New Film From The Kendrick Brothers: LIFEMARK Coming Soon!

I’m so excited to share a new movie from The Kendrick Brothers with you!   LIFEMARK is coming soon to theaters for one week in September – releasing on September 9, 2022.   I’m such a big fan of their previous movies, War Room, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.

About LIFEMARK:
David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

I hope you will view the trailer, and plan to go to the theaters in September to see this timely and powerful movie, LIFEMARK!

Here is a link to the trailer:

Don’t Miss The Daily Grace Co. Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale!

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The Daily Grace Co. Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale is a great time to save 50-90% off slightly imperfect and retiring items.  Since this only happens twice a year, you don’t want to miss out!

Here are some of my favorite items included in this sale:

 

A TO Z PROMISES OF GOD KIDS CARDS   $5.00

 

 

PRAYER JOURNAL – FLORAL   $15.00

 

PRAY | CULTIVATING A PASSIONATE PRACTICE OF PRAYER – HIS AND HERS BUNDLE   $20.00

 

DELIGHT IN JESUS MUG  $9.00

 

AMAZING GRACE BAR NECKLACE   $16.00

A Pink Hoodie

 

I was recently asked to speak at a ladies’ missions meeting about something near and dear to my heart-  Appalachian Christmas Outreach Backpacks.   ACO Backpacks are a ministry of Baptist on Mission of North Carolina.  I have been involved with this ministry for many years now.  ACO Backpacks are important because, for many children in the Appalachian Coalfield regions, the backpack will be their only Christmas present.  Items included in the backpacks are warm winter clothing items (gloves, scarves, socks, etc.), a new toy, canned food items, candy, hygiene items, a copy of The Christmas Story leaflet, and a Bible (the most important item.)  Normally, I begin packing backpacks near the end of September through the month of October since the collection day is the first Saturday of November.   However, the night before speaking at the ladies’ mission meeting, I felt God nudging me to pack a backpack to show the ladies.   I picked out a backpack that was blue with bright pink zippers and trims.  My plan was to pack this backpack for a girl in the 11-14-year-old age category.  I began packing all the items that go in each backpack. One thing I love to do is coordinate and match items that go in the backpacks so I chose a bright pink Bible and used as much pink as I could with the other items.  I love to pack a warm hoodie or soft sweatshirt in my girls’ backpacks but did not have one on hand as I was packing.   I looked through all the items I had on hand to no avail- hoping for a hoodie or sweatshirt, but finding none that would work.

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

One thing that Psalm 37:4 speaks to me is that when our desires are lined up with the desires God has for us – He will give us the desires of our hearts like a soft pink hoodie for the backpack I was packing.   I have a friend and sister in Christ,  who is so faithful to search for backpacks and backpack items.  Often she leaves the items sitting in my chair at work.   As I went in to work the next morning, I found in my chair several new backpacks and a bag from Belk (a clothing department store in our area).   In the Belk bag was the nicest soft, pink hoodie in a size perfect for an 11-14-year-old girl!   God blessed me that morning with one of the desires of my heart just in time to share with the Ladies in their missions meeting.

Later this year, in December, an 11-14-year-old girl will receive this backpack.   I pray this backpack will be one way God gives this girl the desires of her heart!

 

The Daily Grace Co. Cyber Monday Sale

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One of my favorite companies is The Daily Grace Co.   Their Bible studies are excellent!  They have so many wonderful products to choose from including journals, jewelry, prayer guides, mugs, etc.   Today, you can shop storewide 30-80% off, plus receive a free necklace with every order while supplies last.

Some of my favorite items are:

The Bible Handbook

Regularly $58 – On Sale Today for $28

 

Pastel Bible Highlighter Set

Regulary $15 – On Sale Today for $5

The Daily Grace Prayer Calendar

Regularly $20 – On SaleToday for $14

 

New Every Morning Meditations On His Daily Grace

Regularly $16 – One Sale  Today for $5

 

Floral Bible Tabs

Regularly $10 – On Sale Today for $5

 

God’s Got This!

Last week as I was walking, I took this picture.  The same evening my pastor asked me to put this verse in our church newsletter.   As I was searching the internet for this verse with a picture, none really spoke to me.  However,  this picture that I had taken earlier came to mind.   So I paired the two together.   I think this picture and verse go together so well.   Sometimes, all I can see are the “bare trees” in my life.  I fail to see the “Son” shining through what I consider to be barren.  Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite promises from the Lord.  When I see difficulties, hopelessness, lack of purpose, and disappointment in my life, my Lord is still declaring “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  I’m so thankful that He is sovereign, and that I can truly say “God’s got this”.   I have hope, purpose, joy… even when things are difficult and disappointing.  I have a future with my Lord!

