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GOD GAVE US LOVE by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by Laura J. Bryant

This is a sweet little story about the meaning of love. Grandpa bear is showing his little granddaughter just how big God's love is. As she gets frustrated with those around her, Grandpa teaches her that we should love like Jesus and how Jesus gave the greatest gift of all for everyone big and small. This is such a gift to share with your child and one that can also awaken our hearts to what love really is. Grandpa shares that love ties us all together like the strings on their snowshoes, heart to heart. A wonderful lesson brought out in a beautifully colored book that will open your childs heart to God's amazing love. This book was a gift to me by Multnoma WaterBrook Press for its review.Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Love follows in Lisa’s classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She lives in…

GOD GAVE US CHRISTMAS by Lisa Tawn Bergren and art by David Hohn

Do you love reading to your children? Do you love Christmas stories that not only are entertaining, but teaching to our children what Christmas is really all about? Here is a beautiful story of a family who is showing their children what Christmas is all about. As Momma bear and Papa bear show their children that God is everywhere, even in the places we least expect Him, He shows Himself in many different ways through the beauty of the world. If you are tired of Christmas stories that only point to Santa, this beautifully colored story is just what you and your little ones will enjoy sharing together night after night. This story takes us to the Northern Lights, down a mountain slope, to a beautiful little flower, showing that God is indeed everywhere. You can kiss your little ones goodnight and send them off with sweet dreams after reading God Gave Us Christmas.Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She wr…

TREASURED by Leigh McLeroy

This is a delightful treasure in itself. Leigh has placed small treasures for us to read that are rich blessings. She shows us how the little details, the small treasures of those left behind tell overlooked surprises. She is able to bring her treasures to light, mixed with valuable treasures of the bible. It is those little things that often tell the legacy of another. I enjoyed reading Leigh McLeroy's Treasured. It makes us think about what we too might leave behind in a treasure box to tell a special story of a moment in time. This is a grab a cup of warm tea, wrap up and snuggle in a warm blanket book that will intrigue your mind and stir your heart. This book was a gift to me by Multnomah WaterBrook Press for its review.Leigh McLeroy is the author of The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary. An avid collector and recorder of everyday moments, words, and wonders, Leigh’s keen eye for God’s presence in ordinary life infuses her writing and living with a deep, insistent joy. A…

JESUS LIVES by Sarah Young

When I picked up this little treasure I knew I was in for a treat. Jesus Lives written by Sarah Young is written just as if Jesus were speaking to you and I. If you are looking to strengthen your faith, to increase your wisdom or you need a daily devotional to keep you focused on Christ, this sweet little book is for you. Each page is filled with lessons from God's word, from peace, joy, sorrow, trials, grace, hope, fear, protection, renewing your mind and overcoming temptations, to weakness, worry, worship and many more. With each one of these that we face daily there is a nugget of information to take away and think upon throughout the day. There are scripture verses to strengthen you as you are facing a trial, to lift you up as you are facing adversity, and to calm you when your fears are overwheming you. I have to say I love this little book. It is small enough to take with you anywhere, to pull out when you need a reminder of God's amazing power. To keep just for yourself…

anger is spoken with an arrrr...

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:31-32 Can anger be spoken with words of love? No, anger brings out the worst in each person. Nothing good comes from anger, for all that the Lord has given us, what do we really have to be angry about? We are angry when things don't go our way, when others do not accept us, when our opinion differs from another, but in all that where is the love of Christ shining through? It cannot shine through when we are caught up in ourselves and our wishes. Just because something has not gone our way, maybe the Lord has another way that is better, we just have to open our eyes to His way. Just because one door has closed doesn't mean another will not open and be even better than before. Anger is selfish, and when we are filled with anger the Lord cannot move through us…

can we move a little faster?

