Blessing God with Our Gratitude

The other night we had a windstorm. I think the house was almost shaking. Looking outside, we can’t see the wind, but we can feel it and see the effects of it; the flags out straight, leaves and other things blowing down the street, and the house creaking at the force. Even though we can’t…

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving 101

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Please read the following sentence with a tone of sarcasm.   Sometime back in October, somebody by the name of Gabbi, or Abigail, had this brilliant idea of doing a whole…

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He’s got the Whole World in His Hands

While I was all pumped to begin a month of gratitude, due to life and other events, I am a week behind. But, let’s not dwell on the past, moving on to the present. First post of the Cultivating Gratitude Series. What does cultivating gratitude mean? It means to open our heart to God’s generosity…

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Not Defined by the World

You could call this post ‘Being a Rebel Part’ 2, because I can’t stop thinking about that post. It’s been a good challenge for me, and I feel like an expansion on the post should be done. We are living in a very negative time right now. There is an event coming up that will…

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Creation Sings the Father’s Song

First off, here is the new website!! If you still have the Gabbi Journal link saved, it is still valid. I won’t delete it yet. So, without further ado, let’s get into today’s post! Last devotional for October. And come November, I’m putting myself up to a challenge. Every post in November will have the…

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In the Morning, Give Me Jesus

Everyone has a morning routine. Some may exercise, check their phone, watch the news, shower, and plan the day. For me, my routine is anything but routine. I do very little in the mornings because I am not a morning person. Whatever our routine, how much of it involves Jesus? There is an age-old song…

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How to Be a Good Rebel

First off, don’t panic with the title, it’s all good, trust me. We live in a world where everything is classified or categorized as normal. And if something is off the normal scale, then people tend to freak or short-circuit. Malfunction! But what is normal? It can be defined as conforming to a standard, type,…

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Come and Rest at My Feet

Looking at the Story of Mary and Martha Good Morning! I’m finally back on track. The last couple of weeks have been crazy, my train called “somewhat normal” became derailed, careened down a hill, and went boom! Friday I was able to take a breath and get my train back on track again. During these…

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My Homeland Jelly Bean Post

Hello, World! Yes, I am still alive. Though it may have looked like I dropped off the face of the earth, I’ve posted only once in the past week and a half. In all the craziness that has ensued here lately, it’s inspired a really good post for Monday’s Devotional. But, instead of waiting until…

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The Immutability of God – Looking at the Attributes of God

I’m going to begin this post with some verses from Psalm 139:2-4, 6 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue,…

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Hello, Autumn – A Fall Themed Jelly Bean Post

According to the calendar, it is officially Fall. Autumn. Harvest Time. Goodbye, Summer. Thanks for the fun and the memories made. Hello, fall! Fall to me is falling leaves, warm apple pie, crisp autumn air, pumpkins with hay bales and cornstalks. I love fall, summer and fall are my two favorite seasons. Summer is for…

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Boldly Living for Christ

This summer I taught Sunday school for a quarter; the lessons were from the book of Acts. The theme was ‘Boldness’, and the lessons were all about the early church and the first missionaries. When the gospel started to spread, it was not well accepted; the apostles and Jesus’ followers were persecuted, thrown in prison,…

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Just Live – Life is a Journey

‘Ello! Do you ever have those days when your mind is at ease and suddenly life comes down and squishes you? The other night I was tossing and turning with dozens of thoughts running through my mind; how many of you do that? During the day, we tend to be busy and have our thoughts…

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The God of the Impossible

Disclaimer: This post may seem similar to my post Limiting the Ultimate Power but it is different. You can continue reading now A few weeks ago, we sang a song at church called ‘The God of the Impossible’ the first part of the song goes I don’t know how God hangs the world on nothing…

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We Say Not Enough – God Says You are Mine

Good Morning! Get ready to feel loved! The estimated population of the U.S right now is 328.2 Million. Of those numbers, over eight million people occupy New York City, as of 2018. As of 2019, an estimated 206.9 million live in incorporated areas, meaning small towns. About 76% of the approximately 19,500 incorporated places had…

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Living a Purpose-Filled Life

Some of you may have noticed I’m not doing Gratitude Journaling Prompts on Friday’s much anymore, while I have not stopped doing them completely, I am now doing more Gratitude Friday’s. Just a day to focus on the positives. Now, let’s get into today’s gratitude post!   I love graphic tees. I have a lot…

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Always Be thankful – Never take anything for granted

