Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dig Deeper! Words from a 5 year old!

Last night my 5 year old brings me a book on different kinds of trucks. It is a basic toddler book without alot of words. He said, "Tonight we are going to DIG DEEPER and read more than just the words! You are supposed to think about the words, look at the pictures, and dig deeper into the book." He has no idea what his words really mean. YES we are suppose to dig deeper into life and God's Word! I told him that he was very smart. We are supposed to do that to God's word. When we read the Bible, we are to Dig Deeper into what we are reading and find out what those words mean to us and how we live. I love how he opened up that conversation with just he words - DIG DEEPER!

So today try to Dig Deeper into life and into what God has planned for us! Grab God's Words and try to DIG DEEPER!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our biggest enemy is sometime ourselves…

The enemy sometimes just uses our weakness to get us. Just like on the ninja turtle cartoon on the other day, each turtle was fighting their worst fear when in actuality there wasn’t anything there. How many times in life are we our worst enemy? I think it is when we let ourselves become super stressed is when the enemy says “let’s get her! Let’s use her weaknesses against her!” How many times do we let the devil throw issues at us in our mind that really aren’t there! We let him mentally tear us down. We let doubt creep in over issues that really aren’t there for us to fight.
There are times I feel people are just against me and my flesh wants me to stop and complain against them. I caught myself wanting to do that last week. Then I thought, let’s keep my words and thoughts positive and keep doing what I know that I need to do. In the end, I don’t think they were against me but just a test that I had to endure. Sometimes these are the hardest things is when we are up against people that are maybe not the friendliest, but we have to show them our Christ like attitude. Or should I say we need to.
There are times the enemy will sit there, if we let him, and put things in our mind that will bring us down… let us feel like we are all alone, when actually God is always there for us. Take one Wednesday night I was very upset and wanted to be by myself, so I walk in, sit in the back, and I notice not one person spoke to me the entire night – except my sweet niece. Take it that I wanted to be by myself, but then the enemy says – you see no one even spoke to you! Why did you even go? They wouldn’t had missed you. I have to step back and see what is happening or I could sit and let myself get depressed.
How often does God let us become to tested so he can see if we have learned our lesson? How often do we let ourselves be tested and actually see and learn from it? How often do we see we fail and try to be on guard for the next test? Let’s try to realize our battles and only fight the ones that are meant for us to fight and not let Satan put extra battles in our way that we don’t even have to fight! Let’s have faith and don’t doubt!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Star for Jesus board book

By Crystal Bowman This is a cute thin board book with the edge of the book cut out around most of the star. It will introduce your children to the star of Jesus, and how that star shines brighter than the others, how it led the wisemen to Jesus, and how they can remember Jesus when they see a star. The words are simple and cute. The pictures are well illustrated. The only questionable page is the wisemen bringing gifts to Jesus, but he isn’t a baby Jesus. It is a toddler boy outside playing. This one picture through the book off for me, because we are taught that the Wise Men brought gifts to the baby child. I think because of the picture, I wouldn’t race out to buy it for a gift for other children. I wouldn’t want to confuse them. My children enjoyed the book and wanted me to read it again. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas A Story of Christmas Giving

By Dandi Daley Mackall
This is a cute Christmas book. It takes you back in the 60/70s or so with a young boy going shopping with his father. He is only thinking of himself until he hears the store Santa telling of the Legend of St. Nicholas. I love how the story ties into Nicholas' parents taking him to the Holy Land to learn of Jesus' birth. Then after he is left with a lot of money and trying to find his purpose in life, he decides to secretly bless his friends on the best day ever, the birthday of Jesus. His friends think it is truely a blessing from God. Also in the story, when he can't find his way, he prays and God shows him the direction. I love these little lessons that we can teach our children. The pictures are great and realistic. It is set way back in the years that one of his friends talk about how her sisters can't marry because her parents don't have money to pay their dowries. This is something I don't think a young person can understand. I change it up and say they can't afford the wedding. At the end of the story, the boy is ready to go buy gifts for his family and friends and has found the real reason for Christmas - blessing others! My 5year old has wanted me to read this book every night for a week. I would reccomend this Christmas book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The Skinnytaste Cookbook : Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

Author: Gina Homolka ~I got this never knowing anything about Gina’s blog skinnytaste. I went to the site and found out how popular her recipes are. I love the fact they are all natural and most of the ingredients sound normal and easy obtainable. I have seen some in other cookbooks that I need to go look up on a google search. She is a big fan of real garlic. This I know I have a garlic press somewhere around the house, and I plan on going to buy some real ingredients. I am really looking forward to trying the marinara sauce and enchilada sauce. The soups had a lot of choices. And who doesn’t want to try a healthy way to eat shrimp & grits and gumbo. It is a good size for a cookbook, not too bulky and not oddly shaped. I love how it has pictures of almost every recipe. It has a paper cover, but the real hard back cover is just as cute as the cover (different pictures). This is really a good cookbook for anyone that likes gluten free – all natural ingredients. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this honest review.