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I know this is a Fun Source Rentals Party Blog (www.funsourceinc.com), but I feel I must repost this content that I found on David Feddes blog at www.backtogodradio.com  In the party rental industry we see so many people trying so hard to have a good time and forget about the troubles of life. I myself am guilty of this… always looking at the next big thing, starting Monday already dreaming of Saturday. Yep!!! I am guilty of this… maybe you are to. Maybe you are unsatisfied with your job, marriage, kids, physical condition, financial status and the list goes on and on…. I recently read this blog post  and although it’s not party related, it touched my soul and made me evaluate my attitude. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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There’s an old saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.“ Why is that? Why does it look so much more appealing to be in some other situation than the one you’re in? Well, the answer is simple. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence because the grass on the other side of the fence isn’t grass at all; it’s artificial turf. It looks greener than green, but it’s not real. It’s fake. A cow that leaves its grassy pasture for that greener—than—green carpet across the fence will end up with a mouthful of plastic and a big bellyache. One of the surest ways to miss out on happiness is to be so busy looking across the fence at unreal fantasies that you never enjoy what’s right under your nose.

 For some of us, the other side of the fence is the future. We’re waiting for some future event to make us happy. If you’re a student, you tell yourself, “Life isn’t much fun right now, but once I graduate and spread my wings, then I’ll be happy.“ Once you finish school, you say, “I’m not very happy yet—but I will be if only I meet the right person and fall in love.“ Once you’re married, you say, “I’m not happy, but I will be once I get a better job and a nicer house.“ Once you have the house and the job, you say, “I’m too busy to really enjoy life, but once the kids move out and I retire, I’ll relax and have a good time and enjoy life.“ And once you retire, you find that the green grass of the golf course isn’t enough to make you truly happy. Eventually health problems come. You’re not as young as you once were. You don’t have as much energy, and various ailments of old age start to hit you. You find yourself going to more and more funerals of friends and relatives. You find that you’re no longer waiting for some future change to make you happy.

 Instead, you start looking back. When you get old, the other side of the fence with all the green grass is the past. You look back to the good old days: “If only I could be young again! If only I had all that excitement and energy! If only I could go back to those carefree school days when life was so much simpler! If only I could have that thrill of first love all over again! If only the children were small again—they were so cute back then! If only I could have a job instead of being retired and useless!“ And so it goes. We spend much of life longing for a future that won’t make us as happy as we think, and we spend the rest of our life longing for a past that wasn’t as happy as we now imagine it was.

 Instead of always looking ahead or looking back, try looking up! Focus on God. Trust him. Stop looking at the grass on the other side of the fence, whether it’s the past or the future. You can’t find satisfaction chewing artificial turf. Get real. Learn to make the most of life by looking to the Lord Jesus and trusting him as your good shepherd. Listen to the famous words of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.“

 Without the Lord Jesus as your shepherd, you won’t find satisfaction in his green pastures. That’s the main point of the Bible book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes shows again and again that unless God fills us, we’re bound to be restless and empty. It tells how even the rich and powerful, people who achieve much and party hearty, come up empty if they do it without a vibrant connection with God. The final part of Ecclesiastes is an appeal to relish life as God’s gift and to base everything on a relationship to the Lord.

 Life is a precious gift. Ecclesiastes 11:7—8 says, “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all.“ So be positive! Don’t waste your life worrying: “What if my grades aren’t good enough? What if I can’t find a good job? What if I can’t find the right person to marry?“ What if, what if, what if! What if you stopped worrying over all those what ifs? What if you simply notice how sweet and pleasant life can be and decide to enjoy each moment of life as God’s gift?

Fun Source recently held a free birthday party contest based on sign ups to our Fun Source Rentals Facebook page. There are many advantages to clicking the like button on the Fun Source page including monthly give aways of birthday parties, as well as birthday gifts such as a Nitendo DSI which will be our next contest. Fun Source will also routinely give out discount coupons for birthday parties for both Fun Source Party Rentals and other party and birthday related companies. Fun Source Party Rentals has partnered with many other Birmingham birthday party companies and will be posting bi-weekly deals and coupons to help you with your birthday party planning ideas. Log on to www.Facebook.com/funsource and hit the like button to enter the contests and get the FB birthday party ideas.

