Saturday, August 19, 2017

Worship~The Reason We Were Created

When you think of the word worship, what comes to mind? Here is the short definition; “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” Worship is a state (an attitude) of spirit. Long definition can be read here:

After reading the newest book Worship~The Reason We Were Created, I see where I have failed to worship my God fully and how it is so much more than I thought. This book is a collection of insights about worship from A.W. Tozer, who is also one of my favorite theologians, as you probably have heard me mention before. As his work is always thought provoking and I have learned a lot from him. He always points everything back to God's Word. The Lord always works on me through his words.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I desire to want to trust and obey God and to love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind as the scripture says, but often I may only do that half-heartily. I get distracted, I lose my focus, and yes can be selfish. God desires so much more than that from me or any of us who claim to be believers! God is our Creator, He has loved us since the beginning, He has chosen us through Jesus Christ to be holy people. How many of us are acting holy? To be honest, I do not always, I desire to be and fight it many times, but I also fail many times. I realize that what I need is to have a deeper relationship with God than I do some days. To do that I need to spend more time getting to know Him. The more I get to know Him the more my knowledge and love grows and isn't that the truth about with any relationship we have. To get to know our children, spouses, or friends, we need to spend time with them to know their likes and dislike. God even though He is a God of love, we often forget how much He hates sin. Even the tiniest sin is offensive to Him and we ought to remember that before going to Him in prayer or to worship Him. I think we as people sometimes take our salvation too lightly, yes we are saved by grace, but that doesn't give us a right to go on about our lives not letting God be in our daily lives. Here is the thing, He is there whether we like it or not, we may just not be following and are failing Him. We ought to be growing in our faith and letting the Holy Spirit work in us to transform us to be more Christ-like. Hey, I am guilty too of thinking well I am saved, life is good. Oh but there is so much more when we are worshiping our Father God and being obedient to Him. That feeling of joy filling you up and seeing things through His eyes that is one of the best blessings, I think of being in fellowship with God. Also hearing Him and being a part of HIStory!

Here some quotes from the book:
"We all should be willing to work for the Lord, but it is a matter of grace on God's part. I am of the opinion that we should not be concerned about working for God until we have learned the meaning and the delight of worshiping Him"
"These things happening all around us because we are not worshipers. If we truly among the worshipers we will not be spending our time with carnal or worldly religions projects."
"We are brought to God and to faith and to salvation that we might worship and adore Him. We do not come to God that we might be automatic Christians, cookie cutter Christians, Christians stamped out with a die."
"The beautiful part of worship is that it prepares you and enables you to zero in on the important things that must be done for God." 
"The tragedy that happened to Rome on the inside is the same kind of threat that can harm and endangers complacent and worldly church on the inside." 
"The Christian church was never intended to function as a current events forum or to become a religious theater." 
"We are responsible, we are accountable. How utterly tragic to be a barren fig tree, having the outward show of leaves and growth but never producing any fruit! How terrible to know that God intended us to mirror His beautiful light and to have to confess that we are shattered and useless, reflecting nothing!"
"God is not going to give you any approval or comfort until you turn from your known sin and seek His forgiveness and cleansing."
"When will they realize that if they could possibly "discover" God with the intellect, they would be equal to God?...All of the accumulated brainpower in the whole world could not reach God. But the living God, in the space of a short second of time, can reveal Himself to the willing spirit of man." 
"And if there's anything that we've got to have in the church of Christ, it is that we should get back to  the God of our fathers, back again to the holy God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not to the god of our imagination, not to the weak god whom we push around, but to the greatest God almighty."

In this book, you will also find a chapter on all the wrong kinds of worship we do. The chapter on genuine worship and how it leaves us when we are genuinely worshiping as we should is where I want to be. "God asks us to seek His face in repentance and love, and we then find all of His gracious fullness awaiting." To truly worship as the scripture says in Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Of course, I highly recommend this book, but it won't be an easy read, you will be challenged in your faith, or at least I have been. It will leave you feeling convicted, but it is a good conviction. So if you are not in for that, then you will want to pass, but I say read it not just for you, but also for those around you. If we want change, we need to be willing participants first!  

Moody Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my personal review of this book. My thoughts and review are my own.

