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Experiencing Fear? Five Great Religious Items to Share Peace, Hope

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Peace Music Box

More than 200 different people in the Bible say they felt fear. What can you do today to help put your fears to rest and replace them with Christ’s peace?

It’s a very important question. Dr. David Jeremiah shares these powerful stories of fears faced and overcome in a recent book, “What Are You Afraid Of?” In a recent interview about the book, Dr. Jeremiah reminds us that God is always in charge, and He always knows the answer even when things seem uncertain. He can also identify with and handle our fears because He made it a point to express stories about fear across the scriptures and to repeat the statement “fear not” multiple times.

If you’re experiencing fear, or have a friend or family member who is, encourage them today with specific religious items meant to remind and inspire with the reality that God is in charge and He is with us in every step.

Religious items to help a friend or family member find peace in the midst of fear include:

1. A beautiful music box. A music box can be a soothing reminder of God’s love. New from The Printery House is a Peace Music Box, which plays “Silent Night” and reminds us throughout the year that Christ offers a wonderful kind of peace.

2. A comfort cross. A simple wood-carved cross is great to hold during times of prayer or meditation. Some have a unique source, such as the Comfort Cross made of olive tree wood found near the areas of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It fits in the palm of your hand and can be carried anywhere as a gentle reminder that God is bigger than fear.

3. A cheerful message block. A message block that depicts a scripture about peace, faith or trust in God is a great religious item to give to a friend who needs some special encouragement.

4. A hand-designed card. Send a message of hope and inspiration along with a religious item to share the message that God understands our needs and wants to show His love and compassion.

5. Shield of Faith necklace. With the inscription “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9B, this stainless steel necklace will be a treasured source of peace for years to come.

The Printery House, set in the rolling hills of Conception Abbey in northwest Missouri, offers a large selection of unique religious items along with monastic-made greeting cards. Let them help you remind yourself or a loved one that God did not give us a spirit of fear. Encourage someone today!

 

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First Communion Traditions to Commemorate the Day

 

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Girl With Jesus – Musical First Communion Statue

When your child is ready to take his or her First Communion it is cause for celebration. You know what an important step this is for your child and their walk of personal faith. One way to help them grasp the importance of the occasion is to incorporate a truly festive atmosphere all around this spiritual event.

Since the Bible is full of God’s ideas on how to celebrate spiritual realities, we know that creating events to mark spiritual milestones is a good and even holy idea. God is a God of endless creativity and imagination. Some of us have a harder time with creativity. Here are some great ideas for celebrating a child’s First Communion.

1. Host a party
Nothing says celebration quite like an actual party. This can be a family affair. It can include godparents. It may include other Christians with whom your family or child is close. The more adults surrounding your child in his/her life of faith, the more they will sense that they have entered into a very real Christian community. Party foods can be whatever you like, but at least a special cake or cupcakes should be included. You may order a cake or decide to bake your own.  Go online for cake ideas and recipes.

2. Start the day with a special meal
Whether or not you decide to host a party, you can start First Communion Sunday with a special breakfast. Homemade pancakes or waffles can be topped with a cross made of icing. An important-looking goblet filled with grape juice will feel special.

3. Take lots of pictures – one suitable for framing
Taking photos means this is a day worth remembering forever. Take lots of pictures. Be sure to get at least one shot that will be suitable for framing or making the centerpiece of a scrapbook page. Some parents decide to use a professional photographer.

4. Create your very own banner
Helping your child to create his/her own banner similar to the ones adorning the church will be memorable. Be sure to include symbols appropriate to the occasion – wheat (for the wafer), grapes (for the wine), a chalice and perhaps a dove (the Holy Spirit) or an Icthys (Christ) are just a few ideas. You can hang the banner at your party and later in your child’s room.

5. First Communion “First” gifts
This is a great opportunity to give your child their very own bible, rosary, cross necklace or book of prayers for the first time. These more grown-up gifts indicate that they are taking a grown-up step into their life of faith.

