Inspire Me Monday – Week 101

Inspire Me Monday

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday
A place to share your creative inspirations
Sharpen your creative vision and
Showcase your creative talents!

I invite you to inspire others and
Nurture your creative spirit by
Joining our Creative Blog Hop!

To participate, simply join my creative community and
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me…

Our 100th Week Celebration

Thanks to all of you who joined us for our 100th week of Inspire Me Monday!
I am so excited to have shared this milestone with each of you!

Shuji – Nature-Themed Photography

Photo by Shugi

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year for some –
But it can also be one of the most hectic for others.
Before we start today’s party, I’d like to invite you to
Sit down – take a deep breath – and spend a few moments
Reflecting on Shuji’s beautiful photography!

The Story Behind The Music – It Is Well With My Soul

It IS Well With My Soul

Art Credit: Kitso

Christmas can also be one of the most difficult times of the year
For those who are alone, who are facing hardships of any kind,
Or are experiencing a season of grief.

Today I’d like to encourage you with an incredible story of hope –
The inspirational story of Horatio Spafford –
The hymn writer who wrote It Is Well With My Soul
And the circumstances under which the song was written.

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Highlights From Our 100th Week Celebration

Following are a few highlights from last week’s party:

Mary Ellen – Peppermint Stick Cookies

Peppermint Stick Cookies

Deby – DIY Felt Gingerbread House

Felt GingerbreadHouse

Bella – Simple Charms

Shabby Gypsy Christmas

Nici – Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies

Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies

Arnoldo – Simply Love Tag

Simply Love Tag

Arnoldo – Simply Love Tag

Paper Heart Garland

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Inspire Me Monday – Celebrating 100 Weeks!

Inspire Me Monday #101 – Week Of December 8, 2013

Inspire Me Monday

I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday in the following ways:

1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will inspire us too!

2) Share your creative projects with us! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing, Music & Photography – you get the idea!

3) Visit the participants – share some comment love – let them know what’s inspired you!

When you link up, be sure to include the Inspire Me Monday button and a link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! The blog code is on the side bar if you need it!

Be sure to link directly to your Inspire Me Monday Posts and Creations using the permalink to the individual posts – not your blog’s home page URL – so that participants can easily find and comment on your creations!

The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!

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59 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 101”

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  1. Thank you for hosting Inspire Me Monday each week!
    It’s always a wonderfully positive way to start the week! 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for the party – Alice x

  3. nina @ mamas*little*treasures
    Twitter: mamastreasures

    Hi there! Getting back on schedule after the Thanksgiving break ;o) working on scheduling all my posts for the week and I wanted to be sure to get over here first thing! I’ll be out and about meeting some of the other participants in this week’s hop, looking for new creative ideas for the holidays. Hope you are having a blessed Christmas season, my friend! Nina

  4. Marjorie R. says:

    Today’s posting has so many great things, I especially enjoyed the video of ship sailing off Newfoundland.
    I have a question for your readers, what is the hardest thing to do for Christmas, I find it is getting my cards out.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      What a great question Marjorie – I invite our readers to share their thoughts in the comments!
      (Perhaps I should ask that this week at Friendship Friday as well!)

      Getting the house cleaned and doing anything that involves going to the post office (which includes getting cards send and long distance packages wrapped) are booth a doozy for me!

  5. Judy Haughton-James
    Twitter: james_judy

    Another awesome post as always! Thanks for sharing the video about the song “It Is Well With My Soul.” It was sung at my brother’s funeral. I found it so uplifting and now I know the story behind this hymn. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  6. Horatio Spafford’s hymn is an amazing testament to the power of the Holy Spirit to come into the heart and mind of a grieving man and inspire him to worship God and bring Him glory. I love that hymn.

  7. Thanks so much for hosting!

  8. FABBY says:

    Thank you for hosting this great party: Create with Joy, the name is perfect for this C’mas holiday, which I hope you are enjoying it! Have a lovely second week of advent.

  9. Self Sagacity
    Twitter: selfsagacity

    My fish is my biggest inspiration lately 😉

  10. Poppy says:

    Wonderful and inspiring features, today, as always. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week.


  11. Barbara says:

    I love those paper hearts! Might have to give them a go… Hardest thing about Christmas? Writing the cards – most definitely! I’m sending a lot more e-cards this year as the postage rates here in the UK are becoming ridiculous.

  12. Bellalullo says:

    Grazie per il tuo bellissimo link party e per la mia foto!!

  13. Connie says:

    Thank you for hosting. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  14. Laura says:

    I do not know how you do all you do!
    You are the busiest and probably most organized person I know.
    How can I get that to rub off on me?

  15. Nici says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! And a big thank you for featuring my Brown Sugar Cookies! I hope you have a great week.

  16. Naila Moon says:

    This song is an old family favorite. Every time it is sung it seems to inspire my family to sing louder and with the Spirit.

    We sung it last at my Grandmother’s funeral.

    Thank you for the memory.
    ~Naila Moon

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Wow – I bet it brought back some poignant memories for you!
      For me, that song reminds me of my first pastor at the church where I came to Christ.
      He was an old time preacher who loved singing hymns – I probably learned the song there.

      Have a wonderful week and thanks for joining us Nalia!

  17. Diana Rambles
    Twitter: FreeStyleMama

    Thanks for hosting!

  18. Tanusree says:

    Thank you so much for hosting the party. Have a wonderful week.

  19. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    I love Arnoldo tag and heart, his art is so wonderful! Lovely duck photo too. Thanks for hosting!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season Lisa! I love Arnoldo’s tag and Shuji’s photo too!
      Thanks for the feedback – I always love hearing what resonates with everyone (and I’m sure the creators do too!)

  20. Colette S says:

    A friend used that song: It is well to encourage me once. It’s incredible.

  21. Gina says:

    I love Inspire Me Monday! You are such a great host!!

  22. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    love it love it love it~ you sure have a big following I wish I could say the same, but no matter what I do I still only have a few! What’s your secret? hehehe Loved your choices today. HAPPY HOLIDAYS

  23. Kathy @ Melding Magic says:

    Thanks so much for hosting another great party. Hope you have a pleasant week!

  24. Tina says:

    Thank you for the party. Tina

  25. Thank You for having such a wonderful platform for all to share .


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