"It’s not the gingerbread houses or cookies or special meals that will have the most impact on your family. It is the attitude of your heart. It is them seeing the Gospel lived out in your day to day life – even in the midst of busy seasons." @mferrell

“It’s not the gingerbread houses or cookies or special meals that will have the most impact on your family. It is the attitude of your heart. It is them seeing the Gospel lived out in your day to day life – even in the midst of busy seasons.”

As the busy Christmas season is upon us we can find ourselves all wrapped up (literally wrapping too) in planning, cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, ministry activities and a multitude of other tasks that seem to come about during the Christmas season in addition to just the normal activities of life that we are dealing with.

I can lose focus and need to continue to pray to the Lord to remind me to have the heart of Mary and not get caught up with the attitude of Martha in all that needs to be done. I’m a very task focused person, and it’s how my mind works so I need to be intentional and prayerful to not miss the wonder of the Christmas season.

The Christmas season can be a time – a reminder to us to refocus – to again to think deeply about the realities of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

“True Biblical contentment is not rooted in our circumstances but in God Himself.”

Come listen in to the podcast episode of Christ-Focused Christmas Celebration Ideas.

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Show Notes:

It is a good reminder for us that Mary knew God’s Word. In the time Mary lived, she was probably illiterate, but she had heard the Word of God and kept it hidden in her heart. How well do we know God’s Word? Are we able to speak the Words of His truth to others? Do we speak His truth to our own hearts? Is our time in the Word an important part of our day no matter how busy the schedule looks?

If there is one thing I want you to grasp this Christmas season is don’t get caught in the comparison trap. Comparison robs you of your energy and joy to love and care for your own family with a heart of joy and thanksgiving.
True Biblical contentment is not rooted in our circumstances but in God Himself.
It’s not the gingerbread houses or cookies or special meals that will have the most impact on your family. It is the attitude of your heart. It is them seeing the Gospel lived out in your day to day life – even in the midst of busy seasons. Make sure you love on them, model Christ to them, practice giving thanks in all things, take the time just to sit and chat and hug on them, pray for continued patience during this sometimes busy season and be reminded that true joy and contentment is only found in Christ. Let them see you are dependent on Jesus for all things.
As my husband always reminds me – because I need this reminder too – Jesus is enough – always.

I do believe a good place to start is to sit down with your husband or even as a family and talk about what items are most important in your celebration of Christmas? What traditions point you to Christ? What traditions take your focus off Christ that maybe you might want to change or modify a bit or eliminate?

God’s Word is the truth, and the Christmas story is not just a story but an event that really happened. What are some things we could do to honor the One who came to give us eternal life? Those are maybe some questions to start as you determine what a simple Christ-focused Christmas looks like in your home.

Scripture & Resources:

Luke 1:28-29

Luke 2:19

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Philippians 2:14

Matthew 1

Luke 2

Isaiah 7

Isaiah 9

Micah 5

Matthew 25:40

Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul Tripp

Good News of Great Joy at Desiring God

Ever Thine Home

10 Questions to Ask at a Christmas Gathering

Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel

Wretched.org

Answers in Genesis Christmas Cards

14 Simple Outreach Ideas with an Eternal Focus

Remember When Tract at Living Waters

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper

ESV Giveaway Bibles

Related Resources:

Celebrating Advent: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Christ-Focused Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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Marci is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, helpmeet to her sweetheart Doug for over 26 years, mother, mother-in-law, caregiver and grandmother. She is here by God’s grace and overwhelmed by His kindness in redeeming her as His daughter. Loving her husband, children and granddaughter, reading, home keeping, cooking, feeding lots of people and making lists are some of her favorite pastimes. You can find her at Thankful Homemaker where she shares about her walk with the Lord, her passion for biblical womanhood and living all of life for the glory of God.

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Do you need gift ideas for your daughters?

Would you like to get her something she could use and learn a few creative skills –even homemaking skills?

We were thinking the same thing, so today we are sharing a list of gift ideas that will inspire your daughters creative juices with kits that she can actually use in her own home or give as a gift!

