Last Day of #SABJC2019

Last Day of #SABJC2019

Hi Dearest Friends,

I will be filming on the day. I wanted our last day to be on the day together.

I will also spend some time the week after reaching out to each of you who sent beautiful pictures of your work. As I had mentioned before, I would love to create a posting of everyone’s beautiful work!!

I am so encouraged by each who attended and those who stopped by as well. And because of the beauty of YouTube, these camp days can be viewed at anytime. 🙂

The Lord has blessed my heart through this process of digging deeper in His Word. He has also encouraged fun projects and blessed us all by those who have kindly supported our camp!! Thank you…and you all know who you are to us. 🙂

I am humbled as we begin moving into Fall. And have been already working on our Grace and Gratitude Project. Be sure to be praying if you are to participate in this Fall project. I will have limited kits…so just let me know: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

See y’all tomorrow. Enjoy your last night as campers…you all have been such a blessing!!
Hugs and prayers….k 🙂

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NASB

11 For I know the plans that I [a]have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

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Internet/Phone Struggles Live On…

Internet/Phone Struggles Live On…

Hello Sweet Friends,

I was able to upload the SABJC video of the day but not our Weekly Prayer Project. My apologies!! And today’s Weekly Prayer Project is GREAT!!! The Names of God!! 

I will keep trying. And if all fails, I will wake early hopefully before the network gets busy. Our internet phones are linked and after 6 weeks…still absolutely no resolution…and sadly it is honestly worse. Please pray we can get this resolved. Friday we made over 12 calls in for 2 hours and 20 minutes. Truly a lesson in patience!! 😉

Please keep praying,

k 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Friend

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Friend

Hi Sweet Friends,

As a cardmaker…I LOVE this article and I love encouraging others.

I pray each of you are encouraged!!

Hugs and prayers….k 🙂

Mar 24, 2019 by Jordan W.

In a word of quick text messages and the instant gratification of technology, let’s be a light of inspiration and encouragement to those around us. I love holding onto cards and notes from sweet friends as a tangible reminder of the love and encouragement the people in my life bring me, and it’s also a great reminder to do that same thing for others in my life! Below are five different formats that make it simple and easy to send love and encouragement to your people!

1. Encouragement Postcards

postcard is one of the easiest ways to quickly send a note of encouragement to a friend or loved one from a distance. These cards already have an encouraging message and beautiful design on the front, so all you have to do is jot down a quick note on the back, put a stamp on it, and send it out! The convenience doesn’t take away from the sentiment – you’re making that relationship a priority just by putting a simple card in the mail.

2. Scripture Shareables

These compact cards are full of encouraging words straight from the Word of God, and they make it so easy to share God’s Word anytime, anywhere. They’re small enough to carry around in your purse or wallet so you have them whenever you need them. Put one on a coworker’s desk when you know they need some encouragement, leave one with your tip at your favorite coffee shop, or give one to a friend who shared their heart with you and just needs a little extra from God’s Word today. These little cards are small but powerful.

3. Prayers to Share

Similar to the Scripture Shareables, Prayers to Share are an easy format to hand out at a moment’s notice whenever you feel led. Each sheet has a scripture, a prayer, and an inspirational quote on it, so they can be universally inspirational, or more specific to a person’s situation. I keep a stack of them on my desk so I can write a note on the back and share with coworkers whenever I feel led. You can also tuck them inside a greeting card or even leave them on someone’s windshield for a little extra happy in their day.

4. Sticky Prayers

Sticky prayers are a fun way to encourage those around you. They’re small, customizable sticky notes, so they make it easy to share a prayer or encouraging message anytime. The blank space allows you to write your own message or prayer, and then you can literally stick them anywhere – the possibilities are endless!

5. Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are probably my favorite way to encourage friends. I just choose a card that’s made for the appropriate occasion, whether it be Thank YouHappy BirthdayThinking of You, etc., and then choose a style with a beautiful design and message. I usually add in my own little note on the inside, and then I send it out! It’s simple, thoughtful, and takes no time at all, but the sentiment goes far with my loved ones.

I know how much I love to receive an encouraging note every now and then, so I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to be more intentional in that department. Stock up on your favorite cards or Prayers to Share so that you always have something encouraging on hand to share when the opportunity presents itself!

