Spring is here! Spring represents new growth, new possibilities and new beginnings. I believe that God has new possibilities for your life that He wants you to take hold of - new ways of looking at relationships, new ways of serving other, new ways of loving the people around us.
With new growth there are growing pains. Stretching is painful, especially at first! I believe some of you reading this are in a season of stretching. I want to encourage you to lean into the areas of your life where you feel stretched and try to be thankful for the burn! Thankful that God is using you and sculpting you for your glorious future and purpose. You need to stretch out your faith and breath because you are not doing this on your own. You have the strength of the God of the Angel armies on your side and the further you stretch, the further they will take you!
Personally I am in a season of stretching with relationships. I recently traveled down to Orlando, Florida to check out warehouse for Horacio Printing. After we saw the space and witnessed the miracle of our new warehouse, I went with my friend to her missionary prayer meeting at a local church. Many of the people in the room had not yet raised the funds for a missionary trip the group was planning. But the group leader stood up with power and said ‘God has promised you this trip. But you have to FIGHT for your promise. When you are given a gift from God, you receive heaven's attention AND hell's attention. That means you have to fight in the middle, every day. Fight for your promise from God!'
As I sat and listened I realized that my battleground, or mission-field, was right in front of me. For me, I heard God tell me that my promise was my husband, and I was not fighting for my promise. I have not been fighting for joy in my home and fighting to make it a place of encouragement. I realized my home is my mission-field right now. This perspective has brought a complete change in the way I interact with my husband. When I step into my home it becomes my place to make a difference in my partnership in love. God over-delivered in his promise to me for my husband, and he'll continue to support me. But I also have to fight for it every day - and now I realize nothing could make me happier!
Today I want to ask you: What is something that you have prayed for and begged God for? Maybe it’s your job, your husband, your apartment, roommate, church family, provision, education, an opportunity. What was something that God promised for you and He delivered – and now you have it and it doesn’t seem as shiny, holy, or wonderful?
What is your promise? What do you need to fight for?
This is your promise, and you have to fight for your promise! This is your mission field. Your battleground. Maybe it is your marriage, your job, your friendship. If the enemy could get you to resent you promise and lose your desire to fight for it… your promise will lose it’s purpose. If the enemy could ruin my marriage with discouragement and comparison, he could dim my purpose. God promised us to each other, and His promise has PURPOSE; to glorify Him.
I want to challenge you to write down one promise that you want to re-commit to for God. God is good and He can bring fresh perspective and grace to anything that is dead and bring it back to life!
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
You are INVITED to our Spring Gathering in New York City on April 8th! We want to speak life over you and your dreams as we enter this new beautiful season of life!
We are excited to offer a morning of Holy Yoga and dream planning! This is your time and space to connect with God and dust off dreams.
We’ll start with one hour of Christ-centered yoga, lead by Caroline Williams, to stretch our bodies, open our hearts, and worship God in a new body+heart+soul way. After yoga, we will walk through the seasonal refresh section of the planner to reposition our goals, hearts, and to encourage one another.
What is included in my registration? One hour yoga class, two gifts from Horacio Printing (worth +$25!), yummy snacks, lots of heart encouragement and sisterhood connection.
There will be a few yoga mats available to rent for $2 at the event. If you have your own though, please bring it!
We hope you can come! You can learn more and sign up here.
We have a special gift for you! A few months ago we created little “you are loved” cards and attached them to roses and passed them out in New York City. It was as simple as buying a bouquet and attaching a little note!
We want to encourage you to print out this free resource and SHARE THE LOVE! We want you to help us spread the news that people are loved.
You can have a little party this weekend with your friends and make these. Bring them to work or school! The link to download is at the bottom along with a few ideas of how to use these sweet cards!
Encouragement Card + Rose Tutorial
Step One : Print out the encouragement cards front and back.
Step Two : Gather all the ingredients. Bouquet of roses, front and back printed cards, hole puncher, ribbon and scissors.
Step Three : Cut the cards down to size and punch a hole in the corner.
Step Four : Tie the card to the rose using a ribbon.
Step Five : Share the love with your world!
