Enduring All Things: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We Know You're Praying. What else? (+ reliable ways to help hurricane victims)

All pictures in this post were taken by either my brother, Tyler Nutt, who is a cameraman for ABC news or his partner and reporter, Stephen Quinn. They have been in southeast Texas since Sunday covering hurricane Harvey and gave me permission to share these photos.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
You know what I've noticed in the last week with all that's happening in Texas with hurricane Harvey? A lot of people are praying. And a lot of people are sharing on social media that they are praying.

If I see one more picture on Instagram of the outline of Texas or the Texas flag and the words "Praying for Texas".......

But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!

Why the "Praying" posts bother me

First of all, I should give some credit to Pearson. While these posts had been bothering me, I couldn't quite get my head around why. Then he mentioned Matthew 6:5-6 and it clicked.

I think we can agree that the devastation and destruction that's going on in Texas is pretty tragic, right? But here's the thing. We all know about it. And guess what else, if you're a Christian with any kind of online presence, I'm pretty sure we know you're a Christian. Hopefully we do. Hopefully you don't keep your faith completely a secret. And if we know you're a Christian, we can infer that you're praying. Right? Am I right in assuming that?

So guess what! You don't have to tell the whole world that you're praying!
"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward." Matthew 6:5 ESV
Think for a moment about what your true intentions are in telling the world that you're praying for Texas.

Is it to spread the word and awareness that something terrible is happening in our country? Because, as I already mentioned, we all know.

Is it to tell people that you are a Christian and you believe in the power of prayer? Again, as I said, we should already know that. And if you really want to tell people about the power of prayer, show it. Use examples. Encourage others to pray. Write more than "Praying for Texas."

Is it to get attention? To get likes? To toot your own horn? Or to keep up with your virtual neighbor who posted that really cool picture of the Houston skyline with the overlay of the word "Praying" in that unique font? Here lies the problem.

So yes. Please do pray. Prayer is so powerful. Please hear me when I say that. In fact, prayer is the most powerful thing you can do. But it's easy. It's easy to sit in your comfortable home that's free of water damage and pray. And it's easy to tell the world that you are praying and to feel good about yourself.

And if any of the people shouting from behind their phones and computers that they're "Praying for Texas" are like me (or at least like I have been in the past), they aren't actually praying. Or at least not as much as they want us to believe. I'm sure some of them said a quick prayer "God, please help the people affected by Harvey. Amen", posted on social media that they're praying, and then went on with their lives.

Not everybody who posted did this, I know. But some did, I'm sure.

But I'm getting too far off topic.

My point is, yes prayer is important. Go pray in your room with the door shut. And then go to Houston and help if you can. Send money and supplies. Do something tangible that will help immediately. Love your neighbor. Oh, and you don't have to tell the world that you're doing that either.
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6 ESV
The following are pictures of the Coast Guard after flying into Port Arthur to rescue people on their houses.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!

So here are some great ways to help (not scams):

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort

Being a member of the Church of Christ, and having worked with this organization before, I know it's reliable. You can donate here.

The American Red Cross

Of course the American Red Cross is reliable. You can donate here.

You also can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Convoy of Hope

Thanks to Candace Payne (aka Chewbacca Mom) for this idea. She's worked with Convoy a lot in the past including a trip to Tanzania with them earlier this year. She trusts them and I trust her. Basically Convoy distributes supplies to disaster survivors and then stick around to help them get situated after the disaster is over. You can donate here.

You can also text CONVOY to 50555 to donate $10.

Texas Diaper Bank

Thanks to Liz Dean (creator of the Instagram Decoded course that I love so much) for this idea. You can donate diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank even if you don't live near there. Just put some diapers in your cart on Amazon and when you checkout, be sure to change the shipping address to:

The Texas Diaper Bank
5415 Bandera Road Suite 504
San Antonio, TX 78238

If you live in Texas:

The following pictures are of a gator farm in Beaumont, Texas. Stephen and Tyler reported on this farm earlier in the week.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
So please donate. Do something tangible and helpful. Again, yes praying is very helpful. But do more. Please!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reading Roundup August {2017}

You guys! I actually read a lot this month! As I said in my review of The Sleeping Beauty Killer last month, I really like modern, realistic murder mysteries. I can't put them down! I currently have 9 books checked out of the library. Most of which are this genre. And I can't wait to read them even though I have 4 other books i'm supposed to be reading because I'm on their launch teams... Oops.

Anyway, let's move on to my reviews for this month, shall we?
Book reviews of everything I read in August.

Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

You guys, this collection of Sarah's Scribbles was so fun! I love Sarah's little comics I see all over the internet (that come from her website) it it was fun to have a physical book to read through and laugh at whenever I had a few free minutes this month. I highly recommend it and I may actually buy it and her new one, Big Mushy Happy Lump to have on hand and be able to grab whenever I need a laugh!
One of the books in my august book review roundup.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

I saw this book in Barnes and Noble at Christmastime last year (before Carrie Fisher passed) and my first reaction was to buy it right then and there! But as I read the description and a little more about it, I realized I might not actually enjoy it. I realized it might ruin Carrie's image in my mind. I mean, don't get me wrong, I knew she wasn't perfect, but I decided I didn't need to know every detail.

Fast forward about 8 months. Carrie has been dead for a while and I'm still not over it. One day I took a stroll around my neighborhood library and there was her latest book. I decided on a whim to pick it up and read it. After all, I wouldn't be spending any money on it.

Anyway, all this to say... I am so glad I decided to read it. Yes there were a lot of not-very-wholesome details about her life but it gave so much insight. I will never watch the Star Wars movies the same way again. I feel like I know her so much better now. Just like I do after reading any memoir. And there were several points in the book during which I actually cried. Like when she said she couldn't imagine a TV obituary about her that didn't have pictures of her famous bun hairstyle.

Anyway, yes I highly recommend this book to any Star Wars and/or Carrie Fisher fans. But fair warning, it's not exactly clean. Then again, it wasn't the dirtiest book I've ever read either.
One of the books in my August book review roundup.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Wow. I had heard great things about this book. And I heard that if I liked The Girl on the Train, then I would love this one. And I LOVED The Girl on the Train. Anyway, this book was awesome! It was different from a typical murder mystery because there was more than one mystery. You weren't just trying to figure out who the murderer was, you were also trying to figure out who was murdered. Yes there was a twist at the end, but it wasn't a typical twist where the murder was someone totally unexpected, it was so much more than that! Not only that but the crazy, adrenaline filled scary scene at the end was even crazier than others.

Anyway, that's all I'll say so I don't give any more away. But just trust me, read it! Especially if you like modern murder mysteries like me, as I found out last month!

What have you read this month? Link up below!
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Monday, August 28, 2017

The BIGGEST Dating Divas Flash Sale Ever

Hey guys. Sorry I've been a little MIA lately over here on the blog. I've been soaking up the last few days of summer and reading a lot. You'll see what I've been reading tomorrow for Reading Roundup. But today I have something very exciting to talk about!
For THREE DAYS ONLY the entire Divas Store is 50% off a purchase of $50 or more.
You all know I love The Dating Divas and they are currently having one of their biggest sales to date! Seriously. You are NOT going to want to miss out on this! Here's what's going down:

First: You build your own $50+ bundle by combining any of their store products that make your heart flutter with happiness and add them to your cart. This is the time to stock up on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas items!

Next: You automatically get that magical bundle for $25+.

That's it. This sale is THAT SIMPLE. And THAT HUGE! 50% OFF a purchase of $50 or more!

So what are you waiting for? Go load your carts with all those dreamy products you've had your eyes on forever! Hurry! Sale ENDS at Midnight MDT on the 29th!!
For THREE DAYS ONLY the entire Divas Store is 50% off a purchase of $50 or more.

AWESOME HOLIDAY PRODUCTS TO STOCK UP ON DURING THIS SALE:


The 5 Senses Gift - Christmas Edition:


12 Days of Christmas Gift Pack:


Christmas Neighbor Gift Pack:


A Family Christmas Countdown:


A Spouse Christmas Countdown:


So head on over to the Dating Divas Store and get shopping! Again, the sale ends tomorrow (8/29) at midnight MDT!

***Membership subscriptions (Reclaim Your Marriage, Marriage Master's Program, and Marriage Club) are NOT INCLUDED in the sale.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Should you Renew your Wedding Vows?

Today I have a wonderful guest post about vowel renewals. I think renewing your vows after being married for a while has a lot of great benefits. But for now, I'll turn it over to Megan.

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Some married couples reach a point in their lives together where they feel a pull to re-new their wedding vows and reseal their promises to each other. Often vow renewals mark an important milestone anniversary. Other times, a vow renewal may be used to welcome a new beginning in a marriage.

