Having Faith, Finding Hope…

For months I have seen so many lacking faith, in God, in themselves and in life in general. Many losing a loved one, someone they cared for and loved no matter how hard things got in their lives and I am not exempt myself… Its about having faith, when all else seems lost and about finding hope as we live our lives in what seems to be a strange and new world. It seems like everything is changing at a fast pace, one that some of us never thought we would see in our lifetimes. Evil seems ever advancing and Good seems to be fading, as so many of you are losing hope in those things you faith in, in the past. There is hope…

For me it is and always has been in God, in his provision and protection as I walk through this life. Because I know that without a doubt, to life without him would have been a place I would not have wanted to be. It was hard enough as the trials of life came and went, at times washing over me and leaving me with a feeling like I would be overcome by each thing that happened. Reminding myself that as each thing happened that God was there, that he heard my prayers and cared about what I was going through. Yet in each thing that challenged my faith, I was again and again relying on Him and His Word to get me through things. I heard a sermon last sunday from Psalms 103 about speaking to our souls, telling them to bless the Lord. At times, I felt as you probably have ” How can I bless the Lord when my heart is so feeling the emotion of something tragic in my life happening” We don’t have the joy or the passion to just sing out and praise God, because we are deeply hurt and we feel their is no hope in the future. When everything looks and feels so gloom and doom in our lives. But in reality, this is the time that we really need to take hold of our faith and reach out to God, Cry out to Him and Bless His Holy Name and Praise Him for everything he has brought us through.

If your not born again or a christian, you might not know or have faith and I hope for those of you who are not and your reading this, that you consider Him. Consider just who it is that has brought you this far in life… There is something stronger then yourself that has brought you to where you are now… It is no mistake that your here reading my post today… Yes as crazy as it seems even to me, God has brought you here to this place, in this time, to find Hope!

This morning as I considered what I would do today, writing wasn’t one of those things. For months I have just felt led to slow down, live life one day at a time and not do more then just what I could do in a day. Yes that is how much I felt like I needed to just take time to find a way to live life, seeking the Lord’s help in so many areas where I was grieving and felt a deep and utter lose in my life. Time and time again I would say, this is not my life, this is not where I am suppose to be and surely the things happening around me, to me… well I didn’t ask for any of it… In 4 years time, the lose of my best friend in death, the death of my Dad, what seems to be the lose of my marriage (that’s a whole nother post) Losing our home of 13 years (The place I raised my children, brought my youngest home from the hospital to, the place that held so many memories for me, where life was lived with grandkids and where the most beautiful sunsets were seen, where we were close to the beach and could go anytime, but mostly where I grew in my faith with the Lord, probably more then ever in my life) and Two more children leaving the nest, as it was time they learned to fly… Putting my business I was building on the back burner as I adapted yet again to changes happening in our lives… Our lives, because for the first time it is just myself and my youngest son living this life together. Thankfully Daniel and I have always been close, he is growing up fast and will become a teenager in two short months! Challenges and more challenges in life…

Trials come and go… and yet somehow on a daily basis we each find a way to get through them. We have those certain people we talk to , confide in and also those that seem to guide us through life… God puts each person in our path for a reason and nothing is left to chance… It was destiny or we were destined to meet each one, to learn from, to love even if later they are not there anymore to guide us along our way… No one is there forever. But God… at least for me. He has been in my life for so long now 50 years to my memory.

I was born into a christian home, dysfunctional as it seemed to be, my parents believed in God. They were not perfect, but none of us are… We are all on a journey of growing and learning… I have never expected my parents to be perfect and though at times I held them to a standard that perhaps they didn’t know about and maybe they couldn’t meet up to… but they were there for me, My mom I often saw reading her bible when I was younger and my Dad though he had likes and hobbies he was always there to talk to, He on occasion taught at church and my mom taught sunday school when I was growing up. They had a small group of friends and when I look back, I know how blessed I was to grow up in the time I did… it wasn’t as crazy as today! But at the age of 6, I realized I was not perfect and that I needed the Jesus I learned of weekly to forgive me and guide me through this life. I had even at that age done wrong, disobeyed my parents and broken the commandments of God. Yes the 10 commandments you use to hear about, that no longer seem to be the guild others follow and the ones everyone want to cast aside as they muddle through this life wandering aimlessly. I don’t look back on my life like so many thinking that my parents raised me wrong, or that they were controlling, because really they were not… They were trying to guide me to becoming a better person. A person who lived rightly, someone who cared about the lives of others and who had enough faith to see me through this life. I don’t like kids of today think my mind was manipulated and controlled or that my parents were narcissistic, if you think us parents are to be live and let live with ou kids, I want you to know that letting you make your own choices constantly will bring you nothing but heartache and pain at times. If you think making your own mistakes is what you want, it might lead to your own lose in life or lose of life or at least one that is far harder than it has to be. I realize that somehow at the magic age of teenagehood, you all just somehow got far smarter then your aging parents and knew all there was to know about life and living it. But… I grew up in a time where we loved, honored and obeyed those in authority in our home. Not out of fear, but out of love for them. I am sure there were times they feel from grace (God’s grace) but we all do… It is not about being perfect. There are none perfect, except Jesus Christ himself. That same Jesus that my parents loved and had joy in reading about, praying to and depending on… Because when times were hard for them, us… that is who they turned to. It worked for them and for 50 years it has worked for me, no matter what the issues of life have been. I don’t know everything, nor do I claim to, but I do have 56 years of experience in this life, that tells me God is real to me, He knows what he is doing and that I can depend on Him and I believe so can you….

