20 November 2019

Wordless Wednesday

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They Call Me Mom by Michelle Adams & Bethany Jett Book Review


When women take on the role of mom, they take on a hundred other titles as well: healer, comforter, chef, teacher, cheerleader--and less flattering jobs such as disciplinarian, ruiner of fun times, and chief worrier. In the middle of juggling all those roles, finding room to spend time alone seeking God can seem insurmountable.

Moms Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett understand the struggles--and the joys. They've pulled together their own experiences with the crazy world of parenting as well as the most requested, most talked about topics on mommy blogs. Their research nailed down what moms really want to talk about.

They Call Me Mom is a lighthearted, transparent take on the real-life ups and downs mothers face through all stages of parenting. Whether mom just brought home her first baby or she has several kids and zero time, she'll find relatable words and helpful encouragement in these pages. And with one devotion for every week of the year, it's easy to fit in a few minutes with God in the middle of a full parenting life.

My Thoughts:

Being a mom is the best thing in life. It also is one of the hardest responsibilities I have taken on.  I don’t know about you but I could use some encouraging words now and then.  My kids make me smile, laugh, cry, sad, happy, and want to pull out my hair at times.

They Call Me Mom has 52 distinct devotions to read once a week. This is a very easy to read devotional that will make you laugh and smile.  The stories are very relatable to moms everywhere.

Each of the devotions starts out with a story, all of them heartfelt experiences. Some are the kids telling you they want to move out, or about not having a salad bowl, pray-er, and other stories that happen as mamas. The stories are told from both authors. Michelle’s is “Michelle’s Intel” and Bethany’s is “Bethany’s JETTliner. Afterwards they all have encouraging words in a section, “God called me…….” based off the stories. Then what I call an action section. It could be making something, journaling, or even reflecting. The stories reflect kids of all ages. Not all of them are bad situations where a kid is being ugly. Some of them are the kids doing something amazing and even teaching us mom’s a thing or two with what is really important as a mom.

The hardest part is probably going to be reading it once a week. You may find yourself reading a couple at a time.

A lovely devotion to encourage mom and make you feel like, “hey, I’m not alone in this journey and other mom’s face the same situations with there kids.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from Kregel Publication in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

19 November 2019

How Great is Our God by Louie Giglio Review and Giveaway

 The bestselling children's devotional Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science resonated with more than 200,000 kids, parents, and teachers. Now Louie Giglio offers 100 more devotions about God and science that will expand the curiosity of your 6- to 10-year-olds. Including amazing scientific facts, beautiful photography, fun illustrations, and simple activities, How Great Is Our God covers topics like

Space and time
Earth and weather
The human body
And more!

With this science devotional, which is based on Giglio's well-known "How Great Is Our God" and “Indescribable” messages, children will embark on a journey to discover more about God and His incredible creation. From the pink lake in Senegal to the earth's trip around the sun to the water-holding frog that can live up to five years without a drink, the wonders of the universe will deepen your kids’ appreciation for God's wild imagination.

You can purchase your copy here.

My Thoughts:

 God and Science is a great combination for a devotional for kids to enjoy and learn about our amazing world. I was glad to see that Louie Giglio come out with another one, I was really impressed by his Indescribable devotional. How Great is Our God follows the same format as its predecessor. 

This is a hardback book with 100 devotions within this 207 page book. The illustrations are full colored with photos and cartoonish illustrations throughout the book.  There is a presentation page and a table of contents at the being of the book. A ribbon bookmark is also part of this devotional.

This is geared towards kids 6-10 year olds. I love that this devotional will appeal to both boys and girls alike. When my kids where younger I found that I could easily find my daughter good quality devotionals but not my sons.

Each of the devotionals is covered on a two- page spread. The devotions are centered on different scientific subjects. There are several topics that will surely appeal to young minds from animals, blinking eyes, stars, weather, and so much more.
To give you an idea of what one of the topics looks like I will tell you about one of them. One of the devotion is:  “Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Cyclones…Oh My!” It starts out with a scripture. This particular devotion is Isaiah 43:1. It goes on to explain that location changes the names of the storm and why. It gives you some information and end with talking about how God and even thought the storms are powerful they are nothing compared to God. It has a few more scripture that has partial information. It ends in a prayer.

