A year and a half ago a dear friend of mine Dawn over at Enthusiastically Dawn sent me an Arc Planner. I did not know any thing about the planner lifestyle and how such a simple tool would change my life. I was the pen and paper list girl. I would make my list each day of to do's. That was it. Uneventful and boring. But wouldn't you know it I would sometimes lose the list! Then I was up the creek without a paddle because I would forget something. If I didn't write it down when the thought hit me I would lose it a lot of times too. Well when my friend sent me her customized Arc it was amazing. It was fun. It gave me a fun creative way to get organize and let's face it, it was much harder to misplace a planner book. I used that planner for a year. It was amazing and I will never forget her sweet kindness that really helped me and gave me joy. I find it fun to plan and I even get creative with markers and stickers. It motivates me to be more organized!
So to pay it forward I want to give away a planner. Now this is a brand new Happy Planner but it is the 2016-2017 version. There is only 6 months left of this but if you have not tried a planner yet or you where interested in the Happy Planner system... this would be a great sample to try!
I love the bright encouraging messages all in this series of planner. I like the durable covers. If you accidentally spill a drop of coffee your planner is ok... it will wipe right off.
There is a reason it is called Happy Planner I guess because every single one of them I have ever seen makes me smile. I love the welcome page with the big ol' hello. And what lady doesn't like bright, cheery or polka dots. I wanted to show you that each month has a beautiful divider with a message or pretty print but I would love for it all to be a surprise to the winner. It has a month over view then also the daily, weekly pages in this planner. Even the daily is broken down in three sections you can label ever how you wish. I use mine for morning, afternoon, even goals. It has a goals and important dates section for each month over view. I had loved my Arc planner my friend had given me so much, when it was time to finally move into another planner I gravitated towards the Happy Planner because of the disks that are similar to Arc and it was what I was used to. I love how she customized hers. I liked that I could do the same with Happy Planner if I wanted too. I went with The Happy Planner because they offer so many useful and cute things I could do with it. And I loved using Micheals coupons to get 40 percent off things. You can customize the happy planner easy. They offer sheets at Micheals to add if you wish to add more or different types. They offer cute covers, cases, folders to put inside. But You can have fun with cute washi tape or stickers. If you want to use your own paper you can buy the punch to always make your own and use your planner forever if you wish. You can use it as a planner or a planner/ scrapish type memory book. This planner is great as stand alone as well. All you really need is right there above in the picture keep it as simple or creative as you wish.
So if your interested in trying this system and getting organized please feel free to enter! If you know someone who would benefit from this let them know. I will choose a winner at the end of this month which I hope will be a blessing to them. Feel free to come back as much as you want each day to enter. Each entry will count as 5 points. The more you have the better your chance of winning.
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Hey sweet people. If you have taken the time to read this post at my blog thank you so much. I hope that this blesses you in some way. I would love to share with you one part of my journey. I am loving sharing with you more of my walk with Abba. I hope it encourages you in some way to reach for him even more in your walk. I know when I hear stories from others it indeed spurs me on as well. But ya know.... I have not shared enough of my stories in this world to shine for God. I can not sit silent anymore. I did that to much before. Every day that goes by we are all one day closer to meeting him. I want to bless his heart.
This journey took place about a year ago and half ago. How it changed me is this. The first time I decided to do this I said ok Lord I will make a date with you and on that date I will write for just you. I put it on the calendar for the very next day and treated it as if I was on a date. I wrote at such n such a time I'll have a date with Jesus. Well the next day came and I was busy about the house and dealing with the families needs and my own selfish ones too. I was standing after the time I scheduled a date with Jesus at my sink washing dishes... it was on my heart yikes I made a date with Jesus and I am late but I ignored it.
Yes he has feelings to. Yes we can talk to him any time but I was going to make this an actual date night for him. As I was running late I was thinking oh,,, it's the Lord he will understand why I am late. I'll get to him later. But I was standing there with other thoughts going through my head as I said I'll also do this task and this other one first. But I felt him remind me in my heart. I heard his gentle voice "what about me"? Three simple words loud and clear yet so gentle. I knew it was him.Your taking great care of your family but what about me I thought he was telling me in those three words. I felt like, oh no, the purpose of my goal of date night is to bless his heart and make him feel loved and important to me. I basically had said my dishes that can wait are more important than keeping my special date night with Jesus! I felt at that moment like Martha running about the house instead of Mary sitting at his feet. WOW. To feel his heart and know he was looking forward to it really blew me away. I stopped right away what I was doing and ran upstairs for my date. I even went and combed my hair for him and got dolled up some.
