A few months ago I went to Catalyst. While I was there I learned about Charity: Water. If you've been to my blog before then you've seen a few of my posts on them. Well, while I was at Catalyst I pledged to give up my birthday for Charity: Water. And that is what this post is all about ...
On January 5, 2011 I will be turning 29 years old. My goal is to raise $500. $500 will give water to 25 people; 5 families!! Please help me reach my goal!
Y'all!! Where has this month gone? Seriously. It has been 12 days since my last post. During that time my husband and I have been trying to get our super tiny house prepared to add another family member to it. Much easier said than done.
Our computer room/storage room has to be cleaned out. The wallpaper needs to be taken down and the walls either need to be covered again or painted. Deer wallpaper is not sufficient for my little girl's room. This may sound easy to the average "Joe"sephine but it's not ... We have a lot of stuff ... THAT WE USE!
Before we could start on that room though our room needed to be cleaned out and so did the attic. Now remember, our house is like SUPER DUPER small. I mean our whole house has one bathroom. Our closets are tiny and so is the attic space. So needless to say we have donated a ton of stuff to Salvation Army (about two truck loads full).
I'm so over this whole thing. I feel like it's all we do is clean out that room and organize the rest of the house to accommodate our other things. Headache.
ANYWAYS, onto a better note. Our church hosted a Breakfast with Santa fundraiser today and it was so much fun. :o) We're raising money for our Women's Fearless Conference in February. My due date is around that time .... I hope I can come. lol
So, JD has seen Santa FOUR times this year already. The last three times have been the same Santa. We know this Santa personally and he knows JD so this is fun. Well today at the breakfast JD was a total Santa Stalker. He watched him and talked to him constantly. So cute. We've taught him that the real Santa lives in the North Pole but these are all of Santa's helpers; that way he doesn't get real confused.
Anywho, he has continuously asked Santa for a kitchen set. What are you thoughts on boy's with kitchen sets?? Seriously. In my opinion they're girl toys. Now, I did find a Little Tikes Grill that I'm thinking about ordering. But my issue is that we've already met our budget for JD for Christmas. Santa told me today, lol, that if I didn't get that boy the kitchen set he keeps asking for he's going to put coal in my stocking. I don't want coal in my stocking so I guess I need to get it. I don't know ...
Well, I'm sick and coughing so I guess I ought to go get some water. I don't need to keep spreading my germs everywhere. Y'all pray for me. I'm actually taking medicine for being sick! I know it's approved medicine but it still scares me, especially being almost 32 weeks pregnant, ya know?
Good Night! :o) Oh, tell me what you think about 4-year old boys with kitchen/grilling sets. Do you think it's okay?
Momma D Saves posted this on her blog and I just HAD to share it with you guys!!
CarolWrightGifts.com has their Snuggie™ For Kids marked down to $5.99!! It's available in blue or pink and made for kids up to 5 feet tall.
I was so excited to see this, lol. I know, I'm lame. But lemme tell ya, I have a leopard print Snuggie™ that I got for my birthday and I'm not ever able to use it because my wonderful husband wants it or JD wants it. So this year, I'm getting each of them their own.
Wal-Mart has a Georgia Bulldog Snuggie™ for $20. I'd like to find one cheaper than that though. Either way, Dollar General Market in town has a regular Snuggie™ for $15 and if I can save $5 then I will.
Also, Momma D posted a coupon code to save 20% on your order: 5SAV20. :o) Enjoy!
Thanksgiving came and went just like that! I hope you and your family had a great one. I know we did. Did you go out and face the crowds yesterday or this weekend to get some good deals? We didn't. I don't get into all that.
I was looking at the latest poll on CNN.com and so far 84% of the voters said "no" they did not go out and face the crowds on Black Friday.
Speaking of CNN.com, I really enjoyed watching this video. I wanted to share it with you because I like it; it showed me that I'm not the only one who is broke this season. It also gave me some good ideas on some things to do to show my friends and loved ones that while I do just love 'em to death I can't afford an actual gift for them.
In a few of my previous post I've talked about some gift baskets that I'm going to put together. I'm not really sure if I can do that this year but I'm going to try. How are you saving money this Christmas? Where are you shopping?
A Woman's Walk- Week of November 21 - Thanksgivings
"The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." ~ Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
David knew the power of thanksgiving. He understood that thanksgiving reflects a humble heart and is rooted in humble gratitude. He was genuinely grateful. For him, God was his only solution, his only escape from danger. And he trusted God to show up and deliver him. For David, God meant life.
No matter what our circumstances, we can always thank God for who He is and for delivering us from every evil darkness into every blessing of light.
James 1:17 says, "every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights . . ." (NKJV).
Thanksgiving honors God. It is a facet of praise, a biblical precept, a key component of prayer and our Christian love walk. The dictionary defines thanksgiving as "a prayer that offers thanks to God . . . an expression or an act of giving thanks . . . a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness."
Philippians 4:6 instructs us to pray and petition God with thanksgiving. The NIV note for this scripture tells us that thanksgiving is "the antidote to worry."
Psalm 95:2 says, "Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song."
I Corinthians 10:16 refers to the communion cup as "the cup of thanksgiving," which we take in remembrance of Jesus who died for us so we can have eternal life.
The word "Hallelujah," which we often sing, translates into the Hebrew word "halleluyah," which literally means "praise ye the Lord." The dictionary defines Hallelujah as a thankful cry of "relief, welcome or gratitude."
I did a rare thing for myself one day: I bought a cup of coffee at my local grocery store and decided to take my time shopping for our week's meals. God spoke to my heart as I came upon the book aisle. There, I spotted TV anchor Deborah Norville's book, Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You.
"Interesting choice of words," I thought.
I flipped through the book, having recalled Mrs. Norville publicly proclaiming years earlier that she is a woman of faith. I saw that she included lots of supporting material—quotes and studies professing that the principle of thanksgiving works. And, indeed, in the final chapter, she directly addresses "people of faith," encouraging readers to attend assemblies of worship.
As I stood in the aisle of that market, I was reminded that the same biblical principles that we Christians are to live by also work in the world. God doesn't want to leave anyone out. He loves us all.
It caused me to pause and ask myself, "How is my attitude of thanksgiving? How grateful is my heart? Do I really honor God enough with prayers of thanksgiving? What gifts from above have I taken for granted?
Indeed, thanksgiving is a powerful principle that touches the Father's heart. May we ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, and may we give the Father of Light thanks for every good and perfect gift.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.