Archives for August 2012

Plant a Mustard Seed in the Heart of a Child

If you are here to get details on the GIVEAWAY, keep reading…

I LOVE Throne of Grace’s Legacy Prayer Journals. I can say that humbly because I had very little to do with their creation. A customer dreamed the idea up (Thank you, Carolina!). My wonderful Worker Bees get credit for the vast majority of the fabulous craftiness of the covers. I created the content of the insides but only under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. And as Deb, Tami, and all my close friends and family will tell you, they are printed, punched, and bound only by THE GRACE OF GOD! (I am cursed when it comes to printers. They truly are one of Satan’s best tools to get under my skin!)

I also LOVE kids! Anyone who knows me knows that. I have a HUGE heart for kids and an even bigger heart for seeing kids get excited about a relationship with Jesus.

 

I love kids’ praise music (any other Psalty fans out there? Go Fish Guys? Mary Rice Hopkins?? I could go on, but that’s another post for another day…).

 

I love kids’ Bibles.

 

I love teaching kids about Jesus.

 

I love helping kids hide God’s Word in their hearts.

 

I love praying for kids and with kids and encouraging others to pray for and with kids.

 

So…the idea of making a prayer journal designed with kids in mind was a natural next step for me.

Announcing…Throne of Grace’s New:

Mustard Seed Prayer Journals

Why “Mustard Seed” prayer journals? The inspiration came from scripture, of course! Jesus used the analogy of a mustard seed in several different parables. In one, he compared the mustard seed to the kingdom of God, explaining how it grows from a small beginning:

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
(Mark 4:30-32 NIV)

In another parable, He related the mustard seed to our faith, saying it takes just the tiniest amount of faith to move a mountain when that faith is grounded in His power:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
(Matthew 17:20b NIV)

With a Mustard Seed Prayer Journal you can help plant tiny seeds of faith in the heart of a child and then watch that faith grow as they experience God’s faithfulness through prayer. Maybe my excitement for seeing those mustard seeds of faith take root in the heart of a child comes from the fact that Jesus saved me at a young age. I know from personal experience what a blessing it is to have adults in your life who sow and water little hearts.

Throne of Grace loves to see our customers get excited about living life as a faith-filled prayer warrior – and nothing is as wonderful than seeing that happen in the life of a child! If you’ve loved our Legacy Prayer Journals, than you will love this streamlined version that is perfect for kids (or adults who like to keep things simple)! We have repurposed those boring little composition books and transformed them into something to treasure!

The journal is divided into 6 tabbed sections labeled “Thanks for…”, “Sorry for…”, “Please…”, “Family”, “Friends”, and “Others”. Just as with our Legacy Prayer Journals, the goal is to help break up prayer needs into manageable sections.

 

 

 In addition, the tabbed sections help you teach children to remember to praise and thank the Lord, confess their sins, and then lay requests before Him. In addition to seeking answers to their own needs, they are also given opportunities to remember others in prayer.

We hope children of all ages will be blessed by these Mustard Seed Prayer Journals! If they are old enough to speak, they are old enough to pray. If your child is too young to record his or her prayers, then let the prayers be dictated while you do the recording! How sweet would that record of your child’s earliest prayers be?

So now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

This week, Throne of Grace will be giving away one Mustard Seed Prayer Journal to one of our wonderful blog friends!

What do you have to do to enter? JUST SUBSCRIBE!! If you haven’t already, use the box near the top on the right ——-> to enter your email address and subscribe to receive the Throne of Grace blog posts to your email inbox. All subscribers as of 9 pm (PST) on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day) will automatically be entered to win. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 4th.

Want to increase your odds of winning? We will give you one EXTRA entry for every day you leave a comment to a question we’ll be posting each day this week. (Max: One extra entry per day). That means that if you SUBSCRIBE TO THE THRONE OF GRACE BLOG and you LEAVE A COMMENT each day this week, you will be entered to win a Mustard Seed Journal 8 times!! (Trust me, it’s not that hard! And since we don’t have that many subscribers yet, your odds are good! 🙂 )

This could be YOURS!

