Monday, May 16, 2016

Our "Compassion Experience" with Compassion International

One Friday a month is "Family Fun Day" for us.  We try to go somewhere as a family and spend the day together having fun and making a family memory.  This past Friday, we had the opportunity to go to Baptist Temple (BT) church in McAllen, TX for the "Compassion Experience".  
Loaded up & ready to hit the road

It is about an hour away from where we live and we had 1:00pm reservations for this event.  Thankfully, the Lord blessed us with an incredibly beautiful day of sunshine and temperatures in the high 80's.  
The trailer at the "Compassion Experience"

If you're not familiar with Compassion International, they are an organization that is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. One of Compassion International's biggest ministries is child sponsorships.  For just $38.00 a month, you can choose to sponsor a child and literally change their life and their families lives too.  Through monthly financial support, prayer and letter writing, sponsors invest directly in the lives of children living in extreme poverty.  The children attend church-based child development centers where they receive life-changing opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach, and which build on, add to and extend their school lessons. All Compassion-sponsored children have the opportunity to develop their God-given potential and be released from the poverty that has trapped their families for generations. 
Happy faces even while waiting in line 

Once we got to the "Compassion Experience", we had reservations but there was a school group in front of us so we had to wait a little bit.  We didn't mind one bit because we got to talking with some of the students and teachers and found out that they were a PUBLIC school whose English teacher had organized this field trip and she said God literally worked it out for them to get approval to bring all her students to this event.  Talk about a work of God!  We enjoyed getting to talk to them while we waited in line.  

Also, while we were in line a woman came in line behind us.  She asked us how many were in our party and we told her 5.  She asked if she could go through with our family and we told her we would ask and see.  The nice gentlemen running the event said she could absolutely go through with us so we also got to meet her.  
Just a few of the scenes throughout the Compassion Experience 

Finally, it was our turn to go through the "Compassion Experience".  The first story we walked through was the story of a young man from Kenya, Africa.  The second story we got to walk through was the story of a young girl from the Philippines.  I don't want to "spoil" their stories for you in hopes you will get to go through the "Compassion Experience" this year.  I will tell you that I had tears several times as I walked through both their stories.  Not just tears of sadness but tears of joy and hope too.  

At the end of our walk-throughs the lady who had asked to go through with our family asked if she could interview me.  Turns out, she was a newsreporter with The Monitor, a local newspaper here in the Rio Grande Valley.  You can read the article she wrote here.  
Our sponsored child, Luis!!!!! 

At the end of it all, there was a room full of children around the world who need sponsorships.  David & I both knew that we were supposed to sponsor a child.  Now this may seem crazy to some of you since we are full-time missionaries ourselves who live on very limited support but God doesn't call us to do the easy...he calls us to do the radical!  The kids were begging us to do it too and they even decided to give up NetFlix and PureFlix subscriptions so that the money saved there could go to our sponsored child.  It also was very easy to choose a child.  Wyatt has always wished he had a little brother so he wanted a little boy from Honduras.  We are hoping to move to Roatan, Honduras in 2017 and do full-time mission work there for 3-4 years.  So, we chose Luis, a 7 year old little boy who lives on the mainland of Honduras!  We are excited about sponsoring him and hope to sponsor him all the way until his graduation.  We also pray the Lord will allow us to meet him at some point while we are in Honduras as missionaries too.  This morning, we mailed off our first letter & family picture to him!  
The moment it became "real"

Wondering if the "Compassion Experience" really conveys the needs of children and families around the world?  Curious if you really get a sense of what life is like for those in other countries?  Well, we took the kids to eat at Chick-Fil-A after we finished at the "Compassion Experience".  They ate their meals and then asked for an ice cream cone.  While we were waiting on them to finish their cones, we looked over and Wyatt had huge tears in his eyes.  We asked what was wrong and he broke down crying saying he had got to enjoy a yummy meal at Chick-Fil-A and even get ice cream and some kids around the world had never even got to eat an apple!  His heart had been stirred, reality had broken through for him, and he realized how blessed and fortune he and all of us living here in America are.  You will walk away from the "Compassion Experience" changed!  

