Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Blessings

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

Last week we had a big giveaway so I didn't get to post my blessings for the week. So today I'd like to continue to count God's sweet blessings from Father's Day...

1805. My dad. I have been greatly blessed by an amazing dad who is also an amazing grandfather to his grandchildren.

1806. Mt husband. I could not ask for a better life partner to raised our children with.

1807. My Papa. I am so thankful that we are close and that he is a part of my family's life.

1808. My late grandpa. I miss him so much and wish I could have another day with him.

1809. My brother and brothers-in-law. I love watching each of them with their children, my nieces and nephews. They are all such wonderful dads.

What are you praising God for? I love rejoicing with you. Please comment below.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beginner's Bible

It's the 25th anniversary of the Beginner's Bible! The Bible that was designed with your children in mind. In honor of this big day, I want to share with you the Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition.

This is a collection of not only the Beginner's Bible, ideal for children 4 and up, but it also includes 1 dvd with 94 animated videos based on Bible stories and 2 audio cds so that children who do not read can listen as they follow along in the Bible.

We've used the Beginner's Bible at church for the little kids' class and I've used it at home. The bright illustrations hold onto the child's attention as they are getting the Word of God planted in their heart.

Be sure to check out the Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition for your child!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Letting Them Grow Up

Today my 17 year old daughter starts her very first "real" job. She has been babysitting since she was 12 and done photography sessions, she's a photographer, since she was 15. But this is her first regular-paying, set-hours, gotta-pay-taxes kind of job. Can I just be honest? I've cried. A lot.

I've cried tears of joy. My daughter went out and did this 100% on her own. We have chosen to not push our children to work. {You may have different views and that's okay. If you disagree, please do so respectfully.} My children learn responsibility at home. They learn what it means to be part of a team and help one another. How to go the extra mile and how to have good integrity. They also learn this at church as we encourage them to find the ministry God wants them to serve in and do so with their whole heart. At home, they also learn how to handle money, pay tithe, and earn things they want. They will have a job in one way or another all of their life. We want them to enjoy their growing up years and focus on education. At 17 my daughter decided she was ready to get a job. She did everything from seeking a place to work, filling out the applications, interviews, phone calls, everything on her own.

I've cried tears of fear. My child whom we have cared for is now going out into this world. A world that is not always nice. She will meet new people who will not share the same views as her, people who will not look or act like her, people who may not like her {though, as her mom I think that's impossible!}. She will be let down and hurt. She will have successes and she will have failures. I wonder if we raised her right. Did we miss anything in teaching her? Have we helped her to grow her Godly character and integrity to what it should be? In this cruel world, will she be safe?

I've cried tears of mourning. Maybe it's because I had her so young and we've grown up together, maybe it's because I homeschooled and she was with me all of the time, or maybe it's just because I'm a mom. But I've cried tears knowing she may miss a family dinner from time to time. When I go to ask her something, she won't be home, she'll be at work. Where I am used to hearing her walk through the house singing all day, it will now be quiet. When I am used to her helping hand at home, she will not be available.

Oh friends, I've cried so much. But through these tears I have a reminder. A reminder that calms the fears and sets my heart at peace.


He is proud of her too. He walked beside her this whole time. While I stepped back in the shadow and let her do this job thing on her own, He was there beside her. He will continue to be beside her as she goes into work and out into her new world. He will keep her safe, He will give her gentle reminders throughout her day, He will whisper to her. He loves her far more than I ever could, as hard as that is to fathom.

And I am reminded that He mourns for us too. When we walk away from Him, He mourns. But just like my arms will be open when she comes home tonight, Jesus is there with open arms waiting for us to come back to Him.

When you are struggling to let your children grow up, remember Jesus.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bedtime with the Father {Giveaway}

As part of my One Word for this year, I have been spending time with God before bed each night. When I first started, I was worried because most nights I fall into bed dead tired. However, I've come to love this time. These few minutes of thanking God for my blessings that day, a few minutes to read a Bible verse and very short encouragement. A few minutes to be in His arms. Then, I drift off to sleep.

Since beginning this new practice, I've found that I sleep better at night. I'm falling asleep praising God instead of falling asleep worrying about my circumstances or trials.

When you struggle with sleep, fall asleep with Jesus!

Do you want this same peaceful sleep for your little ones? The Bedtime Devotions with Jesus: My Daily Devotional for Kids is an incredible devotional for little ones written by pastors, pastor's wives, children's pastors and other church leaders. With a Scripture verse, very short teaching encouragement for little ones, it is perfect for snuggling up before sleepy time with Jesus.

Starting a habit of prayer and Bible reading before bed is one your children will carry with them for many years to come. So start now!

To enter to win Bedtime Devotions with Jesus: My Daily Devotional for Kids, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

An Old Fashioned Love {Giveaway}

Chivalry is dead.

We hear it all of the time. But is it really?

We have 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. We are striving to teach our boys to be gentlemen and our girls to be ladies. Teaching them to respect themselves and others. To live by the Word of God. We teach them to never be alone with someone of the opposite gender, to watch what they see, hear and do. To guard their hearts and bodies. Every choice they make, even now, effects their future, their marriage and their family. So we want them to learn to make Godly choices.

These theories aren't the norm anymore. Maybe they are bit old fashioned some would say. But it's how we feel God would have us raise our children. Going back to the Bible and to the values we hold dear.

The new movie, Old Fashioned, shares the story of a former frat boy, Clay Walsh, who has settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern town, and to pursue lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her. Amber finds herself drawn to Clay, but not necessarily to his ideas about relationships. Old Fashioned is the story of Clay and Amber moving beyond their differences and attempting to have an old fashioned courtship.

Along with the movie is the Old Fashioned novelized. I personally prefer books over movies. That's just me. The same story line as the movie, just a new way to look at it.

Then there's the incredible Old Fashioned devotional is a 40 day journey to help you find romance the way God intended. This devo helps you find a way to respect yourself and the one you are with. With encouragement to find mentor, specifically for women and specifically for men, every couple needs to go through this.

To win the Old Fashioned dvd, novel and devotional, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.