November Newsletter. . .in case you missed it. . .complete post.

November is all about Thanksgiving. 

We are thankful to live in a country that allows us freedoms, one of those being that we are able to own Bibles, yes plural. How many of us have more than one? More than three? Probably many of us. I know I’ve got one in just about all the translations I find intriguing. 

That being said, I thought the month of November would be a good month to highlight Missions, Bibles and the translation work that is currently happening. 

Can you imagine for a moment what it would be like to have never read a single Bible verse? Never having seen the words of Jesus with your very own eyes? Never sounded the words of God out and felt them slip off the tip of your tongue?

I try to imagine and fail miserably as I’m one of the many United States babies that have lived a blessed life filled with the syllables, stories and poems from the Bible poured out over me as if it was living oil being poured over my head. 

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life” was my first Bible verse I ever memorized. 

Psalm 61 is the passage I’ve turned to upon every fear trying to conquer my brain. Like a blazing light, John 1:5 exploded into my life, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Proverbs 3:5-6 is the bedrock upon which I stand, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not on thine own understanding. Acknowledge Him all thy ways and He shall direct thy path.” I’ve quoted these verses and many more, backwards and forwards like a mantra in the darkest of nights. 

The word of God floats through my mind on a continuous loop and surrounds me like the warmest blanket on the coldest of days. When I’m feeling blue, pouring over with gladness, soaking in grief, or melancholy for days, the Word of God is as alive as a flaming sword pushing back the darkness. 

So, then, can you imagine not being able to read your Bible? Can you imagine if the Bibles you owned turned to ash? If your eyes became milky with blindness and you could no longer soak in the goodness of the Word? If the words we hold so dear to us were no longer penned in letters and words and lines and paragraphs that we could read and understand? If our language dried up and disappeared and His words unreachable? What if all we could ever taste was described to us but we were never able place the goodness upon our own tongue, our taste buds never truly tasting anything but a memory?

Maybe I can imagine it, not being able to taste and see, question and get answers, find hope and grace and light and love. . .

Places all over the globe are stuck hearing about, but never being able to taste and see the sweet words of God written in their language. These people exist in the jungles, the mountains, the deserts, the hills, the ravines of the world, yearning for the truth that will set them free. Yearning for Him, they have lain trapped under the heavy weight of darkness that sucks as it were the very marrow from their bones cowering in abject fear of demonic spirits but hoping for Him. Waiting for light. 

Often these people upon hearing about Jesus, want to know, “How long have you had God’s talk? Why did you wait so long to bring it to me, to us?” 

Where have we been? Why haven’t we proclaimed so loudly that the very earth quaked beneath our feet? That He is Lord, that God is real and true and all knowing and all powerful and that it is He Who holds us, that “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. . .” Isaiah 49:16

There are missionaries at this moment, actively translating the word of God into their languages. . .So that they may taste and know and see and live. So that they may at last read with their own eyes and hold in their own hands the words of God. “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” 

Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

I stand in awe at the number of Bibles I order and bring into the shop. Every time a Bible is picked up and purchased, I am truly amazed. When I imprint a Bible, I breathe a prayer for the person receiving this flaming sword of power. 

For words have power. So. much. power. And HIS words. Move over mountain. 

I am grateful to be an American, even in the most tumultuous of times, I will always be grateful for being born on red, white and blue soil. Always. We are blessed to overflowing. So so blessed. 

Every night we pray for continued freedom, that our Nation will continue to stand and be a beacon and send out the Word of the Lord, send out the messengers bearing the weight and glory and beauty of searching for truth for lost souls around the globe. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 

This Thanksgiving, we are taking on a special project. The Kalanguya people in the mountains of the Philippines are about to receive their first complete Bible in their own language after many years of language learning and translation work. The cost of printing is about $10 per copy. Would you join us in contributing to this worthy cause? 

We walk in faith. We believe we can because of HIM. This month and through December we hope that you will join us in our grateful, thankful benediction to the One who loves us best. Join us in helping the Kalanguya people. Let’s get Bibles into their hands! 

For more information on our donation HERE.



p.s. Missions book highlighted HERE.

Monday Funday

Hello everyone! It’s Monday, and I am at home as I type this taking a much needed break from inventory. 🙂

However, Jo Lynn, of Simply Gifted who co-ops with us, A Black Sheep Shop, has so graciously offered her time and energy to keep the shop open on Monday.

Soooooo for the last couple of weeks we’ve been testing the waters with this new change in schedule and have been open on Mondays. Some of you may have noticed, others may have not. But, yes, the Shop is open on Mondays.

And so, I am officially posting it up on the blog.

Our new hours for at least the Holiday season will be including Monday: 11am-6pm

The reason behind my hesitancy in putting the new hours out there are that I do not want to confuse anyone or disappoint anyone should something arise and we are not able to open the doors some Monday. But it seems to be working out quite nicely, so I thought I would announce it.

I hope your Monday is blessed, that your week is filled to overflowing with grace upon grace.




Happy Thanksgiving! Black Friday! Shop Small Saturday!

Today is Thanksgiving! We aren’t sure where this month or even this year has gone, but wow, it’s zipped right past us!

This is A Black Sheep Shop’s first Thanksgiving and we wanted to take the time to tell each and every one of you that we are thankful to you, our customers.