Please know dear friends that you can claim this promise in your life too if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior!   He is in control and has our best interest in mind!   This past Friday, I did something as I was leaving home to go to work that I considered to be really stupid on my part.   This “stupid” thing involved my car, and my thinking that something serious was wrong with the car.   So I turned around, come home and switched to our truck.    Later that evening, I realized that the “serious” problem wasn’t a problem at all.   I kept thinking about how dumb I had been until the following evening when the Lord kind of shouted out to me that although I thought what I did was stupid; it was possibly Him keeping me from harm instead.   What I considered to be an inconvenience and aggravating, could possibly have saved my life.   God has promised me that He has plans for my life.   I may not understand them all-  like last Friday, but I know He has my best interest in mind!  His good plan, purpose, and future for my life far outweigh anything I could possibly imagine!  For that, I am thankful!

Abiding in The Vine

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  John 15:5

A few months back several of my African Violets were blooming, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you.   African Violets have always been a favorite of mine .  Immediately John 15:5 came to mind in planning to share my violets.   Just as these violets must have the vine to flourish with beautiful leaves and flowers, so must we abide in the True Vine to flourish in our lives.

How do we abide in the Vine?   First of all a personal relationship with Jesus-   asking Jesus to forgive our sins, and be Lord and Master of our lives.

Second, we remain attached to the Vine by spending time in God’s word, The Bible.  Study His word, memorize it, dwell on it, and apply it in our lives (Rooted and Watered).

Third, we abide in the Vine through prayer.   Prayer is so important to a Christ follower.   Through prayer, a Christ follower receives direction for life (growth), is convicted of sin and receives forgiveness (pruning),  and realizes true comfort, strength, and joy (flourishes).

Fourth, we remain in the Vine when we obey Him, and share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ! (Bearing Fruit).

We have just embarked into a new year.   Many have looked ahead to 2021 with hope and anticipation for a better year than 2020. Whatever 2021 holds for us, the best thing we can do this year is abide in the True Vine, Jesus Christ.   Remember as we abide in Him, we will be rooted and watered.  We will grow, be pruned, flourish, and bear fruit for Him.  After Jesus talks about abiding in Him, He talks about joy.  Was your joy lacking in 2020?  Listen to Jesus’ words in John 15:11   “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  Let’s abide in Jesus this year, and experience true joy!

 

The Great Farmapalooza: A Darling Children’s Book

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The Great Farmapalooza by Jill Roman Lord, illustrated by Kelly Breemer, is a darling, lovely, delightful, entertaining, children’s book.   Full of colorful farm animals, butterflies, flowers, ponds, and sunshine; The Great Farmapalooza, is an eye-catching book for children.  More important though, The Great Farmapalooza, teaches young children to have grateful hearts!  Children learn from the farm animals to be grateful for the Lord making them, to be grateful for a new day, to be grateful for God’s love for them, and to praise our awesome God!   The Great Farmapalooza will quickly become one of your child’s favorites!

 

 


A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom

 

I have a delightful new book that I received from B&H/Lifeway in turn for a honest review to share with you called A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom from the (in)courage community.  A Mother’s Love is a beautiful book of encouraging, guiding, Biblical rooted words about motherhood in all it’s many forms.

As stated in the first section of the book “As women, we are called to both mother and to be mothered.”  The stories and devotions collected and shared in this lovely book are divided into five sections sure to encourage women who are either mothering or being mothered,  who may be traditional moms, spiritual mothers, moms of foster children, moms to the youth in their church, or a mom to their children’s friends, etc.

Beautiful artwork paired with Bible verses are scattered throughout the encouraging stories making A Mother’s Love a wonderful gift book!

I love these quotes from the Mothering Is pages:

“Mothering is delightful, difficult, beautiful, brutal, blessed, terrifying, sweet, good, and hard.”

“Mothering is surprising, mundane, ordinary, and extraordinary.”

“Mothering is tender, fierce, glorious, gritty, and a gift.”

“Mothering may not look a thing like you thought it would.  It may not be anything like you pictured.  But no matter what it looks like to you, for you, mothering is everything.”

 

979835: A Mother"s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom
By Edited by Anna Rendell & the (in)courage Community / B&H Books

 

Jesus Is Essential

 

We’ve heard a lot about essential things, essential workers, etc., over the past few months.  What really is essential?  Just the other day, I saw an advertisement for a t-shirt as I was scrolling through social media.  The message on the t-shirt was simple but so true!   “Jesus is Essential”  was the message displayed in simple letters on the t-shirt.