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

This is a week of celebrations, praises to my Lord!! Every day we need to be praising our Lord and this week reminded me, even the little things are praise worthy. These are a few of things I am thankful for this week:
  • Hearing God answer prayers! Though He always does, sometimes we have to wait and sometimes it is a different answer then we expect, but we trust He knows best.
  • I had two mole biopsies done and they came back benign, this is a first, as many before have come back pre-cancerous.
  • Thankful that we have completed our first month of homeschooling for the new year. They are days when my husband asks me how it went and I say well I didn't bang my head on the wall, because there are those moments when I would like to. However, those moments are few, thankfully! I certainly wouldn't change a thing. A lady said to me, if that were me I would just send them to school. Sure there be days I like to do that, but the teaching and learning together is worth it in the end. Sometimes we have to do hard things for good things to come. Think of Jesus on the cross, He certainly did a hard thing for us, and it resulted in saving sinners like me!
  • I am glad I said yes 14 years ago to going on out on a first date with my man! We have had quite the journey so far, yes there have been some hard times, but all the good times far out way those times and they only made us better together! I love him more and more, and can not imagine what my life would be like without him.
  • I am thankful that our small group Bible study is back meeting regularly, oh how I miss our study time and am thankful for these ladies that encourage me, pray for me, and are there for me. These two ladies are an answer to prayer also!

Of course, there are times when it is hard to find why to be thankful, but it is then that we need to be most thankful, because of Christ, we have hope, we have promises from our God, we have a future, we have breath!

Commonplace Notebook:
  • When we're immersed in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, we find the path that leads us home.~Deeper Waters
  • There's only one foundation that will last us as individuals or as a nation, regardless of the pressure of the situation: Jesus! He never changes. And He will never leave you or forsake you. - Build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ! ~Fixing My Eyes on Jesus
  • Moms need to be strong in the Lord and in power of His might. We dare not rely on human strength for the current battle we're facing in culture. ~MomStrong
  • Our priority must be hearing from the Lord in every aspect of our lives. If we're not listening for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, we're more likely to fall victim to the latest and greatest parenting fad or to get sucked into the trap of believing we can do it without the Lord - and that's exactly what the enemy wants.~MomStrong
  • As parents, we're accountable for training our children in righteousness. The results are up to God. ~MomStrong
  • We are brought to God and to faith and to salvation that we might worship and adore Him. We do not come to God that we might be automatic Christians, cookie-cutter Christians, Christians stamped out with a die. God has provided His salvation that we might be, individually and personally, vibrant children of God, loving God with all our hearts and worshipping Him in the beauty of holiness. ~Worship A.W. Tozer

Encouraging Reads:

We can be faithful workers, loving parents and diligent dreamers. Like farmers who plant and water, we do what’s within our realm of responsibility. But in the end, we leave it all in God’s hands.
Many good things have come into our lives because of technology, but we often miss the subtle ways that what we perceive as blessings can draw us away from the Lord. Let us remember that we need to stop, turn everything off, and give our whole selves to the Lord in the discipline of prayer.
The point is to introduce your children to the true, the beautiful, and the good. To shape their bodies, minds, and souls. To join the great conversation and discuss what it means to be human.

Snapshots, peek into our week:
We went to the Wild Life Refuge and learned about hummingbirds. Crafts and banding!
Hummingbird getting banded.
A hummingbird ready to go!

Eagle's nest and a beautiful view of LBL!
God makes beautiful things! Sunset!
Bible and art lessons, talking donkey!
Yesterday was 14 years ago when I said yes to going on a date with this man. Oh how I love him more and more!!
Looking forward to this new book to review! Tozer is one of my favorites!

Monday, August 14, 2017

More Than Just Making It ~ Book Launch Review!

Thankful to have been part of the book launch for Erin Odom's, new book coming out September,  More Than Just Making It~Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated. This is a good book for those starting out managing their finances or are struggling financially. She pointed out many helpful saving tips, many which we have already been doing, along with providing some ideas for those that are looking to make a little more income to help their financial situation. I do think that sometimes we forget the importance of managing our money and what happens when we don't. She talks about the problems that many American's have and that is a spending problem, but there are also so many that are just are not able to make enough to make ends meet because they have an income problem. She shares their family story, the time they spent on government aide and what they learned from it. It is a touching story, and she brought up some great thoughts for me to ponder on. I enjoyed the information from other financial professionals and quotes from other books on spending/saving, along with her biblical perspective. One she does recommend, Dave Ramsey, which we did years ago and is one program I would highly recommend. In addition, she touches a little on the American culture and how we are spoiled with excess, to which I would agree! We American's do not realize the comforts we have because we live in the US. To find out more about this book, visit the web-site:  where you will find a free 5-day course on Eating Well On A Budget, and some preorder goodies.

