Monday, July 25, 2016

Praising God For His Blessings

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2030. My husband washing my truck.

2031. Quiet evenings at home.

2032. The reminder from God that I don't have to be strong, because He is.

2033. Insurance to cover eye exams and new glasses for my family.

2034. The stillness of the morning to be with Jesus.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Friday, July 22, 2016

I Am Strong Enough

Recently my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Getting this news was like knocking the air from me. Not only is she my Mamaw, but she is one of my very best friends ever. I have always been extremely close to my Mamaw and Papa. I literally spent the entire day crying. I feel like a little girl all over again and all I want to do is crawl up in her chair and sit with her while she holds me. I want to go back and relive all those beautiful moments with her while growing up.

In addition to her having cancer, my Papa has had cancer for a couple of years now. It is somewhere in his body, but they can't find it. On the outside he seems perfectly healthy and strong. But knowing that somewhere in his body is this horrible cancer is downright terrifying to me.

The day we got the news of my Mamaw's cancer I wanted to talk to her. So I called her. All I did was cry. And each time I've talked to her since, all I do is cry. When I got off the phone with her today, I sat in the chair crying out to God, God, I am not strong enough for this! I can't do this. I can't stop the tears. God help! Help my Mamaw! Help my Papa! Help our family! God please! God immediately reminded me of this verse:

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9

I don't have to be strong. My Mamaw doesn't have to be strong. My Papa doesn't have to be strong. None of us have to be. God is! When we are weak, His power is made perfect.

I am strong enough...with God. #IF_IAmStrong #strength #God

I don't know why God chose my Mamaw or my Papa to walk this journey. I don't know why this has happened in our family. But I do know that God is still God. He goes before us. He's already there and He knows His ultimate plan. I know that He is strong when we are weak.

This song by Matthew West is my song right now. I think it will be my song for a long time to come.

Will you please hold our family in prayer? Especially my Mamaw and Papa.

I thought it quite fitting that the theme of this month's Illustrated Faith kit is I Am Strong. I have a feeling this kit will get a lot of use in my quiet time.

The I Am Strong kit includes:
• 14 day devotional
• 1 orange stamp pad
• I clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut outs
• 1 roll of washi tape
• 1 package of 3 Scripture cards
• 1 giant sticker
• 1 bow clippy

I love the stamps! They say things like be brave, I am strong enough, and You are my strength. All great reminders. And the bright orange is super cute for summer time.

To visit Dayspring and order your own I Am Strong kit, click the image below:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Who Inspires You {Giveaway}

Who inspires you?

Everyone has someone who inspires them. Inspires them to be a better mom, a better employee, to push on when the going gets tough, to work out, to get into the Word, who simply inspires them to be more. Who is that for you?

I have many people in my life who inspire me for many different reasons. But one thing that really inspires me is people who love themselves just as God created them. Who don't see the flaws but see the heart.

Who inspires you? Who are you inspiring? Born This Way on A&E review and Target giftcard giveaway. #inspiration #BornThisWay #target

Who are you inspiring?

There is always someone watching you. Whether it's your kids, your co-workers, neighbors or the young man who bags your groceries, someone is watching. Are you inspiring them to be better? Are you inspiring them to seek a life with Christ?

A friend and fellow pastor;s wife has a life goal that in itself is very inspiring. She wants everyone she talks with to leave her presence feeling encouraged and inspired. She ministers to each and every one and dishes out genuine compliments. People leave her better than they were.

Let others inspire you to be better. Find someone who you can look to. Then in turn, be someone who can be looked up to. Inspire them to live a life for God and be a better person. Inspiration, both sides, is a beautiful thing.

There is a show on the A&E channel that captures the lives of such inspirational people. Born This Way follows 7 people with Down Syndrome; John, Megan, Steven, Elena, Sean, Rachel, and Cristina.

Rachel says, "I have an extra chromosome but a big heart." Steven says, "I like to look at it as 'Up' Syndrome." And Megan wants to inspire those she works with. These adults live their lives and let us know that they are just as normal as you and I.

Season 2 of Born This Way premieres on A&E on July 26th. Be sure to check it out. You will be inspired.

Today I am asking you to nominate someone who inspires you. Someone's inspirational person will be the winner and receive a $25 gift card to Target. To nominate your person, complete the task in the rafflecopter below.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Look and Tell Bible {Giveaway}

Are you looking for a fun way to engage your little one with the Bible? The brand new Look and Tell Bible is exactly what you need! This adorable book gives pictures in the words that helps your toddler and preschooler see and learn the Bible.

Review and giveaway of the Look and Tell Bible. #giveaway #tommymommy #parenting #motherhood #children

You will enjoy teaching your littles the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions' Den, the Nativity, feeding of the 5,000, the Good Samaritan and the Easter Story.

To enter to win the Look and Tell Bible, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Blessing Giveaway

Often times we make big summer plans. Your plans might be filled with pool days, play dates, camps and vacations. Or maybe your plans are to sleep in, watch movies and relax. Whatever your plans may be, sometimes our plans don't go as, well, as planned. Sleeping in is replaced with getting up early to rush the kids somewhere, watching movies is replaced with cleaning house. Vacation is replaced with staying home because it wasn't in the budget, camps don't happen because the kids caught a summer cold.

Our plans sometimes change. It can be frustrating. But one thing we can know is that God doesn't change.

If your plans changed this summer, remember this:

  • God is still God and still on the throne.
  • Praise Him for what your summer has been so far.
  • Praise Him for what the rest of the summer will be. He has good plans for you.
  • Ask Him to fill you with contentment, rest and strength.
  • Breathe.
When your plans are changed, what do you do to stay calm?

It's time for the annual Summer Blessing Giveaway!

One blessed reader will win $230 in PayPal cash! $230 just for you! You could take a spa day, have a date night with your husband, pay a bill, get back to school supplies, whatever you choose!

To enter, you just need to complete each task in the rafflecopter below. Come back each day this week to share the giveaway and get more entries.

For more summer time encouragement, please visit and support our participating bloggers:
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Jenifer Metzger
Shari Miller
Melissa Baker
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Phyllis Sather
A Delightful Glow
I Choose Joy
Whole Family Strong
Beauty in the Mess
Do a New Thing
Rachel Britton
Rachael Gilbert
More Crunchy Beach Mama

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. **Open to US/Canada residents only.** This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating bloggers of all liability. Contest ends at 12:01am EST on July 25, 2016. Winning entry will be verified. Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed.