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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Word 2016

Since 2011 I've decided to choose one word to represent each year and to take that word and apply it to my life.. These are the words I chose each year from 2011-2015.

2011 was a year to truly simplify my life. From over committing to being overwhelmed with clutter this was the year to find what was important and let go of everything that was not.


After spending an entire year simplifying it was important to find and keep 'Balance' in my life. This was the year to do that.

In 2013, I wanted to 'Renew' my faith. I focused this year on reading the Word and renewing my relationships with friends and family.



In 2014 I wanted to 'Focus' on what was important. Faith, Family and Friends.


This year I finish up with the word 'Strength'. This has meant a few things to me. Strength in my ability to accomplish what I desire, Strength in the physical sense to lose my weight and to stay as healthy as I can and strength in my Faith, finishing the year reading the Bible again in 90 Days..

This year I've chosen the word:


To be 'Intentional' in all aspects of my life including:

Homeschooling my boys
My Health
Fitness
Faith
Family
Marriage
Friendship
Keeping of My Home
My Hobbies
Finances

Do you pick one word to help you each year? I'd love to hear what you've chosen.. Leave a comment below...

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook


Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

What a great time to share my review on this truly awesome cookbook.. As we end 2015 and begin 2016 now is a good time to rethink the way we eat and to take control of our weight and health. A great way to start is by taking a peak at this cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes for the entire family. No special ingredients necessary. You can find all these basic ingredients at your local grocery store. If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama diet or just want to add some tasty meals to your lifestyle this cookbook is for you.

Includes:
One-Pot Meals
Hearty Mains and Sides
Sunrise Eats
Sweet Treats
Beverages
All Things Smooth and Crunchy

The recipes are not categorized by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Following the Trim Healthy Mama guidelines they don't believe in setting a certain food for a certain time of day. If you want dessert for breakfast they say, then do it! Balance is the key to this lifestyle..

Beautifully illustrated and full of recipes your entire family will love and ask for again. Includes easy to read instructions and list of ingredients. Also includes serving sizes but doesn't include health information which I was a bit disappointed in. Since this is a healthy cookbook I was hoping to see Calories, Fat etc info and it doesn't have that for the recipes. If you are looking to count calories then this cookbook may not be for you.

This cookbook includes hundreds of recipes that will help you slim down while eating well. This is a companion cookbook to their book "Trim Healthy Mama Plan" but could easily be used independently which is how I'm using it. I have not followed their healthy lifestyle plan but love their delicious recipes. Try it out today!

I have received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book. No other compensation was given.

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson


Every Girl Gets Confused
Brides With Style Series Book #2
by Janice Thompson

About This Book:

Its basketball playoff season as Katie and Brady try to mediate the rivalry between their obsessed basketball families.  The gossip at the bridal shop where Katie works is encroaching on their happy ending.  Katie’s parents are trying to talk her into coming back home to Fairfield to renew her relationship with her old boyfriend Carson.  Will her family stop meddling?  Will their families ever stop disagreeing enough to help their marriage take off?  Will she ever wear the wedding dress she has dreamed of? 

My Thoughts on This Book:

I have had the opportunity to read both the first and second book in this series. I've loved reading Janice Thompson's books before this series so was looking forward to diving into this one. I have to be honest though, I struggled with this series.. I had a tough time relating to the characters and wanting to read more about them. This could very well be my personal preference on the style of writing and character background that I am looking to read and not necessarily this book.

This is a continuation of the first book with the same characters. Reading the first book in the series isn't really necessary but I'd recommend it so you can understand the characters a bit more. Otherwise you may get a bit lost in the background story that isn't addressed again in this book.

Characters Katie and Brady finally start dealing with real relationship problems and you see them struggle to make things work including her ex boyfriend returning to her life. The spunky characters actually weren't the main focus but the grandmother.. The plot was interesting and a bit entertaining but felt some of the chapters a bit over the top.

The focus of the novel is definitely the romance, but unfortunately this romance is not always with the two main characters; in fact, they disappointingly get less page time than some of the other minor characters. I honestly felt their development to be somewhat stalling, maybe get the rest of their story from the next book in the series. I'm always up for a great romance but this series seems to drag on a bit for my taste and would like to see more after reading two books in the series.