When we are in a moment in time we either want it to last forever or we want it to speed up. Just as when we are sitting in a great movie, watching each moment, living each part we want to stay right there forever in the beauty of the moment. Now, if it is a scary movie, we might want it to hurry up and get past that part, not wanting to see it we close our eyes, hold our ears and wait until we can open them again to a new scene. Life is no different. We want to hurry through the hard parts and stay forever in the sweet ones. We cannot change time, we cannot make it move faster and we cannot slow it down. God is the Father of time and all things happen in His timing not ours. We have those situations when we are praying ceasingly, we are asking for a miracle, we are asking for more time, we are asking God to interviene on our behalf, and it seems as though time is standing still as we are waiting for those prayers to be answered. I know when I am in the midst of a migraine, the pain i…

Johnny Raincloud

Yesterday was not the best of days I have had, but through my fear came my stress, my tears and I was Johnny Raincloud, unable to see the sunshine through the clouds. I believe I was my own little cloud, for we may not be able to change each situation,but we have the power of the Lord to overcome anything. There is no storm bigger than He that He cannot calm. He may calm the storm, or He may choose to calm me in the storm. When it rains, oh how it seems to pour. You know those days, those days where the tears are right there on the breaking point, just one more word, one more thought, the tears are going to fall and never stop. Do we really get anywhere being Johnny Raincloud? Through each storm, through each hard rain, there is a beautiful bright rainbow. It didn't just get there by chance, it doesn't come everyday, it must rain first before the beauty shines through. Even though we may not see it now in the midst of a rain, but there is beauty in the rain too. For the rain w…

sweep it under the rug?

Have you ever had the feeling there was an elephant in the room? Maybe you were walking on egg shells? So many times we put on face, we try to move forward pretending all that is there isn't. We smile, we hug, but between those is the biggest fear of letting go. We try so hard to sweep things under the rug, we sweep and we sweep, but pretty soon, we trip right over the rug that has been hiding all that is so real. We cannot move forward and pretend there is not pain there. To bring healing we must face the elephant in the room. We have to let go of our fear to have peace. There cannot be peace if we are still holding onto pain, anger and bitterness. Many things are misunderstandings, miscommunications, and those things left unspoken have a way of coming up out of the water and pulling you in. Not just in, but under, and into the deep where that riptide is trying to force you out further and further, but you can't escape until you find a new way out, calm down and release the f…

what an awesome gift we have

1 John 5:13 "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God." Do you see the gift we have here? It is nothing we have done, it is all Jesus. If we just believe in Him we may have eternal life. His grace and mercy are so good. What is it to believe? Is it just knowing there is a God? No, even satan knows there is a God. It is more than knowing Him, its trusting in Him, its walking with Him, it is giving up your life so He can live in you. It is having a relationship with Him,not just going through motions, but sharing a life with Him, making Him the focus of our life. There is nothing sweeter than spending time with Jesus, just me and Him talking, me listening to all He has to say, and as He fills me with His joy my life takes on a whole new meaning. I understand my life is just not my own, but it is His to live through me. Salvation …

finding His trust

Psalm 34:8 " Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him." The Lord is just speaking to me today, showing me everything I need to hear. I am one who is not always trusting, I spend time worrying, thinking about things that I cannot change. The more time I spend worrying the more time I am spending away from my Savior who is seeking my trust. There is no other to trust more, He is there and He knows each trouble we face, each trial, and even though we feel as though we are moving through a whirwind, He is standing still, standing firm, not moving. I seem to be the one who moves away from Him, trying to find another way, a better way, and there just isn't one. I want to taste all He has for me. I want His blessings He has hand crafted just for me, but to do that I must follow Him with all my heart, not just a piece, not just a sliver, but with my whole heart. He has so much to give us, not just His love, but His knowledge, His wisdom, and …

scavenger hunt

Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." You know one of the definisions of scavenger is a garbage collector, or a junk collector. I have gone on savenger hunts with my kids and they are alot of fun when you are looking for great little trinkets, little surprises along the way, with all the little hints to lead you right to them. In this verse, when I read it, I think of God going on a scavenger hunt in my mind, body and soul, looking for all the junk and garbage I have collected and am living in. I want Him to find it all, every last one, show me just where they are, what they are and give me the strength to overcome them and throw them out of my life, never letting them enter it again. We have a way of doing that don't we? We seem to collect so much stuff, stuff that we don't need that just takes up space of blessings that we could enjoy from G…

are ya singing?

