Saturday, March 25, 2017


The other day in the mail, arrived a box with two cute books in it. Right away my daughter says oh let's read them now. Of course, I saw that one was an actual Bible and that really excited me!! Every girl will want to have this book and Bible!

The Bible
First the Storybook Bible, is a collection of the well-known stories throughout the Bible, told in a story form. My daughter loves princesses and reading fairy-tales, because there fun stories, but also they always seem to have happy endings, which is similar to the Bible, except the Bible is the true Word of God! The Bible has the best ending, a happy ending for us believers!! The storybook Bible puts the Biblical stories into story form that start out with Once Upon a Time.... and then go on to tell the Biblical story. At the end of each story is a Happily Ever After section, which provides the lesson and an application to do. We are enjoying reading these at night-time before bed. My son likes the pictures throughout this book!
The second book, is actually the Bible, in a version (NIrV) for younger readers to understand and sprinkled throughout are a few of the great stories in color. At the end of the book is a dictionary and an index providing a list of the great Bible stories. My daughter was excited about this section, as she knows most the stories and she liked being able to find where the story is in the Bible.

With Easter coming up, these would make a great gift for the young girls in your life. Unfortunately there is no give-away with this one, but I encourage you to check it out and consider giving one to your daughter, granddaughter, cousin, student, and/or young girl in your life!

Additional details:


Official Website:

     With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.

     The art will captivate Disney lovers with similar looking characters and color palettes

      Zonderkidz wanted to capture fans of this genre, but introduce young children to the word of God, and introduce them to the great characters of the Bible. It’s important to note that this brand serves to resound the theme that the Bible is NOT a fairy tale, but every great Bible story happened once upon a time. The Bible is the ultimate Happily Ever After story!

      What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.

The Storybook Bible utilizes even more of the captivating art style and beautiful narrative to tell the major stories of the Bible (, and the Holy Bible ( & ( includes the full-text of the bestselling New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) translation, and highlights 6 great stories of the Bible in full-color tip-in pages.  (there will be 6 stories, and each story is told on 4 illustrated pages.)

Also find the Bible available where Bible/sbooks are sold and the Storybook Bible available at Sam’s Club or wherever books are sold.

#OnceUponATimeBible and #FlyBy 

  (“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly encouragement, books, and snapshots!

This week has been a whirl-wind kind of week, but all is good! Why, because God is always good!! This was the week my hubs had two days off, which we try to take advantage of when he is home. Though we also still had responsibilities to take care. Life can be just draining sometimes, so why I need Jesus!
We finished week 29 of school this week!! We are celebrating today with some cinnamon rolls! Abigail has been working the last few weeks on memorizing Psalm 121, and while she has been learning it, it has become scripture that has spoke much to my heart. What a reminder of the power of God's Word ~ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.~Titus 3:16-17
Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Aidan started piano this week, he wasn't excited at first, but after he got his books he couldn't wait to have lessons with Mrs. Rachel!! I can't wait to see Abigail and him play together! Abigail learned a new skill this week, a sweet friend took her time to share knitting with her! I may have to try to learn again, maybe I will have more patience for it this time. What I am learning through this all, is may we all never stop learning and preserver through the days that challenge us and most important may we remember Christ in all things!

I have been reading some really good books lately and finished up some recently:
  • All Is Grace by Brennan Manning~a worthwhile memoir, a beautiful messy story, teaches the need of grace. I consider myself more messy then beautiful most days, so it is a positive!
  • Finding Spiritual Whitespace~Awakening Your Soul To Rest by Bonnie Gray~if you have experience a trauma in your life this book is a must read. P.S. she has a new book coming out in a couple months I can't wait to share with you!!
  • Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Mills~this book is coming out soon, so much wisdom in this book, will be sharing a review at the end of April
  • Grace Based Discipline by Kris Kimmel Murray ~one parenting book I enjoyed, not many out there, this has lots of Biblical wisdom for disciplining and giving grace a good balance and the humor is great too
  • Prayer by A.W. Tozer~recently reviewed a book that provides lots of Biblical wisdom about prayer and what it looks like
  • Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola~a homeschool read, I recommend it to those interested in Charlotte Mason style of education. I consider us to be part Charlotte Mason and part Classical and a mix-mosh of our own style. 
  • Falling Free by Shannon Martin~I started this last week and am almost finished, it is wrecking me but in a good way, a worthy read! Get it! I will share more when I am done...

