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Importance of Being Thankful and This Years Challenge

Jodee Schrlau

Importance of Being Thankful and This Years Challenge

  It is November, and that means Thanksgiving time in the U.S.  During this time of year, we hear so much about being thankful.   However, if I'm not careful the stress of the upcoming holidays can obliterate the thankfully heart I want to have.  Some days it take a lot of work to be thankful, so why should you make the effort? An article I recently read says  "Research shows being thankful could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life. In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude...

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Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz?

Jodee Schrlau

Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz?

I love sharing some of the quirky ways God speaks to me.  Lately it has been through songs, not hymns, like you might expect, but pop songs. The month started with me waking up to the song Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond repeating over and over in my head.  I hadn't heard this song for a long time, but the melody wouldn't leave.  So I looked it up.    "Sweet Caroline" By Neil Diamond   Where it began I can't begin to knowin' But then I know it's growin' strong   Was in the spring And spring became the summer...

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Folded Paper Basket

Jodee Schrlau

Folded Paper Basket

As I was updating my mailing list sign-up blurb last week, I realized I hadn't shared any projects for a while.  I found this quick and simple basket on Pinterest the other day, so I thought I'd share it with you.     Setting everything else aside and being creative for a bit, is cleansing for the soul.  This project is quick and easy and will give you a feeling of accomplishment when you're done.  That is something we all need every once in a while.  You will need a 12 x 12 piece of heavy paper.  You can use...

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Awesome Days Ahead

Jodee Schrlau

Awesome Days Ahead

  Today, I was sitting on my porch having my morning coffee, and talking with God, as I usually do. I was thinking about this blog and asking the Lord how to improve it. It was coming across as a BORING collection of facts. It did not convey the excitement I'm feeling in my spirit about this time of year. So, I asked, "Lord, what do you want me to say?"   Last week I promised to tell you about Rosh Hashanah. So let's start with a little background and some fun facts.    Rosh Hashanah is the start of...

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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Jodee Schrlau

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

This month we have been talking about strength.  One of the first scriptures or phrases that Christians think of when talking about strength is Nehemiah 8:10-"The joy of the Lord is your strength."   We often misread this as joy in the Lord which is rejoicing; to feel or show great joy or delight.  Or we take it as meaning the fruit of the spirit.  That joy is a supernatural byproduct of a close intimate relationship with God.  While joy in the Lord has many benefits, it is the joy of the Lord that gives us strength.   Let's look at what...

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