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#SHOPWISER: Day 3, Shop to Train Hearts


Had to start with a giggle this morning. Ah, the memories of the holiday season. I’m a great parent – can’t you tell? Ha!

Mentally, bust out your Christmas list… is there any person in your life that needs to know Christ better? A young person perhaps?

A person you are mentoring?

Your children?

A grandchild?

A niece? nephew? cousin? godchild?

Neighbor’s child?


shopwiser day 3


Today’s #SHOPWISER gift guide includes items that are probably not new gifts to you, but still incredible. If you are trying to train hearts or introduce God to friends or family – these make great gifts.


1. Jesus Storybook Bible

It’s pretty simple. This Bible rules. I have said it before and I’ll say it 100 times – it is everything you are hearing about. The WAY she writes and brings God’s story to life for our young kiddos is perfection.


Who am I kidding? I LEARN so much from this Bible. Give one (they come in many formats) or win one this week – see below!


2. Jesus Calling & Jesus Calling For Kids

Sometimes, peer pressure is a good thing. I mentioned to Ella that Emma Kate had been starting her own time with God each day and reading Jesus Calling For Kids. Ella got these big competitive eyes. And suddenly she wanted to start reading it aloud. And, hey! Put that bad boy on the reading log. That counts for the week. Score! It matches up with my  version of Jesus Calling.

I can’t say enough about these devotionals – so timely, so sweet, so encouraging. Perfect for anyone just starting their journey of faith or deep in their walk. They sent me a BOX full of goodies to give away. So many of you will win a treat. Including Jesus Today that looks awesome. And there is an app now for kids! What!


We don’t do it every day – but when we do, it opens the sweetest discussion for our family. We are grateful for this wonderful resource as we seek to train the hearts in this family.

3. ABC Scripture Cards

Of course I have to mention that – because they are my baby. If you don’t know about them, you can read more here and here. ABC Scripture Cards were designed for the mom’s style and the child’s heart. So, they can stay out in your home and remind you to teach every day!


They are popping up in stores all over. If you want them in your store, just contact Magnolia Lane. If you don’t have a store nearby, you can order through my friends that sell online at Carol & Co (Chicago) or Sercie (Charlotte). They make the most fun gifts and they work!


4. Veggie Tales True Light of Christmas DVD

I am sooo excited about this movie! One of you sent it to me. When I watched this video – I couldn’t believe it. I thought they must have made it for the Light ‘Em Up project. Seriously, press play and you’ll get such a happy dance on. So fun!

It so perfectly captures the essence of Christmas and our hearts for giving over getting. It captures what God wants to do on this earth. I love it! I contacted Veggie Tales and they responded right way – and agreed we were on the same page. They would be delighted to give someone a copy of this movie. To help further spur the real message of Christmas – letting your True Light of Christmas Shine!


To encourage all of us on our journey to Light ‘Em Up! Sometimes, there is something a vegetable can say that spurs on the hearts of our kids – in a way we can’t. Order yours now or enter to win below. Read about one of our other favorites here.


Tell me your favorite gift (doesn’t have to be on the list) when you are shopping to train hearts or help your friends or family get to know Christ a little better!
Random winners drawn and announced this weekend.

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  1. I love the new Veggie Tales True LIght of Christmas!! Can’t wait to watch it with the boys!! I also am enjoying this series so much.

  2. I have really been enjoying this series. Thank you! I gave Jesus Calling to a sister for Christmas last year and she has really enjoyed it. Great recommendations!

  3. I give out Jesus Calling books throughout the year and write the name of the people I have blessed with the book in the back of my book. I want to keep these people in my prayers, it is a great reminder to pray for them. Some of these people have come into my life for a season and I have never seen them again but still a great reminder to pray. Great recommendations by the way. We use the top 2 in our home, my boys enjoy them.

  4. I love giving my kids Christian music. They love listening to music at bedtime with my husband, and I’m glad that they like wholesome music that teaches them about Jesus.

