Saturday, March 28, 2015

God and the Rubberband Man by Levi Shepherd

"The death of my soul is had been a chronicle long in the making, a sad story with seemingly endless encores, each worse than the previous."

This book speaks volumes about pain and suffering, and where God is through it all. It evokes so many indescribable emotions. Often as reading, it brought tears to my eyes and a tightness in my chest. I certainly felt anger! But I also was amazed, at God's goodness, His love, and his relentless pursuit of this man's heart and life. 

How could someone so young endure so much? And yet, how many children out there are possibly experiencing the same circumstances in their lives? I am sure many are.

Levi Shepherd begins his story by saying he was the "surprise gift of a one night stand". As a very young boy he suffered from cancer, was molested by the most unexpected people, and lost the people closest to him - his grandmother and mother. Due to extremely sad circumstances, he ends up in the foster care, being transported from place to place according to what the "system" deemed in his best interest. I can't even begin to get started on the hardships he suffered. As he got older, he learned to "deal" with it. Don't we all? We mask our pain and suffering somehow. We stuff it or hide it, because

Friday, March 27, 2015

Give Me A BREAK!!

Give me a BREAK
Give me a BREAK
Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar
Are you singing the tune yet?
It's a little too catchy!

A Break!! 
Isn't that what most of us feel like we need, maybe even deserve?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Are you REAL?

Today's Five Minute Friday word is 

What comes to mind when I think of the word "real" - REAL people
We live in an unrealistic world and I think as a result we have alot of unrealistic people.
Social media is awesome to a certain extent, but in some ways, I think we can become superficial or feel somewhat threatened by a bunch of fake people, and their artificial lives.


What is real in the world today?
Pictures can be changed or fashioned to appear as something they really aren't.
Movies are made to make many things seem real - that really aren't.
People are not real - they put on a front - make others believe they are something they're not.
The internet has many curiosities, but what is really Real?

Jesus is REAL!
As Christians he is what we have to offer the world.
He is the only REAL way to deal with our problems and struggles in life.
Do we admit our difficulties so we can share the reality of how Jesus helps us?

18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.  I Timothy 6:18-19

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

I am not sure if it is very common today, but I remember the pen-pal days. As a matter of fact, I had a few myself, but none were Amish. And definitely not any Amish boys!! Although that would have been quite interesting to say the least. I think I would have enjoyed that.

Melody has a way of writing Amish books. I kind of got burnt out on the old boy meets girl Amish romance, but her books are intriguing and interesting! This one in particular kept me reading and turning pages til the very end!
Micah Knight has had an Amish pen-pal since grade school. Nothing too strange about that, right? Well, actually it is a little odd. This Amish kid - well actually he is 18 now -is a boy. Most boys don't like to write, but Zach does. And he enjoys most of the same things Micah does- flying, baseball, bikes, etc.. And although their lives are completely different they have been writing for years and have grown quite a close friendship.
Zach's latest letter has just revealed that he is going to be coming for a visit. Their first meeting!! Micah should be all excited, because this is a dream come true, except....

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure by Darcie Cobos

Just in time for Easter - A fun, excitement filled book along with amazingly cool glow in the dark eggs for the most exciting adventure.
Join Ana, Pascal and Zeke on a fun-filled adventure in search of a mysterious treasure.  On an ordinary day, right before Easter, the kids, at mom's request, head up to the attic to look for a board game. But instead, they find a strange box and a glowing egg. Along with the egg are two scrolls, one containing a Scripture verse, and the other a clue. The egg takes them on an amazing adventure to various places where they have to hunt for more eggs as well as practice the verses given on the scrolls. Together, they learn the true meaning of Easter as well as what God expects from them.  When they return home, they are all excited about telling others about Jesus, the Light of the World, and participating in the Glow in the Dark Egg hunt.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lost and Found by Ginny Yttrup

It appears Jenna Bouvier is losing everything: beauty, family, and wealth. When her controlling and emotionally abusive mother-in-law accuses Jenna of an affair with her spiritual director and threatens to expose them, Jenna also risks losing her reputation as a woman of faith. Will she capitulate to her mother-in-law’s wishes again or fight for what she holds dear? As Jenna loses her life, will she find it? 

Andee Bell has found exactly what she wanted: fame, fortune, and respect. There’s also a special man in her life—Jenna’s brother. Despite her success, a secret quells Andee’s contentment. As memories

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

30 Days of Prayer for World Missions by Alana Terry - Review


This devotional is designed to encourage and equip you to pray more effectively for God’s kingdom to advance throughout the world. It will guide you to pray for missionary prospects, missionary agencies, missionary families, and missionaries who come home from the field. We will also pray for issues impacting the missions movement today, like cultural relevancy, creative access missions, and business as missions. 

Thirty Days of Prayer for World Missions is part of the devotional series by award-winning inspirational author Alana Terry. Each title guides you to intercede for real issues impacting our world today. 

Social justice ... ON OUR KNEES.

Monday, February 23, 2015

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling - Review and GIVEAWAY

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.
When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?