Life has been really busy lately, and I love it, but it hasn’t gave me time to write the blogs that I would like…. sorry about that !!

So… Here’s my thought ! It’s January 11th, only six short weeks ago we were celebrating Thanksgiving. A month were even your most criminal of people post everyday what they are thankful for. I myself fell into the trap of updating my Facebook status of what exactly I was thankful for. Knowing that I was actually thankful for those things made me warmhearted.

As I was shopping with my son today, I found my mind wondering, what am I thankful for today? Surely it’s not just Thanksgiving that I would be thankful, yeah No ! The answer is No ! Truly, I’m thankful for God’s mercy and grace on a daily basis, I’m thankful for my friends and family God has placed in my life for one reason or another and so much more.

Even when we are in our lowest of lows we need to find our joy in God. Recently I was challenged by a conflict within a group of Christian women. You know what they say ‘we women are drama queen’s.’ Anyway I found myself running from God (and that’s kind of hard for me to say, so I hope your not taking me lightly here), when I told my Pastor about what I had been feeling, he laughed. His response was, “…you know, I bet a lot of the others were doing the same thing.” Right then I realized that we were all letting the devil win, we have to decide to be free from sin even when we are living right in the midst of a sinful & problematic situation. Maybe you don’t like all your past actions or reactions. I myself live with a lot of regrets from the past, (and I’m working on forgiving myself). It’s harder than one might think.

Now even though the situation with the women is not well, or fixed in a shape that is pleasing to me & some of the other women & God, I know that God’s hands are on it. Though the devil got things stirred up I have faith that God will bring all the women involved to victory.

Philippians 4
New International Version (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Beautiful Scars

I feel like its been a while since I’ve shared what we’ve been given at The Summit. Pastor Dan is good at giving us a lot to think about and helping us to prosper in our walk with Jesus. Basically what a good pastor is supposed to do.

Sunday he started another series, Beautiful Scars, and I got the privilege of staying for both services. I’m helping with the shoebox mission at church before and after service. Click here for my post with more information. (It’s at the bottom).

Anyway, I don’t know how our pastors preach the same message three times in one weekend and don’t forget anything. I definitely couldn’t do it.

It was a great message with lots of healing for me so I thought I would share some of my notes.

John 20:19-20; 24-27
-He was identified by…
-He drew attention to…
-He wasn’t ashamed of…

Isaiah 53:3,5
By his stripes (scars) we are healed.

** You can trust God & talk to him about anything. He’s been through MORE than you.

He never said you wouldn’t have trouble or problems.
** Read John 16

II Corinthians 11:23-28

5 sources of our Hurts

1. Rejection
2. Failure
3. Abuse
4. Betrayal
5. Tragedy

– You go through things (God heals you), then you can be effective in ministering to other in like events.

Time doesn’t heal all wounds only God can.

Hurts can be the greatest obstacle and the greatest growth in life.

** – my thoughts as the message went on.

I truly feel like a real healing began on Sunday. Not just because of this message, it without question it started on the way to church, in the car.

I hope these verses and thoughts bless you and help the healing of your beautiful scars. Cause let’s face it scars are beautiful.

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Who Do You Think You Are ? (part 1)

You might feel the urge to click unfollow upon the reading of that title, but give me a minute. Remember this is mannersandmars, it’s normal to be all over the place.

Last week I had a very rare oppurtunity to go shopping alone, I may have taken it a little far. I ended up at the local buy-out store and I might have looked at every book they had. While I had reason, (I was looking for Joyce Meyer’s The Battlefield of the Mind-Study Guide), when I was done I had to laugh at myself.

20131108-204424.jpg ^ Caught my eye.

Not a bible study, but a very enlighting read. I’ve never seen so many life changing book reviews in my life, (though I don’t read the reviews all that much).
I thought it couldn’t hurt to take it home for only $3.99.

