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Dear Mushka,

An Easy System for Daily Prayer

If praying out loud or making sure you do it daily feels paralyzing and overwhelming, I'm sharing my daily prayer system with you! 

I would never tell somebody that this is the system that everyone should use or that you have to pray in this way, God has made us all differently and we all have different tendencies. What I will say is that everyone should be praying. If you are a daughter of the King and a believer, prayer is for you!

Prayer should be part of your every day, just as talking to your husband or best friend is. It should be a vital tool and present practice that forms part of your daily routine.

Prayer isn't the *way* to salvation, but it is part of the fruit that comes when you’re a believer. When your faith is real, you long to talk to your Father and Savior.

I know that many of you want to pray and know how important it is, but you simply don’t know how or what to say and need a little guidance. It can feel paralyzing which is why I created the Dear Mushka prayer pages. If you’re Type-A, love organization and structure like me then this system is so doable for you. It is one I use daily!

It is the perfect prayer rhythm and consists of nine sheets. The Prayer Pages come with:

An in-depth lesson on how and why to pray

A daily prayer sheet:
My daily prayers include the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer for a special friend and my boys’ salvation.

Six weekday sheets:
I choose to dedicate certain days of the week to praying for Dear Mushka, my husband and marriage, etc.

Extra category sheets:
These sheets are dedicated to prayer for dearest ones and family; friends; yourself and those in need of salvation. I’ve broken down the categories so you can pray for just one or two a day.

A Prayer Verses sheet:
You can choose to pray a specific verse for each season, year, month - however you choose to organise it!

I pray out loud every morning for 10-15 minutes and this system keeps me focused. I also pray in my head all day but using this systems helps me I know I’ve covered all of my people and topics weekly. You can learn more about how I pray out loud in this post.

There are other systems similar to this one but I love that these sheets aren’t in a notebook so I can take them out, reprint and adapt it as I see fit. These are perfect to begin using for the new year and for January 2020 which is only a few weeks away.

It's okay to just read the words or sentences you’ve written on these prayer sheets. I don’t write out long prayers here either.

Can you commit to praying five minutes a day? I guarantee you’ll see a change in your life! We have to spend time with the Lord to receive the joy and peace that only He can bring.

This is a digital product that gets sent straight to your inbox for you to download and print as many times as you want. Place them in a binder and you’ll have it all ready for your everyday routine.

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8 Christian Gifts that Represent Thankfulness

As we enter the holiday season and are encouraged to reflect on what we are thankful for, we're sharing 8 Dear Mushka gifts that represent thankfulness.

Purchase them for your loved ones or gift yourself a Christian piece that comes paired with a verse card to cherish and share.

The Thankful Tee

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. · Psalm 118:1

There couldn't be a more perfect tee for this season of thankfulness - the Thankful Tee is a must-have! In the midst of incredibly joyful seasons (marriage! child! travel!) and incredibly hard seasons (pain, suffering, death), let us give thanks to Lord always and for everything. For His love endures forever. 

A perfect everyday tee to throw on over jeans or under your favorite flannel... you're not going to want to take this one off. 

The Brimming Necklace

For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things · Psalm 107:9

The Brimming Necklace is the counterpart to The Expectant Necklace, a piece of rejoicing as the semi-circle is filled. Perhaps a longed for child has been given, or perhaps it's simply been filled with the goodness of God himself. Whatever the circumstance, this we know: God will always be enough.

The Thank You Necklace

I thank my God every time I remember you · Philippians 1:3 

"Thank You" is designed in morse code for a fun and unique way to show a special person in your life how grateful you are for them. 

The necklace is beautiful, and the verse it comes with is even more lovely-- what a gift to let someone know you're praying for them when they come to mind! 

The Dwelling Tee

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God · Revelation 21:3

The Dwelling Tee is the coziest tee you'll ever own. I guarantee, you won't want to take it off! Wear it alone or adorably layered under a warm cardigan or flannel. 

A beautiful promise to wrap yourself in all cold-weather long.

The Removed Necklace

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us · Psalm 103:11-12

The Removed Necklace is round to signify how far the east is from the west (eternal!) and the fading black spots remind us that God is washing us white as snow. 

