Sunday, January 8, 2017

Aaron and Hur {Scripture & a Snapshot}



These ladies have been by my side the longest of any friends I have.  They hold my arms up and keep me steady.




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

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Homeschool Review: The Beginner's Bible #HSReview #TheBeginnersBible #FaithBuilding

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}


If you've visited here often, you know that I love GOD's Word and I am determined that every single person should have their very own copy in a translation that they understand.  It has always been my goal to make the Bible personal for my children and those that I serve in ministry, so it is with great pleasure that I offer my review of The Beginner's Bible published by Zonderkidz (a special division of Zondervan that focuses on kid-friendly resources to help children fall deeply in love with JESUS).

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

The Beginner's Bible has been around for a while.  First published in 2005, this brightly illustrated Bible has 512-pages that point our children to Heaven.  Truly, what more could we ask for?  The hardcover and compact size is perfect for little hands to hold and read and re-read together with their parents, friends, and siblings and is durable and sturdy for those "I'll do it myself" moments.  You know exactly what I'm talking about, right?  I love that the very first page of the Bible has a place for your child's name (to make it their very own) and the question "Will you please read to me?"  to remind us how fortunate we are to spend quality time studying together.  What a privilege it is for us to read to our children.  How much more of an honor is it to share the love of JESUS with them as we read.

Divided into the Old and New Testaments, The Beginner's Bible shares a collection of stories that offer an overview of the entire Bible.  There are 48 stories in the Old Testament collection and 44 stories in the New Testament collection.  While these sections are not divided into the individual books of the Bible, they do list the Scripture reference from which they are taken and follow the correct order of the books of the Bible.  Small children can listen to the stories being read to them and then learn to read them on their own.  The illustrations are clever and eye-catching and the print is large enough to be inviting to even the earliest readers.  Although this storybook Bible has been around for over 10 years, it is still new and fresh.  The artwork is new and improved and now offers an 3D look and feel.  The illustrations help bring the stories to life.  GOD's Word is timeless and this book will be treasured by your family for many, many years.

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

Beginning with "In the Beginning" while focusing on the Creation and ending with Jesus' promise that "I am coming back soon," The Beginner's Bible highlights stories and characters from the Bible that will plant seeds and invite our children into a deeper walk with the FATHER.  What a perfect way for our families to begin the new year -- together in GOD's Word.

GOD's Word is enough.   It is enough for all of us.  We do not need to add anything to it and it can stand alone.  As a Children's Minister, I make sure to begin and end standing on HIS Word and The Beginner's Bible makes for a great resource to do just that.  I also like to share take-home sheets and reinforcements for the lessons I am teaching.  An added bonus for me is that the Zonderkidz website offers activities and coloring sheets that mirror the illustrations from The Beginner's Bible itself.   I love that my kids can read and learn and study with me and then take home pages to read and learn and study with their families.  GOD's Word is enough for us all.

For more information about getting your very own copy of THE to use with the little ones you love, please take a few minutes to visit the following Social Media sites:


I can think of no better way to begin the new year.




Crew Disclaimer


I was given the opportunity to review  The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this Bible storybook (or just click on the banner below.)

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

When JESUS Was a Green-Eyed Brunette (Book Review & Giveaway) #JesusGreenEyedBrunette #FlyBy


So, the truth of the matter is I just didn't want to read this book when I was first asked.  It's a crazy time of the year AND we are planning a wedding for New Year's Eve and I just didn't think I had time.  I mean, I WANT to love people like GOD does, really I do, and I have to admit that the title was kind of intriguing, but I just didn't have time.  And I wasn't sure that I could find the time OR make the time.  So I waited and waited and thought I just would say no.

Then, I was asked again and it seemed GOD wasn't going to let me walk away from it.  Oh, boy, does HE always know just what I need, or what?  When the book arrived, I sat down for a quick skimming and thought I'd just look over it quickly and then put it down and pick it back up later.  An HOUR later, I was still reading and I absolutely COULD NOT put it down.  Seriously, it's just that good.  It bends me and stretches me and makes me laugh and makes me cry -- sometimes all in the same sentence.  What I like is that author Max Davis is real and points out that JESUS doesn't always look like our Sunday School version of HIM did.  HE loves us just like we are and HE beckons us to HIS side.  Max is real and shares how GOD works through even the messy and messed up lives that we lead.  Max shares his journey -- and reminds us that we all have a crazy, out-of-the ordinary, not-so-easy journey of our own -- and that's okay.  GOD is there . . . loving us . . . every single step of the way.

Another thing I like?  Max Davis lives close enough to me that we could be neighbors.  How neat is that?

Please, please, please do yourself and your heart a favor and read When JESUS Was a Green-Eyed Brunette.  It's a heart-changer.  See HIM for who HE really is.  JESUS with skin on -- every day of every week of every month of every year of our life.  



