$200 Million by the Numbers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The digital rewards Swagbucks just hit a major milestone – they have given their members over $200 million in cash and free gift cards since 2008! I use Swagbucks all the time to get free gift cards doing stuff I already do online, like shopping, answering surveys, watching videos, discovering great deals, and searching the web. To demonstrate how big a number 200 million really is, here are some fun facts:





$200,000,000 Swago PLUS Spin & Win (US)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


The digital rewards site Swagbucks is nearing $200,000,000 in cash and gift cards given back to it members. Since 2008, they've rewarded members for things we all do online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, answering surveys, and searching the web.

$200,000,000 is a huge number, and to celebrate they're holding a "Swago" promotion starting Monday, September 11th at 9am PDT!

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case, you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it. Here are a few tips:


  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Tuesday, September 19th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!


The Spin & Win Wheel will not be available to use until 9AM PT/12PM ET on Tuesday, September 19th and will end at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Thursday, September 21st.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store to the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks This September!!

Monday, September 4, 2017


All throughout September, you can earn big bonuses at Swagbucks, a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 10/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned PayPal cash, Amazon gift cards, and more!

You Can't Save Everybody

Sunday, September 3, 2017


I think a lot of times we Christians believe that it is our job to save the world. But we have to accept the fact that we can't save everybody.

There will come a time in your walk with Christ when you come across someone who needs Christ and you'll do everything in your power to show them who God is and why life in alignment with Him is so much better. However, not everyone is going to be able to be won over.

Not everyone is going to want to be won over.

It's easy to have a hard time understanding why other people around you aren't or can't be as on fire for God or as determined to build a relationship with Him as you are, but it's the truth. Even Jesus was rejected by people, and He was the son of God:

But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. - John 12.37

Some people just aren't going to get it. Some people just are going to have hardened hearts against our Lord and Savior. The Bible also speaks of that:

But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.” - Jeremiah 18:12

But don't get discouraged, it's not your fault. God knows and saw every action you took to try and plant a seed. Don't think that you did anything wrong or that you didn't do enough because you did. Some people just will refuse to accept Him. He knows that and so do we.

So where do you go from here? Well, you keep pushing. You continue to pray for that person and hope that God takes a hold of their heart. You don't bombard them with scriptures and try to force them to go to church. You don't try to be "Holier than Thou" and try to make them feel bad for their decision. 

You continue to love and care for them just as you have and hope that your light shines in their life. Perhaps one day they will change their mind. Until them, let them be. Let go and let God.

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

August Swago US

Monday, August 28, 2017


Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, August 28th at 9 am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case, you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.  

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store.

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Faith Features: Rhonda White

Sunday, August 27, 2017



Happy Sunday!

Today I'm excited to bring back "Faith Features" again with a lovely woman of God who is doing everything she can to serve God!

What is "Faith Features," you ask? "Faith Features" is a segment on The Pen & The Needle where we take the time to highlight Christians who are trying to do it big for Christ! Whether it be a person who creates Christian music, someone who is giving back to the community in the name of the Lord, or just an individual who has inspired others to pursue a walk with Jesus, we give them a virtual pat on the back and a platform to show how they are shining their light!

Today's special guest is Rhonda White, a wife, and mother from Kansas who actively spreads the love of Jesus with others through volunteering. Rhonda is so sweet and humble but is completely unashamed and on fire for God. "Honestly, I don't hold any special talents (I can't even play the piano without fumbling through. lol). I'm not anything spectacular at all.  I can only say that God wants us to be willing to be used.  It's not our talents that He wants... it's our willingness to serve and be used by Him for His glory."

1. What do you do in your work with your church's ministry and in the nursing home?


In the children's ministry, I assist my husband in our 5th & 6th grade Sunday school class. I also have the opportunity to teach and train the young people about the Bible and how to apply those biblical principles to their daily lives. During outreach events, such as youth conferences and vacation Bible school, I try to avail myself by helping in areas that need assistance. I usually feel quite at home helping in the kitchen and serving meals, but during our recent Vacation Bible School, I assisted my husband with "game time" for the children.


(Here's a photo of Rhonda celebrating "National Clown Day" with a resident who spent most of his life serving as a clown in the circus.  He has many fond memories to share...and lots of circus paraphernalia in his room.) 

My husband holds church services and preaches in our local nursing home; I play the piano and my youngest son leads the songs.  We visit weekly on Saturdays to try to be an encouragement and pray for their needs. Our nursing home ministry has had its ups and downs. Our past year has been the most difficult as we've said NUMEROUS "goodbyes" here on earth, but also tried to rejoice in the fact that they were no longer suffering here on earth and are now getting to spend eternity in Heaven. It was indeed a heartbreaking year, but God's timing is always perfect and He makes no mistakes.

2. What was that defining moment in your life when you knew you needed God?


When I became extremely ill, it was the very darkest hours of my life. It was a huge test of my faith and the scariest time of my life.  I obtained a severe fungal infection in my whole body, from head to my toes. It was truly like living a nightmare, but it was during those dark hours that I learned to sing praises to God and keep putting one foot in front of the other and trusting Him.  He was the Mighty Healer, who lead me to the right resources to get well.


3. What's your favorite Bible verse and why?

Proverbs 3:5-7 has been my favorite since I was a teenager. I love this verse and learned to lean on its wisdom. Sometimes we don't understand why things are happening in our lives. We just have to keep trusting Him. This verse has been a stronghold in my life. God's Word gives me peace and assurance in unpredictable times.

3. What advice would you give to Christian parents in how to raise their children?


As far as parenting goes, I've tried to be honest with my three sons and let them know I make mistakes. I hardly feel qualified as a parent sometimes (lol), but God's Word has been my number one source to pointing them to THE BEST advice, wisdom and godly direction. It's our solid foundation. There is no other greater source of authority for us to follow. 

Two of my boys are now grown and have left home (one is in his fourth year in Bible college). I rarely offer parenting advice, but five years ago I did write a blog post titled, "Raising Christian Boys -- The Good, the Bad, the Ugly"

4. What advice do you have for young Christians who may just be getting saved or who are really trying to live for God?

Make a HUGE commitment to read God's Word daily. Our faith grows and is built upon reading and hearing God's Word. (Romans 10:17) Our battles of Satan are won through the power of God's Word. It's our weapon and defense. Jesus quoted God's Word during the times of Satan's temptations. Our greatest error in life is not knowing the Scriptures. (Matthew 22:29)

Be sure to follow Rhonda and her blog, herChristianHome!


Special thanks to Rhonda for taking time to share her story!

If you'd like to nominate someone for the "Faith Features series or share something (Bible verse, a song, or a message...anything!) that God has put on your heart or have a question or comment you would like to share, you're more than welcome! If you're interested in writing a post for "Weekly Blessings," offering up a topic suggestion, get in touch with me via FacebookTwitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I'll make sure to get back with you!

Get $30 when you sign up for Hulu

Friday, August 25, 2017



If you're a TV lover, Hulu is running a special on their offer through Swagbucks this weekend only: You'll get $30 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $22 on the deal! 

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it: 

1. Click this link. You need to be a Swagbucks member to take advantage of this offer, and if you don't have an account you can create on here, which takes 30 seconds.
2. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu
3. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes. You must be a first time Hulu member to receive SB for this offer.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up through the link above and get your 3000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of September. So that's $30 (3000 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 3300 SB, which means you make $25 total for trying Hulu!
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