Inspire Me Monday – Week 138

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!
Stories Of Faith, Life & Creativity…

Ramona – Best Friends Card & The Velveteen Rabbit

Best Friends Card by Create With Joy

Have you ever been inspired to create a project
Based on something you’ve read or something you own?

This week I took up the challenge to create a card
Based on a favorite children’s book!

I invite you to stop by and read the
Story behind this special creation!

Diane – Shine Your Light In The Darkness


Every time we turn on the news or even go online,
We are surrounded by darkness.
If we are not careful, it’s easy to be discouraged.

That’s why Diane’s message is so relevant:
Shine your light in the darkness, and
Count the daily moments of Joy in your lives!

One Mommy – Make A Butterfly!

Create A Butterfly

Looking for a creative way to recycle your stack of magazines?
Gather your family and create a bevy of beautiful butterflies!

Naomi – Break The Chains Of Hopelessness

Break The Chains Of Hopelessness

Are there times in your life when you feel overcome by despair?
Learn how to fight your feelings of overwhelm and hopelessness with
The wonderful tools and tips Naomi provides in this article!

Penny’s Faux Fur Pumpkins

Faux Fur Pumpkins

If you think that pumpkins are orange and grow in a field,
May I invite you to visit Penny’s Vintage Home?
She has the prettiest pumpkin patch you ever did see!
Who knew that pumpkins could be pink and
Covered in lace and pearls?

Sherri – How To Make Hairy Friends

Hairy Friends

Are you ready to add a touch of whimsy to your home?
Round up your empty margarine tubs and
Unleash your creativity in Sherri’s Margarine Tub Craft Challenge!
Projects like these re-purposed tubs will be a hit with the kids!

Patsy – Forgive

Faith Or Fear

One of the hardest things we are called to do in life is to
Forgive those who hurt us.
I’m not talking about the little things that we can
Easily choose to overlook if we desire.

I’m talking about the big, soul-scarring wounds –
The type of hurts that keep us awake at night –
The kind of stuff that gnaws away at our souls.

If you’re struggling with unforgiveness in any area of your life,
I encourage you to read the story of Corrie ten Boom that
Patsy shared with us in her post Faith or Fear –
And to reflect on this saying she shared from Lewis Smedes:

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and
Discover that the prisoner was yourself.

Music To Inspire You – Songs That Make You Happy

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week, Haupi, the Spotlight Dancer,
Chose Songs That Make You Happy as our theme.
What a great choice to kick off the week!

I ended up picking not one, not two,
But three songs that always bring a smile to my face!

Some of these songs are funny –
Some of these songs are tongue-in-cheek –
Some of these songs are uplifting –
All of these songs make you want to get up and dance!

Enjoy – and feel free to share the songs that bring a smile to your face
In your posts and comments this week!

Song 1 – The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
Betty Everett Originally Recorded This Song In 1964
Her Version Hit #1 On The Cashbox Magazine R & B Charts
Cher’s Recorded This Song In 1990 For The Movie Mermaid
Her Version Became An International Hit That Went To #1 In The UK

Song 2 – If You Wanna Be Happy
This Song Is Based On The 1934 Calypso Song Ugly Woman By Roaring Lion
Jimmy Soul Recorded & Hit #1 On Billboard & The R&B Charts In 1963
In Spite Of Being Banned On Many Radio Stations Due To The
Inclusion Of The Terms Ugly Girl/Ugly Woman In The Lyrics

Song 3 – I Say A Little Prayer
Burt Bacharach & Hal David Wrote This Song For Dionne Warwick.
Her Version Peaked At #4 On The US Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart In 1967.
Aretha Franklin’s 1968 Version Became One Of Her Most
Significant UK Recordings In Her Career.
Diane King’s 1997 Reggae Version For My Best Friend’s Wedding
Was A Top 40 Hit, Peaking at #38.

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Join us for Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 137!

Inspire Me Monday #138 – Week Of August 24, 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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62 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 138”

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  1. Meryl says:

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  2. Poppy says:

    So many wonderfully inspiring things here, Ramona! Yes, it’s been a rather scary two weeks around the world, and so many of us are feeling it. Thanks for your input on forgiveness, something I am finding hard to do with a certain situation. I love your card! It made me smile! Thanks for the party and have a lovely week!


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Poppy,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are dealing with a situation where forgiveness is a struggle.
      That hits so close to home.

      When I am struggling with situations where forgiveness seems beyond my natural abilities, I find that the first step is simply a willingness to tell God that I am willing to forgive with His help, but He really has to be the one to empower the situation, because I can’t do it on my own.

      In these situations, over time, I find that once I am willing to put things in God’s hand, forgiveness does come, in its own time – and as that quote indicates, it is SO freeing!

      Have a blessed week!

  3. Thanks again for hosting a great party! Have a wonderful week!

  4. Erlene says:

    Thank you for the party and the fun song videos.

