Monday, September 15, 2014

{Happy Monday} This Week

Hello friends!

Are you struggling to get going this morning?  Not sure where to start, or how to get back on track?  After my quiet time this morning I took some time with my planner and planned out the week ahead... appointments, events, meals, and blog posts on my stamping and stitching blogs.  And since today will be busy, I even pulled out a Classic Home Journal Daily sheet and mapped out my day hour by hour.  

Are you trying to decide which pages might work best for you?  Drop by the store for a free copy of Planning to be a Blessing, our "Getting Started or Restarted" guide.  Sometimes you just need a little encouragement, or to hear how someone else manages their home and their time, to inspire you and show you something you may (or may not!) want to try.  It also includes a description of most of the pages that we carry, although I don't think it has been updated with some of the Classic Home Journal and Day by Day line yet. 

Let's make this fall a fresh start, and plan to be a blessing to others together!

Happy Monday!


Your Happy Monday prompt for today...
Something I am grateful for in the room I am in is...

Monday, September 8, 2014

{Happy Monday} A Place of Quiet Rest

Hello friends!

I'm back in spring fall cleaning mode here. : )  Saturday found me taking EVERYTHING out of my bedroom and cleaning and organizing, then putting only the essentials back in.  The rest is still in the living room and hallway, and I'm sorry to say that there is more there than there should be!!  My question to myself is, "If I have all the essentials, some beauty, and a little more in my room as it is, why do I have all the rest of this??"  There will be some definite purging going on here!!

I'm aiming to do the same thing to my desk this week, and reorganize my drawers and office area to better reflect the things I concentrate on in this area.  I'm trying to make my home a "place of quiet rest" again, which is something I feel I've lost over the past two years as I've just done the essentials while having Mom's care uppermost on my mind.  Now, as the seasons of life and seasons of the year change again, it is time to step back and refocus my heart on my home, making it a haven for my family for the winter to come.

Here are some questions I'm going to be asking myself...

Why am I keeping this?

If I "might use this someday" - Have I used it in the past two years?  WHEN will I use it? Is there something I have that I could use instead? Could I purchase a replacement for a reasonable amount IF I needed it?

If I "don't know how to get rid of it" - Can it be donated?  Can it be tossed?  Should I put it on Ebay?

If "someone gave it to me" - hmmm.... this is a really hard one.  I do have some people I would offend it I give away something they gave me.  I will still probably box it up. :)

If "I spent a lot of money on it" - Then I need to bless someone else with it!

If "It makes me smile" - Great!  But do I need multiples?  Do I have a place for it? Could I just take a picture? Crafts fall in this category...  that might be a blog post on its own!

I find myself often indecisive as to what to toss, but not as indecisive about the essentials I need, that's why it is easier for me to take everything out of a room or area and only put back my top choices.  This doesn't work for everyone, because it creates quite a mess while you deal with the "leftovers" - but it helps me see that God has provided all that I NEED.  And it helps me loosen my grip on some of the other things I have acquired, when I realize that I truly already have enough.  And that when I do actually NEED anything else, the Lord will provide.  That is such an obvious concept in writing, but it is much harder for me when I'm looking at an object and thinking about getting rid of it!

So, how about you?  Are you a born organizer/declutterer?  What questions do you use to help you decide whether to give away or keep an item?  I'd love to hear your ideas! :)



Here's your Happy Monday prompt today:  "A time that the Lord provided what I needed was..."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Acts of Kindness

Good morning -- err, afternoon! :)

I was standing at the kitchen counter this morning, punching some Acts of Kindness pages for an order and reflecting on how lax I had gotten in reaching out to others in this way.   I stood there wishing that I had a central place to record the dates I did certain things on the list, and to encourage me to reach out to others more faithfully.  Then - DING - a lightbulb moment!  I do have some pages that could be used for that!

The Whimsical line Encouragement pages were designed for students to keep track of their ministry to others, both in prayer and in deed.  They have an area on the top to fill in a specific person and their greatest need, but they could be used to simply keep a running list of Acts of Kindness and corresponding prayer requests.  For example, let's say I hear that one of my friends was going in for exploratory surgery and they were afraid it might be cancer.  I can easily say, "I'm praying for you" and say a quick prayer for God's mercy and grace and strength in their life.  But wouldn't it be an extra encouragement to them if I took the time to put an action to that prayer and wrote them a note, or took them a meal the night of their appointment, or called them to tell them I care, or dropped off a little gift?  I love that these pages remind me to do just that!  The vertical action of prayer and the horizontal action to being a blessing to others.

The double-sided Whimsical Encouragement pages are only 3 hole punched, but they can be 7 hole or Circa/Arc punched on request (it might make the holes a little messy... :) )  Or what about a stand-alone Acts of Kindness notebook? A translucent 3-ring classic-sized binder, a set of Acts of Kindness pages, and some Encouragement sheets...  what a perfect way to start the fall season!!

Have a blessed day!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Time in the Word

Good morning!

We've been working feverishly to get all the orders out from the sale, and I think we should be all caught up today.  Thank you for letting us be a blessing to you, and for blessing us with your orders and sweet comments in return.  We appreciate you!!

One of the things I feel like I can't stress enough here at GraceWorks is the importance of we as women, wives and mothers being in God's Word on a regular basis, and reading it completely and prayerfully. I read a sweet blog post a week or two ago that was a beautiful reminder of why we need to be in the Word, and I asked the author if I could link to it here.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of reading plans available on the internet, but If you are looking for a reading plan that is laid out in a journal form, be sure to check out our Into His Presence Bible Reading Plan and Journal.  It is available as either a full-size download or as classic size printed pages.  It is undated -- so you can start today! And you will read through the entire Bible once each 365 days, reading each day a portion of the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as a daily portion of Psalms and Proverbs.

