Proverbs 31:30 ~ Free Printable

The verse I memorized for January 15 with Beth Moore is Proverbs 31:30. It's such a great verse that I decided to make a printable of it. I made some different ones you can choose to print.

A PDF without the border.

A PDF with a border.

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Before Amen ~ Book Review

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In his book, Before Amen ~ The Power of a Simple Prayer, Max Lucado takes us through what he calls a pocket prayer. The pocket prayer is just twenty one words long, but simple enough to remember when praying throughout the day. Each chapter is devoted to a phrase in the prayer. Lucado explains each phrase through stories, Bible lessons, and every day situations.

What is the pocket prayer? It's a simple eight phrase prayer that everyone can easily remember.

Father...Lucado explains to us that in reality, this word, means Daddy. Even if we are just able to utter the words "Oh Father" in our prayer, our Father, God, will hear us and helps us. He already knows our needs.

As he goes through each phrase in the prayer, we learn something about that phrase and how it helps us when we whisper that phrase to God.

You are good...God is good all the time. We should trust him because he is good to us and takes care of us.

I need help...When we are in need of help, all we need to do is pray.

Heal me...Are you under the weather today? Are you waiting on some news from the doctor about some tests you had done? Pray this simple phrase for God's healing touch. "If Jesus heals you instantly, praise him. If you are still waiting for healing, trust him. Your suffering is your sermon."

Forgive me...When we confess our sins to God through prayer, he forgets our sins. We are to confess our sins throughout the day. God knows we are not perfect and he forgives and forgets each time.

They need help...What happens when you have friends or family going through a difficult time and you can't help? You just call their name to God and he will help them. "You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others."

Thank you...We are to thank God for everything in our life. Even if we are dying from cancer, we are to thank God. Everyone can find at least one thing to be thankful for. Have you thanked God today?

In Jesus' Name...When Jesus speaks, the wind and the waves obey. Even Satan must obey Jesus. "Prayers offered in the name of Jesus have 'divine power to demolish strongholds' (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)."

This book was a great book to read, especially right now at the beginning of the year. Prayer is something I can use some help with, I loved the pocket prayer idea and it is so easy to remember that I find myself praying more often for my needs, others needs, and just thanking God for all that he has done. I enjoyed reading this book on prayer. The book also includes a study guide at the end for each chapter. The study guide goes into more depth with scripture reading, memorizing scripture, and ideas to use for praying. There is also a prayer strengths guide at the end.

Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, Before Amen, Max Lucado

About the author:
More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragment in the writings of max Lucado. He serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

*DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED: I received a copy of this book from the Family Christian for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.*


Menu Plan Monday ~ January 26, 2015


My menu plan for this week:

Monday ~ Roast beef with potatoes, mushrooms, and other veggies
Tuesday ~ BBQ Chicken leg quarters with some veggies
Wednesday ~ Veggie beef soup
Thursday ~ Sesame chicken and fried rice
Friday ~ Homemade pizza
Saturday ~ ??

I am linking up over at I'm An Organizing Junkie.


Random 5 On Friday

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1. I have some review posts that I need to work on and get up in the next couple of days.

2. I was going to participate in Family, Faith, and Fridays 34 weeks of cleaning this week, but only got one cabinet cleaned out. I am still going to try to finish and get my post linked up over there.

3. Researching curriculum for next year. My oldest will be in 8th grade!

4. It is rainy. It has rained so much this winter. Last year we had snow- lots of snow. That is North Carolina weather for you.

5. I can bake most any type of dessert. I have made 3 pans of brownies in the last week and none of them have turned out. I cannot make brownies. I have never had any brownie recipe turn out good. Any other dessert recipe I can do. I'm not sure why I can't make brownies.

I am linking up over at The Pebble Pond.



I know it is a little late to be doing my one word post, but I've been busy and really haven't thought about a word until now.

I chose the word committed because I am learning twenty four Bible verses this year. I found the plan on Beth Moore's blog.

The first verse I memorized was I Peter 5:6 ~ Humble yourselves therfore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

My verse for January 15- 31 is Proverbs 31:30 ~ Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

I don't really have a plan as to what verses I will be learning throughout the year, just that I am committed to learning twenty four verses.

Are any of you learning Bible verses with Beth Moore? I'd love to hear what verses you have chosen.


Random 5 On Friday

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1. I started writing a short story last year, but then my hard drive crashed. I really want to rewrite the story, but can't remember some parts of the story. I just need to start writing and see where it goes this time.

2. I'm in a dinner rut. It seems like I am always making the same meals over and over again, but when I try a new recipe, my family never seems to like them even though I think they are great.

3. In one month I will have a teenager! Where did the time go?

4. The almost 13 year old has surprised me this week. We are on writing paragraphs unit for grammar and he has done so well writing some of the paragraphs they ask for.

5. Looking forward to a girls day tomorrow with my two beautiful girls.

I am linking up over at The Pebble Pond.


Menu Plan Monday ~ January 12, 2015

Be sure to head over to I'm An Organizing Junkie to see more menu plans.