  5. I am humbled to be featured this week. I hope others will be blessed in reading my post. Thank you for the feature and the link up. Have a fabulous week.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1


      Thanks so much for your article – I believe that hope is one of the most important things in the world –
      I shared it because I know this article is going to be just what someone needs to get through their week!

      Many blessings to you this week! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the wonderful party!

  7. Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids says:

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  8. Tanya M @Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    Thanks for hosting. I am happy to announce our first ever Travel the World in Books Readathon that I am co-hosting with Lost in Books and Savvy Working Gal. The goal is to encourage readers to read books set in another country or by an author from another country than the one you live in. I hope you will consider participating or even sign up to be a mini challenge host or do a book giveaway of something that qualifies. Hope you are well. I took a break from blogging but the kids are heading back to school so I can squeeze in a little more blogging time!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome back Tanya – what an awesome reading challenge you are hosting!
      I have been so busy funeral planning that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and plan my September schedule – but if I am able to find something that qualifies I will consider joining you! 🙂

  9. Ramona, thank you so much for saying such lovely things about my post for for giving me such a nice feature. You truly made my day! [hugs]

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I’m so glad I could put a smile on your face Diane – I always look forward to your posts!
      Amid a sea of gifted writers, I ALWAYS look forward to reading your VERY relevant words!

  10. Love the songs this week and that card is precious. The Velveteen Rabbit story is such a classic. 🙂 Thank you for brightening my Monday morning!

  11. FABBY says:

    Oh wow, I didn’t realized you had features. Very pretty.
    I adore Cher and the way she sings and that movie was great, along with the song from the early 60’s! Thanks for hosting and sharing the music.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I never saw Mermaids – but I enjoyed watching the clips from the video!
      If you’ve been missing out on the Features – you’ve been missing out on one of the best parts of the party!
      Be sure to tune in and check them out each week! 🙂

  12. Kiril Kundurazieff
    Twitter: KGkundurazieff

    “Shine your light in the darkness, and
    Count the daily moments of Joy in your lives!”

    I feel like my light batteries are running low, , especially right now, yet, I keep finding ways to find moments of joy in my life to keep my spirits up.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Kiril,

      I’m sorry that you are going through such a rough spell right now.
      Please, drop me a line when you have a moment and let me know how I can pray for you and help brighten your day!

      ** Hugs from a friend! 🙂 **

  13. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Both of the songs would definitely make anyone happy and I have found that many of these songs that make people happy are those kind that stick in your head for a week! LOL I love yours though I haven’t heard that first one in like forever! The second one is the best part of the movie too!!! Fabulous just fabulous. Hope you join us so everyone will come on over and sing-a-long too!!! LOL Have a rockin’ week my friend! Hugssssssss Did you happen to read my post from yesterday? It was the real meaning of HUGS… I hope you’ll check it out it’s wonderful… I did some research on it because I LOVE ME SOME HUGS! Have a great day!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Marie,

      Great point about happy songs having a way of sticking in your head – that’s so true – they definitely have an infectious quality about them!

      I featured a record three songs this week – did you miss one?

      Will be back to visit you in a bit. Have a wonderful day!

  14. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    What a nice post 🙂

    And what a coincidence you having Cher up I was only watching the Sonny & Cher film biopic on TV last night “And The Beat Goes On” heheh!

    Have a shoopshooptastic week 😉

  15. Tina says:

    Thank you for hosting. Have a nice week. Tina

  16. I haven’t seen the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, but after listening to the YouTube video now I want to see it. It looks like one of those fun sappy love stories that I can’t seem to get enough of. 😀

  17. Diane says:

    Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  18. Crystelle says:

    Hey what a fun party…. Woot-woot! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  19. becca says:

    Anything with Cher makes me smile love this song and the movie.

  20. Jay @craftyspices
    Twitter: CraftySpices

    Love todays post, very interesting and motivating. Now I have that song in my head, you just had to say it. LOL…
    Have a wonderful day amd thanks for hosting.

  21. Jill says:

    Thanks so much for hosting. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  22. OneMommy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing our butterfly craft!

  23. All these were feel good happy songs that touched my heart. Great job. And you got us movin’ too.

    Hope you have a great week!

  24. Mary Denman says:

    Hi Ramona,

    I’m late but here. 🙂 Guess what? I’m adopting 2 kittens from animal rescue. I get them tomorrow. A cute little girl and a rascal of a boy. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!


  25. trish says:

    thanks so much for this party.

  26. My friend would enjoy that butterfly craft 🙂

    And I remember that Shoop song 🙂

    Happy August week!

  27. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for hosting this link up. Great craft ideas at the top and my favorite scene of My Best Friend’s wedding is the I Say Little Prayer for You scene. LOL

  28. Michelle says:

    I love the magazine butterflies.

    Wow…most of those songs I’ve never heard before.
    They were out almost before my time.
    The size of those cell phones, in the bottom video, is comical.

    I sure enjoyed visiting you!


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