Today I am so excited to introduce you to Courtney DeFeo. Courtney and I became friends through our dear friend Bobbie Wolgemuth. Bobbie poured her love and wisdom into our mother’s hearts over the years and completely transformed our hearts and homes. And Courtney’s new book, In This House, We Will Giggle, is an outpouring of all that God has done in her mama’s heart. God gifted Courtney with amazing creativity, and she truly makes being a mom and spending time together as a family a JOY and DELIGHT! And she makes teaching our kids about God and living out God’s call to serve FUN!
So enjoy this great post from Courtney. Be sure to read through to the end so you can enter our Giveaway. We will give away one signed copy of her book!
Wearing Our Love
I’ve got a challenge for all us – moms, dads and kids. I want you to find a red marker or pen and get ready to give yourself a tiny red (temporary) tattoo in the shape of a heart. First, read this challenge. At the end, decide where you to create your reminder of love.
Have you ever thought about how very important you are? YOU are God’s plan for this earth. It’s almost like his heart exploded with love and each of us gets a tiny piece of it.
Then, we get to love in a way that others experience God. We get a chance to walk the halls of school and our neighborhoods holding that heart so delicately, yet boldly.
I have two little girls that are like most little girls. They are walking the halls of school and having good days and bad days. Some days they are included and some days they are left out. Some days they feel beautiful and some days they feel just plain awful. They are made by a creator that loves them deeply. They are wonderful, caring, sweet and made for such greatness.
I love to remind them that they are God’s secret weapon. They walk into school with a choice. To be defeated or to impact others for God. They are representing God with every word and action. With one kind word or gesture, they can literally change someone’s day or school year.
Sometimes, they forget God is with them because they cannot see him. But he is there. He is near. He is often nudging them to do the next right thing.
This week, I am challenging my girls and each of you to find a place to draw his heart. You were created in His image and you get the chance to show others how He loves.
Maybe put it on your hand so you’ll remember to reach out to a lonely friend.
Maybe put it on your foot so you’ll remember to let an enemy go first in kickball.
Maybe put it behind your ear so you’ll remember to listen before you speak.
Maybe put it on your arm so you’ll remember to hug your sibling.
You matter to the creator of the universe, and I am so thankful you were made. The way you love will fill up your own heart – more than anything else in this world you can achieve or buy.
God loves you so very much. He’s right there with you every day. Represent him well!
Thank you, Courtney, for this GREAT challenge. To enter to win a signed copy of her book, leave a comment telling us where YOU will put your heart tattoo! Check back here Friday, February 27th, AT THE END OF THE COMMENTS SECTION, to see if you have won.
Courtney DeFeo is the creator of “ABC Scripture Cards” and “Light ‘Em Up and Conversation Cups”. She is the author of In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life. She believes our kids can light up the world. Her house is a wreck, and she hates to cook. She adores her hot, patient husband and her two spunky daughters. Connect with Courtney at courtneydefeo.com.
In This House, We Will Giggle offers parents a practical approach to instilling virtues in their children through laughter, rather than lecture. Designed to cover an entire year, each of the 12 chapters highlights one key virtue in developing a child’s character, along with insights to help infuse the virtue into everyday life. In This House, We Will Giggle teaches children to experience the goodness of God, the joy of following Jesus and the difference children can make in the lives of others.