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A New Thing

My sister Maria at her college graduation with her kids

TA DA!

I just returned from a 5-day trip to Valdosta, Georgia, for my younger sister Maria’s college graduation. Before I left for the trip, I also just purchased a new website theme (the Genesis Lifestyle Theme) and hired wonderful website designer Linda Hernestal da Silva of Work at Home Balance to redesign my website. What do you think? ūüôā

Some of you may be wondering if I am like Aretha Franklin – I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – since I just recently changed my theme!

Although I was very pleased with the outsource work someone did for me to add pages and categories to my site last time, I was NOT happy at all with the new theme I had installed. It didn’t turn out the way I had expected. I didn’t want to act like a pouty, spoiled rotten child. I tried for weeks to be content and happy about it, but it just wasn’t there!

It’s a good thing I hadn’t spent a lot of money on the theme! After seeking others’ counsel about what to do – just live with it? find another theme? – I decided to go with my gut instincts and find another Genesis theme I really liked, and hire a professional website designer for a fresh new look. That way I wouldn’t have to be aggravated with the tech aspects of it and it would be worth it all by the time she was finished! It was the right decision. Go with your gut! And take advantage of outsourcing for your business!

I don’t just like this Genesis Lifestyle theme and new design ~ I LOVE it!!! My favorite color is green, and I really LOVE the new graphic I purchased from Istock (on the left side of the header at the top of this page -the woman in the green chair with her laptop and a blue coffee cup).

Our daughter Leah tweaked the graphic for me with her graphic art program to look more like me ~ putting highlights in her hair like mine has, changing her blue eyes to green-brown hazel like mine, changing her pink shoes’ color to blue ~ and even adding some weight to her, lol, at my request (the cartoon graphic was a lot thinner than me, but I am working on losing weight. I’ve even hired a health coach to help me!). Leah did a great job with the graphic.

I love the relaxed, comfortable appearance of the woman in the chair in her jeans, with her laptop and coffee, and I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable here, too ~ like having a good, hot cup of coffee with a friend, sharing together about the great things God is doing in our lives!

Linda redesigned my header with Leah’s finished product of the Istock graphic. We removed my blog’s previous name Tablet Of My Heart from the header, to use my name for the site for branding purposes.

I also created a new tagline which I brainstormed about with several of my precious online friends (thank you, girlfriends!), Equipping Women to hear God’s voice, unlock their gifts, and pursue their passion. What do you think of the tagline? The site’s new look?

Linda did an incredible job with this redesign, going “above and beyond” the job. I am so happy and excited about it!

She also gave me great tips for reorganizing the site to improve its appearance, so you may find things a little different around here (but much easier to find!).

Linda is efficient, professional, and fun to work with ~ and very reasonably priced ~ so I highly recommend her for a website design. Be sure to check out her services for website design as well as coaching at Work at Home Balance, and tell her hi for me! Getting a new design for your website is as fun as going shopping for clothes at Kohl’s!

I have much to tell you about my Georgia trip and pictures to share with you, but meanwhile I wanted to surprise you with the new redesign. Only my family and a couple of friends knew about it…and I was about to bust to tell you! ūüôā

I also have some exciting ideas for 2012, which I can’t wait to share with you soon. I’d love to hear from you about your plans for Christmas and for 2012.

Are you traveling for Christmas or staying home? Having family and friends over or going to someone else’s house? Ray, Leah and I and Heather and her family are all meeting at our daughter Eden’s house this year, which will be different (usually we have Christmas here). I still have shopping to do! :O¬† What about you?

What do you want 2012 to be like?

Have you written out your goals and dreams or do you choose an annual theme? Have you made your bucket list? What are some of the things that are in your heart to do?

What did you accomplish in 2011? What haven’t you accomplished yet that you would like to do?

What do you need to prune and leave behind in 2011?

What lessons did you learn?

What good things did God do for you? What prayers did He answer?

Please share your answers in the comments below. I have missed you! I was so happy to see my sister Maria and her kids and my family in Georgia ~ and to eat delicious southern fried catfish, cheese grits, and hushpuppies again! ~ but it’s good to be back!

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43: 19, NLT

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Merry Christmas, dear friends!

crystal Christmas ornament

Last night our daughter Heather and her family arrived safely home in Missouri from Florida. They hated that their beach trip was cut short, but didn’t want to chance encountering freezing rains here! Thank you so much¬†for your prayers for them!

Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the gift of His life, so He could give me eternal life!  To Him the King Immortal, Prince of Peace, Immanuel, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, I give all praise and worship, forever and ever! There are no words to describe all that Jesus has done for me and how grateful I am to Him. He is my BFF!

I am also very thankful for each one of you who stops by to visit my blog each day.¬† It’s been such an honor and privilege to serve you here, and you have greatly enriched my life with your faithful¬†friendship, support, prayers, questions,¬†and comments. ¬†I ¬†pray that at my sites, you find encouragement and are blessed from God’s word.¬† Please let me know how I can pray for you and what I can do to help you at elizabethdjones@gmail.com.

May you have a beautiful, blessed Christmas with your family and friends, and may the coming 2011 be a year of the wonderful impossible for you. Nothing is impossible with God!

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Small changes

stacks of papers

The seasons are changing, and you might notice some changes around here, too, at Tablet Of My Heart. For one, I have permanently deleted some old blog¬†posts and podcasts. My husband Ray, who rarely throws anything away (and I do mean that literally and, yes, opposites definitely attract!),¬†mildly PANICKED when I told him this. Did God inspire me to write these posts, he asked.¬† But what if I needed them one day?¬† Well, I thought,¬†they weren’t exactly the holy canon!¬† Really, as I read them in retrospect, they were more like – for lack of a better word – ramblings. (Some of you may be thinking, “You mean sort of like this blog post?”)¬† :O

Besides,¬†sometimes we need to get rid of the old to make room for the new.¬† (Such as last year’s clothes in the closet, so we¬† have an excuse to go shopping!)¬† I certainly wish this was Ray’s philosophy, with all the stuff he’s accumulated over the years.¬† (One person’s treasure is another person’s stress!)

But I digress. You will see that I’ve also created another special report for brand-new subscribers,¬† A Strong Current: Being Who You Were Created To Be. This report¬†will encourage you to discover your life purpose and to pursue your passion(s), so that you can do the things God has called you to do and to be, and to be happy!¬† Like a strong ocean current, I desire to be a strong current of God’s love, mercy, and power.

What about you?  Are you fulfilling your destiny in Christ? If not, what is holding you back or stopping you? God has great things in  store for you if you will pray, believe, and obey Him!

There will be some other minor changes around here in the weeks ahead, step by step. We need to evaluate our lives, our schedules, our time, even our websites from time to time, with a praying ear, a sharp eye, and to get laser-focused. What needs to be pruned and can go? What can we tweak or improve?  How can we change things for the better? What needs to be transformed in our lives to be more like Christ?

What in your life needs changing today?¬† Pray and ask God to show you. I have a small ad on my vision board that encourages me, which you might like, too: “Small changes, big results.”

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