It is September 2, 2020. And while I would love to put the brakes on and hold on to summer as long as I can, I can’t. I can’t ignore the fall decorations, Halloween inflatables, or the pumpkin wagons being parked at the local Co-Op and parking lots. Fall is coming and bringing with it…

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The Love of God – How Deep it Is

I play piano at my church every Sunday, each song I play for our services, I focus on the notes, timing, the song leader, and parts of the song. Parts that I know need to be played loud and some quiet. The last thing I tend to focus on is the words. While the song…

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Learning to Dance in the Rain

We have all heard or seen the words Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. I’ve never given that saying much thought, until today. As I write this, there is rain, thunder, and lightning going on. Wisconsin can have some pretty strong storms; thunder so loud…

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Habits: The good, the bad, and the ugly

A couple of months ago, my friends and I did a devotional called ‘Habits’, and since then I have done it two or three more times. It was so good and challenging. It was about how we can change our bad habits into good ones. And the word ‘Habits’ was changed into an acronym to…

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And Jesus says “Come”

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are Then every doubt I feel Deep in my heart Grows strangely dim All my worries fade And fall to the ground Cause when I seek Your face And don’t look around Any place I’m in Grows strangely dim… These lyrics come from one of…

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Gratitude Prompt ~ The Kindness Challenge

Top of the morning, to ya! My friends and I are doing a devotional together right now called, ‘Be Loved. 25 Simple Acts of Love to Change a Life’. Each devotional is a challenge to do something loving and kind. Look at the world around you, love and kindness are not even in the vocabulary…

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Thoughts from a Bloggers Notebook Part 2

Greetings and Salutations! Just because I did not post last week, does not mean my thoughts and ideas stopped coming. My thoughts range from an innocent merry-go-round to a crazy, maddening, out-of-control roller coaster. But, let’s stay in the safe zone…shall we? In the past, I’ve had random posts, and while they are fun, they…

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Just a Reminder. God Is There

I am very sorry for not posting last week, my life got a tad hectic and crazy, and posting was very difficult. But my life has calmed down a bit and we should be back to our regularly scheduled program… We are going through very challenging times, both in the world and in our own…

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We are Victorious

A couple of weeks ago, during our monthly communion service, my Pastor said we have victory over sin. That one word started my mind spinning. The word victorious means Having won a victory; triumphant And victory is defined as An act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game or other competition In…

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Journal Prompt -What Brings You Genuine Joy?

It is a common misconception that we need things to be happy or content. That could not be further than the truth; the best things in life are either free or really simple, and they bring genuine joy. Growing up, my family and I didn’t have a lot, but we had enough, we appreciated what…

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My Battle with Anxiety – And How I Won

I wrote this before I even had a blog, and I kept putting off posting it. Because it exposes a part of my heart, and me, that I don’t want people to know about. But I think it’s time. It is time to share a battle that I was fighting for two, miserable years.  …

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Journal Prompt – A Month of Thankfulness

It is the last day of July, what better way to end of the month than to look back on the month and find things to be thankful for? And it is a good way to start the day and brand-new month full of opportunities. 1. My Salvation I don’t think I’ve ever been more…

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I’m Back! And I’ve got books!

Good morning Afternoon! *Cue triumphal music* I am back!! And I am ready to write again! Today’s post is more of an update of where I have been and to let you know that I have not forgotten about my blog or my faithful readers…wherever they are. The past couple of weeks, and months for…

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Who is on my side? The maker of heaven and earth

My humble apologies for not having a Gratitude Journal prompt on Friday, it was a very busy weekend. But, let’s not dwell on the past, let’s go to today’s post! In life, we come across situations that can either make or break us. We go through down-times when we feel we won’t be lifted again.…

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Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Summer to the Fullest

It’s summer! Time for bonfires, s’mores, fireworks, and BBQs! Even though a lot of places are still closed, and maybe a vacation had to be canceled, that does not mean we can’t enjoy summer to the fullest! My family’s summer has been a tad too busy and crazy, but it has been adventurous, to say…

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Limiting the Ultimate Power

First of all, let me just say, my blog has been completely changed! I created this new format on Friday. I wanted something a bit more “professional” looking and just more…cool. Hope you all like it! Now, let’s get into our post!! I remember when I got my first iPod touch, I was so excited!…

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Journal Prompt – What are you learning about God?