About The Author:

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series, as well as Every Bride Needs a Groom. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 85-88


Finished up the last days of the Bible in 90 Days..  AREN'T YOU SO EXCITED! I know I am. You just read the Bible in its entirety.. That's worth celebrating. Was this your first time reading it cover to cover?

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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 Haven't started reading yet? No problem... You can start right now by going to the GETTING STARTED Link below... If you have already started your Bible in 90 Days journey I would love to have you join me. You can find your place and follow along right where you are at the following links:

GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

It's never too late to start reading.. Today could be your day...

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We are completing the remainder of the bible in this past week's reading. Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and finishing up with Revelation.

Hebrews:

Hebrews clearly lays out the present priestly ministry of Christ in the life of the believer. Throughout its pages, Hebrews makes clear that Jesus Christ exceeds all other people, pursuits, objects, or hopes to which human beings offer allegiance.

"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:22

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

"See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Hebrews 12:15

James:

This book looks a bit like the Old Testament book of Proverbs dressed up in New Testament clothes. Its consistent focus on practical action in the life of faith is reminiscent of the Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament, encouraging God’s people to act like God’s people.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." James 1:19-20

1 Peter:

First Peter focuses on the importance of believers bearing up under unjust suffering yet continuing to live well.

"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:6-8

2 Peter:

Peter’s theme in his second letter is a simple one: pursue spiritual maturity through the Word of God as a remedy for false teaching and a right response to heretics in light of Christ’s promised second coming.

"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness; knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love." 2 Peter 1:5-7

1 John:

s he did in his gospel, John stated with clarity the purpose of his first letter. He proclaimed the good news about Jesus to the recipients of this letter.

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:8-9

"God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." 1 John 5:11-12

2 John:

Second John makes clear what our position should be regarding the enemies of the truth.

"I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands." 2 John 1:5-6

3 John:

John wanted to ensure a warm welcome from the churches to those who traveled around preaching the gospel, offering them hospitality.

"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God." 3 John 1:11

Jude:

Jude’s purpose was twofold: he wanted to expose the false teachers that had infiltrated the Christian community, and he wanted to encourage Christians to stand firm in the faith and fight for the truth.

"Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct as irrational animals do will destroy them." Jude 1:10

Revelation:

The book of Revelation provides the clearest biblical portrait of the events of the tribulation, dealing with the specifics of that terrible time. The tribulation will be a time of judgment, a time when those left on the earth after the rapture will suffer deeply for their nonbelief.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8

"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Revelation 3:19-20

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What a great FINAL week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer these final week questions below to help you evaluate your reading experience. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I posted all my information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • How did reading the Bible in 90 Days impact you?
  • Would you recommend reading the Bible in 90 Days to others?
  • Is there something you are changing in your life as a result of reading God's Word?
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Thanks so much for following along with me these past 88 days. It has been a huge commitment and you did it! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 78-84



Finished up the 12th week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
We have just 4 more days if you are up to date on your reading.. WOW!

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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 Haven't started reading yet? No problem... You can start right now by going to the GETTING STARTED Link below... If you have already started your Bible in 90 Days journey I would love to have you join me. You can find your place and follow along right where you are at the following links:

GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

It's never too late to start reading.. Today could be your day...

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We've read Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Colossians, 1,2 Thessalonians, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

Romans:

The letter to the Romans stands as the clearest presentation of Christian doctrine in all the Scriptures. Paul began by discussing the sinfulness of all humanity. All people have been condemned due to our rebellion against God. However, God in His grace offers us justification by faith in His Son, Jesus.

"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin." Romans 3:20

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." Romans 5:1-2

1 Corinthians:

First Corinthians contains a frank discussion of the church and the issues that impacted real people in the first century. The Corinthian church was corroded with sin on a variety of fronts, so Paul provided an important model for how the church should handle the problem of sin in its midst.