Let’s begin:

 

1. Craftivity Super String Lanterns

 

2. Sewing Machine (Janome)

 

You can find bobbins & sewing cases HERE. 

If you need a Beginners Sewing Machine book you can find them HERE.

3. Knot a Quilt Kit

 

4. Make Your Own Soap Kit

 

 

5. Craftivity Make Your Own Jewelry Kit

 

6. Lip Balm Making Kit

 

7. Knot & Stitch Pillow

 

8. Cherry Blossom Lights Kit

 

 

9. Paper Flowers Kit

 

10. Macramae Bag Kit

 

11. Paper Bowl Kit

 

 

 

12. Build Your Own 3D Inspiration Poster

13. Fujifilm Camera Kit Bundle

 

 

 

I hope this list is a blessing to you!

 

Do you have a favorite creative gift idea?

Share them in the comments!

 

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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Homemaking LInkup

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc.

Our new Linkup is sharing these posts along with our sister site to give you more exposure if you link up here!

Don’t forget to enter our Christmas Crockpot Giveaway:

 

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June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Are you interested in winning one of these for the holidays?

This is one of the NEW Pioneer Woman Crockpots that are featured in our Raising Homemakers Christmas Gift Guide 2017 this year, in case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet.

Right now our sister site, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, is hosting this giveaway for anyone who’d like to enter. We made it easy for you and are sharing the entry form below:


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And don’t forget–this is just ONE of the many amazing gifts featured in our Christmas Gift Guide. There are SO many more! Here are a few more that are listed:

Lilla Rose

Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner 2018

Oakmoss and Ivy Crafts

Norwex

Mountain Mellow

Hello Fresh

Birchbox

Treasured Sparrow Designs

Avalee Natural Skin Care

Cozy Tea Treasures

Victorian Letters

Fitness and Health Bands

Scripture Jewelry

Flirty Aprons

and more!

You can view the entire list over at ourRaising Homemakers Christmas Gift Guide HERE.

 

We hope you win!

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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Snow’s about ready to fall in the Northern hemisphere, and what will you be doing when it does?

Sitting by a crackling fire…

Hot cup of tea nearby…

Soft yarn and smooth needles in your lap…

Sounds like you’re ready for colder weather :).

If you’ve been on the run all summer and fall, it’s about time for your schedule to slow down just a bit… which means you’ll be reaching for your next handmade project.

I can’t think of a better way to welcome winter than to tell you about a collection of digital resources you’re going to be starry-eyed over.

It’s called the Handmade with Love Super Bundle.

 

Before I tell you what’s in it, can we talk about that name? It’s almost like this was created with you in mind. 🙂

Everything you make, every stitch you count, knit, sew, crochet, quilt… you do them all with love, don’t you?

I feel exactly the same way.

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you all this bundle, so you can soak up more of the joy and relaxation that comes with handcrafting.

Okay, let’s talk about what’s inside :-).

With over 200 patterns, projects, and step-by-step tutorials, you’ll find dreamy projects to create, new ways to sharpen your skills, or even a whole new technique to play with (quilting! fabric dyeing! rug making! weaving!).

 

This bundle covers: quilting, sewing, crochet, knitting, applique, embroidery, cross-stitch, dyeing, fiber arts, and crafting in general.

It’s basically a crafter’s dream collection!

Here is what is included:

 

Applique

  • Applique Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Applique Techniques by Leslie Rutland ($12.00)
  • The Joy of Christmas Quilted Dinner Set by Liuxin Newman ($24.99)
  • Baby Storybook: A Day at Home with Bearhug & Honeybun by Sedef Imer ($14.00)
  • Lovely Liberty Cushion: A Needleturn Applique Project by Emma Jean Jansen ($10.50)

Crochet

  • A Doll Like Me: A Collection of Customizable Crochet Doll Patterns PLUS A Beginner’s Guide to Amigurumi by Stacey Trock ($20.00)
  • Crochet Earrings by Dobi Ivanova ($7.00)
  • Imagical Seasons: Spring, Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12 by Alla Koval ($24.95)
  • Slouch Hat Crochet Patterns (Vol. 2) by Rebecca Langford ($7.99)
  • The Perfect Product Line: The Grace Collection by Pam Grice ($16.00)
  • The Plaid Collection: 14 Cozy Crochet Patterns in Classic Plaid by Bethany Dearden ($6.99)
  • Crochet Rug Making by Morgan Roberts ($15.00)
  • Little Miss Wheo by Carla Schwind ($5.50)