Finding time to read was another battle for a whole new post, but Emmett happens to be sick. We have done a lot of cuddling and this means knitting, tv, and reading in our house.

I just wanted to share some thoughts on the first chapter, “I AM ______.”

I find in interesting how Driscoll shows how you are to view yourself. If you were to ask me who I am, I would of said, I’m wife to Steven and mommy to Emmett. However, this is wrong.

Another fact I would like to share, (simply because I think it’s worth sharing)… I think we are all guilty of it at one point or another, you know when you become obsessed over one thing or another. So much that the thing becomes more important to you than God.

The last section in chapter 1 explains how to better understand idols.
Think of it like this:
I – Items
D – Duties
O – Others
L – Longings
S – Sufferings

Everyone has suffered an identity crisis in there life. I’m sure glad I stumbled across this book, because I can already tell you Mark Driscoll is a new favorite author.

I pray this post is a blessing to you and gets your mind turning. Maybe you’re even thinking about buying a copy of ‘Who Do You Think You Are Finding Your True Identity in Christ.’ If so, then I’ve done my job.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and have a blessed Sunday.

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Living Free (Again)

The message’s at The Summit have been so powerful and blessed that sometimes I can’t keep up on my notes. I’ve started taking them on my phone and that really helps.

A recent message brought up some emotions and I was urged to go back and look for what I thought would be answers to my problem. Answers that had already been studied and wrote out.

I love how the word of God has all the answers we need. Below I shared some of my notes from a message in September.

Living Free -Week 4
Things that are holding you back


You grab ahold of it and don’t let go.
Philip 1:9-10
Psalms 119:165 KJV

Matt 5:43-45
There’s no room in God’s kingdom for hatred

Rev 2:6

Matt 7:1-2
Rom 14:12-13
James 4:12

Unable or UNWILLING to forgive someone.
Matt 6:15
Mark 11:25


After the message was over, Pastor Dan asked us to get out the index card that we were given at the door. We were to write who or what we would like to let go of in order to live free.

I dropped that burden that day but was reminded of it greatly a few times since and a lot today. Revisiting these living free notes helped me. I hope they do you too.

How do you deal with what’s holding you back from living free?

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Stronger – Week 2


Church Journey Group’s meet again tomorrow, and I’m excited to hear what Angela Thomas has to say about this weeks lesson, ‘God Is Stronger Than My Struggles.’

Day 1’s self-study, ‘with loneliness,’ would speak to anyone that has lived for more than a year of life. Everyone has experienced some type of loneliness in their life at one time or another.

I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places; I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Psalms 102:6-7

Angela mention in last weeks video lesson that God even cares about the lonely sparrow.
Praise God.
Even when we are that lonely sparrow God’s strength is with us. Even if we have to pass through the valley of weeping and sorrow, God is there to bring us joy and lift us up.

Day 2’s self-study, ‘with temptation,’ is yet another overwhelming truth. We all struggle with temptation, whether we would like to admit it or not.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts on one.
James 1:13

Satan is sadly alive and well, and he is ready and willing to tempt us daily. Angela made a list to get us thinking that I will share.

Are you ever tempted to

  • Hold a grudge?
  • Share a confidence?
  • Make yourself and your problems the center of the world?
  • Withhold your love?
  • Withhold your forgiveness?
  • Turn your eyes away from the poor, the needy, the widow?
  • Gossip instead of pray?
  • Divide instead of unite people, church, and family?
  • Highlight the faults of the people you’ve been called to love?
  • Hide when God told you to go?
  • Judge instead of encourage?
  • Let a spirit of bitterness become your calling card?
  • Focus on your wants instead of your blessings?

We were asked to list three more temptations that “I” struggle with, as you can imagine that was somewhat easy. There are temptations Everywhere!

The Good News is found in I Corinthians 10:3 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it

Can I hear an Amen !

There are ways to avoid temptation as Angela shared in this book, Stronger. Some of which I’ve tried in the past and there were some that I look forward to trying in the future. Because I know there is just another temptation waiting around the next bend in life. Another trial to face. Another appealing on the outside, but not so good for you, event in the future.

