The Unexpected Gifts of Brokenness


The Unexpected Gifts of Brokenness

Recently, I shared with you a little about a heartbreaking season I have walked through that lasted several years, and how my marriage was completely broken. The unexpected gifts of brokenness are what I have learned from this season in my life, and the fruit that has come from being pruned.

Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
3 We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

I’m going to be honest, Romans 5:3-5 is one of those verses that I liked to skip over. I mean, who wants to glory in their suffering? In fact, who wants even to think about suffering. Suffering is scary! It’s not something anyone would willfully sign up for, except Jesus, who died on the cross willfully for our sins. I don’t want to suffer. However, after going through a very difficult season where every area of my life felt like it was being tested, and I did suffer, I now see something different in this passage. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want ever to walk through that same wilderness again, but what God has taught me through barren seasons I don’t think I could have learned any other way. What God has done in my heart to transform me into an entirely different person wouldn’t have happened otherwise There are unexpected gifts that only brokenness can bring. [Read more...]

TEVA Sandals ONLY $14.99! (50% OFF!)

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Today only on Amazon – score TEVA Sandals for up to 50% OFF!  

Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is up to 50% OFF Teva Sandals – like these TEVA Flip Flops that are only $14.99 (Reg $30).  Or these Teva Kayenta Sandals on sale for $39.99 – reg $80. (In size 10)

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Or I really love these Teva TerraLight sandals - I have some similar to this that I rely on all summer.  Thinking about grabbing a new pair!

Plus, get FREE 2-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, or Free Super-Saver shipping with a $35 purchase.

  • Subscribe & Save prices are listed with standard 5% Off S&S discount.
  • The S&S discount will be 15% Off for those with 5+ monthly subscriptions.
  • The S&S discount will be 20% Off for Amazon Mom/Prime members with 5+ monthly subscriptions.

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Ultra Soft 8PC Bedding Set only $29.99 Shipped!

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Looking to spruce up your room with a new comforter?  Right now you can get this Hotel Luxury Ultra Soft 8PC Comforter Set for only $29.99! (Twin is $29.99 – larger sizes are more)

Choose from 6 colors – and the shipping is FREE :)

Includes:

  • Comforter
  • Bedskirt
  • Flat Sheet
  • Fitted Sheet
  • Pillow Case & Pillow Sham (Twin)
  • 2 Pillow Cases & 2 Pillow Shams (Queen)

Head over here to get this deal while there is still a good selection of colors/sizes!

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Coleman Xtreme 100qt 5-Day Cooler on Wheels only $50!

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Right now at Walmart – get an awesome deal on this Coleman cooler!

The Coleman Extreme 100 Quart 5-Day cooler is marked down to just $50 (in white) – reg $62.86.

This cooler gets great reviews and can keep food cold for up to 5 days!  Check out the features:

Coleman 100 qt Xtreme 5-Wheeled Cooler:

  • Antimicrobial liner resists odor, mold, mildew and fungus
  • Keeps the Ice up to 5 days at temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Xtreme technology uses an insulated lid and extra insulation in the walls for longer ice retention
  • Holds 160 cans
  • Heavy-duty wheels for easy, reliable transport
  • Leak-resistant channel drain for easy draining without tilting the cooler
  • Have-A-Seat Lid supports up to 250 lbs for a place to sit and rest
  • Large tow handle for easy pulling
  • Comfort-grip swing handles for easy carrying
  • Rust-resistant, stainless steel spring lid strap locks lid in place when open to prevent accidental closings
  • Cup holders molded into the lid keep drinks close
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Amazon: InStyler Hair Tools 40% OFF!

 

If you’ve been waiting on a good deal on the popular InStyler – it’s your lucky day!  Today only on Amazon – get 40% OFF InStyler Hair Tools.

I wanted one of these forever and when I finally got one I started using it at least two or three times a week.  It makes my hair so smooth and gives it that bounce and a little flip at the ends that I can’t do with the blow drier.

Totally worth what I paid for it – especially for this newer model!  (That’s mine below)

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Plus, get FREE 2-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, or Free Super-Saver shipping with a $35 purchase.


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Keurig K10 Mini Plus only $69 Shipped!

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Looking for a small coffee-maker for a dorm room, or your office cubicle?  This is just the ticket!

Right now on Amazon, snag the Keurig Mini for only $69.55 + FREE Shipping! (You have to add it to your cart to see the price)

  • Brews a perfect beverage in under two minutes, Choose from three cup sizes, 6-count K-Cup Variety Pack
  • Brews coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages
  • Brews 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz. sizes, Brews in under two minutes, Includes a K-Cup variety pack
  • Removable Drip Tray
  • Product dimensions : 10.8″H x 6.9″W x 10.7″D

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CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

My friend, Cortney, has been telling me all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

 

You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

Groupon 20% OFF Local Deals (Stone Mountain Park!!)

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Today only, Groupon is offering  20% OFF Local  for ALL customers with code NEARBY20!  This includes all sorts of festivals, amusement parks, concerts, tours and more – plenty of things to do with the family this Summer.
PLUS – if you need an oil chance, you really can’t beat that Sears Deal!
One of the coolest things around us is Stone Mountain Park in Georgia - it gets great reviews as a family friendly place to go!  And tickets for the Summer Adventure Pass are a steal!
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This is also a FANTASTIC way to save on a kid’s birthday party – get a group pass to paintball or bowling, etc… at a steep discount when you use this code!
Let us know if you spot something great in your area!
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