Wow! If we only knew a couple of weeks ago what would lie ahead…..

Today I was reflecting on all that is happening right now and I found myself reading Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the spirit. Whether you are a Christian or not, the message is for all humanity – “But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.” Such a powerful verse! These are traits I feel we could all use cling to right now.

LOVE – We need to LOVE each other, no matter our political opinions, no matter our religious beliefs, no matter our race, gender, etc. It’s time to LOVE and love like tomorrow isn’t a guarantee.

JOY – Being trapped inside and going stir crazy isn’t fun. Let’s make it our goal to find the JOY in what we have. Honestly, stamping brings me such joy. Sending cards of hope brings me joy. Reading how communities are working together brings me joy. What is your joy? (chocolate is another joy so I encourage you to indulge with me)

PEACE – Wow, this is tough one to cling to, isn’t it? Peace is something we have to REALLY work hard for. It’s easy to be anxious and nervous about what lies ahead. Peace is something I personally need to really search for in my heart. Anyone else?

PATIENCE – Patience while grocery shopping immediately came to mind. We must have patience with each other because not everyone handles stressful situations like this in the same manner. Put on those patience panties my friends and let’s all take a deep breath.

KINDNESS & GOODNESS – These kind of go hand in hand. If a neighbor has a need, reach out. If a heath care worker is stress to the max, let them know you love them and thank them for all they do. If a child needs someone to check in with them while their parents are working, do that even via FaceTime. Be kind. Be good. SEND A CARD and share some kindness and goodness.

FAITHFULNESS – In these uncertain time, we need to cling to our faith – Faith in our God and faith in humanity. We have to have faith that we as a people can break this chain.

GENTLENESS & SELF-CONTROL – Self-control to me, right now, means “Please People of my City, STOP BUYING UP ALL THE TOILET PAPER and leave some for the rest of us.”

Note: I am not trying to push my beliefs on anyone but just to share my heart. Thank you for letting me share with you today.

I want to thank all of you who have continued to order Stampin’ Up products and tutorials from Simply Simple Stamping during this crazy time. I am truly grateful to each of you. These are tough times for all small businesses and from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your continued support.

I also want to thank those of you who support my fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrators. Every Stampin’ Up demonstrator out there is a small business and I appreciate YOUR support of them as well.

I pray that other small businesses around the world can sustain during this outbreak. It’s just so hard on ‘the little guy’. Support small businesses in your area if you can. Thank you!

Before I close, would you allow me to share with you something that brings me joy? Stamping and sharing my love of stamping brings me joy – overwhelming joy!

I would love to have you join my team of stampers and if there is ever a time we all need something new and exciting in our lives, it’s now. As we are nearing the end of Sale-a-Bration and nearing the end of the absolute BEST time to join the Stampin’ Up family, I want to take a moment of your time to share how much fun is ahead of you.

The best deal out there is to join Stampin’ Up during Sale-a-Bration but time is running out. If you would love to get your favorite Stampin’ Up products wholesale, you can join my team of stampers and no longer pay full price. If you plan to order more than $100, I highly recommend you join and enjoy the perks (and there are some GREAT perks!)

This deal is amazing! For only $99, you’ll receive these perks from Stampin’ Up:

  • $125 worth of products from the Annual or Occasions Mini Catalog – you choose what you want!
  • A Mini Paper Cutter – a wonderful paper cutter plus cuteness overload (just sayin’)
  • (48) 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler – a little of all the new Designer Paper ($11.50 value)
  • FREE stamp set of your choice from the Annual or Occasions Mini Catalog – any value – wahoo! (up to a $45 value)
  • A Paper Pumpkin kit ($20 value)
  • FREE shipping on your Starter Kit ($12.50 value)
  • 20 to 25% off all orders you place whether they are for you or friends
  • Access to the 2020 Annual catalog early – yep, you can order before anyone else
  • An invitation to join thousands of stamping friends at OnStage – Stampin’ Up’s annual convention

Guys! This is already valued well over $200 and the cost to you is only $99!

Still not convinced this is the best deal out there? Then check this out. As a member of MY team, you’ll also receive an invitation to my team Facebook group – Imagination at Play. Here you’ll see:

  • Lots of sharing among supportive and loving stampers
  • Stamping challenges to get your creative juices flowing
  • Free access to the tutorials I share at Simple Simple Stamping
  • Free membership to Creativate Live:
    • Stamping and business training from 5 of Stampin’ Up’s TOP demonstrators
    • Weekly Facebook Lives to keep you up-to-date of what’s happening
    • Online stamping retreats with surprise guests
    • More free tutorials to help you plan classes OR for you personal stamping pleasure
    • Mystery Stamping events

All of this for only $99! I’m tellin’ ya, this deal is awesome!

But Connie, I really don’t want to sell anything. That’s okay! I still encourage you to join my team. I have so many stampers who have joined simply for the LOVE of stamping. You don’t have to be a salesperson to be a part of my team. All are welcome and loved! Are you ready to join?

I just want to close by saying THANK YOU for doing your part to help end this world wide pandemic. Let’s all find our JOY and send cards to those we love! I don’t know a soul on this planet who wouldn’t love some happy mail while being stuck inside.

To my friends out there who’s states and countries are now on lockdown, please know that I am praying for you. I pray the words I shared above – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…. but most of all love.

I will be back tomorrow with a Tuesday Tip. I know we all want to find our new normal so let’s stamp and SPREAD JOY!!!!