It’s a Party! {GIVEAWAYS!}

It’s a Party! {GIVEAWAYS!}

We have a new home! Welcome to the housewarming party, friends.

New address. New name. New design.

Same heart.

His Song to Me is now Hearts Undaunted.

 Please kick off your shoes, grab your favorite steaming beverage, and explore this space. It is here for you! This is a place of encouragement for you as you walk in faith, in the light of Truth.

Please let me know if you find something that is in need of repair. There is still some tweaking to do. Thank you in advance for grace as I work the bugs out.

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This is also a post in our Hearts Undaunted Series. This week’s tool for combating overwhelming fear, anxiety, and insecurity?

Heart Tool: Have some fun!

Clouds of overwhelming emotions can envelope quickly. I see the laundry list of must-dos, and I barrel forward to cross the items off. I wear myself down and stress myself out.

Surely maintaining my focus with an air of seriousness will result in success…and a completed list, right?

Wrong. It wears me down and stresses me out. Sends my anxiety and insecurity sky-rocketing.

Sometimes, a little good old-fashioned fun is the remedy. It balances the scale out a bit.

Which brings us to today. We’ve tackled the fundamental tools of Who God is, what our identity in Him is, praise and thanksgiving, lies and truth, and paring down. Heavy duty stuff. It’s time to lighten things up a bit!

Heart Verse

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

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And what is a party without gifts?

To celebrate the new digs, I have three fun items to give away.

First up:

Jesus Calling, a daily devotional by Sarah Young

Soak up some daily encouragement with these nourishing words.

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Second:

An original painting from the soon to debut Hearts Undaunted Etsy Shop

8″x10″ acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas

Hang this in a high traffic area as a reminder and inspiration of the unique gifts He created in you, that you may shine His light in your unique way.

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And third:

 

A Vera Bradley note cube and pencil set.

Send out some words of encouragement to others. Or post them around your own home!

You don’t have to do anything fancy to enter. Just leave me a comment answering this question: What fun things do you do to break up seasons of stress and anxiety? I’d love to know! The giveaway runs through midnight on Sunday. You may enter a comment each day. The winners will be randomly chosen by a fancy-schmancy widget.

 Heart Questions

  1. Pause and consider whether you tend to get so caught up in your responsibilities and to-do lists that you forget to have fun.
  2. What activities and responsibilities can you put on hold for a day to balance out your stress?
  3. Make a list of 5 fun things you would like to do in the coming months.

Heart Challenge

Schedule one specific fun activity for you and your family each week for the next month.

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If you would like to read other posts in the Hearts Undaunted Series, visit the recent posts in the sidebar at the right and click on the desired links. Thank you!

 Shalom!

Comments

  1. Looks amazing Mandy!! I know you’ve been working hard!!!! So proud of you!!! You are gifted, talented and precious!! Love the giveaways!! Especially your beautiful artwork:) so cool! Anyways fun things I do to break up stressful times is bake, and hang with friends:)

    • Hi, Katie! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing such kind words! Baking–ah, yes:) My girls would SO agree with you! As for hanging with friends…long overdue:) Let’s get something on the calendar! Xoxoxo/

  2. YAY!!! The site looks great! I’m so impressed that you did this yourself! For fun—this sounds awful but I like to work on my blog! haha! sounds like more work!
    Mary Beth recently posted..Making Decisions {A Guest Post} and the WIP Wednesday Link-Up PLUS a Giveaway!!My Profile

    • Thanks so much, but I should confess that I didn’t do it ALL by myself. Brian Doudna is the man who is doing my hosting and installed my theme and WordPress. I took it from there and only locked myself out of my site once:) I understand the blog work as fun. You were drawn to blogging for a reason. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. WOW! Exciting new stuff going on…looks great!
    Mary recently posted..Walking the path and telling my story…My Profile

  4. LOVE IT! It looks like you ; )
    (and love your giveaways, too!)
    For Fun: it’s all about letting go for me. so it usually entails a rolling-on-the-floor tickle fest or pillow “fight” or right now, I’m loving flying kites with my boy! There is something to watching that kite take flight…

    Hugs to you, friend! so proud of you!!
    Nikki recently posted..Ready and Willing {Accepting It’s Not About Me}My Profile

    • Aw, thanks! Ah, tickle fests…yes, there is nothing quite like giggles or a belly laugh. Great reminders here for me.

  5. I love it, Mandy! So pretty and I love the new enhancements too! Ok, what I do to break up stress – this sounds boring, but I take a walk by myself.

    A LONG walk. No ipod or phone or anything. Just me. And I pay attention to my breathing. Long deep breaths. We’re a society of shallow breathers, which isn’t good for our bodies and adds to the stress.
    Susan recently posted..That’s What I HeardMy Profile

    • Thanks, Susan! I took a walk just this evening. I agree. That can be very calming. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Your new site looks great! Congratulations!!!!

    I read when I need to destress. A small amount of time in a good book is very helpful to me. Music is always good too!
    Debi Stangeland recently posted..Experiment Life – Try New ThingsMy Profile

  7. What a fun new site and lovely give-away. Wouldn’t my granddaughter love that Vera Bradley notepad. And I think the picture is a lovely reminder. And we are all bookworms around here! :)

    If I’m alone, I turn on encouraging Praise and Worship music to remind me WHO is in control and WHO to lean on.

    If I’m busy babysitting, I grab the grandkids and we head out for a fun game of ball tag to run around the yard and chase the angst away.

