Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp


I'm sorry I missed last weeks linkup. I had a rough week of not feeling well and just wasn't up to it. Thankfully, I'm doing better and am back with this weeks blessings. Join me, won't you?

45.  I have my grandmother's corner cabinet and dining room table that I got when she passed away many years ago. They have been such treasures and I love them so much. Last week, I was looking at a local used furniture's website where I have gotten things before and was shocked to see a cabinet that matched exactly my corner cabinet and table. They are Ethan Allen pieces and this one is, too! I knew I had to have this piece as how amazing was it to find something that was from the 60s and matched my set?


I had to take down a book shelf to find room for it, but it was totally worth it! I just love this piece and am so blessed to have seen it.

46.  We had a lovely Father's Day for my hubby. I made a roast for him and we gave him a John MacArthur book and some teaching DVD's. We played one of his favorite games, Sorry, and he even won a game! He had a nice day and we were blessed to have our two sons here to celebrate


47.  I've been working on the Queen Elizabeth cross stitch and here's an update of how it's looking. You can finally see the castle that is in the background behind the Queen.


I'm really enjoying this piece and I can't wait to see more stitches!

What are your blessings for this week? Share on the linkup or in the comments. :)


Blessings - Julie

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review - Can I Just Hide In Bed 'Til Jesus Comes Back?


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Depression, fear, a sense of unworthiness, and unfulfilled dreams can make women retreat to their beds—figuratively and literally—and refuse to face life. Yet most of the time, hiding in bed makes matters worse. Who needs emotional bedsores? Authors Martha Bolton and Christin Ditchfield gently show women how to climb out from under their emotional bedcovers, face their fears and doubts, and step into the lives God has planned for them.

Can I Just Hide in Bed ’til Jesus Comes Back? faces down the fear, depression, and unfulfilled dreams that cripple many women to the point of wanting to crawl in bed—for the rest of their lives. Compiled as a collection of short, mostly humorous and warmhearted stories, it offers readers practical, concrete steps to help them move forward when they are ready. Essays are interspersed with special humor features such as “Top Ten” lists, while “Whenever You’re Ready” sections offer Scriptures, journaling questions, and practical suggestions for “putting your feet on the floor” and “taking a few steps forward.” The book addresses four themes:

Facing feelings of fear, anxiety, discouragement, and depression
Facing people and relationship issues
Facing the pain of grief and loss
Facing life—and getting yours back

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


Martha Bolton is a longtiCan I Just Hide in Bed 'til Jesus Comes Back? | book spotlightme comedy writer who has written for such performers as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Mark Lowry, and Chonda Pierce. A speaker and author of more than eight-eight books of inspiration and humor for all ages, Martha has been nominated for an Emmy, a Writers Guild of America Award, and a Dove Award. This playwright and novelist has also written for singers, politicians, and professional speakers. Learn more at www.marthabolton.com.


Christin Ditchfield is an author, conference speaker, and internationally syndicated radio host, passionate about calling women to a deeper life — the kind of life that’s found in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. For over twenty-five years, Christin has been encouraging those who love Jesus, and teaching them to walk with Him on a daily basis, so that they can experience a richer, deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him. She is author of seventy books, including What Women Should Know About Letting it Go. She blogs at www.ChristinDitchfield.com.

MY REVIEW:

If you're like me, I'm sure you have days you just want to hide in bed and wait for Jesus to come back! Life is hard and some days it's hard to face what may come next. This book helps us to do just that - face life again.

This is an extremely easy book to read and there are very short chapters but each chapter is packed with great information and encouragement. What I love is the humor these authors include throughout the book. They take the topic seriously yet they also let us see the humor in letting life make us want to hide under the covers. There are lots of Top Ten lists that are fantastically profound and give courage. One of my absolute favorites, though, was the list for those that are bedridden. When someone is sick or hurting and really can't move from the bed, this list is really wonderful for ministering in a real way to that person.

This book really does help to fight those fears that keep us paralyzed. It's grounded in Biblical principals yet the humor helps you to not take yourself so seriously. It gives the tools to move forward, look realistically at what is really making you feel anxious so you can live the abundant life that God has for you.

I really enjoyed this book and also got a lot out of it. It was a fun book to read yet profoundly life changing for those of us who live with fear and anxiety. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale House Publishers


Blessings - Julie

Book Review - No More Perfect Marriages


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Do you ever feel like the spark is gone? Like a critical spirit has invaded your marriage? Like you want more intimacy, but something is in the way? You could be suffering from the Perfection Infection. The Perfection Infection happens when we cultivate unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our spouse, gradually leading to intimacy-killing behavior, also known as the “Seven Slow Fades.” That was the case for Jill and Mark Savage, and it eventually led to infidelity. In No More Perfect Marriages, the Savages share their story, help guide couples through the challenges of marriage and intimacy-building, and reveal that hurting marriages can heal and good marriages can become great.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Mark and Jill Savage speak and write on issues of faith and family. Known for their honesty, humor, and practical teaching, they travel across the country to educate and equip families. 

Jill is the founder of Hearts at Home and has led thousands of moms to keep their priorities straight and their heart in tune with God. She is the author of nine books, including Better Together (Moody, co-authored with her daughter Anne), No More Perfect Kids (Moody), No More Perfect Moms (Moody), Living With Less So Your Family Has More (co-authored with Mark, GuidePosts), and Real Moms...Real Jesus (Moody). Jill has been featured on Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Crosswalk.com, The Huffington Post, and in numerous other media outlets. 

Mark served in church ministry and pastoral roles for more than 20 years, before transitioning to partner together with Jill in encouraging families through Hearts at Home. Mark also owns his own construction business, Sawhorse Homes, where he enjoys home remodeling, handyman work, countertop installation, and helping people with whatever home projects they want to accomplish.

The Savages have five children and three grandchildren and live in Normal, IL. 

More information on the Savages can be found at www.jillsavage.com

MY REVIEW:

I have read a lot of books on marriage in my thirty four years of marriage and I have to say this is by far one of the best I have ever read!

This book is written in such an easy to read way. I liked that it was easy to read and understand and that the authors were so honest and open. Right away they shared that in their 33 years of marriage, only 25 of them were happy. This made me realize that this was a couple who understand the ups and downs of marriage.

They write from both their perspectives letting us know who is "talking" by putting their name in parenthesis before the paragraph. I liked this because it helped me to see how different they each saw the same situation. I found this eye opening because sometimes we naturally think our spouse sees things the same way we do, especially if we've been married for any length of time.

One thing I really learned was how we have different ways of processing things. Some process internally and some externally. Also, our framework can really be different from our spouse and it's important to understand how we each feel loved. There are so many resources in this book that are extremely helpful!

At the end of each chapter, there are questions for you do answer. I like that this book can be read and processed as an individual or as a couple. It isn't about changing your spouse but finding out how in you can make your relationship better by understanding yourself and your spouse better.

I learned so much from this book as it gives practical direction for making your marriage all you could ever hope it could be. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is married! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Side Door Communications and Moody Publishers


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Most Touching and Thoughtful Gift

I received the sweetest, most thoughtful gift, from my youngest son for Mother's Day. It's something I will cherish always as he really thought about me and honored me in a way that truly blessed me.


The Pooh plaque is so perfect - Pooh and Piglet confirming their friendship.  It's the adorable original Pooh illustrations that I love so much. Next to the plaque, we have the book, "Because I Had a Teacher".


Isn't this absolutely precious? I have put it on the wall next to my bed so as I'm going to sleep and waking up, I see it. It brings me such joy as I know my son and I will, indeed, be friends forever.

Then we have this amazing book. I was so touched that he honored me as his teacher. *sniff* As a homeschool mom, I gave everything I had to help my children learn and become better than I ever will be.


The illustrations in this beautiful book are so sweet! They rather remind me of the original Pooh illustrations.


Adorable, yes? The whole book is about what his teacher means to this little bear.


He inscribed the inside for me and I love what he says, "To: Mom - the Best Teacher". I have tears in my eyes just typing this. This was the most thoughtful gift! I am going to put the book in my new cabinet I just got (pictures next Tuesday) so I can see it all the time and also give it a place of honor.

Thank you, dear Cody, for the beautiful gift and for being such a wonderful son and friend! - Mom

Blessings - Julie




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Review - English Lessons

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The church wasn’t just a part of Andrea Lucado’s childhood. It was her childhood. It provided more than happy moments. It provided an invitation to know Jesus.

 When Andrea arrived in Oxford the year after she graduated from college, she expected to meet God there. What she didn’t expect was that God would be much bigger than she’d believed.

 In this engaging memoir, Andrea speaks to all of us who wrestle with doubt and identity. “So many nights in Oxford,” Andrea writes, “I felt like the details of my faith were getting fuzzier. Nights turned restless with questions. I questioned God’s existence, and the doubt was getting into my bones."

 In English Lessons, Andrea takes us through the roads of England and, more importantly, the paths of the soul.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado, she inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running in the Texas hill country.

MY REVIEW:

This is a very well written book and enjoyable to read. Andrea shares her faith and her struggles as she goes to Oxford for college. Suddenly, she has to stand on her own beliefs and takes us along on her journey.

She was raised in the church, her father being Max Lucado, and she has, for lack of a better word, taken her faith for granted. She has been around other Christians and had Christian friends her whole life and then she lands at Oxford. Suddenly, she is around others with totally different beliefs and she also has to get used to the new culture.

Andrea has to figure out what she truly believes and why. Many long walks along the Thames help her in her quest to walk more boldly in her faith. I love how she shares the atmosphere of her time in Oxford and what it brought to her faith-wise.

Her writing is poetic, yet readable, and you feel like you are with her on her adventure both in England and on her spiritual journey. It's a lovely book and would especially be great for the young adult who is going to college. However, it's a wonderful read for anyone. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Blogging For Books



Blessings - Julie