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  • The Wonder of Creation – Review and GIVEAWAY!!


    A few years ago I was looking for a devotional that would be good for my younger kids and someone recommended “Indescribable” by Louie Giglio. It had beautiful, bright pictures and short devotions that were perfect for my kids.

    Recently, I was given the opportunity to read and review Louie’s newest devotional for children – “The Wonder of Creation: 100 More Devotions about God & Science.” I was excited because I figured if it was anything like his first one it would be a WIN! And I wasn’t wrong!

    This children’s devotional is GREAT! Especially for those children that love understanding science and nature and the world around them and how it all fits with who God is!

    I was flipping through the pages and landed here on the “Under Attack” devotional. It talks about why sometimes we get a cold and how God specifically designed our bodies so that we could fights germs. When there are larger (maybe more unfamiliar words) you will find those sounded out too!

    This devotional talks about how germs can attack us physically, but how also the devil can attack us with troubles but God gives us a way to fight off those attacks with prayer!

    Each devotional contains an “Explore the Wonder” section. These will be fun science facts about all of the incredible things that are in our earth and universe. God has made SO many amazing things and each page of this devotional captures a small piece of that!

    I love that through this devotional, children will be drawn to both the wonder of the world around them and also encouraged to thank God for all He has given us. 100 inspiring, wonder-filled devotions in all. You are going to want a copy of this book for your kids or grandkids!

    You can get more information about this amazing book and order your own copy HERE.

    You can download a free Parent’s Guide HERE.

    As an added bonus I get to offer a copy as a giveaway to one lucky (US reader) winner! All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell me that you would love to win a copy of this devotional! Copies will be mailed out in mid-December!

    Disclosure: Many thanks to HarperCollins Christian Publishing for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own.  I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post. #WonderOfCreationMIN #thewonderofcreation #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

  • God With Us – Review and Giveaway!

    Recently I was sent this book – God With Us: A Journey Home by the Momentum Influencers team. Written by Jeremy Pierre and Illustrated by Cassandra Clark, this book is a look at some of the pivotal stories throughout the entire Bible.

    From the author “The book you are holding is a small imaginative gaze at the limitless wonder of Scripture, in the hope of sharpening your child’s taste for one particular theme at the heart of the Bible’s story. That theme is the presence of God.

    God With Us is filled with beautiful imagery and short summaries of stories from Genesis through Revelation.

    2021 has been the first year that I myself have read through the Bible in its entirety (well almost – it WILL happen). What prevented me from doing it sooner? Fear that it would be too boring or too hard to understand. But what I have found as I have engaged in this practice is that God IS there in all of the pages. This book is a reminder of that truth – simplified and illustrated for children. I love it!

    Yes, God has been with us from the beginning moments of creation, to the darkest hour of Christ’s death on a cross and God continues to walk with us today. With all the hardship and darkness in the world, what a hope a book like this offers.

    https://youtu.be/GAyTrpl_osI

    To read more about God With Us, meet the Author and Illustrator and see some of the other videos they have created that go along with the book check out their website HERE!

    You can purchase God With Us HERE. #GodWithUsMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

    If you are interested in a copy of this book for yourself and would like a chance to win one – please leave a comment below and I will pick a winner! Once the hardcover books are available they will send one of those out to the winner! US participants only please!

    Disclosure: Many thanks to Shepherd Press for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

  • Courageous Faith – ROAR Like A Lion Devotional AND GIVEAWAY!!

    A few weeks ago I heard about a new devotional that was available for review and I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy. If you don’t know anything about Levi Lusko or his family – what I can tell you is that their family has also been through child loss. They lost their precious daughter, and while the manner in which we lost our children is completely different, I understand that pain.

    What I was drawn to in this devotional was that Levi took that pain, and turned it into something beautiful. An offering to the Lord in memory of his daughter. A devotional for children that will grow their faith, challenge and encourage them. In my opinion, there just isn’t anything more incredible – beauty from ashes.

    Every page of this devotional is BRIGHT and includes a Bible verse reference and a short lesson. These topics are relevant to the many things our kids face these days from fears about school and friendships, peer pressure, handling disappointments and even grief.

    At the end of each devotional is a short prayer. A way to guide our children in conversation with the Lord. Is there anything we need more these days?!

    One of my favorite parts are the “Did You Know” and “Get Ready to Roar” sections that accompany each day. These are short paragraphs that either have a fun nugget of information that might pertain to that days lesson, or a challenge for your child to do something like write a thank you note, or start a prayer journal, sing a praise song to God!

