Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Contentment + Giving Back {Giveaway}

Good Morning, Friends!
I hope this mid-week finds you well! 
Today I am excited to share my usual Wednesday in the Word + a little something extra! 


Lately I have really been struggling with contentment. Between being overwhelmed by my to-do list & my consistent desire for more stuff...I need Jesus! Plain & simple. 
In the past week I have gone from wanting a baby french bulldog, to a complete new home entertainment system, patio furniture, to a new vehicle. Really?! Honestly...how disgusting!

It's days like this that I need Paul to remind me what contentment is all about. He was sitting in prison when he wrote to the Phillipians. Can you imagine all the things that he could have desired? Yet he writes this:

"Not that I speak of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." Philippians 4:11

I can't even imagine. Prison. Prison for the sake of the gospel and yet he "speaks" of not being in need. Uhg. As if I didn't feel guilty already, that pretty much nailed it home....here I am, blessed with more than I need, yet I still want more. 

My heart is so wrong for that.

Digging closer into contentment, it comes for a desire to fill a need. A need that can really only be filled with one thing - Jesus. Contement is wishing for something we don't have, which ultimately is a slap in the face to God. It's like saying, "Thanks for all this stuff I have, but I really want that instead." Again my famous word...really?! How ridiculous does that sound?!

That's why this week I am trying to focus on the blessings Christ has given me rather than the materialistic things my sinful heart desperately wants. 

This week I am also partnering with some phenomenal bloggy pals & Noonday to give me perspective. Perspective on things that matter and not on things that I don't need. We are super excited to be hosting a phenomenal giveaway with a purpose

Last month, Rachel from "Oh, Simple Thoughtsintroduced you to a couple going through adoption - The Ragans. Their story is inspiring & truly a picture of selflessness. Here's a quick peak at all the details...



You may be wondering what exactly this has to do with the giveaway, but it's actually really cool. This month we are not only hosting a Noonday giveaway, but you also have the opportunity to help the Ragan's by purchasing an item from the Noonday Trunk Show. 


Have you ever heard of Noonday before?
Well...they are a jewelry and accessories company that gives back in big ways. "Together with the Noonday ambassadors across the country, we offer you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans." Noonday sells beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more, all made by artisans in third world countries. Some of the money from every item bought goes back to these artisans to create a sustainable lifestlye for them and their communities. HOW AWESOME?! Here are some really great pieces in their collection! 


Isn't their stuff beautiful? All of these pieces are so versatile & can be worn with so many outfits! Almost all pieces are made from materials unique to the area in which they are made. So some bracelets and necklaces are made from rolled up paper beads, seeds, recycled gun metal, or bones of animals! So cool! I love that they are not only made for a cause, by people who need jobs, with a purpose, yet remain so subtly personal.


NOW, HOW CAN YOU HELP THE RAGANS?

As I told you before, in addition to the giveaway, you have the opportunity to help out the sweet Ragan family with their adoption. 30% of each purchase goes directly to bringing home baby Ragan! If you would like to purchase an item from Noonday, for yourself or for someone else, just follow these simple steps to insure the credit goes to the Ragan Trunk Show!

2. Shop around, pick out your items, and proceed to check out. 
3. In the box asking for an ambassador name, put McCall Aldridge.
4. In the box asking for Trunk Show Name, put Ragan Trunk Show. 
5. Check out, and wait for your gorgeous pieces to arrive in the mail. 


In addition to funding an incredible organization AND assisting a family in need, you also have the opportunity to WIN a Noonday Necklace!

This piece is new this year and is already one of the best sellers.
Meet the Del Mar Necklace and your fabulous giveaway co-hosts!



Thank you so much for participating in the giveaway! It is such a joy to watch others invest and show interest in this adoption! The Ragan's appreciate it so much!

I hope you have a great rest of the week & remember to content with where God has you!


Frankly my dear...eyes of self. Be content.

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Now, go check out my sweet new friend & sponsor, Alysse!


4 comments :

  1. What a great reminder to walk in contentment! You are not alone in that struggle. And what an awesome giveaway, cause & company!!

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  2. You are such a joy! Thank you for sharing and promoting this in such a genuine and loving way, I have tears in my eyes! THANK YOU Jenni! :)

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  3. My first thought reading this was "oh no, I missed Wednesday!" But then I realized it's Wednesday. Second thought was that contentment is such a universal struggle, I think for women especially. I feel like we are always seeking to be more, and find things that will help us be whatever "more" it is we think we need to be. But God doesn't ask us to be more because he made us who we are with purpose on purpose.

    And I love the adoption giveaway. The Lord adopted us into his family and I love seeing other families follow His example by adopting the unloved and unwanted. We hope to do the same one day.

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  4. Wow, this is something that I needed to hear today! I feel as if I am never content with what I have and I honestly live such a blessed life. Like you said, I need to feel that need with Jesus. Thanks for the great uplifting message!

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