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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Book to Open My Eyes

Every so often I will take the time to indulge in a fiction novel. Recently I was offered the opportunity to read a fiction novel by D.J. Williams, "The Disillusioned." This book does two things in the overall course of the story it challenges it's reader to care about people they've never met and it challenges what we truly believe and how we carry out our faith in God. This novel is about a family tragedy that sends two brothers on a chase to honor their deceased mother's will. However in doing so these brothers entangle themselves in one of the largest most heinous human trafficking rings in Africa.  Mind you they are the children of one of America's most beloved preachers and their mother committed suicide.
This story was beyond engrossing.  I read the entire novel in 1 day. It beckoned to figure out to aid in the cause to stop human trafficking. I recommend this book especially if you know you want a really good read that's worth reading. It's suspenseful and eye opening to what people around the world are dealing with. 
An interview with the author, DJ Williams:

What was your inspiration behind the novel?
I was coming out of a difficult year both personally and professionally. Two unexpected deaths in my family only thirty days apart. A business venture that ended shortly after. For months I wondered what was happening. At the time, I didn't know that this season would change the direction of my life. I didn't understand until a few years later when I started writing. I kept that part of my life private from everyone except for my wife. No on knew I was writing a novel. After a few false starts in trying to find my characters and plot, I struck on something that pushed the story forward. I never expected the twists and turns that followed. I guess you could say that I discovered the story in The Disillusioned along the journey. The deeper I immersed myself, the more I knew it would involve a social cause. I spoke with friends who are involved in the fight against human trafficking and it became clear that it needed to be part of the story.

2. What do you hope readers will take from reading this novel?
The Disillusioned is for anyone who cares about fixing what is wrong in the world, and its for anyone who loves adventure. It's convicting, eye-opening, suspenseful, mysterious, and thrilling all at the same time. It's for anyone driven by compassion for a suffering world, and for anyone willing to be convicted to be more than what they are. My hope is that the characters will move readers out of the comfort of their homes, churches, and work places to make a difference whether it be here in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world. If the story can shed a light on the fight against the two billion dollar industry of human trafficking, and move people to action then I've accomplished what I hoped to accomplish when I started writing the story.

3. Is there another book in the works that fans can look forward to?
I'm a few months away from finishing my next novel. I don't want to give too much away, but here's a brief synopsis:

When Jake Harris is hired to ghostwrite a memoir he unlocks Pandora's box. From the grave, a remarkable story from the twenties about a controversial evangelist leads Jake down a road toward solving the murder of a friend, uncovering a secret society that has operated in the shadows for nearly a century, and the truth about a past he cannot remember.
I know it's vague, but I'll be able to share more once the novel is finished. You can always find more information at www.djwilliamsbooks.com

Saturday, October 4, 2014

She Is We

Recently I had the idea to start a group for Christian women. I had been invited to wives groups however I could not truly enjoy them because so much of what was being condoned went completely against my beliefs. So I left the last wives group I was in and decided to do something more Christ-like. 

I started She is We. It is starting as a simple Facebook group with the intent of bringing together Christian women to strengthen each other. 
Titus 2:3-5
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.  These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,  to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

I want to take the above passage and literally apply it. Allowing women who are more seasoned in some areas of life help other women who are just getting started in the same areas of life. Too often women see other women acting a whole fool, and instead of helping them....we talk about them. 
That stops. We need to take the initiative to DO better and BE better.

I'd like for the group members to eventually start meeting in person with each other and aiding each other as best as possible. So here I extend the invitation to join.

She is We  Facebook group. If you are reading this, I invite you to the group!!
As the group grows, I will take suggestions to improve and add to the group.


This is what I am imploring the women who join She is We to be. Titus 2 women. Women who take what they have learned and share it with other women who just may need it for the season of life they are in.


Tell the truth and love immensly,
Kris

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some things on my heart

Hi everyone! Can you believe that it's October already? It seems like this year has been flying by. So great news, I am back writing over at Whole Magazine. I hope you take the time to read them and leave feedback as well.

I am working on a big article that is ministering to me as I write it and I cannot wait to share it with you. I pray that you are spending time with the Lord each and every day. That you entrust Him with your worries and your cares because He loves you and will take care you. In 1 Peter chapter 5, Peter reminds us that Jesus cares for and understands us. He wants us to cast our cares on Him, He wants us to depend on Him. So I ask you who or what are you running to? For a long time I would run to my mama every time things got tough and Jesus gave me a very lonely season where He was the only place I could turn to and I am better for it. Now I make God my first choice. Furthermore,  I say to you make God your first choice. Humble yourself before the Lord and depend on Him. It is the best decision you will ever make.

