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“Day-by-Day Chronological Bible” Giveaway

The new year is underway, many people have decided to make changes in their life. Embracing their spiritual side is something many want to do. One way to do that is to read the Bible.

However, many people are unfamiliar with the stories of the Bible and how they fit together into the grand narrative of God’s World. God gave us the Bible to reveal truth about himself and about our lives, and he wants to draw us into the ongoing story of what he is doing in the world.

Day-by-Day Chronological Bible

I just received a beautiful Day-by-Day Chronological Bible with a Leathertouch cover. It arrived in a very nice box perfect for gift giving. I really am impressed with how this Bible make it easy to start on a weekly reading plan.

The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features a clear narrative approach to the Bible. Arranging the complete text into a fresh chronological reading plan with daily readings guided by D. George Guthrie.

In this plan, the books chapters and verses of the Bile are thoughtfully arranged so readers can track the story of Scripture, day by day , from beginning to end, understanding the flow of events and ow the grand narrative of Scripture applies to everyday life.

Day-by-Day Chronological Bible

Unlike other chronological Bibles, this arrangement is not date specific, so you can begin the reading plan at any point in the calendar year.

The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features a clear narrative approach to the Bible, arranging the complete text into a fresh chronological reading plan with daily readings guided by Dr. George Guthrie

Features Include:

  • 52 weeks of readings (six readings per week) in chronological order
  • Scripture presented in three main acts (God’s Plan for All People; God’s Covenant People; God’s New Covenant People) and seventeen total scenes
  • An introduction for each act and scene to orient the reader to its importance in the grand story
  • Single-column text with plenty of space for taking notes
  • Concordance
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Full-color maps

The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others

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“Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women” Giveaway #Beloved #FlyBy

Young girls have so much to deal with these days. The teenage years are so challenging, and girls experience so many feelings and emotions as they navigate through life. That’s why I think Zondervan’s Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women makes such a beautiful gift for that special girl in your life.

Beloved Devotional, Giveaway

Maybe it’s your daughter, granddaughter, niece, God-daughter or sister that would appreciate this book as a gift this Christmas season. We have added Beloved to our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings.

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Inspire young women to be all they can be!

Young women receive so many negative messages in today’s society. Counteract that with Beloved, a topical 365-day devotional that will inspire them with positive role models from Scripture. Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse about a biblical girl or woman, such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, or Abigail. Every page speaks to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives.

Giveaway:

Zondervan and FlyBy is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of  Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women! Thank you to Zondervan and FlyBy for the review devotional and for sponsoring this inspirational giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Open to US Residents.

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“Into The Deep” Blog Tour & Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to do something, but just could not due to your fear? I am sure like me, most of you can relate to at least one time, your fear held you back from doing something. For author Lauren Gaskill, it was on a family vacation when everyone but her, plunged off a boat into the ocean to go snorkeling. Lauren, an accomplished swimmer, could not get over her fear that there might be sharks in the water, and remained on the boat.

Years later, standing on a pier, Lauren felt that same fear as she was being cheered on to dive into the waves below. This time, she did not let that fear hold her back, and dove right into that deep blue ocean water.

Starting in high school Lauren had intense anxiety, panic attacks at night that continued into college. These attacks made her wonder why God was not helping her, why did it feel like she was drowning in a sea of despair. Lauren was lost in sea of anxiety, depression and chronic pain due to a health condition that continued to worsen.

Lauren began to lose her faith in God. She stopped believing God had a plan or his ability to save her. After graduating from College, Lauren found a Christian counselor and she was able to get out of the undertow and begin swimming with Jesus.

As I read this book, I could relate so well to the anxiety that Lauren faced in high school and college. I remember that in my own life, and I was hooked from that first chapter. If you want examples and tools to take your faith to the next level and help you control your reactions to overwhelming situations, you should read this book.

If you are ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith and joy, check out Into the Deep.  You can also find this book on Mommy Ramblings’ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel that we’re drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters.Get ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage, and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith and joy!

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#SpiritofGodBible Kid’s Illustrated Bible Giveaway #FlyBy

 

God’s Spirit is living among God’s people.
He always was, always is, and always will be.
These are the stories that tell about him and what he does.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible, written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez, contains over 40 Bible stories from the old and new testaments that show how God’s Spirit has been with his people from the beginning of time. I am so excited to share this new release from ZonderKidz with you!

From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
~ Psalm 139: 7–10

My Thoughts:

This Bible is perfect for my kids, they can read the age-old stories of the Bible from the Old and New Testament in a format that is not overwhelming. The easy to read text and beautiful illustrations captive them and peak their interest. It is also a great Bible for myself or my husband to read aloud to them. Click HERE to learn more and view some sample Bible pages.

