Giveaway of my Current Favorites

Hello, dear friends!

This week I wrote about the joys and struggles I’ve experienced as I try to grow into being a more giving and generous mother and wife.

(You can find those posts here and here in case you missed them!)

This topic is special to me is because my life wouldn’t be as rich or full without the generous people God has placed in my life. And that includes you, dear readers!

As a special thank you I’ve assembled a little giveaway I know you’ll enjoy!

Mom Heart Moments devotional by Sally Clarkson

A Love Letter Life by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

a set of my favorite bee’s wax candles and a $10 Starbucks gift card

I’ve included Mom Heart Moments (which I’m currently working through) because it will encourage on your journey toward being a more generous mama. Audrey and Jeremy’s book will inspire you as you love your spouse (or prepare for your future spouse) more generously. And the coffee and candles are little sprinkles of happiness because part of being generous includes being generous with ourselves!

For entries please:

Leave me a comment on this blog post telling me about one person in your life who inspired you with their generous spirit!

For extra entries:

Follow me on Instagram

Leave a comment and tag a friend on this Instagram post

Share about my giveaway on your Instagram stories. Make sure you tag me so I can see!

I’ll draw the winner next Sunday, February 9th!

Thankful for each of you!

Frannie

The Art of a Thankful Heart // Coffee Series

Coffee With You Series

I share my heart transparently here at Authentic Virtue. You’ve read about my baby blues, laughed with me and the time I jumped out of the car , encouraged me when it was hard for me to accept grace and even read about my probs with adult acne.

You, sweet people, have seen it all.

So I feel totally okay sharing my newest (yet not so newest) life discovery with you over coffee and a sunny Missouri morning. I am learning that having a thankful heart is art.

Creating beautiful artwork takes time, development of skill, and motivation. Sculpting, painting and creating is something that, for most of us, is a life long adventure.

So is developing a thankful heart.

I’m pretty positive last month reeked of failure because my heart was full of ungratefulness. Instead of taking hold of faith and obediently thanking God I focused on the little, irritating things which brought me down.

And it’s so easy to do that. It’s easy to focus on what’s irritating about your home, family and budget. It feels good to complain about life’s annoyances and people’s quirks. It’s insanely easy to throw your own personal pity party.

But, sweet friends, ungratefulness is a life-draining sin that will suck the joy, peace and grace out of your life.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18[/pullquote]

I’m discovering that choosing to have a grateful, thanks giving heart lifts our eyes to the personal, loving Heavenly Father we Christians have. When we choose to pray without ceasing (or, in other words, to live every moment with a heart looking to our Lord) and in everything give thanks we’re saying that we have more to live for then the temporary pleasures and upsets of this world.

We’re choosing to let our Lord Jesus make artwork out of our lives.

We’re choosing to let the God of peace sanctify us … and He who calls us is faithful and will do as He says. <3

With love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Art of Thankfulness // Authentic Virtue Blog Coffee Series

p.s: Don’t forget about today’s Periscoping adventure at 10:30 am CST. Bring your coffee! 😉 (And peeking eyes for this months giveaway! 🙂 )

May Giveaway // Announcing

Sweet readers,

thank you for taking this exciting venture with me and helping me make this new site home for Authentic Virtue. Thank you also for sharing your summer memories with me, sharing the love on Facebook, signing up for emails and liking us! I can’t express how much it means to have such involved readers! // p.s. welcome new friends!

I wish that I could send each of you something special … maybe one day I’ll figure that out. 🙂

But until then I am *so happy* to announce the winner of this giveaway:

Miss Barbara is one of the dear ladies whose friendship is a cup of sugar, a bucket of blessings and a lot of fun. I’m so happy you won! (Miss Barbara has been a faithful reader and friend … she even sent D and I a lovely wedding gift!) Readers, do stop by her blog and enjoy a bit of beauty from her Cornish home.

Miss Barbara, I already have your address and as soon as the holiday is over I’ll be mailing the package your way. 🙂

So much love,

Frannie Anne

Blog-warming Giveaway

Hello, beautiful people!

Thank you all for following me over to this new blog-home. It was a lot of work (and to be honest I still don’t know what I’m doing 😉 ) but I’m super excited for a fresh place to keep journaling and sharing life with you.

As a sort of “house-warming” I want to giveaway a few goodies to one of you beautiful people.

To let me know that you’d love to find these goodies in your mailbox simply:

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite summertime memory (1 entry)
  2.  Share the giveaway-love with your friends by sharing this post via your favorite social media (which is now super easy. Use those cute, little buttons below! 😉 ) and leave me the link (1 entry)
  3. Subscribe to Authentic Virtue’s updates either by email or Facebook  (1 – 2 entries)

Pretty easy, right?

Just to recap, you can get a total of 4 entries which will increase your chances. But if you can’t do all of that make sure you leave me a comment telling me of your favorite summertime memory.

I’ll end the giveaway on Friday, May 22nd.

With lots of love, blessings and coffee,