Let’s get Praying – Is Prayer Your Default Response?

Hello Ladies!

Welcome to talk-able Tuesday.  This is where I want to encourage you to be in God’s word because when you are you will grow in your faith and your life will be full.  Let’s get started.  You and your soul are going to love it!

We have been talking about prayer the past three weeks.

  1. Week 1 – I encouraged you and myself to “Get Started Praying.”
    • We created a Prayer Jar to be able to pick one bible verse a day from the jar for 35 days to be able to read what the Lord says about prayer and how to pray.
    • I also created a Prayer Card that was a print-able for you that has bible verse on it so we can pray bible verses and have a prayer strategy when we are praying.
    • Lastly, I encouraged you to set a goal in regard to prayer. What you want to accomplish in your prayer life.  Here is a link this blog post so you can print these print-ables if you have not already done so.  CLICK HERE
  2. Week 2 – We talked about “how to pray”. On the Prayer Card there is a 5 step strategy as to how we can begin to pray.  As Sheila Walsh has said, “Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.”
  3. Week 3 – I encouraged you to keep praying. Keep moving toward your goal.  Keep obeying God’s word.  He calls us to pray always.  Ephesians 6:18 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. And Romans 12:12 says, rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

After putting all these things in place, is PRAYER beginning to be your default response to your life circumstances?

You know what I have noticed this month since I have been intentional about making prayer a part of my daily life (my prayer goal is to pray 5 minutes each day) and using all the things I talked about in the past 3 weeks?  Prayer is becoming more and more my default response to the various circumstances in my life.

  • I have noticed that my response to life situations has slowed down.
    • Example: When my son becomes upset over a situation in his life, I am more apt to respond in a voice and manner that is calmer and deescalating.
  • When my husband and I are discussing current events we both go to prayer quicker to make our requests known to the Lord and to lay them there.
  • I find myself making sure that I am set up to be able to finish my morning activities before my son is up and husband is ready for our morning cup of coffee together, so I can pray and then read God’s word.
    • I have my spot in my house where I go to pray and read God’s word. This time is becoming more and more precious times for me.
  • I have been giving prayers of thanks more often and this has filled up my own heart with gratitude for all the Lord has given me and my family.
  • While driving in my car, I am quicker to pray and give praise as I see things happen around me.
  • I have been praying God’s word more and claiming it as truth.

Is this happening to you?  Is prayer becoming a default response for you as you go through your day?  I am excited to continue growing in my prayer life and I pray the same for you!  God wants to have a close relationship with you.  Keep making prayer your default response to your circumstance

I will see you next week in March as we talk about Direction: Where do I go?

Can’t wait.  Talk to you soon,

Blessings, Krista

Your Print-able for this week!  This week’s print-able is meant to continue encouraging you to PRAY.  I have 3 print-able options for you to choose from or print off all three options!!!

  1. Take my wreath print-able and write your favorite prayer bible verse inside the wreath and you can color the wreath too! CLICK HERE
  2. You can take my wreath print-able and trace my hand-lettered verse in gray with your favorite color and then color the wreath too!!  CLICK HERE
  3. You can print off my wreath print-able that is all ready hand-lettered and in color. I have a large and small version for you. CLICK HERE FOR SMALL    CLICK HERE FOR LARGE

I want to encourage you to pin up your wreath to be reminded to pray constantly and to continue to encourage yourself make prayer a default response to your life circumstances.  Have fun!!!

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    Let’s Get Praying! – How to start praying

    Hello Ladies,

    How are you this week?  Have you been praying? No? …Kind of? … Not really?  Well, there is not better time to start than now.   But first, have you made your prayer jar from last week’s print-able?  If not, I want to encourage you to do this because there are 35 Bible verses to cut out and put in a jar and for the next 35 days you will be encouraged by scripture to pray and the bible verses will tell you what God says about prayer, and how God says to how to pray.  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR PRAYER JAR BIBLE VERSES. Let’s set ourselves up for success.  Let’s get strategic.

