Saturday, February 6, 2016

Biff & Becka Stupendous Vacation

Rarely do I come across a book that I have to shelve for a while but this is one of those books.
It isn't particularly good for my children's age groups (8, 4, 1). It was entirely too wordy and because it only came via e-book my oldest couldn't really "get into" the book.
I think that if we'd gotten a paper copy of the book, she would have enjoyed it more.
Odd, I know considering most kids love anything electronic but when it comes to books my kids are old fashioned like their mama, paperback me please.  

I do think it's great content for Christian families and children to learn about. Biff learns alot in the book about his character and being content. However I will admit it is heavily laden with Scripture almost to the point of being TOO much for a children's book. 
I know for some it would be an issue that these are rabbits doing everything as humans. However I understand that the author was hoping to better capture the interest of children by using rabbits instead of humans. My children often like shows where the characters are animals/cartoons rather than live action shows.

{FYI: I received this book thru the Booklook Bloggers program in exchange for my HONEST opinion.} And as you can see it isn't exactly glowing. lol.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Preparing for Baby!

Just thought I'd give everyone a life update. 

We are currently preparing for the arrival of baby #4. She's tried to come early but my dr was able to stall her to stay put a little longer.

Some things I've done to get ready, since I am 34 weeks along, are:
  • Install car seat (thankfully we've still got Gracie's so its just been cleaning it.
  • Going thru Gracie's old things and getting the stuff the new baby will use in the immediate future ready (such as blankets, burp cloths, swaddles, sleeper chair)
  • Get older kids ready for grandma's house during hospital stay (they have an overnight bag already packed & ready to go)
  • Alert hubby's job that I could go into labor at any time during the next six weeks. (yes anytime, I've been in labor once already)
  • I've even started purchasing formula, additional wipes, etc..

At first I felt like I was preparing too early, then I went into labor last week and it became very real that I could have had her and not been prepared at all. So now I want to be prepared because with such a large family (we have the most kids of any of our friends) being unprepared is NOT an option. Plus I am married to a man who always likes to be prepared for what we know is indeed coming.

Thankfully with the birth of baby #4, we are close to more family which means more help with our other three children. Which is especially necessary because we are *back* homeschooling. 

And the kids have actually stated they'd like to remain home-schooled (well the oldest did, the four year old wants to be in school). We'll check back with him in the summer on whether or not he wants to be in regular school (we've already chosen a private Christian school for him to attend in the fall).

So what did YOU do to prepare for the birth of your children? I'd love to know and any tips on parenting with four, I'd greatly appreciate!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Strong & Kind

As a parent have you ever sat down to think of character traits you wanted to instill in your children?

I mean, sure kids have those ingrain traits but all of those traits are not good nor do we want them to sustain those traits. For example, Caleb (our 4 year old) has developed a tendency to be selfish with his things and while if left unchecked could become a very nasty character trait to have. As parents we have chosen to prune his character early and abolish that tendency before it becomes a hardcore character trait.

I'd been reading the book Strong & Kind by Korie Robertson and if you watch Duck Dynasty then you know who she is. If you don't then, here's a quick update: Korie is the wife of  Willie who now the head of the family business. She's been a mama for over twenty years, so I'd say she's got plenty of practice and experience.

I'd made it my business to add this book to my collection because I have yet to read anything from this family that I disliked or disagreed with. I love their principles and how grounded they are in the word of God.

In this book Korie details Strong & Kind, the two character traits that she and Willie decided they wanted to pass on to their children. They agreed while their children was young that they wanted them to be strong to endure in this world and to be kindhearted people.

 And in that choice came the realization that you cannot want to develop those traits in your children without developing & living them out yourself. It is ever so important to make sure that whatever character trait you choose to develop in your children that you LIVE THEM.

The book is awesome because it doesn't just focus on those two character traits but many character traits and the living those traits out as parents. Because as most of parents have realized its a "monkey see monkey do" world not a "monkey say monkey do" world.

Without realizing it, my hubby and I had already been modeling certain character traits for our children. My husband has been showing our children to be hardworking and consistent and to be well dressed. I'd been showing my children the importance of books and reading but also of love. My children will quickly hug you and say I love you. Because that's how their mama is. I like warm friendly welcomes. Give me a hug not a handshake! lol.

