Wednesday, February 5

5 Ways to Survive Love Season

February 15th can be a really tough day. No, you aren’t reading that wrong. It’s the day after Valentine’s Day.

As long as it’s February 14th there’s still hope for someone to bring you a flower… give you a chocolate something… sing you a song… write you a poem… say, “you complete me”… you get the picture.

But then the clock strikes midnight and disappointment takes you by the hand and wants to chat for a while. Today’s unmet expectations become tomorrow’s frustrations.

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So, February 15th rolls around and suddenly the full impact of whatever was lacking on February 14th hits full force.

For my single friends it can feel like “Single Awareness Day.”

For my married friends it can feel like “the gaps in my marriage were so highlighted by yesterday’s lack.”

But I’m challenged to check my heart on this. I mean really check my heart. Here are five ways I’m challenging myself to not just survive but really thrive this love season:

1. What am I doing that’s feeding my expectations?

Maybe right now isn’t the best time to read a Nicholas Sparks book or watch movies with lines in them like, “You had me at hello” and “You complete me.”

2. What am I doing that comforts me in the moment but makes me feel awful just hours later?

Hint… put down the ice cream and don’t mix up the cookie dough. Just because the cookies aren’t baked doesn’t mean the calories don’t exist. This is just a totally hypothetical situation, of course.

3. Who can I bless this Valentine’s Day?

Instead of waiting to be loved, I should make the decision to give love. I have so many friends who need to know someone is thinking about them right now. And there are wonderful ministry opportunities to reach our hands out to those in need.

There is so much joy to be had when we seek to invest loving acts in others’ lives.

4. What can I go ahead and put on my schedule that will make me look forward to this season of love?

Instead of waiting to be asked, I can get proactive. If I have something to look forward to on my schedule, it gives my heart such a boost.

And it keeps me from that cookie dough!

5. Am I believing the “if only” lie?

If only I had a boyfriend. If only I had a husband. If only I had a more romantic husband.

“If only” can do quite a number on our hearts. Refuse to paint these pictures of Egypt.

Egypt – huh? Let me explain.

I got this thought from reading the Old Testament story about what happened to the Israelites when they were freed from captivity in Egypt. At first they were happy. And then when life got hard en route to the Promised Land, they started believing the “if only” lie… if only they’d never left Egypt they’d have pots of meat to eat.

But in Egypt they were mistreated slaves!

It’s so easy for us to paint the picture that our lives would be better “if only.” I’m determined to replace my “If only I had… I could” scripts with “Because I am… I can.”

Because I am loved by God, I can boss lies around.

Because I am loved by God, I can be so thankful for the people I do have in my life.

Because I am loved by God, I can choose to make this love season wonderful.

I pray these questions and simple ideas help. We’re all in this together sweet friends.

Friday, November 22

Friday Favorites: Intentional Gifts

I love getting gifts and giving gifts that have a deeper meaning to them. Gifts that are wrapped in love, have Scriptural teaching, or support organizations that are changing the world in Jesus’ name. Yes, I treasure the rarity of finding intentional gifts to bless those closest to me.

And after getting to know you through the sweet comments you tuck away on my posts, friend, I think you feel the same way.

So, as Christmas approaches, I’m gathering up ideas for intentional gift-giving.

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1) Wool Blend Knit Twist Cowl – My friend Brittany makes these scarves to help put her husband through Bible school – they are truly an example of a couple who works together as a team. Every stitch she knits is such a beautiful act of love.
2) Truly Treasured Wallet – This wallet has a unique flair to it, not just because of the design, but because it has Scripture (Romans 8:28) embroidered on the other side. Each time you go to use this wallet, you will be reminded you are treasured and that God is working all things for good to fulfill His purpose in your life.
3) I Am His Medallion Necklace – I love this! It was given to me and I wear it often. The necklace proclaims that “I am His” with Scriptural affirmation on the back. (Jeremiah 1:5)
4) His Christmas Names Ornament Set – These special ornaments proclaim timeless truth as you trim your tree this year. Each set includes seven names of Jesus and a small book with stories to read about the significance of each name. This is a beautiful way to connect the wonder of Jesus with your children, family, and friends.

Leave a comment today with the name of one of your friends and which of these gifts you’d like to give her. I’ll randomly pick one commenter to win the gift you picked for your friend and an extra one for yourself.

So fun. Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 17

Little Touches of Fall

The cooler weather and the changing leaves make me smile. Fall is my favorite time of the year.

I love putting little fall touches throughout my home. But I’ll admit most of my fall decorating efforts are just plain pitiful. So, when I found some items that look beautiful and have a God-honoring purpose, I just had to share.

My amazing friend, Lori, set these up in her home so I could see how to copy them. I’m all about copying decorating ideas! If you are too… enjoy!

Leave Him Thanks Wreath: This wreath is a unique addition to any home during the fall, Thanksgiving, or year-round. Made with leaves of vintage paper imprinted with verses and hymns of praise, it can serve as a reminder for you and your family to leave the Lord thanks in both word and song.

It’s a beautiful way to apply Deuteronomy 6:6-9 in your home: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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Untie Your Story Napkin Ties: As you gather friends and family around your table, add a vintage feel with these 12 reusable napkin ties. Each frayed-edged ribbon is imprinted with a different question or thought to invite heart-crafted conversation focused on gratitude, such as:

- Name one aspect about the way you were raised for which you are grateful.
- Have you ever waited for something and later discovered that the delay was for your good? Describe why you are now grateful for the waiting time.
- Name five gifts from God that you can see from where you are sitting right now.

Hear untold stories about family and friends and share your own experiences around the Thanksgiving Day table or any time of year.
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And here’s a special bonus – I liked these items designed by the amazing Barbara Rainey so much, I asked her if I could sell them to my friends through the Proverbs 31 Ministries store. She agreed! So, now I can make my friends happy and raise money to support the ministry. And that just makes me thrilled. Click here to purchase your fall decorations. (Please note: we have a very limited supply so if you’re interested in these items, place your order right away!)

Today, I’m giving away one wreath and one set of napkin ties. For your chance to win, leave a comment below with your most treasured Thanksgiving memory.