Monday, November 29, 2010

Look what I won. . .and if you hurry, you can enter to win one, too!

I read about this adorable new children's book on Amanda (Moore) Jones' blog, Baby Bangs. I was one of the over 130 people who left a comment to win a signed copy, and I won!!! I was going to wait til I receive my book in the mail to post about it, but Erica Stidham, the author, is doing a give away for one of her books, and the drawing is tomorrow night in honor of her 6 year old, Brea's birthday and I thought some of you will be interested in entering! I totally think you should check out this book. I don't have a sister, only had 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter so far (2 brothers, 2 sons and 1 grandson so far), but just reading about this book makes me smile thinking about my daughter and granddaughter, and all of my nieces, but especially Mercy and Gabby who are sisters, just 15 months apart.
Erica has an incredible heart for the Lord and her blog has been an encouragement and inspiration to me. If you would like to learn more about her and enter her giveaway, take a look
HERE is a link to a post she wrote regarding her calling as a children’s author.
Happy Birthday Brea and Thank you Erica and Amanda!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Praying for Peace (on Tuesday, before Count it all JOY Wednesday and Thankful Thursday)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for JOY and I will give THANKS to Him in song. ~Psalm 28:7

Last Wednesday night, I started a post, but didn't get to finish it. So this week, I am posting this on this quite Tuesday morning, before I get busy with my family for Thanksgiving.

The week before last, I shared my first 10 days of Thankfulness. Here are the remaining 15.

I am thankful for. . .
day 11: America, all service men and women and their families.
day 12: knowledge that I will see my dad and other loved ones in Heaven
day 13: weekends, quality time with family
day 14: personal relation with Jesus and all kinds of mission fields that He gives each of us.
day 15: friends. . .
day 16: communication
day 17: younger generations to love, guide, teach, mentor, disciple and learn from!
day 18: the Holy Spirit and fruit of the Spirit and Wisdom from God
day 19: again for God's guidance and direction in my life and His perfect plan for me.
day 20: our marriage
day 21: Christian brothers and sisters to worship, pray, grow and fellowship with and preachers and teachers of God's word.
day 22: work and rest; laughter and serious conversation; today's weather; beautiful leaves on the trees; being loved by others and deep love that I have for my family, friends, co-worker, students. . .
day 23: LOVE
day 24: safe travel--family coming together.
day 25: the overwhelming feeling of Gratitude to God!

What is filling you with JOY today? It is a true JOY to read other joyful posts, so go here to share in the JOY!!! Thank you, Angel!

Happy Thanksgiving to YOU and your family!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Today, it is filling me with JOY that we are in the month of Thanksgiving.

I am joyful and thankful for. . .

day 1: Christian Mom and Dad
day 2: that my Dad took the time to sit me in his lap and explain why I needed to pay attention in church and lead me to ask Jesus into my heart.
day 3: the BEST husband that God chose for me.
day 4: that God blessed us with 3 amazing, healthy children who have all grown to be caring, responsible adults.
day 5: God's Amazing Grace
day 6: my great "daugher in-love" to Josh and Mommy to my grandchildren.
day 7: my wonderful mother in-law and my precious grandchildren.
day 8: God's obvious direction in my life, opportunities from Him
day 9: my brothers, their wives, my husband's brother and sister, her husband, all of my nieces and nephews-FaMiLy. . ."Love each other deeply. . ."
day 10: sunrises, sunsets and the time inbetween, beginnings and finish lines and the journey inbetween My parents taught me to appreciate all of that!

What is filling you with JOY today? It is a true JOY to read other joyful posts, so go here to share in the JOY!!! Thank you, Angel!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Counting it all JOY Wednesday-"through all generations"

I will praise God's name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.
His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5 Yea! It is Wednesday, my favorite blogging day! Like Loren said, just that we are in the month of November makes me focus so much more on thanksgiving, even though I do always try to have an attitude of gratitude and always love our Counting It All Joy Wednesdays.
I am counting it all Joy that even though last night I was so sick that I had to take off work today, I still don't feel great, but I am able to do some things here at home.
I am counting it all Joy that my husband does his and my son's laundry. I have been complaining that I can't get my done, because he's always doing a load.
Today, I'm getting my laundry done!
I am counting it all Joy that His love is continuing through all generations in my family.
I am counting it all Joy that we have these 2 precious grandchildren to love on.
What is filling you with JOY today?
It is a true JOY to read other joyful posts,so go here to share in the JOY!!! Thank you, Angel!