Monday, February 27, 2017

Quote of the week


I wanted to share a thought of the week, some of my favourites that I have found, this will be a Monday thing for a few weeks. 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Talk Yourself Happy Transform Your Heart by Speaking God's Promises By Kristi Watts


I sat down with this book when I was facing some ugly anxiety and reading this book calmed me down, I took notes, wrote out scriptures and prayers that she shared in the book. 

She writes a very relatable book. The topics and the way that she details then they're going to be felt deeply with in the reader. You could say we have been there and done that just as the author describes her life too. It's good to know other people have had these spiritually dry desert periods in their lives like we have had. And she gives us Clues how to identify them and guide post how to be patient during the silent times. Easy to read not overly complex but straight to the heart. Anyone can see themselves in this book. Good investment.

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Angels in the Bible for Little Ones- Review




The stories are written in a simple yet descriptive manner, and an early reader will have no problem reading the text. Some of the stories include dialogue, and they would be fun for families to read together aloud.

The book covers the stories of Abraham and the three visitors, Elijah being fed by an angel, Daniel and the lions, Mary and the Nativity Story, Jesus and the little children, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and John’s dream. Massari’s illustrations, with a bit of abstraction, remind me of something I might see in an art museum.

I think this was a great idea for a book, highlighting the stories of angels in the Bible. The book will help young children familiarize themselves with the Scriptures. Though the book compiles Biblical accounts of angels, the text points to the story of Jesus, showing how he lived, and died, and saved mankind. This Bible storybook would be great tool for a family devotional or bedtime story.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Date night idea



No fire place, no problem

Turn on the TV to the fireplace channel and cuddle under an electric blanket.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

7 Thoughts on Married Sex


❤️ Quality sex comes from quantity sex. Meaning … practice makes perfect. Don't give up, it'll just keep getting better and better. 
❤️ You’ll never “have time” for sex in our busy world, it’s essential that you “make time.” It must be a priority.
❤️ Husbands, desire to get to know your wife in every area … not just sexually. Get to know her emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well.
❤️ Sex should never be routine. Change up things like location, times, positions, etc.
❤️ Sex can suffer during the years of small children. Work hard to connect even during this time.
❤️ Sex is always better and more passionate when you’re in love and in a committed relationship. Anyone can have sex; it only requires a few body parts. But making love requires intimacy, commitment and a deep loving relationship. Marriage and making love will always require more work, but it's definitely so much better! 
❤️ Being with the same person over and over doesn't mean stale or boring ... it means you've learned how to rock each other's world


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Love anyway

There are times in a marriage that you may wake up and not feel in love anymore. Choose to love anyway. There are times when you may not be attracted to your spouse anymore. Choose to love anyway. 
Marriage is a commitment. In sickness and health, in good times and in bad. Those vows are sacred. They don’t say “if you have bad times”. They say “in good times AND in bad”, implying that there WILL be bad times. It’s inevitable. So choose to love anyway, because your marriage is worth it. Keep Christ the center of your marriage as marriage takes 3- God, you and Me 
Be honorable and honor the vows you made.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Date Night Idea



Warm up with Indian food

The cold winter months make me crave comfort foods. Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines and the perfect way to warm your senses on a cold evening. The aroma and spice add a wonderful touch.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Every Love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite.


Our love story begins when I was 13 and he was 14
Yes I knew that young…

My cousin invited me to go to a youth camp with her
I have seldom been away from my parents and this was several hours away
But they reluctantly let me go…

The first night of camp, I sat across from this cute guy and I asked him to "please pass the water", he did and smiled… 
Wow, in the instant I fell in love with him, YES at 13..
I told my cousin that I was marrying him and they laughed at me.. but I knew in my heart he was the one.

I went home and didn't speak more to him until Sept when I went to the mail box and there was a letter address to Terri Lynn White- so not my last name but I assumed they were looking for me…:p
This was a hand written letter from him, the first few years letters weren't anything more then pen pals and that was OK to he got my name straight as well, still tease him about that. 

3 year later he called me on the telephone( most of our relationship was long distance) , I was shocked and had no idea what to say.. besides the fact that everyone was home and I was on the only phone in the house.. I was mortified and scared, embarrassed
and there was a lot of silence, i thought for sure I wouldn't hear from him again. A few weeks later he called again, this time there wasn't as much silence, but still some.. hey, I was getting better. ( now he tells me he wants that silence back, ha ha)

several months before his high school graduation he asked me to be his girlfriend, the way he said it was so sweet though..  he said… Spring, when a young man's fancy, turns to love, Terri, will you be my girlfriend? I cried so hard, it was the sweetest thing I ever heard. 

He invited me to go to his high school graduation, while at his high school graduation we went for a walk on some trail ( just the two of us, we seldom got alone- which is a good thing really) while on that trail he turned to me and said " do you know what I would like to do right now, I said I have no idea, he said come closer, I will show you, We then shared our first kiss…. he is so romantic. 

The next year I graduated high school and asked him to be my date (off course), we had a great time, the more I was with him, the more I loved him. 

I moved to where he lived for school, and while there I became so homesick that I came back home and went to school closer to my parents, a few days before I left he gave me flowers for my birthday, I remember the night before I left, he looked at me and I thought I had lost him forever, but thankfully I was wrong. 
It took me some time to get over what ever I was dealing with, and I went a while with no contact with him because had to make sure this was what I needed and wanted. I missed him so much during that time. 

I was very very thankful to have this amazing man in my life. 

