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We made it to 300 posts and I’m super excited to announce an AWESOME giveaway!

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Have you heard of Seeds Family Worship?  We were introduced to them a few years ago and now own several of their CDs!  And while they are designed for kids to love them- I actually think I enjoy them more than the kids!  What an awesome way to hide God’s word in your heart (the lyrics straight from scripture!) & I love music so it is the perfect match for our family!

Here is a little bit more about Seeds Family Worship:

Seeds Family Worship was planted when worship leader, Jason Houser, was asked to write some songs to help kids remember the verses from his church’s summer Bible school.

Jason began writing songs and singing them for the kids and families at church. The songs were well-crafted, catchy, and taken straight from scripture. Families liked them. . . a lot.

From just a handful of songs, Seeds Family Worship was planted – providing God’s Word set to music for thousands of families all over the world. We are gladdened by stories of worship times at home, scripture memorized, and object lessons taught using Seeds songs. The sixth Seeds Family Worship album – Seeds of Character – has just released. In total, Seeds has grown to over 60 portions of scripture set to music!

The team at Seeds Family Worship continues to create great, scripture-based music. But, we also see God’s call to further equip churches and homes with ways to encourage families to worship together. We want to hear the needs, joys, and hopes for family worship in your church.

Tell us how Seeds can be a more effective resource for family worship. As we work together, we can better tend the plots entrusted to us.

While we plant and water, we know that God is the grower of seeds. We can’t wait to see what happens!

I have put Seeds Family Worship CD’s on my kid’s Christmas gift lists the past few years and we now own 3 of them!  The kids enjoy them and I personally enjoy having a way to memorize that I remember later on.  Just a few weeks ago I went for a drive and I was having a rough day.  I tried reading my Bible but just could not snap out of my funk.  I popped one of our Seeds CD’s in and listened to a few songs and I was amazed at how God spoke to my heart through those verses!  I can’t say enough about them!

AND!!  Each package of CD’s ordered contains two identical CD’s, one for you and one to pass along to a friend!

Would you like to own a Seeds CD? (Honestly, they are not just for kids- they would be a blessing to anyone!) They have graciously agreed to give away one of their “Seeds of Purpose” CD!  Woo Hoo!!

There are three ways to enter.

1)  Head over to Seeds Family Worship and take a look around at their site, also check out there store  – leave a comment below with what your favorite item is that they offer!

2) You can leave an additional comment to let me know if you have heard Seeds Family Worship before, when or how you were introduced to them or what your favorite verse/song is!!

3) Tweet about this giveaway.  (Comment again for an extra entry.)

The winner will randomly be drawn at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 21st, 2011!


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Remember all those shoe boxes we were packing last summer for Operation Christmas Child?  I do!  And if you recall, I’ve already purchased  a majority of my items for my boxes to donate this year!  Well, we received a update from OCC in the mail and we have had so much fun reading the stories of how God was able to use all the gifts and money donated last year.  8.17 MILLION shoe boxes were distributed to all over the world!

Here is a note from Operation Christmas Child- it really explains in detail what they are all about.

“Dear Friend,

Immanuel-God with us- that’s the ultimate message of Christmas.  Jesus came down from heaven over 2,000 years ago to bring redemption from sin and hope to those living in despair.  As the Gospel of Luke proclaims, “The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (1:78b-79 NLT)

Operation Christmas Child is one way Samaritan’s Purse delivers the Gospel message to boys and girls around the world  who face difficult and heartbreaking circumstances.  Over the years, we have had the privilege of handing out shoe box gifts to children in over 130 countries.  Some of these youngsters have been traumatized by war, natural disasters, and loss of their families. The gift boxes serve as a reminder that God’s presence, and His everlasting love and comfort, are real and available to them.

Every boy and girl is precious in the eyes of the Lord, and we want children to know how much God loves them- so much so that He sent His Son Jesus- His greatest gift of all- to be their Savior.  Through our shoe box ministry and the follow-up discipleship program, millions of kids are coming to faith in Jesus Christ and experiencing transformed lives.  On behalf of these little ones, thanks to everyone who participated in Operation Christmas Child and helped make and eternal difference for the kingdom of heaven. Sincerely, Franklin Graham”

Wow, exciting isn’t it???  We are able to make an eternal difference in a child (or several children!) life by our deals and filling our boxes!  It makes me want to figure out a way to raise a lot more money and fill many more boxes before November 15th of this year…. yep, just might need to figure out a way to make that happen!

And if you are still with me, here is a story of just one of the young girls who received a shoe box.

“When a child’s life is turned upside down, moments of true delight seem rare and fleeting.  So when 11 – year old Amaica Clement recently received an Operation Christmas Child shoe box in Haiti, she welcomed having a reason to rejoice.

‘I never received anything like this before,’ she said.  ‘I was so happy because everything I had was destroyed in the earthquake.’

