“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
After Tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, home, and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?
Author Vannetta Chapman
Vannetta is a very down to earth, caring person and a sweet friend to all who know her. She never lacks to bring touching stories that will warm the heart, even when sadness or loss is at the heart of a story. You will really enjoy her Full of Grace Fiction. Her sweet and caring character shines through all her wonderful stories.
All her books are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.
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My Thoughts on this book…
A Widow’s Hope is a sweet and touching story of a young widow and her handicapped son and also a story about a young man who bears his own scars of his parent’s death. Though these two know each other from their past, they hardly thought they would see each other again. Will pain keep them from finding love? or will all the hurt from the past keep them apart?
I really liked the characters in this story, especially Hannah’s mother who seems to have some wisdom about things and is looking out for what is best for Hannah. Being a mom I can relate to her and her wanting to see her daughter not grieving for too long over the death of her husband. Also for her and her husbands love for Hannah and her son who now live with them.
This story touched my heart as I was/am grieving the loss of two of the most spiritual men in my life. Grief is not always hard to go through and letting go of the past and forging a new future is hard. Doing it with children seems even harder, though they are more resilient and more accepting of new things at times.
I believe anyone who is dealing with loss, grief or who deals with a disability would really grow from reading this story. It is a book for everyone in the family to enjoy! Vannetta as always brings us a heartwarming story for all ages. You won’t be disappointed by this first book in her Amish Brides series.
~ Linda Marie ~
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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Today we are happy to be bringing to you our review of the Mega Pack of Super Beads from Zirrly. We were given a choice of projects and we chose a Mega Pack of these beads with all the tools to complete several projects. You fuse beads together using water ( no iron needed ). The beads can be used for children as young as 5+ years old with some assistance from someone older and also work well for older children as well as adults, making it a fun family arts & crafts project.
Our Mega Pack came with Plastic project boards, Project cards ( that fit to the boards), 4500+ beads, Beading tool ,two small water Spray bottles, Project instruction sheets showing diagrams and tips & tricks on the back !The children looked them over and decided to do their own choice of project or shape as I felt this would be more enjoyable for them in the time we had on that afternoon. I got out some of my Tupperware containers and divided up some of the beads for each of the children. I explained how they needed to put the beads in the design they wanted to have and then we would lightly spray them with water using the spray bottles. (being careful not to saturate the beads) They really seemed to enjoy thinking about what they wanted to make and then sorting through the beads and placing them on the boards in the configuration needed. We sprayed them and went about our afternoon.Later that evening I came back and using the tool loosened the projects one by one (slowly and carefully so I wouldn’t pull them apart). I was amazed at how well just spraying them with water had made them adhere to one another. The children really like the things they made and still have them in on their desk area near their computers.This project is Easy, Fun and very affordable if you are looking for something that does not take over an hour. I feel it is an affordable project that could be used for VBS, Summer Camp, Sunday School or just a nice project for your children to do. Many small projects can be done from one Mega Pack and if you have more then 4 students/children you would need more then one Mega Pack, so that you have enough project boards for each one. The first project is done by Faith (age 15) Rainbow Heart.
A tiny project by Daniel (age 10) Halo Helmet
Project by Hope (age 14) Minecraft Creeper
We really enjoyed using these beads and we will be making more fun projects in the future ! We are trying to come up with a 3D project we can all enjoy ! I hope you will think about adding these to your Art Class or Creative Time ! For more ideas see the below projects available from Zirrly!
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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.
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.
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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.
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 Life, The 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.
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.
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.