Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Not Just A Hearer But a Doer - Volume 1

Are you wanting to draw closer to the Lord? Do you want to be more than just a be a doer of God's Word? This book by Yolanda Shanks called Not Just a Hearer But a Doer, Volume 1, Deliberately Living Life devotional study, will help you become a doer. 

I like the by-line, deliberately living life. I personally don't want to just drift from day to day. I want to be intentional in what I do/say. How about you? Do you feel the same? Yolanda Shanks has developed a Bible study that lasts for 31 days. It is short, so perfect for a busy mom like me. She explains each verse to help us in our daily living for God. 

The Bible verses she has listed is in the King James version. I don't like reading it in that version, so I always have my version close by or use my iPod with Biblegateway.

This is how each day is set up. First there's a little introduction, sometimes from Yolanda's life, other times she asks a question to make us think about our life. Then there's the observation which is a Bible verse. Then she explains about this verse in the section called background. Then there's the interpretation and application. A good Bible study should have an application so we can put what we have read into practice. There's even a place to personalize the Bible text for that day. Take the time to really focus on each day's devotional. Truly think, pray, see, and do what it says.

This Bible study brings your thoughts to Jesus. To grow to become more like Him. That has been my prayer for many become more like Jesus. Is it your prayer too? Study your Bible, put it into action; do what it says and not just read/listen. "Go and do likewise," says Jesus in Luke 10:37b.

I received this book for free from the publisher through the book review program in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Good Morning Girls - Why Easter Matters

So far this week has been especially good that I want to share my SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). I use Biblegateway to look up my verses in different Bible versions and also use the Matthew Henry Commentary.
Week 2, Day 2

Read: Romans 5:6-9

Scripture: Romans 5:7-8 New American Standard Version

"For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Observation: Who would die in the place of another? Maybe for a good, kind man someone might but not very many would chose to do that. Amazing thing is - Jesus did. He died for us while we were still sinners because He loves us soooo much.

Application: I am continually amazed that Jesus would die on the cross for me, a sinner. His love compels me to love Him back. To live my life for Him.

Prayer: Let my life be pleasing to You Lord. Thank You Jesus for loving me first.


Good Morning Girls - Why Easter Matters

Last week I started a new Good Morning Girl study called Why Easter Matters? It is now on YouVersion if you'd like to check it out or go to the Good Morning Girls website. I love their free studies. It helps me dig into God's Word more and draw closer to Jesus. This day really touched me and made me appreciate what Jesus has done on the cross. Read all of Isaiah 53 - Jesus loves us so much that He went through awful things so that we could be set free.
Week 2, Day 1

Read: Isaiah 53

Scripture - Isaiah 53: 4-6 New American Standard Version

"Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him

Observation - Jesus bore ALL of our griefs and sorrows. He was wounded for OUR transgressions, guilt, iniquities. He was chastised for OUR well-being and by His wounds WE ARE healed. We are like sheep who has gone astray and gone our own way and Jesus paid the ultimate price for us because of His great love for us.

Application - Reading these verses again makes me appreciate once again what Jesus has done for me. I get tears thinking about this. It makes me fall down of my knees and thank Him for His love that He has for me. To rededicate my life to be used by Him to bring Him glory.

Prayer - Thank You Jesus! I give myself to You once again. Let my life bring You glory and honor that You deserve.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lent & Easter

My family don't observe Lent so I usually forget about it until someone mentions something about this time.

I did want to share you some resources for those who do observe Lent which starts tomorrow, March 5, 2014. has some devotionals that you can chose from. This would help you focus your mind and heart toward Jesus and what He has done for us. To renew your commitment to Him , ask for forgiveness and so much more. Why don't you spend some time during this Lent/Easter season getting to know Him better?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Book Review: One God One Plan One Life - A 365 Devotional


My first thought when I received this book was, " Wow! This is a nice devotional book." What makes it amazing? It is a hard cover book. Sturdy. Even has a book mark ribbon included. 

One God One Plan One Life by Max Lucado is geared toward teenagers and maybe even tweens. It's a 365 devotional book. It has awesome colors, lime green pages and orange on the insides of the hard covers. The title of this book is raised up a bit. I am impressed with just the way it looks. 

Max Lucado is a popular author who has written many books. I enjoy his devotional books and others that he has written. One of my favorite authors. 

These are daily devotions that start on January 1st. Most of the Bible verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible. When it's from a different version, it is noted after the Scripture address. Each day has a Bible verse written above the title of the day's post. Then there's the title, a short devotional and a section that's called One More Thought.

