September 2014 Posts

Kid Talk Tuesday: Princess Prize Pack Giveaway

We hope you have enjoyed Princess Month on Kid Talk Tuesday! To wrap up an exciting month, be sure to enter to win the Princess Prize Pack – a collection including some of our favorite princess themed books!

 

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Kid Talk Tuesday: Raising a Princess in a Commoner’s World

Today’s Princess Month guest post comes to us from Katrina Cassel, author of Promises for God’s Princesses. Learn more about Katrina at 

www.katrinacassel.com.

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Your daughter is precious to God. As a child of the Heavenly King, she is his princess—and so are you! Raising your daughter to be a princess in today’s world is no easy job. While it might be tempting to isolate and shield her from a world full of the wrong values and priorities, it’s more important to help her learn to stand out and live out God’s plan for her.

Want to help your daughter live as a princess in today’s world? Model what a princess of the True King looks like. This can be a natural part of your day as everyday routines and circumstances become teachable moments.

Be Joyful

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Philippians 4:4

How many times have you been out with your children running errands when you encountered a grumpy cashier at the grocery store or a rude fast food worker? Bad moods are contagious so don’t spread them. Instead, respond with a smile and a kind word. It may make a difference for that person, and it will show your daughter that princesses don’t have to let others steal their joy. They can spread joy instead.

Put Others First

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3-4

We live in a “me first” world. If your daughter is exposed to any kind of media, she’ll quickly pick up on that attitude. People do many foolish and ungodly things for attention. Let your daughter see you putting others first. That begins in the home as she sees you taking care of your family’s needs. Encourage her to let a sibling have the first turn or the last piece of cake.

Be involved in ministry opportunities which allow her to meet others’ needs. That could mean donating food to the food pantry, sorting out clothes to donate to the homeless shelter or finding a neighbor who needs a helping hand.

Celebrate Your Uniqueness

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14

The pressure to act like everyone else in order to fit in is strong. But God made your princess in a unique way. He gave her the talents and personality she needs in order to fulfill his plan for her. Encourage your daughter to be true to herself whether she’s athletic or musical or a scholar. Let her see you exploring your talents and being true to yourself and God, and encourage her to do the same. She’s one of a kind.

Guard Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23

The things your daughter sees and hears cannot be unseen or unheard. Watch for the subtle messages that creep into your home through books, DVDs, magazines, music and television. Know what your daughter is reading, seeing and hearing. It makes a difference. What fills her heart will influence her attitudes. If you want her to have the heart of a princess, provide things for her to read and watch that will accomplish that goal. See my blog post http://just4christiangirls.blogspot.com/2014/09/best-christian-books-for-preteen-girls.html for a list of the best Christian books for preteen girls.

 

Make God’s Word Your Guide for Life

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

Society’s view of right and wrong is flawed. Things that were not acceptable twenty years ago are now flaunted openly. But God’s standards never change, and the Bible is the guidebook for living life as a princess here and now. Help your daughter find a Bible she can understand. Supply her with a devotion book that’s written for her age group and interest level and encourage her to read it. My children are motivated by being able to stay up a few minutes past bedtime if they are reading a daily devotion book, and that may be all the motivation your daughter needs too.

 

Raising a princess doesn’t require dressing her in pink or buying her a tiara. It means connecting with her on a heart level that allows you to instill the values and attitudes she needs to live as a princess of the True King.

These are only a few suggestions about how to raise a princess in a commoner’s world. Add your own ideas and thought in the comment section below.

Uncommon Marriage by Tony & Lauren Dungy (50% off this week!)

Today’s post is a guest post by Tyndale employee Jamie Placeway.

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Because I’ve been married for just about two months, marriage material is fresh on my mind. From the time that my now husband and I got engaged, we were showered with books, articles, or studies from close family and friends who all claimed, “This truly changed the way I approach my marriage.”

We appreciated everyone’s thoughtfulness and examined each book. Some we eagerly dove into, where others are still sitting on our bookshelf, waiting to be read. Although some were more helpful than others, it was nice to have little nuggets of wisdom that we thought could apply to our future life together. However, the more we read, the more things became repetitive and dull—everything blending together into one mess of “marriage preparation.”

Uncommon Marriage presented a unique approach that we hadn’t seen in anything else we’d read. It was refreshing to have a marriage book that was so insightful, yet read just like a novel. Tony and Lauren Dungy take a truly candid approach, switching back and forth between perspectives, to tell their own stories.

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In terms of careers and spotlight, the life that my husband and I have could not be more different than the Dungys’ life as a couple. I don’t know what life may hold for us, but I don’t think professional sports, national acclaim, or winning the Super Bowl is in our future. I appreciate that the story of Tony and Lauren is about so much more than where careers have taken them. They do not let this define them. They give a true picture of what it means to put Christ first, family second, and everything else after that.

Their insights are not a list of “do’s and don’ts”. Rather, they take you through their own journey and give real-life examples of how their actions, attitudes, and words have either benefitted or hindered their relationship together. As any couple does, they have to work at their marriage. They have to schedule intentional time together, look at life through the eyes of the other, and love sacrificially. The Dungys also realize that although they have been married thirty years, they are not done learning and growing.

The passion that Tony and Lauren Dungy have to continually grow their marriage has increased my excitement for life with my husband. So whether you are considering marriage, are a newlywed like me, or been married for thirty years, Uncommon Marriage will undoubtedly be one for your nightstand.

Order your copy of Uncommon Marriage now (50% off this week onlyas part of our Weekly Deal on www.TyndaleDirect.com!

 

Social Media Assets – The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd

Thank you for joining us in spreading the word about Sandra’s latest work, The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional. We’re so glad you are here!

Below are some images that you can use on your favorite social media platform to help spread the word about this release. Click each image to download, then share away!



For more information and ideas on ways to spread the word about Sandra’s devotional, please reference the initial email from Sandra. If you have any further questions, Sandra is here to help! She can be reached via email or through her website, sandrabyrd.com.


 

Kid Talk Tuesday: What makes a real princess?

Princess Month continues this week with a guest post from Carolyn Larsen, author of Princess Stories and For Girls Only! Devotions.

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When my two beautiful daughters were little girls they loved to be pretend princesses. They dressed up in gowns (the multitude of old bridesmaid gowns I kept), they had several tiaras and boas to choose from and they each ruled their toy room kingdoms quite royally.

Princesses are often a big part of little girls’ make believe. Have you ever wondered why? I thought about that once in a while as my little girls “became” princesses. I don’t claim to be an expert but some of what I saw in the play of my daughters and their friends helped me form a few ideas:

Princesses are considered important.
Princesses seem to have everything they want.
Princesses rule a kingdom.
Princesses are powerful.
Princesses are kind.
Princesses are beautiful.

That’s a short list but suffice it to say that princessdom is very attractive to little girls. As I began working on the Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses I considered these attributes and knew that it was important to teach little girls the characteristics of a real princess — God’s princess. After all, each little girl is a daughter of the true King and she has a presence in his kingdom. God gives each of his children a presence in his kingdom. Luke 12:32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”

How we choose to live in the kingdom is a personal decision. But, I believe it’s very important for every little princess to learn early on how to be a princess who lives a life filled with love, compassion and generosity. She can live with power and strength because she knows she is a child of the King and he gives her these gifts.

In these days of gross bullying and the media shouting what it feels is of value, it’s more important than ever for little girls to have self-confidence and self-esteem. Encourage your little princess to learn from the examples of the princesses we are told about in the Bible. Encourage her to know her King so well that his characteristics grow into her heart and actions. Then she will live in the kingdom filled with love, compassion and honor to her King!