Wednesday, November 25, 2020


I have never personally visited the Holy Land, however, my parents and grandparents have. I loved hearing their stories and seeing their pictures. Everyone always says that once you visit the Holy Land, you will read the Bible in a new light.

Because I have never been to the Holy Land, I love the new Holy Land Illustrated Bible! This Bible is a visual exploration of the people, places, and things of the Word. The book-specific introductions provide the setting and circumstances of writing for each book, and every image includes a descriptive caption to help better understand what is pictured.

The Holy Land Illustrated Bible includes:
-over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations
-275 full-length commentary articles
- over 40 “Digging Deeper” call-outs

The Holy Land Illustrated Bible opens a whole new world to reading the Bible! It is a wonderful Bible for studying and learning more about the places in the Bible, it also makes a great  Bible for ministers.

To enter to win a Holy Land Illustrated Bible, comment on the blog telling me your favorite book of the Bible.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

'A Few Reminders to Help You Stay Positive

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It’s a simple fact of life that stressful circumstances inevitably arise from time to time, that hurdles and personal setbacks occur, and that it can be difficult to remain positive on a consistent basis.

Of course, your personal well-being is always going to be greater if you’re able to maintain a generally positive outlook on things, and the hurdles and obstacles that you do end up facing in life will tend to be much more manageable as well, if you can avoid giving in to negativity.

Sometimes, in order to regain a sense of positivity, it’s simply necessary to remember a few fundamental facts that can help to bring everything back into proper perspective.

Here are a few reminders to help you stay positive.

  1. Many unpleasant situations are fleeting and treatable

There are a lot of unpleasant situations that can arise in everyday life which are nonetheless fleeting and treatable – things which don’t have to be endured for the long term, and which can be handled without too much trouble.

Of course, the problems themselves can still feel overwhelming and unfair when they are occurring, but simply reminding yourself that “this can be handled, and it will get better” can often work wonders with regards to helping you to regain a healthy and balanced sense of perspective.

If your child is experiencing a condition such as baby cradle cap, for example, it’s natural that you would be worried, upset, and stressed. But the solution can nonetheless be as straightforward as a temporary dermatological treatment.

  1. The challenges you face in life can serve to make you spiritually and mentally stronger, if you approach them in the right way

In many of the world’s religions, and in many ancient philosophies, you can find the idea that the challenges, setbacks, and hardships we experience in everyday life can serve to make us spiritually and mentally stronger.

In the case of the ancient Stoic philosopher Epictetus, for example, he explicitly argues that our hardships are sent by the gods precisely in order to make us strong, and he uses the metaphor of these hardships being a “strong sparring partner.”

Of course, in order for the challenges you face to make you spiritually and mentally stronger, you need to approach them with that mindset. You need, in other words, to be willing to engage with the challenge and commit that you will do what you can to be a better and stronger person on the other side of it.

Of course, this is easier said than done – you are certainly much more likely to feel generally positive if you approach things in this way, than if you sit around and tell yourself that you’re being cursed.

  1. There are always possibilities to open doors you haven’t yet opened, and to become things you haven’t yet become

As time goes by over the course of our lives, and we get into habitual behaviour patterns, we can often end up feeling “solidified,” “trapped,” and maybe even “petrified.”

In other words, it can feel as though we have expended all of our possibilities, and that there are no more doors that can yet be opened in order for us to rejuvenate or reinvent ourselves.

The truth is that there are always possibilities to open new doors you haven’t yet opened, and to become things that you haven’t yet become, as long as you live. The world is enormous, and it's full of a myriad of different avenues. We are all faced by a huge number of choices in everyday life – and a huge number of different directions we can go in.

It’s worth reminding yourself that there are always more things you can do – many that you almost certainly haven’t even thought of yet.

  1. Many of the things that get us down or disturb us in day-to-day life simply won’t matter down the line, in the big picture

One great mental exercise to perform in order to stop “sweating the small stuff,” is to imagine how you will feel about a particular situation or issue several decades from now – or even on your deathbed.

Generally speaking, you will find that many of your petty everyday concerns and insecurities will seem absolutely meaningless further down the line, in the big picture sense. 

Remembering this can then motivate you to keep moving forward in a spirit of enthusiasm, and to not get bogged down in worrying about the minutiae.


One of my favorite small businesses is having some incredible early black Friday deals you will love! Cultivate What Matters is the company that makes the Powersheets Goal Planner and Write the Word Journals that I use daily and love. Lara Casey and the Cultivate team have a heart and passion for helping women cultivate what is really important in their own lives and have created tools to help us to just that.

The Powersheets Goal Planner is the absolute best tool for learning what is important to you, setting realistic goals, setting actions steps toward those goals, and celebrating progress. I've been a Powersheets user for three years now and will definitely be a user for life. Powersheets helped me stay on task this year with regular, every day goals and big picture goals.

The Write the Word Journals are beautiful journals that help you with Bible reading. It is proven that when we write something in our own messy handwriting, it helps what we are writing to root down into our heart. So why not write the Word!? The Write the Word Journals have a space to record the date (or something about your day), something you are thankful for, a Scripture prompt to look up and write, a space to write what is on your heart, and a space to write a word to focus on for the day. I love using the Write the Word Journals in my daily quiet time.

So many accessories! Cultivate What Matters also offers a ton of beautiful coordinating accessories you will love. Stickers, markers, washi tape, accessory pouches, journals, and more!

Early Black Friday Deals

Cultivate What Matters black Friday deal starts today, November 24th and runs until November 30th. You can get 25% off everything (excluding bundles and the Powersheets Goal Planner), free shipping on all orders over $100, and a free gift with purchases over $75! So you can order your Powersheets Goal Planner at full price, a Write the Word Journal and some fun accessories for 25% off, get free shipping, and get a free gift! Or grab a few Write the Word Journals and some faith sticker books to create some beautiful gifts for 25% off! There are so many options!

To shop the Cultivate What Matters Early Black Friday sale, click HERE!

Monday, November 23, 2020


I have been a Simplified Planner girl for a few years now and love this small company! Emily Ley and team Simplified are so fun as they help us plan and simplify our lives.

The Simplified Planner is a higher price point than a planner you would find at a big box store. But let me tell you, it is worth every single penny! Simplified Planners are kid proof, spill proof, throw in your purse proof, carry everywhere proof, everything proof! The covers are sturdy hard back and literally withstand everything. I have never had a Simplified cover bend, rip, or crack. And if you spill something on it, it wipes right off. The paper is a super thick Mohawk paper which means it won't rip easy and your pens and markers will not bleed through!

The Simplified Planner comes in two editions: a daily and a weekly. It also comes in six cover options for each edition. Simplified also offers a ton of super cute matching accessories! You can get notebooks, pens, bookmarkers, and more to match or coordinate with your planner.

Early Black Friday Deals

Simplified black Friday deals start today, November 23rd and go through November 30th with up to 50% off. Daily planners will be $48 and weekly planners will be $38. This is the perfect time to grab your 2021 planner and matching accessories. Looking for gifts? You can get a mini notebook, matching bookmarker, and pen for the perfect teacher, neighbor, pastor's wife, or friend gift! There are so many ways to mix and match for the perfect gift.

To shop the Simplified black Friday deals, click HERE.




Continuing to count God's sweet blessings...

2850. Triple date with our daughter and son in law and our son and daughter in law.

2851. Fall candles.

2852. My daughter baking cookies.

2853. Healing tears falling into an open Bible.

2854. Memories.

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