Here are some fun ways to use these cards:
- Have friends over and make them together this weekend!
- Take them to church on Sunday. Share with your sunday school class, small group, or new visitors!
- Take them to school or take them to work!
- Print them out and keep them in your wallet and pass them out the people you see. (gas station, restaurant, park or just walking down the street)
There are a zillion ways to use them! Make sure you tags us in the photos of how you are sharing the love!
We created this 3-Day course for you! Our first class has already begun, but you can go ahead and sign up for our next round in March 21st!
Learn more below & sign up here.
Purpose Of The Class:
Educate, equip and activate our community around the purpose and mission of A21. This three day crash course will provide a quick look into the genesis of A21, they progress that has been made and the future of defeating human trafficking. Our mission is to inspire action and prayer over this circumstance to help make a difference.
The Course Structure:
Each daily course will take roughly 15-25 mins and will consist of information to read, a video to watch and a SOAP bible study to participate in. The course will arrive in the form of an email at 7AM EST, so you can participate from the comfort of your home at the time that works for you. The second round of this course will launch March 21st.
Can I do this in a group? Yes! If you want to take this three day course and do it over the course of 3 days or 3 weeks with your small group GO FOR IT! If you and your roommate want to do it together you have our permission to share. We will be hopping on Instagram Live & Facebook Live to discuss each day at 3:00PM & 3:30PM, to discuss with you in real time.
Can I take it after the 16th? Sure. Once you get the emails, you can ‘take’ the class when you want. We recommend doing the 3 day challenge with us.
Is this going to be depressing? The topic of human trafficking is very upsetting and can cause emotional distress. We pray this does not deter you from moving forward. We hope you can focus on the beautiful fact that YOU can make a difference. Prayer, support and helping to raise awareness in your circle of influence can change everything. We will end each session in God’s word, to help you grow in strength and peace from your Heavenly Father. We find this topic very heartbreaking, which is why we have partnered with A21. We believe your heartbreak can ignite passion and action that carries out the will of God, and that is the goal!
We love you!
A note from our founder:
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
Here is my 2017 booklist! Have you read any of these already?! I would love to hear what you think.
My 2017 Reading List By Author
Dr. Caroline Leaf
I heard Dr. Caroline Leaf speak at a recent conference in Miami and I was blown away. This is typically how I find out about most authors I enjoy like Erwin McManus, Christine Caine, and Bobbie Houston. I hear them at a conference or church and fall in love with their heart and message, then find as much material I can! Dr. Caroline Leaf is revolutionary. I can’t wait to get into her material. Check her out here.
I have read 2 of Bobbie’s books and I love her spirit, joy and humor. You can hear her bubbly personality on each page. I was so thankful to get this book at Colour Conference!
This book was recommend by my dear friend Caroline Williams who is leading my female entrepreneur masterminds group. It offers poignant advice on how to lead a spiritual group, so if you are leading or plan to lead a small group or course of any sort it is a great investment!
My list is SHORT and SWEET this year, largely because I have a couple books from the past that I still need to read. Before you hop over there I have 3 books that I found during 2016 and REALLY enjoyed. Here they are!
Gems I Found This Year
This one should be on the top of your list. A dear friend of mine mailed it to me out of the blue, and it arrived at the perfect time to help lift me out of a difficult season. In this book Bill Johnson, of Bethel Church, layouts you tools of strengthening yourself in the Lord. I have read this book twice, and I don’t think I will ever stop. Go get it.
This secular book was a recommendation from Tony Robbins. I am a big Robbins fan after taking his business mastery course over the summer. I am halfway through this book already and very impressed by how simple and direct it is. As a Christian you have to fill in some gaps, as you know that your mind is created in the image of God. If you look beyond that and fully take on the teaching you will find a major breakthrough in overcoming limiting mindsets!
This book fell into my hands last year and I loved it! Cons: lots of emphasis on your ‘things’, and as a Christian we are not supposed to treat our things like people, they are earthly possessions. Pros: My house is so much calmer, cleaner and simply at peace! I learned to let go of a lot of things and this removal allowed for mental clarity. I really enjoyed her personality and practical knowledge. I ended up finding that getting rid of stuff was as fun as shopping! (crazy right?) I also know how to shop better because of her teaching… so yay!
