Showing posts with label Blessings Bottle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blessings Bottle. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FREE Label for your 2016 Blessings Bottle --- Sorry, ALL GONE

If you've followed this blog for awhile you know that I urge everyone to practice


as an effective help through grief. Not that you're happy your loved one died, but rather you're grateful for the life you had together. You express that by choosing to honor the love you had with a passion for life in the here and now. I know its a hard thing to make that choice when emotions are so strong but it'll become easier bit by bit when you jot down the bits of blessing you see each day. A

Blessings Bottle

sitting next to your kitchen sink will help you do that. I've done this for two years now and I'm looking forward to a shelf full of these bottles as I collect them in the years to come.

I'll mail the first 20 requests for one of these labels FREE!
Only one label per request.
Email your MAILING address
to me at [email protected]
This label is really cute:
spring green leaves with coral pink
but I hope you'll do a blessings bottle anyways.

See my collection? Any sort of bottle will do but I'd suggest one
that you can keep a pen and a stack of small scrap papers in. I use
wide-mouth canning jars or old jelly or pickle jars.
If you'd like to see more about starting a Blessings Bottle, click on the label for it in the right sidebar of this blog. If this post arrives in your email, just click on the title to reach the actual blog.

Blessings to you as you step into 2016 and the new chapters and stories the Lord will accomplish in the days ahead. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 New Living Translation)

Friday, December 26, 2014

" Preserve" Your Blessings & Memories for 2015

Do you preserves fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies? We can preserve all sorts of foods, but why not preserve the blessings too? Use this “Blessing Jar” to count your blessings in the new year. It’s so easy. Starting January 1st, write down any good thing that happens to you or your family on small Post-its or scraps of paper. Write whenever they happen, it doesn’t have to be every day, or sometimes it might be several times a day! Write just enough to jog your memory: you only need a few words and a few seconds of time. Fold them up and “preserve” them in your Blessing Jar.

* surprise gifts
* accomplished goals
* the beauty of nature
* "LOL" moments
* memories to save
* daily blessings!

Then choose a holiday at the end of 2015 —like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Open your jar and see what the Lord did for you throughout the year! Continue this habit and soon you’ll have a jar for each year.

This is my 2014 Blessing Jar. All I used was an old jelly jar
and a few sheets of paper cut into small squares about 1.5 x
1.5 inches. I kept mine on the windowsill by my kitchen sink
so it was easy to remember to jot stuff down.
I fixed up some Blessing Jars for my Sunday School class last
week. Here are the "ingredients:"
* mason jar and lid
* a small 4-pack of Post-Its from Walmart for about $1.00
* a pen
* a "recipe card" on which I copied and pasted
 the text in blue ink above
Put the Post-It's, pen and card into the jar, add the lid
and a bow, and a label.

I made the labels on my printerwith Avery 22804 labels. There's a template at their
website, and if I can do it, anyone can. :)

It was so easy to make a dozen of these to take to my class.
I hope they enjoy them this year, and I hope you will like
making your own and maybe sharing them with your widow
group or Sunday School class or Bible study group too.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blessing Bottle 2014

I've encouraged readers to begin a "Blessing Bottle" this year. Were you able to start one? I'd love to see a picture! I used an old jelly jar, but readers offered all sorts of ideas: a decorative box, a crystal vase, a "Thank You Jesus" journal (great idea, Flower Lady Lorraine!)

Here are photos of how my bottle has filled. I'm so pleased about the date stamps on the pictures. :)Click on the caption links to read the original posts if you want. Why not begin to think about something like this for next year? It's not too soon, because next year starts next week! On Friday I'll show you how simple it is to set up. I haven't decided when I'll open my bottle to read all the notes: maybe Thursday evening, maybe New Years Eve, or maybe someday in between, but I'm looking forward to it. It wasn't an easy year, but God saw me through. It's a comfort to know that somewhere up in heaven he's written our days in a book; but also that he's collect things in a bottle too---our tears. ferree
You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8 (ESV) your book they weere written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16 (ESV)



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Sort of Blessings Will We See In Autumn?

