5 things I am Thankful for in 2017 + Free Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of remembering to be thankful to God for all that he has done for us. Even though we are admonished to always be thankful in the Bible, I will like to say that I am grateful that there is a special day set aside to be really thankful for all that we have.

You see in this world where people tend to always be looking for the next great thing, we seem to forget where we were before and how God has changed our lives. As soon as we have what we once dreamed of we become dissatisfied again and we are looking for the next big thing.

I think America is the greatest nation on earth, I know there will people who will read this and be like what? my country is great too. That’s okay but the reason I said this is because they have a dedicated Holiday just to be thankful and  I think it’s a wonderful thing.

My first time of celebrating Thanksgiving in America was about 3 years ago when my son came back from school and handed me a handmade card which was his own thanksgiving gift to me, I was so overwhelmed with joy. I snapped it and kept it, take a look:

I said this to indicate that Thanksgiving brings memories of Joy, togetherness love, brotherhood, family and general good will. I know there will be a lot of eating going on, lol I also prepared for that in this post but I am thankful that we have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving day.

Here are 5 things I am Thankful for in 2017

The Gift of Life:

First, all I am Thankful that I am alive today were it to be according to the devil’s plan I would have been dead a long time ago. God who kept me has fulfilled his promises to me. I am thankful that I am living a life that God has called me to.

Without life you can’t begin to talk about achievements so it is life itself that makes everything worth it, while my life may not be perfect in itself, I am slowly moving to where I have been destined to be. God has surrounded me with a life that has opportunities and I intend to make use of every of that opportunity as I live my life.

I love the Thanksgiving month of November a lot because some of my greatest love moments happened in November. I was born in November, my little daughter was born in November and you know what I got married in November so you can see why I call it my love month.

The Gift of Family:

I am thankful for the gift of Family, what could one do without Family, God sure knows what he did when he made Families, difficult as they can be sometimes, they are also our first port of call when we need help. They are our prayer partners, mummy helpers, kids babysitter. Everything but the ordinary like they say in Bonanza. I am also grateful for my Hubby and the kids who make my world worth it.

Thanksgiving Printables
FREE THANKSGIVING PRINTABLES

A Healthy Body and Mind:

Its one thing to be alive, it’s another to be healthy. The only time I was in the hospital this year was when I had my little son. God has kept me healthy, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the doctor for any illness. My little ones were barely ill this year, just some stomach bug they got in early February and a little cough and that was it. I am thankful I wasn’t held up on admission in the hospital nor any of my Family held up in the Hospital for any reason. The Bible says with food and raiment lets us be content so I am really grateful for all that free gift of good health.

My Blog:

This year I bit the bullet and started a Blog, a decision I made when I decided that I wanted to earn from anywhere I am in the world, I dived into the world of online business this year.

I am grateful for the journey I have had in starting this blog and for the different skills I have learned while pioneering it, this Blog has given me a voice to champion what is dear to my heart.

That any mom who wants to stay home and raise their kids do not have to struggle with a 9-5 if they don’t want to, I can’t say I have made an income from this blog, hence you have never seen an income report Lol, but I am thankful that I am impacting people and helping them make decisions that will better their lives.

My Spiritual Life:

In this year I have seen the Hand of God in my life in various ways, God has taught me his word in various ways and helped me to work more closely with him. If you are a constant reader of my posts you will notice that I have Christian posts as part of my Blog, while some may say it doesn’t belong here, but for me, that’s what makes it all worth it. That I can take my small Blog and use it to preach the word of God and glorify his name that makes it the best thing that happened to me this year.

In my walk with God this year, I have learned and I have grown, I have also made some mistakes too but in all, I give God the glory, it’s his will that is being perfectly worked out in my life just like Rom 8: 28 says.

I end this piece with a scriptural inspiration on giving thanks:

Psalm 28: 7: The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

You can’t celebrate this Thanksgiving without some Free Printable so I made this just for you, it features a Menu card, Week Planner, Grocery List and A Thanksgiving Wall Art, get it Here

Finally here is a song to celebrate this Thanksgiving with, click here

Do you have anything you are thankful for in 2017? leave a comment below.

3 things to do in Difficult times

 

3 things to do in Difficult times
Trusting God in Difficult Times.

