21 July 2017

Gratitude Journal Challenge



 What song are you most grateful for?

The song that meant the most to me as a little girl growing up in church was The Old Rugged Cross. It is a simple song that says so much - He died for me. He suffered for me. He loved me.

“Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, Where his glory forever I'll share.”

What better song, what better promise, could there be?

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for that old rugged cross and all that it was, is, and is to come.





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Book Review: Work It: Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted By Denise M. Dudley, PhD


Work It: Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted
By Denise M. Dudley, PhD



Have you ever wished you knew exactly what to do to get the job you wanted and then to succeed from the moment you started your new job?  Work It: Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted by Denise M. Dudley PhD may very well help you to do that.


This book is well-written and well-designed.  Dudley tells her readers not only what to do, but the whys behind the whats.

In Work It, readers will learn the behind the scenes ways to put their best foot forward in writing resumes, interviewing, and following up.

Work It even covers what to do in the unlikely event that you get fired or if you decide it is time to move on to a new job or even new career.

This isn’t one of those books where you are asked a series of psychological mumbo-jumbo kind of questions to determine what type of job you would do best in. Dudley assumes you already know that.

We think you will get a lot out of Work It.  We give it all five stars and think you will, too.

If you or someone you know are contemplating a change in jobs or even careers or if you are seeking a promotion in your present situation, Work It will be one of your best investments.


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.





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Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is _________________.

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is ___________.

3. I could really do without ___________________________________.

4. I would love to have more ___________________________________.



Here are my responses:


My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is 1. Reading my devotional and Bible chapters and 2. Feeding, watching, and photographing the birds.  I haven’t been able to spend any time watching and photographing them this week, though. There’s been too much to do otherwise.

My least favorite thing to do, aside from always being in the bathroom, is washing dishes, but someone has to do it.

I could really do without family drama and the guilt that comes along with it, regardless of who is at fault. I could also really do without smoking neighbors.

I would love to have more land and it be out in the country somewhere. I don’t need or want a bigger house, just more outside room for flowers, trees, a garden, etc.

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Have a blessed weekend, y’all!




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20 July 2017

Gratitude Journal Challenge





Who in your life are you grateful for?

I am grateful, first and foremost, for The Holy Trinity- Heavenly Father for the Gift He gave to us; Jesus for being such an awesome brother that loved me enough to sacrifice His own life for mine; and the Holy Spirit for His protection and discernment.

I am grateful for David, who chose me over probably better prospects long ago, and stays with me through all of my imperfections.

I am grateful for my children and all the lessons they’ve taught me and the love they’ve given me over the years.

I am grateful for my parents, that they allowed me to live.

I am grateful for all of my grandparents and the unconditional love that each of them offered me.

I am grateful for true friends and the love and guidance they offer and for just being themselves. AND for tolerating blubberfests in public and aren’t afraid to proclaim the Word no matter who is around.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the loved ones you’ve placed in my life.




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19 July 2017

Gratitude Journal Challenge




What touch are you grateful for today?
 
I am grateful for the hugs of my husband and daughter and those of a friend that we hadn’t seen in probably 20 years.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the hugs of loved ones.

David, Suzanne, & Whitney McClendon & Eddie Bledsoe - Taken 17 July 2017


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Guest Post: How To Decide Who Merits Your Money As You Ponder Your Legacy

How To Decide Who Merits Your Money As You Ponder Your Legacy

Not long ago, Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to ask the world for charitable-giving ideas.
The Amazon.com founder sought a charitable strategy that looked at the long term and soon he was inundated with suggestions.

Of course, Bezos has plenty of money to give, but you don’t need to be a billionaire to reach a point in life when you start feeling the charitable urge.

"There comes a time when many of us want to do more than just accumulate money and property," says Patrick Renn (www.patrickrenn.com) a financial professional and author of the best-selling book, Finding Your Money’s Greater Purpose.

"You want to distribute the bounty. You want to enjoy what you worked to acquire, of course, but part of the change in attitude is looking to see how you can do more than just take care of yourself."

But who should your wealth – whether abundant or meager – go to? Should all of it be kept in the family when you die? Should it go to your church? A favorite charity? The college that educated you?

Ultimately, only each individual can answer that question, Renn says. But there are steps that can help you prepare for making that decision. They include:

  • Be aware that circumstances change.

When you die, whatever you accumulated can end up in the hands of family, other beneficiaries, charities – or Uncle Sam. "A lot of people I talk to think they have it all worked out and that the IRS is going to get nothing," Renn says. "But often, when I examine their documents and analyze the numbers, I discover that’s not true. It’s not always because they did a bad job. More than likely, it’s because tax laws changed since they did their calculations, or something about their personal situation changed."

  • Realize that fair doesn’t always mean equal.

People often divide an inheritance into equal shares. If there are three children, for example, then each gets one-third. Renn says people should sometimes reconsider the automatic urge to do that. For example, both children may be hard working, but one might be well off financially while the other is struggling to make ends meet. One sibling might be more adept at handling money, while the other will quickly blow any inheritance.

  • Understand that even small gifts can help
           
Many people think that leaving something to charity is for the very rich only. But Renn says anyone, regardless of net worth, can find something they care about and include that charity, organization or cause as part of their legacy. A financial professional might even be able to help you leverage your resources so that your gift accomplishes more than you would have imagined.

"We can contribute to the greater good with our time, our efforts and our money," Renn says. "In giving financially, we are, in effect, giving all three, since money represents the fruit of our time and effort. When we share our money, we share ourselves."

About Patrick Renn


Patrick Renn, author of Finding Your Money’s Greater Purpose, has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM for more than 35 years and holds a bachelor’s degree from in business administration from Villanova University and an MBA from Loyola College. Renn – who currently lives in Georgia – is the founder of Renn Wealth Management Group Inc.(www.patrickrenn.com), the former president of the Georgia Society of Certified Financial Planners and former president of the Georgia chapter of the International Association for Financial Planning. He is the past president of the Georgia Special Olympics, is the current chair of the Day 1 Endowment and has served on countless other charitable and endowment boards.





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