Alright, this is it.  The last of my contest before I pick the final winner.  This has been great and I can’t believe all the wonderful prizes that have been up for grabs.  And today’s prize is a great way to end the month. 

Karen over at Surviving Motherhood (great name!) has graciously donated one of her books. 

I have been reading her blog for some time now.  She has a great love for the Lord and humor to boot.  It’s a great read so check it our here:   http://surviving-motherhood.blogspot.com/

Here’s some info about her:

I am a wife, and mother of three. More than that, I am a child of God and am growing in my desire to honor and please Him. I just want to be who He wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do.

Karen Hossink

Author of Confessions of an Irritable Mother

Irritable Mother book cover

So here is what you need to do to win one of her wonderful books:

1) Answer the question below in my comments. One entry is all I need. You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once.

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to particpate too). I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site.

3) That’s it!!!! Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes. Isn’t the EASY????

Question for Week 4 – What ThanksGIVING traditions do you have? Does your family do something special that gives to others for this Holiday?

I will pick the winner tommorow.  The winner will win ALL this weeks prizes.  What a deal!

Have a “Survival” Day!

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Not too long ago I purchased some wonderful products that I found on another blog.  They were from Hick Chicks Soap Barn.  I got a wonderful lotion bar that smells divine!!  I get comments all the time.  And then a wonderful lip balm.  I love it!

Here is some info about their wonderful products:

Products from scratch- no pre-made bases, no fillers. Handmade, old fashioned goat milk soaps made right in my kitchen. Natural body products without harsh chemicals and synthetic preservatives,lovingly made in very small batches. REAL soap with 100% raw high-fat goat milk, no water. I don’t use artificial colors or dyes- the variances in color come from the milk itself and the essential oils or skin-safe fragrance oils.

I use a special cold process technique that enables me to keep the soap uncooked- raw, so that the milk retains those wonderful vitamins and enzymes that our skin loves and soaks in.

Since all of my soaps are hand made, they vary slightly in size, color, and shape, and each batch turns out unique. ~*~ The longer you let your soap cure, the harder it becomes and the longer it lasts. It only gets better with age!

So to this weeks basket of blessings goes in a soap and matching scented lotion bar.  Hello, you will so enjoy this!!!

You have to go and check them out here and do some shopping:

Store:

Homespun Raw Goat Milk Soaps ‘N More!
blog:
Their Nubian Goats~
 
“oil and perfume make the heart glad…” Proverbs 27:9
Here’s how to win:

1) Answer the question below in my comments. One entry is all I need. You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once.

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to particpate too). I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site.

3) That’s it!!!! Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes. Isn’t the EASY????

Question for Week 4 – What ThanksGIVING traditions do you have? Does your family do something special that gives to others for this Holiday?

Have a “Perfumed” Day!

The contest continues on. 

Today’s feature will be on: Gifts of Creation

www.giftsofcreation.etsy.com

 

 
Gifts of Creation Profile:
I am an artist and I love color. Speech therapy with children is my career and day job. I enjoy making notecards and stationary using my artwork and photography. I have been creating art since childhood but I seriously began studying and drawing at around age 28. My art was born of a passion to put on paper the glorious images that constantly danced in my mind. The frustration of not being able to do this at first resulted in trash cans bulging with discarded paintings and drawings. I am ever learning, evolving and growing as an artist. In the beginning, my desire to create and frustration of not being able to translate it onto paper caused me to pray intensely and ask God to grant me the ability to do it and to do it well. I believe He has answered that prayer and so I give Him all the glory…all artistic talent is truly a beautiful and heavenly gift. I paint in watercolor and acrylic. I have done children’s portraits in pencil and pastel. I have been commissioned to paint or draw people, dogs, homes, churches, stores, horses and even vehicles!!! I love to paint flowers, fruit, palm trees and the beach.
I am 44, married to a wonderful man, have 2 teenaged stepsons and 3 adorable little poodle-mix dogs.
I have had my items in booths at craft shows, art markets and I currently have some paintings in a store called “Sea Breeze” on Centre St. in Fernandina Beach, FL. Come visit if you’re in town!!

GIFTS OF CREATION IS OFFERING UP THESE BEAUTIFUL CARDS FOR THIS WEEKS PRIZE BUCKET!

