7-day Doubt Diet: Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence

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Winner of a copy of A Confident Heart – melissa SAVINGMONEY09@LIVE.COM
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Before we get started delving into our own doubts and insecurities together – I want you to know I’m just like you.”  I know I mentioned yesterday but if this is your first day joining this is meant to be a “sharing thing.”  So, before everyone runs off to your prayer closet to read by yourselves hang around for a while and fellowship.  Yesterday we laid down the foundation we’re going to build from.  Here’s day one, Are you ready to take God’s hand and trust His heart?

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Day 1: Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence
Taken in part from Chapter 1 and 61 1

Did ya’ll totally relate to Renee’s story?  (Get your free devotion here.) I can totally relate.  Several years ago, a friend was helping me clean out the playroom.  We were on a serious mission to get rid of junk – if anything looked like a Happy Meal Toy, part of a toy we coudn’t find or something totally random it was going in the trash.  Fast forward a couple of weeks, we have a blow up bed that we set up when our families visit.  Guess what?  One of those “totally random” pieces that we threw away.  Well, not so much……..it was the valve.  (We had to buy a new one)  Much like Renee’s example, I thought that little piece was insignificant and threw it away without a second thought.  It may have been small compared to the size of the rest of the bed however that valve determines the beds future.  Without it, the blow up bed was just a flat rubber rectangle.
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Renee heard God speak to her that she tosses her confidence away the same way she tossed that piece of rubber away without a second thought….. What about you?  Ouch…..Guilty as charged.  I too, have thrown away my confidence more times than I can count without realizing what was happening.  If you haven’t received day one yet of the devotion, the rubber piece was the power button to the remote control.
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It doesn’t take much, it could be one word from a loved one that triggers insecurity.  Everything Renee listed – the worry the creeps in and says I’m not good enough, no matter what I do I’ll never measure up. Then worry changes to fear – fear of the disappointment that is sure to follow, fear that I’m going to mess up, never finish what I started or lose something   Fear, worry, disappointment, insecurity they all lead me to one place, the road of self-doubt.1
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Then, when Renee said,” I see a pattern in my thinking that led to the pattern of my doubting.”  It hit me, I do the same thing every time I go to Chattanooga, or Georgia to visit my mom.  I usually take the same route without thinking  about it.  I just hit autopilot and go.  Sure there are other ways, but they aren’t familiar as least I KNOW what to expect.  I do the same when fear, insecurity,worry, disappointment whatever you want to call it begins to creep.  When someone says something that hurts me, or I feel rejected what do I do?
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What about if I make up my mind one morning determined that I’m going to change everyone’s sheets and somehow life happened and I never got started.  I know what emotions are coming.   Do you?  I know that even though I home schooled my kids, washed a load of clothes AND put them away, worked, then cooked dinner it’s not those accomplishments that my mind surrenders to – it’s the one thing I didn’t do.  I’ll tell myself I’ll do better tomorrow, why can’t I be more organized, if I would just stay focused then I’d get everything done.
I know myself well enough that - no matter how much I do I always think I can do it better next time.1
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The Challenge:  Recognize when we start turning down that familiar path of self doubt to TURN AROUND!  Just like a GPS God is whispering in our ears Recalculating turn right in .8miles on Promise Lane follow it to your destination, A Confident Heart.
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  1. Recognize the power I give self doubt.
  2. Stand up to it and claim the confidence God has already given me.
  3. Pray and ask God to show me when I turn around to toss my confidence in the can.
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The following is an excerpt from The 7-day Doubt Diet:
When you start a diet or physical training plan, experts recommend you complete a Body Mass Index analysis to determine if you are overweight, underweight, or in a healthy weight range.
Food for thought: So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36, (NIV)
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“I’ve created a FREE “Doubt Index Analysis” to help you identify your most common doubts, see how they affect you and determine just how much self-doubt could be weighing you down by. There is a link to download here.”  Renee Swope

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A Message from Renee:

“Please don’t get discouraged if your score reveals that self-doubt is weighing you down more than you realized. I used to check “always” on all of them. But I didn’t want to stay there, and I don’t want you to either. That is why I wrote my book
A Confident Heart , and why I’m offering “The 7-day Doubt Diet”- a week’s worth of devotions from my book for FREE.”
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By the way I scored 146 on the Doubt Index Analysis.  How did you do?
154 – 110: Self-doubt comes and goes for you. When it’s present, it keeps you from all God has for you.