    In the book FERVENT by Priscilla Schirer, she is calling women to be serious, specific, and strategic in regard to their prayer life.  This is biblical.  God says in Ephesians 6 to pray continuously because our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces in the air and in Jeremiah 29 God says that when we call on Him and pray, He will listen. Ladies, we need to be in prayer for God to hear us and for us to hear Him.

    So, with that being said, let’s get strategic! 

    1. This week let’s set a goal regarding your prayer life. (I have done this as well, just to let you know)  I want to encourage you to set a certain time to pray, establish a certain place to pray, and set a certain length of time to pray.   Maybe you want to write your goal down or tell someone what you are doing so they can keep you accountable.
    2. You now have your prayer goal.  Now what?  Start to pray.  “How?” you ask.  I thought you would never ask.  You can start by using the Prayer Strategy I wrote on the Prayer Card I created.  Here is a link to my Prayer Card, which was one of last week’s print-ables. CLICK HERE FOR YOUR PRAYER CARD PRINT-ABLE.
    3. Also, to give you suggestions on how to pray, I heard a wonderful podcast from Jennifer Rothschild on her podcast entitled 4:13 Podcast with Jennifer Rothschild.  She was interviewing Sheila Walsh.  I want to invite you to listen to this podcast.  I have the link below.  Sheila has also written a book about prayer and she talks about a wonderfully effective and simple “one-word” and “two-word” prayer you can pray when you just do not know how to pray.  This is where I got the one and two-word prayers I put on your prayer card.  Thank you, Sheila Walsh!

    Ladies, I want to encourage you to print off your color-able print-able for today and while you are listening to this podcast you can color your color-able that tells you that the Lord will hear you when you call on him and pray.  May you enjoy listening to Jennifer and Sheila as they talk about prayer and may you continue to be inspired and encouraged to make a prayer goal for yourself and then start praying!

    Here is a quote from Sheila to encourage you to keep praying even when it is hard.  She says, “Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.”

    Let’s make prayer a default response to our life circumstances.

    Blessings and I will see you next week for talk-able Tuesday,

    Krista

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    Here is your Color-able to print off Large – CLICK HERE

    Here is your Color-able to print off small – CLICK HERE

    And

    Here is Jennifer Rothschild podcast on Prayer – CLICK HERE

    Be a REFRESHMENT to Others

    Hello LASF Ladies and thank you for joining me at the Blog.

    Moose-smHow has your week been?  I pray that you have taken time this month to allow the Lord to REFRESH your soul.

    Last December I told my husband that I would love to see a moose this Winter on our property.  I love nature and all God has created and living on our piece of property in a rural setting allows me to see and live right in the middle of God’s creation.  Well…one morning last week I opened my font door to go feed our chickens and when I looked to my right there was a female moose getting ready to approach the salt lick, which we set out for the wild deer, elk and moose who cross through our property.  I hurried back inside to grab my phone and take a picture.  After I took the picture, I was able to stand there and watch her.  So awesome to watch and just take a moment to breathe and allow the Lord to “refresh” my soul.  Do you ever have moments like that?  A moment where you were able to be refreshed in your soul?  Our God is so good.

    Whoever refreshes_20210118_0002I would like to invite you to listen to my podcast this week to look into God’s word  and be encouraged to not only allow the Lord to REFRESH your soul, but to allow the Lord to use you as a REFRESHMENT to others.  His word says that when we refresh others we too will be refreshed.

    Come, listen and be REFRESHED by God’s word! See you there!!

    Also, as always here is your pint-able to be able to keep God’s word in front of you each day.

    I will see you next week for Talk-able Tuesday.  We are gearing up to talk about PRAYER during the month of February.

    Blessings to you,

    Krista

    REFRESH Your Soul

    Refresh-colorable-staged-smHello Ladies,

    We are mid-way through January.  How are you doing?  How is your soul?  Are you taking moments to allow the Lord to refresh your soul? This last week, did you take a moment and allow the Lord’s creation, His glory, to refresh you?  If not, it is not too late and whenever you are needing a refreshing from the Lord remember to take a moment in His creation.  He will refresh you!

