Monday, November 14, 2011

Life's too short... {giveaway}

to hold a grudge.
to eat bad chocolate.
to not be doing what you love.
to give up on your dreams.
to not spend time with God daily.
to not savor every moment.
to not give to others.

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Life is just too short to waste days being selfish, grumpy, or unhappy.
If you're annoyed with your kids or spouse, let it go.
If you've given in and are at a job you can't stand, consider making a bold move.
God didn't design us to be fearful or negative. He wants us to have abundant joy!

I know it's not much, but I want to share a little bit of joy with you.
One of you will win a $50 gift certificate to TheRustedChain.com.

Just leave a comment telling one thing you're happy about today.
Facebook it, tweet it, pin it, or blog it for additional entries.
Please leave comments for each of these you do.
We'll pull a random winner in a week or so.

Happy Monday to you!

177 comments:

Jamie said...

I am happy to have 3 healthy 3 year olds...because we had tried for so many years to have just one child. We were blessed with triplets!

Michele @ {Primp} said...

Faith, family and friends--I know so cliche, but so TRUE (everything else is extra)!

Molly said...

Beki! I needed to read this today since my anxiety is way up and I can't figure out why. Sometimes its good to be rrminded of this and that God is with you and wants you to have ABUNDANT JOY :) I hope you have a great Monday!
~Molly

Leslie said...

I am thankful for the sunshine and beautiful weather this fall.

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Today I am very happy my camera still works after me knocking it over with the tripod;)

Thanks for doing yet another giveaway!

Finding Purpose in the Pain said...

I am happy that next week is Thanksgiving!

~Stacy

Diana said...

I am happy because the Cowboys won yesterday!

sadfireeyes at yahoo dot com

Thanks for such a nice giveaway! :)

Emily M. Burns said...

I am happy today (and thankful for today) because I am going on a date with my fiance to celebrate his new job that he begins on Wednesday. :)

Corrina Beana said...

I am happy that I have a wonderful husband who helps me so much. As a working mom, us being a team is crucial! There isn't anything he "won't" do.

Diana said...

Tweeted it! :)

http://twitter.com/#!/blowbackmusic/status/136142498539122689

Anonymous said...

My husband & boys really make me happy! I feel so blessed!
Mrs. B.

kpmattingly said...

Today I'm happy that I have a house and lots of things to make it a home....even when I feel overwhelmed and just want to throw everything out! :)
It's one of those days...stuff has got to go! :)

Debbie B Sam said...

I'm happy to be done with my isolation radiation treatment and that my boy and I can cuddle again! Longest 4 days of my life!

Elissa said...

A year and a half ago I had an injury that could have easily killed me. God got me through it and reminded me in the most wonderful way that God wants everything not just the stuff I don't think I can handle on my own. That I can make even the smallest action a praise to him. And if that's not something to be happy about I don't know what is :)

Carrie C said...

I am thankful that my kids are happy and healthy - can't ask for much more than that.

Laura said...

I am very thankful that my husband survived a bad car accident on Wednesday. Even though it's a lot of work helping him around the house, I'm so thankful his injuries were minor enough that he can heal at home instead of the hospital.

Bethany said...

I am so thankful for grace! From God, my husband, and my kids! What would I do without grace?!?

elizabeth said...

So happy for God's unearned, undeserved love for me.

Ashley said...

I am happy that I am making my kitchen look nicer (by painting my cabinets) and smell better (by baking a crisp). And I'm thankful for my darling kids and for the run I'm about to go on with my handsome husband.

Tara Jeles said...

agreed it's too short and we all need to be reminded. We just celebrated my parents 51st anniversary on saturday and I am thankful i still have them in my lives and they're healthy.

elizabeth said...

I facebooked this!

Paige said...

I am thankful for a husband who loves me, friends that support me and children that delight me. Oops thats three things! :)

Vickie said...

I am thankful for everyday!! There is not one day that goes by that my life is not touch in one way or another. Life is good and we should all enjoy it to the fullest!! Hope every one of you have a wonderful day!

Mrs. McFadden said...

Today I am happy I get to spend the entire day with my little boys. :)

Kelli said...

I have two things today...1. Your blog makes me happy because your joy in life is evident and I'm so glad you share it with us. 2. I'm glad I got my run in today because I feel better for it and I know my body is running better because of it. Plus, the endorphins are a great bonus!

Randi S said...

I'm happy with the lovely weather that allows my kids to play outside for a bit.

