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Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls: 31 Days of Journaling God's Blessings [NOOK Book]

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It's no secret: Insects can be annoying. They zip around and get in your face, usually while you're trying to do something productive or have a conversation. Ketchup? Some people take it; others leave it. Sure, it makes burgers and hot dogs taste better, but in the grand scheme of things, it's just a condiment. Late-night phone calls? Chances are you’re not going to like what you hear on the other end of the line.

These three things probably ...

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Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls: 31 Days of Journaling God's Blessings

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Overview

It's no secret: Insects can be annoying. They zip around and get in your face, usually while you're trying to do something productive or have a conversation. Ketchup? Some people take it; others leave it. Sure, it makes burgers and hot dogs taste better, but in the grand scheme of things, it's just a condiment. Late-night phone calls? Chances are you’re not going to like what you hear on the other end of the line.

These three things probably wouldn't make it on your list of God's blessings. But they're on Daphne's!

In Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls, Daphne Tarango reveals why she now sees these minor, insignificant, and annoying things as God's blessings. Daphne will help you keep a quick journal of how God smiled on you throughout the day—your very own dragonfly, ketchup, and late-night phone-call moments.

Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls goes beyond general thank-yous to God. Each day begins with a prayer of thanksgiving. You fill in the rest with your specific blessings for that day: Morning, mid-day, evening, and bedtime. There's even room for jotting down more thank-yous to God on extra pages. (Believe me, you'll need them.)

Journaling God's blessings using this 31-day journal can make your good days even brighter. "Hey, God is thinking about me!"

On bad days—maybe even difficult seasons, journaling using Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls can make your heart lighter and your mind clearer. Your situation might not have changed when you lie down at night, but your lips just might curl up on one end as you think, "That wasn't such a bad day after all."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045582919
  • Publisher: Daphne Tarango
  • Publication date: 1/10/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 184 KB

Meet the Author

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts hurting women with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne inspires women to take biblical steps to personal growth and freedom. She also writes about her struggles with chronic illness and pain.

Daphne's work has appeared in Just Between Us, {in}courage (a division of DaySpring), Living Better 50+, The Gabriel, Inspired Women Magazine, Ruby for Women, Rest Ministries, and Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Daphne contributed three chapters in the compilation Women of the Secret Place (Ambassador International, 2012). The thankfulness journal, Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls, is her first book.

Daphne speaks at recovery events. She was a leader in a local Christ-centered recovery program, where she facilitated open-share and step study groups.

Daphne lives in the Southeastern United States. She retired from corporate life at a Fortune 500 company to become a stay-at-home mom. She is the President of Lakeland Christian Writers, a chapter of American Christian Writers (ACW).

Daphne enjoys solitude; nature walks; journaling; experimenting in the kitchen; the arts; and spending time with her newlywed husband, her three children, their basset hound Dudleigh, and ornery Kitty-Kitty too.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite Dragonflies, Ke

    Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

    Dragonflies, Ketchup and Late-Night Phone Calls: 31 Days of Journaling God’s Blessings is a delightful collection of innermost prayers to God.  These prayers are chock-full of praises to God for all situations, occurrences, and material possessions in life. These prayers are dedicated to each day of the month and are preceded by Biblical passages. This daily journal is constructed with a section for readers to habitually jot down their “thank yous” to God for each portion of the day - morning, mid-day, evening, and bedtime. Ms. Tarango encourages her readers to have an attitude of thankfulness to the Creator at all times.  In essence, this book is a reminder that each person is dependent on God for his or her existence. Even the little things like ketchup and phone calls that are taken for granted can be important to someone.

    Ms. Tarango has a knack of grabbing your attention, beginning with the title of her book! It immediately draws you in and makes you wonder what she is referring to. This entices the reader to go on reading. I like the fact that the style of the book resembles a personal ode to God.  This rich outpouring of gratitude to God satisfies the soul. This is the first prayer book I have read that gently persuades the reader to do as the Bible says - pray without ceasing. It is very engaging and I was compelled to read a few chapters at one go instead of one prayer a day. It inspires you and keeps your spirits in a buoyant mood, regardless of your personal situation. Dragonflies, Ketchup and Late-Night Phone Calls: 31 Days of Journaling God’s Blessings is a brilliant, uplifting piece of literature.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    When you think of the blessings in your life? What do you think

    When you think of the blessings in your life? What do you think of? The love of your family, warm sunny days, or perhaps ketchup? Author Daphne Tarango has written an exceptional book designed to help you journal 31-days of God's Blessings by focusing on those things we often take for granted every single day and offer you a refreshing perspective on your life. In Dragonflies, Ketchup and Late-Night Phone Calls, Daphne shares with you her unique look into why those three unusual things are reminders of times in her life when God offered her blessings in those every day things.

    If you're at least half as curious as I was, you will definitely LOVE this book. In it, she lays out for you the background of what just those three things have meant in your life, and trust me you'll never look at them the same way again. Each of the 31 days in this blessings journal begins with a biblical verse about thankfulness. This opening verse sets the stage for a general prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the day. She encourages you to read the verse and the prayer, to use it during your quiet times at morning or night, or to meditate on it throughout the day. If something in the prayer resonates with you, she encourages you to write it on the notes page at the end of each day.

    Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls is unique in that it goes beyond general thank-yous to God. After the opening prayer, you will see a page on which you can quickly fill in your specific blessings for that day. Remember, you can use the notes page at the end of each chapter for jotting down more thank-yous to God.

    At first, it might be difficult to remember specific blessings on any given day. But she has designed Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late Night-Phone Calls to help you along the way. Each day has four sections: Morning, Mid-Day, Evening and Bedtime. Throughout the day take time to open your journal and record some of the things that have happened to you that you often times don't see as a blessing and what it means to you. Some of the things I have recorded are hot showers on cold mornings, pre-made coffee in your coffee maker that make your mornings a bit easier, the way my cats sense when I need them and sit in my lap providing me with unconditional love.

    After each section you will see the words: "For these things, I thank you. Amen. As I have mentioned earlier, the author envisioned each journal entry as its own prayer of praise and thanksgiving. This sentence brings that prayer together with one final thanks and affirmation. Doing so will lift your spirits and remind you how God is with you every minute of the day. I guarantee: You will see more and more of His goodness in your life and you WILL want to write it down. At the end of 31 days, you will have one big praise report of God's goodness. You can use it to encourage yourself, to inspire others, or both. You can use it to share your testimony with others: Family, friends, grandchildren and even strangers.

    I received Dragonflies, Ketchup and Late-Night Phone Calls by Daphne Tarango compliments of Comfort Station Publications and Daphne Tarango for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This is such a great way to journal 31 days of things we often times take for granted and fail to see them as blessings. Each time my husband travels out of town, is a time for me to spend those moments drawing closer to God in my own way without interruption and I never really thought of that as a blessing before. Now I am actively seeing God's hand in my life in new ways and carry my journal around with me all day to record those moments. Even after these 31 days, I plan on keeping my own gratitude and blessing journal to draw strength when the storms of life call. I easily give this a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

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