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Christian Gift Stores Help You With the Tools to Teach Your Child a Habit of Personal Devotions

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Most of human behavior is learned through mimicry. Language is acquired as babies imitate the sounds they hear around them. Children learn to say “please” and “thank you” as they observe parents using them. If you want your children to get to know God through personal study and meditation – you can show them how it’s done and they will learn from watching you.

Here are some ways to help you, the parent, teach and train your child(ren) in this lifelong discipline. Christian gift stores can help you provide the tools that you could use to help in the process.

1. Example, Example, Example
The power of personal example is hard to overstate. Your children can learn best by seeing you reading your Bible and spending time alone in prayer. For many Christians down through the centuries, the best time for an unbreakable appointment with God has been in the early morning. That is not a command from God, however. If it is easier for you to be faithful at night, then go with what works best. The important thing is to carve out time for your devotions on a regular basis.

2. Show Them How, Then Turn Them Free
At first, it may help a child to join you for your devotional time. This will probably mean cutting your own time down to suit their shorter attention span. Look in Christian gift stores for a child’s devotional bible that they can quietly read to themselves in the room with you. Many of these bibles have questions for thought included.

3. Family Bible Reading
Family devotions can also serve as a springboard into personal devotions. This means more than simply reading a bible passage. It means talking about it and putting yourself (or them) in the position of the hearer or the speaker. It also involves asking one another what the passage teaches us about God or what it says about how we should live. This kind of thoughtful reading habit will serve your child well in personal times of bible reading.

4. Prayer as Devotion
Teaching your child to pray for themselves is an ongoing process. Early on, you can pray for your child at the table, at bedtime and through the day. However, it’s a good idea to let them speak prayers as an act of devotion as soon as possible. Check out the tools to help with this at Christian gift stores. Bedtime prayer dice or table prayer dice can be fun ways for young children to read prayers. Later on, invite children to learn to speak to God about what they read in the bible. Your model of simple prayers based on what you’ve read in the Bible will help him see how to start conversation with the invisible God.

As your child grows, bible study materials and devotional materials from Christian gift stores can also be added in. You make time to teach your children how to tie their shoes, make their bed and cut their food. You teach them how to say “please” and “thank you”. Teaching them to spend time alone with God is so important. Visit The Printery House to find more tools to help you. We offer a wide range of personal devotion tools to help your child develop a special quiet time habit.

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Inspirational Gifts and Other Special Ways to Encourage a Teacher

 

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Praying For You Today – Note Cards

September is over. By now the mad rush to find backpacks and pack lunches in the morning has become routine along with after-dinner homework sessions in the evening. The school year brings all kinds of new demands on everyone in the family. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become self-focused in the frenzy.

Teachers in your children’s classrooms are likely facing many of the same challenges you have to deal with. Many of them are taking care of families each morning and evening on top of preparing for your child’s daily education. With just a small gesture, you can encourage your child’s teacher and demonstrate the other-centeredness to which Christ calls us.

It isn’t hard to encourage another person, you just need to make a plan and do it. Here are some inspirational gifts and ideas for blessing the teachers – or principals, librarians, bus drivers – in your life.

1. Send a card.
Just a few words can really go a long way. Thank a teacher for his/her role in your child’s life. Thank them for the hours of planning and grading and the words of wisdom they are investing in your child. You can let the teacher know that you are praying for them.

2. Send something for the break room.
It could be specialty coffee (pumpkin spice in the fall for example), a favorite soda pop or a jug of tea – but send along something to enjoy during break time. If you love to cook, bake some homemade goodies and put them on a pretty tray.

3. Volunteer to be a helper.
Let your child’s teacher know that you are willing to help. Offer to cut out craft supplies, make copies or staple papers. If it is okay with your school’s policies, offer to monitor a recess or come in occasionally to read aloud to children. Some volunteer duties can be done in the evening if you work.

4. Give a Christian bookmark.
This is a small gift and it doesn’t cost a lot, but it will be a regular reminder of your support.  Pick one that has words of faith, gratitude or a prayer for needed grace. Let him/her know that you realize that teaching means they have little time for recreational reading and thank them for the sacrifice.

5. Provide a box of seasonal or holiday cards.
You feel like you are meeting yourself coming and going – and it’s likely that your child’s teacher feels the same. Drop off a box of seasonal cards and maybe a page of stamps with a post-it note saying ‘just in case you don’t have time to shop this season’.

6. Wrap up some Christian music.
Christian music is near the top of the list when it comes to inspirational gifts. Listening to inspirational music during the ride to or from school can refresh anyone – including teachers.

7. When all else fails, gift cards are also a nice gesture.
If you can’t think of anything else, a gift card to the local coffee shop, nail salon, or grocery store is always welcome.

It will only take a few extra minutes in the week to encourage the person who is with your child all day. And, nothing compares to the great feeling of knowing you’ve followed one of Christ’s commands – to consider the needs of others. If you’re looking for other great inspirational cards and gifts, why not check out The Printery House – an online Christian gift store offering inspirational gifts anyone would enjoy receiving.

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The Election of Pope Francis is Encouraging for Catholic Gift Stores

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Pope Francis Portrait in Gold Frame

Early August saw the 17th annual Catholic Marketing Network convention. The event is really a trade show where suppliers can showcase merchandise to buyers. It’s also a great place to witness trends within the Catholic community. This year’s show was brimming with enthusiasm for expanding inventory to include new items tailor-made for Catholic shoppers.

The convention was buzzing with opportunity. Many there were discussing how to reinvent Catholic gift stores with new items and new marketing strategies. The foundation of Catholic supply houses has long been the sale of devotional materials like books, icons and rosaries but the buzz on the convention floor was that this is a good time to expand inventory. A lot of the excitement about tapping into the Catholic sales market has to do with the church’s new pope, Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is a leader who has already managed to gain positive attention from the world press and many Catholics are energized by his outspoken yet loving leadership style. Pope Francis is clearly interested in reaching out to all Catholics including those currently outside the fold of the church. This rekindled enthusiasm among Catholics and belief that Francis will be effective in calling many to faith, is expected to translate into increased sales at Catholic gift stores.

Already, demand for Pope Francis-themed items has begun to soar. One of the largest suppliers of Catholic artwork reported devoting entire work weeks to producing wall art featuring the Pope, including at least one life-size cardboard cutout of the pontiff. Catholic gift stores will certainly be offering more greeting cards, Holy cards, bookmarks and other items highlighting Pope Francis. But most vendors agreed that it is time to start offering Catholic shoppers an even broader range of merchandise that celebrates their faith.

Of course, Catholic gift stores face some of the same challenges confronting all book retailers and faith merchandisers – a competitive market where consumers don’t necessarily need to shop at a specialty store to find what they want at the best price. Catholic retailers need only glance over at evangelical retailers to see how stiff the competition for customers can be. Evangelical bookstores are struggling to compete with online bookstores and giant discount stores that now carry some, though not all, of the same merchandise.

While mega-stores may carry some of the big name book titles and generic Christian gift items, Catholic stores can still be competitive if they revamp their marketing strategy to include items that promote the Catholic faith/brand. There is room for innovation and creativity in the current climate. The Pope has infused Catholics with renewed zeal and there will be demand for faith-centered merchandise if it is offered with a bit of savvy and a lot of excitement.

If you are looking for cards, gifts or books that celebrate your Catholic faith check out The Printery House. This Catholic purveyor of faith-centered gifts and supplies is run by the monks of Conception Abbey, and sales help to support the on-site seminary. Cards are made on-site at The Printery House using the artwork and lettering created by the monks themselves.

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