Now for the old recommendations! Click here to see my favorite books from 2015 & 2016 as well as books that have rolled over into my 2017 list.
“Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity” - Hosanna, Hillsong United
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7
Shortly after Horacio Printing was born, God put A21’s mission on our heart to really step up and take action. A21 is an incredible non-profit organization founded by Christine Caine that aims to prevent modern-day slavery, protect and restore survivors, prosecute traffickers, and partner with local communities and authorities to ultimately advance the cause of freedom.
It was an easy decision to partner with A21 because slavery is heartbreaking. Did you know there are 27 million people in slavery right now as you are reading this? Can you imagine? It is gut wrenching. After our first successful Kickstarter we felt compelled to give 10% of our earnings to A21.org, and after that there was no turning back.
We continue to give 10% of every sale to A21 in a monthly donation, and are getting closer to our Giving Goal month by month! We know together we can go further.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and we want to encourage you to step out and join us!
Here are 4 exciting ways to do something now!
- Download free resources from A21.org and share to Instagram and Facebook!
- Donate directly to the cause!
- Sign up to host a Encouragement Card Crafting Party! We will give you all the resources you need to host a great night where you get to make cards that are handed to someone as they enter a new life of freedom.
- Sign Up for our 3 Day A21 Crash Course & Bible study. (launching in February!) When you sign up you will get three emails over the course of three days. These will include educational information about what A21 is doing, survivor stories as well as a SOAP bible study. We will take this time to learn, study, and pray together! This three day bible study will launch Feb 16th!
We are so expectant that God will do amazing things when we get together to equip ourselves and pray in the name of Jesus. We hope you will join us!
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” - Hebrews 6:10
Hey Horacio Printing Fam,
Jess here! I have been behind the scenes this year, helping with Horacio Printing and sowing into this ministry. I am excited to share more on the HP blog and get to know you! Last year I shared with you that my word for 2016 was "Prayer". I like having a something as a singular focus whether that is a word or phrase to remember and declare over the year to come.
In 24 hours it will be the New Year and I want to invite you to join me!
What is your word for 2017?
If you need help getting ideas you can either start by filling out your 2017 Bucket List page or use the questions I posted last year:
- What is something I hope will happen this year?
- What is something I'm still not good at and want to learn?
- What is something I'm passionate about?
- What is one verse that keeps coming to mind from the Bible?
- What is one word that popped into mind during my prayer time today?
To be honest I haven't had a repetitious word pop into my head during church, or SOAPs, or quiet time with God. This wasn't as easy as last year! But I had been thinking of a sermon that was preached at church and one of the verses hit me. That verse was Mark 9:24 "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
I know a lot of times I've doubted that God cared or would come through. I think that's just human nature. I also have seen Him be faithful in difficult times and so it has become a balance where my unbelief cries out but my past answered prayers cry out too.
As I walk into new seasons, both old and new doubts can creep into my beliefs so my word for 2017 is "Belief".
Do you have a doubt that is stealing your joy and momentum? We have a brand new page on our website to help you find a verse to help you overcome any of your fears using the word of God. Check it out here. You can search for verses in relation to many of the common doubts and fears we all face from season to season. God is good and His words are true and full of power.
I would love to read your comments below or you can use the hashtag #HPDeclaration so I can follow along! If you want to be creative you can take a picture of your word or phrase and tag @horacioprinting on Instagram as well!
I can't wait to see what you come up with and what God will manifest using that declaration.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
I have been perfecting my personal planning system for quite a while. I have developed a slight obsession with taking classes and reading books on productivity, planning, goals, dream casting, and vision planning. As a relatively new business owner, I have to protect my schedule and live intentionally. I know that life is messy, and I have learned that great planning leads to more freedom, flexibility, and reduced stress. The link to all of these resources is here. Below is a detailed tutorial of how I plan my big picture, year, quarter, month, week, and days! I hope something I share will help you simplify your life and bring you more joy!