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A Personal Prayer Request from Kasey
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God is calling me to walk this journey out, please keep my family in your prayers today.  My husband is a pharmaceutical rep and his main drug just went generic.  To make a long story short – we’re waiting on a phone call today to find out his job will be eliminated.  My heart screams with doubt – we’ve already been through this twice in the last 8 years, you have got to be kidding me.  At the same time, I’ve heard God gently whisper in my ear all day – remember where I’ve brought you from.  I did not forsake you then and I won’t now.  He’s calling me to take HIS hand and trust His heart.
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I hear you God, I really do……..but to be 100% honest I’d rather you just answer my prayer that he won’t lose his job.  Why do I automatically trust more in the security of a job, than the security of God’s promises?

Are you ready to take God’s hand and trust His heart?


Chapter 1:  Discovering the Shadow of my Doubt
So don’t throw away your confidence, you will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised you. Hebrews 10:35-36
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Tomorrow (9/9) we will start Day 1 of the 7-day Doubt Diet. If you haven’t signed up, don’t put it off -  YOU are worth it.   You’ll need your own copy to read (And its free HERE) as I won’t copy each day’s entire devotion.  We’ll go through the devotion each day together, sharing scripture, encouragement, doubts, fears, and insecurities that have taken up residence in our hearts.  The 7-Day Doubt Diet includes seven foundational truths from different chapters of A Confident Heart.
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Girls, before we get started I want ya’ll to know I’m just like you.  Okay, so I teach coupon workshops and update the blog – none of this happened because of me.  In fact, somehow God opened doors in spite of me.  I never wanted to coupon, and I never ever wanted to speak in public or even share my heart online like I’m doing right now.  A part of me wants to go jump in the bed right now and pull the covers over my head.  I’ve been putting this off all day.  Why?  Doubts have crept into my mind and “overshadowed” (as Renee says) what I know God has asked me to do.
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Things like:
  • Have I lost my ever loving mind?  Why on earth would I voluntarily put myself in such a vulnerable position?
  • No one’s going to read this – there will be no comments – nothing on facebook – no tweets – nothing.
  • I’m also afraid you’ll think I have it all together and ask why it is I’m sharing the devotion.
  • Or -  those that know me and know things that I’ve faced will remember every failure and think I’m not “good enough” or “spiritual enough” to be leading this devotion with you.
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This shadow is huge, it’s distorted – it’s not truth.
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Renee’s story of how God opened her eyes to the “shadow of her doubts,” really opened my eyes. (and ears!)  The list I shared above is so small compared to the doubts that swirl around in my mind.  Doubt, fear, and insecurities have walked beside me for a long time - so long that I no longer recognize them for what they are.  In fact, they are as familiar as old friends. When no one understands, doubt whispers in my ear in agreement.  Oh, and fear never leaves my side! At least I can count on it being here.  When I am hurt by someone I love, insecurity reaches out to hold my hand.  Just like the shadow in the image above – it’s not truth.  My doubts are huge and distort the truth.

As soon as I began to read,  A Confident Heart, the lies I had accepted as truths started to look different.  I thought the doubts were just a part of me, a part that I was waiting for Jesus to one day walk by and zap out of me.  Sure I’ve heard messages my entire life about trusting in God’s promises and not allowing my circumstances to define me. I thought that meant one day I could trust, one day I’d be confident, one day I’d feel equipped.  One day…….the timing was God’s decision I was waiting on him.  He’s the one who would  choose when one day would become THE DAY.
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Right?  You’ve been there haven’t you?  Then during the waiting I begin to doubt that God is going to zap me with confidence.  You know, he’s mad at me.  I messed up last week.  I didn’t honor my husband, my kids got on my ever-last nerve, that had to be it.  Since God is perfect and is not a man who can lie, then it has to be me.
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As I continued to read chapter one, there were phrases that jumped off the page at me – when did I become so hard on myself – what triggers my doubts – God doesn’t want me to live in the constant cycle of self doubt.  Fantastic – but I don’t know how!  Sometimes, I don’t believe His word is true for me.
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The next paragraph I am going to quote from the book I underlined, circled and highlighted twice in yellow and pink.  Renee says that “we’ll talk about the struggles, uncertainties, and fears we all face and how we can learn to actively trust God’s heart as we process our never-ending thoughts, our always-changing emotions, and our oh-so-busy and often confusing lives through the transforming truth of God’s Word.  We will find our heart’s confidence in Christ as we learn how to rely on the power of His promises in our everyday lives.”
The words – we we learn how to rely spoke clearly to my heart.  God wants me to trust him but unless I rely on the power of his promises then doubt will scream louder in my ear until doubt silences Gods promises.

