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Attitude of Gratitude

By November 30, 2015 Bible Verse, DIY, General
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Since this is the season of giving thanks, I wanted to take a moment and tell how grateful I am for the great gifts in my life.  This morning there is no school due to snow and my house is filled with kids running back and forth, shouting and jumping and screaming, and of course, fighting.  I could easily let myself be stressed out and frustrated with the noise and the crazy, but instead, today I choose to enjoy it.  I choose to love that I get to spend the day watching my children play and grow, and witness little moments that will become memories.

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I remember as a kid a snow day was so much fun!  As parents we tend to get stressed with a snow day.  What are we going to do with the kids?  How much more money is this going to cost me in daycare?  Should I just stay home from work?  That stress can transfer to the kids.  They can sense when you are not happy with a situation.  Instead of being stressed, choose excitement.  Remember what it was like to wake up in the morning and see your school listed on the bottom of the TV saying they were closed.  Your children will feed off that buzz!

I am also grateful for my family.  I have a great “herd” that I call my own.  We are crazy and happy and weird all at once.  We like to get together and eat, play games, and repeat old movie lines.  I won the in-law jackpot and really feel they are true family.  Not just people I have to put up with during the holidays. Whenever I need someone, I know I can call on any one of them.  There are many people out there without family, and I am so thankful that I have the best one.

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I also am thankful for the opportunities God has given my family.  We were given the opportunity to own our own business.  This has been something that has been a dream since we were in high school.  He finally made that dream come true last year.  I also am grateful for the little things God has given us along the way.  When we feel like we are in a hole either financially or spiritually, he always seems to send us a little something so that it works out.

So with the kiddos out of school, this afternoon we are going to try to make use of our time and get a little crafting done.  I am going to try to do salt dough ornaments.  Here are a few links from pinterest to check out if you want to do them too!

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The last thing I will leave you with is the verse of the week.  In the spirit of gratitude I will share with you Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This verse speaks to me whenever I am trying to justify something I am doing.  If I can’t do or say something that will glorify God, then maybe it is best to just not do or say that.  But in everything else, do it to glorify God.  If you are losing weight, do it to better praise him.  If you are working overtime at your job, do it in his name and he will bless you.  Even if you are just doing the dishes, do it to glorify God because it is easier to worship in a clean home.  God blesses those who do everything in his name, even the mundane.

And in everything, give thanks to God.  That is hard I know, but God has a plan for your life.  You may really want something and be told no from God, but He has his reasons that are not able to comprehend. Soon all things will be revealed.  Until then, thank God for everything.  The “yes’s” and the “no’s”, the ups and the downs, and the everything in between.

This week I challenge you to write down 10 things that you have been struggling with.  Things that you feel are “down’s”or “no’s”.  Go through each one and pray a prayer of thanks for each thing.  Once you start to change the way you view your blessings, great things will happen!  Good luck!

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In need of a little inspiration!

By November 19, 2015 Bible Verse, Decor, DIY, General
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Hello everyone!  I have been very busy lately and haven’t had time to blog.  If you read my previous post, you see that this site is a little different.  I have been looking for a change and a better blog.  So it has taken me a while, but I am finally getting around to setting this blog up.  There will be a lot of changes to come as I try to find the right balance of my crazy and calm. I am really excited about what is in store!

Recently we cheered on our hometown West Central Trojans as they played in the Class 11A State Football Championship!  At West Central, there is somewhat of a dynasty of Football Championships.  So it was a big deal!  We pulled out our Trojan gear and dressed up to watch the game on TV.  Here are my munchkins all ready for the game!

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My husband and I both went to West Central.  I played basketball and volleyball and my husband played football. We met when I was a sophomore and he was a junior.  For the most part, I guess you can say the rest is history.

When I am looking for inspiration, I find it in many places!  So that means, I get inspired to do a lot!  I usually have a little notepad, ok a 5 subject notebook, that I carry around with me to write down ideas.  There just isn’t enough time in the day it seems to get all my ideas completed.  As a matter of fact, right now I have 3 notebooks and my planner sitting beside me.  You think I would be organized with all these lists.  Now I need to organize my lists! And I can’t find my pen!

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Lately I have been inspired to crochet.  It is getting colder out and we are not outside as much.  I spend most nights after the kids go to bed relaxing with my husband.  This is prime crochet time.  The girls have been asking for headbands with flowers, so I have been looking for a pattern to pull from ideas from to make them each a winter headband.  Here are some that I have found in Pinterest.

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I need to get to the craft store and pick up some yarn!

I am still trying to settle into my new home.  It is an old parsonage that was build in 1932.  It has great old woodwork and beautiful hard wood floors.  I love the inviting character.  We just moved a couple months ago, but it seems we still have not quite settled.  This weekend our goal is to clean the boxes out of the garage.  We should have done that before it was 30 degrees outside, but better now than when it gets colder!

Two weeks ago I found an old bike for sale on a facebook repurpose site.  It had all three baskets intact and it was teal! (One of my favorite colors!).  So I sent my husband to pick it up.  I am trying to decide what to do with it.  I REALLY want to hang it on the wall, but it is a legit full size bike and I am not sure how heavy it would be.  So, I have been searching Pinterest again to see what I can find.  If I don’t hang it on my wall, I will probably set it on the porch or the small patio by the old entrance.  Here are a couple examples.

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The first one is from Joanna Gaines from Magnolia Farms.  She is one of my go-to designers for decor and inspiration.  I love everything she does!  Check out her blog at here.  I have watched her show “Fixer Upper” from the beginning and I love it!

The last thing I want to leave you with today is a little inspiration for your soul.  One of my favorite verses to meditate on when I am going through change is Ecclesiastes 3:10.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

“He has made everything beautiful in its time”.  I love this!  Just because something is right for me now, doesn’t mean it will always be right.  And the opposite, just because something is wrong for me right now, doesn’t mean the someday it won’t be beautifully perfect.  God has designed us with a restless yearning to search for the perfect world that can only be found with him.

“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men”.  We will never be fully satisfied with our life on earth.  He has designed it specifically that way so that we set our hearts on eternity with Him.

“Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end”.  God has given us a glimpse of what eternity with Him will be like, but we cannot begin to imagine what beautiful splendor He has in store for us!  I believe we have small snapshots of what is to come in our every day lives.  The pure joy I get from watching my children.  The little moments that almost bring me to tears and fill my heart so much reaffirm my faith that heaven will be full of unfathomable joy.

This week keep looking for those little moments in your life that bring you joy.  As you go through change, remember that God will make your life beautiful no matter what season you are in.  Let go of what you are holding onto that is no longer beautiful.  Embrace the change, and have faith.

 

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