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.

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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.

Becoming A Woman of Excellence ! by Cynthia Heald

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Have you ever allowed your circumstances in life to hold you back ? Thinking you could never measure up to those women in the bible… or maybe those around you…

As I was studying The Word this morning and reading from a devotional I was sent, It finally dawned on me that ” Becoming  A Woman of Excellence ” had nothing to do with my circumstances or what status I was born into or how many times I failed at something in life.

Tweet: “All my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence”

Ruth 3:11

Ruth was a widow, a foreigner and she was out gleaning the grain from fields where those who harvested , had missed some.  So she was not known there only by her actions…  If others watched you, would they see you as a woman of excellence ?  Ruth was not of high estate or well to do ! She merely followed what the Lord had put in her heart to do , Go with and care for her mother in law Naomi.

Reading the book of Ruth , I would say she was ready for a change in life… She chose adventure over remaining the same and she was a loyal friend and daughter !    She had a tender heart and was a very caring woman ! She was a woman of noble character, she was selfless in doing those things that were excellent, she was strong and did those things she found a worthy pursuit in life.

I would suppose that many women would not have been so brave to follow someone to a land they had never been to… Have you ever done that ? Picked up and moved to a land (state) you have never been to ?  I have… not knowing what awaited us there but following what the Lord showed us to do at the time.

Excellence is measured by Success in Life for the most part today.  In what we attain or what we accomplish.  Many times we feel like failures in life as we don’t have the finest things, we have not made it to that position in our career, business or as a stay at home mom we feel that we have not attained some status in caring for our children , home or spouse. Something is lacking in our lives !!!

What is that ?

Tweet: We are comparing our lives to others lives ? or even to ourselves ?

For we dare not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves wit some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing  themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10: 12

I am here to tell you that you don’t have to allow your circumstances or your current position to keep you from “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” !

Tweet: Kick those could have, should have , would have’s out the door !

Fame, Success, Materialism and Popularity are fading… Today the church has become so much like the world that its hard to tell your brothers and sisters apart from those in the world who follow after such things.  Its no wonder so many find “Christians” to be hypocrites !  They see no difference in those who say they follow Christ, then they do in the world !

As I share this devotional and God’s Word with you, I am hearing the Lord speaking to be as well in the areas I need to change things in my heart and my life…

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Becoming  A Woman Of Excellence even from the first chapter is a very thought provoking study of areas that can be life changing ! I need to be totally honest with you here… though I read my bible and I take notes, I am a list person ! I have never been good at writing in a devotional or journaling, blogging or following through in some ways. But I am going to try to change that, as I wish to be an encouragement as I seek to follow the Lord and the changes he wants me to make in my own life and the life of my family.

Think on this…

Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12: 1&2 

~ Linda Marie ~

You can purchase your own copy Here ! In paperback or kindle !

I received a free copy of this devotional for my unbiased review and personal use and have received no further compensation for doing so.

Women Professing Godliness : It’s Not About You, It’s About Jesus in You !

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As I spent a while thinking on I Timothy 2:10 yet again, its been one of my verses for 13 years now that I keep reading and thinking on. You see many years ago I was asked by my husband to write an article on our website back then called ” Women Professing Godliness “. That was my place to be an older woman and instruct younger women , How to love their husbands, love their children and be a chaste, devout keeper at home.  But also to seek godly holiness in behavior ( character), how I live and carry myself, before God, before my family and before others.  Back then I felt pretty helpless to meet up to the task that Mark was asking of me.

But he said

” Lin, its not about you, its about Jesus in you “

What a profound statement that was in my life.  And he was right, it wasn’t about me or how perfect I could be, it was about letting Jesus Love and perfectness shine through me.  I will be honest, some days I feel like I fail big time…

My attitude isn’t in the right place, I get frustrated and depressed with how the many things in life are going and I loose sight of the ” Goal “.

What was the goal ? and how on earth can I be an example of an older woman having it all together, so that younger women could learn godliness from me ?  I wanted to live a life of holiness before God and everyone.  There are many areas I feel like I fail in, but there is many things I am good at and those areas are the areas where God has given me talents to succeed in.  So here is the goal !

Titus 2: 3 – 5

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things

That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to heir own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I Tim. 9 – 12

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,

But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection

But I suffer not a woman to each, nor to usurp authority over the men, but to be in silence.

OK, so there is the goal straight from the New Testament that deals strictly with women. Keeping in mind that Paul also said 

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But godliness with contentment is great gain.

There is a lot to be said in these passages but I am going to share what my thoughts were then and now. No they have not changed, they have only become more sure in my heart and mind as to what my goal is…

Today it is still not about me… It is still about Jesus in Me !

If we are indeed Women Professing Godliness, then we need to live as God’s Word says we are to live and not just pick and choose the parts we like and throw out the ones we don’t like.

I am going to share this in several articles I write , hopefully to bless you and help you to see that its really not that hard to attain, even if you feel like you are failing right now.

Today, I want you to mediate on  the verses I shared and that

Its not about you…

” Its about JESUS IN YOU “

Here is a beautiful saying I found online that is so what our thoughts should be.

Enjoy !

The beauty of the house is order;

The blessing of the house is contentment;

The glory of the house is hospitality;

The crown of the house is godliness.

~ Anonymous ~

Blessings

~ Linda ~

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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!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

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FOR TODAY
Outside my window…   I see lots of snow and our kittens from last year playing in it !
I am thinking…  When will the snow stop, It doesn’t seem to want to end.
I am thankful…   For the fire burning in the woodstove, A warm home to live and love in.
In the kitchen…  Lingers the Smell of BBQ chicken baked in the oven. The Dishes are done and put away !
I am wearing…  Blue Jeans and a long sleeved blue fleece shirt.
I am creating…  Blog entries and a new website for this year.
I am going…  To reach to meet my personal goals this year.
I am wondering…  When will I hear from Wesley James about Logan his new son !
I am reading…  Dare To Love Again by Julie Lessman
I am hoping…  That someday we can go south again to TN or TX, I have never been to TX.
I am looking forward to…  Meeting my newest grandson Logan James Officer
I am learning… To quilt better and more crochet stitches.
Around the house…  I am organizing all my things, sewing, quilting, book related things.
I am pondering…  Making the quilt for Wesley and Cora Lee and another for Baby Logan
A favorite quote for today…   Finally my Brethren, whatsoever things are true…
One of my favorite things…  Vanilla , Banana, Strawberry , Yogurt Smoothies
A few plans for the rest of the week:  Note all book blog tours and facebook author parties in my calander. Work on the new website.
A peek into my day…  Today was busy with Cleaning and Laundry. Hope 10 seems the most willing to help me with things. She did all the dishes and swept floors too.  I enjoyed Caramel Drizzle coffee w/ french vanilla creamer and my daily smoothie !  DH Mark and I talked about our plans for this year.  Tonight I just want to lay down and drift into sweet sleep and awake tomorrow fresh and ready to serve the Lord by serving my family , whatever we decide to do.
~Linda~
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