I had family all around me about the house and my room was a third story loft at the time so I did not have much privacy. So I put on some instrumental soaking worship music on my head set to drown out house noises. I also grabbed some paper and pen. I grabbed my blanket to put over me as a tent . I yelled to everyone I am on a date with Jesus so leave me alone. LOL. I sat in my little tent and apologized to the Lord and told him I was so excited to be on a date with my savior. I sat in silence and focused on him before I started to write his letter.. then I wrote what ever the first words from my heart to him was. I also cried tears. I wrote and wrote the words just flowed from my heart. I did not have to chase words or search hard. This letter is between me and the Lord only no one else so I didn't focus on it being perfect but I do have a goal to use this time soon to work on my penmanship for Abba while I write to him. I could indeed write better! LOL.
I knew with what he laid on my heart in the kitchen when he spoke to me "what about me", that he was indeed present. He is always present actually with us but this particular time I was aware of it. That's the difference. So as I wrote I stopped and closed my eyes at some point to rest and ponder him even more sitting still no writing. All of the sudden a vision flashed in front of me clear as a movie. Clear as in real life not foggy like a dream. I saw Jesus himself sitting on the edge of a rock, on the edge of the sea. He was smiling at me! Me? Yes me? I was like oh my. WOW. He is taking the time to smile at me? Is this real? Is this my imagination? I am stubborn and feel unworthy so I open my eyes and it is gone. I see within my tent. I was like is that my mind or really him? So I close my eyes again. Boom right away he is back. Smiling. He is looking me in the eyes but he is a good little distance from me. I watch him watching me from the edge of the rock he was sitting on sideways. I thought I know he is looking at me and I would love to see him up close better so like in a movie with zooming gently I was zooming in and coming closer to him he was doing it for me, he knew my thoughts. I was yet again blown away so I opened my eyes. Like a fool. I was not totally believing what was happening to me. I thought surely its my imagination this is to good to be true. Who am I that Jesus would visit me in this special way? So I tried once more. Boom he was there when I closed my eyes clear as day right where we left off as in real life just as good as a person sitting right in front of me clear as a bell. I gave in to his drawing me in closer and before I knew it we looked eye to eye.
He was still sitting on the edge of the rock on the edge of the sea looking into my eyes smiling at me. I was so blessed. He was in a white robe with an amazing sash around him. He looked perfect. He was so loving and so peaceful. His smile was captivating me. He spoke no words to me but said everything in his smile and stare. I felt him happy with me that I had made time to have a date night with him and happy I was writing him a love letter from my heart. Then I noticed something in particular standing out he wanted me to notice. I heard him communicating with me with out him speaking words. I noticed the sun was setting on this beach we where on. The sunset was on his face. I could see the rays of light and rays of dark. He would not allow me to turn to look but to only see his face. I looked and said Jesus your trying to tell me something with this sunset on your face aren't you? And he smiled at me. I told him how much I love him and I stared at him again then I opened my eyes. He was gone. I closed my eyes again and he was gone. The open vision was gone. But remember the number of conformation is three. To confirm I saw him I had tested it three times. On the fourth he was gone.
The visit was fast but so very impactful. I wish I had not opened my eyes so soon that third time so I could of been in that moment with him longer. But the messages was loud and clear what he was sending me. He was happy I was taking time to be with him. He made me feel so important those moments and helped me to feel loved by him. We all know if your saved that the Lord loves you but do you really feel it? I often do not because I have made so many mistakes in my life I often wonder how does he still love me? That is my fault, not his of why I feel this way. So that visit was important. He also was showing me three different things in particular. Remember three is confirmation. He was on the edge of a rock by the edge of the sea. Those are the first two. I saw the sun setting on his face, that was number three. He wanted me to pay special attention to that. I took many weeks after this visit to seek him on what he was telling me and I feel that it all pointed to that this world as we know it or life as we know it is almost up or on the edge of something big. The time is almost done here before he returns I now for sure strongly feel this. It is surely much closer that it was 2000 years ago! I can only hope that he is about to come for us. I am not saying that he is coming right off on any particular day but maybe very soon. The stage of the sun setting on his face was almost done! He was indeed showing me a sign to share with people. It reminds me of the story in Matthew 25: 1-13 take a look below. Remember we are the Bride of Christ.
Matthew 25 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)25 “The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3 The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil, 4 whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 Now the bridegroom was late, so they all went to sleep. 6 It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!’ 7 The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting. 8 The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9 ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But as they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11 Later, the other bridesmaids came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’ 12 But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’ 13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.
