THANK YOU!

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And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.

There are minutes left in 2015 where I am. I didn’t want the year to end without taking the time to thank each of you who follows and visits The Jolly Moments. Your comments, text, emails, etc., are so encouraging.

Believe it or not, before I release posts, I pray that it reaches those who need it. My prayer truly is that whoever comes across a post on this blog, or something I share on my blog’s social media accounts, is challenged, encouraged, inspired or changed.
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I Have Learned To Be Grateful For Closed Doors

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This month I celebrated my thirty something 😉 birthday. As I look back over my life, I am grateful for so many things and one of them is CLOSED DOORS!

A decade ago, while in the process to buy my first home, I found one that had everything I wanted, except the color of brick. I shared with a friend that the house was too good to be true.

I asked, “Why would God give me exactly what I asked for?” She responded, “Why wouldn’t He?”

After a few days, I returned to find the home was no longer available. However, another house with everything the first one had, including the color of brick I wanted, was available to be built from the ground up.

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Giving Thanks: A Lifestyle Not a Holiday

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Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I read so many messages from people sharing what they were thankful for. I think it is sad though that Thanksgiving is the only time some stop to count their blessings.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life, careers, children, family, relationships, finances, etc that our vision becomes clouded and we can’t see the testimony in our test, the message in our mess, the blessing in our burdens, the sunshine in our struggles or the calm in our chaos.

I was guilty of this just Friday. Fresh out of giving thanks the day before, I woke up complaining to my husband about a situation we were going to encounter over the weekend.

The situation had not yet happened, but I was already complaining. I had already made up in my mind that the situation was a burden. Before I became too worked up and frustrated, I had to stop and challenge myself to see the blessing in the situation.

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