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.

Let my Words Speak Truth.

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

Ephesians 4:29 (Amplified)

Words. We use them everyday, many times we take them for-granted, throwing them about with no consideration to what we are saying and who we are saying them too. Rather than choosing our words carefully we allow our emotions let our mouths run rampant and share words that should have never been said. Our emotions and feelings in any given moment choose our words for us with no consideration of consequence until we realize we have broken someone down or shared something that was told in confidence.

Our words have power.

Words can break someone down. Words can lift someone up.

Many of us our familiar with Ephesians 4:29, and we read it with agreement, in the back of our minds checking that since we do not curse we’ve got this down. However, unwholesome talk or worthless talk is not simply limited to cursing, or yelling, it doesn’t end at our anger but it envelops a range of things. Unwholesome talk starts in the morning as we complain about another day at work with that one employee we don’t get along with, or the anger when someone cuts you off on the highway as you spill your coffee down your front. Our words are powerful, and we want to use them, but use them appropriately.

Recently a youth pastor friend of mine shared about asking his students about what he has said or done that has impacted their lives. To his surprise one of the girls in his group responded that the one thing he did that CHANGED her LIFE was tell her “I believe in you, you can do anything.” One simple sentence. Just eight short words, nothing fancy about them, but they changed a life, they allowed someone to believe in themselves and the future they had in store. Our words have power that we forget and don’t realize, if something as simple as ‘I believe in you’ can change a life, just imagine how much impact our negative words have on others?

As humans we believe words easily, even when the Bible contradicts what we are told in the world we believe in the negative words that are spoken over us, that we are worthless, dumb, unloved, alone, a mistake, a failure. These words are lies. Lies that we should never speak over someone.

Let’s be intentional about the words we choose to speak. Make intentional choices when talking to people that instead of spreading rumors and sharing gossip, and being negative we need to spread words of encouragement, words that speak life and fill people with the love of God.

We want to build people up, encouraging each other, simple words can change a life and encouragement will change the atmosphere entirely, it is positive and it leaves hope. True encouragement is found in the word of God and it will change lives.

-Elle

 

Want to join the discussion? Swing by the Discover Together Series Facebook page and join us as we study Ephesians with Sue Edwards.

Words, Hawk Nelson

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

Running After Peace: 1 Peter Graduated Blog Tour Week 6

1 Peter 3:8-12 The Message, emphasis added

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.

When I first read this section it really didn’t hit me, alright so we are supposed to be nice, but reading it in the Message made it hit home a lot more. There are no wishy washy words used. The message is clear and to the point. We are to be agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, humble. At first my mind wants to tell me that I try my best at all of these, and convince ourselves that when you have been less than loving there was a valid reason behind it.  But than comes the next part, are you ready for this?

“That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm.”

Ouch. No exceptions. No excuses. No sarcasm.

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

I make excuses, I attempt to find reason behind my actions when I do not want to be compassionate. I don’t want to be loving. Sometimes I just want to be angry. I want to be mad. I want to retort with sarcasm and be passive aggressive to make it seem like I am still attempting to be nice and forgiving when I am really not.

That’s not what we are called to be though. Patsy Clairmont likes to say that sarcasm is anger in clown shoes. We use it as a tool, to try to appear like we are not that angry. In those moments we need to stop and breathe. Send up a prayer for peace and help in getting past the emotion and being able to respond with love.

Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do:
      Say nothing evil or hurtful;  Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things. ”

Bless. That’s our job. Wow. That is something to write down and memorize, especially in those moments where we don’t feel like being much of a blessing. I want to try my best everyday to live out this verse. To glorify God through my words and actions. I want to run after peace for all I am worth. I love that. For all I am worth. I haven’t been doing that, I don’t think I’ve been running after peace for half of what I am worth.

It’s time to take that step. Pay attention to my words. My actions. It’s time for me to be a real reflection of Jesus’ character.

-Elle

 

 

The 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times was provided to me complimentary from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is an inductive Bible Study by Sue Edwards which I will be going through for the next 3 weeks

52 Weeks: 52 Verses- I Just Don’t Have It In Me.

“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit.” -1 John 4:13

“I don’t have it in me” was the first sentence in my devotional this morning, from Mornings with Jesus 2012. This week has been a tough one, not for any particular reason, nothing major has happened to up-end anything, it has just been an off week in general.

When I opened my devotional and read that first sentence, I knew that was what I wanted to tell God. “I just don’t have it in me.”

Even if I don’t have it in me, that is not what matters, I may not have the strength or desire within me, but if I am attempting to lean on myself to get through the bad days it is not going to happen. I have Christ within me, He provides me with His strength, not my own, He pushes me forward. Jesus lives within me, and in those moments of feeling that I just don’t have the energy or the strength, when I call out to Jesus He will always fill me up.

-Elle