Start the new year with a free phone wallpaper for your phone and have a simple reminder to live each day with intention!
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If you’re like me, you check your phone constantly during the day. Our phones can stress us out, inspire us, and connect our lives to others, all at the same time.
A great way to keep your mental state in check is to select a free wallpaper background for your phone that is a subtle reminder of who you are or what goals you want to reach. In the past, I’ve used pictures of my family or images of the beach. I’ve found quotes I like and places I love to inspire me.
This year, I created four different backgrounds you can use on your phone to keep you focused on your intentional living mindset.
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Overwhelmed by your Christmas lists? Let me take the hard work out of coming up with ideas with these 5 Christmas gift baskets for women.
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With so many options, it can be hard to narrow it down for Christmas. I’ve taken the hard work out of it for you and created gift baskets based on different women’s personalities to give during Christmas.
1. THE ORGANIZER’S GIFT BASKET
I have a sister who is a bit OCD when it comes to planning things. She throws the most creative parties and has a knack for thinking outside of the box. Unlike myself, she menu plans a month in advance and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her sink full of dishes. So you know I’ll be throwing some organizational goodies her way this year. Have a planner in your life? Check out these favorites for creating her Christmas gift basket:
I’m the writer in the family, having kept a diary since the second grade which my brother lovingly (ha!) read to the entire family one night. If you have a Christian woman in your life always jotting things down and taking notes, then you may want to gift them a beautiful journal or two like these favorites of mine:
One year I gave my entire family each a book from my personal library based on what I thought they would like. I was so excited to see who opened theirs right away and began to read. I generally connect with people who love to read and ask for their recommendations. So here are a few inspirational books I like to recommend:
If there’s someone in your life that needs a little motivation to get into the Word everyday (I see you teenagers!), giving them a Bible that has space to write and draw is a great starting place. This Illustrating Bible from Dayspring and all these accessories from The Daily Grace Co make another cute Christmas gift basket:
For that person in your life who doesn’t need another thing to do, and just needs some time to rest and relax, choose a few scented candles, a weighted blanket and a beautiful mugs for their Christmas gift basket. (I’m looking at you, exhausted teachers!)
Difficult seasons make it harder in finding purpose in the pain, but stay hopeful and look for your own silver lining in the trial.
WHEN THINGS DON’T GO YOUR WAY
When I was 18 years old, I thought I knew what the rest of my life would look like. I would go to college in Texas, graduate with a degree as an Art Teacher and move home to Virginia.
I didn’t plan on meeting the man I was going to marry 48 hours after I arrived at college, and spend the rest of my life as a Texan. Or that my professors would discourage me and I’d drop out of the art program two years in.
I certainly didn’t know that my husband and I would go through the trials that lay ahead of us, dealing with a death in the family and a chronic illness that left me bedridden. I didn’t plan on needing a nanny to take care of my kids while I got better or being a plane ride away from my family, but it happened.
And if I had continued to choose to be bitter and angry about all the times I didn’t get my way or when life just seemed to be plain rough, I would have written another new future for myself: a sad, lonely, pity party of a life.
FINDING THE SILVER LINING
In the early years of our marriage, I was sad and uncertain about staying in Texas far away from my family. But when my mother-in-law got sick and my husband needed to be with her every weekend, I felt purpose in staying. And when my first child was born three weeks after her death, I knew my son was here to be a comfort to my father-in-law.
As an elementary teacher, I was disappointed about not pursuing my art degree. But two years in a row I had a student who lost their parent during the year. I felt purpose, a strange coincidence that I was the teacher to help both kids through it.
Then as a mother, my second child came easily, but my body didn’t follow suit and I ended up with a chronic illness. I wondered, why now, when I wanted to be able to snuggle with my children. I wanted to be the one to take them to and from school. It wasn’t until almost five years later, that I saw purpose in that pain. I see the impact I’m making on others struggling with their own hardships when I train myself to see the good in difficult situations. That very-much-needed silver lining.
We have the option to choose our mindset in every moment of every day. Yes, it is work. It is a discipline to guard your thoughts and choose positive ones, but well worth the trouble.
So many blessings are waiting for you if you have the eyes to see them.
Don’t be afraid! Your hardship may be filling you with fear and anxiety. Focus on what is good and what is true–what is hopeful and brings peace to others. Focus on looking for a silver lining.
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Let me encourage you as you go through your own trials in my Fear + Anxiety Workbook. It’s Bible-based and walks you through verse studies on fear, peace, trials and mindset. It also includes verse coloring pages! You can order it in my shop: