Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Redeemed- (In)spired Deals Review & Giveaway

A few years ago, I remember walking into an acquaintance's home, and noticing how many pieces of decor items talked about the fact that they were a Christian family. 'Wow, they must really want to make sure that everyone knows that they're Christians,' I thought with disdain.

At that point in my life and in my faith, that was honestly the only explanation that I could fathom--that generally, when people had Christian home decor up in their home, it was either (a) because they felt like they were "supposed" to have those items up or (b) because they wanted to make sure that every single person in their lives knew that they were Christian. To be totally honest, neither reason seemed like a particularly good reason to me, and for that reason, our home was fairly devoid of any references to our faith for the next several years.

However, this past December, I partnered with Dayspring and (in)courage to participate in a review and giveaway of a home decor item. To be honest, I thought that it would probably be something that I might display at Christmas time, and then put away for the rest of the year. But surprisingly, something happened--I noticed that the little tealight holder became an unexpected support and encouragement to me during a pretty hard experience in my life. And because of that, it has remained on display in our home ever since.


This past month, I've had another opportunity to partner with (in)courage and Dayspring to review a home decor item, and I think I'm ready to say that before, I was wrong. Totally, dead wrong. At least for me, displaying home decor items that have faith-based messages isn't at all about who else sees them. It's about me, and the fact that often, in the midst of chaos, I need those words written in my heart and whispered into my soul.

This month's (in)spired deals item comes from the Redeemed line:

Life is a patchwork of the meaningful things we keep with us—memories, moments, and connections that serve as daily reminders of where we’ve come from and who our loving Heavenly Father says we are in Jesus. The Redeemed collection celebrates the way God, in His generous grace, sews together every beautiful bit of our lives to form one masterpiece creation after another.

The items that I personally received to review were the "Beautiful in Its Time" Vintage Glass Vase and the Blessed Set of 6 Ceramic Coasters.

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As always, the products seem to be very well-made--the ceramic coasters are beautiful (each one has a different image), and seem like they'll hold up very well. But my real favorite here is the vintage glass vase, which I could immediately imagine sitting atop my dream farmhouse table someday, acting as a vase for fresh-cut flowers from the backyard, or a carafe for orange juice at a Sunday morning breakfast. It's something that I can imagine standing the test of time well enough to pass down to one of my kiddos someday.

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The vase includes the above verse etched on one side, and then raised glass letters that spell "Redeemed" on the other side...and boy, is it ever a good reminder for my soul lately--there's this song by a band called Late Tuesday that goes, "everything's broken, but it still can be redeemed", and that's exactly what this vase reminds me of every morning. That when I'm exhausted and grumbling about doing more dishes. Or when I'm feeling like our house or budget isn't the way I'd like it to be. I need that reminder sometimes that things will be not just okay, but more beautiful than I could ever imagine--in God's time, not my own.

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So, because I genuinely love Dayspring products, I'm thrilled to be able to giveaway a coupon code for one of you to order this beautiful vase for yourself!

There's no fancy requirements in order to enter--simply leave a comment on this post between now, and 6:00am (PST) this Friday morning, the 20th!

The fine print: I was provided with a vase and coaster set to review and photograph, but was not compensated in any other way for this review, nor do I profit from the links to Dayspring included in this post. As always, all opinions included in this review are my own. The winner of this giveaway will be chosen on Friday the 20th, using Random.org, and will be given a coupon code specifically for the glass vase mentioned above. The winner will be responsible for shipping costs for the item.

29 comments:

  1. Tulips make me think of you.

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  2. I love those earrings too! I like the little reminders that God is there. I have a coin in my car that says "This too shall pass". Sometimes it's just what you need.

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  3. I love Dayspring. Especially this Redeemed collection.

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  4. I love the vase... it made me tear up! I needed to hear/read that today.

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  5. I don't just love these items from the Redeemed line, I love that you shared how we can change as we go through life as a Christian. I love that you have found a place where these symbols are an encouragement and not a badge. God bless!

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  6. I would love a new vase for the flowers I cut from our garden in the spring & summer!

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  7. Deuteronomy 11:18-20 says, "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.." Having the Word around us helps us to live it!

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  8. Having one of those, "I thought I was the only one!" moments after reading this! Thanks: the tale, the photos, the irises:)

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  9. What a wonderful vase! Thank-you!!!

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  10. I have some Blessings Unlimited items in my home with scripture that has effected me in ways I would have never dreamed possible, too. I think the main thing is The Word of God is powerful, whether printed in the Bible, on a vase, or hand wrote by a friend! Thanks for this great encouragement and giveaway!
    ohioblessing@gmail.com

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  11. Love Dayspring and the Redeemed collection! Lovely coasters perfect for my table and morning coffee cup! :)

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  12. This blog is such an encouragement to me!

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  13. Perfect reminder to read everyday on the beautiful coasters! Love the vase too - thank you so much for sharing :)

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  14. I love having reminders around my house of God and His love for me!

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  15. love the collections... always browsing for new products... thanks.

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  16. I love their products, but don't own any. I'd love to change that! :)

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  17. I have a tile on my kitchen window that says "If God only used perfect people, nothing would ever get done." I LOVE that message!

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  18. This vase is beautiful.

    slavila (at) rochester (dot) rr (dot) com

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  19. Went around my house and counted my decor with scripture. 8 Final tally

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  20. I too have found the blessing of being surrounded by God's Word in my home. I love DaySpring so much, I signed up as a Blessings Unlimited consultant almost immediately upon finding out about them! Great post!

    www.myblessingsunlimited.net/Karalin

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  21. I love all of these! Having little reminders of faith in our home are so important! With my upcoming June wedding, any of the items for this collection would be a perfect addition for our home :)

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  22. Love what Dayspring has to offer to keep God's word visible to us throughout the day.

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  23. Love your blog! You are so right, for when we display items with God's Word it blesses us more than others that see it. Especially on those days we we are feeling low and need encouragement. Love the vase!!!

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  24. I think that I was a lot like you in terms of faith proclaiming decor, but I get it now and do think the reminder is important - in subtle doses :) The vase is really pretty!

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  25. DaySpring is wonderful! These products are beautiful, and I agree, having products like these in my home is an encouragement to me.

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  26. Um, so that lemonade looks really good...only a pregnant lady would comment on the edible part of this post ;) The vase is awesome too!

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