Big Picture – Focusing On The Important
To plan for success, you must start with the big picture. What is your big picture? Not exactly sure? Don’t worry. I am going to walk you through the mental process necessary to formulate your big picture. Then, I will show you the method I use to take that big picture plan and translate it into yearly plans, quarterly plans, monthly plans, and ultimately daily plans. Do you feel like you are constantly putting out fires, thinking of all the things that must get done, and simply praying for the strength to get it all handled? We have all been there. This is called living in the world of “urgent.”
The ‘world of urgent’ is describes a world where every task or errand you are working on needs to be completed urgently -- leaving you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Sound familiar? When you feel this way, you don’t necessarily treat everyone you live with or encounter with the joy of the Lord, do you? We ALL find ourselves in the world of urgent sometimes, but that is not the way God intended for you to live. He wants you to live in the important, but not the urgent. When you are accomplishing something that is important but not urgent, you are more creative and more powerful. You end up solving problems and addressing issues before they become a fire that you must urgently extinguish.
With proper planning and quiet time with the Lord, your life can quickly transition from the world of the urgent to the world of the important! The first step towards living in the world of the important is to ask yourself this critical question: what is important to you? For example, if you are not watering an important relationship at your job or in your home because other things are too urgent and time consuming, this relationship will not grow, but will wither. Sadly, you will be so focused elsewhere that you will not recognize that you are neglecting this important relationship until a major problem develops or the relationship is severely damaged. Once you are living in the ‘world of the important,’ you can plan out how you want to water this relationship often so that it continually grows and does not suffer. I can't promise that you will never deal with urgent matters or emergencies anymore -- that is inevitable. However, this does not have to be, and should not be, your lifestyle. Let's travel to a less stressful life together. Are you on board? Grab some paper and your planner!
What is Important?
What is important to you? What matters? We might think something is important, but if we are not spending time working on it or focusing on it, then our actions are not consistent with our beliefs.
[Note: You might be thinking of someone else right now that needs to hear this message, but keep in mind you can only truly change yourself. Keep your focus on YOU and becoming the best YOU!]
You must define what is important to you and who you are becoming before you write down your big goals and dream plans! Now is the time for you to create that list of what is important.
ACTION: Take time to list out what is important to you.
Do not rush through this step. Close your eyes and visualize what really matters to you. Need some help getting started? Perhaps my list can assist you..
Important for me:
- quality time for relationships (family/friends)
- spiritual health
- quality time with God
- health for my body
- budgeting for generosity with time and resources
- creative expression
*tip: If you want to make a list for your business or career, go for it! This planning works for both your personal and professional lives.
Yearly Planning - Who Am I Becoming?
Who am I becoming this year? This is the most important question to ask yourself. Everything in your goals, plans, and day to day life should circle back to this question of who you are becoming. If you do not define this for yourself, your current habits will define this for you. Your actions dictate who you become, which is why you must be intentional with your schedule. If you want to become a pilot, you must plan time to take the classes, log the necessary flight hours, and pass all the tests. If you want to become an involved, loving parent, you have to build into your schedule time with your kids, and then step into those moments with the intention of being a loving parent. Your life is your canvas, and you have the ability to grow into the person you want to become this year.
ACTION: Reflect back at what is important to you and then ask yourself “Who am I becoming?” Come up with 5-10 answers to that question!
ACTION: Put these answers on your bucket list and add more things in your bucket list that are related to who you are becoming this year.
*tip: A great sermon to watch on this topic is 'The Chair.' I would recommend watching it if you haven't already!
Your bucket list should bring you joy and inspiration. I highly recommend taping it up in a prominent location to ensure you see it daily. I keep this list nearby and look at it often so that my vision continually re-energizes me. Our planner has a great place to keep this bucket list, and it also has a place to write your top 3 dreams for 2017. Click here to watch and learn more about Dream Planning!
When I plan my month, I use an extra sheet of notebook paper. This is very helpful in organizing and prioritizing my business needs. This step helps me prioritize when I feel a bit overwhelmed.
To plan my month, I ask myself the following questions:
1) What are my major outcomes this month?
2) What are my major focuses this month?
3) What are my future focuses?
