{FREE GIVEAWAY: we choose virtues kids cards & poster!!}

Why Choose Virtues

Let’s be honest, instilling virtues in kids is hard work. But can it be fun too? We think so. In fact, there’s no better way to learn. So We Choose Virtues brings memorable catchphrases, endearing characters, and just plain fun to simply inspire character that lasts. It’s the best choice you can make for the kids in your life.

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

We Choose Virtues is a great system that you can incorporate into your home bible study and help illustrate and teach your children what virtues are and what character is.

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We Choose Virtues was created by Heather McMillan, out of her love for children and her desire to see them reach their personal potential.  As a preschool teacher and a children’s pastor, it concerned her how often she came across children whose lack of self control, honesty and perseverance was almost debilitating.  How could they succeed in life without the skills that come from good character?

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We Choose Virtues offers a great assortment of products and we were lucky enough to get one of their brand new products called Virtue Clue Cards.

Included in a plastic carrying pouch with a velcro button closure, are 13 brightly decorated cards.  These cards are the perfect size to fit in a purse and take with you wherever you go.  They feature The Virtue Kids, their names, the Virtue catchphrase and antonyms, and on the back a “You can do it” challenge.

The virtues included are:  Attentive, Content, Gentle, Obedient, Diligent, Forgiving, Honest, Kind, Helpful, Patient, Perseverant, and Self-Controlled.

In addition to the cards, we also received the Family Character Assessment and Kids Memory Verses,  Bible Heroes, and Truths, which are both FREE on their website…so make sure you go and check those out!!

We received  The Teacher’s Virtue Cards for families and the The Kids Virtue Poster.

The The Teacher’s Virtue Cards for families comes with 12 Faith-based Parenting Character Cards.

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The virtues included are:  Attentive, Content, Gentle, Obedient, Diligent, Forgiving, Honest, Kind, Helpful, Patient, Perseverant, and Self-Controlled. And the cards say “I am…Attentive” to reinforce the value when the child says it.

There is a brief story about the characters (Kids of Virtueville) like Oboe Joe (OK, whatever you say, I will obey, right away) who plays his oboe under the direction of his conductor. He obediently plays his oboe in the marching band.

  • There are “teachable moments” questions to start a discussion in your family about the depth of the virtue and character trait and how it applies to life and situations.
  • There is a Memory Scripture Verse and a
  • Virtue User Challenge which the family can try to complete tasks related to the virtue.

This is a fantastic tool to use in you family to teach your kids about values, virtues, character traits and about living godly lives.I highly recommend this  product! It is perfect for single mothers like me who want to raise their child(ren) in a godly way, with values, virtues and character.

My son and I have so much fun with the activities and he know what the words mean, and we enjoy the silly games and tasks on the back of the card after we have read the story. Get a set of these cards for your family for lots of fun, learning, and laughter! 🙂

And the Poster is a great reference tool to use on the fridge or on your child’s bedroom wall or door to make the lessons even more memorable!

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Kids Virtue Poster $14.99

Hang this up on your refrigerator or at the front of your class so you can refer to this complete list of all the Virtues, their Catchphrases and Antonyms several times a day! Inspire virtue and manage behavior at once. This piece of our system is a MUST HAVE and the new THICKER quality will help it last!

Finding the best Virtues tools to fit your needs is super easy!

They offer products designed for Public School and Private SchoolFamily, Kids ChurchHomeschool, and even tools for Youth Mentors.

The system is available in both Community (without Scripture) and Faith-Based (with Scripture) versions.

…Simply Inspire Character that Lasts!

Get 15% off your purchase of any of these great products NOW when you use my REFERRAL LINK.

CLICK HERE.

And to ENTER TO WIN!!!

We Choose Virtues is giving away

1 FREE set of The Teacher’s Virtue Cards for Families and

 The Kids Virtue Poster  to one lucky reader!

That’s an almost $50 dollar valued prize!!!

***Just leave a comment on this post telling what virtue means to you and how this giveaway will bless your family. And be sure to include your email so the winner can be contacted and receive their prize!

The winner will be chosen at random on May 31th, 2012. Good luck and I hope We Choose Virtues and the kits that Heather offers will bless a multitude of families. God Bless you! 🙂

Instilling virtues and values into our children is a hefty task, but with God and scripture as our guide, we can make it fun, easy, memorable and a wonderful experience for our families!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7(NIV)

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

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{you are enough brave girl}

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*You may download this YOU ARE ENOUGH BRAVE GIRL art print here.*

You are enough, brave girl. Really enough.

