Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crazy Sexy Kitchen | Book Review

With the year ending and a new one approaching, of course New Years resolutions are on everyone's mind.  Most of the resolutions are to build a new and better self.  Where else to start than with what you are using to fuel your body.

A wonderful new way of eating that you should consider is a plant based diet.  In Kris Carr's new book Crazy Sexy Kitchen she shows how a plant based diet looks now.  New and improved!  We used to think of vegetarian food as boring and bland or tasting like cardboard and plain tofu but, Carr shows us how a diet based off of plants can be fun, flavor full, and let's not forget, healthy!!!

The book itself is split into courses.  Who doesn't love a cookbook that is broken into courses instead of chapters.  So fun!  The first few courses of the book are all about prepping for a new way of living.  Carr gives you all the information  and tools that you need to live a wonderful healthy life.

The fourth course of this book is where all the nourishment lies.  Amazing recipes that hold a wealth of vitamins and minerals that will feed the body without weighing it down.  These recipes are like hitting a reset button in your system.  You will detox yourself of all the extra unwanted chemicals that are added to the processed food and meat that we eat and fill yourself with building blocks of good nutrition.

Carr even has menus all planned out for special occasions.

I have to say that of all the gorgeous recipes that are included the juice and smoothie ones are my favorite.  When looking at some of the ingredients that are included in each recipe there are a few that might be hard to find but, if you have a Whole Foods type of store it shouldn't be too difficult to get a hold of them.

So....what are you waiting for?  You know your resolution is to lose weight or get healthier....Make the right changes in this coming year and go get this book.

Your body will thank you!!!


"I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this  review." 


25 Days of Christmas | Day 15

I know that I have gotten behind.  There have been many things that have taken my attention away from this blog but, hopefully, they are past.  So...since I am 5 days behind I will extend my Days of Christmas for 5 days.  I don't want to bombard you with 5 new songs right now since that would be overwhelming.

Enjoy!!!
O Come Emmanuel - Celtic Christmas Carol


Friday, December 14, 2012

God Bless The Little Children 12-14-2012


In light of the Connecticut Elementary school shooting (hours ago) I wanted to ask that everyone that sees this post or is a regular reader of my blog to please pray for the families that were affected.

So hug your loved ones tight and let everyone that you love know that you love them.   You never know what can happen.  Those families didn't know that when they sent their children to school that they might not be coming home.

We take way to much for granted and it needs to be changed.  


25 Days of Christmas | Day 14

What's Christmas without the Grinch Song.....
Your a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

True Woman 101 Divine Design | Book Review


The next best makeover…

That’s what we are all really wanting right?  We love the new shoes, clothes, makeup and we can’t forget the new haircut.  A day of pampering and feelings of newness.

Of course you can makeover the external you all you want but, what about the internal you?  What about the part of you that no one will ever see?  Or is that really the case…  The Lord sees everything that goes on inside of us.  Our thoughts, feeling, and true passions.  So…is it time for an internal makeover?

Of course it is but, a makeover from a bible study???

True Woman 101-Divine Design by Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Leigh Demoss is the place to start if you are wanting a makeover that no stylist, except for the divine stylist-God, can ever give you.  

Divine Design is an eight week study on what TRUE biblical womanhood is all about.  Take all of what you think you might know about living a truly biblical life or being a true biblical woman and throw it out the window.  Living a biblical life doesn't mean being a doormat like some might think. It's about showing the world the glory of God as He lives within you.

Each of the eight weeks is broken down into an introduction, 5 days of studies with wonderful thought provoking questions, and a review of the week that has additional questions, URL for the accompanying videos and a journal page for you to ponder your thoughts.

True Woman 101-Divine Design is a full colored text book for a brand new you.  This book is definitely a course on being a biblical woman but, in a whole new way.  This is one feminist movement that I am happy to support.  You don’t have to have a man’s job or do things better than a man to feel like a true woman.  All you need to do is read this book and find out what it’s really like to be a truly biblical woman.

Are you going to take the course with me?  Get the book and get ready to start a brand new life.  

~This book is an amazing study for your church or bible study group but, it’s also wonderful all by yourself.~ 


"I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this 
review."




