Inspire Me Monday – Week 14

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What You’re Saying
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

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 then follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?

This week I was inspired to read:
The Voice – New Testament

The Voice New Testament

This new translation from Thomas Nelson Publishers
Combines the expertise of Greek bible scholars
With the creative talents of modern writers, musicians and poets
To tell the timeless Bible story in a fresh and contemporary way!

And to write:
The God Of Second Chances

2nd Chances

An Easter Devotional

And to sing:
His Glory Appears

Cross - His Glory Appears

Don’t miss the stunning nature video
That accompanies this beautiful song from my
Songs Of Worship Series!

Highlights From Week 13
Thanks To All Who Contributed!

Heather at Red Rose Connection
Project: Anniversary Cake

Heather at Red Rose Connection - Anniversary Cake

Congratulations Heather for celebrating two years of marriage
And doing it in style!
She and her husband have started a new tradition:
The Anniversary Cake!
Be sure to stop by to wish Heather congratulations
And to get the whole scoop.
Wonder what she’ll be making for the big five…

Mel at Melanie’s Crazy Life
Project: Mail Art

Melanies Crazy Life - Mail Art

How many of you eagerly rush to your mail box each day,
Looking for a bit of treasure between the bills and the advertisements?
Now imagine how excited you would be to receive a letter from Melanie,
Who is beautifying mail boxes around the world!
The next time you drop someone a note –
(Remember the fading but not totally eradicated art of actual letter writing?) –
Remember to put your best envelope forward!

Dear Creatives
Recipe: Chicken & Black Bean Chili

Dear Creatives - Chicken & Black Bean Chili

Are there any Chili lovers in the house?
If so, you are going to want to rush right over to Dear Creatives
To check out this week’s healthy twist on a manly classic!
The photo is so mouth-watering,
I could whip up a batch now!

Lauren at Hobo Mama
Article: Unschooling Is How Adults Naturally Learn

Hobo Mama - Unschooling

Welcome, Lauren, to Inspire Me Monday!
This week, while making my Wordless Wednesday rounds,
I came across Lauren’s fabulous article on “Unschooling” and
Invited her over to share.
I’m so glad she came!
In this article, Lauren talks about the difference between
Taking a class as part of a structured curriculum and
Learning because of your natural desire, curiousity and passion!
Consider this a “must read” as you make your rounds this week!

If you love these features – there are plenty more fabulous inspirations waiting to be unveiled! Talent is timeless. Be sure to visit my creative friends and delight in their contributions at Inspire Me Monday – Week 13!

Inspire Me Monday #14 – Week Of April 8, 2012

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in our Creative Blog Hop 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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52 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 14”

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  1. Erin says:


    Hope you had a lovely Easter and holiday weekend…lovely features. I like the one about the decorated letters. You are right though…I do get giddy when I receive “real mail”…like just this week when I got actual birthday cards in the mail! Although all birthday wishes are great…the way of snail mail has gone by the wayside it seems…hers is very pretty 🙂 Hope you have a lovely week! Thanks for hosting such a lovely link up, as usual, friend 🙂


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Well Happy belated birthday to you, dear Erin! Didn’t Melanie do a fabulous job with that post? I love beautiful envelopes – hers were a true inspiration!

  2. thanks for sharing the highlights this week! i’ll be visiting your recommendations! have a glorious Easter!

  3. Thank you for hosting! Happy Easter and have a wonderful week!

  4. Melanie says:

    Thank you so very much for the feature. I also love the anniversary cake. It was so beautiful. Thank you so much for hosting these days! It gets you thinking and just enjoying the company of others. I love to see what other people are doing! Guess I am nosey like that!! Heehee!

  5. This week I’m sharing my Carrot and Cardamom Soup w/ Coconut Milk and my Italian Chicken and Sausage Casserole. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  6. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Twitter: apriljharris

    Happy Monday! Thank you for sharing those lovely features, and I really enjoyed your piece The God of Second Chances. It’s beautifully written and very meaningful. This week I have shared an interview with author Michael Lee West, author of Gone with a Handsomer Man and the soon to be published A Teeny Bit of Trouble. Thank you for hosting.

