Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Checking In


I have had a very deep case of writer's block these last two months.  Perhaps it is because it was both the two year anniversary of my mom's death and the one year anniversary of my husband's brain surgery?  I have been trying to sink deep into the Word and spend time in prayer.  Oh, what a precious place it is - near to God's heart!!  It is all good, but it has made me very quiet here!

I just wanted to let you that read the blog know that I have compiled about 120 Happy Monday prompts into a little booklet.  If any of you have been following along with the Acts of Kindness pages and have been missing the weekly prompts on the blog, feel free to ask for a copy of the booklet and I'll tuck it in an email.  It will be included with both the calendar and the separate Acts of Kindness pages from now on.

So... are there any things that you would like to read about here on the blog?  Pages you would like a fuller review of?  A repeat of the 28 Day Challenge?  Any planning topics you'd like me to discuss?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thank you so much for your support and friendship.  I truly appreciate you!!



Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone!

I'm about ready to call it a night and spend some time on the couch cross stitching, but I wanted to pop in and let you know about the current specials, just in case you don't get the newsletter!

First - from now through the 4th of July we'll be sending a free Patriotic full color tab set with every order over $50.00 before tax and shipping.  All of the full color tab sets are SOOooooo pretty and for only $6.00 they are a wonderful way to give your planner an inexpensive "face lift".  I can never decide on my favorite.  It might be Pink Roses...

but I'm really drawn to Keepsake...

and I love the Geranium one, too!

And then, of course, there are the Sheep tabs and the Garden House tabs, and the Patriotic tabs... sigh.  I like them all! : )

There is also a selection of devotional pages on sale this month.  They have their own special category, but you still need to put in the code at checkout to get the discount!!!  The code is MAYSALE16 and we aren't able to add it after the fact, unfortunately, so I hope you don't forget to enter it!!

Have a splendid day all of you!  And if you need a little push to get going again, I'd love to be your cheerleader during the 28 Day Challenge.  It's a fun and challenging way to get things in order using the Beautiful Life Management pages, and I even offer prizes! :)



Monday, May 9, 2016

Planners During Seasons of Change

It is so gorgeous here right now!  The leaves have come out, the lilacs are blossoming, it is warm and springy.   Even the hint of an upcoming storm in the air seems to be a part of spring, of renewal, of growth. Our lives have seasons, too, it seems.  There is the spring of childhood, the summer of young adulthood, the fall of middle age, and the winter of senior living.  But there also seem to be seasons within the seasons as well - times when our focus is dimmed or sharpened, times when our duties and responsibilities change, and even times when everyday life is eclipsed by a sudden storm or tragedy - physical, emotional, or spiritual.  In every stage of my life I have found a planner helpful, but not always the same one.  Sometimes, when life is really overwhelming, I go back to my beginnings - a simple calendar and a notebook.  I need a place to write my thoughts and keep track of important dates, and I need something that will give me a sense of time, when time seems to be going either too quickly or not moving at all.  Those notebooks are full of things like memories of my Mom's last week and lists of blessings from my husband's brain surgery.  They are priceless to me.  After "winters" like that, though, I often find that I need to get back on track and I'll find myself reaching for the Beautiful Life Management pages.  I need structure - What do I do next?  Where do I start?  How can I get back on track?  The Beautiful Life pages are perfect for this stage, helping me with my daily housekeeping and daily scheduling.  After a while, though, when things reach their "new normal" I tend to relax on my do this on this day approach and lean more toward the freedom of weekly pages.  Usually, for me, that will be the full size downloadable Home Journal pages that I wrote about on the blog HERE.  (You can find them HERE in the store.)  I love full size pages, so I like to print out 3 months of the pages and use my clear stamps and pretty paper to make a cover.  Then I take them to our local Staples store to have them bound and have a clear cover and chipboard back added.   Then, after another while - often just a few months -  I'll feel that I really need to write down all of the projects that I have built up in my mind (aka - I need my notebook),  or that I miss the daily housekeeping nudges that the BLM system includes, and so the cycle will start all over again.

How about you?  Are you a one planner, one time, always use the same type person, or do you travel between favorites?  I think the most helpful thing for me is just to realize that I need to use something, even if the 'something' changes.   It certainly has been a blessing to me through the seasons of life!

Before I go, I just wanted to remind you about the Birthday Club!  I sent out my first batch of cards last week.  Sooooo fun!! : )  You can read about it HERE.

Have a blessed week, my friends!


Monday, April 25, 2016

GraceWorks Birthday Club

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!  