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At the end of Chapter 1 there are several review questions – it’s up to you, but I’m going to get somewhere by myself with no cell phone, computer or children so that I can hear the still small voice of my Father longing to draw me close to him – waiting for me to turn to him.  This will be uncomfortable for me, I don’t like to be alone where my thoughts can go into overdrive without distractions.  I’m serious ya’ll, I even read emails in the shower on my phone.  I don’t go to bed until I am ready to pass out – why? If I’m not distracted then I might think too much.  It might hurt too much, I will think about my precious daddy who I miss so much.  I want to avoid the refiner’s fire and the potter’s wheel!
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The God of all hope is calling you out of the shadow of your doubts so you can live with a confident heart! Are you ready to let His Word change the way you think, which will determine the way you feel and eventually transform the way you live (Rom. 12:2)? Renee Swope
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Tomorrow ~ Day 1 of the 7-day Doubt Diet.

Then I will know that He is the Lord.  When I hope in him I won’t be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23 Won’t you join me?  For the next 7 days lets be honest with ourselves, get real about the thoughts that plague our minds and the doubts that strangle our confidence. .

Insecure or Confident? Kicking Doubts and Fears to the Curb!

 

You think I’m Insecure……….

 

………Maybe you know exactly what I’m talking about. Perhaps you have prayed since you were a little girl to be a mother, and here you are with kids, doubting you have what it takes to be a good mom. Or maybe you’ve sensed God calling you to serve Him in a way that requires steps of faith, but insecurity has convinced you that you’re not smart enough or gifted enough. Perhaps you have wanted to change jobs for a while and now you have the opportunity to do just that, but you don’t want to go. The unknown is too scary. Although you’ve been miserable, at least the misery is familiar where you are now.?
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I desperately wanted to move out of the shadows of my doubts, but all I could do was go through the motions and pray that God would zap me with confidence. I kept hoping it would happen right there in my bathroom, but it didn’t. Doubt and questions continued to criticize me.  (excerpt Chapter 1 A Confident Heart by Renee Swope download FREE here.)


Sound familiar? Unfortunatly all too familiar……

I understand what it feels like to live in doubt and insecurity. If only I could see myself how God sees me.  I completely relate to the struggles Renee described above.  I doubt my ability to home school  my kids.  When I compare myself to others who have a degree in education, I don’t feel equipped.  I find myself insecure in God’s call on my life.  Surely the next workshop I teach I will freeze and forget everything I have taught for the past two years.  I fear I’m not doing enough for my family, again doubt creeping into my thoughts

I don’t have to live “in the shadows of my doubts,” as Renee describes. It will take work on my part, but learning to walk in the confidence that God has for me wil be worth the journey.

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Been There, Done That & Have the T-Shirt to Prove It.



Anyone ever feel O-V-E-R-W-H-E-L-M-E-D?
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I don’t mean just by the really BIG issues in life, it’s the little ones that surround me daily that cause the most frustration.  There are so many things I need to do that if I started making a list I think I would run away from myself.  Cleaning the kitchen, dusting the furniture, mopping floors, vacuuming, scrubbing bathrooms, washing clothes……….starting to get my drift?  Of course that’s just a couple of examples, there’s also grocery shopping, recently packing and unpacking,  making sure my kids have jeans that fit, my son’s birthday, oh and my screened-in porch has been driving me crazy for weeks, no months.  I just need to get my tail out there with a water hose and get it over with.  It’s not that I mind doing those things, in fact I look at it as a way to serve my family.   I love being a “sorta stay at home mom,” although that looks a little different now since we started Time 2 $ave, however I LOVE teaching workshops and speaking hope into peoples lives.
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So if I feel good about doing it for my family, then guess how I feel when I don’t do it?  I feel like I have failed, I am a bad mom, a bad wife and then my house turns into the size of a shopping mall in my mind and I begin to feel hopeless.  I freely admit that I sound a bit dramatic but hey as girls, it’s kinda how we were created.
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In the middle of this mess I remembered a title of a book called, Too Blessed for This Mess by Cindi Woods.  I have read several other books/bible studies by the same author that were fabulous The Frazzled Female: 30 Days to Finding God’s Peace in Your Daily Chaos and Victoriously Frazzled the Frazzled Female’s Guide to Restoring Her Sanity.
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Without knowing what Too Blessed for This Mess is about I just decided to make that statement my theme song for that day.
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(anyone remember The Ally McBeal Show with her theme songs?)

