Colliding With Destiny – Book Review and Giveaway

colliding

For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, Colliding With Destiny, by Sarah Jakes. Not being familiar with Sarah Jakes’ writing I really didn’t know what to expect. However, I was drawn to this selection because it looks at the story of Ruth. She is a biblical character that I receive such hope from. Ruth faced many trials and tough situations, but God used them to transform her. She didn’t allow her past to define her, a lesson many of us need to be reminded of.

Sarah does an incredible job in this book of breaking down the story of Ruth and showing how it applies to our lives today. She ends each chapter with a journal section, which allows the reader to start implementing what she has learned, and a prayer. I believe in the power of prayer and loved that Sarah included this in the chapters. My favorite quote in the book would have to be, “Still, God saw my heart and blessed me in spite of my mistakes and losses. The culmination of the pain and the beauty in my life made me who I am. For so long I thought my scars made me damaged; I never realized they were the perfect canvas for grace” (page 201). There is such hope and comfort within these words for each one of us.

I recommend that you step into the story of Ruth through the pages of Colliding With Destiny. You will find hope and restoration.


the voice

 

Today, I am giving away a copy of The Voice Bible. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Falling for Fall

fall leaves

As I turned the calendar up to October, I just smiled with a warm glow. You see, I need to let in you on something, I absolutely love fall. I know it officially starts the end of September, but the weather doesn’t always get the memo. However, by October, it is here. Fall is my favorite season because it awakens the senses. Continue reading

The River – Book Review and Giveaway

the river

For today’s installment of Friday afternoon fun, I’m going to share with you my latest review book, The River by Beverly Lewis. It is no wonder she is a New York Times bestselling author. She can weave a story that draws the reader into the lives of the characters in Lancaster County.

The River focuses on two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, who left their Amish roots a few years ago. One phone call from their brother, Melvin, puts their lives into a tailspin. Their dad has a heart condition and is not doing well. Melvin urges them to return for their parents’ anniversary celebration, fearing it will be their last. Tilly digs in her heels at first, but eventually softens and decides to return with Ruth.

Upon returning, they are both forced to face issues from their past that have tucked away. Tilly and Ruth also need to mend relationships with their family since they left the community. Will they be able to get past this barrier and find acceptance and restoration?

I would definitely recommend this book. It is a relaxing read for those gloomy fall days.


between us girls

To kick-off this new segment on my blog, I am giving away a copy of Between Us Girls by Sally John. To enter you simply need to share this post with your friends, like my author page on facebook and leave a comment below about a book you would recommend. I will announce the winner on Monday.

God Knows What We Need

September 2014 098

So many things swirling around in my head today after returning from the ACFW conference in St. Louis. As a stay at home mother of five, I struggled with attending the conference. Not only financially, but also being away from my family. Would my husband remember that Friday is show and tell? Would my kids get their homework done? Would the house be a disaster when I returned? I finally had to set all that aside, pack my bags and obediently follow God’s leading.

Continue reading

Life: Not What I Expected

coffee 2

While I was growing up I had formed in my head what my life was going to look like. I had everything planned out to create the ultimate picture.

I would graduate from college and get married. We would enjoy our time as newlyweds before having two children. The four of us would live in a quaint house with the white picket fence. Ah, I could sit back and just enjoy my family. It was picture perfect.

However, in my picture I did not account for reality…

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Seeds: What are you planting?

seed

Since moving to our new home a few years ago, I have become quite the gardener.  I am learning the best times to plants the seeds and how starting them earlier inside gives the plants a better chance to grow.  All these things aside, it comes back to the seed.  In order for it to grow, it must be planted.  The same principle is true in our own lives.  If we are longing to leave a mighty oak legacy for the next generation, then we have to plant the seeds of faith throughout our life.

The first thing we need to ask ourselves is; what are we planting? 

 

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section. If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here!

After reading the entire article, I encourage you to answer the following questions:

  1. How much time do you spend in God’s Word every week? Look at your schedule and see how you can carve out time to devote to spending in the Word.
  2. Take a look at the things in your life that are not essential and start making changes this week.
  3. What values would you like to leave behind for the next generation?

It’s Not Fair

romans8_28ljm

As a mom, I have heard the phrase, “That’s not fair,” more times than I can count. It is easy for me to scold my children for their faulty view of life being fair. I mean in our home alone we cannot possibly keep everything even or fair.

Many times I have found myself stopping to try and explain this notion to one child or another. I mean really, I don’t see how this is hard to understand until the dreaded comes knocking at my door. Continue reading

Storms

Coffee cup

You have been downsized. It is cancer. There has been an accident. These are all examples of storms. The kind that appear out of nowhere.

Imagine with me that you are floating along through life and even though it is not perfect, it is still smooth sailing. You are sitting back and enjoying the ride. Thinking you have got a handle on everything, when a storm comes out of nowhere and you are bobbing up and down, hanging on for dear life. The only thing that will keep you and your vessel safe during a storm is a strong anchor. Without it you are at the mercy of the storm, tossed from one wave to the next. The anchor’s purpose is to keep you grounded, connecting to something stronger…

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.