I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

17 Nov

jesus calling {devotions with kids} & a giveaway!

So … last week I mentioned a little somethin’ about a blog carnival and giveaway?  Well … today’s the day!  Actually, this week’s the week … unfortunately {and isn’t that just the way the enemy would have it it goes?} Tommy Nelson’s site has been down this week.  So I’ll just have to give you the info here and you can check back on their blog when you have a few minutes.

First … I want to stress again how important I think it is to do devotions with your children.  I realize we all have busy lives and time can get away from us.  Quite honestly, I don’t have time every night … but I do make it a priority most nights.  I even make sure to bring devotional material along when we travel.

When we do our devotions, I do it with all 3 girls.  Sometimes Hunter {4} will wander and do her own thing, not really paying attention, but for the most part, I think it’s important just to have her there listening and aware.  And I’ll also ask her age appropriate questions to get her involved.

Anyway … for the sake of getting this post together and sparing you some craziness, Wynter and I spent some time alone last night with our devotion and here’s a clip of our thoughts:

Warning:  you didn’t miss picking up your 3D glasses and I promise this isn’t a 1970s Kung Fu film.  :)

So … who’s ready for a giveaway?  I have 2 books to giveaway … Jesus Calling and Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids.  I’m praying this doesn’t get too tricky, but what I’d like you to do, is comment with which book you’d like to win.  And, as with all my giveaways, you have numerous ways to enter … 1. Comment  2. Tweet  3. Facebook  4. Blog.  So technically, with this giveaway … you’ll have 8 ways to enter.  Unless of course, you’re only interested in one of the books.

So remember … if you tweet, facebook or blog about the giveaway … you need to come back here and leave a comment saying so.  And with each comment you leave, you need to indicate which book you’re interested in.  I’ll use random.org to pick a winner, but will split up the entries by book.  Make sense?

Entries will be accepted until Thursday, November 18, Midnight CST.  And I’ll post the winner on Friday morning.

And now the most important part of this carnival … Tommy Nelson is challenging parents to begin a habit of family devotions in their homes.  You can read more about the challenge here {please check back if the link isn’t working}.  And, if you missed it last week … here’s a link to a download of 2 weeks of devotions!

Also … be sure to link up and tell us what you’re doing for devotions in your house.  Any fun tips, tricks, ideas … what’s worked for you?  What doesn’t?  Have you been inspired to start doing devotions with your kids … or maybe even for yourself?  We’d love to have you share with us!

Posted in giveaway, movie, parenting, tommy mommy, wynter

10 Nov

jesus calling :: blog carnival

Who loves a carnival?  I do! I do!

So … in the spirit of carnival fun, along with the importance of family devotion time … I’ll be joining Tommy Nelson next week in their “Jesus Calling” blog carnival!  Here are some of the links to watch for:

Monday :: Becky
Tuesday :: Megan
Wednesday :: Yours truly! ;)
Thursday :: Angie
Friday :: Christin

Jesus Calling :: 365 devotions for kids” is a new book by author Sarah Young.  Sarah also has a grown up version of “Jesus Calling” that mirrors the kids devotion.  What a genius way to do devotion with your family … the kids get the cliff note version of what you’re reading!  A great way to spark conversation!

So here’s my thought … if you’re not currently having devotional time with your children, November is a great month to give thanks … and topic to start with!  And for more inspiration to get you started, Tommy Nelson’s provided a link to download 2 weeks of “Jesus Calling for kids.”

Be sure to stop by next week {link up, if you like} and tell me all about it!  Oh!  And a little twitter bird {#Jesuscallingkids} mentioned something ’bout a giveaway?  Stay tuned for details!

Posted in children, parenting, tommy mommy