This was my favorite part of the book, this reminder of God's provisions:

Favorite quotes:

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

You know God calls us to be encouragers, it is written in His Word several times and oh how important it is! This world is full of busyness, troubles, and yes the mundane can be tiresome when we lose our focus. Oh, how I need Jesus every moment! I have been reminded of that lately, how it feels when someone does notice or shares their heart with you, or shares a word of thanks, card or prayer. It really motivates you to keep going, do more, to remind you what you do matters. However, there are going to be times when you won't hear any words or maybe if like me there are days when it happens to just be the kids and I. You have taught them, feed them, played, made sure they are clean, have clean clothes and dishes, took them to their activities, kept them safe, etc...and those are the days that you might be wondering, did I make a difference today, was I really helpful, did I do it well, and maybe it feels like the movie "Groundhound Day". When we start to feel that way, we need to remember we have a God that cares, is with us constantly, and I feel God is an encourager, if we seek Him we will be amazed at just how much He provides for us. He provides daily, sometimes it is subtle ways, a reminder through a bird or a butterfly, or our kids smiles! I have a friend that is constantly looking for His reminders in heart imagines she finds daily from rocks, to leaves, etc... His Word is full of encouragement and reminders, He cares, He notices, He knows our hearts, He knows what we need, but do we forget to seek Him? God doesn't hide from us or forget us. We often times are the ones hiding and forgetting But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. ~Deuteronomy 4:29 There are several places that God reminds us in His Word to seek Him. I don't want to forget, it is why it is so important that I get in the Word daily! God also gave us each other, so let us not forget to reach out to one another! Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 And moms, remember what you are doing is making a difference, you are raising the next generation, so we need to be encouraging them on and to be strong in the beliefs of God and His truths! But we can't do it if we are not in the Word ourselves and living it out!

God has been working on me lately in my parenting and also how to get deeper in His Word, through some great books lately and community He has surrounded me with. If you are looking for some helpful books on how to study the Bible deeper, I recommend reading these two books (they really go great together) and I will be sharing more about Deeper Waters as it releases soon:

And for moms in today's world, this is a great read, which will release soon:

In homeschooling news this week, well it has been going good, except we did not like our spelling curriculum, so I sold it and we started new, it is Charlotte Mason spelling through School House Teachers, and this week so much better! If you don't know about School House Teachers, go check them out, it is online downloadable curriculum, videos, education and Bible studies for all ages. I have been a member for two years, and so far we have used some of the art lessons and video lessons for science and Bible. We are also using the grammar lessons from there this year, which is Charlotte Mason styled learning. It has really been great supplement material to use with our main core Sonlight. However, you could make your whole curriculum from there site as they have all subjects.

Commonplace Notebook:
  • The God of the universe, is all powerful and all loving! I praise you!
  • When you obey God, you will find Him at work in your life, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. When you live a life that is clean and pure on the inside, you will shine more brightly on the outside.~Women Who Move Mountains
  • We clearly need God, not just once for salvation, but constantly and continually and in more ways than we can count.~Gospel Centered Mom
  •  Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love. ~ John Piper 
  • God does not command you to be successful. He commands you to be faithful.~Fixing My Eyes On Jesus
  • The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’  -Billy Graham

Encouraging Reads:
What does faith look like for you in the ordinary and mundane of today?
I suspect our journey to health lies in a few things: truly prioritizing what we say matters, developing disciplines and habits, waging war against distraction, and committing deeply to a community that will read along with us, as well as help us translate God’s truths into real actions in our daily lives.
Just as rain comes from the sky to break forth new life, so His word does not come back empty, but breaks us free from emptiness.
There are 23 words every actual waking second yanking on our attention spans, and 4 billion people every minute on this planet of 7 billion are clicking and liking words on Facebook, and there are words falling on us, failing us, failing to soften the soil of our being so abundant life can break forth.
When there is an illiteracy of His Word, there’s a warped reading of everything.
When there is a daily reading of God — we can read all the crazy of life.
Read God — and you can read life.
We live in a world that tries to convince us that it is all about me. Me time, my wants, my needs, my desires, anything I want. We should get as much as we can from this world that promises it all but leaves us feeling empty…Love her message
But with homeschooling, you don’t have to teach to the test. You can teach to your reality.
We do not, and are not, to have faith in man or in ourselves. Our faith is in God alone. And just like that, I begin to hear the words and music filling my heart and mind:

You’re disoriented, and I am the way.
You’re confused, and I am the truth.
You’re fearful, and I am the life.

