Thanksgiving Resources

in , , , by sarahmfry, November 15, 2019
Fun Family Resources for the Thanksgiving Season:

(Images are clickable)

Gratitude Activity Printable Pack 

This is my  newest resource - just downloaded it today from Kim over at Not Consumed.
30 free pages of Thanksgiving ideas and activities! Bible verse cards, Gratitude journal for kids, Thanksgiving scavenger hunt, Thankfulness hymn & verses, Gratitude cards, and a link for how to have a "Blessings Party."

Good Advice

by sarahmfry, November 13, 2019
Some "Good Advice" I ran across somewhere long, long ago....
                                  a fantastic list to live by...

   'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.


in , , , , by sarahmfry, November 10, 2019

Calmness is the cradle of power.

J. G. Holland


For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,  
Isaiah 30:15, ESV

 The Brain:  Anxiety, Depression and Self-Care


Understanding some of the basics
How the brain functions
 Layers of life
Upward spiral – practical points that bring it all together
Practical Tools (with clickable links)

Link to recommended booklist

GraceStory: Reading Resources

in , , , , by sarahmfry, November 07, 2019
Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and HealthGraceStory Note I am bringing almost all of these books to GraceStory!  They will be on display in a booth with 2 wine colored chairs.  If you're the kind of person who needs to flip through a book to see if you want to buy it, come by and take a look before you purchase something on Amazon.

View the post for a topical, clickable list of recommended reading.


in , , , , by sarahmfry, November 05, 2019
Why these fears?

I have learned to know myself, and I suspect several practical reasons, but as usual the presence of fear within me feeds fear itself.

I don’t like the nagging of fear. I much prefer the sigh of rest and trust and have learned to nurture it. But as a child and even beyond I spent countless nights fearing things eternal and temporal and specific and vague and realistic and imaginary.....and always fearing fear itself. It has paralyzed me, at times. Made me stare wide-eyed into darkness and double lock doors and dive behind beds. Made me picture God wrongly and turned heaven into a place of unknown dread for me.

I have remarkable awe and respect for my mother’s unending patience in talking me and walking me and praying me through night after night of fear. Spiritual fear, physical fear, mental & emotional fear.


in , by sarahmfry, November 04, 2019

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.

~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros


in , , , by sarahmfry, November 03, 2019

This week it has been so painfully present with me....

I am not worthy.  I am not good.  I am not beautiful.  I am not enough.

                                     I am dust.

Daybook - Chilly Fall Day

in , , by sarahmfry, October 30, 2019

Chilly, grey, delicious

Herbie Hancock, Frank Sinatra, etc.

Been thinking a lot about dreaming.  And some of my big dreams.  And where they fit.
Schedules & Checklists!!  They save my life and my sanity.

Nurturing myself

in , by sarahmfry, October 16, 2019
On those days when you wake up and the world is hard and dreary and weary and you can't get enough coffee...nurture yourself!

The older I get, the more I realize that it is my responsibility to nurture myself.

Most of these things can be done in 10-15 minutes or less.  Even on super-busy days, when I'm so focused on my to-do list that I'm feeling a little cranky, there is time to pause for a second...Notice. Breathe.  Maybe even sing.

I love having a list ready when my kids can't figure out what to do!

Sometimes I use the list for my own reference, and sometimes I just hand them the list and it triggers their imagination.

This list is rich in links!  You could even use it as a Christmas shopping ideas when the grandmas ask what your kids want for Christmas!  (I don't get any kickback for any of the links.)