I don't know about you, but I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions. I do agree though that January 1 is a great time to reevaluate your journey and make positive lifestyle changes. I did that on January 1, 2015 by committing to completely immerse myself in Scripture on a daily basis that year. I longed for God to make me More Like Him and Less Like Me. I needed this!
A few months into this journey I realized I needed for an outlet to share all that was on my heart. I started creating daily memes, called them InstaEncouragements and shared them on social media. Some were reposted by friends and there were lots of likes and positive comments.
Soon after this it became apparent that "InstaEncouragements" needed it's own home and branding. The InstaEncouragements Instagram was born. That's where the journey really began. The Instagram was followed by a presence on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
As InstaEncouragements gained followers, more and more people asked, "Can we purchase these in print form?" After several months of prayer, figuring out the logistics and the best way to proceed, we opened our little Etsy shop.
From the beginning, I've wanted God to make me more like Him and less like me. I also hoped to be an encouragement to others who wanted the same thing in their lives. However, I didn't want to JUST be an encouragement. I also wanted to equip others so they in turn could be an encouragement too! That's really where my heart is. I want to be more like Him and less like me and I want to encourage you and make you an encourager! <---- GOALS!
Thanks for reading. I hope you will find something here that will enable you to be an encouragement to someone in your life, and become more like Him!
While we're on the subject of New Years resolutions and immersing yourself in scripture, let me just suggest a few daily devotionals I have enjoyed using.
In the pages of Moments with You, the Raineys offer just what couples need to get started or to continue growing in their quiet times together. These short but poignant biblical devotions are enjoyable and easy to use, providing a daily discussion point, prayer and Scripture reference. Married couples desiring a deeper spiritual connection with God and their spouse will come to treasure their time spent over Moments with You. For married couples of all ages and at all stages of life." -goodreads
This also makes a GREAT WEDDING or SHOWER GIFT!
Another great devotional, this one for women, is God Hears Her. Don't you just sometimes want to be heard? God hears. Even in His silence, He hears.
It makes a great gift, with its small size and attractive hardcover binding. Pick up one today to encourage yourself and get another one to encourage a friend!
I hope these encourage you to be intentional about immersing yourself in Scripture. If you have a favorite devotional that you'd like to share please do that in the comments.
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