Thursday, 31 January 2013

Scrapbooking Software Giveaway!



One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. If you've hung around here for maybe 2 seconds, you've probably noticed. So in my free time (on the rare occasion that happens now), I love to print and scrapbook my pictures so that the memories are pretty to look at when we want to take a little trip down memory lane. I have an entire shelf full of albums in our living room. 


I have been thinking for a while about digital scrapbooking. But never come across any software that I liked. Then I came across this software from My Memories
I took our pictures from the ski trip we went on this past weekend and managed to turn them into a mini scrapbook in about a half hr. This software does SO many amazing things. I'm sure I have yet to even make a dent in it =) 
I tell you, I LOVE how easy it is to use. Similar to other online book tools such as the one on Shutterfly. They even have a bunch of embellishments included in the original package (so you don't have to buy all the add-ons, although there are extras available). 
You can make scrapbook layouts, photo books, cards, videos, I haven't fully explored everything you can make yet!


So what does this have to do with you?
Well......apparently I can't stop giving things away!!
Its so fun to make you guys so happy.....
so how about a chance to win some digital scrapbooking software?!?!
(See details on Rafflecopter widget below!)



One of you is going to be super duper happy with this baby! =) 

Much Love,
L



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Giveaway closes midnight next Thursday night!
The winners to the Blog Birthday Giveaway were just announced!

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Pearls & Tunes Vol 12.


 Song lyrics: Words, Hawk Nelson


 Song lyrics: Words, Hawk Nelson

Striped dress: Marshalls, Jacket: Thrifted, necklace: f21, leggings: Kohls, Boots: payless, Earrings: Charlotte Russe, White ruffled shirt layered underneath: Old Navy


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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Through Green Tinted Glasses.


I sign into my Instagram account when I have a few moments in my say and see a gorgeous picture of a mommy cuddling her little one in a chair early in the morning. My heart swells with joy for this sweet friend. 

It wasn't always as easy to be happy for others for me, in fact if we go way back to Jr high we can perhaps pinpoint the beginning of my dilemma. Maybe it began even earlier. 
Walking the halls of my school doing a circuit of the Jr high hallway loop with some friends at lunchtime, yeah we thought we were so cool. We passed my current crush with a group of his friends. As we walked closer I saw he was holding hands with one of the girls with him. I was devastated. 
And immediately hated this girl. Oh the drama when you're 13 right?!?! haha. 

So anyway, time passed and I hopefully matured some. Grew up and then found myself in a relationship with my husband. We were together quite a while before getting engaged since we both lived in different countries. Then some similar feelings came flooding back when another friend of mine got engaged.
What?! But I was the one waiting patiently right? We had been praying for the Lord's leading in our relationship and trying to make wise decisions. I may not have hated this friend this time, but I totally envied her. It just didn't seem fair. 

Even once I was engaged, I then watched several friends get married in a few short months after becoming engaged. Of course, I had learned my lesson right? Wrong! 
They should WAIT THEIR TURN! I'M NEXT!!! 
Is exactly what came out of my ugly heart. 

I'm even ashamed to admit that in some of these situations, I wanted nothing to do with any of these girls once they had what I wanted. 
Big green monster anyone?

Finally once married, I watched several sweet friends getting married shortly after us. 
And know what came out of my ugly heart...but getting married was my moment. 
We are still enjoying our own wedding and honeymoon period. 

This was where I was stopped cold in my tracks.
This was ugly.
And NOT who I wanted to be.
This was not glorifying Jesus and loving others.

I wanted to be happy for my friends. To share in their joys as well as their sufferings. 

So how did I begin to battle this? Because it has been just that, a battle.
A dying to self process.


I decided shortly after that I needed to start my making my actions seem happy for the other person and trust that my heart would follow. I may not have gone around bursting with excitement for expectant mamas (although I embarrassingly do that now in a very genuine way. haha oops!) It began as a simple act, like finding out a friend was engaged & instead of saying nothing, I would send a short note to them saying congratulations! Saying how excited I was and asking how the planning was going. 
(I didn't want to be fake in my excitement, but just share their joy) 

I started practicing this everytime a friend was expecting. I would send a little gift to show I cared. Or a congratulations card. Or a quick phone call or even a short email.
I began to see a heart change in myself. Instead of making a conscious effort to do these things, it became natural.
Practicing celebrating with others then turned into a general thrill and excitement over blessings in my friends lives. 

