Yes! – You did not misread the title of today’s post.
Who doesn’t like to save $. With two small children our expenses have grown significantly, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money.
Ladies, I have discovered Ebates! This site gives you cash back for shopping on other sites such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, car and hotel rentals and many more, we are talking 1,800 stores.
There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back. All they need is an email address to notify you when your cash back has been credited.
To be honest I’m not a big shopper and I like to see and touch the merchandize prior to purchase but with small children that is nearly impossible or at least a very exhausting process. So in the last few years I’ve purchased some things on line, taking advantage of free shipping and available deals. But Ebates makes online shopping even more attractive especially for those who do most of their shopping on line, this will save you even more money.
Here is how you sign up for free:
1. Sign up using my referral link.
2. You will choose one of the gift card bonuses, enter your email address, and create a password.
3. Every time you need to do online shopping start from Ebates.com
Yes, I did try it before posting this news on my blog. I really needed couple of beauty supplies so I went to Ebates, typed Sephora , and this popped up:
I made the necessary purchase. Once my order went through – I can see that I’ll be getting $4.93 back from that Sephora order. I also got free shipping, which saved me on gas and time. I had a chance to pick four free samples from Sephora, that actually were a pretty good size. Spend a minute, find a coupon and save even more money.
If you don’t have an Ebates account I encourage you to sign up and use it, especially for the holiday seasons. Once you sign up you can earn additional cash by referring a friend. Something for everybody!
Yesterday we discussed taking U –Turns, today we’ll talk about driving on the highway.
Unless I’m taking a family fun drive I like to get to where I’m going fast; teleportation would be ideal but I have not worked out the details on that one yet, so I stick to highways. This made me think of the spiritual drive we all take.
Sometimes I catch myself that instead of taking In the journey God has me on I’m franticly driving on the spiritual highway. Looking forward to reaching the next “spiritual goal” as fast as I can. There is nothing bad in having holy ambitions and objectives, it helps us stay focused, what gets me is the speed. In these moments I remind myself that spiritual growth is less about achievement and more about experiencing God every moment of every day with and through others.
Soul touching relationships require the investment of time and energy, the openness to be vulnerable and inconvenienced, the ability to listen and give the gift of just being present; the sensitivity to offer a prayer, a meal… taking a stroll from time to time with a person on his/her faith journey. Likewise, my spiritual growth equates to my relationship with God. I need to spend time listening, reading, giving, praying and just being. It’s essential that I stay vulnerable allowing Him to point, heal, teach, and inconvenience me. In the midst of it all He transforms me and that is reaching a “spiritual goal”. This requires that I stay off the “highway” allowing myself to have sudden stops, be more mindful of my surroundings and those in it, anticipate local traffic congestion and adjust my speed according to the road conditions.
Dear Lord, this Lent season help us to stay off the spiritual highway, so that we may experience more of You. May we stop as often as necessary to taste and see that You are good. Help us to be mindful of those around us, taking a stroll with them on their faith journey. Point, heal, teach and inconvenience us, so that we may be transformed.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
Years ago when I had to do work related, long distance driving I had a Tom Tom navigation device. I called it my very handy dandy companion. We had a great relationship, I tell it where I need to go and “he” comes up with the safest and fastest way for me to get there. Not only that, but Tom Tom knew when I needed to make turns, estimated my arrival time, traffic delays, alternative routes, weather conditions, where I can get on the go breakfast, and so on. All the good things that our phone GPS (Girl’s Phone Sister :-) ) does now days. The feature that I appreciate the most is that these things know when I’m off track and have a very good idea how to get me back on the right road. “At Crooked St. make a U-Turn!” - Now, that’s service!
U –turn means to turn in the opposite direction of your travel in order to go back in the path from which you came. Ha, this sounds a lot like Repentance. According to Wikipedia - “In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: שוב shuv (to return) and נחם nacham (to feel sorrow). In the New Testament, the word translated as 'repentance' is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), "after/behind one's mind", which is a compound word of the preposition 'meta' (after, with), and the verb 'noeo' (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). The preposition combines the two meanings of time and change; so that the whole compound means: 'to think differently after'. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness".” Simply stated it is a deep soul conviction, choosing not to continue in a certain direction but get back on the right path.
God is the first one who thought up the idea of GPS(God’s Plan for Saints) - The Bible. May we spend time today meditating on Psalm 51, which is such a wonderfully painted picture of repentance.
Lord, may we allow the words written by David to permeate our souls. Help us to clearly see the path we are on and give us the strength to take some life changing U-turns that will bring you glory. Amen.
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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