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Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Questions: 

1.  What are you wearing right now?
2.  Do you have any freckles?
3.  What is your favorite Lifesaver flavor?
4.  What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
5.  Would you rather live without tv or without music?
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Java's L.O.A. was short-lived due to an overwhelming outcry :)  Thanks, Java for continuing Meet Me On Monday!


1.  What are you wearing right now?
I will NOT post a picture! 
I am wearing an oversized football jersey that my sister-in-law gave to me several years ago from the Texan high school team she is a trainer for with light blue, velvety sweatpants.  


2.  Do you have any freckles?
This question would best be asked "is there a part of your body WITHOUT freckles?"  for me the answer would be a resounding NO!  I am covered!


3.  What is your favorite Lifesaver flavor?
Believe it or not, I don't like any lifesavers.....


4.  What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
I rarely go to the theater.  I can't see paying 3x as much as I would if I just wait for the DVD.  But I did go this month with my 2 sons, a daughter and my one and only son-in-law.  I saw "Roommate", which I wish I would have waited for the DVD...it was NOT worth the $6.00 ;)  But it was worth the family time that I don't get often enough!


5.  Would you rather live without tv or without music?
Definitely, music.  I don't listen to it much anyway, so I wouldn't miss it.








Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Encouraging Moments free e-newsletter review w/giveaway

The winner is Lynne with comment #18....

Congrats to you Lynne!  
ENJOY


This whole Gabby Moms review program is turning out to be very taxing on my emotions. 







Last month when I found out I was reviewing a magazine called "True Treasures" I was shaking in fear.  







Now this month I've been asked to review an e-newsletter entitled Encouraging Moments and I'm filled with the feeling of hatred dislike.   Not a fan of e-anything!

As I was preparing to bow out of this month's review, I felt a gentle prompting in my spirit.  That still small voice saying to me:  "ok,'know-it-all'....maybe, just maybe, some mom/wife/home schooler in this big-wide-wonderful world that I've created actually LIKES e-newsletters! AND needs some encouragement! Ever think of THAT?"  

God has been teaching me that just because I believe or like something  differently than someone else doesn't make them wrong...just different.  So, I decided to take a step back and look at this e-newsletter for content.

So to the desktop I go, 'cuz my laptop is taking a vacation.....(I'm sure there a lesson for me there, but I'm going to wait on exploring that one!)

When I opened it up the first words I see are:  "Dear Cindy".....good start...nice and personal!

First sentence reads:  "Spiritual strongholds are sinful ways of thinking that have probably been part of our personality for so long we hardly even see them"  Again I hear that still small voice asking, "Could this be like thinking everyone has to think/feel/believe the same as you do or they are wrong?"   Sounds like this e-newletter has something in it I need to read.....

Continuing on-----

I am reminded that I need to "take out the garbage" that feeds that wrongful thought and replace it with a "Bible bath".  Read, study, meditate and memorize God's Word daily until it comes a part of me. 

Nothing really earth-shattering or new.  I KNOW all that, but do I LIVE all that?  The knowing part comes easily to me, but the living part, um, not so much.

The newsletter continues with some advertising of products offered at Eternal Encouragement Magazine, Lorrie's speaking schedule, quotes from Facebook, a section called Chick Flicks for Mom, another article with link about staying within a budget which talks about a favorite author of mine, Dave Ramsey!!! (I am offering a giveaway of his book The Total Money Makeover w/workbook here ).  
This weekly encouragement is  "short and sweet".  You can read it in probably 10 minutes or less.  Who doesn't have 10 minutes a week to be encouraged?  

Click on over to www.homemakingwithteach.com  to sign up today!

My lack of enjoying digital books leads to a blessing to someone reading this.  


I am giving away a prize I won of $25.00 to Eternal Encouragement's e-store! 


If you want to check out what is offered in the e-store go here

While you're there be sure to sign up for Encouraging Moments e-newsletter! 

Just comment you would like to win....easy, easy, easy!  

Oh yea, leave an email contact, too! 

I will randomly draw a winner on March 15, 2011

Stayed tuned for next month's mission....who knows what emotion it will ignite!

“I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine.  I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.”  


Velveteen Rabbit NKJV Bible Review & Giveaway



AND THE WINNER IS:
 RAMBLESAHM
WITH COMMENT #21





What makes this a "children's Bible"?


