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We Have a Hope

I have been thinking a lot lately about our hope, and the fact that apart from Christ we don’t have hope…but in Him, we can hope continually. Because of this great hope that we have in Him we must praise Him. It has been a hard first half of the year, and we have faced things we never imagined we would face, and yet we keep coming back to this truth. God is so good, and we have so much Hope. This life is not always easy, there will be hurt, suffering , and tears. But, our God is Faithful, and in Him we have Hope, we have a future…we have Him.

Click here to get the full size image and then save to your phone as a lock screen to remind you of the hope that we have and the privilege that we have to praise Him.

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Jan Pearson

It is the little things we forget to praise him for, thanks for the reminder.

WHAT I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW #3

I have been loving Coffee recently, I don’t usually need caffeine to get through the day, but the summer has been busy! My secret a dash of cocoa powder in the coffee, and my Give Me Jesus Mug!

I love this short video of what the gospel is, it was played in church a few weeks ago, and it is so powerful.

I have been trying a few different workouts this week, trying to figure out what works best for me. I have been doing a few different things, Pure Barre, Revelation Wellness, and old fashioned running…I would love to know your favorite workouts, even better if they can be done at home!

I found this Yoga Mat for half the price at TJ Maxx…Stella might like it more than me though.

The song, Come to Me, by The Village Church, featuring Lauren Chandler. I can’t really pick a favorite part of this song, the lyrics are amazing, and it has been on repeat for a few days now. Such an incredible reminder that we don’t need to carry our burdens on our own. LOVE it!

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The “Why” behind the Shop

The start of my little shop has been a happy accident in so many ways. Never did we set out to start this little business, but it has been so neat to see how God has worked. When I started the #lampandlight hashtag about a year and a half ago, it was really just a way to keep myself accountable, and I thought it would be fun if a few other friends joined in and we could do it together. I was amazed by the response, and realized that others were feeling what I had been feeling, like they wanted to be in Scripture, but were struggling. The accountability changed something for me, it helped me have that little push that I needed a first to get serious about being in God’s Word, and what I found was that once I got serious and committed to making it a habit, that it became so much more than just a habit, it became what I needed to get through the day. Soon it became a deep passion of mine to help women learn to study Scripture, and to cultivate vibrant and intentional relationships with God.

In February we lost our precious baby girl, and our lives changed forever. Just a few weeks after we lost Sophia, we took a trip to San Antonio in an attempt to get away for a bit and spend time just the three of us. We spent the week soaking in time with Stella, remembering our sweet Sophia, and trying to set our hearts on Jesus through the pain. On the drive home (we always have our best conversations in the car,) I told Jeremy that I was amazed at how God had been preparing my heart with Scripture even though I didn’t know it, and how God’s Word was the only thing that brought comfort in those days. Jeremy told me that he felt that I should pray about how I could use what God had taught me to help other women. Not just women facing what I had faced, but just women who loved the Lord, who needed to find strength and joy in Him alone.

After we got home I started studying the book of Philippians and soon it was clear to me that the passion that God had given me to help women learn to study Scripture, and cultivate their walk with God was what I felt God was calling me to in this season. So it was a bit of whirlwind and a journey that started with a whole lot of uncertainty that I started writing the Joy in Christ journal. The goal was to give some guidance walking through a book of the Bible, but also to teach women to study Scripture on their own. I was nervous, and I didn’t really think that anyone would care about my little journal, but I was passionate about it.

From there things have progressed, I have had the joy of watching so many women start walking through the Joy in Christ journal, we have launched a summer line of prints and products designed to immerse our whole lives in Scripture and I have started working on my second journal, which I expect to release some time next month. To me, it seems like a happy accident, but I know that it was part of God’s plan for my life, part of my story.

Are there other print shops? Yes. Are there other people that write Bible study material? Yes. But from the very start when I decided to start writing with so much nervousness, Jeremy said to me, if it helps one person know Christ more will it be worth it? The answer to that question will always be yes. Scripture has incredible power, and it is only my goal to help women realize how much power God’s Word has for our daily lives.

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I love these verses from Deuteronomy 6:5-9 that talk about how Scripture should be a part of our entire lives:

 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

I can’t help but think when I read these verses how it applies to little products infused with Scripture, how they can help us constantly be reminded of the Lord and set His Word in front of our eyes and hearts.

 

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Caitie Sheppard

I love this so much! So thankful to have you as a friend and encourager!! Proud of you and blessed by your life and testimony. I love you, sweet friend!

Jessica Kratzer

How funny, as soon as I saw what you said on Instagram (“submersing our lives in Scripture”), I thought of those verses in Deuteronomy! I’m excited for the new journal.

Jodi Maxwell

An effort made in the name of Christ is NEVER a wasted effort.

Today is the Day!

Our summer line launches today and I am so excited to share these products with you. My goal with each product that I create is that it will help you to immerse every part of your life in Scripture. These products are things that I love, and I hope that you will too!

Today and tomorrow we will be having a storewide sale of 20% off. Use the code SUMMER2014 to get 20% off your purchase!

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Here are a few pictures of our summer line! Visit the shop here.

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Once I’m off this contentment challenge…that tote bag is mine!!!!! lol

Bonita Rose K

how beautiful! Love the mug!!! xo

Kristin Layne Peddicord

I want it all!!! :D