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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

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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.”

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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!

 

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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!

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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. 

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My mom is this magnificent woman, who does everything in her power to help other people that are in need, while at times she has deprived herself of her own personal needs. She has helped many families from her home country, Guatemala, and taken economic responsibility over a small boy suffering from leukemia and a woman who suffered from skin disease.

 

I love my mom for who she is and for the good things that she does, to try to ease the economic hardships that other families cannot handle. She is just like an angel from God to other families. She works every day as a house cleaner, to support my sister and I, and never ceases to give us a good, safe home. I know how hard she has worked, the frustrations and struggles she has faced. But she is a woman with her heart firmly set in her Lord and Savior whom is on her side, and has never given up on a situation, no matter how difficult. She is truly an inspirational little woman.

 

Sincerely, her loving daughter

Linda

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My mom wasn’t like most moms. She had me when she was 21 and, because of divorce, ended up raising me and my brother on her own. She worked hard to support the three of us, something I never really comprehended or appreciated while living at home.

My mom wasn’t afraid to “get down on our level” and play with us. Sometimes my mom would chase me and my brother (even when we were teenagers) into her room and we would have pillow fights (sometimes tickle fights) on her bed. Once we were exhausted we would hang out in her room and talk. We talked about silly stuff, serious stuff, anything really. My brother and I always treasured those kinds of time with mom. She never seemed shocked or offended by anything we had to say. She just listened and offered wisdom when it was necessary.

My brother and I seemed to have been a constant source of entertainment for her, which was great because there wasn’t a lot of money to spend on movies or going out to eat. My brother & I loved to hide around our house and jump out and scare my mom. The all-time greatest scare was when I crawled up behind her pillows on her bed one night and, when she got into bed to go to sleep, I jumped out from behind the pillows. She hasn’t ever forgotten that one.

I recall having a chocolate pudding fight in the kitchen one night after dinner. The pudding was supposed to be desert, but somehow it ended up on all 3 of us instead.

Like most children, I didn’t really appreciate my mom the way I should have while I was growing up. Now, being a mother myself, I look back in awe at how incredibly involved my mother was in my life and my brother’s life. I value the time she played with us and I hope that my husband & I can enjoy our kids the ways that she enjoyed my brother & me.

April

Blog: http://emerya.blogspot.com

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