I place the major outcomes in a vertical list, and I list both sets of focuses as bubble charts. (See picture below.) Our brains naturally tend to look to the future. It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves, and then become overwhelmed. (Wouldn’t you agree?) So if I think of something that I want to focus on next month, I place it around the future focuses bubble and then table that focus until the next month. Doing this gives me permission to quit stressing about future outcomes and to focus on NOW. Moreover, our brains will subconsciously begin to marinate on the future topics, and we will be better equipped for solutions when the time comes to focus on them.
After completing both sets of bubbles, I ask myself which of these will provide the most success. To be successful, you must limit yourself to no more than 3-5 focuses per month -- more than that will be counterproductive. Remember: focuses are not tasks.
After I have determined what my key focuses will be, I list out, under each focus, all the tasks I need to accomplish to achieve results in that area. I use this list to help me plan my weeks.
*tip: You can repeat this exercise twice, once for professional and once for personal, or you can combine them and do the exercise just once. That is up to you.
Weekly planning happens once a week, typically on a Friday or Saturday afternoon. For me, this is an ideal time to map out the upcoming week. I consult my Seasonal Refresh section to remember what my big goals are. Or I consult my monthly sheet so that I know what I need to make time for this week.
I block out time for the major categories and focuses I have listed both for professional and personal. I don’t typically list all my smaller daily tasks in my planner because doing so makes the week seem overwhelming. (I save the list of tasks for the daily planning on my notepad.)
Here are some questions I ask myself:
- Am I setting aside time and activities to help me transform into the person I want to become? (mind, body, soul)
- What are my major appointments/commitments this week? (Do I need all these?)
- What are my big weekly musts? (I put those on the left in the To-Do List)
- What are my overall intentions for this week spiritually/personally? (I put that answer down in the Weekly Intentions section.)
*tip: I do plenty of revising along the way, so I typically either plan in pencil or use stickers to cover up things that I change. For professional tasks, I upload them into Asana and give them specific due dates! (I love Asana!)
You never know what life is going to throw your way, and God tells us repeatedly through Scriptures not to worry about tomorrow. He knows that anxiety and worry tear us down physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and do not benefit us in any way. However, this does not mean that we are to just simply wake up and figure out the day without any plan or direction. Accordingly, I believe that attacking the day with purpose is vital. Of course, daily plans have to be flexible to an extent: we must be ready for unexpected events that may occur and for what the spirit might be stirring within us.
To plan my day I use my daily pad! I take about 15 minutes at the end of the day (around 6:00 PM) to design my day for tomorrow. Why the day before? By knowing what I am going to focus on and accomplish tomorrow, I can rest easy and enjoy my evening!
To plan my next day, I ask myself the following questions:
- What did I not get to today that I need to put first tomorrow?
- What are my appointments and meals tomorrow?
- How can I make my morning beautiful? (How do I create an environment that allows me to be focused in the morning?)
- What tactical work do I need to get done in the afternoon? (The afternoon is typically where I would schedule any meetings and handle routine tasks such as emails, errands, customer service, team check in, and fitness.)
- What passion can I make time for in my evening?
- What are the top 3 things I need to accomplish tomorrow? If I get these three things done, tomorrow is a WIN!
- After the plan is done, I close the book on ‘today’ and enjoy my evening!
I love to create beautiful mornings. My favorite mornings include a SOAP bible study followed by creative writing, editing, and product design. I love to do this mind engaging work right after spending time in the Word. During this time, I do things that, though not urgent, are very important to hitting my goals.
*tip: Be realistic in your daily planning. Also, it is important that you plan for a break in your day! Plan for something fun, even if it is only 15 minutes. Don’t feel guilty -- you need this. By scheduling a break, you will have more passion for your day, and you will be able to handle the other tasks on your schedule more efficiently. Give yourself grace!
I hope you enjoyed this look into my planning system!
I realize that some of these strategies may not work for everyone, but they have certainly helped me stay focused and productive! What are your planning tips? How do you like to set up your year? Please comment below!
“Truth Lasts: Lies are here today, gone tomorrow. Evil scheming distorts the schemer.
