Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Raising kids in this generation can be scary. Motherhood is hard enough, then we read headlines and see all the things going on around us and wonder how we can possibly raise our kids today.

In her new book Becoming MomStrong, Heidi St. John teaches us to be strong in the Lord, to know who you are in Christ, and to impart that strength to your kids. Heidi understands how hard it is to raise kids and wants us to be momstrong together. She teaches us to be willing to fight for what God says is worth fighting for.

Heidi teaches us to be strong, rooted in Truth and to teach Truth to our kids. She shares real experiences from her own life as a mom of 7. She encourages us to not give up or give in, but to fight.

This book is a must read for moms of all ages, from all walks of life and in all seasons of motherhood. Becoming MomStrong is available today so pick up your copy and become momstrong!

*Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Monday, September 18, 2017


#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2260. Technology to stay connected to my daughter while she is away at school.

2261. FaceTime to not only hear her voice, but see her face.

2262. The family snuggled around my phone as we talk to our girl.

2263. Time spent with my grandparents.

2264. My husband helping my grandfather.

Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Today I want to share 2 incredible new Illustrated Faith kits from Dayspring.

The first kit is the new monthly kit, Created to Create 2. I will be honest with you and tell you that when I heard what this kit was, I wasn't too excited about it. I haven't done much Bible journaling the past couple of months. I am not artistic at all, so while I enjoy the Bible journaling kits from Illustrated Faith, I felt like my journaling wasn't good enough. I listened to the enemy tell me that I wasn't made to do this, it isn't for me, and I wasn't good enough. I spent more time erasing and tearing out pages in my prayer journal to start over than I actually spent doing the journaling. So, I just set it aside.

And then this kit came.

In Created to Create 2, Shanna invites us on a four week journey of discovering who we are in Jesus. We, I, am unique and special, and we have God-sized plan designed especially for for each of us. My journal doesn't have to look perfect. It doesn't have to look like Shanna's journal. It doesn't have to have perfect lines and drawings. It just has to be me. It's my worship to God, the One who created me to create, for Him. Shanna says, "Today I ask that you put down all the 'I can'ts' and pick up the 'I cans!' Maybe you are creative in how you put colors together, or how you see the world, whatever it may be—creativity is inside of you!"

Friends, you were created to create. And if you are more like me and cannot draw well, Illustrated Faith's kits are perfect. The stickers, stamps and washi help add color and design without having to be a perfect artist.

The devotional prompts are:
Week 1 - in the beginning God created
Week 2 - We are the clay He is the Potter Isaiah 64:8
Week 3 - beautiful in His time! Ecclesiastes 3:11
Week 4 - You are created to create Timothy 4:14-15

Each kit includes:
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 thank you card from Shanna
1 package of paper pieces (22 pieces)
2 sheets of translucent stickers
3 heart-shaped tip-ins
4 devotional cards
4 journaling cards

This kit is so much fun and such a great reminder that we were created to create.

The second kit I want to share with you is dear to my heart. It's the Faith > Fear kit. I've shared a few times that my daughter left for college this year. With her leaving, I have struggled with fear. Fear of all the what ifs. What if she forgets to turn her coffee pot off and burns her apartment down? What if she gets in an accident? What if classes, homework and her job are too much for her? What if, what if, what if. Fear grips my heart.

Then God firmly, yet so gently, reminds me to have faith in Him. While I cannot be there to protect her and take care of her, He is. I can have complete faith that He is with her every moment.

In the Faith > Fear kit, Shanna Noel uses some of her favorite Bible journaling must-haves to help us linger longer in the Word and document our faith. Each piece reminds us to have faith in our loving Father.

Included in the kit:
3 cardstock sticker sheets, 136 stickers
1 clear sticker sheet, 19 stickers
35 die-cut pieces
1 roll washi tape, 36'
1 tip-ins booklet, 24 pages - 12 designs

Lastly, I want to share a Shanna's favorite watercolor set. I have never used watercolors for Bible journaling so I am thrilled to get this set and begin. This set comes with 12 pigments and a brush and it's all in a cute little compact tin. These watercolors are Bible safe!

Pick up the Created to Create 2 kit, the Faith > Fear kit, and Shanna's favorite watercolor set today and illustrate your faith!

*Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Tomorrow is National Day of Encouragement. This is a day that we encourage someone. Who? Anyone! After all, we all need encouragement. I cannot tell you how many times I was struggling and no one knew, yet at the perfect moment the mailman would deliver a hand written card from someone who wanted to encourage me. Then there is the time our neighbor crocheted two beautiful blankets for my grandparents. The blankets might have been for them, but I was encouraged because of her kindness and generosity.

My daughter was recently encouraged in a big way. She is away at college and one of her books is pretty pricey. She was stressing a little about how to get the book. She went to chapel in the morning and the college pastor was speaking on blessings. He directly called her out and asked her to come up. He handed her $63. Later that day she opened a care package from us and her grandparents. Her grandfather placed a hundred dollar bill in there to bless her. $163. The cost of her book. She was encouraged.

Think about it. Who can you encourage? Who can you buy a donut and coffee for? Who can you send a card to? Who can you babysit for (for free) so they can rest? Who can you help run errands? Who can you make dinner for? Everywhere you look you will find person after person after person who needs encouragement.

Sign up for Dayspring's Encouragement Kit and you will get downloadables, fun activities, tips and more on how to encourage those around you. PLUS, check out Dayspring's Encouragement BOGO where you will find incredible items to gift to someone. With this buy one, get one FREE sale, it is the perfect time to stock up on gifts. Click HERE.

Be sure to use #encouragementdare!

#eucharisteo, #joydare, #thanksgiving, #thankfulness, #1000gifts,

Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2255. An incredible family reunion vacation with my the people I love.

2256. Safe travels.

2257. Getting to visit my oldest at college.

2258. Conversations with both of my girls.

2259. Sunday nap.

Share something you are praising God. I would love to rejoice with you.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Life is full of problems, chaos and catastrophes, no one is exempt. During these times we often reach for things to help us, or even numb us, but we often fail to reach for God. While a temporary moment of pleasure can found in the bottom of a tub of ice cream, there is no power to truly help us. However, there is One who can.

In her new book, Anchored In, Micah Maddox tells us:
"God's power provides the heart with everything it needs."
No matter what trial you are facing, no matter what hardship finds its way to your doorstep, God and God alone has everything you need.

In Anchored In Micah shares openly and honestly of her own trials, reminding us that we are never alone. She gives us the tools we need to anchor into the Father through it all.

Anchored In isn’t a book of Christian cliché’s or sweet stories to warm the heart, but rather it's an authentic look at the hard parts of life. Micah shares personal stories, such as her father’s abandonment of her family, and couples them with Biblical application to offer real-life glimpses of God at work. She offers inspiration to live a life full of God’s power rather than one that causes us to turn away and be paralyzed by problems.

No matter what storm is brewing in your life, no matter how hopeless things seem, pick up a copy of Anchored In and let Micah remind you how to anchor yourself to the Father.

*Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Links on this page may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this ministry by using the affiliate links.