Monday, December 5, 2016

'I AM' Bible

If you know anything about me, I'm not a big fan of the KJV. I didn't start liking the NKJV until I got the Duck Commander Bible and the beauty of that bible makes it where I am more interested in the NKJV. However when I read the description for the I AM Bible I decided to give the KJV another try, see if I could like it.

The goal of this bible is to put in bold print the words spoken by God. And Jesus' words are red-lettered. I have the hardcover, so its nice and sturdy. It has lay flat binding, which is beyond awesome for study purposes. There are little explanation boxes corresponding with God and Jesus speaking to tell the reader who God/Jesus is specifically speaking to. Other than that, there are no other footnotes or comments. The print is fairly small, I do need my glasses to read it clearly. Yet it is not as small as the font in my Life Application Study Bible, so that is good. There is a topical index, glossary/dictionary, and concordance on top of the usual 8 maps detailing places of the bible both OT and NT.

 The boxes in the middle are the boxes which kind of aid the reader in understanding why and who Jesus was speaking to.
  Same here with the references to God's Words in Hebrews.
And again here in the OT.

I like the aesthetics of this bible. My only quip is how the KJV breaks down words, almost into syllables which used to be irritating to read but I guess now that I am older, I can appreciate to a degree for those names of people and places that I would otherwise need help learning the correct pronunciation of. I am glad that I got the opportunity to take a fresh look at the KJV and gain a new appreciation for it.

{FYI: I did receive my copy of this bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Earth Psalms

Earth Psalms is a collection of devotions paired with beautiful photographs of nature. The devotions are meant to spark reflection and application. There are 52 devotions for weekly reading. This devotional is a collaboration between Francine Rivers and Karin Buursma. Francine knew she wanted to write a devotional with added photos of nature so we can see the beauty and work of God in the nature around us but she wanted the devotional to have a bit more depth so that's where Karin Buursma comes in at adding in the hymns, quotes, reflections, and applications throughout the devotional. 

The book is very well put together with hardback and nice thick pages with full vibrant color photos. Each devotion is themed with a color as can be seen below the second devotions pages all have deep teal color coordination. Don't get me wrong this is a beautiful devotional and is very good on content but also because of its beauty it can be put on a coffee table of sorts to spark interest and conversation with visitors. Because they'll see the beautiful photos then possibly read the devotional or at least skim the devotional that goes with the photos. 

I think this would make a great gift for the believer, new or old, who enjoys nature.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for my HONEST review.}

Monday, November 28, 2016

Think You're Ready?

Marriage, that one thing that young girls dream wait that's a wedding not the marriage.

Marriage is that thing that tends to follow us after we are adults. You know, auntie that always ask at every family gathering when you're getting married. 
Then the holidays roll around and you start seeing your friends get engaged.

And some yearn for it. They actively chase the ring. But what are you really chasing?

Are you chasing the dream or the reality? 

Don't chase the ring or the status because what happens at the wedding will last longer than the infatuation with the ring and status. It is bigger than the decor of the wedding. It is more sacred than the moment he proposes. 

Because the ring is only the beginning. And no you haven't arrived once you've obtained it, you just started down a new road with a new companion and you have to somehow mesh together.

And the moment you lose sight of this is the moment you start to let down your significant other and the marriage.

Well here's a few things to realize during "engagement season" (as one of my wedding planner friends say):

1. A wedding is only the beginning.
2. Prepare now before the engagement for success in the marriage
3. Be more concerned with the actual marriage then the wedding. 
4. Do not covet what you see in other couples. You have no clue what goes on behind closed doors.
5. Invite God IN and kick everyone else OUT (marriage/relationship wise). {Gen 2:24}
6. If you're single, enjoy being single. Enjoy having time to focus solely on God and yourself.
7. Don't force it. Do not put pressure on a guy to propose because that is what everyone else is doing. This not to say that you settle for being a GF for years on end, not an option either, but if you know y'all are still in the building process, be patient. 
8. Don't settle. Don't settle for someone's excuses as to why they cannot marry you if you're supposed to be "the one." Especially those who ask for married benefits without marriage. Money is not an excuse. Education is not an excuse. There is a such thing as building from nothing together. While there are some people who will literally wait until they feel everything is in place, sometimes you will lose out on a good person doing so.
9. The two become one. Remember that as you seek to have separate finances or try to separate other areas of your lives. Becoming one is a process it will not happen overnight.

And KEEP YOUR LEGS CLOSED. No marriage, no sex. PERIOD. 
Don't open yourself up to soul ties and emotional hurt and disappointment and more importantly disobedience to God for temporary pleasure.

