giveaway grateful heart monday

SPEAK your gratitude. (A Grateful Heart)

July 27, 2015
Happy Monday 🙂 I’m really happy to be back in this space & taking part in this linkup with you all. Yesterday, at church, our pastor Pete Wilson spoke about gratefulness and while I’m pretty sure I wrote down just about everything he said (I told you, I’m like a full on journal writing crazy person on Sundays!) there was one thing he said that really just gripped my heart:

I wanted to stand up and yell, PREACH! YES! but, you know, he was preaching so…  This is one of the reasons I choose to host this linkup each week – because I believe so much that it’s important to voice our gratefulness. It’s important to tell God, to tell others – to let them know – that you are grateful and why. Your friends, your spouse, your parents, your children, your boss, your neighbor, your mailman… I could go on but I’m sure you get the point. Pete said that “gratitude is the result of 1,000 choices” – it’s choosing to be grateful over and over until it becomes a habit. (And that’s one habit I wouldn’t mind keeping.) He encouraged us to evaluate our speech – to ask ourselves, “what comes out of my mouth? Is it gratefulness or is it grumbling?”

It’s MONDAY, I know – there are most likely 1,000 things we could grumble about today but instead I hope we choose 1,000 things to not only be grateful for, but to SPEAK IT, to be loud about it.

Today, while I am grateful for so many things, I am choosing to voice my gratefulness for all of YOU! The blogging community really is just awesome – I never knew I’d make so many genuine friendships from this space. For those of you who may be reading this and raising an eyebrow over the thought, Wait, you have actual friends… online? I know it sounds crazy, but trust me, I DO 😉 To share my gratitude today, in addition to voicing it, I’m giving away TWO Time, Love & Tenderness ad spots – and there are no “rules” to the giveaway, you only have to enter your email address so that I can contact you if you win. The two winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 4th.

Speaking of community… I am so grateful to be a part of the Holl and Lane Magazine community and am SO excited for their first ever Twitter Chat on July 29th at 8p EST. I would LOVE to “see” you guys there. The topic is: Ask the Editor so bring all of your “I’ve always wanted to know” questions when it comes to the making of a magazine & ask the Editor in Chief, Sarah!

This week on EG: It’s the last week of July, I cannot believe it. Wednesday I’ll be recapping this month’s challenge for Twelve Months of Bliss, including the #12MofBliss linkup w/ you all! If you took part in July’s Making Room challenge, I would love to hear about your experience and then share it with EG readers via the linkup. On Thursday I’ll be sharing an all new Conversations with my Husband and on Friday it’s the 6th edition of a Simply Grey Coffee Tour with my sweet friend Nelle. We would love to hear about some of your favorite coffee sipping spots: snap some photos, give us a glimpse inside, and come linkup w/ the rest of us on Friday!

Wishing you all a wonderful week, FULL of moments of speaking gratefulness. 

What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted. 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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  • We have been major church slackers the last couple months. Ugh…no good reason. Reading your post made me excited to find a new church and get involved!

    • I’m so thankful to have found this church. It was the first one we visited and I kept feeling like maybe we needed to try a few more but I never wanted to leave, and we never did 🙂

      • Since we’re moving 35-ish minutes south of where we are now, I’m really hoping to find a new church closer to our new home and get involved. We’re so ready! One of the houses we looked at had an amazing landlord, we wanted so badly for the house to work so he could be our guy, but it just wasn’t what we needed. Anyway, he’s the pastor of a church in San Diego and we’re hoping to go and love it since we already love him and he and Steve hit it off right away. PRAYING!! We’ll see! But having that community…so important!

        • PRAYING RIGHT BACK!!! How perfect would that be?!

          • Oh it would just be the icing. We’re both craving community, and finding it in church would be wonderful. Glad you found that in your new town.

  • I agree, although those who know me and know me well – shouting out gratitude/thankfulness is part of who I am. I know it doesn’t come easy for some, why leaves me baffled but for me, grumbling dampens the spirit like no other where thankfulness makes it come alive. We can find a 100 things to grumble about in a day, yet it only takes one thing to be thankful for and the heart meter goes up a few notches. I love the scripture verse: Give thanks in ALL things. It’s easy in the big things, yet we have so many little things to be thankful for too. Like this here link-up every Monday, I look forward to it to see how others find gratefulness in their lives. So thank you Emily for hosting it every week.

  • Awesome giveaway! And I totally feel the same way about the online community. People always think I’m crazy when I talk about my “blog friends” but I love that I can take all my friends wherever I go, right in my laptop. I don’t have to worry about starting over when I move and there is ALWAYS somebody to talk to. Grateful for you, friend!