Here's an example of this devotional from January 1st. Bible verse is " Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." [Matthew 22:37 NCV]
Title is: The Purpose of Life
(First paragraph)"Dig deep enough in every heart and you'll find it: a longing for meaning, a quest for purpose. As surely as a child breathes, he will someday wonder, What is the purpose of my life?"
(Last paragraph) "Shouldn't we face the truth instead? Our purpose is to love God. Nothing else will satisfy."
One More Thought: "Your life is so confusing. There's so much to figure out. What to study? What are you good at? Why are you here? There is One who has the answers you seek, who knows your future. One God. One plan. One life. Love Him, and everything else will fall into place."

As my daughter is nearing the teenage years, this is one devotional book that I will be giving to her. Written in an easy to understand way, I would recommend that you check this book out for your teen/tween in your life.

I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program in return for my honest review.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Praying For Boys: Asking God For The Things They Need Most

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Are you a mom of boys? Or maybe a grandparent or dad? Do you want to know how to pray better for them? This book is a much needed resource on your book shelf.

I have read Brooke's pdf called Warrior Prayers - Praying the Word for Boys. I love her writing style. Conversational which makes it feel like she's right there with you sharing her heart. She is transparent with her struggles and successes. I like it when authors are real when writing about their own lives.

Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most by Brooke McGlothlin is about praying for the boys in your life, praying specifically for what they they need the most. Some portions of this book come from Warrior Prayers that she wrote back in 2011.

The first part of the book is written for the parent. First it's about Boys Are a Battle Zone. "Our boys need faithful Christian parents now more than ever, and we're failing them. But it doesn't have to be that way. We can choose to rejoin the war for the hearts of our" Brooke then continues on with the importance of prayer and why it's so important. Also writes about those who are parenting alone, whether as a single mom/day or as a spiritually single parent (they are married but other spouse is not a believer).

She has a section describing how to use this book. Practical ways such as getting a small group together and doing this study. Brooke encourages you and reminds you that "God is for you" 

The next part is what boys need the most. There are 21 areas that she goes through. For example the first one is heart change. A Bible verse from Ezekiel 36:26-27 is listed first. It says: 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. There's a short encouraging post, prayers for heart change, and some discussion questions. 

At the end of the book she has suggestions on how to lead a small group. Great ideas to have in your parenting toolbox. 

Here's an excerpt from this book: Download PDF.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Good Morning

I haven't written a personal note for a while so here I am sitting in front of my laptop composing this post.
It is windy outside, cold, and enough snow on the ground. Looking forward to Spring and its warmer weather.

I was thinking about what to do with this blog. Now that the kids are older, I don't write much about homeschooling anymore. We're not doing a lot of fun activities like before. I think that's why I'm not really motivated to write about homeschooling now. It's a struggle. I often wish that there were other options besides public school around here. But there isn't any without driving an hour away. So here I am homeschooling because I think it's our only option. Especially with this stupid Common Core stuff or bullying, etc...So for our family homeschooling is our only option and also the best option for us.
You may decide differently for your family and that's ok. I like that we have school choice; some areas with more choices than others though.

I've been writing numerous book reviews. I like reading and getting free books. But I noticed that I have to be more picky about which books to review. I had a big pile-up of review books and feel bad when I can't get to them within the time frame that they would like. I'm slowly getting another back-log so I better start writing.

Also God's been putting it on my heart to write His words. What that exactly means, I do not know. That's why I felt led to join Bubblews. Getting paid and writing and sharing God's words. I'm not the best writer in the world but there's worst ones out there. I have wanted to start some topical Bible verse studies for a few years now. So I think I'll be writing them down here on this blog. This will consist of specific and relevant Bible verses for the topic I wish to look up. That's it. I may insert a comment or two but I'm going to let God's word speak for itself and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and life.

I think I will still write some about homeschooling, about what we are doing. I'll try for a monthly overview. It's good to read about other people's homeschooling journeys, especially as I get to the upper grades. I like to know what you are using that you like and why. How you are incorporating it into your day. Stuff like that.

I'll keep writing book reviews. I'll also share from God's word or maybe some devotionals that I have read that speak to my heart. I'll make changes to the layout and links that I have. I'm also on Pinterest and there is where I keep my recipes and some craft ideas.

I hope that you'll keep following me and feel free to follow if you are not yet following. Thank you for reading and God bless.