Whether you should or shouldn’t renew your vows is entirely a personal decision. Not every couple feels the urge to re-proclaim the promises they made years before, and it certainly isn’t a legal requirement in any state.

Vow renewals are more for sentimentality and for the couple’s desires than for any other reason. Many couples enjoy the ceremony and the intimacy of exchanging vows—and rings—once again.

Renewal ceremonies can be big or small and may include extended family and friends or just immediate family. Some couples even choose to host a party after the ceremony—like a second reception. You may also choose to renew vows in a private ceremony with no guests present.

When deciding to renew your vows, create a ceremony that is unique and meaningful for you. Don’t feel obligated to go big—like your original wedding. Although, if your wedding was small (or you eloped), a vow renewal may also be the ideal time to have the big wedding of your dreams!

Here are some tips and guidelines for vow renewal ceremonies and celebrations:

Set the Guest List

Decide who should be invited, and make the decision as a couple. If you want to invite extended family and friends, figure out the final number. This will help you determine a budget.

Just a Ceremony?

Couples should also decide if they want to host just a vow renewal ceremony or an after-party, too. If you plan to invite lots of guests, you should host a small after event for light food and drinks. Of course, you also can rent a venue and host a big dinner…complete with dessert.

What to Wear

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Some couples wear their old wedding formalwear…if the gown fits, wear it! Others seek out a new dress in white, ivory or even a favorite color. Wear flowers in your hair, a hat or even a veil. Fascinators also make a lovely choice.

The Invites

If you plan to host a big renewal ceremony you will need to send invites. However, the wording will be different the second time around. The Knot recommends using the following verbiage: "The honor of your presence is requested at the reaffirmation [or renewal] of the wedding vows of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith [or Susan and Jonathan Smith]."

Gifts…or No

According to the site IDoTakeTwo.com, gifts are a no-go for vow renewals. Guests should not be obligated to shower the couple with gifts, as a vow renewal is not a wedding. Gifts are traditionally bestowed upon newlywed couples to help them as they begin their new life together. If you’re renewing your vows, you’ve already established your life together.

New Rings

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Couples can choose to exchange rings at their renewal ceremony. If the renewal is in conjunction with an anniversary, the anniversary bands would be a fitting choice. Or choose rings that reflect your life together as a couple; add birthstones of your children, diamonds for each year of marriage or choose plain bands.

Many couples choose to re-seal their vows to mark a milestone in their marriage. However, vow renewals are not legally binding. Of course, this also means that the couple may choose anyone to officiate the ceremony—even their kids! Vow renewals should be a reflection of the love between the couple…so plan a ceremony that celebrates the two of you and your amazing marriage!

Megan Scott is a writer, event expert and mother of two beautiful twins. She wants to use her knowledge and expertise to help others lead a better life. Megan enjoys doing research on interior design for both homes and businesses. Her hobbies include writing, long distance running and traveling with her beloved family. Follow her on twitter as @meganscotts!
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Date Box Swap

A couple months ago, Kailei from Two Best Friends in Love posted about a date box swap for wives. I was super excited and signed up immediately!

A couple weeks later, Kailei sent out the partner assignments and I got to partner with the beautiful Brittney of The Kelleys!
So Brittney and I emailed each other and got to know each other over the course of the next month. And we sent each other a date box at the beginning of August!

I thought about sending her some supplies to make s'mores since it's the end of summer, but I decided it would be difficult to send that stuff in the mail. I didn't want the chocolate to melt and the marshmallows to get all sticky. So I ended up going with a childhood theme and included a coloring book, nerf guns, water balloons, kid snacks and a redbox code!
Brittney filled our box with all kinds of fun games and snacks and guess what! We didn't already own any of the games!
I was so excited to get the dominos because I've been wanting some forever. And I love both Phase 10 and Uno!
Last Saturday night, Pearson and I played Phase 10 while eating the treats. Pearson claims he had never played Phase 10 before and he really enjoyed it (even though he's not a huge fan of card games). The Muddy Buddies were really good! I don't know if I've ever had store bought ones and they did not disappoint!
The entire experience was so fun. I loved getting to know Brittney and coming up with a fun date for her and her husband. And we really enjoyed our relaxing date night. I really hope Kailei hosts this again sometime!

Have you ever done a swap like this before? 
What are your favorite games to play with your spouse?
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