Well back to work I go. Have an awesome day!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Doing Better


Life is about Love and Family is at the center.
As a mom, I have made so many mistakes in raising my children, in disciplining them. I am not overly proud of my early years (there were some things I should have 'nipped in the bud' early and other times I was too harsh). However now as I am growing as a Christian, my approach to parenting is changing as well. Honestly we spank our children, not often though. We take the time to explain to them everything that is going on.
An example of this comes last night, our oldest got in trouble for throwing her schoolwork in the garbage (remember? we homeschool) and she blamed it on her brother. Her punishment for this offense has been no TV, no tablet, no computers for a few weeks (no end date set as of yet) as well as having to write out Exodus 20:16  20 times.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

I had her write specifically this scripture so that she could see for herself that God does not condone this nor does he like it. He does not like when we tell lies, nor does He like it when we lie on others. And that's what she did. 

I have not always been the best parent, especially when it comes to making disciples of my children, of shepherding their hearts for Christ. However I am working to do better, to disciple their hearts for Jesus. I want my children to thirst for Christ like they thirst for juice. 
I encourage all parents to do this as we cannot leave it for later. We cannot forget this very important task and then wonder 20 years down the road why they do not have a relationship with God. We cannot in good faith, work to have a relationship for ourselves yet not shepherd our children to have their own relationship. I want my children to know God better than they know how to work the TV to watch Disney or Sprout. I need them to know without a shadow of a doubt who God is and that He loves them and wants the best for them.

Jesus loves you, He loves me, and He loves the children we've been entrusted with. Just as we need to know Jesus, so do they.


Tell the truth daily and love immensely,
Kris

Friday, September 19, 2014

Veggie Tales: A Review

So last week, my babies and I got a sweet treat in the mail! A new VeggieTales book. FYI: my children LOVE VeggieTales. So when given the chance to review a a VeggieTales "reader" book with my children, I could NOT pass it up.



So we did an afternoon story time, a couple of days ago to read the book.
My daughter Kaylee's exact response "Mommy I like this book. It was good." Caleb said "like book mommy." When I get that response from them book along with a request for an encore reading. We've hit the jackpot! So far, Kaylee has read the book by herself since then, and read the book to her siblings. Caleb loves the color rich illustrations and tends to tote the book around "reading," well looking at the pictures. lol.

The story is about Sniffy, who goes missing at the pizza place. Since he cannot be found, Sheerluck Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to find him. When Sheerluck Holmes and Dr. Watson get to the pizza place they find a note stating that someone has hurt Sniffy's feelings and he ran away. So Sheerluck Holmes and Dr. Watson asks each person "Did you hurt Sniffy's feelings?" 
In the end, they find out who hurt Sniffy's feelings and they find Sniffy. Everything ends well.

The moral of the story is to always consider others feelings when you speak to them. As you could easily hurt their feelings. I made sure to point this out to my older two children. 

The books, generally cost about $4 each, however they are totally worth the money for the character lesson it teaches your children. As parents that's always the end game, let them enjoy a good story yet let that good story teach them a lesson to last a lifetime.

The books can be found here!


~Tell the truth everyday and love immensely,
Kris


(FYI: I reviewed this book for BooklookBloggers Program. No compensation just a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, and that of my children in this case.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love

Love is Messy and it is beautiful.
   
Darlene Schacht gets real transparent in this book and explains what christian couples around the world want and need to know....that our marriages NEED to be full of grace and mercy

The beginning of the book shows the messiness of marriage, Darlene had an affair and instead of walking away from the marriage like he could have done, her husband Michael chose to extend grace to her. He loved her through it and they worked together to better their marriage (mind you this is before she started her blog). 

Darlene reminds us that everyone's marriage is not the same. They will never be the same. But we have the same calling to honor God with our marriages and to help others do the same.

Love is a Beautiful Thing

I love this book because it reminds me to always extend grace and see the beauty in my marriage. In Chapter 8 Darlene recants how she & her husband were spending time with friends and one wife completely embarrassed her husband by doing something that many wives (including myself) have done before. "Why can't you do ____?" or "Why can't you be like ___?" It's very disrespectful and very unappreciative to say such a thing because that's hurtful to say such a thing to our husbands. And if your husband is anything like mine, his hurt comes out as anger. I learned this lesson the hard way, so I encourage new wives, wives-to-be, and singles alike to read this book and learn the hard lessons from another person's experience. Learn how Darlene and Michael intentionally choose (regardless to what our feelings may feel) to honor God, their marriage, and each other.

