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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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“God’s Big Plans for Me” Storybook Bible #Giveaway #RickWarren #FlyBy

You have probably heard of the New York Times Bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life.  Did you know there is a storybook Bible based on that book? There is, it is called, God’s Big Plans for Me and it is written by Rick Warren.

Pastor Rick Warren uses lyrical storytelling and engaging illustrations in his chronological approach to 40 Bible stories. Each story is introduced with a theme relatable to readers of all ages. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible helps children grow closer to God and discover the purpose for their own lives.

If you are looking for a meaningful gift to give to any child in your life, this Storybook Bible would be perfect. I really like the format and how stories from the Bible like Noah and the Ark, Ruth and Naomi, An Angel Visits Mary, The Parable of the Lost Sheep and many others are arranged and written. Another thing I like is reading one story each night with my kids. It is a wonderful way to teach them about Jesus. There is a dedication page you can fill out, which makes the book even more special.

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God Our Maker Board Books Blog Tour & #Giveaway #BabyBibleBooks #WorthyKidsIdeals

I have always loved reading to my kids, I loved it so much, I read to them in utero. It is so much fun to share colorful board books with even our youngest babies. It really tunes them into the love of reading as well as being a special time to share together.

Author, Gary Bower, fell in love with picture books at an early age on his mother’s lap. As he grew, he entertained himself writing his own stories, jokes, poems and skits. As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his twelve children, have helped him polish his storytelling skills.

Gary’s board books, “God Paints The World” and “God Loves The World” are delightful books to read with children and they are sturdy to hold up to little hands. These books introduce even the littlest ones to God’s love and the beauty in the world he created. They make a beautiful gift to give to a new baby, Christening gift or baby shower gift.

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God Paints the World takes children on a tour of God’s colorful creation. Each spread groups nature’s animals and objects by color, such as yellow dandelions, a shining sun, and chirping finches; and brown squirrels, trees, and crunchy nuts. Parents will love this early concept board book that teaches little ones about colors and the God who created them.

God Loves the World teaches little ones that God’s children are very diverse, and very, very, loved. Regardless of their shapes and sizes, colors and ages, interests and abilities—God cares for and loves each of his wonderfully unique children. Parents and little ones will love the book’s bright illustrations and inclusive message: “God loves all so very much!”

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Start Your Day with the ATG APP – #ATGToday #FlyBy

How do you start your day? Do you grumble getting out of bed, thinking of all the things you need to do? Are you stressed and worried  thinking about how you will ever tackle that never-ending to do list? Do you feel like there has to be a better way to begin your day? If you do, you are not alone.

It can be easy to feel that we are not good enough or that we keep falling short of our goals. In fact, many people, moms in particular, feel they are not accomplishing enough and are very hard on themselves. I know the feeling all too well, it is especially true as we seem to be burning the candle on both ends trying to get our house finished after experiencing a leak last fall that left us with extensive damage.

Recently, I learned about an app called Awakening To God that is a devotional journal to help you enjoy your walk with God. It is very simple to download and use. In just 8 minutes in the morning, you follow simple steps that will get you on a routine that helps you learn to hear God’s voice, memorize scripture, pray and journal. It has many great ideas to increase your faith, share scripture, encourage others and strengthen family devotions.

I have been using the ATG App and what I really like about it, is that you have an easily accessible journal reflecting on the same areas each day. I can look back on what I wanted God to help me with last week, last month or last year on a certain day. It lets me see the things I need to work on and what I am thankful for as well.

It is not a drudgery or something that takes a lot of time. In about 8 minutes each morning, you can strengthen your relationship with God. It helps me to understand that I can lay my burdens, worries and troubles in his arms. He will fight my battles and I can remove that weight from my shoulders. It is very comforting. This one minute video will let you see how this app works. 

This app has two purposes. One is to inspire and encourage thousands of people on their walk with Christ (hopefully, leading to another “Awakening” – see 2 Chron 7:14). The other purpose is to raise funds to dig a well in 100 villages in India, provide 40,000 meals to widows and orphans, 15,000 mosquito nets and a medical team for immunizations, cataract operations and other services.