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons." 1 Corinthians 10:21

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

2 Corinthians:

Just as Paul wrote to the Corinthians in the wake of their repentance from divisions and quarrels, the message for today is clear: living in unity requires us to humbly forgive one another and to follow our leaders. Second Corinthians reminds us that even as Christians, we hurt each other and need to forgive those who have wronged us.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21

"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." 2 Corinthians 7:10

Galatians:

In advance of the Jerusalem Council, Paul’s letter speaks wisdom and clarity into the first real controversy that plagued the church in its early years—the relationship between Christian Jews and Christian Gentiles. Paul’s aggressive tone shows just how important it was to him that the people embrace unity in Christ, no matter their racial distinctions.

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." Galatians 6:7-8

Ephesians:

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice—regardless of any particular problem in the community.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Philippians:

The apostle Paul did not write Philippians in response to a crisis, as he did with Galatians and Colossians. Instead, he wrote to express his appreciation and affection for the Philippian believers.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Philippians 2:3-4

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Colossians:

The nature of Jesus Christ as Creator and Redeemer was nonnegotiable, so Paul wrote to them that he might bring his wisdom to bear on this difficult and trying situation. It was critical to him that this church know God in His greatness and glory, rather than in the deficient view given them by the false teachers.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Colossians 3:12

1 Thessalonians:

First Thessalonians provides Christians with the clearest biblical passage on the coming rapture of believers.

"For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

2 Thessalonians:

Second Thessalonians distinguishes itself by the detailed teaching it presents on the end times. False teachers had been presenting fake letters as if from Paul and telling the Thessalonian believers that the day of the Lord had already come.

"The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10

1 Timothy:

First Timothy presents the most explicit and complete instructions for church leadership and organization in the entire Bible.

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people." 1 Timothy 2:5-6

2 Timothy:

The second letter to Timothy offers a picture of Paul at the end of his ministry, just before his death. Certain personal details in the letter reveal a man settling his accounts and preparing for the inevitable.

"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." 2 Timothy 4:3

Titus:

Three summaries of the incarnation dot the pages of Titus, providing a framework within which the Christian can view the work of God in the world and in individual lives.

"Remind the people to be subject to ruler and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone." Titus 3:1-2

Philemon:

Paul’s message to Philemon was a simple one: based on the work of love and forgiveness that had been wrought in Philemon’s heart by God, show the same to the escaped and now-believing slave Onesimus.

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What a great 12th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer these questions below to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • After Stephen is stoned, the church is persecuted. (Acts 8:1) Is there any upside to this tragedy?
  • What are other examples from your New Testament reading where adversity leads to comparable consequences?
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For Week 13 we will finish the Bible. Woo Hoo!!

This Week's Reading:

Day 85: November 24:    Hebrews 1:1- James 3:12
Day 86: November 25:    James 3:13- 3 John 14
Day 87: November 26:    Jude 1- Revelation 17:18
Day 88: November 27:    Revelation 18:1- Revelation 22:21


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hand Me Down Princess by Carol Moncado

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hand Me Down Princess
CANDID Publications (August 31, 2015)
by
Carol Moncado

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Prince Malachi Van Renssalaer of Mevendia is getting married. The problem? He’s never even met his bride. His father arranged everything, right down to the marriage contract. Malachi swears to himself that he will be nothing like his father in the ways that count - including his fidelity to his wife.

Jessabelle Keller would happily spend her entire life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, her father is committed to seeing that king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her so she would be taken care of for life.

No sooner than Prince Malachi and Jessabelle return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with both private trauma and the very public drama of groundless accusations from the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they’ve ever held dear.

Secrets have a funny way of coming out and this one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle no matter what it takes, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hand Me Down Princess, go HERE.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 71-77


Finished up the 11th week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
11 more days!!

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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 Haven't started reading yet? No problem... You can start right now by going to the GETTING STARTED Link below... If you have already started your Bible in 90 Days journey I would love to have you join me. You can find your place and follow along right where you are at the following links:

GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

It's never too late to start reading.. Today could be your day...

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We embarked on the New Testament this week reading Matthew, Mark. Luke, John and part of Acts..

Did you see any similarities or differences in the books regarding the resurrection of Jesus? In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Who went to the tomb? What did they see there? What were they told to do? Whom did they tell?

Who went to the tomb?

