Wednesday, October 9, 2019


I owned a Study Bible, one I got because it was pretty. The cover was a beautiful brown and pink and the leather was soft to the touch. But I never really used the study elements until about ten years ago when God changed my life. My relationship with God deepened and Bible reading became a passion. The more I read God's Word, the more I wanted. That's when I really began to dig into the study part of my Study Bible. Soon my Bible was worn and marked from use. I decided to retire my Bible and purchase a new. This time, I didn't get a study Bible. I got a wonderful Bible that I will use for many years to come, but I greatly miss all of the wonderful the study elements.

I recently received a CSB Study Bible and I am so excited! Study Bibles give you additional information and commentary. Sometimes when we read the Bible we think something sounds odd or weird. The commentary tells you why they might have done that or used that. It explains the time or culture. Study Bibles also show how different verses correlate together. They give you so much information that helps you to dig deeper into God's Word. I once heard a pastor say, "Never ever read the Bible again. Instead, however, study it." We need to not just read the Bible, we need to study what it says and study Bibles truly help.

The CSB Study Bible is designed to help you know and be transformed by God’s Word. The Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) that keeps Scripture primary on every page.

To inspire you to grow in your understanding and love for God’s Word, the CSB Study Bible, includes an array of study resources including over 16,000 study notes, tools, and word studies—each tool presented on the same page as the verses it refers to. Whether you are preparing for future Bible studies or daily readings, this study Bible for men and women is the ideal resource for lifelong discipleship.

If you are ready to not just read, but study God's Word, check out the CSB Study Bible. Just click HERE.

*Disclaimer: I received this Bible in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Growing up my mom had this one Bible that she always used. She carried it to church every week. As the preacher would preach his sermon, my mom would take notes in that Bible. She still has this Bible full of notes and markings. Now, this was a "regular" Bible. No special margin or section for notes or anything. So she had to carefully and creatively write all around the words.

If you like taking notes in your Bible too, the CSB Notetaking Bible is a perfect option! This Bible is great for taking notes at church or during a Bible study, or for using in your own personal quiet time.

The CSB Notetaking Bible is designed to enhance personal Bible study as well as preparation for teaching and preaching. This Bible provides you with a 1.75 inch note taking space on every page to make observations, record insights, raise questions, and suggest to yourself additional exploration of the text.

One thing I love about notetaking is that it leaves a legacy. I love seeing my mom's Bible with all of her marks and tear stains. One day, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and even farther down the line will see that Bible and those notes and know what God spoke to her.

Check out the CSB Notetaking Bible. You will love it! Just click HERE.

*Disclaimer: I received this Bible in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Parts Of Your Life You Might Not Have Planned For

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There are some parts of our life that we definitely don't have planned, and it makes them
so hard to know how to deal with. The more this happens in life, the more you're going to
feel completely stressed out and confused. You'll feel like life is just throwing a couple of
tests at you at a time, and it can be hard to know how to deal with them. But there are
some parts of your life that sometimes you just don't need to plan. Some of you will spend
all of your time meticulously planning out every single step, putting more pressure on your
life than you would have if you had just gone with the flow. But all of this pressure is not
something that we need to be dealing with. We should be living a happy and calm life as
much as possible, and knowing how to deal with some of these unplanned things is so
important. So, if you keep on reading, we'll show you some of the unplanned things that
you might have to deal with, and how you can completely knock them out of the park! 

An Unplanned Baby Bump

A baby bump is definitely something to panic about if you haven't planned for it. But it
would seem that not planning for it is the main way that people seem to be getting pregnant
at the minute. A surprise is what they call it! If this has happened to you, you need to count
your blessings that you are able to carry a child, and that your life is going to be blessed
with one forever. All you need to do is start by thinking about the little things. Checking
yours and the baby's health for starters. Then, getting a room ready and stocking up the
cupboards. You can get baby formula samples to try out at first so you know which the
best one is, and then fill the cupboards with it. It's really all about buying the smaller things
to begin with, getting your financial sorted, and just riding out the pregnancy. Everything
will fall into place eventually! 

Quick Changes To Your Health

Changes to your health can be a complete shock, and we're not talking about your average
cold. We're talking about something like being involved in a car accident, causing some
serious damage. The majority of us are destined to be in one at some point in life, it's just
a matter of time before we are, and the question of how bad it'll be. So the first thing to do
will be to focus on your health, and focus on your finances. If the crash wasn't your fault,
the claim will most likely cover the time off work. If it was, you'll have to think about
government benefits to get you through it! 

Relationship Breakdowns

Never an easy one to deal with, but it's most likely something you've already gone through
once before, and will do again. Our top tip is just to surround yourself with the right people,
and focus on being happy and finding yourself. When you get into a relationship, it's so easy
to lose yourself, and coming out of it might be the biggest blessing ever!

Monday, September 23, 2019


Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2650. Fall weather, finally.

2651. A weekend away at women's retreat.

2652. Worshiping with hundreds of women.

2653. One son encouraging the other son.

2654. New growth on my Fiddle Leaf Fig tree!

It's your turn! Share something you are praising God for. I would love to rejoice with you.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Have you ever struggled with a difficult relationship? Someone you were, or should have been, close to hurt you deeply. You hold on to this pain, or perhaps anger, as it eats away at your heart and robs you of joy. You hear that forgiveness is necessary and would even free you. But the thought of forgiving is inconceivable. You finally get to a moment when you think maybe, just maybe, it will all be okay then suddenly you feel slammed with more heartache.

Author Sarah Mae gets it. She's been there. She knows the pain, the anger, the confusion, the torment, the hopelessness. In her brand new book, The Complicated Heart, she shares personal stories of her relationship with her mom. Sarah is transparent as she tells of all she went through and all she overcame. As you read you will feel like you are sitting down having a deep and open conversation with a friend.

You will not only learn of Sarah's struggles, you’ll travel with her mom as well as you read her mom’s journal entries and letters. You’ll get a rare peek into that mind and heart the person who hurts us.

The Complicated Heart is a must read for anyone who has walked through the pain of a complicated relationship. To pick up your copy, click the banner below: