Friday Faves

Friday Faves

Here are a few favorite things we are loving right now:

Window on the World- an Operation World Prayer Resource

It’s so good although I’m a bit sad that a few of my favorite countries didn’t make the book, maybe that just means another book is coming!? Grab a copy and lead your little ones in learning more about the world and praying for our world.

HandMade Easter Eggs

Y’all have seen my disdain for those plastic eggs that have taken over my home this last week. Mercy House Global has a brilliant solution with handmade felt eggs that will give back to the ladies making them! They have just restocked so you better hurry and get some before they are out again!

Speaking of those silly plastic eggs, be sure to grab our Easter Egg Service Challenge printable, choose which ones you want to do, let your little one open up a few eggs before Easter and get serving! We just opened up “bake cookies and give them away!” So we spent yesterday baking St. Patrick’s Day cookies and sending them to work with daddy and to our teachers.

And it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!

Be sure to take a few minutes and share the great story of who St. Patrick was and how God is still calling out missionaries today!

VeggieTales has a silly clip that explains his life and my little ones love it! But they also love VeggieTales and any excuse to watch TV! You can find the short video here on YouTube.

Local On Mission Moms

Have you had a chance to visit the Family Prayer Room at The Bridge! It’s coming together and you should totally stop in with your little ones and spend a few minutes praying together! We still have a few more items to finish up the room – simple things like chalk and cars/trucks for the community mat. Be sure to check out our Amazon wishlist and help us finish up this special room! There is also an all night prayer time coming up in April and the family prayer room will be open even as our little ones are sleeping.

So, What are you loving this week?

Share over on Instagram or here in the comments and let’s grow and learn together!

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Friday Faves: Valentine Fun Edition

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Happy Friday and Happy February and can I just say that I’m so glad it’s a new month –  Love Month!  We have been quite sick around here so all of us are ready to embrace a NEW month and share some LOVE!

There are always super cute and fun things to share for this month too! Here are just a few of my favorite things that I’ve discovered so far:

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Mercy House Global Valentine’s Day Heart Lip Balm – Oh my Word! Aren’t they the cutest!! And they support the work of some sweet orphans in Malawi.  There are some other cute Valentine things too like friendship bracelets and coffee. Who doesn’t LOVE coffee?!

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EloraInspired – We Love PlaceMats – We love our placemats and in fact, the girls often argue over who gets the pink one and who gets the blue one. I should have just bought the same colors! (DUH!) This is a great way to put scripture before then and also keep your table clean. She also recently released a coloring version of Noah’s Ark!

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The Little Market – Wooden Heart Bowl – So CUTE! I’m just learning about this shop and all the work that they do but I already LOVE so many of their products! And I love even more that they support and empower women all around the world to do great work. There is also a wooden heart shaped spoon… swoon…

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Fishesandloaves – Valentine Hanging Towel – This is my sweet friend, Anna, who I adore and MISS big! Her, her hubby, and their fun kiddos moved up north for medical school a few years ago now and God is doing great things through them but man they are missed down here.  She is super talented and recently posted these to her little shop. I’m not sure how many she has left – hopefully I can snag one before they are gone!

Valentine Books & Resources

There is a picture link below to purchase through our On Mission Mom’s Amazon Shop.

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Is this not the cutest book series?! I just love all the different ones – You, Heaven, Angels, Sleep, the World.. So Cute! This would be a great book to add to your Valentine Collection.

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I had no idea that Rick Warren wrote children books… who knew?! But it’s super cute (which I think I have said on every item above… ha). This is a sweet story how the God of the universe also loves each of us, individually and deeply. What greater truth to pour into their hearts – an eternal love!

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I posted on Instagram the other day about how God was reminding me about striving to be an excellent wife first. Lots of you asked about this book! It’s great and would be an excellent read throughout February. There is also a book for the husbands – although it is not written to “go together”, it’s great and my hubby has been challenged as he has read this month. There are links included below to purchase from Amazon. (On Mission Moms does receive a small portion of your purchase. Thank you for supporting our work!)


I do not receive any compensation or support from the shops mentioned above. I just love their work and want to support and share it with other like minded mamas! I do however, receive a small portion of the profit from  the Amazon links posted above!

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Friday Favorites!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Favorites, but I’ve come across quite a few really super cute, fun and important things lately and couldn’t help but share them with you this week!

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Picture taken from Mercy House Global
  1. Felt Easter Eggs – Mercy House Global

These are super cute and who says you have to use the plastic eggs for your Easter basket?! Also these help change the lives of some pretty beautiful ladies from Street Hope, one of their artisan groups. You can read more about Street Hope on their website. 

