Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Cards, Why send them?

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I just love sending out Christmas cards. Before the internet it was really a helpful way to stay in touch with family and friends far away, and often include a picture and a letter of the past years events.
Now with Facebook and Twitter, most friends and family get to see weekly if not daily pictures of the family.. especially the youngest. No need to really send out a letter either of the years' past events, they have all been documented from where I have eaten, who has been sick, and what newest shows we have seen at the theater. I'm sure they have heard more than they ever cared to on some occasions!

So why send cards this year? Everyone has seen the kids, they know my year in review. I could save the cost of stamps and cards by posting a generic Merry Christmas post on social media.

One reason I am sending them this year is to bless people with snail mail. For them to get something in the mail other than bills.

Secondly I purposely chose a card that truly reflects the meaning of the season. No Santa, or snowmen.. no offense to those who send those. I just really want everyone to have the right focus, especially  my unsaved friends and family members.

Thirdly, this year I am doing something different. As I sign each card and put it in the envelope, I am praying for the family. I am covering them in prayer for needs I know, as well as asking the Spirit to work in ways I am unaware.

I pray when they get their Christmas Card it is much more than a fun gesture at Christmas time. That the recipient can feel the prayers and the love that is going into sending out cards this year. I am thankful I am able to send them, and able to cover each one in prayer. It has helped me focus my thoughts this Christmas as well.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes *Review & Giveaway

This has really been a year of renewed prayer for me. I have added a binder of prayer requests to my morning routine, and have been taking time through out each day to pray for needs I see come through on social media and other places.

When I saw Pray A to Z by Ameila Rhodes I was really excited to dig in! You can utilize this book to pray for one letter a day, just open and read a specific letter, or let the spirit lead you to a letter that you need to pray over that day. There are 5 different prayers for each letter.
 It is great to use for homeschool and a letter of the week program. Even with the older kids you can pick a letter, and then ask them for additional things that start with that letter to pray for.

This book helped to open my eyes to pray for things I wouldn't necessarily have thought about.
The prayers aren't always tangible things to pray for. Some of them are for character or things in our own lives to pray over.

J for example includes Job Seekers, Jealousy, Joy, Jehovah-Jireh, and Justice.
Each word includes a scripture verse, a suggestion for what to pray about, and a pray you can read aloud or to yourself to pray. If you are new to praying, this is a great book to help guide you!

Amelia Rhodes is a speaker and author of Isn't It Time for a Coffee Break: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World. Amelia's writing has also been featured in four Chicken Soup for the Soul titles, devotionals for the OneHope blog Undeterred and the international devotional Upper Room. Amelia has a growing speaking ministry and speaks regularly to women's groups on topics of spiritual growth, friendship, and community, offering practical tools for living our faith in the everyday. She lives in Lowell, Michigan.

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Are you ready to change your community, one prayer at a time? Learn how to organize your prayer requests topically and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father with the help of Amelia Rhodes' new book, Pray A to Z. Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia's Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia's blog.


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Jot Bible Life-Notes Giveaway!!! #Christmas2016

End of the Year Sale, perfect for Christmas!! Jot Bible Life Notes
Buy 2 for $60, one for $39.95
This is an excellent sale!

I first reviewed the Jot Bible Life Notes last winter. I still find it to be one of the best note taking journals I've had.
Read my review of Jot Notes from last February HERE
It gives me one place to keep all of my Bible passage related notes, regardless of which Bible I carry to church that day

The Jot Bible Life-Notes will be a treasure left for my children and grandchildren of my thoughts and learning about the Word of God while on this earth. I can't think of a better heirloom to pass down to them than this book.

Jot Bible Life-Notes wants to thank everyone for their support in 2016 and is not only offering an excellent sale on their books, they are also giving a Life-Notes book away to one of my readers!

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