Monday, February 2, 2015

Dare to Believe


This is a great book. This is a companion book to The Story. 
The goal of this book is to strengthen our belief and faith in God as well as prepare us for what living out our belief and faith in God looks like.

I will admit I was able to enjoy the little bit of this book I got to read (the first few chapters). It was like foundation on having a relationship with God and living out that relationship with God.

This is a book I would definitely recommend to new believers as they are gaining a foundation in their faith and are learning what it looks like to live out their faith because there is always a difference between believing in Christ and walking out that faith Christ.

My faith in Christ is what makes me fall to my knees in prayer regularly because I trust God to be God and to take care of everything. Faith in Christ is what makes a person give their last to someone in need because they trust that God will provide abundance. But to gain that faith, you need to gain your belief in God, in Jesus Christ, learn the gospel trust the gospel. Live it. Share the gospel. Repentance.




{FYI: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Update!

Lately, I haven't been blogging as much. 
A lot has been going on.
I just ask for your prayers at the moment.

I'm way behind on the One Perfect Life book/bible study.

I've been following along with LoveGodGreatly's Made for Community bible study.

Other than that, kids are okay (recycling colds, it seems), they were transferred into public school this month and thus far they love it. Kaylee does full days in 2nd grade. Caleb does half days in preschool. Christian is in daycare where I work. Other than stress,1 I'm okay.

I'll be blogging a book review soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Learning the Bible

I think for a child, learning the bible is one of the most important things we can teach them, behind learning to pray and having a relationship with God.

As a parent, I have been looking for an easy way to help my children learn the bible as we work with them on prayer and communing with God. I let them see me during my quiet time so that they can see what communion with God looks like (for me, as it may look different for them).


This book is awesome!!!! I mean, there are 52 passages in the book and it takes children on a five day journey to understanding and memorizing each one. The first one was John 3:16. After 5 days my children did not fully memorize the verse but they did understand the verse. I am satisfied with at least that much.

As a parent, I would definitely recommend this to other parents of children. How many of us struggle with teaching Scripture to our children? I know I do. Especially with thinking up ways to help them retain the verse and its meaning.

Honestly I wish they made a version of this book for adults! 
And guess what?? They do! It's called the Joshua Code, published by Thomas Nelson. It is definitely on my list of books to purchase soon.
Even more so, this book is super affordable, $12 on Christianbook.com!

Bible teaching mamas unite! lol!



{FYI: As a awesome perk for giving my honest review of this book, I received a copy to keep for my own bambinos!}

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Life....new school, return of the colds....

This past week has been hectic to say the least.

First we made the hard decision to put our children in traditional school/headstart/daycare.
Kaylee's first day of traditional school was last Monday. She did well and she loves it. Mind you our oldest is a social butterfly. She makes friends quickly and loves being around other children. Caleb went for preschool screening (they check for hand-eye coordination, their letters and numbers, as well as their social/behavior skills, i.e. do they listen to what they are told). The way it looks Caleb will start preschool (for 3 year olds) in about a week (half days), at the same school Kaylee goes to school. Then there's Miss Christian who is in daycare, where I work as an administrator. Best job ever right?! lol. I get to work to help our family and still be close by to check on our youngest two babies (Caleb goes there as well until he start preschool, then he'll still be there half-days).

Now that's part of the hectic-ness (yes I just made up a word) lol. 
The other part is.....colds!!! Christian and Caleb are nursing colds. *insert mommy sad face* This had contributed to mommy being exhausted getting up with them in the night. Then my mother's husband was in the hospital last week for an infection in his lungs. Thankfully, God has had him, he's home & recuperating. 

The goal is to catch up on our book study this week! So look out for a combo post.

So who all is keeping up with the book study? And what have you gleaned thus far?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Perfect Life Part VI


Initially my intentions was to do two separate posts on Part VI, however I thought about it and it makes sense to do just one post on Part VI. Part VI encompasses Ad 29- AD 30.

Many of the usually quoted miracles are in this part. Jesus feeding the five thousand, Jesus healing the blind man, Jesus forgiving the woman who committed adultery, the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, among others. During this time, the Jewish leaders wanted to stone Him even more and started to plan His death but no matter how many times they 'tried' to stone Him, they could not for it was not His time yet.

Remember, if it is not your time yet, nothing will happen, good or bad nothing will happen. If you waiting on that baby, job, husband...be patient, these things will come in God's timing. Not mine or yours. And they will come the way God intends for it to come. They may not come the way you expect. Trust me. My husband came when I was not expecting him. My marriage occurred in a manner I did not expect at all. But I will say this, trust God. He knows what He is doing.

Something I had not paid attention to until this book is that Jesus ministry was only 3 years old when He was crucified.
Jesus had done an abundance of ministering and healing and teaching in those 3 years. And I think back on the last 3 years of my life. Where had I ministered or taught people (healing is not my spiritual gift but teaching is).? Where had I done what God gave me the gift to do?
I see that I've taught my children and facilitated online bible studies. I have done some ministering here and there but not full-time. And that is an issue. My goal in life is to build the kingdom of God. To do what God tells me to do, whatever that may be. My goal is to get to heaven & hear: "well done my good & faithful servant."

