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We were amazed to see all of the interest in the Share His Story Giveaway on the Hearts at Home Blog.  There were almost 600 views of that post and many precious comments that were so inspiring to us.  To read all of the comments, please visit here  http://www.hearts-at-home.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=461&Itemid=137

The winner was Gwen Heathcock and below is what she wrote about bracelet that spoke to her heart…

Find Strength Bracelet by Gwen Heathcock

“As much as I love my job of wife and mommy, some days (OK, most days) I get so tired that I feel like there is nothing of me left. My husband works nights, sleeps into the morning, leaving me home with four kids essentially on my own. By the time dinner and homework and dishes and bedtime are done I am praying for the strength to just finish out my day. I go to bed pleading for renewal. Though our circumstances may differ, I think most moms feel this way. I think this beautiful bracelet would be constant reminder to myself as well as a lovely way to share the source of my strength.”

Here is the Find Strength Bracelet (that Gwen wrote about) which is based on Philippians 4:13  “I can do everything (sandals) through Him (cross) who gives me strength (dove).”  

 

Congratulations to Gwen and she has already received her customized Hearts at Home Bracelet!  She wrote this to us …

“Wow!  Thank you so much!  I have ordered my bracelet and so look forward to receiving it.  I can’t wait to share the idea with my MOPS group.”   Thanks again,  Gwen

The Hearts at Home Blog is giving away a Share HIS Story Hearts at Home Bracelet throughout the month of September.  They have featured the story of My Family Bracelet on their website.

Share His Story has created a “My Heart is at Home” bracelet (inspired by the conferences and created to support the ministry of Hearts at Home).  When you purchase this special bracelet, a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit Hearts at Home.  

We are excited to announce that Share His Story wants to give one of these bracelets away! 

 To be entered in the drawing simply go to the Share His Story website, find a bracelet that speaks a story to you and then share that story in the comment section of the Hearts at Home blog.  A drawing will be held on September 30 and the winner posted on October 1. 

What story do you have to share?  Go to The Hearts at Home Blog and Share it!!

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“Hearts at Home is a Christ-centered organization which encourages, educates, and equips women in the profession of motherhood They offer various resources, including conferences, events, trade books, Web site, online newsletter, magazine, devotional, and radio program, to encourage mothers at home. The goal of all resources is to provide encouragement, personal growth opportunities, new ideas, fresh perspective, and renewed vision for the vital role of mother.”

 

The Heart of the Matter Home School Online Conference 

Sterling Silver Teach Your Children Bracelet

won by Crystal

Share HIS Story was pleased to be a sponsor of The Heart of the Matter Home Schooling Online Conference.  Crystal won Share HIS Story’s new Teach Your Children’s Bracelet based on Deuteronomy 6:5-7:“Love the LORD your God with all your heart (Heart with cross charm) and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These Commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them upon your children (ABC charm).  Talk to them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,when you lie down and when you get up.”

Crystal‘s bracelets (shown above) represents her 4 children’s birthstones (October, August, March and March) and is the Sterling Silver Bracelet.  She shared this with us when she received word of winning…. “I am very excited about winning the Teach Your Children Bracelet.  It looks so pretty and I am sure it will be a reminder everyday that I wear it of what special things God has done for my family.  THANK YOU!”

The Teach Your Children Bracelet is available in either sterling silver or silver plated can be seen at Share HIS Story

Share HIS Story is giving away a My Faith Journey Bracelet at Recognize & Remember Blog, www.sandrajo.wordpress.com.  Here are the details…

My Faith Journey Bracelet

 

One of the joys of my job as Marketing Director for Share HIS Story is that I get to work in creative ways with beautiful, inspiring, story telling jewelry.  The story behind My Faith Journey Bracelet is now part of my faith journey.

The owner and designer behind Share HIS Story, Jan and I designed My Faith Journey Bracelet (that was really fun to be part of).  This piece of jewelry tells the story of coming to a saving faith in God, learning to trust in God’s faithfulness and ultimately looking forward to spending our eternity with God in Heaven. 
The My Faith Journey bracelet has 3 sections:
Section 1:  all rough stones, representing your life before, or without, Christ
Section 2: rough and smooth stones, with the cross in the center of this section, representing your life on earth with Christ at the center, helping you through rough times
Section 3: crystals, representing life eternal in God’s kingdom!
 This bracelet is a limited time design.  Share HIS Story encourages you to share your story by sharing your personal Faith Journey with all who ask you.  My Faith Journey bracelet allows you to customize your story to represent your life…. and help spread the good news of the gospel through your story!  What a beautiful, amazing way to share your faith.

Jan has graciously given me one to give away to my blog readers. Here is how you can win your own My Faith Journey Bracelet:

  • Visit Share HIS Story and look at the My Faith Journey Designs (and all the beautiful jewelry pieces at Share HIS Story)
  • Come back to my blog and leave a comment on this post, telling me which My Faith Journey Design you like the best
  • A winner will be randomly select next Friday 8/8/08
  • Please only one comment per person, and only available to U.S residents. 

