Friday, January 29, 2016

Random 5 on Friday (January 29)

1.  Sometimes doing the right thing is hard -- even for adults.

2.  Snyder's JalapeƱo-flavored Pretzel Pieces are the  Oh, my!  You'll crave those suckers if you ever try them.  One is NOT enough.  Ask me how I know.

3.  It's Movie Night in our Middle School Ministry.  We'll be watching War Room together (and eating snacks, of course).  Have you seen War Room yet?  It's a FANTASTIC movie!

4.  We've had a few weeks of fairly cold (for us) weather, but I think SPRING may be heading our way.  It's going to be 70 degrees today and their are tiny birds everywhere outside.  The squirrels are chasing each other around like crazy, too.  Hopefully, they know something good about the weather.

5.  Visiting with friends is the very best medicine.  I had the privilege of hanging out with TWO of my oldest this week.  What a fun time we had!

Random bits of life draw us closer together, don't you think?  What's going on in your world lately?

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Surrounding the Courthouse {Scripture & a Snapshot}

Part of our P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens) at DNow last weekend was prayerwalks throughout our community.  This culminated in all churches joining together to surround the Courthouse and pray for our leaders and lawmakers and all who enter the building.  Encircling the entire building, students locked hands together and prayed aloud individually before our collective prayers began.  We ended with songs of praise and worship.  It was a powerful time seeing the church at work.

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.

Scripture and Snapshot

And linking up with my Crewbie Brenda over at Counting Pinecones.  I love sharing Scripture with my friends.

Counting Pinecones

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Random 5 on Friday (January 22)

1.  It's super cold here, but my SUPER MainMost built us a warm fire before he left for work.  I am blessed by him today.

2.  There are rumors of snow flurries in my area.  I haven't seen any yet, but a girl can dream.

3.  The northern part of the state may be experiencing a "blizzard," but we are still headed out at 4:30 in the morning for a robotics competition unless they cancel.

4.  My "to do" list is getting longer and longer.  I want to watch my "DONE" list grow instead.

5.  I AM the daughter of THE KING.

Sharing thoughts as random as snow flakes falling in southwest Mississippi.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cold Days and Markers {virtual refrigerator}

Sometimes it takes a really cold day to slow the Princess down long enough to create art:

Right off of my REAL refrigerator

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Plans I Have For You {book review & giveaway} #PlansIHave #flyby

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD.  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE."  

If you know anything about me at all, you know that Jeremiah 29:11 has long been my favorite Bible verse.  I have taught it to it to my children at home and have taught it to the kids that have come through my ministries for the past 25 years.  I love that GOD has a plan for my life and I want everyone I know to understand that key promise.  I love knowing that HIS plan is better than any other plan out there.  I have lived my life trying to make sure that I follow GOD's plan -- Plan A -- for who I am supposed to be.  My biggest fear is arriving in Heaven and hearing GOD say that while Plan B (my plan) worked out and was "okay", HE had so much more for me with Plan A (HIS plan).

It is my heartfelt mission to share GOD's plan with everyone I know -- especially my children.  Amy Parker's new Devotional and JournalThe Plans I Have For You, is a great tool for children to physically begin dreaming about their future as they focus on faith, love, joy and JESUS.   It encourages creativity as it helps you recognize that GOD has a plan and purpose for each of us.

The 90-day Devotional is bright and colorful and user-friendly with funky fonts that make it super-inviting.  Divided into 6 sectors of 15 days each, students dive into GOD's Word through Scripture, explanations, discussions, and questions to ponder as they look at GOD's PLAN and PURPOSE for their lives realizing HE doesn't do things small.  What a perfect reminder that there is absolutely NOTHING that you can't do with GOD by your side.  HE will help you find the ONE thing that HE has created you to do.  In bite-sized chunks, the Devotional is perfect for learning to spend time with GOD and enjoy every moment.

The Journal offers a complementary hands-on activity guide to the Devotional.  It really takes kids a step further in their understanding and walk with GOD as they process what they've read through fill-in-the-blank questions, lists, doodles, and creative writing exercises with a fun twist.  The cheerful illustrations help students build a lasting foundation for quiet times spent in relationship with GOD.  It encourages creativity and focus on GOD's plan for your life.

About The Plans I Have For You Devotional The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that GOD has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.

Hardcover; 160 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years

About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how GOD may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. 

Stationery; 208 pages                                                
Age Range: 11-14 years 
About author Amy Parker:
Amy Parker has sold more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son.  Two of these collaborations are recipients of Christian retailing's Best Awards, and she has also won three Mom's Choice Awards.  But Amy's greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan. 
About illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton:
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter.  Her passion for children's books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s.  Growing up in a musical family who loves to sing, Vanessa's illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody.  Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. 

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How's this for a fun way to help your children get a great start to the New Year?  I'm loving this Journal and Devotional set for my Princess and I'm sharing it with the parents of children at church. Check it out for your children -- and enter to win a free The Plans I Have For You set for someone you love.

I highly recommend both of these books for you and yours.

Following HIS plan,
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Captive {movie review & giveaway} #CaptiveMovie #flyby

On March 11, 2005 Brian Nichols, on trial for a rape he did not acknowledge, made a daring escape from the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, GA.  He killed the judge presiding over his trial, the court reporter, a police officer, and an ICE agent in his attempt to get away.  During a city-wide manhunt, Nichols attempted to see a son he had just found out about and ended up taking Ashley Smith hostage in her own home.  This was not a "made for TV" movie.  Unfortunately, this was real life and I remember listening and watching as the details unfolded 10 years ago.

With family living in Atlanta, I was glued to the news reports as reporters shared the details of the search for Brian Nichols.   And I remember the moment the news broke that he had been captured.  Having recently read and studied The Purpose Driven Life with a ladies' group from church, it was fascinating to hear how GOD moved over Nichols and Smith through the pages of this book.

“A Powerful Story of Faith Over Fear.” - Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation

While the series of events in the movie didn't unfold exactly how I had it organized in my head, Captive tells the story of redemption and grace through raw emotion.  Very well written and acted, Captive will make you jump just a bit as you cringe and offer advice to the actors on the screen.  It is a powerful film of crime, drama, and life.

About the movie:  Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)  
Additionally, there are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.

My husband and I screened this movie together before watching it with my 14- and 16-year-olds and found it to be perfectly suitable for them.  Mature themes are handled discreetly.  The true story is shared in a way that glorifies GOD and not the sin.  I will be sharing this movie at church with my middle schoolers as well.  Where poor choices are made, GOD offers HOPE.

And the very best part of this movie?  It is all true.  What a refreshing look at second chances through the HOPE that is found in GOD.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Random 5 on Friday (January 15)

1.  It's finally here!  DNow 2016 starts today.  I am so excited.  I love watching GOD at work in the hearts of middle schoolers through DNow weekend.

2.  The new Passion CD is superb.  Make sure to enter my giveaway.  It will bless you.  I hope you win.  #Passion2016  #PassionSTIR

3.  Things have quieted down around here and we are settling back into our routine now that the Christmas holidays have come to an end.  I'm back to just having two kids at home.  I miss everyone being home and stopping by to visit after work.

4.  These two may decide to be friends after all.  Maybe?

5.  I'm on a cleaning/organizing spree.  Filled these up yesterday:

And there's more to go.  Yay, me!

It's all about celebrating the small, random steps of life.

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