Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Madness

So.... how many of you are ready for Thanksgiving? And do you have and exciting plans?

What do you love most about thanksgiving? I love the gathering of friends or family to give thanks, enjoying good food and fellowship together. Is every thanksgiving perfect? No, sometimes family can't come, sometimes we may not feel well, but no matter what the circumstances, if we choose gratitude... our hearts can still find JOY. Because true JOY is a by product of knowing God and choosing thankfulness, not the circumstances that surround us. I hope that is what you are choosing this week, because odds are, the holidays will not be perfect.

I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving plans and traditions. Don't forget to enter the giveaway that ends this Friday! Details Here.

A Reason To Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can't control

A Reason to StayAs an investigative reporter and the host of her own TV talk show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she's anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she'd like to forget. By contrast, her husband Geary's life is an open book. An easygoing pro bass fisherman, Geary is the ultimate family man--and his overbearing relatives don't know the meaning of boundaries.

Faith and Geary haven't been married long when their differences start to derail their tender relationship. Surely love shouldn't be this hard. While Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November Thanks Week 4

Psalm 105:1-5

Give thanks to the Lord,  call on His name;
Make known to the nations what He has done.

Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;
   tell of all His wonderful acts.

Glory in His holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and His strength;
   seek His face always.

Remember the wonders He has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced.

Last Sunday my parents were in town and my pc was getting a clean up, so I didn't take time to blog. This whole month our focus has been on having thankful hearts, and I have been attempting to share a passage of Scripture on Sundays about giving thanks.  There are so many, it is hard to pick just one. I hope you are blessed by it, and continue the thanks-living habit long after this month is over.

Today I am thankful for: no
*My daughter's courage to get baptized
    She accepted Jesus as her Savior several years ago, but just recently gathered the courage to follow in baptism.
*God's provision
*God's protection
*God's Word
*A warm home when the temperature drops outside

This is the last week to earn entries for our giveaway. It's easy;  simply leave a comment of something you are thankful for. Winners will be chosen Friday. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

All We Like Sheep by Marilyn Bay Wentz & Mildred Nelson Bay

Lessons from the Sheepfold
Two shepherdesses invite you to laugh, cry, and contemplate as you read the stories of what their sheep have taught them about themselves, others, and God. Between the two of them, Marilyn Bay Wentz and her mother, Mildred Nelson Bay, have seven decades of sheep raising experience. Marilyn and Millie’s stories range from hilarious to thought-provoking, but always entertaining and inspiring.
Each of the 45 short chapters includes a vignette

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas By Jan & Mike Berenstain

A Christmas story from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series.
The bestselling Berenstain Bears brand and Living Lights series continue their proven tradition of teaching children valuable lessons in a fun and creative way. In the affordable 8x8 softcover format, The Berenstain Bears and the Night Jesus was Born gives fans of the Berenstain Bears the story of Jesus’ coming … from the angel’s announcement of a new baby to the visit of the three wise men
This newest title in the Berenstain series is perfect for gift-giving or as an easy addition to any holiday library.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vendetta by Lisa Harris

Cover Art
No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ishtar's Odyssey by Arnold Ytreeide

A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham's Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families, Ishtar's Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there's much to see, do, and learn in this world that can't be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.

Arnold Ytreeide's family advent devotionals have become a much-loved Christmas tradition, enjoyed by multiple generations. With over 100,000 in print they include Jotham's Journey, Bartholomew's Passage, and Tabitha's Travels.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Madness

I have missed my blog. I haven't had an opportunity to blog in over a week. 
But at the same time, this past week has been a blast! We spent some amazing time with family laughing, reminiscing, and making memories. It was such a special time together.
I had wonderful intentions on getting a lot of books read, but really couldn't pass up the fellowship in exchange for reading, so am running a bit behind schedule. I am sure you can relate. So bear with me, I will get back on track, soon.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


"The Caterpillar Cowboy" is a delightful story for children and adults of all ages. Russ Lanier's original tale of a caterpillar's first great adventure is brought to life through the beautiful and captivating illustrations of a gifted young artist, Whitney Lanier. Turn the pages and get ready to hold onto your horses as our hero chases his dreams and learns a valuable lesson along the way. (34 pages)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

In World War II, German scientists began many experiments. One never ended.
Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed―until the day he's shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy. When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success―but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn't Captain America―just a lousy

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Madness

This week I am looking forward to spending some precious time with family. My parents who are missionaries are in for a visit, and I am so excited to get to be with them. I am looking forward to an enjoyable time of fun and fellowship with lots of laughter as well as some thought provoking conversations. This past week was all hustle and bustle of preparing, but it will be so worth it! Just like when we get to heaven, everything we may have gone through here on earth will be worth it - when we see Jesus!! I can't wait!! Can you?

God is sooo good!!!
I am thankful he has given me God-fearing parents, who are willing to give Him their all by serving full time on the mission field. They have been there for 38 years. That, my friends, is faithfulness.
I am thankful that I was brought up in a Christian home, and taught to love God and love His Word.

What are you thankful for today??

Don't forget about our FUN FALL GIVEAWAY this month.To be entered, just leave a comment of something you are thankful for on any or all blog posts in the month of November. The more you give thanks, the more entries you get! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November Thanks ~ Week Two

Psalm 107
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim
that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe
and has gathered them from the lands—
from the east and the west,
from the north and the south. (1-3)

Let them give thanks to the Lord
for His faithful love
and His wonderful works for all humanity.
For He has satisfied the thirsty
and filled the hungry with good things. (8-9)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

True gratitude is not an incidental ingredient in the Christian's life. It's a crucial one. It's a grace-infused commitment each of us chooses . . . and it's totally worth it! Nancy Leigh DeMoss explores the biblical and practical aspects of what makes gratitude truly Christian. Discover how it makes life, even with all its bumps and bruises, a joy to behold.

Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself, but with other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy.

Derived from a popular Revive Our Hearts radio series, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy challenges and equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.

By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are. 

To not choose gratitude is more costly than we usually realize. When we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us, and our joy becomes full.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

Street God by Dimas Salaberrios

StreetGodCoverOn the streets of New York, darkness and violence reigned. Dimas “Daylight” Salaberrios began selling drugs when he was eleven years old, and by sixteen he had served his first stint at the notorious Rikers Island prison. Dimas saw only one way to survive: by reigning over the streets. He would be the richest, most powerful ruler in the hood . . . or die trying.
Street God is the true story of one man’s dangerous journey through the underworld of crime, drugs, and almost certain death. It was an encounter with the real God that saved his life—and

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Meet My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh

“Do YOU want to meet my best friend?”

Meet My Best Friend  -     By: Sheila Walsh
The McDougal twins are excited to meet their new neighbor, Abby, who has just moved in next door. Poor Abby is sad that she had to leave her friends behind when she moved. To cheer her up, the twins lead Abby on a crazy hunt to meet their best friend–one that can go anywhere they go. But first Abby has to find it! With plenty of quirkiness and delightful illustrations by Sarah Horne, this picture book has an important message about how and why the Bible can be the best friend we have.
Meet My Best Friend is the first title in the new The Bible Is My Best Friend brand by best-selling author Sheila Walsh.