Please don’t listen to those negative voices telling you otherwise. Those are just lies. We all have been through struggles, hard times, feeling defeated, loss, pain, sadness, and other things that try to get us down. But we have to stop comparing ourselves to others and really remember exactly who we are.

We are not what we do. Our job does not and never will define us. Our weight does not define us. Our clothing does not define us. Our loved ones do not define us. Our house or car or any other “thing” does not define us or give us our identity. Who we know does not define us. It doesn’t matter what “they” think. The only thing that matters is what God’s opinion of us. We matter to Him.

We need to stop putting ourselves down when we try to live up to the unattainable image of “perfect” that the media has us trying to live up to. We women are all doing the best that we can and the truth is we need to stop being so hard on ourselves…and well, start LOVING ourselves.

You see…we are our own worst critics. But we can overcome this. You are not alone. You are enough. Just as you are.

You matter.

This video is for you…

{NATALIE GRANT – PERFECT PEOPLE}

You are accepted.

{John 1:12 – I am God’s child.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God}

You are dearly loved.

{Colossians 3:12 – I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience}

You are secure.

{Romans 8:28 – I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.}

You are significant and chosen.

{John 15:16 – I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.}

You are a conquerer.

{Romans 8:37 – I am more than a conqueror though Christ.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.}

You are saved by grace.

{Ephesians 2:8 – I am saved by grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God}

You are wonderfully made.

{Psalm 139:13 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made}

You have a PURPOSE.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

{There is more…please read the passages below in your bible to be immersed in the

TRUTH about WHO YOU ARE!! }

The Word of God Says in Jesus Christ…

I am faithful(Ephesians 1:1)

I am God’s child(John 1:12)

I have been justified (Romans 5:1)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)

I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)

I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

I am confident that God will perfect the work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6)

I am a citizen of heaven(Philippians 3:20)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)

I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me(1 John 5:18)

I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)

I am chosen before the creation of the world(Ephesians 1:4, 11)

I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)

I am adopted as his child(Ephesians 1:5)

I am given God’s glorious grace lavishly and without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)

I am in Him(Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30)

I have redemption(Ephesians 1:8)

I am forgiven(Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)

I have purpose(Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)

I have hope(Ephesians 1:12)

I am included(Ephesians 1:13)

I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)

I am a saint (Ephesians 1:18)

I am salt and light of the earth (Matfthew 5:13-14)

I have been chosen and God desires me to bear fruit (John 15:1,5)

I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)

I am God’s coworker(2 Corinthians 6:1)

I am a minister of reconciliation(2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)

I am raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms(Ephesians 2:6)

I have been shown the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)

God has expressed His kindness to me(Ephesians 2:7)

I am God’s workmanship(Ephesians 2:10)

I have been brought near to God through Christ’s blood (Ephesians 2:13)

I have peace(Ephesians 2:14)

I have access to the Father(Ephesians 2:18)

I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19)

I am secure(Ephesians 2:20)

I am a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19)

I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)

I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)

God’s power works through me (Ephesians 3:7)

I can approach God with freedom and confidence(Ephesians 3:12)

I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)

I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love is (Ephesians 3:18)

I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)

I can bring glory to God(Ephesians 3:21)

I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)

I can be humble, gentle, patient and lovingly tolerant of others (Ephesians 4:2)

I can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15)

I can be certain of God’s truths and the lifestyle which He has called me to (Ephesians 4:17)

I can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle(Ephesians 4:21-32)

I can be kind and compassionate to others(Ephesians 4:32)

I can forgive others(Ephesians 4:32)

I am a light to others, and can exhibit goodness, righteousness and truth(Ephesians 5:8-9)

I can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17)

I can give thanks for everything(Ephesians 5:20)

I don’t have to always have my own agenda(Ephesians 5:21)

I can honor God through marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33)

I can parent my children with composure(Ephesians 6:4)

I can be strong(Ephesians 6:10)

I have God’s power (Ephesians 6:10)

I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13)

I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12)

I am not alone(Hebrews 13:5)

I am growing (Colossians 2:7)

I am His disciple (John 13:15)

I am prayed for by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23)

I am united with other believers (John 17:20-23)

I am not in want (Philippians 4:19)

I possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16)

I am promised eternal life (John 6:47)

I am promised a full life(John 10:10)

I am victorious(I John 5:4)

My heart and mind is protected with God’s peace(Philippians 4:7)

I am chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)

I am blameless(I Corinthians 1:8)

I am set free(Romans 8:2; John 8:32)

I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)

I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14)

I am more than a conqueror(Romans 8:37)

I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I am safe(I John 5:18)

I am part of God’s kingdom (Revelation 1:6)

I am healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)

I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)

I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13)

I am overcoming(I John 4:4)

I am persevering (Philippians 3:14)

I am protected(John 10:28)

I am born again (I Peter 1:23)

I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am delivered (Colossians 1:13)

I am redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)

I am qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12)

I am victorious(1 Corinthians 15:57)

Be blessed! 🙂

{rest for the weary}

{photo credit, flickr: born to be mild}

There is no burden too heavy to bear, Except the one that we are trying to carry alone.