The good news is that even if the "Compassion Experience" doesn't come to a town near you, you can still change the life of a child.  You can choose to sponsor a child for just $38.00/month.  If you would like to see children who are awaiting sponsorship, click here.  If you cannot sponsor a child, you can still pray!  Pray that every child who needs a sponsor will be blessed with one.  Pray for the children and their families who are both awaiting sponsorship and those who already have sponsors.  Pray for Compassion International and all their workers throughout the world as they work to end poverty and bring the good news of the Gospel and the hope of Jesus Christ to these areas too.  






Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"None Like Him" Bible Study Review & GIVEAWAY

Have you ever really thought about all the ways God is different from us? 

We all know that God is different than us but I found it very intriguing to really study deeply a few of the ways He is different.  In Jen Wilkin's new book "None Like Him", she addresses 10 ways God is different from us.  I am a huge fan of women's Bible studies and had never done any of Jen Wilkin's books so I was excited to have the chance to be introduced to her writings and study methods.  

"God is self-existent, self-sufficient, external, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.  We are not!  And that's a good thing.  Our limitations are by design.  We were never meant to be like God.  But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God. " 

Wilkins writing style was different and unique from other Bible studies I have done.  She writes in a very personable way where it almost seems like you're sitting across the coffee table from her having a real conversation.  Yet, she also writes in a "teachable preaching" way too where you feel like you've just heard a great sermon at the end of each chapter.  

In every single chapter, I learned something or I was challenged, or my thoughts were stirred.  This is a Bible study I will be reading again and doing again and hopefully inviting some friends to join me in too!  Chapter 10 was especially convicting to me...sovereignty!  In all honestly, I know God is ultimately in control of it all..time, plans, our lives, our days, etc.  But speaking truth, how many times do we I try to take control of the reigns and dictate what is going to happen in my life or on a certain time schedule?  Wow...chapter 10 really hit home for me and was a beautiful reminder of who is really in charge of my life.  

Each chapter ends with some verses that you can read and meditate on.  There are some questions for reflection and then a specific prayer application.  I loved this way of ending each chapter in study because as a busy Mom, it didn't take me hours to do yet it was relevant and impactful.  

If you're looking for a great Bible study, I would encourage you to grab a copy of "None Like Him". You can purchase your own copy from Crossway Books for just $12.99.  Thanks to Jen Wilkin and Propeller Consulting, I am blessed to be able to offer my readers a giveaway for a chance to win their very own copy of this great Bible study.  Enter on the form below! 
Disclaimer:  I received the above mentioned product for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255.  No monetary compensation was received for this product.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results may vary from mine.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Skin Cancer Story

About a year ago, I noticed a very small clear blister-like bump on the side of my right nostril.  Honestly, I chalked it up to my "almost 40 skin issues" and didn't think much about it.  A few months later, it was still there and completely unchanged so I decided it was time for that little "zit" to go away. So I sterilized a needle and tried to pop it.  Nothing came out if it, it didn't bleed, and honestly it didn't change.  So I started some intense "zit" creams to get it gone and after a few more months the stubborn thing was still there.

Now y'all should know....it wasn't flaky, it wasn't bleeding, it wasn't hurting, it wasn't discolored in anyway, and in fact, it blended in with my skin so well that people didn't notice it unless I pointed it out to them.  So about a year after I first noticed it, I decided to just go to the dermatologist and have him take the silly thing off so I could move on with my life.  So I got an appointment in December 2015 and went to the dermatologist.

38 years old....skin cancer was the last thing I ever expected to hear.  I've never been a tanning bed girl, not one to just "lay out and bake" in the sun, but I haven't always been the best at wearing sunscreen when I'm outdoors either. The bump literally had none of the typical signs of skin cancer at all.  The dermatologist said it needed to come off now because he thought we might have caught it in a very early stage.  So he removed it and did a biopsy to determine what stage of skin cancer it was even though he felt like it was just early stage basal cell carcinoma.  I was left with a small area on my nose that was open and he opted to let it heal naturally with no stitches.
The biopsy came back exactly what the dermatologist thought it was...early stage basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and on my follow-up visit he felt like he had been able to get it all and it should be fine.  My nose healed over a couple of months and while I did have a small divet in my nose from the scaring, I was just thankful the skin cancer was gone.  

