3 Ways to Choose JOY This Season!

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This crew was in various stages of a pretty wretched cold over Thanksgiving, but chose Joy for this picture, to please us!

“Christmas is coming!”

Hopefully, hearing this makes you smile!

However, nearly everything we experience is mixed: Happiness tinged with sadness or mingled with guilt or regret; loss softened with relief and hope; excitement coexisting with terror!

Three ways you can plan ahead and choose joy this season:

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Three Keys to Successful Parenting

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I was asked a hard question recently:

“Would you please describe your keys to successful parenting in three words?”

My first response was, “That is a tall order!

No matter where you are from, or any other demographic  – after prayer and consideration I think that these would be my three words:

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Your Perfect Prayer

The Lord's Prayer was used as a guide to craft a Weekly Prayer Reminder sheet for this bullet journal. This sheet is coming soon as a downloadable printable in Etsy!
The Lord’s Prayer was used as a guide to craft a Weekly Prayer Reminder sheet for this bullet journal. This sheet is coming soon as a downloadable printable in Etsy!

In the words of Christ:

“…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
10 ‘Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. 
11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil.[g][For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] ~ Matthew 6

Known as “The Lord’s Prayer”, this prayer was actually NOT one that Christ would use for Himself, but one He gave to us !

Boiled custard in a cup to go with writing and reading.
Boiled custard in a cup to go with writing and reading.

I try to begin my prayer time with this prayer as it was given to us by the Son of God, and often something in it will give me pause to reflect regarding my own petitions.

I have used it as a base for my personal prayer time, dividing up the sections and listing categories for particular prayer.

May the dear Lord add His blessing to you as you seek Him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.

With kindest regards,The Lord's Prayer plus website grey

Nancy

 

Thai Limeade (variation)

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Inspired by a swanky little café we popped into yesterday during a drive down to Charleston and back for a wedding, I added some basil to my limeade! 😍🌿🍹 ______________________________________________ original recipe on the blog – tap link in profile!

Lemonade ~ Limeade: Your Easy Go-to Natural Sugar-Free Summer Refresher!

With kindest regards,

Nancy

 

Stress and the Press

It is Summertime, they said.

Old Wisteria vines and shady seating… To classics beckon on a sultry summer afternoon.
Old Wisteria vines and shady seating… Two classics beckon on a sultry summer afternoon.

This is such a relaxing season, they said.

Not feeling it, friend? Neither am I, some days.

Most likely, you are looking at your calendar and thinking something along the lines of, “Egad! Summer is halfway over!”

You probably have mixed feelings about it, from “I have not done nearly what I should do” to “I have not had nearly as much fun/relaxation/time to ______ as I had hoped to do”.

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Influencers: More on “You Like What You Know”

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“….so, be careful what you know! “~ Susan Wyatt, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

 

Awareness of one’s influencers helps to focus on what is really important, what should be pursued, and what might best be left behind.

What are your influencers? What do you “know”? Have you ever really thought about who, and what, your influencers are? Do you reevaluate this occasionally? Continue reading “Influencers: More on “You Like What You Know””

Have a Summer with No Regrets (….or, at least, as few as possible!)

September first: “What did I do with my summer? Where did the time go?”

Too many summers end with a not-so-satisfactory answer to that question. But what to do?

  1. Make lists: Things to do. Places to go. People to see. Repairs. Purchases. Health goals. Relational goals (see below for more on this one). (( If it helps to have a nice or fun pen, and a groovy notebook, fine, but do not let getting all of that distract you! ))
  2. Now, go back and prioritize what you have written, even if only with underlining or stars.
  3. Put some of those things on the calendar. As many as you can!
  4. Write action steps for your priorities.
  5. Do at least one of those things NOW!
  6. Every night before you tuck in, look at your list and write down a few action steps for the next day, as well as any comments about the day, especially satisfying or encouraging ones!
  7. Laugh! (maybe this should be number one)
Bridal Brunch - a highlight of any summer! Always room for creme brûlée!
Bridal Brunch – a highlight of any summer! Always room for creme brûlée!

Relational Goals

Relational goals may be the hardest to set. You may dread all of the family time, or realize you only have limited time with family and friends and want to maximize it.

Engage.

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Lemonade ~ Limeade: Your Easy Go-to Natural Sugar-Free Summer Refresher!

 Sweet summertime! Keep spirits from wilting with these cool summer refreshers.
Sweet summertime! Keep spirits from wilting with these cool summer refreshers. McBryde, Ian, and CJ drop in to Emily‘s grad party  ~ photo courtesy of the fabulous Lori Milford

This past week we were in the mountains of North Carolina near Asheville at a conference. The weather was in the 70s with a cool breeze blowing fairly constantly. Bliss!

Fast forward to this weekend: 100 degrees and projected same for the next week! My plants are wilting, the grass is wilting, and I am wilting!

Never fear: in five minutes I can have a pitcher full of citrus-y goodness to cool, energize and heal!

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I make this literally every day when we are home, and often take my blender and stevia and strainer when we vacation! Refreshment for pennies, and it is good for you!

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Wonderful Warm-Weather Wear, or Why Seersucker is So….Southern

Resurrection Sunday 2016
Resurrection Sunday 2016

Seersucker. Madras. Linen.

To some, these are luxury fabrics.

However, in recent years, with the onset of inexpensive, quality clothiers and the explosion of thrift and consignment stores, this is no longer the case. These natural-fiber fabrics – in addition to cotton, of course – are more than available to smooth your passage from Resurrection Sunday (or the Carolina Cup, whichever comes first, if you are a diehard) to Labor Day.

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Resurrection Sunday! Breaking out the linen and whites…although many of my friends were already in them, as the Carolina Cup came before Easter this year, and so began it all early.

(Or, in the Deep South, we wear muted colors in these fabrics from warm March until early October.  Hold your condemnation.  It is really warm down here, and air conditioning only works inside. ) Continue reading “Wonderful Warm-Weather Wear, or Why Seersucker is So….Southern”