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Praying God’s Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp

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This is a very eye-opening book. I have a few Scripture verses that I pray pretty often, but the concept of praying SO much Scripture is new to me! The opening chapter begins with Kathi being very real about how hard it is to spend time in prayer. She offers great encouragement to just pray… just for one minute. It will grow into time you cherish as you make the time, and be consistent. She offers practical advice, like setting a time, having a specific place, and having “stuff” to get you going (Bible, a good devotional book, a journal, pen, etc.)

The second part of the book is broken down into categories of our lives – different problems and issues we face. She begins a chapter with a very real experience from her life, or a story from someone else’s life. Then she gives many examples of Scriptures and example prayers to pray from those verses. Some example categories are : 1. When You’re Overwhelmed, 2. Your Marriage, and 3. When You’re Despairing. This will be a great resource in the years to come when I am needing strength in a certain area. She has done a lot of work, having several Scripture passages for each subject.

This is a great resource for anyone who wants to grow in the area of prayer!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne

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I was greatly helped and convicted by this book. It talks about the greatest sin, pride, and how it affects even the “best” Christians. The author warns Christians against comparing themselves to others, and “accidentally” believing they are somehow better.

A few points that really stood out to me:

“Most of our most heated disputes are not about matters that, when we get them wrong, will send us to hell. Granted, many are about important things – very important thing s- but it’s a stretch to call them eternal.And that’s why it’s also a stretch to think that God approves when we let our pursuit of theological uniformity escalate to the point that it tears apart his family or closes up the Bible.”

– It’s not up to us to make sure everyone else fits our definition of following Christ.

“‘Hate the sin, but love the sinner.’ It’s usually applied to our relationship with people outside the faith. But it also needs to be applied to our fellow believers…”

– We need to learn to be kind, and practice grace with our fellow believers, instead of judging every little mistake! Does God do that to us? No. He is so merciful, and we are so unworthy.

“Following Jesus is not a race to see who can be the most radical, sacrificial, knowledgeable, or quickest to burn out. It’s not a contest to see who’s willing to take the hardest road.”

– We are all made differently. On purpose. By our Creator. He has given us different gifts, abilities  and desires. He wants us to do different thing. We are all members of one body, but we are different parts. Just because a fellow church member doesn’t share my passion for one area of ministry, does not mean he is a lesser Christian.

I would greatly recommend this book. It’s a very powerful wake-up call to help us truly follow Christ, and not become a Pharisee, accidentally.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

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This book was very encouraging from the first page. Holley seemed like a friend sitting down to chat with you about your life! She helped you discover what it is that you believe God wants you to do, the desires of your heart, your motives behind your goals… and your true dreams.

To me, this seemed more like a commission to do what God wants you to do, how He wants you to do it, the way to serve God with all your heart. She dispelled the fears that we are not good enough to serve God. We are His, He has given us desires, and the talents to carry them out!

A few subjects she touches on:

  • Overcoming your fears
  • Stop sabotaging yourself
  • When your dreams go wrong

She finishes out the book with stories of ordinary women who followed God’s heart and the dreams He put in theirs. They did amazing things in God’s strength, and as Holley says, I can too! I really enjoyed reading that through Christ’s strength, I can serve Him and I can make a difference!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. 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.

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The Ultimate Weight Solution

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I just finished reading this book, written by Dr. Phil McGraw. It is SO very good!

If you’ve ever struggled with your weight, this book WILL help you! It is not about the next fad diet, or getting skinny quick. Dr. Phil walks you through the traps you fall into, the way you think that sabatoges you, and the way food is placed in your home, office, and car. He helps you get to the bottom of how hard it really is to control your weight, and gives you the keys to mastering the techniques that work!

There is no quick solution! It is a lifestyle, and must be adopted one step at a time.

“Weight is managed, not cured.”

If you are to lose weight and get healthy, it will be because you work hard! Every day.

So if you struggle in this area, like I do, pick up a copy, or get one from the library. It will help you!

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5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims

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This book is a winner! It is so motivational in helping you see that living clutter-free is for you! It gets rid of your excuses to hold onto things “just in case,” or “because I might need it someday.” It takes you from start to finish in making your home function smoothly, and be much more beautiful!

Part One

This method uses a team approach of getting rid of the junk. Recruit team members to come and spend 5 days de-cluttering your house. Use handy boxes that stack easily and are easy on the eye, and only YOU make the decisions on what to keep or throw away. And there are handy tips on who to ask for help, and how to make a game plan everyone can follow.

One thing I love is the “Chuck it or Chunk it” method! If you definitely cannot throw it away, store in chunks. Chunk together items that are alike. Then you will always be able to find it.

