I thought I’d take a moment to share a little of my heart with you and explain why I decided to write this book, “The Shepherd’s Treasure” in the first place! My husband and I own the company Sleepingbaby.com. We were featured on Shark Tank for a product called the Zipade-Zip that I created for our little girl when she wasn’t sleeping well at night (watch here). God has truly blessed that business more than we could have imagined, for which we are incredibly grateful!
My heart’s prayer has always been to do what I can to give God glory through our business, because without Him, none of it would have been possible.
So where does the Shepherd come in? Well, last year, I did the Elf on the Shelf tradition with my kids. Although this tradition might be a wonderful fit for a lot of families, I really struggled with it as it took their focus off of Jesus and turned it towards the presents they were going to be getting IF they were good when the elf was watching them. I found myself un-explaining the Elf’s presence in our home because of how hard it became to refocus our children’s minds on the TRUE meaning of the season and on giving instead of receiving.
I remember praying about how I could instill the truth of Jesus in the hearts of my little ones AND how we could use the business God had given us to also be a light for other families.
We had managed to affect little ones’ sleep with the Zipadee-Zip but I wanted to find a way to touch their HEARTS. That is when I felt like The Shepherd’s Treasure book was laid on my heart. And when I say it was ‘laid on my heart’, it was like God had attached 100lbs weights to it until I actually made it happen!
I felt so called to be obedient to God and write this but I felt like I TOTALLY lacked the skills to do it! I had never dreamed or desired to write a book in my life! BUT I did want to honor Jesus. It’s amazing how things just fall into place when our hearts are in the right place! I’m so humbled by this whole process as I’ve watched God’s hand in it all! I’m thankful to play a very small part in His bigger plan!
When I embarked on this adventure, I began by prayerfully deciding who would be the main character of the book!
The reason I decided to go with a Shepherd boy as the main character is because I LOVED how God chose the most unlikely people to be the FIRST to hear of Jesus’ birth! Dirty, lowly shepherds in a field that no one considered to be of much importance got a magnificent peak into heaven when the angels appeared to them to tell of Jesus’ birth!
It reminds me of the verse, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV). The Bible contains story after story of people that God did great things in and through who were some of the least likely candidates from a worldly perspective! It’s in our weakness that HE is made strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-11). I also loved the fact that numerous times in scripture God is referred to as the Shepherd and we, His sheep!
My prayer for this book is two-fold. First, I hope that it will be a fun and interactive tool that will teach children to search for Jesus during Christmas and after it’s over. Second,
I hope that, as your children follow their little Shepherd on his quest to find Jesus, they will come to understand that their HEARTS are much more valuable to God than how they look or what they wear or what toys they own or who their friends are. May we learn that same lesson!
God bless you and your sweet families this Christmas!
“To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or imagine, by the power that is at work within us through Christ Jesus… To Him be the glory throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21