Today’s Journal Prompt is: Every once in a while, you learn something new from the Bible or about God. And through the last few months, I’ve learned one “new” thing about God. And that is: It’s already been decided. Everything that happens in our lives, has already been decided by God. Whatever may or may…

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The Thoughts from a Blogger Notebook

A notebook is a blogger’s best friend. It’s always there when inspiration strikes, but it’s also there to catch the thoughts of a blogger. The thoughts are caught on the tip of the pencil and flow to the paper without interruption. No one sees these thoughts, only the paper does, but once in a while,…

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Think on these Things – Part Three

Finally! It is the last part of the Philippians 4:8 study, you can read Part One and Two before going on. Now, the last two parts of whatever’s are Virtue and Praiseworthy. This is probably one of the more difficult ones to understand, and to write about. One of the many definitions of virtue is…

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Journal Prompt – What’s the Point of Being Thankful?

A confusing prompt I know, but it has a point, just bear with me here. As some of you may have noticed, my journal prompts have been every other week, and not very consistent. Because my thought was; what’s the point? My journal life was going downhill faster than an avalanche in winter, and I…

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Words are Powerful – Words are Life

Back in March, when the world closed down and we had to stop going to church, my two friends and I began to email. Every day we would send a dozen or so emails until our church reopened in May. In total, we sent each other 730 emails. If it was not for those emails,…

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Think on these things…Part Two of Three

Part two of three – Think on these Things – A Study of Philippians 4:8. If you would like to read part one, click here. We left off on Just or Right, next is Pure One of the definitions of pure is; wholesome, free of any contaminations. To have 100% pure and wholesome thoughts is…

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Favorite Kids books, music and Other Random Topics

Good morning! I think it is time for a little laugh and some randomness! I’ve done a random post before, and they are so fun to write, so why not do another one? Let’s start with 12 random facts about yours truly. 1. I don’t like thunderstorms 2. I’m gluten intolerant (Want to know what…

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Journal Prompt – Write about a happy memory

Now, think of the happiest thingsIt’s the same as having wings Think of a wonderful thoughtAny merry little thought When there’s a smile in your heartThere’s no better time to startThink of all the joy you’ll findWhen you leave the world behindAnd bid your cares goodbyeYou can fly! These lyrics are from the classic song…

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It’s Time to Spread Some Positive Vibes

Enough with the negativity in the world! It’s time for some positive vibes! In the past couple months of blogging, I’ve talked about how to stay motivated in those “off days” – Don’t let your ship Go Down – I talked about Gratitude Journaling and finding out how blessed we are – We are Blessed…

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Confidence and courage in an unsteady world

Someone once told me that I acted and held myself in a confident manor. The compliment took me back, while I surprised and pleased with it, secretly I had to disagree. Because I don’t think of myself as a confident person, not in a second-guess-everything-I-do way, but the I-am-confident in everything type. When I think…

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Greatest Life Lesson (Repost)

Top of the morning to ya! I was going through some of my first blog posts, and I found this oldie, but a goodie. And well, I just have to share it again. Everyone needs something to smile about once in a while. Something to laugh about. Especially nowadays, so sit back and enjoy a…

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The Eye of the Storm

It’s thunderstorm season in Wisconsin, which means you go to sleep with the bright flashes of light and window shaking thunder. We’ve had some severe storms and more than once we’ve had to go to the basement because there was a possibility of a tornado in our area. I have seen many different storms, and…

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Journal Prompt – Top 10 Ways to Stay and Feel Happy

Happy Friday!! Today’s journal prompt will be a little different, one that makes you think just a little bit more. I know, who wants to think on a Friday? Bear with me. Maybe it’s the nerd in me, or maybe the writer, whatever it is, I like lists, and I have a book full of…

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Sparking Wonder

It’s amazing how my mind works, (there is an interesting way to start a blog post!) My mind can either be like a snowball, one thought leads to another thought at avalanche speed Or it could be like a sloth When I saw this quote, my mind began to snowball I can remember things that…

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We are not Misfits – We are Beautiful Messes

…But don’t forget God used the misfits just like us to do the most amazing things. …Even at our worst, to Him we ain’t lost causes, just beautiful messes. These lyrics are from one of my favorite songs called ‘Beautiful Messes’ by Hillary Scott. I love the lyrics, because it reminds me how God can…

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Living only for Today

About three years ago my parents and I went on an adventure. With all our family spilt between Oregon and Maine visits are few and very far between. And the couple of times we have visited, we drove. Oh, the adventures and stories I could tell. But, three years ago we decided to do something…

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Journal Prompt – I am looking forward to…

Good morning! I hope everyone has had a really good week so far. Let’s end the week with a fun journal prompt. There are many ways to fill in this one. It could be a future event, either big or minor, or something that is happening next week. Or it could just be something. For…