The four books discuss 7 different people going to the tomb. Mary Magdalene is the only person that was stated in all four books. The 'other' Mary, Mary, mother of James, Salome, Joanna, Peter and The Disciple Jesus Loved were all mentioned in one or more than one book.

What did they see there?

All saw no body of Jesus. In Matthew they saw guards, and a violent earthquake, angel of the Lord rolls back stone and sits on it. In Mark, the stone was already rolled away and a young man in white robe was there. In Luke, the stone was rolled away there too as well as two men in gleaming clothes standing there. In John, the stone was rolled away as well, and Peter and John saw the strips of linen and burial cloth in the tomb. They saw two angels in white seated where Jesus had been.

What were they told to do?

In Matthew they were told to look at the place where Jesus had been and to tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee. In Mark, they were also told to look at the place where Jesus had been and to tell the disciples and Peter to meet him in Galilee.  In John, Jesus tells Mary: "Don't hold me. Tell my brothers I am returning to our Father and your Father."

Who did they tell?

In Matthew and Mark they told no one. In Luke, they told the Eleven and all the others. In John, the 1st encounter was Simon Peter and the other disciple. The 2nd encounter was the disciples.

Being able to read the Bible in a short period of time you can see the differences and the similarities in the stories in these four books.. It really makes the life of Jesus come alive.

BOOK OF MARK:

The Book of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. This book focuses on the ministry of Jesus starting with the baptism by John the Baptist to the resurrection of Jesus.

John is speaking here about the coming of Jesus "And this was his message: 'After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Mark 1:7-8

"What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come- sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." Mark 7:20-23

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" Mark 8:34b-36

BOOK OF LUKE

Luke traveled as a missionary with the Apostle Paul. He is also the author of Acts. In this book, there is an orderly account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

"As and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:9-10

"I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." Luke 12:8-10

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Luke 12:34

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Luke 16:13


BOOK OF JOHN

John did not include the nativity story in his gospel; instead, he introduced his book by going back even further into history. Invoking the “in the beginning” language of Genesis 1:1. While the other three gospels portray Jesus as the King, the Servant, and the Son of Man, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God. John stated his theme more clearly than any of the other gospel writers. He wrote so that his readers might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that they may have life in His name.

"Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.' John 3:3

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33


BOOK OF ACTS

This book described the coming of the Holy Spirit after the death of Jesus. The forming, and persecution of the early church and the conversion and ministry of Paul including the spreading of Christianity.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12

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What a great 11th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer these questions below to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • What does Matthew 9:29-30 suggest about the benefits of faith? Does one's degree of faith seem to be important?
  • What does Matthew 17:19-20 tell us about faith?
  • Has Peter's faith changed by the time he addresses a crowd of Jews in Acts 2:22-24?
  • Can you think of some individuals in the Gospels who demonstrated greater faith than Peter?
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For Week 12 (our last full week of reading) we will finish the book of Acts and then read Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

This Week's Reading:

Day 78: November 17:    Acts 6:8- Acts 16:37
Day 79: November 18:    Acts 16:38-Acts 28:16
Day 80: November 19:    Acts 28:17-Romans 14:23
Day 81: November 20:    Romans 15:1- 1 Corinthians 14:40
Day 82: November 21:    1 Corinthians 15:1- Galatians 3:25
Day 83: November 22:    Galatians 3:26- Colossians 4:18
Day 84: November 23:    1 Thessalonians 1:1- Philemon 25

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 64-70


Finished up the tenth week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
Can you believe we reading the New Testament.. YEAH..

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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 Haven't started reading yet? No problem... You can start right now by going to the GETTING STARTED Link below... If you have already started your Bible in 90 Days journey I would love to have you join me. You can find your place and follow along right where you are at the following links:

GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

It's never too late to start reading.. Today could be your day...

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This week's reading was finishing up the Old Testament and starting on the book of Matthew in the New Testament. We read a lot of small one to two page books in the Old Testament.. Including Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi..

This week we finished the book of Daniel and then read the 12 books of the minor prophets which finished out the Old Testament. We covered a lot of books in just one week.. The twelve books of the minor prophets were all found on one scroll and are about the length of an average book in the Bible put together.