When he graduated university, he came to visit me for 2 weeks, we had such a great time, it was also during that time that my dad got him a full time job with the local ambulance serve ( not what he went to university for), he took the job to be close to me, 
January 2002 while walking in a snow storm, he proposed to me, it was the most romantic thing ever, I cried again and couldn't believe it was actually true, i kept saying is this for real..

We got married May 4th (15 years this year)- we had a big wedding, and it was the best day of my life.

I love him more now then that first day I saw him, I fall more in love each moment I'm around him. 

We have one daughter and he is an awesome daddy to her. 





I am thankful to God that he brought me this man. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

When we last spoke- Book Review

When we last spoke 

I got this book just when we were getting a snow storm, I curled up on the couch and let the book take me back in time with the characters, I was totally lost and was up far too late. 

When We Last Spoke is Marci Henna's story of Juliet and Evangeline Cranbourne left on their grandparent's porch by their mother as she left the town for the city lights of Broadway shortly after their father left for war. 

The real life experiences that they went thru makes it relatable to some things I have gone thru, Life can sometimes bring you down or lift you up, the characters in this book 

Your heart will feel all warm and cozy, great read and I would recommend this book to everyone. 

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I received a copy of this book free but all opinions are my own. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Of Stillness and Storm- Review



Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix is about a missionary family living in Nepal. Their once bright and sunny future as missionaries has been diminished by a husband who leaves for weeks to trek into a remote tribe, while the wife and son are left by themselves. While Lauren (the wife) finds ways to cope with the struggle it is their son Ryan who starts feeling the effect of the struggling family.

The author keeps readers intrigued via smooth transitions between present day circumstances and glimpses into past situations that help shape the situations in which the characters currently find themselves. As the reader gets better acquainted with Sam, Lauren, and their son, Ryan, one cannot help but sense the storm brewing.
Sam is a driven, no holds barred, this is how faith works, no compromise, type of personality. 
His wife, Lauren, brings softness and provides a different perspective, which sometimes creates tension in the household. While initially both characters are likable, Sam’s dedication to his calling, at what appears to be the expense of his family, leaves the reader wondering what kind of God would bring such division between a family unit supposedly ordained by him.


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Leadership Promises for Every Day: A Daily Devotional- review

John C Maxwell 



A leader is not necessarily someone who has a position of high authority or who has hundred or thousands under his influence. Everyone can and should be a leader in some form or fashion, whether it is in the home with the family, in the workplace or at school while displaying God's testimony through your life, or in the church through our ministry, official or not. So, while this book is designed to be written for leaders, it applies to pretty much everyone.

The drawback to this is the fact that I have read most of Maxwell’s other works, so this is just restating what I have already read, most of the time. The reminder is great, but I would prefer something new and fresh sometimes too.

The book is bound in a nice leather-like cover, and the pages are very well designed. This would be a great gift for a student of leadership, whether in ministry or in the workplace. The daily thoughts are brief and to the point, and the size is sufficient for a desk or a drawer, or even a backpack or a bag.

While not the best resource out there for daily leadership material, this is still a handy book to have, and I have enjoyed using it. I look forward to whatever new nuggets of leadership wisdom it may bring.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Date Night Idea



Snowshoeing

A great activity for those that love the snow — bundle up and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate after wards.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fears and how scriptures can help!

What is your biggest Fear? Today I will share some of my heart... 

it is no secret that I struggle with some anxiety, I am most often able to get it to calm down but lately, it has gotten really bad, I am not sure what I fear most but I think I fear to lose Andrew and Brooke the most.  I know that's a common fear.  

Recently I laid on my bible( my head) and I turned on Kari Jobe music and I realized I was feeling better because when we praise it is a sacrifice of praise to the Lord, the anxiety will have to leave because as scripture says: 

Philippians 4:6-7 
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

John 14:27- 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

That it is the hardest kind and requires the most trust and that He honors that.  I believe that whole-heartedly.  But I still know that my heart holds on to this world tightly.  I think often of the song "Blessed Be Your Name" and the line "He gives and takes away, He gives and takes away, Lord Blessed be Your Name!".  Could I do that if faced with a loss of my family?  I pray so.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Priceless- Movie Review



In another era, “Priceless” could have made for a nasty grindhouse-era melodrama involving the human trafficking of vulnerable young women who are forced into prostitution by unsavory male slavers.
But not in the hands of Joel and Luke Smallbone, the clean-cut Aussie-born siblings behind For King & Country, a Grammy-winning Christian pop group that has escaped my notice until now. In a brief intro to a special Thursday-night showing of this supposedly inspirational yet incredibly enervating parable, Joel—the film’s leading man, who devised the story with brother Luke—actually employed the the notion of chivalry to explain their intentions. That knights-to-the-rescue notion is further expanded upon by Joel in the press notes: “Part of the DNA of For King & Country is this idea of respect and honor in relationships and women being priceless.” Meaning, in this case, not for sale.
As James Stevens, a once devoted spouse and father, he has lost his way after his wife suddenly died. He turns to drinking and brawling, and ends up losing both his job and custody of his grade-school daughter. “This is my journey,” James declares literally and figuratively in a voiceover just before he and the rest of the cast start tripping over the poorly constructed script.
James jumps at the chance to make some easy cash by driving a box truck cross-country, its contents unknown (his only caveat: no drugs).  But he eventually discovers that he is delivering two Mexican sisters, Antonia (Bianca Santos) and Maria, to a dingy inn dubbed Motel 12 in an unnamed Southwest community, and decides he must dedicate himself to saving his human cargo.

It is a great story line and def one of the top movies I have watched. 
DVD available Feb 14, 2017 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Date Night Idea


Have a couples game and nachos night at your house, invite some friends and have triple date