Each devotional has a “How Great” box that gives you some intriguing facts cyclones.
All the topics are mixed up throughout the devotional. You can use the devotional going by days or you can focus on certain topic by skipping around. There is a reference page that covers the four major topics. The four major topics are Space, Earth, Animals, and People. This is a neat reference as a homeschool mom I could add the devotionals as we are studying these topics in school.

You can enter to win your own copy below.


I received a free copy of this product from FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

18 November 2019

Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead by Sara Beth Marr Book Review


The world tells us that the way to make all our dreams come true is to set our own course and strive every day. But when it's all on us, we end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and, disappointed when things don't turn out as we'd hoped. Have you ever wondered if there was a better way?

There is. God knows the desires of our hearts--he put them there. And he calls us to trust, to lean on him, and sometimes . . . to wait. Weaving together her unique perspective as a professional ballerina with profound truths drawn from Scripture and the life of faith, Sarah Beth Marr reminds us that we are not dreaming alone. If God has given us a dream, we can be sure that he will come alongside us as we work toward realizing it. Using her own story as a catalyst, Marr encourages women to surrender their plans to God, to stay in tempo with his Spirit, and to step into a deeper relationship with Christ. When they do, she says, they will be able to move confidently into the future, knowing that their dreams and God's desires are aligned in perfect harmony.

My Thoughts:

Dreaming with God is Sarah Beth Marr’s first book. She is an active blogger, MOP speaker, mom, wife, and women speaker. She can now add author to her list. As a professional ballet dancer for the last fifteen years she has a unique insight on dreaming with God. Don’t worry you don’t have to be a ballet dancer to appreciate this heartfelt book. 

I know zilch about ballet dancing and have only watched one performance in my life. She made the book interesting as she uses ballet to weaves you into following your dreams and emphasizes that you must put your trust in God first. Some beautiful points throughout like, securing your pointe shoe ribbon to be secure in Jesus. A beautiful expressive metaphoric way to explain being secure that HE has you and died on the cross for you. You can relate to her book as you use your own career to reflect upon the message in this book.

The author shares her own testimony and journey throughout as she talks about following God with her dreams and planning it for the future. I know lots of young folks who plan for their future and have big dreams of what their life is going to look like. Unfortunately they find disappointment in the career choice or lose their sight on the relationship that they needed to cultivate with God first. Not only is does she emphasis dreaming but having joy and I took away being satisfied with the journey. I can’t help but to think about all the children’s movies out there that talk about following your heart and dreams and make it look so glorious to young kids. They of course don’t have the most important aspect of Jesus being in the center of it and the priority. I kept thinking those thoughts throughout and watched a few of those movies with my daughter lately. This would be a wonderful book for a teenager before they go off to college, or start a career, or whatever waits them as they venture off on their own life journey. They leave with big dreams and wide eyes with lots of excitement. You see that they lose that spark as the reality seeps in for so many. The ones who truly center in on God are different even if those dreams and plans don’t go according to their plans.

Each chapter has a space for you to reflect, “Prayer, Scripture, and Reflection for Your Dreaming Heart” You can write in the book with the space provided or you can use a journal to write.

Overall a beautiful and heartfelt book that left me reflecting on my own life and looking back at all the dreams I had when I was younger. I could have done lots of things different and I sure could have put Jesus in the center of it a lot more. I hope to instill these concepts I took away to my teens that have completely different roads ahead of them. Even my son needs to be reminded of these things.

I received a free copy of this product from JustRead Tours in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Essential Oils God's Extravagant Provision for Your Health by Teri Secrest Book Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book:Essential Oils
Author: Terri Secrest
Genre: Christian Non-fiction, Alternative Therapies
Release Date: October 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the wise men brought frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus? As a curious and highly enthusiastic child, health and wellness coach Teri Secrest asked everyone she knew and met, but no one could tell her. She grew up thinking it was just a nice little story…but never stopped wondering.

This thirst for knowledge sparked Teri’s twenty-three-year quest to learn about essential oils. It has taken her to the far corners of the world—from Croatia and France to Oman, Israel, and beyond.

