Sunday, December 18, 2016

Not Forgotten

I was reading my devotion the other day , and it really resonated with me.

Has there ever been times when you felt that God had forgotten His promises to you? Rest assured that HE NEVER DOES!

No matter what amount of time has transpired without seeing His promise come to assured that God is still working and moving. Think about the story of Joseph. He was sold into slavery and spent time in prison...but God knew what He was doing. And at just the right time, God raised him up to help save his family!

God's plan is always perfect and He knows what He's doing. So rest assured that God always has your best interest at heart! 

So when things don't go exactly the way you expected, ask Him to speak to you and guide your path. He will teach you His ways and guide you in the way you should go!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Charlie the Tramp Book Review

I am a book lover! In fact, one of my favorite things to give as a gift is a book, and I believe that children's books are so much fun! As a mom of three teenagers, I have been extremely excited to have some young nieces and nephews to buy books for! When I had the opportunity to review Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban I was overjoyed and couldn't wait for it to come in the mail.

In this book Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. Tramps don't have to learn to chop down trees, roll logs, or build dams. "Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn. Charlie sets off with his bundle, but when he hears water trickling, he can't get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, 'You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver."

Although Charlie the Tramp was originally published in 1966, there is no mistaking the timeless quality to this book. Charlie the Tramp won the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award in 1968, and I can clearly see why. When I read this book to my nieces, they absolutely the story, and truly enjoyed the illustrations by Lillian Hoban. 

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children's picture books about a badger named Frances an other animal characters. 

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998) is one of America's favorite children's book illustrators. Lillian was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. 

Charlie the Tramp is a beautiful American Classic and I loved that it's 50th anniversary publishing is in a hardcover edition. I am not only a book lover, but I totally love hardcover books and try to buy them any chance I can get! 

Plough publishing editor Sam Hine says, "As a parent of young children I've rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these, Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We're thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation."

It was my distinct pleasure to review this delightful book. I echo the sentiments of Plough publishing editor Sam Hine when I say that they really don't make books like this anymore. I know that Charlie the Tramp will be a refreshing addition to your home library

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):   I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit Give-Away

I was so excited to have the opportunity to review this amazing Bible Journaling Kit! As soon as I popped open the box, it was evident that my lack of experience was not going to be a hindrance to me. I have several friends that have been dabbling around with Bible Journaling for about a year now and I have watched them wishing that I had the talent, know-how, and tools to experience the scriptures in such a unique way.

What you receive with this kit is definitely something that will "wet your whistle" so to speak. 
You will receive:
·         4 sheets of word stickers
·         4 sheets of alphabet stickers
·         24 tab stickers
·         8 colored pencil twists
·         1 journaling pen
·         1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
·         1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

What I love about this kit is that it gave me everything I needed to start testing the waters. Now, don't get me wrong, I was not an instant success, but I was able to create works of art on the pages of my favorite Bible. The colored twisting pencils allow you to draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers as you spend time in your quiet time. You are also able to use the same pencils to highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart.

Most of all let me just say, I love the stickers!! Yes, I am 46 and I said that I love stickers! Who wouldn't? Look at them! The stickers are clear except for the font, so you can see how nicely they look on the pages of my Bible. Now, I went a little unconventional. I don't have a journaling Bible. I kept putting off giving it a try apparently waiting for the day that I would force myself to go and buy a special Bible for it. So in the end, I just never got started. So I decided instead that it would be alright if I just used my favorite Bible instead. That would give me a little time to work out all the kinks before using it in a special Bible.

As you can see by the few pictures that I find myself willing to share despite my lack of talent. . .I relied heavily on the stickers. But the bottom line is, this is all about your time with God. It doesn't have to look like anyone else's work. This is just an outlet of what God is speaking to you as you read His Word. That is so wonderful.

Like I said, I have a few friends that have been journaling for over a year or so, and I always thought that I had to try to do everything just like them, but the more that I utilized this fun kit, the more that God spoke to me through this unique outlet during my quiet times with Him.

The best part is that you can win your own kit for free by clicking HERE!

Christmas is coming soon, and I am sure that we all know at least one person that would love to receive this as a gift! There are several places where you can purchase it at: