21 October 2020

Wordless Wednesday-Drawing Fun

 





14 October 2020

Wordless Wednesday -Biology

 




12 October 2020

Butterfly Box Subscription Review and Giveaway

 


The Premier Subscription Box For Christian Women

 

Life is busy, and it can be hard to find the time each day to connect with Christ. Butterfly Box is here to help! We thoughtfully curate a themed box each month to help reclaim those quiet moments with God, build your intimacy with Christ, and live out your faith in the world around you! https://www.yourbutterflybox.com/

My Thoughts:

Life is very busy and finding time for me feels more like a luxury these days. Unfortunately it seems that I don’t do a great job caring for myself like I should. I read my Bible and spend time in prayer but sometimes I don’t feel like my full heart and mind was in it. I’m tired and worn out from caring for my special needs daughter, homeschooling my children and all the roles I play as a wife, mom, and involvement in ministry. It is so important to stop and take time to care for our self to reflect on our relationship with our Savior. When we spend time with our Savior then we are more effective for our family and others in our daily life.

I’m excited to share with you about Butterfly Box.

Butterfly Box is a subscription based box for Christian Women.  Each box is unique for the month. Every box you receive you will be based off a Biblical theme. Each box has five to six carefully chosen items. You box may have a book. The books are well known Christian authors. Or it may have jewelry, d├ęcor, personal pampering items, and other unique items for the theme. The items are all faith-based and may be from a Christian small business. I love that each month is unique and great care is taken to purchase items that are blessing other Believers.

I received the September Box –Women of Prayer based of 1 Thessalonians 5:17. 

This box included these items:

You can see a video on my Instagram here


The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian- This is a devotional book that is in a beautiful teal imitation leather embossed book. The book focuses on prayer and incorporating it in every area of your life.


Be Still and Know Journal-This is a beautiful spiral bound journal to write down prayers, thoughts, praises, and testimonies as a reminder to pray constantly and to be reminded of God’s goodness for through those prayers. A lined notebook with beautiful illustrations of sea shells throughout the pages.

Butterfly Prayer Bracelet-a teal bracelet with a whimsical beautiful as a reminder that you are being prayed for and you to pray for others.


Vanilla White & Sweet Peppermint Tea Drops- I love a cup of hot tea and what a great way to snuggle up during your time reading your Bible, devotional, or journaling. I haven’t tried them yet but you just put it in a cup of hot water to dissolve. They already have some sweetness added to them and they are organic.


Weekly Prayer Strategy-Some days I just don’t function and my mind is cluttered with the thoughts of the day. Some days a little direction is needed. Each day of the week is a schedule to include in your daily prayer life: Sundays-worship and thanksgiving, Monday-personal prayers, Tuesday-family, Wednesday-work and ministry, Thursday-community, Friday-our nation, and Saturday-our world.

Here is a glimpse at past boxes:







Look at all those stunning boxes! Butterfly Box is a high quality subscription box. I’m really impressed with the quality of the box. I know I would love this as a personal gift as it would be a delight to have this show up in my mailbox each month.

There is also a Giveaway by clicking here or on the graphic below. You can have a chance to win a 6 month subscription.


You can also get 10% off with code: WELCOME10 from Butterfly Box.

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.

Forsaken Island by Sharon Hinck Book Review and Giveaway

 


About the Book



Book: Forsaken Island

Author: Sharon Hinck

Genre: Christian Romantic Epic Fantasy

Release Date: September 15, 2020

On an uncharted world, happiness is effortless and constant … but can true joy exist without sacrifice?

The people of Meriel have long believed their island world floats alone in the vast ocean universe, so they are astonished when another island drifts into view. With resources becoming scarce, Carya and Brantley quickly volunteer to search the new land for supplies.

After navigating a barrier of menacing trees, the pair encounter a culture of perpetually happy people who readily share their talents and their possessions. But all is not what it seems. At the core of the island is a horror that threatens everyone, including Brantley and Carya.

Freeing the villagers of the bondage they’ve chosen may cost Carya and Brantley more than they could have imagined. Even if the two succeed, they’ll have to find a way to return to Meriel quickly … or be cut off from their home forever.

 Click here to get your copy!

My Review:

This is the 2nd book in “The Dancing Realms” series. I didn’t read book one in the series, Hidden Current. For the most part the book stands alone. However, I feel it would have cleared up a few things if I would have read it prior. If you can I would recommend reading it first.

 

The story is obviously fantasy/allegory and the plot is captivating from the first page. The book is a Christian series. They call God the Maker and have several characteristics and moral values that are relatable.

 

I thought it was interested that each island is sort of its own world but, maybe they were not intended to be its own world!

 

Sharon Hinck does a great job creating the world in your mind with her description and at the same time not making it dry and dreary. The main characters Carya and Brantley are well developed and you can’t help but to cheer them on and like them.

 

As the people go to this new island and start gathering food to help out those on their island they find that they are not able to leave. Something is wrong on this island and finally they meet the Gardener but, is he really who he says he is. It doesn’t all add up. The pace picks up and the story leaves you enamored within the pages of the book.