Teri has written this book to share the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. She hopes you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite oils and you feel this rich, biblical history come alive in your spirit. Teri wants you to see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.

Essential Oils: God’s Extravagant Provision for Your Health offers practical how-to’s that you can use immediately, including the use of oils for romance, balancing hormones, cooking, cleaning, pets, children, and fragrance, as well as health concerns such as stress, negative emotions, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and anxiety. You will find practical guidance to regain and maintain health naturally.

As you gain this understanding, Teri believes you will change the next generation as you discover the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.

Click here to get your copy!  

My Review

I’m impressed how Teri Secrest compiled the information in her book. I’ve read and looked over several books throughout the years on essential oils. This book reads easily and explained essential oils and such depth that made it enjoyable. She shares her personal journey of coming to the knowledge of essential oils. This would be a wonderful book for someone who is just exploring essential oils or even for long time users.

She does a wonderful job explaining what essential oils are. I love how she breaks down the process of distilling essential oils, different ways to use essential oils, and even the importance of quality essential oils. She even explains how to select brands but does not endorse a specific brand, essential oil blends, and other helpful advice. All the essential oils I recall reading about in here are singles and not blends.

The book is beautiful-strange to say and not something I usually say about a book. The photos and the placement of them and even the paper. The colors are really appealing to the eyes.

There are several scriptures throughout that talk about anointing oils. I found it interesting that she mentions that she mentions that there are over 500 scripture verses on plants and oils.  

She breaks up the book with the essential oils with the 12 body systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, integumentary, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal and urinary and goes on to explain essential oils that are useful for certain systems. She breaks each area up nicely with what the essential oil is useful for and gives you several options of essential oils. She explains in details what specific area it may be useful for. She has a nice reference in the back of the book.

Another area I found intriguing was using certain essential oils in recipes for cooking. I personally haven’t done used them in this manner. I used them in drinking water. She included several recipes.She even talks about a taboo subject of romance and essential oils. Don't worry it's nothing rated R but she talks about how certain oils can help certain issues for both male and female.

The layout of the book is nice and easy to find what you need. It’s very comprehensive and interesting. I enjoyed this book and learned several things about essential oils that we be useful for my family. Thank you Teri for a delightful and informative book.

 I received a free copy of this product from Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

About the Author

Teri Secrest is a health and wellness expert whose passion is to teach simple and proven methods for vibrant health to people around the world. That passion is rooted in her early experiences of learning about whole foods and herbs in her family’s organic garden and her mother’s passion for good food as the owner of a French cooking school. These early lessons guided Teri to a healthy path for herself and her own family, yet it was her first astonishing experience with essential oils as a young mother that ignited her lifelong passion for learning, practicing, and teaching people to take hold of God’s extravagant provision for their health. Teri has traveled around the world to learn from leading experts about the beneficial uses of essential oils, research the promises and properties of each essential oil, and develop a deep working knowledge of their applications for daily health and wellness. Teri loves to share the simple, practical principles that will help you live in vibrant health through her international keynote speeches, training programs, and best-selling books. She is a sought-after speaker who delivers her message of vibrant health with such enthusiasm, humor, and joy that she has gained the nickname “Ambassador of Joy” around the world. Connect with Teri at http://terisecrest.com  

More from Teri

My purpose in writing this book is to inspire you with the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. My hope is that you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite essential oils and that this rich biblical history comes alive in your spirit. I also hope you will see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.
As you gain this understanding, I believe you will change the next generation, as you will know the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, November 6
A Diva’s Heart, November 6
Moments, November 8
Quiet Workings, November 8
Emily Yager, November 9
Artistic Nobody, November 10
For Him and My Family, November 10
empowermoms, November 11
Stories By Gina , November 11
Vicky Sluiter, November 12
Jacquelyn Lynn, November 12
Splashes of Joy, November 14
Texas Book-aholic, November 15
janicesbookreviews, November 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 16
Betti Mace,  November 17
A Reader’s Brain, November 18
Inklings and notions, November 19
Livin’ Lit, November 19



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