I've been thinking lately that it would be fun to start a Birthday club for all of you special GraceWorks friends.  If you've gotten a package lately, you know that I enjoy making cards.  I enjoy sending them, too, and I thought it would be fun to send some sunshine along to you all, if you'd let me.  If you would care to share your address and your birthday month with me, I'd love to send you a card during the month of your birthday, and there just might be a coupon inside, too. ; ) 

Just email me at gracewrks@gmail.com with Birthday Club in the subject line.  I'll send a reply to let you know that I received it - so if you don't hear back from me within a day or two, leave a comment here so I can email you.  I'll commit to one year right now (May 2016 - April 2017) and then I'll see if I can keep up! :)  You can join in any time through the year.

I hope to hear from you soon!  It's so much more fun to get a card in the mail than a bill!!



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Semi-Dated Beautiful Life Management Pages - Double Sided!

Exciting news, friends!  I had a request to make the Classic Home Journal Semi-dated BLM pages double-sided, and they are now available!  Yay!  If you aren't familiar with these pages, let me refresh your memory...

The semi-dated pages take the housekeeping suggestions from our ever-popular Beautiful Life Management pages, and break them down day by day.  Along with keeping up with your house, you can track your water intake, write in the day's events, make a to-do list and even jot down a schedule for the day -- all on the same page.  The pages are 5.5" x 8.5" (classic sized) and 7 hole (or Circa/ARC) punched.  They are printed in house, so they may take a day or three extra for processing.

Here's a sample...

The pages will now be sold in packs of 48 double-sided sheets for $9.00. (12 weeks of pages, including 1 note page per week )

Here's the link to place your order!!



Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Musing - The Beatitudes

Have you ever read through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 and just longed to have them be true in your life?  You want to know Christ and to love Him because nothing else in life really matters.  Your heart aches for the kingdom of Heaven, and for the comfort he can provide.  Your desire is to be filled with the good things that He promises... mercy, seeing God, being a child of God, inheriting the kingdom of heaven.

   But then, you look again and you see what you are asking and you start to feel afraid...

  To be poor in spirit - unable to offer Him even one thing that is worth anything.  
To mourn - having our heart pierced through with sorrow .
To be meek... not important... overlooked... and gentle - even when treated unkindly . 
To hunger and thirst after true righteousness in a world where the word has come to mean just the opposite.  
To be merciful - when showing mercy is seen as being weak or naive - or even ungodly.  
To be pure in heart - when innocence is looked down upon.  
To be a peacemaker rather than taking sides.  
And to expect and accept and rejoice in any suffering of the mind, emotions and body when they impact your life while you desire to know Christ.

It seems that to receive the good that is promised by Christ in the Beatitudes there must be suffering.  Suffering.  "Night school in the School of God" as one author put it.  But, oh! It is a beautiful darkness when Christ is there!!   Our life as a follower of Christ isn't just a surface ride over the waves of life, skimming along claiming verses that promise eternal life, having all we desire, and praying that every need (or - more often - want) that we have might be fulfilled.  More often it is filled with deep inward and outward trials - some shareable, many not - that take our breath away and cause us to either rest deeper in the Saviour or turn away from Him altogether.  And sometimes, when you feel you can't handle one more thing, there is another, and another, and another layer of suffering added until you feel as though you are under water and that the darkness around you is so thick that you don't even know where to look because you aren't sure where up is.  And you know that you are a sinner and don't deserve God's mercy, and you don't even know how to pray.  And your heart has to choose to respond correctly - the words to say, the actions to take - even when your mind doesn't understand.  And so you choose to trust, and you learn to rest and, even though the stress takes a toll on your body and mind, your spirit grows in grace without you knowing it.  And then, suddenly, when you don't feel you can take one more step, God gives you just a glimpse of His Glory in the deep darkness that surrounds you.   And that glimpse so overwhelms you that you can't even speak of it because it can't be described.  And you begin to see that often God takes us into the darkness to reveal His light - answering our prayer to learn Christ.

It still frightens me to pray for the qualities of the Beatitudes to be evident in my life.  In my human- ness I can't see how I could even handle some of the things I have watched or heard of others enduring.  But I can't help praying for those beautiful virtues anyway.  I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.  I can trust him.  Even in the dark.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hello Friends!

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Sorry to be gone so long!  I didn't realize that I hadn't written in a month.  I think perhaps I'll be drafting some blogging pages for my planner soon! : )

Right after my husband's brain surgery, I began to declutter the house fast and furiously.  I worked through a few of the easy area - my hall closet, our bedroom and my clothes and saw some real progress, but something happened - I don't remember what - and I got "stalled" in my enthusiasm, and I need to get restarted.   The Beautiful Life Management system has a few minutes to declutter in the First Things First section, but I think I'll need a longer time period to work through all my things, especially as I recently brought home some remembrances of my Mom's as well.   This time before Easter seems like the perfect time to purge, doesn't it?  Both inwardly and outwardly it is a wonderful time to reflect and see which things need to go to allow growth and promote thankfulness.  I hope you'll join me in "cleaning house"!

Here's a Happy Monday prompt for today...

I enjoy decluttering because...