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11/21/17

The Power of Giving Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart… 

Give thanks to the Holy One… 

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son… 

Give thanks with a grateful heart… 

Give thanks to the Holy One… 

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son… 

Familiar lyrics to a song I sang as a young child.

Give thanks.

The lyrics go on to say that the weak should proclaim strength and the poor should proclaim riches because of all the Lord has done for us. So, in that, and in all things, Give Thanks.

But as we utter these words, have they become empty somehow?

Do we truly feel grateful for our gifts, for our blessings, in all things and in all circumstances and in all situations? 

“Give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18a (NIV)

It’s a commandment of the Lord to give thanks and to offer up praises, even when our hearts are far away. Even when thanksgiving may be the very last things on our minds.

Thanksgiving may not change your circumstances, or change your current situation, but it may very well change your outlook, the attitude of your heart, your well being, and your very soul.

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I read the below devotion last week and was personally challenged to prayerfully consider what the role of thanksgiving plays in my own personal life. How I relentlessly pursue true and everlasting joy on a daily basis. How I put it into practice and how it influences my faith walk.

Read below and I hope you feel blessed, as I did…

The Power of Giving Thanks 

Alicia Bruxvoort

by Alicia Bruxvoort

“Years ago, I hid 1,000 pennies around our home.

There were pennies in our pantry, cupboards and underwear drawers. There were pennies on our bookshelves, bureaus and countertops. I hadn’t lost my mind, but I had lost my joy. And I wanted to find it again.

Back then, my hours were a monotonous blur of diapers and dishes, noise and needs. I wore a smile on my face but harbored a grumble in my heart.

I knew Jesus’ joy was mine for the taking, but I couldn’t figure out how to grab God’s gladness amidst the drudgery of my daily grind. So I set my feet to the dirge of discontent, and figured I’d reclaim my joy when my circumstances changed. When the baby sleeps through the night … or my husband gets a raise; when we can finally take a vacation … or at least I can take a nap, then I’ll have reason for rejoicing.

Then one day, a friend shared how her life had felt grim and weary until she’d begun the daily practice of thanksgiving. She grabbed the small notebook that was sitting on the coffee table in front of us and turned the pages tenderly.

“This is my secret weapon,” she said. Proudly, she showed me the scribbles inside. “I know it doesn’t look like much,” she admitted as tears brimmed, “but this little book has changed my life.”

Could gratitude really change a life? It sounded too cliché to be true, but when my little ones were tucked in bed, I grabbed a notebook of my own, and I decided to jot down some thanks of my own.

I sat poised with pen in hand and let my mind tarry backward across the hours. I didn’t discover mounds of miracles to tally, but I did remember little gifts of grace tucked into the corners of my day.

And for each gift, I scribbled a note of thanks … Thanks for the smell of baking bread and the feel of my husband’s hand in mine. Thanks for the sing-song of our children’s laughter and the sight of golden dandelions in my daughter’s outstretched hands.

Night after night, I recorded God’s gifts in my notebook. And eventually, I found myself greeting the day with wings of expectant hope rather than with shackles of silent dread. I no longer needed to muster up makeshift optimism or cover up my grumbles with try-hard cheer.

Gratitude was prying open the eyes of my heart, and I was beginning to see my daily drudgery in a new light. For the first time ever, I recognized God’s beauty in my bedlam and His presence in my pandemonium.

Perhaps that’s why our Heavenly Father urges us to “Give thanks in all circumstances …” (1 Thessalonians 5:18a). Because God knows thanksgiving may not change our situation, but it will always change our soul. And when gratitude shifts our gaze from our circumstances to our Savior, we find the joy for which our hearts have been longing.

Eventually, I decided I didn’t want thanksgiving to be just an end-of-the-day ritual or merely a chorus in my bedtime prayers. I wanted gratitude to become a way of life for me and for my family. That’s why I devised “Project Penny Praise.”

The idea was simple: Each time we found one of the pennies, we’d pause and give God thanks for something. It was like a treasure hunt for joy-seekers.

There was nothing special about those pennies, but there was something powerful about the praises they provoked. Of course, our house was still steeped in ordinary life — tears still spilled and quarrels still erupted, feelings were still hurt and knees were still scraped — but with every gleam of the copper penny, our eyes shifted toward heaven. And right there, in the middle of our daily grind, we found extraordinary joy.”

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

Psalm 86:12, “I give thanks to you, O LORD my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” (ESV)

Philippians 4:4, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — rejoice!”(NLT)

*For more on this post/devotion and so much more, please visit https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions

 

A very happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours! But, may the premise of this holiday live in our hearts each and every day.

xoxo…

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11/08/17

Graphic Tees 101

Graphic Tees.

They are everywhere this season!

And, I for one, love this trend! Mostly because I love a good, soft, cuddly T shirt, and if they are constructed and made well, there is no limit to how you can style them this fall & winter!

Of course they are the perfect accessory for your Saturdays at the farmer’s market or at the football game…

but, even for the office? 

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Yes!

It might feel like you are breaking the rules a little bit, but that’s what fashion is all about! It’s fun to break the rules every now and again.

So, here are a few styling tips for adding those trendy graphic tees into your fall & winter professional wardrobe.

Tip No.1 : Size up!

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Go up just 1 single size on these tees and they become much more versatile to tie on the side for a more casual silhouette, tie in the back for a more fitted look, or you have a bit of added length to tuck in a skirt or pants.

MIX YOUR PRINTS Combining colors, scale, and patterns in a way that looks dynamic takes practice, but there are some basic tricks to getting it right. You can wear two prints that repeat the same colors or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one. What's even easier is to use the second motif as an accent.

Tip No.2 : Pair with a tailored blazer, jacket, or cardigan sweater.

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And, it’s really as simple as that and you are perfectly polished for a business meeting or professional luncheon.

Tip No.3 : Put a collared shirt underneath to elevate the look.

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With a skirt, or pants, this look is a winner!

Tip No. 4 : Use it as a shell with a suit rather than a blouse.

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It’s the perfect somewhat quirky and unexpected layer underneath a classically cut suit.

Tip No. 5 : Pair with the unexpected! 

Tulle, Animal Print, Lace, Sequins, and even Leather! I just love the idea of the unexpected.

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These classic wardrobe staples will elevate your graphic tees for work, a night out with the girls, or for just about anywhere you want to go!

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And, if you are in the market for a Graphic Tee and your closet is devoid of this fun and sporty staple? Here are a few of my current favorites on the shelves…

Sol Angeles Cuffed Graphic Tee, “Pardon Moi”

Sol Angeles Cuffed Graphic Tee

Illustration Tee 

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Leopard Tee 

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Globetrotter Graphic Tee, comes in Ciao! and Merci!

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{clearly I have a thing for gray this season also…} 

Hoping this inspires you to think outside the box just a bit…

Personal style is all about fun and being true to you!

xoxo…

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