Obviously the picture of the Velveteen rabbit on the cover.  The velvety feel on the rabbit and surrounding vines.  There is a storage case to keep it neat and tidy.  
Throughout there are pages with animal friend pictures along with Bible verses which children will enjoy paging through.  Small and compact for little hands.  Not overwhelming to them.
I feel this is a good Bible to get your little one used to bringing their Bible to church.  To feel that special feeling of having a Bible to call their own.  


I like that it is in the NKJV and not "dumbed" down for children.  I believe it is best to start them early with "Bible language" as it will make it easier for them to understand as they grow older.


I don't have little ones at home anymore, so this Bible is being offered as a giveaway.


Easy to enter:
Become a follower of For One Another via GFC, networked blogs or twitter.  


After you follow by either one or all of the above ways you can have another entry by entering another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.


Winner will be chosen via random.org on March 8, 2011 and notified via email contact info left in entry.


*I received  a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in return for an honest review.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Meet Me on Monday with a change

The original Meet Me On Monday sponsor has decided to take a LOA.  Thankfully Heather @ Acting Balanced has decided to continue.  Thanks, Heather!


Here are this week's questions:

1. What is your favorite pair of shoes?




I love my slippers.  I bought them at Cabelas who has a lifetime guarantee.  I have already had to replace them once, and may have to again as I noticed they are coming apart.  Not that the quality is poor, BUT I wear them ALL OF THE TIME!

2. Cake or Pie and what flavor?


Peanut Butter Pie all the way....yum!3. What was the last book you read?
The book of Exodus in the Bible.  I am reading through the Bible in a year.  You can see how I'm doing with that here.

4. If you could buy one piece of technology/electronics what would it be and why - price is no object?


Right now it would definitely be a laptop.  Mine is in pieces on my desk as I try to fix it.  I'm not very optimistic about my success :(

5. Where do you do your best thinking?


In bed, especially in the morning.  I'm not one to jump right out of bed in anticipation of my day.  I spend at minimum 1/2 hour just lying there thinking.


Link up below:







Saturday, February 19, 2011

More thought provoking words from Max Lucado


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Getting the "I" Out of Your Eye

by Max Lucado
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3–4 NASB)
Love builds up relationships; selfishness erodes relationships. No wonder Paul is so urgent in his appeal: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit” (Phil. 2:3 NASB).
But aren’t we born selfish? And if so, can we do anything about it? Can we get our eyes off of self? Or, better asked, can we get the little self out of our eyes? According to Scripture, we can.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind. (Phil. 2:1–2 NASB)
Paul’s sarcasm is thinly veiled. Is there any encouragement? Any consolation? Any fellowship? Then smile!
What’s the cure for selfishness?
Get your self out of your eye by getting your eye off your self. Quit staring at that little self, and focus on your great Savior.
A friend who is an Episcopalian minister explains the reason he closes his prayers with the sign of the cross. “The touching of my forehead and chest makes a capital ‘I.’ The gesture of touching first one shoulder, then the other, cuts the ‘I’ in half.”
Isn’t that a work of the Cross? A smaller “I” and a greater Christ? Don’t focus on yourself; focus on all that you have in Christ. Focus on the encouragement in Christ, the consolation of Christ, the love of Christ, the fellowship of the Spirit, the affection and compassion of heaven.
If Christ becomes our focus, we won’t be like the physician in Arkansas. He misdiagnosed the patient. He declared the woman to be dead. The family was informed, and the husband was grief-stricken. Imagine the surprise of the nurse when she discovered that the woman was alive! “You better tell the family,” she urged the doctor.
The embarrassed physician phoned the husband and said, “I need to talk to you about the condition of your wife.”
“The condition of my wife?” he asked. “She’s dead.”
The doctor’s pride only allowed him to concede, “Well, she has seen a slight improvement.”
Slight improvement? Talk about an understatement! Lazarus is walking out of the tomb, and he calls that a “slight improvement”?
He was so concerned about his image that he missed an opportunity to celebrate. We laugh, but don’t we do the same? We’ve gone from cremation to celebration. We deserve a lava bath, but we’ve been given a pool of grace.
Yet to look at our faces you’d think our circumstances had made only a “slight improvement.” “How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say, “Well, things could be better.” Or “Couldn’t get a parking place.” Or “My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii.” Or “People won’t leave me alone so I can finish my sermon on selfishness.”
Honestly. We worry about acid rain in silver linings. Do you think Paul might like to have a word with us? Are you so focused on what you don’t have that you are blind to what you do? Have you received any encouragement? Any fellowship? Any consolation? Then don’t you have reason for joy?
Come. Come thirsty. Drink deeply from God’s goodness.
You have a ticket to heaven no thief can take,
an eternal home no divorce can break.
Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea.
Every mistake you’ve made is nailed to the tree.
You’re blood-bought and heaven-made.
A child of God—forever saved.
So be grateful, joyful—for isn’t it true?
What you don’t have is much less than what you do
A Love Worth Giving
From
A Love Worth Giving:
Living in the Overflow of God’s Love

Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2002) Max Lucado


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Winner



Liz is the winner of the 
ShaToBu Giveaway!

You'll be lookin' good in no time, LIZ



Yea, this was me!


Wordless Wednesday!!

Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed!

Never Growing Old


February Bible Reading Log

I like this button. 

 Yes, it is my choice to stick to my goal BUT I do need accountability ;)

Here is my reading schedule for February....
hopefully I can cross-off my daily readings.

  1. Genesis 47:13-50:26  Day one a success! The end of the story of Joseph and his 'famous' quote to his brothers:  "you intended it for evil, but God for good"  How many times in our lives does someone or thing harm us, but God turns it into something very good?  God is in the business of our good, He really is!  Sometimes we just don't see it, maybe because we are NOT looking! 
  2. Exodus 1:1-4:17:  There is so much in these verses!  I love the part where the Hebrew midwives disobey Pharoah's decree to kill all the boy babies.  It says:  "however, the midwives FEARED God".  This is an excellent example of how we are to obey God rather than man!  As was said by Peter in Acts 5:29 when he and the apostles were told by the authorities of the day not to speak about Jesus any longer. Oh, to be that bold!
  3. Exodus 4:18-6:27; 1 Chronicles 6:1-4a; Exodus 6:28-7:13:  I am reminded of how everything is in God's timing!  The "I AM" told Moses what was going to happen when he went to Egypt...the hardness of Pharoah, the plagues and the final release of the Hebrews.  But it all took time.  Moses' job was just to obey and wait.
  4. Exodus 7:14-9:35: I remember the first time I studied the plagues on Egypt with my kids.  I was amazed at how each plague was against a god that the Egyptians worshiped.  This was to show that the only true God was more powerful that anything else that was worshiped.                                                                                                                        Why Did God Send the Plague of Blood?
    Two of the Egyptian gods were Khnum and Hopi. Khnum was the guardian of the Nile and Hopi was the spirit of the Nile. When God turns the Nile River into blood it is a sign that God is more powerful than Khnum or Hopi.
    Why Did God Send the Plague of Frogs?
    The Egyptians also worshiped a god of resurrection named Heqt. Heqt was believed to take the form of a frog. The plague of Frogs was a way of saying that God could control any form of frog.
    Why Did God Send the Plague on Cattle?
    Apis was the symbol of fertility and took the form of a bull god. The plague on the cattle was a sign that even God could strike down any cattle, even a bull god.
    Why Did God Send the Plague of Boils?
    The Egyptians also worshiped Imhotep, the god of medicine. When boils appeared on the people of Egypt and not even Imhotep can cure them it was a sign that God was more powerful.
    Why Did God Send the Plague of Hail?
    The plague of hail was sent to defy the god of Nut. Nut was the sky goddess and normally would be the one to control the weather. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In Exodus 9:16 God says to Pharaoh:  "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."  Is not that the SAME reason we are here:  to proclaim Jesus in all the earth?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  5. Exodus 10:1-12:51
  6. Exodus 13:1-15:27
  7. Exodus 16:1-18:27
  8. Exodus 19:1-21:36
  9. Exodus 22:1-14:18
  10. Exodus 25:1-27:21
  11. Exodus 28:1-29:46
  12. Exodus 30:1-33:6
  13. Exodus 33:7-36:7
  14. Exodus 36:8-38:31
  15. Exodus 39:1-40:38
  16. Leviticus 1:1-4:35:  I am so thankful for Jesus.  He is my sacrifice so I don't have to bring anything to sacrifice.  
  17. Leviticus 5:1-7:38
  18. Leviticus 8:1-10:20:  Thankful that as a priest of God I am made pure through the Lamb of God.  
  19. Leviticus 11:1-13:46  So many ceremonial rules!  UGH....glad to be saved because of grace through faith and not works!
  20. Leviticus 13:47-15:33
  21. Leviticus 16:1-18:30
  22. Leviticus 19:1-21:24
  23. Leviticus 22:1-23:44
  24. Leviticus 24:1-23:55
  25. Leviticus 26:1-27:34  YAY, done with Leviticus :)
  26. Numbers 1:1-2:34
  27. Numbers 3:1-4:33
  28. Numbers 4:34-6:27
Please check in on me and comment to keep me going.  I think during Leviticus I will need all the encouragement I can get :)