Check out Proverbs 31:10-31; Proverbs 21:9; Ephesians 5:33

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

We're in Texas

These are our older two children. They started public school here in Austin, Texas about 2 weeks ago. We've been in Texas for nearly 3 weeks now. 
Thus far I love it. We have perfect fall/winter weather. 
Cool enough for some chili and soup but not so cold that I can see my breath. 

Its a big enough change for us as they have been homeschooled. But they are adjusting well and enjoying both school and their new friends.

These are their first day of school photos :)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Offering my Services

As you can see I am now located in Austin, Texas. 
I am willing to offer my services regardless of location. However if I am needed to make office visits, then the location distance at maximum is 50 miles.

Consultations are $50 unless services are retained then the Consultation is FREE.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Devotions for a Deeper Life

A deeper life?
What exactly does that mean? Deeper in what aspect?

Well for the devotional I picked up by Oswald Chambers, deeper is spiritually deeper.
And considering the world and everything going on, can't we all go a little spiritually deeper, a little more intimate with God?
I raise my hand yes we do (at least I do).

Oswald Chambers helps us get there with this devotional. Each one starts with a passage, nothing too cheesy but enough to provoke thought. To cause me to stop and really ponder what I am reading. And then the full context of the main verse is given so that we can study further, study deeper on that day's topic. 
The book itself is nice sized not too big, its adequately sized to throw in a bag to read while commuting (train/bus/plane) or even to just take along to work to read while on break. There's also a bookmark ribbon to mark where you left off. Plus it is dated so no matter what just go to today's date and jump right in. 

Before I was really adhering to using my Jesus Calling devotional but after coming across this one, I've become a tad bit more interested in this one because it is clear that the speaker is not Jesus but is inspired by God. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Daniel Code

Hands down one of the BEST books I've ever read.
And for someone who reviews at least a dozen books a year, that's saying a lot.

O.S. Hawkins does an amazing job in bridging the gap between Daniel's time and this era. We truly do live in a modern day Babylonia. So much is taught and accepted that is contrary to the Word of God. And as Christians we often get caught up the idea that we must force the world to adhere to Christian beliefs. Yet we can be like Daniel.

Daniel understood that he would accomplish more if he just lived his life in obedience to God's Word. He knew that the kingdom he lived in was not obedient to God' Word but he didn't have to be like them. And in his obedience God shone like a the city on a hill.

I think that is the call to us today. We can't change the law. We can't force people to care about their neighbor beyond trying to make them adhere to Christian beliefs. But what we can do is love them. What we can do is LIVE out our lives in accordance with God's Word.

Whatever you do not believe in, do not promote it, do not do it. And leave it at that. Sometimes our lives is the only bible some people have ever read. So we need to make sure they're getting an accurate representation of the Word.

I sincerely recommend this book to EVERYONE. Does not matter where you are in your walk with Jesus. You should read this book as it will help live the Word of God in a world that is similar to Babylonia of Daniel's era.

{FYI: I did receive this book through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Store

I just wanted to share with you some bible studies (and a journaling devotional) that I've written. They all come in PDF format. And are extremely affordable: roughly $3 each. 
You can find them here!

If you purchase a copy, I'd love to hear your feedback and if you have a suggestion on a topic for the next study, comment below :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

County Line Orchard

This past Wednesday, we spent the afternoon at County Line Orchard in Hobart, IN. We didn't pick any apples. The kids were more excited by the maze and the animals. We saw goats, sheep, cows, chickens, baby chicks, ducks, llamas (at least they looked like llamas), pigs, and mini horses. There's also a bee farm, mini maze, and moo choo ride. The kids rode the moo choo ride twice.

Here's some photos :)

(that lady in the black coat is my mom)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth promises to be a memoir of two different women who lives have intersected and the current result is the She Reads Truth community, bible studies, and their book.

It is one told from differing perspectives (made clear by name who the speaker is in each chapter).

It starts with Amanda retelling the period of her life when her father was dying. It is an introduction of sorts into the book and why she read truth. 

I'll be totally honest. I am not a fan of the book. I can appreciate the stories they tell. But overall I could have done without reading the book at all. 

The two perspective format of storytelling (in my opinion) only works when they are telling two different perspectives of the same story. Not jumping between two stories, two lives. 

Nothing grabs me by the collar and pulls me in deeper. It's like telling a story but without a climax. Where's the climax? Where's the aha? Where's the wow? And that is what I was hoping to find, to no avail.

Maybe this book will work for someone else. Maybe it won't be so back and forth and trying to piece together like a patch quilt. Maybe it will all make sense for the next gal.

But for me it didn't do it. I'd give it 2 stars out of 5.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher (B&H) in exchange for my honest opinion.}