Do you have that same wish?

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12 NIV

This is what Jesus says of us...of those who believe in Him. That we will do greater works than He did. 
We live in a great era, where access to people across the world is only a click away, a phone call away, a plane ride away. 

So what is holding you back?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

In the this post, I want to do a few things.
First I want to recap Part IV & V of One Perfect Life.

Part IV is from Passover AD 27 to Passover AD 28. Part V is from Passover AD 28 to Passover AD 29.
In these sections something that stands out to me is the Pharisees. These are teachers of the law that should have been ready for Jesus to come, they should have known who He was considering they taught the law & the books of the prophets who foretold Jesus' coming. These Pharisees should have been the first to welcome Jesus and aid in His ministry. Yet the Pharisees were the ones who wanted Him dead because Jesus challenged their status quo.

Jesus healed the blind. Jesus healed the lame. Jesus resurrected people (Peter's mother, Lazarus, Himself). Jesus fed thousands, Jesus taught in the Synagogues. Jesus had his close friends like we do, John and Peter.

Yet for all the miracles Jesus performed, people did what people do best. They sinned and they were fickle. They turned their backs on Him when they did not understand His teaching.

Many times we act like the Pharisees we come agitated when God changes or challenges our status quo, We get angry when He calls us to cut off certain sins, habits, or people. Yet many times we ask for this. We say Lord, use me...Lord change me...Lord wreck my heart for what wrecks Your heart...Lord I surrender. Yet when He does just that, we run, we justify our actions, we play the blame game, we do everything EXCEPT what we said we'd do. 


The other thing I wanted to do in this post is say Happy New Year. This is a good time to self reflect before heading into 2015. 
If you look on my "Free Printables" page, there is some free Scripture Art for you.

I also wanted to share some websites that have some New Year's Eve party printables: 


I hope you celebrate the New Year safely with the ones you love and that I "see" you in 2015! 
Kris

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I do....From this day forward

Are you married? 
Do plan to be married one day (if you are single).

What do you think contributes to high, 50%, divorce rate among those in the U.S.? 
Personally I think the high divorce rate is because people in the last 50-75 years or so have become super-lazy. They want their marriages to be like a hot pocket or like a Subway sandwich made to be exactly how they or they give it back or throw it away. People these days seem to only want marriage when it is easy. They don't want to get down in the trenches to put in the work to make the marriage work.


From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage By Craig & Amy Groeschel explains five commitments that Christian couples can make to strengthen their marriage to lengthen their marriage and glorify God with their marriage.
 As a married woman with children. This is a book that I can and do appreciate.

The five commitments are: 
Seek God (We seek God in prayer. We need to pray regularly and consistently. All day every day! We need to pray alone at times AND we definitely need to pray together. It is intimate to pray for and with your spouse, knowing their needs from their lips.)
Fight fair (Many times in marriage, we argue to hurt not to solve problems. We lash out in anger and we want our spouses to hurt like we hurt or to prove a point to our spouse. It is not about who is right or who is wrong, when your marriage falls apart.)
Have fun (Many times we have forgotten to laugh. To take the time to have fun in marriage. I'll be honest there are times when I am in a funk and my husband coming to play with me changes my entire mood.)
Stay pure (Keep your mind and heart pure. Don't be out there lusting after people, don't be out there looking at pornography. Regardless to what anyone says, pornography DOES hurt your marriage and your spouse. Adultery starts in the heart, so nip it in the bud before it starts. Keep your heart on pure things. Meditate on Philippians 4:8)
Never give up (This is crucial. Just because you argue, does not mean you give up. Just because your feelings got hurt does not mean you give up. The only cause Jesus allows, spoken of in the bible, couples to divorce is adultery. There are some couples who have remained married and worked out their issues in spite of adultery. See Tina and Teddy Campbell of Mary Mary.)

The goal of this book is to aid married couples and singles alike. For singles and those who are engaged this is a preparation book to aid in their future marriages. For marrieds this book intends to aid them in their marriages, in not giving up or allowing their marriages to crumble. 

So whether you're single, engaged or married you need to read this book.
Kris




{FYI: I received this book through the Booklookblogger's program in exchange for my HONEST review.}



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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Father's Love


Every time I get new books to review for myself, I am always sure to get at least one book for my babies to read and tell me what they think...like their own book reviews.
This month that book is: A Father's Love From the I can Read/Adventure Bible Series.


My big girl, said she loves this book! This is the first time that the prodigal son story captured her interest. And the vibrant colors is what caught the interest of Caleb and Christian. 
I love the book for those same reasons. It is clear and gets across a beloved bible story. The illustrations are bright and catches the eye. 
The other thing that I enjoy is that Kaylee can read this book on her own without asking for help with pronunciation or knowing what a word means, which is really important to her.

