Saturday, September 27

Tithing- not at all what I thought it was

A sweet young friend asked me this week what my opinion was on tithing. I thought I would share my answer to her with all of you. 


"Hi there! Funny you should ask that question, because I think my views on this topic have actually changed just this year. My whole life I've held a rather staunch opinion on not paying your 10% being a sin. I looked at it like an ordinance required of us, I suppose. I learned that from multiple sources. But, about 6 months ago Nick and I listened to this short video from the ministry No Greater Joy:

We highly respect this ministry and have gained so much from their books, tapes and newsletters. But, this was the first time I had EVER heard tithes explained this way.... And it made total sense to me. 

If I could sum up what God has been continuously teaching me the last several years: it's that my thinking tends to be very legalistic- very Old Testament. Now some people view a "New Testament" mindset as all that grace and love and liberty giving you some sort of license to sin. (They obviously have not read all of Romans!! :) 

To me, the New Testament is just the opposite. It doesn't destroy the old law, it fulfills it. It requires even more- because it requires your heart. No longer is it sufficient to perform these physical tasks and "keep all the rules". God wants every inch of our heart and our will. He wants our thoughts pure, our motives pure... He wants us to desire the best for our brother, and He wants us to give everything! If we are really invested in Gods kingdom, and want souls to be saved, and want to help the poor and needy and this is truly our hearts cry... We are gonna want to give SO much more than 10%.

Nick and I were paying our tithes, and when we heard this video, we decided we needed to start putting most of our funds toward paying off our debts- we decided that was the best stewardship of our money right now and would free us up tremendously for giving in the future. Our goal right now is to stop being a "servant to the lender" (as Proverbs puts it) and get debt free.

We still give special offerings and sponsor a little boy through Compassion monthly- but, we realize now that God is not going to be angry at us or punish us for not paying 10% every month. He sees our heart whether we are paying or not, and for once I think our heart is right on the subject.

We grudgingly gave for years. That isn't what God wants. He wants you so consumed with Him that giving is as natural and enjoyable as breathing."

*Dont forget to click the link above and watch the (entire) video. You aren't allowed to comment if you don't :D

Tuesday, September 23

CAN I TAKE THIS POLISH OFF YET?!?! -Jamberry 7 day challenge

Alright folks- here is day 7:

It truly pained me to leave it on this long, lol. It looked sooo tacky. But, truth be told, I have let my polish get that bad before... Several times, in fact. It's called: having 3 kids and having next to no time for yourself. ;) 

Jamberry is so cool for moms. Me and some were just reminiscing the other day about those moment where you are painting your nails... And your toddler decides to launch their body in your direction. :D 

My Jamberry sponsor Amber said she was putting her Jams on the other day and stopped to change a poopy diaper mid-manicure. 

No problem whatsoever!! No polish on the floor, no smeared nails, and no having to rub your kid's leg with that {oh-so-toxic} polish remover, because you accidentally touched.

Speaking of polish remover- if you are wondering how you take off your jams- you CAN use acetone or polish remover to ease it off... But you can also use coconut oil or olive oil... Really any kind of oil works. I LOVE that Jamberry eliminated even more chemicals from my life!!!

Ok, so wanna see what I'm sporting now??? (My consultant kit came in yesterday with all my free wraps!!!!!)

I know- pretty loud and crazy :) but if styles like this aren't for you- don't worry! Jamberry has over 300 designs and something for everyone!

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Happy Jammin'!

Friday, September 19

Jamberry ruined me for life!!!

It's true. Jamberry ruined me for life. I can longer be satisfied with normal nail polish for as long as I live.

Yeah... You knew where this was going didn't you? ;)

And, I'll be honest- I was definitely rooting for this product! But if it weren't AMAZING, I would tell u so. This mommy of 3 doesn't have the time or energy for a time consuming short lasting nail care routine. 

... Which is why I was complaining to my friend Amber at VBS about my chipping nail polish. Over the summer I had decided to start researching and trying out new top coats. I like my nails painted. My husband likes my nails painted. But I was having to re-do them every 2-3 days!!! 

  Perhaps you are asking why. Perhaps you are not as rough on your nails as I am. That's great! That means Jams will last even longer on you!!

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. (As usual)

Ladies and Gentlemen: 
this is Jamberry!!

Uh, I mean: this is Jamberry on my ring finger. You see the cute leopard print one that could never be achieved that perfectly with polish? Yeah, that's Jamberry!

And the other {chipping} red nails are my favorite polish... ONE day in! (My pointer finger is always the first to go.)

On that fateful day of VBS, my pal Amber asked if I had heard of Jamberry nail wraps. {a nail what??} I hadn't.

"Yeah!" She said. "I haven't tried them yet myself, but I hear they are non-toxic, chip free, no drying time, last for up to 2 wks on fingers and 4 wks on toes... Maybe longer! Oh, and they come in over 300 designs and you can create your own."

Say Whaaat?!?! Why hadn't someone invented this sooner?! 

No drying time?!?! So, you mean I don't have to wait until all my kids are asleep to paint my nails just so they'll dry without getting messed up and destroyed?!?!

...just to do it again a few days later?!?!

Okay, so you can see this product is clearly for me. Really it's for a lot of people. It's for nail biters who want to stop, it's for people who haven't the time or money for the salon, it's for mommies and others who have their hands in water constantly... The list goes on and on.

So a few wks later, (after trying the product and becoming a consultant,) Amber asked if the business opportunity was something that interested me. I immediately knew it was.

At first I knew I wanted to do it as a hobby. After all, I wanted to buy every nail wrap design they had!! But, then I realized how amazing the compensation plan is. (But I'll post more on that later.)

SO friends! If you want me to mail you a sample...

Or if you want information about working from home...

just email me at

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Or Click Host a party to get lots of freebies!! 

{this is your face right now right?}

And STAY TUNED!! I will post pics of my nails on day 7 to show you Jams actually do last!!!


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