Woo hoo! It’s finally here! Enter to win these amazing prizes! One winner takes all!
Woo hoo! It’s finally here! Enter to win these amazing prizes! One winner takes all!
Update: The winner of the giveaway is Kate! If you didn’t win but would still like to get the book, just follow the links in this post! Thanks to all who entered!
I often have people ask me what my strategies are for getting in Bible study time while I have three kids. The truth is, Bible reading and prayer time have been two of my biggest struggles as a Christian parent. Since I had kids, I have felt like my study time is short and somewhat distracted or, in some phases of motherhood, non-existent.
So, I wanted to share a resource with you that helps make Bible reading and prayer do-able for a busy mama. It’s called Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie. I honestly don’t even remember how I ran across this book or what made me order it, but here are a few things that I love about it.
First, it doubles as a plan for reading through the Bible in one year. Each day of your devotional has a suggested reading passage from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and a reading from Psalms and Proverbs. I grabbed a small Bible that I had on my shelf and am underlining each section as I read it. I’m a visual person, and so seeing what I’ve read so far is a good motivator for me. Plus, it helps me focus a little bit more on what I’m reading if I underline at the same time.
The book has a devotional thought for each day of the year that is related to Christianity and parenting. I like these because they are linked to one of the passages I have just read, and they aren’t fluffy or touchy-feely. They are straightforward calls to holiness and a genuine Christian life, and they help me to remember that what I say and do and who I am matters to these little people that I love.
At the end of each day, there is a short written prayer to use as a guide in praying for our kids. I don’t usually like “canned” prayers, but I appreciate these a lot because they help me pray for my kids in more creative ways, especially in specific areas of spiritual growth. I sometimes feel like I end up reciting the same prayers over and over again, but with this book I’m inspired to pray in ways that I hadn’t really thought of before.
Finally, I like this book because if you are having a crazy hectic day and you can’t do all of the suggested Bible reading, you can still spend a couple of minutes in the word and praying for your kids. A short time of study is better than none at all, and I find that even just a few minutes in God’s word makes me want more. This book helps you develop the habit of Bible reading and gives you a specific plan to help you as you go.
If you are a mother who struggles to know how to organize your Bible reading or how to find time to pray for your kids, this book will help you immensely. In fact, I love it so much that I’m going to give a copy to one of my readers! Just leave a comment. Any comment will do! For an extra five entries, go to my Facebook page and share this post with your friends! The giveaway will end on Monday, September 4th.
If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, order a copy here. This book would also make a fabulous gift for all the moms in your life! Good luck and check back next week to see if you won!
Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for brand new music from Worship Lullaby. Tonight I used a random number generator to determine my two big winners! The winners of the Worship Lullaby CD, Vol. I & II are: Andrea Thomas and CJ Frazier! Congratulations, Andrea and CJ!
If you didn’t win, I’ve got good news for you! For the next 30 days, you can use the code YOURMOM to get an additional 20% your purchases at Worship Lullaby! This means that you can still get this beautiful, meaningful music for someone you love and save a few bucks while you’re at it. Right now you can even get a free song download just for signing up for their newsletter!
Many thanks to the good people at Worship Lullaby for taking such great care of my readers!
**This giveaway has ended. See winners and get an exclusive discount code here.**
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most about being a parent is introducing my kids to music. Now that Sawyer and Adelade have discovered Spotify, they’re constantly finding old music that is blowing their little minds. The day they first heard “Jesus Freak” was a great day in our house. And, seeing them walking around with their little tablets listening to Buddy Holly or Elvis or Keith Green is just too much fun.
I love sitting next to them in church during worship. I look down the row to watch them sing along, all of us praising God together, and I’m struck by what an incredible gift that music really is. God created so many things in this world for us to enjoy and to use as a means to know Him better and glorify Him more. He didn’t have to do that. But, He did, because He’s so incredibly good.