Giveaway:

Propeller Consulting, LLC is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own Spirit of God Illustrated Bible! Thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for the review Bible and this inspirational giveaway. Open to US Residents.

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“The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible” Review & Giveaway

God’s Spirit is living among God’s people.
He always was, always is, and always will be.
These are the stories that tell about him and what he does.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible, written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez, presents over 40 Bible stories from the old and new testaments that show how God’s Spirit has been with his people from the beginning of time. I am so excited to share this new release from ZonderKidz with you!

From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
~ Psalm 139: 7–10

My Thoughts:

This Bible is perfect for my kids, they can read the age old stories of the Bible from the Old and New Testament in a format that is not overwhelming. The easy to read text and beautiful illustrations captive them and peak their interest. It is also a great Bible for myself or my husband to read aloud to them.

You can hear and see more of my thoughts in the video below:

Something else that I am sure will really excite you, is that you can enter a giveaway for your chance to win The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible and other awesome spiritual children’s books hosted by Read with Audra. Keep reading for giveaway details.

Giveaway:

Now, here are the details of the giveaway where you can win an amazing prize pack of inspirational children’s books.

Books including in the Prize Pack are:

  • Spirit of God Illustrated Bible
  • Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations
  • NIV Kids Visual Study Bible
  • Explorer’s Bible Guide
  • Words to Love By
  • Love Letters from God 

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“Sunrise, Easter Surprise!” Board Book Blog Tour & #Giveaway

Sunrise, Easter Surprise! is the perfect Easter board book to tuck in the Easter basket of little ones. This lively Easter board book depicts the joy that was spread with the news of Jesus’ Resurrection.

All of creation is alive with the news: Jesus lives! From chirping birds to chattering rabbits to buzzing bees, the pages of this Easter board book spill over with joy. With cheerful verse and lighthearted-yet-reverent illustrations, Sunrise, Easter Surprise! imagines Jesus’ Resurrection from the perspectives of those who might have seen and heard of it first: the sun as it rose, a flower as it bloomed, and the first people at the empty tomb.

This exuberant Easter book offers even the littlest listener a better understanding of what the Resurrection means to all creation: new life through Jesus. Perfect for little ones ages 2-5.

I love this sweet, little board book, it has the most precious illustrations and is the perfect size for little hands. Read it to your little one before Easter or save it to read on Easter morning and tuck it in their Easter basket.

Giveaway:

Worthy Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of Sunrise, Easter Surprise! Thank you to Worthy Publishing for the review book and for sponsoring this special giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Open to US residents.

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Personalized Books & Gifts are Perfect for Easter #ISEEME

Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? Where has the time gone, it seems like yesterday we were launching our Holiday Gift Guide and now we are looking forward to spring and Easter!

If you are looking for some special Easter Gifts for the little ones in your life, I See Me! has some great options. Shop their site for Personalized books and gifts for your SOMEBUNNY special.

Some of my favorite items are The My Snuggle Bunny gift set . This set features an adorable snuggle bunny who counts 10 ways that it loves your child, in this beautifully illustrated storybook. Gift set includes the book plus a cuddly plush bunny by Jellycat for your special child to snuggle with!

The God Loves You! book makes a cherished personalized Easter gift that will become a treasured keepsake. God Loves You! tells the child just how much God loves him or her… and that the child is God’s special creation! It comes personalized with a child’s name on the cover and throughout the text. God Loves You! features beautiful poetry by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing and colorful, whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Maria Carluccio.

The Eggcellent All-In-One Gift Set is a hand-picked coordinated gift set that includes: an adorable personalized Easter coloring and activity book, matching page of 18 stickers and a colorful placemat made special with your child’s name.

Inside the book, your child will complete fun and educational Easter activities such as coloring in the eggs, helping the Easter bunny find his way down the bunny trail maze, finding eggs in the hidden picture, and more! Your child’s name will be personalized on the cover of the coloring book and throughout the activity pages and illustrations.

I See Me! has personalized placemats including special ones for Easter like the Snuggle Bunny Placemat. A personalized placemat is the perfect way to make meal time and snack time more fun! Each one is made to order and makes a special Easter gift. The 12”x17” mats are made of high-quality durable plastic that can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. The placemats are printed in the USA. Theymeet CPSIA guidelines for food safety, and are BPA-free.

Check out all of their personalized Easter Gifts on their website. Let me know what you like best.

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Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers Book – #Giveaway

If you are looking for a sturdy board book that will stand up to little children’s handling filled with bedtime prayers, look no further. The Very Veggie Bedtime Prayer Book is just what you are looking for. This new book perfectly eases the daily transition from playtime to sweet dreams.

The rhyming prayers will help teach little ones about the importance of talking to God every day. The familiar VeggieTales characters accompany the short, easy to understand prayers. This collection of prayers was designed to help young children reflect on their day and anticipate the day to come with requests and gratitude for God’s guidance.

The soft padded cover and convenient size make it easy for little hands to hold. This book makes a nice baby gift or Christening gift. We have a special gift for our readers, you can enter to win your own copy of Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers below.

Giveaway

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Remind Girls They are Adored by God #AdoredByGod #FlyBy

The world can be a tough place.  The tween and teen years are especially hard. While it was no picnic when we were growing up, this generation has challenges and issues we could not even imagine, thanks to technology. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, but it has brought about some darker things along with all the good.

Girls today have to deal with bullying, social media friendships as well as the awful social media “unfriending”, dating, changing bodies, awkward growth phases, mean girls and much more. Proper guidance and support is paramount to a healthy attitude and self-image as they navigate this stage of life.

Adored is a 365-day devotional that features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on that day’s special message. This book tackles those tough topics mentioned above, and shows readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight. This hardcover devotional is published by Zondervan, written for girls ages 13 and up and has a retail price of $14.99. You can purchase it HERE. Right now, you can get it on sale for just $8.49.

Having a book like this reminds girls they are not the only ones facing challenges, it helps them on the tough days and lifts them up every day. The journaling space is a wonderful way for girls to track their own growth and mindset through the year. This devotional makes a very meaningful gift this Christmas season. We have added it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.  You can visit the publisher’s site to access a Free 7-Day Download.

 

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Overwhelmed? Discover, “Why Motherhood Matters” #Giveaway

Tomorrow, I have to go for two ultrasound scans. To say the least, the last few weeks have been a rollercoaster. Already dealing with having our lives torn apart for the last year, as we have had to undergo a near total renovation of our house. This required moving out, having all our belongings packed by a less than careful mold remediation company and now dealing with a less than ethical contractor who took a large deposit on work he never even started.

So, now on top of everything, we are starting the litigation process to bring this contractor and his partner (wife) to justice and get our money back. They have caused us weeks of delays and much angst. I ended up being rushed to the hospital one night thinking I was having a heart attack. They found out that, thankfully, I was not having a heart attack but tomorrow I need to have an echocardiogram to rule out mitral valve prolapse and my thyroid levels (I am hypothyroid) were very low. This could be the reason for the chest pain etc. I had my levels tested again and they are normal but the doctor felt an enlargement in my thyroid, and that is the other scan I am going for. I would love your prayers and good thoughts because I am feeling a big weary.

Speaking of being weary, motherhood itself can leave us feeling overwhelmed. Add to that health issues, and it can sap our energy as we worry about something happening to us, and what that would mean to our family. As much as we try to stay positive, those negative thoughts creep in. Since I was told there was an enlargement on one side of my thyroid, it feels that the fullness I felt from time to time in my throat, is now constant. It also feels like something is pulling from my collarbone when I turn my neck. As much as I try to push it from my thoughts, they find a way of creeping in. This morning, I woke up at the crack of dawn, and could not lie there because of the thoughts that kept coming into my mind. I had to get up and do something to try and take my mind off tomorrow.

As mothers, our lives are so full and no matter how much we get accomplished, we tend to focus on all the things we did not get done. We are so critical on ourselves. It can easily leave us feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you have even wondered if you were succeeding at motherhood. We tend to berate ourselves about everything we did not complete or do.  Worse yet, social media has introduced us to hoards of  “supermoms” who only make us feel worse about ourselves. We have to understand everything is not what it seems on social media, and the “supermom” you see, is probably hanging by a thread just like you are many days.

I understand that many mothers feel overwhelmed and have at least fleeting thoughts of inadequacy. That is why I want to introduce you to, Why Motherhood Matters by September McCarthy. The author has been a mom for 25 years (close to how long I have been a mother but, I have a few years more on the job, lol), like myself ,she continues to raise young children and loves her young adults.

September imparts words of wisdom and grace in key areas of Christian parenting, including faith (getting honest with your family about your need for Jesus), wellness (learning to take care of your kids and yourself), education (raising a new generation with creativity and character), and relationships (speaking to the heart of your children in unique ways). On the pages of the book, you’ll find sweet anecdotes and gentle guidance for those moments you need both a breather and a lifeline.

More About September:

September McCarthy is a writer, speaker, blogger (One September Day at www.septembermccarthy.com), wife, and a home-educating mother to ten beautiful children. Today, she juggles motherhood and being a grandmother as her older children are married with families of their own.  She is also the founder and director of Raising Generations Today, a nonprofit ministry designed to equip and inspire moms to reach the hearts of their children for God’s glory.

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