There are a lot things that we consider to be essential such as our spouses, family, homes, food, clothing, transportation, and the list could go on.   Honestly, though, Jesus is the only true “essential” for our lives.

2 Chronicles 14 tells the story of King Asa who did what was “right in the sight of the Lord his God.”  King Asa commanded Judah to seek the Lord God.   The Amplified version explains to seek the Lord God as “[to inquire of and for Him and seek Him as a vital necessity].”    A “vital necessity”- sounds “essential” to me.   King Asa, and the people of Judah did indeed seek God and they observed the laws God gave to Moses.   As a result of seeking God and realizing Him as essential to their lives, and obeying His commandments, their kingdom experienced rest-  their kingdom was undisturbed.  No one was at war with them during this time.

King Asa was quick to give credit to God for this time of rest.   King Asa says “we have sought Him [longing for Him with all our heart] and He has given us peace on every side.”  Oh, how we need the kind of peace that comes from longing for God with all our heart, from seeking Him as our “vital necessity”- peace that comes from realizing Jesus is essential in our lives.

Later on in 2 Chronicles 14, an Ethiopian army comes out against King Asa and the Kingdom of Judah.  King Asa then does something very important as he comes out in battle formation he “called out to the Lord his God, saying, “O Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and the weak; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in and rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”

He called out to God!   He placed his trust in, and relied on God as they come against the multitude of the Ethiopian army.   He begged God not to let evil prevail.   There is a lot for us to learn from this.   First, we have come up against a “multitude” the past few months as the Coronavirus has come against us, and as tension, hatred, and sin seems to have gripped our country.  This is a massive situation unlike anything we have ever faced.  What should we do?  I pray that we respond  by calling out to God to help us just like King Asa did.     Second, but not least, we need to recognize Jesus is essential to our lives.  Third, and certainly not least, we need to give credit to God, to worship Him and give Him glory and praise for how He is working through this time unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.   We need to thank Him for giving us rest and peace.   We need to thank Him that we can call out to Him when we are faced with a “multitude” that has come against us.

Call out to God- He desires us to call out to Him!   He’s waiting for us to call out to Him, to humble ourselves before Him, ask for forgiveness, and long for Him with all our hearts!

Jesus is essential!

Foundations 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family

Ruth Chou Simmons, one of my favorites, has teamed up with her husband, Troy, for another wonderful book that I would like to share with you!   Foundations 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family is a must read!   Ruth and Troy share 12 foundational truths from God’s Word that are not only for families but for individuals or couples.   These foundational truths are an encouragement to Christ followers to really dive into God’s Word, and realize the significance of God’s Word in our every day lives.   Loving God, sin, hiding God’s Word in our hearts, encouraging each other, are some of the foundational truths they share in a short format suitable for individual quiet times or family worship times.   One of my favorite quotes  is:  “God’s Word is not a magic pill that keeps you from sinning.  Instead, when we store it up in our hearts, it floods us with truth, filling us up with the gospel’s good news melody–so much so that it’s the one song we sing.”  Do you want this to be your “one song”?   I encourage to you to get a copy of Foundations and start applying these foundational truths today!

Foundations releases tomorrow, March 3.  There are some great pre-order bonuses, and if you order by Friday, March 6, you can still get the pre-order bonuses by submitting your receipt info here.  Also, please see my early release review on Goodreads below.

969109: Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family
By Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simons / Harvest House Publishers

 

My early release review on Goodreads:

Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family

Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family by Ruth Chou Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Foundations by Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simons is such a wonderful book about laying foundations in God’s Word. Whether you are single, married, have children, or no children, I highly recommend Foundations! The basis of Foundations is laid out in the introduction where Ruth is sharing how she was “flustered and angry” from exhaustion from a child who was a horrible sleeper. Ruth shares how she would see “Troy getting out of bed to spend time in the Word”, and she asked him “How can you afford to get up and read your Bible? I’m so exhausted and fed up with the lack of sleep!” Troy’s gentle answer was “Babe, honestly, I’m not sure if I can afford not to.” This is so important because Troy has hit the nail on the head…We desperately need God’s Word daily applied to our lives.

Ruth and Troy share 12 foundational truths from God’s Word concerning loving God , sin, hiding God’s Word in our hearts, being an encourager, thinking of others as God does, etc. Very important truths that every Christ follower needs to hear and apply in our lives. Another favorite quote…”God’s Word is not a magic pill that keeps you from sinning. Instead, when we store it up in our hearts, it floods us with truth, filling us up with the gospel’s good news melody–so much so that it’s the one song we sing.” Do you want this to be your “one song”? I encourage to you to get a copy of Foundations and start applying these foundational truths today!

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