Inspirational Gifts to Strengthen Your Faith

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Being a Christian is never easy, and in all truth, it's becoming increasingly difficult.  Not as difficult as Bible times for sure, but with modern technology and worldly skepticism, it sometimes is hard to have faith.  I am sure a large percentage of Christians do face a battle with their lack of faith sometimes.  With so many people trying to disprove the Bible and spreading the "do what you want because you only live once" message, it is hard.  Lots of modern day Christians and people from the Bible have struggled with their faith.  Even close friends of Jesus had trouble believing!  My personal advice is to not shove those feelings of doubt down, but to surround yourself with knowledgeable people to talk to, read the Bible, and explore positive works from faithful Christians.  It does me a world of good to change the radio to a Christian station and pray.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time.  With so many distractions, I think inspirational gifts and artwork in the home also help keep your mind focused on what's really important.

Home Decor/DIY

I love little reminders and Bible verse art, like this one below from Mission to Save.  It's a free printable, too, so it's easy to print and frame.

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Whether you have a wall of crosses or a few displayed throughout the house, they are great reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for us.  This Cross Framed on Burlap from Dukes & Duchesses is classy and would make a beautiful gift:

Inspirational GiftsJoshua 24:15 is a very popular Bible verse for families.  This DIY personalized house picture from Mission to Save is great, because it is made on vellum which is then laid over a picture of a house.  So sentimental and teaches children from a very young age how important faith and Christianity is to their parents.

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I am a sucker for Christmas themed decorations, year-round.  This could be an ornament, wall hanging, or it could sit on a shelf as a daily reminder of the birth of Jesus.  Find out how to make it at Equipping Godly Women.

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DIY Jewelry

These wire and bead cross pendants are beautiful and unique.  See the instructions at Dukes & Duchesses!

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Movies

 

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I think it's also important to get your hands on books, CDs, and DVDs from people who have done their research, devoted their lives to God, and have a strong Christian faith.  A new DVD that has just come out is Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  Many of the world's most prominent archeologists and historians have said that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  This skepticism can be contagious and easy to follow and many people, including Christians, have labeled the whole book as "fiction."  Fimmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archeologists get it wrong?"  He has documented his journey across the globe, looking for answers.  This DVD contains in-depth archeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt.  The goal of this documentary is to communicate TRUTH of the Bible and help believers to strengthen their faith.

Kevin Sorbo narrates the documentary, which also includes interviews with leading archeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. This DVD researches the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jericho, Joseph, the Israelites, Egyptian kings, and more.  Timothy Mahoney has really examined his own faith and religion in this film, and we can all benefit from his journeys!

Purchase Patterns of Evidence: Exodus at the POE website or Amazon.  Check out a preview here:

 

Music

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There is nothing more refreshing to me than new music.  TobyMac has been around the Christian music scene for years, and his music continues to appeal to all ages and have an uplifting message.  "This Is Not A Test" comes out on August 7th and does not disappoint.  The Captain's favorite song is "Beyond Me" and is a great song about having faith!

You gave me the stars put them out of my reach

Called me to waters a little too deep

Oh, I've never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see

It's way beyond me

Anything that I got the strength to do

In over my head keeps me countin' on You

I'm leaving the sweet spot, sure shot

Tradin' it all for the plans You got

Is it so crazy to believe

TobyMac's songs get you thinking, dancing, and praising God and that's just what we need!  This CD is a great start to your day or a pick-me-up anytime.  There are so many different thoughts and sounds enveloped in TobyMac's latest release, and it would be a fantastic inspirational gift!

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I love how no two songs sound alike.  "Fall," "Like A Match," Undeniable," and more songs are all well written, well thought out, and performed by TobyMac and the musicians so, so well.  The boys and I really enjoyed listening to this album on our road trip yesterday.  We are all big TobyMac fans and I think you will be, too.  Learn more about TobyMac and preview his newest release on his website.

Pre-order this album on iTunes and receive four songs instantly and also, make sure enter to win the #FEELIT Sweepstakes!

Propeller/FlyByPromotions is giving you the chance to win!  One winner will win the new "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD and another will win the new CD from TobyMac: "This Is Not A Test."  Just enter in the corresponding Rafflecopter below!