Randi S said...

https://www.facebook.com/ra.schmid/posts/215810231825327

Anonymous said...

I'm so very blessed this year especially because my son that was deaf in one ear & was diagnosed w/ Autism, can now hear out of both ears & is speaking in longer sentences now. So very thankful! Kim Riggs (I have to sign Anonymous)

Hockeyfan25 said...

I'm happy I have 2 beautiful Children and a Wonderful Hubby!

Randi S said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/sclubmama/status/136148248007155712

Hockeyfan25 said...

Shared on Facebook!!

Randi S said...

I pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/523318251/

Jen said...

Love the picture that goes along with the saying. Trying to live and learn to be happier by the day and greatful for what I have and not stew in what I don't. Life hasn't always been too easy but I do have many blessings...

kzmmom said...

I am happy for my faith/salvation. My Rusted Chain necklace reminds me every day! It's says "I Believe". I'm happy to be listening to KLOVE all day! I'm happy that it's Monday, it's warm and sunny outside and we have no plans for tonight! Just family time!!

Sara said...

I am happy that my children are full of smiles and laughs today

Sally said...

Today, I am happy (so happy) that my son's phone, iPod, and wallet were not IN his backpack when he misplaced it. There was nothing of value in it at the time. Thankful! I am also happy that his sweet sister shared her backpack with him (luckily it isn't girly) when he needed to pack up for school this morning. Thankful!

Jamie S. Bates said...

Today I am happy that I have faith in God and am saved!

Carolyn L said...

My husband and daughter!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

I am happy today for my smiling baby girl....love her beautiful smile.

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

Today I'm happy that my 15month old is taking an extra long nap! and that I'm going to get to pick up some groceries!

amy d said...

i am so happy for all the beautiful, kind, caring women God has put in my life! i feel very lucky and blessed!
(...and your one of them! ...and no, this isn't a bribe! :)

Jessie said...

I am happy today because I have an amazingly strong and supportive husband who puts up with my crazy whims!

BARBIE said...

I am happy and thankful to have all of my family close by so that we can celebrate the holidays together.

BARBIE said...

I shared on Facebook!

Susie said...

I am happy and thankful for my amazing husband who loves me faithfully and unconditionally. I am blessed!!

Donna said...

Today I am happy that I have a wonderful husband, a great career that I love (and that I had an opportunity change careers so I can do what I love) and that I have a fantasticaly amazing 3 year old.

Stephanie McCluskey said...

I'm soo happy to still be in my pj's:)

Snips And Snails and Piggy Tails said...

I am happy and feel so blessed to have the love of my life as my husband. I miss him dearly (he has been working in Spain since September) and can't wait for his return at Christmas time. I am also thankful for my two beautiful (both inside and out) children. They are my heart!!!

Jennifer
sweetpea49048(at)yahoo(dot)com

Donna said...

I pinned it!

Snips And Snails and Piggy Tails said...

I shared on Facebook :)

Denise Kossan said...

Life!!!

Vicki said...

I am happy about the first beautiful snowfall of the winter - the flakes are huge!!

Alli said...

I'm so happy to have a wonderful husband and that we've been blessed with the amazing little boy that we have. I am so grateful for family!

Valerie Reid said...

just got back from the doctor with my daughter. Thankful that she does not have strep and that I am blessed to be able to stay home and take care of her!

Alli said...

I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/allisonkmiller/status/136157030791651328

Alli said...

I shared the giveaway on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcake-Diaries/246313145380811

Valerie Reid said...

shared on my FB page: www.facebook.com/2ndEssence

eorban said...

I've never seen some awesome results claimed for leaving a comment-rich, beautiful AND skinny? It's worth a try!

I'm happy that there are people on earth who make me laugh!

Edwina

Kelly Y. said...

I am happy about babies. A good friend and my sister are having babies after infertility issues.

susup said...

I am happy that I had an egg to drop on the floor today. Also, I was happy I was able to clean it up.

Katie said...

I am happy to be spending time with my beautiful sweet little girl this afternoon, and for eating GOOD chocolate {wink}.
Blessings,
Katie
aclassofherown(at)gmail(dot)com

Karrie said...

you made me cry. working through the grind of life. i'm so happy to have God in my heart and happy, healthy children.

Helen said...

Happy to have children that still believe in afternoon naps...

Brianne said...

I am happy for my wonderful family!

Melinda said...

It's the little things...today I took my daughter out of school for lunch....and it was a great time!

