My Birthday Gift to You…A Give Away!

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When I started reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, I knew what I wanted to do for my 40th birthday. In the beginning of the book, Ann is also celebrating her 40th birthday by GIVING AWAY little acts of kindnesses. Big acts, small acts, some noticeable, some not…

So, about a month ago I started my own list…I wanted to GIVE AWAY 40 blessings by the time I turned 40. Blessings the world may never know about…but in my heart, I’m the one who has gained the BIGGEST BLESSING. The more you give away, the more you realize it truly is better to give than receive.

Today is my 40th birthday. And I would like to give three of YOU a gift! If I could give you EACH a gift, believe me, I would. This little online community has blessed and encouraged my heart time and time again. God is good. I’m thankful for YOU.

3 Winners, 3 Different Prizes

So, I want to give 3 of you a few of my favorite things…

Prize 1

One winner will receive a $20 gift card to Amazon! One of my favorite places to shop for anything and everything! {This can be anyone in or out of the U.S.}

Prize 2

One winner will receive a $10 Starbucks Gift Card {anyone in or out of U.S.}

Prize 3

One winner will receive the book Women of the Word,  1 new mercies coffee mug from Lettered Life, 1 gratitude journal, a Young Living water bottle and 1 bottle of Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. {U.S. residents only}

{Sneak peek: If you’re in my closed group on facebook, we read and discuss books together. Our first book of 2017 will be Women of the Word. Grab it while you can!}

I found a shop called The Lettered Life at The Nest Fest a few months ago. Of course I fell in love with the mug she created using *my* verse. {grin}

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Free Printable for Each of You

Just as a little “thank you” print off this reminder to pray about EVERYTHING and be anxious about NOTHING.

Click on the Pdf to print your copy!

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Cultivating Gratitude GIVE AWAY

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Today is DAY 31 in our Cultivating Gratitude series!! Thank you so much for joining me on this journey…let’s not allow it to come to an end in our lives. Let’s be intentional in whatever ways our specific gifts and callings find us. For me, sitting on the front porch and reading a good book brings great joy. Singing with my church choir brings me joy. For you? It may be going for a run. Or maybe playing on the floor with your toddler. For today…choose joy. Find it. Fight for it.

Find all 31 days of this Cultivating Gratitude series here. 

Now that we have finished our month long focus of cultivating gratitude, I want us to CONTINUE sharing the love, being intentional, cultivating gratitude in our hearts and homes…

So, I’m very excited to GIVE AWAY the brand new Bible Journaling Kit from Dayspring and Illustrated Faith to ONE of YOU!

When I saw that this month’s kit was all about Cultivating Gratitude, I asked Dayspring if I could share this kit with one of you, and they said yes!

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Cultivate a Thankful Heart Devotional Kit

These Bible journaling devotional kits from Dayspring as so awesome. I love seeing the new colors and  products each month! You can see some of the previous month links here: Bible Journaling Resources.

This Cultivate a Thankful Heart kit includes:

  • 1 devotional booklet
  • 1 stamp pad
  • 1 clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut-outs enclosed
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 package of 3 Scripture sharables
  • 1 sticker
  • 1 bow clip

Give Away Details

Wow!! What an amazing response! I think that might be the most comments I’ve ever had on a give away post!

CASEY — you are the winner and I have emailed you!

 

Wonderfully Made

 

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Scripture is such an amazing story of who God is, and of His sovereign rule over all things. God is the Creator–the architect of life. As parents, my husband and I have sought to help our children understand that God created each of them for a purpose. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) speaks to this truth:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We want our kids to really internalize the loving care of the Father for them.

Children Value Giveaway

Help Your Children Understand Their Value

One of the ways we’ve sought to help our children really understand their value is to tell them the story of their development in the womb. Our kids love hearing the narrative about how they grew and changed in utero, and how they interacted with mom and dad–even from within mom’s womb. They laugh self-consciously when we tell them how long we waited for them, and how much they were wanted. I’ve explained to my non-bio-kids, too, how much I want to be their mom, and how the Lord valued them long before I knew of them.
You can help your children understand their value by teaching them about their life and development in the womb. Explaining what Scripture has to say about God’s role in forming unborn babies can help kids understand that God planned their lives, lovingly forming them. Telling children the story of how they developed, and how they were loved by parents and by God, helps them understand their value and purpose.

The physical birth story also helps children understand the second birth–the story of salvation, as we are adopted as heirs of God, born of His Spirit.

“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3b (ESV)

 

A New Resource

I want to help you tell your own children the story of their life and development in the womb. My new book, Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth, is full of beautiful pictures, science, and Scripture to help your children really understand how the Lord intimately created them, purposefully forming each child. Candace is giving away a copy–be sure to enter!

Giveaway ~ Ends 4/13/16

Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2016) is a science- and Scripture-filled picture book for kids ages 5-11. The book is told from the perspective of a mother telling her child about his or her development in the womb week-by-week. You can learn more about Wonderfully Made and download free resources like posters, Scripture memory cards, and a fetal development lapbook over at the Wonderfully Made book page.

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Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life From Conception to Birth {His Mercy Is New}

Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.

Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, Wonderfully Made: God's Story of Life from Conception to Birth, and Bible Road Trip.

Danika Cooley is a mother of four, none of whom were delivered via stork (though two were dropped off on the front porch). She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest where they homeschool their youngest two children. In addition to her new book, Wonderfully Made, Danika is the author of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), and Bible Road Trip.

Image: Mother and Child, 1890s, Henri-Edmond-Joseph Delacroix (1856-1910), Public Domain

For The Safe, Natural & Healthy Home

Safe Natural Healthy Home

Alright friends, I have a LOT of information in this post! Grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, find a comfy seat and join me in learning about how to keep our homes and families safe, natural and healthy!!

I am learning more and more about harmful toxins in our home. I have been learning about things in cleaners, candles, shampoos, lotions, foods and more. For a few years now, we have used unscented laundry detergent and shampoo, but I’m excited to continue learning more. I’m so excited to be able to share some of these items in a give away for one of you!

Simply Pure Soy Candles

I love candles. I enjoy having a home that smells inviting and fragrant. I love the warmth, the smell, just the atmosphere of having candles lit. I often light candles and as I walk through them during the day I will offer up prayers of thanksgiving or adoration prayers to Jesus, Light of the World.

So, when I started reading about the harmful effects of many of the chemicals used in fragrances, I was sad. I also have a mother-in-law who is very sensitive to environmental and chemical fragrances and smells.

That is why I am so thankful that I found the Simply Pure Soy Candles company because she uses ESSENTIAL OILS to give her candles a scent! Yay!

Find Simply Pure Soy Candles on Facebook and Etsy.

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Wise Wife Soaps

I’m so excited to introduce you to Katie of The Wise Wife Blog and Etsy shop! She has all kinds of fun things on her blog.

I have to admit, here, that I have made *quite* a few of these homemade and natural products for our home and family. You might recall the lotion that many of you ended up trying! I gave that to so many people as gifts a few years ago! LOL!

However, I have made many MORE recipes that ended up being big huge FLOPS. So, to find someone that has already perfected the recipe is kind of a big deal to me. If you look at Katie’s prices, you will see that they are VERY affordable. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed by how much MORE money I’ve spent trying to make many of these items and then wasted when they flopped.

You can find Katie’s Facebook page here

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Essential Oils

I have shared about various types of oils in the past. I have always used DIFFERENT KINDS and been pleased with what I used. I’ve shared recipes for 3-Ingredient Peppermint Scrub and oils used to calm down a nephew with Asperger’s.

Well, the diffusers I had been using died after we moved (possibly different water) AND I needed to order 2-3 new oils. That was going to be more than $100 worth.

So, my friend told me that for $160 I could get a diffuser AND ELEVEN bottles of oils! As well as some small empty bottles, rollers and samples. Over $300 worth and I couldn’t resist since I was  purchasing quite a bit already.

Within 1 week, the blend RC pretty much sold me on Young Living Oils. My son’s cough usually lasts most of the winter, this time ONE WEEK. I will admit, I was pretty skeptical, after all I’d been using 3-4 other brands of oils for years!

I hope to share more with you as I learn more, but for now, I wanted to make sure you knew about this deal on the starter kit that I just purchased myself.

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Green Matcha Tea

Hear me out! I have NEVER been a hot tea drinker. Until a few weeks ago. My sweet friend brought me some samples of green matcha tea and now I don’t go one day without having a cup!!

When I started reading about all the BENEFITS  (more benefits) of Green Matcha Tea, I was hooked. I’m not ready to sign an official document or anything, but the biggest thing I have noticed since drinking a cup everyday is that it curbs my appetite. Woo-hoo! An awesome, NATURAL and HEALTHY way to fill up on all those good antioxidants without all the bad stuff! {Benefits I’ve read about: high in antioxidants, increases your calm, energy boosting, boosts memory, burns calories, boosts immune system, and more!}

You can see more about these teas and order for yourself on her page!

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More Info on Soy Candles

From Simply Pure Soy Candle Company: All of my scents have essential oils as a base, some have a small amount of certified fragrances(clean) as well. If any fragrance oil is added to my EO’s it is less than 5% normally.

More Soy Candle Facts

  • Soy is the healthiest choice and give the least amount of pollution.
  • HOWEVER a soy candle has to be maintenance to provide the cleanest, best burn. Each time you light your candle you need to trim it to about 1/8th of an inch(try to get all the top black cut off) so that the lead free wick doesn’t mushroom.
  • The black soot that is put off from a soy candle is simply the wick getting to burnt and hot while burning.
  • Burning Soy Candles Support The American Farmer, soy beans are grown in the USA!!!
  • Soy wax burns 30-40 times longer than paraffin.
  • Soy wax burns cleaner than petroleum based wax candles, producing little to no soot.
  • Soy is non-toxic.
  • Soy is water soluble, cleans up with warm soapy water.
  • Soy wax is biodegradable.
  • Soy is a renewable source, paraffin is limited.
  • Soy wax contains no animal fats.

