Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Season of Thanksgiving {...That Goes Beyond November}

Hello, blogging friends!!

Long time no see. :-) As this is one of my favorite times of year I felt it was appropriate to keep my tradition of writing a thankful/reflection post.  Not only that but I have exceedingly more to be thankful for this year.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.." -Eph. 3:20

And He has, my friends. He's swooped in and answered prayers. He's blessed me with far more than I can ever truly thank Him for, but beyond that, it is all about this thing called perspective

Perspective in the sense that you look at things from a different viewpoint. For example, right now at this moment I am in some pretty rough college courses. There are days when I definitely don't feel thankful to be in college at all. But, did you know that there are people out there who can't afford to go to college when they want to? Did you know that some people don't win the scholarship? When looking at my courses from this angle, suddenly I become very grateful. In this new perspective, I see a blessing when I don't feel one. I don't say this because it makes the workload any easier-- spoiler alert: it doesn't-- but I say this because we have a lot to be thankful for, even when we can't see it. After all, some blessings come in disguise. I'm not saying that feeling the acute loss of a loved one or sickness are disguised blessings. Frankly, they aren't. The Bible says, "Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." (James 1:16-17) and "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they might have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) 

So this Thanksgiving let's step back and reexamine our lives. Let's gain fresh perspective and marvel at all we do have to be thankful for. Let's also keep in mind that we should be thankful all the time not just in November or on Thanksgiving. Below I've listed a brief "list" of things I'm thankful for this year. I hope you'll do the same in the comments. :-) 

I'm thankful for the sunshine. I'm thankful for the stars. I'm thankful for my health and those around me. I'm thankful for music. I'm thankful for the friends I have around me. I'm dearly thankful for my husband-to-be. I'm thankful for my family and (future) family. I'm thankful for the encouragement and support from my parents. Lastly, I'm ever-increasingly thankful for the man who died for me, Jesus. Without Him there isn't a part of me that would be happy. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Action Kids' Club Blog Tour! {Guest Post!}

Hey everyone! About a month ago, Lydia Howe reached out to me about doing a guest post to promote her new book, Action Kids' Club, here on the blog. Of course, I said yes. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom! Enjoy!! :-)

Action Kids’ Club Back Cover Blurb:
Twelve-year-old Olivia Hall’s dream of a friends' club ends when she finds out her family is moving. Her parents assure her it's a good thing, opening a new world of possibilities for the Halls. But going from ‘miss popular’ to ‘the new girl’ won’t be easy, and Olivia is not convinced.

Soon she begins to realize that although her life has suddenly changed, there's plenty of adventure to keep her on her toes. From making new friends at Forward Focus, to hanging out at the world-renowned Kids Zone, to meeting the curious head chef, she discovers that there's much more to life - and her new surroundings - than she ever imagined. How will she make the most of these new opportunities? Or will she let them slip away?

About the Author:
Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who enjoys hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe and cooking for large crowds.

Lydia grew up in a barn and has always dreamed of living in a tipi. She is trained as a John Maxwell coach and her passions include self-development and Christian apologetics. One of her life-long dreams was realized when her first book, “Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl”, was published by Answers in Genesis in 2013. Her second book, “Action Kids’ Club” was published in November of 2014. Find her online at her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Here's Lydia!

Wow! We are already on day 5 of the blog tour celebrating the release of the first book in my Action Kids series. Read the post from yesterday here and find out more about Action Kids by clicking here.

The answer to yesterday’s riddle is: Always give people more than they expect to get. -Nelson Boswell

For Today:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston S. Churchill

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
Thomas A. Edison

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
Abraham Lincoln

Opportunity: “A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something.”

Everyone gets opportunities in life. Some choose to grab onto them, some let them slide on by. I’m learning about grabbing onto them and boy does that make life more exciting! In Action Kids' Club Grandpa Don teaches the kids that they’re never too young to start looking for and working toward opportunities.

Grandpa Don led us into a building and then down a wide hallway, through an outer office to a door that had a sign nailed to it. 

Start Today—Don’t Delay! 

Tilting my head, I read the words.

“What does that mean?” Alex asked, pointing at it.

“That helps me remember to not procrastinate. When I have an opportunity, I need to seize it.” Grandpa Don opened the door, and we all filed in.

“An opportunity for what?” I asked, and then I remembered I was talking to the boss so I added, "Sir."

“For lots of things. An opportunity to start eating healthfully. An opportunity to work on a new project. An opportunity to spend time with my family. So many people waste time each day and eventually end up wasting a lot of their lives because they don’t grab onto opportunities when they have the chance. God created each of us with the ability to do great things, and I want to make sure I don’t waste the talent He’s given me.”

“It doesn’t matter when you’re young though, right?” I asked. Grandpa Don’s office was flooded with sunlight, making the whole room look spectacular. I tried to keep my attention on him though. After all, he was talking to me and he was the president.

“What makes you think that?” Grandpa Don asked.

Huh? I had no clue. It just seemed like since I was a kid, I should get grace or second chances or something like that. “I’m not sure.” I shrugged my shoulders, wishing I had come up with a better answer. (Action Kids’ Club p.12)

Today YOU get an opportunity to enter into a drawing to win your very own signed copy of Action Kids' Club, hot off the press, plus a personalized packet of Action Kids fun-stuff, including an Action Kids pad of paper, Action Kids bookmarks and more!

And here’s your quote puzzle for today. Figure it out and leave the answer in the comments section and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a great prize! And, find out about the $50 gift card giveaway that I’m hosting over at my blog.
(Answer Key)




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Make sure you check out this blog tomorrow for the answer to the riddle and the next stop on the blog tour. Thanks for stopping by!
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