Snapshots, peek into our week:

Working on drawing. He is always smiling and I love him for that, he bring lots of joy and adventures!

Such focus and attention to her project.

A couple of our art and Bible lessons we have completed. The Ark of the Covenant and giant grapes!

Ready for church, love my family, missing the hubs. Sunday is my favorite day of the week, we love the church! Aidan said, he wishes he could go to church everyday!
Little man working on writing and drawing his Bible verse Psalm 1:3-4 The kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time.
This girl has such a heart for God and encourages me. Writing and drawing scripture.
A beautiful night for fishing and time with my husband!
Zeke is living it up!
Family outing, golf. My man!
My golfer girl!
Family time on the golf course. Impressive golf course! I go for the scenry!
The kids had fun with little frogs they found and my hub snapped this pic of them. Guess they were getting ready to go off roading!
This is really the life of Zeke most days, lazy dog! Ruff-life!
Kids have been doing some nature art drawing on there own in the afternoons, love there creativity!

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4: Weekly rewind, commonplace notes, encouragement, and snapshots!

A new month has arrived and a new season it seems for me. It is back to school time, last days of summer, new beginnings, new schedules, changes, or maybe none of these are you, but at some point we are either in the middle of a season, beginning or ending a season. And sometimes those seasons are easy journeys and sometimes they are hard. Please, let me share with you, no matter the season you are in or where you are at, please don't do it alone. Walking together with another person is a must in this world. So that you can be lifting each other up, encouraging one another, praying for each other, pointing each other to God's truth, growing in faith with one another...also in case one starts to slip backwards because we all do at some point. So what am I saying, find a mentor, an accountability group to be a part of, someone you know you can count on for godly wisdom. The person doesn't necessarily need to be older, but at least someone that has journeyed with God for a while. For the new person, just starting the journey, you definitely need someone wiser to get you through those days of doubt, struggles, those days when the enemy is trying to distract you and cause you to feel less than. With Jesus we have all we need, and in the Word, He points out the need for one another. So don't be shy or try to deny yourself the time, it is worth it!  We need sista's in Christ, as Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth says from her book Adorned “When older women and younger women support each other in living out God’s transforming love, the entire body of Christ—the bride of Christ—grows more beautiful.”

Commonplace Notebook:
  • Education is a life. Ideas are of spiritual origin, and God has made us so that we get them chiefly as we convey them to one another....The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum. ~ Charlotte Mason-A Philosophy of Education
  • Brave doesn't always involve grand gestures...Sometimes being brave is being quiet...Sometimes brave is being quiet...Sometimes brave looks boring, and that's totally, absolutely, OK. ~ Present Over Perfect
  • Faith finds security in God alone. You are loyal to HIS call in your life. Love and obedience follow true faith. Faith is anchored on the truth of who God is. Results of faith are seen in the radical changes in your life as you walk out your faith daily.~Women Who Move Mountains
  • Lord, keep my heart to be diligent. Listen to the Holy Spirit, be a gatekeeper to my heart. Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life. 
Encouraging Reads:

I cannot pull myself together. No amount of inspiration will change that. But I can lay myself down at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to continue His work in me. To provide and love.
Are you planning for fall? What tools are you using? What do you need to cut (or add!) in order to live the life God has called you to?
We live in a world of instant this and immediate that; learning what the Bible says takes time and patience. Delving into a detailed look at the context can reap valuable fruit.
The point is we don’t HAVE to know everything to give our kids a great education.  We just need to know our KIDS…and we need to be resourceful
Perhaps the best-read book of all time is the Bible. But what kind of book is the Bible? Among many things, the Bible is a story—the Greatest and Truest Story of all

Didn't take many pics this week, just a couple of the kids golfing. However, over the last week there are some reviews of great books that I have recently read and I shared those in other posts on my blog, so be sure to go check those out if you missed them, and a also a giveaway!