Tell your friends about this contest too!  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

A dear friend recently asked me about the inspiration for the design and creation of the Serenity Prayer bracelet.  After thinking about her question, I realized that the first step was the prayer itself – it gripped my heart.  The prayer represents to me, in simple and few words, what God wants me to do.  For me, having serenity means realizing that God is at my side every day and I can be at peace with things that are out of my direct control ….. and, I can put the worry aside;  having courage means to trust God to help me to step out of my comfort zone to deal with hard issues, which I often prefer to run from;  and having wisdom means to recognize that God is in control, not me.  He has the plan for my life, and I need to be aware of what He is calling me to do (and not do!) 

Once the thought was planted to design a bracelet to reflect the 3 major prayer points, I  visited with Tandy, a friend and owner of a local bead store, and asked her what colors represented Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom to her.  She told me:  Serenity is pacific blue;  courage is purple, and wisdom is gold.  I purchased the 3 Swarovski crystals in 2 sizes, and was off and running with our prototype designs. 

That’s it — in retrospect, I think that often God nudges me in bracelet design based upon where my life is at…. when I look back at our bracelet series, I can see that process (our He So Loved the World bracelet, John 3:16 bracelet was designed shortly after my first year of bible study, and our Fruit of the Spirit bracelet was designed when I began to understand how our behavior is modified when the Holy Spirit works through us.)   

Other times, I receive input from customers and do my best to respond to that input.  So….. please keep the ideas coming.

What does the Serenity Prayer mean to you?  Please let us know!

Share HIS Story is proud to be a sponsor of Heart of The Matter Online Magazine Mother’s Day Contest.  We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the My Family Story Bracelet is Christina Barricks and her family.  Pictured below is Christina’s gift from Share HIS Story ~ her personalized My Family Story Bracelet… 

 

 
 

Christina’s sister Tristan Rowlee submitted the following story about her sister…

 

 

I want to nominate Christina Barrick. She is an amazing young homeschooling mom, and my sister. She and her husband Justin have 3 children so far, Isaiah is 6, Justin is 3 and Hannah is 6 mos.

 

 

 

Her husband serves our country in the Army and has already been deployed for a year to Kuwait when Justin was just 1. He will be deploying again, this time to Iraq, during the next school year. They have moved recently to the Fort Lewis base in Washington State, far from any family. My sister is so good at teaching her boys in the way they learn best, following their interests, and making learning fun. I know that being chosen for this gift could make the next year of homeschooling easier and more manageable for her, and free up a lot of her preparation time to spend every possible minute with Daddy before he leaves. Homeschooling helps their family to BE a family. It gives them the time to make memories for the times they aren’t together.

 

I know having things ready to use would also make homeschooling doable once daddy deploys. I have watched her be a single parent, doing all the teaching, shopping, and caring for a young family the last time he had to deploy. There are no breaks or time off for her. No one else can stay up with a sick child. No one else will be there to watch the kids while she gets groceries or library books, or gets the car fixed. She will have to take three young children with her everywhere. No one will be able to help with baths. She’ll shower as quick as she can and hope the kids don’t take apart the house while she’s in there.

 

She will have to comfort three little children who miss their daddy every day, all the while not knowing if he will make it home safely or become another soldier lost in action. Every time the news says another soldier was injured or killed she will have to wonder if it was her husband, and wait for his next phone call or letter.

 

And when those letters or calls come she will have to comfort and strengthen her sweetheart who is seeing humanity at its worst. She will have to help the little ones hold the phone so they can talk to daddy, and try not to cry when they ask how soon he’s coming home. Every time there is a knock at the door she will be afraid to answer it, because there might be a uniformed officer on the other side with news no wife wants to hear, that her husband gave his life so others can live free. She is so far from family (we are in Ohio) that there will be no one to share the burden with.

 

I don’t know how she does it. She amazes me with her trust in God to provide for her family and watch over her husband. She humbles me on the days when I feel like complaining that my husband got home late from work or I need a break from the kids. She won’t see her husband for a year or more, she won’t have any breaks to regain peace. She will keep going, day after day, because she is the mommy, and that is what moms do. They keep the family together even when they are half a world away.

When contacted, Christina shared this with us, “I have seen your bracelets and they are beautiful and I am so excited to have one! It’s such a wonderful way to celebrate our family and our love of the Lord.  I have to say I have the greatest sister ever!”  We also want Christina to know that if their family continues to grow in size, more Swarovski Crystals can be added (just contact Share HIS Story for more details).

Share HIS Story is proud of the Barrick Family for serving our Lord, their Family and our Country faithfully.  Many Blessings are sent their way along with her bracelet.

 

 

Friends of Share HIS Story read our inspiring Mother’s Day Contest Stories and chose April’s story about her Mom as the winner.  When I was able to give the good news to April, she shared that she might give her Mother the gift since the story was about her. 

April is a mother to 2 little girls (ages 2 and 6 months), a wife to a College Ministry/Outdoors Adventure Man and has her own blog at  The View from 5’5″ which can be found here  http://emerya.blogspot.com/.

Thank you to all who entered stories about your Mom – Jan and I were so excited each and every time a story was submitted. 

Be sure to watch for more stories about how you can Share God’s Story by Sharing Your Stories.