And prayerfully the good retains while we kick the bad traits out of all of us. :)

{FYI: I received this book via the booklookbloggers program in exchange for my HONEST review.}

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love & Respect

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:33)

Recently I've been wondering where has the disconnect occurred where wives believe it is okay to demand unconditional love yet are content to pass out conditional respect to their husband.

That is NOT okay. Nor is it in alignment with God's Words.

We are exhorted to respect our husbands. It is not respect that is dependent upon an action or lack thereof. We are also exhorted to respect our husbands because it does not come natural to us. 
In Genesis 3:16 God tells Eve: "Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” 

There's a book called Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. I think any wife who struggles to respect her husband unconditionally needs to read this book AND apply it. Especially if you sense there is trouble in your marriage or you sense a lack of intimacy (not just sexual). This is huge because majority of men would rather have your respect than your love. They are not programmed to see love as the end all be all. They are not programmed to love regardless to how you talk to them and how you act towards them. YET that is what we, as wives, expect from them. 

We expect them to love us on our most unlovable days. YET in the same breath we will make it so clear that if their behavior is not respectable then we have no respect for them nor will we treat them with respect. Even being so bold as to say it to their face but then wonder why he treats us unlovingly. THAT is NOT how marriage works.

And as long as we proceed with the thought that respect is NOT as important as love then we will fail to thrive in marriage. We will be mediocre and barely surviving. We will wonder why our men prefer to hang with his guys than us. We will wonder what was the allure of the female that he cheated with. (Yes, THAT is a very likely possibility!!!) 

Stop being selfish in your thought of conditional respect with unconditional love. 

Come under the authority of the bible and SUBMIT. Respect your husband as you would respect Jesus Christ!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Changes!

Well normally, I like to stick to the status quo. 

However, I think it is time to revamp the name for this blog to:

Life His Way.

This name was chosen because as I live life, I want to live life God's way. 
And more over I want to encourage every person I come into contact with, whether in person, via this blog or social media to do the same. To live Life His Way.

So I hope you will visit me on Facebook!

What do you think of the new name?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

You are the Prototype

I am super LATE with this book review.
I remember getting the book Prototype by Johnathan Martin in the mail and sitting it to the side, I wasn't too interested at first.

Now I've gotten a chance to have my interest piqued and have read the book.
Martin seeks to remind us that before God referred to Jesus as His beloved.. God called us, His people, His beloved. 

And that is what makes us the prototype.

However the difference between us and Jesus is that Jesus believed God when God called Jesus His beloved. So the question then becomes why do we doubt when God calls us His beloved? Why do we buck and act so very unloving towards God, who allowed His beloved Son to die so that we could be reconciled to Him?
Better yet, let me ask you a question would you allow your child to die a gruesome death and be humiliated ALL for the sake of a people would are disobedient and ungrateful and doubtful of you?

I don't think I could do that.

Yet Martin reminds us that THAT is exactly what God did. God calls us His beloved. Then He goes above and beyond to prove that we are His beloved. 

Martin reminds us of that infallible connection between us and Jesus, what makes us the prototype of being God's beloved. And how we can be more like Jesus if only we actually BELIEVED that we are God's beloved.

{FYI: This book I received from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.}
ALSO, I look forward to reading your honest opinion!

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Case for Grace

Through out the years we've learned that grace and mercy is the saving grace of the Christian.
It is the traits of God that grants us forgiveness. 
Yet in recent years it seems grace has been almost over used and under valued. 

I mean that to say everyone preaches the message of grace and mercy to the sinner, that it renews each day. Yet they forget to include the disclaimer that grace and mercy is not an OK to sin thinking "Well God will have grace and mercy and forgive me." 

It is important to remember this because God judges the heart. He sees all of what we think we're doing and judges our motives. So if we do not grasp grace and mercy in its fullness. Then we could very easily lose its covering. God is not a man that He would be made a fool of.

Grace and mercy is all in Jesus bearing the sins of all mankind on the cross.
Grace and mercy is all in Jesus' resurrection.

Grace and mercy is what kept Jesus on the path to crucifixion.

What is is NOT is: 
a license to sin.