 

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Picture taken from Kids Read Truth
  1. Scripture ABC Cards – Kids Read Truth

We have a scripture that we use with the girls each week but what better way to reinforce scripture and help them learn their letters at the same time – and these cards are just beautiful! 

  1. World Watch List- Open Doors  

Do you know the top 50 places around the world where it’s hardest for our brothers and sisters to follow Jesus? Open Doors just released their 2019 Watch List and it’s interesting to me to see what countries make the list each year and how some countries have been on this list for years and years. Be sure to download the list, read the stories from those living there, and pray for each country that is listed. Maybe pray for a country each week? 

  1. Qadimi Rugs

I have a dear friend who is doing great work in one of the countries listed above. The ladies she works with recently released a new line of beautiful rugs. If you are looking for a beautiful new rug for your home, why not support the work of women around the world at the same time?! I’m so proud of this sweet friend and ways that the Father is using her gifts and talents to impact the world! You can also follow them over at Instagram  to see all the beautiful work that they are doing. 

 

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  1. King Cake and praying for New Orleans 

I’ve had lots of questions lately about what is King Cake!?! If you’ve never had one, you have got to try it! This recipe from Brown Eyed Baker is my tried and true one. I’ve tried a few others and added filling but I always come back to this one. (Which by the way, I don’t know this beautiful lady or blog but her king cake recipe is legit!)  Or if you would rather just use a mix (no shame!) you can purchase them from our Amazon On Mission Moms Link! (we do receive a small portion of your purchase so thanks for supporting us!) 

What fun resources have you come across this week that will help you and other mamas live “On Mission”? Share with us and encourage others!

Also be sure to check out some of our latest posts with resources and ideas for you and Follow along over on Pinterest to see some other great ideas!

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Things We’re Loving

Here are some great resources to encourage us as we lead our little ones to love Jesus and love others!

Love Does for Kids

I’ve been able to get a prerelease copy of the first five chapters of Bob Goff’s new book, Love Does for Kids and it’s super cute and a fun read! The pics are fun and the stories he tells are so great! I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as deep theology; however, the basic and simple command to love others as Christ loves them permeates each chapter I’ve read so far. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the book! You can preorder it and find out more info over at The Love Does for Kids Website !

(A quick disclaimer, I was a part of this Book Launch Team and will be sharing more about the book in days to come!)

Culture

We’ve been having lots of random discussions lately about different cultures and what that even means. We recently “adopted” a college student from China and so we’ve been learning about how they do things differently and different isn’t bad!

I came across this great graphic that helps explain what culture is and all that makes up one’s culture! Hope it helps you in explaining it to your little ones too!

(I wish I knew where this came from, found it in the world of Pinterest but it wasn’t linked to the original author!)

Cool World Cooking

My oldest has been loving baking and cooking lately with me! So I’ve been on the hunt for some good international recipes that she can help me make! I came across this cookbook series over on Amazon, Cool World Cooking. It’s super cute and has a book for several different regions like Africa, Middle East, Italian and French. And just a tip, the more they are in the kitchen with you, the more likely they are to eat what is served! Just try it and hopefully you’ll be surprised! Which regional foods look yummy to you?

Questions

It’s so important to be intentional in our conversations with our kiddos. Do you talk to them about your faith? About what God is teaching you?

It’s also important to chat about topics like poverty and homelessness, refugees, cultures, religions, and other “hot topic” social issues. But sometimes we don’t know where to start or what to say. That can’t or shouldn’t stop us though. If you aren’t chatting with them, the world surely is! I pray my voice is always loudest with my girls – but not louder than the Lord’s voice.

Here is a great article with questions that can encourage conversations around poverty.

What resources can you share with other mamas as we strive to live On Mission?

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We are gearing up for a FUN week of VBS at First Baptist Spartanburg, our home church. Kimmy will be leading the Missions Rotation for the preschool and we are “gearing up, getting ready, GAME ON!” Follow along over on our instagram as we teach these precious little ones about missions and what God is doing around the world! If you are local, come join us for the FUN!

If you have followed lately, you may recall the great book I recently finished “Raising World Changers in a Changing World”. It’s now a 7 day devotion in the Bible app and even better, it’s free! Check it out here!

This month is World Refugee Month. The numbers of refugees around the world – those forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution – are sadly rising and the numbers being welcomed here are much less than ever before. There are so many ways we can help! Here are just six you can be a part of helping Syrian Refugees.

