Inspire Me Monday – Week 18

Inspire Me Monday

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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
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

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

Ann Voskamp
Selections From One Thousand Gifts

Selections From One Thousand Gifts - Ann Voskamp

Every now and then you come across a writer
Who changes your perspective on life.
I’m delighted to introduce you to the
Amazing Ann Voskamp and her latest book
Selections From One Thousand Gifts!
I anticipate more sharing about my experience
With Ann’s books in the weeks to come!

Jennie Allen – Anything

Anything by Jennie Allen

What happens when you tell God
That you’re ready to give Him everything
And do anything for Him?

This is what Jennie Allen and her family
Discover – and share – in her latest book!

Beth Moore – A Heart Like His

A Heart Like His - Beth Moore

If I were asked to describe God’s ideal person,
I’m sure I’d come up with a glowing list of accolades
That probably, no one could measure up to.

That’s one of the reasons I find the biblical character of
David – shepherd, refugee, king – so intriguing.

God called him “a man after His own heart”
Even in the midst of his many flaws and sins!

I believe that why God gives David so much space in the Bible.
He wants us to know that He does not require perfection
For us to be “women after His own heart”!

If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating man,
Check out Beth Moore’s book!

Highlights From Week 17

Connie Arnold
Inspirational Poems Of Joy And Peace

New Book: A Symphony Of Seasons

A Symphony of Seasons by Connie Arnold

This week I’d like to welcome new community member
Connie Arnold and congratulate her on the release of her
Latest volume of poetry, A Symphony of Seasons!

Here is a sampling of her work:

Each of the seasons has its harmony,
with various melodies raising,
As a natural reaction that is expressed
when lives formed by God are praising.

Connie is currently in the midst of a 2-week blog tour –
Visit her blog for the details and to hear her read!

Life As We Know It By Paula
Project: Mother’s Day Cards

This week at Friendship Friday,
We’re celebrating mothers!
Paula is too –
Check out her collection of beautiful cards!

Annie’s Home
Recipe: Broken Jello Dessert

ShopAnnies - Broken Glass Jello

Now that warmer weather is upon us
Annie’s Broken Jello Dessert is the
Perfect seasonal delight!
It’s cool – it’s quick – and it’s colorful!
I look forward to sampling it this summer!

Brianne – This Is My Offering
Collage: Kept
 Kept - This Is My Offering - Brianne

In case you’ve ever wondered –
Artist Brianne proves that
You can make art out of anything.
She creates collages out of images she cuts from
Magazines, catalogues, brochures and cards.

Here is what she says of her art:

Sometimes I feel like…
All I have is crumbs,
All I gather is crumbs,
And it’s amazing,
A miracle, really,
How those bits & pieces come together
To create a cohesive whole…
But I suppose that is what happens
As I offer them up to Someone Greater…

Beautifully put Brianne –
Thanks for inspiring us with your Bits & Pieces!

The Fine Art And Ramblings
Of Lisa Isabella Russo

Article: PierScape Featured Watercolor & Acrylic Artist
Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald

Art by Jo Ann Dziubek-MacDonald

This week, Artist Lisa Russo shared the work of
Canadian Artist Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald with us.
You will not want to miss Lisa’s post or
Jo-Ann’s beautiful art!
You can visit Jo-Ann at JDMStudios.Com.

Becky – Painting With Picasso
Article: I Wish I Didn’t Have Asperger’s

Autism Positivity Flash Blog Button

It all began when an anonymous Google searcher typed
“I wish I didn’t have Aspergers” and visited
A blogger who cared.

In response, a number of bloggers – including Becky –
Have written posts to respond to the anonymous blogger
And to all those who are feeling the same frustration
Of the anonymous searcher.

If there is only one post that you have time to read this week –
This would be the one I send you too.

Beautiful job, Becky, on raising awareness
And responding sensitively to those who “wish”!

Lydia – See Beautiful
Article: Guide Dogs Of America

Guide Dogs of America

I wanted to take a final moment to give a shout-out
To Lydia who is featuring the Guide Dogs of America
As her sponsored Non-Profit Organization this month!

This is a fabulous organization that I had the privilege
Of touring many years ago!

I actually wanted to apply to be a guide dog trainer
But Prince Charming wouldn’t let me.
He thought it would be too hard for me to say good-bye to the dogs
At the end of their training period!
Can you imagine that!
For the record – I totally could have –
But he still doesn’t believe me!

To learn more about Guide Dogs –
Visit See Beautiful!


Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 17!

