Inspire Me Monday – Week 137

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!

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

This week I am impacted by life and death and
Inspired by writing from the heart…

Remembering Susan

Susan - June 2007

Thanks to all of you who have prayed for my sister-in-law.
Earlier this year, God granted us a miracle and
Gave us the gift of precious time with her.
Now He has given Susan the gift of eternal rest
And has called her home.

This is the third family member we have lost this year.
We walk each day in God’s mercy, love and strength.

Please keep us in your prayers.

Pamela Kuhn – Staying Close Through Tragedy

Heal A Broken Heart

It’s never easy to lose someone you love…
Especially when that someone is your child.

If you or someone you know is faced with this circumstance,
I encourage you to read Pamela’s story and tips on
How to move through the darkness.

Thank you, Pamela, for sharing this difficult experience with us and
Offering others encouragement and hope!

Barbara Issac – Casualty Of War

Casualty Of War

When I was in school studying American History,
I learned that one of the greatest tragedies of the Civil War
Was that it turned fathers against sons, brothers against brothers.

The consequences of war are more far-reaching
Than we can ever conceive.

My heart broke as I read Barbara’s story of her and her sister –
Connected by DNA but separated by a lifetime of choices.

I pray with Barbara as she continues to cultivate
An attitude of gratitude…

Pat Kumicich – Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Are you planning a special trip this year?
If so, why not create a special Travel Journal for the occasion?
Let Pat’s beautiful journal serve as creative inspiration…

The Fruitful Mama – Picking Up My Gluten-Free Cross

Artwork by Bliase - 9

Artwork by 9-Year Old Blaise

If you suffer from food allergies of any kind,
You will appreciate the challenge of
Eliminating wheat from your family’s diet…

Eliza Ellis – No Bake Lemon Slice Cake

No Bake Lemon Slice Cake

Keep your kitchen cool with out Treat Of The Week –
Eliza’s refreshing No Bake Lemon Slice Cake!

Joy Pedrow – Stop Limiting God

Stop Limiting God

Have you ever felt led to do something but backed away
Because you felt you weren’t qualified to do the task?

In her inspiring article, Stop Limiting God,
Joy reminds us that God doesn’t call the qualified –
He qualifies the called!

Jeanine O’Neil – 3 Important Blogging Lessons

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Music To Inspire You – Time Of My Life

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week I’m Celebrating My Birthday with the
Climatic finale to the movie classic Dirty Dancing –
(I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life –
A song that was voted “the most iconic dance moment
In a 2013 poll by QVC!

Time Of My Life won the 1987 Grammy award for
Best Vocal Performance by a Duo (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes)
And an Oscar for Best Film Song.
The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack remained in the
#1 slot on the Billboard charts for 18 straight weeks
And has sold over 48 million copies worldwide.

Enjoy the song and enjoy your week!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 136!

Inspire Me Monday #137 – Week Of August 17, 2014

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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46 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 137”

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  1. Debby Ray says:

    I am so sorry to hear of you loss, Ramona. You and your families have my sympathy. Thank you for hosting! Blessings!

  2. Poppy says:

    Dear Ramona,

    So sorry to hear about your sweet sister-in-law, Susan’s passing. Sending prayers to you and your family at this most trying time. Take care, my friend.


  3. Wesens-Art says:

    Sorry to hear that you lost 3 family members this year.
    I wish you and your family so much strength and send a prayer for you.
    Hugs from Germany

  4. Thanks for a great party!

  5. Carolyn Dube says:

    I am so sorry for you loss- what a tremendously difficult time for you. Hugs!

  6. chris says:

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss!! How sad…..will be thinking of/praying for you and your family, friend.

    Thank you, as always, for hosting this lovely party.

    ~~Chris from Campfires and Cleats

  7. June says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Ramona. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

  8. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family during your time of grief, and may he grant your sister-in-law eternal rest. I also pray for all the casualties of war throughout the world, as well as for the families left behind. Blessings!

  9. Tina says:

    I’m so sorry for you loss! Thank you for hosting. A big hug. Tina

  10. NancyC says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister-in-law Susan, and am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  11. FABBY says:

    I’m so sorry about your Sil, she’s with our Lord and she’s not sick anymore, only in paradise. May God give you and your family the strength in this hard times of grief.
    Thank you for hosting and have a blessed week ahead.

  12. May God grant you peace. Thanks for the great features & for hosting & God bless.

  13. Pamela says:

    Thank you, dear Ramona, for highlighting my post about our Sarah. My heart wishes you didn’t need the words written there. I’ll be praying as you travel your own road of grief. ~Pamela

  14. Eliza Ellis says:

    So sorry to hear that you lost your sister in law Ramona – hope you and the family are coping ok.

    Thankyou for featuring my No-Bake Lemon Slice too.

    All the best,


  15. Theresa @DearCreatives
    Twitter: dearcreatives

    Hi Ramona, So sorry to hear of you and your families loss. I know no words can heal the pain only time can ease it but, my prayers and thoughts are with you. May each day get easier and the memories of Susan stay close. (hugs) Theresa

  16. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law may she rest in peace

    Happy Birthday to you hope you have a good one, you chose a classic tune there love it & the film 🙂

    Have a birthdaytastic week

    Best Wishes

  17. Astrid says:

    I’m so sorry for your recent loss and all the lsoses your family has had to overcome this year. I wish you lots of strength.

  18. Great song pick for freebie week! I love the music in Dirty Dancing! Patrick Swayze was a smooth dance. I rooted for Jennifer Grey on DWTS. She’s a real natural dancer, I think. It’s nice to have you on the dance floor with the 4M crew.

  19. Maureen says:

    I always look forward to Inspire Me Monday. It truly does inspire me as I go into a new week. There’s always so much ‘food for thought’. Thank you for creating a spot to share such meaningful posts!

  20. Crystelle says:

    I love starting the week with your fun party….. Hope you have a fabulous week!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  21. Crystelle says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss in you family. I am glad you know she is with God….

  22. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    Im so sorry for the passing of your sister-in-law Susan, prayers for you and your family at this time. ((Hugs!!))

  23. Kathy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  24. Create With Joy
    Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

    Thank you all for your condolences! My husband and I appreciate your prayers and hope you enjoy the party this week! 🙂

  25. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    I am deeply sorry to hear about your sister-in-law and the additional losses in your family. Thank you for all of the wonderful and thoughtful inspirations.

  26. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    The wrong pic came up, but everybody knows 4M (I hope)… Love the tune you picked too. That is my favorite part of the movie. Thanks for sharing and joining us today… love that recipe… I hope you share one with us on Friday too! HUGS and have a rockin’ week! 🙂

  27. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Oooops my bad! HAPPPPPPPPYYYYY B-DAY My friend! HUGS & SMOOCHES!!!! And as you say life and death are sooo close at times my condolences on your SIL. hugs and prayers to the family.

  28. Trish says:

    May God bring you his peace which surpasses understanding is my prayer for you and your family during this time of loss.

  29. My prayers and condolences to you and your family. *HUGS*
    It is hard to grieve until we reach the point of the good memories washing over the loss.

  30. Michelle says:

    I am sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.
    My prayers are going out for your family.

    Thank you for the refreshing Lemon Slice Cake recipe.

    You have listed some great links that are really touching my heart.

    May you have a blessed week.

  31. Jaime says:

    Stopping by to thank you for featuring my post Lord, Save Me: Picking Up My (Gluten-Free) Cross! We are finally adjusting to all being wheat-free. I hope it can help someone in our situation! Blessings.

  32. becca says:

    wow this took me back to my teen years and having the biggest crush n Patrick Swayze. another great talent gone too soon.


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