I wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you and praying that you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
I am so very thankful for all of you!
As we near the end of another year I would really love to know what you would be most interested in seeing in the up coming year.
Would you like to see more giveaways/reviews?
Would you like to have more Devotional/Faith articles?
Would you like to have a live Bible Study?
Would you like to see more recipes?
What really bugs you?
More Bible Facts and lessons?
More kid stuff?
More Frugal stuff?
Would you like to see cooking videos? or videos of any kind..
What about Marriage..would you like a regular series on Marriage?
What do you NOT like..
Well you get the picture Please be praying about this. Next month I will be taking a special survey so that I can gather all of your input..because you matter to me!
Now for some FUN STUFF ~ Since it is the time of year for giving…Starting November 25, I have an awesome giveaway!! I have joined with some great bloggers to bring you:
I am just sooo excited because I have one of these awesome fireplaces and LOVE IT!! I’m so excited to give you the opportunity to own one of these too! So don’t forget to stop by Nov 25 and enter!
I will be offering another giveaway starting next week for a $100 Amazon Gift Card!! Yep..just in time for Christmas!
I have a couple other giveaways planned up until Christmas, so don’t forget to pop in now and then to see what Faith Filled Food for Moms is up too!
Please feel free to share on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest with all your friends and family!
Have a great Day!!
This is a very, very special post..intended for all of my dear friends..that means YOU!
Today is a very special day for me..it’s my Birthday! Usually I just like to let my Birthday come and go without a fuss..but today, when I woke up to all of your wonderful “Happy Birthdays!” on Facebook I was sooo blessed! Thank you to all of you for taking time to bless me!
As I read all of your Birthday wishes, a very heavy burden came upon my heart. The kind that God won’t let you escape..you know that kind..and He spoke deeply to me and said “Shari, it’s time for you to come out of the closet today.” Normally this is the kind of thing that would make me panic inside..but not today..it’s my Birthday…the day God created me..the day God ordained my path and plan for my life….sooo..
I first want to say I am very sorry for keeping this secret from you for so long…
I have not really been in contact with many of even my most special peeps this past year because I have been Blogging! I’ve been writing and writing and writing at every spare moment I have…I’m obsessed and it’s all God’s fault (well sorta). He has placed a burden on my heart to WRITE! Sometimes I write nonsense, sometimes I write good stuff, sometimes I’m a commercial..but most of all I write about what God has placed on my heart…to Glorify Him…I pray it does.
In the process I hope to make a little $$ to pay for all the “stuff” that it takes to help raise my kids
Sooo I have not kept up on my personal Facebook and have spent lots of time on my blog Facebook. I’ve been really shy about letting anyone really know about my blog..don’t ask me why..just one of those things. My big kids and a couple others have encouraged me to share but…well I just felt dumb or something…there I said it!
But when I woke up this morning to all of my wonderful birthday wishes I was convicted beyond measure and missing everyone sooo much that I felt it was time to come out of the closet today.
After all it’s my special day isn’t it? I can do what I want today right?!
I pray that you all will forgive me for my neglect of my very dear friendships. You all truly mean sooo much to me!
Leave me a comment ok..even if it’s a mean nasty one..not really..
Don’t you just love this sign! That’s how I feel about all of you! “To Greet With Pleasure!” …also love brown paper packages.
Hello to all my SITSta’s!
I’m sure most of you are here because it’s my SITS day!! Yay!! Thank you so much for stopping by! You are all a blessing to me and I soooo look forward to meeting each one of you and visiting your blogs too!
I am humbled and honored and so excited!
Thank you SITS for honoring me today you ROCK! It’s been my pleasure to work with you over this past year… I have learned so much!
If you have not hopped over from SITS, I encourage you to hop over there and visit them. They have a truly amazing Website! It is set up to help us Bloggers to succeed! You will find an amazing group of bloggers for sure!
Blessings to you all my NEW and OLD friends!!
I am praying that you will take 15 minutes with me today and relax and worship the One who is worthy of all of our praise! If you have kids..have them join in and rest, listen and worship! Kids love to worship!!
Peace My Friends!
Feel free to leave a prayer request and I promise to pray for you…Please be careful about leaving too much information. God knows the details and I will lift you up..You don’t have to leave a name and your email will never ever seen or used.
I miss my Mom at this time of year. She died of Cancer 15 years ago. My Mom loved Christmas! Christmas was sort of her time of year when she would work so hard to shine and make everything perfect for our family. Even when things were less than perfect with her alcoholism.