You’ve graciously welcomed us into the community and each and every time you choose to shop with us, means another hour, day, month, that we stay open. Without you the doors couldn’t stay open.

So, thank you, deep, heartfelt thanks. Thank you for shopping small, for supporting local and for loving God with your all. It’s a blessing to see the joyous love of God flow through the veins of so many in our community. You make our day every time a Bible is purchased and the Word of God walks out into the open wide spaces.

You all astound and bless us. May your Thanksgiving be wonderfully blessed to overflowing.

As for Black Friday, to answer some questions we’ve been asked about whether or not we’d be doing specials or not.

We will be open on Friday and yes we will have some weekend specials for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

Our Friday and Saturday hours will be the same as normal: Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday: Noon-5pm

The SALES will range from 10%-75% OFF select items. We will have a printout of the different things on sale, and there will also be sections of goodies tagged and ready for you to peruse.

Some of the things that will be on sale are: Boxed Christmas Cards, Candles, Books, DVD’s, Jewelry, Journals and so much more! We hope you’ll join us for Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday!

Blessings and again, Happy Thanksgiving,


Echo, Alberta, Brian and Jo Lynn

Fear. Trust.

It’s Saturday. A hurricane has struck and another is quickly approaching. Wildfires are raging. The world is crying. Fear can often sweep the sense right out of us and leave us gasping in desperation.

Locally, 5 little girls died in a home fire. Pain that sweeps through and again rages tracks of salt down our faces as we can’t stop the feelings from flowing by just reading words on a phone.

This world is so full of fearful, painful. Things that we can’t control. Things that spin out of our grasp.

This last week has been hard, deeply hard. With physical issues, a dog emergency, stress, anxiety and yes, even a panic attack or two.

I’ve had customers and family members drop fear bombs. Words bundled together that do not speak of peace that surpasseth understanding. Fear bombs of conspiracy, and words that I will not repeat. Like, I said, it’s been a hard week.

Many years ago I was dealt heavy blows, and I had a choice to make.

Did I trust God or not?

Did I trust in Him. The one who held me and everyone else in the vast palms of His hands.

Was I alone on this planet? Alone here to deal with the tragic, the scary, the unexplainable?

Was I alone to face the depth of the storm?

No, I was not. I am not.

It is so easy for us to forget, to become so completely focused on the fear that is riding inside our brains that we forget.

We forget that we are not alone. Not only is our Father, the KING OF KINGS. Our ABBA. Our EL SHADDAI. Our JEHOVAH-JIRE. Our JEHOVAH-ROPHE.

He is ALWAYS with us. Which makes us NOT ALONE.

But there are millions, billions, tons of other people on this planet feeling the same things we do. WE ARE NOT ALONE.

In the midst of fear, I pray that we can remember. Remember that we are not alone. Remember that God is with us.

My God. Our God. Is BIGGER. And I, WE, have nothing to fear.

We already know how the story ends, our job is to live our lives in praise of God. Live our lives serving the One who has already conquered. The One who loves us beyond measure.

We have nothing to fear. We just TRUST. And move forward.



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September is HERE!

September is HERE!! And we couldn’t be more thrilled. The leaves are turning and tumbling and we saw termination dust on the mountain this morning on the way to work. So you know what that means?! Snow!!

In the meantime we are enjoying the lull before the roar. We at A Black Sheep Shop are gearing up for Christmas and holly and jolly and praising Jesus in this new season that we are entering. We hope to bring blessings to our community for our first Christmas!

If you want special orders, it’s never too soon to let us know so that we have plenty of time to bring lovely things in for you! That being said, we are going to have so much awesome in shop that I am truly excited to see what happens!

Happy September! Happy Autumn!



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Shop News! Simply Gifted has joined us!

Hello everyone,

It’s been close to seven months since we opened up and flung the doors wide. Full of learning curves and blessings, interesting and intriguing. It is our honor to be serving God and our community with our little shop that could.

With that being said, I have news to share with y’all!

We have opened up space in our shop for another awesome little shop, Simply Gifted, the brain child of the brilliant and delightful Jo Lynn Bozer, Queen of Whimsical Creations and Gift Baskets galore.

We remain A Black Sheep Shop with our same intentions, goals, striving towards constant integrity.

We love Simply Gifted and are happy to be working with her and her with us.

So next time you pop in, take a look at the gorgeous gift baskets, say hello to our newest member of the team, have Jo Lynn bundle up your goodies into a pretty basket. . .you get what I’m saying! 🙂

We look forward to seeing y’all soon!


God Bless,

Echo at A Black Sheep Shop


Big News!

Big News!

Hi everyone!

So if you’ve followed us on Social Media, or if you haven’t since I’m just barely getting it all off the ground, you would have seen that we have been incredibly blessed with an opportunity.

It’s official, A Black Sheep Shop will be taking the reins from Beauty for Ashes on the first of January 2017. With such a big change to all of the lives involved in this massive undertaking, we’re all excited and anticipating the jump into newness.

In the interim – from January to probably mid February or the first week of March, we’ll be revamping the store. Expanding and launching new book categories and new products.

It’s our hope that we’ll be able to be a blessing to our community while undertaking something that we truly enjoy.

Looking forward to meeting any and all who come into the store.

I’ll keep you all posted on our official grand opening plans and dates!


Black Sheep Shop Team