I want to be ready for my groom. I want to be ready when he arrives for me! What about you? Will you dismiss looking for him to come? Will you be lazy in your watching for him or will you be ready? I want to be ready. I am not taking any chances now a days! I used to be lazy in my watching. Not any more. And his vision gave me such hope that it will be soon!
The act of writing to him or having this special date time is about how you feel about him. It not only blesses his heart, it blesses yours in so many ways. It is freeing. It is healing. It is loving and yet another great way to show love to him that some folks may not of thought of. The Lord is a real person. He has feelings just like us. When was the last time you made a date with Jesus? I do not mean or typical devotional time or seeking him in prayer for yourself or someone else needs. I mean showing up to simply focus on him and his needs and not our needs and bless him somehow? Remember he created us to fellowship with him! That's why the love letters are so good. I love to seal the letters once done with a special sticker never to be opened again. I already know he has been touched by my letter. I have not seen another vision of him since that day but I know he is watching and with me when I take the time for him and it's all about blessing his heart. I am so honored he did do something special for me on one of our dates maybe he will surprise you on one too.
Has life ever gotten hard for you? Have you ever had "stuff" happen so much back to back that your left wondering what in the world? Life is not easy that is for sure. Things happen in seasons and for a reason. We may not always see the reason why, but rest assured God has a plan.
I love at Bible Gateway they have so many translations of the Bible to study from. I like the NIV translation as seen in my art above. But, I love the Complete Jewish Bible translation of Philippians 3:14 too.
Philippians 3:14Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 14 I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.
Ok right there is such an awesome wow factor in that verse. Ok,,, as if salvation in itself is not enough God even will reward us for pressing on in this life and living out your walk in Messiah Christ Jesus. To think God has a prize for us? God is such a good daddy. He is so amazing there are no words.
What are you doing to press on? Are you just floating by barely? There are times we may end up like that for a moment but you should never stay that way. Are you rising up above the waves of the storm to not let them bury you? Or are you walking on them? Keep your eyes on the one who has saved you already. Jesus. Keep your eyes on him at all times in all circumstances. Simply put, keep your life centered on him Yeshua, Mighty Jesus Christ the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. If you do and live focused on him and what he has already done about your problem at the Cross and what he is doing now and what he is about to do on your behalf in the future, then worry CAN NOT pull you under for good.
Imagine while in prayer walking up to the throne of the Father and laying your problem down at his feet. Say, Father I can not do this. You take care of it for me. He will. But do not walk back and pick it up. Let it alone!
Worry is of course the opposite of faith. Faith pleases God. So if faith pleases God and it is opposite of worry then, don't worry, be happy! Have faith that God's got this. Remember that song from the 80-'s? For real listen to it and be happy! Press on. It will get better! God even has a prize waiting for you on the other side. I think he is pleased when he sees us stopping worrying so much and trusting in him!
So in closing. The two good reasons to not worry be happy? God's really got this and sees the solutions so do not carry the weight of life alone. And he even has a prize for you later.
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One of my all time favorite cartoons of the 80's growing up was the Smurfs. Their cute little homes and adventures had me fixed on the T.V. Saturday mornings. I am so honored to help promote my little pals. The Smurfs are back from the 80's land of la la lala la la to 2017 with the most EPIC adventure you could ever imagine a Smurf or any human for that matter to take. All the old favorite characters are back in all their lovable cute glory.
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The all star cast:
Demi Lovato - Smurfette Rainn Wilson - Gargamel Joe Manganiello - Hefty Jack McBrayer - Clumsy Danny Pudi – Brainy Michelle Rodriguez - Smurfstorm Ellie Kemper - Smurfblossom Ariel Winter - Smurflily with Mandy Patinkin - Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts - Smurfwillow
Below is the faith & character building discussion guide with 4 different topics, to talk over with your group trip or your own kids. This guide brings out real life situations in the movie and brings it home with a great message in character building for anyone of any age. It is simply brilliant if you ask me.
Smurfs The Lost Village is out in theaters April 7 2017
There was a time I was a single mom. I was young with two little ones to care for. I was working every odd job I could when my kids were at their dads on visitation those first few months. I had to work around my kids because I did not have the money for childcare that first year nor any helping hands on a regular basis. I had originally been a young stay at home mom all the years prior when my husband was working, with no college or skills. I had to budget every dollar wisely to get by those days as a single mom. Now before my marriage went to shambles God had been working in my heart on the subject of biblical stewardship and tithing.
