Love+Blessed Box Review and Giveaway

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We’ve all seen how popular subscription boxes have become in the last year, boxes for your pet, for shaving, for shopping, for all your nerdy needs (I’m referring to me on that one!) this box is similar to those subscriptions but at the same time very different. The Love+Blessed Subscription boxes allow you to receive a box a month, each themed and fully of items to inspire, encourage and help you on your walk with God.

The box theme I received was Beauty, in it there was a mini poster, reminder sticker, scripture card (with one of my favorite verses, 1 Peter 3:3-4), a theme sticker, bracelet, compact mirror, and a prayer journal. Also attached to the lid is a bit of encouragement that reminds you that you are beautiful.

This box is like any other, with a new theme they are sure to encourage and inspire each month, these boxes also make an awesome gift, if you are curious about what other boxes contain you can do what I did and check them out on Instagram! These are a great idea and an awesome way to encourage you each month!

GIVEAWAY

Love+Blessed is giving away an entire year of encouragement! That is 12 free boxes! Enter here: http://bit.ly/lovedandblessed.

 

 

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-Elle

I received the Love+Blessed Box complimentary in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Searching for Vision

In life I often have those moments of being at a crossroads, being at a point where there are so many paths to choose from. Lately I have felt myself standing at a trail head with multiple options to choose from, I can see each path, I can tell each one leads to something different but I cannot see the whole path clearly, I cannot see where each will take me. I know each will lead somewhere else. And some will even take me backwards from where I stand today. And yet I stand here and consider each path unsure of which one is the right one to take.

This weekend I found myself at a Marriage Seminar. 26-years old, incredibly single and sitting at a marriage seminar, not exactly what I had in mind. I found a lot of the information useful and will great in the if-and-when happens. I’m not one of those girls searching for a husband at every corner I turn, and although I see the importance of the singles crowd to hear this information in preparation for the future, up until a few days before I really was set to not go to a marriage seminar, with being a part of so many weddings lately it just did not sound appealing. But I must say it did get me thinking…just not exactly about marriage.

There was one point in the seminar where the Pastor talked about having a vision statement for his marriage and how him and his wife go on a vision retreat each year to pray, talk, share and have fun to discuss what God has planned for them and what their vision for them as a couple, for their children and for their family is for that year. Now if businesses, churches, and married couples had a vision for their year…maybe that was what was missing from me. And than it hit me.

I had no vision.

I’ve prayed for guidance, had ideas of where I would like to be, asked God to reveal His plans to me, but what I was lacking was vision. I had nothing to line my choices up with. There was no real motivation except going through each day, so I am putting together a plan. A weekend of disconnecting and figuring out what God has in store for me this year, and the path He wants me to take.

Do you have a vision for your life?

What do you think about creating a Vision statement for your everyday?

-Elle

“‘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.'”

Jeremiah 29:11

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Two roads diverged…

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there…even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

-Psalm 139:7-8,10

For the past few years I have felt a bit complacent and lost. I’ve hit this point where I go through the motions of my day, I live off of a structure, I tend to do the same things day in and day out. I have hit a routine. I feel as if I am playing a waiting game, where I am standing in the middle of a path with multiple choices to take (‘…two roads diverged..’) and as I glance to each path I am waiting, waiting for God to look down at me and show me, give me a hint to which path I should be taking, which path will lead me to Him and His calling upon my life. I pace around in little circles, sit and stare at the clouds going by and imagining what shapes they are taking, all the while waiting to hear His voice, to get an idea which path to take.

I know which path I don’t want to take, I don’t want to go backwards, I don’t want to retreat into my past where I am comfortable, to my past that I feel invisible, to the past that I would love the chance of a do-over. I want to move forward, but there are so many options to forward, each path has many other paths in front of it, from choices of a job or a career, to a family or singleness, to Oklahoma or away. There are so many choices and I don’t want to take the wrong path, I don’t want to make a mistake, I don’t want to visit Pennsylvania to tell them I’m the one that didn’t make anything of myself, that left with huge dreams and came back sitting in a job that I don’t enjoy or feel called to be a part of.

The fact of the matter is, that no matter which path I choose, which one I start on, and even those I retreat from God is there. Even if I choose the path that makes me backtrack from where I am God is always there beside me with open arms to comfort, protect, and guide me. He is there as my provision and offers me grace for every time I wander off on a rabbit trail or stumble and fall. Either way, which ever choice I choose He will be there to pick me up and provide the support I need along the way. So rather than standing at this point of diverging paths it’s time to take a step into the unknown. Even if I wanted to (and I don’t) God will never hide for me, there will be times I can’t hear Him, times I am ignoring His voice and times I end up asking ‘You want me to do what?’ but no matter the case He is always with me, and will guide my path, even when I stumble onto the wrong one.

