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...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anniversary Sale!

Happy August!  Are you wishing you had some Lesson Plan Pages for school?  Or an Itemized Shopping List to organize your Menu Plans?  Do you need a new Calendar?  Or would you like a simple way to keep track of your week?  What about some help with a Housekeeping Schedule?  Or maybe some ideas of how to be a blessing to others?  Or perhaps you would like to start afresh with your quiet time, or need some pretty extras to brighten up your planner.  Well, now is the time to stock up!  In honor of our 6th anniversary with GraceWorks, almost everything in the store, (with just a few exceptions!), is 16% off for the month of August!  No coupon needed!  

Pick up a Holiday Planner, stock up on stationery, enjoy a new binder and accessory set, or treat yourself to the Beautiful Life Management System pages you've been eyeing.   You might even be able to get some Christmas shopping out of the way!  

Just click on any of the links above, or the store button in the sidebar to get started, and be sure to tell a friend!!

Happy shopping!


Monday, July 28, 2014

{Happy Monday} Mother's Eyes

Hello friends,

I'm sorry that I've been away so long.  It has been a difficult month.  My dear mother went home to her Saviour on the seventh day of this seventh month.  God's perfect timing.  My daughter and I were so, SO privileged to be the ones He allowed to be with her as she entered Heaven's gates.  We still can't quite get over the feeling of having had a glimpse of Glory.  The days since then have been filled with her burial, preparations for her Memorial service, keeping track of my Dad, the actual service, and company.  We are doing well -- the Lord has been SO good -- but, at the same time, we are physically and emotionally tired.  I think everything has quieted down now, so we're going to take a week or two to regroup, eat right, and catch up on sleep.  We've been involved with Mom's care on a regular basis for the past two years and it seems strange not to have to plan around it anymore, but I'm sure that in time the Lord will make our path clear again.  We are able to ship GraceWorks orders fairly regularly at this point, so don't hesitate to place your "Back to School" order soon! : )

I'd like to leave you with the tribute I wrote about my mom for the Memorial.  She taught me so much these past two years of her illness.  Just watching how she handled it day after day after day was both a challenge and an encouragement to me.

Mom's Eyes

There are so many things that I loved about my mom.  Her hospitality, her butterfly rolls, the cross cookies she would make for the little ones on Easter Sunday, her love of birds and picking berries, the special napkins that we would have on holidays, the movie nights we would have watching Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility… but I think that I learned the most over the years by watching Mom’s eyes.

Mom’s eyes could be stern at a little girl’s mistakes, or tender when the same little girl was treated unkindly by others.  They were often tired eyes as I was growing up, busy with 4-H projects, high school musicals, sports events, band concerts and kindergarten graduations.  They were generous eyes, often getting a meal on the table for more guests than there really was food available.  They were laughing eyes, enjoying dessert and coffee when the meal was done.  They were loving eyes, telling me about Jesus, and compassionate eyes, letting me know that accepting His sacrifice for my sin was something she couldn’t do for me -- it was a choice I had to make for myself.

I saw Mom’s eyes filled with sadness as she saw us children make choices she knew would bring pain, and I saw them overflowing with happiness, as she rejoiced with us over our salvation, or a special event or honor.  Her eyes could be determined when she had a goal in mind, or focused on a task that needed to be done, and yet they remained unflustered when scores of grandchildren would be playing underfoot.  And, if you asked her, everything was “just fine.”

A few years ago Mom’s eyes began to change.  Little by little there was confusion where there had been strength of mind.  There was uncertainty where there had been confidence.  Simple things like watching her birds and mixing up a box of brownie mix were no longer possible, and Mom’s eyes grew pensive, trying to understand when God’s ways were unclear.   What a beautiful testimony these eyes portrayed!  Those were the eyes that held pain, but gave smiles.  That held sorrow, but gave encouragement.  That held grief, but gave grace.  Up until her last day, her eyes were on those around her.  Clear eyes.  Calm eyes. Trusting eyes.  Blessing a new baby, loving a special CNA, telling each of those around her bedside that she loved us.  

To the end Mom always thought of others, going out of her way to be a blessing to them.  Those are the eyes I will remember and cherish.  The eyes of grace, without thought of self.  The eyes that hid their own hurt to be an encouragement to others.  The eyes of peace that showed a life hidden with Christ in God.  Eyes that proved that when Mom said she was “just fine,”… she really was.


Today's Happy Monday Prompt...
Something the Lord has taught (or is teaching) me this summer is...

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Hello friends,

Please know that the orders you have placed over the past few days may not ship until next week.  My dear mom is approaching Glory and we have been spending the last few days at her bedside.  The time has been bittersweet.  Full of blessings that have been almost indescribably sweet, but also full of tender memories and sorrowful hearts. Not sorrow that she is passing into the arms of her Saviour, of course, but at the realization that she will no longer be here in the flesh to love and care for each of us, and for us to love and care for her in our turn.

Thanks for your prayers.

So blessed,