Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The New BIBLEMAN FLip Books

Bibleman is at it again!
In this cool flip book, you actually get two-for-one. How awesome is that.
One of the stories, Dr. Fear's Almost Perfect Disastrous Day,  is about Dr. Fear, who is busy spreading the seed of fear all over summer camp. Kids are becoming afraid of all sorts of things, and so is the camp staff. Bibleman, while out for a boat ride, senses the enemy and stops by the camp. He helps them overcome their fear by using Gods Word.
I did find it a little interesting, that right after helping the camp crew conquer fear, Bibleman and his crew just about succumb to it themselves, when Dr. Fear plants a seed on their boat. I guess every super hero has his moments of weakness.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quiet and Confident Mondays

... on Tuesday
It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man. 
Psalm 118:8

My week of fasting and praying was a roller-coaster of ups and downs, but overall, I feel as though it was beneficial. The Lord encouraged my heart, blessed me, and also convicted me of some areas in my life that need work. I got a temporary "new" job and found something I lost ten months ago. But most of all, my heart is thankful that I have such an awesome personal God, who cares about everything no matter how big or small that is happening in my life; who uses all things for good to stretch me, grow me, and draw me closer to Him.

I am still working on getting in the groove of taking a day of rest. After years of using Sundays as a catch up day, it isn't easy to change pace. This week, I prepared as much of my meal as possible on Saturday. I did have to do some cooking on Sunday but I was finished with cooking and dishes by 2 even after not getting home from church til 1. My daughter

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sabbath - Rest

As I am working towards my New Year's Goal of  keeping the Sabbath as a day of rest and a holy day to the Lord and how to apply that to my own life, I wanted to share these verses with you. 
Like I mentioned in a past post at the beginning of the year, I don't believe we are required to keep the Sabbath in the same manner as the Old Testament believers did. We live in the age of grace, and yet, we still need a day to focus on God, to rest from our work, and regroup. 
Here is what my Sundays have looked like in the past:
  • We go to church in the morning
  • We try to avoid use of the computer, video games, TV and social media before church because I want us to focus on getting ready and keep our minds tuned into the fact that we are supposed to be in worship mode.
  • Often we have guests, mostly kids that come over to play with my kids, occasionally someone who accompanies me to church, or other visitors.
  • I usually cook, either in morning before church to prepare or after we get back. This usually amount in lots of dishes to do and its often 2 or 3 before I am finished.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Eye Catching Creative Children's Book

Made for a Purpose is a beautifully illustrated picture book with simple text that draws readers of all ages into the world of each animal represented. The text instills in readers the truth of God’s amazing intelligent design, leading them to think about and explore their world with the understanding that the incredible things they find all point the back to God’s vast wisdom. 

This delightful book appeals to the “Why?” in every child, using it to lay a foundational understanding of God’s wisdom undergirding everything. 

This is the first book in my “Joyful Creation,” series. Five books are planed for this series. All of them will use the same style of

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What do you think about a Nun Detective?

There were some things I liked about this book, and some I didn't really care for. Sister Eve is a nun/detective. She has a knack for solving crimes and although she is currently still a nun, she is also working as a detective for her father's agency. In this book, she is at the convent where she used to live for a convention. Dr Kelly Middlesworth,  a religious researcher, is supposed to be speaking at a conference there, but ends up murdered instead. Detective Eve's crime solving habits kick in, and she ends up on the trail of a possible killer.

I liked the plot, it was unique and different from any book I've read. For the most part, it was interesting and kept me wondering who did it and what would happen next. I was pretty sure I knew who did it from the start, but the author did a pretty good job of promoting various alternative options that kept me guessing.

What I didn't like about the story was that, although I liked Eve as a person, she seemed like a bit of an incompetent detective. She compromises the crime scene, lies, hides

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ponderings...

