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Dear Mushka,

Christian Jewelry Pieces that Celebrate Motherhood

We're celebrating all aspects of motherhood with you this weekend - the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Thank you, Lord, for using even our pain to draw us to you. Here are 5 Christian Dear Mushka Jewelry Pieces that come paired with Scripture Cards to cherish or share.

The Expectant Necklace

Psalm 37:5-6 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” 

I created this piece for those of you walking through infertility. Of course, it doesn’t stop there and can be gifted for any number of things where you are especially needing to commit your way to the Lord! 

The design of the necklace represents an empty cradle, but you may also see it as open hands accepting everything the Lord provides for you.

Some of you have worn this for years. It’s made with so much love and prayer. Mother’s Day is hard for so many of us - me included. You are seen, sister! 

The Brimming Necklace

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

Where the Expectant Necklace represents infertility or the long road of adoption, it’s sister necklace, Brimming, is for a long awaited child, or simply being filled with God’s peace. We aren’t promised children, but we are promised fulfillment in God. 

These two pieces sit together! Look for the person in your life who needs one of these this year. 

For a friend walking through infertility, someone celebrating her first Mother’s Day or someone who has surrendered or found joy in the Lord, consider gifting this piece to her. 

The Carried Bracelet

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 Carried  was created with the imagery of God’s arms wrapping around you as you carry your children. I LOVE this reminder that I’m never carrying my children alone. 

Pull it open, squeeze it closed. I can get a great fit on my smaller wrist, but it also opens really wide. 

Who can you send one of these to? This is going to go so far beyond just a piece of jewelry. God’s Word straight to their heart!

The Thank You Necklace

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

The Thank You Necklace says thank you in Morse Code! This special and unique necklace is classic with a twist. Pair it with a thank you note to bless a mother or mother-in-law for being such a wonderful woman of God in your life. 

The Thank You Necklace also comes in our Thank You Care Box along with an Adorn hair clip and a Prayer Fighter Pack. We’ve done all the work for you! Just ship it to your mother of choice! Leave a note on the View Cart page and we’ll add it!

The Trio Necklace

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I gave the Trio Necklace to my mother-in-law when our first child was born. It comes with three rings, but you can add as many as you need! We’ve given her another ring every time a new baby was on the way. She also has one for each of her own sons. All her babies are close to her heart!

For more Christian Gift Ideas and Christian Living inspiration, watch our daily Instagram Stories!

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Personalized Gifts for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is Dear Mushka’s second biggest holiday of the year! We always sell out of some items so this your call to go on and place that order so it arrives to you in plenty of time. Our two most popular orders with personalized add-ons are described below to give you some ideas.

The No. 139 Birthstone Collection

Our No.139 Collection displays beautiful birthstone colors as a lovely reminder of Psalm 139, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made". We were knit together fearfully and wonderfully; never forget this!

Take your pick of a beautiful necklace, bracelet, long or short earrings or create your own sweet collection of pieces! 

The pendants come in all 12 of the birthstones. If you prefer something neutral, try the creamy white or charcoal option. 

Why not add a stamped initial to your gift? This is an adorable pairing to represent a special person - maybe a child or mother. I suggest a bracelet or bracelet stack to represent a lot of people. 

The Called Necklace 

This tag necklace holds a sweet round disk on which you can add the initial of your someone special. I wear one with five tags for each of our family members. Add initials over the years - perhaps one with your mother’s initial or a blank tag for a child you’ve lost. 

You’re welcome to order a birthstone stone or stamped initial as an add-on to almost any piece! Find our many Add-On options here. They include letters, pearls, stones, hearts and more.

For more Mother's Day gift inspiration, follow our daily Instagram stories.

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Scripture Verses & Jewelry Pieces To Cling To This Easter

During this time of Lent, I spent time praying about which verses I need to cling to and celebrate with this Easter. I’ve felt inspired to share four jewelry choices and their accompanying scriptures that will encourage you to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ and give Him your fears, your love and your praise. 

I’ll be wearing these four pieces this Easter.

The Daughter Earrings

This simple stud with its pop of color feels like spring, like a little robin’s egg, like new life. The verse from Hebrews 4 is so powerful: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.