Tiffany Drew said...

One thing I am happy about today is that I am still 30. Tomorrow I will be 31, and that is really depressing. For the rest of today I can stay in denial. But tomorrow I have to face the fact that I am getting old lol.

jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

Matt said...

I'm happy and thankful to be at home with my 2 boys.

tdmomtx said...

I'm happy and thankful that our family was able to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing weekend getaway at the lake with good friends.

Jill said...

I am thankful for a loving husband, two great teenage daughers, good friends, a warm home and daily reminders of God's love!

Lisa said...

Today I'm simply happy that the sun is out!

MaryBeth said...

I am thankful that I woke up in a warm bed this morning next to my husband of 22 years.

Leeann Smith said...

I am happy for Christmas and Thanksgiving coming up soon! I have been crafting and cooking up a storm, singing Christmas carols at the top of my lungs!

susie said...

i'm happy i get to do what i love on this beautiful crisp day because of my loving and supportive husband. (i quit a full time job to be a full time artist, and he's behind it 100%).

Cerrisse said...

Just happy because the sun is shinning and I feel really good today :)

The Boccias said...

I'm happy it's almost time to set up the Christmas decorations! Woohoo!

Shelly said...

Thankful for my grandson Jameson and the smiles he brings to all those around him.

Cerrisse said...

I pinned this

http://pinterest.com/pin/523958848/

Cerrisse said...

Tweeted this giveaway

A Family of Love said...

I am happy that my 3 year old didn't cry at preschool today!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I'm happy that my husband is such a hard worker & that he provides so well for us. And there's so much more in my life to be happy about! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lindsey said...

One thing I'm happy about today? I had the opportunity to chat with a girl that was a new Christian and had questions and was struggling. I was in one of the study rooms at school and she just came up and started talking to me. I was slightly annoyed at first, but became more and more blessed as the time went by.

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

tweeted! @thesweetpetunia

merlin said...

HAPPY: laundry is DONE, like put away done, yippee!

Now, I might just take the rest of the week off for this Monday over-accomplishment......

Rachael said...

I am happy today that I had a nap!

Julie said...

Today I am happy about our sunny 70 degree weather! And I am reading Life More Abundant by Charles L. Allen. Just thought I should mention it, because it ties in and it is so inspiring!

Shan said...

Happy today. Many things...

5 week old baby in my arms.
Two year old who keeps me running.
My 7 year old and how strong she is.
My 5 year old converse that are the most comfortable shoes on the planet.
White chocolate mocha creamer.
My husband giving me that look that makes me feel so incredibly special.

Jennifer said...

I'm happy for sunshine this morning ;-)

Jennifer said...

tweeted too!

The Cannary's said...

Love this blog post and the opposite can also be true - life is too LONG for a lot of negative things...today I am am happy we have 70% chance of rain in the forecast! Yippee! Come on little clouds, you can do it!!!

Ruth said...

I am happy because now that today is done, I only have four more Mondays in my current job before making one of those big bold moves you mentioned!! Eeek...
Beautiful tree, by the way.

Ruth

Toni :O) said...

I'm so happy and thankful for my incredible family-I'm a lucky and blessed gal! :0) tonidreist@yahoo.com

theamazingjohnsons said...

I am happy because I have family coming into town in one short week!

Dawn said...

I love this post ! Over the weekend we had a family wedding.
I am happy it's over.
I am happy the flowergirl ( my grand daughter )made it down the isle.
I am happy I got to spend the weekend ith the family I love SO much and feel so fortunate to have !

Kelly said...

life IS too short. thanks for that reminder today.

I am happy for Sonic in the middle of the day and my toddler to share it with....to lessen the calories and stuff :)

Just B @ Love Where You Live said...

Well said, Beki. How much time do we waste feeling frustrated and resentful when we could be building on our relatonships instead? While there's always room for improvement, for EVERYONE, maybe we need to change our expectations up just a bit and see what happens. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway! :)

Suz and Allan said...

I'm happy that I ran my first half marathon last Saturday!

Anonymous said...

I am happy that it is a beautiful day in Oklahoma. The sunshine and beautiful leaves make me smile!

ladonna @ladonnaslifelessons@gmail.com said...

I love that I'm staying on my weight loss plan today. No cheating for me!

Erica Wyatt said...

today I am happy I got to take a nap

Erica Wyatt said...

shared giveaway on facebook

Stephanie said...

