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Do It Again

Do you remember my husband’s inspirational track, I Will Fight?  The best workout/running track ever?  Well did you know he had done another one?  It is called Do It Again.

This track is just the thing you need to stay motivated during your workouts this year.  I promise you it is so inspiring!

You can watch the video below and you can also purchase the track on iTunes: ele.vc/doitagain so that you can add it to your playlist!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

 

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Great resources… Fearless Mom

When I read a great book or stumble across a resource that has helped me, I love to share it.

My good friend Julie Richard launched an incredible ministry a few months ago.  I kept thinking that I wanted to watch her teaching because honestly, Julie is the best mom I know.  Yesterday I finally checked out her website, fearlessmom.com.  What an amazing resource for moms.

In Julie’s introductory message she says the worst thing you can do as a mom is isolate yourself.  She says isolation leads to shame which leads to depression.  She encourages moms to draw strength from each other.

The website has a place for you to subscribe to her weekly videos.  They also provide their entire curriculum free for you to download and go through with whatever group you are a part of.  Click below to visit their site!

 

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I will fight!!!

I am sorry I have been absent from the blog this week.  Our boys are in the thick of coach pitch baseball playoffs and they are on a winning streak!  We have played every night this week.  If we win tonight, we play for the championship Friday night.  Shew.  It is so much fun watching your kids play sports but it sure doesn’t leave much room for blogging.

Anyway, while back I blogged about the piece my husband did called, I Will Fight (link here).   I also mentioned it in my sermon during our series, Crash the Chatterbox (link here, week 5).  Many of you have asked how you can get it.  Well, I am happy to tell you today that it is now available on iTunes!  Yeah!!  Here’s the link!  I know you are going to love it!

I listen to this track on a regular basis.  Sometimes daily.  It is so encouraging.  In fact, I am going to play it on the way to baseball tomorrow night!!

And if you would like to watch the video one more time, here it is for your viewing pleasure!

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When you need some inspiration

Recently my husband wrote this awesome piece called I Will Fight.  It is so inspirational.  I love it so much.  It is the perfect workout motivation.  I love to listen to it when I am warming up on the treadmill (and I am not a fan of the treadmill).  I believe there is power in speaking the truths of God out loud and this track makes it so much fun.

I have listened to it so much that Abbey said to me the other day, “Let’s listen to the Christian life,” (that’s the first line in the recording).  And my boys can quote lines from it too!

So here it is.  Our creative team made a video for the people of our church and I thought you would like to see it.

We also made the mp3 available (link below) for your listening pleasure.

 

Video:

MP3 link:
http://elevat.io/n/fightmp3

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To give or not to give

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  I have often heard people say that holidays like Valentine’s and Mother’s day are holidays created by retailers to make you spend money.  While this may be true, do you really want to be the person who didn’t give your special someone anything on Valentine’s day?

Here are a few creative gift ideas that shouldn’t cost too much money but could speak volumes of love…

  1. Begin a tradition of always giving the same item to each other for Valentines day.  Like a mix tape or a book or a framed picture from that year.  My wedding anniversary is June 1.  For several years, my husband and went shopping together for bathing suits on our anniversary.
  2. Cook a special dinner together instead of going out to eat.
  3. Leave special notes with small gifts for your loved one to find throughout the day.  End the day with a thoughtful letter.
  4. Take some time to think about your loved one’s favorites and give them to him or her throughout the day.  You could do things like have their favorite song playing when they start their car and bring them their favorite Starbucks drink at work, then have their favorite dessert after dinner.

That’s all I got for now, but I would love to hear some from you in the comments today.  Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?  Also, if you would like a few more tips on how to give a great gift, check out this blog I wrote at Christmas time.

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How to give a good gift

1.  Don’t make it about you.  I knew a woman who got a pool table for mother’s day one year.  She had never played pool a day in her life. When giving a gift to someone, start by thinking about the things that they love.  They love hunting?  Go to Bass Pro Shop and ask for help and get a gift receipt for everything you buy.  They love cooking?  Go to Sur La Table, make a gift basket and just remember to get a gift receipt.  Don’t let your likes and dislikes and opinions keep you from getting someone else what they really want.

