Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Taking the Message Back to School



Back to school means shopping for new supplies.  Its always been a favorite time of year for my daughter.  As soon as the list comes out, she is begging for her trip to the store.  She carefully considers each item before making her selection.

We were ecstatic to be chosen to review Dayspring's line of Back to School Supplies.  For me, it is an opportunity to send my kids to school with a little reminder of God's love while they are surrounded with the great big world.  For my children, they have cool school supplies that make a statement.

We received the "Forever is in my Future" and "Jesus is my BFF" set.  As soon as the box was opened, the binders, folders and composition notebooks immediately disappeared straight to my daughter's backpack.  She was kind enough to share one of the notebooks with me.

Her favorite thing?  The encouragement that comes from them.  The composition notebook has a cover full of scriptures and one line encouraging notes that would make awesome Facebook posts.  "God has you, and your day, covered.  It's all good."  That's just one of many.

We also received the cutest little guy from Dayspring's new U-NEEKS line.  His name is Dweeber.  For the cool kid who isn't into plush, Noah immediately fell in love with Dweeber's hair and quickly discovered it could be "styled" into several variations.

The U-NEEKS are quirky and funny little plush characters based on the verse that says we are all uniquely and wonderfully made.  Dweeber came as part of a collection that also has three greeting cards sporting the verbage "I will always be hair for you." 

Dayspring is offering their school supplies buy two, get one free.  Just click this link to see their whole selection:
Back to School Items From Dayspring .  These items are also available at your local Wal-Mart.

Thank you Dayspring for allowing my kids to go back to school equipped with supplies that help them share their faith!

Guest Posting Today!

I am honored to serve as a guest post for Candice at Lilly Through The Valley today.  Please visit her blog at http://lillythroughthevalley.blogspot.com/. 

Candice is a mother to a special needs child, a Proverbs 31 wife, and writes a great Christian inspirational blog. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Message to My Daughter


It seems only a short time ago God placed you in my arms, a tiny baby with big, beautiful eyes.  Time has passed so quickly.  Yesterday, as you prepared to go to your "dress up" lunch to celebrate the beginning of school with your friends, you took my breath away.  Standing before me was a stunning young lady, dressed in her beautiful dress and heels, makeup accenting those big green eyes and sparkling freckles. 

The next few years will not be easy.  God gives us our babies to feed and nurture for just a short time.  You are now a fledgling, and we will attempt to teach you how to fly.  Just like the baby birds, you will make mistakes.  You will fall, and you will get hurt.  The hard part about being a parent is sometimes we just have to sit back and to watch.

We want you to know that we will always love you, not matter what, and your heavenly father loves you, no matter what.  You will never be alone in this world!

We want you to know we aren't perfect.  We have made our share of mistakes, so when we tell you we don't approve of something, it comes from love and probably experience too.  We will be wrong about things from time to time, but we are your parents, and we expect your respect even when we are wrong.

We want you to keep an open line of communication.  We promise to talk honestly and objectively with you about things.  Remember you can do that with God too.  He can guide your heart even better than your mom and dad.

We want you to know the decisions you make will follow you the rest of your life.  They may not ever be seen by anyone but you, but you will know, and God will know.  They may not keep you from obtaining your heart's desires and achieving God's plan for you, but you will have to answer for them.  Most importantly, remember there is forgiveness.

My beautiful daughter, you are loved and you are special!  You have blessed our lives in more ways than you will ever know.  We're not looking forward to sending you off into this great big world, but we are looking forward to seeing the plan God has for you revealed as you do.  We are praying for you, and for the future Godly husband we hope he is preparing for you.

You know these verses are special to me, but I pray them for you as well.  God has a plan to prosper you, if you seek him WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART.  Attack this world with the confidence of knowing you have the creator of the universe behind you.

Love,
Mom and Dad

Jeremiah 29:11-13
New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Protection

Isaiah 43:1-2: 
But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.


I flipped open my Bible to Isaiah several weeks ago after reading this verse, shared by a coworker as he began his cancer journey.  They are words of hope, and words of courage.  They are calming words and a promise from God to take care of us during our hardest times.

I got so excited as I thought about the examples the Bible of God's provision described here.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked in the firey furnace unharmed.  The Israelites crossed the Red Sea after it was parted by Moses.  Peter, walking on the water to meet Jesus.

As a busy road warrior mom, I often listen to my Bible while driving.  The next few weeks my phone kept mysteriously opening the Bible "app" and spilling the promises of Isaiah 43 into my heart.  

Verse 4
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you...
 
One afternoon this verse, spoken by my deep, strong voiced Bible "app" man, almost made me stop the car dead in its tracks.  There is something about knowing you are loved and cared for by the maker of our universe!

Perhaps you are facing something in your life today that seems impossible to handle.  Perhaps you have a fear of the unknown and what lies ahead.  Perhaps you are just needing to know that you aren't alone in your journey.  Here's your assurance.

Sometimes I don't understand why things happen, but I do know that nothing takes God by surprise.  Whatever journey he calls us to take, I am praising God that through it we will have another awesome testimony to His goodness and provision!

There's more in Isaiah 43...check out this post too:

http://planforyoujones.blogspot.com/2010/12/isaiah-4319-message-forget-about-whats.html

 Blessings,
Jennifer