Then in January, I started noticing that the area on the outside of my scar was beginning to make the same clear, blister-like bumps that I had previously.  So I called and got another dermatologist appointment for him to check it.  Turns out, the skin cancer was back and it was being "aggressive" as the dermatologist put it.  He recommended that the best course of treatment would be to have MOHS surgery done because it has a 99% success rate of removing all the skin cancer.  The closest MOHS surgeon to where we live at the Texas-Mexico border that he trusted and would recommend was in San Antonio, TX about 4 hours from us.  
So I got an appointment for February 10 and we took off to San Antonio.  We went up a day early and took the kids to the Alamo, took the boatride along the RiverWalk, and walked all over downtown San Antonio. We were blessed to get to meet up with some friends from Alabama who had moved to San Antonio also and we enjoyed being with them for the day too.  My surgery was scheduled for bright and early the next morning at 8:00AM.  David dropped me off for surgery that morning and then he and the kids went back to the hotel until check-out time.  Then, when they had to check-out, they did a little geocaching until the surgery center called to tell them I was ready to be picked up.  
The surgery lasted just over 3 1/2 hours long and I was awake through the entire thing.  They just numbed my nose/face for the actual surgery and then when it was done, the area he had to remove was too deep and wide for stitches so I needed a skin graft. They took it from my collarbone and I was actually awake through that whole procedure too.  Now I have to admit, I did great during the MOHS surgery on my nose but when it came time to do the skin graft I had to really focus and recite scripture and do lots of praying because it was a little unnerving to me to be awake while they were removing and grafting skin.  I had an incredibly wonderful MOHS surgeon (Dr. Hobbs at the MOHS Skin Cancer Surgery Center of South Texas).  He and his PA, Chris, both had amazing bedside manner, we actually talked about our mission work during a lot of the surgery, and they were both so supportive and kind too.  

Once David picked me up, I was free to go home so we actually drove back home that afternoon and got home about 6:30PM.  I came home with a large bandage on both my nose and my collarbone.  I had strict instructions not to get it wet at all and not to be moving my right arm (the side the graft was taken from) above my waist.  I also wasn't supposed to lay flat so I had to sleep elevated and they recommended bed rest or being on the couch for 8 days to allow my collarbone and nose to start healing perfectly.  Talk about limitations, plus I am right-handed and I couldn't wash my hair for 8 days either!  My husband and kids were amazing with helping me, taking care of me, encouraging me when I would get frustrated, and making sure I recuperated well.  Our church family was incredible...they provided dinner every evening for our family so David didn't have to cook and some even brought breakfast and lunches too!  Y'all, I don't know how people go through life without a church family!  Ours is truly family to us and such a blessing.  
8 days later, the stitches and pressure bandages were all removed and I finally got to see the damage to my nose.  It was a little overwhelming but then I realized how blessed and fortunate I was to have caught it when I did.  The MOHS surgeon had also told me that they got all the skin cancer and I was cancer free in this area now. He didn't see any other areas on my face that were of concern either, praise God!  While I was super excited to have the stitches out and begin to start using my arm again (and washing my hair), I was put on another restriction to stay home for 14 more days.  My graft was still very "fresh" and still needed time to heal and the surgeon said it was very susceptible to germs/bacteria.  If I were to get it infected, I would lose the graft so he wanted it to have another 2 weeks to heal better and not be exposed to lots of germs/bacteria.  So I was confined to the house for basically 3 weeks after surgery.  
My nose and collarbone continued to heal well over those weeks of house confinement and the Lord used that time to grow me spiritually too.  It is a beautiful thing what the Lord can use to draw you closer to Him and what He can reveal to you when you truly seek Him more.  I praise the Lord that He allowed me to catch my skin cancer in a very early stage (even if it did require MOHS surgery). I am thankful that it is healed well.  The only thing I have to do now is for the next year, I must keep sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher on the spot when I am going to be outdoors.  
Today, you can still see a circular scar on my nose but when I wear makeup it's not really even visible.  I share all this with you today because I want you to know how important it is to get your skin checked.  I would have NEVER thought that little bitty clear, blister-like "zit" would turn out to be skin cancer.  Mine had none of the classic symptoms or signs of skin cancer.  So, please, please, please get your skin checked...especially if you have suspicious or strange things on your skin.  








