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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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 !
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Having dealt with mental illness for many years I have found a connection. This connection lies between the physical and spiritual planes. I hope to encourage those who have the faith of Jesus to endure the hardships ahead and know that they are not alone. There is more to life than what we see with our eyes. And what we don’t see with our eyes wreaks havoc in our minds and homes. The book is about what I’ve experienced and come to know. Has your life become overwhelmed with obsessions? Does depression keep you down? Have you felt the sinister forces of the spiritual realm trying to kill your joy and maybe even your life. Join me on this journey, its not long; so read it as often as you must. I hope you find the answer to your problems like I did. I write this so that maybe you won’t have to go through all the hard knocks and searching I did. Best wishes and God bless.
About the Author
Mark is Husband to Linda Marie Finn, Father of three challenging children ages 15, 14 and 10 and follower of Christ ! Mark is also the Author of Simple Thoughts of a Faithful God.
After being married to Mary for 17 years this year and seeing Him struggle with Depression and watching him try to overcome through Christ, I can tell you he is stronger then he thinks he is. Living in this fallen world, anyone could become depressed just watching the news and seeing all the evil going on in everyday life. It is even harder seeing our teen girls suffering with depression and the issues of becoming an adult. Life is not easy at times for most. My husband shares his true love for the Lord Jesus and also shares his struggles in the second book. We both hope that His thoughts on God, Life and the Trials of Life, will be a blessing and help to all who read them.
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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.
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.
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So you failed… Big Deal !
It’s not about Perfection, It’s About Progress !
We all fail daily and often times then not miserably at many things in life ! Is it the end of the world ? No ! Can it change your life forever ? Yes , it can ! We all make less then good choices daily that effect the rest of our life in some cases. They also effect those around us that we love. Sometime we can correct them and sometimes we can’t and just have to live with the consequences of our choices !
What is Excellence ?
Today: The quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
Synonyms: distinction, quality , superiority, preeminence, supremacy, skill, talent, virtuosity, accomplishment, mastery.
Do you see how the definition has changed ?
Archaic : An outstanding feature or quality.
From being one of something about you or a quality or character you posses to being something more you attain or do !
It definitely is something that set you apart from others !
How is it Measured ?
In most cases it is measured by how successful you are… or in the things you own or have attained in life. If one is successful it is often said they are ” Living the Life “. They may have a huge house, drive a new car, have an RV, take vacations several times a year and have money to do all that. And these are the things that make them happy in life ! The sad thing is that in reality happiness does not have anything to do with “stuff”.
I have often said
” I would rather be poor and happy, then rich and have nothing of real value “
Placing value in things that don’t last really doesn’t bring about happiness. It is but a fleeting momentary pleasure.
Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
It is in things that are lasting and not fading that we find contentment and great joy in life.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6
Are you content ? How do you measure excellence ?
What in your life brings you happiness ?
Who Sets the Standard ?
The Government ? The World ? The Church ? You ? or God ?
The Government thinks that they can dictate a standard of what Excellent in standard for schooling children or adults. Sad thing is they offer no standard of excellence in the welfare system, that allows many who could work to sit and not work and still maintain a standard that they say is the least one should live in …
The World seems to set a standard of what they think is Excellence or a standard for Success and what it means. By owning or doing certain things you can attain that standard of living and find real joy they say… I don’t buy into that !
The Church is so worldly and the world so churchy… you can hardly see the difference right ? How do you tell the difference ? The same folks you see in church are the same ones you see at the bar, smoking, drinking, being unfaithful to their spouses and living to excess of riot, which isn’t suppose to be the case in those claiming to be ” Christians”
Everyone has their certain set standard of being a success or living the Excellent way..What is yours ? Whats Mine ? Do they measure up to God’s ?
God’s measure for Excellence…sounds huge, daunting at times doesn’t it… but is it ? Or do we just think that it entails a ton of rules and don’ts ? Let’s look at this OK…
The word translated “excellent” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word diaphero, which literally means “to transport” or “to differ” It has also been translated as best, vital , the better things and the highest and best. The Hebrew word translated “excel” is alah meaning ” to ascend.” (taken from the book ” Becoming a woman of Excellence “) words used to encourage us ” to carry above the norm ” or “to be different” thru the qualities of virtue and goodness. I like the way Cynthia puts that in this study…
Are we willing to go on to that which is considered above the normal standard of Excellence ?