So blessed by the upcoming holiday season and opportunity to lead a Christmas program.

Steph @HCC said...

I am so thankful for ideas that come when you just start the work. I was paranoid about what I could possibly do for our handmade Christmas gifts this year with budgeting very carefully & also wanting to give good gifts. As I pulled out projects & started to work on one solutions to others came together. Ah! Thankful that when I begin God fills in the blanks!

Debby said...

I am happy that I just got to visit with my Colorado grandkids last week. So much fun.

Meg B. said...

I'm happy that after many years of experiencing camera envy, I finally have a camera that will capture my swimmer in mid-stroke.
p.s. My swimmer turned 12 this weekend and LOVED her necklace, hasn't taken it off.

Megan said...

Today I am happy for coffee...mother of three, wife of one (thank GOD) and full time student...

~Melissa~ said...

I'm very happy that God loves us the way we are but that His ultimate desire is for us to become Christ-like. But not only that, He helps us on that journey. Knowing that I'm loved unconditionally even though I make some mistakes is encouraging these days.

Emily Ruth said...

Right now I am happy that we had a three day weekend this past weekend and that Thanksgiving and spending time with family is approaching. :)

Emily Ruth said...

I blogged about this giveaway here: http://borrowingphotographs.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaways_14.html

Nancy said...

I am happy my husband is such a wonderful man and soldier!

KelK said...

The smile on my daughters face when she asks me to smile as she takes my photo.

Dawn Eshnaur said...

I am happy that my three sons love their Lord and Savior!

Beckie said...

I am thankful for my family!

Robin said...

my healthy kids !!!

Angie said...

There are so many ways that I am blessed today. One that I will mention is that I have a job. I am a teacher and the job market/job security is shaky right now, so I am so very grateful for my job.

katie said...

Beautiful fall weather!

thepeachygal said...

I am happy this Monday is almost over!!!

The Clines said...

I'm happy for my warm cozy bed!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

ONE thing? I have sooooo many things I am happy about today! But if I HAVE to choose just one, maybe today it is for my grandkids (or is that considered 4 things??). They lifted my spirits a lot today. They just make me laugh!! Even when they make a royal mess helping me make muffins, they just are a joy!!

The Perfect Trio said...

My husband is sharing Jesus with a friend...as I type! For real. So happy for him. Praying for her to accept Christ!

lorraine said...

im happy for the support of my loving family :) raineoc@yahoo.com

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I am happy to laugh out loud today.

Danielle

Kristen said...

Today I'm happy for the upcoming holidays! I can't wait to spend time with my family!

JulzVP said...

I'm happy that God is showing me that he is trustworthy. My heart needs to believe that!

cooperkelly4 said...

today is our day off and we spent it with friends and got all the kids individual pictures taken (AND THEY SMILED!), as well as a pic of all of them and a family photo where every one is smiling and looking at the camera! Can you say miracle? and did I mention "4 kids!?! thank you Jesus!

pink*cherub*moon said...

I am so thankful that God has given me my fabulous husband who is so very supportive while I follow my dreams. If I get discouraged, he always picks me up and things get better! xo, Leena

pink*cherub*moon said...

I have posted what I am thankful for on my blog, pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com

pink*cherub*moon said...

I posted what I am thankful for on Twitter.

pink*cherub*moon said...

I posted what I am thankful for on my facebook status.

HelenN said...

I'm happy to be able to be a stay at home mom to my 2 year old.

Anonymous said...

I am happy that we were just told that we are expecting 2 more grandbabies from 2 different couples. This will make 6 and 7!
Thank the Lord for them all.
Debi Nicol at yahoo dot com

Lee said...

I am happy that my family can be together for Thanksgiving! yeah - everyone in from out of state.

Montgomery said...

Today I am thankful for my happy 15 month old that makes me smile everyday!

Jessica Vegh said...

I'm so happy, blessed, thankful, grateful for the Lord's faithfulness in my life! My wonderful husband of 15 years, my 2 precious kids, a warm home, food, clothes and the love of friends and family. God is so good!

Jessica Vegh said...

Posted this on FB, too. :)

Melodee, said...

I'm happy God's given me life. I have a wonderful husband of 29 years (even if he had to work 48 hours of overtime last week), three wonderful daughters, four beautiful grandchildren, brothers, sisters, Mom, Dad, 96 year old Grandma. God is good.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm happy to have a whole day ahead of me just to glitter up some things!

Jennifer Pierce said...