 

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading book 1 and more books in this series.

 

 

I received a free copy ARC copy of this book 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


Award-winning author of The Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us” about women on extraordinary adventures of faith. Her novels are praised for their authentic characters, strong spiritual themes, and emotional resonance. For this series, she drew on her experience as a ballet teacher, dancer, and choreographer.

 More from Sharon

Inspiration Behind Forsaken Island

 In the first book of The Dancing Realms series, we learn about a floating island world guided by the work of dancers. The assumption of everyone on Meriel is that their island IS the world—the only existing place on a vast empty ocean.

 But in this second book, currents have pushed a new island into view. Our intrepid dancer Carya, and her stenella-riding friend Brantley, set off to explore, hoping to find resources for their world of Meriel.

 The story was influenced by some of my favorite classics in the adventure/exploration genre. Jack London (particularly The Sea Wolf), or Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Or anything by Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson. As the characters explore a new world, we experience both wonder and danger with them. I love that sort of story, so I set my two beloved characters of on an adventure to see what they would discover.

But of course, the book is also about the developing relationship between Carya and Brantley, and the conflicts they confront. And once again, an undercurrent (no pun intended) of spiritual themes is at play. The island holds dark secrets, and time is running out for the opportunity to find their way home.

I love the verse from Psalm 94:14. “For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” Even on a “Forsaken Island” – the Maker of His people finds a way to reach out and bring hope.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, September 30

Fiction Aficionado, September 30

Wothy2Read, October 1

Texas Book-aholic, October 2

deb’s Book Review, October 2

Inklings and notions, October 3

For Him and My Family, October 4

April Hayman, Author, October 4

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 5

Daughter of Increase, October 5

For the Love of Literature, October 6

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 8

Blogging With Carol, October 8

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 9

Artistic Nobody, October 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Simple Harvest Reads, October 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 11

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 12

Emily Yager, October 12

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 13

Pause for Tales, October 13

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away the grand prize package of a Forsaken Island book bag, a personalized and autographed hard cover copy of Hidden Current, book marks, and some decorative goodies on a plant-life theme!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10195/forsaken-island-celebration-tour-giveaway

07 October 2020

Wordless Wednesday

 


02 October 2020

Shabbat Shalom!

 


30 September 2020

Spiritual Seeds Planner 2021 Review and Giveaway

 


Spiritual Seeds Planner is a planning tool designed to help Christians prioritize living a fruit filled life, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The planner uses a gardening theme concentrating on four garden plots – Friends/Family, Self, Community, Vocation/Work. Each month focuses on one Fruit, detailing actions to plant + cultivate + grow.  Actions are planned daily for highest yield. Cute garden themed stickers provide visuals for tracking growth. Unlike any other planner, Spiritual Seeds Planner prioritizes and plans Spiritual growth over daily “to do” lists and activities focusing on growth rather than achievement. 


My Thoughts:

Are you ready for 2021? This has been a long year and I’m ready to start planning for next year! I have to admit I’m unsure how some of those plans will look after Covid. One thing I know is that as a Believer I know God already knows the plans He has for me in 2021.

This planner is beautiful and I love the theme of the Fruit of the Spirit and I love tree themed anything. I love how the tree has Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control -Galatians 5:22-23 springing forth from the tree.

The planner has an introduction and how to use the planner section.

The first section of your planner is personal and called Fruit Vision. The purpose is to reflect on aspect of each of the Fruit of the Spirit. There is a specific space for all nine. How does that particular Fruit look like in your life today, look at the definition and pray for more depth. What do you want that to look like in a year?

There is a full two year calendar overview page with the major holidays listed.


Every month there is monthly plotting where you can put in the Fruit of the Month and your prayer with the focus around that particular fruit. It also has space for you to focus on Family/Friends, Community, Self/Personal Well Being, and Vocational/Work. It is followed by a full page to reflect, journal or anything else.

Then each month has a full two-page spread for you to write out your appointments and or use themed stickers. If you prefer a weekly calendar for more detailed day planning that will follow afterwards. It has a list on the side to check off the box with, “Life to Do” and “Work to Do.” Each day of the week there is a time stamp for you to get more specific with your day. The bottom half has a section for more notes. You are covered to meet your style of planning to stay organized!

The planner comes in faux leather cover that has the embossed themed tree and you have several colors to choose from. Other features include a back cover pocket. Other features include Fruit of the Spirit Bookmark with definitions and scriptures, monthly tabs, and a ribbon bookmarker.

There are garden themed stickers in a variety of areas to add to your planner. You can purchase a large pack with over 800 stickers too.


You can purchase a complete set that has a canvas tote bag that has the Fruit of the Spirit them. There is also a canvas pen holder with a set of markers to use with your planner, and a notepad.

To purchase your own set click here  and you can get 20% off your order with code FRUITOFSPIRIT

 There is also a Giveaway by clicking on the graphic 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.

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