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Engage Your Children With Noah – a Wordless Picture Book

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

noahIf there is one thing that never gets old, it's reading books.  We love to sit down with a good book and read it together.  The Captain is a good reader and he loves to read, too.  I never knew how refreshing it would be to open and explore a wordless picture book, though!  We were sent "Noah" by Mark Ludy to review and the pictures truly do speak for themselves.  Looking at the detail that the illustrator put into these pictures is just amazing.

Noah bookThe boys are already familiar with the story of Noah, but even if a child isn't, they will be intrigued and engaged with these beautiful pictures.  Children can use their imaginations and what they know about the story of Noah already to tell a full story with this book.  It has also inspired us to open the Bible and reread the story of Noah to see the inspiration Mark Ludy used when drawing.  (Read more about Mark Ludy.)

The following picture is my favorite in the book.  Noah is looking up at God with a look of awe, fear, and undoubtedly has many questions running through his mind.  But he trusted God.  Noah knew that God was in control and he wanted to do whatever was asked of him.  What a wonderful lesson for this kids.  Trust in Him and you will be richly blessed!

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I highly recommend this beautiful hardcover picture book for you or a someone you know.  I guarantee you will find yourself getting lost in the book – all 64 pages, thinking of what it must have been like for Noah so long ago!  (Bonus:  Find Squeakers the mouse on every page!)  Purchase NOAH on Amazon for less than $15.  It would make an awesome Christmas gift!

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Enter to win "Noah" in the giveaway below!

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Mark Your Calendar And Join Us For The #JesusCalling Twitter Party

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#JesusCalling Twitter Party

It's time for a fun Twitter Party!  Join me (@CptFussybuckets) and @FamilyChristian as we talk about the best selling book "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

When: November 14th 1-2 pm EST

Prizes: 5 participants will win the deluxe edition of Jesus Calling and a $50 appreciation certificate.  5 other readers will win a $50 appreciation certificate.

How: You must follow the host @FamilyChristian

Optional: Follow these amazing co-hosts

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More about "Jesus Calling" from the Family Christian Website:

In this special 10th-anniversary edition, Sarah Young shares her own prayer journal with you–including over 100 additional scriptures personally selected by the author. This beautiful keepsake edition, celebrating 10 years of Jesus Calling touching lives all over the world, also includes a beautiful redesign of high-quality bonded leather cover.

Sarah's writings are personal reflections based on Jesus' own words of hope, guidance, and peace within Scripture. As you experience the devotions and the fresh look at Scripture, you will look forward to your time with Him.

Have you read this bestselling book?  What are your thoughts?  Will you join us for the #JesusCalling Twitter party?  Hope to see you there!

Win Two Tickets to the 2014 Bacon Bowl in Bentonville, Arkansas {giveaway closed}

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The second annual Bacon Bowl is coming to Bentonville, Arkansas on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00am until 12:00pm.  Teams consisting of chefs and amateur cooks will compete in Entrée and Dessert Divisions and test their culinary skills by creating innovative bacon creations featuring Arkansas’s own Petit Jean Meats bacon. Teams can choose to enter Entrée or Dessert divisions, or both, with Petit Jean Meats generously donating their mouthwatering bacon to all who compete.

Bacon Bowl attendees of all ages will vote for their favorite dishes in both divisions as well as the overall People’s Champion. And Local and nationally-known bacon enthusiasts, food writers and bloggers will determine who will represent the Bacon Bowl in the Bacon Division at the 2014 World Food Championships in Las Vegas where they’ll have the opportunity to win up to $60,000.

“Teams are traveling from throughout Arkansas and the region to compete in the Bacon Bowl with the goal of winning the grand prize trip to compete in the 2014 World Food Championships in Las Vegas. And we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the thriving culinary scene in Bentonville,” said event coordinator John McClure. “In addition to the Bacon Bowl, the nationally recognized Bentonville Farmers Market and world famous World Championship Squirrel Cook-off will be going on in downtown Bentonville too. We’re all working together to create a Saturday morning that people won’t soon forget.” 

Teams or individuals interested in competing should visit BaconBowl.net. Team registration is open until Friday, September 5. Space is limited.  There will be live music, Petit Jean Meats sampling, other foods and beverages, and much more. Tickets are $10 at the gate and advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please visit BaconBowl.net and the Bacon Bowl Facebook page for more details. 

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Petit Jean Meats is giving one lucky reader two free tickets to the Bacon Bowl!  Just leave a comment and let me know that you'd like to enter to win!  Winner will be chosen using random.org on August 29.  Giveaway closes at 11:59 on August 28.