Book of Daniel:
Named after its writer, Daniel’s book is a product of his time in Babylon as a Jewish exile from Israel. Daniel recorded his experiences and prophecies for the Jewish exiles during his time in the Babylonian capital, where his service to the king gave him privileged access to the highest levels of society. His faithful service to the Lord in a land and culture not his own makes him unique among almost all the people of Scripture—Daniel stands as one of the only major figures in the Bible to produce a completely positive record of his actions.

Daniel 9:14 "The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him."

Book of Hosea:
More than any other prophet, Hosea linked his message closely with his personal life. By marrying a woman he knew would eventually betray his trust and by giving his children names that sent messages of judgment on Israel, Hosea’s prophetic word flowed out of the life of his family.

Hosea 6:6 "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."

Book of Joel:
Joel was able to speak into the lives of his listeners and imprint the message of judgment into their minds, like a brand sears the flesh of an animal.

Joel 2:28-32 "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved..." (underlined by me)

Book of Amos:
More than almost any other book of Scripture, the book of Amos holds God’s people accountable for their ill-treatment of others. It repeatedly points out the failure of the people to fully embrace God’s idea of justice.

Amos 5:14-15 "Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts."

Book of Obadiah:
The shortest book of the Old Testament. The majority of the book pronounces judgment on the foreign nation of Edom, making Obadiah one of only three prophets who pronounced judgment primarily on other nations.

Obadiah 1:15 "The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head."

Book of Jonah:
Jonah was one of only four writing prophets that Jesus mentioned by name during His earthly ministry. When the call of God came to him, Jonah could not see beyond his own selfish desire for God to punish the Assyrians. How could God want him to take a message of mercy to such people? Before Jonah could relay God’s message, he had to be broken. He had to learn something about the mercy of the Lord.

Jonah 4:2b "I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."

Book of Micah:
Much of Micah’s book revolves around two significant predictions: one of judgment on Israel and Judah, the other of the restoration of God’s people in the millennial kingdom.

Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Book of Nahum:
Nahum’s focus on the impending judgment of Nineveh offers a continuation of the story that began in Jonah. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to preach repentance and hope to the Assyrian people.

Nahum 1:3 "The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished."

Book of Habakkuk:
Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in all of Scripture, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God.

Habakkuk 2:4 "See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright- but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness-"

Book of Zephaniah:
This book mentions the day of the Lord more than does any other book in the Old Testament, clarifying the picture of Judah’s fall to Babylon and the eventual judgment and restoration of all humanity in the future.

Zephaniah 3:9 "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder."

Book of Haggai:
Haggai remains largely unique among the books of Old Testament prophets for one key reason: the people of Judah listened! Haggai had an important message for the Jews who had recently returned from exile. They had forgotten their God, choosing instead to focus on their own interests.

Haggai 1:7 "This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways."

Book of Zechariah:
Like many of the prophets, Zechariah saw isolated snapshots of the future; therefore, certain events that seem to occur one right after the other in Zechariah’s prophecy actually often have generations or even millennia between them.

Zechariah 14:9 "The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name."

Book of Malachi:
Malachi’s unique position as the final book of the Old Testament offers a glimpse into the hearts of Israelite people, those that had been specially chosen by God, descendants of Abraham, and inheritors of the rich tradition of the Jewish people.

Malachi 3:7 "Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the Lord Almighty."

Book of Matthew:
Matthew wrote his account of Jesus’s ministry to show that Jesus was and is indeed the King, Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

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What a great 10th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer this question below to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • After finishing the Old Testament and just getting started on the New Testament, what are some of the differences between the two that you've noticed already from the reading?
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For Week 11 we will finish the book of Matthew and work through Mark, Luke, John and Acts.

This Week's Reading:

Day 71: November 10:    Matthew 26:57- Mark 9:13
Day 72: November 11:    Mark 9:14- Luke 1:80
Day 73: November 12:    Luke 2:1- Luke 9:62
Day 74: November 13:    Luke 10:1- Luke 20:19
Day 75: November 14:    Luke 20:20- John 5:47
Day 76: November 15:    John 6:1- John 15:17
Day 77: November 16:    John 15:18- Acts 6:7

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert

A Reason to Stay #3  -     By: Kellie Coates Gilbert

A Reason to Stay
by Kellie Coates Gilbert

About This Book:

Faith Marin is a television news host who works to uncover the truth in her job, yet she has so much to hide in the past of her personal life.  Her husband Gary is a happy-go-lucky pro bass fisherman and family man.  His side of the family is constantly meddling.  Faith and Gary’s marriage hits a wall when their differences begin to break them apart.  Is divorce the only answer?  What happens when tragedy strikes?  Can she bear to lose him?