-Elle

Passages By: Brian Hardin

We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

I received this book from the Publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Immediatley

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:25-32

We all have heard the story of Jesus walking on water, it is one of my favorites in the Bible. When Peter finds himself sinking, Jesus responds to his call immediately, He doesn’t wait or watch as Peter struggles Jesus reaches out to Peter as soon as he cries out. I love this story so much, it is a reminder of our daily walk, we try and try to keep our focus on Jesus, to keep seeing Him, we praise Him when things are going great but often times find ourselves sidetracked when things get tough. We start to focus on our own problems, the issues that get in the way, we stop looking towards Jesus and instead watch the growing storm, we pay attention to the shifting winds, we turn a little rain into a tornado and forget the most important thing we can do, which is keep our eyes on Jesus, to follow Him and trust in Him through everything.

And although we get distracted by life, by our problems, by the world, our television, friends and family, just like Paul, Jesus has never abandoned us. As soon as Paul cries out Jesus catches him. immediately. Not before we reach out to Him, not after we have cried out but immediately! He never leaves our side! He is just waiting for us to refocus and remember that only with His help can we make it through, and that no matter what is going on in our lives, Christ is always their to catch us when we slip and fall and pay more attention to the world around us.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: I will praise Him

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God!”

Psalm 42:11

We all hit a point where we become discouraged, annoyed, frustrated. Times when we can’t seem to think straight, that things in life have brought us down made us feel sad and lonely. In those times we always seem to ask ‘Why God?” Why am I in this situation? Why aren’t things working out? Why do I feel so alone? When will it be my time?

We bombard God with our questions of why we are feeling all of these and why circumstances are not different. Psalm 42:11 reminds us that we should not be asking why, we need to remember God is in control! He has our futures! Our hopes are in His hands, He knows what is best for us, and although our lives feel like they are spiraling out of control, He is in control. In these times let’s remember to thank Him for the things that will make us stronger and remember to praise God in all of our circumstances, the good and the bad.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: God is our refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

-Psalm 46:1

 

We’re  only human. Life constantly throws us curve balls, we feel broken and down, and often times attempt to rely upon ourselves or other people in  our lives to get us through. Sometimes when things push us down it’s hard to get back up again, we feel that every time we manage to grasp onto something we are pushed down again and fall further than before.

I know many times I try to rely on friends or family to help me through, but most of the time that is not enough. My friends and family do not mean to let me down, but the fact is they are only human. When I find I can’t always lean on them I try to survive on my own strength, I try to get by on my own will and that ultimately fails.

There is only one who will not let me down, His strength can carry all my weakness, all of my let downs and failures. No matter how deep of a hole I wind up in, God will constantly pull me out, He is where I need to rest. The One I should lean on, He will always provide me refuge. He will be my strength to keep me moving forward.

Put your strength in God, He will always get you through.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: National Day of Prayer

” Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Colossians 4:2-6

 

Today is the National Day of Prayer, lets join together and pray for our families, friends, and enemies. Pray for our country, our leaders, and our communities. Pray for those in need. Pray for the widows and the orphans. Lets prayer for one another.

If you have a specific Prayer Request Comment here or send an e-mail.

How can I pray for you?

-Elle

 

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Guard your heart

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Proverbs 4:23

So many times we throw our hearts into relationships, our jobs, our music, our families and friends. We tend to throw our hearts into the things we are passionate about, the things we believe can get us ahead in life. We throw our lives into the latest craze, into the things that we want, the things we treasure in our lives. The things we store in our heart helps to determine the choices we make. We must remember to guard our heart against the things of this world and offer it freely to the Lord and no one else. Our hearts are fragile, the things we throw our heart into will determine the course of our life. We need to fully give our heart to God, He knows where are life is headed, He knows what is best for us! Guard your heart against the temptations of this world and give it all to God.

 

-Elle

One Year through the Bible

I’ve always tried to read through the Bible from beginning to end, it just always became overwhelming (Especially once you hit Leviticus and Numbers!)   A friend of mine has mentioned having the same problem so we decided that we are going to help one another to be accountable.

Below is a link to the Reading Plan we are using, it is broken down my days/genres rather than trying to read from beginning to end and we want to invite you to join us!

Into Thy Word Bible Reading Plan

If you would like to join us in this challenge please leave a comment below so we can be praying for you, if you want a weekly e-mail of the Verse breakdown send an e-mail to OrganicShoes@gmail.com and every Saturday we will send a list for the next week!

Hope you can join us! God Bless!

 

Today we are starting in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 1-2

 

-Elle

 

 

Have you ever read through the whole Bible? How did it change your relationship with God? What was the most challenging part? Did you have a reading plan or just work from beginning to end?