Inspiring Posters to Download and Print

Inspiring Posters to Download and Print

Surround Yourself With Words of Inspiration

Colorful words in fun fonts that you can download, print, and hang!

Hello! I’m Susannah

(aka Suzi)

I wanted to share some inspiring words with you so you could download them, print them out, and hang them up. They’re sized at 11″ x 17″, but you can easily print them out half-sized so they are 8-1/2″ x 11″. Use them to slip into the cover of a loose-leaf binder to make a cheery notebook or hang them in your kitchen or craft room.

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Do You Suffer From Spiritual Light Sensitivity?

Do You Suffer From Spiritual Light Sensitivity?

For weeks now, I have been struggling with light sensitivity.

Yes, I have very blue eyes and a bad habit of squinting against the light instead of putting on my sunglasses. Some days, I feel like I need them even indoors!

My doctor tells me that most people in Texas—where I live—have vitamin D3 deficiency. That’s crazy, when we know that only sunlight produces that vitamin in our bodies. You can get small amounts from eating things like mushrooms, but not nearly as much as your body needs. With the abundance of sunlight in Texas, you’d think we’d be the least likely people to develop this deficiency.

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A study at Stanford

In a recent study at Stanford University, researchers found that women who spend at least 30-45 minutes in the sun everyday live longer and have less frequent breast cancers. Yet we’ve been told over and again to avoid the sun! And so we ask, what are we to do? (I’ll come back to that in a minute.)

Of even graver concern is the lack of spiritual light.

If avoiding the sun can cause physical problems in our bodies, imagine how avoiding God’s light can affect our spirits!

Consider the case of the New Testament Apostle Paul. Even though he wrote most of the New Testament, he had not always been a champion of the faith. Indeed, he had letters from the religious authorities to put in jail those who were following the Way. He was on the road to Damascus to do just that when something startling happened.

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do (Acts9:3-6).”

Blinded by the light, his whole sense of who he was and who God was, was challenged. He had to be led into the city because he was totally blind.

But blind to what?

Saul was the young Pharisee who held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was passionate for what he saw as the only way to worship God. But the Pharisees had put so many stumbling blocks in the way of the faithful that no one could be assured of not offending them.

However, God was offended by the Pharisees!

He knew that no one could follow the law perfectly. Not even pious Saul. So He enacted the solution He had prepared even before the beginning of time itself. He sent Jesus into the world, to live the life we should have lived. He did that perfectly. Then, He took on himself the penalty for every sin ever committed, past, present and even future. He paid the penalty and bought our freedom and forgiveness.

 

He became the light.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

 

When Jesus showed people the way, those who believed Him still struggled with believing. At one point, the boldest Apostle in the group, Simon Peter, denied he even knew Jesus.

Much later, when the beloved apostle, John, wrote in his letters, he made it abundantly clear who the light is.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:5-9).

This may be my favorite verse in the whole Bible. I love the light, because that’s where Jesus is.

But it is definitely not always easy.

I suffer from chronic depression. If you think Christians shouldn’t have depression, then you must also think they shouldn’t have diabetes, or heart disease, or any of a plethora of illnesses that are a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, until Jesus returns and make all things new, we live in a fallen and decaying world. One day soon, He will return and restore everything to the way He made it in the beginning, before the fall. (For more information on being a Christian with mental illness, see Amy Simpson’s Blog. You can also read my testimony about depression here.)

We have a worthy adversary—the devil. The word tells us that

he goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8.).”

Do you know what that means? It means he is LOUD! He is ROARING his message of lies to us. But he is also a liar from the beginning and the father of lies (John 8:44).

The enemy roars his lies.

In our ears, in the mirror, in our jobs and our families and even in our churches. That is why it is crucial that we stay in the light. When the light is shining, nothing is hidden. If we believe the lies the enemy roars at us (I’m unloveable; I’m a failure; I’m not pretty; I can’t do anything right.) then we are committing Peter’s sin.

We’re denying that we know Jesus Christ.

I’ve just come through one of the worst depressive episodes I’ve ever experienced. I tried walking backwards in the light, but all I saw were the shadows that I, myself, was casting. I heard the enemy’s lies, and I listened. Fortunately, I have people around me who saw what was happening and rushed to my aid.