  5. We have a West Point Cadet and last night we were Ovooing and he said he wanted our help to pick out a Bible as part of his Christmas gift to his girlfriend. What a happy Mom moment, and of course the best present to give anyone, especially one that is heading to college next fall.

  6. We have little ones so have loved giving them devotion books for preschoolers each year along with the Veggie Tale movies which they love.

  7. I love the Jesus Calling devotinal–we read it every nite! I cannot wait to check out the app!

    I also like to share Chrisitian music with my kids– Iove hearing them sing along in the car!

  8. I grew up on Veggie Tales and am glad to share them now with my 5 year old daughter to teach her about Jesus and great life morals. Also looking to teach her the spirit of giving by going out and serving the Community this year!

  9. We love the lift-the-flap board book Bible. It’s one of my toddler’s favorites, and we’ve given it as gifts, too.

  10. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible. It is great reminder for us, and our son really enjoys hearing the stories. We especially love how each story points to Jesus – a reminder that all of the Bible – old testament and new – point to Jesus.

    1. p.s. I’d really love the Jesus Calling devotional or Veggie Tales movie for my sons. We have the ABC scripture cards and LOVE them! It has been a great way for me to memorize scripture as I introduce it to our sons.

  11. The only one we have on your list is the Jesus Storybook bible…and we love it. My 2 year old carries it around like it’s her baby and tells us when it’s time to read ‘the bible’. What i REALLY want are some scripture cards 🙂

  12. Oh my goodness, I LOVE the Veggie Tales video!!!! I bought Jesus Calling for Kids for my oldest, and I’m excited to start it with her in a year or so! Thanks for all the ideas!

  13. I was just looking at the Jesus Calling for Kids at the book store today. I thought it would be perfect for my daughter! Love all the products today!!!!

  14. I am really interested in the Jesus Storybook Bible! It’s on my list of potential gifts for my daughter…she loves Bible time! So glad you think it’s great too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I got this great idea of a “no fail pail” from a bible study I’ve been doing and will give out a bunch for Christmas! It’s really pretty cards with encouragement verses on them in a cute pail. Perfect for moms needing a little lift. I keep my verse cards in my purse. I need them a lot!

  16. Love these wonderful ideas. I was looking for quality gifts this year that would be more than just a present. Our favorite gift is a Really Wooly toddler prayer book. My toddler loves looking at the pages and saying “Amen” at the end of each page.

  17. Sally Lloyd smith (Jesus storybook bible) has a great Christmas book that would be wonderful to share with friends with children!

  18. I love the Jesus Calling books for adults or children or another that I give often is God’s Promises. This book has scripture references showing God’s Promise based on various topics. It’s wonderful!

  19. Love the Jesus Storybook Bible & the Scripture Cards! Would love to add the Jesus Calling for Kids to the mix to share with my kindergarten daughter. Great series this week!

  20. Oh Jesus Calling is my FAVORITE!! Have already given it several times. And I have heard so many good things about the Jesus Storybook Bible – I think I will put it on my kids’ list for Christmas! Oh and the ABC Scripture Cards are already on my to-buy list 🙂

  21. I read the sample of Jesus Storybook Bible on Amazon and WOW! LOVE this book.
    I’m putting the scripture cards on my Christmas list. 🙂

  22. I bout the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook for my 3 year old and it is PERFECT. We have the storybook bible too, which we may like a bit more Ina few years, this one is just right for us right now.

  23. I think all of these are great! Also highly recommend the book Psalms for Young Children (by Delval) and Hidden in My Heart Scripture lullaby CDs (my 3-yr-old and 6-yr-old go to sleep listening to these every night!). And recommend My Faith Box by Lakepointe Church (excellent gift for recording spiritual legacy aintentional parenting resource).

  24. I love to give the Jesus Storybook Bible to families with preschoolers. We like Seeds Family Worship CDs as well (I give a new volume to every family in our children’s Sunday School program each year).

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