25 Days of Christmas | Day 13

R & B time!
Brian McKnight- Christmas Time Is Here


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

25 Days of Christmas | Day 12

Time for a little sothing music to take away
all the stress of the holidays!  Enjoy!
Kenny G- The Christmas Song


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 5 Love Languages of Children | Book Review

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Kids are a mystery.  You never know what is going through their heads and what they are going to do next.  The one thing that still evades most parents is how are children showing you they love you especially if they don’t say “I love you” very much.  Well, that’s where The 5 Love Languages of Children comes in.

Gary Chapman, PhD (author of The 5 Love Languages) teams up with Ross Campbell, MD to bring you a new book on the languages of love your children speak and how to speak those languages back to them.  It’s time for parents to become multilingual.

Things you will learn in this book:

What the 5 different languages are and  a description of each.
How to identify which language is your child’s primary.
How to effectively discipline your child without affecting their love tank.
Using the different languages as applied to learning and anger.
How to apply the strategies in a marriage or single parent family.

This book should be given out to EVERY parent when they have a new baby.  Granted, according to the authors, it may not necessarily apply to them until they are around the age of 5 but, it’s worth reading since it will help you become a better parent and better understand why your children are acting a certain way.

Chapman and Campbell explain everything in a way that the reader has no problem understanding and can relate to.  It is very easy to implement all of the strategies included in this book.  They even include a list at the end of the 5 love language chapters to give you ideas of how to use that language to speak to your child.

While I was reading this book I came to realize what the language of one of my children was but, since my other one is under the age of 5, it’s still undecided.  According to the book children under the age of 5 are still using all of the languages to show love without having a primary one.

I know that it has made a difference in my parenting just in the short time I have been using these methods. I can speak a language that shows my child that I love him using the language that means the most to him.  I have even realized what MY love language is and how to make sure I use my language combined with my children’s.

If you want to find out your Love Language or your children’s there is a short test you can take over at the 5 Love Language website.  Have fun….I guarantee it will change your parenting and possibly your life.  I know it has for me.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  







25 Days of Christmas | Day 11

Another version of O Holy Night sung by Martina McBride.
Lovely!!!!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Believe


To go along with the song that I posted for today (Believe by Josh Groban) I wanted to talk about something I have been thinking about lately.

Why is it so bad if kids believe in Santa?  I know that he was something that most of us believed in when we were younger but, grew out of.  We all waited till Christmas morning wanting to see what he put under the tree for us.  What happened with that belief?

When did believing in Santa become wrong?

I, for one, have no problem with my kids having a belief in Santa.  This time of year is all about magic, love, peace, and happiness.  If believing in Santa makes my kids happy, well then, by all means have your belief.

I thought it was ok to have belief in something bigger than ourselves.  Most of us believe in God, right?  Yeah, sure, maybe it doesn't seem logical that one man can deliver presents to all the good children in the world in one night but, we can't always find the logic in miracles that are delivered by God either.

My children learn about Jesus, Advent, Hanukkah, and Santa.  He was an actual person if you remember right.  We have a lot to talk about during the month of December and that's perfectly fine with me.

During this time of year, I want my family to have the happiness and magic that this time brings.   If believing in Santa brings them that happiness then......

We Believe

25 Days of Christmas | Day 10...again

Since my day 10 got all messed up I thought I would
share another song for today.  I love this song so much
 since all we need to go is believe.  Believe in Jesus.
Josh Groban- Believe


25 Days of Christmas | Day 10

Not really a Christmas song but, its from my favorite Christmas movie.
Love, You Didn't Do Right Be Me--Rosemary Clooney


Saturday, December 8, 2012

25 Days of Christmas | Day 8

This Christmas is a wonderful song.  I know that a lot of people don't like
Chris Brown anymore but, this video and his rendition of this song 
are beautiful.   I hope you will take the time to watch.


Friday, December 7, 2012

54 Christmas Trees in White House....Really


I have a huge problem with 54 Christmas Trees, 300 pound gingerbread house and various other decorations in the White House.

With the way the economy is going I feel that the money spent on such items could have been spent elsewhere.  So, Mrs. Obama is all for taking care of children and an advocate for children.  Hmmmmm....doesn't seem like it to me (unless its just for her own children.)  Shouldn't she have taken some money and oh...I don't know, maybe fed some hungry kids or given them some presents.  Sounds like a much better use of funds than 54 Christmas Trees.