Wear this piece and praise God for his unending forgiveness of your sins. 

The Citizen Tee

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ · Philippians 3:20

The word "citizen" is written as a mirror image, resembling a foreign language to others but reminding you of your citizen standing when you look in the mirror. 

The Citizen Tee is the perfect soft & rosy tee, sweet on its own or layered under a cozy cardigan. I promise, you're going to love this one.

The Aroma Candle

"For we are the aroma of Christ to Cod among those who are being saved and among those we are perishing" · 2 Corinthians 2:15

The Aroma Candle is now available in three different scents. The size is perfect for any shelf, side table, or desk and is lovely for burning year-round.
It would also make a precious hostess gift!
As you light it, our prayer is that you would think on your role as the aroma of Christ and bring His sweet scent to those you encounter in your day. 

A Thrill of Hope Sweatshirt

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious mourn! -O Holy Night 

Meet our first Christmas sweatshirt-- we couldn't love her more! 

Lyrics from the beloved hymn O Holy Night are printed on the softest sweatshirt you'll ever put on. 

Wear this all Christmas long, filled with the joy and hope that only Jesus brings. 

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Christmas Tree Traditions for the Family

We’ve just set up the Christmas Tree in our home as the holiday season approaches - the busiest time of year here at Dear Mushka. So we’re celebrating and sharing a few of our traditions for this special night!

First up, we make chicken spaghetti for dinner. The peppers look festive and I can make it early and just bake it later. I like Pioneer Woman’s recipe because it doesn’t have velveeta in it.

We decorate our Christmas Trees and rotate between the kids for who gets to put the star on top (just like I did growing up) and hang ornaments that focus on Jesus.

We also talk about how God gives the best gifts and asks us to partner with Him to care for those in need. We make choices as a family with whom to partner and share with at this time of year, and I cry every time.

Tonight, we decided to partner with YOU all to make some of these things happen! You donate and we’ll match every dollar with our own donation. You can help us fund a Sex Trafficking Rescue Operation HERE

Our traditions focus on setting the mood of anticipating Jesus and what He means to us. We put up a few trees around the house and watch a Christmas movie on the couch. Super simple and Christ-focused. 

The Thrill of Hope sweatshirt is also here and it is the perfect cozy sweatshirt just in time for Christmas and this holiday season! I’ve been wearing it all day and it was perfect to get into the Christmas spirit while setting up the Christmas tree.

It’s naturally oversized and oh-so-snuggly. I even got two compliments at Target while wearing it and I'm sure they will sell out soon, so get yours in time for December.

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Advent: What is it and How to do it

As soon as Adam and Eve rebelled and sin separated man from God, God began instilling hope in His people through the promise of a redeemer. The Old Testament is one giant, exciting story of God's rescue plan. And, of course, at Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of what He promised—that He would provide a way for us to be near to Him once again, despite our sin and brokenness.

The season leading up to Christmas is called advent, meaning coming. It begins four Sundays before December 25-- December 1st this year-- and allows us to build anticipation for who is coming. For four weeks, it’s as if we’re re-enacting, remembering the thousands of years God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation, for Jesus. 

It is also a time for us to remember that we are still awaiting the second advent of Christ, when He comes again to bring us home and restore the world (John 14:2-3).

If you didn't grow up participating in advent, don't worry. I didn't either! We can learn and savor together :) There are many ways to celebrate the season, depending on tradition, background, family size, etc

· Many of you have seen or uses an advent calendar, typically made up of 24 spots containing verses, pictures, candy, etc to count down the days until Christmas. As each window is opened and the final day draws closer, our expectation increases. This reminds us of the hopeful yet anxious waiting God’s people experienced as they longed for the promised Savior to come.

In our family, we have little felt pieces that represent part of the Christian Story tucked into each slot as well as a corresponding Bible verse. We read & talk each morning and then hang our ornament on the tree. It's really beautiful to see the whole story represented there on Christmas morning. (The felt pieces go with this book but we don't use it yet-- a little over my boy's heads).

