29Oct

Thriving Thursday 10/30

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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.

I shared this week about one of the ways a favorite verse ministers to me through disappointments.

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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.

24Oct

To Him who is able…

exceedingly above

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” -Ephesians 3:20

There is so much encouragement to pull from this verse, but it is especially comforting to me in times of disappointments. Sometimes, I have a plan, a dream, or a wish. A way that I think would be the best for myself and/or my family. Something I really want. And sometimes what we get seems to be the opposite. Have you ever experienced times like that?

In those times of disappointments, I am reminded of this. He is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

God’s best is beyond my wildest imaginations. And sometimes God steps in to protect us from ourselves, from our limited view of this life, and from settling for second best. 

If you’ve been around this blog for a bit, you know about our deep longing to live in the country, and that we can’t purchase a place for 3 yearsSo, renting it is. In our small tiny town, there is not a large selection of homes for rent, and even less that are in the country. We’ve only seen 1 come available in the entire 2 years we’ve lived here!

Well, last night my husband came home to tell me that there is a place in the country for rent. Similar rent (actually $25 less), 6 miles out of town, about 1/4 mile down a gravel road, so not right on the highway, and has a garage, etc. Only 2 bedrooms, but our boys happily share a bedroom now, so that would be fine. It seemed perfect. I called and set up an appointment to see it, and went to bed last night excitedly thinking about how great of a birthday present it would be for us to love this house and be able to rent it.

This morning I woke up and the woman called to let me know that she had second thoughts and no longer wants to rent to a family with children.

Bummer! I will be honest and say that I was (and am) terribly disappointed.

She ended up calling back and we are going to meet with her and look at the place, so the door is still open that it could possibly happen.

But, regardless of what happens with this or other situations in which things don’t go my way, I know that I can trust that God knows best. Always. And His ways are best. Even if it may not feel like it to us, with our limited perspective, I trust Him and His sovereignty.

Truly, so much pressure is removed when we come to accept and rest in the sovereignty of God!

My prayer for you today is that if things don’t seem to be going your way, that you would lean into Him. Trust in Him, and know that He is able to do far above our expectations or plans.

His way is always best.

22Oct

Thriving Thursday 10/23

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.

I also shared a free printable mini-book in honor of fall, along with a list of 15 of our favorite fall books.

Free Printable Fall mini book

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.

21Oct

15 Fall Books & a Free Printable Mini-Book

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Free All About Fall Book & Comprehension Questions from Serving Joyfully

I love fall. Those first crisp mornings, apple cider, colorful leaves, hayrides, pumpkin patches…the list goes on!

So, I created this cute little mini-book printable for emergent readers. It is included in my Fall Fun Pack, but I decided to offer it here for free to give you an idea of what you’ll find in my printable packs. And, just because we all like free stuff, right? The download includes the minibook and some comprehension questions. (If you downloaded my fall fun pack last year when it was free then you’ll already have this.)

But first I want to tell you about some of our favorite fall books. We use books a LOT in our homeschool, so this is only a sampling of some of our favorites :)

Fun Fall Books

1. I am a Bunny.

I am a Bunny Book

This isn’t really fall-specific, but we enjoy this book at the beginning of each season. The illustrations by Richard Scarry are just as sweet as you’d expect them to be.  We’ve had this book since my oldest was a newborn.

2. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

fall fall walk

One of our favorite fall activities is leaf rubbings. This book takes it to a new level. It’s a great way to teach children to identify lots of different trees and leaves, which we are especially interested in, seeing that hubby is a forest ranger :)

3. Why do the Leaves change color?

Fall Books List

This is a great book for explaining some of the science behind the leaves changing color.

4. Fall Harvests

Fall BOoks

 

5. 101 Fall Family Activities

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This eBook has some great ideas for family activities and is only $.99! I love finding lists like this to make our very own bucket lists each season.

And 10 more because I just can’t help myself

Click on each cover for more info…

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The Freebie

If you aren’t already a liker of my facebook page, I would love to connect with you there–and you get the first access to my printable packs, and you get to access them for FREE for a limited time before they are released :)

Free Fall Mini-Book Printable

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This download includes:

  • 8 page mini-book (includes cover)
  • Comprehension questions worksheet
  • What is your favorite thing about fall discussion worksheet.

Click here (or the picture) to download your copy. Nothing else required, you receive instant access.

This printable was made using graphics from www.mycutegraphics.com and used by permission.

PS–if you like the mini book, I would love for you to let others know about it with a pin, share, or tweet :)

15Oct

Thriving Thursday 10/16

Big news! If you love to read (like I do!), you do not want to miss this giveaway, with over $150+ of Christian books, both fiction and nonfiction. You can also see a recap of my trip to the ACFW conference also.

Book lover's giveaway at Serving Joyfully  13 great inspirational books, #fiction #nonfiction #ChristianBooks #acfw

 

Also, don’t forget about the free printable pack that I am offering for my “birthday month”

Printable Store free gift

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.

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.

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