Go on, what are you waiting for? SUBSCRIBE, already! Oh…yes…the question of the day!

Who would you like to bless with a FREE Mustard Seed Prayer Journal?

Leave your comments below…Then don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Wednesday’s question of the day!

Prayer & Praise Monday – August 27, 2012

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)

 

Happy Monday Prayer Warriors! Please join us at the throne of grace this week as we pray:

* Choose one unsaved friend or family member today and pray that the eyes of his or her heart may be enlightened to know the hope found only in Jesus. (Ephesians 1:18-19a)

* Pray for your pastor that his love for Christ will be used by God to save the lost, mature the believers, and build up the Church. (Psalm 96:2-4)

* Praise the Lord for one brother or sister in Christ who has planted seeds in your heart and spurred you on toward love and good deeds in your faith.  (Hebrews 10:23-24) Take 5 minutes this week to send a quick note via email or snail mail to thank him or her for their encouragement in your life.

As always, we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment to let us know you will be joining us in prayer this week and be sure to let us know how we can pray for YOU! Submit prayer requests or praises by NOON (PST) this Friday to be included in next Monday’s post.

Come back tomorrow for a special Throne of Grace announcement including a GIVEAWAY…and…be sure to join us for Throne of Grace Thursday when we’ll have a special guest blogger. You won’t want to miss it! 🙂

Blessings,

It’s a Sign

I love to decorate.  I joke that anything that stands still for a moment will get decorated.    Recently I asked my son if we could paint the wood frame on his art easel (it has marker scribbles and half torn stickers on it).  His response:  “Mom, does everything in our house have to be a decoration?”   (Yes, yes it does!)

One of my favorite things to decorate our home with is Scripture.  I adore a block of wood hand painted with a Bible verse (check out:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/graceforgrace), a canvas, or a simple print that can remind my family of God’s Word.

A couple months ago I made a wooden sign with the verse, “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you” (John 14:18) for an auction our church hosted to raise money for families who are adopting children.  I have loved that verse for a long time and was inspired by our dear friends who adopted their son from Ethiopia last year. They have a huge (ginormous!) heart for orphans.  The father shared that at the end of their visit at the orphanage when they had to leave their son behind (Ethiopia requires a two-visit process,) he whispered those words to his son.  They are now united with their son and it is such a beautiful picture of God’s gracious love for His children.

My sign sold at the auction (thankfully) and my sweet friend Lesily did not win it (don’t worry, it still went to a very loving home).  I promised her that I would make her one too.  Fast forward 3 months and I finally got around to doing it.

Here’s the how-to:

Step 1:  Go to Home Depot and either use this formula or try to track down someone who will understand your instructions to make a white paint that will stick to wood, be thin enough to still see the wood underneath, and will sand off wood easily to give a worn look like I did. 🙂  While you’re at the hardware store, grab a piece of wood.  Our piece was $16.

Step 2:  White wash the wood.  Use a paint brush and a bit of water to apply a thin layer of paint to the board.  I like seeing some of the wood grain showing through the paint.

Step 3:  Choose a verse.  Lesily decided that she wanted “In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-5).  I used my Cricut to cut out letters for the verse using the Jubilee cartridge.  I like the hand painted look, so I used these as templates to trace around.  Lay out your letters and adjust the spacing and then trace around them.

Step 4:  I used black acrylic paint to fill in the letters.  I found that working on one side of the letters and then turning the board around (up-side-down) worked well for me.  Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect… it makes it one of a kind!

 

Step 5:  I used gray acrylic paint and painted in the shadows.

Step 6:  Take the white paint used in the first step and paint it over the entire board.  Add water if it’s too thick and use a rag to wipe off.  Just play with it until you achieve the desired look.  I did some dry brushing as well.

Step 7:  Sand it.  I sanded over the entire board adding to its worn look.  I also sanded the edges of the board until the wood started to show.

Here’s the finished product:

Lesily has been such a dear friend to me.  I hope she loves her new sign!

Do you like decorating?  What verse would you love to see displayed in your home?