    Thanks for a fun visit and kudos on your new site. :)
    Kaye Swain recently posted..Holiday Fun With The Whole Family – From Grandkids to Sweet Seniors – While Sharing The Word of God – John 3:16My Profile

    • It’s a pleasure to meet you, Kaye. Thank you for stopping by. If only I could send out a gift to everyone! I hear you on the praise and worship. That is one of the quickest ways for me to reorient myself also. Blessings to you!

  8. Congratulations, Mandy! It looks lovely!!!

    How to relieve stress… we have a dance party! And you can’t help laughing when your 3 year old starts break dancing. My boys have some mad dancing skills.

    Or… I play Sudoku. It is a great way to stop thinking about the things that are causing me stress.

    And I sing with my worship station on Pandora. Lifting my gaze from my circumstances to my great God!

    • Thanks, Becky! Wow, such good stress busters you listed here. I had forgotten about Sudoku! I think I have a book of them I could dig out of the basement…Ah, praise and worship. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  9. WooHoo! It looks amazing around here! A beautiful and welcoming spot. To break up a season of stress… I like to go for scenic drives and of course take my camera. Leave all the stress and worries behind and just go ‘seeing’! :)
    Jennifer {StudioJRU} recently posted..praying for you. {31 days}My Profile

    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your kind words! Ooh, I like that you mentioned your camera. After reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, I found that going on an image treasure hunt for eucharisteo was amazing. I’ll have to remember that the next time I’m in a funk. Are you going to Allume? I’d love to meet you.

  10. Congratulations upon the birthing of “Hearts Undaunted”!
    What a beautiful work of art & self-expression!
    My Stress Busters: Girl talk with my amazing daughter & daughters-in-law, Detroit Tigers talk with my sons, camping with my husband, snuggling with the grandchildren, watching my morning glories grow and playing with my grand-doggie & grand-kitties :)

  11. Sarah in MI says:

    Looks good, Mandy.
    With regard to your question…. um, wine! More specifically, sitting down with my husband and having a glass of wine. No TV, just laughing and talking and listening and enjoying each others’ company for an hour. We do this nearly every night, and it works every time to counteract the stress of the day.

    • Sarah, it is so stinking cool that you dropped in here! I know you did once before, and it means so much to me. I know how precious time is, especially time away from the kids. Thanks for taking a slice of that time to read:) And, yes, wine! An amazing husband helps too.

  12. Mandy, it looks GREAT!!!

  13. Ruth Chidley says:

    Since I’m a new reader, on your site, I don’t know what your old site really looked like but I certainly like the way it is now…beautiful!
    It is kind-of-funny your asking what we do for stress releasers during the different seasons of the year because just today I got to experience our annual time of fun at a pumpkin farm with 5 of our 14 grandchildren. I got to pet goats and hear a donkey bray as if laughing at all of us. I got to climb on the back of a wooden rocking horse behind my 2 year old grandson and sing a silly made-up song about the two of us as we rocked back and forth. I got dozens of “Grandma look at me(s)!” as each child showed off their skills at climbing or swinging or sliding down a slide. Helping to pick out the very best pumpkin from 1000′s, to take home and decorated, is always part of the adventure. Am I tired when I get home? Of coarse! But my heart is warm from all the hugs, kisses, and laughter. A happy smile is plastered on my face for hours as I think back through the day. What more could a grandma ask than to be de-stressed by 5 of her wonderful blessings in life!

    • Hi Ruth! It’s great to see you here. Thank you for your kind words. Your time at the pumpkin farm sounds awesome! What a blessing. They are lucky to have you. And you are welcome here any time.

  14. Mandy I love, love, love your new home! Well done! Blessings for all the wonderful things God will do in this place!

    • Katharine, you fit so much goodness into your comment. Thank you! I love that you brought it back to God. Amen! I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do. :)

  15. I love your new blog! You have done such a nice job. I can’t wait to come back regularly for encouragment in Jesus! Thank you so much for linking up at Leaving A Legacy this week!

    Blessings~
    Shari

    • Hi Shari! Thank you for your kind words. I am thrilled that you will be a regular here. I love having you. Blessings!

  16. I have stumbled across your site/blogs and love it! To relieve my stress, I practice Christian yoga (and teach it, also!). No better way to calm my mind and praise the Lord at the same time. :)
    P.S. If you peek at my web-site above, it is not quite updated with photos and my logo. The site is a work in progress.

    • I’m so glad you stumbled across my online home. I hope you will visit here often! I like the color scheme of your site, very calming. The psalm you quote is one of my favorites: Be still…ah, perfect.

  17. Leaving you another Stress Buster comment:) perhaps my most heart-healing, writing out my eucharisteo, my catching-God-in-the-act-of loving-me:) hadn’t done this in a few days, when I did number the ways my heart had been moved by grace, WOW!!!, the difference in my attitude, the difference in my thinking & seeing. This is a must for me! Thank you for reminding me to do this thru Hearts Undaunted!

    • An amazing stress buster! My attitude really shifts when I stray from thanksgiving. Thank you for this reminder!

  18. To beat stress I often will go for a run, take a nap, or take my kiddos out for “coffee.” :) Thanks for hosting!!
    Jennifer D, recently posted..When You’re Under It AllMy Profile

    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. All good, but I think I am drawn especially to “take a nap”. :)

  19. Wow, so excited for you! Love the new site and looking forward to watching its evolution :) One thing I do to break up seasons of stress is make specific lists of the things stressing me out (which are usually chores) and taking them down one at a time or find some light fiction reading :) Wishing you the best as your blog unfolds!

    • Hello, dear, sweet friend! Oh, it is so good to see your name here! I know what it takes to make that happen. Yes, reading is great. Good one! Thanks for your kind words and undying support! Love you bunches.

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    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!
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    Skulpturen „ kaufen, pass away wir gerne in unserer Schule hätten.
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