  7. Adele says:

    Thank you so much for hosting! I’ve linked up three projects from this week: a very cute plarn bag, a spicy chicken pasta recipe and an embroidered heart tshirt I made for my daughter 🙂

    – Adele @ Mammy Made

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Oh my – what a creative week it’s been for you Adele! Can’t wait to see all of your fabulous projects – thanks so much for sharing – I hope you have an amazing week! 🙂

  8. Donna Brown says:

    I hope you had a wonderful week and a wonderful Easter! Happy Monday!

  9. brianne says:

    thank you for this link-up! and for the great posts shared in your post. off to visit and read others’ posts now!

  10. Paula J says:

    Ohhhh love that anniversary cake and the fancy envelope! Two things I can’t resist are cake and paper lol. Thanks for hosting 🙂


  11. Heather S says:

    Thank you so much for making me a highlight! I started planning the 5th year anniversary last year! LOL

    I’m going for something crazy and going for Cinderella, something nuts! Hubby picked it out already what he wants! Least he can’t say he didn’t give me notice!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      What I love, Heather, is that HE is so involved in the planning (not just the EATING of the cake!) Congratulations to you both – I wish you much happiness and many more anniversaries and beautiful cakes to come! 🙂

  12. Evelyn says:

    Thanks so very much for hosting this each week. I always enjoy visiting as many entries as possible.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks, Evelyn – I’m so excited to see this party grow each week! Ny favorite part about it is all of the diverse entries we get. I’m so glad you’re a part of the fun! 🙂

  13. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    I Love Mondays with you! Mondays are my favorite day day of the week to blog. Thanks for the lovelies you share- truly inspiring! I am a little unsure about linking up on this or Fridays but will figure it out…hopefully (which to do and what posts- I get a little post crazy sometimes) ! I really enjoy your portion here in the Blogsphere ! Happy Monday!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much Dawn – your comments really mean a lot! Your blog rocks and anything you share (at either party) will be more than fabulous! 🙂
      Have a wonderful week!

  14. Mary says:

    Hi Ramona! Lovely features this week and such a beautiful Easter post from you! I feel so blessed to be a part of Inspire Me Mondays each week. Thank you so much for always being the hostess with the mostest! Hope you had a joyful and blessed Easter weekend. ~Mary

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Mary – they really warmed my heart! It appears you linked up that fabulous dip but I left a comment on the quiche (LOVE quiche!) I hope you have a wonderful week!

  15. Xmasdolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Thank you so much for inspiring me today and stopping by. Love the song too although it’s new for me. You’re a sweetie and I hope you’ll stop by and play along with us every Monday. Did you sign our linky? Didn’t notice. Kind of in a hurry I’m off to the cemetery my daughter that passed would’ve been 35 today (she died of S.I.D.S.) & MY mom’s B-day was 3.29 & when I went there it was closed so off to try again today & it’s an hour ride. Thanks again for your warm comment. You’re a peach. By the way I snatched up your button can’t find your followers though. I look better when I come back. hugzzzzz hope you had a nice Easter & have a great day!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I am so sorry for your loss, Dolly. I appreciate your visit all the more in the midst of it all! I hope you find inspiration on my blog this week! 🙂

  16. Xmasdolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    woo hoo found it and I’m following you everywhere – hehehe later my friend.

  17. Theresa
    Twitter: dearcreatives

    Thanks so much for featuring the Chicken black-bean chili recipe! I hope you get to try it sometime. Its really easy to make! Your comment went to spam, but I just happened to check it & glad I did 😉 Have a great week ahead.

  18. Melody says:

    Hi Ramona! Thanks for the invitation once again. Love all your suggested sites…such an…

  19. Marcie says:

    Hope you had a happy Easter. Thanks for hosting.

  20. Brooke says:

    Stopping by from the Tuesday Train! I’ll leave some links here as well 🙂


  21. Diane says:

    Good morning, You have a beautiful site. I am a new linky follower. Maybe you could follow me back. Stop by and visit sometime. I shared a recipe for Sugar Snap Peas.

  22. Debbie says:

    Thanks for hosting! Sorry I am late to the party 🙁

  23. Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    Twitter: Hobo_Mama

    Thank you so much for featuring my post! What a delight. I love the links you round up each week — thanks so much for doing this.


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