    I have been reading through the book of James.  It has been a while since I have read this book.  James does such a great job outlining how we are to live and behave as those who have been saved through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  It has been a refreshing time to take a moment and look at how I am to live as one saved through Jesus.  Am I following and obeying God’s word?  Because when I am my soul is at peace and I feel fresh and ready to face each day.

    When you are in need of refreshing your soul, go to God’s word.  It is full of truth and wisdom.

    Psalm 19:7 says:

    The law of the Lord is perfect,
        refreshing the soul.
    The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
        making wise the simple.

    This is such a simple thing to do and yet sometimes we go to everything else but God’s word. 

    • Ladies, right now and each day this week take some time to be in God’s word. 
    • It is prefect for REFRESHING your soul. 
    • It is trustworthy and will give you wisdom.
    • Do not wait another day!  Go to His word and dwell there.  Your soul will thank you 🙂

    As always, your print-able is ready.  This week it is a color-able print-able! May you continue to be encouraged by God’s word as you read it and color your color-able.  It is there to refresh your soul and give you wisdom.

    I will see you next week for Talk-able Tuesday and it is a Talk-able Podcast! (Spoiler alert!)  I am excited to talk with you.  Keep watch in your inbox for your gift of encouragement!

    Blessings Always,

    Krista

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    Print-ables

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    • A Note from me to you:
      • If you have not started to follow LASF 4 Women on Facebook, now is the time.  Come and be encouraged by other ladies and encourage other ladies.  More content will be added as this months continues and as the Lord gives me time:)
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    Being REFRESHED

    Refresh-the-weary-smallHello LASF Ladies!

    Have you ever taken a moment and noticed your surroundings?  Noticed all the things that grow and happen in creation?  Noticed a sunrise on a crisp, clear, Winter morning and all the colors it produces?  And when we take that moment and take a deep breathe a sense of refreshing begins to happen.  Why is this?

    In Isaiah 6:3 we read:  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

    Nature, all living things, the awesome array of colors we see are made by God and show us His glory.  The whole earth is full of His glory.  In Genesis it says that we are made in God’s image and He breathed life into us.  So, it totally makes sense why we feel refreshed when we spend time in God’s creation.  We are being washed in His glory, being refreshed by God and His glory.

    Ladies, are you weary and need to be refreshed?

    Jeremiah 31:25 says, I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

    A Little Challenge:  One way to allow the Lord to refresh you and your soul is to let His creation refresh you.

    • I want to encourage you this week to take a moment, breathe deep and observe God’s creation: His glory.
      • I know that when you do you will begin to feel the Lord refresh your weary soul.
      • For me, whenever I watch a sunrise or sunset I am filled up with awe and wonder and my soul feels refreshed.  The colors in the sky are amazing and it just fills me up!
    • I would love to hear what you observed in creation and how the Lord refreshed you.
      • Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you and be encouraged.

    As always, your print-able is ready for you to print off to continue to be reminded that God wants to refresh the weary and will satisfy the faint, that means He wants to refresh and satisfy you and your soul.  How awesome is that!  God is so good.

    Have a super week and keep watch in your inbox next Tuesday for your gift of encouragement!

    Blessings Always, Krista

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    PRINT-ABLES

    • Print-able: I will refresh the weary – Click Here
    • Print-able: I will refresh the weary small – Click Here

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    • A Note from me to you:
      • If you have not started to follow LASF 4 Women on Facebook, now is the time.  Come and be encouraged by other ladies and encourage other ladies.  I did my first FB Live chat.  It is still there for you to see.  More content will be added as this months continues and as the Lord gives me time:)
      • Also if you would like to share LASF with a friend and have them receive a weekly gift of encouragement each Tuesday in their inbox, share this link www.livingasustainablefaith.com and encourage them to “Join our Email List”  by clicking the button in the right corner.

    He REFRESHES Your Soul!

    refreshes-printable-smHello LASF Ladies!

    I am ready for a new year. 

    Are you?

    I am ready for the Lord to wash over my soul and be REFRESHED!

    Are you?

    Let’s take this month to allow the Lord to do just this:  Allow the Lord to make your soul fresh again.  Once you are refreshed, you will be ready to follow what the Lord has planned for you this year.  Let’s get started!

