Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HE will do it!

I think sometimes we {me for sure and for certain} 
fall into the trap of thinking that if God calls us 
to something or puts something on our heart, 
it's totally up to US to do it.  

Reading in Psalm 37 this morning and was comforted by verses 4-5.  

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:

Such a beautiful reminder that HE will do it!  


If you'd like to print out a copy as a reminder, 
you can get either a PDF or JPG HERE.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shannon's Sweet Finds

I love to read and I read A LOT. 
I usually read on my Kindle app and because I am a fast reader
 I am always looking for books that have gone free or are 
on great sale each day in the Kindle store
so I don't have to spend a huge fortune to feed my reading habit.  

As I hunt for free and sale books each morning I usually come up with 
quite a big list of books that are great deals. 
I often post them on my personal Facebook page but was hesitant
 to do so every day for fear of irritating my Facebook friends who aren't big readers.  

But then I started hearing from reading friends how 
much they loved the free or sale book posts and several said...
Why don't you start a FB page so you can post them everyday?
So...I did! 

Shannon's Sweet Finds is an open page where I post free and/or sale books each day.  

I only post about twice a day- with a single post 
for sale books and another for free books- 
with more books in the comments of each post. 

The thing to remember is that Amazon prices can change hourly, 
so grab these quickly before they go back to full price.

And if you didn't know it already, you can give free or sale Kindle books to others! 
Check out my post on my other blog HERE to find out how! 
It's super easy and a great way to share good deals with a friend! 




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Even If

A sweet friend sent me this song after seeing my post from yesterday.  
It perfectly goes along with Daniel 3:18. Love it so!



Monday, January 12, 2015

& if not.....

I seem to be in a season of life when so many around me are hurting & struggling. 
Friends with children and parents battling cancer, 
friends with serious relationship issues with those they love, 
friends battling addiction and big work issues, 
friends fighting for custody of their children 
and dealing with abusive and dangerous ex spouses, 
friends with broken and bruised hearts. 

I feel like I spend much of my day praying to God to comfort them
and care for them - that they would feel His mighty arms around them. 
And He keeps drawing me to this verse- Daniel 3:18.  


Daniel 3 tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 
If you don't know the story, basically Nebucchadnezzar {a King}creates a golden statue, 
but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow before it. 
The three are thrown into a fiery furnace, but they emerge unscathed. 
Nebuchadnezzar is impressed; he promotes the three to important public positions 
and emphatically praises their God.

I love this story because sometimes, 
the answers we get when we pray are hard to swallow
and the road we must travel is not an easy one. 
Sometimes we feel we are being dropped in a fiery furnace. 
BUT, regardless of the things of this world we must go through, 
He is still good. 

He is still the King Most High. 
He still loves us more than we can ever imagine.
He is still worthy of our worship. 
It is still worth it to worship Him, regardless of what happens in my life.


If you need a reminder of this, you can print your own out HERE.  




Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015: Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

I truly love January and the beginning of a new year.
Each year in preparation for the year ahead,
 I create something that lists my 
goals, prayers, and hopes for the following year. 
{Here are my lists for 2012, 2013 and 2014.}

These aren't really resolutions, just things I want to keep at
the front of my mind and heart 
as I approach the following year.
 I pray about the things God has in store for me in the coming year
 and ask him to lay those things on my heart.  
He is always so faithful to do so!
It seems like listing them- and looking at them often,
makes them sink in more than if I just write them in a journal.  

Here's my list for 2015: 


My favorites this year are:
Throw kindness around like confetti
Find joy in the journey
Prepare to make lemonade
Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud
Be as quick to kneel as you are to text
Wear love everywhere you go
Treat everyone like it's their birthday


If you'd like to print your own copy, you can do so HERE.
I included both the PDF and JPG and a version without the year on it too!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Word of the Year: SERVE

Can you believe it's 2015?
It is closer to 2030 than it is to 2000.  Wow. Just wow.

I spend lots of time leading up to the new year thinking
 about and praying about
 my word and verse for the following year. 

This year my word is SERVE and my verse is Colossians 3:23-24. 

I've always been someone who felt called to serve others 
and to serve when and where I can. 
But the problem is that I, like most people, tend to add service 
on AFTER all the other things in my life. 
I serve when I have extra time and that's not what
 I believe God has called me to do. 

So this year I plan to put serving others at the front-
 to purposefully and intentionally plan to serve. 
To pray for and look for opportunities to serve others 
and to do so faithfully and sacrificially. 
I always make a print of my word and verse for the year 
and this year I offered to make one for my friends on FB.  

If you are interested in downloading one of their words which included:
trust, pray, love, intentional, discipline, free, order, strong, 
hope, seek, perseverance, shine, breathe
you can find them all HERE.  




