Monday, November 30, 2015

Are You Fair Trade Shopping This Christmas? PLUS Two Giveaways!

Hiya! I hope everyone had a full Thanksgiving!

Did anyone go shopping? I did.

I wasn't planning on it, but Trey and I were sitting on the couch after stuffing our faces and figured our full bellies and tightening pants could use some walking around.

We snagged a couple of good deals. But we weren't out early with the crazies so a lot of things were picked over. Now I'm trying to do some online shopping! Yay, for online shopping. Convenience shopping from your couch in your stretchy pants, does it get much better?

I want to tell you about an online shop I have recently discovered, not only can you shop in your comfy pants, but your dollars will make life-changing improvements to the artisans that created each item. It's called Come Together Trading:

If you look to the right ==> (click here if you are reading this in your email) you will see some shops I have added. They are not affiliates, I do not make any money if you purchase from them, but they are shops from dreamers who make and sell to make a difference in this world. You will find some very cool stuff if you click on one of the picture badges. Go ahead, I'll wait...




Oh, good, you're back! What did you think?

One of the things I love about Come Together is they find beautiful hand-made pieces from all over the country that you will not find anywhere else. Check this out from their About page:
"At Come Together Trading we believe in the importance and dignity of every human life.
We believe no one should ever have to go hungry, drink contaminated water, die of treatable diseases, or be forced to do terrible things against their will.
We believe everyone should have a chance for an education, safe and fair working conditions, and the opportunity to live out their dreams.
We also believe there are many ways we can "Come Together" to make our world a better place."
Terry and Tammy Marshall the dreamers behind, Come Together Trading decided they had to do something after visiting Africa with Compassion International. They joined forces with over 100 artisans in 30 different countries. When you purchase an item from their shop you are saying, NO to poor living conditions, NO to drinking contaminated water, NO to non-treatment for illnesses.

Spending that makes a difference? Sign me up!

I have partnered with them to give away two of my favorite ornaments from their Christmas selection. Two lucky people will win one of the ornaments shown below.

Olive Wood Star Creche

Peace Dove Ornament

How cool is that!?

To be entered click over to their site, leave me a comment here of your favorite item! I will choose two winners on Monday!

Linking with: #TellHisStory, Coffee For Your Heart, Thought-Provoking Thursday

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Let It Be


When worries surmount and stress threatens to overtake me, let it be.

When I'm angry and know no cure, let it be.

When I see things I don't understand, let it be.

When I feel I'm in up over my head and sinking fast, let it be.

Let it be if God wills it so.

 "Quietly, He gathered me in His arms and spoke. Don't be afraid. I can free you from worry. Just as I brought light out of darkness, I will bring order out of your chaos. 
The earth was formless and empty-God said. 'Let there be light.' and there was light.' Genesis 1:2,3
That night, I stepped out of denial and surrendered myself . "I am the Lord's servant...May it be to me as you have said." (Luke 1:26-40)
 This prayer has become my anecdote to worry. During the day or late at night, I say to my worries, Let it be, if that is what God allows for me." Bonnie Gray, Faith Barista
People are at war and we are scared. Right and wrong solutions are not easy to come by. We don't want to be led by fear, but we also want to be safe.

I don't know the answers, but I do know the only thoughts that give me peace are, let it be, and God have mercy.

I do know I don't want to be scared. The opposite of fear is love. Love drives out all fear, so let it be.

Dear Lord, let your love and protection over our good drive out all fear we may have of the future. May we live with open doors and hearts. Using wisdom and discernment, but never letting fear determine our actions. You God are mighty to save, a fortress of protection when we need it. Let it be Your will be done and not mine. In Jesus' name, Amen.

This song is an oldie but goody. Artists create what moves them at that moment and they have no idea how timeless their creation will be. I think this song, Let it Be is an example of this timelessness.

Let it Be is originally by the Beatles, but I love this version by John Legend and Alicia Keys, so I've shared the video below.

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Linking up with:#TellHisStory, ThreeWordWed, Coffee For Your Heart, Thought-Provoking Thurs.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lift My Hands

I'm gonna lift my hands
Till I can reach Heaven
I'm gonna shout Your name till the walls come falling down
I've come to worship, I've come to worship
(Place of Freedom, Highlands Worship)
Do you have a song that makes you want to touch heaven with your worship? This song by Highlands Church, Place of Freedom, does that for me. 

I close my eyes, lift my hands, and sing unashamed.

I worship.

I give thanks.

This time of year brings out the best of both of these two things. I remember all that I have to be thankful for and I am humbly grateful.

There is no one else in this world who deserves our praise more than God.(<====Click to Tweet)

Linking with: #TellHisStory, Coffee For Your Heart, Three Word Wed, and Thought-Provoking Thursday

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Waiting For The One

"Big mistakes don't just happen. They start off as one little compromise after another." Kelsey Kupecky
If there was ever a book I wish I could have read before I started dating it would be, "The Chase," by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky.

I recently requested and finished The Chase and am SO glad I did. I chose it because I knew it would be a good book to share with my daughter, I wasn't expecting it to speak so much to me as well.

You will recognize Kelsey as the face on the cover of her mom's books (Karen Kingsbury) in the Bailey Flanigan series.

Kyle is a christian musician who has toured with, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, and LeCrae.

Together Kelsey and Kyle have written a book on the importance of waiting for THE ONE and never settling for less.

It's a book that will speak to the teenage girl getting ready to date to the still single older lady that is getting tired of the wait (though most of the examples are for a younger audience, you may still be inspired by this book)
God cares about your deepest desires, your hopes and your dreams.
I didn't protect my heart when I was young and I didn't trust God. Through reading this book
I realized how much you have to trust God when life is lonely. When we take matters into our own hands we only make things worse.

I have a 14-year old daughter and I want her to read The Chase before she gets anymore serious about boys. I want her to read the words of this young couple who know what it's like to get lonely and be tempted to compromise your standards to have a boyfriend or girlfriend like all of your friends.

I know from experience "it's far better to be single than be with the wrong guy."

Boy, sometimes I really wish I could go back and talk to my younger self. I would tell myself that if you would wait and spend time chasing after God and not boys He WILL orchestrate a love story that feels like a fairy tale.

I am so thankful they wrote this book. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

"Never stop believing in God. Never stop dreaming and praying for your future happily ever after. God truly has the most amazing plans for you. When you chase after God, your future is full of wonder and endless possibilities."
(I received this book for free from Revell bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own)

Linking up with #TellHisStory, Coffee For Your Heart, and Thought-Provoking Thursday


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