Wednesday, June 21, 2017


A couple of weeks ago I shared the new Inspirational Agenda Planners from Dayspring. To read my full review, click HERE.

These planners are 18 months, which means they begin July 1, 2017 and go through December 31, 2018. While they are 18 months long, they are not bulky. My planner fits right in my purse. The dimensions are 7"W x 9"H x 7/8"D.

My favorite feature of this planner is the month view and the weekly view. Sometimes we need to see the entire month to make plans. Yet there are times we need to focus in on the week at hand. This planner offers just that.

I love this planner so much and want you to have one. So let's do a giveaway! One blessed reader will receive the Illustrated Faith Agenda Planner. For fun, I am going to throw in 4 sticker sheets from my stash. 1 for Independence Day, 1 for Thanksgiving/Fall, 1 for Christmas, and 1 for Valentine's Day/love. (Check out my Instastories today to see how I used these in my planner! Follow me @jenifermetzger.) I am also going to include 3 Dayspring cards from the new line of  Shanna Noel, the creator of Illustrated Faith. These cards are super cute and will be perfect for mailing some love to a friend. Right now you can pick up a set of 10 Shanna Noel cards and a zipper pouch for storing them for only $20, just click HERE.

To enter to win the Illustrated Faith Agenda Planner, 4 sticker sheets, and 3 Shanna Noel greeting cards, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

*Disclosure: I paid for this product. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2225. The incredible military families God brought to our church. While they are leaving now, we have be blessed and made lifelong friends.

2226. Celebrating the fathers in my life. My dad, my papa, my husband and my brothers. All incredible dads.

2227. Safety from storms ripping across our town.

2228. Dinner and fellowship with dear friends.

2229. The beautiful new Illustrated Faith Bible journaling kit.

Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.

Motherhood is one of the most rewarding, beautiful roles a woman will ever play. Yet, it's also one of the hardest, and at times loneliest, roles. We struggle through sleepless nights, endless diaper changes, and a battle of the wills while they are young. As they grow into teenagers we struggle through sleepless nights (yes, still), hormones and letting go. We worry about what their future looks like, what our body currently looks like, and if we can handle it all.

In her new book The Magic of Motherhood, Ashlee Gadd reminds us of the joys, blessings and magic we find in motherhood. She teaches us how to find grace in the holy work of raising a family.

Ashlee and her team openly share from their heart. They aren't telling you which brand to use or if you should breast feed or use a bottle. No, instead, they are coming along side you, partnering with you, to encourage you in a precious way. They remind us of things like, "You are more than your worst day. You are more than your biggest mistake" and "I liked the real version of motherhood better than the fairy tale anyway, because the real version was forcing me to be smaller so God could get bigger."

The Magic of Motherhood is a beautiful book that will have you laughing and crying, and will leave you feeling encouraged.

To enter to win The Magic of Motherhood, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Monday, June 19, 2017


The new Illustrated Faith kit is out today, which always has me excited. The I Am kit is beautiful!

This kit was inspired by Melisa Garcia who also wrote the devotional booklet. Melisa invites you on a two-week journey to dig deeper into knowing Christ. She leads you to make room for Christ, to take steps in becoming fearless, to speak truth about who you are in Him, to be patient, and to forgive. Melisa says, "...I learned early on that if I wanted to know who I am, I first must know the great I Am. You will know who you are when you recognize whose you are. So that is my call to you."

The I Am kit includes:
1 plastic pouch
1 devotional booklet
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
2 cardstock sticker sheets
3 tip-ins
1 magnet
1 thank you card from Shanna

The theme of this kit is plum, cream and a deep green in color with roses and palm leaves. The stamps and stickers include sayings like chosen, free, fearless, faithful, beautiful, be still and more. With the colors and design, it is becoming one of my favorites kits. It is simply beautiful.

The 14 day devotions include I Am: fearless, capable, free, enough, daughter, chosen, patient, loved, faithful, peace-filled, purposed, strong, beautiful, and forgiven.