The reason we can find grace to help in times of need is because Jesus “passed through the Heavens.” I am constantly praying and it’s getting me through these times! How awesome it is to know that I can approach the throne because of Jesus! I want to celebrate that this Easter!

The Wrapped Necklace

I wanted a special long necklace for Easter to feel a little dressed up. I chose the Wrapped Necklace. It’s my favorite design at the moment; I love the brass pendant wrapped with wire. It comes with this verse: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23.

We’ve wrapped up our confession of faith. Now let’s wrap our minds around Who our hope is in.  We may not know what’s happening or what the future holds, but our hope is not in a bank account, in an Easter service, in our daily routine - it’s in Jesus Christ. I want to keep my mind right here. He is faithful and I stake my hope in Him.

The Believe Bracelet

The Believe Bracelet highlights a verse from Luke 1:45: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!". Clinging to His promises is so important. In times of trouble, we have to decide - do we believe or not! I choose to believe!

The Priority Ring

I wear three priority rings all the time, one for each of my boys. The verse attached to this piece is from Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you.”

Let’s seek first the Kingdom of God. Whether we’re at home or going out, whatever we’re doing, the most important thing is to seek Him. 

If you're looking for some other long necklace options for this special time of year, here are our favorites:

The Perspective Necklace

A beautiful piece for right now - God is working all things for the good. Put it on!

The Hatch Necklace

A great baptism gift! We celebrate new life this Easter. He is risen! It’s spring! It’s perfect. 

The Net Necklace

A fantastic long necklace with a verse that gently reminds you to cast aside your anxiety, sister. God carries all your anxieties. Don’t try to carry it yourself. 

The Bloom Necklace

This necklace is full of the feeling of spring. Consider how the wildflowers grow ... God cares for us so much more than all of these beautiful blooms popping up around us. 

The Radiance Necklace

A stunning necklace that comes in peach, aqua, clear and charcoal. I love to picture so many radiant faces lifted up to Jesus as we trust in Jesus with all our hearts. Our hope is not in anything else!

Save the verse card that comes along with each jewelry piece. Write “Easter 2020” on the back to remember forever that this was the season you chose to praise Him, to trust in Him, and to honor Him in all things.

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How to Celebrate Easter... During the Coronavirus

This year, Easter will look different. Instead of gathering with our church families inside buildings, we'll be safe at home watching a service from our couches. We won't be having large egg hunts or hosting all our friends and family for a big meal or dressing to the brim in our finest dresses. 

But the reason we celebrate Easter... He is still very much risen. And we can celebrate all the same from within the walls of our homes!

This week on Instagram, @augustcloth and I are going to be sharing ways to make this Easter extra special. A thoughtful menu with Christ as the center, a beautiful tablescape, meaningful baskets and DIYsfor your children, etc. 

Join me @dearmushka and pop back over here for all the links!

For Your Table:

1. This tablecloth comes in so many color and length options!

2. I've wanted a set of plate chargers for years; the price was right on these and they look beautiful against our dark wood table

3. Bud vases with baby's breath tucked inside is the perfect addition to your table. Consider dropping one off on your neighbor's porch, too! (Baby's breath dries well so grab some anytime between now and Easter. Snipped branches from outside the morning of are also a great idea.)

4. Candles in the middle of the table signify the light of Christ that we celebrate on Easter morning. You could light simple candles or grab a candelabra like this one to pull out on special occasions all year long. This one comes in multiple metal finishes. 

5. Cloth napkins make everything more celebratory. This is an adorable set of 12 for just $14. Go on, let your kids use them, too! 

6. My earrings in the tablescape IG videos. The Comfort Earrings-- so lightweight and full of meaning. 

What to Wear:

This dress from August Cloth has my name all over it (literally haha). There are so many good ones in her shop and she's shipping in time for Easter!

Grab yourself some jewelry that can be an anthem for this season in your life. Do you need a reminder to rejoice in suffering? To praise Him for caring for you more than wildflowers

I'm wearing The Daughter Earrings, The Wrapped Necklace, The Believe Bracelet, and The Priority Earrings

For Easter Baskets:

Children are never to little to begin hearing the Gospel. A stuffed lamb like this one (so soft!)  to celebrate the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and a board book about Jesus are perfect treats for Easter morning. 