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16 We are to lift one another up, teach one another, raise each other up in the name of Jesus. We are to sing with a happy heart, we are to sing songs of praise to His name. What a beautiful praise we can give to the Lord for all He does for us. I love to hear people sing with a melody from their heart. Singing is more than just letting the words come out, but it is letting His Spirit flow outward to reach others with an impact to lift them up, to touch their hearts, to bring joy to their soul. I should always be singing a tune for the Lord, my speech, my actions, my life should be a song worthy of His praise. But if I am to be honest, my life is not always a sweet melody. Instead of singing a wonderful tune, I can have my foot in my mouth within a matter of seconds. Why is it we …

baking pies

Baking pies and cakes is just so fun. All the time it takes to prepare, to mix, to bake, and then after all your hard work, after the effort you have given, you have created something beautiful. I have a lovely friend who enjoys any kind of cooking, I think she would bake all day if she had the time. The thing that makes her beautiful is that she does everything with her heart. When you sit down to dive into her homemade carrot cake, it just doesn't taste good, it is special because she put so much love into it. When we place our pies out for everyone to see, we get out the serving knife, and stand back with a proud feeling,not one of boasting, but one of I did this with love and with my hands for those I care so greatly about. It feels good to have blessed others with such love, such giving. It always takes much more time to prepare the pie than it does for it to be eaten in our home, but the smiles are all worth it. Shouldn't our walk be the same? We have to prepare by spend…

thankful

During this time of year many are thankful, and many find sadness. The holidays is a time of year that brings mixed feelings to so many. If we have all of our family and we share in a big celebration we find joy, but if we have suffered loss, if we are missing those we love so dearly, the holidays can be bittersweet. No matter where we are, or what we are doing, if we are with lots of family or just a few friends, we can find a blessed assurance in Jesus. We have so much to be thankful for just in Him alone. Things are so hard across our country right now, but it is often those hard times that bring us closer as families, and closer to Jesus. I remember being home with my parents as a child and feeling the sense of safety. My mom worked tirelessly cooking our favorites and making sure everything was just right, now as she is older and not in good health, she cannot cook as she once did. I miss that, I miss watching football with my dad. I remember getting so excited watching the parad…

Divorce

I learned how to spell this word when I was very young. My mom was a big Tammy Wynette fan, she sang this song all time, other than singing Loretta Lynn songs in the kitchen. I am not a child of divorce, but I know the pain of divorce, for I was in that situation when I was only 20. My marriage only lasted for about six months. The worst mistake of my life, one that I will carry with me my whole life. I'm not talking of the divorce but the marriage. Every little girl dreams of getting married, wearing a gown, having a party, going through all the motions, thinking life will be perfect. My mistake was that I got involved with the wrong man, one that I should not have been involved with that hurt me very much. We all learn from our mistakes, and some of those are so hard, not just on us, but those around us, those who love us. As I know the pain of divorce, I now see my children going through the same. It is heartbreaking to watch your children face such pain. We see it everywhere n…

GPS

As my husband began driving again, he bought himself a GPS unit for his truck. Although he hardly ever gets lost, this is a great tool for him. As he enters the big cities, as the roads take detours, this little device helps him to get right where he is going. Even speaks to him, gives him the road, the miles, and just where to turn. So now he without a doubt has no excuse to get lost. He has begun to love this little gadget so much he wants me to have one also. We have a GPS so we will never get lost, its God's word, the bible. Just as my husbands speaks to him, God also speaks to us, straight to our hearts. When we begin to get off track, when we lose our way, when we are not sure which road to travel, He is there to lead us, if we will just tune Him in and use the wisdom He has given us. So often we think we can find our way without asking for directions, and along the way we get off on one of those side roads that does not look too good, its dark, its raining, the roads are we…

material world

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 1 Timothy 6:6-7 When you have been brought up to have everything at your beck and call. When you have been daddies girl, and all you had to do was smile, contentment is not an easy thing to learn. We are living in a world that the more things we have the better people we are. The more things we have the more popular we are. The more we have the more we want. As my son hears others speak about Christmas he gets angry. He says, "Here are teenagers who all they have to talk about is what I am getting for Christmas. He says, "Its not about what you get but what you give." Christmas isn't about running up your credit card to buy gifts with money you do not have that will take you all year to pay for. Christmas is about Jesus Christ our Savior. Its not about Santa Claus, there is no such thing. When I was little I remember sitting o…

