Saturday, February 9, 2013

"I Love You No Matter What" Free Children's Book Giveaway!




Have you ever considered your own connection to the prodigal son? Haven’t we all at some point in our lives run away from our loving Father because we “know” we can handle it or in search of something that we think will be better than what God has for? How wrong we were?! Our plans, thoughts and ideas, were weighed and found wanting in comparison to God’s plans. If we, as parents, only want what is best for our children, how much more amazing are God’s desires and plan for our lives. If we would only stop and listen to and follow Him! The Good News is He is always waiting and even searching for us, ready to gather us back into His loving arms. Sometimes there are still consequences to the actions we took, but His love is unconditional and eternal. Praise God!!

“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.
‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Is. 55:8-9, NKJV)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11, NKJV)

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 7:7-11, NKJV)

This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and the everlasting love our father, I get to giveaway the delightful children’s book, "I Love You No Matter What" by J. Rutland. It is a lovely retelling for children of the story of the prodigal son. Grace was transfixed by the story of the Prince Chirpio’s journey away from home only to return repentant to his father, the King’s, loving arms. She loved the darling illustrations and sweet redemption story! I highly recommend this book for your children as way to present the gospel, obedience and love!

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The question I ask you all this week is "Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day memory or tradition?
One of my favorite memories/traditions involves my father. Every year on Valentine's Day (without fail), he got me a small box of chocolates and a rose or two. He always called me his sweetheart, and he wanted me to know that I was loved and special. Even in the those awkward teen years when I didn't always feel very pretty, I always knew how much my father and my Heavenly Father loved me! It is something that I will never forgot, Daddy, and pray that we can convey that same love to our precious children.


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13 comments:

  1. I don't have a favorite valentine memory, but my children do. One year my husband made a trail for them to follow that had a surprise at the end. They talked about that for months. The next year they started commenting on the trail and asked if Daddy was going to do it again. Each year he does it, but does it a little differently. They LOVE it.

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  2. I don't have a tradition, but I do remember heart shaped sugar cookies in the mail from my mom.

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    1. How fun! I am going to attempt to make heart shaped cupcakes tomorrow! :)

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  3. A neat memory is last year on Valentine's Day I was in the hospital, and a friend from church camp stopped by to visit me -- I hadn't seen her in 20 years!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that memory! God is amazing!

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  4. I really loved getting to decorate my school Valentine box each year in grade school!

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    1. I hadn't thought about making those boxes in years! That was such a fun activities and one I should revisit with my children!

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  5. When I was a kid, my mom always had treats for us set out on Valentines morning!

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  6. Getting those little heart shaped boxes of chocolates.

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  7. I do not have a favorite memory but love ideas for the future with my family!!

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  8. Suzanne, I love that your father did that for you. How sweet and special. Hmmm...favorite Valentine's memory is hard to think of. I do love chocolates so I love that part. I actually have a really embarrassing story from elementary related to v-day...ask me about it next time I see you!

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  9. Thanks so much everyone for sharing their favorite memories! Here's to making new memories and I will be talking to you, Meg! :)

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