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Chocolate Cake Marriage

Cake and Marriage

A few years ago, I got to listen to this amazing speaker at my MOPS group one morning, who likened marriage to cake. Now, if you know me well, you KNOW I have a sweet tooth, so any mention of cake and I’m all ears…

The short version of the talk: How well you follow the recipe for a cake determines how your cake is going to turn out, and your marriage is the same! It’s only going to be as good as what you put in to it. I loved the visual impact of this, because she even brought two cakes — one gorgeous, yummy chocolate cake, and one that looked like a pile of lumpy goo. Everyone could relate to this concept (hello, we’ve all messed up a recipe before… oh, and it’s CAKE), and she blessed us with many tips and ideas from a Biblical perspective that we could use to improve our marriages.

Chocolate Cake by @Stickelberry
Did someone say cake?

Fast-forward to early this year, when a great friend of mine called and put me and that same speaker in touch to format and publish a book for that very same talk! I can’t tell you how thrilled and just honored I was to be given the opportunity to help get this amazing message from Michelle Sullivan out into the world.

As I started to dive in to formatting, of course I read the book as I worked. My eyes were opened and my heart melted at Michelle’s story, how she was inspired and CALLED to write the book, and even more, I could see how I have failed to follow the recipe for my own marriage.

The Angel Made Me Do It - Chapter 1 from Chocolate Cake Marriage by Michelle Sullivan.
Called to Write

What a blessing this book is — it has spoken directly to me and my marriage, and I know it will speak to yours, too. It is full of so much wisdom, references to scripture, insights on how men THINK, ways to rekindle what brought you together with your husband in the first place… we are talking some REAL content here, topics that you might blush about, but that we ALL need to read.

As real as it gets, ladies.

And as a bonus, you’ll see some of my photos of chocolate cake and even a recipe for Michelle’s famous Mud Pie at the end! (did I mention CAKE?)

Back Cover

Don’t hesitate, get yours today and start reading the recipe every woman needs to get their hands on. God is doing some amazing work through this gifted soul, and is going to bless so many women and their husbands through her work.

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Get 50% off Mugs, Totes and Hats for a limited time using the code ZTREATS4YOUZ at checkout in my Zazzle Shop

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Some current Favs..

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A little inspiration…

Some of you already know I’ve been having some creative fun with one of my Instagram accounts. For those of you that didn’t know – well, now you do!

Time is precious. Every minute that ticks by is lost forever, and it seems very sad to me to waste our precious moments doing things that don’t fulfill us.

Now, I’m not saying we can all just up and quit doing laundry or emptying the dishwasher… things still need to get done for the sake of sanity. However, I had found that I was pouring myself, and a LOT of time, into something I wasn’t truly passionate about. And I was so, SO caught up in the hubbub of competition, success, and reaching the next goal, that I was letting my precious moments pass me by and neglecting the things that mean most to me.

Inspired by my friend Morgan, one of my creative soul sisters (she makes the most ahmazing candles ever @thebarnatpostoak ), I decided to make a change.

If I’m going to spend time working on something, I want to be passionate about it and be creative. If I’m going to be creative, I want it to be with purpose. My creativity is being channeled towards, and directed by, my faith — I see it and experience it more clearly every day. Thus my new adventure, The Berry Sweet Life.

Follow me @theberrysweetlife on Instagram (I’ll update this blog with it some day soon, I promise!) for some Love, Inspiration, Grace… and a lil’ bit of coffee and wine … and plants, because life is great with those things too, right?

I want to share the light of the world with everyone, and I find that this little project of mine is a great way to do just that.

I’ll still be here, getting crafty, making and sharing and yapping.. but if you’re into that inspirational stuff like I am, come visit!

The feed is also on Facebook if you live in that world.

God Bless!

-D

p.s. Candle ahmazingness from @thebarnatpostoak

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For Your Kingdom by Higher Vision

New Worship Music Album – WIN!

I LOVE worship music. Lately, honestly, it is all I listen to. It lifts me up, motivates me, and reminds me that God is always with me. Somehow, the perfect song always seems to come on when I need it most, and even my BOYS will belt out a little Lauren Daigle from time to time.

So, I was super excited to get an advanced copy of the debut album from Higher Vision (local here in California!), and I’m even more excited to be able to offer you a chance to WIN your own copy of the CD!

For Your Kingdom by Higher Vision

Week after week, Higher Vision Church is packed with nearly 3,000 adrenalized God followers. The 12-year-old multigenerational congregation just outside of Los Angeles is quite diverse, and that diversity takes center stage on Higher Vision Worship’s debut album, For Your Kingdom.

“When we design worship experiences at Higher Vision, with every light that moves and every video, our focus is on Christ,” explains Higher Vision’s Sean Loche (formerly of the groundbreaking group Worth Dying For) who produced the album. “And we’re always asking, ‘How are people engaging? How do we help people feel safe and loved in the power and presence of God?’ We try be a place for people to ‘jump in the pool.’ Sometimes they want to jump full-on in — and sometimes they just want to get their toes wet.”

That same vision for Higher Vision the church was applied to the songs on Higher Vision Worship’s For Your Kingdom. “The album feels like a miracle,” says worship pastor April Ashburn. “It feels like there’s something for almost everyone. Different styles and yet a well-rounded whole.”

The songs on the album offer a wide variety of style. There are two specific songs that have been stuck on repeat in my head — “Broken the Chains” and “We Cry Holy” have such beautiful melodies, they give me chills! And yes, I do sing in my car.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s a snippet of the title track, “For Your Kingdom”

Want more!?

WIN a FREE CD!Enter Here for your chance to WIN a free copy!

Know you want it?   Pre-Order HEREWhen you pre-order, you get access to immediately download two songs even before the album is out!

Good Luck & Happy Singing!

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Let your Light Shine Bright

“This little light of mine…” – and now you’re singing!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. This year we tried to really focus on the reason for the season and celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Truly the best gift ever, right?

For our friends we made these solar light jars to help remind everyone to always let their light shine bright, even in the darkest times.

They were super easy to make since the solar lids already have the lights attached to them. Logan (5) really enjoyed putting the lights in the jars and screwing the tops on, and of course testing out the lights!

I used a paper punch and a hole punch to make the tags, some cute twine to tie them on and voila! Instant night light or light for the backyard.

Found the perfect sized jars at the grocery (best deal!), and the lids come in sets of 6 on Amazon* here: http://amzn.to/2DtnoOA

Go forth and make your own – such a great gift idea… and don’t forget to let YOUR light shine bright in 2018.

Blessings and Happy New Year!

-D

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