Faith, Family, Bountiful Blessings, Sunshine, Coffee, Pumpkin.....in that order. Amen.

Suzanne said...

I am happy to see my little girl's smiling face. You really can't be in a bad mood when a baby smiles at you. I am also happy today b/c it is my 7th wedding anniversary! Can't believe it has already been 7 years but I couldn't imagine my life with anyone else!!

Danielle said...

Thanks for the great reminders! This was just what I needed. Love you, friend! (even if I don't win :)

mama marchand said...

I'm happy to be participating in my first craft show this Saturday. :)

melissaberhel said...

I'm so happy and thankful to be meeting my precious baby boy in about 4 weeks!

Carrie D said...

I'm happy that God blessed me with a great family. We are certainly not perfect, but we love each other anyway.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

so many things
but right now
today
i am thankful for easy access to
simple medications
that make my kids' fevers and aches
feel all better

thanks for the chance!

alison

Stuff and Nonsense said...

just tweeted about it!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

just posted the giveaway
on my fb page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuff-and-Nonsense/132962436768471

alison

Stephanie said...

I am thankful that I know now that no matter what storms come into my life, Jesus will bring me through them. Stronger and more blessed.

Deidre said...

I am happy that I have a job today...as I was recently let go of my position. I am so thankful and happy that I have a place to go every morning where I can contribute to my family!

Kasey said...

I'm happy that thanksgiving is going to be here soon

~kaseyball@live.com.au

Jenifer said...

Today, I'm happy for a yummy cup of coffee and multi-colored fall leaves blowing in the wind!

Jenifer said...

Facebooked about the giveaway.

Jenifer said...

Tweeted the giveaway! =)

Chelsey said...

Today I am grateful for second chances.

Anonymous said...

I am happy about the pictures I got in the mail today! Thanks.
Jen D

Liz said...

Today I am thankful for commitment. It speaks volumes.

Angie said...

I'm happy that I got all my baking and cooking supplies for thanksgiving bought and stocked today. One more thing of my holiday to do list

angiewith3 at live dot com

Danyelle said...

Today I am happy listening to the soft rain outside.

bibliophile21 said...

I am happy to have family & friends to send Christmas presents too :) I've been busy wrapping presents & shipping them out since we can't get back home for the holidays this year. It's sad, but at least we have people to miss.

bibliophile21 said...

Shared it on Facebook!

bibliophile21 said...

Tweeted it too!

gdyup said...

I am happy that my 12 year old son got clearance from his doctor to start throwing a baseball again! He has been out with an injury since August!

Anissa said...

I am happy today my lil Maggie Mae dog is feeling better!
anissacoupons(at)hotmail(dot)com

kate said...

I am happy bedtime is only 3 hours away!

Mindy said...

I'm happy that I have a day off tomorrow and don't have a huge list of things to do!

Lee said...

Today I'm happy about spending time with Jesus...
and my happy kitty curled up at the end of the bed!

Kim said...

I'm grateful that God is truly in control and I don't have to do anything but follow him.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy that it's the holiday season and my almost 3 yr old is going to LOVE it this year. So excited to share with him.
Katie L.

kraftykash said...

I'm happy that my kids are kinda over the fighting stage and starting to appreciate having a sibling to hang out with. I should have NEVER put that into words...LOL Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

Stephanie said...

I'm happy to finally be finsihed painting our kitchen floor white. We can have our house back to "normal" whatever the heck that means.

Jenny said...

I am happy that I got the basement all cleaned and organized...finally!! =)

Simply Created by Cole said...

I am happy that I was able to get my car home today! Flat tire (hole) all the way to the rim. Oi! But, happy that it is only temporary!

Cole

Marlene said...

I'm thankful for my family . . . really, I am blessed beyond words. Thankful for them every day :)

Julie N said...

I am so happy to have a much needed Girls Night Out tonight!!

Julie N said...

I tweet-a-leeted : http://twitter.com/#!/eksgurl/status/137236833129074688

Sara said...

Whoa! $50!~
EVen though I never win, I can't not try.
I am happy for my student, Jamal, who is UP AND WALKING with a walker now after being hit by a car.
UP AND WALKING.
Come on??!

God is so good.

Emily said...

I'm happy for the extra sleep I got today.

~Melissa~ said...

I updated Facebook on what makes me happy!

Stacey said...

I'm happy that its Lazy Mom Cookie Week on my blog. However, I am not happy at the added jIggling this has caused.