November 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Notice


Each Friday I will be linking up with some lovely ladies to participate in Five Minute Friday. You set the timer, write for five minutes on a designated word (no spelling or grammar checking) and then share your post.



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This week's Five Minute Friday prompt is the word "Notice." 


Notice

Have you noticed how quickly things change? One minute you're sweating away in the heat of summer and the next thing you know it's almost Thanksgiving. Time has a way of doing that - slipping through our fingers before we even notice it's gone.

The wonderful thing about Thanksgiving is that it gives us the opportunity to notice the many things in our lives that we have to be thankful for: the people gathered around our table, the food in our oven, friends and family spending time together.

It makes me wonder how things might be different if I took the time to notice the things I should be thankful for all year long rather than just one day a year. What if I was intentional about noticing the people that God has placed into my life for this particular season?

It reminds me of that old question: "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to notice, does it make a sound?" (In case you're not sure of the answer: Yes. Yes it does.) You see the world doesn't wait for us to notice it's intricacies. It keeps on moving. The sad thing is that if we don't pay attention, we'll miss it.

We'll overlook the milk mustache on our toddler's face, not realizing that all too soon that a real one will take it's place (well at least it might if you have a house full of boys like I do).

We overlook the friends who live down the street because we're too busy "getting stuff done."

We fail to notice the opportunities we have right in front of us.

I want to be better about noticing.

I want to be better about being thankful for the little things - the things that all too often I fail to notice.

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November 20, 2014

Give Thanks - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving is next week!! That's hard to believe! 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds me to give thanks regardless of my circumstances. 
Circumstances will change, but God's faithfulness remains the same. 




What are YOU thankful for? 

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November 19, 2014

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I have to admit it. I have a thing for words. I love to write them. I love to read them, and I love to decorate with them. I just realized the other day that 95% of my wall art is "word" art. If you're anything like me, then you are going to LOVE some of these Early Black Friday Markdown Items from Dayspring. They have some beautifully amazing stuff for up to 70% off retail price while supplies last!

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I thought this Redeemed - Redeemed & Blessed - Ceramic Cookie Jar was a really cute idea (and would make a fun Christmas gift - you could even fill it with their favorite cookies!). I love things that are cute AND practical. Normally $59.99, on sale today for $14.99.

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November 18, 2014

The Truth about Thanksgiving


Can I be honest with you?

Sometimes I complain about things I should be grateful for:

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I have to go to the grocery store - We have the money to buy groceries for our family.

I have to wash the dishes . . . again - Not only did we have food to eat, but we had something to eat it on. I even own a machine to wash them for me. All I have to do is stick them in a rack and push a button.

I have seven loads of laundry to do - My family owns enough clothes and linens to comprise seven loads. Not only do we have clothes to wear, we have an abundance.

There was an hour long wait at the pediatrician's office - I have access to doctors when my child is ill. Even more than that, I have medical insurance to help make their care more affordable.

Being a stay-at-home mom is hard - I have the opportunity/ability to stay home with my children.

My husband works a lot -  My husband has a good source of employment and does his job well.

I was stuck in traffic -  I own a car. I am able to drive myself to where I need to go.

My three-year-old is strong willed - His stubbornness can turn into an asset if it's channeled in the right direction. (Also, praise that my mother put up with my own strong-willed self when I was three).

I hardly got any sleep last night due to a nursing baby - I have been blessed with a child. I'm blessed with the ability to feed my child.

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Now, I'm not saying that we have to pretend that life is all sunshine and rainbows. If we're honest, sometimes things are downright hard. Sometimes situations are discouraging and overwhelming. Sometimes we just get frustrated and we need to vent. I get it. I do it.

What I'm learning about myself is that I will always find what I'm looking for. If you're on the lookout for the negative - for all of the ways that life is hard, it's not going to take you long to find those things. However, if you are intentional about finding the things to be grateful for in the midst of difficult situations, your attitude and outlook can be transformed.




The laundry is never going to go away. The dishes will still need to be done. The wait will be longer than you want. The toddler will throw that sippy cup on the floor one. more. time.

What will you do?

We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control our reaction to them. 

We have been given the incredible power to choose.

I want to model this type of behavior for my children. I want to point out the positive rather than dwell on the negative. Who would you rather be around? Debbie Downer or Polyanna?  The person who points out everything that's wrong with the world or the person who sees what can be done to make things right?

My challenge to you (and to myself) for the next 24 hours is this:  Any time you are tempted to complain, try to find the positive in that situation. Turn that complaint into a praise. 

"Lord, there is a super long line at Wal-mart again. I'm tired of waiting, but help me to be thankful.  I thank you for for the ability and resources to shop for my family. Thank you that I have access to the food and supplies that we need. Thank you that I have legs to stand on and hands to push this cart."

I try to put into place the 1:3 rule. For every one complaint, I want to find three things to be thankful for. It's not that hard if you really think about it. By focusing on our blessings rather than on our burdens, we are equipped to see the good in the midst of the bad. It doesn't make the negative go away, but it helps to put it into the proper perspective.

Let's make Thanksgiving a way of life, not just a day in November.

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November 12, 2014

Wednesday in the Word - 2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9


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Free DVD from "What's in the Bible"



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Did you miss out on the huge 60% off sale from "What's in the Bible" a few days ago?
I have to admit, I may have bought 8 DVDs . . . but I only spent $39, and I saved over $60!  I  also managed to check a bunch of gifts off my Christmas list. Double win.

These DVDs are a hit in our house! Little known fact: My boys and I appear in the bonus section of DVD Volume #7. Pretty cool, huh! We won a video contest a few years ago and our video submission appears on the DVD. My boys even got a personalized message from Buck Denver himself!

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All that to say . . . if you missed out on the big flash sale from a few days ago, they've just announced a new sale starting 11/12 and running through 11/18.

They're giving away a FREE copy of  Sing through the Bible with a DVD order.  (This is actually one of the DVDs I bought a few days ago! It arrived in the mail this morning!!) 




My boys love the songs, and as a mom, I like that they're learning good stuff while they're having a good time!

Just thought I'd pass on the info to you in case you've got kiddos to do some shopping for. You can keep the free DVD for yourself or pass it along as a gift to a friend.


They also have fun Christmas coloring sheets that you can print for your kiddos. (There are also free printables on the website too.

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November 10, 2014

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!



Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! This whole year has just flown right by.

As a blogger, I'm thankful for YOU! Thanks for stopping by, reading, commenting and interacting. If it wasn't for you guys, blogging would pretty much just be the equivalent of  me sitting in a room talking to myself (although if I'm honest, I have done that before).

So. . . as a thank you, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. You can spend it on yourself, or put it toward Christmas gifts - totally up to you!

The giveaway will be open now through Thanksgiving Eve at midnight mountain time (November 26, 2014).



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