About the Book:  When JESUS Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of JESUS showing up in ordinary people, revealing that HE knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties.  Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living JESUS.  Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive GOD’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us.  As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living JESUS, much like Davis did, when he found HIM living in a green-eyed brunette.  As Davis puts it, “JESUS is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”  List price: $15.99, 208 pages

About the Author:  Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club.  He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide.  He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

PURCHASE A COPY of the book (You'll be glad you did.)

And comment below for a chance to win a copy for yourself or a friend.  Let me know what you think of the title.


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let the Games Begin {Wordless Wednesday}































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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Examine Carefully {Scripture & a Snapshot}



I love it when a plan comes together -- and I especially love it when our robot fits in the box.




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

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas {Review & Giveaway} #TennesseeChristmas #flyby

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here.  The lights are hung on the mantle, my kitchen tree is up, and cool weather is starting to arrive.  I've got tons more stuff to do, but I'm getting there.  I started listening to the new Amy Grant CD, Tennessee Christmas, when it appeared in my mailbox last week and that has made all the difference in my mood.  It's official.  I'm ready for a little Christmas cheer.  Bring on Christmas!

I've been a fan of Amy Grant for a very long time (over 30 years!  Wow!) and hearing the very first note from that familiar voice fill up my living room just floods my heart with memories.  I wore out my Age to Age cassette tape (Remember those?  Do I date myself here, or what?) listening to the message in her songs over and over again as a teen and this newest CD takes me "home" again.  It is absolutely beautiful.


Songs included on the CD blend old and new music, fun and sacred.  They are:
  • Tennessee Christmas (which reminds me to pray for our friends in the Gatlinburg area when I listen along each morning)
  • To Be Together
  • Christmas for You and Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • Christmas Don't Be Late
  • Still Can't Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

I am so thrilled to have this newest Christmas CD and plan to "wear it out" just like I did those old cassette tapes.  Listening to Amy Grant sing is like having a lifelong friend over.  I love hearing her heart as she shares Christmas with friends and family through her lyrics.   I love praising alongside her as we are reminded that HE is ever faithful.  You're going to love this one, too.  I promise.

You can listen to the song To Be Together over on YouTube  and  BUY THIS CD on iTunes right now.  You can also enter to win a copy of your very own here on the blog.  Leave a comment and tell me which Amy Grant song is your all-time favorite and why.  Make sure you leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  One lucky person (U.S. only) will win a CD on Friday, December 9.  I hope it's you.



Enjoy Christmas -- together.






"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit {Review & Giveaway x 2} #BibleJournalingKit #FlyBy

Bible journaling is all the rage these days and I've long wanted to be a part of it.  I don't consider myself very artistic (at all!) so it's been a bit harder for me to get involved than I had hoped.  I'm certainly not the least bit crafty and I tend to be harder on myself than I am on others.  I LOVE all of the Bible journaling that I've seen, but I didn't want to "mess up" the pages of my Bible.  You know what I mean?  I've struggled to find a way to step into the act of worship that journaling can be based upon a fear of starting the unknown so when the opportunity came for me to try out the Bible Journaling Kit I was quick to jump on it.  Seriously, who wouldn't want to review a fun, crafty way of learning more about JESUS? This Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire (of the Worthy Publishing Group) promises to make the first steps into journaling easier than you can imagine.  


So what do I like about this Bible Journaling Kit and why do I suggest you get one for yourself?  Using this kit helps bring out the artist in us all.  It makes it easier for anyone to dive deeper into their study of GOD's Word with just a little bit of creative flair.  The alphabet and word stickers add a personal touch to your Bible and the scalloped edge of the ruled protector helps insure that I "don't mess it up."  I am encouraged to get "real" within the pages of my Bible as I read Scripture and soak it in and I find that I spend more time focusing on the deeper meaning of GOD's Word before I attempt to illustrate what HE is saying to me or wants me to understand.  Since GOD is the MASTER DESIGNER, it only seems natural that we would be able to return praise to HIM through art of our very own.

About the Product:  Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible.  Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers.  Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs.  The Bible Journaling Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers (words that remind you that GOD loves you and You are NOT alone,)
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers so that you can mark favorite places and blessings
  • 8 colored pencil twists (gray, red, purple, green, blue, yellow, orange, and brown)
  • 1 journaling pen (black ink)
  • 1 padded pouch with adjustable strap to fit over Bible covers of all sizes so that you can keep your Kit close at hand
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines to keep things neat and clean
You can find out more about the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit and even pick up several for Christmas gifts by visiting the following sites:


Okay, now here's the coolest part of all.  There are TWO GIVEAWAYS that you can enter for a chance to WIN your very own Bible Journaling Kit.  First, make sure to visit the Worthy Inspired website and enter to win one of the five kits they are giving away.  (While you are there, you'll want to make sure to print some of the FREE coloring pages, too.  YES, they are for artists or artist-wannabes of ALL ages.  AND each coloring page includes a neat devotion.)

Second, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me how you might use a Journaling Kit as part of your Bible study and worship time.  I'd love to share in your creative ideas and I'll be choosing a winner for one Kit on Friday, December 9.  (U.S. Only for this one.)




"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”




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