My Weekly Dinner Menu Plan:

Monday ~ Roast beef
Tuesday ~ Chicken stroganoff
Wednesday ~ Lentil tacos
Thursday ~ Leftovers
Friday ~ Chili


Random 5 On Friday

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1. I had 3 reviews due this week all right in a row. So, that means there are 3 giveaways going on right now and you can enter them by clicking here.

2. I had one sick girl this week. My oldest daughter had a stomach bug for about 3 days.

3. I cut out sweet tea and soda for this month and I am already down 4 lbs since last Friday.

4. My husband, two boys, and I played a great board game this week (Wisdomantics) and had a lot of fun.

5. I am looking forward to it being spring.

I am linking up at The Pebble Pond with other bloggers for Random 5 on Friday.


My Favorite Bible Verses ~ J

Psalm 26:1 ~ Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.

Proverbs 19:29 ~ Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Matthew 4:7 ~ Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Luke 3:16 ~ John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.


A Love Letter From God ~ Book Review and Giveaway

A Love Letter From God by P.K. Hallinan is a cute book geared for children ages 3-8. It is available on the website for $12.99, but for the rest of this month, enter the code LOVE2015 at checkout and get an extra 20% off. In fact, all of these titles are available at 20% off with the code LOVE2015.

About the book:
In this story, the author supposes what God might say in a personal letter written to a child. The unconditional and unlimited nature of God's love is revealed through simple and lyrical language. Rich and textured illustrations, along with heart-shaped die-cuts, will make this uplifting book a family favorite. It is a great message for little ones on Valentine’s Day, or for everyday inspiration. Love Letter from God will remind children of God’s eternal love and how He demonstrates that love through everyday miracles and by the wonder of His presence. Thanks to the colorful and touching illustrations of Laura Watson, children will also learn how to appreciate their own individuality and how to use their unique gifts to be a blessing to others.

My review:
I read this book (several times) to my almost 4 year old daughter. Actually, I've read this book to myself several times also. It is a cute little board book with great illustrations. My daughter said she wanted to "look at all the pretty pictures in the book" after I got done reading the words to her. She loved the story and the illustrations. Each page is durable enough for a young toddler to handle and each page has some cutouts also. We definitely give this book 5 stars!

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About the author:
P. K. Hallinan has been creating books for children since his wife first asked him to write for their two boys more than 30 years ago. Today Hallinan writes uplifting stories about holidays, relationships, and life values. “When I started this project, I felt that God told me to ‘Just let children know how much I love them.’ So I asked Him to speak the words Himself, through my heart, and I would put them to paper. And I believe He did this. This book’s message reinforces the presence of God in a child’s life by showing how God manifests Himself at every moment of every day,” said Hallinan.

Now for the giveaway: enter using the rafflecopter below. USA and Canada only.

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Hero DVD Review And Giveaway

*DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED: I received a copy of this DVD from the Family Christian for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links.*

I was recently given the chance to review Hero (DVD) from Family Christian. This movie is 94 minutes long and is best suited for children ages 10 and up. It is available at the Family Christian website for $19.99. You can also check out the Hero website to learn more about the movie.

A man who left his town and his family behind returns to a town full of broken relationships, and is determined to make things right. In attempt to win back his son through the game they both love, he forms a little league baseball team designed to involve both fathers and sons in a common effort. In addition to mending his own relationship, he begins to turn the heart of a father in prison, and transform a town.

My Review:
This story is about Joe Finn who, seven years earlier, left his wife and son to try to get rich and make a name for himself. While he is gone, his wife passes away. Joe now has decided to try to reconnect with his son. He decides to reconnect with his son through their love of baseball. Joe Finn forms his own baseball league  and tries to get more father involvement in the league.

I enjoyed watching this movie. I love watching Dove Family Friendly approved movies. I don't have to worry about bad language or violence. This is a great movie for fathers and sons to watch together. I give this movie 5 stars. If you are looking for a great movie to watch with your whole movie, this is the one.

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." Malachi 4:6 (KJV)

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The Good Rat ~ Book Review

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*DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED: I received a copy of this CD from the Family Christian for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links.*

Family Christian sent me the first book from the Tales of Little Overhill series titled The Good Rat. The Good Rat retells the story of the parable of The Good Samaritan.

I was really impressed with this book. It is a nice hardcover book with beautiful illustrations on each page. It is a short book, 32 pages, that can be read in one setting. My 3 1/2 year old and 9 year old enjoyed listening to the story. In this story, Simon the shrew,  set out walking to the village. Along the way, a gang of weasels beat him and took his things. Two church mice came along the path and saw Simon, but they were late for their game. Nest, Matilda the hedgehog came down the path. She also saw Simon, but she was scared and ran away. Finally, a rat came walking down the path. Did he stop? Was he going to help Simon?

Both of my girls listened intently to find out what was going to happen to Simon. Was anyone going to stop and help him? Who would it be? We enjoyed reading the book and looking at the great illustrations.

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My Favorite Bible Verses ~ I

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. ~ I John 1:6

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. ~ John 14:18

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. ~ John 15:18

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. ~ Ephesians 1:7

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. ~ Psalm 31:5

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6



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