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The King’s Blooming Rose | Review and Giveaway

The King's Blooming Rose Giveaway

Last year, I was introduced to the delightful magazine, The King’s Blooming Rose. Edited and published by homeschool graduate, Sarah Bryant, The King’s Blooming Rose “offers quarterly encouragement to Christian girls.” KBR encourages young ladies to “become delightful cornerstones at home, under the guidance of their parents according to Titus 2 and Proverbs 31.” Each issue features themes such as abiding in Christ, contentment, femininity, and Scripture memory.

My sisters and I were gifted with a year’s subscription by a sweet friend and we have thoroughly enjoyed each issue. In fact, we’ve loved it so much that we ordered all the back issues. So, to celebrate 100 posts on The Blue Tree House, I want to give away a year’s subscription to one of my readers.

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Giveaway closes Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12 P.M. CDT. Winner will be announced Friday, March 27.

Acorns, Races, & Sin

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“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a

It was a beautiful fall afternoon and I was leading my siblings in our daily exercise time. The sun was shining, leaves needed to be raked, and everyone had lots of energy. It was a good combination. I decided to bring some fun into our afternoon activity. A few of us raked a complex path/racetrack through the leaves.

After some footraces in which various siblings competed, we positioned ourselves to begin a relay race. The three youngest siblings would begin by running half of the track and handing their baton to their assigned sibling, who would then finish the race. I was paired with my youngest (and smallest) brother so I shed my socks and shoes in favor of bare feet. I needed all the speed I could get. When the baton reached me, I took off running. Unfortunately, I failed to remember all the acorns that covered my path ahead. As I was running, I stepped on one of those tiny, sharp acorns. I felt the cut but continued running anyway.

When I reached the finish line (second place), I discovered that the acorn had caused a rather deep cut. I couldn’t clean it completely and had to wait until my EMT brother got home. He was able to fully clean and bandage the wound and it is now healing.

As I was thinking over this event, I was struck with a few truths.

#1: As Christians, our lives are like a race (Hebrews 12:1). We began the day we were saved and we are running toward to the Ultimate Goal–Jesus Christ. Each moment, each day is step closer to our Goal. Godly parents and mentors have passed the baton to us and we are to be running toward Jesus.

#2: Sin can be like acorns. Though I knew the oak tree stood there, I failed to adequately prepare myself to run. As fallen human beings, we sin every day. We see sin and its’ effects all around us but how often do we forget how powerful it is? We sin but fail to confess. We can continue limping on in our race but the power is gone.

#3: Confession of sin is like cleaning a wound. Getting my foot completely cleansed of all dirt was painful but necessary. Had I skipped cleaning the wound, it would eventually have become infected and caused much bigger problems. When we fail to confess our sin, it weighs on our hearts and minds. It festers and slows us down in our race. We can only obtain full cleansing and freedom when we confess our sin.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

To My Dad on Father’s Day

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I love this candid picture of my dad. The photographer for my brother’s wedding snapped it and it’s become one of my favorites from the entire day. 

Dear Dad,

I am incredibly blessed to be able to call you, “Daddy”. You are the best father a girl could have. You have been actively involved in my life. You have taken interest in me, in what I enjoy doing, and have encouraged me.

Dad, I’m so grateful for your Godly leadership in my life. There have been times in the past when I haven’t completely understood why we did or did not do a certain thing, but I always knew your decision was not lightly taken. I know there will be times in the future that I won’t understand “why”, but I choose to trust you.

Dad, thanks for being willing to be different from “the crowd”. Many times, you have encouraged us to base our actions not on what our peers may say, but on what the Bible states. And you have led by example.

Dad, thanks for showing us what a Godly man looks like. You are unafraid to stand for truth. You are willing to be honest and humble in front of your family. You are a witness to a lost world. You are a wonderful example of the man your sons need to be and the man your daughters need to marry.

I love you so much.

Your little girl,
Abbie

An Open Letter to My Mom

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An open letter to my dear Mom on this Mother’s day. I am incredibly blessed.

Dear Mom,

When Mother’s Day approaches each year, I’m usually unsure of the best way to express my thanks and appreciation for you. I can’t always find the right words to tell you how much I love you. This year, however, I have had words swirling through my mind.

Mom, thanks for choosing to be a stay-at-home mom. You have chosen, in the world’s eyes, the less popular path. In my eyes, you chose the loftier goal. Each day that you tirelessly pour yourself into serving our family, you are choosing to know your children’s hearts. You have faithfully done our laundry, cooked our meals, and cleaned our home. And while you have done it, you have learned our likes and dislikes, our struggles and victories, and our deepest thoughts. You have taken time to know each of us.

Mom, thank you for educating us at home. You not only taught us the basics of life and learning, but you also prepared and equipped us to face life’s challenges. You have given us the tools to learn. Our library will testify to the fact that you have fed our mental appetites with good, wholesome thoughts. You have taught us how learn from the everyday experiences.

Most importantly, Mom, thank you for your spiritual example in our home. From a young age, you have instilled God’s Word into our hearts. You continually stressed the importance of a strong relationship with the Lord. By example you have encouraged us to begin our day with the Lord. For several of us, you personally showed us from God’s Word how we could have a home in Heaven.

Thank you for your more than twenty-five years of faithful motherhood, Mom. You are an example to your family, your friends, and the world of what godly motherhood looks like. I love you so much!

Love,

Abbie

God Answers Prayer, Part 1

Earlier this week, I had an exciting answer to prayer. I was in need of some new black shoes and really wasn’t looking forward to shopping for shoes. I wear a size 10 and it can often be hard to find in stores. Shopping online takes quite a bit time. Yesterday morning found me asking the Lord for an inexpensive but nice pair of shoes.

Mom had to run some errands yesterday afternoon and all four girls ended up going with her. I was planning to look for shoes at Target but our first stop of the afternoon was Goodwill. I helped Anna in her search for a top and then decided to check the shoe section. I didn’t see anything at first glance but as I was turning away, a pair of gray flats caught my eye. I turned back and there, on the shelves, underneath the gray flats were the black shoes. Both pairs fit perfectly, were practically new, and were $5 each. Praise the Lord!


Two pairs of almost-new shoes.

Dr. Scholl’s, size 10, black flats, $5.

Naturalizer, size 9.5, gray flats, $5.

Do you have a recent answer to prayer that you would like to share? Leave a comment or drop me a line.