Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bunny's First Spring~ Adorable Book!



This cute little book was delivered to my mailbox this week. I couldn't wait to break open the box and read it. I have it planned for my little Livie Lou. The book is hardback~ written on high quality glossy paper with beautifully illustrated pictures.

The story is just as cute. Bunny sees Spring full of life when he enters the world. He runs and plays and enjoys life until Autumn starts to change things all around him.  Bunny becomes fearful when Apple Tree starts to lose his leaves and wonders if he is sick. Bunny learns that the world is just going to sleep as he will do also and that Spring will come once again.

This is a wonderful story to celebrate Spring with the little ones in your life. It is the perfect gift for any Easter basket~ which is just what I plan to do with this copy.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion and I rate this book 5 stars. So absolutely adorable.



Book Description

Bestselling author, Sally Lloyd-Jones (The Jesus Storybook Bible) paired with award-winning artist David McPhail offers a fresh, new perspective on the Easter Story and rebirth with a new picture book.
When a bunny is born in spring, the world is green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, children will be transfixed by one bunny’s discovery of life, death, and nature’s miraculous transformation.
Award-winning artist David McPhail’s classic and inviting illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us while Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text weaves a hope-filled story perfect for the Easter season.
About the Author
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children, with an expertise in conveying biblical truth to young children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winningBaby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner—The Jesus Storybook Bible. She has written many picture books for children, including Handbag Friends, Time to Say Goodnight and the critically acclaimed,How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. A native of England, Sally lives in New York City and can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.


I Choose You Today~ 31 Choices To Make Love Last


Wow~ this book is just in time for Valentines Day. I love this book. It is a great reminder for us all. It contains 31 chapters/challenges to do as a spouse or together as a couple..  It is also a book written in a way that would be great for Bible Study. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions. It would even make great Sunday School material for a couples class or a coffee group.  I love the devotions/chapters. At the end of the book it contains the challenges~ such as Day 28~I choose to live in peace with you. ( Romans 12:18) The book is written to be able to pick which chapter you want to read and work on or read it in order.

We live in a face pace world and sometimes our marriage is what suffers the most. We all need to take time to nurture the wonderful gift of our marriage.  I highly recommend this book written by a Christian relationship expert.  31 choices to make love last~ I couldn't have said it better myself.

Taken from the Introduction of the book~ Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It's a choice.-Fawn Weaver

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 stars.


From The Publisher~

I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last (Abingdon Press, January 2015)
Married for nearly 38 years, author Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, “I choose you today” a regular part of their communication. It’s when we least feel like saying it that we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice, not a feeling. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically based behavior.
Built on an introductory anecdotal story, each chapter has an inspirational takeaway of not only what to do, but how to begin applying the principles immediately. Thought provoking questions create talking points for couples to explore their own choices and experiences in each area serve to generate open dialogue of discovery. I Choose You Today is not a book of “shoulds,” but one of clearly identified choices that each individual can make to grow their marriage and align it with the word of God. Every saying ends with a conventional wisdom quote.
Deb DeArmond is an author, a speaker, and relationship coach—helping her clients improve their interactions at work and at home. Her first book, "Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships," was released in November 2013 by Kregel Publications.
Valentine Challenge~
The Valentine's Challenge: February 1 - 28
Tell your spouse "I Choose You" every day of the month.
Sign up online at www.ichooseyouchallenge.com and receive a free downloadable February calendar to mark off the days of the challenge. 

Deb will also be emailing participants 1-2 times throughout the month with giveaway opportunities and "keep going" encouragement.
The "I Choose You" Challenge: March 1 - December 31, 2015
Sign up online at www.ichooseyouchallenge.com to receive 10 weekly emails, each teaching one of the choices from Deb's book along with practical applications. This challenge is broken up into three different sessions, covering all 31 choices from the book. There will be giveaways and opportunities to win throughout the year. Participants can decide when to join---it's not required to do all three sessions.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Life's Interruptions ~



I am Jonah
I want to serve God…..
as long as it is convenient.
I desire to do His will….
until it is a tad uncomfortable.
I want to hear His Word…..
as long as its message is one I'm supposed
to pass on to someone else.
I don't want to have my plans interrupted.
Oh yes, I am Jonah, and I suspect that in
one way or another, you are too.   Taken from~ Priscilla Shirer (Jonah- Navigating A Life Interrupted)

I have been doing this Bible Study on Jonah and a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.  It is not by accident that God places in my hands encouragement just at the right time. He has been doing this for me since I can remember. I was at one of those moments when life was comfortable. I am satisfied. I am happy. And out of the nowhere the winds start to blow and and my boat is rocking.  My life has been interrupted.

In doing this Bible study I am learning in depth the surroundings of just why it was hard for Jonah to just go preach to those enemies in Nineveh. He had to sell his home~ his belongings~ leave behind all that he loved to go to people who were not only evil but they hated his people. It was a long way to travel to preach to his enemies.   Can you give a little grace to our brother ?~ I sure have been.  He had great wealth to leave behind. Yet ~ God interrupted his life and demanded for him to go. I would say Jonah had no option ~ wouldn't you?

When I started this study a few weeks ago life was boring. I was at a crossroads and needed some direction. Just two weeks later God has thrown an interruption at me. ( Not exactly what I was praying for.)  Jonah ran when God gave him his life's interruption.  How well did that work?

My natural response is much like Jonah's response. RUN! So this morning I am praying~ seeking~ and listening. Where is this interruption going to take me? What am I going to be willing to leave behind?  Is God asking me to leave behind all I know and love?  I  don't know but I know I am not going to run. I think I will learn from Jonah and just be willing to trust and obey whatever it is that He is asking me to do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What interruptions has God placed in your life today ~ how will you respond?

Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Kitchen~ Lemon Poppy Seed Bread




 I wrap my mini loaves and large muffins in coffee filters and tie them with a bow.

LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD-CAKE
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. poppy seed
(1 tsp. salt, optional)

GLAZE:

1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease bottom only of 4 (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 1/8 inch) loaf pans.In large mixer bowl combine all bread ingredients. 

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into prepared pans. 

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


In small bowl stir together glaze ingredients. Pour over warm bread. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen edge with knife; remove from pan.


Yields 4 mini loaves, which are great for gift giving. Freezes well.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

14 Days of Valentines~ Gift Idea




What a fun way to spread the love for the 
14 days of February leading up to Valentine's Day!
















Love~
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.      (1 Corinthians 13: 6-7)


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