Peace-planning brings joy to the planner.” Proverbs 12:20
This verse brought a big smile to my face. At first I saw the word planner and as a planner designer I couldn't help but get excited at the idea of a planner that brings joy.
I know that God was not speaking about a printed planner, but rather the person who plans and promotes peace. In a different version of this verse it says “Joy for those who promote peace.”
This made me ask the question, ‘How do we plan for peace?”
Peace seems like a nice idea, a place to find on vacation or on the couch after a long day of work. I don’t believe God intended for us to find peace here and there, but rather to create a peaceful lifestyle. Planning for peace requires intention. You have to fight for it in your home, you have to practice it in your mind, you have to stand up and declare it over your life (in a peaceful tone of course).
So let’s ask this together, “Am I planning for peace?”
Our world can be a tough place to find peace. There are many peace stealers. There is also the pressure of being overly productive, and busy to show the importance of your existence.
Peace stealers attack many areas of life including personal, relational and spiritual. I want to be intentional with creating my own peace so that I can be an example. To get started I am challenging myself to define my peace stealers. I also challenge you to do the same, so let’s make a list. If we can define our peace stealers and become more aware of them, I think we can make a big step today into a more peaceful existence.
What are your peace stealers? These directly relate to the ‘distractions’ that I talk about in our refocus cloud. Here are some of mine.
1 - Reality television. Stressful dramatic shows.
2 - Stone Throwing. Listening, participating and repeating gossip. Or simply throwing stones at the ones we love, creating walls between us.
3 - Selfish pride is a big peace stealer. The root of anxiety is "I". The pressure to be perfect, to perform, and to be accepted. This anxiety was never our calling. We are called to depend on Jesus and give Him the glory. Focusing on yourself and the pressure to perform using your own strength will remove all peace.
4 - Health. This is a no brainer. Having a health issue or having a family member will steal peace if you let it. I have to remind myself that God is in control and He is the healer.
"Worry weights us down; a cheerful word picks us up." Proverbs 12:25
What are some of your peace stealers you have found this week? Or this year?
Let’s define these peace stealers and start removing them from our schedule and our heart! God is in control, we are all precious in His sight and He will bring the victory. I want to start 2017 with a renewed peaceful spirit. Let’s walk into our future together with peace on the agenda.
We carry the Holy Spirit with us and we have the ability as Christians to shift any atmosphere we walk into. Let your next meeting at work, or date night, or friend hang-out have the purpose of peace tied to it! We can bring peace into our marriage, into our work place, into our children’s lives, into our friendships.
My prayer is that we boldly carry a spirit of peace into 2017.
God let us be so fragrant and full of peace that people around us are drawn to you. It is in You Jesus that all things are possible. Amen.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – First Thessalonians 5:15-18
Are you stuck on finding your purpose? We have all been there, we go searching for our purpose, our vocation, what job we will do, how well we will succeed. What path should I take? If you reread the verse above you will find that God’s is not focused on if we are a salesman, teacher, a yoga instructor or a doctor. His will is focused on what we do to position our heart in relationship with Him at all times, in all circumstances.
In everything give thanks. How are you positioning your heart towards God? Are you feeling that God is more powerful than your circumstances or that your problems and circumstances are too overwhelming?
Please remember that God is for you and when we give Him what He deserves (Thanks and Praise), we are able to bring Him closer. Invite your Father into your day, into your circumstances.
Our purpose is found in the God’s will and our calling is expressed in the Lord’s prayer “On Earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10) We play a role on bringing Heaven to Earth. Our prayers, our worship and our spirit of Thanksgiving bring Heaven to Earth no matter what circumstances we face. We get to partner with God to fulfill His purposes, and the biggest one starts in your heart, in the spirit of Thanksgiving. This is a blessing.
The wonderful thing is that when we simply begin to give thanks, even when it seems difficult to remember one answered prayer, it isn’t too long before our focus on the good in our lives creates an opening for the Lord’s joy. And it’s the joy of the Lord that is our strength!
I encourage you to grab your planner and take out the praise report and instead of writing down the praises of that month. Think back to the last 12 months. What has God been faithful in? What answered prayers have you seen? Give thanks for your salvation. It’s important to remember how far God has carried you.