Now don't get me wrong.  I love Christmas and have no problems with decorating the White House.  My issue here is the amount and over-abundance of trees and decor. 300 pound gingerbread house...Really??? We are in the midst of a HUGE economic problem and you can find the funds to decorate like that.  A little overboard don't you think.  But, hey...what do I know?

I guess now that they have been re-elected there is no reason to skimp on anything.

Ok...so you want to spend funds (which are needed else where) on 54 Christmas Trees.  Be my guest BUT, how about donating them to children that don't even have 1 tree for Christmas   Sounds like a pretty good idea to me.  How about you?

It seems to me that our county has it's priorities a little mixed up.  We allow our veterans to go homeless, kids to go unfed, families sleeping on streets, but we can spare no expense when it comes to decorating the White House.  I think that's a little backwards.

But, it's like I said earlier...What do I know????

25 Days of Christmas | Day 7

Little Late this morning but....
Gotta have some Chipmunks.
  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

25 Days of Christmas | Day 6

Today's song is one of my all time favorites.
Where Are You Christmas---Faith Hill

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Carols | Day 2

Another Favorite...Do You Hear What I Hear.  
Sung by part of my all time favorite group Celtic Woman.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Carols | Day 1

My all time favorite Christmas Carol.  O Holy Night.  Celine Dion sings it wonderfully.  


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great Christmas Present Idea

Image from Barnes & Noble website
I love books.  I am always getting books for my kids.  So, for Christmas I will be getting more wonderful stories to add to our library.  One of the books I got recently is amazing.

I don't know if you have heard of the Little Blessings series from Tyndale Kids but, if not...you should definitely check it out.

Are Angels Real is a wonderful book since a lot of kids are wondering about that.  Actually...some adults wonder until they are shown that they are.  Kids have an easier time believing in something they can't see.

Are Angels Real is an older book (published in 2001) but, it's still relevant.  With cute rhyming lines and funny phrase and questions your child will be thoroughly enthralled and interested.

It's definitely cute when your child is sitting their pondering the thoughts in the book.  Like do angels wear sandals or shoes.?  Or can I become an angel when I get to heaven?

The next time your child questions whether angels are real or not, you can just reassure them that the bible says they are.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Carols


It's the most wonderful time of the year....

OK, you know how the songs go.

 I am going to spend the time leading up to Christmas sharing my most favorite Christmas songs with everyone.  25 in all.   Starting on December 1st.

I love time time of year and music just puts me in the holiday spirit.  So join me during my 25 Days of Christmas Carols.  I might even throw in a one of my favorite recipes or two.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fearless Daughters of the Bible Book Review

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Studying the women of the bible has become a recent fascination of mine.  Times were hard for them.  They didn't have all the help that we have.  But, yet....they made it all work.

My studies have been made easier with help from J.Lee Grady and his new book Fearless Daughters of the Bible.  In Grady's book he talks about 22 women of the bible and shows us what we can learn from each them.

It's interesting reading a book for women, about women, but written by a man.  How could Grady possibly understand women and what we need to learn???  Well, when you have 4 daughters and when you have been "drowning in a sea of estrogen" (Grady) for many years, I would think you might learn a thing or two.

Some of the women included in the book are:

  • Deborah- a woman in leadership which isn't see very much in the bible
  • Mary- Mother of Jesus (of course we can learn much from her)
  • Sarah- Wife of Abraham.  The woman to mother a faith.
  • Many amazing women more......
This makes a wonderful small group study since he includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter.  The questions help you to dig deeper into the book as well as yourself.  Grady then finishes each chapter with a letter from your Heavenly Father.  It's like God is writing to you personally.  

For a man writing a book about women, Grady did a wonderful Job.

***Disclaimer- I received this book complimentary from the publisher for my honest opinion.***


GMG Advent Study


Christmas time can be a stressful time of year.  I feel that is because we have our eyes set on something other than the true meaning of Christmas.  That is why I am leading a group for the Good Morning Girls Advent Study.

I want to keep my heart in the right place and not get overwhelmed this year with all the craziness that is going on in the world.  I also wanted to help other women keep their lives calm and stress free.