We also have this and love it, especially for littles ones who are just starting to understand the concept of Christmas. This is also a favorite around here during the month of December to simply start the conversation. It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated!

· Another tradition is using an advent "wreath" made up of four or five candles (or just candles on a tray); it focuses on the idea of Jesus Christ being the Light of the World. Each Sunday, a new candle is lit in anticipation of Christmas Eve with the idea of ever-increasing light penetrating the darkness. 

I love the idea of ever-increasing lights as Christmas day approaches! Lighting a candle and reading a family devotion together every Sunday evening is a wonderful & completely doable idea. 

·There are many advent devotion guides and reading plans to center you each day or each week. Here are some of my favorites: 

Jotham's Journey-- Our family is going to use this and I'm so excited, I've heard nothing but good things about it! It incorporates lighting candles and reading a short chapter every night. 

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus-- I did this last year and really liked the setup; a devotion that can be read as a family each Sunday, a short devotion to read M-F, and then a small activity to do on Saturday that focuses on the week's theme. It was simple and easy to jump into!

Consider Jesus -- A 31 day advent devotional that is free with a donation to Revive our Hearts, a wonderful ministry. 

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus-- a book to read all month long; I did this a few years ago and was so blessed.

Hidden Christmas-- a book by Tim Keller; it's on my list to do this year or next!

Solid Joys Podcast-- a quick podcast to turn on while you're cooking, full of advent wisdom and truth from John Piper and the Desiring God team. You could also go through Piper's 25 day devotional book here

Treasuring God in Our Traditions-- it's not an advent book, per se, but it's full of ways to keep each holiday gospel-focused including sweet ideas for Christmas.

Prepare Him Room-- another family devotion to do all month long; I haven't done this one but have heard good things

Come Let Us Adore Him-- an advent devotion from Paul Tripp; this would be a great one for men/husband's to read and lead with!

Daily Advent Jesus Storybook Bible-- This is a free resource with an outline of how to use The Jesus Storybook Bible during each day of advent. Perfect for families!

Kids Books:

Here's a blog post with lots of our favorite books. You could read and talk about one a night! 

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No matter what you choose to do, remember that it's not about what you're doing. It's about why you're doing it! Engage your heart, slow down, focus on Jesus first before decorations and gifts and cookies. After all, HE is the good gift. 

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Gift Guides

There are many ways to anticipate the arrival of Christ and to keep our hearts focused on Him-- lights, feasts, songs, service projects... and even gifts. 

James 1:17 says "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

God is the very best gift-giver. Not only did He give us His son, but also every other good and wonderful thing in our lives. He takes delight in giving good gifts to us, which is why we can find delight in giving gifts to those we love. It's a way we can reflect His image!

Here are some ideas as you start planning out your gift-lists. How can we be intentional and Jesus-focused as we love our people well? 

A hostess gift is a great way to thank someone for opening up their home to you- for a holiday meal, for a party, for a place to sleep, etc!

An Aroma Candle is a perfect way to say "thank you" for just $15. It comes in a brown box ready to give as a gift-- just add a ribbon!

Additionally, you could wrap a cute tea town around the box for a little bonus and tie it up with a string. This set comes as a pack of four (making them just $4/piece). Buy one set of these + four candles and you're set for four hostess gifts under $20 each.

Other idea: Gift an art print for their home! There's a style for everyone. Let them frame it or pick up an inexpensive 8x10 frame and pop a bow on the front. I love this wooden frame that comes in a pack of two.

The littlest children don't need much (they don't even know it's Christmas). Consider a Precious Tee tucked into their stocking along with one of my favorite kid's books. I like this one, this one, or this one

I also love the Little People Noah's Ark- Perfect for bath time stories about God. They also make a manger scene option. 

 

Your daughter may be ready for her first Dear Mushka piece (please use your judgement- small parts can cause choking). I love The Eclipsed Sm or Verb to begin with. 

Any book from this Tales that Tell the Truth series is a winner! 

A pack of scripture cards made just for them could be a great thing to tuck into a stocking + encourage the goal of memorizing scripture in the New Year.  