I hope you are enjoying my updates on things I’ve been studying. Please feel free to comment with your study ideas or suggestions.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trail, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 (One of my First Favorite Verses)

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Be Careful About How You Talk


As some of you may know, I am currently coordinating our local MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group. We actually meet at The Summit Church that I mentioned in my last bible post.

Our theme this year is A Beautiful Mess, and we are embracing our stories of life. Our theme verse is Ephesians 2:10.

“For we are his workmanship, created IN CHRIST Jesus.” Is one version. There are so many versions of the bible, which I love because it makes it easier to study and understand it for today’s life.

As I am planning and praying for this years MOPS group, I stumble upon this verse quite regularly. The Lord really knows what he’s doing.

The leader of the study “Stronger”  I am involved in on Wednesday’s shared with us a little booklet called In Him, by Kenneth E. Hagin. In it, are verses listed with what we are to take from them, followed by an explanation or life application.

I would just like to share what he has to say about Ephesians 2:10…

“ We didn’t make ourselves new creatures — He did. We are His workmanship. And you’d better be careful about how you talk about His workmanship. Be careful to say the same thing about His workmanship that He says about it in His Word. Be careful no to slur or mock God by saying ‘Oh, I’m so poor and weak and unworthy. I’ll never amount to anything.’ He didn’t make you that kind of new creature. He made you a worthy new creature. He made you a new creature who could stand in His presences as though you had never committed a sin. He made you a righteous new creature. Start telling who you actually are — instead of who you think you are.”

WOW !!!

WOW !! Was all I had to say to myself when I was done reading that tid-bit of reflection.

Maybe it’s just me, but women tend to be a little negative about themselves, physically. Even if it’s not something we talk about, it maybe the thoughts going through our heads.

This thought from Hagin really makes me think. I really need to change my way of thinking ! I hope that this post helps you put your thoughts in perspective as it did me.

If you would like more information on MOPS and what it is about or if there is something for you in the MOPS organization for you please visit the MOPS website here.

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Living Free

So it’s Tuesday and I’m told that most bible study posts come on Sunday, but this is ‘mannersandmars‘, where apparently even in my manners I’m slightly mars.

Our family has recently joined the church we have been attending for several months, and we’ve never been so happy. Other churches were just not home for both of us before. We are pleased to have found a church to call home, somewhere Emmett can grow up learning the word of God with friends from his class.

Click here to learn more about our new church.

I am a note-taker, so I’m thankful that Emmett goes to class, and I am not chasing him around the back of the church or stuck in a room without a speaker. Which by the way wouldn’t happen if he weren’t in class. This church is amazing and provides screens and sound through the church, so you are not to miss the service if you are caring for your little ones.

I’ve been going through some of my notes from Pastor Dan’s current series “Living FREE” and would like to share only some notes.

  • Jeremiah 29:11
    Jesus paid for our past and future. Why not walk in it?
  • Jeremiah 33:8
    No matter what you’ve done God has forgiven you. Forgive YOURSELF.
  • Psalms 34:18
    Pain keeps us from doing what we need and want to do.

This was the third week in his series FREE, and he spoke on the Baggage we carry around from our past.

1. Abandonment

2. Failure

3. Guilt

4. Shame

5. Pain

Each and everyone of us deal with most of these bags in some form or another. We just need to praise God that he is there to take it away from us, forever. All we have to do is lay it at his feet and leave it there.

I am enjoying going through my notes each week, and have started to attend the Wednesday Night Journey Group at the church. A study called Stronger.’ Tomorrow is our first official study in the book, and I can’t wait. Each days lesson has spoke to me and I can’t wait to see what the author and other women have to say about the session.

I feel the Lord is leading me to do more within the body of Christ and this is just the first step. So I hope you follow along my journey, and maybe start one yourself.

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