Help your daughter get her head above the waves #giveaway ends 1/29

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If you were riding in the van with us this morning, you would have thought I was mother of the year.  My sweet almost-teen daughter and I were sharing beloved worship songs, listening to each other’s music and talking about old favorites like Rich Mullins.  Every once in a while, my son chimed in with his own thoughts about the songs.  Life isn’t always like that for us — it’s just that right now, my daughter’s head is above the waves of life.  It’s inevitable that more storms will bring waves crashing down upon us…..we don’t expect constant happiness.  For now, though, this is enough.  If you’re struggling with your daughter’s life waves, here are some things that might help. [Read more…]

Share grace with the new (in)courage #CravingConnection line from DaySpring

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I used to love to write encouraging cards and notes for people.  Over the years, it seemed obsolete, and I gradually stopped doing that.  Last night, one of our small group members commented that encouragement really means a lot to him.  It occurred to me that maybe God wants me to encourage others!  I love the song “I Wanna Live Like That” and it reminds me to be love.  That’s why I really like the Craving Connection (in)courage line from DaySpring. Share grace and encouragement with the message of connection!  [Read more…]

Lovely new devotional from Faithgirlz @BookLookBloggers


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My daughter recently attended her first teen convention. She had an absolutely amazing trip with our church, and when she came home I could see the growth in her spiritual self.  As I perused the BookLook available titles for January, she saw this lovely new devotional and asked me if I’d get it for her.  That, in itself, is a big step!  [Read more…]

5 Books I read in December – The Frugal Gazette + more

In December, I went through a reading blitz. I tried to speed through some of the books that had been sitting on my shelf so that I could make room for 2017 new releases. These 5 books were actually set aside for my husband, since he usually prefers nonfiction (I don’t.) They’re books that the guys may want to read, but don’t let that stop you from sharing them with the women in your life, too!

Disclosure: I received these books from Baker and Revell Publishing. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are my own. [Read more…]

#TheBeginnersBible #FlyBy #giveaway Beginner’s Bible

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.   Post contains affiliate links.

Now that my kids are grown, I find myself missing those toddler sweeties.  More kids are not an option, though…..nor do I really want to go through that phase again.  I’ve found the perfect solution, though!  My husband and I get to volunteer in the toddler class every week for Sunday School.  Oh my word, those little ones are so PRECIOUS.  I look forward to that hour in the week!  The littles love to read, read, read so I take all of my review books with them. The Beginner’s Bible is a new favorite!

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Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers + Amazon #Giveaway – ends 1/15

If you’ve ever wanted to cut out the pages of a book and stick them in pretty frames….Earth Psalms is it.

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How to host a small group in your home


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In the church, small group ministry can be a powerful way to build relationships.  If you’ve felt led (or you’ve been asked) to host a small group in your home, you might feel overwhelmed with the idea of the commitment.  We’ve hosted small groups  in various ways over the past 20 years, and it’s always been a wonderful experience.   Here are 4 things to consider when you’re hosting a small group. [Read more…]

Launch the new Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible in 2017 #giveaway

Airship Genesis #giveaway
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For our family, one of the most wonderful moments of 2016 was the day when my son was baptized.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  As we praised that decision with him, it also became clear that I need to provide him with spiritual guidance.  Now that he’s a strong reader, he can explore God’s word on his own.  A kids study Bible like the new Airship Genesis is perfect for providing him with support, yet allowing him to be an independent learner.  [Read more…]

A Different Way of Counting Blessings – Pray A to Z

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This week, my husband had surgery on a stubborn kidney stone; caring for him has kept me busy.  His medications are scheduled for every few hours, so we set a timer to make sure we stay ahead of his pain.  Getting to serve him in sickness allows me to provide a blessing back to him.  I’m grateful for the way he takes care of us all year long. He’s on the mend, which reminds me to count my blessings!   Have you taken the time to count your blessings lately?  Consider reading the book Pray A to Z to help you develop a stronger, more intentional prayer life.  [Read more…]

When Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette by Max Davis #FlyBy #JesusGreenEyedBrunette US

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#FlyBy #JesusGreenEyedBrunette #giveaway

The moral of the story is, book titles matter.

Okay, that’s not the moral of the story.  It could be, though.  When I saw that title, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Whaaaa?”  Tongue-in-cheek title aside, When Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette by Max Davis has a fresh, spontaneous approach to what it means to be in the world but not of the world.

Here’s a little secret for you – my copy of the book hasn’t arrived yet.  I couldn’t wait, so I sneak-peeked to find out what to expect.  It reminds me a lot of a fine-tuned Chicken Soup for the Soul.  Whispers of God call all around us; if you’ve been too busy to listen, read a story or two from the book. You’ll have your eyes and ears open for God’s message! I’ll add a more complete review once I get to read my copy.

One lucky US reader will win a copy of the book, thanks to FlyBy. Open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law.  Note specific sponsor guidelines:  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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