I know that when we are concerned with getting the latest technology item or toy for our family members, the hunt can become increasing stressful the closer to Christmas we get.

But, here's a hint......Christmas isn't about the presents.  I think that we have lost track of what Christmas is really about.  Actually, we have lost the meaning of Advent also.  Some think that Advent is another word for Christmas   It's not.  It's a preparation time for the arrival of Christ.  The 4 weeks before Christmas.

We need that time...More than ever. Our hearts (in general) are not in the right place.  We have become such a materialistic society....Well, that's a whole other post.

Join me for your preparation time.  I have a Facebook Group that is going to be fellow-shipping together and spending our Advent time focused on the True Christmas Spirit.

There is still time to join.  Study starts tomorrow.  Make sure you go to the Good Morning Girls blog and get your FREE study materials.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

B & N Nook Tablet = Huge Disappoinment

****I am a PR Friendly blog but, I don't like when products DO NOT do what they are supposed to or have issues that need to be fixed****


I love to read


I am probably one of the last few still holding out on print books.  Yes, I know that there have been so many new ebook readers released with wonderful options but, I still like holding an actually book in my hands.  The only downside...I can usually only take 1 book with me on the go.  This is where the Nook Tablet comes in.

With an ebook reader you can take a whole library with you.  You can just put your reader in your purse and still have space left over for your makeup and cell phone.  So, I finally gave in when I was asked if I would be interested in a Nook Tablet for an early Christmas present from my mother.  I thought "Sure, Ill give it a try.  It will give me so many reading options while on the go."  (Since I am constantly on the go....but, what mom isn't?)  

 I was excited while buying it and my mother even got me a cover to put the Nook in.  That's where my joy ended.   I seriously regret getting the Nook Tablet and should have gotten a Kindle instead.  

It's been nothing but problems since the beginning.  I took the Nook Tablet out of the packaging and followed ALL directions.  Charged it overnight and then went through the setup the next morning.  By that afternoon I had a Nook Tablet with a black screen.  Nope, the battery wasn't dead because the back light was still on....Just a black screen.  Less than 24 hours and my Nook wasn't working properly.

The problems haven't stopped since that very first day.  My Nook Tablet constantly resets itself, the web browser is always crashing, and the only way that it works right is if you are trying to read a book.  That's assuming that it doesn't decide to turn itself off.   (All of these issues have been recorded by B & N customer service since I had to call them to get my reader fixed)  

I was given this as a gift.  Gift = something that is supposed to make you happy and joyful.  I have been nothing but disappointed and upset since the beginning .  I was actually thinking about getting my children one for each of them since they have a LOVE of reading like myself and I promote reading in my household but, I highly doubt I will be doing so considering the issues I have been having with mine.  
Yes, my tablet could be one of few but, I wanted people to know about my experience with it.   

The opinions here are my own.  My experience is my own.  Like I said earlier in this post....The issues I have had HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED by customer service.  

I am in no way affiliated with Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  The names used (Nook Tablet & Kindle) are owned by their perspective companies.  


Friday, November 16, 2012

The LoonySpoons Collection-Book Review



Great cookbooks are hard to find.  Especially ones that offer healthy recipes that the whole family will love.  With that in mind...I think I have found one.

Janet and Greta Podleski are the authors of 3 cookbooks with their newest one being The Looneyspoons Collection- Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun.  I will say that is quiet a line to live up to but, this cookbook delivers 

This book is over 300 hundred recipes that are not only healthy BUT, taste great.  

The Podleski's bring out their obvious humor throughout this book with titles of chapters, names of recipes and various jokes.  Some of which are:

  • Tuskinny Chicken (A one pot Italian chicken recipe)
  • Quiche Me, You Fool (Pepper and Potato quiche)
  • Become A Beleafer (Salad Chapter)
  • Many, Many More
They not only give you a book filled with wonderful recipes, that your kids will love (healthy Mac N Cheese), but tips, trick and nutrition nuggets along the way.  I have switched to using just butter instead of margarine after reading this book.  I never thought about the fact that butter is all natural and margarine is man-made.  

I think this would make a wonderful addition to everyone's cookbook library especially if you are wanting to have healthy food filled with flavor.  

