Facts about Bethlehem

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to learn more about Jesus' birthplace. What kind of city has it been over the centuries and where it is now. Below are some interesting facts you may not know about this city rich is Biblical history. • Bethlehem was an early Canaanite settlement (A Canaanite is... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Free Books for Spring

Spring. When nature claims and creates anew. It's also the perfect time for us to create anew in ourselves, too. To begin anew, recreate, reclaim our new year's resolution or one word for 2017. Are you ready for a little spring renew? Then give yourself the gift of inspiring reading this spring with these free print... Continue Reading →

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – The Book

My one word for 2016 is GRATITUDE. It's no surprise that I signed up to receive a pre-release of Kristen Welch's book, "Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World". I want my kids to be a lot of things. I want them to be happy, caring, healthy, successful, and basically not be jerks. But gratitude... Continue Reading →

Dear Ladies, Your Story Matters

Dear ladies, There is something that you need to know...YOUR STORY MATTERS. Yes, you. You, working two jobs to make ends meet, keeping your kids feed. You, caring for an aging, sick parent while working a full-time job. You, fighting some sort of addiction. You, mentoring youth-at-risk. You, changing diapers, cleaning up puke, and doing... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Free Books for Your Weekend

Could you use a little encouragement? I know I could. Do you need a little faith-based inspiration?  I am raising my hand here. Give yourself the gift of inspiring reading this weekend with free books and ebooks from Gospel for Asia. "How are you doing? Discouragement can sneak in quickly and subtly, through even the... Continue Reading →

How Not to Scar Your Kids for Life … Talking About Sex

  Let's Talk About Sex (Amazon) Book by Planned Parenthood/Mar Monte A read along for ages 9 to 12 and their parents Two years ago my oldest daughter was in 5th grade. That is a big year in school for kids. It's when they start transitioning from "little kids" to "big middle schoolers". It's a... Continue Reading →

Currently Reading | You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream

  I've been thinking a lot lately about the small seeds that God has placed on my heart. What does it mean? Am I on the right path? God, can you show me the map, please? I've been reading "You're Made for a God-Sized Dream" by Holley Gerth. I love reading her encouraging words on... Continue Reading →

Make Your Life a Work of Art

Henri, you speak the truth. My oldest daughter gets frustrated when creating art. The watercolors aren't laying on the paper right; the paint is too think; it isn't working out the way she envisioned. I tell her that art is not perfect. It's not meant to be. Art school taught me this. She will not... Continue Reading →

Learning the Art of Self-Challenge | by Jason Jaggard

BOOK REVIEW | Through taking healthy risks that make you a better person or the world a better place, you begin to develop a deeper appetite for good. At first it might not be very tasty. Taking even a small risk can be more difficult than it sounds. And that is why we have to... Continue Reading →

Putting your Faith in Action | by Nick Vujicic

Having faith, beliefs, and convictions is a great thing, but your life is measured by the actions you take based upon them. You can build a great life around those things you believe and have faith in. I’ve built mine around my belief that I can inspire and bring hope to people facing challenges in... Continue Reading →

Plain Wisdom or Plain Boring?

Growing up in rural Missouri we had a large Amish Mennonite community. A few of the children attended the local public school but left after the ninth grade. I imagine they left because they were needed back home on the farm. These girls kept to themselves in school, so I didn't have the opportunity to... Continue Reading →

Busy Kids Summer | Keep Your Kids Reading all Summer Long

Keep your kids reading all summer long with Scholastic's Summer Challenge. "The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the "Summer Slide" and encouraging kids to read more books this summer." Kids who log in can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital points and much more. There is even a program... Continue Reading →

one thousand gifts

Surf around the blog world and it won't take you long to see that just about everyone is writing about the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I really want to read this book but, I have 2 books on my nightstand that I am still trying to get through (it's been a challenge).... Continue Reading →

summer reading list

I was first introduced to the writing of Mitch Albom when a friend gave me his book Tuesdays with Morrie. The book tells the story of Albom's old college professor who had ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Because, at the time, Ron (my step-father) had just been diagnosed with the same fatal disease. That was almost... Continue Reading →

everyday should be valentine’s day

I found this on http://www.simplemarriage.net/: Love Everyday is a collection of ideas, thoughts, tips, and the like complied from over 25 of my fellow love and relationship bloggers. There are essays from Dan Miller, Kathleen Quiring, Alissa Bowman, Mandi Ehman, SM Columnist Dustin Riechmann, Stu Gray, and many others. This Ebook is definitely worth the read. And... Continue Reading →

my sister’s keeper

My Sister's Keeper. by Jodi Picoult Yes, it is also a movie starring Cameron Diaz (love her). No, I haven't seen the movie. Somehow, like most books I read that get turned into a movie, the book seems to get lost in translation (think Memoirs of a Geisha). So I imagine this one will too. Although I... Continue Reading →

2 books today

I've been on a roll reading books lately. I am still reading the Bible but have to admit I get distracted reading these other books! Precious by Sapphire This book is based on the book Push and is now a major motion picture. I read this book in 2 days. I guess I liked it! It's a... Continue Reading →

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