Gerald and Jeannie Long are the founders of Awakening To God. They experienced success and wealth based on the values of the world and also the deepest grief and suffering from the death of two of their three children. On their journey, God has revealed His grace and glory to them in extraordinary ways.

In particular, they have experienced how God is able to redeem the most painful areas of our lives and turn them around for good. Gerald has found a deep awareness of eternity and Jeannie has experienced God’s presence and glory when she was close to ending her own life. Their marriage has triumphed when all seemed lost and they learned invaluable lessons on their unbelievable journey.

You can learn more about them by watching the video, How Do You Keep Living After the Death of Two Children at: www.awakeningtogod.org and see Mission, Vision and Strategy under About.

If you would like to download this app, you can do so HERE. If you do, I would love to hear about how you like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Faith is Rising Up Like Ivy in #TheGarden #FlyBy #Giveaway

As we brace for another snow storm, the longing for spring is hitting me hard. That darn groundhog says there will be 6 more weeks of winter. I guess it is to be expected after the extremely mild winter we had last year.  I cannot wait for the trees to start budding and the days to get longer and warmer.

The seasons of the year can be a lot like life. Sometimes we are going through tough times that seem to not want to let up. Those times can feel similar to the most harsh winter we feel will never end. Then, through the snow-covered ground, a tiny crocus appears to give us hope for spring and the rebirth it brings.

Worship leader Kari Jobe feels that even when our souls grow weary and dark in the thick of winter that God is always at work. The slow and unexpected green breaking through the frozen ground signaling the first signs of spring show us that. Kari Jobe who just released her fourth album, The Garden, invites listeners to drink of the wellspring of hope she’s found in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

This new album is rooted in a series of personal transition and remarkable grief for the singer and her family. Over the course of the last two years, Jobe got married, moved from her hometown of Dallas, Texas to Nashville where they bought their first home and had a baby.

Jobe was a four months pregnant when her sister, Kris gave birth to a stillborn daughter, James Ivy. Jobe says the loss shattered her heart and wrecked her. She tried to walk in peace when she did not feel peaceful. Aching for her sister, Jobe was also anxious about the safety of her unborn baby. She welcomed her son Canyon Carnes last February.

While she celebrated the birth of her son, her sister’s loss weighed heavy on her heart. As Jobe held her son, she looked out her kitchen window to see the first signs of spring. Taking a walk in the garden she noticed what only God could produce: thick, green ivy lacing its way overhead that quickly reminded her of her niece’s namesake.

“Ivy is the most resilient plant there is. It can grow in the harshest of climates; it can grow in the harshest of situations,” Jobe explains, adding, “I’m standing in this garden. There’s ivy growing, and I just started to realize, ‘God, You’re moving in a way that is different than what I asked for, but You are moving.’ He’s at work and doing things we can’t see.”

The experience yielded the title track for Jobe’s new album and fresh healing for her soul. “Those seeds were planted years ago for it to be the way that it was that day for me, because it wasn’t just last year that they planted all this beautiful ivy. That took years,” she observes. “Something in my spirit started to rustle. Life was coming back. What felt dead in my heart was starting to wake up. It was like I’d been in this place of being numb in my walk with the Lord, but something just started blooming in my heart.”

Her unanswered questions began to grow into songs. As Jobe declared God’s goodness over her own circumstances, He began to transform her heart. “These raw things were coming out of my mouth, so I just started writing,” she shares. “I Will Sing,” written while she was still pregnant, became the first song she penned for this album. Jobe spent the next several months pouring out her emotions one track at a time.  She and her husband wrote together frequently, and Cody adds vocals on numerous tracks.

In addition, Jobe co-wrote with acclaimed songwriters, including Jacob and Amanda Cook of Bethel Music, Brooke Fraser Ligertwood, Ben Fielding, Jason Ingram, Mia Fieldes, Martin Smith and Josh Silverburg, among others.

“The garden is true intimacy with the Father, and it’s a place where He intended for us as humankind to be surrounded with His creation. There’s life in things that He’s created,” she offers. “I want to lead people into intimacy with the Father. It’s something that’s so important as we walk through stuff in our lives.”

