23 December 2012

Merry Christmas to customers, friends and family!

Dear Friends,
Happy Holidays from your favorite Premier Designs Jewelry Lady!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones this year!  The time to purchase gifts for Christmas may be over, but jewelry is a great gift item all year long! Our jewelry is high quality, high fashion jewelry with a golden guarantee and a great exchange policy so you won't be disappointed!

To help you start the New Year right, I’m offering my friends, family and past hostesses and customers this special now through January:

Every customer who purchases $75 or more will receive any item
(up to $50 value!) for ONLY $5!!!

Also all watches AND rings are 30% off!!!

If you would like to see our line of jewelry (hundreds of pieces for every woman, every age, every style!) just call or email me and I will get a catalog to you ASAP!

Now is a GREAT time to get that something sparkly you didn’t get at Christmas!
You can only get in on these specials if you order by January 31st!
However, you can still earn a shopping spree on me by passing around a catalog and collecting a few orders from some friends.  I’ll even bring my jewelry playground to YOUR house for you and a few of your VIP guests! Call me to schedule a personal home show with me in January to earn up to 50% hostess benefits! Sales are great but Free is better!

Thanks for being a valuable customer these past two years!  Here’s a little about what our family has been able to do because of your support…   

In February of this year, Amelia Ann Parsons joined our little family!  She was seven pounds one ounce and a true joy.  The miracle of her story can be found in an earlier post on this blog.

In June, my “little” brother came to live with us in Woodland.  It’s been a difficult transition for us all, but he is doing well as he explores life after high school.  Amelia LOVES her uncle!     She lights up whenever he enters the room!            

I still dream of going to Indonesia and serving with Pioneers, but right now we are still working on getting healthy, paying off debt, and taking care of family.  Your support has been vital through this journey of following the dream.  Thanks for your encouragement, financial support and prayers. We couldn’t do this without you!   Here's to an awesome 2013!                                                           
Dreaming with God for Indonesia,
      Erica, Matthew & Amelia Parsons 

Dreaming for Woodland

"When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

This week my heart has been overwhelmed.  With stress.  With sadness.  With longing.  When you dream for so long that dream seems impossible and far away and you wonder if you will ever see your dream come to pass... but for some reason, I just keep following the dream and living each day the best I can just waiting...

But I'm kind of tired of just waiting.  I need to DO something!  And I'm here, in a city that DESPERATELY needs to know the Hope of Christ.  At Christmas time especially there is an extra feeling of heaviness... of sadness... of loneliness. But there is a light in the darkness and a hope for the waiting and that is the good news of advent!  And as I see brokenness all around me, a new dream is forming in my heart... a dream for the town of Woodland.

In this dream, the churches are united. Not just tolerating one another, not just ceasing the competition and bitterness that has ruled them for generations, but loving one another as family and coming together for a common purpose.  I continue to meet people who refuse to go to church here because of the politics or they were hurt by one of the churches.  This has to stop!  I don't know how yet, but I know it starts with prayer and it starts with healing and forgiveness in my own heart for past situations in other congregations.  Unity begins with selflessness.  Setting aside our ideas of how it should be done and seeking God together.  Praying until something happens.  Only when we are able to press through this great division in the church will we see revival, hope and healing brought to the lost of this town.

I've had this dream mulling in the back of my head for a while, but it is becoming a heartfelt desire more and more.  This past week a friend from our local church family spoke up on facebook about wanting to walk around Woodland and pray for people we come in contact with. Her desire to see God move in power through her struck a chord in me that said "it's time to take action!" I have started walking with her and we hope to go out several times every week with open hearts ready for whomever God places in our path that day.

My heart still aches and longs for Indonesia.  But I am here now for a reason. And my purpose is to bring God's light and hope wherever I am not to just sit and wait for the day I can return to Indonesia.  God has not abandoned me in this place until I can get my act together. He has placed me here intentionally out of love for the people here. And He is softening my heart towards them.