SKECHERS - BLOG TAKE OVER

Guys. This is so special to us.

Our friends over at Skecher's Shoes have embraced our book and it's message, so they have asked us to take over their blog , share a bit of our life and to share Bloom With Mi!

You can check it out here!

Please stop on by to check out their amazing #SkechersStyle And Happy Blooming!

#BLOOMWITHMI

BLOOM with MI BOOK

We have simply been OVERWHELMED by your incredible response to our #1 BEST SELLER on Amazon!

My heartbeat for our future generations.

Schools are using "Bloom With Mi" in their curriculums. Entire children's events are being planned around the theme, world-wide companies, organizations and foundations are embracing "Mi," and it has been a sincere honor to be even the smallest part of your sweet little ones lives.

A bit about "Bloom With Mi":

Our Mi character (“Me” in Italian) has no color to her skin or hair…because we want girls everywhere, from every background and ethnicity to relate to her. The only color visible is placed intentionally on her floral crown and paint brush -- placing emphasis on the importance of what we do for others, over what we look like. No matter who we are, we can flourish and use our special abilities to give back!

And everyday she has a choice. To make this life journey about "Mi," or to "use her gifts to give" back and BLOOM! When she decides to love on others...she leaves behind metaphorical bloom from her flower crown.

Bloom With Mi - Author's Note:

This generation is experiencing a world different than it has ever been before. I believe social media opens a WONDERFUL community in which to connect and share our hearts & gifts (it even inspired this story). Yet, in this increasingly selfie-focused culture, I yearn for a balance of other-focused living, alongside sharing the beauty we make. I believe it’s our job to love others and doing so gives life richness and true fulfillment. 
 
My hope is that you cherish this book with your sweet ones.
That these words will spark their curiosity,
and that their eyes will be opened to the wonder of “using their gifts to give” & celebrating others.

 

Finally! {The most FUN part!} A percentage of every book sold will go towards a different "MI-ssion of the Month" that we partner with! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this sweet book's mission! If you'd like to partner with us to share YOUR sweet one's bloom, we would love to celebrate what they are doing in their community to give back! Use these hashtags so we can cheer you on!

#BloomWithMi #UsingOurGiftsToGive

You can also follow along in our BLOOM WITH MI journey here!

 

M E D I T A T E

"I have hidden your word away in my heart." {Psalm 119:11}

"But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night." {Psalm 1:2}

For months now my heart and soul keeps whispering the word "mediate" into the depths of my innermost being. And all I can think about is studying His word, hiding it away in my heart and in so doing, prayerfully hoping to "speak more life" into my every day. Not just prayer here and there, but legit study and meditation. More time listening, less distraction and leaning into Gods glorious workbook. I don't want to fear the darkness. I want to have courage in a world that is not my home. I want to celebrate my El Elyon, The MOST High. And I have never been more excited for the word laid on my heart for 2016. 

My girl Elin {pictured with our Millie} visited yesterday, before she and her family head back to Africa to continue to their mission of biblical translation. Sitting with her for hours confirmed my passion and desire to chase after this word. Our meeting was bittersweet in every sense of its meaning. SWEET was our time together, were the words of wisdom she spoke. But the {not so sweet part} to my selfish soul is that I cannot get more of this one-on-one time with her. More importantly, the beauty is that the women in her village are blessed daily by the breath of God's truth on her lips. And I Praise GOD for that! 

We spoke about life, faith, fear, conviction, the intense darkness in the world. The glorious LIGHT that is always and will always reign, and I just loved this TRUTH she spoke.  "I don't fear, because nothing can touch me that doesn't pass through the hand of God first." I mean... Amen. And then {if you know her sass} she said, "And don't forget to put on the belt of God through prayer and study. Because if your belt isn't secure, your pants fall down and everything falls apart."

But we cannot fight darkness. We are powerless against it, unless we know it more deeply than from a few memory verses or a casual prayer. We can only flourish in light if we are deeply rooted and have hidden it away in our hearts and minds.

So because the word "Meditation" keeps flying a one way ticket into my ever-so-conscious psyche, this is my word for 2016. I still carry torches for my previous words from previous years {Like this one here}, but just because the year has passed does not mean I have been "healed" from them. What I love about choosing a word for the year is it is never too late and you can continually keep it as a work in progress. True meditation is something I will work on my entire life, but I cannot wait to immerse myself more and adorn His suit of armor.

I don't plan on perfection from my blemished self. Nor do I profess that I am going to gracefully rise every morning before my husband and child {with birds chirping and rays of sunshine streaming upon my face} to read His word or witness every moment with profound clarity.

But I DO plan on daily ruminating over TRUTH. And I DO plan on His perfect Word changing me, wrecking me, breaking me and building me in ways I crave so much so that I'm eating that anticipation up with a spoon. 

Here's to my ugly unpolished inner self becoming a shade cleaner {or at least more knowledgable} and in love with my Savior in 2016. Let's meditate in HIS word so we are ready to take on the darkness. Let's build each other up & encourage!

If I can be praying for you in any way, let's do this together. I'd be honored to walk this with you. {"Encourage each other daily... As long as it is called, 'Today.'" Hebrews 3:13} Let's speak LIFE and TRUTH in 2016.