So much to share!! So little time. BUT I promise to catch you up on all the goings on and travels in my life — and I promise to do this catching up VERY SOON! (I’m putting off the catching up because I have a book deadline! I’m writing a bible study about authentic friends and faith — more to come on that).
Until the catching up happens, I want to do a book sale! (and I promise that was my very LAST exclamation point)
I’ve had several people (okay, just two people) ask about buying my book for a friend for Christmas and if I could sign it. I suggested they buy it and send it to me and then I’ll sign it and send it back to them. That’s a WHOLE mess o’sending — and then VIOLA! it hit me. Why don’t I just sell books that can be signed before they are sent.
So here it is — the first EVER internet signed book sale for God, Grace and Girlfriends: Adventures in Faith & Friendship
If you’re looking for a great (and inexpensive) gift for a friend, this is easy to order and easy to wrap!!
The book is only $12 (and that includes shipping). I’ll sign it to you or to your girlfriend or whomever (geez, I hope I used whom right??). Put the name of the person you want it inscribed to and I’ll have this in the mail ASAP! I promise you will have it in plenty of time for your Christmas gathering!
Okay, I know it’s still September, but I like to plan ahead …. okay, stop laughing. I rarely, if ever, plan ahead for anything. I just booked a cruise for me and my man and we sail in two weeks. I LOVE that last minute, but TODAY I’m sharing something that will help out my fellow procrastinators.
Minted contacted me and asked if I’d share a little bit about them with y’all and after looking at their products, I said “OF COURSE I will!”
They have great photo cards! Some of the cutest styles I’ve seen and trust me, I shop the Christmas cards. (I was going to put another exclamation point behind that sentence, but I believe I’ve overused my exclamation points today).
They also have some great personalized cards that you don’t require photos. This makes my heart soar. I can’t tell you the HOURS I’ve spent trying to figure out which picture to put on the card. The stress of selecting that JUST RIGHT photo takes years off my life — and it makes me want to drink lots of wine. So I love the Minted has cute cards that eliminate this issue for me…. although I may still drink the wine.
Take a look at this great styles:
I LOVE this. It’s a year in review card that looks like an old library card! And if you don’t know what an old library card looks like — shut up and go away. I’m just kidding. Stay. If you don’t know what an old library card looks like …. well bless your young heart.
If you’re on my list, this may be the card you get this year… maybe!
And I also love that most all cards can be customized for Christmas of New Year’s. Sometimes life is JUST crazy and I don’t get the cards out… this is the card I will send:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! and of course I adore the vintage look of this card.
Head over to Minted and enjoy!!
Hi, I’m Mary, I used to write here and even put up a few videos.
I had to wipe away the cobwebs on this blog today. It’s been a crazy and fun few months. I’ve been to:
Happiest place on Earth (aka Disney World)
And I’m sure I’m leaving out a trip or two.
And all of this happened over 90 days!
I turned 50! YEE GADS!
My amazing grand boy turned two!
CRAZY! I told you.
I’m coming back because I have some great news to share… I’ll bring it to you soon.
In the meantime I hope you’ve been wonderful!
Wallow– to devote oneself entirely; especially: to take unrestrained pleasure
I want to jump into GRACE and take unrestrained pleasure BUT (isn’t there always a but in life) I just can’t. I don’t feel as if I’ve earned it. I haven’t. If I earned it then it wouldn’t be ‘grace,’ it would be ‘wages’ or ‘merited favor.’
So why is it so dang hard to WALLOW in grace?
Why is it so hard to just ACCEPT that Jesus loves me unconditionally?
Why is it so hard to receive with open hands and an open heart?
I want to stand up and show Jesus what I’ve done in a ‘look at this Lord! Isn’t this great? I did this for You’ and I want to be rewarded for what I do.
Of course, I don’t want to be penalized for ALL those missed opportunities or the outright blatant disobedience.
I just want atta-girls for the good stuff.
Work hard and you’ll be recognized, right?
That’s the way of the world, right?
But grace doesn’t work that way — it’s poured out over the undeserving and that group includes me.
Jesus knows I’m faulty. He knows I’ll fall short. He gets me. And even when I fall short He still loves me.
I need to extend this same grace to those around me. I should love people even when
Fall short of my expectations
Forget to complete a project
Hurt my feelings
Neglect to recognize my efforts
Overlook my contribution
I should love them, forgive them and move on. I should extend as much grace as is extended to me.
BUT instead I set people up to fail. I want them to meet all my expectations, all the time.
I don’t know why I want this. I certainly don’t deliver it to anyone else.
So beginning today, I’m extending grace and more grace — or least I’m trying to do it. I’m sure I’ll fail, miserably, but I get up and try again. Instead of wallowing in self pity, I choose to wallow in grace.
Come on, jump in and let’s wallow in this amazing grace!
I hope your summer and your tan are warm and colorful!