Attitude does not begin with a small "a"

I found myself in Sunday School, listening to our teacher, who is just a peach! She is the sweetest, most beautiful lady. She has such grace, and carries joy with her everywhere she goes. She is such a mercy, she knows just when something is wrong. As I sat there, she asked me,"Are you okay, have you had a migraine?" All I could do was nod my head yes. It had been a really hard week. The holidays are always hard now. I use to love this time of year, I could sing Christmas songs all day, but now the holidays just do not have the same sweetness as they did when all of our kids were here for the day. So as I try to keep going, there are those days where I gotta pull myself out of the pit, wipe away those tears and smile knowing God is good, and He blesses us daily. As Ms. Joy was teaching, she brought about the saying,"There is no little "a" in attitude." She is so right. Our days are all about our attitudes towards people, towards our family, and every task…

first love

When was your first love? When was it that you thought you couldn't live without that young man? For me I thought I fell in love when I was only 15. At 15 do we really know what love is, or are we in love with what we think love should be? As it turned out for me, I was in love with the idea of love. At 15 we want to believe when someone tells us they love us. We like getting stuffed animals, and hearing sweet words, we like the idea of being able to say,"He is my boyfriend". When we think we are in love, we begin to change, we lose all sense of what love really is, because at 15, we don't know what the love of a man really is. Its not until you are grown, its not until that real man comes into your life and sweeps you off your feet that you realize just what love is. Love is not a teenage, flirtsy, call me when ya get home kind of love. Its a love that sacrifices, its a love that is there when your at your worst and your best. On those days when your sick, and on th…

EXPOSER by Brandilyn Collins

Danger is following Kaycee, or is it her imagination? Is everything what it seems to be, is she really being stalked? Kaycee writes a newspaper column about her fears, and just how to overcome the fears that we face everyday. Everything is changing in Kaycee's world as she experiences things she cannot explain. She is seeing things that others are not. We find that it's not all in Kaycee's mind, things are happening, things forgotten, things from the past are coming alive to haunt Kaycee. Will she fall into her fears or will she overcome them, facing them head on? I loved this book. It is another one from Brandilyn Collins that makes you hang on to the edge of your seat for the ride, not knowing where it is going. Thats what I love about Brandilyn, she is talented, and every book keeps you wanting more, and never finding out what happens until the end. If you love thrillers, if you enjoy suspense, Brandilyn is your girl to take you for a ride that always brings you right t…

be ready

Why are we always amazed when satan attacks? Isn't that what he does? He isn't here to spread love and joy, he is here to take it away peice by peice. He begins when we are not looking, then he sits on our shoulder whispering all kinds of evil waiting for us to believe it. He knows who and what is most important to us, he knows who we love, who we spend time with, and who the Lord is going to use with us to bring glory and honor to Him. He knows every place to attack, just like a great warrior, he is sneaky and deceiving. The moment we think all is good, he comes in for the kill, to snatch away the joy that is so precious to us. He may have power, but his power is no match for that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus has written the story, He knows chapter by chaper, word for word, and He knows exactly how the story ends. It ends with a victory for Jesus, and we as His children are victors too. We must not let satan steal an inch from us, we must keep our eyes open, wat…

are you just a little shortsighted?

When we choose the behavior, we then in reality choose our consequence also. For every action has a reaction, just as we learned cause and effect in grade school. Why can we not seem to understand this now? I have made some bad choices in my lifetime so far, my behavior was not always pleasing to God and I have seen the effects of my choices. Sometimes our behavior although it doesn't seem so bad at the time, we later in life see just how far Christ has brought us. Each day we make choices right when our feet hit the floor until we close our eyes at night. Everything is a choice, our behavior is either a direct response to our choice or was the beginning of the choices we have made. We often think our choices are ours to make, as long as we are happy what does it really matter? Every choice we make effects those around us. Everytime we act, there is a direct reaction, and our choices are either good or they are bad. We often do not see the effects or consequences of our choices un…

Do you have it all figured out?