Today, Jobe and her family continue to discover restoration through glimpses of God’s goodness. “The healing that He’s been bringing to my family and the way that He’s met us in our pain, it’s made me realize how many people are going through really intense pain and disappointments and trials,” Jobe offers. “There’s a lot of people who have lost babies or family members out of traumatic experiences. My eyes have been opened to that in a whole new way.”

“Everyone who’s seen something grow out of the dust realizes God was up to something in the midst of pain and questions. He never promised that it would be easy or that it would be pain-free, but that He would never leave us or forsake us,” Jobe offers, adding, “I’m more aware of His presence than I think I’ve ever been.

This is a beautiful album that will remind you even through the dark times, that God is there working, even if you cannot see what that is yet. I think everyone will take something from this album and the beautiful music and songs are calming and give hope to our lives.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this CD? If so, enter the giveaway below. You can purchase it HERE.

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How To Help Your Child Spend #EveryDayWithGod-#Giveaway #FlyBy

With all of the negative messages that our kids are exposed to every day, it is nice to find ways to bring positive, spiritual and inspirational words into their lives. I was so happy to find a great book that does that and is on a level my little ones can understand.

Every Day With God is the newest 365-day devotional from VeggieTales. It is a book that can be read together and older kids can read alone. There are 2 versions, one for boys and one for girls. The updated content and art in this new version make the book even better!

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Every day they can open the book to find a Bible verse, short devotion, thought of the day and a prayer. Through this book, kids can learn more about God as it helps them develop a habit of taking time each day to keep God close. More than that, the pages are full of words that can speak right to a child’s heart.

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The words can calm an anxious child, give courage to a fearful child, lift the spirits of a child who feels down and more. Knowing that God has their back and will always be with them is very comforting in a world that can be very cruel. As children grow they face many things that can really hurt them and this book can help them to know,  they are special and God created them perfectly.

When we read it aloud with our kids it can help spur thoughtful conversation. I like that I can quickly find the right verse to speak to a particular issue that might be needed. It is also a wonderful gift for any child and one that carries so much meaning. We will be adding this book to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide which will be live next week.

Would you like a chance to win a copy? Check out and enter on our giveaway below.

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Baby, Baby! Lets Baby See Who God Loves #BabyBaby #FlyBy #Giveaway

It is never too early to read to your kids. I started to read to mine in utero. I even had that Dr. Seuss book that was made to be read to your unborn child. When they are born and as they grow, keep reading to them. Sometimes those eager little hands can wreak havoc on the pages of books. As a book lover, that stage made me nuts. I soon learned sturdy board books were the option for us.

I want to share a great board book with you today. Baby, Baby! by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Allie Busby is a short rhyming poem book that celebrates the discovery and wonder that fill baby’s days. At the end there is a special reminder that Baby is always loved by God. This sweet book  is perfect to add to any new baby gift or first birthday present. With the holidays fast approaching it would make a nice little Christmas gift for your baby or one that is close to you.

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The book features such adorable illustrations of babies doing all kinds of things from riding in the stroller to banging on pots and pans. At the end a baby safe mirror is on the page to show baby who it is that God loves. Babies love to look at themselves and they will have so much fun seeing their reflection in this book.

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Celebrate God’s Gifts With Your Child!!! #FlyBy #Giveaway #AllThingsBrightAndBeautiful

If you are looking for an inspirational and gorgeous picture book to share with your children, grandchildren or Sunday school class, All Things Bright and Beautiful is absolutely perfect. This large, hardcover book features the lyrical words that were first published in 1848 by Cecil Frances Alexander.

Katy Hudson is the talented artist that brings new joy to the well-loved words. Katy’s fresh and engaging watercolors will sweep readers away as they follow three young children who delight in a day filled with the discovery of  All Things Bright and Beautiful! This striking book is a reminder to all of us that every good thing we see is a gift from God.

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This book is such a treasure and I love reading it to my kids. I know it will become a family keepsake and I can see it being read to grandchildren some day. The beautiful illustrations just make this book one that you will reach for again and again. Its message is so needed and one we can never hear enough. “He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful:the Lord God made them all.” 

This book can be purchased on Amazon. Would you like a chance to win a hard cover copy of this gorgeous book? I thought you would. You can enter below but please be sure to read the rules.

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Find Freedom From Shame-#Un-Ashamed #FlyBy #Giveaway

Nearly all of us go through life feeling shame from something that has happened in our past. It can be the underlying factor of many issues that affect our body image, self-confidence, self-worth and more. Many times we think we are alone in what we feel, the truth is, we are in good company. Realizing that we don’t need to struggle with this and that we can heal the brokenness within us and start living a life filled with freedom from shame is empowering!

Heather Davis Nelson’s book, Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame, shows us how to direct our attention to God who promises to forgive and restore us no matter what. Her book shines the life-giving light of the gospel on those dark feelings of rejection and worthlessness.

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The introduction, Shame:Everyone Has It, is a great start in showing us we are not alone with feelings of shame. The author recounts her fear of public speaking and traces it back to her eight grade graduation where she froze on stage before all of her classmates, their families and faculty. That fear of being publicly embarrassed any time she finds herself in front of a podium with her weakness revealed to the audience is one way that shame manifested its way in her life.

Shame is like a chameleon and easily blends into the surrounding environment so it is hard to see. Shame masquerades as embarrassment or the feeling that you are not quite good enough. It can rear its ugly head when you are about to embark on something new and if unchecked can hold you back and create a nonpenetrable barrier between yourself and others. Many may not even realize it is shame they are suffering from as it gets mislabeled as guilt.

As the author gives examples of how guilt differs from shame and illustrates for us how shame can affect relationships through snippets of life scenarios, it helps us to recognize it in our own lives. I thought it profound that the antidote to shame is empathy and vulnerability. When the author explained how relationships of all types are transformed when we put into practice empathetic responses and vulnerable sharing it was clear to see how that can end the cycle of conflict. It does take more than just empathy and vulnerability because in this world of broken people, there is a chance we can face deeper rejection when being vulnerable which reinforces those shame messages.

It is then, when all seems dark and hopeless that we need to remember a person who left his perfect relationship of impeccable empathy and total vulnerability. He left his perfect place, one where guilt and shame did not exist because sin was absent. It came then that this person who knew the depths of darkness in the human heart entrusted himself to us as a baby, one who was so vulnerable and would not survive without human care. He who was never betrayed would be betrayed by his closest friends. He who knew no sin, would become sin for us.

Isaiah describes Jesus with no greater empathy: “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4). It is through this relationship with our grief-laden savior that our shame will begin to dissipate. Through Christ’s vulnerability we learn to entrust ourselves to fellow broken people. His empathy lets us know we are never alone, though humans may betray and disappoint us.

Through Christ we are clothed with honor not shame. We become part of a community that we will always belong and given a kingdom that cannot be taken away. Walking by faith will transform our relationships, parenting, our churches, our marriages and our work. Shame lingers as long as we await the life to come but it will become quieter when we remember its hold is limited and fleeting.

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This book covers body shame, social shame, performance shame, shame in marriage, shame in parenting, shame in the church and response to shame in the chapters as well as exchanging shame for beauty and a shame-free destiny. I think that everyone can benefit from this book because we all have shame and realizing we are not alone and that shame’s hold on our lives is fleeting is very powerful. Through the chapters I could identify with ways that shame was holding me back and start to work on ways to loosen the hold it had on my life and break free.

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About the author:

Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor, and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in southeastern Virginia.

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#ESVFamilyDevotionalBible- Share God’s Word As A Family -#Giveaway

The say that family that prays together stays together, in fact my priest just told me that the other day! If you are looking for a way to help your family read and apply God’s Word together, I have good news. The ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is a hardbound colorful Bible that retells 130 key stories from the Bible. The stories feature full color illustrations as well as a key verse and are placed within the Bible text where it is found.  The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.

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I was happy to see that this Bible provided a way to share stories whenever with our children. They are the perfect length for reading in addition to a traditional bedtime story. There are questions that you can use with your children to spur discussion of the story. There is also a key verse for the story that I really liked.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life. You can find this Bible on Amazon.

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