Inspire Me Monday #18 – Week Of May 7, 2012

Inspire Me Monday
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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  1. HI, I am your newest follower through google! I look forward to reading more of your blog. YOu can follow mine at

  2. Molly says:

    Great features this week. Oh, and I want to get my hands on that Beth Moore study. I’ve gone through several of hers, and always learn so much!
    Thank you for hosting this party, I always enjoy linking up here!

  3. Pinkoddy
    Twitter: pinkoddy

    Thank you for hosting 🙂

  4. Wendy says:

    Love this link up… will be back later in the week to read others’ thoughts!

    Wendy x

  5. Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage says:

    Wow! Great things to inspire us this week. Thanks for sharing and hosting. 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the beautiful feature and kind words. I love that you were able to tour the facility. How special! We are so honored to be supporting GDA this month. They really are amazing!

    Happy seeing beautiful!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I was so excited, Lydia, to read your feature on the Guide Dogs of America – it brought back so many memories! I ran into a woman earlier this year who had just gotten a beautiful black lab she was training for them! I had hoped to run a feature that followed her and the puppy’s progress but we lost touch. They do amazing work and I think it is awesome that you are supporting them! 🙂

  7. Chelsea W says:

    I’m so grateful I recently found this community! Linked up and looking forward to reading everyone’s great inspirations.

    When I was young, our family raised puppies until they were old enough to be trained as guide dogs. Well, we never had to say goodbye because our first one failed the physical (bad hips) and the second one was used as a breeder to make more guide dogs 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome Chelsea and thank you for sharing your story!

      How awesome that your family ended up with the best of both worlds – being able to raise puppies for those in need AND keep your original puppies since the second one was used as a breeder! Those dogs are SUCH a blessing to individuals in need!

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

    You always get such wonderful links shared here! I love Ann Voskamp’s A Thousand Gifts, it is so thought provoking and inspiring. Your other features look wonderful too, especially those beautiful Mother’s Day cards. This week I have shared a Blueberry Bread and Butter Pudding / French Bread Casserole. Thank you for hosting, and have a lovely week!

  9. brianne says:

    oh wow, thank you for noticing and sharing all you did about my art, my collages… really humbled and much appreciative. {{HUGS}}

  10. Paula J says:

    Ooooh how exciting ~ thank you sooooo much for including my handmade Mother’s Day card in your “Inspire Me Monday” feature!!! You’ve made my week.

    Smiles 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re welcome Paula – perfect timing for your beautiful cards! We’re having a wonderful week sharing memories about our Mothers and about Motherhood over at Friendship Friday as well – I hope you and the rest of our friends reading this will join us and share your thoughts and memories as well! 🙂

  11. Mary says:

    Good Morning Ramona! Super features today! Since I missed the party last week, I have some catching up to do and as usual, you’ve provided an excellent guide for me to start with. :~) Thanks so much for hosting another wonderful Inspire Me Monday. Hope your week is truly blessed! ~Mary

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I missed you last week but that probably explains why my pants are a little looser – lol! Have fun exploring – as usualy, I had more inspirations that I wanted to feature, but as you can tell, my post has been getting longer and longer each week!

  12. Becky says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your comment on my blog, & thank you for featuring my post over here! Every day is a learning experience with our son and it’s a pleasure to write a post to someone who will (hopefully!) come across it! Thank you so much!

  13. Carol says:

    thanks so much for linking up with Magical Monday Meme ~ so glad you are there ~ will be back to join yours ~ namaste, ^_^

  14. Thank you for inspiring me! This community is a great blessing!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing the inspiration on this Monday. It makes it a much better day! I’m very happy to have become a part of this community and appreciate your sharing about my blog tour for A Symphony of Seasons. Blessings to you!

  16. Jerri says:

    I didn’t realize before that you had a linky party! I just happened to be stopping by today! But I linked up and I’ll be next week. Thanks for hosting. =)

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Jerri

      I’m so glad you stopped by and found us – your contributions will be SO perfect for our party! I look forward to seeing what you shared! 🙂

  17. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    Thank you so much for featuring my post on J0-Ann this week! What a pleasant surprise…

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you, Lisa, for introducing us to Jo-Ann and her beautiful art – I got the nicest letter from her last night! Her work is so beautiful, it was challenging picking a favorite piece to feature! 🙂

  18. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Marcie says:

    I love all the inspirations this week!

  20. Heidi says:

    Ok, that jello looks awesome! Thanks for linking up with us at NOBH!

  21. Vicky says:

    Thanks for hosting! I always enjoy linking up! Can’t wait to read more of the posts and visit new folks!

    Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed

  22. Bindhurani says:

    Nice post. Love it. Saw you at the link party by


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