Cross Stitch

  • Cross Stitch Pattern Collection by Susan Fitzgerald ($18.00)
  • Geometric Birds & Animals Collection by galabornpatterns ($38.94)
  • Spirited Animals Bundle : Queen Bee and Spirited Animals Alphabet by Dana Batho (business name Peacock & Fig) ($19.98)
  • Summer/Winter Wreath by Jenny Van De Wiele ($10.00)

Decorative

  • Creative Cloth by Linda Matthews ($15.00)
  • Printing on Fabric: Instinctual Mark-Making, Screen & Stencil Printing by Ellie Beck ($47.00)
  • Shibori & Natural Dyeing Course by Francesca Stone ($25.00)
  • Welcome to Weaving: Tips and Tricks for Weaving on a Frame Loom from Start to Finish by Lindsey Campbell ($30.00)
  • Luna: Macrame Wall Hanging Pattern by Krystle Luvis ($13.80)

Embroidery

  • 23 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments: Three eBooks in One! by Erica Hite ($14.00)
  • Embroidery Pattern Set by Pumora ($94.00)
  • Insect Embroidery Pattern Set by Sarah Milligan ($18.00)
  • Modern Embroidery Pattern Set by Stitcharama ($10.00)
  • The Embroidery Project: All In The Details by Mollie Johanson ($35.00)
  • The Girl Gang: An Embroidery Pattern Bundle by cozyblue by Liz Stiglets ($20.00)
  • Brother Rabbit: Raised Embroidery by Anna Scott ($7.35)

Knitting

  • Cozy Christmas Knits by Jessica Bolof ($22.00)
  • Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alasdair Post-Quinn ($17.95)
  • Essential Baby Knits by Tatsiana Matsiuk ($20.00)
  • How To Arm Knit with Cowl, Blanket and Pouf Pattern by Anne Weil ($16.00)
  • Weekend: Simple, Modern Knits by Jen Geigley ($27.00)
  • Fair Isle Knitting by Liat Gat ($26.77)
  • Fairy Tale Gloves by Shehla Ahmed ($5.99)

Quilting

  • Color in Quilting: A Trio of Simple Quilt Patterns + a Lesson in Effective Color Placement by Alison Glass ($36.00)
  • DIY Block Design: Your Designs From Sketchbook To Quilt by Alyce Blyth ($15.50)
  • Mother’s Medallion Quilt by Becky Dietz & Cindy Leis ($35.00)
  • Quilting Jetgirl Best Selling Patterns by Yvonne Fuchs ($30.00)
  • Solids: Five Quilt Patterns by Lauren Terry ($10.00)
  • Get Quilty by Elise Cripe ($18.00)
  • Patchwork Planner & Journal by Becky Jorgensen ($14.99)

Sewing

  • 10 Simple Sewing Projects for the Home: Even If You Only Know How to Sew a Straight Line by Corey Willis ($20.00)
  • How to Sew Japanese Sewing Patterns by Rin Gomura-Elkan ($25.00)
  • Retro Rucksack & Penfield Pocket Tote: Two Essential Bag Sewing Patterns by Sara Curtis ($19.00)
  • Sewing Fancy Dresses for Little Girls (Aged 3 and Under) by Tatiana Kozorovitsky ($19.99)
  • Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching by Nicole Bennett ($9.99)
  • Art Caddy Tote by Virginia Lindsay ($8.00)
  • Happytown Dolls: Maisie and Max Fly Kites by Anne Oliver ($9.99)
  • Hipster Teddy Bear by Stephanie Woodson ($7.00)
  • Mr and Mrs Deer: DIY Woodland Felt Decorations by Jenny Blair ($7.00)
  • Patchwork Elephant and Baby Quilt by Abby Glassenberg ($9.00)

Bonuses

  • 6 Month Digital Magazine Subscription + Instant Download of the Latest Issue from Make Modern ($29 value)
  • “Rock Your Craft Fair” Digital Planner from Crochetpreneur

And even better? You’ll get all these projects and fresh patterns – created by hip, modern designers like Allison Glass, Elise Blaha-Cripe, Anne Weil, Rebecca Langford, and Liat Gat (plus 47 others)…

…for just $29.97. (They’re worth over $1,000!)