How many of us would LOVE to just have a place where we can come and pray on our own, quietly, without interruption!?! Well – if you live locally, you do! The Bridge Prayer Center is on the third floor of the Bridge and we have the great honor to help put together the Family Prayer Room so that mamas like us can come and pray and lead our little ones to pray too. If you are local and haven’t stopped by to pray- you are missing out. If you aren’t local or you can’t be a part on the 16th – no worries, you can still be a part. We’ve started an Amazon wishlist of things that we will be needing for the room. And check out what the room looks like now here. Also send us any ideas you have too!! Sign up to come and work in our Facebook Group Event.

Summer is here! What will you be doing fun this summer? Our prayer is that we will be intentional with our time to share Jesús and love others well! Stay tuned for a few fun summer outreach ideas!

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Friday Faves

This week is all about homeless and poverty as that is what has been on the brain lately with our Helping Hands fun Saturday morning coming up! I hope you and your little ones will come and spend a little time with us preparing bags for our homeless friends. If you have not signed up, it’s not too late! The link is below!

Here are some other faves I’ve found this week as I’ve been searching and preparing for our event.

  1. Ever Wondered What to Say? 

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Often times we sometimes aren’t sure what to “say”… here are some great conversation starters that you can use as you meet our friends on the street. There are also some things that may be we just shouldn’t say or ask, or even think…

2. Books for Kids about Poverty & Hunger 

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I’m always on the lookout for great books to read with my kiddos and while I haven’t read through each one of these, many of these are on my list to read and several of these are just great!

What books have you read that teaches about poverty and hunger and homelessness? 

3.  Hippie Jack 

I don’t really know anything about Hippie Jack, other than what this video shows, but it makes me smile and reminds me that there are still some good men and women out there serving with all they have, and it makes me tap my toe a little too…

How can you be like Hippie Jack? Don’t you have a fun bus like that?!? haha

4. Blessing Bottles

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This is a great unique “spin” on blessing bags!

Have you made anything like this before to give to our homeless friends? If so, share and let us learn new and different ways! 

5. Helping Hands FUN Event! 

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You can sign up in our On Mission Moms Facebook Page link above! We will be meeting at Caroline Brewer’s home and she will be sending out info. It’s going to be a fun morning together serving, learning, and praying with our little ones.

 

And one last little plug, if you haven’t had a chance to read the Do No Harm Series, well… you should!

Do No Harm: Be Prepared

Do No Harm: We’re All Poor

Do No Harm: Knowing When

Do No Harm: Learning More

 

*Just a reminder that I don’t necessarily “endorse” the websites that I’ve linked to above.  Not all are Christian based websites/blogs/videos; however, they are all great ideas that we can learn and grow from and adapt to work with what we believe as On Mission Moms! 

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Friday Faves

Here are some interesting and fun resources that I’ve come across that I hope will challenge us all to be “on mission moms”.

  1. One Mom’s Aha Moment

This mom SO inspires me!! We are surrounded by great opportunities to engage the nations right here in the US! They are coming to us! One of my dearest friends from North Africa (funny story how I met her and her precious daughter!) lived in the States for 14 years and do you know that NOT ONE person ever invited her and her family to visit with them in their home… NOT ONE…  This young lady is from a family of great influence in her country in North Africa and just think, if someone would have shared Christ with her here, if she had believed and then returned back to her home country, the impact that she could have made in her own country, among her own people… blows my mind… but alas… no one ever shared with her…. for 14 years…

2.  Working with Refugees can be a bit intimidating – how do you start, what do you say and do… here are some great websites:

Make It Personal 

Pray 

3. I came across some GREAT books this week at the Library that talks about Refugees and Immigration (it’s not exactly clear about whether the family were refugees or immigrated… there is a DIFFERENCE!) But one thing I love about reading these books with my girls is that it begins to help them understand that their world is bigger than just the little friends that look like them and talk like them and in this case has a name like them…  These are not necessarily “spiritual” books but great nonetheless!  I may have even shed a couple tears as I read this… oh “allergies!”

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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

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Goodbye Havana, Hola New York by Edie Colon 

 

4. You just gotta watch this with your little ones! My girls and I have been loving this and singing along and maybe even having a dance party or two…

 

5. I’m super excited about this new book from Kristen Welch!  I shared a couple weeks ago in a Friday Faves about her other book, “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World”… and it is such a good book. I’m looking forward to this one! You can preorder it now and it comes out May 1st.

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Soooo… lets get to “shining” friends – sharing Jesus with our families and friends!

 

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Oh – and if you are a local mama, don’t forget to sign up in our On Mission Moms facebook group for the upcoming event on April 14th! Bring your little ones and let’s serve together. Space is limited and we will be emailing you the address and more details once you sign up. It’s gonna be FUN!