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Highlights ~ Four Years of Blogging!

Yes, that’s right! It’s been four solid years that I have been bringing you news of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland along with many new resources plus some fun little fufu things too!

Hi! Come on in and visit for a while. I’ll put on the tea kettle and we can just chat away! Here are a few of the highlights from the 13 months. I’ve marked them if you want to read the entire blog post. Ready?

Only 29 Days Until Spring! Hurray!

Have a great day tomorrow!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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 Highlights ~ Here we go!

1. Get your taxes done for free https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/

2. Inspiration https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/as-you-tip-toe-into-2013/

3. Enjoy a Good Laugh! https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/

4. Gratitude https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/

5. The Wonder Drug https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/

6. Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/

7. Mental Health https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/

8. Drug Muggers https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/

9. Headaches https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/

10. The 5 LOVE Languages https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/

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February 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 7

~ Here’s something similar to what you’ll find in the second part of my book, Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Today, more from the series Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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I saw this posted on Facebook about a week ago. and since we are talking about THE most important four-letter word ever — I thought I’d share this with you today.

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive ~ Mother Theresa

Is there someone you need to forgive in this new year?

February 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 6

Hi! Today I’m bringing back the series I started before the holidays — Love is More Than Just a Feeling. I hope your heart and soul will be nourished by these thoughts today. I hope they also keep you really warm especially if you are in the deep freeze like we are here in Cleveland, Ohio.

Have a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Here’s More …..

We’ve all heard the Biblical comment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” But have you ever stopped to think about how profoundly this attitude would change the world if we all carried it out each and every day?

Jesus summed up the entire point of God’s law in two phrases. Both of them loving God, and loving your neighbor(s)–are all about putting the needs of others before our own.  Matthew 22:37-40 (Gospel.com ~ November 3, 2013).

Man’s nature is inherently self-centered, selfish. But the moment you put your focus on someone else, watch how your life changes. I’ll give you a big hint. What you’ll experience is joy!

Challenge: This week I challenge you to reach out to others — think of someone you know that could use a blessing — and be one!

January 28, 2014 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ The Green Bean Club ~ Part 5

~ Hi! I don’t usually post things on Saturdays. But since Christmas Eve and Christmas are in a few days, I wanted to share this message with you that I wrote a few years ago. I won’t post anything on Christmas Eve (Tuesday my usual day to post new messages) because I’m hoping you’ll be in church, with family, or driving/flying to be with those you love. If not, make some new friends fast!

Don’t miss the message of The Green Bean Club, the title of today’s post because it may well affect how you spend your holiday this year! NOTE: The Green Bean Club can happen on any day or any holiday. It does not have to be limited to Christmas! Keep an open mind and you’ll discover that LOVE is More Than Just a Feeling too!

Throughout this new series I’ve been talking about LOVE. Therefore, in this CHRISTmas season remember the LOVE that Christ had for you. His birth, life, and resurrection, are more than examples that Love is More Than Just a Feeling. If you ask Christ into your heart (see Relationship with God tab on this blog), His love makes it possible for you to live beyond yourself, your insecurities, and your limitations. Christ came that you might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the message of The Green Bean Club! Please let me know if you joined the club this Christmas. You can post a response here 24/7.

God Bless You!

Nanci

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This post is dedicated to my sweet nieces in Seattle – Devon, Shannon, and Brenna. It’s through them that I learned of The Green Bean Club.

What’s The Green Bean Club? Okay, did the title of this post get your attention? I hope so. The idea came from something my sister used to tell her kids during dinner. She’d tell them it’s the Green Bean Club. And all they had to do to join was eat their green beans! And of course, they always ate them because the Green Bean Club sounded really fun and they wanted to be in the club!

It’s Secret … Well, this Christmas no matter what age you are, you can be in the Green Bean Club too. That’s because the real secret to the club’s success was that we took something nutritious like ordinary green beans and made them fun and desirable all wrapped up together with a great big sense of belonging. And BELONGING is really the key word here. Everybody needs to belong somewhere. So you see this post really isn’t about a club that rewards you for eating your green beans: it’s about families.