For our older boys, a great book about Jesus and an activity are perfect. These Water Wow pads are our favorite.  I'm also going to split this shovel set and give the boys a packet of seeds and some dirt as we celebrate The Creator and New Life! 

Resurrection Eggs are something our family loves. Gift them this year and then use them for years to come. The book Benjamin's Box is a great add-on with them.

 

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Wedding Season Picks for the Bride, Bridesmaid, and Guests

Wedding season is upon us-- here are my picks for the Bride, Bridesmaids, and Guests who want to bring a gift!

Bride:

1. The Pearl One Necklace for a simple, classic piece. Save it and hand down to a daughter one day! 

2. A No. 139 Necklace, Earrings, or Bracelet to honor your wedding month, acknowledge an important person who couldn't be with you at the wedding, or simply to add a little pop of color

3. The Believe Bracelet because your wedding day is a beautiful time to reflect on the promises God has made. Bonus: It's a little bit of pretty on your wrist for all those flower pictures!

4. The Befitting Earrings for a neutral and sparkly touch to your dress; they'll look lovely with your hair (and boast a reminder that we all need in marriage). 

Bridesmaid: 

1. The Comfort Earrings for just the right pop of color and a verse with a "thank you" for being a comforting friend. 

2. The Companion Bracelet as a promise that you'll stay friends and are so grateful for her love all these years. Choose the color that accents your wedding the best! 

3. The Kinship Necklace because you feel like peas in a pod and are honored to be a sister, through Christ, with her

4. A piece of your choice, as you read each verse and choose the one your friend most needs. She'll feel so loved and seen! 

Don't forget to add Bridesmaid/ Maid of Honor Packaging

To Gift:

1. The Knot Necklace to remind her that her marriage is a reflection of Christ's love for the church

2. The Servant Necklace because serving a spouse won't always feel easy, but it will be so worth it. Look to Jesus as your example! 

3. The Eclipsed Lg. Necklace with a sweet photo of the couple tucked inside. Aww!

4. The Called Necklace with her new last name initial, and "&" or the first initial of both her and her husband (she can add children's initials down the road).

5. The Progress Earrings with a note to remember that both she and her husband are works of progress in the Lord; give lots of grace and enjoy being sanctified together. 

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Lent: What it is and Why We're Participating

A few years ago, I spent some time learning about the church calendar and how its seasons are in place to follow the life and death of Christ. Very simply, Christ is born (Advent), he is acknowledged as divine (Epiphany), he is tempted in the desert and dies for our sins (Lent), he is resurrected (Easter), and then the Spirit comes upon believers (Pentecost). 

Following the calendar isn't meant to be "religious" or another thing on a to-do list. Instead, it's meant to stir up our hearts and challenge us to pause and reflect in particular ways throughout the year.

For Lent, the idea is that we deny ourselves something for 40 days to represent Jesus fasting 40 days and then being tempted by Satan in the desert. During this time, we stop filling ourselves with all the pleasures of the world and instead empty ourselves long enough to see our sin and brokenness. This may look like fasting from certain foods, social media, Netflix, shopping, nightly baths, etc. 

In A Hunger for God (which I highly recommend!), John Piper says, "If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." 

Lent provides us an opportunity to set aside our normal go-tos and instead think on our fallen nature + Christ's beautiful sacrifice. It is meant to be a more sober, heavy season that ends as we welcome in the glory of Easter. 

This year, Lent starts on February 26th and goes until April 9th, with Sundays being "off" days. I plan on giving up something different the six weeks of Lent. For example, a fast from Instagram one week and certain foods the next. 

In addition, I will use this season to focus what I teach and talk about with my boys. In this post I talk about some of our daily habits. During Lent, I'll use our meal times to focus in on discussing passages on our sin, repentance, and why Jesus had to come. 

I plan on reading the daily readings from this book aloud (mostly for myself) and perhaps doing some of the family activities it mentions. 

 

I'll also leave these books out on the shelves for us to grab and read all season long! 

1. A beautiful book! My boys are captivated by the pictures and story. 

2. Great for the week before Easter. Simple, perfect for the littlest ones! 

3. We love this book; read it with these eggs (we start them twelve days before Easter). A favorite around here!

4. We love this one, too. 

5. And of course, this Bible. There are lots of "lent" reading plans to follow with your little ones if you'd like! 

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How To Reclaim Valentine's Day for Christ

For many of us, Valentine’s Day isn’t a day that brings up good memories or feelings. A lot of you might be like I was and feel as though you’d rather skip Valentine’s Day altogether! You may be wishing you had a boyfriend or someone special to share the day with, wishing you were married and you aren’t, feeling pressured to do something for your spouse, knowing your spouse won’t do anything special for you and feeling disappointed. The emotions that arise around this day can be challenging - bitterness, grief, excitement - I’ve felt them too. 

But this year I’m reclaiming Valentine’s Day for Christ! I just love that it’s in February - a month and a half into the new year. It’s a great time to reflect on our habits and goals we set for the new year. Let’s make it about Him! Are our daily habits pressing us closer towards Him? When we read the Bible or pray, are we dwelling on the love of God? Are we growing in love for others?

I also think this can be a day of repentance. Take 1 Corinthians 13 and replace “love” with your name. It’s a real opportunity to realize how we often fall short. Let’s admit our brokenness to Him and praise God for His perfect love. I pray that He’ll create in me a heart that turns to Him.  

This year, I’m doing a cheap project for my kids. I’ve bought a big red piece of red cardboard and written all the characteristics of love from 1 Corinthians 13 on it. We’ll gather together and talk about how God is each of those things. It’s a great reminder of how we can all be better neighbors to each other.

Consider letting go of romantic expectations (unless you love it!) and center your day around Christ’s love and purpose for marriage. Robert and I watched a sermon together one Valentine’s Day and it was so meaningful. Even a podcast like this one could be special to listen to as a couple.

Ultimately, do whatever you want! Hearts, candy or nothing at all! I’ve decided to redeem the day for me and my family as we seek to honor the Lord in all things. Valentine’s Day has become fun and exciting and awesome as we celebrate His love for us.

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6 Christian Gifts Ideas Under $20

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re sharing some beautiful gift ideas all for $20 or less. These thoughtful and unique pieces are perfect for friends, family or even yourself! 

The Cheer Keychain

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen · Ephesians 4:29

The Cheer Keychain seeks to bring to mind these helpful words before you blow thoughts out without thinking. Encourage and cheer one another on rather than tearing down!

Bonus: The whistle is really loud, perfect for keeping close by on your keyring.

The Storm Drops

Let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth · Hosea 6:3

The "Storm" drops are bent into sweet raindrop shapes and completed with a long back for an instant pulled-together look.

Lightweight and backless, perfect for sliding in quickly and running out the door. Lovely for anyone in need of a helping hand, a dose of shine, a steady reminder.

The Adorn Hair Ties

Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious · 1 Peter 3:4

These sweet hair ties are easy to wear, and come with a precious reminder to adorn yourself with a gentle and quiet spirit before anything else.

They'll add the perfect amount of style to your everyday outfit.

Bonus: The also come in plaid - perfect for the holiday season!

A Scripture-Focused Art Print

Choose your favourite from the complete collection of art prints here.

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.

Pictured here are 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Psalm 103:8.

Verse Memorization Tabs

"Why memorize it? Why not just read it carefully?" argued Susan, our Yale graduate. 

"Because what you memorize by heart, you take to heart," replied Dr. Nuttham simply. "Once you absorb the words, the words become your own. Then, and only then, can you mull them over on your tongue, appreciating them as you would good wine, enjoying them as the company of good friend. Besides, we always value something for which we've had to labor." Carolyn Webber in Surprised by Oxford

Memorizing scripture is how we take God's words and make them a part of our lives. It's how we think on them during our day and share them with others as needed. After all, from the overflow of the mouth the heart speaks! 

These Verse Memorization Tabs are how I memorize scripture. Grab a box, put these inside, and you're ready to begin! These tabs come with a "how to use" sheet. You can also see our method for memorizing here (it only takes 5 minutes a day!)

The Commissioned Keychain

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... · Matthew 28:19

 The Commissioned Keychain is a genuine leather keychain, meant to send you off into your day with the reminder of your greatest mission.

Perfect for attaching to your favorite bag or adding a bit of class + color to the keys that love to get lost at the bottom of your purse.

Added bonus: It smells divine! A good whiff of leather is good for the soul, we're sure of it.

For more gift ideas for the beautiful Christian women in your life, watch our daily Instagram stories.

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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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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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