***Disclosure of Material Connection:I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest opinion.***

Monday, November 12, 2012

Been Gone, Sorry

Hi Dear Readers,

I just wanted to type out a quick post to let you all know that I am still around.  Life has been pretty hectic lately but, I will get back to posting real soon. 

I will be resuming my Attitude of Gratitude Challenge soon and will continue from day 6.  Please feel free to join me and get caught up. 

Also, I will be doing the Good Morning Girls Advent Study so if you would like to join me in that I would love that.  :)

Have a wonderful night and I hope that everyone is doing great.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review: Yours Is The Day, Lord, Yours Is The Night

I love this book.  Yes, I want to start my review of this book with that since, well, I loved this book.

I have always had a hard time with praying and not knowing exactly what to say to God but, Jeanie & David Gushee have helped me a lot through Yours Is The Day, Lord Your Is The Night.

This book is an amazing collection of morning and  evening prayers to take you through the entire year.  The Gushees have even taking the time to give you special prayers for certain times of the year and even liturgical holidays.  I love having special prayers for Lent, Easter and Christmas.  They make those times even more special.

Compiled from over 2000 years worth of religious writings and prayers, Jeanie and David Gushee have given the reader a truly inspirational collection that can appeal to any Christian since they include Catholic, Protestant and even Eastern Orthodox prayers.  There is no excuse for any family thinking this book isn't for them.

Wonderful book for every family and I am so glad I found it for mine.

***Disclosure of Material Connection:I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest opinion.***

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Muffin Tin Crayons

***Adult Supervision Required***

One thing I have always loved doing with kids, whether my own or when I was teaching preschool, was to make what I called Muffin Tin Crayons.  

The fun part about these is every child can make their own color combination.  The great part (for parents) is that you can use up all your broken crayons so they aren't laying around anymore.  

Equipment
Muffin Pan
Pan Liners
Crayons 
Oven

First you need to get your muffin pan and put a liner in each spot.  You can do it without the liners but, they make clean up so much easier. 

 Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.  It doesn't have to be super hot, just hot enough to melt the crayons.  



While you are taking care of the muffin pan and oven have your kids find the crayons they want to use.  (If you haven't done this already)  Once they have their crayons, have them peal the labels off so that there will be no paper in the crayon once it's made.  Next comes the part that kids like most.  If needed....break the crayons to fit in the tin.  Any size will work and they don't have to be the same size.  They just need to fit. 

Now comes the part that only an adult an do.  Put the muffin pan in the oven.  Keep an eye on your pan to see when they are melted.  I don't have a time on this since the amount of crayons and the size of each piece will differ and dictate how long it takes. 



Pull the crayons out when the are melted completely.  LET THEM COOL!!!!!  Don't remove them from the pan until they are completely cool.  Hot wax hurts!!!  

Once they are cooled....peel and enjoy!  They are great to color with... especially for little hands.  My kids actually started calling them Reese crayons since they look like the candy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rainy Days with Family

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I woke up this morning to a wonderful day.  It's a rainy day.  I know that to most people this would be a horrible day but, I have always loved rainy days.

Rainy days are meant for staying home, playing games with your kids and just spending time with family.  Most of the time we don't get to do that but, there are times when we just don't do it.  We have the time but, decide that there are more important things instead.  The computer is calling...there is a show on tv we want to watch....there will always be something that we need to do.  Our kids are the most important thing in our lives.  At least they should be.

Kids grow up so fast and if we don't take advantage of the rainy days then we will regret them always.

Attitude of Gratitude Days 3 & 4

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This weekend was extremely busy and since I didn't get the chance to post days 3 and 4 for Attitude of Gratitude I wanted to do them both is one post.  I will be doing day 5 in a separate post so look for that coming up.