I want to instill a love for worship music in my kids. So, imagine how excited I was when I learned about a collection of hymns and worship songs for the nursery! Yes, you read that right. Tried and true hymns and our favorite modern worship songs, blended together beautifully without an ounce of contention, and orchestrated to soothe and calm babies and young children. You must go and listen to the peaceful renditions of some of your favorites at Worship Lullaby.
A worship leader created this collection of 24 songs because he has a passion for seeing the church pass down songs of faith to our young ones. You’ll hear everything from “Be Thou My Vision” to “Oceans,” played with whimsical sounds and soothing chimes.
I can’t think of a better or more meaningful gift for the babies and children in our lives. If we want to soothe them and uplift them, why not use worship music? It’s never too early to share the gift of music with our little ones.
The sweet people at Worship Lullaby are doing a giveaway for my readers! TWO of you will win the entire collection on CD! If you can’t wait, you can order CDs or buy an instant download here. To enter below, just leave a comment and tell me who you would give this music to.
The contest ends next Monday, October 31st, at 10pm. Winners will be announced on November 1st! Be sure to check back to see if you won AND to get an exclusive coupon code for Your Mom Has a Blog readers.
I remember one day when Adelade was about seven. We sold our couch on Craigslist so we could replace it with something a little bit smaller. It was taking up our entire tiny living room, and a nice man in a cowboy hat came to pick it up, telling us that his wife had been looking for something just like it for quite awhile. I thanked him for buying it, and when I shut the door and turned to survey our empty-looking living room, I saw Adelade, face pressed to the glass, watching our couch drive away. And, she burst into tears.
Change can be hard on little people. Heck, change can be hard on big people, too. When we moved across the state a few years ago, I worried myself to death about how the kids would handle the change. How long would it take for this place to feel like home? Would they cry every night, wishing they could be in their old house, with their old friends?
Thankfully, in no time at all, they had settled right into to their new routine and our new life. As much as we missed our sweet, tiny home in Texarkana, before long we felt a sense of that at-home peace that you get when you walk in the door of your house. And, I knew that, once again, God was gracious enough to help us love home.
I tend to think that it’s His presence and peace that make the difference. As Rich Mullins sang, “I am home anywhere if You are where I am.” I’m thankful that He keeps helping us love home, even through five cities in these last seventeen years. Each one has been a blessing filled to the brim with memories of how we were changing, what God was doing, and how time just never seems to slow down.
That’s one reason I love the new book that the good folks at Lost My Name have come up with. It’s called The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, and like their other books, this one is completely personalized. I ordered one for Sawyer, who’s eight, and he thinks it’s incredibly cool. The story follows little spaceman Sawyer after he and his trusty robot get lost in space (due to an unfortunate lemonade-spilling incident that knocked out the ship’s computer). Thankfully, they run into some rather adorable aliens who give them some clues as to which planet to head toward. From there, they get a little guidance from an African explorer, and finally they discover that the US is the country they’re looking for. At one point, Sawyer sees the skyline of Dallas, and he knows he’s getting close to home. Finally, the book shows an aerial view of our neighborhood, where Sawyer spots our house and crash lands, finally safely home again. We even see our house numbers at his front door.
It’s such a neat concept, and there are plenty of cool touches throughout the book, including spaceman Sawyer seeing his name spelled out in stars during their space travels. It was neat to read it with him and see him recognize our neighborhood. “How did they DO that?” was his first question. I was even able to add a personalized note to him at the beginning of the book.
I think this would make an awesome gift for any kid. Whether he’s just moved to a new town or has been settled at home for his whole life, any kid would love seeing his name and neighborhood show up in a beautifully illustrated space story. Sawyer is well beyond picture books in his reading, yet he loves this story and enjoys reading it over and over again.
One lucky Your Mom Has a Blog reader will WIN a completely personalized copy of The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter up to four times! Or, if you just can’t wait and would like to order a book now, go to Lost My Name to order! The giveaway ends Friday, July 8th. Check back to see if you won! Click the video at the end of this post to get a closer look at the book. It’s really cool. And, I hope you’re feeling at home today, wherever you are. Just remember that no matter where you go, God is there. Let His peace and presence bring you comfort today.
Lost My Name sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.