 

I love to gift in themes and this cozy one is so dreamy- you could even include a tag that says "for your cozy nights at home" :) This blanket is adorable and well priced (I'm grabbing one for each of my boys' beds!) Add The Temple Sweatshirt for snuggling up in and a good book

Here and here are two blogs posts I wrote on favorite books; they'd all make a great gift!

I'd probably fold the blanket up on the bottom, stack the sweatshirt in the middle, and then set a book on top. Wrap them all together with a big ribbon. Done! 

 

Giving to a friend or have a gift exchange to attend? I think all three of these are winners! The Promise Pack has 52 beautiful scripture cards inside that can be memorized, put around a home, or used at cards to gift to others. 

Jade rollers are so on trend right now and this one is affordable (plus has tons of 5 star reviews).

The Companion Bracelets are consistently one of our best sellers, and for good reason. You get 2 for $22, which makes them just $11 a piece-- a perfect small gift price! 

Men can be hard to shop for! Here are three things I've gotten for Robert in the past.

This devotion is a great way for Him to spend time in God's word every morning. This tee is cute, with an important reminder. (Match him with ours here!) And this book is a perfect way to get a little information on basically every topic in the Bible-- we reference ours all the time!

*Robert would like me to also say that tools are a good gift. Ha!

 

You could get your mother (or yourself ;) ) all sorts of things, but personalized jewelry is hard to beat. The Carried Bracelet comes with a verse perfect for motherhood and looks extra adorable with an added stamped initial. 

The Called Necklace is a great way to keep kids or grandkids initials close by. The No. 139 Collection (available as a necklace, bracelet, or earrings) is a sweet way to honor children's birth months!

 

 It's hard to go wrong with a Starbucks gift card for the teachers in your life. I'd pair a small gift card with The Harvest Necklace as encouragement that her hard work will result in good fruit as she continues forward (bonus points for grabbing one in her school colors!)

Additionally, you could gift her an art print to hang in the classroom or by her desk as a reminder. The Fruit of the Spirit print isn't overtly Christian, perfect to display in a public school. 

 

Need more help? Our suggestions page is full of ideas broken down by category!

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10 Christian Gifts for Guidance

Today we're sharing ten beautiful gifts for Christian women who are in need of guidance. Each piece comes paired with a scripture verse card to cherish or share. Perfect for loved ones, dear friends or even yourself!

You can find an extensive list of Dear Mushka products for every occasion here

The Salt Necklace

The Salt Necklace subtly sparkles right below a collar bone, creating the perfect everyday necklace for anyone. A friendly reminder to keep your conversations full of grace in the same way you might employ salt to a meal, making them palatable and enjoyable!

It comes paired with Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

The Parallel Cuff

The Parallel Cuff is adjustable and made from brass. Two parallel lines follow one another around your wrist, calling to mind the truths in this psalm. When we trust God and keep our path in sync with His, there we meet the greatest joy.

Place this on your right hand and remember where pleasures forevermore lay.
A perfect minimal bracelet for anyone in need of a little guidance and a little arm shine.

It comes with a corresponding scripture card from Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The Goodness Studs

Shaped like little nails, the Goodness studs are beautiful reminders that we are God's workmanship, created for good works. Let's link arms and walk in them together, Sisters.

Unique and modern everyday earrings, sure to make even your yoga pants feel pulled together (and comfortable enough to sleep in). 

They come paired with a verse card from Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

The Aroma Candle

The Aroma Candle is available in three different scents: Amber, Pine and Pumpkin. The size is perfect for any shelf, side table, or desk and is lovely for burning year-round. As you light it, our prayer is that you would think on your role as the aroma of Christ and bring His sweet scent to those you encounter in your day. 
It would also make a precious hostess gift! 

"For we are the aroma of Christ to Cod among those who are being saved and among those we are perishing" · 2 Corinthians 2:15

The Renew Earrings

The Renew Earrings are playful and fun and stand out a little from the products we normally carry- a perfect example of this verse in Romans.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Sister, do not conform to this world; instead, let God renew your mind and show you His good and perfect will. As you slide these beautiful tassel earrings in (resembling little brooms!) think about your mind being swept and renewed through the The Holy Spirit & God's Word. 