>>>Bonus entry:  retweet this tweet!  Then leave a comment with your Twitter name, saying you retweeted!

Costco $50 Cash Card Giveaway + Get Huggies PLUS Diapers and Wipes Exclusively at Costco {giveaway closed}

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  I am happy to be participating in the Huggies Costco Ambassador program.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how Costco is now offering an exclusive – Huggies Plus diapers and Natural Care Plus wipes.  So, while you're shopping at your local Costco, you can stock up on diapers and wipes that are high quality and in bulk, so you will be set for awhile!

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Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren't able get a sample today! You must be Costco member to get a sample.  Limit 1 sample per household. 

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We are giving away a $50 Costco cash card!  Leave a comment for each entry.  Nothing is mandatory, just pick and choose what you would like to do.

  1. Leave a comment telling me what you love to purchase at Costco.
  2. Leave a meaningful comment on my Huggies post, then come back and say "I'm commented on the Huggies post!" in the comments below!
  3. Follow me on Facebook.
  4. Retweet this tweet and leave me your Twitter name in the comments below.
  5. Follow @Huggies on Twitter.

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central Consulting.  This contest is in no way affiliated with Facebook.  Winner will be chosen after 11:59 PM EST on 8/18/14 with random.org.

Win a Personal Skin Care Bundle From The Mommy’s Club {giveaway closed}

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The Lucky Leprechaun is here which means it's time for you to enter to win some great prizes!  Big thanks to Cheap Is The New Classy for organizing this event!  Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can win a great skin care package from Mommy's Club.  Mommy's Club products are all GMO free, BPA free, vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA!  We've been using them in our house for a couple of months now and we really like them!  All the products are fantastic.  (Check out my Mommy's Club full review.)   The Personal Skin Care Bundle is packed with high quality, organic, non-toxic products for you and your family.  Included is: 

  • one Baby Shampoo
  • two Rash & Remedy Skin Relief
  • one Baby Lotion
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (1 oz)
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (4 oz)
  • one Baby Foaming Wash

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Treat Yourself Giveaway! {closed}

This giveaway was brought to you by Little Pim.

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Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and there's one thing everyone is looking forward to…treats!  The Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop is here, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro. In this Hop, you'll find lots of special treats to keep your entering giveaways until it's time to go out and gather your own! Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below, and don't forget the ultimate treat… the Treat Yourself Grand Prize!

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Turbo Gears Marble Mania {Giveaway Closed}

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Summer is coming to a close (hooray!) and we're celebrating One Last Hurrah for Summer with this giveaway hop hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!

For the next two weeks, enjoy this last hurrah of the season by hopping around to all the bloggers who have come together to offer some great prizes to give away!

You know that my boys really love their educational toys from The Learning Journey International.  This prize is sure to be loved, too!  One winner will make a child very happy with the Techno Gears Marble Mania – Twin Turbo Trax 2.0!  Kids will have a blast building and racing on this fun marble speedway!  Fun sound effects, including a countdown to the race launch, add to the excitement and the winning time is shown on the trophy's LED display.

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Pretty Mommies is Safe Maternity Skincare {Giveaway Closed}

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Pretty Mommies is the #1 physician recommended maternity skin care line on the market.

Although it's aimed at those who are pregnant or nursing – it's natural, safe, skin care that's great for ANYONE – men included!.

It's a simple three step system – Cleanser, Skin Brightener, and Sunscreen – it'll cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, brighten, soothe, provide high levels of antioxidants and anti-aging properties, as well as, physical broad spectrum sun protection. If you're curious about how these products work, be sure to check out the review on According to Jenny.

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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Mom Who Has Everything

This Mother's Day gift post was written by me on behalf of Novica.  All opinions are mine.

Mother's Day is May 12th this year, which doesn't leave too much time to get Mom the perfect Mother's Day gift.  You could spend hours at the mall looking for the perfect gift, or you could shop for a unique gift Mom is sure to love from the comfort of your own home!  Novica is the place for handmade gifts that give back and support talented artisans around the world, many of them mothers themselves who are trying to support their families.

Novica breaks it all down for you to make shopping easy.  You can shop by price, category, or region.  Here are a few beautiful handmade items that I found by doing a quick search. 

This beautiful pair of handcrafted sterling silver earrings, made by Wayan Asmana from Bali & Java, is under $25:

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