Throwback Thursday- G.R.A.T.I.T.U.D.E.

Throwback Thursday- G.R.A.T.I.T.U.D.E.

GRATITUDE album by Margie Conway 2009 was an odd year for most of everyone I know. As the year ended I reflected on the things that made a big impact. I used the letters in the word “Gratitude” as a base to start from. Each one points to someone or something that captured a lot of my time last year. My Grandma was a big part of my ups and downs for the year. Her health deteriorated and we were forced to place her into a full time nursing facility. Between that and my own health I stayed on edge. These things helped me keep my perspective and focus on the good things. G is for Grandma – She was always there for me, now I will be there for her. R is for Ricky – My husband always supports and participates in all of my crazy schemes. He also keeps me grounded. A is for Altered Plans – When the world throws in trouble, such as car trouble, the Lord throws in something great! Groundhogs! T is for Three Children – We are a blended family. These are OUR three children. I is for Inspiration – No matter what, no matter where – God shows up. T is for Three Grand Children – Blessed, Blessed, Blessed! What more should I say? U is for Understanding – Through all my health problems Friends and Family are there. D is for Delight – I find delight in all things! God supplies my joy! E is for Experience – 2009 was an odd year. But through it all I am blessed...
Throwback Thursday: Give Thanks

Throwback Thursday: Give Thanks

Fall has arrived. It is my favorite time of year. I’m pulling out some of my favorite photos of our family during the fall. These were taken at my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. Paper and tags used to create these projects are still available (on clearance) in the Faithfully Yours shop. Give Thanks Harvest Stripes Gold Gather Harvest Tags Harvest Stickers Faithfully, P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  Have something to share?  Submit...
Got gratitude?

Got gratitude?

[pintraffic desc=’Got gratitude?’ position=’7′ icon=’pinterest’ page=’http://www.faithfullyyours.net/490′]http://www.faithfullyyours.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Gratitude.jpg[/pintraffic] I ran across a post at Mommastery.com called Give me Gratitude or Give Me Debt.  She was talking about updating her kitchen.  This pulled me in from the beginning as I would love to update my kitchen as well. However, as I continued to read there was a deeper meaning there that really made you stop and think.  (not before I cracked up laughing though)  If you have a few minutes, go read it.  The post will make you laugh or at least smile while looking at your kitchen with “fresh perspectacles”. Then take a moment to be grateful for what God has blessed you with. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 Journal Prompts: What do you see when you put on “fresh perspectacles”? Reflect on the verse above. Faithfully,   P.S. Leave a comment and share your thoughts an the above...

How to Beat the January Blahs

by Lindy Nelson-Paryag The shopping is done. The gifts are purchased, given, received and put away. The festive Christmas decorations are put away for another year. Not even a crumb of a Christmas cookie remains. I’m not sure if anyone else gets a little blue at this time of year, but I recognize the January blahs as an annual visitor. It is reasonable that we might feel a bit let down after the non-stop activities and endless to-do lists in December. I’m also convinced that some of it is plain old exhaustion. We all know that the women single-handedly navigate the planning, shopping and orchestrating of family Christmas traditions. Weather also plays a part. As I get older, I notice that cold and gray days greatly impact my mood. How do YOU beat the January blahs? I posed this question to my friends on Facebook recently and received a wide range of suggestions from exercise to starting a new project to curling up by a warm fire to getting a happy light. My favorite remedy is the discipline of gratitude. This past year, I participated in Ann Voskamp’s “Joy Dare.” If we keep a record of three things we are thankful for each day, we will count one thousand gifts by the end of the year. Being intentional about gratitude and counting my blessings daily was a powerful testimony to me. There is proven scientific research to show that being grateful not only improves our attitude but also our overall health. My attitude and mood, even my sleeping were significantly improved when I was faithful with my discipline of...
Give Thanks In All Circumstances

Give Thanks In All Circumstances

Traci Major is the challenge hostess this week over at Stampin’ Sister in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ESV.” The day my mom made the decision to go to the nursing home to live is one I will always remember.  This was was not a first choice nor a planned destination, but rather a last resort in the realm of diminished options.  The entire year before had been a series of admittances and discharges from nursing homes as she waited patiently yet resolutely for my Dad to recover from surgery and resume his care giving role.  On this particular visit to their home,  I sat in a chair across from my mom, a bag of clothing between us and held  up each piece as Mom sat in her wheelchair and surveyed  each blouse, pair of trousers, or jacket and said either “yes” or “no.”  These were not throw-away items, but each was a piece of my Grand mom’s wardrobe, all hand sewn;  and due to its polyester nature, wasn’t worn out. No frayed edges, missing stitches…each floral pattern as vibrant in color as the day the fabric was purchased so many years ago…the clothing remained but the body had worn out just a few weeks before.  Mom was making decisions as to what would go to Goodwill and what would stay.  She had the final say in the last small legacy of items handed down to her by her own Mother. To say my heart was heavy would not even begin to encompass...
Gratitude Album

Gratitude Album

A Blast from the Past… GRATITUDE album by Margie Conway 2009 was an odd year for most of everyone I know. As the year ended I reflected on the things that made a big impact. I used the letters in the word “Gratitude” as a base to start from. Each one points to someone or something that captured a lot of my time last year. My Grandma was a big part of my ups and downs for the year. Her health deteriorated and we were forced to place her into a full time nursing facility. Between that and my own health I stayed on edge. These things helped me keep my perspective and focus on the good things. G is for Grandma – She was always there for me, now I will be there for her. R is for Ricky – My husband always supports and participates in all of my crazy schemes. He also keeps me grounded. A is for Altered Plans – When the world throws in trouble, such as car trouble, the Lord throws in something great! Groundhogs! T is for Three Children – We are a blended family. These are OUR three children. I is for Inspiration – No matter what, no matter where – God shows up. T is for Three Grand Children – Blessed, Blessed, Blessed! What more should I say? U is for Understanding – Through all my health problems Friends and Family are there. D is for Delight – I find delight in all things! God supplies my joy! E is for Experience – 2009 was an odd year. But through...
Faithful Friday Ezine

Faithful Friday Ezine

For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to finish the ezine this week.  I have worked on it and when I go to save it, I get an error and then it reverts back to adding crazy characters and not saving at all. So, I’ve decided to do the ezine right here on the site for this week. From Grumbling to Gratitude by Lindy Nelson-Paryag It was one of those Sundays when the to-do list in my mind was growing by the minute. The more I tried to do, the more there was to do. Finally, at about 4:00 I called “uncle” and took a creativity break. I was participating in an amazing online class called Mondo Beyondo – an opportunity to dream big.  Our assignment for the week was to create a mantra or a personal theme for ourselves and then to creatively express it.  I had already chosen my mantra: “I have enough, I do enough, I am enough. “In the spirit of living out my mantra, I quietly carved out a little spot in our dining/craft room and gathered my supplies. Oh, I forgot to mention was that I was hoping for solo creative time. Growing up as an only child, time by myself to putter, clean, organize, create, whatever, has always been important to me. I didn’t even realize how much so until my husband Ryan and I were dating. He would notice me starting to get snippy with him and he’d say, “I think you need some time by yourself, Hon.” And he was always right. Well, fast forward 20 years. In a life...

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