BibleMan Genesis – Vol 1 – DVD Review

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My kids loved it – although it is a bit dated. My 5 year old was just as enthralled as she is with any animated or superhero type show. I loved watching her make the connections to the Armor of God that we have been studying. My favorite was when she commented “Look momma, BibleMan is using the Sword of Truth – he’s saying Bible verses to destroy the bad guy!”.

I think this is a great gift for any child ages 4-7 and I plan on purchasing a few more of the series!

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She Reads Truth – A Book Review

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Once upon a time, I lived overseas and stumbled upon an app called She Reads Truth (SRT).  It was such a wonderful thing to have on my phone and I loved the graphics of verses and the depth of Bible study these gals – Amanda & Raechel – shared daily.  I basically started thinking they were friends of mine.

Then, I was able to go to a blogging conference in South Carolina and I actually met them…

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and I realized that they were just as genuinely beautiful & full of the Spirit in person as they were on the app.

Fast forward 2 years and SRT has become an app used internationally and these 2 gals who started it all have a Bible study and a published book!  WOW!  God moves in unfathomable ways doesn’t He?!?!  He is so good!

I was pretty excited to be able to recieve their She Reads Truth book and I was not disappointed.  It’s a beautiful testimony of two girls who have different stories but know their stories are more about His story than anything else.

It’s in the pages of this book that I began to read bits and pieces of my own story.  It’s amazing how connected each of us are no matter our backgrounds.  The struggle of humanity…of sin…is real – for each of us.  And glory to Him we know the Hero…the Victor.  Inside this book you are pointed to the Book.  Every chapter ends with not just their personal thoughts on God’s words but God’s words themselves.  Passages written out because the main thing is always going to be His words.  His story.  The fact that He chooses to use our stories to point others to Him…well that’s just a bonus.  That’s just grace.  And if that’s something you didn’t know or if you have forgotten it as of late- then you’ll love seeing how the intricate details of two girls who have different stories work together for the master plan He had from the beginning…and smiling because you know that the story isn’t over yet.

Buy it now!

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If Only {Day 31: Only}

If only I could drive.
If only I could be in college.If only I could go overseas.
If only I could meet “the one”.
If only we could travel like ‘they’ do.
If only I had no student loans.
If only we came from money.
If only I had that job.
If only we could have children.
If only I could speak, sing, write, draw, paint, or teach like her/him.

If only.

my mind is so often consumed with the completely wrong thing.  completely wrong.  As in – so far from the abundant filled life thoughts that the Lord Himself came to earth to make possible for me. I wish and I hope and I pray and I run hard & fast (obviously figuratively not literally because anyone who knows me know that me + run = hilarious images) towards things that will NEVER be enough.  Things/Ideas/People that can never fill what I want them to fill.  What happens after one of those “I only”s?  What then?  Just move on to the next one?

What if instead of “if only” my mind was transformed to literally thinking of “the Only One”? What then?  What next?  There wouldn’t be. If I woke up still on this earth – then there would never be a “moving on” to the next thing.  He is the Only One.  He would be enough.  He would guide each choice.  His thoughts would lead mine.  His desires would be what I longed for and His good works that He has already prepared for me would be clear.

Oh, if only.

This is Day 31 of the Write 31 Days Challenge.

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When You Just Need A Break {Day 30:Cut}

Before the 5 minutes starts – can I just say how excited I am to have made it to Day 30?!?  I can see the finish line!!  I know these posts have been a little different than what you may be used to here – but I sure have loved just unwinding with 5 minutes a day of unscripted, unedited, therapeutic typing!

 

There are days when I just long to hear a director somewhere in the background yell “Cut!”

To know that there’s a pause button.  A break to be had.  A time to look back over the script and see just how much I messed up the last line.  A moment to sit down, take a drink of water, and close my eyes.  Time to replay the most recent scene and figure out how I could do it better, be more involved, make my words more convincing…just all in all to be more.  to be better.

“Cut!”

breathe deep, relax, feel my shoulders drop and sigh with relief – the scene is over and there’s time to read about what comes next.  to prepare and practice before needing to run lines in front of a camera.  an opportunity to work out the pronunciations and figure out just when to laugh or how much sadness or anger to put into a discussion to make it all look & sound just right.

This life – sometimes it gives the illusion of being a stage – that somehow without me or you preforming that it will all come crashing down.  That the God of love & compassion has a side job of being the toughest critic and analyzing every move we make and is waiting with notes about we could have done it better and the actress/actor that He should have picked to begin with…because clearly we/I am floundering hopelessly.

But.  But.  That is the illusion.  The deceit.  The trickery of the evil one.  The lies that so easily entangle.  It is indeed not about me or you – but only about Him.  There is no performance that changes how He feels about us or could make Him regret the Sacrifice that He made for us.

He. Loves. Us.
He. Loves. Me.
He. Loves. You.

The end.  Final curtain call. Take a bow for that sole Audience of One – and know that every perfectly recited line and every hilarious blooper…He can and will use it all – for His glory. Amen.

This is Day 30 of the Write 31 Days Challenge.

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