Sunday, December 31, 2017

CHANGE - 4 Truths

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Change - 4 Truths

It's the end of the year when many ponder the changes that have happened during the past year and look forward to future changes in the new year.  However, change is often dreaded and the status quo is often desired with hope that things will never change in the future.

Today we are going to focus on 4 truths of change:
1.  Take comfort in knowing that God NEVER changes
I know that change can be difficult - things like moving to a new city/town;  changing jobs;  dealing with loss of a loved one.  No matter what kind of change you might be going through, always remember that God will never change.
Knowing that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow means that everything He has promised is TRUE and will never change!  Our Heavenly Father sent His only Son to earth so that we might have eternal life - this truth will NEVER change.  God does NOT lie or change his mind.  He loves you today, tomorrow and the next day.  He has never-ending love for you, always and forever. 

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2.  Do not worry about changes that are out of our control.
Remember that God will only allow situations/problems in our life that He knows we can handle.  Look at the Bible verses below:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?   Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"               Matthew 6:25-27
Difficult times happen for a reason - maybe we need to learn a lesson.  Or maybe something might happen that causes us to change our plans and in truth this change might actually have been protecting us from danger.  We might never know the truth behind these changes but we need to accept changes as God's Will for our life. 

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3.  Striving to become a better person is a good change
We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God.  In the picture above you see that we should strive to become like children.  Children mimic what others do around them - that's why we should imitate Jesus as dearly beloved children (Ephesians 5:1 - click HERE to read "Christ-like Imitation).  It will be a life long mission striving to be like Jesus. 

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4.  The change we look forward to in heaven
The ultimate change will come when we leave this earth to be with Jesus. 
2 Corinthians 5:1 says that we will have heavenly bodies!
"For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body),  we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands."  2 Corinthians 5:1

Let's strive to be more like Jesus in 2018, let's not worry about those changes that are out of our control, let's take comfort in knowing that God will NEVER change and comfort in knowing that heavenly changes are in the future for all believers.


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 17 Posts From 2017

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Top 17 Posts from 2017

I started this blog 6 years ago and at the end of every year I reminisce about the previous year featuring my favorite moments.   Below you will find my digital review through the top 17 blog posts from

Please click on each title below to view the entire post - ENJOY!
Magic Roundabout Sunflower Variety
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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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The Bible is NOT Hate Speech
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Minty Cocoa Scone RECIPE
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Amazing Autumn Colors From the Great Lakes Region
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Living a Childless Life - #UnbornLivesMatter

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State of Michigan Ice Cubes
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #97

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#97 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful that God protected my family from Wintry weather.  I am thankful for delicious food and a warm home.  I am most thankful that God sent His only Son to earth so that we all might have eternal life. 

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"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2
This post was from a New Years Day many years ago but the message remains the same.

Read: Starting a New Race

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Seed catalogs are arriving weekly - we are starting to plan our garden for 2018.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,255
Bloglovin - 4,410
Twitter - 6,984
Pinterest - 6,179
Google+ - 2,278
Facebook - 4,473

Instagram - 559
Linky Followers - 108
Networked Blog - 1,241

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 29,061 followers in some form or another (which is up 50 from last week).

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(click on the title to view the entire post)
About 5 years ago I did a series on "egg basics".  One of the easiest and most delicious ways to prepare eggs:
Egg Basics - POACHED

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (December 2017)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and now we look towards the New Year!
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
New Year's Eve, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for
10 New Year's Eve Treats, Snacks & Hors D'Oeuvres __________________________________________________________________________

WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen

How We Save Over $10,000 a Year! by Grandma's House DIY
How we save over $10,000 per year on insurance, electric bill, cigarettes, smoking, cheap, save money, frugal tips, car maintenance, household products

When God Says "Yes" by Living Our Days

DIY Hazel's Turned Leg Coffee Table by
H & G Designs
turned leg coffee table social media image free plans

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

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Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #244

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #244!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "A Godly Couple" by Sandra's Ark
2. "5 Ways To Stay Warm During The Arctic Blast" by Vickie's Kitchen & Garden
3. "Winter White & Gold Christmas Table" by Comfort Spring

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


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