2.  Replace something.  Maybe they lost a pocket knife that got taken by TSA  or a pair of favorite earrings that they left in a hotel.  It could be something they broke like a favorite mug or pair of shoes that got ruined.

3.  Give a blast from the past.  Find a t-shirt from a concert you attended years ago.  Or an old cd you used to love together.  Maybe a copy of a movie you saw together.

4.  Do something nostalgic.  Frame an old picture or an old letter.  One of my favorite gifts my mom ever gave me is in my kitchen.  It is a framed recipe card for my Grandma’s eye round roast (my favorite thing she cooked).  My mom saved it when she was cleaning out my Grandma’s house after she moved to an assisted living home.  It is not even in a nice frame but I don’t care, it’s special.  It reminds me that cooking is about expressing my love to my family (for me, no pressure if you hate cooking).

5.  Be a good listener.  If your wife goes on and on to her friend about how beautiful her new purse is, take notes!  If your husband talks about how he wishes he had a universal remote, pay attention!  If your daughter goes on and on about sparkly TOMS take the hint!

When you give a really thoughtful gift you take a big risk.  Maybe they won’t get it.  Maybe they won’t think it is as special as you do.  Maybe you tried really hard but just fell short.  But maybe you gave them a gift that says, “I know you,” or “I pay attention to you,” or “I remember the great times we have had together,” and that speaks volumes.  And listen, if you need to throw in a gift card with your framed recipe card, that’s icing on your, I-put-thought-into-this gift.

I will leave you with 3 last don’ts…

Don’t equate gifts with need.  That’s why socks and underwear from your grandma never meant much.
Don’t believe the lie that it is all about money.  Resourcefulness after a tough financial year could be the best gift you ever gave your spouse.
Don’t give up.  Just because you gave a gift that bombed last year doesn’t mean you throw in the towel this year.  It means you try harder this year.

Happy Hunting!  Merry Christmas!

 

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How to stay focused on Jesus during Christmas

We live in such an amazing time in history.  Technology has made it so that we have the greatest preachers and teachers on earth at our fingertips on the internet.  We can read books loaded all in one place on our phone or tablet and we can listen to the radio on demand!

It is important to have as many ways for God to speak to me throughout your day and really your week. And during the Christmas season, when life can be so busy, we must be intentional about this. Going to church is great, it’s essential, but unless I am digging in in between Sundays, I am not going to grow very much in my walk with Christ.  Of course nothing can replace studying God’s Word on your own, but we must make a conscious effort to fill our minds with things that are going to challenge us to grow and keep pur minds focused on Christ during the busy holiday season.

Here are a few ideas…

  • I recently found a great resource from the ministry of Dr. James Dobson, called Family Talk Radio (this is different from Focus on the Family).  They have a great app for the iPhone and Droid (just search Family Talk Radio or Dr. Dobson).  I love it.  I love that I can listen while I am driving or when I am cooking dinner.  The app is super easy to navigate but you can also listen online at Dr.JamesDobson.org.  Today and yesterday, they interviewed Linda Dillow, the author of one of my favorite books, What’s it like to be married to me?  Another great program they did recently was called 10 Habits of Happy Moms (search general parenting).
  • Begin the habit of listening to at least one other preacher in between Sundays (and your own if you missed church that week).  You can watch Elevation sermons at the Elevation Network.  Some of my other favorite preachers are Pastor Craig Groeschel at Lifechurch.tv and Pastor James Mc Donald.
  • Get your mind off yourself and all you have to do by serving a local organization.  This time of the year, there are so many organizations helping people in need.  If you live in Charlotte, there are tons of opportunities at ElevationOutreach.com
  • Listen to worship music.  It is amazing how much music can set a tone in my home or my car.  I have several favorite albums and a few Christmas instrumental albums, but a great cheap way to hear fresh music is through Pandora.  You can download their app or listen online at Pandora.com and create special radio stations with your favorite artists or categories.

