FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags

11.21.2014

I've been super busy in Photoshop this past week, and while I was there I whipped up a little something for YOU.

This is a PDF download of four printable gift tags that match the small Christmas scripture cards I have in my Etsy store. Of course, you can just use them as regular ole' gift tags, but I thought they would be super cute attached to a metal ring along with a set of verse cards.



In less than an hour you could have 8 homemade Christmas gifts perfect for Sunday School teachers, friends, or anyone who usually just gets a plate of cookies.

Scripture Card Set- $4
Set of 8 Book Rings- $2
Gift Tags- FREE

That's $6 for 8 gifts. You can't beat it!




Count Your Blessings

11.16.2014

 

Tis the season of Thankfulness. I love this time of year. Leaves are falling and there is a decided chill in the air. After a long summer and a busy fall, we take a moment to stop and thank God for all the good in our lives. It’s a time count our blessings.

Healthy children, financial provision, family and friends, job stability...

That's the usual list I hear when people give thanks. We thank God for the things in our lives that make us happy and comfortable. We thank him for the things we love most.

But just for a moment I want to draw your attention to Matthew 5: 3-10. 
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It's a unique list, unlike anything the world has to offer. The word blessed here literally means happy. Happy is the man who mourns. Happy is the man who is merciful. Happy is the man who is persecuted. By the world's standards it doesn't make sense. The world says blessed are those who pursue their own dreams, who follow their hearts, who have fun and laughter. Blessed are those who have good food, nice houses, and new cars. 

But Jesus says, "Blessed are you when you have Christ." 

Look at the scripture again. Where is the blessing? How is it that we posses the kingdom of heaven, recieve comfort, and inherit the earth? How are filled with righteousness, obtain mercy, and see God? How is it that we are given the power to become the children of God? 

In Christ. 

In these verses, Jesus takes everything we thought we knew about blessings and turns them upside down. The old covenant was all about "do good and be blessed." Obey and God will give you children, health, land, provision, and safety. 

But Jesus changed everything. The new covenant can be summed up in two simple words: In Christ. In Christ you find forgiveness of sin. In Christ you know God the Father. In Christ you will be blessed. In Christ you have hope of eternity.

It's not always an easy road to follow. In talking about our salvation, Peter says, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" {1 Peter 1:6-7}

There are times in our lives when we will feel the heaviness of abundant temptations, but even in those troubled times we are still blessed! Our faith is perfected and strengthened through trials, and it's that faith that brings praise, honor, and glory to Christ. The trials in our lives draw us closer to God and cause us to run to the feet of Christ for more grace.  

So this thanksgiving as you stop to count your blessings, I encourage you to give thanks for everything in your life that draws you to Christ, those things that are joyful and those that are difficult to bear, because everything we have that is of any worth is always found...

In Christ. 

Christmas Scripture Cards and My New Etsy Store

11.11.2014

Have I got a BIG announcement for you! Today marks the launch of my BRAND NEW Etsy store!!!


I've been playing around with the idea of launching a store for a while now. I may be a stay-at-home mom, but there is always this pull in my heart to "do something". You know what I mean? I'll love being a wife and mom, and I am thankful I can stay home with my children, but even in this crazy busy season of life, I dream about ways the Lord can use me and my passions to encourage others AND provide an extra income for our growing family. 

So today I'm launching my new Etsy store with two products that are so very close to my heart. I've poured hours into this project, and I can't wait to share them with you!


I started out simply making scripture cards, much like the Thanksgiving cards I offer free to email subscribers. However, as I prayed about the verses and searched the scripture, I realized I waned more than just scripture cards. I wanted to be share these verses in a way that helped women understanding the whole passage and how to apply those biblical lessons to their everyday life.

So what started out as a simple project turned into the Christ in Christmas Scripture Cards and Devotionals set. 

The devotionals are Christ-focused and include a lot of scripture. The Bible reading will help you put the key verses in context, and each devotional includes additional passages and application points to help you make connections between the Christmas story and the rest of the scriptures. 

Now most of the items you see from bloggers these days are e-books and downloads, and I love those things! However, I think there is something sweet and exciting about getting an actual product in the mail. The cards are printed to order, and I look forward to making them just for you. I know that if I do the work and drop them in the mail, there is a much greater chance that you will actually use them and hopefully be blessed because of them! 


However, I also know that many of you (my online friends) would much rather just download something and print yourself, and so I added a second product to my store. These little tags are just a smaller version of scripture cards sold with the devotional set. Add a book ring (you can get a set of 8 at Walmart for $2) and you have a grab and go scripture ring, perfect for throwing in your bag or hooking on your purse. Let them be your reminder to focus on Christ this Christmas. Take the time throughout the day to stop and pray over these verses. 


They also make great gift tags. These small scripture tags are an easy way to add some color to gits and holiday treats. Purchase the file once and print them as many times as you like!  

So there you have it! I'm excited about the new products, devotionals, and card sets that, Lord willing, I'll be able to add to the ProverbsandPacifiers store over the coming months. 

If you'd like to help us get off the ground, would you please share with your friends and family? 

If you love Pinterest, feel free to repin this link: Christmas Scripture Tags

If you are on Etsy hop on over and favorite my store so you will be notified whenever we add new products. 

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement, and if there is anything you'd like to see in the store, just let me know! I'd love to hear your suggestions.

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