At the beginning of this year some of you joined me in filling a "Blessing Bottle." Simply write down any daily good stuff on a scrap of paper and "preserve" it in an old canning jar. At the end of the year you can open the jar and recall the good things the Lord has accomplished in your life in spite of the days of grief.

Today marks the first day of Autumn, and it's not too late to start counting your blessings. I'm already looking forward to the end of the year when I'll get to read all my notes and see the many things the Lord has done, things that I'm grateful for! One example might will be today---on Saturday morning my dad was surprised to feel his chest begin to tighten. When it didn't pass he took an aspirin, woke up my mom and said he wanted to go to the ER where a mild heart attack was confirmed. Today he's getting those blockages cleared, and I'll add some more notes to my blessing jar.

My parents live in Wisconsin, and with me way down in South Carolina, I'm not able to be there for them. So I'll continue with my plans for lunch with the neighbor ladies today. There will be about 8 of us around my dining roon table and I'm grateful for the growing friendships and good neighbors I have. Another note in my blessing jar.

I'm also grateful the weather has finally cooled off! Instead of the upper 90's, we're now in the 70's this week. So whether my blessings are big, like a heart attack recovery, or more routine like a change in the weather, I make a note of it, and I hope you do too. Gratitude is a choice that helps our attitude and helps heal the broken heart.

What are you thankful for today? ferree

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Blessing Jar - Summer 2014

I hope you've joined me in filling a jar of good stuff this year.
Today's the first day of Summer on the calendar, that means it's time to check our jars.
And, we're officially halfway through 2014!
How's it going for you?
My jar saw me putting in a bunch of "blessings" last month. They were the James 1:2 sort of blessings though---Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials...
I'm still waiting on the outcomes, but I know God's in control and nothing is wasted.

Somedays it's hard to find good or happiness, but
Counting our "blessings" and cultivating gratitude
is a proven help for getting through these days.

January 1st

March 21st

June 21st

Friday, March 21, 2014

Is Your Jar Filling Up?

My jar on January 1st. It was on my fireplace mantel, empty, and
 not much more than a holiday decoration.
I hope you've joined me in filling a jar of good stuff this year.
Somedays it's hard to find good or happiness when we grieve.
But if you do, it's extra special.
And, counting our blessings and cultivating gratitude
is a proven help for getting through these days.
Now my jar sits on my kitchen windowsill, nothing fancy, but
I like what's inside!
I keep a pen and scraps of paper right next to it and write
down things I've appreciated so far this year. I try for one a
day--nothing real spectacular--but my jar is filling up pretty fast!
  It's not too late if you want to start, and now that we're in a new season the
timing is just right!
Here are the instructions just so you see how
simple this can be:
write down good things
that happen to you on
little pieces of paper,
like the following:

*surprise gifts
*accomplished goals
*the beauty of nature
*"LOL" moments
*memories to save
*daily blessings

Then, December 31st,
open the jar and read
about all the amazing
things that happened
to you in 2014

If you take a picture of your jar and email it to me at [email protected] I think it'd be sweet to post! I'll remind you about this again on June 21, so I hope you'll join in. I know that when the end of the year rolls around it will be really special to read about all the good things the Lord has brought to you, and the ways He's brought you through this year.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Join Me In Capturing the Blessings to Come?

Starting January 1st,
write down good things
that happen to you on
little pieces of paper:
  • surprise gifts
  • accomplished goals
  • the beauty of nature
  • "LOL" moments
  • memories to save
  • daily blessings
Then, December 31st,
open the jar and read
about all the amazing
things that happened
to you in 2014!

Will you join me in doing this?
Find an old jelly jar and start today!

I'll check on you and remind you throughout the year, and together
we'll see what we can look back on when Dec. 31 rolls around again.

Sure, this year will hold challenges, but those are also opportunities.
The Lord is good and His mercies are new every morning... and every year.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Please check back here on Saturday for a prayer for widows.

P.S. This was not my idea, I saw it on Facebook and would be happy to give credit to whoever
originated it.