They're a perfect go-to pair of earrings all year long. Cute for beach vacations and paired with warm flannels, alike!

The Kindness Tee

The Kindness Tee is for the girl who knows the right answer is almost always kindness. Let's join together and give it to the world, in Jesus' name.

A perfect closet staple, cute alone or layered under a chambray top on breezy days.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you · Ephesians 4:32

The Guide Necklace

The Guide Necklace mimics an eye as a reminder that God sees us and offers counsel and instruction in our every days. We don't have to go it alone; we have the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit with us, always!

With four color options to choose from, it's a beautiful necklace for anyone! 

It comes paired with a scripture card from Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my loving eye upon you.

The Lamentations 3 Print

A ready-to-frame print made for an eternity-focused home. Add it to a gallery wall or let it stand alone, it's beautiful either way. 

But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness · Lamentations 3:21-23

The Priority Ring

In a world of social media and to-do lists constantly calling for your attention, the Priority Rings offer an alternative direction for your hands. Seek first the kingdom of God (His face, desires, word, voice, reign); the rest will fall into place. 

We love the look of stacked rings. Grab a few to wear on one hand or a few different sizes to spread across your fingers! Either way, we pray you look down and remember your true priority.  

Each ring comes paired with Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you.

The Verb Necklace

For the girl who just doesn't know what to do next, The Verb Necklace offers a list of three actions that are always right: be deeply joyful because of what Jesus has done, be patient as you walk through trials, and pray. Always, always pray. 

A perfect everyday necklace boasting a tiny triangle; wear this three-sided shape and simply keep taking the next right step. You've got this!

It comes with a corresponding scripture card made to keep or share, from Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

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10 Kid's Christmas Books for a Christian Household

Every year, we add a few new Christmas books to our collection. My favorites beautifully tell the real story of Christmas, display all skin tones, and/or draw my children in with gorgeous illustrations and an engaging story. 

Here are some of the ones on our shelf! (Click each picture for a direct link)

1. Twas the Evening of Christmas-- Tells the Christmas story to the familiar rhythm of Twas the Night before Christmas. 'Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town, Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.'

2. Silent Night-- A new one for us; I love it!  "Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol. Rediscover the Nativity Story in all its glory—from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels—as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. The world’s diversity is reflected in a cast of characters with a range of skin tones. A gorgeous book for all the family to share during the festive season."

3. Jotham's Journey-- This is the first year we'll begin this series, and I know my five year old is going to love it. I've heard nothing but great things regarding these books! "In this widely popular, exciting story for the advent season, readers follow ten-year-old Jotham across Israel as he searches for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters the wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem."

4. Pick a Pine Tree-- Okay, this isn't a "Christian" book, but the illustrations are beautiful and it brings alive so many family traditions you may partake in. "Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn and rhythmically written, this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season is as merry as the tradition it depicts."

5. Jacob's Gift-- This is one from my childhood that my own boys have learned to love. "Jacob is a young boy with a gift for carpentry who is busy finishing up a project for a contest. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon, not only instructs him in carpentry, but also teaches him important lessons about God. Rabbi has just taught Jacob that when you give a gift to one of God's children, it's like giving a gift to God. The night before the contest while working on his project, Jacob has fallen asleep in the workshop and is awakened by a bright light. The light is a star which is directly over Jacob's father's stable. As he approaches the stable, he sees a man, a woman, and a newborn baby which is laying in the straw. Remembering what Rabbi Simeon had told him, Jacob returns to the workshop and takes his project (a feeding trough) to the new family. The morning of the contest, the Rabbi pleased to find out that Jacob has acted upon the lesson he learned and has truly given a gift to God."

6. The Littlest Watchman-- A precious story that ties the Old and New Testaments together. It's a little wordy for small kids so I summarize the pages. "Benjamin is a Watchman. It's his job to watch for the sign that all God's promises are coming true to watch a stump.Trouble is, it's hard just waiting. And one night, Benjamin finally gives in and stops watching. But that same night, as he sits outside Bethlehem, he gets to watch something wonderful."