We were never meant to bear it alone.

Cry Out to Jesus.

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
When you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough

For the ones who can’t break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who struggles with being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

Words by Mac Powell / Music by Third Day / ©2005 Consuming Fire Music / ASCAP. All rights administered by EMI CMG Publishing. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-TAk8KBjB6Mo/cry_out_to_jesus/

Have you ever noticed that things always look larger when looking through the problem…(see the large waterdrop on the ladybug’s back? it magnifies the problem to look through it!)

Look to The Cross. Cry Out to Jesus. He Saves.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

{true woman: what is biblical womanhood?}

What does the bible say about biblical womanood?

what is a true woman?

If this question could be answered in a sentence, the true woman website wouldn’t be necessary! They’d love to have you explore biblical womanhood with them:

{I just signed up for the 30 day challenge, and I challenge you to do the same!}

Sign the True Woman Manifesto
Start the 30-day True Woman  Make-Over
Share the True Woman Message

{God’s Truth on printable bookmarks}

Paul encouraged us to renew our minds with the truth when he said, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8.

{reposted from Christian Families Today}

We offer these free printable bookmarks as a daily reminder to you of God’s truth! You can download them as pdf files and print them off yourself.

Identity BookmarkIdentity Bookmark

Understanding who we are is crucial to victorious Christian living. Here is a bookmark that lists who God says we are as Christians. We can never be reminded enough of the new identity God has give us through Christ.

Forgiveness BookmarkForgiveness Bookmark

Forgiveness is crucial to healthy relationships. Even though we don’t want to, we sin against one another every day. Understanding how to truly forgive is a big step in healing from past hurts. This bookmark offers one path to forgiveness.

Letter From Father CardLetter From Father

Sometimes it is easy to get mired in our circumstances and feelings, and we forget how our Heavenly Father really thinks about us. Here is truth from the scriptures formulated into a letter from God. Print it out and post it on your refrigerator.

Set Your Mind CardSet Your Mind

Philippians 4:8 says “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Here is a simple analogy designed as a card to help you think about what you are tuning into on your mental radio. Print it out and use it as a reminder to set your mind on Life.

Set Your Mind CardEmotions

God created us in His image. Part of that image includes feeling and expressing emotions. It’s good to know what we feel. They point out what we believe to be true about God, others and ourselves at a particular moment in time. Here is a card designed to encourage you to use your emotions as tool to look into your beliefs. Print it out and use it as encouragement to set your mind on truth.

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{Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl – Review}

Are you tired of just going through the motions of the Christian life? Do you feel a tug at your heart to live completely for God—but don’t know what the next step is? Lysa TerKeurst invites you to uncover the spiritually exciting life you long for. Fulfillment is closer than you ever thought possible.

Is Something Missing in Your Life?

Lysa TerKeurst knows what it’s like to consider God just another thing on her to-do list. For years she went through the motions of a Christian life: Go to church. Pray. Be nice.

Longing for a deeper connection between what she knew in her head and her everyday reality, she wanted to personally experience God’s presence.

Drawing from her own remarkable story of step-by-step faith, Lysa invites you to uncover the spiritually exciting life we all yearn for. With her trademark wit and spiritual wisdom, Lysa will help you :

* Learn how to make a Bible passage come alive in your own devotion time.

* Replace doubt, regret, and envy with truth, confidence, and praise.

* Stop the unhealthy cycles of striving and truly learn to love who you are and what you’ve been given.

* Discover how to have inner peace and security in any situation

* Sense God responding to your prayers

The adventure God has in store for your life just might blow you away.

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I first heard of Lysa from the wonderful Proverbs 31 Ministry. Lysa’s book is a candid look into her life and tells how she grew into a deeper walk with God.   It was amusing, heartfelt, open and honest. I recommend it to those who want to step up their spiritual walk and stop living a life of  just “going through the motions”. You can order it here from Zondervan.