"The theme of our church for awhile now has been "Love Wins" and we are currently in the middle of a year long campaign "Nothing is too difficult for God". We've learned about about how no illness is too difficult for God to heal and we are currently learning about how no financial need is too great for God. This past Sunday's sermon was based around how God takes what we have and multiplies it when we follow through with what he leads us to do. The Sermon was titled "What's in Your House" based on the story of the widow woman who only had just a little bit of oil but began pouring it into other jars and the oil didn't run out until there were no jars left. 2 Kings 4:1-7
So, for the challenge, the pastor handed out a $1 bill to everyone in the congregation, ($150 in all) and challeged us to use our creativity to multiply it. Combining that with "what's in your house" I came up with these cute little Love Wins charms. They can be worn as a pendant on a cord, added to keyring or zipper pull, or worn as a charm on your sneakers, etc. We will be bringing our dollars and the sum of their multiplication back to the church on Sunday May 3rd. I am making these charms availible for a $2 donation, a small portion of that (about .60 to .75 cents) will cover the cost of mailing the charm and the rest will be donated to Christian Center. I can't wait to see what God turns $150 dollars into. I will be sure to share the news here.
Well, as I was trying to decide which one and how many of the charms I wanted..... I had a major brainstorm. You know ...the kind where you want to jump up and down and tell someone!!! And Mr. Hero has already retired for the night so he will have to hear about it in the morning. But you my friends are hearing it FIRST! Can you guess what these have to do with a wedding?
A lot of weddings these days give some kind of wedding favor to their guests. There are whole websites devoted to wedding favors. Candied almonds tied up with netting, candles, picture frames, bells, all kinds of little resin thingys that fit into your wedding "theme" which people probably just toss as soon as they get home. (Not showing photos here for a reason!) Then there's the DIY brides who do little boxes with cupcakes or cookies or wedding cake which I think is a little better favor cause it can be eaten.
(300 on the day of the wedding!)
Peanuts and Cracker Jacks!
Now look at the little charms.....
See the one round one in the middle...
Doesn't it look like a little BASEBALL?
I can see it attached to the card on the popcorn and peanuts ....
One of the ideas that keeps popping up on the wedding boards ... instead of favors couples are making a donation to their favorite charity in the guests' name and then handing out cards explaining the donation. No more broken teeth on those candied almonds! So how about a little "LOVE WINS" Charm attached to a card with the whole story on it? I'm lovin this! I can see the cutest cards...tented at each placesetting...even letterpressed for those that are blessed enough to afford it! Or Gocco'd or typed or even handwritten! And buying these charms would be a donation to Cherry's church and one of the best lessons I've learned in life is "You can't outgive God!" WooHoo!
I'm just loving the theme of Love Wins!
We may just have a title for our
Vintage Baseball Theme!
I'm calling The Bride in the morning!
I can also see the little charm attached to the
Which we are working on!
And I can't wait to show you our idea for it!
It's too stinkin cute!
You are gonna love it!
Now don't forget to go get you a charm or two from Cherry!
(I have a feeling she is going to be one busy lady!)
Cherry you ROCK for this awesome idea!
And what an awesome church and pastor you have!
I can't wait to see what Jesus does with this!
Love Not Only Wins...It Multiplies!
Thank You Jesus!
Blessings from my delighted heart to yours!
Update: Talked to Cherry this morning and she is making me a charm with stitching to really look like a baseball! How cute will that be! She has had a great response and is thinking of adding the charms to her Etsy shop. (I LOVE Etsy!) Her updated post on Love Wins is here.