7. The Christmas Promise-- Fun to read, your kids will enjoy saying (yelling) WHOOSH! "A long, long time ago so long that it's hard to imagine God promised a new King. He wasn't any ordinary king, like the ones we see on TV or in books. He would be different. He would be a new King; a rescuing King; a forever King! This book helps pre-school children discover exactly how God kept His Christmas Promise."

8. God Gave Us Christmas-- All the books in this series are great, including this one. I'd imagine it would be especially good if your family does Santa.  "As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder “Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them."

9. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe-- We're all probably familiar with the books by C.S. Lewis and this kid's version is a great one to read during the cold Winter months. "Now younger children can share the magical experience, entering into a world of enchantment that will forever lure them back. Four adventurous siblings step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter—but never Christmas—cursed by the power of the White Witch. Only Aslan, the Great Lion, can reverse her wicked spell."

10. A Very Noisy Christmas-- A simple tale of Christmas that your kids will love reading, it's so interactive. "Some think that Christmas was a "Silent Night". Far from it. It was filled with shouting, singing and screaming! It was as noisy as any of our Christmas celebrations.This fun and fresh retelling of the Christmas story comes with sound effects so that children can join in as parents read to them. But it also shows children that at the heart of the Christmas story is something we should all be quiet and see: God's son Jesus was born, so that we can be friends with God forever. Now that's something worth shouting about! A wonderful Christmas gift for children aged 3-6 years old."

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Christian Reminders for the Holidays

It dawned upon me the other day that Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here after receiving a text from my mother-in-law asking where we’d be staying and what we’d be bringing for the holidays.

For many of us the holidays are are really good time, we’ll be around family who are very easy to love and get along with. But for a lot of us we’ll be around family who present challenges or perhaps, like me, you just don’t interact with them very often.

It got me thinking that now could be the perfect time to begin praying for a guarded mouth and get ready to share truth and encouragement. We should aim to have a heart that is careful of what we’re saying and to make sure that we are loving of others.

Holidays are a beautiful opportunity to share the truth that guides our every day and what better way to remember than through Dear Mushka treasures.

As I put on the Salt Necklace this morning, I reflected on how it is the perfect piece as we enter the holiday season. It comes packaged with a Colossians 4:6 verse card to remind us to season our conversations with salt.

During the time when Paul wrote Colossians, salt was incredibly valuable and traded like money. I love that image because this is so true for our words today - they are so valuable.

Our words can provide flavor and seasoning to every day moments and conversations. Let them carry the taste of Christ! Wear this verse as a beautiful reminder as we enter the holiday season.

I wear the Today Earrings all of the time and they remind us to mark our words with rejoicing. I want us to be women who are marked by a constant spirit of rejoicing whether that be in our words, our hearts or our minds.

The Complete Necklace is also a special occasion piece and comes paired with James 1:2-4. The idea is that our suffering weaves together to make something beautiful, the holes on their own are hardships but God uses it to create beauty that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

A beautiful reminder as we head into the end of this year, to tell other’s about God’s goodness even through our hardships and learn to count it all as joy.

The Cheer Keychain paired with Ephesians 4:29 is the perfect piece for heading out of your house with the reminder that your words should be encouraging, always. An added bonus is that the whistle actually works! A great reminder not to “blow out” your words.

I hope these pieces serve you and others well as you head into this holiday season and remind you to love well on your people with Christ in mind.

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10 Christian Gifts for Hard Times

Ten Gifts for Christian women walking through hard seasons of suffering, challenge and loss. Gift them with these thoughtful jewelry pieces that come paired with verse cards to cherish, share and store in their hearts.

The Carried Bracelet was designed with the vision of strong hands gathering children and holding them tight as it wraps around your wrist.

Meant to bring safety and comfort to those sitting in the hard, in the fear, in the weary. 

It comes paired with Isaiah 40:11:

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

The Aid Necklace was originally created for women walking through miscarriage, although it can be gifted to anyone walking through a season of loss.

