28May

Get my Intentional Marriage Book, for FREE

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Today is my 10th wedding Anniversary!

Words just can’t express how much I love this man, and how much he means to me. He is an amazing husband and father, and getting better all the time. I love it!

Some things I’ve learned in 10 years of marriage:

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A Free Gift for YOU!

Intentional Marriage Book

Because I love and appreciate my readers, I love to celebrate special occasions by giving you a free gift :) Since it’s our anniversary, I’m giving you my Intentional Marriage book for FREE.

More Book Resources:

Keep in touch

If you like what you’ve seen here at Serving Joyfully, I offer several ways that you can keep in touch with what I’m doing here, and be the first to hear about great offers like this one.

Now, head on over to Amazon to get your free copy of Intentional Marriage! It’s a limited time offer this weekend only, so be sure to grab yours.

I would love it if you would also share this post and spread the word! I want as many women as possible to be able to take advantage of this and start a journey to change their marriage for the better :)

27May

Thriving Thursday 5/28

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It’s been a long, long break! As some of you know, I experienced some major problems with my site and hosting. I’m still having some issues (so sorry if you see a random spam link!), but I have it worked out enough that my site is stable and functional now! So, I am very excited to start up the Thriving Thursdays link up party again! I hope you’ll join me and help me get it going. I always love to see the encouraging posts that are linked up from my fellow bloggers :)

Just to let you know what’s been going on with me…

My 10 Year Anniversary!

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Today is mine and my husband’s 10th wedding anniversary, and I’m giving YOU the gift…get my book, Intentional Marriage for free today. See this page for details.

How to get a FREE book from Tyndale

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It’s easy and you don’t even need your credit card :)

A Giveaway of Hillsong United’s Empires Album

I have a giveaway of Hillsong United’s brand new Empires album that is ending today, so go enter now if you haven’t already.

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Puppy Emergency

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We had an emergency with our little puppy and I shared some of the things God showed us through that here and here. I also shared my thoughts about a recent controversy.

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.



27May

New Video from Michael W. Smith {& Enter to WIN His New Album}

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I have the pleasure today of sharing this brand new video from Micheal W. Smith! He has brought us many powerful songs over the years, and I’m sure this new one will be more of the same :)

Here’s what he had to say about this video

“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!”

How fun!

You can watch the video right here:

Enter to Win

I’m excited to be able to offer one lucky reader a copy of Michael W. Smith’s new album, Sovereign. Just enter using the widget below.

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25May

Feeling Overwhelmed? (& A Big Announcement)

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If you’ve been reading this blog very long, you know that one of my missions here is to help women serve God and their families with a joyful spirit, and to help women thrive and not just survive.

As I’ve struggled with depression, my journey to living the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10) has been a rocky and ongoing one. It’s one of the main reasons I felt compelled to do my Peaceful Home series here. Because I want to share some of the strategies I’ve learned.

Because I live in hope. And I want you to as well.

That’s why when I was contacted to be a part of Sabrina Marasovich’s Joyful by Design summit, I was honored and blessed to be a part of it. There is one thing that sealed the deal for me though…it’s completely free! 

You know how strongly I feel about this, and I love that it is completely free and available to anyone and everyone who wants to participate. You’ll get access to interviews from 22+ experts (including yours truly!) covering a wide variety of topics to help you have love, joy, and peace in your heart and home. I love it and I know you will too.

Joyful by Design Summit

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I’m so excited to be able to extend an invitation for you to attend this online free event starting on May 26th.

Joyful by Design: A Mom’s Guide to Creating Love, Joy & Harmony in Her Heart & Home will bring you interviews, insights, tools, & TLC from 22 experts. Even more exciting is that every single expert will also be bringing you a free gift!

Are you in need of extra support & guidance as a woman and a mom? Would you like to learn to create routines you’ll love & stick with because they create inner & family harmony? Would you like to design & live a life you love rather than dragging yourself through the day?

Join me and 21 other leading, life-transformation experts without ever leaving your home. The event will bring you expert knowledge as well as wonderful and useful gifts at NO COST.

REGISTER HERE NOW.

Starting May 26th, 2015, you’ll have access to outstanding teachers, authors, coaches, researchers, mommy bloggers, and more, whose insights may just transform your life.

P.S.  Join today and get ready for an incredible, one-of-a-kind event!

22May

Weep with those who weep {responding to Scandal as Christians}

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This week, I’ve been saddened as I watched my facebook newsfeed fill up with news about the latest Christian scandal. I’m embarrassed at some of the reactions I’ve seen from my brothers and sisters in Christ. It made me think of Harriett Oleson.

We’ve been watching a lot of Little House on the Prairie lately. I’m building our collection as the deluxe remastered editions are released, and we’re up to Season 5.

Harriett Oleson has always been bad, but in this season, she reaches a new level of just plain mean. We recently watched a new-to-us episode  called The Cheaters. Alice Garvey has been the town’s school teacher and her son Andy isn’t doing very well.

Throughout the episode, we see Mrs. Oleson “tsk, tsk” and “Oh, you must be so embarrassed.” or say things like “I just knew something like this would happen.” Her words might say she’s sorry, but her tone and expressions show us that she’s anything but. She enjoys it. She relishes in the pain of others. She just can’t wait to spread the next bit of juicy gossip.

And, sadly, that’s what I’ve seen this week coming from Christians about this scandal. I’ve seen things like,

“Well, I always knew something like this would happen.”

“I never liked that family anyway.”

“They aren’t so high and mighty now are they? They deserved to be taken down a notch.”

“I always knew they couldn’t be as perfect as they seemed.”

In the midst of these haughty, Harriett Oleson type of responses, are the hateful, judgmental responses. Yes, this is a national scandal, but I’ve seen the attitude locally as well. We are so excited to share the latest news that we forget real people are involved. I’ve seen this both in celebrity situations and in everyday life.

We just love to watch each other fall. And we love to kick one another while they’re down.

So, I turned to my Bible, and the Lord brought to my mind a single verse that summed up some of the discomfort I’ve been feeling.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” -Romans 12:15

Weep with those who weep.

This is the heart of what bothers me. The Lord calls us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. So often our hearts are so filled with bitterness and jealousy that we do the opposite. We are saddened when we hear of a fellow Christian’s successes, and we stand around just waiting for them to fall so that we can rejoice in it and taunt them with it.

The Lord calls us to weep with those who weep.

If there is a family–local or celebrity that is going through a scandal or trial, there is a lot of pain! There is a hurting family getting dragged through the mud as we stand on our self-righteous podiums hurling stones. We should hurt for that family. Weep with them. Put down the stones and realize it’s not our place to throw them.

We should mourn with that family. Our hearts should be broken. And we should spend so much time praying for them that we don’t have time to talk about them. 

I challenge you, the next time you are tempted to talk about a situation–pray about it instead. Get on your face before the Lord and plead with him for that situation.

I’m not talking about sweeping anything under the rug or acting like a wrong didn’t happen. This is not a matter of guilty or innocent. Some things absolutely should not happen. Actions have consequences and wrong needs to be called out in certain situations, in the right way. But I’m talking about searching our own hearts and being sure that we have an attitude that reflects God’s heart for His people.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity.

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