Thursday, October 25, 2012

EBook Review: 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

Crystal Paine, author of the Money Saving Mom blog, recently introduced her new book, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.

Throughout the book the message is clear.  Becoming disciplined is a choice.  She encourages her readers to live out a more disciplined life which in turn will ultimately result in reaping rewards that will extend far beyond the individual that begins the disciplined lifestyle journey.

She outlines practical concepts and applications to begin to intentionally develop and implement life altering habits. She shows her readers how to take a big goal and break it down into achievable pieces.

Throughout the book she included "practical applications" that outline specific steps you can take to achieve and motivate you to overcome the habit of procrastinating.  The ebook also includes printable lists to implement throughout the 21 day journey.

I enjoyed the book and find the concepts she outlined attainable and not overwhelming.

If you are committed to make a change, this book will certainly challenge and inspire you to make a decision for discipline.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy, you can order here.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Word Filled Wednesdays

This verse speaks of the immeasurable love of Jesus.  The price of our sin, Jesus bore it on Himself at the cross.

Beloved of the Lord, remember that we must consider others better than ourselves and it is certainly a blessing and should be a joy to serve others.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Review: When To Speak Up & When To Shut Up

I was very much intrigued when I read the blurb on this book.

It reads,

~ The cost and purpose of silence
~ Why to check motives when talking to friends, family and authorities
~ Ways to deal with anger and resentment
~ How to overcome pressure and remain silent

This book provides great personal real-life experiences from the author that many readers could relate to.  He includes biblical references to highlight issues of complaining, questioning and being persistent.

I also appreciated the thought provoking questions listed throughout the book.  The questions caused me to examine my heart and motives when choosing to remain silent and even when I decide to speak up.

I have to admit I am not very fond of the title of the book.  The "shut up" in the title is worded a bit harsh for my liking.  In spite of the title, I was drawn in and did appreciate the content and it certainly enlightened me.  The Bible clearly states that we must be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  This is the theme translated throughout the entire book.

The author touches on a very important issue in a chapter called, "A Question to Authority".  In this chapter He shares that if someone has a questioning attitude with spiritual authorities that also creates a barrier between the person and God.  The danger lies in that the person can set themselves to be an authority.

We should speak with caution and not in a confrontational form of communication but rather encourage communication by helping one another to find a way to speak their thoughts.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review from 
Chosen Books! & Bethany House


Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Look

"You are the God who sees me." Hagar said.  She realized that You were not far from her. Your eyes were looking and witnessing her dilemma.

She was not alone. 

We are not alone.

You see right through the smiling faces that disguise hurting hearts. You look at the pain, the distrust that has taken many captive. You look at the walls that are being edified that separate from Your loving embrace. You see wandering eyes.  Eyes that are not firmly fixed on You.  

You look at the hearts that are wanting to draw near to You.  You see the desire to serve You. You do not turn away from a contrite heart.  You see it ALL!

I know longer feel overlooked. You look at me and call me Your beloved.

We are not alone.   You are always looking!

Help us to live knowing that Your eyes are always upon us.  You are always looking.  

Five Minute Friday


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Counting My Blessings

1. Thankful that my husband offered to stay home with the baby so My mom, my teen and I could do some shopping.

2. My sister celebrated another birthday!!! I love her so much and I am thankful for each year that the Lord has blessed her with.

3. Our church had a field trip to Green Meadow Farm and my girls had a great time.  My girls carried chickens, petted baby pigs, goats, horses, etc.  It was a lovely day fellowshipping with my lovely family in Christ.

We even received a free pumpkin

4. My sister and I combined our Tuesday evening bible study classes in church and I think all the kids enjoyed doing something different.

5. My sister and I and all of our girls headed over to Vera Bradley for an in-store event.
This earth tone VB bag is gorgeous....

6. After the store event we took the girls to a nearby playground.  They enjoyed every moment of it!!!

7. Pastor Alexis is back from the Dominican Republic.  He will be here for a few days and we are blessed by his presence and how the Lord is moving in La Lometa!!!

8. Witnessing my teen's discipline and determination this week has been very encouraging.

9. My husband surprised me with a treat I haven't had in a very long while...yummy:)

10. There are areas of my life that the Lord allows me to see while I am at work.....there IS a purpose:)


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Word Filled Wednesday

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Are you letting your light shine today?


Friday, October 5, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Welcome

Always welcomed into His presence.  That was my first thought when I read the word "welcome".  I know that it is His desire for me to know that I can enter the Holy of Holies and sit at His feet and bask in the presence of my Jesus.

I don't have to say anything, I don't have to do anything.  Through His grace and mercy and not through any merit of my own I am invited cordially by His Royal Majesty. Me, Sydney, I am always welcomed.

When my faults are clearly visible to me, I am still welcomed.
When I spoke up to soon and didn't wait to be guided, I am still welcomed.
When I ran ahead instead of walking in His footsteps, I am still welcomed.
When I was not slow to speak and quick to listen, I am still welcomed.
When I wanted to be served and did not bow down and serve, I am still welcomed.
When I have judged, I am still welcomed.

Thank you Jesus, I know that you do not despise a humble and contrite heart.
Thank you because you make me feel welcomed.

Five Minute Friday


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: Adventures In Odyssey 90 Day Devotional

If your child enjoys listening to the Adventures in Odyssey audio drama series by Focus on the Family or looking at the various videos they have out then they are sure to enjoy Adventures in Odyssey: 90 Devotions for Kids.

This devotions book is geared toward children ages 6 and up.  It begins with an introduction by "Mr. Whittaker" at how to use the book.  If this is the first devotional book that your child will be doing I think this section may prove to be very helpful.  What I thought was an essential line in the introduction is affirming the fact that the Bible is the absolute Word of God.

There are thirteen biblical themes in this devotional.  Each theme has an introduction to explain the idea of the theme a bit further and seven devotions, a memory verse and a daily challenge to participate in.  At the end of each theme there is either a fun crossword puzzle, word search or quiz to complete.  These are really fun to do! (if your child gets stumped on an answer there is an answer key at the very end of the book.

There are even snippets of spiritual heroes like Corrie Ten Boom and Rich Mullens.

I enjoyed the first theme which is Salvation (Ephesians 2:5).  There is a short story to explain to children the principal of salvation being free to those who choose to receive it.  You should keep your bible handy to read the accompanying verses and illustrate to your child salvation from a biblical point of view.

Even though the pictures are gray scale My daughter enjoyed looking through the book.  I also appreciated that at the end of each devotional there is a memory verse to encourage children to hide the Word of God in their hearts.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Word Filled Wednesday

Photo taken by Kianna
Rejoice daughter of Zion in your Creator!!!!
His Word endures forever......


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monthly Goals: October

I decided to set up monthly goals for myself to keep myself on track and accountable to what I feel is long overdue.  Below are the goals I set up for the month of September.  While I was able to accomplish half of what I have on my list I still have to work on the rest of the list.

1. Writing down family budget
2. Update and use my calendar
3. Update Home School planner for both girls
4. Get back on track with Bible reading

I have to say that the most difficult part of setting up September's monthly goals was actually sitting down with my husband and crunch the numbers. My husband and I prayed and got to it. By the time I knew it we were done and I felt free!

Now on to my monthly goals for October:

1. Catch up on my Bible reading
2. Continue to adhere to the family budget
3. Finish "A Quiet Strength" by Janette Oke to the girls
4. Begin "The Red Geranium" by Janette Oke to the girls
5. Start my prayer calendar
6. Participate in Karen's October Prayer Calendar
7. Continue to use and update my personal calendar
8. Update Home School planner for both girls

Until next time beloved of the Lord,