How we Fail at Becoming Women of Excellence !
In Ruth 3:11 Ruth is considered to be known as ” A Woman of Excellence”.
She is in my own words Bold, unafraid, fearless and she waited upon the Lord for what was her portion in life.
Are you those things ? Do you walk without fear ? Are you Bold as you wait upon the Lord’s blessings in your life ? or are you discontent and unhappy ?
You get up and you see yet another mess your teenagers left and your whole morning just goes wrong…. this was me… they left dirty dishes, it seems like no one cares if Mom has to get up to a sink full after going to bed. So you go to your computer and set out to blog (its summertime) Your taking a break from homeschooling and your hubby is at work and you wish he was home helping you care for those kids !
You just don’t know where to start things are so messed up. ( I’m walking it, except my husband is home 24/7 as he is disabled. Mental Illness isn’t easy.. I have a lot of sisters in the Lord who are walking it with me ) He isn’t happy that he can’t do all those things he use to do ? His memory is failing as he ages (he’s only 55 ) He doesn’t handle stress well at all and sorry but having teens means “stress” as they figure out who in the world they are…God knows even when they don’t, but they think your as old as dirt and how could you possibly know what they are going through or feeling right ? You have a son who is 8 who just wants a brother to play with who can keep up with him….(sometimes in large families, Mom gets past the age of childbearing but still has young ones)
Wow I remember those days I longed for another baby, those days I miscarried so many times and now you full well know that “God gives you no more then you can bare” and finally, you are at that content stage in life where “grandchildren are your most precious blessing !”
What ? Your family is so dysfunctional and you don’t do things together or your older kids live out of state and you hardly see them ? Or you have some walking with the world and your not sure when they will turn to God in full surrender… but you pray, because praying is all you can do , because they won’t allow you into their life… perhaps they were from a previous marriage and are bitter about your choice to break free of a bondage of an alcoholic abusive ex spouse… But they pick sides and man that really tares at your heart !
Whatever your stress may be have you found contentment in just knowing that God has it all under control ? Oh yes he does ! He knows your heartache, your fears , your tears and your limits….
I don’t care if your rug looks like you could start this years seedlings and grow your garden in it….He Is There !!! (Tore the rugs out years ago)
I know….it seems like the evil one is trying so hard to ruin your life and your family…
I know your pain…
I have days i cry and days I laugh about it… but failure is some standard we set that we all seem to think holds us in bondage to being less then what God wants us to be…When in reality, God just wants your heart, even when times seem the hardest…
Join me Tomorrow , Lord willing to talk about
Wow, Your a Repeated Failure : How we Attain Excellence !
~ Linda Marie ~
Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a rare, incurable disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the dire diagnosis, devoted mom Christy (Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for a way to save her beloved daughter. Everything changes in an instant when Anna tells an amazing story of a visit to heaven after surviving a headlong tumble into a tree. Her family and doctors become even more baffled when the young girl begins to show signs of recovering from her fatal condition.
Wow, what a touching story ! As most of us we hate to see a child suffering with illness and this story just grabs your heart and takes you into the reality of it. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy ! Being the mom of a type 1 diabetic son, I can sure related to what it feels like to be in the hospital waiting for Dr’s to tell you what is wrong with your child. It is heart wrenching to say the least. I knew right where she was at when her daughter wanted to just have things be over with. Each time that my son struggled with being diabetic and hated doing shots just tore my heart and made me ache for what the rest of his life would be like. I am proud to say that my son is now 26 , A wonderful father and a great daddy ! It is not that often that we hear of someone being healed, but when it does happen it is a great and mighty testimony of God working in the lives of those that love Him.
Do you think your loved ones not being healed is due to your sin ? Has someone told you that someone in your lives has sinned and that this is the reason for no healing ? I have to say that this movie will show you just the opposite and that God is a Loving and Awesome God !
This movie just may change your life !
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Watch and Be Blessed
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