Part Two

The second half of this book is on maintining once you do the 5-day clear-out! It has great tips on staying organized. The most practical tip is “Stow as you go.” It should go without saying, but if you put it back right away, the house won’t get piled and leave you feeling hopeless! Another great “rule” is the “30-Second Rule.” If it only takes 30 seconds or less, just do it! Hang the coat on the peg instead of dropping it on the chair. Put your shoes in the closet instead of beside it! Just do it!

This book is extremely helpful. I highly recommend it, and plan on executing much of the plan it outlines!

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. 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.

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Desperate by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

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An excellent book for moms of littles, this book was so hard to put down! The authors take you on a precious journey of encouragement from start to finish. Sarah Mae writes to you that she understands because she is where you are! Sally Clarkson’s part is to tell you she has been there, and you will survive! She has great advice and practical tips, being the “older woman” with the experience. And at the end of each chapter, there is a link or a code to scan with your smart phone, with a video to give you a little extra insight.

Before the first chapter was over, I had already cried and been encouraged so much! But it didn’t stop there. Each chapter was filled to the brim. The fact that God gave your children to you, and gave you to them, helped me greatly. I am exactly the mom that God wants my children to have, and God will give me the strength to raise them.

Being Intentional

What are some goals you have for your children? What do you want your family to look like, and accomplish 10 years from now? We can’t control everything, but if you have specific ideas of what you want for your family, set goals, and be intentional today to work toward them.

Get Help

Women aren’t meant to go it alone. Even if you have a wonderful husband supporting you, which I do, you still need someone else who understands. Don’t wait for them to find you. Go find them! Find other moms who are in the same stage of life and encourage each other. Seek an older woman who has already raised her children. She can help you like no other.

Let the Lord Be Your Formula

Like me, many moms want the “perfect formula” of what to do. Though you desire one, you also know it is impossible! Every child is completely different, and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, everything changes again. There are so many advice books and blogs. Each person will tell you something differently. And though you can get some good advice from others, ultimately don’t worry about how others think you should raise your children. Let the Lord guide you. Spend time with Him in His Word and learn to follow His heart. He is the best Father, and He can teach you to be the best mother.

I could go on and one. Basically, if you have small children at home, this book is for you!

“Motherhood is such a high calling that it should come as no surprise for it to be fraught with stress, difficulties, and challenge.” ~ Sally Clarkson

I received this book free from the publisher. 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.

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Romans 3:10

Verse #2 for 2013, heading down that Romans Road:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10

This one also has a Scripture song. We just started it tonight, and the boys pretty much know it. So, I think we will go faster through this one than John 3:16.

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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for entering in the drawing for this great book, Twelve Unlikely Heroes.

The winner is….

Jessie Lowry!

So happy you won Jessie! I will email you for your mailing address.

For those of you who didn’t win, or who entered past the deadline, stay tuned, I will be giving away several books over the next few months.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

This is the overview of twelve people in the Bible who did not seem to be destined for greatness. Many of them had humble beginnings, and most of them failed greatly, so much so that we would write them off God’s “useable” list. Those written about are: Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon and Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James the brother of our Lord, Mark and Onesimus. The author takes us through the problems each faced, to the beautiful way God used their lives.

There were many points in this book that required a highlighter! I love to read how God takes a weakness, and makes Himself great through them. One of my favorites was the chapter on Gideon and Samson. Gideon started out as such a coward, and as Mr. MacArthur points out, “That the Lord selected Gideon as the answer to deliver Israel is proof that His power cannot be limited even by the most unlikely human instrument.” And in bold contrast, Samson was too strong for his own good. He was strong enough to kill with ease, but too weak to resist temptation. But God used each of them in a mighty way! Another of my favorites was reading about John the Baptist. He was SO different from any other prophet. His clothing, eating, and habits were so drastic. But he was perfect to prepare the way of the Lord, because Jesus would change things when He came. John prepared the people for some shaking up!

A few of the chapters were a little dry, but all contained great truth. This is a very encouraging read. One of the last sentences in the book sums it up: “If God didn’t use imperfect people, He wouldn’t have anyone to use.”

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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John 3:16

This year, we are going to do our best to memorize 50 verses as a family! This will be word-perfect quoting by the oldest three of us! Timothy is 3, and can probably learn about 98% of them too, I’m just not going to stress about him. 🙂

Verse #1, the most important verse in God’s Word, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After working on it only 2 times, Jackson almost has it! It’s amazing what little minds can learn.

Also, another thing we are going to do to help is learn Scripture songs that go with the verse we are working on. Bible Truth Music has an amazing collection of Bible verse songs! You can listen to them on Spotify, or go to their website: bibletruthmusic.com.

Join us and learn 50 verses this year!

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