Seeing a friend's belly swell with a little miracle and attending her baby shower, while I myself have not yet been blessed in that way. I no longer see things through green tinted glasses. I see precious little babies and am so thankful I get to share in the joy of those around me. 


Weddings now make my heart soar as I see a picture of the way Christ loves the church, instead of feeling sad that someone else is having a magical day or seeing it as better than my own wedding. 
Sometimes, it is still a challenge. 
But its also a choice.

It feels so vulnerable to share these thoughts with you guys, because they seem so ugly now I have said them out loud. Yet I share them because it is a battle I have walked through and still choose to allow Christ to help me through. Through these thoughts, I hope you see Jesus, grace and what He is capable of doing in our lives when we have a willing heart. 

Much Love,
L

P.S. Don't forget you have until midnight tonight (EST) to enter the Birthday Giveaway. 


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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Friday Favorites & Girl Behind the Blog.

{Find me on Instagram: GloriousWithin}


It has been crazy in our house this week. Moving. Working. Packing to go skiing.
So I'm sorry this post for yesterday is a little late and not its usual style ;)
Come follow the fun on Instagram to keep up with the goings on for the next few days! Be sure to say hi so I can come see what's going on with you too =)


Oh and I am also linking up to this week's Girl Behind the Blog series.

5ohwifey

The Girl Behind The Blog- Coffee Date
Time limit: Vlogs should be 2-3 minutes long
Introduce yourself and your blog
How long have you been blogging?
What do you feel you’ve gained from being a part of the blogging community?



Anyway back to packing for me! Sorry guys.
More soon & be on the lookout for yet another giveaway this next week!! 
(So many people want to give you guys free things!! Love it!!)
And also an Instagram linkup coming too =) =) 

Much Love,
L


P.S. The huge giveaway from this week is still going on. Click the banner below to win some amazing prizes to celebrate my blog's birthday! yay!! =)


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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Pearls & Tunes Vol 11.

 Song lyrics: Middle Of Your Heart, For King and Country


 Song lyrics: Middle Of Your Heart, For King and Country


Don't forget about the giveaway! Click on the banner!


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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Its a Boy! Its a Girl! No Its a Blog!....


Friends!!! Oh my....what an amazing day it is for this space. Its official, All Glorious Within is having a birthday/anniversary or whatever you would like to call the event behind a year of blogging!
It gives me chills to introduce you guys to these amazing friends of mine! And I say friends!! 
These ladies are absolute GEMS! I emailed them about celebrating my silly blog with you guys by having a huge giveaway, and I am floored over their hearts and generosity.


So I think you should check each of their blogs out, because they truly are some of my nearest and dearest! Not just because it gives you the chance to win one of fifteen prizes!!


I almost didn't want to host this, 
because I am in love with everything these ladies are offering you!! 


So here's how it works:
- enter through the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post
- then leave comments for each of the social media links you follow for these sweet friends (gives you additional entries)
- I will leave the giveaway open till midnight next Tuesday (Jan 29th), shortly after the winners will be selected
- Don't forget to share through twitter (option to additional entries daily), you can also blog about the giveaway, share on facebook or Instagram (leave a comment for those)



I hope so many of you will be extremely blessed by winning one of these amazing prizes!! 
Happy 1st Birthday All Glorious Within Blog! Its been such an adventure!! =)



















From Katie:
About 6 years ago I began to pray about how I could support amazing organizations that were working in Africa. The Lord opened up a sweet opportunity, and as a result I started a little non-profit out of my house (called Africa Hope) where I designed t-shirts and then sold them online. Every shirt that I sold I gave almost the entire amount to a non-profit working in Africa. Each shirt is $20, and I'm so excited to give one away to the lucky winner!! Pictured above is one of the designs, but if you would like to look at the entire list of all the t-shirts, you can check them out here. For more information on this journey you can check out my Africa series here.




