Sunday, February 28, 2016

Trying Bible journaling?


So I've finally got my hands on a journaling bible, thanks to my amazing hubby!
And I must say, I love it! I got a single column ESV journaling bible (I got mine through Christianbook.com) and it is fantastic with the extra space to write in my bible. For me that writing is reflection on what I read and quick prayers. I've got the hardback edition which has the ribbon bookmark and the little stretchy band to hold it close (I have no idea what its really called, lol). Here's a little something I learned when getting mine, sometimes its OK to get a imperfectly imprinted one to save a little money. The only issue with mine is that at some point this bible was supposed to be engraved with someone's name on it and they must have changed their mind.
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)  -
(This one is exactly what I have and its on sale for $19.99 on Christianbook.com)

I also got a new devotional as well. The 365 Jesus Calling Journaling Devotional. If you've never used a journaling devotional I strongly suggest you try it. 
Talk about being able to interact with what you read?! I think as we grow in our walk with God, the more we will interact with Him. The more we will want to interact with Him. The more we will NEED to interact with Him.

Jesus Calling: A 365-Day Journaling Devotional   -     By: Sarah Young
(Also on sale for $8.49 on Christianbook.com)

I've actually been using my journaling bible along with the journaling devotional to help me get into my word more and jot down what my reflections.

Have any of you tried bible journaling? Or use a journaling bible?





{this isn't a review, I just got super excited about these bible quiet time tools!}

If you haven't noticed, the Life His Way Store is now available! As of now it contains a few mini-bible studies that I've written for you! Also if you go on Amazon and search for Kris Bush you'll find FULL bible studies and a NEW journal for those of us who are married!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Just a Little Time with Jesus

You ever hear that saying, "When I rise give me Jesus?"
Well here is a book that can literally help us do that without taking up loads of time. 
For many of us mamas, we don't always have an hour to devote to quiet time with the Lord in the morning, no matter how much we'd like some seasons of life only afford us bite sized quiet times. 

And that is why I like Sheila Walsh's devotional 5 Minutes with Jesus Peace for today. 
It allows to get a quick devotional and backs it up with Scripture. And for moms who are always busy, peace is always a good place to star the day off with. 

Even if you don't have the time to do the devotional, skip past it to the nuggets of Scripture and treasure them up in your heart. I think this devotional will get even more use from me after I give birth and my level of busyness gets higher.

Below are actual (personal) photos of the devotional. As you can see from the photo on the right, the devotional is not TOO big that it cannot be thrown into a purse or diaper bag. And the photo on the left shows some of the nuggets of Scripture in one of the daily devotionals.





{FYI: I did receive this book through the BookLookBlogger Program in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Friday, February 19, 2016

A Dolphin Wish


So we got this book in the mail. And I was stoked to get it for my oldest girl because it is by Natalie Grant and she loves Natalie Grant's music.
So this is just ONE book in a series of books Natalie Grant is releasing. And I love it because the older siblings don't leave out their younger sister, and I have that exact amount of girl children.

It's a chapter book, which is good because the longer the book, the more it captures my daughter interest. The series is about sisters Mia, Maddie, and Lulu. Mia and Maddie are twins. In this book they are supposed to be on vacation however, the girls learn of a mystery at  Captain Swashbuckler’s Adventure Park. And with these girls loving to solve mysteries, they enlist their nanny Miss Julia to take them to the Adventure Park to the solve the mystery. 

One thing I love about this series is that the girls are not off on their own with no form of supervision in place, as many of the TV shows out now, we see children going on all sorts of adventures with no visible supervision. And of course, Natalie Grant is a contemporary Christian music artist, the references to God is in the book (trust in God) but it is not overpowering that it takes away from the fun of the story.


I do recommend that mamas get the book for the their daughters although it is best suited to those who are comfortable reading (I'd say at least 8-9 years old at the youngest).





{FYI: I received this book thru the BookLookBlogger program in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Berenstein Bears are Christians?!

How many of us remember the Berenstein Bears?
They were are apart of my childhood and now they are apart of my children's childhood as well.

And the best part? They're Christians!

My children absolutely loved this book. It's one day in their life as they celebrate Easter Sunday or as many of us call it Resurrection Sunday. The best part is that it isn't not all about "Easter" that most tend to focus on but Jesus. They learn about what they are really celebrating and what it means for them. Salvation. And that's why I am glad my children have it because they can read about it too. 

Also if you notice the author is a little different from the original authors. Mike Berenstein is the son of Stan and Jan Berenstein. And I must say he does a phenomenal job continuing the series and adding Christianity to the series, which is something that was not quite in place before. 

They've definitely just gained loyal readers out of us!



{FYI: I received this book through the BookLookBloggers program in exchange for my honest review. Yes, for legal purposes, I must tell you this. lol}

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Biff & Becka Stupendous Vacation

Rarely do I come across a book that I have to shelve for a while but this is one of those books.
It isn't particularly good for my children's age groups (8, 4, 1). It was entirely too wordy and because it only came via e-book my oldest couldn't really "get into" the book.
I think that if we'd gotten a paper copy of the book, she would have enjoyed it more.
Odd, I know considering most kids love anything electronic but when it comes to books my kids are old fashioned like their mama, paperback me please.  

I do think it's great content for Christian families and children to learn about. Biff learns alot in the book about his character and being content. However I will admit it is heavily laden with Scripture almost to the point of being TOO much for a children's book. 
I know for some it would be an issue that these are rabbits doing everything as humans. However I understand that the author was hoping to better capture the interest of children by using rabbits instead of humans. My children often like shows where the characters are animals/cartoons rather than live action shows.





{FYI: I received this book thru the Booklook Bloggers program in exchange for my HONEST opinion.} And as you can see it isn't exactly glowing. lol.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Strong & Kind

As a parent have you ever sat down to think of character traits you wanted to instill in your children?

I mean, sure kids have those ingrain traits but all of those traits are not good nor do we want them to sustain those traits. For example, Caleb (our 4 year old) has developed a tendency to be selfish with his things and while if left unchecked could become a very nasty character trait to have. As parents we have chosen to prune his character early and abolish that tendency before it becomes a hardcore character trait.

I'd been reading the book Strong & Kind by Korie Robertson and if you watch Duck Dynasty then you know who she is. If you don't then, here's a quick update: Korie is the wife of  Willie who now the head of the family business. She's been a mama for over twenty years, so I'd say she's got plenty of practice and experience.


I'd made it my business to add this book to my collection because I have yet to read anything from this family that I disliked or disagreed with. I love their principles and how grounded they are in the word of God.

In this book Korie details Strong & Kind, the two character traits that she and Willie decided they wanted to pass on to their children. They agreed while their children was young that they wanted them to be strong to endure in this world and to be kindhearted people.

 And in that choice came the realization that you cannot want to develop those traits in your children without developing & living them out yourself. It is ever so important to make sure that whatever character trait you choose to develop in your children that you LIVE THEM.

The book is awesome because it doesn't just focus on those two character traits but many character traits and the living those traits out as parents. Because as most of parents have realized its a "monkey see monkey do" world not a "monkey say monkey do" world.

Without realizing it, my hubby and I had already been modeling certain character traits for our children. My husband has been showing our children to be hardworking and consistent and to be well dressed. I'd been showing my children the importance of books and reading but also of love. My children will quickly hug you and say I love you. Because that's how their mama is. I like warm friendly welcomes. Give me a hug not a handshake! lol.

And prayerfully the good retains while we kick the bad traits out of all of us. :)




{FYI: I received this book via the booklookbloggers program in exchange for my HONEST review.}

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