    I was reading Psalm 23 and what a great place to start and begin allowing the Lord to REFRESH our soul.  He wants to REFRESH your soul.

    Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV) says:

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
        He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
        he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

    I believe that when we follow our Shepherd (we follow Him by obeying His word) we will lack nothing in our soul. It is like lying in green pastures.  God’s word is like being by quiet waters.  It REFRESHES your soul.  Also, when we obey and follow His word we will be walking on the right path, the path that leads to Him and ultimately heaven.

    Our circumstances do not really matter.  They can be calm or crazy, awesome or horrific, grounding or unsettling.  What really matters is our soul.  When our soul is refreshed, we can then live.  Truly live no matter the circumstances.

    I want to encourage you to take a moment and read PSALM 23.  Then as you print off your print-able may you be encouraged and reminded this week to allow the Lord to REFRESH your soul.  Oh, I also have a print-able that you can use as wallpaper on your electronic device to be reminded that the Lord wants to refresh your soul.  Mine is on my phone as my lock screen saver!  I love it!!!

    I look forward to seeing you next week for Talk-able Tuesday!

    Blessings Always, Krista

    P.S.  LASF is going to implement some new changes this year.   You can read about them below your print-ables!

    A Note from me to you:   We are changing a few things this year! (YAY!) I believe that when we have God’s word in our minds, we are better equipped to live each day and impact our world for Him.  I also believe that as believers encouraging each other is vital and biblical.  So with this in mind:

    • This year I want to send you weekly encouragement from God’s word. 
      • Each Tuesday in your inbox there will be encouragement waiting for you to open! 
      • It’s like receiving a gift every week 🙂
      • You do not know exactly what you will get, but you know it will be encouraging to you and your soul!
      • If you know other ladies who would love weekly encouragement, you can send them this link, https://livingasustainablefaith.com/join-our-email-list/.  All they have to do is join my email list and they will get a gift of encouragement each Tuesday!
    • I will be producing one podcast Talk-able a month.  This is where I like to share more personally with you about the topic we are focusing on in that month.
    • “LASF 4 Ladies” Facebook page (I am excited about this) will be a more interactive place where we can all share and encourage each other with what God is doing in our lives through posts, pics, quotes, and bible verses.
        • God’s word says in Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
        • And says in Romans 14:19 says, So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building.
      • I would love for you to join “LASF 4 Ladies” FB page CLICK HERE and click the Follow button at the top of the page and start posting encouragement for all to be built up!
      • I will keep you posted as this rolls out more during this month!

    Again, blessings and see you next week for Talk-alble Tuesday. ~ Krista

    A Merry Christmas Color-able for You!

    Merry Christmas Ladies,

    I thought for Christmas I would give you a fun color-able to be able to take a moment from all the busy and

    Isn’t is amazing that after more than two thousand years, the birth of Jesus is still celebrated and still awesome that His saving grace extends to us all.

    May you have a very Merry Christmas and I am looking forward to seeing you in the new year.

    Blessings to you,

    Krista

    For your large Christmas Color-able CLICK HERE

    For you small Christmas Color-able CLICK HERE

    Thank You & Let’s Celebrate!

    Hello Ladies!

    Thank you, Thank You!, THANK YOU!!!

    I could not have done this without you!

    I have thank you gifts to give away!

    Why am I excited and full of thanks?

    • Today Living a Sustainable Faith is 1 year old
    • AND it is
    • International Coffee Day. 

    What two great things to Celebrate! 

    Come and join me in my video where I thank you and give some thank you gifts away. 

    You ladies are the best.

    See you in the video, Krista

    P.S.  I wanted to go live in FB but to be totally honest I have never gone live before and I did not have time to figure it out.  So sorry about that.  Please forgive me for my technical difficulties.

    Pray Always

    Hello Ladies and welcome to Talk-able Tuesday!

    September is here and I can hardly believe it. Summer is starting to turn into Fall. Can you feel it in the air? Here in Idaho, our nights are cooler and our mornings are taking longer to warm up. Not sure I am ready for FALL just yet.

    We went through three “Cups” this Summer and I can hardly believe it. We read what God has to say about JOY, PEACE, and FAITH. We are now ready to look into what God has to say about PRAYER.

    Before diving into PRAYER, let me step back for a moment and ask, how did you like making all the “Cups” this Summer?

    What was one take away you had from reading God’s word regarding FAITH, since we just finished our “Cup of FAITH”?  (I would love to hear form you in the in the comment section below.)

    For me it was fun to be able to read a verse each day for a month on a specific word and really start to wrap my mind around that one word and what God thinks and says about it.

    I think the biggest take away for me was starting to think of FAITH as an Action.

    This month, September, I would like to put our FAITH into action!
    How?
    By following God’s instruction from His word to PRAY.  Prayer is our biggest weapon against the enemy and yet we tend to use this the least or as a last resort much of the time.

    I do not know about you,  but I want to change this in my life!  I  would like to become a prayer warrior.  Do you?!?

    Prayer is essential and necessary to be able to talk to God, make our requests known to Him, have our praises heard, and to hear from God ourselves.

    In Ephesians 6:14-17, Paul talks about putting on the whole armor of God.  Why?  Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness of this age.  We need to be prepared and ready and once we have on God’s armor we are told in verse 18 to PRAY always, with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

    Ladies, We need to have Prayer be our “first line of offense and defense” not just used as our “last resort”!

    When your world is out of control, events go wrong, friends hurt you, or your spirit is in the dumps, what do you do?

    • Talk about the other side being wrong?
    • Blame someone?
    • Gossip to others?
    • Binge eat or go into a deep depression?

    I want to encourage you that your best line of offense and defense is to PRAY!

    For the next two weeks I would like to encourage you to start to think about praying first and praying always.
    Before

    • you do anything about a problem,
    • say anything,
    • or react on your feelings.

    Take a minute (or maybe 2 or maybe even 10) to PRAY.  Allow God to be the first to stop the spinning, right the wrong, heal your heart, and lift you up!

    *** Then in two weeks, Sept. 15th, I am going to email you again with a video talk-able to encourage you to continue to PRAY first and PRAY Always, so that PRAYER starts to be in the forefront of your mind.  We need to form a new habit. And when you form for yourself the habit to go to God in Prayer first and Always, you will have taken a huge step in putting your FAITH into Action and allowing God to direct your path. Something to remember:

    •  Our “fight” is not against other people, but against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness of this age and the only way to “fight” back is to go to battle through prayer.

    God notices when we obey and change more and more into the people He wants us to be.  His blessings flow!

    *** To encourage and remind you to PRAY first and PRAY Always, I have hand-lettered a print-able just for you!  Please, copy it, pin it, and post it to remind yourself to PRAY Always and I will see you in two weeks!  I am excited to put our Faith into Action and obey God’s word to PRAY Always!  Let’s get started!

    Blessings and Smiles, Krista

    See you in 2 Weeks 🙂

    Click Here to Access Your Pray Always Print-able (large)

    Click Here to Access Your Pray Always Print-able (small)

    Faith – It’s All About Action!

    Hello Ladies!
    It’s Talk-able Tuesday!

    Before I tell you about this weeks video.talk-able. How are you enjoying your Cup of FAITH?  You can see mine is in the corner of this picture and I am loving it!  So good and so timely. I love picking a verse each day and reading the word.  So encouraging!  God is so faithful to His promises and to His word.  What an awesome non-moving foundation we can stand on!

    Also, I am coloring the color-able that you will be able to print off for today to remind you to keep walking out your FAITH.

    AND…..I am going to be sharing a “nugget” that Priscilla Shirer shared in her study “The Armor of God” about FAITH.  ~ So simple and so right on!

    Let’s get going and dig further into what God says about FAITH. Enjoy this week’s talk-able!

    For this week’s color-able – Click Here

    For this week’s color-able small version – Click Here

    Thank you for joining me today and I cannot wait to meet again next month to talk and implement PRAYER!

    Blessings Ladies and Keep Walking out your FAITH,

    Krista