Thursday, June 16, 2016
I love Sheila Walsh. Her days on the Women of Faith Tours were awesome. Ever since, I have been a big fan. Her testimony is amazing and it felt like God was speaking straight to me. When I saw that she had a new book I just had to have it. It's called The Longing In Me. It is so inspirational. She writes about how everything in us leads to God. Everything we crave, everything we long for, everything we want. It all leads to the feet of Jesus. We were created to need Him.
We all have an ache in our hearts for something. We have a void that needs to be filled. Jesus is the answer. He will give you the desires of your heart and fill it with much joy and wonder. We have a hunger in our souls for God. His presence will fill us and make us complete.
No matter where you are in life, everyone craves something more. If you have lots of money, you still feel poor. If you have a great career, you still want more. If you have love, you still don't have TRUE love. Only God can give that. Only He can strengthen us and give us what we need.
Sheila Walsh is such a wise and Godly woman. Her counsel is Biblical and true. She tells us our longing is for Jesus. No matter how much we look to the wrong people, situations, things, on earth, it won't be fulfilling without Jesus.
If our lives are leading us away from God, we are doing something wrong. We must examine ourselves, spiritually speaking, and seek God. When we turn our lives over to Him, we will feel all our needs being met even in the harshest circumstances. Even when we fall, God is there to pick us up.
I encourage you to read this book. It is chock full of Biblical advice and wisdom. Sheila Walsh is an amazing writer and speaker. Her passion for God is so evident in her life. She is real and raw and full of emotion. You will not be disappointed.
*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*
Motherhood. It's not for the faint of heart. It is the best thing in the world. And, it's the hardest thing in the world. It can be very unrewarding. It can be tiring, stressful, and down right ugly sometimes. You try your best every day to be the best mother you can be. Most days are awesome. You feel loved, your kids feel loved, your family is taken care of. There are also days when you come up short. No matter how hard you try, the days seems to be crazy.
Becky Thompson (of Scissortail Silk) has written a new book called Hope Unfolding. It is full of grace, truth, and hope about motherhood. On those days when you feel like you aren't enough, God says we are enough. She gives sound advice and Biblical wisdom as a mother herself who has been in the same shoes.
I find myself constantly comparing myself to other mom's. I fall short because they are not me and I am not them. I can never be anything except what God has called me to be. I have friends who are constantly on the go. Their children and very well behaved. They take art classes, karate, music lessons, and so on. I don't do any of that. We just can't afford it. So, my human self feels sorry for my children. But, in reality, what are they missing? They are happy, fed, loved, and awesome. I couldn't ask for anything more.
So, why the comparison? Why the doubtfulness? It is this world and the Devil. They are lies. God says I am enough. This book has given me fresh confidence to look up to God instead of around at the world. This world is temporary. My children are so happy. My worries are for nothing. God is in control and His plans are higher than my plans.
There have been days that I have thought God has forgotten about me. What a lie! He cares for me so much His Son died for me. No matter what life throws at me, God is good and loves me. He has never left me even for a second. He is my strength and comfort. He is my steady hand and my rock. He fills me with joy and hope.
No matter how messy your life looks (or mine), that doesn't define us. We are redeemed in Christ. He has given us grace. A grace in which we must give ourselves as well. If the sink is full of dirty dishes, but you spent the day playing with your kids....GRACE. Give it to yourself. God loves you where you are and for who you are. His blood covers all.
LOVED! That is how I feel about this book. I plan to give it to many of my mom friends. They need to read this book! Go and get it NOW!
*I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*
Leighmann McCoy's new book, Spiritual Warfare For You Family, has given me a lot of think about and pray about. I have seen spiritual attacks on my family, friends, and on the church. It is on the rise and Christians need to be prepared on how to handle and what the Bible says about it.
The enemy wants to hurt, kill, and destroy you and everyone you love. He lies, steals, and takes whatever he wants. Satan knows his time his short and he is trying to devour as many souls as he can. He starts with family. Tearing down the family unit tears down so much more in its wake. But, God's power is so much stronger than Satan's. God created Satan, so we know who wins in the end.