What do party rentals have to do with New Years Eve? Party rentals may save your kids from disaster. According to the Alabama State Law enforcement agencies, in 2007 there were 180 alcohol related car crashes during the Christmas and New Years Eve holidays. Fun Source Party Rentals has a solution. Why not bring in the New Years Eve by having a lock-in with your youth or school group! If you have a gym or auditorium then Fun is with-in your grasp. Several churches, schools and civic organizations use New Years Eve as a fund raiser or charity event by charging $10 per child and take a can of food (Food Drive). This gives the parents a needed date night and allows the church or school to raise money for missions or people in need in the community. Fun Source Party Rentals even has split profit programs for New Years Eve thereby costing you nothing to rent the items. Give Fun Source a call today to inquire about our New Years Eve programs.

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Well it’s that time again  — the most affordable time of the year to rent attractions for your school, church, company or youth group event. Starting the day after Thanksgiving Fun Source  will again be offering our Winter Specials. What does this mean to you our customer? It means more attractions for less money. Many churches use these prices to create events and fund raisers for missions.

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Fun Source Winter Specials

Just a few ideas for Winter Special events:
1) Parents Shopping Night Out – Many churches, schools, YMCA’s use their gym and charge parents $20 per child or $30 for upto three children — this allows the parents to drop their kids for some cool fun while they go for uninterupted Christmas shopping
2) Dinner with Santa — Fun Source Party Rentals has about 10 schools that use the decreased prices to raise money for their PTA… complete with the big man himself
3) New Years Eve Youth Lock-in — every year hundreds of people lose their lives on New Years Eve due to drunk drivers.. what a better way to bring in the New Year with your youth group than by praising our Savior…
4) Car Dealership Holiday Sales – Many automotive sales company use the Party Rental discounts to bring in a Christmas car buying crowd… a few attractions for the kids… maybe Santa there as well and you have the perfect reason to get the car buying parents on your lot.

Any way you look at the Winter Party Rental Specials it is a win for you. Please call Fun Source Party Rentals at 205-854-2022 to inquire about our great low prices!

Wild Rapids Waterslide

Having a Blast at Her Birthday

Wow… sorry for the long delay on announcing the birthday party winner. We were so overwelmed by the response we received that we decided to review each of the responses to our email blast and our blog entries to choose a winner. After review, there were sveral awesome emails and comments, but one was chosen to be the best. The following is the winning email and picture that was submitted.

 
Dear Fun Source Rentals:

I have checked out your new website…WOW!! It is WONDERFUL! This site is much easier to navigate and has more information than the previous site!
We used Fun Source last year for our daughter’s 3rd birthday party (picture attached). We rented the Wild Rapids Waterslide…and I must say…it is AWESOME!!! The children said it was the best party they had ever attended…thanks in NO small part to Fun Source!! Our daughter still talks about it almost one year later and wants to rent it again this year! We were definitely the talk of the neighborhood with our festive party! Thanks to your site, wonderful employees and timely service, you helped to make incredible memories for our daughter! I have and will continue to recommend Fun Source to anyone who will listen and will also continue to use your company for any party rentals we have need of! Continue with the good work and excellent service you provide to your customers!  In today’s society, that is a rarity and much appreciated!!

 

Sincerely,
Teri Cardwell
Alabaster, AL

Thank you all so much for your responses; without you there would be no us, and I can not express to you our gratitude.

For fifteen years Fun Source Rentals has been Alabama’s premier carnival and birthday party rental company. Having started in a garage of 400 square feet, Fun Source has now progressed into approximately 20,000 square feet of warehouse space. Not only does Fun Source carry the largest selection of inflatables, rides and games in the state, but we also now carry a full line of tents, tables, chairs and wedding accessories. Fun Source has now started a new division that deals specifically with your tent and event needs. Headed up by a known wedding consultant and new website (fstentevents.com), Fun Source is committed to bringing our customers only the best in tent & event products and customer service. Please check out our rating with the Better Business Bureau or ask our staff to provide you with a list of customers for referral.

Fun Source has a new website and we would like you, our customers, to review it and give us feedback. Tell us what you like or dislike, and give us suggestions for improvements to the site. Fun Source will be choosing 1 comment entry, and they will receive a complete Birthday Package including inflatables, food equipment and carnival game of your choice. All comments must be written no later than Wednesday, May 25th to make you eligible. The winners will be called and their birthday will be featured on our website and You Tube commercials.

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Review the New Fun Source Website

Thanks for your help in making our website and company the best we can be.

We hope you will visit often to stay informed on current events and new products we’ll be introducing in the shop. Have you checked out our brand new website?