What are difficult times really? they are times when you are feeling like you can’t go on, it seems to you like the whole world is caving in and you don’t know what to do. The bills are piling up while your means of paying off are shrinking or maybe a loved one is going through a terminal illness which you know may eventually lead to death and you are at a loss on what to do.

For some, it could also be waiting for the fulfillment of a long-awaited promise or a relationship that has gone bad or maybe the loss of a job or perhaps your home.

Difficult times in life will come to us all, it’s not a matter of if but when, this is because Jesus said in John 16:33, in this world, you will have tribulations, its something that is bound to happen. Its how we handle it that determines whether we sink or swim.

We may not like it, I never saw a person who loved to suffer, but Jesus Christ has already told us, to be of good cheer for he has already overcome the world and all that is in it. We have an advocate with the Father who has already been through what we have been through and has obtained the victory not necessarily for himself but for us all. He calls us more than conquerors because we didn’t have to fight the fight, he already did that, we just need to begin to take advantage of what he has done for us.

If are you going through difficult times in your life, here are 3 things you should do.

1 Have a good Cry:

I know this may sound shocking to you, I mean how can a Christian be telling you to have a good cry, well Jesus wept at Lazarus’graveside even though he knew that he could raise him up. He still identified with the pain that his friends were going through. The bible says that we have an advocate who has been through what we are going through, he feels what we feel and he knows what we are going through.

I know that when you are going through stuff people tell you to be strong and do not cry, but sometimes crying helps you vent your emotions and gives you the opportunity to begin to heal. So if crying will help you release that pent-up emotion, then, by all means, do so, but do not stop at this stage, don’t just cry over your situation and do nothing about it, rather go to the next stage.

2  Seek the Face of God

I know what it can be like to be a busy mom or perhaps a busy parent, sometimes Life carries us so fast that we fail to cultivate that relationship with God.We don’t have time to pray and read the Bible as we should hence when difficult times hits us, we are at a loss on what to do because we may feel we are not in a place to begin to seek God.

But you know what? God is always there for us, he says in Jeremiah 29: 13, you will find me when you seek me with all your heart. So begin to seek the face of God through prayer and study of his word. You can start by praying first and telling the Lord all we are going through and then asking him to give us answers and show us a way out as we read the Bible.

I remember when I was believing God to conceive again after I had lost a child, my daughter was stillborn, she did not make it out alive due to complications during childbirth. I was in that place where I was in pain but did not know what to do, I lost the child and my own life was also at risk because I had lost so much blood. Every day I lived was a miracle because I did not know if I will make it to the next day.

While I was in the hospital, I was still in so much pain both physically and emotionally, but I kept seeking out Gods word and listening to what he will say to me just like Habakkuk said, I will stand upon my watch and see what he will say to me. One day  I had put on a tape that was playing healing scriptures and while listening to it, I heard the scripture in Acts 27:22-25, where Paul was telling the Captain of the Ship he was a prisoner in that they will not lose their lives even though they had lost their possessions.

I knew this scripture was for me because, I had just lost my baby which in this case symbolized possessions in the scripture above, that scripture spoke to my heart and I knew that I will not lose my life. This is one way God speaks to us, when we are in difficult situations, through his word, but you have to be willing to listen and search for his word until you find it.

3 Take  God’s word and act on it

After seeking Gods face and you get a word from the Lord, perhaps by his written word or the word of God which he spoke to your heart. (Note that God will not speak a word to you that is outside his word in the Bible), so if you think you heard from God, cross-check the bible to see if he has written it in the Bible. Its after you have ensured that you have this confirmation that you will take that word and act on it.

What do you mean by acting on word?. It means act like the word you heard is true. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy which he often shows you through your circumstance but rather believe what Gods word says concerning that situation and behave it.

In my own case when I got the word for my healing from that scripture, I began to thank God for my healing and recovery. I did recover and not only did I recover, during the time of my trial, God had given me his word that I will conceive again and the enemy will not be able to take this one.

I did conceive again and of course, the enemy tried again to take that one but he did not succeed. Today I am  favored mom to 3 children that God gave to me, his word which he spoke came to pass. In 5 years, God gave me all that I had desired as I believed and acted out his word.

Will I say it was easy to do, no it was not, but I held on to God and he did it for me, that’s why  I am using this medium to encourage anyone going through difficult times to hold on to his word, God is too faithful to fail.