    • I had a recent convo with someone and they truly thought I was crazy when I said I had friends from blogging… they were like, “REAL friends?” And I’m like, YES. Real, human people. haha. Grateful for YOU, Christine!!!! 🙂

  • As I read your post – I wanted to say Preach On!! Gratitude has become as natural in my life as breathing and for that I am so thankful. I’m always encouraging others to find what they can be grateful for, as there is always something! I’m thankful to have found this wonderful link up and the community that it includes! Have a great week!!

    • Me too, Sheryl 🙂 It really does help shape the days and when it becomes a habit, to the point where now when something rotten happens, I immediately and automatically approach it with a glass half full mindset. Game changer!

  • oh, the power I felt form this post. I think it’s a greta thing to internally be grateful for things but when it comes to people I feel we should let them know. I know at work when we get a comment card it is a huge deal. I think it goes along with this. When we see that you are grateful for our service in writing it is as if they are voicing their opinion. We get so excited when we get comment cards. It really makes our days better knowing we helped someone.

    • Totally. Yes! Pete also said yesterday, “Gratitude is silenced by assumptions” and that really made sense to me. Plus, no one is ever going to NOT like hearing those kind of words from you so it’s almost like- why wouldn’t you voice it?

  • Gah I love awesome sermons like that, that just speak to your heart! Love you sweet girl and so grateful for all you do, and the friendship and joy you have brought into my life 🙂

    • I think about you every Sunday now, Kel! ha! Love you!! Thankful for you!

  • I’ve just started to take sermon notes again and I wonder why I ever quit! Such a refreshing reminder to read during the week. Loved this post– gratitude out loud is something I need to practice more of!

    • I know it- I save all of my notes in a folder and then sometimes pull them out when I need a refresher 🙂

  • This is so convicting, Emily! Thanks for sharing! I feel like a heart of gratefulness is definitely something the Lord has been trying to speak to me about since our big move. GREAT idea for a link-up! Happy Monday.:)

    • So happy you stopped by here, Claire! 🙂 Looking forward to getting to know you better!

  • I agree, it’s definitely important to see what in life we have been given instead of focusing on what we do not have. Its taken a while for me to realize the importance of that, but when I realized that, I knew that I had everything.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  • Let’s be loud and proud, heck yeah!

  • I will definitely do a grateful post later in the week but I wanted to say now that I am grateful for you today Emily. I needed a push to get me back to God and I want to say thankyou for sharing your churches link, although I’m a heck of a long way from it the messages are great and just what I needed tonight.
    Bless you x

    • Emma- this means so much to me, thank you for taking the time to leave this note. You will be in my prayers. I have quite a few friends who live in other states and haven’t yet found “their church” – so they have been following along with Cross Point’s messages each weekend 🙂 We just wrapped up one of my most favorite series of all time – Unwritten. WOW- so powerful, encouraging.. I just don’t even have the words. If you have some time, definitely check out those messages:

      Blessings to you 🙂 xo

      • I will definitely get to those messages too. I have been away from Church for a long time as I had issues with a church I used to attend here which was my first as a new Christian. I am not in church at the moment so it’s nice to be able to still see some great messages. You can let your pastors know they’ve got UK viewers now 🙂

  • Love this thought! Thoughts said out loud are so much more powerful!

  • Sharon

    I am also very grateful for the community of believers in Blog Land. And yes, I get it!! Real, true friendships are found here. I think it has something to do with the way we bare our souls in our writing. The way we all choose to be vulnerable and honest in sharing our words. The way that God works in and through it all.

    Love this post today, Emily. It does no good to keep our praise to ourselves. For in the telling, we are fortified and so are others. It is good to *pass on* the gratitude!


    • Totally agree- writing & sharing so many parts of ourselves to others is sure to create amazing friendships 🙂 Thanks, Sharon!

  • I’m grateful for this community too and you! I am also so grateful to be able to celebrate my sister’s birthday (the last celebration of many) this weekend. So good.

    • SO good! How cool that your sister has such a great big sis to look up to and help celebrate her! 🙂 (Grateful for you too, friend)

  • I love this, Emily! It’s been so surprising to see just how great the blogging community is! I definitely echo that thankfulness with you! And that we are almost home. Road trips close together with kids is starting to take its toll on my sanity. ?

  • This is such a great giveaway Emily! And I agree, saying out loud what you are grateful for is a game changer.

  • I love that you take such great notes because I always end up taking away a brilliant quote or reminder! Same again this week -“Is it gratefulness or is it grumbling…?” Hopefully it is gratefulness more often than not! xo

    • I have an entire folder full of sermon notes that I often times revert back to when I’m looking for post inspiration or even just a little life pick-me-up/reminder 🙂 XO

  • I love that you make notes in church. You have such a wonderful, open heart, Emily!

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