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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Minted. Holiday Card Designs.

Every December 26th, I vow that NEXT YEAR, I will send out Christmas cards. 

Unfortunately, I'm a bit of a procrastinator and I never end up actually doing it. Even though I love how festive my refrigerator looks with all the cards I receive from my friends and family. I truly do. I certainly have the pictures captured that are prime 'Smith' family pictures, but for some reason I feel the need to perfect what is already so ideal. I want the perfect family photo, which entails a photoshoot of some kind, matching outfits, perfect hair and smiles, no tears... but that thought is exhausting to me, so I wait and wait and never do anything. The only day I usually do capture a cute family photo is on Christmas~ and by then it's too late!

But this year, I took a photo while we were on vacation with the family and it pretty much summed up my life and I keep thinking to myself "THIS picture is our Holiday card this year!"
What do you think?

Of course, I do have something more classic "Christmas-y" from last year, but we have a new addition to our family and he's not in it, so I'm not able to use it.

I recently discovered MINTED and I was so excited when they asked me to review their New Holiday Card Designs. As soon as I clicked on the link, I was honestly in love with so many of the designs and options they had to choose from. I almost immediately decided this year will be my year to go for it!

How could I not with choices like these?

Above are just a few of my favorites as I browsed through the site. I think my favorite is the comic book card. This fits my family so well. It's so much fun! There of seriously hundreds of choices and options when you look at all the design options, formats, shapes and colors.

The Minted site is beautiful & it's incredibly easy to navigate to choose what you'd like. They are all breathtaking and whimsical. I can honestly say there wasn't a single design I didn't like as I browsed through everything. Everything was colorful with modern fonts, interesting backgrounds and fun designs. There is definitely something for everyone no matter what style you prefer.

The only hard part for me now will be choosing what design I want.

This is a review for the MINTED Holiday Card Design selection. Everything written is 100% my opinion. I don't often except or do reviews unless I really love what the company offers. I was compensated in exchange for this review.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


In my last post (yes, over three weeks ago) I talked about being a quitter. About how everytime I sought to find a way and a reason to quit, I was reminded (no doubt by the Holy Spirit) that I am not an island unto myself. It's not all about me and what I want to do in that moment.

Lately, I feel so many of us have fallen prey to the lie that says "Me and Jesus have our own thing going on and nobody can say anything about it."  While, yes, it's true that our relationship with the Lord is and should be one of intimacy. The quiet moments with Him are in fact just between you and Him. When He speaks, you should be listening. And when you cry out to Him, His ears are open to you. However this doesn't mean that you can do what you want, where you want, how you want, say what you want and it bares no relevance to anyone else, nor does it affect anyone else.

Because it does. You and Jesus don't have your own thing going on. Nor do I. Because if we are not living a life that sets up a path for others to follow Jesus, then we are not doing at all what He needs us to do in this life.
And that is to be a light for the world to see. Be a light for our children, our friends, our co-workers, our family.
It's not just about me loving Jesus and Him loving me. It's about surrendering my all to Him. It's about leaning on Him and Him alone. Finding strength in Him.

But mostly, it's about being bold to speak. And when we are so bold to speak, we don't speak up about our freedom and human rights to do this and that, but it's about our freedom and deliverance from the bondage that was brought on by this or that. Because it was Jesus that brought us through.

Our entire purpose to even maintain a relationship with the Lord is that so we can let others know of his goodness. Salvation isn't just for you and you alone. It's for you to show forth the goodness of God so that they will know too. If your goal in this thing with 'you and Jesus' is just to superficially love Jesus and do what you want, then it's simply not a relationship at all. Because in any relationship, true love always produces actions. So does true faith.

More and more our world is becoming one where we feel like we have rights and we (humanity) can dictate and reason what we think is right and wrong above and beyond the Word of God. And it's infiltrated our churches and the people of God. Our standards for living life have become lower and lower.  We justify our actions on the example that someone else has set.

So we see someone else do it or say it or maybe someone offended us... so what... ??? It doesn't give us a human right to dot dot dot...
It just proves that that persons actions have affected you. That persons example of a relationship with Jesus has affected how you see what a relationship with Jesus is.

It wasn't just about Him and Jesus. It is now about Him and Jesus and You.
Do you see?

No, we are not an island unto ourselves.
My relationship with the Lord isn't just about me and Jesus.
I so love my moments when it is just me and Him. But my life and your life has the ability to domino affect on so many other lives.

We either believe the God of the Bible or we don't. But if we say we do & YES, HE is my Lord,  then let's grasp ahold of His EVERY truth like it is our breath. And let's not use it to stand on our soapbox and  revel in selfishness while we proclaim freedom. Because it's not freedom. What this world thinks is freedom has the ability to bring destruction, hurt, pain, torment and so much more bondage.

What we need is freedom from the bondage and addiction and sickness and hurt and immorality and depression and pain and all the other things the enemy brings~Let that be the freedom that we live and speak of. It's the freedom that GIVES the abundant life.

I want to be a vessel fit for my Masters use. I want to give and live and shine.
I want to be reminded every day that it's not just about ME & Jesus.
But it's about Me & Jesus & them...

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