Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekly encouragement, celebrations, 40+year olds thoughts, and snapshots!

We are birthday celebrating around here, first it was my hubs at the beginning of the month, then mine Monday and next week little man's!! I won't share how old I turned, just know it is 1 more year than the last! Let me share with you how I feel about that:
  • The 40s rock!! I don't let stuff that use to bother me as much get to me, I give myself more grace and others too, for the most part! I just can't help that sometimes people are mean, say and do stupid stuff, but then I have too! Still a work in progress!
  • I have gone through some stuff/crap and have come out on the other side, whoohoo!! So to all those out there going through crap, trust me there is beauty on the other side. Seriously God has a plan, and I am learning that HIS ways are always best, even when it seems painful (seems painful, is my perspective)! Faith is a must, Jesus is a must!!
  • My favorite hobby is quiet reading time, that has not changed! My days are full of teaching, raising up two young kids, cleaning, errands, cooking, chickens, dog, cats, and whatever God puts on my plate, I try not to miss those things, even when they are little things.
  • Your body starts to go down hill after 40, sometimes it seems in days, instead of years, metabolism slows, energy levels are low, and my hands wow I won't even mention that! I look at them and see my grandma, God rest her soul! But the good, I am comfortable in my own skin!!!Who cares about a few extra pounds, as long as I am healthy otherwise.You will often see me with my hair up and no make-up!
  • Coffee is a must everyday and afternoon now!!
  • No regrets, even the bad things, because they are life changing and will be used for good!
  • I am beyond blessed, life sure hasn't turned out like anything I planned. However it is better than I imagined and the good news, the time here on earth won't even come close to the glory in heaven (at least that is what the Bible says, and I believe it)!!! 
  • I am still learning, that never ends! So kids, don't complain, it is a blessing to learn!
  • I am not perfect, and I am OK with that! Hallelujah!! 
  • I am more fearless, becoming more bold! That is a little scary!  
  • My family is awesome, so thankful for all they do for me. A few of us maybe a little nutty, but then I would not be the person I am without them all in my life!!
  • A couple good friends are a must, especially one's you can trust! Girlfriend time is too, though it is hard to come by. However, I seriously have some great close friends I can rely and trust. If you know me, trust doesn't come easy for me!
  • I love living in Tennessee, I thought Kentucky was going to be our final move, but God! If you would have asked me 15 years ago where I be, I would have said living in my home-state of Minnesota, who would have thought I become a southern! We have lived in the south for 13 years now! This girl was made for the south! Life is full of  the unpredictable! I am thankful for my journey! 
  • I want you to know this in case you don't~Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!! HE loves us big time!  
Some thought provoking things I came across this week and blog posts that I feel are worth sharing:
 ~This was from my Bible study this week, I think she may be right. "The way I see many represent Christianity on social media is truly heartbreaking. We have lost our mission to serve and love. We care more about trying to mold those who don't claim to follow Christ into His image. When, instead, we are called to serve and love, not force others to conform." ~Becky Kisar

~Beautiful reminder, not easy. "We live in a self-centered world, but a true woman lives a God-centered life."~Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

~“We can't sell out truth to make people feel better. That's not love. That's bandwagon popularity speech that surface treats a hole meant for the Healer.” Lisa Whittle 

I am weak and strong, holy and sinful. We have this in common, you all and me. http://sarahmae.com/2017/03/im-going-to-screw-up-so-many-times/
Don’t think for a second that your hands are empty. And the greatest joy of all? It is s sharing what you’ve been given. http://wearethatfamily.com/2017/03/the-world-needs-us-to-do-this-hard-holy-thing/
One of the greatest ways to bless others is to simply “see” them. http://www.joanneviola.com/2017/03/a-lesson-from-bob-william/
We don’t always get it right, and that’s okay. http://idealistmom.com/failing-as-a-parent/ 
Thankfully, our salvation is wrapped up in His generosity and never-ending supply of help. We give because He first gave to us. Believing in God's loving goodness opens our hands. But keep this in mind: When we give all we've got, we will feel empty. The unchanging law of the kingdom of heaven is that God will fill us back up again. https://www.reviveourhearts.com/true-woman/blog/we-empty-ourselves-god-he-will-fill-us/


Good truth, again not an easy thing to always do, but GOD makes it possible!

