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Monday, April 30, 2018

Tomorrow Is the Day!

Matilda Jane Wish You Were Here May release is tomorrow!  This is one of the cutest lines I have seen in a long time (if my daughter was still small I would buy every stinkin' piece 😜 but I am a sucker for red, white and blue and through in watermelonsm I'm a goner!  
You won't want to miss out on this Show Stopping line ... it is perfect for all those red, white and blue holidays and of course summer travels!  Shop link HERE

Friday, April 27, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

Use the Gift

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

Have you ever received a gift card that you stored in a special place for so long that you forgot you had it? Most of them have an expiration date, and if you don’t use it, you will surely lose it! The same is true with the Word of God. The Word doesn’t ever expire, but we have to take action and use His Word in order to receive His promises. Just like you exchange your gift card for the things you need at the store, His Word gives you the power to receive every promise He has for you.

The above verse tells us, when we declare His Word and keep our heart and mind open to Him, we are using the gift. We are opening the door for Him to move in our life. For example, if you’re facing lack in any area, receive the gift of provision by God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). If there’s a mountain in your way, receive the gift of victory that says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Use the gift He’s given you and make His Word a priority ~ don’t let it depart from your mouth. As you do, He’ll make your way prosperous, and you’ll enjoy the abundant life He has for you!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word which is truth to set me free. I determine in my heart to set Your Word into motion in my life. Keep me close to You so that I can please You in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Do you overthink everything?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6

Have you ever said "I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with my life? What if I never find it? Will I always be unhappy and unfulfilled? Will I never achieve my purpose?" "I ask God so why doesn’t He answer my prayers for direction?" "Maybe I’m just too sinful or something. I know I should read the Bible more. Am I I’m in some kind of punishment for that? Am I really so much worse than everybody else?" "I just don’t have any special gifts or talents." "I just don't know what I’m supposed to do …"

Does this resemble your thinking sometimes? Perhaps not about your career, but about finding a spouse, or affording a house, or exercising regularly, or a conflict with your mother or boss. Do you tend to overthink things? To worry and endlessly, passively, excessively ponder the meanings, causes and potential consequences of your problems? Do you dwell on them?

Some people believe that when we feel down about something we should try to evaluate our situation from every angle to gain insight and find solutions. However, research has shown that dwelling on thoughts like this creates negative outcomes: it sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negative thinking, depletes motivation, saps energy, interferes with concentration, and typically impairs our problem-solving.

“You need to free yourself from the clutch of your ruminations – in other words, immediately stop overthinking.”

Based on what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6, he gives 3 clear instructions for those of us who meditate on our problems. He says:
1) do not worry about anything
2) pray about everything
3) thank God for everything

What if we took this instruction to heart and put it into practice? What if we decided not to worry about anything? What if when we found ourselves worrying, we stopped and handed the situation over to God in prayer? What if we then thanked Him for taking care of the issue? In fact, what if we spent most of our mental free-time today thinking about what good care our awesome God takes of us? What if we counted our blessings and God’s acts of faithfulness today and again tomorrow and next week too? What would happen then?

Paul says in verse seven, we will begin to experience amazing peace, a kind of peace we can’t even imagine. Peace that makes no earthly sense! This kind of peace is so powerful that it has a protective function on our hearts and minds, which only makes it easier for us to stop worrying and be thankful. That sounds like a state of happiness to me! So let’s not over-think it and let’s not under-pray it either. Let’s actively choose to have a happy, thankful day and get up tomorrow and do it again!

Dear Lord, I’m turning over all my fears and problems to You to handle today. I can’t fix a single thing by worrying about it – but You can fix anything because nothing is impossible for You! Thanks for being in charge of my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring is in the Air ...Well, maybe if you don't live in the Midwest ~ it's still FREEZING here! Anyhoo, check out these AWESOME porch ideas, you might decide you need to try out something new on our own porch!

In the South, deep porches with lofty ceilings provide cooling shade to the home. With their screened enclosures, they also serve as outdoor rooms — like this one in Charleston, S.C., fitted with cushioned rockers and even a coffee table with a potted orchid. The ceiling is painted in traditional Haint Blue, a shade thought to repel wasps (or, for the superstitious, "haints"—ghosts or lost spirits).

Looking for days when we had slower lifestyles? Check out this porch that looks like it could harken back to the days before cell phones and internet! It has all the right pieces ~ an Original Charleston Bed Swing lined with comfy pillows, retro 1950s metal patio chairs, a chevron-patterned indoor-outdoor rug and lime-green garden seats. Take me back!!!

In this cottage, the old-style shutters can be opened and closed for privacy and shelter from the weather. Imagine settling down on the cushy porch swing for an afternoon nap with the ceiling fan to keep you cool. Heaven!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Matilda Jane April Promo 2018 ~ No Reservations Snuggle Blanket

Have you seen this month's promo? So soft and snuggly – and the perfect weight for summer – the No Reservations Blanket is a sweet add to your MJC blanket collection … or the perfect piece to start with. Get it now for just $25 with your purchase of $175 or FREE if you host a qualifying show! 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wish You Were Here ~ Matilda Jane

Tomorrow the new April line releases, Wish You Were Here!  It is so fun and full of awesome colors for Spring and Summer travels!  Shop link HERE