I've always been encouraged later, when I read through my notes, to remember what God taught me through different passages, and how He worked in my life over the year as I delved into His Word.  It is a wonderful reminder when I am discouraged, or when I am faced with a difficult decision, to know that He is faithful!  

I remember when my daughters first began to read through the Bible and their comments about how interesting it was to see the complete picture.  That it was the story of Christ and redemption from beginning to end, and that it was more than just a series of disconnected stories and interesting sayings, and it truly was applicable to everyday life, whether you are a child, a student, a young wife, a mother of toddlers, a homemaker, a rocket scientist, or a great-grandmother.  I would encourage you to begin today to model this important spiritual discipline for your children and grandchildren!

Have a blessed weekend!


PS - Don't forget that our 16% Off sale ends on Sunday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Hi everyone!

I'm back to announce the winner of the $25.00 gift certificate to the GraceWorks store, but first let's take a look at the top five favorites!!

1.  Classic Yearly Calendar - A beautiful way to keep track of your monthly tasks and appointments.

2. Classic Beautiful Life Management System - A complete system that includes daily housekeeping suggestions to help you manage your home more effectively

3.  The Classic Home Journal Set - A dated set of monthly and weekly pages, including weekly homemaking suggestions, Monthly Home Blessings, and Acts of Kindness.

4. The Classic Weekly Menu Planner - Having a menu plan in place helps us save money and eat healthy!

5.  The Petite Simplicity Pages - (Classic sized, too!) - Making planning as simple as a walk in the garden! :)

And now the winner of the $25.00 gift certificate (which I drew the old fashioned way...  I put everyone's name on a slip of paper and had my daughter pick one!) : )

Jeanette Cardin

Congratulations, Jeanette!  Please email me to claim your prize!!

Don't forget, the 16% off Anniversary Sale goes through the end of the month!  Feel free to share it with your family and friends on your blog or FaceBook.  We'd love to be a blessing to them as well as to you!



Monday, August 25, 2014

{Happy Monday} Home Again

Good morning!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Now everything will calm down and I'll be able to catch up."?  And then you have had to laugh because everything did NOT calm down - it just got more hectic?  That is exactly what happened this past week.  Just as I started on my I'mgoingtodeepcleanthewholehouse challenge to myself, my college daughter called and I found myself 1100 miles away before I hardly had time to pack a suitcase.  She is fine now, but between stress and allergies and chronic bronchitis she needed some "mothering" before school starts again next week.  I spent the week praying, crying with her, finding a local chiropractor, praying, talking to different ones in college administration, praying, and setting up some health guidelines to help her make it through her final year.  I wish I could describe to you all the little mercies and answered prayers through the week...

The semi that we followed part of the way that had the words PRAISE BE TO GOD on the back gate - reminding me that He was in control and I didn't have to worry.

The desperate plea to God to help me find the one chiropractor in a huge town that would be like our chiropractor back home, and the way He led me to a gal who actually grew up in Wisconsin and was a perfect fit.

The perfectly timed encouragement from my son telling me he had the "utmost confidence in me that I would make the right decisions" when I was in tears trying to decide the next step.

The deli that we found that carried gluten free, soy free food.

And on and on and on it went.  Verses that were just for me, money provided at just the perfect time, safety in our travels... God is so gracious!!

And now I'm home and Kate and I are digging into the orders that have accumulated this week.  Thank you so much for your patience with us!  You know that our desire is always to get them out to you as soon as possible, and we hope to have these out the door in the next few days.  If you ordered anything from the Home Journal lines, I'll be working on getting those printed and will hope to have them out by the end of the week unless another unforeseen event enters our lives at God's hand!

I'm going to extend the 5 Favorites drawing until tomorrow, to give me a little time to catch my breath, so if you've been meaning to play along and haven't yet, send me your email quick! : )  And remember that the SALE is on until the end of the month!



Your Happy Monday prompt for today...
5 Blessings from last week were...

Monday, August 11, 2014

{Happy Monday} A Birthday Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

I've jumped knee deep into a cleaning and decluttering and organizing frenzy here!  I've been keeping up with the basics fairly well, but it is time to do some deep cleaning and downsizing, and I'm excited about it!  Well... at least I'm excited about it today.  I'll probably be at it for a month or more so I don't burn out, so ask me after I have pulled out the refrigerator and washer and dryer and washed the walls... and, and, and... LOL!

If you need a jumpstart to your housekeeping before school begins, pull out your Beautiful Life Management System Binder and pair it with the 28 Day Challenge.  It isn't a deep clean like the one I'll be attempting here, but it will be a wonderful way to get back on a homemaking schedule before the craziness of the school year starts!!  Need some Beautiful Life Management refills?  Don't forget the SALE going on right now!!

Oh!  Did you see the newsletter that went out today? It's my birthday this month and I'm having a birthday giveaway!  Take a minute to send me an email (gracewrks @ with your 5 favorite GraceWorks products and I'll enter you in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the store.  I'll be drawing the winner on August 24th, so you have a few days to browse the store for your favorites!

Ok, my break is over.  I'm off to clean out the spice cabinet!



PS - Here's a Happy Monday prompt for today, if you are following along with the Acts of Kindness pages...    The thing I am most thankful for in my kitchen is...