Little Green Books Review & Giveaway

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

JOLENE
JENNICA 
WENDY 
KRISTEN

CONGRATULATIONS!





About Little Green Books
 From the website:
This new series of books will get little ones excited about going green. From recycling and replanting to creating an awareness of endangered animals and much more, Little Green Books plant the seeds for earth-friendly living at an early age. Each book in this environmentally friendly line is made from recycled materials - proving our commitment to this worthy cause.

When my four books arrived my 13 year old daughter and I quickly opened the package and began looking over the books.  My first impression was "Wow, these are really nice!  I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to review these top-notch books." 

Here are the books I chose: 
This book covers different places that a child may visit:  park, beach, school, garden, and suggests ways the child can help keep it clean.
It has double-sided puzzle pieces on each page that can be removed to make 2 puzzles on the back page.  My daughter suggested a pocket in the front of the book for the puzzle pieces after they have been removed from each page.  They don't stay well on the puzzle page or their original spot they came from.
It is a very colorful and fun book!

"Don't Throw That Away" uses a small girl who is portrayed as a "super-hero" leading the reader on an adventure of how to reuse everyday items.  One suggestion is to use a glass jar as a vase.  Each page has a flip tab to see what the item can be recycled into.  Great suggestions for kids to reuse!

From the four books I chose, this is my favorite.  Each page has a little question posed as a poem.  You have to guess who the animal is that is hiding under the flap.  
The first one says: "I'm black and white, but I don't moo.  I'm a fussy eater who likes bamboo."  The flap has a little bit of the animal exposed to help you guess.   Lift the flap to see if you have guessed correctly.  My daughter and I had some laughs with this one!

Now a book designed for a baby.  The cover is made of Polartec fleece from recycled material.  It is very soft.  The story is about a cute little monkey and his panda friend who asks to be the reader's friend also.  Very adorable!


Overall, these books are of highest quality.  Each one has it's own charm.  I love that they are made from recycled material, use fun ways to educate about taking care of the Earth, small for little hands to enjoy and very durable.  These books are a must have!

The website, Simonlittlegreen.com, is just as exciting as the books.  It has online games from 3 of the books they offer.  It also has downloadable activity pages, Earth Day event kits and more for you to use to spend more time teaching your child about taking care of the Earth.   There are tips to help you celebrate Earth Day everyday.  There is even a Little Green Blog with much, much more information about being GREEN!

Have I convinced you yet that these books are wonderful?  They can be purchased from these locations:


Simon & Schuster is being very generous and offering to give a set of the four books I reviewed to FOUR....yes, you read that right, FOUR followers of For One Another!  This is my first giveaway that is also open to our Canadian neighbors!  YAY!!!!  


Send all your friends to enter to win these fantastic books!
It's easy to enter:
You MUST be a follower of For One Another.  It's simple to follow, just click on the sidebar where it says "follow".  AND you MUST visit Simonlittlegreen.com and comment what impressed you the most about their products.
If you just HAVE to win these books you can increase your chances if you:
Follow For One Another on Twitter
Follow For One Another via networked blogs (again on the sidebar,click under networked blogs where it says "follow this blog")
Comment on a way that you live "Green"
Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.
Winners will be drawn February 8, 2011 (my daughter's 13th birthday) using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or alternate winners will be chosen.  
*Simon & Schuster generously provided the above books to me in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation