Saturday, November 27, 2021

A Decade of Blogging - ADVENT

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A Decade of Blogging - ADVENT
Time sure does fly!!  "God's Growing Garden" is 10 years old and I have been celebrating this milestone all year long.  There will be different topics each month and I will go through the past decade showcasing a post from each year which will focus on that specific topic.
We are in the final month of this series!  Today, in this thirty-third post of this series (and since tomorrow will be the first of Advent), I will feature 10 ADVENT posts. 

Click on each title below to see the entire post - ENJOY!

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Picture scanned from a Christmas card - Original artwork by Fred Swan

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Picture scanned from a Christmas card - original artwork by Hallmark
Advent Calendar - LANTERN
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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #449

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #448!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Polymer Clay Leaf Napkin Rings DIY
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Cool weather crop seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):


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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
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. "Beautiful Advent Calendar" by Crafts a la Mode
2. "Immerse van Gogh Exhibit" by Mille Fiori Favoriti
3. "The First Thanksgiving Dayby Sweetly Dreaming of the Past

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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Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
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Monday, November 22, 2021

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (November 2021)

Wishing all of our American "bloghoppers" a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!
Thank you again for joining us!
There are many ways to follow me:
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to the November 2021 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the November 2021 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Cindy @ Mom, the Lunch Lady
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  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#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, 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 October 2021 "You're the Star" blog hop)


Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole by Artful Homemaking
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If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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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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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Gratitude Does NOT Mean Complacency

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Gratitude Does NOT Mean Complacency

The American Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up this week and that got me thinking about "gratitude".  As I pondered, my thoughts continued to focus on situations where the "modern Christian" has turned complacent when labeling their attitude as grateful.

I'll explain in more detail but let's first begin by defining both words:

Gratitude - a feeling of appreciation or thanks.  The state of being thankful.

Complacency - self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.
             - an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction.


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I agree with the verse above - that we need to always be thankful. However, sometimes we can take that characteristic to the extreme.  I'm sure we have all done this at some point:  we are focusing so much on one thing (being thankful all the time) that it's almost as if we have blinders on and can't see what's going on around us.
The following are three examples of how the "modern Christian" has become complacent:
1.  "My life is good, so what I am hearing about hardships happening to others must not be true." (I call this the head-in-sand attitude).
OR
"The truth is so disturbing to me that I cannot handle knowing that this is reality for some people around me."

2.  "I don't want to offend anyone, so instead of confronting, I will just ignore the sin and try to find a portion or detail that I can praise and be thankful."

3.  "I need to be meek, mild and be polite at all times.  I must not stand up and speak out because then I would come across as nasty, boisterous and angry."
(click HERE to view "4 Ways To STAND")
                   
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Mark 11:15-19

I am reminded of what Jesus did when he found out what was going on in the churches (or temples) of his day (see Scripture above).

Here is a list of what Jesus did in that situation:
- He drove out those buying and selling
- He overturned the tables of the money changers
- He overturned the benches of those selling doves
- He would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts
- He preached about what had occurred
- He offended or angered the Pharisees and Scribes (chief priests and teachers of the law)
- In the evening, He left that city

This is how I think the "modern complacent Christian" would have reacted:
- the modern Christian would find a back room for commerce to continue
- the modern Christian would suggest making the tables smaller and less conspicuous
- the modern Christian would use a corner of the church gym to allow the selling of doves
- the modern Christian would not allow merchandise to be carried during the service but anytime before or after the service would be acceptable
- the modern Christian would tweak the sermon so that nobody would be offended
- the modern Christian would continue to compromise so that they would never have to stand up and possibly leave the congregation altogether


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We are not supposed to just sit around and hope that things will get better some day 
- God gave us His Spirit - a Spirit of POWER, of LOVE & of SELF-DISCIPLINE.




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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


THANKFULNESS Challenge

Friday, November 19, 2021

A Decade of Blogging - THANKSGIVING

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A Decade of Blogging - THANKSGIVING
Time sure does fly!!  "God's Growing Garden" is 10 years old and I have been celebrating this milestone all year long.  There will be different topics each month and I will go through the past decade showcasing a post from each year which will focus on that specific topic.
In this thirty-second post of this series I will feature 10 unique THANKSGIVING posts. 

Click on each title below to see the entire post - ENJOY!

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Linked to:


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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.

THANKFULNESS Challenge

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #447

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #447!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Sweet Potato, Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Cool weather crop seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):


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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


TWTbasic


TWTpictures
We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

(click HERE to view & follow)
Features!
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. "Thankful Sunflowers" by Paper Seedlings
2. "Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Rods" by Cindy's On-Line Recipe Box
3. "How To Make A Pinecone Wreathby Pinecones & Acords

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

TWTfeatured



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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Grow your own!
Many wonderful garden products from

 "Mary's Heirloom Seeds"!!
click to view


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