The Lifegiving Table by Sally Clarkson

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Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love.

Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.

In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

Meet Sally

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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary,  traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God’s kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same.

From her best-selling books such as Own Your LifeThe Lifegiving Home, and her latest, Different, written with her son Nathan, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith.

In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in discipling their children.

A Recipe

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The Clarkson Kids’ Favorite Potpie Chicken Soup

2 cups diced red or russet potatoes
3 cups (12-ounce bag) frozen peas and carrots (If you can’t find this frozen mix, you can substitute 11⁄2 cups each frozen peas and fresh carrots. Or you can use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, but check the ingredients—my family won’t eat the kind with lima beans!)

4 cups water (You can add more later if needed.)
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1–2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic paste
1 medium to large onion, chopped (We love lots of onion in almost everything.)
1 tablespoon dried thyme, parsley, and rosemary combined or to taste. (I like a lot, especially thyme. If you want to use fresh herbs, triple this amount.)
2–4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
11⁄2 teaspoons condensed chicken bouillon or base (This is a kind of concentrated paste that comes in jars or plastic containers. I buy mine at health food markets or Sam’s Club, but you can also find it in many grocery stores. If you use the dry powder, you’ll need to adjust the amount to taste. Try to avoid the kind with MSG.)

1⁄3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1⁄2 cup wine, optional (For this soup I usually use a white wine such as Riesling.)
1 teaspoon or more salt (I use sea salt of different varieties.) 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
Sour cream and chives or fresh herbs to garnish, optional

Boil the potatoes and frozen veggies in the water until cooked through, about 20–30 minutes. (I use a pressure cooker for
4–5 minutes and veggies and potatoes are done.) While veggies are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in another pan; sauté garlic, onion, and herbs until onion is translucent. Add onion mixture and chicken to pot with the veggies and let soup simmer on low while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in another pan. Stir
in chicken bouillon. Whisk in flour and stir mixture constantly over medium heat until all the lumps have disappeared. Add milk and cook until mixture is thickened, then add the wine (if using). Slowly add milk mixture to soup, stirring as it thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. If desired, add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives or herbs. We like to serve this soup with croutons sprinkled on top and with toast and applesauce on the side.

This is a really simple recipe that can be adjusted many ways. For instance, you could use brown rice or noodles instead of potatoes, fresh veggies or a different mix of frozen ones, or even omit the milk mixture and just put the bouillon directly into the soup. I use whatever I have on hand and whatever sounds good at the time.

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My Review

Life can be a real hassle at times !  At times it feels as if it is sucking the joy right out of us…

The Lifegiving Table is a fresh look at how to give to your family and friends !

I really loved Sally’s Insight on how to create a loving and caring atmosphere in the home by centering it around the table. Sharing great foods and sharing stories from our lives. I feel this creates a bond between everyone and the mother (cook) and allows for a relaxing time to be filled with joy and in turn allows us to overflow into the lives of all around us.  I enjoyed the recipes and posted above one that is her children’s favorite!

It is a favorite of our’s as well and served with biscuits !

If you feel like you have lost touch with your family or do not have any time together, try getting everyone back to the table (without phones and devices) !  I remember as a girl growing up that being at my grandmother’s table was a wonderful thing ! Each Holiday we would eat those foods we had all come to love and enjoy !

I hope you will pick up a copy of The Lifegiving Table Today !

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I am sure you will enjoy it !

 

I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for my honest review and have recieved no other compensation for doing so.

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Wake Up Smiling 40 Devotions for a Hope-Filled Life by Audrey Meisner

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Before you open your eyes or say a word each morning, a few precious moments have the potential to place you on the pathway of peace and hope. Make these seconds count. They are more important than you can even imagine!

In Wake Up Smiling, Audrey shares her very personal journey of taking three simple Bible verses and believing them in a way that some may say is outrageous. Living heaven on earth has become very real for her, and every morning she wakes up with hope. If you’re ready to live, dream, and experience freedom from worry and fear, Jesus really is as close as the mention of His name. He’s waiting to share His secrets with those who will abandon all and say, “I am ready.”

God has a recipe for hope for you. It is practical, it will turn your life around, and it starts as you wake up.