Saturday, April 23, 2016

Adams' Chart of History Review

I can admit it...I'm a huge history geek!  History & Chemistry were my favorite subjects in high school. History, to me, is also a subject that is best taught visually and not just all through lectures and reading books.  Timelines are an awesome way to help kids (and adults) understand history more clearly.  MasterBooks has been one of our favorite book publishers for a long time so we were super excited to discover they have an amazing history timeline chart, Adams' Chart of History.  
From the MasterBooks website:
A vintage reproduction of this famous illustrated time-line of earth history first published in 1871. The fold-out chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century, with handwritten commentary throughout.

Perfect for educational settings or Sunday school walls, the 21 full-size panels make it an unique resource and an easy way to learn. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the gorgeous illustrations that are woven throughout the time-line, creating an intricate and uniquely synchronized visual map of the ages.

Discover ancient cultures like the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and more! Delight in the mysterious Seven Wonders of the World and learn where they once stood. Get the big picture of history and how it falls in line with a biblical world view! Starts with creation at 4004 B.C. and goes to 1870 and our 19th President, R.B. Hayes. A virtual library conveniently at your fingertips with the incomparable Adam’s Chart of History. 
What we loved:
Wow, just wow, oh wow!  This chart is chocked full of beautiful full-color graphics and illustrations and it is packed with tons of information and facts.  This is a very versatile timeline chart too. You can use it by either reading it like a book (turning the pages panel by panel), or you can unfold it completely into one long timeline, or you could cut it apart and use it panel by panel (although I wouldn't really recommend cutting it because you would lose some of the writing/art).  

This chart was made to last. The panel pages are incredibly sturdy and made with a heavier paper than most charts/books.  We love how much time it covers and we still haven't studied all the panels yet because there is just so much information on each one.  The chart also includes a 64-page key (booklet) with it.  This is a very useful tool in using and understanding your timeline chart.  This booklet includes information about the author, covers each major world civilization including summaries of people, places, and events.  This is a great tool for using it in homeschooling too.  
What I wasn't crazy about:
Ok, I have to admit...we knew it was going to be big but honestly, I was a little shocked at how big it actually was when it came.  It is about 28 inches tall and unfolds to almost 23 feet!  We don't have a dedicated homeschool room so when we unfolded it, it went down the hallway and clear into the living room. We also don't have enough free wall space to even put it up on a wall in our home because it is so large.  So we just have to use it like a book (and it takes up almost our entire kitchen table when we use it).  The large panels do make it easy to see the graphics and read all the information but since we are using it in homeschooling, it doesn't function exactly like I had anticipated or hoped it would for us because the panels are so large.

Now, if you have a bigger home than we do or a dedicated homeschool space or you're going to be using this in a Sunday school classroom or something, then this would be PERFECT for you to hang on the wall.  We are just going to have to use it as a book and turn it panel by panel when we are studying it.  And honestly, the kids don't mind doing that because they are fascinated by all the amazing information and graphics it contains.  

Where To Buy It:
MasterBooks offers the Adams' Chart of History for just $31.99 and it includes the 64 page booklet too.  You can PURCHASE IT HERE.  

Make sure you check out all the other wonderful Christian based resources that MasterBooks has to offer as well.  They have homeschool curriculum, books on apologetics, creation, reference, and books designed specifically for young children.  

Disclaimer:  I was given the Adam's Chart of History as a reviewer for Moms of MasterBooks.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect our own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results may vary from mine.  


Friday, April 22, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist GIVEAWAY and Blog App

Maybe it's just me, but I cannot believe that summer is almost here!  Seriously y'all, there are only about 6 weeks of school left and then it's SUMMER!  (I can hear the kids rejoicing now) Summer provides so many fun opportunities for families from road trips and epic adventures, to camping (we love tent camping), to going to the beach, to hiking,rock climbing, canoeing, etc.  The summer fun possibilities are endless.

With the summer fun, there usually comes bugs...specifically mosquitos!  Now, I realize everyone doesn't love essential oils the way we do, so I'm excited to share with you that the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitos and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that will help keep them out of your home this summer.  Did you know that only are mosquitos really pesky but that they also pose serious health risks too??
The Orkin "Buzzer Beater" app will let you watch videos on how to deal with mosquitos, why mosquitos prefer children over adults, and even give you access to the rest of Orkin's "how-to" series.  These videos will provide you with the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with these pesky home invaders.  You can also take a fun quiz to see if you are prepared for mosquito season and find out if your city is on Orkin's yearly "Mosquito Cities" list.  

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's just right for your needs.  To learn more about Orkin's pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, call 1-800-800-ORKIN or visit their website at www.orkin.com 

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~ GIVEAWAY ~ 
Not only does Orkin want to help you be prepared for a pest-less summer, but they also want to give your a fun kit for your kids to enjoy this summer too.  The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!

2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.

2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.

2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

Enter on the form below for your chance to win this super fun kit your whole family can enjoy! 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Each household is only eligible to win one Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. boxes please. Prize is being provided by PartnersHub and Orkin and will be shipped from PartnersHub to the winner.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A little glimpse of life lately....

We recently announced on our missions blog that we are going to pursue a move to Roatan, Hondruas to do full-time mission work there for the next 3 years. We have been invited by a community on the island to come work in their area and work alongside their church to basically do discipleship, evangelism, and David will be doing pastoral training and preaching too.  We are still in the very early stages of all the "fun" logistics that have to be worked out for such a move but we are excited with each step of progress we make.  We are currently working on the budget for both our one-time needs and our monthly support that we will have to raise. Once we get our budgets finalized, we will start support raising (which typically takes 6-12 months). You can read more details about this on our missions blog but we sure would love your prayers for our family as we step out on faith and begin making plans to move to Hondruas to serve the Lord there.  
We haven't posted a family picture lately so we thought we would share our Easter picture.  We were blessed to have a very worshipful time of Easter this year with the local church here at the border.  On Thursday night, the church had a worship service & Lord's Supper.  On Friday night, they hosted "The Final Words of Jesus" worship service.  On Sunday, we attended the sunrise Easter service, enjoyed a delicious brunch afterwards, then had our regular Sunday school classes and 11:00AM worship service too.  It was a long weekend but so blessed.  It was great to focus on the true meaning of Easter in so many different ways too.  
Y'all know I always have a few books I'm in the process of reading...yes, I'm a bookworm!  This is one of the latest additions to my reading.  Justin Wren is a former martial arts champion who stopped fighting for fame and fortune and started fighting for others.  This book will be near and dear to our hearts as we are passionate about missions and since David is a 2nd degree black belt in tae-kwon-do and has a huge heart for missions, I think we will both enjoy reading this book!  
Here in South Texas, for a few months each year, we are blessed to have "winter Texans" in our area.  This is people (mostly senior adults) who come to a warmer climate for the winter.  (Kind of like "snowbirds" in other parts of the U.S.).  I met a lady from Iowa who was staying at a local RV park in our town and she is a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  She was hosting weekly stamp classes at the RV park and she invited me to join them.  A few years ago, a sweet blog friend Amanda, had sent me a huge Pampers diaper box filled with Stampin' Up supplies.  While I used them some I didn't really understand how to use them correctly or really enjoy them.  So I was delighted to get to take weekly classes and learn tips and techniques while making cards and fun handstamped items too.  I took classes for 3 months and learned SO much and got to start putting all those awesome supplies Amanda sent me to good use.  My friend has now gone back home to Iowa but I'm still enjoying making handstamped cards almost every day.  The possibilities are limitless and it is quite relaxing and fun to make the cards too.  Plus, I'd much rather send a card made with love than buy a $5-7 card at Walmart!  
Wyatt is still our animal loving kid!  He says he wants to be a marine biologist or a zoologist.  He knows some c-r-a-z-y facts about animals and I sware he could watch animal documentaries all day if we would let him.  Recently, he discovered The Bug Chef  on one of the shows he was watching.  So of course, he had to look up his website and we ended up watching more videos of his on YouTube.  One of his recipes was for a fried tarantula.  Since we live in South Texas, tarantulas are a common occurence here and we have seen many of them, held them, gone "hunting" for them, etc. So Wyatt wanted to go hunt for one and then fry it up.  After we finally convinced him that was not a good idea, he still wanted me to save the recipe "just in case" we ever got the chance to try one!  YUCK!!




Thursday, March 17, 2016

loved+blessed® Subscription Box Review & GIVEAWAY

I have never been one who has subscribed to monthly subscription boxes.  So I was intrigued when I was given the opportunity to receive and review a monthly subscription box from faith-based company, loved+blessed®.  Unlike many subscription boxes, loved+blessed® is about hope and encouragement, rather than products.  As a cause box, they measure the value of their boxes a little differently than many other companies.  Each month they send a box of encouragement to your loved+blessed® ladies with a different theme that they hope will brighten their month, help them get through the challenges of life and help them to pass encouragement along to someone else. Speaking of encouragement, keep reading to the bottom of this blog post for your chance to WIN a Year of Encouragement (12 free boxes) from loved + blessed! When my hot pink box from loved + blessed arrived in the mailbox, I couldn't wait to open it!  
Inside the box was a sticker that described what the theme of this month's box was. This box was based on "You are God's masterpiece".  That is such a beautiful reminder in today's world where so much focus is being placed on outward beauty, youth/adults are comparing themselves to others and trying to "be like" or "fit in" to standards that the world has set.  I loved the encouragement and wording of the explanation of this box's theme.  
 
Inside the box were several different items that all tied into the box's theme of "masterpiece".  There was a mini-poster that reads "Make each day your masterpiece".  You could easily frame this mini-poster and put it on your office desk, in your bathroom, on your refrigerator, etc.  The possibilities of using this mini-poster are endless.  There was also a scripture card with Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) on it.  I plan to use this scripture card in a special way.  Next time I go to Starbucks, I am going to "pay it forward" and ask the cashier to give this scripture card to the person behind me.  That way, not only do they get the blessing of a free drink but they will also get a little reminder of who they are in Jesus Christ.  
There was also a reminder sticker (see picture above) that I put in my Bible.  I have had the same Bible since my high school graduation and on the inside of it are some stickers I've placed over the years.  I loved this reminder sticker from loved + blessed and decided to add it to my Bible!  You could put this sticker on your laptop, your bike, a planner, your tablet, etc.  Some teenage girl might especially love a sticker like this too!  Then one of the neatest parts was the colored pencils, a coloring page, and a picture frame to use for your coloring page when it was complete.  This box allows you to literally create your own masterpiece and then display it.  Adult coloring books are all the hype right now and this is a fairly easy coloring page with a beautiful reminder that "we are God's masterpiece".  

One of my favorite things about loved+blessed® subscription boxes is that they are extremely affordable!  These faith-based, monthly subscription boxes cost just $10/month.  You can either subscribe to these boxes for yourself or even gift them to a friend. Subscriptions are available on a month-to-month basis or pre-paid in 3 months, 6 months, or a year subscriptions.  Think how fun it would be to order on a month-to-month basis and surprise a different friend with a box each month!  

What is your favorite part of loved+blessed® subscription boxes?  
How would you use these subscription boxes? 

You can learn more about loved+blessed® subscription boxes by visiting their website or following them on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook.  While you're stopping by, don't forget to ENTER TO WIN a Year of Encouragement too!  

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