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I'm not perfect. I fail, I fall, I'm tempted, but I keep going back to the One who makes me clean again.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Take a deep breath. 
Be mindful of God. 
Whisper prayers of thanks.
It's going to be alright.
You're going to be alright.
God loves you with an eternal, personal love.
Remember the scripture you chose to focus on.
If you need one, you'll find one in Philippians.
Be kind.
Be thankful.
Enjoy the moment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Get This Book! An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti {Giveaway 11/30}

Thank you Litfuse for this review copy.
I love a good Christmas story any time of year, but no time is better than when it's cold outside and warm inside. A little Christmas reading during snatched moments can be relaxing for the woman who has filled her days and evenings with all the things we do to "make Christmas". Of course we'd all like a cozy evening by the fire with a good book, but sometimes that just doesn't happen this time of year. Tuck a book in your bag and take advantage of wait times. You'll be amazed how it can pick you up.

I love the feel of this book, just the right size, dust jacket feels good in my hands. Yes, those things matter to me. After adding a leather cover to my Kindle, I enjoy reading on it, but I still love the feel of a real hardcover book with a nice dust jacket.

It's been very hard to read this book. Why? I keep wanting to stop and share quotes from it with my husband or my kids... or I want to share some of the things the Binders do during their week long Christmas celebration. This book is chock full of the kinds of traditions and relationships that most of us long for. I found things that I hope to implement with my family as it grows with in-loves and grands.

One of those ideas is to draw numbers for seating "—not to avoid conflict, as would have been the case with Katie's extended family—but to 'stir the conversation,' as Grandpa Wilson explained it. 'It doesn't matter who you're sitting near,' he'd said. 'You're going to enjoy it.'... It was the voice of experience."

I also loved the idea of a week of planned activities including a ladies' day, a day trip for the young cousins, and a bonfire in the snow. My favorite part was probably the no technology for the whole week rule!

My Favorite Quote

"Just be. Here. In the Moment. Fully Present."

There is so much wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. I definitely want to keep this one. I might even read it aloud with my family! I'd like to give it lots and lots of stars.
An Endless Christmas

Cynthia Ruchti    

Holiday Novella
Worthy Publishing 

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, "no." Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.
 Meet the Author
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories "hemmed in hope." She's the award-winning author of sixteen books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

There's no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah's marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti's new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays with Cynthia and An Endless Christmas by entering her $100 Target gift card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia's blog.

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Best Way to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

What do you think of when you think about Thanksgiving?
A Norman Rockwell setting?
A Waltons' Thanksgiving?
A disaster or battleground?

What if you don't feel so thankful about gathering with your relatives or a certain relative? Do you stress over pleasing them or feel irritated by them? Sadly that's the case for more people that we'd like to think. Unfortunately, not everyone has a loving family that serves our Lord. Most would say there is at least one in their family that makes holidays difficult. In fact, if you're a Christian, but you're not from a Christian family, you may be the one that makes the others uncomfortable. 

What if you're totally stressed out about getting a meal prepared and on the table not to mention all the preparations ahead of time? 

May I encourage you to use the preprayment plan? That's praying ahead of time for situations that are coming up. Search your Bible for a verse or two that you can focus your mind and heart on while you're visiting. Make it a verse that will help you keep the Shalom perfect peace of God in your heart. If you're at home, light a candle. Sometimes glancing at a candle flickering or enjoying the fragrance can help you feel more peaceful. Soft worship music playing in the background helps too— if you can get away with it. ~smile~

Keeping our focus on God and our reasons to be thankful can help us through as we pray to hold our tongues or give a hug or an encouraging word. 

Be blessed and don't fret dear ones!

Just something to think about...


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