Thankful Thursday… The Little Things

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So glad you stopped by today! I’m the co-host for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop with voiceBoks.

I’m learning to be thankful for the little things. For a cup of coffee beside me when I sit to write, for new opportunities for creativity, for a baby who is starting to feel better, for cooler weather, for the fair starting next weekend.๐Ÿ™‚ What are you thankful for? Keep reading below, then link up with us…



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Grace for the Good Girl Winner Announced!

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I am happy to announce that Melody from Life is a Bowl of Wedgies is our winner of a copy of Grace for the Good Girl.๐Ÿ™‚ Melody, please make sure to email me at teamebert5@gmail.com with your mailing address. Congratulations!!! I know you will love this book!

Even if you didn’t win, please make sure to get a copy of this great book. Life-changing. If you missed my review, here is a link to it: Grace for the Good Girl {Review & Giveaway}.

Tune-In Tuesday: Always

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Welcome to Tune-In Tuesday! If this is your first time visiting on a Tuesday, I hope you will find this as a place to worship together. Each week, I share about a song that God is using in my life. One that is speaking to me in whatever season I may be going through. The invitation is for you to jump in and do it, too! Here are the steps:

  1. Pick a song that is especially meaningful for you at this time in your life and write about it. Really think about the lyricsโ€ฆ and let them change you.
  2. Link up here using the linky tool at the bottom of this post. Use the name of your song as the title of your link. (If you havenโ€™t done this before, feel free to email me with questions.) If you don’t have a blog, you can leave a comment sharing your song. ***Please use the permalink to your post, not your blog’s main site. Because of the specialized nature of this weekly series, any links that are not specifically for Tune-In Tuesday will be deleted.***
  3. Visit other peopleโ€™s blogs and worship with them.
  4. Spread the word. Grab the button in the left column and add it to your post. That way, others can link up, as well. Tweet about itโ€ฆ Try to get others in on the conversation.
  5. And the main thingโ€ฆ worship! :) 
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My song today is Always by Kristian Stanfill. Notice a trend developing?๐Ÿ™‚ He is quickly becoming one of my favorite Praise & Worship artists. Listen to the video and read below.
Short and sweet today. No matter what you’re going through, no matter how you feel like the world is closing in on you… Lift your eyes up! Our help comes from the Lord! He will not delay! Our refuge and strength always! His promise is true! Our God will come through always!
Hope you have a great Tuesday.๐Ÿ™‚

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    Grace for the Good Girl {Review & Giveaway}

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    Good girl? Really? I wouldn’t have given myself that title… not since maybe when I was really young. I wanted to read Emily’s book because she is my friend. I had no idea that I needed this book!

    As the pages started turning, I soon realized that these were MY feelings. MY thoughts. A core struggle that I have had since childhood. The difference is that my heart went way astray. A good girl who ended up going bad… sick and tired of always trying to live up to some standard. I have since given my heart and life back to Jesus, but I still have these people-pleasing tendencies.

     Grace for the Good Girl has 3 different sections:

    • The Hiding, where Emily basically tells us what struggles we face as a good girl;
    • The Finding, where she shows us how to breathe and overcome those struggles;
    • The Freedom of Being Found, which tells us the life we have to look forward to when we allow Jesus to take complete control.

    This book has brought me to laugh and to cry. I laughed a lot at myself, finally seeing in print the things that I have dealt with forever. I have cried over the pain caused to God, myself, and others because of my “good girl” ways that I never knew quite how to explain. Perfectionist, yes. But this surprised me.

    I believe that all women need to read this book. You may be like me… not realizing that you have good girl tendencies. There is something in this book for everyone. Emily has shared her heart in a most transparent manner, and she offers us very practical explanations and illustrations that help us in our walk as believers.

    The third section, The Freedom of Being Found, basically says we are safe when…. (you fill in the blank). Heartbreaking stories of hurt, failure, and fear, and the way women have responded, bring us to recognize where our true safety lies.

    I am so thankful to Emily for bearing her soul in this book. It has been (and will continue to be) a blessing to me… and I’m sure it will be a blessing to you. Here is a video of Emily talking about Grace for the Good Girl:

    Grace for the Good Girl is available NOW at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy in exchange for posting this review.
     
    So… on to the giveaway!๐Ÿ™‚ I pre-ordered a copy before I found out that I would be included in the tour, so that means I have one ready to give away to one of you! Here’s how you enter: Just tell me in a comment or an email why you want to read this book. Your good girl story.๐Ÿ™‚

    Entries will close Monday night (September 19th) at midnight. I will announce the winner here on Tuesday, September 20th. Good luck!

    ****And the winner is…. MELODY from Life is a Bowl of Wedgies.๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations!!

    What Is Authenticity?

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    Today, my friend Marni gave me the opportunity to guest post on her blog… about a subject that I am very passionate about. Read the intro here and then jump over to her blog for the rest.๐Ÿ™‚

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    Authenticity. A word that stirs in me a passion for this generation.
    As I’m writing this, our country is remembering that painful day 10 years ago in New York: September 11, 2011. The day the towers came down. On that day and in the days that followed, people of this country showed authenticity. They showed their true selves. They genuinely loved. They didn’t care what others thought. No bravado. Just love.
    Continue reading here: Relevant Brokenness. Then leave a comment… on either blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    Welcome to Thankful Thursday!

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    Glad you’re here! I’m the co-host for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop with voiceBoks.

    Today I am thankful for so many things. For Jesus, for my family, for good friends, for music, for church, for the giggles from the kids tonight, for blessings undeserved. What are you thankful for? Keep reading below, then link up with us…