Inspire Me Monday – Week 170

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!

Happy Easter To You!

This weekend we are celebrating Easter Sunday –
A day that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Who died for the sins of the world!

Enjoy the stories.
Enjoy the music.

Enjoy this special edition of Inspire Me Monday and
Have a blessed week!

Jenni – This Isn’t The Way Life Was Supposed To Turn Out

Luke 24:31

Like the disciples after Jesus’ crucifixion,
I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we imagine.
I’m still trying to comprehend why God would allow
All this suffering and hardship in the world.

But I have hope.

I have hope that one day we will all stand
At the empty tomb of this life’s suffering and,
Like the apostles on Easter morning,
God will begin to open our eyes.
He will help us to see how He resurrected
Even the greatest pain and suffering in our lives.

Has life turned out differently than you planned?

Matt Maher & Audrey Assad – Lord I Need You

Krystle – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

The world hurts.
The evil can be overwhelming.
The pain crushing…
I become angry and depressed at times…
BUT – the bottom line is I make a choice to believe,
To have faith, that God knows what is best for me.
He asks me to trust and believe.
As I sit here, I find myself asking –
Lord, how can I not?

Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Amen)

Barbara – This Thing Called Life

It isn’t always easy, this thing called life.
Actually, it’s really, really hard at times.
It can sometimes feel hopeless…
It can sometimes feel like death…

Don’t miss This Thing Called Life
A story of betrayal – and hope…
And redemption… and grace…
And the extraordinary things that can happen when
We turn to God in the midst of our pain.

Matt Maher – Your Grace Is Enough

Families 411 – Do You Celebrate Life?

How are you living your life today?
Are you celebrating life?
Families 411 shared this quote by Kevyn Aucoin:

Today I choose life.
Every morning when I wake up I can
Choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain…
To feel the freedom that comes from being able to
Continue to make mistakes and choices –
Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

Craig Wayne Boyd – The Old Rugged Cross

What’s Inspiring Me This Week?
Here’s A Few Highlights I’d Like To Share!

Card Of The Week – A Sweet Spring-Themed Friendship Card

Friends Are Flowers Card

Ignite old friendships by surprising someone with a card!

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What Inspired You This Week?
Here’s A Few Of Our Favorite Featured Selections!

Renee – Hand Painted Easter Eggs

Hand Painted Easter Eggs

Renee shares her secrets on how to create
The loveliest Easter Eggs you ever did see!

Elisha – Mixed Media Canvas Art

Mixed Media Canvas Art

Elisha shared her first Mixed Media Canvas creations
With us this week – stunning!

The Rambling Introvert – Fairy Door

And as the seasons come and go,
Here’s something you might like to know.
There are fairies everywhere:
Under bushes, in the air,
Playing games just like you play,
Singing through their busy day.
So listen, touch, and look around —
In the air and on the ground.
And if you watch all nature’s things,
You might just see a fairy’s wing.

~ Author Unknown

Fairy Door

Diana – The Earth Laughs In Flowers Card

DLArt Challenge Card

Diana put a little Mojo into her Monday
With this delightful challenge-inspired card!

For more creative inspiration,
Join us for Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 169!

Inspire Me Monday #170 – Week Of April 5, 2015

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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49 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 170”

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  1. Rach D says:

    Thank you so much for hosting!!

  2. DIANA L. says:

    Happy Easter thanks for the shout out!!! so many beautiful pieces to see here.

  3. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Nice post and I enjoyed the songs too 🙂

    Have an eggtastic rest of Easter 🙂

  4. Thanks for the link up! Happy Easter!

  5. Thank You so much for including my Fairy Door. A very Happy Easter to ya!


  6. Echo says:

    Thanks for the party! Happy Easter!

  7. Ashleigh says:

    Happy Monday and thank you for hosting this wonderful linky! Have a great week! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

  8. momstheword
    Twitter: momsthewordfun

    I love the song “Your Grace Is Enough.” Such a beautiful song. We sing it in church. Love the hand painted eggs too! Thanks for hosting today.

  9. Thank you for featuring me this week and for hosting such a great blog hop! Have a lovely week!

  10. Secret life of cats … I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Thanks for hosting the party. Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  12. Fabulous freebie music choices. Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

  13. Quirky Homemaker says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Thanks for the linky. 🙂

  14. Kimberly says:

    Hello gorgeous! I love your party, thanks for hosting! I would appreciate it if you would stop by our party that starts tonight at 7 pm. That would be so amazing! Lou Lou Girls

  15. Donna Heber says:

    Thank you for hosting. I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter. I am sharing my lavender tags with you this week. Hugs – Donna

  16. Hope you had a blessed Easter Sunday celebration!

  17. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    The old rugged cross was my father’s favorite hymn. I cannot believe that man was singing that song in a bar. I mean with all the screaming and the smoke it couldn’t be anything else could it? Wow, he was amazing though I must say. An amazing rendition of that song. He could really hit those notes. Thanks so much for sharing, and joining us today. HUGS… I hope you had a blessed Easter.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Marie,
      So glad I could share your father’s favorite hymn this week! The man singing the song is Craig Wayne Boyd, the winner of last season’s Voice, in a NY concert. I really hemmed and hawed about whether to share this particular video because of the setting – but his vocals are powerful (look up his Voice performance as well) and even though the screaming is distracting – there is something powerful about singing a hymn like that to a crowd that might not otherwise hear it.

      Hope you had a wonderful Easter and hope you have an awesome week!

  18. Jay @craftyspices
    Twitter: CraftySpices

    Thank you for yet another great Inspire me Post.
    Hope you are having Fun this week 🙂

  19. Familes 411 says:

    Thank you for featuring families411 this week. It is an honor to be a part of this great blog party. Also thanks for hosting.

  20. Krystle says:

    Hi Create With Joy!

    Thanks so much for featuring my blog this week! It is such an honor to be a part of this amazing blog link-up! I was so excited when I received your email and saw my post on your site! When I clicked on it though, it brought me to Card of the Week instead of my blog.
    Just wanted to let you know! Thanks again! It is such a joy and encouragement to be featured!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Krystle, it’s my pleasure to feature you!
      I’m SO sorry about that “technical glitch” – it’s been fixed – thanks for letting me know!

  21. I will have to remember this hop! I definitely shared it.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Jessica – so glad you discovered Inspire Me Monday – we have SUCH an awesome community here!
      You’ll also want to join us for Friendship Friday – you’ll love it there as well!
      Have an awesome week and make yourself at home! 🙂

  22. Thanks for this very inspiring blog.
    And for the music!

    Hope your week is going great!

  23. Renee says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my Hand-Painted Easter Eggs! How sweet to be included… I enjoy your parties every week! Love…


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