Just because I was a single mom it did not mean I was excused from the test of tithing, this was what the Holy Spirit was laying on my heart. As I went to church one day at a new church I was attending, it was yet again heavy on my heart. He was actually in this personal test, asking me to give it all. I reasoned with the Lord that I only had seven dollars cash on me to last till my next pay whenever that may be. With two little ones to feed and to put gas in the car I didn't know how I would do it without the seven dollars. Now the tithe is giving a tenth but God wanted my faithfulness that day.
Malachi 3:8-10 [Full Chapter]
Can a person rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tenths and voluntary contributions. A curse is on you, on your whole nation, because you rob me. Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
Proverbs 3:9-10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income.
10 Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine.
I decided to trust God because of course it all belongs to Him. Why we would he prompt me to give and to actually give it all if He was not going to take care of me? God will not let his children beg for bread according to Psalm 37:5 . Faith is believing what you can not see Hebrews 11:1 and faith is action. So I set out to test Him on the tithe.
Malachi 3:10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
10 Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house,
and put me to the test,”says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
I will admit as I walked up to the altar to put my church offering into the basket I was a bit afraid but I made up in my mind to trust God more than I had fear. So I happily gave. I knew God would take care of us. I went about after that worshipping Him during the service knowing it would be ok. As I was leaving a sweet old lady whom I barely knew stopped me. She said God spoke to her heart to give me this. I thought she handed me a note of encouragement. I thanked her and hugged her and wished her a happy Sunday.
2 Corinthians 9:7Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7 Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.[a]
I went to my car to put the children in their car seats. I sat ready to drive when I felt I couldn't wait to read the sweet note. I opened the paper and there was no note but a check for 70 dollars! She did not know me or my situation. She did not know the test God was doing in me that day. Only the Holy Spirit knew. I sat crying. I sat crying at her sweet giving. I sat crying at my God who does what He says He will. God turned my 7 dollars into 70 within the hour and took care of me! He is always faithful.
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In 2017 where will your focus be? In 2017 where will your alignment be?
I know some will create new years resulutions. Some will create goals. But do you think of your center focus? Your partnerships and alignments? What will you focus on and what will you align with or whom?
At this moment this week I am experiancing a renewal with Abba Father. First I want to talk about focus. I want my focus to be what he wants it to be and right now that focus is on Him. I want my focus in 2017 to be that of what ever is true, noble, righteous, pure, loveable, vituous, or praiseworthy.
Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.
When your mind is set on things of the Father it is hard for negative stinking thinking to over take you. When you focus on him and good things it is hard for depression to cling to you and over take you. If you are a beliver in Christ Jesus your one day closer to meeting him, so why not rejoice for things to come even if at this moment you have had a really bad day! He will deliver you.
Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.
Alignment according to the dictionary means a position of agreement or alliance. What are you coming into agreement with? Is it the troubles the devil has shown you lately? Is it depression? Is it finacial brokeness? Is it false peace? Is it realationship troubles?
Or are you aligning yourself with what God sees about your situations? He sees the victory and has already won it on the cross. He just wants you to align with him and he will guide you out of the darkness of the situation.
1 Corinthians 15:57 [Full Chapter]
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!
I want to align with and come into agreement with God's take on things. His take is what truly matters! Not letting the tempary before my eyes or hard moment overwhelm me. His will is the safest place to be on earth. Walking with the Father on his path is the right road period. Ask yourself what will you align yourself with in 2017. Make sure it is partnerships that will be healthy for your soul and future.
I choose to align and partner with God's plans for me in 2017. That is where true sucess will be found in all areas of my life. All glory and honor be unto God! I know when I make plans without God I fail. I want my partner to be God. Whom will you align with this year? Yourself, the world, or the most high God?
I have faced many losses in my life. At this time of year it can be hard on many people for many reasons. Depression can run rampant for some. There has been years I let it ruin my holidays. Really for the average public it boils down to a persons out look. We can choose happiness or sadness. I ask myself this holiday which do I choose? I choose joy. I choose to not focus on the difficult year I have had, focus on the loved ones who aren't around anymore, the loved ones who are acting difficult etc.! I want to share with you my tips on finding joy this Christmas.
As the new year is approaching I have been thinking deeply. Reflecting on this past years goals and what will be the new years goals. One that I had for 2016 was to get in shape. I am not where I want to be. I will say that this year I did more than the prior year towards that goal through out the year, so with that said I will keep moving forward at what ever pace I can but at least it is going forward! I was asked recently to discover CycleBar in Raleigh. I thought the timing could not of been more perfect. I was wanting to try something new towards my health and wellness goal. And you know I love adventure.
Let's face it if you are not as active as you should be, going to a gym can be a little intimidating. This year I had been exercising at home. So most of my anxiety left when I walked into the door and saw the fun party like atmosphere. Instead of a feeling of I know I should do this yet feel dread I felt pumped! Really!