If you like this post then you may also like my post on God will Outlast your storm

PS: This Month of October made it 6 years since my daughter who was still Born went to be with the Lord, but his Faithfulness still remains with me. I dedicate this post to her: Eleora Chimamanda Uchealor.

5 Top Posts that Teach you how to Make money Online

 

List of Posts on How to make Money Online

At the core of my home business ideas for people who want to start a home business is the ability to make money online.  This is because Online business is easier to run and requires low overhead costs.

When people want to make money from home, they are typically constrained by a lot of things especially if they have other responsibilities which make them home bound. For example, if you are a caregiver to a sick person or stay at home mom or Dad. Your main responsibility requires you operate within the confines of your home, therefore you cannot afford to start a brick and mortar business that will require you to leave the home area to go rent an office. This is why making money online provides you with the best option to create what you desire as a person. Today’s article is about 5 top posts that teach how to make money online.

1   Etsy Selling:

Etsy gives you the opportunity to sell your handmade goods online. This means that you can be at home producing your handcrafted items and then have the opportunity to sell to people who love the kind of products that you make. Etsy is a company that has been around since. I wrote a post how to start an Etsy shop, in that post I went in-depth on the various steps you need to follow in other to start an Etsy shop. With the guidelines provided within this post, you should be able to start the online business of selling on Etsy especially if you already have products you make at home that you require to make money from. To read it click Here.

 

2: Printables

Printables Business: In this day of online business, selling your printables online is the fasted business you can start with your design skills. If you have a little design skill and a knack for bringing together good designs, you should be able to make and sell your printables from your laptop anywhere you are. I wrote an excellent piece on how you can start a printables business withing 2 hours. This article was so good that I even took my own advice, lol. I started two shops on 2 platforms after I wrote that post. Here are the shops that I started, one on Redbubble platform and one Zazzle Platform named Eleoraconcepts. This is a post you should not miss out on reading if a basic designer like me can do it, so can you. Read that post Here.

3 Creating an Ecourse

With the advent of the internet, the world has become an online classroom, meaning that anyone who has a life experience worth sharing can create a course and teach anyone who desires to learn.  This is the reason why online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera  e.t.c are flourishing. Here is a post that will break down the cost of creating a course. The good thing about the course creation is that once it’s done and uploaded on a platform where it can be assessed.,your major work is done. The only thing required is the promotion to get sales. Want to know more about the cost of creating an online course read it Here

4: Selling other peoples Products to Make Money online.

Selling other people’s products has become mush easier especially with products that you have researched and seen that it’s a good fit for the audience you are targeting. When you have physical products which you want to sell but you don’t want to stock it. You also don’t also have much money for overhead costs neither do you want to deal with packaging and shipping. Then you have to consider Dropshipping Business. Drop shopping allows you to promote other people’s products to your target market, make sales from it and then inform the manufacturers to ship it to your buyers.

The good thing about drop shipping is that you make a sale first before you even spend money to buy the goods the person ordered. You don’t have to go through the hassles of stocking products or shipping product. From the comfort of your home, you can sell thousands of products to buyers without ever touching the product just your money. Hahaha. If you love that idea of business then you have to read this post how to start a Drop shipping business. In that post, I went in-depth on all you need to start up. It includes where you can source your product from, the manufacturers and sites that give you the best list of wholesalers to how you can set up an eCommerce platform that suits your needs. Read it here.

5: Writing to Make money Online.

If you have a knack for writing great articles or you love to tell a good story, then the online business that will suit you will be Blogging. Blogging has given lots of people the opportunity to tell their own individual stories and make a living by sharing it with their followers. By creating a followership, they have been able to monetize their content and get themselves a tidy income all from the comfort of their home. The beautiful thing about blogging is that you can blog about anything and you will find your own tribe of followers that will like your content. I  did a post on how blogging will help you make an income. Read it here. If blogging is what excites you then you have to ensure you know about Plugins, the very great helper of the Newbie Blogger. Read my post on 7 must have  Plugins for a newbie blogger.

 

If you have looked at all these choices and you can’t seem to find something that suits you, then head over to my post on how to pay yourself as a stay at home mom for more ideas and options.

I can’t end this post without telling you that working from home is not always so cool. Therefore here are 7 things to expect when you work from home.

A little dose of inspiration to close for today, read my post on God will outlast your storm.

Thanks.