Amaica and her family lost more than their home and possessions in the quake that devastated Haiti last January.  Amaica’s sever-year-old sister was killed.  The grieving family was forced to live in a tent, sleeping on donated blankets, until Samaritan’s Purse built is first group of 50 wood-framed shelters, wrapped with the distinctive blue plastic sheeting that gave the community its nickname, the Blue Village.

The young girl joined hundreds of excited children who filled the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church in Titanyen for an Operation Christmas Child distribution in December.  Amaica’s box was filled with treasures. She received an orange jump rope, school supplies, hair ribbons and a stuffed animal.  The jump rope was her favorite gift, but she was also drawn to the colorful Gospel booklet she received, titled The Greatest Gift of All.

The illustrated booklet shares God’s plan of salvation, told by a father to his children, Nikola and Karin.

‘I like the stories because they teach me how to do things the right way, according to the Bible,’ she said. ‘And I like the story of Nikola, because he accepted Jesus, like I did.’

Amaica’s love for the Lord is an encouraging sign for Haiti, demonstrating the importance of child evangelism and reminding of us Christ’s words: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ (Matthew 19:14, NIV)

She was among thousands of Haitian boys and girls who received Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts during the holiday season.  The gifts brought comfort and hope to these hurting children.

The shoe box gifts, now totally more than 85 million since Samaratin’s Purse launched the project in the United States in 1993, have been delivered to children in over 130 countries around the world. For many thrilled boys and girls like Amaica, the boxes are the first Christmas present they have every received!

Most importantly, these tangible expressions of God’s love open doors for us to introduce boys and girls to the real meaning of Christmas.  Millions of children have become faithful followers of Jesus and are encouraging their family and friends to journey with Him, too.”


Anybody else excited about this as well?  Makes cruising down the Walmart clearance aisles a little more exciting to know that some of my frugalista finds will bless a child somewhere!

Far too often I am swayed by my emotions or my circumstances.  Allowing both of those things to dictate what is “true” in my life at any one point.  God showed me this verse today.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; In Him my heart trusts and I am helped.” – Psalm 28:7

He is for me today.

He loves me today.

He is protecting me today.

He is helping me today.

I’m thinking I should just take time each hr today to remind myself of what is really true!

I was challenged and convicted when I read these verses this week:

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and they perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.  And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13

So often I feel like there are so many things I need to do each day. My newest business ideas, greatest healthy recipes, wonderful workout ideas and grand homemaking plans can wait.  But what this common and ordinary wife, friend and momma NEEDS  is time with Jesus.

Each and every day.



Yes, I do realize it is Friday- nearly Saturday.  But I had decided that I would post this topic this week for Truthful Thursday and Thursday came and went with no child in my home taking a nap.  Hense my tardiness.  But I wanted to share anyway.

I’ve been struggling with fear.  Any and all types.  Worried that my kids will get hit by a car when crossing the street, anxious that something will be wrong with Rocky when he arrives, wondering if my husband and I will be alive and kicking for our “when we get old together” dreams.  I really have no idea where this is coming from and I feel like it sort of snuck up and bit me in the rear end.

If you remember my post from earlier this summer , this topic is not entirely new to me but it also has never been quite this consuming either.  What I find is ironic – is a month or two ago a woman in our house church shared that she was struggling with some irrational fears and she wasn’t sure how to deal with them.  I was sitting in my chair across the deck thinking, “You should find some verses” which is probably true.  But how naive of me to think that I understood what she was going through.  Until now. Now I get it.

You see, I just keep replaying horrible scenes in my head.  I have mentioned before that we now live on a very busy street.  We have trained and told our kids that they are not to go past a certain crack in the driveway unless mom and dad tell them to.  They know to look both ways before crossing the street and to stop if they see a car.  But several years ago friends of ours lost their son to an accident with him crossing the street.  Somehow, somewhere this memory is consuming me every time we go outside to the point at which I really don’t want to take the kids out.  I would rather keep them at home where I can keep them “safe”.  Or did you see the movie “My Sister’s Keeper” – where the little girl didn’t wake up in time and her mom went to wake her up, found her with a fever/rash and then she was diagnosed with cancer?  My son slept in this week for the 2nd time in his life and for those 47 minutes, I had to stop myself from going in his room to see if he had a fever or a rash… seriously.  It was a movie.  But it seemed very real to me.  *Sigh*

I wish I could say that things are getting better or that I am not allowing my mind to run away with me anymore.  But it is not quite that way.  I did, however, realize that I need some truth to be battling with these thoughts and ideas.  My “just think about something else” ways are not working and frankly I feel quite foolish to think that up to this point I could just handle it.  Clearly that is not the case.  Clearly God is working in my life to reveal some things to me- am I going to listen?

I hope so.

I looked up a few verses this week for me to be thinking about.  Nothing huge or “wow- I’ve never heard of these!” verses- but they are truth and I trust God will use them in my life.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”-Psalm 27:1

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strenthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” – Matthew 6:33&34

So my friends, that is where I am currently.  Attempting to walk with God each day trusting in his goodness, timing and sovereignty.