The staff was top noch amazing, helpful, bright and cheery. Which helped to take away the first anxiety I had about my new adventure. Now don't get me wrong I was excited too, just you know what I mean!
Now the first stop is the sign in wall. You sign in on the tablets. Next you pick out your shoe size. On the bottom of these shoes are clamps that lock into the bikes pedal to keep your feet on track and secure. You do not have to use these but I enjoyed using them to be more secure.
Next stop was the refreshment bar. They make sure before you go into the bike room you are hooked up with plenty of H2O. I was asked by this gentleman if I like my water room temperature or chilled. The Cyclebar water bottle are yours to keep or you can give it back.
The bike room is awesome. It is so many things to so many people. It can be a battleground to beat the spirit of laziness. It can be a sanctuary to retreat from stress. The staff helps you get the bike adjusted to your level of comfort before the session begins.
Your individual bike is equipped with everything you will need. From monitor, towel, water, weight bar it is all here. I was on the front row. See the large fan in the front of the class? It was funny, the instructor after pumping us a bit to get us going said you had to work for the fan! Great way to look at it and boy I wanted the fan. The music was motivating to get you going no matter what mood you may be in as you enter the room. The instructors say they are part educator, DJ, drill sargent, and motivator. Was it true? Yes! They are every bit of all that. I know without the instructors motivation I couldn't of done it on my own.
After your ride they have the refreshment bar with complementary drinks and fruit to recharge you. I forgot the mention they have lockers for your things, a shower, towels & shower gel all FREE for you to use and be heading on to your day. It is fantastic they thought of everything to make your ride as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.
This is the Cyclebar community wall, which I think is a great idea. It is the gathering of all to know.
Now one thing I did not mention yet, the instructors claim, is to come along side you and be a friend not just staff. This was my instructor Whitey. Her attitude is so contagious! She shared her story of why she is into the "ride". Her story mirrored mine in some ways. She found out she had heart problems and decided to take matters into her own hands to not allow the heart problem so to speak be a problem! Way to go Whitney and it is the exact motivation I need because I too have some minor heart issues. I want to be victorious over my health as Whitney has done. She also wanted to wake up everyday and be happy at what she does and she has accomplished that hands down. She loves sharing empowerment with others to lift you up and tell you, you can do this! I am excited to hear more of the stories of others encouragement and be a part of becoming a more empowered, healthier me on this journey.
They spoil you at Cyclebar. All the business swag you see is free as well. They really hook you up.
Any gear you may need on your fitness journey they offer for sale as well. In a non to shoppy way, the items are displayed gingerly around the lobby for your browsing enjoyment.
As I begin this journey at Cyclebar I look forward to it. I look forward to meeting new people. I look forward to a fitter me. I look forward to being more empowered over my health as 2017 approaches. What better way to start off a new year and end the old. This year has been a stressful year for me and it is time I set aside time for me and to have some self care. I think Cyclebar is the place to really do that.
I was provided a complementary membership to Cyclebar in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.
· CycleBar, the preeminent indoor cycling experience, is open now in Brier Creek in North Raleigh and is coming to Cary January 2017.
· CycleBar is a low-impact and high-intensity exercise method, offering an intoxicating sense of community in state-of-the-art studios with concierge-level service, premium amenities and pay-per-class options.
· The dynamic cycling classes offer a multi-sensory workout in a rock concert-like atmosphere, where experienced instructors take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride.
· The studio features tiers for the bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.
· CycleBar classes are invigorating and fun, with themed rides for charity fundraising, Throwback Thursdays, artist-specific playlists and more.
· After a class, riders cool down with complimentary fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.
· Riders can also easily track performance data via CycleStats and download music used in the class session.
· To learn more about CycleBar in Brier Creek, visit briercreek.cyclebar.com, and for more information on the Cary studio opening in January, visit alston.cyclebar.com.
Years ago one of the first ministries I heard of when I became a new chrisitian was Wycliffe Bible Translators. I would like to explain what they do but first share some facts with you.
Now with new technologies Bible translation has been on hyper drive! Below is a sample of the MAST system.
I loved seeing the technology displays and hearing the explanation of how they work in 3rd world countries out in the middle of a jungle for example.
This is the TNT. Tablets for National Translators. They have a team of local people help with the Bible translations by giving the team these tablets. It rapidly speeds up the process that used to take years. In a world of violent extremists who do not want people to hear the word of God speed is of the essence.
I love this mini POD (Print on Demand) before they would have to wait forever for Bibles to be printed in another country now they can get the word to them on the spot with this POD. The written word on paper instantly is better than nothing I say.
