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 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...



Monday, January 11, 2016

My Phrase for the Year

Over the past few years it has become popular to choose a word to focus on for the year - maybe "growth" or "rest" or "travel".  I've done this in the past and it has always been interesting to see how the Lord has changed me in that area.  I started thinking about my "word" during my mini vacation and was struck instead with a phrase that I hope will change my life... "There is only love".  When I first saw the phrase awhile back,  my thought was, "Oh, please!  How sappy and shallow!"  But over the past six months, the Lord has begun to open my eyes to what loving means.  Loving means little acts of self sacrifice that are given to Christ, and not so others will notice.  Loving is resting in the Saviour like a little child.  Loving is always welcoming things that put us lower than others.  It is being content to be serve others with a gentle spirit and kind heart whether or not you are noticed or thanked.  It is being happy to be a little flower in the garden of the Lord.  Not a glorious flower, but just a small one, tucked in a corner, unobserved.  Love is focusing on loving Christ and letting that overflow to those around us, rather than focusing on loving those around us so that Christ will notice.  Love is enduring suffering with joy and patience, not with a furrowed brow and an irritable spirit.  Love is of God.

Here is my heart for this year...

I can be a hidden flower,
I can be a waterfall,
I can be a little child,
If I'm content to be but small.

Resting as a little infant,
With my head upon His chest,
Only able to be loving,
But those who love Him, He loves best.

Or to be the water flowing,
Rushing o'er the waterfall.
Glorying in going lower,
Beauty comes by giving all.

As a fragrant little flower,
Ever Lord, please let me be,
A spot of color in your garden,
Unobserved by all but Thee.

Loving, blooming, resting ever,
Finding joy in being low,
Suffering with joy and patience,
May my life in these things grow.

Christ, you are my precious Saviour.
You have taught me joy through pain.
On my brow please write the story,
Endure with love and Heaven gain.

                                 -- T Traxler

Blessings to you all!  If you've chosen a word or phrase for the year, I'd love to hear about it.  In fact that would be a great Happy Monday prompt!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016!

Hello dear friends!

I've just returned from the post office where I've dropped off a number of orders all packaged up and ready to make you smile.  I have another stack of them in progress -- printing, cutting and punching pages from the Classic Home Journal line. My goal is to be all caught up by the end of the week.  Watch your email for your shipping notice!

I wanted to say "thank you" for your patience in receiving your orders during this holiday time.  The two weeks that I took off of shipping was really a blessing for me.  I was able to step back from my normal responsibilities, relax and think and regroup, which is something I haven't felt I had the time to do ever since my husband's surgery in June.  The Lord has taught me so much these past few weeks.  I hope I'll be able to share some of it with you here on the blog as the year progresses.

For now, though, I'm going back to my printer so I can get some more of your orders out tomorrow!



Looking for a Happy Monday prompt?

My word for the year is...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fifty- Two

Hello Friends!  I hope that you had a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord!  During this last week of the year, I look forward to doing a lot of thinking, reassessing and planning.  

Let's start with our WEEKLY REVIEW !  


1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings

Week Fifty-Two

As we close out the year, let's spend some time assessing our year and re-estabilishing our priorities.

* Update our Life Purpose Statement.

* Make a list of goals and projects for the new year.

TIP:  Be sure that the goal you list are measurable.  For example "Lose 5 pounds" is a better goal than "Lose weight".  It's discouraging to have a goal that you never know if you have reached!  Make a list of things that will help you reach that goal and put the list in your planner with your purpose statement so you can review it every month.  If there is a new habit that will help you reach that goal, (for example, to stop drinking soda or to not take "seconds" at meals) start a Mountains of Success page to help you along.  I actually have one up on my refrigerator right now that is tracking my exercise, as well as my sugar and coffee intake!

* Plan forward for January and make a rough outline for January, February, and March.

* Establish some savings and spending goals.  Update your recordkeeping, if necessary!

Above all, my prayer for each of us in this coming year is that we will "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory, both now and forever. Amen."

I'll see you back here next year!



** SHIPPING REMINDER **   We will resume shipping Monday, January 4th.  Remember that orders of $10 or more placed this week will receive a free magnetic yearly calendar!  Be sure to grab yours!  Mine is on the fridge next to my Mountains of Success page... : )