Now I’m wearing an elastic band around my wrist. It says “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Even though it’s a good reminder, that’s not why I’m wearing it. Every time I hear the enemy’s lies in my mind, I snap that plastic band. Then I counter the lie with the truth of Jesus. I am loved. I am succeeding in my adventure with God. I’m beautiful because God says I am. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

One day soon I’m going to publish my testimony on this website. It’s kind of long, so it will be on a page of its own and you’ll never have to look there if you don’t want to. It isn’t a pretty story, but it is a story of victory!

So how do we balance our need for light?

In the physical, we need 30-45 minutes in the sun every day to produce enough vitamin D3. But NEVER without sunscreen! And I know it’s hot and we would rather sit in the air-conditioned room than walk around the block in the heat of the day. But doing something good for yourself means you’re doing something good for the people you love, too.

And what about spiritually?

Fully live your Life in the Light!

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How to Choose the Right Bible for You

How to Choose the Right Bible for You

How to choose the right Bible for you.

It seems to me that with the advent of global shopping online, the brick and mortar Christian bookstores where I worked and learned the difference between Bibles have gone the way of the dinosaur. Sure, there are loads of choices on the internet, many more, in fact, than any local bookstore or chain could carry. And it also seems like the sheer number of Bibles in new and exciting categories is growing by the day. So what do you do when you want a new Bible but aren’t sure where to turn? Well, for my friends, I have developed a method for you to weigh all the options available to you. Just click on the image to the right!

What’s the difference between not just translations, but types of Bibles? Is a Reference Bible better than a Study Bible? What qualifies as a Journaling Bible? And aren’t there specialty Bibles for just about every interest and need? Yes, there are, and what I’ve tried to do for you is put it all in a chart to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

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But first, some definitions.

Concerning translations, there are actually 3 types you might come across. Verbal Equivalence Bibles (aka Formal Equivalence Bibles) means that the translators have opted to translate word for word. If it is strictly adhered to, it can make reading a bit awkward because there are no strict equivalent words for some Hebrew and Greek words.

The second type is Dynamic Equivalence (aka Functional Equivalence) Bibles. In this translation method, the translator has attempted to convey thought for thought instead of strict word for word. Neither one of these methods is fool-proof, but they are still remarkably accurate when compared to the original manuscripts.

The third type is a Paraphrase, which is not strictly a translation at all. This type takes the meaning of the Scriptures and tries to put it in simple, everyday language. Many people use a Paraphrase Bible for reading, but switch to an actual translation for studying.

More definitions

In addition to the different translations, there are different types of Bibles as well. The three most commonly read are the Study Bible, which includes study helps and commentaries to try to make the passages clearer; the Reference Bible, which has a column either in the center or along the edge that list other references to the same topic; and there is a growing demand for Journaling Bibles as more people embrace journaling in their Bibles instead of in a separate notebook. And then there are Specialty Bibles that include things like Men’s Bibles, Women’s or Kids’ Bibles, Bibles focusing on architecture, or the work of the Holy Spirit, or even just Topical Bibles.

I’ve tried to give you a good sampling of some of the most popular Bibles; obviously, this post would stretch on to eternity if I tried to cover them all.

I hope the resource is helpful for you the next time you decide to purchase a new one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. The most important thing to remember is that time spent in God’s word is edifying to your spirit and God actually says it is “food for the soul.” Remember, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4, KJV).

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How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

Why plan your blogging goals?

You want to honor Christ in your blogging, right? You want your readers to come back again and again, too. Right again?
If your blog is more like an online journal and the people who read it are just friends and family, planning your goals is probably not necessary. But if you want to reach a larger audience and keep them coming back to read your blog, planning your blogging goals is a must.

Blogging can take over your life.

But it doesn’t have to. Like anything you do, planning is key to success. One of my favorite quotes comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”

Planning your blogging goals helps you reach your destination.

However, in today’s world, things change at the speed of, well, technology. And to have a successful blog, you really need to keep up. It can be overwhelming.

That’s why I created this FREE 90-Day Blog Planning Tool!

Without planning, I feel:

  • Unprepared
  • Overcommitted
  • Less productive

That’s why I plan 90 days at a time.

I don’t go into great detail in planning my blogging goals. A 90-day goal might be “grow traffic to 10,000 readers.” After that, planning posts that will interest my readers comes next.

Planning is not writing.