The prodigal son story is one of a spoiled son who takes advantage of his position in life as a wealthy heir, he parties and spends all of his inheritance eventually falling so low as to WISH to be a servant in his father's house who have access to food to eat (he does not) and a place to call home (he does not). However what the prodigal son does not count on is the fact that his father loves him too much to allow him to be a servant. His father is so thankful he has learned and come home that there is a grand celebration of the prodigal son's homecoming and the son takes his rightful place next to his father. Then there was the older son who did everything right and asked why? Why does the son who does everything wrong gain a celebration when he returns? Mind you the older son never got such treatment. The father then reminds the older son, that he will inherit everything the father has and the older son never left or needed reminding that he was loved.

Don't our children go through that regularly? They get in trouble and are disciplined and they have to be reminded that they are indeed loved and the discipline is for their own good. This story is completely needed for our children to know that it is always wiser to do what is right. Your parent will always love you but they won't always be able to save you from the consequences of your actions. The Lord loves us and forgives us. However He will allow us to make our own decisions and bump our heads until we turn back to Him.



{FYI: I got this book from the publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pass the Test

So I know, I did not post this week's blog post for One Perfect Life.
I have spent this week sick with the flu. And it was my birthday (on Tuesday). So yeah, this wasn't the best week. Although I will say thank YOU Jesus I am alive and well, I have lived to see 27. My husband and children are healthy. I am able to have another chance to live and do right in the eyes of the Lord. 
So this morning, we are staying home, resting as we (my children and I) are still getting over being sick. I have been taking the time to listen to some teachings online, some from Heather Lindsey (love her teachings), some from April Cassidy (just found her today), and some from Beth Moore (I enjoy her teaching as well). 

God has been showing me a mirror and I will admit there are some things I have gotten complacent with that I should not have. One of them being saying bad things about people. Another being that I've gotten comfortable thinking negatively of the things I am going through. And they are not to hurt me but to grow me, to grow my husband and I for the calling we have. God has been taking me around this mountain, round and round I go. And each time I've been failing the test. I've been mad looking for God to talk to me. 
Yet I forgot that the teacher never speaks or gives out answers during the test. He talks and tells me what I did wrong after the test. I've been in a test. And I've been failing miserably.

So now I've got to dust myself off and pass the next round on the mountain and pass the test. Giving my cares to God, giving my test to God and trusting Him to make a way. In this particular test, I've got to submit to God and submit to my husband joyfully. I have not been "under the mission" lately. I've been on my own mission and that does not work. I've been walking around with my head uncovered.

But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is the same as having her head shaved. (1Cor. 11:5)
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Eph 5:23)

So when I am not under the covering of my husband then I dishonor him. When I step outside of my role as a wife, through disrespect and rebelling against my husband. I not only dishonor him but I can cause destruction upon myself. As Christ is the head of my husband so to dishonor my husband is to dishonor Christ. To disrespect or disregard my husband is to do so to Christ.


Remember that respect and love and honor and submission does not hinge on anyone but Jesus Christ,
Kris

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One Perfect Life...week 3

So its late...like super late.
Thankfully it is my off day, ha! Didn't have to go in to work yet I did have one sick child on my hands today. Thankfully this is my last week working outside of the home (hopefully for good).

So on to One Perfect Life.



This week we are reading Part III, which talks about John's ministry and the beginning of Jesus' ministry. 
I think many times we as believers think that because we have turned our lives over to Christ we aren't supposed to deal with any hard times. This is such futile thinking which will leave you disillusioned in the end. KNOW that once you turn your life over to Christ, the trials will hit a little harder, the tests will be more challenging, you WILL lose friends. These are not ifs, but whens because not everyone is interested in Christ. The bible shows that clearly. The Pharisees should have been the first to be glad and welcome Jesus. NOT so, they plotted to kill Him because He upset their status quo. Jesus didn't go with the flow. Jesus told it like it was. And no one, especially people comfortable in their sin, likes for someone to point out their sins and call them to repentance.

John's ministry was the forerunner to Jesus' ministry. John preached the Old Testament and prepared the hearts of the people. He baptized people with water so that when Jesus came they would be ready. John testified as to who Jesus is. John baptized Jesus, so if anyone knew Jesus' identity John knew. We need to be like John, pointing past our selves, past our blogs, past our ministries, straight to the Cross, straight to Jesus Christ. Because it is HE who saves, who delivers, who comforts, who gives eternal life. I cannot save the next person but I can point them to who can, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I cannot save my children, so I point them to Jesus and teach them about Jesus so that they can know Jesus for themselves.

This is what we are called to do. Especially those of us with a platform which is everyone. You have a job, there's your platform. You have a husband & children, there's your platform. You have a blog, twitter, instagram, or facebook...there's your platform. 

Don't do anything for your self, for your selfish ambitions. (I have been guilty of this.)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3)
 Do everything for Christ, for His kingdom and glory.

Next week we will be reading part IV. Have you been following along? Have any questions or comments? If you're blogging as well, leave a link below so I can check it out!


Tell the truth and love immensely,
Kris