Working in children’s ministry, at various times during the year, is one of my favorite ways to serve our local church. I find that stories and games and crafts are the most delightful ways to engage with and connect with children, but occasionally we need to do something a little different.
Just recently a fun little package arrived on my door step, containing about a dozen of this fun gospel tract from Let the Little Children Come.
Place this floppy plastic screen over each page, and a fun 3d illustration appears.
The entire tract is based on John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.”
These tracts seem like a fantastic tool for a quiet moments with a child, or for a child to look at while waiting. I even found a couple of teens interested in the tracts. I think the 3D is appealing across different ages.
I was thrilled to give a few of these tracts to our children’s ministry director, and another few to the Bible Study leader at a local community of single moms and their kids. Each of these ladies were interested to see how the booklets would catch the interest of children in their ministries.
Let the Little Children Come has some other interesting items, many of which might be fun to add to your candy bowl on Halloween, or in treat bags. Just please do add them to the candy, not instead of the candy.
If you are interested in a giveaway for these tracts and some other fun Let the Little Children Come items, click here.
Thanks again to Front Gate Media for the opportunity to receive and share about these 3D tracts in exchange for this review.
My eye sight is something I’ve always taken for granted. When I was ten, it was discovered that I needed glasses. By the time I was 16 years old, contacts were available and how I enjoyed those! Even though my eyesight was not 20/20, I never gave much thought anything but the inconvenience of corrective eye wear.
Several years ago, one of my grand parents was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. The sadness that grandparent experienced over slowly loosing her eyesight remains with me. There was a loss of independence, and especially, the loss of being able to pick up a book, or her Bible, and simply read. This was the first time that I considered the gift of eyesight, and that it might be lost. And for the next couple of years, a certain kind of anxious feeling came over me each year at the annual eye exam appointments.
Life is full, hard and good, and I often have ideas and thoughts that get pushed to the back of my mind. Questions I should ask are forgotten. But this month, I received an invitation to participate in learning more about the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, and sharing some information with my readers. Click here for a free educational packet on AMD, Age-related macular degeneration.
The exciting news is that research is being done on this disease, and on saving eyesight. Now, with treatment, AMD is being slowed down, or stopped, and in some cases, even reversed. My grandparents did not have this gift, but I am so very excited to share the news that many others, including my generation, may benefit from the raised awareness and the treatments.
Getting older happens to everyone. How we live now, greatly impacts how we age, but there are somethings that happen as part of the aging process. It is a tremendous gift that many people support and perform research, such as the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and so many others.
I hope that this post is encouraging, and maybe gives someone that piece of information that helps to piece together an eye health puzzle.
This post is sponsored by FrontGate media, but the story told is my own.
Maybe the readers of By Quiet Waters know I love a good children’s book. As my own kids have grown, and the youngest is in high school, I’ve done a lot of passing on books. But all the old friends are still on the shelves in the living room, the dining room, and the room I share with the grand kids.
My love of children’s books is why I love to receive new children’s books from places like Tommy Nelson, Tyndale and Moody Publishers. Someday soon it would be a lot of fun to find a pathway to receiving new gems from other publishers! If you have any ideas for that, please let me know in the comments!
“I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat” by Max Lucado from Tommy Nelson arrived this month. Can I just say, the title grabbed me right away. The subtitle of this gem is A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave. Don’t we all experience that?
The story starts out with “I’m a big cat. I’m a strong cat. I’m not a scaredy-cat…except when…”
I love that. Whether it’s Nana, a teenage auntie, or sweet little grand spending the afternoon, we all experience the feelings of surprise when our big strong courage gets a little like a scaredy-cat. Over the years of parenting, I’ve watched and listened and spoken as my kids have faced fears big and small, significant and insignificant. We have our phrases, our prayers, our declarations, just like the sweet phrase repeated throughout this story about a little scaredy-cat who finds peace in the anxious moments of everyday life.