My Thoughts on This Book:
This story springs forth an emotional rollercoaster. Gripping from the first chapter, you follow the history of Faith Marin as a reporter who ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time and tragedy strikes her personally. Before this she is deciding on if divorce is the answer to her marriage.

The author brings you on a journey of forgiveness and rediscover. You will not want to put this book down until the end. Very well written.. Love reading Kellie's stories.. This is the 3rd in her Texas Gold Series. You won't want to miss the first two either...

About the Author:
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 57-63


Finished up the ninth week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
Can you believe we only have only 4 more days until we say goodbye to the Old Testament and hello to the New Testament.. Isn't that exciting...

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

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This week's reading was finished up Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and started on Daniel..

The Book of Lamentations is a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem. This book doesn't actually identify its author. The tradition is that the Prophet Jeremiah wrote Lamentations. This view is highly likely considering the author was a witness of the Babylonians destroying Jerusalem. The Book was likely written between 586 and 575 B.C., during or soon after Jerusalem’s fall. The purpose of this book  was a result of Judah’s continued and unrepentant idolatry, God allowed the Babylonians to besiege, plunder, burn, and destroy the city of Jerusalem. Solomon’s Temple, which had stood for approximately 400 years, was burned to the ground. The Book of Lamentations is divided into five chapters. Each chapter represents a separate poem.

Lamentations 3:22-26 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness: I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

Lamentations 3:39-42 "Why should the living complain when punished for their sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hears and our hands to God in heaven, and say: We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven."  Verse 44 "You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through."


The Book of Ezekiel has the most logical arrangement of any of the prophetic books. It contains three sections, each of which addresses a different subject matter. Chapters 1–24 concern the fall of Jerusalem. Chapters 25–39 contain a series of oracles addressed to foreign nations, concluding with a section in which the future of Israel is contrasted with that of the foreign nations. The third section, Chapters 40–48, presents a plan for rebuilding the Temple and reorganizing the restored state of Israel.

Ezekiel 7:2-4 "The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you."

Ezekiel 18:4b "The one who sins is the one who will die"

Ezekiel 18: 30b-31 "Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit."

Ezekiel 33: 11 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live."

Chapter 1 describes the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Chapters 2-4 record Nebuchadnezzar having a dream that only Daniel could correctly interpret. In Chapter 5, it records Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar misusing the items taken from the Temple in Jerusalem and receiving a message from God, written into the wall, in response. Only Daniel could interpret the writing, a message of coming judgment from God. Daniel is thrown into the lions’ den for refusing to pray to the emperor, but was miraculously spared. In chapter 7, God gave Daniel a vision of four beasts.

Daniel 2:27 "The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.

Daniel 3:16-18 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up."

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What a great 9th week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer some or all these questions to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • What periods are described in Isaiah, and who was the original audience?
  • What is the main theme or message of the book of Isaiah?
  • What period is described in Jeremiah, and who was the original audience?
  • What is a major theme of the book of Jeremiah?
  • What period is described in Ezekiel, and who was the original audience?
  • What is the major theme of the book of Ezekiel?
  • What period is described in Daniel, and who was the original audience?
  • What does Daniel 2:20-21 tell us about God's presence in the world?
  • What is a major theme of the book of Daniel?
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For Week 10 we will finish the book of Daniel, then work through Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi and finish the week off about half way through the book of Matthew.

