Friday, November 16, 2012

Welcome Guest Shelley Hitz!

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author and speaker Shelley Hitz. What I know about Shelley is that she is one energetic lady, juggling so many amazing projects simultaneously, it's mind-boggling--even to a serial multi-tasker like me! In spite of her ambitious schedule, she is always there to offer suggestions and answer questions posed by other authors in our group. She is an encourager and a marketing dynamo. So, Shelley, thank you so much for joining us today. May many be blessed by your inspiring words!

21 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude
Idea #17:Be Tree-mendously Thankful

Guest post by Shelley Hitz

Thanksgiving season is soon approaching and this year, I encourage you to take the opportunity to celebrate gratitude.  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, take a moment (or two) to celebrate gratitude.

Don’t forget to check out the free book giveaway below. Please take a moment to listen to a short video!


Idea #17:Be tree-mendously thankful this holiday season.  Create a large paper tree and cut out ornaments to write out what you are thankful for on each one.  Then tape these ornaments on the tree as a reminder throughout the holiday season.

See all 21 ways to celebrate gratitude this Thanksgiving at Shelley’s website:

Free Gratitude Resource:

On November 14, 15 and 16th, 2012 you can download a FREE Kindle copy of the book, “21 Stories of Gratitude:  The Power of Living Life With a Grateful Heart.”

Book Description:

Are you living life to the fullest? Or are you merely surviving from day to day?

One way to live life to the fullest is to live each day with a grateful heart. In this book, we share 21 stories of gratitude to give you encouragement and hope in your own journey. Gratitude is possible! Even though many times we cannot change our circumstances, we can change the way we see them. We can ask God to empower us to change our thoughts.

Our prayer for you is that you find encouragement within these pages. And we pray that you will ask God for His strength to renew your mind with His truth and the hope He offers each one of us every day. It is only through Christ renewing our minds that we can truly live each day with a grateful heart.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Other Gratitude Resources:

·         21 Days of Gratitude Challenge:  Take the 21 days of gratitude challenge to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  You can do this by yourself or as a family.

·         21 Prayers of Gratitude:  Read a prayer of gratitude for 21 days to focus your heart on God and all He has given us.

 About the Author:

      Shelley Hitz has been writing and publishing books since 2008. She is also the author of the website,, that reaches thousands of girls each month around the world. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing will inspire and encourage you.

      Shelley has been ministering to teens since 1998 alongside her husband, CJ. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.
      You can find more about Shelley at or invite her to speak at your event here:

Thanks again for visiting with us, Shelley! 

And to everyone out there in Cyber-land, don't forget to capture the stories of loved ones during the holidays. It's an opportune time to engage older relatives in conversation about events in their lifetimes. Keep a small voice recorder handy, and don't forget to turn it on so you will preserve those stories. Someone can transcribe them into a document any time, but you have to seize the moment to catch those important memories! 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing provides a long list of questions you can ask the relatives or use for formulating your own stories. See for available formats, and order your copy today. Future generations who read those stories will be so glad that you took the time and effort to preserve family history. Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to all!

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