My Review

This book is filled with 40 relatively short devotional readings to give you a smile as you start your day ! I would say that each may take 5 to 15 minutes to read and give insight into how to apply the lesson learned to your life.  It is a very good way to get to know the Lord better and what he wants for our lives.  It is an enjoyable thing to do each day and a great way to start your day with the Lord.     I really am enjoying this devotional  and It would make a nice gift for giving to a friend or a friend shut in !

You can get your copy here:

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I received a Kindle digital copy of this book free for my honest review from the publisher via NetGalley and have received no further compensation for doing so. The opinions here are my own opinions.

Choose Joy: 3-Minute Devotions for Women Compiled by Barbour Staff

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Got 3 minutes to spare? You’ll find the spiritual pick-me-up you need in Choose Joy: 3-Minute Devotions for Women. Written especially the twenty-first-century woman, this delightful devotional packs a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, and joy into just-right-sized readings. Minute 1: scripture to meditate on; Minute 2: a short devotional reading; Minute 3: a prayer to jump-start a conversation with God. This portable package makes a fabulous any-occasion gift for every woman.

My Review

I really like this Devotional ! It is short and just the right thing to start the day with if your a busy mom. It could also be read to daughters by the mom as a short devotion of God’s Love to share with them as they move into womanhood.  Being  a homeschool mom it is important to me to spend a few minutes with the Lord and this gave me a few minutes if I get up and children are already up. It brings peace and joy to my heart in a few short moments and that is what I needed lately to inspire me.

You can get your copy here:

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I received a kindle digital copy of this book free for my unbiased review through NetGalley and have received no further compensation for doing so. The opinions expressed are my personal ones and not those of the publisher of this book.

God’s Provision

When We Really Need God’s Provision

Sometimes things in life just seem to be way too hard and out of our control. Things just don’t seem to go right and we are finding it hard to make money on the side to keep things going smoothly.  Maybe you/spouse is on disability for some reason and unable to work full time or part time. Or maybe your a one income family, where Mom stays home with the kids or visa versa if your husbands out of work and maybe you homeschool your kids, so your at home.

Whatever your reason for less income

God has it covered !

Yes it seems we get way low on things, we get caught up in the moment and lack faith to see the big picture…

I know I have been there…

You don’t know where your next bit of food will come from..

You don’t know how your going to get the vehicle fixed…

You don’t know how your going to get clothing for your kids…

You don’t know where your next job is going to be…

So you can feed your family !

God does know and whatever he has brought you to, He will bring you through it.

I can so relate… Married but sorta living the solo parent life right now. My DH is disabled and we live on a fixed income of SSD. Things do get tight at times and we have to rely on God to provide for us what we can’t do ourselves. That requires faith and lots of it !

So your down to your last can of beans and a bag of rice ? What do you do ?

You pray and you eat what you have.

You visit family or friends for a meal.

You call your local food pantry ( getting harder today many are closing down)

You call a church for help.

You apply for food stamps ( if you don’t have them already)

You ask for help !

If there is one thing I have learned over the years , its that your pride can’t stand in the way of you feeding your family. Everyone has hard times in life.  I know that God doesn’t expect anyone to go it alone. That is why we as christians need to help each other, we are family. Sometimes more so they real blood family.

In Acts 2: 44-47 says

And all that believed were together , and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men, as  every man had need. And they , continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

So it seems that they took care of the needs of their brethren /sisters and no one went without. They went to temple to learn and then ate at each others houses. And notice they were happy, praising God and everyone was getting along. And the Lord added to their number daily those that should be saved. ( notice it doesn’t’ say those that would be saved… ) But you do have a choice to make concerning your salvation.

The closest thing to this that I have experienced was in TN ( although I will say that some folks were strange) We met together whenever we were visiting house to house, several times a week and this was to talk of the Lord and to eat a meal or two. We had the greatest times. We talked about the Lord and shared life, no matter how hard it got and you knew that no one (well almost no one) would let you starve or go without.

Here in NY, I was raised to help anyone who needed help. That is just the way my parents raised us to be. Yes I grew up in a christian home as dysfunctional as it was, we were family.

I think so often we ” christians” forget that we are family and if you see your family hungry, needing clothing, needing to share their life with you, well you aught to live life as such and not just say that ( Me, my wife, my kids  are my family) We should be living with and loving one another all through out the week, not just on Sabbath or Lord’s Day…

God provides for you through your brothers and sisters in Christ.

