Faith-filled Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

 Ten more days and its Christmas time! It is true that your view of Christmas changes when you have kids and as you get older, it becomes more different. We "want" less and less. My view of Christmas dramatically changed when I became a Christian. Realizing how much God loves all of us as He sent His only Son to save us. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and His death is the complete epitome of God's unconditional love.

  It is sad that there are a lot of people walking around not knowing what the true meaning of Christmas is. We get so wrapped up with the busyness of this season. You see it on the freeway, people are always rushing to their destination to the point of putting other drivers and themselves at risk of accidents. I see it in the stores, people can be so grumpy! And at times, inconsiderate of the holiday workers that worked so hard to clean and organize a store.  We went to Children's Place in the mall near us. It is just a small one but what a horrible surprise it was when we walked into the store. There were a lot of clothes on the floor! I imagine store clerks painstakingly folding all the display of clothes and how irritating it can be that customers can be so inconsiderate. Christmas is not just about shopping and gifting things. We can give the gift of kindness, the gift of patience, the gift of understanding and acceptance. How about the gift of time and serving? I am not just talking about serving only in the context of the church. Serving your hurting family and friends by being there for them, bringing them meals or helping a mom who just recently gave birth. There are a lot of ways if we only think and reflect.



 This is why most of us, prefer to shop at locally owned small shops, online shopping, and shopping way too early (even throughout the year). I am all of the above. If I had to walk into a big box store or any shopping strip, I make sure I get there early.  Speaking of early, I am so proud of myself for being organized this year. I planned my gifts and decided to keep it simple. I am officially done with Christmas shopping. Speaking of shopping, if you are still looking for ideas...I am sharing a list below PLUS sharing the release of DVD Overcomer for those of you who have not seen the movie yet.



BIBLE TABS

How cute are these DiverseBee laminated tabs? These are from Amazon, but you can also find laminated tabs at Etsy.



KEYCHAINS

This cute keychain is from Selah Christian Store. You can find it HERE.


INSPIRATIONAL COASTERS

This set of coasters are from Amazon for $14.99



DEVOTIONALS

I love receiving and giving devotionals. It is a gift that keeps on giving. This devotional is from Amazon for $9.73. What I love about it is that it is also a journal. I can not stress it enough how journaling can change your life. Specifically a prayer journal. It is your private conversations with God. It is amazing at times to read all of my past prayer requests for myself, family, and friends. The answered ones and the ones God is still working on.



JEWELRY

I love simple jewelry, especially the ones that are inspirational and faith-filled. Of course, nothing beats soaking yourself into the Bible but I see jewelry as small snippets of reminders. I personally love Elevated Faith. I am subscribed to their monthly sticker club. My girls and I are into decorating our water bottles (and my laptop) with faith-filled stickers and local coffee shop stickers that we love. They also have quite a few cute rings and bracelets. Did I mention a bracelet club? This rng is called highs and lows. A great reminder that God is greater than our highs and lows.



DVD's

I know what you're thinking? Who keeps a DVD when there are tons of streaming channels nowadays. I still do and I still love gifting friends and family with DVD. Speaking of DVD, if you did not get the chance to watch the movie or have watched it and was absolutely touched by it...OVERCOMER DVD and Blu-Ray is coming out this Tuesday, December 16.




OVERCOMER is from the creators of the #1 box-office hit War Room. Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison (Kendrick) after he loses his basketball team and is challenged by the school’s principal, Olivia (Shirer), to coach a new sport he doesn’t know or like. As John questions his own worth, he dares to help the least likely runner take on the biggest race of the year. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, humor, and heart, this inspirational story will have you on the edge of your seat.

 The Blu-ray, DVD and digital release come with an extensive array of bonus material, including 10 minutes of extended and deleted scenes, fun bloopers, exclusive commentary by the Kendrick Brothers, moving in-depth looks at the power of forgiveness, identity and more

How about a DVD Gift Set?  A special Kendrick Brothers Six Movie DVD Gift Set will also be available exclusively at Walmart beginning December 17. The set will contain fan-favorite films OVERCOMER, WAR ROOM, COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, and FLYWHEEL. I have seen all of these movies and I can tell you that it will NOT disappoint you.


Here are the included bonuses and features on Blu-Ray and Digital Exclusive:
● The Heart of Overcomer: See how the heart of Overcomer is grounded in personal growth, faith, and identity.
 ● Creating the Opening Drone Shot: See how the stunning opening drone shot of the film was realized with a lot of ingenuity and a well-organized crew.
 ● Working with the Kendricks: Watch how Alex, Stephen, and Shannon Kendrick found their path to filmmaking through authenticity and faith.
● Looks Behind-the-Scenes of Editing, Composing, Coloring and Sound Design
● “Enough” (Lyric Video) Featuring Koryn Hawthorne
● Don’t Mess with the Editors: Check out what the editors of Overcomer created on the side for a little fun.

Here are the included bonuses and features on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Exclusive:
● Feature Audio Commentary with Director Alex Kendrick and Producer Stephen Kendrick
● Bloopers & Outtakes
● 10 Minutes of Additional Scenes with an introduction from the Kendrick Brothers.
● The Making of Overcomer: Learn about how the crew worked together with faith and prayer to create this incredible film.
● The Theme of Identity: In this piece, the cast and crew discuss what the theme of identity means to them.
● The Power of Forgiveness: Describes why forgiveness is such an important theme of this film.
● “Overcomer” (Lip Sync Music Video) Featuring Mandisa
● Overcomer in 60 Seconds: a quick fun film recap.


This is also a gift that keeps on giving! Inspirational and moving. 

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