It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...(cue song in your head now!).
Last night, Raleigh, the kids, and myself strung white lights onto our Christmas tree. To get in the spirit, we turned on our Christmas shuffle for the first time of the season (Ridley LOVED the Jeremiah the Bullfrog version of "Joy to the World!") and drank hot chocolate when we finished. It was work, but it was beautiful to sit back and see the lights dance in the evening hours.
As the lights were draped round and round the tree, it was nearly impossible not to twist and tangle the strands with little hands helping us. More than once, we had to stop the efforts and climb on a ladder to untwist a strand, making sure it circled the tree in proper manner. So often, my life resembles these lights - I want to be strung up all pretty and neat but I'm really a tangled mess. In the past, I've complicated Christmas because I've put too much on our calendars, leaving me exhausted and irritated at the people I love most. I want this year to be different. You too?
As we head into the "most wonderful time of the year" my prayer for all of us is that we can stop and remember Who helps us when we are a tangled mess of lights. It is going to be nearly impossible to stop the days from flipping frantically past us during the next month but I truly do want us to go into this holiday season aware of our triggers so that we can do less and be more intentional with our time. We need to give ourselves grace, slow down and record the moments of our days, and place decor throughout our homes that reminds us of our desperate need for a Savior. This year can be different, you know. I believe that we can take back our calendars and live lives of #connectionnotperfection this Christmas. We will never rid ourselves from the distractions of this world, but we can find time each day to give God our undivided attention. We can thank God for being a God who values community by celebrating the holidays with our people. Each night, as we look at the twinkling lights of our Christmas trees, may we remember that Jesus is the light of the world, the one who untangles us from our sins, so that we are people who show His love to others. Let's sit, just for a moment each day, and remember this truth.
This Christmas, I'm excited to introduce the CP Studio holiday line!!!
Raleigh and I worked hard designing items that we hope will encourage you to celebrate your people, place, and purpose. You will notice many new items, as well as, some updated favorites. Each item in the Studio has been handmade and printed in the good 'ole USA. We are also excited to announce that a portion of each purchase will be donated to the Wiregrass Hope Group this holiday season.
Before you browse these items, I wanted to make you aware of a few deals that we have going on this year:
- Now until next Monday, November 27th, we will offer free shipping on all items in the shop with the code FREETURKEYDAY.
- Undivided Prayer is available for pre-order until Thursday, December 7th.
- The Pre-Christmas shipping deadline is Thursday, December 14th.
CP Studio Holiday Line
The Jubilee Journal and the Jubilee Journal for Kids
The Jubilee Journal is a great resource to use while reading Invited book. You and I can observe jubilee by practicing the daily ritual of repentance so that we can rejoice in the freedom that God so graciously gave us through the crucifixion. The Jubilee Journal is a simple tool to help you celebrate your people, place, and purpose.
Here’s how this journal works:
Scripture - Begin your time with writing down a key verse of scripture that applies to your day. Meditate on this verse, underline key phrases, and soak it up so that you can keep it with you throughout the day.
Journal - Take a few minutes to purge your thoughts in this space. Write about your people, place, and purpose: daily highlights/hardships, moments worth keeping, and the desires of your heart. When you start to journal your days actively, you will begin to recognize patterns that need to be broken so you can live liberated from bondage and unhealthy habits. Journaling also serves as a great reminder of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and protection over your days.
Confession - Permit yourself to confess to God the things that you are wrestling with in your soul. Be honest in this space and share your troubles, fears, doubts, and insecurities. This space is a place for you to connect yourself to Christ on the cross and repent so that you may feel clean, forgiven, and loved. Confession is a significant step to experiencing freedom.
Celebration - We intentionally designed this space to be the last part of your journaling experience. Make this a time of worship. Shout your praises to God for the work He has done in your life. Write words of affirmation to remind you that God sees you, knows you, and loves you. May this be a space of joy and hope, friend.
The Jubilee Journal for Kids is similar to the women's version, but it is designed for children to talk to God in their own unique way. It is divided into these four sections:
- Bible Verse: In this space, write your Bible verse for the day. When we learn scripture from the Bible, it helps us know who God is and how He helps us.
- Things I Need God’s Help With: Here, you can ask God for His help. Maybe you need help with homework, friends, or an emotion that you are feeling. Tell God what is on your heart.
- Things I Can Pray For Others: Write down prayers that you have for your family, friends, community, and nation.
- The Best Part of My Day: Share the best part of your day through drawing a picture or filling in the blank. Let this be a space for you to get creative!
This Christmas, we have holiday bundles of the Jubilee Journal and Invited book, making this the perfect gift for your own family or someone you love!
Painted Churches and Angels
These classics are back in the Studio with a fresh new look! We love placing these hand-painted wood blocks on mantles and bookshelves. Each church and angel has been prayed over and has scripture written on the back to remind us about Jesus.
Undivided Prayer Devotional
What if, for 21 days, you focused on what God wants for your life? Undivided Prayer is a 21 Day Prayer Challenge where you will commit to praying with the purpose of learning how to have an undivided heart for God in a very divided world. Each day of the study is designed with a beautiful full-color picture of our key verse, a short devotional, and a challenge section where you can journal your progress. This study will begin on Monday, January 15th. Pre-orders for the devotional will be taken until Thursday, December 7th so they can be shipped in time for Christmas.
Celebrate the season or your favorite city in Alabama with our collection of art prints. Each watercolor design has been hand-painted and is printed on heavy cardstock paper. The Sweet Home series has options for Auburn, Tuscaloosa, Dothan, and Birmingham. These prints go perfect in a gold frame or use it around the house with washi tape or laundry clips.
Grace Wood Block
Hand-lettered in metallic gold, the Grace wood block is a great reminder that we all need grace, especially during the holidays. This is a great gift for the young women in your life.
To see more of our holiday line, you can shop the Studio here. Don't forget that we also have signed copies of Invited available for purchase and offer the books in a bundle of seven if you'd like to buy them for your friends or family.
We hope that these items will help you focus on Christ during the Christmas season. Shop now and get free shipping until next Monday! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, friend.