I heard two testimonies that night. One was a video testimony of a Bible translator leader. He was in a dangerous area that he could potentially lose his life. He had people on his team whom in fact did die for the cause. Another deeply moving testimony was the guest speaker Grace Fabian. Her and her husband spent over 20 years ministering, living & loving to the Nubuk people. They worked faithfully helping to get their people group's language into written form so it could be translated into the word of God. One day her husband was brutally killed by one of the Nubuck friends. She was first on the scene to see it. As she held her husband in her arms and pulled the ax out of his skull her life was forever changed. She struggled with finishing the call. But she rose again by faith after some time and with help finished translating the word of God to the Nubuck. Now that tribe and people group can have the word and know salvation. Grace forgave. Love won. The word of God coming to these unreached people groups does not come without a price at times. May God bless all the missionaries & those who donate to the cause! With out the Bible how will the people know of salvation or learn how to live in peace?
Visit Grace at www.gracefabian.com
I am so honored to of spent the evening with Wycliffe to hear what they are currently doing in the world and how far that God has taken this ministry over the years. It is projected to have all the people groups reached with the Word of God in their own written language by 2025! Please help make this goal possiable. There are many ways you can help by visiting Wycliffe.org
Lately I have literally had a struggle with worry. My wise neighbor said "Suzie, if you pray there is no need to worry. If you worry there is no need to pray." She was totally right. I know this but needed to hear it. It is not cool how sometimes the mess of life just keeps dumping on ya and you let it pile up to where you allow yourself to be buried alive in worry instead of letting the junk life dumps bounce off.
Philippians 4:6-76 Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. 7 Then God’sshalom ( peace), passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua. ( Jesus)
In line 7 it says, then God's Shalom ( His peace ) will keep our hearts and our minds in perfect peace. It is a peace that in the mist of troubles it should not match the troubles at hand. It should pass all natural understanding. When the world says worry, we should in fact be doing the very opposite. We really need to relax in Him! Why do we struggle so much in this!
Psalm 9:9-109 (8) He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will judge the peoples fairly.
10 (9) Adonai is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a tower of strength in times of trouble.
I know this one thing. God is the strong tower for sure! He is reliable, dependable, trust worthy. If God's got your back then why worry! People let us down but God never ever will. One of the things I do to bring myself back into balance and into peace is to imagine I am walking up to the throne of God. I take the problem or person in my hands and carry it with me. I lay it, what ever it is, at his feet. I then say to God I can not do this, I can not fix this. You do it God because you see the end. You see the in between. You know the answers. Help me! Take care of this. Then I imagine myself walking away. I leave it there at his feet to do with it what he will. If I start to worry then I am saying God is not capable? SAY WHAT. God is capable, he is God!
Here is more great verses on worry.
Worrying is like saying God I do not trust you.
Something else I truly do suggest is walk out or act out your trusting God has got it by doing something for you. Relax. When you are overwhelmed do something to rest. I like to retreat to my back yard and lay or swing in my hammock. You can get a hammock like mine byclicking here if you want one! I love laying in my hammock safely suspended in air. It comforts me and makes me feel totally relaxed as I am praying or reading. This hammock has been a true blessing to me during this very stressful phase of my life. It was so easy to put up & is easy to clean. It is super strong too yet so very comfy, which you need comfy when relaxing. Amen!
What helps you to relax?
Productivity. Time management. Balance. Have you ever struggled with these things? Peace in a busy life? I know I have. The struggle is real. I want to share with you a journey I am on right now and for those struggling as well I invite you to join me.
I at times for various reasons need to tweek my evenings and mornings. How I spend my evening can in fact affect the start of my next day. How I start my mornings can indeed affect the rest of my day. I have a lot going on these days to do and keep up with. I highly admire Crystal at MoneySavingMom and when I saw she has a course to help fine tune my evening I was super excited to hear what she had to say.
I am first doing the 14 day Make Over Your Evenings course because before you have a morning you must have a night right! So far I am on day 5 and simply loving it so far. No matter where you are as a stay at home mom or a working woman her tips are valuable. It will help you completely tweek & repair an off balance evening and morning. The steps I have taken so far via the course have already greatly improved my evenings I am so excited to see the rest of the fruit as I learn and apply this course information.
Rather than me give you tips myself when I myself have a broken system, I think as a blogger part of our job is when you do not know all the answers you find those who do know. Well Crystal has this down pat.
Her call to actions are practical. Not so far fetched that no one but a imaginary super mom could attain it. Everyone can achieve these practical course challenges. These courses are so flexible. You can log in and download the work book to your tablet or print the workbooks. If your really in a hurry just watching her short informational videos will really open your eyes. I like doing the workbook and watching the videos together.
Healthy time management does not have to be scary or a thing that we only dream of. Breaking old habits and making new healthier ones are attainable. What I am liking best about this course is she breaks down the steps in to bite size daily 15 minute chunks. It is not to much information to do all at once. Matter of fact I have actually taken two days for some of the new habit projects to really stew over it and get it. The course you work at your own pace. You want change to be more productive in a good way not an over worked stressed way. You don't want just great information you learn then never act upon it saying to your self I know I should I know I should but don't! If you really do it and act on the daily small activities you can master a more productive, organized life. You can achieve better time management. Really how you end your day and how you start it will affect the in between. So join me on this journey! Let me know how your doing with your evenings & mornings below.
Recently Faithbox sent me a monthly Faithbox to try out and give you my thoughts on the company. I love monthly subscription services period so I thought this would be great! Monthly boxes are just so fun to get goodies that are themed out aren't they?! Well what better way to get one than supporting a company that gives back to helping ethical small businesses across the globe and helping to feed hungry children at the same time. You just can't go wrong. When I interviewed Faithbox here is what they had to say below.
Mission Statement : We, at Faithbox, are a Christian company that has a heart for furthering the kingdom of God and wants to bring joy by introducing great products from companies that give back and do good. With each box or devotional purchased, three meals are provided to hungry kids all over the world through our partnership with Rice Bowls.
I couldn't believe what all came in my box! The book alone was worth the price and the fact they are helping to feed kids to boot & you get all these extras just blew me away.
What is even more amazing is the message of encouragement they send you each month. This months topic was loneliness. It was right on time for me. I was so uplifted & encouraged by the resources provided. Not only that, they also encouraged me to reach out to others whom God may place on my heart that might be lonely too. The overview was awesome because it explains in detail the items mission for the month!
The Stitch was very interesting. You take the orange string and sew it into your garment to show awareness of child molestation. It is to represent the vast majority of kids under age 18 whom have been sexually abused but hide and never tell anyone. It is to encourage kids to speak up!
Organic Raw Cacao for Espresso shots! Woot!
Lysa Terkeurst's book Uninvited. Living loved when you feel less than, left out, and lonely. And the faithbox uninvited everyday faith devotional. O yeah!
These are lovely quality note cards to encourage others. I am so excited they provided these to use these for outreach.
In doing good, let us not fail. Gal 6:9
Visit Faithbox online.
I highly recommend FaithBox. These would even make fabulous gifts that just keep on giving all the way around.
Hebrews 1:14New International Version (NIV) 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
I was about 3 years old on my way home from up state NY with my mom and dad. This was back in the days when you could ride without seat belts. I was in the back of a pick up truck sitting on a little seat that was not a proper truck seat because it was in a truck bed. With one of those fiber class covers on the back of the truck you would see in the 70's -80's a lot. There was also a LOT of glass bottles in boxes they were bringing back from NY to NC to collect cash on. Well I was so very young and so very little. I was very petite. Somewhere in PA I think it was they had a severe accident. My mother was pregnant with my little brother at the time. She was rushed to the hospital. I heard her yelling somehow or talking and she did not want to leave until they found my body. She was in very bad shape and had to leave. Now to get to my point.... I will now recount the events from my perspective as a toddler below!
I was having a good time keeping myself content as a little toddler could be playing with my little fake purse and the goodies it contained. I loved little tiny things to play with and a paper & pen. I was busy when all of the sudden I heard yelling and the most awful noises I had ever heard in my tiny life... I didn't know what the noises was I had never heard it all before but the moment I began to hear them I saw the truck bed moving in a direction I knew it was NOT to move and all the glass coming for me. I was in an instant more sacred than I had ever been so far in my young little life.... but in an instant I saw a flash of large light consume me. I couldn't see a thing but that bright bright blinding light. At first it startled me. It picked me up and threw me into darkness, the light was gone. This light was so amazing and I felt the most wonderful love, safety and comfort I had felt since the womb (If you did not read that story of what I remember life to be like in the womb please read it here.) It felt so familiar like I knew this light somehow.
Psalm 91:11New International Version (NIV) 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
It was all so very very fast. I screamed mommy!! MOMMY I want my mommy as it was holding me. The voice I call it came while I was in the darkness. "You are safe" it said. I spoke into the dark who are you. It said " stay here, your safe" I said where am I (this place felt so tight). It said " I placed you in safety until they find you" I said ok Mr. I said what happen I am scared why do they need to find me? He said " a bad accident happen but you are safe " I said will they find me Mr. He said yes very soon. Do not be scared. I heard this voice talk to me while I was in the dark and it all happen so fast. I said I hurt Mr. I hurt. Why am I in a ball. He was gone.