The illustrations of this book are amusing, and the main character is a tiger stripe orange tabby cat. The colors are bright and cheerful. One thing I will say, the number of pink frosted, sprinkled doughnuts seems a little out of place. Small matter.
If you are looking for a charming story that can be enjoyed, and also used as a tool to guide young ones in your life through fear, and help them form a habit of calling on The One Who grants peace, check out this giveaway for a copy of “I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat” by Max Lucado.
Thanks to FrontGate media for a new addition to my bookshelves, “I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat, given in exchange for this review.
The way my family lives is hard on our skin. Chances are, yours is too. My husband works construction, and two of my kids are lifeguards. I love to walk, hike and just be outside. All of this requires plenty of time in harsh environments: wind, water, sun, and cold. For years we dealt with dry skin, using different lotions and creams, never getting full relief.
Then we discovered MadeOn Hard Lotion. The products from MadeOn Skin Care have brought nourishing relief from dry, even cracked skin. Hard Lotion is made with beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter as the base. The scents are created with high quality essential oils and some other products like spices, food puree (pumpkin).
To apply Hard Lotion, I hold the bar in my hands for a few moments, this warms and softens the bar. Then I roll it around in my hands, and gently massage in the softened lotion, usually on my hands and my feet. It is also nice to take a very small amount and massage into nail cuticles. Hang nails disappear and my fingers look better, younger!
Our Favorite MadeOn Hard Skin Care Products are:
Lavender Hard Lotion is my hands down favorite. It is the one I keep in my nail care bag, and in my purse. The scent is gentle, and so very soothing. This is the lotion I try to keep extras of for my lifeguard daughters, and for gift giving. The job my favorite lifeguards have is at an indoor water park. They often stand in inches of water for hours, which created dry cracked skin on their feet. Regular use with this lotion bar has helped them to heal, and to stay that way!
The citrus lotion bars are a new part of the hard lotion product line. When my recent order arrived, I quickly tested out the scent of the citrus lotion bars. Mmmm. Tossing one into my nail bag, I put the other away for gift giving. Within a couple of days I noticed that someone had pilfered my citrus lotion bar. The teens just might like this one better than the lavender.
The lip balms are also a favorite in our house. The peppermint is hands down the favorite.
If you have not found that other skin care products are quite cut it in addressing your skin care needs, check out MadeOn. I’d recommend that you try one of the pocket hard lotion bars and a lip balm to start. Let me know what you think 🙂
One of the “extras” of blogging that I greatly enjoy, is receiving books from other writers. Often these books arrived before they are released for sale, and it is a lot of fun to get to “pre read” so many good stories.
Another great thing about blogging is the communities that grow from shared interests and purposes.
Both of those blessings from blogging is how I came to have a particular new children’s book in my hands.
”The Marvelous Mud House,” A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy by fellow Compassion blogger, April Graney arrived on my front porch two weeks ago.
This children’s story isn’t just for children, as is the case with many good books. With deep, rich colors the story of Ben and his family is illustrated as they travel from their American hungry ranch to Kenya. “What made this house hungry was the feeling of always wanting more.”
Isn’t that way of our western abundance? The feeling of always “needing or wanting” more? That feeling of needly want can so easily drown out the voice that says “trust Me to provide.”
As I read this story to my grand-daughter, I remember hoping that the seeds of truth will fall upon a soft heart inside her. And then I heard the invitation to let them fall upon my own heart.
In this book, you have rich, beautiful illustrations and vibrant, colorful words, telling the story of Mama George and her son George. George is longing for the opportunity to go to school. Mama George answers that longing with a song:
“We’re rich, my son, rich in love, strength, and life! The Giver of these hears every cry! Let’s life up our hands to the God who provides.”
And it is the story of a boy and his family, how God takes them on a grand adventure. An adventure to His own heart, and opens their eyes to a world beyond the hungry house.
May we each discover the story of finding fullness and joy, way beyond our abundance and continual want.
This book was sent to me, as part of the author’s launch team. No compensation beyond the gift of this book was received.