This book is written by one of the amazing Mentor Moms in my MOPS group Karen Carlson, who also happens to be the Mother-in-law to the Pastor who performed our wedding ceremony, small world, right? She has a beautiful heart and has played a huge role in developing the MOPS groups around this area. At one point, her family traveled around the Pacific Northwest for 5 years, helping churches catch the vision of MOPS. How amazing and selfless is that?
At home, I read her book, fell in love and decided to wrap it up for the kids for Christmas. I set it on the counter, with the intention of wrapping it that night, but throughout the day, I felt like I wasn't supposed to wrap it up quite yet. Instead, I needed to email Karen, ask to buy a signed book from her and then give one away to one of you. I told my husband what I'd been thinking and asked him if my idea was wacko. I told him that it just feels like God wants me to bless someone else with a book. He assured me that it's not crazy and told me to go for it.
This book is full of life giving words and I think part of the reason that I get so stirred up about words is that words are powerful. We can speak LIFE to someone through words. Our words matter and as a Mom, I'm learning that I can speak words to my kids that give them confidence, that help them understand how much God loves them and help them know that they were created with a purpose. I can look them in the eyes throughout the day and tell them "God has big plans for you. You are amazing." And you know what? If you hear something enough times, you memorize it and what you memorize becomes embedded into who you are.
My middle girl, my Paisley Pie is three and my experience with three is that it isn't exactly an easy age. One thing that I've been trying to intentionally make more time for is reading with her. She's at this age where sometimes she'll resist me even tucking her in or giving her a hug and although I know it's just a phase, it's still hard. Reading together is a different story. The girl loves books and when we snuggle up and read, she softens. And so, I'm trying to remember that every single day there's time to read with my girl. Honestly, this doesn't come easy for me. I'm wired to want the dishes always done, the laundry always caught up and my lists always crossed off, but really, how much value do those things hold?
"Because God Said ‘You Are Very Special’ was stirred in Karen’s heart after hearing her son-in-law’s first sermon as pastor. Jason spoke on creation and Karen felt burdened to share with all children how powerful GOD’S Word is; when GOD spoke, life began. Karen went home that afternoon and began to write from Genesis 1 and Psalm 139. She wrote BECAUSE GOD SAID ‘You Are Very Special’ with every child’s heart in mind. Children need to know they are created and have purpose. They are valued and loved by a personal, yet powerful God. Come join a mother and her son as they discover God’s creation. Every child will delight in the colorful illustrations and searching for ‘Froggy McButterpants’. This little green frog wants to be a part of this incredible adventure just as much as your little one will."
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