Ready to Make Over Your Mornings?

by Cathy Baker

A favorite Lamentations verse lies between one that speaks of broken teeth in gravel  (v. 16) and sitting alone in silence (v. 28): 

Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3: 22, 23
Let’s face it. Some mornings feel consumed by everything but God’s compassion yet there it is, every single morning—God faithfulness covering our day. 
I personally love mornings. Always have. Recently, though, I’ve felt discombobulated, like there’s too much trying to weave its way into my thinking, into my days. Perhaps the decluttering process I spoke of in last month’s post needs to begin in the heart as much as it does the corners of my house.
So, with this in mind, I’ll take every Monday in September to share ways we can begin to make over our mornings – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. [Due to Labor Day, my post will be on Wednesday instead of Monday.]
To get things started, what is one area in your home or life you would like to begin the decluttering process? 
And don’t forget… 

It’s not too late to enter the August giveaway!

One last thing I’m learning as we close out this month’s series: Based on the elaborate displays in Barnes and Noble we are never too old to color! If
you would like to enter the random drawing for this “adult” coloring
book on Joy by Valentina Harper, simply fill in the blank via the
comment section! Winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 9th.

One thing I’m currently learning is _________________________________________. 

Purchased at Barnes and Noble



A Favorite Find: Life Beautiful

Fall Issue 2014

by Cathy Baker

I’ve been asked what magazines I buy as it’s no secret I enjoy perusing the pages more than once. 

I’ve mentioned life:beautiful magazine in previous posts but it’s worth multiple mentions, especially the Fall 2014 issue.

This issue offers up a buffet of hospitality tips beneficial to both the Mary’s and Martha’s of the world, along with an array of delish dishes (some gluten-free!)

My favorite feature in the Fall 2014 issue is the interview with HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of Fixer Upper. They share both their faith journey as well as their journey as a family. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Other features enjoyed in every issue:

  • Calendar for daily scripture reading
  • Practical tips for turning our houses into homes
  • Stunning photography

Purchasing a magazine is an investment these days with many costing $6.95 +, which is another perk of life:beautiful. It’s a bargain at $4.95 and a great way to support faith-based magazines. (They’re definitely outnumbered on the Barnes & Noble shelves.)

So, what one magazine do you consider to be worth every penny?  

Joanna’s blog, Magnolia Homes. 

Except the Lord builds the
house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city,
the watchman wakes but in vain. Psalm 127:1 

My Friday Fave: Barnes & Noble Membership


4 Reasons Why My Barnes & Noble Membership is a Friday Fave:

1. A 20% coupon lands in my inbox at least once a month.

2.  I enjoy supporting a brick-and-mortar business.

3.  I receive 10% off a favorite magazine, Writer’s Forum. 

4.  I’m purchasing Song-Writing Without Boundaries today at a discount (see #1) with my Christmas gift card. You don’t have to be a songwriter to appreciate this latest release from Pat Pattison. Contributing writers include multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Gillian Welch, professional poet Caroline Harvey, and songwriters from the Berklee College of Music faculty.

I’m not a member of much — my awesome church (Summit), the library, our gym, my writer’s group, and Barnes — but for $25.00 a year, I’m tempted to add a #5.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

My Friday Fave – Two Creative Mags!

The latest issues of Where Women Create and Artful Blogging are ready for pick up at the local Barnes and Noble. (Let’s show some love for our brick & mortar bookstores.)

Both issues would be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates breathtaking photographs, creative ideas, and inspiring testimonies. You need not be a blogger (or even consider yourself crafty) to enjoy either book-zine.

Read on!

My Friday Faves

Hot off the press!

Nov/Dec/Jan 2012 Artful Blogging…Visually Inspiring Online Journals

Monochromatic shades of white sweep over the cover like a fresh blanket of snow preparing you for the colorful feast that lies within. Initially, I purchased this magazine for its photographs but it’s the telling of blogger’s stories that keep me coming back for more. This bookzine would be a delightful gift for the creative person on your Christmas list. I found this copy at Barnes and Noble but I believe Publix and Walmart may also carry it.

Holiday 2011 life:beautiful…Faith For Your Journey

This cover is, as the magazine proclaims, is simply beautiful. Of course, it’s what we discover as we turn each page that makes this magazine truly shine. Romantic fall picnic ideas, meaningful gift ideas, a gingerbread nativity with 50 other recipes and projects—all with the purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ. Pick a copy up for yourself and someone you love. It’s a gift that keeps giving. I’ve found this magazine at Publix and Barnes and Noble.


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