February 2015 Posts

Kid Talk Tuesday: Give the gifts of memories and faith with My Keepsake Bible

This week’s post is from kid’s team member Christine Showalter.

Be sure to check out My Keepsake Bible!

If you’re like me and gift giving is not your strong suit, you’ve probably found yourself in the predicament of searching for that perfect baby shower gift or a special gift for parents-to-be.  There are so many things to consider!  Should you buy something on or off the gift registry?  Go fun or keep it practical?  Pull at the heartstrings or just buy a truckload of diapers (which would be a fabulous gift, don’t get me wrong)?  Next thing you know, you’re spending a fortune and consulting Pinterest for the latest and greatest hand-made craze that will surely fall apart as soon as those itty bitty baby hands get a hold of it.  As a mother of two boys under the age of five, I definitely appreciated receiving gifts of any type over the years, but the gifts that stuck with me the most were those that came from the heart.  And books were always at the top of the list!

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for new baby or parents, be sure to check out My Keepsake Bible Combining baby records, family history, and Bible stories, this padded hardcover book is the perfect gift for a new baby and the ideal way to begin to teach the little one God’s story.  Children will learn early that their family’s story is a part of God’s story.  Full-color, adorable art complements these stories, prayers, and places to record baby and family info.  It’s a memory book and a Bible story book in one.

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So save yourself the trouble (not to mention the multiple trips to the store, particularly if you decided to go the hand-made route) and pick up a copy of My Keepsake Bible today!  Help the loved ones in your life preserve the memories of their child’s precious firsts and pass on a legacy of faith that will nurture for years to come.

FREE Compassion Webinar featuring John Ortberg – February 26th

Learn how to find your role in God’s local and global mission. Join Compassion’s FREE webinar February 26th from 1 to 2:15 ET to learn more. Webinar will feature author and pastor John Ortberg as well as Leadership Journal’s Skye Jethani.

The first 1000 registrants who attend the webcast will receive John Ortberg’s All the Places to Go and Skye Jethani‘s Futureville.

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Registration is easy and FREE! Check it out here –  http://forms.compassion.com/stand-webcast/

 

Get a free preview of the event here – https://vimeo.com/118255308

Kid Talk Tuesday: Imparting the Gift of Reading – guest post by author Nancy I. Sanders

Guest post from author Nancy I. Sanders.

Children are a precious gift from the Lord. God cherishes little ones so much that He chose to come to earth as a baby and grow as a little child.

As parents and educators it is our honor and privilege to open up the world of learning to the hearts and minds of our children. We get to teach them the joy and love of reading! But even more than that, it is our holy calling to teach them the joy and love of reading God’s Word.

My husband Jeff and I have two sons who are grown now with families of their own. We read aloud to them from infancy on up through junior high and listened to books-on-tape together through high school and college days. We shared many precious times together both reading in general and specifically reading the Bible.

 

Cuddles and Comfies
The first ingredients we can mix into the learning environment for our young readers are lots of cuddles and comfies. Teachers, set up a comfortable reading center with beanbags chairs, oversized pillows, and a soft rug. Parents, cuddle up with your children and pull them onto your lap and into the circle of your arms as you read aloud or listen to them read. Associate reading and the reading of God’s Word with comfort, love, security, and peace.

 

Investments
Jesus spoke often of the importance of investing in the kingdom of God with our time, talents, and money. Invest in the time and commitment it takes to read to your children and with them. Invest in quality books and Bible stories for your young learners. Surround them with baskets of age-appropriate books, tote bags and backpacks of favorite titles, and bookshelves at their level bursting with a variety of titles to choose from. We often describe our own home as a “nest of books.” You’ll see books in every room, many of them treasured friends, easy to pick up and handy to reach. Know that your investment in Bibles and Christian books for your children will produce an eternal reward.

 

Modeling
One of the best ways we can help our children learn to read is to model reading ourselves. Sit down and let your children see you reading a good book. Take time to read the Bible every day and share with your young disciples about what you’ve read. Establish regular family devotions and prayer around the breakfast or dinner table. One successful way we found to do this was to read a short devotion or selected Bible passage at dinner each night together. Demonstrate to your children the joy and hope you find in feeding daily on God’s Word.

In the beginning was the Word. As we teach our young children how to read words on a page, we’ll be starting them on a lifelong adventure of reading God’s Word, the most important and eternal journey of all.

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Nancy I. Sanders is the author of One Sentence Storybooks. You can visit her book’s site for reading fun and activities at https://nancysbookzone.wordpress.com/one-sentence-storybooks/

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs

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“Beauty is on the inside.” We know it’s true . . . yet sometimes it seems tough to fully believe it. What would your world be like if you truly felt beautiful and lived every day full of that confidence and joy?

Fashion journalist Lauren Scruggs knows how it feels to search for beauty. She grew up knowing of God’s love, but never fully understood what that love meant, or how it extended to the deepest parts of her soul—until a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of both her left eye and hand. In her darkest hours, everything Lauren believed was tested. Yet it was there that God showed her where real beauty comes from: the unfailing love of the Creator. God’s love is what truly makes us lovely.

Using stories from Lauren’s accident, recovery, and experiences in the fashion world, Your Beautiful Heart explores issues that teen girls face every day: body image, self-worth, peer pressure, and much more. Whether you read the book on your own or with a group of friends, Lauren’s personal message of love, faith, and value will show you what it means to be a girl who radiates with true beauty.

To Learn more visit – www.yourbeautifulheart.com

Click here to download the first chapter for free!

The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith – Free First Chapter Download

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As a young bride, Jennifer Smith couldn’t wait to build her life with the man she adored. She dreamed of closeness, of being fully known and loved by her husband. But the first years of marriage were nothing like she’d imagined. Instead, they were marked by disappointment and pain. Trapped by fear and insecurity, and feeling totally alone, Jennifer cried out to God: What am I doing wrong? Why is this happening to us? It was as if a veil had descended between her and her husband, and between her and God—one that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love. How did Jennifer and her husband survive the painful times? What did they do when they were tempted to call it quits? How did God miraculously step in during the darkest hour to rescue and redeem them, tearing down the veil once and for all? The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story; one couple’s refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair about your marriage, the heart-cry of this book is: You are not alone. Discover through Jennifer’s story how God can bring you through it all to a place of transformation.

To Learn More Visitwww.unveiledwife.com

Download the first chapter free by clicking here.