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From Elise: His Imbaraga is a business located in Rwanda producing handcrafted leather products. With each product purchased you are helping provide men with a skill, income, as well as feeding local village families in need. 





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Much Much Love & Birthday Cake,
L

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Friday Favorites.


So I'm totally new to this iphone party and am now daily using Instagram.
It may have been a contributing factor in making my decision about whether to get an iphone ;)
I'm loving the community on there. Being able to see little bits throughout the days of those I follow on there. Being able to encourage when a verse pops into my mind.

Let me know if you have Instagram friends! I want to see life as you see it on a daily basis. 

{you can find me by searching: GloriousWithin}




Vote for my picture: link here



Much Love,
L


P.S. Oh yeah....this video has been a favorite of mine this week too



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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Sharing Our Stories: Oh How I Love Jesus, Because He first Loved me.



Many years ago, I sat in the pew of the church shaking a little as I listened to my summer camp group leader talk about what it meant to love Jesus. What it meant to become a ‘christian.’ I read through the little booklet in my hand and wondered what there was to question as I understood the bullet points it had.


  • I Believed that I had done bad things in my life
  • I Believed that God was perfect
  • I Believed Jesus had died on the cross for me to restore relationship with God as I had done these bad things
  • I wanted my life to change, to live my life for Jesus instead of me


I told my leader I wanted to pray the prayer that followed as I understood and wanted to make the commitment. I tried to make it not a big deal, but I sensed there was something big happening. She prayed with me and together we signed a date. 
I was only six years old at the time.


I was so fortunate to have grown up in a Christian home. I had two parents who introduced me to Jesus, took me to church and youth group. They were pretty strict about the upbringing of me and my sister and showed us we were loved. I never doubted the existence of God as a child, He was real to me. Looking back, I believe that I really did understand all those bullet points in the little booklet at six years old. But I still did not understand that last one. I signed that booklet and yet continued on as though everything was the same.



It wasn't until I was thirteen and realising how much I had tried to live life in junior high for my friends and for the acceptance of those around me, that I truly started to understand the concept of living for Jesus. 
That daily choice of choosing to do something to show His love to someone, instead of doing something because it makes me look good.


So one night during worship at youth group in a new city, with new people all around me, in a new place...this realisation came to me and I signed a commitment to rededicate my life to Christ. 
To Live for Him this time instead of me. 


At first it was effort to worry less about what people thought, to walk down the halls of my school and realize that as long as I was following Jesus, I probably would not be popular here. 
And over time that became ok. 


The Lord gave me an incredible sense of His love and peace. He brought friends into my life who shared my love for Him, friends who encouraged me and challenged me to grow in my walk with Him. Not many of these in my school setting.


Finally after a relationship with a guy that I desperately wanted to happen didn't work out towards the end of high school, I began to truly fall in love with Jesus. I began to no longer see him as just a good friend or a father figure to rely and depend on. I began to see Him as my first love. I made a commitment in college to read through the entire Bible, and His word came alive to me during those days as I read about his faithfulness in the Old Testament and his love through the sacrifice of His son in the New Testament. Graciously I even read through the book of Numbers and came away in awe of God and His character. If you've ever read Numbers, you’ll see how that must have been a God thing. 


The more I read about Him, the more I understood who He was. He became an incredible constant in my life, a foundation for my understanding of love. Even though once again I was surrounded by people who didn't know Him and didn't love Him, the Lord provided several people to encourage me, to challenge me....often these sweet friends were in a different geographical location to me. 



To this day, I am thankful for that challenging situation where a relationship with a guy I truly wanted, didn't work out. (At least not in my timing)
Because God had bigger plans, plans to show me how much He loved me first. Living life for Him is hard, but we don’t have to do it alone.

So friends, if I could encourage you in any way today. I would want you to know that no matter what situation you find yourself in, there is a person waiting to comfort you. He knows you and loves you so much! (see what he thinks of you)

Run into His arms and begin to fall in love. You won’t ever regret that decision.

Much Love,
L




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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Pearls & Tunes Vol 10.


