Saturday, August 27, 2016

What Does God Really Promise?

Tyndale House Publishing has put out this darling, but truth-packed little book. I think it's fabulous to give as a gift to a new believer, a seeker, or anyone looking to grow and build up their faith.

I have put a link in below the photo of the book so you can follow it and see inside the book. I think you'll be impressed both with the written content as well as the stunning illustrations. I was given a copy as a gift from the publisher in order to write an unbiased review. I'm excited to give it away because as soon as I saw it I knew the exact right person!
This would be a lovely little book for any ministry or person to have on hand to give away.

As you can see in the excerpt each page begins with a common question people have about what God says to us, about us, or  Himself, and then it answers the question and ends with a verse from the Scriptures.
What Does God Really Promise? 101 Questions and Answers About God's Promises, The Church, And The Future is a comforting little book. Small enough for a backpack, purse, or tote bag it's handy size would make it easy enough to carry around and leave as a gift and witness in medical waiting rooms, and other places like that. What would you suggest? I like the idea of leaving it at a hospital general area for places like the Emergency room, Oncology, or Critical Care Units. I'll bet you can think of creative ideas for this helpful and lovely book as well.

 See a PDF excerpt HERE

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Parenting Builds Character

My children range in age from 6 years old to young adult. Some I gave birth to and some I didn't, but they're all precious.
Yesterday I sat next to my grown-up, married son and brushed a crumb out of his beard. His beard! It doesn't seem but a week ago I was washing peanutbutter off of his face. Time does go, doesn't it? That freckle faced little boy that declared he would live with me forever is a married man.

I have, like you, both struggled with, and cherished my motherhood. Its the hardest, best job there is. It's not just biological, it's a spiritual calling. I have so often fallen short of the ideals I set for myself. I have failed time and again, the intention to be patient and kind. I spent most of my 30's feeling guilty about the ways I wasn't earning "Mom of the Year". But I didn't give up. I allowed God's Word to develop my character and I  pounded heaven in prayer for those babies and my husband and myself for the ability to do this most-important work as best we could with our limited resources. But I learned there's no such thing as lack in God's economy and I had all the resources I needed in Christ. The Holy Spirit brought life to my mothering time and again when I thought I'd drown in the day-to-day of laundry and dishes and meals, and again during the years when my husband was so often gone and I was alone with what seemed too much responsibility. I would have missed out on all the good, rich stuff I'm enjoying now if I had allowed self-pity to lead me to dark places instead of strengthening myself in the Lord. 

God's assignments are sometimes mountains to climb and valleys to travail. There are certainly dragons to battle, but He also provides those sweet, restful green pastures we love so well. Motherhood is a series of thrills and drudgery, heartbreak and the most pure and sincere love to be found- after the love of God. Devotion and character are developed in the years of the hardships of mothering and homemaking, like any other hardship. I remember well the slow and gradual change from selfish young lady to devoted and sacrificing mother. My husband too,from selfish man to becoming over the years a tender-hearted father and husband. Putting the needs of others in front of your own on a daily basis will change a person. 

It's so easy to get discouraged in this culture with parenting. For all the ways I have wounded my children I ask forgiveness and God's scandalously generous mercy. For the victories I point again to His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes it seems like the forming of a loving human takes two steps back and only one forward- in the kids and us! Growth is painful but that pain is necessary for development of character.  So often I have wanted to protect my kids from hurts and dangers but I have learned that the person they become for God's Kingdom is so much more important than their comfort. Or mine.

I'm so thankful to be on this ride with Jesus and my family. It's not easy but nothing is more worthwhile than being a missionary to my own little corner of the world. If I endure, then maybe I will reap a harvest of Jesus-loving kids that are missionaries in their own spheres- big or small. I'm rejoicing in hope, and remembering that my troubles are light comparatively, and hope doesn't disappoint when it's in the right place. Besides that, children give you grandchildren!
                                                           Romans 5:1--5 NKJV

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gratitude Coloring Journal

There's quite a popular "thing" these days with coloring books and for good reason. We live in a chronically stressed out society and adult coloring books are therapeutic. I guess kids are on to something after all.
This little gem of a journal is a great example and even better because the theme of gratitude is also proven to be good therapy. Who knew? God did because He told us in His word :)

The act of journaling is also healthy. The combination of all of these in an eye pleasing book, just the right size for a purse or tote makes this my choice for gift giving. Especially to those who travel, spend time in a hospital bed, or in their own for whatever reason. This would also be great for a college miss heading off soon moms!

I've posted a few pages below for you too see. I'm a visual person myself and always like a good peek. There are printables for free from Tyndale's  Living Expressions Collection line on their Pinterest page.

Check out Tyndale's line here.

You can purchase this on Amazon as well. I use Amazon Smile because they donate to my charity of choice every time I make a purchase.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.*

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Entrusted Bible Study! (Beth Moore

There's a new study coming! I love love love Beth Moore and I love Bible study- so I'm super excited about this one. I'm on the launch team and very happy to be able to help promote it. I had planned on buying it anyway to do with my neighborhood group anyway. Since the study is on 2nd Timothy, it's a short enough book to have the option of memorizing. Here's a video from Beth herself giving you some encouragement and tips for doing that along with the rest of us :)

Watch for the hashtag #entrustedstudy in your social networking circles.

There's a special right now! Pre-order and get the beautiful scripture memory cards FREE

Thursday, July 21, 2016

American Woman's Bible

The idea of this Bible interspersed with a collection of history bits on American Women, from quotes to short essays and more, is an intriguing one.

It was well done and the pieces are well- written but I have to be honest and say I'm not entirely sure why I would want to buy this Bible. I shared it with a few friends and asked their opinions as to its usefulness in their own lives and it was generally agreed that while it might be useful in a history class or literature even perhaps, it's not likely any of them were likely to seek it out and purchase it. These were other homeschool moms.

I think it might be a thoughtful gift for a history buff, teacher,etc.

I enjoyed looking through and my interest was caught and held by the history narratives here and there throughout the text. 

In the back are lists of biographies by page number, people and topics also by page number and a basic Bible Concordance. 

The front has a presentation page, table of contents and introduction as well as a preface to the New King James Version. 

As you can see the text is double columns and a nice sized font printed in dark blue. Headings look dark red to me. 

This Bible is published by Harper Collins.

Overall what's to complain about except I would have liked to see a few maps, but it's a nice, quality Bible.

Book Description

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.
Features include: * New King James Version * Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation * Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives * Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known * Introductions to each book of the Bible * Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America's story * Ribbon marker * Presentation page for gift-giving
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The New King James Version® - More than 60 million copies

*I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written, online review

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Goat Barn

Tasha's little buckling makes a total of 17 kids born on the ranch this year. All healthy and happy with great breed character. He's a 4th generation Miniature Nubian and exudes and oozes breed character!

Gigi kidded with twin boys before Tasha on the same day

Training up the next couple generations