One of my downfalls is that I try to understand others, I try to figure out others, and it can never be done. I am one of those who always reaches out, tries hard to be a friend, and when I do I give my all to whatever I am doing. Its those times when I reach out to others, and they are not reaching back is what really hurts, its what I cannot figure out. This isn't just in friendships, but also in family, it can be anyone in your life. Do you ever feel that way? When I am reaching out to someone if I have offended them in some way, if they do not want to be part of my life, or a friend, I would rather them just be honest and say so, than say nothing at all. Its that nothing at all that is wrong, its that no response that hurts. In Proverbs 27:6 it says this; "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." I want my relationships with others to be honest, I would rather them be honest with me than to act as if nothing is wrong, be nice to…

AND THE WINNER IS

Wow, again the winner for my book give-a-way is Ms. Bobbie Boyer! You have won yourself two amazing books. "Thirsty" by Tracy Bateman and "Touched by a Vampire" by Beth Felker Jones". I hope you enjoy them both, and have a happy time reading my friend.

ya wanna hear Him laugh?

If you would like to hear the Lord laugh, just tell Him what you have planned! You know He has to have a sense of humor, right? Just who do we really think we are making our own plans, even making plans for tomorrow? We try to do our own thing, make our own way without even thinking twice about asking Him for direction, for His purpose and plan for us. Then when all fails, things just don't go as planned we tend to get mad, throw a pity party of sorts and wonder just why it didn't work out. Well, it didn't work out because it was not in His plan for us, and we didn't go to Him first. Why oh why to we try as might to make a success of things without consulting Him first? When God created us He made a plan for our lives, He breathed life into us, and His purpose was for us to bring glory to His name. I see plans failing all around me, I see others not following Christ and it is so sad, for the time they are trying to find their own way, the time being wasted on selfish g…

how loud do you speak?

In Proverbs 15:1 it says; "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." It goes on in 15:2 to say;"The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." It has taken me a long time to get to the point where I can think before I speak, pray before I act and keep my mouth quiet not saying foolish things. Now, I struggle with this daily, there are those times where things just pop out and I think,"Oh, Lord, where did that come from?" But I am learning I don't always have to have the last word, I don't always have to "Win" a discussion, and it is always safer to just hush up and let God do the talking. Many times its not so much what we say, but how we say it. We don't have to be the loudest person in the room, we don't have to share all of our opinions. It has been years now since a sweet friend shared this verse with me when I was in a position I could have made much wo…

your so special to me:)

To those friends I have who are my biggest cheerleaders I say thank you. To you who give me encouragement to follow my dreams, to share God's word I say bless you. For everytime you give me encouraging words it just pushes me forward when I am ready to give up. For I know who my real friends are, I know because I feel your love and prayers for me. When we are on a journey we need special people in our lives who stay when its great and who pray over us when things are going wrong. I am forever grateful for those friends I have that let me be me, those friends who are not afraid to stand with me, and those who are real to me. I don't want fake friends, I don't want friends who don't talk to me, I don't need friends who say they love me and never show it, so to those of you who are true to who you are, who call and text, who spend time with me I say,"I love you", for you know who you are. For those friends who give of their time, let me cry and hear my heart…

IMPORTANT, NO MORE MAMMOGRAMS UNDER 50

Listen to this story, check out these links, and may we be aware of what is happening to women all across the nation. We all know someone who has breast cancer, or we ourselves have fought it, may we stand up as women and fight this. Our health is important and we need to stand together. National Breast Cancer Foundation Awareness Bulletin Posted by Kevin Williams At 34 years old, I felt a lump while performing a breast self-exam. Concerned, I got a mammogram that detected breast cancer. If I had not had a breast self-exam and a mammogram, I would not be alive today and the National Breast Cancer Foundation would not exist.
This recent recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force is dangerous because it suggests that women lay down their best weapon in the fight against breast cancer, which is early detection.
Cost should not be the determining factor of whether a woman lives or dies.
Janelle Hail Founder & CEO National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
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