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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.

Summer Product Line 2014-6

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.

Summer Product Line 2014-6Summer Product Line 2014-11summer prints

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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

What I’m Loving Right Now #2

Last weeks post about the things that I am loving right now was a hit, and you guys even left me some great suggestions for things that I might love, always love checking out the things you guys send me. So here is another installment. Let me know some of your favorite things in the comments.

I have been loving Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening for awhile now. I keep the free app on my phone and like to read the entry’s here and there as I have a free time. I love Spurgeon’s writing and his amazing literary gift. I am always encouraged to read the entries.

I am always looking for healthy recipes to add to my rotation. I was a little skeptical when I found this Turkey Meatloaf recipe, but it was so easy and soooo good. I have made it a few times now. I mixed it up a bit and made it in a muffin tin. So yummy!

I heard about the Influence Network last year, and I finally joined a few months ago. Love this community of women who are centered on the Gospel and want to help each other succeed.

I am happy to say that I actually have been enjoying Twitter. I would love to connect with you there! Make sure to say hey!

My sister attends Liberty university and sent us a CD of their campus band and we fell in love with it. It has been in our car for a few months now, and this is one of my favorite songs from it.

Love Displayed by Liberty University Band

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Janice

I love reading everything that you post. You inspire so many of us.Thank you for all you do.

Can’t wait to look up Spurgeons day and night devotion! I’ve been looking for a new one :) Thanks for the tip!

He is Enough No Matter What

I just finished going through Philippians again with lots of other women using the Joy in Christ Journal. Philippians has been becoming one of my favorite books in Scripture recently because of its beautiful reminder that we can have Joy in Christ no matter what we are facing in our lives. Constantly though out the book Paul reminds the Philippians that Jesus is better, that Christ is sufficient, and that we can have joy through anything in life that we face.

In our day, there is huge popularity in the “prosperity gospel”, where popular teachers, preachers, and christian personalities falsely claim that Jesus wants you to be healthy and wealthy. Their teachings seem encouraging and exciting, but the problem is, that the things that they teach are just not what the Bible teaches. They are not what we see lived out in Biblical narratives and the lives of those that followed God in the Bible. God has not promised us money, health, possessions or for things to go just the way that we want them to go. He has promised us Himself.

The point of the gospel is not that we will get everything that we want, and live easy lives because we have decided to follow Jesus, the point of the gospel is that we get Jesus, and no matter what happens in our lives, Jesus is enough.

Every single thing that we face should point us back to Christ. Every. Single. Thing. The good things that we have been given should remind us of our Savior, and produce in us thankful hearts. The sufferings that we face should push us running into the arms of the one who loves us. It is easy to want to buy into a false gospel that teaches that God’s greatest desire is for us to be healthy and wealthy and have earthly success; but it is the true gospel that compels us to love Him, to lean on Him, to worship Him no matter what happens.

He is enough no matter what.

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Kristin, the third paragraph is such a simple, profound statement that brings both joy and conviction to my heart. It’s such a true statement, that isn’t always easy to live, but is wonderful when you do. Thank you for encouraging my heart! Hallelujah, He is enough, and He is mine!

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Robin Crump

This is right on target and so timely!