Encouraging Reads:

Only as we die to self can much then be produced in our lives.
I want to do big things! And I want to do them now!
As followers of Jesus, we are called to walk in the tension of grace and truth.

‘Real’ ministry is here and now. It’s not ten years down the road, it’s not ten minutes down the road. It’s right where I am. The real question is, what will I do with the ministry He’s given?
Some thoughts to ponder on and a book to add to my list

This week I am counting many blessings, so important to look for God's truth, beauty, and goodness in all we do.
Snapshots of our week:

This week we started week 4 of Final Days of Jesus. I have been adding to my cover which at first felt intimidating to create, but using it as a place to put the words the Lord lays on my heart through this study. What a great reminder of what God has done and is doing through this one area of my life, now I need to do, love, walk! So thankful for Jesus, my light, protector, strength, my salvation!
Last Friday was St. Patrick's day, so with our pizza and movie night we needed a special snack!
These two and their imaginations crack me up, I should feel safe right!! LOL
Happy first day of spring on Monday! My little chicken helpers. Chickens have been a blessing for our family! Teaches the kids responsibility and we get fresh eggs!! We made egg salad for on the first day of Spring to celebrate!
Mama come watch me ride my bike, he said! Well of course son, I love too! It's the simple things!
Abigail made a picture for first day of Spring and what it means to her.
Fishing with daddy one morning this week she caught herself some lunch! 😉
This girl learned a new hobby from a friend! She is loving it! Knitting!

Birthday presents have started arriving for someone's upcoming birthday!
Aidan was so excited after his first lesson. He came home to show daddy!
Beautiful evening for a little fishing! My little fishers 💕
A homeschoolers happy mail, homeschool catalogs are arriving, this is mainly what we use! Sonlight! I am so excited with the changes they have made for the new year!!
➽📓Linking up with Weekly Wrap-Up   and Fresh Market Friday

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Me-centered vs. God-centered

A message I have read, heard twice, and been praying about over the week...why do we not do the things we ought to do? What holds us back from surrendering and doing God's will? Is it fear, that might be the reason, and at times it has been for me. However, for me and maybe many others, it is because we are often times me-centered, and not God-centered. Ouch! We believers get caught up in the world's teachings, instead of our Savior Jesus's teaching. We get focused on ourselves, our safety, comfort, security, future, our plans, etc... We need to ask should we be doing more to help God's kingdom, to help those in need? God doesn't need us, but we should want to do for HIM, because HE first loved us and we love Him (1 John 4:19)! I apologize if this may not be the most encouraging post, but it can be if we want what our Lord wants, and we should, right? Jesus first and second commands Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30–32 Matthew 22:37–39). God wants us. From that we ought to want to do, love, and walk with HIM (Micah 6:8). When we fully surrender to God, we will truly live an abundant life here on earth! 
Alas, I am not living this 100%, but I desire to. So why I am in need of Jesus and thankful for HIS grace. I ask you to please join in prayer for this very thing, Lord God, help me to walk obediently to Your calling and not hold back, and let me walk it! AMEN!

A song that has also been on repeat, which is soul penetrating is Kari Jobe's~The Cause of Christ! It has a powerful message, one I want to live fully!

The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ to build His church
To love His bride
And make His name known far and wide
For this cause I live
For this cause I'd die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ
He is all my soul will prize
Regardless of the joy or trial
When agonizing questions rise
In Jesus all my hope abides
For this cause I live
For this cause I'd die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ
Jesus my Jesus
For Your glory for Your name
Jesus my Jesus
I will only sing Your praise
For this cause I live
For this cause I'd die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ
It is not fame that I desire
Nor stature in my brother's eye
I pray it's said about my life
That I lived more to build Your name than mine

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