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Join Stuff From Trees At Santa's Workshop Today!

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Today's the day that Stuff From Trees introduces four new product lines! Come visit our booth at Santa's Workshop to see all of them and get some of your Christmas shopping done early. All the details about where and when are at the bottom of this post.

#1 - Our Christmas line. We have ornaments, notebooks, stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts and all the holiday gift packaging you need. Wouldn't it be great to walk out of the show with several names checked off your list?

#2 - Our Handwritten line. Give gift sets of journals and pens, plus lots of handmade greeting cards in a variety of themes. You may decide you want to keep some for yourself, too, especially when you have a new pen to write with.

#3 - Our Scrabble line. While the journals are my favorite (come see them for yourself and you'll understand why), we can spell out words and phrases just for you in a variety of ways. We love custom orders here at Stuff From Trees - ask us about it!

#4 - Our Kitchen line…

Seven Ways Of True Gratitude

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On this day after Thanksgiving, are you still practicing an attitude of gratitude, or are you back to life as usual? It's easy to say a prayer of thanks at the dinner table, but does your heart stay in that condition past the meal?

This week our pastor gave us seven ways to show God how thankful we are on a daily basis. Now there's no excuse for not counting our blessings ton by ton!

1. Thank God in every circumstance.

2. Be thankful for little things.

3. Say Thank You more often.
4. Be thankful for what you have instead of dwelling on what you lack.

5. Tell someone every day you are thankful for them.

6. Begin your day by listing five things you are thankful for.

7. End your day by thanking God for three things that happened to you.

My heart's desire is to be grateful for what I've already been given and, by faith, be thankful what God is going to do. Let's determine today that a year from now we'll be able to say our attitude of gratitude has been stronger t…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Words For Wednesday

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Children's Book Page Banners

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When I asked the church congregation for Little Golden Book donations, I didn't tell them why. All I said was the teen girls Bible study was going to use them for a couple of crafts. These adorable buntings were the first project - the second will happen in the spring.

There is a simple way to make these pennant banners, and it starts with breaking down the book. In order to save the covers, gently pull back the pages and loosen the staples. More on that here.

Once the pages are separated, cut a triangle of cardboard the same width as the top of the page. The bottom point is measured to the middle of width of the page and as far down as you would like. Move the template over the page so the best part of the picture will be used.

Then all you do is punch holes in the top corners of each triangle and run a coordinating ribbon through. A large knot at the ends will hold them in place. The bunting I made is from a children's prayer book and is hanging in the church nursery. 
Now…

Deep Waters And Flowing Brooks

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Water is a focal point of our property. We enjoy the ponds from the window. We fish in them. We hike around them. And they're one of the main reasons we live where we live.

God has set nature up in a very special way when it comes to water:
The little pond empties into the big pond.
The big pond empties into the creek, despite the beaver's best efforts.
The creek flows down the edge of our property toward the highway.

The ponds are silent, not gushing and troubled waters. They calm the soul and lift the spirits. They aren't bottomless, but they hold enough water that they won't run dry in normal, everyday life.

The water from the ponds replenishes the creek, keeping it filled and moving. The creek is clear and fresh, always flowing. It flows naturally because there is always something good in it, because of the water that empties into it on a regular basis.
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. Proverbs 18:4

A Week Of Counting Your Blessings

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My favorite version of the hymn "Count Your Blessings" is to sing Ton By Ton instead of One By One. One by one sounds like a trickle of water from the kitchen faucet. That's not nearly the right word to describe the abundance of God.

I keep a praise journal where I list page after page of reasons to give thanks to God. In just a few months, I can write hundreds and even thousands of specific people, things and events in my life that come straight from the Lord. I have no reason to ever be gloomy or depressed because I can flip through those pages and thank God all over again for how much He loves me and how good He is to me.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

Make this a week, not just a day, of counting your blessings. If you take just five minutes a day and think of all the blessings God has placed in your life, you'll be able to sing Ton By Ton, too! And maybe a we…