Thursday, September 29, 2016

It is Over...

Summer that is! With fall right at my doorstep and the weather quickly descending here in NYC, fall is evident.

The days are a bit greyed and proving to be shorter and I love it.  I love the crisp air and look forward to the foliage changing to the beautiful Autumn hues.

I enjoy seeing the work of my Lord's hands. So much much detail in every aspect of it all.  Such beauty...if you care to really see.

So, enjoy!  Enjoy all that fall has to offer.  Sip the pumpkin spice lattes (which my sister says are delicious...haven't tried one myself but sure will!), light a pumpkin cinnamon candle (my favorite is the BBW one), and sit back and remember the Lord's kindness and goodness.  Remember that His mercies are new every morning.  What a comfort to know that He is always with us no matter the season of the year and whatever season of our life we may find ourelves in. His love is there...available to us ALL!

Remember to take hold of Jesus' perfect love today!

In Christ,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess is an excellent new resource for parents by Focus on The Family.  Many of you may be familiar with their ministry and their heart to unify and edify families in Christ through the teaching of Biblical principles.

This book caught my attention as I have three daughters which I have always princesses.  It is great to have this tool to be able to continue to show me how to cultivate our Father's love for each of them.  This book is chock full of insights and activities that will draw their hearts closer to God's heart for each of them.

This book is co-authored by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting.  I did find it a bit inconvenient to keep track of when each author was writing what...since every paragraph or two they were taking turns.  I would loose track as to who I was reading and trying to remember, "Oh, yes, this is the mom with two daughters" then  a few paragraphs later, "This is the mom with 5 children".  There was a bit of keeping track I had to do.

The premise of this book is to lovingly guide your daughter through the nine fruit of the Spirit and teaching them how to develop their character through Godly principles. There are over 100 activities and creative ideas listed throughout the book in order to develop the fruit of the Spirit.

There are so many teachable moments for parents throughout this book.  Ideas are provided on how to cultivate empathy, fostering self-respect, being a loving friend, etc.

The authors encourage father's throughout the book to be actively involved in their daughter's character building.  I absolutely agree and love the idea of a daddy daughter date.  The role of a father in the life of his daughter is so precious and valuable.  A father's role will have such an impact on his little girl's life and heart long after she is no longer a little girl and long into womanhood.  No one can ever replace that relationship and it is so important that mother's are encouraging that relationship and offering opportunities for daddy and daughter time.

This is a great resource geared towards mother's of young girls but the theme and premise of the book can be used for daughter's of any age.

Great resource for mother's and father's alike!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bible Review: Hidden In My Heart - Scripture Memory Bible

"I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I may not sin against You," Psalm 119:11 is the verse that this New Living Translation Bible is based upon.  Hidden In My Heart Bible is a new Bible presented by Tyndale Publishers.  This Bible encourages young readers to memorize Scripture which allows them to store in their hearts the priceless treasure of God's Word.  It has been such a blessing in my life to be able to pray Scripture and to declare the truth of God's Word over and over.

This Bible contains so many wonderful resources to get the reader immediately immersed into the word of God.  Some of the extras are:

* Code for 100 FREE downloadable songs which have been set to music by children’s author and song writer Stephen Elkins. The 100 songs include a variety of genres and are available in the New Living Translation, New International Version, and King James Version

* It gives three translations of the 100 core verses in the NLT, NIV and KJV! (I love this feature as you can reference the three versions at once)

* Practical Notes help the reader to apply the Biblical situations to everyday life situations

* 100 Hide it Helpers that provides ways to help with memorizing and apply God's Word

* Core 100 Digging Deeper gives additional insights to the memorization passages of Scripture 

This is Bible has been so well thought out!  This Bible is a soft cover edition that comes in a book sleeve to give it a bit more protection as you take it along with you.  I love how it includes so many additional resources that gives the reader the opportunity to dig deeper into Scripture.

This would make a great first Bible for anyone at any age.  It promotes and presents a clear outline for hiding God's Word in our hearts so that we may not sin against God.

I received this book free from the Tyndale House Publishers. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255


Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review (Two in One): How Do I Love Thee? & Sweet Child of Mine

How Do I Love Thee? is a devotional journal for wives by Jennifer Flanders.  The purpose of this devotional journal is to jot down, color, or even paste special mementos as a tender reminder of the marriage and husband the Lord has blessed you with.

This journal is 218 pages and a great size to be able to record meaningful memories.  On just about every page there is a Scripture included which is fantastic to be able to relate the specific writing prompt to.  The illustrations are Victorian in style and are ready to color in for yourself.

There is an introduction from the author to get the user on her way to record special memories and there are sixteen different writing prompts that include:

                            God's Plan For Marriage
                            Life Before Marriage
                            Working Together
                            Cultivating Oneness
                            Growing Together

There are so many extras included in this journal such as a list of qualities of a virtuous women with an accompanying word search puzzle, a specific prayer just for your husband, and a spot to jot down your blessings.

This journal would be a great gift to a bride-to-be or a new bride.  I think, once filled out, it would also be a beautiful personalized journal to hand down to your own children.

I also received for review, Sweet Child of Mine.  This is a devotional journal for mothers.  This journal is in the same style as How Do I Love Thee?.  Right along with the Victorian styled illustrations with plenty to color in (especially with adult coloring books being in high demand now), a Scripture with motherhood and children in mind, and easy writing prompts makes for a great keepsake.

I love that there are specific prayers to pray over your children.  I think that is a great resource especially for new mothers.

There are twelve sections to record priceless memories such as:

                              Labor and Delivery
                              Child Training
                              Hopes and Prayers
                              Learning and Growing
                              Precious Memories

Going to a baby shower soon?  Know a soon-to-be mommy?  This would make such a sweet gift so both mom and dad can record those special moments that will last for years to come.

About the Author:

Jennifer Flanders is a wife, homeschool momma to twelve children and an author.  She shares her passion to see marriages imitate the sacrificial love Jesus Christ has for His Church on her blogs and  She has great resources on her blog for cultivating and disciplining yourself for prayer for your marriage and your children.

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”