Strung onto 16" of chain, a stardust bead sparkles and seeks to fill the hole created by loss and heartache.

It's a perfect reminder that there is beauty from ashes and a healing gift for someone sitting in the hard of life. It's not meant to fix the hurt, but rather to remind of The Great Healer or to serve as an "in memory of."

It comes paired with Psalm 147:3:

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

Beautifully woven, The Net Necklace beckons you to cast your bundle of anxieties overboard and take a deep breath. God cares for you and will handle your more worrisome problems.

A fantastic long necklace, ideal for wearing alone or for layering with other pieces.

Paired with a verse card from 1 Peter 5:7:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

For the girl longing to fill her day with prayer, The Assist Necklace is a reminder that we don't have to have the perfect words; let's just get in the habit of talking to God & trust that he'll hear our hearts and help us.

A bird pendant hovers off-center, mid-chest and proves to be such a sweet everyday necklace with a much-needed message. 

Paired with a verse card from Romans 8:26:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words

The Good Thing Necklace features a sterling silver disk and a smaller rose gold disk overlap to depict the sun and shield imagery found in this verse.

A lovely source of peace and hope for anyone longing for something she does not have. No good thing does He withhold, darling girl. Rest easy in this and trust His good plan.

It catches the light against your chest and looks perfect with your favorite tee or black dress.

It's paired verse card is: 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly · Psalm 84:11

A ready-to-frame prints made for an eternity-focused home. Add them to a gallery wall or let them stand alone, it's beautiful either way. 

The 2 Corinthians 12:9 Print (left) features the words from the verse:

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"

The Conqueror Necklace is part of our Identity Line and serves as a reminder that, through Jesus, we are more than conquerors over hardship, illness, suffering, etc. And nothing, nothing can separate us from His love.

It's a beautiful necklace for the hard days, especially; put on your sweet spike and walk as a warrior in this truth, Sister. 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us · Romans 8:37

The Enduring Necklace is meant to be a tangible reminder of this beautiful verse from 2 Corinthians.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

Though we are wasting away on the outside, our inner self is being renewed and shining out, for something far greater and more glorious than we can imagine. 

Makes a beautiful gift for someone parenting a child with special needs, battling chronic illness, fighting anxiety and depression, walking through loss, etc. Let us hope for eternity and complete renewal together!

Beautifully designed, The Complete Necklace paints a picture of suffering and beauty mingling together. We will always have trials (the gaps in the design), but as believers we can rest in the fact that our trials are weaving together to form a steadfast and perfect soul, more beautiful than a life without them. So let's count them as joy! 

Paired with a verse card from James 1:2-4:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

The Among Necklace features ten rings strung onto silver chain, nine gold and one silver, to declare: Where two or three are gathered in His name, there He is with us. Right in the middle, among us, holding us together. It's a necklace to turn your hearts towards the ever presence of God, and a piece of solidarity for a sister in need. Grab one for each of the girls in your tribe and walk through this life hand in hand.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them · Matthew 18:20

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October Best Sellers: Your Favorites from the Month!
10. The Eclipsed Lg. Necklace- A beautiful statement necklace, reflective of Jeremiah 33:3 (Bonus: Tuck a photo inside!)

9. The Adorn Hair Tie- An inexpensive pop of color (and excuse to wear your hair up) 

8. The Shell Earrings- They're back in stock and we couldn't be more excited!

7. The Daughter Earrings- One of my all time favorites and a lovely everyday pair of earrings

6. The Aid Necklace- My pick as you or a dear friend mourns a miscarriage or loss

5. The Companion Bracelets- Grown up BFF bracelets! If you don't have a set yet, what are you waiting for? 

4. The Guard Necklace- One of my most worn pieces lately! The imagery has be constantly praying + offering up thanksgiving. 

3. The Aroma Candle- New to the shop, and a beautiful reminder that we're the aroma of Christ

2. The Promise Pack- I use this every single morning, and have more scattered around my house so that God's words are always front and center in my mind!

1. The Verse Memorization Tabs- I use these to memorize scripture and can't recommend them more. The product listing also has a how-to blog post if you're unsure how to use them! 

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