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Gather! Don’t Monogram That on Your Pocket & a GIVEAWAY!

-Encouragement for Every Reason & Season-



"The devil wants to keep you in the grave of failure."


Daily the miracle of a personal relationship with Jesus moves me.  The victory we can have because of His victory over sin and death brings us all hope and stability. So many need that great message of hope. Do you know anyone who could use a word of encouragement? Some stability?


 "Don’t get stuck in a chapter when God is inviting you to simply turn the page."

Sharon Jaynes


“The devil wants to keep you in the grave of failure.  If we let Him, the devil will take the wrong that we’ve done – or had done to us – and try to convince us it’s who we are.  He slaps a label on us, and before we know it, we’re monogramming it on our shirt pocket.  In her book Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst said this: “Those labels start out as threads of self-dissatisfaction but ultimately weave together into a straightjacket of self-condemnation.” The truth is your past is something you did or had done to you; it is not who you are.  There’s more to be written – more life to be lived, more miracles to experience, more chains to break, more steps to take. 

Embrace the story God has given you… even the parts where someone else has burst in uninvited and created chaos… especially those parts. Don’t get stuck in a chapter when God is inviting you to simply turn the page.”

Click here for more on being a victorious woman of faith!


A Home to Keep: DIY! Step By Step Easy Stamping

Have you got a Spring Tea coming up or a Women's Retreat at your church? Here's an easy DIY for any and all tags, gift bags or handouts that will tie it all together. Or make a handmade gift bag that would be perfect to put a bridal shower or wedding favor in. Make extras for Mother's Day and Teacher gifts too. Just find an adorable stamp and you'll be on your way.




Click here for easy directions to make these cute tags, bags, envelopes or even a mini canvas.


Mixing Bowl: Recipes!



Greet your guests at the door with Raspberry Lemonade, serve my favorite Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas for brunch, lunch or dinner then enjoy a Lemon Blondie or Lemon Crinkle Cookie for dessert! Click here for my Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada recipe.


Celebrate spring with great lemon recipes like Raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Blondies, Lemon Lavendar Pound Cake and more. Click here for spring inspired lemon recipes on my Pinterest board -"Linda Thomson The Heart & Keeper of the Home" then click on "Mixing Bowl: Lemon Recipes for Spring"


Bound to Please: Book Review!



GIVEAWAY!


I am loving my Lord Lead Me Devotional Journal,  written by my friend, Corrine Scotti.  Many guided journals, faith based or otherwise, can lead you to places you don’t want to go.  Lord Lead Me has thoughtful prayers that leave me wanting to linger longer with our Lord.  The corresponding scriptures point me to Jesus and give me hope and encouragement as I journal. I highly recommend it. It would make a wonderful gift and that brings me to my GIVEAWAY! In the comment section below, leave a favorite Bible verse to be entered in the drawing for a Lord Lead Me Devotional Journal! Click this link if you'd like to order one. They are only available online.



From my home to yours, Linda


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Pam Miller
Pam Miller
Apr 29

Sweet Linda: Thank you for this beautiful post on encouragement, recipes, DIY crafts and your faithful heart. I love you and am so thankful for your friendship.

The scripture that has been ministering to my soul is Hebrews 12:1-2. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on JESUS, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.…


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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Apr 29
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Such an awesome scripture!! And yes, keeping our eyes on Jesu - our rock and anchor!!! xoxo

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Apr 23

Hi Dana, I have been so blessed lately with scripture that reminds me that we can be victorious in this day and age! God is moving and doing a great work! Sweet blessings!

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Apr 23

Loved your Heart and Keeper this month! Loved your scripture and devotional and will absolutely try the stamping craft. Dana K.

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Sheri Torelli
Sheri Torelli
Apr 22

Love, love, love the devotion. So perfect for my life right now. And a great encouragement for several women I know. Thank you, Linda, for your encouragement, inspiration, and heartfelt caring for others.

My favorite all-time verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (ESV)

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Apr 23
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Thank you Sheri. This words and scripture are for all of us. In this these challenging times where politics and the plight of the human condition are plastered all over social media and weigh our weary hearts down we need to take a step back and remember it is a load we are not meant to carry. It is for our Savior who bore the cross so His yoke would be easy and His burden light.

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Pat Martin
Pat Martin
Apr 22

Isaiah 43:18,19 Forget about what's happened. It is nothing to what i am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun. Don't you see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wastelands. Drinking water for the people I choose.

A great passage to focus our eyes on the future God has planned for us and not stuck in the past and wishing for it to resurrect itself !

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Apr 23
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Oh Pat, that verse is a wonderful reminder of Who's in control. Thank you!

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