Lil’ Light O’ Mine Giveaway with Courtney DeFeo

NOTE: You still have until April 30th to get all six of the companion video teaching sessions to my newest book LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith ABSOLUTELY FREE from Christian Book Distributors (CBD) if you buy either the paperback or e-book from them. (A $27.00 value) The book in on how to stop trying to control other people, your circumstances, etc.. and start controlling your emotions and behavior as you learn to trust God. Each session features a humorous, yet biblical message on a different character from the Bible who either was a control freak or instead an example of someone who trusted God.

If you already have the book, consider buying one to donate to your church or local library or as a Mother’s Day gift so you can still enjoy the six downloadable sessions for free. Click here for more information.


I love when I see someone who has found a passion and is using it to help others.

My friend Courtney DeFeo is one such woman.

Her site is a little online corner that provides hope, inspiration and creative ideas in the thrilling journey called motherhood. She wants moms to forget the cheerios that crunch under your toes and believe your kids can light up the world for Jesus.

I’m turning over the keyboard to Courtney today while I steal away to work on my next book. She is offering a great giveaway so be sure to watch for it in her post. Now, here’s Courtney:


I remember the moment. Ella was four and Larson was two. I was having an out of body moment or as we say now … I was coming “unglued.”

Both girls were disobeying or “not making wise choices.” They would not do ONE thing I asked them to do. Can you even imagine? A two-year-old and a four-year-old being defiant? And, I think Ella smacked Larson or something absurd and I started to explain WHY we don’t do such things.

I was exhausted and I was speechless. I was so OVER the “because I told you so”… and I knew I needed some key scriptures in my heart and hers.

At the same time, God was doing a work in me. I was sorting through prayers and nudges about my career that I left behind, my identity and how He might use all of my past experience, gifts and talents to serve Him. Full story here.

I had heard of folks putting scripture to the alphabet – and I thought that would help mine memorize it! And, this would help me have a common language with the girls.

I looked some up online that were printouts and I didn’t really love the verses chosen or the format. I wanted them to be really relevant in my home (nice way to say “stylish please.”) I wanted them out on display like décor, but useful enough that we could “teach” and “train” as we went about the day.

So, combine the transplant God was doing on my heart and my desire to make some changes in my home and you get the first product that was launched on (now

ABC Scripture Cards were designed for mom’s style and the child’s heart. I thought my friends and their friends might buy them, but I had no idea that thousands would buy them in the first year. The thought of God’s work coming alive in homes all over is so thrilling.

Ella is now six and knows all 26 by heart. And so do I! Larson knows half (4 years old). We have a common language that has helped me tremendously in parenting. They are still children and still defiant – but I believe God’s word never returns void. I am praying and trusting these will stay with her for life and surface in her heart and thoughts when she needs them most.

For instance, when someone was mean to her at school …we could easily talk about the appropriate response.

When mine were scared at night, I quickly had the words to sooth their heart. He does care and He will protect you!

When they are worried ALREADY about their looks – or when they make a great choice, I remind them what God is focused on.

I am beyond passionate about empowering moms and changing little lives. We are all in this together. I am sharing 10 Ways To Bring Faith to Life In Your Home today on my blog. Scripture Memory is just one of them and this product is not the only answer.

Thank you Karen for giving me this space to speak about the God I adore and the little lights in our homes – our kids that can shine so bright for His glory.


Now, would you like to win a set? Courtney will give away a set to two of the gals who comment on this post. Simply tell us what was the first verse that you ever memorized or that you taught a child to memorize. Or, if you’ve never memorized one, pick one you’d like to commit to memory and tell us what it is.

You have until Sunday at midnight to enter. Winner announced Monday.:-)

Happy weekend!


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  2. FIrst verse memorized was John 3:16. I am really touched by this blog… what a great idea (and stylish too)! I’d love to win a set, but even if I don’t win I think the idea of memorizing the scriptures to have an answer readily available for my new stepchildren would help me out tremendously. I’m very excited to keep reading Courtney’s blog!

  3. I’m pretty sure it was John 3:16, but we listened to a lot of Critter County (Christine Wyrtzen) songs and it might have been “Casting all your cares upon him for he careth for you” or “Be sure your sins will find you out” or “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” I remember hearing those a lot as well. :-)

  4. My parents were regular church attendees and my brothers and I were right there with them. We heard a lot of Bible verses in Sunday school and church, so there may have been earlier ones that don’t come to mind, but the first verse I REMEMBER learning is John 3:16. I have carried that verse with me throughout life.

  5. Howdy! Hope this still makes it. anyway, the first verse I memorized when I was a child was Psalm 23:1 and at that young age I got to apply it in my life when I prayed to the Lord for a need to be healed from my fever one day because I wanted so badly to go to church. Guess what? God answered my prayer right away. The fever left and I got to go to church and that experience just proved to me that I can trust my God with anything and any need I have! And this truth I am also passing on to my dear kiddos. The first verse I make them memorize is I John 4:8- “God is Love”. Since this is the heart of the Bible, from this verse I am able to explain more why Jesus came to the world and our need for a Savior. Thank you in advance for the gift! I would love to have a set so I could share those precious truths to my 6 year old, 3 year old and 16 mos. baby. God bless you!

  6. I’m not sure the first verse I learned. Probably John 3:16. I remember memorizing all of 1 Corinthians 13 when I was 12 though. I absolutely love these cards. They would be amazing to use with my 5 year old. Thanks for the giveaway and for all you are doing to encourage moms!

  7. The first verse I remember learning is John 3:16 and this post really got me thinking about what verse I should teach my son. The alphabet cards would make the task of raising a godly child a little easier. What a great idea!! I would love to give these as gifts to the all the moms in my friend circle!!

  8. There’re are so many verses I love, but John 3:16 is one that I try to get my four kids to understand, I think these cards would be helpful to all of us as a family, they seem perfect to add to our bible time together, and would help me a better mom to quote scripture and help them remember what God has taught us.

  9. John 3:16 of course. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. My favorite verse is “In EVERYTHING give thanks”. 1 Thess 5:18.

  10. These are so beautiful, what a great idea. It took a bit of dusting off of the brainwebs… elementary school I memorized: “We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 :-) I remember because I was sooo excited to win a homemade plaque with the words on it…..NO comparison to yours! Black and white and as plain as could be.

  11. I love the idea of hidding scripture in my heart and right now I need scripture to cover me and my doctor. I’m having my 20 surgery caused by complications from a surgery that went bad 11 years ago. I ask for prayer for wisdom for the doctor and healing for me. Thanks. I have learned so much from you..

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