It is settled……I am officially too blessed for this mess.  That means I can’t let it overwhelm me or allow it to tell me who I am, based on what I have done or not done.  Many times God brings scripture to my mind when I am feeling especially defeated like I have been today – such as:
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
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“The LORD my God in my midst is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over me with joy; I will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:16

If God created me and he knew me before I was formed in my mothers womb (Psalm 139:13-16) he knew about my mess, he knew how overwhelmed it would make me feel and he knew that all those little things added together would make me feel like I was a failure.  Even more he knows that my thoughts are not true.  His ways are higher than my way,s his thoughts are higher than my thoughts.  My Mess Doesn’t Determine my Ability to be Blessed!  Last year when I started my original journey to simplify my life and clean out my home (starting with my kids playroom and the laundry room) was my worth different?  Did God value me differently?  Did he throw a huge party up in heaven to rejoice about my mess being clean?
I could just imagine God in the middle with the Holy Ghost on one side and Jesus on the other jumping up and down giving me a Woot Woot! Right?  Wrong, maybe a little high five, but not because of something I did or accomplished – instead as my Father, he understood the desire of my heart to get my home in order.  He knew the sense of accomplishment I felt.
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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11″

Now the task at hand – The Home School Room!

My husband had already tackled part of the room before I took pictures
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This morning I shared how I was feeling with my husband especially the internal trauma I felt from being disorganized.   So sweetly he started cleaning up our homeschool room.  (it looked like a bomb had blown up in there)  I am feeling especially anxious about getting everything in order for our new school year.  Although I intended to continue our same school schedule throughout the summer well…..not so much.  Instead our homeschool room turned into a junk room and I don’t even know where to start.
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Wow!  Look at this close up of this fabulouslly organized table.
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Before my husband started cleaning I suggested we pull the furiture TV’s and a couple of boxes in the garage out in the driveway so that people riding by would think we were having a garage sale.  I really really want to sell some of my furniture and we have way too many TV’s I thought we could take turns peeking outside the perfect solution instead of sitting outside all day.  I thought – hey we’ll just open the garage pull a couple of things out and maybe just maybe we could sell at least the big items. Patiently he answered, honey one bite at a time.  I really think that attempting a yard sale at the same time we are cleaning inside is too much.   I knew he was right, I always try to do to much at the same time then I get way over it and don’t want to finish.
TRANSITION HERE……Trust me it will be worth it!
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For just a moment follow me we are going a bit off topic but it is still totally related.  Just so you’ll know how bad my garage is right now a couple of weeks ago I forgot to shut the garage door when I got home.  As we were getting ready to go out I noticed a car in my driveway I did not recognize.  Let me rephrase that…. the car wasn’t just in my driveway it was at the very top.  I remember thinking to myself who in the world is at my house and where are they?  I checked my front porch, nope empty.  Anyone in the front yard? No one.  Surely not the backyard, right?  Then I noticed………..

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MY GARAGE DOOR WAS OPEN. (GASP)