Song Lyrics: Steven Curtis Chapman, Whatever you Do



Song Lyrics: Steven Curtis Chapman, Whatever you Do

Striped sweater: Old Navy, Owl Necklace: Claires, cami layered underneath: Old Navy, Jeans: Aeropostale, Boots: Old Navy, Earrings: All Glorious Within


What dreams are you afraid to chase, what are you being tested on?
Today, I'm linking up to Krysten's blog for some Kite Project discussion.
We are talking about fear. I feel there is always a little fear associated with dream chasing.
Fear it won't happen. Fear it won't be the way I thought it would be.
Fear that the dream actually isn't a good thing in the end. 
Fear of what other people will think. Fear in comparing myself to others. 

I'm always a little afraid that I won't be good enough. That the dream might come true but I might fail at actually walking the dream. 

I also realise in the process that fear is not trusting God. Fear is believing that He is incapable of something. 
So I strive to be fearless. To trust. 
I often fail at it. 
But I'm trying.

What do you guys think about fear and dreams?
Much Love,
L

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A Book Launch: //Love's Memory by Shannon O'Donnell//



Today, I have something different for you. Sweet Shannon approached me a while back about helping her launch her new book. Of course since I am in love with most christian fiction books, I quickly agreed. I was then privileged to read it before it was launched today!!!
Check out Love's Memory by Shannon O'Donnell.



I really enjoyed reading about this family and would love to read more as Shannon continues her series. Particularly seeing the stories behind several other characters, her daughter, sister and even the other ladies she meets in her journey. I really related to the characters in the story, loving how it slowly unwrapped what was truly going on.
It was an inspiring story and I particularly loved the discussion questions included at the back of the novel to unpack some of the thoughts it provokes. I would highly recommend this wonderful piece of fiction as it is uplifting and fun to read!
You seriously won't want to put it down! 

So battle those winter blues by picking up a good book! ;) 
Anyway.....on to words from the author herself.....

Much Love,
L


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Love’s Memory Review By Shannon O’Donnell

Love’s Memory, The Scott’s of Mountain Ridge Book One, is a story about destinies. The truth is we all have a destiny to fulfill in our life. A destiny designed by God. Our first step into that destiny is realizing we cannot live a happy, prosperous life apart from Him. Like Manny, Valerie and Wren, we are lost, wandering sheep until we are found in Him.


The catch phrase of Love’s Memory is: "It is only when you lose yourself that you find out who you are." This is so true for all of us. When we reach rock bottom, it is often the best thing that can happen to us. It forces us to reach up to something higher than us: God. God then reaches down and grabs us, pulling us to Himself. 


Valerie Mahoney, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, comes to that realization later in her life when she is forced to confront her deepest fears: losing the man she loves and confronting a sister who despises her. Manny, her husband, who married Valerie against his parents' wishes, experiences his valley when he loses the family farm and begins questioning his youthful decisions, including his love for his wife. Heartbroken at this revelation, Valerie flees one night, but a disastrous accident leaves her with amnesia. Distraught, Manny begins the desperate quest to find a wife who doesn't recognize him and return her home.


As with Manny and Valerie, life doesn’t always turn out the way we envision in our youth. Dreams don’t pan out, hearts get broken, disasters strike. But none of this catches God off-guard. In Loves Memory a praying-warrior is strategically placed in their path. 


See, the most important thing to God is bringing His children home to Him.  God was the missing piece in their lives. When Manny and Valerie finally surrender to Him, life suddenly takes many unexpected turns.  If you haven’t met Jesus Christ yet, He is the missing piece in your life. Without Him we can never fulfill our destiny and we all have one. Until He becomes the center of our existence, we are wandering sheep in need of a Shepherd. We may be moving forward, but not necessarily in the right direction. Only God can lead us to the perfect green pastures of our destiny.


Thanks for reading  Love’s Memory-The Scotts of Mountain Ridge Book One,  and no matter where you find yourself in life or what you’ve come out of,  you have a destiny to fulfill. 
You are important!



Shannon O’Donnell
To purchase a copy of  Love’s Memory go to www.shannonhopeodonnell.com

P.S. There's a book launch party over on her blog today with free prizes!! 

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