Little man decided to join us for golf practice and a little friendly chipping competition! Watch out for these kids on the course next year together! 😉

Fun night of golf practice with the family!
A great read for moms, Gospel Mom released August 1st! Check out my review of this on another post!

Be sure to check out my review of this on another post and let me know if you are in for doing this together!
New book coming soon, September 1st, looking forward to sharing more!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Patterns of Evidence~Exodus - review and giveaway

I reviewed and watched this documentary when it first came out two years ago, it is worth a rewatch, plus now it includes a special bonus DVD with behind the scenes information of the people in the film and much more. Patterns of Evidence ~ Exodus is about the 4000 years of history that includes the children of Israel traveling through Egypt to their Promised Land. This scientific documentary's goal is to communicate the truth of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.  At the time the filmmaker Tim Mahoney was even skeptical he could prove the truth of Exodus. However, through the journey of making this documentary, talking to Biblical experts, historians, archaeologists, and seeing the patterns of evidence line up with the Egyptian and Biblical history he was no longer a skeptic!

If you are a skeptic, new or nonbeliever, I hope you take the time to watch this documentary and see for yourself the evidence the filmmaker found to prove the history of the Bible is true. If you are a believer, this documentary will be an encouragement to you and provide you information to defend your faith! Also, this a documentary that you may watch with your children. If you are interested I have one DVD set to giveaway. To enter please like the post or leave a comment by August 28, 2017 to let me know you like in on the giveaway!

About the author/filmmaker/producer
Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.
About the film
·         Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
·         Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
·         It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
·         The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Not "Quite" SuperMoms: 14 Reflections On Less Than Perfect Moms In The Bible~Book Launch

Becki Rogers from Not Quote SuperMoms recently contacted me about reviewing and sharing her new devotional book, Not "Quite" SuperMoms: 14 Reflections On Less Than Perfect Moms In The Bible Of course I said yes, her posts are always thought provoking and encouraging, I love how she shares her faith and her love of Jesus. So I couldn't wait to take a peek at this devotional, as I had seen some snippets of her posts about the ebook on Instagram, and she also posts them on Facebook too if you are on there. This devotional is great for us mom, so relatable. I love how even though the Bible is over 2000 years old, it still is so relevant and applicable today, and that is because God wrote it for all of us, He knew we need it. So we need to be reading it! I love what Becki wrote about the Bible in her book: "There are many amazing parenting books, but none are customized to your unique family. Except one. And in its pages, we find "a stronghold in the day of trouble" an "anchor for the soul" a Shelter to run to when the foundation shifts beneath our feet." 
This book includes moms from the Bible from the beginning in Genesis. Becki wrote short but meaty daily devotionals for us moms and about some of the everyday struggles we may face. I enjoy doing these kinds of studies, not too long ago I did one in a small group about the women in Jesus genealogy, and I learned so much from them. Becki includes a little background about the women, along with some scripture passages, and questions to help you apply it to your life. This study was encouraging and helpful in my faith journey and will be for any mom that is raising children. Becki shares parts of her life and I enjoyed her writing style, while she shared truth from the Bible.

Quotes from the book:
"As far back as Genesis, there have been mothers...They all serve to remind us that, throughout history, mothers have faced struggles that only God could handle."

Devotional From Mary: "It didn't matter if she grew up rich or poor or famous or unknown-it only mattered that she trusted God."  
"When she could have boasted in her supernatural calling, in all her SuperMom glory, she didn't. She magnified God. She called herself a handmaid or a lowly servant girl. She gave HIM all the glory. She saw herself as God's servant, even in her role as a mother."
Question: "Can I honestly say I am HIS servant in my role as a mom? Or do I feel ownership...?"

This truth to apply:"May we be moms that raise the children He has blessed us with in HIS ways and point them to HIM."

Devotional from Sarah: "She was impatient (something I relate to and God continues to work on me). We should note that our methods for making God's plans happen are never as good as God's ways."

This truth to apply: "May we rememeber that God didn't give up on her and HE doesn't give up you."

Her book is available on Amazon as an ebook and for more information check out:

For anyone  wanting to do this as a group study, I would encourage it, I believe it would be great to discuss with other moms. Please let me know if you would, I like to get a group together to do just that, and we can do it online if you are not local.