Leighmann McCoy gives practical advice and Biblical wisdom for protecting your family against Satan's attacks. This book will guide you in learning about how the enemy will attack your children and you will discover why you may be struggling to overcome then attacks from the enemy.
She gives sound ideas about how to develop offensive tactics to strike first through prayer and God's Word. When we give ourselves fully to God through prayer and reading the Bible, we find that we are already equipped to defeat Satan.
We are vulnerable to spiritual attacks because we are raising children, getting married, going to church, living for Christ. We must lean on God and His strength and wisdom. It is everlasting and enough. God has given us every tool and weapon to defeat Satan. The Bible contains all we need.
I am definitely witnessing more and more from Satan lately. He tries to get me down because of my chronic pain and illness. I find that when I give in to the pain, Satan laughs and feels empowered. Those times (which are more and more) when I go to the throne of God and ask for His mercy and strength and endurance, I feel free from the captivity of pain. This book has given me the courage to become more aware of the spiritual realm and the wisdom to know how to defeat the enemy's attacks.
*This book was given to me by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Feeln is a video streaming service that has become very popular. They offer Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Hollywood movies, TV series, and award-winning original series. Please check them out HERE for more information.
Their newest original series, The Eleventh, stars TV legends such as Florence Henderson, Ed Asner, and Cloris Leachman. There is also a newcomer, Ren Harris. I had the privilege of previewing the first episode.
A young teenage girl finds a letter that her late mother left for her own mother. The girl takes the letter to her grandmother, whom she has never met, disguised as someone else. The grandmother notices something is strange and realizes it is her granddaughter. Inside the letter is also a key. The key is to a box that holds forgiveness, secrets, and love.
The teenage girls late mother's last wish was to see her daughter and mother have a relationship. She and her own mother had not spoken in a very long time and the relationship was so strained that even the girls father despises the grandmother.
The girl decides that she will honor her mother's wishes and starts a relationship with her grandmother. But, there are so many secrets and mysteries surrounding the estranged relationships. The girl wants answers and the only way to find them is to ask hard questions.
I really enjoyed this preview. I look forward to the rest of the series. It was clean and family friendly. I hope you check it out for yourself. Go to feeln.com and look into getting a monthly subscription for yourself!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Respect. All men want it. Even little boys. Since I have three sons of my own, I decided to review Emerson Eggerichs' (author of the popular book Love & Respect) new book Mother & Son-The Respect Effect. Wow, am I glad I was chosen for this one!
My husband and I attended a class at our old church and it happened to be the Love & Respect book that they were studying. It changed our marriage so much. We both learned so much about what the other needs and craves. It isn't as complicated as we make it. Women want to feel loved and men want to feel respected. It is biblical.
The mother and son relationship is very unique. A mother wants to love her children and provide a safe environment for them. A son wants to protect, conquer, explore, be physical (wrestle), and so on. That's why this book is needed. Women and men (boys) are totally different and need some guidance sometimes.
So, Mother & Son goes along the same premise. Sons, no matter how old or young, need to feel respected by their mothers. It is so hard to respect a child when they are mouthing off at you or disobedient. But, Dr. Eggerichs gives such sound, biblical advice that actually works. His philosophy is simple. Show your son respect, even in the heat of the moment when you are so angry you could scream, and your son will do just about anything you ask of him.
I didn't believe it at first. I started doing some of the things he says to do in his book and as if by magic my sons were more compliant and sweet. Their mannerisms changed entirely and they actually wanted to do more around the house. They also didn't fight as much with each other...which is a totally different story.
You see, boys know their mama's love them. We show love very easily. We kiss boo-boo's, help them with their school work with patience, tuck them into bed at night, read them stories, and so on. But, respecting a boy is not as easy as it sounds. It takes effort. With this new book, it will make your life, as a mother, so much easier.
Some of the things Dr. Eggerichs discusses in this book are:
- What Respect Looks Like to Boys
- How to Start Respecting Your Son
- Seeing That The Boy Will One Day Be A Man
- Guiding Your Son Through His Boyhood
- Mommy Issues
- And So Much More!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. My family eats breakfast for dinner quite often as well. I am always looking for new ways to make eggs or a better pancake recipe or a delectable omelet. Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman made it their mission to find America's Best Breakfasts, which is the title of their newest book.
I love breakfast food. I don't know anyone who doesn't love it. You can do so many things. There are pancakes, cinnamon rolls, crepes, eggs and bacon, French toast, fried potatoes....and so much more. In this new book, we are taken on a tour of America through breakfast food. From coast to coast we are given the local favorites of where to eat and a few recipes along the way.
Starting in The West Coast and Pacific Northwest we arrive at Café Gratitude (awesome name) in Venice, CA and their Golden Tumeric Iced Latte. Yum! As they take you on an adventure throughout the entire area, the couple also stops at popular restaurants and gives you their best recipe.
The next stop is The Midwest. We arrive in Omaha, NE at the Over Easy restaurant with their recipe for Cheesy Biscuits and Vegetarian Gravy. Oh my! Sounds delicious! I couldn't pick a favorite in this area because everything sounded so scrumptious.
Next, we find ourselves in The South. Raleigh, NC brings us to Joule, a coffee shop and restaurant. The owner's recipe for the BLT Deluxe made me so hungry. I actually did make this one because well, avocado...LOL! I am from the South so this entire section was my favorite. There were a few restaurants represented that are close to my home and I do plan to visit them soon.
The final stop is The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. We arrive at the Sofra (a restaurant that bases its menu on seasonal options) in Cambridge, MA. Their recipe for Granola is on their menu all year round because of its popularity and well, it's granola. Yum!
Toward the end of the book, the authors provide a list of the best Bloody Mary's in the country as well as their location. They have also given detailed instructions on how to make the perfect egg. No matter how you take them, scrambled, over-easy, poached, you will always make the perfect egg with their simple directions.
I really have enjoyed going through this book. It will stay on my shelf and I will use it for years to come. I will also take it with me when I travel so I am sure to find the perfect breakfast spot no matter where I am in the USA.
*I was given this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*
Another Amish fiction book...that I love! Ruth Reid is so talented and has done it again with her newest Amish book.
A Dream Of Miracles kept me on the edge of my seat. It is a beautiful story of romance, reclamation, and trust. Mattie Diener is a widowed mother of two small children. She lives in an Amish community in Northern Michigan. She has had a very rough time adjusting to a life without her husband. When one of her children becomes gravely ill, her family doctor is out of town and the replacement calls CPS suspecting child abuse.
Mattie is devastated as her son struggles to stay alive and no one believes her that he is truly ill and she did not harm her child. When the CPS representative, Bo Lambright, arrives at the hospital, he questions Mattie but feels compelled to believe her. It goes against everything he learned in his training but something makes him feel close to her.
As time goes by, Mattie's son becomes critical and another CPS agent takes it upon herself to use Mattie as an example. She takes away Mattie's rights to her children and places her daughter in foster care and takes away any visitation with her dying son. Bo steps up and helps Mattie in every possible way. As he is going through the motions of helping Mattie get her children back, he starts to remember his own past and where he came from.
As Mattie and Bo begin to know one another there is comfort and healing found in each other. But, Bo is an Englischer (meaning, not Amish). It goes against everything Mattie believes in to have any sort of feelings for Bo and he realizes she would never leave her community.
As time goes on, Bo continues to be there for Mattie. But, he starts having dreams about his past and his future. No matter how hard he tries to run, he can't escape his roots and where he belongs. Mattie finds the courage to protect her children and fight for them. Bo finds where his heart belongs and knows what decision must be made.
I truly loved this book. A Dream Of Miracles made me really feel what the characters were feeling. Ruth Reid is an extraordinary writer and I plan to read more of her books.
*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*