How You Can Be Part of The Green Bean Club This Christmas? Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. But besides all that, a family is the place where we experience holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the  one  who always bakes ten pies and brings her cute little Schnauzer. In a perfect world a family is the place where you’re accepted and loved in spite of everything. But even though it’s Christmas, not everyone has a family to visit and share in the simple wonder of belonging that is so much a part of this joyous holiday.

What Can You Do This Holiday? So here’s what I think you should take away from The Green Bean Club at Christmas: make a special point to see if any of your friends, co-workers, and neighbors will be alone this Christmas. It won’t take much but a moment of your time to reach out and care. If they don’t have plans, set another place at the table and invite them. Now we’re talking Green Bean Club!

December 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 4

~ Come on out of the cold and enjoy a cup of java. Then discover a very important resource for your life. I’ve talked about this in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.  Hope you get all your Christmas shopping done.  Here’s more about that important resource for your life!

God Bless You! ~ Nanci

Welcome to Part 4 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.

In this series I’ve been talking about something we all want and look for – for our lives. Yes, it’s love. The sense that we matter and have a purpose — that we feel accepted and cared for in life is what everyone wants and needs. But we look for it sometimes as the song goes, in all the wrong places. We can look for it in relationships, career, money, prestige, fame, education, or through adventure or doing good to others. But the plain fact is, these things don’t bring satisfaction and many of them are dead ends in themselves. There is only one lasting type of love that can nurture us and make us whole: God. God is love. There are numerous versions of the Bible. However, The Message Bible on many occasions sums up things best of all.

Read This Out Loud

Chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12 -14 ~ The Message

December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 3

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to Part 3 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.  Make it a great day! God Bless You!  Nanci

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

I Corinthians 13: 4-7 ~ The Message Bible

December 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 1

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

This is Part I of my new series. I hope you’ll come by each week and learn why Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

God Bless You!

Nanci

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November, I was told the other day, is National Adoption Month. Nothing can replace the LOVE and care of a family.

LOVE at It’s Best

Adoptive families embrace the concept around which this whole series revolves. It’s all about the bigger picture of something — something so much larger than ourselves. It’s all about LOVE.

To take tiny people into your home that you don’t even know, spend time and money to give them a good home and provide for them when they can’t repay you is indeed LOVE. To nurture someone and give of yourself –is LOVE at it’s very best. To be quite honest, raising children is a selfless act no matter if they are biologically your own or adopted. But if you adopt a child, that’s even more special. I heard a story about a family that adopted a young boy. One day he and his sister got into a little spat. The sister shouted at her brother, you were adopted! He told her, well, mom and dad had to take you when you came. But I was picked out special!

Why Are Families Important?

Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. A family is the place too where memories are made and each one of us experiences holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the one who always bakes ten pies at Christmas or Thanksgiving, brings her cute little Schnauzer, drives a VW bug – and she’s attractive but still not married! That sounds like somebody I know!

A family is the place where you’re supposed to be accepted and loved in spite of everything. A family will never perfect but certainly for those who adopt, the objective is to provide a loving home environment. The adoptive family as well as the adoptee are placed within the family unit after evaluation and a home study. Both the family and the child(ren) are carefully placed to make sure it’s a good fit. It can be a satisfying relationship for both the family and a well-deserving child that needs a home – because they both need each other. But the glue that cements the entire relationship together is LOVE.

There was a great article in USA Today (September 12, 2013). It indicated that adoption numbers were rising for kids in foster care. A great quote from the article shared this, “It’s important to work on family success, not just child placement, expert says.”

Forever Home Adoptions ~ new adoption agency

If you are thinking about adoption, I know of a new agency that would love to answer any questions you may have. Contact them via Facebook at Forever Home Adoptions or at http://Foreverhomeadoptions.com.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I could only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” I Corinthians 13: 1-3 ~ New Living Translation

November 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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