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Being an Wallflower Part Two – The World of an Introvert

Psst…if you would like to read part one first…click here! Two weeks ago, when I wrote Wallflower Part Two, I thought it was pretty good. I typed it up, saved in WordPress, ready to be posted. But then, one of my best friends, who is an introvert, got me to take a personality quiz yesterday.…

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Journal Prompt – Write about three things you’re grateful for

Good morning all! It is the first journaling prompt! I’ve been journaling for years, though I have not been consistent at it, I have found it to be rewarding and fun. There are a lot of different styles of journaling, such as; daily entries, prayer, and gratitude journaling. I’ve found gratitude journaling to be challenging,…

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Being a Wallflower Part One

If you are anything like me, you can fully understand this… And this… If you have not guessed, I am talking about introverts today. Any introverts here? *waves both of my arms* Yup, I am an introvert, and today we will be taking a look into what an introvert is. One of the first things…

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His Mercy is New Every Day

I’ve made it no secret that I love music. From the classic oldies to some of the modern-day stuff, and of course Praise and Worship music. I am particular about my Christian music, I don’t like the 7-11’s, where the singer has seven words and they get repeated eleven plus times, I find those songs…

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The Random Post

Greetings and Salutations! Today’s post is something fun and different, like last week’s Pickle Ice Cream post. It is a random post! These are so much fun because they cover so many different topics! So, I will be talking about four different topics today…fun right? Yeah, I know I use that gif a lot, it…

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Pickle Ice Cream…It’s still gross

While I’ve talked on this subject before, I feel like I should bring it up again for two reasons. One, because it’s a completely ridiculous thing, and two, it’s something funny and different. Our nation grants us freedoms that some countries only dare to dream about. We have the freedom of religion and speech, the…

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Don’t let your Ship Go Down

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Right now we are living in a gloomy, upset world. Everyone is finding fault or finding something to fear. It can get to a person, hearing all the depressing news,…

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Top 5 Favorite contemporary books

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Top of the morning to ya! It is a top 5 list post! Most of the books I have reviewed are Historical, so I am doing something different. Contemporary books!…

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Gratitude Journaling

Back in November, I talked about being thankful, and often we “limit” our thankfulness to one month. Mostly because it is the thing to do around Thanksgiving. And then once the holiday season is over, we tend to go back to our old ways. Which is extremely easy because we live in a world where…

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The Carousel Painter

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ‘Ello! There are many ways to relax, drinking tea, reading a book, writing, sitting outside…I love browsing the shelves at my library. Just walking and seeing hundreds of books, to…

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The Story of My Life

Good morning, everyone! I’m back! Did ya miss me? No? Ok! Moving on! Last Monday I was going to post the story of my life, and I didn’t. After reading it over, I decided that it was not going to happen. For two reasons; One, was the thought that it was unexciting, even though it…

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Blogging Journey Part 2

Last week I wrote about my struggles of becoming a blogger. If you have not read that post, click here! This week is about being a blogger, and what my blogging and day-to-day life look like. Plus, my favorite notebooks and writings tools. So, pretty much I am writing and crafting new posts, and ideas…

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Small Town Living Part One (Repost)

I have been blogging for 6 months now, I can’t believe it. It has not been easy, and I know I’ve got a long way to go. But I am thankful I’ve gotten this far and I look forward to whatever is ahead. I looked back to my first posts and found one that is,…

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The Merchants Daughter

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I think we all have a story that gives us the warm and fuzzies. A story or book we love going back to because it makes us happy. I have…

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The Starving Hobbit

Top of the morning to ya! I know, it’s Monday…what’s going on? This is not normal…well, surprise! Announcement! I will be posting every Monday and Thursday from now on! Monday will be blog post and Thursday will be my book reviews! Totally exciting, right!? Or, are you more… Let’s get on with the post! This…

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Words are Life

Good morning, my faithful readers!! Hi, Mom… I am an Aunt to 5 little munchkins, two of my little’s love to talk. They start as soon and they get up, and they don’t stop until they are in bed…even then they are still expressing themselves. Which got me thinking, words are amazing. While my two…

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The Girls of Pearl Harbor

This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Very few books I have read have left me speechless and having feelings I didn’t know books were capable of giving. But this book gave me a book hangover. Pearl…

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Why I don’t do Christmas Countdowns

It is Christmas time! Nothing is like the Christmas season, there is a magic in everything from the music to the bell-ringers right down to decorating the tree and making cookies. But it seems like above all the holidays, Christmas goes by the fastest. I think we rush the season with countdowns. With tons of…

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