Thursday, February 14, 2019

Let it Be


I'm a worrier.

Are my kids eating enough vegetables? Getting enough sleep? Did I turn off the kitchen light before I went to bed? Am I ruining my kids' life by going back to work already? Should I limit their screen time even more? Is the Cruise Director getting enough classes in so he'll get into the college he wants? Will the mom-mobile last another winter?

Ugh.

The worrying never ends. Sometimes it even invades my sleep and I dream of stressful situations. I don't know how many times I've reminded myself that worry robs you from joy. Many say worrying is not trusting that the Savior has it all under control. I'm not sure that last one is exactly true, though I get the idea behind it.

Many times I've heard the phrase, "Just let it go!" I even belted out Elsa's theme song as my personal anthem for weeks, hoping that it would happen by osmosis, assimilation or maybe even by coincidence. Something.

It didn't work, by the way.



I'm just a few short years away from 50 (GAH!) and I've never been able to figure out how to 'Let go and Let God." Sure, I pray and tell Him I'm giving my worries over to Him. I've prayed that so often, that I've stopped. Honestly.

Recently, I was chatting with an acquaintance who is also a worrier. She related that her husband has begun to gently remind her to "Let it be."

Oh. 

Boy did that strike me. It may be a matter of semantics to some, but for me, it caught my attention in a way that I could finally begin to grasp. Letting a situation "be" reminds me to deliberately take my hands off of a situation. I am not letting the situation slip from my fingers -- I'm making a conscious choice, giving myself permission, if you will, to not take responsibility of what I cannot control. It doesn't exactly absolve me of responsibility of the outcome when I am the one who is responsible, but it reminds me that there are somethings that I don't have control over. And it's those things that I need to, in effect, let go.

I'm not saying that "let it be" is a cure-all. I will need to be reminded often. I'll probably even get annoyed with my IRL people who deem it their responsibility to remind me often.

But it's a start.

Joyfully,

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Art of Gift Giving


Special occasions come and go. You do your best to leave a lasting impression on your loved ones with the perfect gifts. It can be hard sometimes, especially for the person who has everything. You want every gift to come from the heart and to matter to the person receiving it. This guide will help you master the art of thoughtful gift ideas.

Bags and Totes

Everyone could use an extra bag. In the spring and summer months, totes are especially helpful when it comes to afternoon barbecues, outdoor picnics or days on the beach. Totes are a great practical gift, not to mention a way to accessorize. Find one in a favorite color to match your loved one’s personal style. If someone in your life loves bags and totes, don’t think twice about a gift like that. If they love totes, then odds are they can’t have enough.

 

 

Candle Warmers

Candle warmers are perfect for every season. Fill them with a variety of different scents to fill your home with warm fragrances. Candle warmers allow you to experience the coziness of a candle without the flame. Unlike those electric or battery powered LED candles, these still emit a warmth and a soft glow wherever you choose to have one. In beautiful designs at Hallmark online, you can choose what makes the best gift.

 

 

Framed Art

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Framed art can come in a variety of styles. From heartwarming pictures to motivational messages, you are able to find something that represents the person. When you give any gift, it’s important to ask a lot of different questions. The more you ask, the more you can narrow what kind of gift would suit them best.






It’s normal for a special occasion to be marked by a gift. Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can be a lot of fun when you know what you’re looking for.

Joyfully,

Tips for Preparing Accurate Church Financial Reports

Many larger churches have their own accountants that they keep on staff. Even if you work at a small church or are just in charge of the reports of your committee or department, you may prepare financial statements for accounting purposes, even if the ultimate responsibility lies with someone else. Here are some goals to aim for in order to create accurate reports.

Timely

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Recording income and expenses as they happen is crucial to making sure your records reflect your true finances. Whether you are preparing individual contribution statements for tax purposes, a statement of financial activities for the year or a statement of financial position at the end of the month, these reports all depend on consistent data entry that happens in a timely manner.

 

 

Complete

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You can master your church bookkeeping software and be able to answer complicated questions about church taxes. If you don't enter complete data into your program, however, your balance sheet is not going to come out right. In order to make all the numbers match up the way they're supposed to, you have to include every donation, expense, and asset.

 

 

Concise

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Church finances can get complicated. If the people reading your report don't understand what they're looking at, it can be especially confusing. Report the information as succinctly as possible so that no one gets bogged down in too many extraneous details. Your report should read simply enough that anyone who pays attention to them can get a clear picture of how the church's finances stand.
It is important that everyone who handles any part of the church finances understands how to report the numbers so that the church's records are correct. By making sure you have all the information you need and reporting it in a timely, concise manner, you can generate accurate reports.

Joyfully,

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tasty Ways to Cool Down a Spicy Burger



When a burger has spicy ingredients, the bold heat create an intense flavor. The level of heat varies based on the number of peppers or spices that are included in a recipe. Many people eat jalapeno burgers since they can easily adjust the level of heat by adding or removing the peppers. If you want to experience bold heat while eating a spicy hamburger without eliminating the pepper flavor, you'll benefit from including these items with your meal.

Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is a delicious product that can enhance a jalapeno burger without overpowering the bold pepper flavor. At most grocery stores, you'll find a variety of ranch dressings with different flavor profiles. Some bottles with feature buttermilk, and others will have bacon bits. No matter what type of dressing you pour on your burger, its dairy components will blend nicely with each jalapeno pepper.

Milk Shake

A milk shake can help you wash down a spicy burger. If you're going to put many jalapeno peppers on a hamburger, this cool, refreshing beverage can calm the heat.

In order to beat the heat quickly, use a straw that bends. Because the end of a straw rests along the bottom of a glass, you'll drink icy cold liquid each time you take a sip.

Yogurt

If you eat a burger with a few jalapenos you can cool down by enjoying an icy dessert after you're done eating the hamburger. Yogurt is an ideal dessert to eat following a spicy burger because the dairy ingredients will reduce the heat from the peppers.

Depending upon your personal experience, hamburgers with peppers might make you sweat as you eat. However, if you consume dairy products during or after the meal, you can calm the heat.

Joyfully,

Monday, February 11, 2019

How to Treat Your Loved One For Their Birthday

If you have a close friend or a loved one whose birthday is coming up soon, you may already be thinking about how you can treat them for their special day. It can be tough to know what to do for someone for their birthday, especially if the person is very important to you. However, you don't need to spend a fortune or put up with a lot of stress to plan an awesome birthday for someone that you care about. Here are a few ideas to help you to make your loved one's birthday extra special this year.

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First, think about whether you want to take them out for a special meal. This is often the simplest and best way to celebrate a birthday with someone since everyone eats and most people like to eat out with the people that they love and care about. Suggest a fun local eatery that your loved one will be able to enjoy. For example, if you need a cafe Acworth ga look for one like Cookie Galleria, where your loved one can celebrate in style. Think about their tastes and look for a place where you can find something they will truly love.



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If you don't want to just go out to a place to eat, consider trying a more exciting adventure together. For most people, doing something together will be more satisfying and enjoyable than simply receiving another material gift. Think about your loved one's hobbies and try to pick something that they would enjoy. If you don't share their hobbies or if they are not physically fit enough to do something strenuous, you can always go to a movie together. Just spending time with your loved one is important!



Finally, make sure that you tell your loved one how you feel about them on their birthday. You can write it on a birthday card if it makes it easier. The important thing is that you give them a heartfelt message of love and appreciation.


Joyfully,