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I had forgotten to close the garage door when I got home.  I’m pretty much freaked out at this point because there were strangers in my garage and my active imagination assured me they most certainly were burglars about to come in my house. Why else would they have parked so close there had to be some kind of scary motive here, perhaps a fast getaway.   I carefully walked around the corner as to peep out the window at the top of my door leading out to the garage so I could assess the situation.  Wait, should I have grabbed a weapon, baseball bat, pepper spray, golf club, SOMETHING before playing mommy detective?
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NO!  You have got to be kidding me. Oh Dear please say not this is embarrasing………..they stopped because they thought
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I was having a G A R A G E   S A L E!!!
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A man and his daughter were walking around my garage sorting through our pile of stuff.  When I say stuff I mean a lot, not only the remnants of my last yard sale but also the extras my friend didn’t sell.  Add two TV’s an entertainment center and of course stuff for the business and I had myself a fully stocked garage just waiting for a sale to happen.  How in the world was I going to handle this, I mean my heart was still beating a thousand times a minute as I recovered from what I thought was going to be a knock down drag out with a burglar in my garage.  So what did I do?  I stopped took a couple of deep breaths to slow down my heart and decided I was at a crossroads.  I could go outside and kindly tell my visitors that we weren’t having a garage sale it was just a mess.  In fact, we were just in recovery mode from a recent yard sale.   For good measure as he walked away I could mention checking back in a couple of weeks because we were likely to have another one.
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Wait should I just send him off just like that?  If you know me you know that my wheels were already starting to spin in the back of my head………..(Imagine this song in your head should he stay or should he go)
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Of course he should stay!   I put on my biggest smile opened the door and walked outside to kindly greet this precious man and daughter and thank them for stopping by my garage sale.  I told them I’d be glad to answer any questions they had and be willing to negotiate the price of any item they were serious about purchasing.   Even better I can ask my kids to bring out our freshly made pitcher of Lemonade and offer to pour them a refreshing drink.  I didn’t want them to overheat I wanted them to be comfortable so they would stay longer and look.  This kind man had a fantastic idea!  Of course it looked like we were having a yard sale,  I didn’t want to be the one to let him down?  Besides I wasn’t about to walk way from the possibility of selling some of the stuff.
Then, my excitement went straight down the drain when he looked at me and said, “No hable English,” as he pointed to my daughters favorite bike one of the ONLY things in the garage not for sale.  In very broken English with the help of his daughter he asked the price of her bike?  I had lots of other things he could purchase, but not the bike was not for sale.
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So what in the world does all that have to do with what I am going to show you next?  Not much, it’s just how my mind works, I thought you might enjoy a little journey.  Just kidding…..as I was thinking this morning about everything I needed to do, all the closets that needed organizing, and every room decluttered again – you remember the mess in the homeschool room right?   I began to fight agaisnt those negative thoughts about myself.  So when I saw this deal I checked it out purely because I forgot what I was supposed to be doing.  Once I saw the free Tshirt offer and one of the templates my creativity started to stir.  I had to make myself one.
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I made myself a Tshirt to remind myself…………….  Galatians 6:9 ” I will not grow weary in well doing, at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I faint not.”  So, next time I get overwhelmed or discouraged about everything that is screaming my name I am going to remind myself…I will not grow weary.  Every time I see the same toy on the floor that my kids have already put away and gotten back out for the tenth time today I am going to remind myself…….I will not grow weary.  Everytime I clean up a mess that I have cleaned up every day for the past week I will remind myself……….I will not grow weary.  Every time my coupons get unorganized and look like a gerbil has used them for a home I am going to remind myself………I will not grow weary.
Because in all reality – I will continue doing the same tasks over and over for the rest of my life as long as I am capable.  I don’t want the alternative - if I was unable to do so would mean something has happened that affected my health or mobility.  The fact that I can still clean my house, wash clothes,  help my children clean their room, cook dinner, homeschool my kids, organize messy closets, scrub bathrooms and sometimes mop the floor means that I am alive and that I am blessed to have a family to care for.
Each of us are human, and sometimes the worries of this world can take over our minds and threaten to steal our peace.  I hope that by my sharing my embarrassing story, pictures of my home and garage in a wreck that you feel better about yours.
If you’d like to step by step directions to order a shirt just like mine, click more.  It’s a little lengthy, but I tried to break it down to make it super easy.

Blogher ’11: Recap and Photos! (Bieber, 80′s Hair, Muppets) #blogher

Photo Credit – Our new friend, Reb, from RebStevenson.com

It’s already Monday – which means that BlogHer ’11 is all over and done with, and Team Time2Save is safe and sound and back in Tennessee right now.

I tried to get online to update you guys during Days 1 & 2 of Blogher, but the last few days were a blur of meetings and classes and parties involving dancing, french fries and chocolate (it’s a big group of crazy women, remember?)

I’ve been going through my camera and showing the kiddos pictures, and I thought I’d share them with you guys too – here are some of the highlights!

We like to start our day right – that’s why we bask in the glow of the Jimmy Dean Sunshine every morning :)  You should’ve see this guy trying to get off the elevator – we almost wet our pants laughing!

Speaking of “Sunny Days”,  this picture is especially for my little Addie, who is 4 (and happens to be freaked out by all muppets) – this ought to show him how friendly they are!  Incidentally, Elmo loves a good snuggle :)

 

Although talking to brands & learning about new products was great – it’ll wear you out being “on” all day.  Which is why we headed down to check out the evening party and unwind with our awesome roomie, Sarah from AThriftyMom.  That’s her, above, with her amazingly teased hair.  She wanted to help us tease ours too, but we politely declined….

The highlights of the party for me were:
a) Justin Bieber standees, which I most definitely had to pose beside for my boys, who made me sit through the movie “Never Say Never”.  Also, you see that Darth Vader is very jeaous of our friendship and wishes he could be cool like us.
b) Airing out my vintage disco dress for it’s once-per-decade event.  ($4 at the Goodwill, in case you’re wondering!)

The end of the conference meant saying goodby to lots of new blogger friends, and boarding the plane to return to the real world.  A world where sweet, sleepy kiddos sneak into your room in the middle of the night to pounce into your bed and welcome you home – and wonderful husbands have done all the laundry while you were gone.  I am blessed beyond measure!

 

Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

We wish everyone a happy 4th of July!  Enjoy your day celebrating with family and/or friends.

Did you miss the post yesterday with great recipe, craft, and decoration ideas for the 4th of July.  It’s not to late to check it out here.  We also included links to resources that you can use to explain Independence Day to your children.  It’s a great way to share America’s heritage of freedom on their level.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
— Thomas Jefferson

 

Independence Day Bible Verses

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (NIV)

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

Ephesians 3:12
In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (NIV)

Psalm 118:5
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. (NIV)

Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. (NIV)

Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (NIV)

A “New Creation Makeover” – I’m game how about you?

.I (Kasey) am going to go ahead and warn you – this might get ugly.  First, I’m gonna be brutally honest about myself and second this is going to be a really long post.   I don’t have it all together, not even close.  I’ve got all kinds of  junk – issues – situations whatever you want to call it that I deal with, and an abundant supply.  However, hands down THE BIGGIE is that I am extremely insecure and afraid of being criticized or made fun of.

The first time Kelly and I were on TV, I thought I would surely die.  Not because I didn’t know what to say – I talk more than 5 girls put together.  No – I was terrified that by “putting myself out there,”  hundreds maybe thousands of people would criticize, and make fun of me. Even worse, with today’s technology the opportunities are endless - rewind, pause, record… uh-huh and watch it over and over again.  Not only was I putting myself in a very vulnerable position, but one that could be revisited any number of times after the fact.

Sounds silly, I’m sure, to many people – but very real to me.  It wasn’t cool being the only 6ft tall chick at school, and mu nickname “Big Bird” wasn’t meant to be flattering.  I’m sure no one else has crazy insecurities and fears right?  Like my friend Kristin for example -a Godly wife, mom to 5 children, the kindest person I have ever met, she has the  most beautiful blue eyes and I am certain her house is always spotless.  I admire her, look up to her, I think she’s “supermom.”

This week she started a blog, which surprised me because I just knew in all her free time she played special games with her kids and read them books all day.  As I began to read, I quickly realized she doesn’t have it all together and she’s not afraid to admit it.  I’d like to introduce you to my friend Kristin, a precious woman willing to bare her soul on a purposeful journey to a total makeover….from the inside – out!  (For the record…..I still think she’s the “stuff,” no matter what she says)

Is there anything in your life that you want to change. Something you have said you were going to do or have even started but quit. Do you want to get in shape, get healthy, get organized, get closer to God, start drinking more water, get control of your finances, or if you are a new mom. . .even a goal to shower every day is a good goal! LOL!

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Extreme Couponing – TLC Show

There has been a lot of hype today about the TLC Show that aired tonight, Extreme Couponing.   Without making any kind of negative comments regarding the individuals that were featured in tonight’s segment we do feel a responsibility to share our heart.

Time 2 $ave + Time 2 Give = Time 4 Hope
Couponing is simply a tool that has helped our families during financially difficult times.  Learning how to coupon effectively has opened the door for us to give into the lives of others.  As a result, we have had the incredible privilege and honor to teach thousands of you through our Live Workshops, virtual workshops, and our blog.  Our hearts desire is that together we inspire and challenge each other to be the most kind, knowledgeable, and giving couponing community anywhere.

At the end of the day, it’s not about getting a deal it’s about making a difference.
Thank you to all the T2$ followers in 2010 for living out our focus to American families of transforming your finances and inspiring hope. Your success stories not only warm our hearts, they represent these core values to your communities and are our BEST inspiration.

Save Big.  Give Big.  Hope Big in 2011

If you’d like to hear more, click HERE to listen to our interview on NPR  “All Things Considered.”  If you’d like to leave a comment, click HERE for a link to the Time 2 $ave discussion board on NPR’s facebook page.