26Nov

Thriving Thursday 11/27 {Thanksgiving Edition}

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Happy Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving this year doesn’t really look like we expected it to. Last week my father-in-law began having severe chest pains. He went in for stents on Friday and ended up being scheduled for triple bypass surgery instead. That surgery took place on Monday. So, my father-in-law has been in the hospital since last Friday, my husband has been there with him and the kids and I have been traveling back and forth a couple of times the 2.5 hour drive to the hospital, etc. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at the hospital with my father-in-law today. It could have been so much worse. 

Not exactly what we had planned. But the Lord is so faithful to help us keep our perspective, and He has been so faithful to pour out blessings on us. I have been studying so much lately about trials and about God’s sovereignty. In fact, I just wrote a post about it earlier this week, and about how we can learn from Joseph in this matter (from the old testament). I’m so thankful that He prepares our hearts for just what we need.

Black Friday Party

Will you be shopping for Black Friday? Well, regardless of whether or not you’ll be out and about shopping, I hope you’ll join me for some fun on my facebook page. We’ll be partying all day long with lots of great tips, articles, encouragement, deals, free stuff, and great giveaways…it’s gonna be a blast!

black friday serving joyfully

I also shared earlier in the week some reflections about Joseph (from the old testament), God’s sovereignty, and thankfulness. I hope you’ll check it out and share your thoughts as well!

Learn from Joseph Give Thanks

What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.

23Nov

What We Can Learn from Joseph about Thanksgiving

Learn from Joseph Give Thanks

We’re entering the week of Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is not just a holiday. It’s an attitude. A lifestyle.

In fact, Paul tells us in Thess 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Similarly, Ephesians 5:20 says we should be, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

So we know that gratitude and giving thanks to the Lord is important, and we know that means to give thanks in, and even for everything.

But the big question is, how?

How do we give thanks in all things?

I see praises all the time in my facebook feed–

I got that job I wanted, God is good.
My car got fixed, God is good.

Things are going my way, so God is good. It’s easy to give thanks to God when things are going well, when everything is rainbows and roses, and life is giving us warm fuzzies.

But what about those times when life just seems to kick us when we’re down? Those times when we lose loved ones, get a devastating diagnosis from the doctor, or lose jobs, or lose homes? The times that make us cry the ugly cry and scream and rail at the heavens. The times that make us want to just give it all up.

It’s easy to thank Him for the good times, but how do we thank God for the bad ones? 

The Lord recently spoke to me through the story of  Joseph (from the OT). If anyone dealt with really bad circumstances, it was him. He was sold into slavery. He was thrown in prison when he did the right thing. He could easily have become very bitter.

But he didn’t. And when he meets his brothers, he offers them forgiveness and tells them something that I think we can learn from.

God’s Sovereignty

Here is what Joseph said to his brothers:

And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. 

Perspective is so important in our Christian lives. In this short passage, Joseph points out that it was God who sent him there, and that God had a purpose.

I love this story because the Lord gives us a little peek into how things work. In our lives, we don’t always get to see behind the scenes. There are times when we may never see the good that comes from a tragedy. But we can trust that it’s there because God’s word makes that promise in Romans 8:28.

But in this story, we get a front row seat. We see the evil actions, and the dire circumstances. We see how so many things went badly for Joseph. But we also see how the Lord was with him through it all. We see God moving here and there, and how everything worked according to His plan, even when it may have seemed things were spiraling out of control. God had a handle on it the whole time.

Joseph understood that the God is sovereign. Nothing could touch Joseph that the Lord did not allow. His brothers and their evil plan weren’t in charge of his life. Bad circumstances weren’t in charge of his life.

Joseph did not give other people or his circumstances that kind of power over him. He recognized that God, alone, was in charge of his life.

You and I can learn from that today. We can give thanks in and for all things, when we trust in the sovereignty of God. Because we know and trust that He is orchestrating our lives for His glory and our good.

 

learn from joseph giving thanks

20Nov

Important Information about SAD {Seasonal Affective Disorder}

This post is sponsored by the Yellowbrick Treatment Center. Mental illness is a very important topic to me, and I am honored to partner with them in increasing knowledge and awareness.

Millions of people suffer SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), yet there is a lot of misinformation out there about it, which can make it difficult to diagnose. Therefore, Dr. Jesse Viner of the Yellowbrick Treatment Center has put together this informative guide and graphic that covers what Seasonal Affective Disorder is, and what it is not.

PS–if you don’t have SAD, but are suffering from “Winter Blues,” my friend Beth has some great tips for you!

SAD-1 SAD-2 SAD-3

19Nov

Thriving Thursday 11/20

Don’t miss my great list of nearly 40 free books for kindle that you can get right now…all from the best publishers and authors in Christian fiction, so definitely check that out.

First of all, my dear friend Beth came for a visit this week, and shared how she stays stress-free while preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. And, she shared her awesome Thanksgiving Planner & Cookbook–go download your copy for free.

I also shared a bunch of $.99 books, free books, and other freebies that you won’t want to miss.

Amazing Deals you Don’t Want to Miss!

I shared here some amazing deals from Dayspring that you do not want to miss! If you’re seeing this on Wednesday night, be sure to check out the amazing $5 deals they have going on right now! And use code THANKYOU15.

You can see my full list of other early Black Friday specials from them here.

dayspring 5 jesus stocking

What have you been up to this week?

There were so many FANTASTIC posts linked up last week and I can’t wait to see what you ladies have to share this week :)

Thriving Thursdays Link Up!!!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives. It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ. Link up your posts about thriving–in marriage, faith, parenting, homemaking, relationships, in the kitchen, in frugality.

Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.

I am so blessed by the posts you all share! I really look forward to seeing all of the encouragement shared here each week. Keep it coming! Sometimes I highlight posts here, and I also pin my favorites to the Thriving Thursdays Pinterest Board.

18Nov

Black Friday Comes Early to Dayspring!

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This is not a deals blog, but this girl sure does love a good bargain! And, I love Dayspring. So when those two things are combined–Dayspring bargains…I get super excited!

Dayspring has started the deals early by marking down some of their most popular items–some with 75% (and greater) discounts! Some of my favorites:

BONUS!!!

Use code THANKYOU15 to get an additional 15% off your entire order!

$5 Deals!!

These items are originally $16.99-$29.99, but TODAY ONLY 11/19, you can get any of them for just $5 each!!! Click on any image to get that item :)

Dayspring 5 chalkboard countdown

 

Countdown to Christmas chalkboard, $9.99 (was $19.99)

Dayspring 5 joy necklace

 

Other Deals

Dayspring abide in Him

Abide in Him Wall art. $15.99 (regularly $39.99)

I’ve been wanting this because my husband loves the passage beginning in John 15:5. And, it’s just a good reminder!

dayspring bless this home

Lord, Bless this Home wall art, $17.99 (Regularly $44.99)

Dayspring cookie jar

Redeemed & Blessed cookie jar $14.99 (regularly $59.99)

Dayspring felt advent

Peanuts felt Advent Calendar $11.99 (regularly $39.99).

The Charlie Brown Christmas story is a MUST for us, so I’m excited to have this felt advent calendar to go along with it.

 

Dayspring Lord is My Light Lantern

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation lantern, $14.99 (regularly $29.99)

dayspring wooden caddy

Give Thanks Wooden Caddy, $9.99 (Regularly $22.99)

Happy Shopping!

And, don’t forget, if you purchase $50 by 11/19, you can get a FREE advent calendar with your order, with code prepare50.

Dayspring free advent calendar

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