Whether you are looking for a photo album, book of prayers or even religious jewelry come take a look at The Printery House online gift shop. We print our very own First Communion cards and have a section of gifts devoted to this important occasion. We want to help you make this special day as memorable as possible!

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Best Baby Christening Gift Ideas: Welcome Little One

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Noah’s Arc Cross

A baby christening is one of those milestone moments you won’t want to forget in the life of your child or godchild.

Christening signifies that the child bears a first tangible demonstration of the Holy Spirit and sets the tone for the child to take part in sacraments as they grow in their faith. Gifts exchanged during this special time are sure to be kept and may even be passed down from a child to their own child one day.

If you’re wondering what are the best baby christening gift ideas, here are some simple suggestions:

1. Personalized picture frame with the child’s name and the date of the christening event help to capture the special moment. This can remain a statement of God’s love for years.
2. Children’s jewelry with religious emblems for infant girls is something they will treasure. A dainty bracelet or necklace (as a keepsake, not necessarily to be worn right away) is also memorable and a special choice.
3. A keepsake jewelry box also makes a great baby christening gift for a girl.
4. A special bible with a handwritten note will guide them in their faith for years to come.  Honor and celebrate a baby’s baptism with a bible made even more special with your handwritten message of faith.
5. Decorative crosses like the Noah’s Ark Cross make a bright and cheerful addition to either a boy or a girl’s room, and will serve as a constant reminder that God keeps His promises.
6. The line of endearing Willow Tree sculptures includes several designs with a loving adult figure and a child, which is an excellent gift choice as a godparent or grandparent.

Scripturally, this is a great season of life to remind yourself, and also in any handwritten cards or notes you may send to the family, that God speaks highly and often of children in the Bible.

Even in Genesis, God tells parents to “be fruitful and multiply” and says that children are a blessing, a gift and a very significant responsibility.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Find all of your baby christening gift ideas, cards and other items to share in a child’s faith at The Printery House – now celebrating 60 years of cards and gifts, with all cards made on-site at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery.

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Inspire Your Life With Christian Wall Art

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Hope Is Like The Sun

Do you ever rise in the morning determined to live a vibrant Christian life only to fall in bed at night asking where the day went? If you’re honest, the answer is yes because the answer is the same for all of us many days. The process of holding on to hope and joy through the minutiae of daily living is a lifelong process; and one that sometimes gets lost in the busyness of life.

The direction you set your feet is the destiny that you choose. If you begin your day with some time spent in God’s word and some more time spent listening to Him in prayer then you have made a conscious decision to be guided by God throughout the rest of the day. You have set your feet in the direction you want to go.

The ancient Hebrews talked about how to successfully navigate life before the face of God in many Old Testament scriptures. Over and over the writers of the Bible talk about looking to God throughout the day for the help to live rightly. The psalmist also tells how Evening, morning and at noon will I pray (Psalm 55:17). Asking God for strength and grace to live for Him through the day is a biblical idea.

The trouble with us is that we get busy and forget to call out to God and think His thoughts in the midst of life. The ancient Jews put God’s word on their doorposts and even rolled up in tiny scrolls worn on their foreheads. That wouldn’t work for us today – but the idea of having God’s word in front of us, where we do the “stuff’ of life can be translated into modern culture.

Christian wall art is wonderfully available for modern believers. Whether the words of Scripture itself, or framed prayers and blessings, we too can have visual reminders to cry out to God and find strength in Him. Wall crosses, framed artwork depicting biblical scenes and more not only make the walls of our homes more attractive, they help to make us more attractive as well.

In the hurry of life when we feel frazzled what difference would it make to look up and see “Be still and know that I am God” – probably a significant difference. Sanctification is a long road and all of us can use encouragement along the way. Christian wall art is a time-honored way to stay inspired all day long.

Take a look at The Printery House where you will find all kinds of Christian wall art to decorate your home and keep your feet headed in the right direction.

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