What it DOES DO:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)

The above passage in Titus, shows us that the grace of God brings salvation. It teaches us to deny ungodliness & worldly lusts. It exhorts us to live soberly, righteously, and godly. Notice it says in the present age, meaning it is ever applicable. Grace enables us to seek out Jesus Christ to be redeemed and purified by Him.

So today, look for the grace of God in your life and be thankful for it. Know that as God graces you each day, that we must confess our sins. We are born sinners and will remain that way until we leave this earth and as such must ask for forgiveness of the sins we commit and in that we are repenting which is not only asking for forgiveness but also turning AWAY from the sin. That is making the conscious effort to repeat.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

The James Code

Hands down, one of the most applicable books in the bible? James.
Yet, because of the strength of the content, it is often hard to actually DO.
And therein comes the James Code by O.S. Hawkins. The same man behind the Jesus Code.

This book is set up like a weekly devotional with one verse a week. I enjoy it because the weekly devotional is usually about a few days long and provokes much thought and can literally be studied on a weekly basis to help us actually be doers of the word and not merely hearers.

James warns us of hearing the Word of God and knowing that there is action that needs to take place but not actually taking action. That is what the difference is between those who are disciples of Jesus and those who merely followed Him. When it was time to act and do and be like Jesus they had an excuse or they simply turned back; "it's too hard" was probably a common retort. 

So we have to remember to not only believe in Jesus but to put action with our faith. Even the insane, the devil sincerely believes in something and will try to explain it to you. They will even act on those beliefs. So how much MORE should we do it, when we believe in the risen King, Jesus Christ. We NEED put our faith in action.

The Word says, we are known by our actions, not by what we think or say. People pay closer attention to what you DO versus what you SAY.

And THAT is why this book is fundamental and absolutely welcomed and recommended to those who want to be more than a fan of Jesus but a committed disciple of His.

{FYI: I received this book thru the BookLookBlogger program. They send me a book & I give my honest opinion.}

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!!

So we are now two days into the new year. Have you made any resolutions?
I've made two commitments and no resolutions.
My commitments is to (1) remain committed to God and (2) to remain committed to my husband and children.

It is always entirely too easy to get caught up in the busyness and nuisances of life that we push God to the side, only focusing on Him when hard times come along. And I refuse to live life that way. I want God to direct me on a daily basis and that comes from being faithful to Him regardless to what is going on around me.

My second commitment involves keeping my family first and balancing everything. Right now, I am 29 weeks pregnant with our fourth baby, a little girl we have yet to name (suggestions?). We are also homeschooling the older children (ages 8, 4, and 1). On top of that I work from home part time. So my plate is already full, then there is church family, who I love to fellowship with but must only do so sparingly so as not to exhaust our family or resources (we live far from everyone else).
So that means learning to balance and balance well. Knowing when to work and when to rest or focus solely on the kids. Getting on a schedule to cleaning the house because it still needs to be cleaned regardless to me being pregnant and tired all the time.

How did you bring in the new year?

I've read of some going to watch night services, others going to party with family and friends. 
What about you?
Hubby had to work, so I stayed home with our littles and had a movie party with pizza, cheesecake and donuts before an early bedtime of 9pm.

My point to you is to make a commitment and not a resolution.
 I'm convinced resolutions are almost always broken within the first 90 days of the year.
So commit to what it is you want to do or accomplish in 2016!
If that's exercising, then get an accountability partner who is already committed to fitness.
If its bible reading, get an accountability partner who already reads regularly.

Happy New Year loves!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

NKJV Foundation Study Bible

So as you all know oftentimes I get a chance to review new books and bibles.
A new bible that I recently got my hands on, is the NKJV Foundation Study Bible.

I was curious about this study bible as I do have a NKJV bible, the Duck Commander bible, however it has no study or foot notes.

So I got my hands on this one, and while it is nice. It does lack the extent of notes that my Life Application study bible has. It really did not suit me at all. For it to be a foundation study bible, I expected for this bible to have more in-depth study notes than it does as that is one of the main purposes behind using a study bible.

I gave the bible away as a gift to my husband's cousin so that he could have his first study bible (he's a fairly new believer, yet God has been seriously moving in his life as he's just been ordained as a deacon).