Curious how it’s possible to get all of this so inexpensively?

The creators of these patterns, tutorials, courses and more joined forces to offer this incredibly special bundle, but just for a super short period of time. Once the sale’s over, they’ll go back to selling their products and patterns at full price.

I really can’t speak highly enough about the quality and value of what’s inside, especially for this price!

Want to check it out and get your own Handmade with Love Super Bundle?

This is how it works:

  1. Visit the website and take a quick look at all the delightful projects you’ll be able to create with this package, then click the pink “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks and patterns, signing up for your online courses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the project or technique you want to try your hand at first and start creating!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 8 days! (I told you it was short!)

After Monday night, December 4th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a 30 day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

Their customer service is amazing, and they truly want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle.

If you’re ready to spend more time making and unplugging from technology this season, this is just what you need.

Create one-of-a-kind items to wear, gift, decorate with, and simply enjoy, with this curated, convenient, and super affordable library of patterns and projects.

Remember this Super Bundle ends on Monday!

Learn more or get your bundle here! 

 

 

 

We hope you are blessed by it!

 

 

 

 

*Note: This post contains affiliate links–thanks for your support!

 

 

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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 “Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. “

– Luke 2:10-12

I love the first verse that you see in the Bible verse above. It speaks of the gift of good news, great joy, no fear and something that is for EVERYONE. In a world that is fallen and in desperate need of a Savior it is so good to hear that great news and it should definitely with out a doubt be shared.

In a few weeks the world will be celebrating the birth of our Savior and what an exciting time that is! We want all people to proclaim His birth and mighty name and we can’t express how important that this begins in our homes first.

Have you taken the time to really teach your children the true meaning of all the magic around this special time? It is not about Rudolph and Frosty, but someone who came to change the world forever and FREE it.

 

I know that many of you are looking for something that can help explain to your younger children what Christmas is really all about and not lose the true meaning through materialism and everything the world is touting–but to REALLY take the time to lovingly pass down the legacy of our Savior to our children.If you are looking for something fun for young ones to do this year you might want to considerTruth in Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands:



This is a practical eBook that shares planned out daily devotionals to read with the kids that are combined with doing easy crafts that reinforce what has been taught that are used as ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree! So all through the month they can look at what they made and remember the Scriptural truths as the weeks and days go by. Isn’t that a blessing?



What is nice is that everyone knows how busy it can get in December–this eBook is designed to help accommodate that (it is very simple) and even offers flexibility in the lessons so that you can do it on your own schedule, choosing which crafts you’d prefer. It is designed to start on December 1st but you can do them at your own pace or all in one day if you’d like! 

Here is the author explaining how it works:



 



Since I am a not-so-crafty-Mama-with-little-time, I also bought the Truth in Tinsel Printable Ornaments which is handy because if things get too busy we can just print out some premade ornaments that coincide with the days Scripture, they color it, and voila–it’s done!




I am really looking forward to doing these crafts with them on my own schedule and making special memories with little hands (they won’t be small forever, you know!).

If you’d like to join us, you can pick up a book HERE.



Don’t wait–plan something extra special and fun to do with them this year!!!










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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Reconnecting Jesus with Christmas Decor and Gifts

by Mandy November 30, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Where has the time gone? It seems like I was just cleaning up my Christmas decorations and celebrating the New Year. I have realized that I have a Christmas gift dilemma… Early Christmas shopping is my goal every year. With each year that passes, my shopping schedule drifts to later […]

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Homemaking Linkup!

by June Fuentes November 29, 2017

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc. Our new Linkup is […]

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