Day 3

Psalm 107:1-32
1O give thanks unto Jehovah; For he is good; For his lovingkindness endureth for ever. 2Let the redeemed of Jehovah say so, Whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the adversary, 3And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. 4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way; They found no city of habitation. 5Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.6Then they cried unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he delivered them out of their distresses, 7He led them also by a straight way, That they might go to a city of habitation. 8Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!9For he satisfieth the longing soul, And the hungry soul he filleth with good.
10Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Being bound in affliction and iron, 11Because they rebelled against the words of God, And contemned the counsel of the Most High: 12Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. 13Then they cried unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he saved them out of their distresses. 14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And brake their bonds in sunder. 15Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men! 16For he hath broken the gates of brass, And cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17Fools because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, are afflicted. 18Their soul abhorreth all manner of food; And they draw near unto the gates of death. 19Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he saveth them out of their distresses. 20He sendeth his word, and healeth them, And delivereth them from their destructions. 21Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men!22And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare his works with singing.
23They that go down to the sea in ships, That do business in great waters; 24These see the works of Jehovah, And his wonders in the deep. 25For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, Which lifteth up the waves thereof. 26They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths: Their soul melteth away because of trouble.27They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. 28Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, And he bringeth them out of their distresses. 29He maketh the storm a calm, So that the waves thereof are still. 30Then are they glad because they are quiet; So he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 31Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his lovingkindness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men! 32Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people, And praise him in the seat of the elders.
Since these verses offer up personal testimonies today's assignment from Revive Our Hearts is to write out my personal testimony.  This is kind of hard for me since I have never thought about it.  I was babptize when I was a baby and went to church until I was a young child. Then my family only went on holidays and eventually stopped all together.  I have always had a love for God and Jesus but, haven't always been the most devoted Christian.  
Recently I have started (again) doing bible studies and spending time everyday with God.  It's amazing how my life and mind have gotten more peaceful.  When I have a problem or worry God always has a ways to make sure that problem and worry go away by answering my questions or giving me the reassurance that I needed at that time.  
So, dear reader, what is your testimony? Please feel free to leave it in the comments section below.
Thing to be grateful for today is: My path in life.  I know that might sound weird but, if it weren't for the path that I have traveled who know's where my life would be right now.  I am extremely grateful for the way that I have gone.  

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Day 4
Psalm 103:1-5

1Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2Bless Jehovah, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits:3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5Who satisfieth thy desire with good things, So that thy youth is renewed like the eagle.

For todays Revive Our Hearts has the assignment to make two lists.  Gifts from God and gifts from others.  I have to say that my biggest gift from God is my wonderful family.  Without them I would be lost.  They are the best thing that has ever happened to me.  

The funny thing is when I try to think about gifts from others and find something that I couldn't live without I am having a hard time. There is one gift though that comes to mind.  It's the gift of friendship and love that I have been given by my best friend.  

We met in college and have been friends since.  A decade later we are more like sisters than friends.  We can tell each other everything and be completely honest.  Sure there are time when we disagree but, we NEVER judge each other and always offer a differing view point.  

So the thing I am grateful for today would be the friendship that I have with my best friend.  Friends can come and go but, a true (best) friend is to be valued.  Friendships take work but, if they are nourished they will flourish.  



Friday, November 2, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude Day 2

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Bible verses for the day Colossians 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15-17; 4:2

1:3 3We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
1:12 12giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
2:7 7rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
3:15-17 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns 17And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
4:2  2Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

These verses give a lot to think about. What I most grateful for today (especially) is peace of mind.  While trying to type out this post and doing about 20 other things all at once I have a ton of things go wrong.  Freshly mopped floor-spilled coffee.  Burnt grilled cheeses.  Spilled water all over counter.  But, if it wasn't for the peace of mind I do have, I probably would have lost it.  Thankfully I didn't.  

If you want to join me on my journey through 30 days of gratitude please go to Revive Our Hearts

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Attitude of Gratitude Day 1

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Bible verse for the day (if you want to read) is Colossians 3:12-17

12Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; 13forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: 14and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns 17And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Gratitude:  The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

How many people are actually ready to show that they are grateful?  Not to many in today's society.  We are all busy complaining and wanting things that we don't need instead of being thankful for everything we do have.  

The question asked in Day 1 of Growing in Gratitude by Revive Our Hearts is:
What is your gratitude quotient? 

I had to stop and think about this one.  What is my gratitude quotient?  Do I portray a grateful heart to others or am I wanting to much?  I pray that I have a grateful heart but, know that there are times when that's not always the case.  Thus the reason to take this month and work towards being a little more grateful.  We all need that.  

So....The first thing I am grateful for would be God.  There are times when I have no one else to turn to or talk to but, I know that he is always there for me and always will be.