 

I hope you will join me this holiday season in choosing to fill your mind with things that will challenge and keep you focused on Jesus this Christmas.  Next week I will share a few ideas of some family traditions that you can incorporate to help your kids focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

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He Calls, He prepares

My good friend Lysa TerKeurst was kind enough to give me a pre-release copy of her new book, Unglued.  (It releases next week and I can’t wait to give away a few copies in the coming weeks.)

This morning I was reading the book and I came to this part…

Of course, I am familiar with Ephesians 2:8-9 (I memorized it as a child), but verse 10 really spoke to me this morning.  The same grace that God uses to save me is the grace He uses to sustain me.  If God has called me to be the pastor’s wife of Elevation Church, He will fill prepare me in advance to do it.  If God has chosen me to be the mother of Elijah, Graham and Abbey Furtick, He will prepare me in advance to do it.  If God picked me to be the wife of Steven Furtick, he will prepare me in advance to it.

I am God’s workmanship.  A workmanship is not made over night.  It takes a time.  Maybe even a lifetime.  I have to let the Master do His work in my life.  I have to let Him chisel.

If you want to read more about God chiseling, you need to pre-order a copy of Unglued here.

 

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Give away for the kids!

We had such a great time at Hillsong Church in Australia.  One of my favorite resources that I brought back was their latest dvd.  My kids love the Hillsong Kids dvds.  They are part of the few dvds that I will let them watch in the car when we are not on a trip (like every day around town driving).

When I brought this dvd home I was thinking Abbey would enjoy it but the boys would be too old.  I was wrong.  They all enjoy watching this dvd.  The songs are catchy and the messages are great.

So I thought I would give one away today!  Leave a comment letting me know which little ones you plan to give it to.  I will close the comments and then randomly select a winner in a day or so.

If you don’t win but would still like a copy, you can purchase one here on Amazon.

Here’s a little clip from the dvd that I grabbed from YouTube…

 

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Great Things: Beauty Edition

I love beauty products.  When we first got married my husband was blown away at how many bottles I owned.  I think he would say he didn't know that many that many beauty products existed (I guess he never ventured into his mom's bathroom).  When we moved into our first apartment, he simply asked for a place to put his toothbrush.

I love to try new products.  One of my favorite places to browse is the beauty section of Marshalls, they have great deals on name brands.  Here are a few of my latest favorites…

Hair spray
I love Big Sexy Hair hair spray.  I recently found their travel size and it is perfect for my purse (Yes, I carry hair spray in my purse.  You never know when you are going to need hair spray!  Plus you may get a run in your pantyhose, just a joke.)  You can buy this at stores like Ulta or Beauty Brands for around $6 (travel size).

 

 

Dry shampoo
This is dry shampoo.  My world was recently changed by this product.  Have you ever tried the old baby powder in your hair when it is dirty trick?  This is that but better.  I used it today after I played tennis but didn't have time to wash my hair.  It is awesome.  You can pay anywhere from $10-$35 for this, again at like an Ulta or Sephora type store, any brand is good.

 

 

Hair pins
These are spiral hair pins I bought off an end cap at Target (they get me with those things).  They cost about $6.  If you have short hair, you probably won't like these, but if you like to do an up-do of any type, you should try these pins.  They have great hold and they are so easy to get in and out. 

 

 

 

Nars multiple
Now this is an item you may have to save up to buy but it is so worth it.  It is by NARS called, the Multiple.  This stick is blush, eye shadow and lipstick in one stick.  I love to keep it in my purse and use it to refresh my make-up.  It costs about $40 and you can get it at the beauty counter in Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.  Sephora also sells them in their store and online.

 

 

Aveda mint
And I don't want to leave the men out on this post.  This is my husband's favorite splurge grooming product: Aveda, Rosemary Mint Shampoo.  It is very refreshing.  You can purchase at an Aveda salon or various online retailers for about $15.

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