This Week's Reading:

Day 64: November 3:    Daniel 9:1- Hosea 13:6
Day 65: November 4:    Hosea 13:7- Amos 9:10
Day 66: November 5:    Amos 9:11- Nahum 3:19
Day 67: November 6:    Habakkuk 1:1- Zechariah  10:12
Day 68: November 7:    Zechariah 11:1- Matthew 4:25
Day 69: November 8:    Matthew 5:1- Matthew 15:39
Day 70: November 9:    Matthew16:1- Matthew 26:56

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Monday, November 2, 2015

The Thornbearer by Pepper Basham

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Thornbearer
Vinspire Publishing, LLC (May 7, 2015)
by
Pepper Basham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, and has already garnered its first award with Readers’ Favorites International Awards. Pepper’s second and third books in the series arrive in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in April.




ABOUT THE BOOK

From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father's intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed - who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn't traveling alone. Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend's mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh's sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend's former fiancé and his own childhood companion. As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship. When the truth of Ashleigh's past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough - or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bible in 90 Days in Review- Days 50-56


Finished up the eighth week of Bible in 90 Days.. We are getting closer to the finish line....
Can you believe we only have only 4 1/2 weeks left.. Isn't that exciting...

How did your reading go?
Did you give yourself time each day to read, or did you get behind?

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GETTING STARTED
Days 1-7 Review
Days 8-14 Review
Days 15-21 Review

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This week's reading was finishing up Isaiah and working through most of Jeremiah...

Isaiah is called "The Book of Salvation." The name Isaiah means "the salvation of the Lord" or "the Lord is salvation." Isaiah is the first book containing the writings of the prophets of the Bible. Isaiah's words were primarily directed to the nation of Judah and the people of Jerusalem. The first 39 books of Isaiah contain very strong messages of judgment against Judah and a call to repentance and holiness. The people exhibited an outward form of godliness, but their hearts had become corrupted. God warned them through Isaiah, to come clean and purify themselves, but they ignored his message. Isaiah predicted the demise and captivity of Judah, yet comforted them with this hope: God has promised to provide a Redeemer.

As we complete the book of Isaiah I'd like to share some scripture that stood out to me in this week's reading...

Speaking of the coming of Jesus, Isaiah 16:5 "In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it- one from the house of David- one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness."

"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:4

"Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down." Isaiah 29:19-20

"The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom." Isaiah 40:28

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more." Isaiah 43:25

"I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it." Isaiah 44:6-7

Isaiah 59:1-2 "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."

Book of Jeremiah:

The life of Jeremiah was one of sorrow upon sorrow. His people whom he loved and with whom he pleaded unceasingly for fifty years continually refused to hear him, rewarded his labor with rejection and persecution, and eventually perished as the result.

Jeremiah was the prophet of  doom. He called Judah to repent. They refused. He then foretold their destruction. Israel was to be so destroyed as a nation that they could never be made whole again.

Jeremiah was also the messenger of hope. He preached that Israel should place their trust in the Lord. Jeremiah also prophesied salvation in Christ.

Verses that stood out to me in the book of Jeremiah:

"Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declared the Sovereign Lord." Jeremiah 2:22

Jeremiah 6:10 "To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it."

Jeremiah 17:5 "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord."

"The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior." Jeremiah 23:5-6

We leave off this week's reading in the book of Jeremiah. We will work through Lamentations, Ezekiel and some of Daniel.

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What a great eighth week of reading. A lot to take in and understand..

Answer some or all these questions to help you along the way. Comment below or join in on my Facebook page HERE where I post information regarding the Bible in 90 Days reading...

  • Use a word or phrase that captures Jeremiah's description of godly people in the following verses:
7:23
9:24
22:!6
24:7
29:11

  • What attributes of God are found in the following passes from Jeremiah?

27:4-6
31:1-4
31:34b
32:40

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For Week 9 we will be finishing reading Jeremiah and working through Lamentations, Ezekiel and part of Daniel.

This Week's Reading:

Day 57: October 27:    Jeremiah 33:23-Jeremiah 47:7
Day 58: October 28:    Jeremiah 48:1-Lamentations 1:22
Day 59: October 29:    Lamentations 2:1-Ezekiel 12:20
Day 60: October 30     Ezekiel 12:21-Ezekiel 23:39
Day 61: October 31:    Ezekiel 23:40-Ezekiel 35:15
Day 62: November 1:  Ezekiel 36:1- Ezekiel 47:12
Day 63: November 2:  Ezekiel 36:1- Daniel 8:27

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