Do you choose a word and verse each year?
 If so, what is yours for 2015?



Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Scripture Writing Plan

Happy New Year! 
Can you believe it's 2015? 

I love the beginning of a new year. 
The promise of a blank slate, the chance to start new, 
to cast off the old and begin new habits.
I personally can't think of anything better that starting
 the year immersing myself in God's word! 


For the last few months of 2014 I'd been writing scripture each day and it has been such a blessing to me! I posted a plan for November and a new one for December here and on FB and have heard from so many of you that you loved them too.  In the last few days I've received tons of messages and emails asking if I plan to post one for January so here it is!  


Reading scripture daily is great, but there's something 
about writing it each day that truly brings it to life for me. 
Praying it is a blessing to you as well! 


For those that have asked, The Bible I use is this one and I LOVE it so-
 it has NIV on one side of the page and The Message on the other side!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Printable Christmas Tags and Prints {& a $2 gift idea!}

We have a craft night each year at church and last year I created 
some little chalkboard printables that could be used as tags or as ornaments. 

They were a hit last year so this year I decided to make a few more! 
I made them first using a font I love and think they turned out super cute. 
However....once I tried printing them small, the words were hard to read. 
They are great for big prints, not so much for little ones.  




  You can download a copy of these HERE


So....I changed the font. 



You can download a copy of these HERE

I also made a sheet of the tags already tag size and you can find the PDF for that HERE

They look super cute as gift tags- just write the name on the back of  them! 

Now if you need a last minute inexpensive gift idea, 
then this is for you! 

Print out one of the prints on white cardstock on your home printer. 
Then, go to Target and grab one of their super cute $2 frames. 
They were on an end-cap at my Target and they had them in 
silver, white, red, black, and gold. 
$2- what a steal! I heart Target so!
Put the little print in the frame and you have a super cute $2 gift! 










Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Ring and Run

Several years ago I wrote about something super fun we did 
one year for Christmas- Ring and Run!
Ring and Run is based very loosely on the song The 12 Days of Christmas
and is kind of a Christmas random acts of Kindness!
It was so much fun I'm thinking of doing it again this year! 

Here's how it works:
You choose a family to surprise and every day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas 
you leave a little treat on their doorstep along with part of a poem, 
ring their doorbell, and run away!

The year we did it we chose a sweet family with 3 little girls and I cannot tell you how much fun we had buying and delivering little treats for them! 

Although this tradition is supposed to be totally anonymous, 
we altered that rule just a bit and let the parents know what we were up to. 
{Sneaking around in someone's front yard might tend to cause the police to get called and so we wanted them to know that we were not prowlers or burglars & filled them in on what we were doing.}
It was so much fun sneaking up to their front door, leaving a treat, and speeding away!

If you just want a copy of the poem, you can find it HERE.
{Only the first page is listed below but the link is all of the poem!}

I made some fun tags that you can use to print out
to leave with y our gifts- and even included the gift for the night
at the top of each tag.  






You can print out your own tags HERE
{Don't try to just save the little images above, they'll be too little and blurry!}

Who can you bless with Christmas Ring and Run?  




Friday, December 5, 2014

I {heart} Dayspring!

I {heart} Dayspring! They have such awesome products 
and are always having great sales! 

They have some great items on sale today including
some great stocking stuffer ideas

Here are my favorites on sale today- each is only $5! 


This super cute planner is only $5! 

This super cute insulated cup is only $5 too! 


Their record-able The Birth of Jesus storybook is on sale for only $5! 
It's normally $24.95 so this is a FABULOUS sale! 
Such a fun idea- you can record yourself reading the story of Christmas. 
What a GREAT gift for your child or grandchild!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Scripture Writing Plan

I so loved writing Thanksgiving scripture each day in November
and heard from many friends who said they did too! 
I usually write both the NIV version and The Message version
and since I write mine in the morning before I go to work 
and no one else is home, I started saying them out loud as I write them. 
I'm sure my dogs are loving hearing so much scripture, huh? :) 

I loved it so much that I created a set of Christmas 
scriptures for the month of December. 
,




Each verse only takes about 10 minutes to copy
and I've included the verse list as well
as a page to write the verses on if you'd like it-
although I use notebook paper to write my verses down. 

Click the image above or HERE 
to download your own copy! 
Praying it blesses you!



For those that have asked, The Bible I use is this one and I LOVE it so-
 it has NIV on one side of the page and The Message on the other side!

(Till midnight tonight if you enter the code HOLIDAY30, you'll receive 30% off any Amazon book!)HERE

thanksGIVING Day 30