1 year before my Mom died of cancer, she had gotten sober. I was 38 years old and thought I would never see that day happen. So many years of devastation..but I never gave up praying for her. She finally went through a treatment center for alcoholism. While in there, she called me to come see her and while I was there she asked my forgiveness. I’ll never forget the words she said, “Shari of all the kids, I know that you are the only one that will forgive me. I’m so sorry for all of the years I have hurt you.” Of course I forgave her.
I received such a blessing in my heart that day..because I knew this was a gift from Jesus. So many years had gone by with no acknowledgment of the wrongs done against my siblings and I. Wow..I was so excited for this new life and relationship to begin. I would finally have the Mother that I wanted…needed. The Mother that I had once had to refuse her phone calls. The Mother that I had once had to grieve that I would never have. A new life with her would had begun.
I was so proud of her! It is not easy to admit you are an alcoholic. She began having a thirst for God. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy and thankful.
Then one day my Mom called..she had been sober for about 4 months and she had just come from the Doctors. All I really remember was her saying the word “Cancer” I couldn’t believe it. I encouraged her that we would get through it and all would be well…But it wasn’t….
9 months later..I walked into the nursing home. I didn’t know that it was the last time I would see her. I was so relieved that she was there. My Step Father was not taking good care of her and didn’t like hospice coming to there home. I thought..in my own naïve way, that she would get better now that she was in nursing care.
After being transferred over to the Nursing facility I went right over to visit. I brought 2 spring dresses for her to change into while she was staying there. They were just pullover t shirt type tank top dresses. She had complained quite a few times that my Step Father would not dress her and that she thought she might feel better if she could just get dressed. I knew she would love these dresses.
When I arrived she was unable to speak, but she lifted up her hand to show me her beautiful fingernails. Her friend must have come just before I arrived and given her a manicure and done her fingernails so beautifully. They were long, with little tiny jewels on them. They looked so healthy..unlike the rest of her body. Oh how my Mom loved to LOOK just right. She had been a top Executive for many years for a local bank in our area…
My heart sunk into my stomach and I could see that my fantasy of her EVER wearing these dresses would never happen. I had only been at the Nursing facility for about 20 min. when I had to duck into the bathroom in her room. I thought I might faint. My stomach was sick and it hurt….
I was 8 months pregnant. All of my dreams of having this Mother and Grandmother to my children were gone in an instant. Of finally having the relationship that I long for my whole life..gone.
I had to get out of there. I hugged and kissed my Mom goodbye and left those dresses sitting on a chair beside the bed. “Bye Mom, I’ll be back later tonight ok?” It would be the last time I ever saw her…She died 2 hours later.
How I wish my Mom were here today to meet the last 3 of her beautiful Grandchildren. She would be so blessed. How I wish she had more birthdays and that her life would not have been cut so short…she was only 58.
I am so thankful for the American Cancer Society! For 100 years they have tirelessly worked to find a cure for Cancer. This year alone more than 11 million Cancer survivors will celebrate another Birthday because of the progress they’ve made! I pray that this year you will join in the fight against Cancer so that many more would have a chance to live and celebrate another birthday. Let’s not let Cancer steal from us our loved ones.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society
AAAhhh..We had a rare day of Sunshine here in the Pacific North West. It made me feel like singing and dancing. Just as I could feel the warmth of this magnificent Sun, it reminded me of our even Greater Son!
I was dancing in the Son today
His warmth was shining down,
His Spirit filled my and said..
“Come and dance and play with me,
leave worries all behind,
and you my child will plainly see..
That walking in the Spirit brings a peace and joy so full
that all the world and all it’s things
will never have it’s pull!”
Because dancing in His warmth and light
is all I need to do
when life seems so unbearable I turn and look to You!
You make me sing and dance about
and make me shout, “Hooray!
for giving me my very life
and blessing me each day!”
Ok..I know it’s corny but who cares right
Be blessed today!! Oh and share some of your corny poetry with me!
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
I have sooo many things to be thankful for, but none so much as being thankful to my God who saved me 27 years ago. He came and met me right where I was..broken from my past and no hope for the future!
May I never ever forget God’s amazing Grace! I hope you know His great Love and Grace for you too! Be Blessed today!
I am totally humbled by the awesome and kind review that my friend Tammy at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place has given me and my website. I hope that you will check it out and also check out all the other great content on her awesome blog!
Thank you Tammy!