He would not answer me I got scared. I realized as I had been talking to him it was not with my mouth somehow we spoke without words with our mind. So I began to cry with my mouth and I mean really cry! I cried and cried..... amidst my cries I heard all sorts of sounds on "the outside what ever that was" I heard loud crunches and crashes. I heard men voices. I heard yelling. I heard a woman's voice. None of these voices sounded like my mom or dad. I was so very scared so it made me cry all the more & louder. I realize now as an adult if I had not cried they would not of found me!! My cries so loud is how they found me. Suddenly I heard a voice say keep crying keep crying. I had no idea really that people was looking for me I had not fully in my young mind made that connection yet. I thought it was my bright light friend again but then I realized it was not his same comforting voice. But this voice said keep crying baby girl keep crying so we can find you! I didn't know I was in a wreck... my young toddler mind could not comprehend it. Every one was accounted for but me. The truck was totaled by a 18 wheeler. So I obey that strange voice and cried harder thinking I was doing good somehow. All the sudden a while later I felt a jult. I felt my body being tossed around. They had found me.... I was stuffed inside a large hard cased suitcase ( you know those from the 60-70-80's) laying safely inside on top of a pile of glass & twisted medal in the twisted up trunk bed.
One of the reasons they could not find me at first was when they looked in the rumble all they saw was metal, glass & luggage they did not know I was actually there some how in the suitcase. I had not started crying yet and they did not see my body. I had been upset the angel left me. But I realize as an adult now that had he not stopped talking to me to comfort me I would of never started to cry in fear. They wouldn't of found me in time. Because my mom's life was hanging on a thread and she wouldn't leave in the ambulance till she heard word I was alive. SO they thought I was gone somehow under it all. The angel I now know is whom I was speaking to when I saw a bright light consume me and pick me up and throw me in the dark place "the suit case" in an instant saved my life. I would of been chopped liver had he not done that for me. I remember even some of what the rescuers was saying.... O my God we found her she is here she is here and I heard loud cheers of lots of people. I heard my dads voice saying that is impossible. That suitcase was full and locked with a key.No one could explain what happen and how I got there but I knew. I tried to baby babel in my tears a nice man in light put me there. But I do not think anyone believed me. There was no time for me to of unlocked it and crawled in. I didn't even have the key and as a toddler not even realized it was locked or how to unlock one in the instant of a high speed wreck. I remember when the man in a suit of some sorts ( later I realized as I aged it was an EMT man.) opened the suit case and I saw the day light for that first time in what seemed forever. I knew something big somehow had just happen. He hugged me and said hey little girl your going to be ok. He climbed out with me as I heard some cheering. He handed me to my dad... I cried but my dad quickly handed me to a strange lady as he ran away saying take care of her.... he ran to the ambulance my mom refused to leave in her major condition till they found me alive. He said take her go go go go now,,,and I was crying for my mommy and wanted to see her. They said I had no time mommy had to go she had no time. I had no idea if I would ever see her again at that moment. I was then left with the strange lady for what seemed like a very long time until my Dad came back for me. I remember my auntie came up from hours away to take me home as my Dad stayed on with my mom. That is all I remember about the wreck. I felt honored to remember such detail at such a young age of this amazing event. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!! I can no longer sit silent holding these memories & experiences to myself. It is time to use them to recount the God things of God and bring him Glory!
How to find peace in a world of crazy. That line got to me. I wanted to see what Alli had to say. Alli's story really was interesting and gave me such encouragement on so many levels BUT for most of the book it did not seem to show how to find peace in a world of busy until chapter 7. It was mostly about her journey of success & seeking God along the way which is very inspiring no doubt. But as said chapter 7 is the shift and the true meat of the book. Chapter 7 is all about time and how to spend it. It lead perfectly into chapter 8 where Alli shares the decision making frame work. Chapters 9 & 10 are just as important in breaking busy. She offers great incite in 7- 10 to truly help anyone. I love what she said on page 197. "keeping us busy trying to prove our worth is the easiest way to keep us from the life God created us to live." She was right when sharing verse John 10:10 the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants us to become so busy doing all but what God really wants us to do. Doing to much or being out of balance is not God's way for us for peace nor for proper productivity. I truly think Breaking Busy will help someone stuck on that hamster wheel of life to have a radical change of proper balance in this busy world.
And wow she offers free digital download help & even printables at her site you can find here!