May you be blessed this month as you pour out cheerful generosity! xo

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