I know that we are facing what seems to be hard times… Illness has taken many from us and we are all wondering what the future holds… Some of us have lost our homes, our loved ones and have little to no food and the future seems uncertain, but today I want to encourage you to hold on and to have faith , find hope in the only one that really cares for you…

Right now I know who holds the future and as we wait out this election and the results, we need to put or faith and hope in someone that is sure and truly has our best interests at heart and that is God himself… Because he is faithful and dependable…

If you don’t know God I encourage you to seek Him, ask him to show himself to you in a real and personal way. Grab a KJV Bible and read John 3: 16 and read the new testament to get to know who Jesus is and what God can do for you and as always, if you need prayer leave me a comment or you can email me at faithfulacresbodysoulspirit@gmail.com

Blessings,

Linda Marie

“We All Make Mistakes”

“We All Make Mistakes”

Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”

“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel

Books by Author Kayla Jarmon Review

Discussion Book Series and A Boy and His Dog by Kayla Jarmon

We received three electronic books, A Boy, and His Dog,  Dying is Part of This World, and Don’t Forget Me from Kayla Jarmon for our review.
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A Boy and His Dog
You have heard folks say ” A Boy and His Dog! ”  This book shows the close friendship and relationship of both.  My husband is a dog person really can relate to this and we often have talks about our Dogs and our past pets we have had and loved.

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This book was so cute!  It shows what a sweet loving and fun relationship he has with his dog and how they do everything together, even bath together and the dog even sleeps on his bed.  Daniel enjoyed this book, in our home, we have dogs whose names are Baby and Konike. Baby is our Great Pryensse and Konike is our Black Lab/Retriever mix who is chocolate colored.  Daniel knows that having a dog means more than just feeding and watering, it comes with expense and responsibility.

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Dying Is Part of This World
Everyone has to deal with this subject and it seems that we all struggle with this topic. This thoughtfully written book shares about the fear of death. There are scripture references and discussion questions to provoke great conversation and prayer. With God’s knowledge and wisdom, you can overcome the fear of death and live a victorious life! Christ has conquered death! Amen

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Dying is Part of This World was sorta a needed thing for us, so getting to read this was very helpful.  We lost my Dad a year ago May 25th, on my birthday. This was hard for me, but Daniel came to NY with me and we saw him the day before he passed. Since Daniel has had questions, this made it easier for me to share my belief on this without the worry of my emotions taking over.  We could just read this book and talk about death in general. We know that my Dad is in heaven with God and having this book reaffirm this helped us a lot. At the end of each chapter is discussion questions for us to use and talk about. Really great book if your trying to share this with your children and have lost someone close to you.

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Don’t Forget Me 
Don’t Forget Me depicts a conversation between God and the Baby through pregnancy and birth. It will bring emotions and maybe even a tear to your eyes, as you are reminded that God is the author and giver of life. A perfect gift for expectant parents and siblings!

This book is meant to be used in the Christian Home. The Discussion Book Series encourages great discussions with discussion questions and Scripture references. This book is aimed at family discussion or even a woman’s bible study or teen girls class on marriage and pregnancy!

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Since Daniel is my baby, I read this one myself.  This is the most Thoughtful and Encouraging book. Not just for children but for anyone expecting a baby.  It would be a great book to read to your children if you are expecting to share the biblical worldview of God being there from conception, birth and beyond.  I loved how it showed the love of God for the child, the love of the mother for her child and also the love of the father for the mother and for the Lord. The illustrations are so sweet and portray just how it is from the womb and it gives a very thoughtful and modest way of showing what happens in birth.  This book touched my heart even as a mom who has had many a miscarriage and it really should be in the church and the home. I love the verses in the back of the book that we can use to share God’s word with our children on conception, development, and birth.  I really love this book!

I hope you will consider these books for your children and your home. Also, consider getting this for your church when it is available in paperback or audio. I would so highly encourage Don’t Forget Me, for a teen group or a pre-marriage class.   All of these books are so well illustrated and very well written.