I was reading today about Ruth...
The part of her story where she gleans in Boaz's field and then lies down at his feet at harvest to ask him to be her kinsman redeemer.
From there I went to Joshua, to read Rahab's story because she was Boaz's mother. Did Boaz love Ruth because she was a foreigner like his mother, whose faith played a huge part in her life? Do men marry women like their mothers, the same as daughters supposedly marry men like their fathers?

One of my favorite books I have read over the years was Francine River's Lineage of Grace.She writes about five unlikely women who were chosen by God to be in lineage of Christ. Two of them include Rahab and Ruth. Both foreigners in the land of Israel, one a harlot. What an awesome testimony of God's grace, love, forgiveness and mercy. He can use any of us, if we are repentant of our sins and willing to surrender our all to Him.

Moving along on my rabbit trail, from Joshua I went to Judges, just to put some perspective in the timeline of Ruth's story, which apparently occurred in that general era. I didn't get into the specifics as far as years, etc...

But what really caught my eye and my attention here was the introduction to the book of Judges in my Bible.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quiet and Confident Mondays

For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:26

Since my word for the year is CONFIDENCE, this year I am switching my Monday titles from My Intentional Mondays to Quiet and Confident Mondays. As I look back on the year and reflect on my Intentional year... there are places where I can see growth, and places where I can see failure. There are lessons learned and many more to learn. As Christians I don't think we ever really stop growing, changing, and attempting to purge sin, pride, self-righteousness and become more Christ-like.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker

When Father Gilbert traded in his detective's badge for an Anglican priest's collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery--the mystery of the spiritual world.

Attending a conference in a seaside town, he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlor. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard.

Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada

Do you ever wonder why God created you? The Bible spells it out plainly: God created you to showcase His glory—to enjoy it, display it, and demonstrate it every day to all those you encounter. 
After nearly 50 years of living as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, Joni has learned firsthand the importance of glorifying God through the toughest of situations. Through this devotional, Joni will help you discover how to put God’s glory on display—how to say no to complaining and say yes to daily following God down even the most difficult paths. Along the way, you will find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way, every day. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!!

2017
It's the beginning of a new year! 
Have you made new years resolutions?
I am not really making any... 
I do have some goals

  • Devoting more time to concentrated prayer
  • Eating Healthier
  • Improving my organizational skills
  • Working on improving/expanding my sewing business
  • Focusing on celebrating a specific day of rest (Sabbath) to tune in to God and family

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My One Word for 2017

CONFIDENCE
Isaiah 30:15
For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.


Friday, December 30, 2016

The Beginner's Bible and a GIVEAWAY - Ended

The bestselling children's Bible storybook newly redesigned for children ages 6 and under.


The Beginner's Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989, with more than four million sold. Now it's redesigned with fresh new art, text, and stories that will excite children for many more years to come. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. 

Full of faith and fun, The Beginner's Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. With vibrant art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart. Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment. 
Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

OVERwhelmed by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory

OVERWHELMED!!! Does that resemble how you feel more often than not? If so, this book IS FOR YOU!!  I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is incredible! Discover what contributes and triggers your overwhelm, how to handle it, and how to restore your sanity.

I went through this book reading several chapters a week. Personally, I was able to identify with so much in the book it was amazing! Kathi and Cheri both share the chapters, focusing on personal experiences and what has worked for them. Everyone's overwhelm is different and they cover it all! I love the fact that Kathi doesn't claim to have all the answers, or that her way is the right way, instead, she gives suggestions, encouragement and support for each individual to discover themselves and what works for them.

Monday, December 26, 2016

My Intentional Monday

Well, Christmas is over and a new year is soon to begin. Do you have any new years resolutions? I usually set a few goals but don't make many resolutions. 
This is my Personal Manifesto, that I came up with while working through the book, Overwhelmed, by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory. One of the things Kathi and Cheri suggest is to set the values you want to live by in advance, so when something comes up, you already know how you want to handle the situation. Check out this post on Kathi's website.  I printed my manifesto off and plan on framing it and hanging it up to remind me of the person I want to be.

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