True! I need a t-shirt like this!

Snapshots of our week:
So precious listening to these two work together on their Bible lesson from The Mailbox Club!
My hubs surprised me Saturday for a little early birthday treat, strawberry pie and the candle holder I have been eyeing for the last two months. He knows me well!
Homemade cards from my sweet children!
Love catching them with books! They like the new storyteller Bible.
Zeke, he is one of a kind! My late night company!
Church ready with my little crew! Little man's hair was rocking! P.S. you should try doing his hair, girl hair is so much easier.
Little man is our early riser, so he has the fun responsibility of getting the chickens out. So cute in his much boots!
The kiddos received some early Easter candy all the way from Minnesota!
After a stormy Monday, I am reminded of God's goodness through a beautiful sunset! Psalm 19:1 The heavens tell of the glory of God; the skies display His marvelous craftsmanship.
Sweet dreams, all tucked in my bed!
This mama is impressed, love seeing him taking the initiative and enjoying piano practice.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gifts From Heaven~Book Review

I have been reading through a new book that will release next week titled: Gifts From Heaven~True stories of miraculous answers to prayer, compiled by James Stuart Bell. Most of the stories are by everyday ordinary people. Some of them experienced answers to prayer, while others growth in faith. It amazes me that some people say that God doesn't do miracles anymore, but I think what these people miss is that everyday we wake up that is a miracle, every breath we take, every sunrise, sunset, etc... The stories in the book will remind you of God's powers and that miracles are still performed, some of these are so miraculous that there is no other explanation, other than God. While other stories are experiences people received in the midst of suffering that brought them peace. If you are struggling with believing God or that HE does miracles, this may be a book for you. For a believer, these stories offer great encouragement and reminders of how awesome our God is!




From the publishers:
Gifts From Heaven by James Stuart Bell
No Prayer Is Too Big for God Sometimes it doesn't feel like God is listening to our prayers. But now and then He powerfully reminds us that He hears our requests and is strong enough to help. What begins as simple faith ends with an astounding gift from our loving heavenly Father.
These true, uplifting stories are from ordinary people experiencing extraordinary help in times of need. While some answers to prayer feel ordinary and go unnoticed, this collection highlights amazing events that could only happen with God's supernatural intervention. With accounts of such things as unexplainable healings and miraculous protection in terrifying situations, this book will inspire you to believe that God can answer even your most "impossible" prayers. 
Let these stories touch your heart, strengthen your faith, and encourage you to pray more than ever before!

James Stuart Bell
 is a Christian publishing veteran and the owner of Whitestone Communications, a literary development agency. He is the editor of many story collections, including Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters; Heaven Touching Earth; and Encountering Jesus, as well as the coauthor of numerous books in the Complete Idiot's Guide series. He has cover credit on more than one hundred books. He and his wife live in a western suburb of Chicago.
  (“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to BethanyHouse I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE and ONCE UPON A TIME STORYBOOK BIBLE ~review

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:


ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE and ONCE UPON A TIME STORYBOOK BIBLE:

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 (http://www.zondervan.com/once-upon-a-time-storybook-bible), and the Holy Bible (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-hardcover & (http://www.zondervan.com/nirv-once-upon-a-time-holy-bible-imitation-leather) 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.



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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. http://www.joanneviola.com/2017/03/lent-good-for-the-health-of-our-souls/
I want to do big things! And I want to do them now! https://yourmomhasablog.com/2017/03/21/maybe-were-raising-world-changers/
As followers of Jesus, we are called to walk in the tension of grace and truth. http://nataliesnapp.com/2017/03/22/living-tension-grace-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? https://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/waiting-for-real-ministry-to-begin/
Some thoughts to ponder on and a book to add to my list http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/03/18900/
 

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!!
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