I want to know what I’m going to write about, but in the planning stage, I don’t actually write the post. That comes later.

 

Value-added content

Now that I have an editorial plan for the next 90 days, I’m going to think about what I can offer my readers that will align with the blog. A free checklist? A photo? Tips about how to accomplish something? I like to have a free resource available for download on lots of my posts. (Remember the movie Field of Dreams? “If  you build it, he will come” is true for blogging, too.)

Social media, too.

How will I get the word out? I utilize pins, posts and tweets to let people know what I’m doing and how they can benefit from it. So putting in when you plan to use social media is an integral part of the overall plan. Again, don’t create the pins, posts and tweets—plan them.

Tasks.

The final part of my planning involves listing tasks. If you are using my free planning tool, you have 13 weekly pages to list those tasks and schedule them in.

Scheduling your workload is freeing.

I take one day every three months to plan the next 90 days. Then I only have to look at my plan to know what I need to accomplish each week. It frees my mind up to concentrate on creating really great content that will draw people in and give them what they need.

After all, that’s what my blog is all about. How about yours?

Go ahead! Download your FREE 90-Day Blog Goal Planning Tool!

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Free Printable Planners Are Here: Get Yours!

Free Printable Planners Are Here: Get Yours!

Why do you need free printable planners?

Because everyone plans.

Even those who don’t plan to plan, do. Because if you don’t make a plan to succeed, then you are actually planning to fail. Or at least that’s what some people say. I recently posted about Outlining Your Life Day by Day even before you plan. As for me?

I LOVE planning.

Especially when the planners are fun and FREE! But what you consider fun may not be what someone else considers fun, right? We all have our own ideas of what we like in the way of design. Some like subtle colors or minimal images, while others like bold colors and lots of action in their designs.

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That’s why I made four different sets.

I think the variety of styles in these planners provides something for just about anyone. They are .pdf format and are 8.5 x 11, so you can print them out and punch holes for a notebook. Or slip them in a plastic sleeve and use an erasable marker over and over. Of course, you are welcome to make as many copies as you like.

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I’m all for sharing.

So if you have friends who like the free printable planners you download here, please send them the link to this blog so they can get their own copy. There’s really nothing to stop you from just printing copies for them, too, but I’m asking you not to do that. You found these fun free printable planners, so let them have the fun of looking around my blog and finding new goodies, too. (Besides, I want to meet them!)

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Each Free Printable Planner Set has 8 planners.

I’m currently working on a notebook that will have 28 planners, and as soon as it’s done, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, enjoy these free printable planners. Let me know if you have particular ideas about what should be included in the notebook. Here’s what I’ve planned for it:

  1. 4-quadrant planner
  2. blog content planner
  3. budget planner
  4. daily planner
  5. meals / grocery list planner
  6. monthly calendar
  7. weekly calendar
  8. vacation planner
  9. to do list
  10. weight tracker
  11. books planner
  12. password keeper
  13. habit tracker
  14. goals tracker
  15. Bible / Scripture log
  16. activities schedule
  17. language learner log
  18. macros tracker
  19. vacation packing planner
  20. yearly cleaning schedule
  21. daily routine
  22. homework planner
  23. contacts list
  24. birthdays
  25. exercise goals tracker
  26. when did I last…? tracker
  27. correspondance tracker
  28. what to do in 5 minutes

The first 8 are in each free printable planner set.

 

  • What kind of planners do you use?

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10 Favorite Font Combinations for Crafters & Designers

10 Favorite Font Combinations for Crafters & Designers

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS easy to find good font combinations for your craft or design projects. In fact, sometimes it’s downright frustrating. Do you combine serif and san serif faces, or how do you decide which roman font goes with your script font? Well, to make things a little easier, I’ve come up with ten of my favorite font combinations and put them in a graphic for you so you can see what they look like together — they’re in pairs, first the script, then the roman. Then I’ve included links to where you can find the font (just click on the font name). Most of them are free, but be very careful about the license. Some of them are okay for commercial use, but most are for personal use only, unless you buy a commercial license.
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These font combinations are ones that I’ve used in crafts and for making posters for myself. Of course, you may decide to combine them in different ways, and that’s fine, too. Because in the end, it’s what strikes your fancy that matters.
One tip, though. Don’t use script fonts for all caps, because it makes it difficult to read.

What are your favorite font combinations?