(Picture not coming through-please visit her site-they are BEAUTIFUL)
Description:
original photographs printed onto premium white glossy cardstock with canon chromalife100 inks and made into 12 notecards with 12 white envelopes. 4 of each of the 3 scripture

Here’s how to win these along with all this weeks prizes:

Here’s how:

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog.  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

Question for Week 2 – Tell me about a random act of kindness in the last year that you have done or someone has done for you?  Please share about it in the comments and don’t forget to link the contest on your blog

Have a “Beautifully Created” Day!

Do you get nervous when you here the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Does it make you worry about your worrying?  🙂

I am working on a project for Christmas and it has required remembering many fine details.  I realized that while worrying and “sweating the small stuff” can be “bad” for you, I have realized an upside to this personality trait- attention to small details.  While I do worry about things that I have no control over, I also can be on top of little things that others may leave behind like someones favorite cookie or what happened on the playground when they were 12 that made them really sad even to this day. 

This attention to details enables me to have a high sensitivity to others (most times). I can usually tell when people are struggling or feeling down.   On top of details like paying bills. 🙂  And I also believe it enables me to care for others as I am thinking “worrying” about the poor, children who have no home, animals that are in shelters, safety of our neighborhood, the education of my children, etc.

While I am not God, I am his hands and feet, and I believe God has made me to think about lots of things.  Is it good to let this go too far?  Of course not. We are told not to worry in the Bible. But I do believe that God equips each person gifts, and I may never be that carefree nothing ever bothers me kind of person.   I may just be someone who God can use to care about lots of details, but I have to ask for His guidance to keep the reigns on it.

So if you are one that “sweats the small stuff” don’t forget to keep your priorities straight AND realize God has made you unique and you may just be called to use those gifts.

Have a “Detail-Oriented” Day!

Debbie 🙂

Between the switch to both boys being homeschooled (and the new system for it) along with the challenges of raising a special needs child, I am feeling very inadequate lately.

I have read blogs that seem like they have it all together.  The encounter a tough situation and get a prayerful handle on it and realize the good in it. 

I have read about people who are so easy going with homeschooling.  I get told how easy it is.

It has really gotten my down.  I feel like a failure.  That’s when I realize that God knows that and that’s why he sent His son for me.  I will keep failing (but hope it’s less often at some point) and He will keep picking me up.  See I am no surprise.  He knows where I am at and it might not be at the same point as everyone else.  He is patient with me just like a good parent is.

I still am down sometimes, but I am glad that God revealed that He will meet me at where I am at and carry me through.

Have a “Carried” Day!

I recently read in Grace  For the Moment, Morning & Evening Edition, by Max Lucado:

“Aging is God’s idea.  It’s one of the ways he keeps us headed heavenward.”

This really struck me as I am starting to really see the aging process this year.  I have started paying more attention to the anti-aging products are out there.  I see the bent toward the younger.  I feel the pressure to change or keep a younger appearance.  Anyone else relate?

The devotion also gave an analogy of tulips and how people don’t purchase “petal wrinkle cream or plastic-leaf surgeons”.  He goes on to talk about how “tulip lovers rejoice the minute the bulb weakens” as it’s about to bloom.

Max Lucado goes on to say how, as we age, the angels get more excited.  “He’ll (She’ll) be coming home soon.”

So what so you think?  Does this change your thinking about aging?

Here is Max Lucado’s website if you are interested: http://maxlucado.com/

Have a “One Day Closer to Heaven” Day!

My friend Heidi sent this to me.  If you are reading Heidi…thanks!  I also wanted to tell Heidi and her family congratulations on their adoption of little Daisy today!!!!!!

Dancing With God

When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.

I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.

The movement doesn’t flow with the music,

and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,

both bodies begin to flow with the music.

One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back

or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.

It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.

The dance takes surrender, willingness,

and attentiveness from one person

and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “U” and “I”.

“God, “U” and “I” dance.”

God, you, and I dance.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.

Once again, I became willing to let God lead. 

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings

and mercies be upon you on this day (During this Christmas season) and everyday.

May you abide in God as God abides in you.

Dance together with God, trusting God to lead

and to guide you through each season of your life.

I Hope You Dance!!!!!!!!

Have a “Dancing” Day! …And don’t forget to let God lead! 🙂