Archive for February, 2013

A Life of Gratitude: Free Kindle Book & Giveaway

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

For today’s blog post, I’m highlighting the work of another Christian author, Shelley Hitz, because the Kindle edition of her book on gratitude is FREE on 2/27 and 2/28. Gratitude is a key element of a healthy spiritual life and, as she explains, a great way to overcome self-pity and negativity. So…check out her book and let me know what you think.

By Shelley Hitz

About the Book:

A Life of Gratitude: How to Overcome Self-Pity and Negativity

During a season of transition in my life, I found myself overwhelmed with negative emotions like self-pity and a complaining spirit. It was as if a dark cloud had descended over me. I prayed and asked God for wisdom on how to overcome these negative emotions. As I did, I sensed Him leading me to do a 21 day gratitude challenge.

Over the course of the 21 days, God began to change me as I spent intentional time being grateful for all I had been given. I did this through writing in my journal each day and also sending a hand-written thank you note to someone different each day. This also led me to writing out 21 prayers of gratitude and compiling 21 stories of gratitude.

I want to share what I learned with you in the pages of this book which includes:

  • 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge
  • 21 Prayers of Gratitude
  • 21 Stories of Gratitude

What to Expect On Each Day:

  • Read my personal stories, struggles and reflections.
  • Read one scripture and one quote about gratitude.
  • Apply one personal application step from the challenge.
  • Read one prayer of gratitude
  • Read one story of gratitude

Get Accountability and Encouragement

Along with the 21 day challenge, I also started a private Facebook group to provide accountability and encouragement for myself but also for others who decide to join me in the challenge. You will get access to this group as well. It has been amazing to see God at work in each of our lives.

Will you join me on this journey to gratitude?


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Shelley Hitz

Shelley HItzShelley Hitz is an award-winning and international best-selling author. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing through her books will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been ministering alongside her husband, CJ, since 1998. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.

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Be Your Own Valentine

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a day that is enjoyed by some and dreaded by others. Regardless of whether you enjoyed a romantic day with your partner, were disappointed when your fantasies of what your partner might say, do, or give to you to celebrate didn’t materialize, or wished you had a partner with whom you could share the day, I’d like to encourage you to be your own valentine, not just on Valentine’s Day but every day of your life.

Healthy self-love makes healthy relationships with others possible. I am increasingly convinced that we cannot truly love others without first loving ourselves. When we don’t love ourselves, we seek others to meet our needs in destructive ways. We either find needy people to rescue and take care of, so we can feel worthwhile and deserving of their love, or we allow ourselves to be physically or verbally abused because deep down we believe we deserve it, or we find people willing to rescue and take care of us, heroes we can put on a pedestal and praise as saints, but not allow to be fully human, with needs of their own.

Loving yourself is not selfish; in fact, it’s the best way to improve your relationships with everyone else.