More Posts on the Dangers of Chemicals in Fragrances

More Alternatives to Scented Candles

I love for my house to smell good. I just am very effected by scent, I guess. So, when I received these lovely candles in the mail, I started looking around to see what options I had as far as fragrance free options for my home!

When we moved into our new house, our diffusers stopped working. So I was on the look out for a new one. I found out that when you become a Young Living wholesale member by ordering a “starter kit” you get a diffuser FREE. So, at the time I wanted to order Thieves, one other oil and a diffuser. If you’re going to spend that much you may as well get the starter kit!

Let me know if you have questions and I would be happy to answer from the experience I’ve had thus far or find out more information for you!

I currently have 2 Young Living diffusers as well as one that I purchased from Amazon here: Essential Oil Diffuser

Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner

For less than $1 for a spray  bottle FULL of all-purpose cleaner you can clean nearly your entire home with a NATURAL and EFFECTIVE (and smell-good) cleaner! I’m super excited about this!

I didn’t realize that there was a WHOLE LINE of items made with Thieves. Yeow! At this point, I have only tried the essential oil blend and the cleaner. We will see what I am able to try next! {When you sign up to be a wholesale member you get these products at a pretty nice discount.} 

You can mix 1 capful of the Thieves All Purpose Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle — for less than $1 a spray bottle, you can safely and effectively clean your entire house! 🙂 I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and LOVE how my house smells! And knowing I’ve done it safely is a huge bonus.

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Best Devotionals for Moms

Best Devotionals for Moms

As moms, our hearts need little bits of encouragement throughout our days! We must never replace the importance of God’s Word in our lives, and these suggestions are not intended to be a replacement at all. These suggestions are simply to give you ideas of books to reach for if you miraculously get 2 minutes in the bathroom by yourself, or while you’re waiting in the carpool line, or while you’re in the kitchen stirring the recipe that needs stirring for 10 minutes. These books I’ve listed below have encouraged my heart and so I want to recommend them as some of the best devotionals for moms.

Best Devotionals for Moms

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms – this is a brand new devotional written by Tim Keller along with his wife Kathy. I love the Psalms and Tim Keller is also becoming one of my new favorite authors. If you enjoy praying God’ Word and/or the Psalms, you will love this one! New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional – this is another relatively new devotional that came out last year. We all need to be reminded of the gospel, every single morning. This devotional will point you to Jesus with every single entry. My heart needs these reminders!

My Utmost for His Highest – a classic! My grandmother gave me this devotional when I was in high school. Last year I picked it up again and was so blessed. Oswald Chamber’s writing is just amazing. If you’ve never picked up this classic, I highly recommend it.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence  – A long time favorite of mine. Sarah Young takes the Word of God and turns them into prayers. I have seen much debate over this book, but I still love it because when I read it, I fully acknowledge that I am not reading the Word of God. I am reading the words of another believer. I have not seen a problem with this devotional, because like every.single.thing we pick up to read, we should be Bereans and we should always keep the Word of God FIRST and foremost. Any devotional needs to be read with the same care and not ever placed above the Bible in order of importance!

One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces – I love Ann Voskamp’s writing as well. If you need the reminder to look around and CHOOSE gratitude and CHOOSE joy, you will love this one too.

Praying God’s Word Day by Day – Of course, any devotional where we pray God’s Word back to Him is a win for me! Love these very short devotions that you can read in just a minute or two for a quick reminder of God’s love and His presence in your daily grind.

Sure Mercies: Hope for the Suffering – this is a new-to-me devotional that I am excited to share with you!! Suffering is a part of all our lives. Just like missionaries, martyrs and the believers in the New Testament had hardship, so will we. We need encouragement and reminders of the SURE mercies of the Lord, and this devotional gives you just that! Each one of these 40 entries is about a different hero of the faith, their suffering, and how they turned to God’s Word through it all. Please check out the author’s blog, too!

Wait Only Upon God: 40 Days of Praying the Scriptures in the Waiting – I can’t have a post on devotionals without mentioning this little piece of my heart in written form! If you find yourself in a period of waiting, I encourage you to grab this 40 day devotional. (You can get the ebook format for cheaper if you don’t want a hard copy!) Learning to wait ON GOD, and not on our circumstances to change has been so good for my heart. How many times have we waited on THINGS or PEOPLE or CIRCUMSTANCES to change? But are we truly learning to wait ONLY upon God?

Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional: A 40-Day Journey – this 40 day devotional is releasing January 1, 2016, but you can pre-order it now! I am blessed to be reading a pre-release copy of this book and it came at the perfect time for me! It’s been a rough year, as y’all know. So much good, but so much hard. I needed the reminder that in Christ we always have HOPE. I would highly recommend this one when it comes out!

Every Day with Jesus Daily Bible – this came highly recommended to me and I am going to begin it in January! There are short devotions to follow each day’s Bible reading. This plan has you reading the Bible in 1 year.

Keep a Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot is one of my all time favorite authors. And these little nuggets of wisdom are not to be missed.

Come Away My Beloved  – Frances J. Roberts is also a new author to me. I have really enjoyed these short daily readings where we are invited to “come away” with our Heavenly Father for a few short minutes of rest.

Best Devotionals for Moms

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