Day 1 and 2 have already spoken deeply to my heart. For most of our marriage, my husband and I have been children's pastors. He leading and me supporting him and doing the behind the scenes stuff. Last year my husband, who also served as our associate pastor, felt God telling him to step out of children's ministry and focus more on the associate side. While I had never lead the ministry alone, I felt God telling me to stay. This was new territory and I was afraid. I didn't feel like I could do this alone, without my husband by my side. Yet, I desperately wanted to be a woman who says "yes" to God and obeys His call. So, I stayed. For a year I have felt doubts and fear. Unsure of doing this alone. Wondering if I am really capable of leading a group of children to Jesus and teaching them to walk with Him. Melisa's devotions have reminded me that God is big and His perfect love expels all fear. She reminded me that I am a fully capable woman of God. He called me, He chose me, He equipped me, He wants me there for such a time as this. I am looking forward to how this devotional is going to change my life and ministry.

The I Am kit is available now. You will love this kit! To head over to Dayspring and pick it up, click the image below:

Big news! Shanna Noel, creator of Illustrated Faith, has brand new Dayspring cards! These cards are cute and so much fun. They are perfect for sending a fun note to someone. It's always great to receive a fun card just to say "hello." I am excited to use these cards for friends. Our church recently lost several families (we live in a military town and the families are on to their next post) so these cards will be great to send to friends letting them know we love and miss them. Just look how cute they are!

Each card is $2.99 or, for a limited time, get a 10 Card set with zipper pouch for only $20. Click HERE to get the cards.

*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekly Blessings

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2255. Sunshine.

2256. Air conditioning.

2257. Going to garage sales with my husband and kids.

2258. My husband and brother in law working hard to help my grandfather with cutting down a tree.

2259. Watching my kids, nieces and nephews swim.

Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Between being a wife, mom, children's pastor, pastor's wife, and homeschool mom, plus mix in dental and doctor appointments, ball practices and games and everything else that comes with parenthood, or life in general, and staying organized isn't always easy. But it is something I strive for in order to keep my sanity. Nothing is worse than getting a call from a coach wondering why your child isn't at game warmups yet when you didn't even realize it was a game day or having the doctors office call to remind you of your upcoming appointment and you have no idea what they are talking about.

While everything in this world is done on cell phones and iPads, I love paper planners and have been using one for years now. Besides my Bible, I can say my planner is my lifeline. I need it. I look at it several times throughout my day to make sure I am staying on task and not missing anything. My kids look at my planner, which sits open on our kitchen counter, so they can keep up with what's going on. 

Being organized is important to me. But even more important is being encouraged and uplifted throughout my day. Because of this, I purposely use an inspirational agenda planner. One that has Scripture verses sprinkled throughout. As I look at my day to see what our family has planned, I see reminders that I am His, that I can do all things through Him or that I was called for such a time as this. Reminders my soul desperately needs.

Dayspring just released 5 brand new inspirational agenda planners. These planners are not only functional, but they are so pretty!

This is the Illustrated Faith agenda planner. The cover says in gold foil, "you were born for such a time as this." A great reminder when you are rushing through your day trying to figure out why you are doing what you are doing and if you can handle it! This planner is full of that Illustrated Faith Bible journaling look that we know and love.

The front and back covers are laminated and made to last. With 18 to use it, this is a great thing!

The Dayspring agenda planners are 18 months long, they begin July 2017 and run through December 2018. Each month has a tab to help you separate the month out and has it's own picture theme. The tabbed page has a Scripture verse. My plan for this is to memorize the Scripture each month. At the end of the 18 months, I will have 18 Scriptures memorized! The first page of the month shows the entire month view, then the next few pages show your weekly view. I love this because sometimes you really need to see your whole month laid out and other times you need to zero in on just the week.

You will get a peek at 2019 at the end of the planner. There are also pockets which are great for holding receipts, shopping lists or notes. And the stickers! Oh I love stickers! They add that pop to help remind you of important things. The Dayspring agenda planner has stickers for things like birthdays, appointments, special days, voting and more. There are also blank stickers to add your own important reminders.

Another thing I absolutely love about the Dayspring agenda planners is how the Dayspring Kangaroo Pouch fits perfectly! The Kangaroo Pouch attaches to the planner, as well as your Bible, and holds what you need to fill in your planner. At only $15, it is a great addition to your planner.

The Dayspring Agenda Planner, and Kangaroo Pouch, is the perfect size for on the go to keep your organized. And with summer upon us, this is the perfect time to get your family organized.

We have a few more weeks until this planner kicks in on July 1st. I am excited to spend that time filling in my planner.

To pick up your Dayspring Inspirational Agenda Planner, click the image below!

*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.