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Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think ( Book)& (DVD) Review

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I am happy to be sharing with you today about Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) (for parents of kids ages 8-high school) by  Parenting Made Practical.  For this review I was sent the book and the DVD ( 53 minutes) . This is really a training that can be for the whole family and surely one that you want to pass down to your children so they can also train their children in the right ways.

My Review

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I am reading the book still, I will be honest and let you know that I watched the DVD first ! The book for me allowed me to be able to  read it and go back again to what was shared in the DVD.  Since I am a note taker, I will be writing down notes in my copy of the book also.  The book gave me more Bible verses and more information at my finger tips so that I can even add tabs if I want to and have easy reference to areas I want to find again to refresh my memory from time to time.  It also covered more areas then the DVD, so that I had more examples to learn from.  Because each child is an individual and has a unique temperament , I can go back and read the character of each and really cement into my mind just what I am dealing with and what I am up against.  I really had not ever thought about Temperament that my child is born with that doesn’t change vs my child’s personality that can be changed and worked on with guidance from us as parents. Sometimes the hardest part, is getting the child to own their behavior and the consequences of it and this is dealt with in a very understandable way.

I am not sure about you but when I am learning something I like to take notes and while watching the DVD, I took 3 pages front and back of notes on what was being taught and shared in this Video of Taming the Lecture Bug and getting your kids to think. During this 53 minute course, I stopped and stared it many times just to take notes and think about things that were of importance to me.

 

I really enjoyed the fun way that Joey and Carla shared their experiences and those of others they knew. It made it fun and yet if your having issues with your teens ( like most of us do), it will really  hit home like it did on many points for me.  The Bible verses and the things shared were really point on ! I feel like I have the knowledge now to try to retrain my kids without lecturing them all the time.  I also know now why I shouldn’t lecture all the time, but I know how to ask questions to learn what I need to know as you are parenting , to deal with heart issues my kids are having each day. I also learned just how important it is when training our children about repentance , forgiveness and restoration instead of just accepting a pat little ” I’m Sorry ” and going on without seeing heart change in my children and causing them to do some thinking about what is really going on with them.  I really learned a lot from Joey and Carla and I hope that you will consider getting this set if you are experiencing training and obedience issues with your children.

The Homeschool Review Crew reviewed this book and several other products from Parenting Made Practical, such as Navigating the Rapids of Parenting DVD,  Dating, Courting and Choosing a Mate…What Works? DVD and WorkbooksWhat Every Child Should Know Along the Way and  Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think BOOK and DVD like I did.

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Raging Storm (Book 2 The Remnant Series ) by Vannetta Chapman

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Raging Storm ( Book 2 )

In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t simply remain hidden. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.

Shelby’s best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to reach the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

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In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.

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About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer.

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My Review

Being a Mamma to a son who is Type 1 diabetic , this series by Vannetta really hits close to home for me… I think for years it has always been my biggest fear , that if SHTF so to say there would be no insulin for my son. Thank the Lord he is 27 and a wonderful husband and father of 2 sons and soon to be another blessing !

When I first heard of Vannetta’s New Series, I was at first surprized as it didn’t seem like her normal type of books. I had grown use to her Amish Fiction !  Well when she said it was a story about a Mother with a Son who was Type 1 Diabetic, well I had to grab a copy of Deep Shadows to read.  Having a son who is type 1 and always wondering what we would do made this book come alive to me.  I can say  that dystopian stories have not been my genre of choice, but I had read a few books by another christian author that also were and so I thought well this one really hits close to home, so I read it!  I remember saying that there needed to be a sequel.

So here I am looking for books to add to my blog for review and There it is !!! The 2nd book in the series !  Yay !!! I was thrilled.

So, How does Shelby get through the hard times ?  Like me she is consumed with trying to be there for her son Carter !  I love a story of a mothers love for her child or children, it just warms my heart, but the suspense keeps me turning the page and I love how  Vannetta brings me right into the story and makes you feel as if you are right there in the heat of it all !

  I can say that my heart has been feeling all the drama of this series and if you have a child who is diabetic you will surely feel the intense moments of motherhood on a mission.  Does Shelby find the needed supplies ?  Does real love find it’s way into her life and heart amidst these terribly hard times ?  ( No spoilers here )  The story has held my interest and it has been hard to put it down at times , it has kept me awake at night…lol  The suspense  has been tense and I love a great story that keeps me on my toes and this did it.

If you like Suspense, Danger, Mystery if you will…

You will Love this Story !

Yes Vannetta has again written and awesome tale, you won’t be disappointed !

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Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of Raging Storm from NetGalley for my honest review and have received no further compensation for doing so.

Parenting With Grace

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You spend each day wondering if your children will ever see the need in their own lives for the Savior.  Perhaps their words or actions in life you find very saddening.  You surely know that you never treated your parents with disrespect or acted out the way your kids are right ? Maybe its any of the following things that are bothering you as your young people are saying or doing ?

~ Mom, that was you, we don’t want to be like you !

~ But were not tired !

~ Why can’t we wear make up ? ( they are only 10 or 12 years old )

~ I don’t want to change my clothing, I like the way I am dressed !

~ I hate you !

~ I hate my siblings !

~ Your So Old Fashioned !

~ It doesn’t matter how much make up you wear or don’t wear, your still ugly !

 ~ I don’t want to do school !

~ What is wrong with liking boys ?

~ I don’t want to clean my room ! Its clean enough for me !

~ They slammed the door so hard it put the doorknob through the wall again !

~ They said WHAT ?  swore, profaned God’s name…

Yes I hear some of you saying , that child deserves a spanking !  Soap in the mouth ! No Supper !  Loss of something precious to their young minds… ie. TV, tablet, Wii, or going somewhere special…

Isn’t that what your thinking ?

and your saying God’s Word says to spank them… It says He who spares the rod spoils the child… I know all the verses and so do you , I was raised in a Baptist Church, spanked as  a child and I live to tell !!!!  But I also know that at some point spanking when it causes more rebellion, hate and hard feelings, does no good.  Its been so long since I spanked my kids, I can’t  even tell you when the last time was.  I came to a real understanding that, if they couldn’t reason with me and hear my heartache for their lives, it wasn’t going to do a bit of good to spank them.

Do I take away some priviledges ? You bet I do…

The Wii or the Tablet time or TV …. Yup I do.

Do I do  TIME OUT !!! Yes I do… Do we talk a lot about what they are doing wrong and what God expects from them as children ?  Yes we do !!!!

I am so glad that the Father doesn’t always whip my butt for every single thing I do wrong. God has shown me so much Grace and Mercy in my lifetime and I am thankful for that.

As A wise man said to me once ” You cannot beat your kids Souls out of Hell ! “

Yup, I hear you again, but the Bible says it will !

Do you ever think that if we spend more time Nurturing and Admonishing that we might see a change in our children ?

God’s Word says to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

You know what I remember…  I remember knowing that if I was bad or sinned my mom would spank me for it. But I also know that I didn’t tread that path very often. And  I know that there are things my kids do that my own mom probably thinks they deserve a spanking for today… But I am not my mom and I am Myself.  I want my kids to look back and say, You know what Mom, I probably deserved a spanking for that, but I am so glad that you didn’t do that and that you talked to me and got me to see that I was headed the wrong way… and when I went the wrong way Mom, you prayed for me.

That is true today of my older kids.  I still see them clearly running away from life and from God and there is nothing I can do but Pray, Cry, Pray some more… Talk with them and Pray more… It will do no good, to belittle them, make them feel bad or point out their sin…my older kids know when they are sinning and I have sometimes pointed it out to them when they bold faced say…. Things have changed MOM !  That is culture and its changed now !!!

Really ?  My God has not changed !  His Word has not  changed !

Hard !

What is Grace ?

It is receiving something that you really do not deserve, nor have you hearned it.

What is Mercy ?

Isn’t it the putting off of  punishment and showing Grace when someone doesn’t deserve it.

Have you shown your children God’s Grace and Mercy lived out in their lives through your character ?

or have you lost your cool and said something mean in anger ?

Have you shown your kids God’s Love by loving them…

For God so loved…. He gave….  Gave us something we didn’t deserve and that is Life through His Son Jesus, dying for you and me and for our children…

If you lost it… have you told your kids your sorry and hugged them ?

If you kids have emotional issues and act out… loud , yelling, angry MOM isn’t going to make them do whats right.

It might make them ruin your walls , writing hateful things on them.  It might make them put door knobs through walls.

It  may make them want to leave your house to young and make them walk into sin they have no clue is out there.

They may turn to the wrong people, sometimes even family can be the wrong people… Sometime another young person is the wrong person for your daughter or son to turn to.

Have  you asked the Father to show you where you are messing up with your kids and what you can do to make things right with them ?

and if your a godly parent and your kids are still walking down the wrong road or path and you know your doing everything you can do be walking in His ways and living in holiness…

Don’t beat yourself up, PRAY, Seek Gods Face and Keep Praying.

If your kids are in sin, don’t hide it, talk to someone you trust and find a way to Pray through it and get advice that is sound and godly.

And above all else, trust God’s Word and His Promises where it deals with children.

I know where your at …. None of us are perfect parents…

We all need GRACE and MERCY !

Love your children !

and

Pray !

~ Linda ~