 

Article Credit: Dayspring.com

4 Words for Parents of Teens

4 Words for Parents of Teens

Hey Dear Friends,

I thought this was a great article to share. Whether you are a Mom with young ones, teenager, us…almost empter nesters  and even empty nesters…there is some great insight here.

Hugs and prayers,

k 🙂

In November, my two teen daughters and I attended Girls of Grace, an event put on by speakers and musicians who have a heart for teen girls. I’ve worn the title of mommy, mama, mom — it differs depending on the child who speaks it and the mood they’re in — for twenty-seven years, and as much as my girls needed a good word spoken, I needed support and encouragement in this work of motherhood, too.

We’ve raised newborns, toddlers, terrible two-year-olds, preschoolers, school-aged kids, and pre-teens in our family — and those were challenging years (aren’t they all?) — but I’ll take the physical demands of a colicky newborn, sleep deprivation, and childproofing a house/house-proofing a child over the emotionally demanding work of parenting a teen.

Some children demand more attention than others, but they all need it. The saying, “Still waters run deep,” is true; don’t neglect the ones that don’t seem to need you as much. And although there are times when one requires more of your energy, my mother always reminded me I can’t devote all my time to one child.

During the afternoon breakout session at Girls of Grace, the moms met separately with the ladies from the group Point of Grace, who hosted the conference, and Trudy Cathy White, daughter of Truett Cathy. They shared wisdom from their own experiences and conversations they’d had with a group of at-risk teen girls.

Here’s what those girls shared:

Listen when we talk.

Just as a mother learns the importance of establishing eye contact with a young child when she instructs him, looking your child in the eye shows that you are listening attentively.

Ask the hard questions.

Some answers are difficult to hear, but our children need us to ask. Then, we can help.

Ask the hard questions again — we may not tell the truth the first time.

Truth is painful to divulge sometimes. Fear of causing disappointment, being judged, or punishment may cause a teen to be less than truthful. Ask again and have tough conversations in person.

Some of the most powerful words I heard that day were “pray that your children get caught when they do wrong.” It’s hard to watch our children pay for their mistakes, but bad habits unchecked not only wound your child and others but they multiply.

I’ve made mistakes where I was caught and ones where I wasn’t, and for me, the shame and pain of sins uncovered served as a powerful deterrent. You probably remember examples from your own life.

Show and tell your faith.

Live your faith, but be sure to speak it, too. Your children may not understand your heart as clearly as you think. This might be difficult for you if faith wasn’t spoken of openly in your home as a child, but it’s important.

We are our children’s prayer warriors. I’ve prayed prayers that would never have been uttered if I didn’t believe God loves my children even more than I do:

Lord, build a hedge around him.

Lord, don’t break him but hinder him when he does wrong.

Lord, let her feel the weight of her words and how deeply they cut others.

Lord, let him grow to hate his sin.

We cannot protect them from everything, but we can pray to a God who loves them and who will guide them in truth.

Our culture wants our daughters to believe that looks determine their value. Age-appropriate behavior and clothing have become hopelessly skewed. Tell them they’re loved by you and by God and that their worth is in Him as daughters of the King. They’re not only their daddy’s princess, they’re God’s, too.

For our sons, society wants them to believe that males and females are alike and behaving like a gentleman is offensive. Once my boys were old enough, I gave them opportunities to open doors for me and thanked them when they did. I’m affectionate with them, too. Tough and tender can go hand in hand.

Just this evening, while I was working on the computer, my twelve-year-old son stopped what he was doing and fixed my tea when he heard the timer go off, brought me a bowl of peanut M&Ms to snack on, and warmed a heating pad for my shoulders. I pray he’ll treat females with respect and make a considerate husband one day.

Your teen daughters might resist gentlemanly behavior from your sons and other males — our culture preaches a different message — but they’ll grow to appreciate it. Remember the ideas you had at that age? I do. They changed with time.

Mamas, don’t be afraid to raise your children counter-culturally. We need a rising generation whose faith and principles are strong. Truth is powerful.

If God is for us, who can be against us?
Roman 8:31 (NIV)

What are your greatest parenting challenges, and what have you
learned on the journey?

 

Reposted from Dayspring.com

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Hugs and prayers,

k

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