Saturday, September 24, 2016

Baby Baby- Book review

When my baby girl was a wee one, she loved books, I made sure to read to her each and every day and she would coo and talk to the characters in the books, now that she is grown I have been reading to my nieces and they love these bright colorful books. they love looking at other babies, and their own flowering abilities. this book is a short rhyming book and introduces babies to the Love that God has for them.  this book also has a cute mirror for baby to see themselves in all while listening to someone who loves them reads about the love of God. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday = Date Night Idea

It's friday so you know what that means... Its time for another date idea. 

Relive your first date. Follow the same itinerary and include as many of the original details as possible. Even though you know how the night will end this time around, recalling how you talked, explored, and began your lifelong journey of getting to know each other can remind you that there is still much to learn — about yourselves and your relationship.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood- Book Review

I loved this book. Mandy is raw, real and vulnerable in a way that all moms and women can benefit from. The format also makes it an easy read with the topical chapters/essays. As for the negative comments about the lack of scripture, these are not true. Is this a book I'd use for a bible study? No, but that's not what it's intended for. 

It's a real way to draw women to Christ, and there is plenty of scripture. In the second chapter she quotes Isaiah 45:3, "'I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.' ...But God reveals that the most precious treasures will indeed be hidden in the darkness." Quickly followed by the story of Abraham and Sarah and how they were blessed by God with the promise of a child and the stars were a nightly reminder of the vast things that God can do. One of my favorite lines when looking back through the book again..."We help one another know God by how well we love each other." And isn't that the greatest commandment Jesus gives in the Bible: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.

The chapters are short and are brutally honest. You will laugh out loud, you will flinch, and you might even gasp--but you will find yourself feeling right at home reading this book. Each chapter also has great questions for reflection at the end. Typically I skip over these questions, but I found myself truly pondering how I would answer some of these with my MOPS group.

This book stood out to me because rather than telling me why I should LOVE motherhood, all parts of motherhood, it instead gently told me it was okay to simply embrace the emotional flood that comes with the territory. There are days of light, there are days of dark. Yet, even in the darkest of days, there is some glimmer of light--the stars shine. That doesn't mean you don't appreciate the darkness for what it is, or try to change the situation as quickly as possible to make everything "okay." Sometimes, it is okay to simply be and let things work out over time. Babies grow, seasons change. One thing is for certain--nothing stays the same forever, Momma.


This is the type of book that I love to have on my nightstand for bedtime devotions or early morning devotions. It leaves you feeling refreshed at the end of the day or charged to take on the day. 

This book is a devotional. These devotions are based on the life of Jesus, as depicted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Ken Gire starts his devotional with an Introduction.  Each one begins with a Bible story quoted directly from Scripture. He follows up each story with his meditations, basing them on the story just shared. A prayer follows each story and meditation. This book's structure is simple but appealing. It includes a blue ribbon that the reader can use as a bookmark. The author, Ken Gire, is the bestselling author of over twenty books. 

Ken Gire writes so clearly and powerfully that at times I felt like I could smell and taste what was happening in Christ's life. Gire hooked my heart and my mind and my soul and left me closer to JESUS than ever before. This book has had a great impact on the way I view scripture and meditate on the depth of God's Word

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