They may bring you food, clothing, or even work to do that provides you money to get what you need. They may even provide a place for you to stay till you get on your feet and can do it on your own.

It may even come when you didn’t share what your needs were… But God knows your needs.

It may come because you shared your needs… and there is nothing wrong with that.

It might come at the last moment when its needed…

or

It may come before you even know your going to need it…

All I do know is that God is faithful, He will meet your needs…

You say well he didn’t meet my needs this time…

He didn’t answer my prayer…

He didn’t help me…

To this I have to say that you missed the answer.

Sometimes He may not think you need what you asked for…

Sometimes He says WAIT and TRUST ME !

The trying of your faith worketh patience, let patience have its perfect work in you…

How Much Do You Trust Him ?

Linda w rose

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven

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This historic book is recommended for children ages 8 and up and is a read they are guaranteed to love. It combines great adventure with even greater values – kids won’t even realize they are learning about history!

About Alone Yet Not Alone:

Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.
The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hole firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.

My Review

What a story and testimony of trails and faith.  We listened to the sound track from the movie first before reading the book.  The song Alone Yet Not Alone sung by Joni Eareckson Tada is sure to touch many to the point of tears. I know it sent me to prayer.  Being the Historical Fiction lover I am  and loving it when story is based on truth, I just loved this book. As I read it to the children they too loved it.  It led us to know that we truly do not have life hard today.  The Author Tracy Leininger Cravens book weaves the tale of her family’s history so well and I just love the way she describes the setting and the account of happenings set back in 1755.   I love that this family had such a strong faith in God and it showed in their daily living.  I love the Fathers leading of the family through his words of faith though he knew they would have trails to deal with. I loved the Mothers strong sense of duty to her family and her love for her children. I also loved the faith the children had for parents in this story.  This is a story of Courage, Faith and learning to fully trust God in all of life.  I hope you will get a copy of this book and read it to your children so that they can see and know that Faith is never to be taken for granted and life is to be lived in sincere and true faith toward God and others.  We can’t wait to see the Movie in June !

~Linda~

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About The Author:
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their three children.
The feature film will be released in theaters June 13th 2014!!!!
Official website for the movie, releasing JUNE 13th: http://www.aloneyetnotalone.com
RESERVE YOUR SEATS TO SEE THE MOVIE: http://seatzy.com/main/moviedetail/alone-yet-not-alone

Giveaway !

 Leave me a comment here on this post This week , to be entered in a drawing for a copy of this book !

Winner will be announced early next week !

 

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Mom Seeks God Kindle HDX Giveaway and “Moms’ May Day” Facebook Party!

Mom Seeks God

By Julia Roller

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The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?
When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.
Purchase a copy and find out more about Julia at: http://www.juliaroller.com
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Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include Mom Seeks God(Abingdon Press), A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovaré, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Street Spirit, Group, Rev.!, and Children’s Ministry. She and her family live in San Diego, California.

Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood itself is a spiritual discipline and can be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

My Review

I am so glad that I was chosen to review this book.  I know now that the Lord wanted me to read this at this time. I was searching for time to be with the Lord and searching for a better way to teach my children about God and his love. One of my fondest memories was of  my mom reading her bible sitting on the couch.  So I wanted my children to have the same memories of me and if they remembered one thing  about me I wanted it to be that I loved Jesus and had a personal relationship with him. One in which I spent time in the Word and Prayed and they saw me doing these things.  But it seems that life always somehow gets in the way at times from allowing me personal time with the Lord.  And surely I needed to practice Grace even in times of  chaos !  If you seem to find no time to be personal with the Lord, this is the book for you. Julia shares with you how to make those things real and happen in your life. You will learn how to make God a habit. How to let others into your life. You will read about real submission and God’s will. How to build a firm foundation through study of the Word. How to turn off everything and How to get with God and receive his gifts !  I hope you will take time to get a copy of this book and let it sink deep into your heart and mind. Let it transform your day and your life !

~Linda~

Julia is celebrating the book’s release with a fun giveaway and connecting with moms during a live Facebook author chat.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 1st. Winner will be announced at “Moms’ May Day” Facebook Party on May 1st. Connect with Julia for an encouraging discussion on spiritual discipline and finding joy in the middle of motherhood. Win prizes, connect with other moms, and be inspired.

 
So grab your copy of Mom Seeks God and join Julia on the evening of May 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via Facebook or Twitter and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!