    You can order a copy of Roar Like a Lion HERE! This 90 day devotional would be a wonderful addition to your library or a perfect gift for a child in your life. Order your copy today! #roarlikealion #RoarLikeALionMIN #tommynelsonbooks

    I am also so excited because I get to host a giveaway of a copy of this amazing devotional! All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment below and tell me who you would give this devotional to if you win! Yay! *Limited to US winners only

    For a Downloadable Parent Discussion Guide click HERE

    Additional Resources for Parents click HERE

    Disclosure: MANY thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

  • NIV Beautiful Coloring Bible Set For Girls

    Recently I was contacted about an opportunity to review a new Bible for girls. Karlena is at the perfect age for a Bible like this so I was excited to see it in person! If you have a daughter or a young girl in your life that loves to color or doodle, this Bible would fit the bill!

    The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible has wide margins available for note taking but also on several pages has these outlined, illustrated ready-to-color verses! I don’t have the artistic talent to draw out these verses myself…but I can color in the lines!

    I love that this Bible uses something as simple as journaling/coloring to help with Bible verse memorization!

    This special gift set comes with four colored pencils and six sheets of stickers that can be used in or outside of the Bible!

    This gift set would be a perfect gift for a girl ages 8-12. Several years ago Dominic bought me my first journaling Bible. And while I don’t have a lot of artistic talent to draw and create beautiful pictures in my Bible like I have seen some do, I do love having wide margins to take notes during the sermons at church.

    There is something to be said about writing down those things that are meaningful to you in the text you are reading and coming back to it later. What a treasure this Bible could be years down the road to a special young girl in your life!

    You can find the gift set here at ChristianBook.com.

    I received this #beautifulwordsgiftset NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls Gift Set from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review.  This post is sponsored by Zondervan.  #FlyBy

  • There’s No Impossible With You…

    On Saturday Dominic and I will celebrate 23 years of marriage. Sometimes it is incredible to me that I could be THAT old to be married so long! ha! But the reality is, it is a miracle that we are celebrating that many years at all.

    I know that I have shared parts of our story here before. Not all of it…maybe some day. Honestly it would take too long, there are so many things that would speak to the truth that we should not be able to claim 23 years of marriage.

    We were both incredibly selfish people. We freely admit that…well I didn’t for YEARS, let’s be honest, but today I can admit that. We focused on what WE wanted and what WE thought WE needed, we hurt each other with our words and our actions time and time again.

    When we share parts of our story with others sometimes they can’t believe all that we walked through. A happy marriage was impossible, a family grounded in faith in God was impossible, joy and freedom from sinful behaviors was impossible. We just couldn’t do it.

    But God.

    Those have been and remain two of my most favorite words in the Bible. Because when you read it you know that something incredible is coming. Because WITH GOD nothing is impossible, if it is in His will.

    There is a song I heard recently from I Am They called “No Impossible with You.” I will link a video below. It is such a good song. I will listen to it over and over again because it feels like an anthem to my life. Here is some of the chorus…

    “There’s no heart You can’t rescue
    No war You can’t win
    No story so over, it can’t start again
    No pain You won’t use
    No wall You won’t break through
    It might be too much for me
    But there is no impossible with You”

    I find so often in Christian circles that people will say “God won’t give me more than I can handle…” Heck I think in years past I wanted to believe that for myself. But today I call BS on that statement! (Sorry but I do!)

    Where in the Bible does it say that God won’t give us more than WE can handle? The Bible does say that we will have troubles. And throughout we see story after story of impossible situations that are too much for man but WITH GOD’S HELP, become possible.

    You see, I am prideful.

    I would like to tell you that I am not, but I am. When I allow myself to take credit for the good in my life, I stop giving God the praise for EVERYTHING He has done to redeem my story. It is an internal battle that I face daily.

    Without God my life is a mess. Dominic and I spent YEARS in a self-centered cycle of bitterness, anger, fighting and more. We were terrible people. I am not kidding. I am not saying that so you will say “you are so awesome…blah blah blah.” NO! Filthy rags, that was who we were.

    Today, because of God’s intervention, our marriage and our family have been redeemed. We still struggle. Heck THIS VERY MORNING I was so irritated at Dominic because he was taking too long to pray over our family before we had to leave for school and we were running late.

    Who am I? Getting irritated at my husband for praying over my family?! WHAT?! But you see THAT is the reality of who I am. Without God’s daily presence in my life there are walls and wars and struggles and lots of impossibles.

    But with God there is hope and freedom and JOY, so much joy.

    Today my husband works with other men who find themselves in difficult situations, he shares his experience and the hope he has and lives are being changed. I am so proud of the man he is. In 2006 I took active steps to start the process to seriously move forward with a divorce. I was done.

    If it were up to me and my plans…we wouldn’t be married today. But God stepped in and when we became willing to let Him work in our hearts, things started to change.

    “Your name is greater
    Your love is stronger
    Your ways are higher
    There’s nothing that You can’t do
    ‘Cause there’s no impossible with You “

    So on our wedding anniversary we don’t celebrate US but instead celebrate all that God has done through us. Our marriage is His, our story is His, our impossibles were made possible because of Him and I remain ever grateful.

    https://youtu.be/sbxKBPU-TN4