Be blessed and be a blessing....

I have so much to be thankful for. I really do. God has blessed me beyond wordsbeyond all that I could ask or imagine. I could never keep it all to myself – like Abram I need to share the blessings that have been given me. To give back, be a blessing, be an inspiration to those who are in need. Those who have done for me – I know that people have been on their knees praying for me this past year – I know the Lord has heard your prayers, He has carried me and I know He will bless you richly. So,I say THANK YOU for being a blessing in my life and may God continue to bless you abundantly.

I love mail. Email and snail mail (except bills – no one like those). And even more I love sending cards – I truly do and this pack is perfect – it comes at just the right time for me to reflect on the past year’s blessings and look forward to the blessings that are to come. There are so many people who have been a blessing in my life and I need to let them know that I am also praying and thinking of them daily.  God has made something beautiful out of such horrible circumstances. It will be so awesome to share things like grace, hope, thanks and just pure joy with those who have lifted me up this past year in my struggles.

Pens and stamps ready to share the love, grace and JOY!

So be blessed, be inspired, share the joy – be a blessing visit the Dayspring Online Store. And be sure to check out (In) Courage and the Inspired Daily Deals.

FTC Disclosure: I selected and was provided with the Holley Gerth Hope & Encouragement Pack from Dayspring, free of charge for review. These opinions are my own and do not reflect those of Dayspring in any way.

This giveaway has now ended – and the WINNER IS Beth Vogt. Thank you so much for your comments and tweets!

Now for the giveaway:
For a chance to win a $20 coupon code to Dayspring Online store, just do one of these things:

1) Comment below  – Share one blessing in your life from this past year.

2) Tweet this giveaway, be sure to stop by at the (in)courage site and remember to use the @ShariCakes so it will get back to me and you can be sure you’re entered.

Be blessed and Be a Blessing…#GIVEAWAY #indeals @incourage @ShariCakes http://wp.me/pOGoC-nP

This giveaway will run from Saturday, January 21 thru Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. And the Dayspring Coupon code is good until December 31st, 2012.

Please be sure to leave me contact info (email) so I can get your code to you.

Thanks again for reading. Be inspired, share your blessings and CHOOSE JOY!

Many blessings as always,

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The month of June is filled with excitement and anticipation, worry and frenzy. There is so much to do; work, school, kids, vacation planning and finding the time to relax are all things that are crammed into the mix. One wonders how it will all get done. “Will I have the strength to get through it and still enjoy the blessings around me?”

The past few months have been quite turbulent – an emergency surgery and cancer diagnosis has affected my life and the lives of those around me. Strength to get through life’s trials and struggles with dignity, hope and courage is part of life in Christ. Being able to a real inspiration to those around me is a strength that comes from God alone. When I saw this plaque, I was in need of a reminder that through Christ I can beat these trials and endless worries.  I smiled. The colors and flowers were so cheery and bright. I thought about who I might be able to pass it along to – who could gain inspiration and joy from this reminder that we are not alone.  We can do “all things” through Christ our strength. He will make miracles and joy “possible”, no matter how dark the night and how dim the future looks.
 
There it sits, on my shelf – a daily reminder that strength will come. I will not be alone. I will have the courage to stand on my feet and fight. I will have the joy to share my journey with others through faith and inspiration. For more inspiration and more courage visit the Dayspring Online Store. And be sure to check out (In) Courage and the Inspired Daily Deals.

FTC Disclosure: I selected and was provided with the I Can Do All Things – Wooden Plaque from Dayspring, free of charge for review. These opinions are my own and do not reflect those of Dayspring in anyway.

This giveaway is now closed!

Now for the giveaway:
For a chance to win a $20 coupon code to Dayspring Online store, just do one of these things:

1) Comment below  – what are some words, verses or sayings that lead you to feel empowered through Christ.

2) Tweet this giveaway, be sure to stop by at the (in)courage site and remember to use the @ShariCakes so it will get back to me and you can be sure you’re entered.

All things are possible…#GIVEAWAY #Dayspring @incourage @ShariCakes http://bit.ly/j1SCgo

This giveaway will run from Tuesday, June 21st thru Friday, June 24th, 2011 . And the Dayspring Coupon code is good until August 13th.

Many Blessing and Hope that through Christ anything is possible,

Life is like a beach…caotic and stressful, strewn with litter – emotional baggage, heartache, sin, stress, pride, anger – it is so overwhelming.

With schedules and bills, appointments and jobs, school and careers life seems like it would be fulfilling. But instead is messy and stressful there is too much trying to distract us from finding the purpose that God has planned for us. We get too bogged down with the world’s wants and needs and we struggle to fit God into our lives.

My life was like that beach – strewn with litter after the summer season – I was weary and worn to the core. I needed the comfort of my God, to calm my anxiety and stress. My Redeemer sent His Waves of Grace to cleanse my beach.

My flowered card box is full...

For years, I have had this card box. It has fancy stationary in it, birthday cards, sympathy cards, note paper, thank you cards and even a few mass cards.  I have always wanted to challenge myself in the ways of writing. I was blessed with the gift of gab so writing a few lines here and there is still a challenge for me. Often times I fail to find the right words in stressful and sorrowful times.  This is one of those times.  

I hear the words echoing …And who knows but that you have come…for such a time as this? Esther 4:14  

I have been called to the challenge of bringing hope and encouragement to those around me? What. In such a  time as this? How? How can I? I am still feeling the effects of this past year without my job, the past summer has come and gone, I miss my beloved Steven dearly, fear has me crippled as my father recovers from open heart surgery and today – as this rainy Sunday begins it is National Day of Encouragement – I must begin the journey back to Scranton with my mother for the funeral services for my Uncle Bob, who recently passed. It is in this dark time that I must be the hope and encouragement to those around me…. for such a time as this.  

Oh boy, I never expected this to be a challenge. As I received and read through the 2011 Hope and Encouragement Card Pack from (In)Courage, I found myself being prepared and made stronger for these events. I still have butterflies in my stomach, I still fail at the right words at the right times, but I still pray for the Father’s guidance. I need it, those around me need it…they need me to double-check myself because I surely do not own the right words to say.  I pray that God will give me the time and the place to share His grace and peace…in such times as this. 

... and filled to the brim, with hope, love, sorrow and peace.

I have already begun to share my thanks and my prayers of hope and encouragement with those closest to me. Even in a time when I feel truly tested and stressed, I know that there is hope and peace. The pain comes and goes, the sorrow shows it’s face, I fall to my knees and weep and the Lord hears my cries. He always picks me up and I know that….  

“…Jesus is closer than we ever realized and we’re loved more than we ever knew.”