I've been following Darlene's blog for a few years now and I have gleaned so much. This books keeps the gleaning coming. I have learned to continuously see the beauty in marriage. We honor God when we honor our spouses and love them unconditionally.

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Another topic Darlene approaches so eloquently is communication. Communication has to be one the biggest issues in marriage (in my opinion). Many times a simple mis-communication or lack of communication can cause a complete meltdown of a marriage. I can personally attest to this as there have been times where I or my husband forgot to communicate something important and it led to an unnecessary argument. There was a time that argument could drag on for over a day until one of us got the courage to apologize and smooth things over. Now we tend to realize almost immediately that an argument is unnecessary and we have the necessary communications...life goes forward as usual. This is something that all couples need to understand and work at.

All in all, I totally enjoyed and learned from this book. I recommend it to all of my readers, married or not. We all can learn from this book (of course it is definitely geared towards women, just as her blog is). This book is available for sale here on Tuesday Sept. 16th!! If you want to win a copy, enter below



Husbands and wives, learn from the mess and celebrate the beauty in marriage.
Kris


{FYI: I received an advanced copy of this book as a member of the 'Messy Beautiful Love' launch team, I was not financially compensated.}

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Motherhood

Life is amazing you know. God is amazing. He gives us beautiful children who in turn mature and bless us more than we could ever explain in words.

About an hour ago, my oldest daughter wrote my a speech in which she said 
"Mommy I love you.
Mommy I like your cooking.
Mommy I like your tv too.
I love you mommy."

She warmed her mama's heart and brought tears to her mama's eyes. It was so simple and random but it reminds me of the beauty of motherhood. 
{So Caleb drew me a picture of orange scribbles. I feel the love in that too as he gave me big hugs and kisses with it.}

Motherhood as I have learned in the last seven years (doesn't quite feel that long)...is full of hard days, of laundry, cooking, teaching, discipline, late nights and early mornings but its little moments full of love that makes it ALL worth it. The days Gracie rewards me with a smile after pooping up her back makes washing her up and hand washing her clothes worth it. {Yes that has happened more times than I care to count.}

As a parent though we are responsible for our children's hearts. We are to disciple their hearts and lead them to develop their own relationships with God. This is one reason while I read my bible with them, why my husband insists that they read and worship every morning. There was a time (in the not so distant past) when I didn't quite understand the necessity of this as I figured they were too young to understand. However I understand that it is not about how well they understand at 3 years old but that we plant the seeds of faithfulness early and water them daily so that they will grow and we will see the fruit of our labor later in life. 


So mamas I exhort you to plant the seeds of faith now rather than later. Give them a GOD foundation in which their lives are built upon.


Tell the truth (God's truth) daily and love immensely,
Kris


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3 days to just be a wife

Well for the last three days, my kiddos have been gone to their great grandparents house (yay for awesome great grandparents, right?!). Over the last three nights after work, I've had the time to really spend with my husband. To really go out on dates, two of them actually. I didn't realize just how much we needed that time, even though I had to work all three days and he has to work today, the evenings we spent together have been absolutely awesome. 

As parents we always need that time alone to just be Kris and Chris. We need that time to just sit back and nurture our marriage and friendship. And for that I am thankful. Husbands and wives need time to enjoy the base of their family. Because that is what marriage is for the family unit, the base just as God is the base of the marriage. If the marriage is shaky then the family is shaky. So to keep our families stable and prospering our marriages need to be stable and prospering. Sometimes I get so caught up in being mom, that I forget I am a wife first and foremost. These last three days have allowed me to just be a wife, to just be my husband's friend. To really rekindle memories of our love and make new ones. To enjoy mama and daddy time.

Now today I prepare for our children to come home and shower them with loads of kisses because they were well missed over the last three and half days. As a mom I never realized how quiet my house could be. I also forgot how our home could stay clean when the kids are gone (they rarely are ever away from us).

I've also been reading Darlene Schacht's new book Messy Beautiful Love, be on the lookout for the review of this book next week!! As I am reading I will share tidbits of what I am gleaning (so keep an eye on my instagram and twitter accounts).




Tell the truth everyday and love immensely,
Kris

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love

Marriage is messy and beautiful and full of love. My marriage is messy beautiful love. I may not have went exactly through the same thing Darlene has, but I have experienced the messiness in marriage, the beauty of marriage and have had the love in my marriage strengthened because of it.
Darlene Schacht's new book Messy Beautiful Love reminds us married folk that marriage will be messy, it will be beautiful, and love will be strengthened because of it IF you commit to stick through it and allow GOD to have HIS way with it.

This is the book cover!!! So far into reading this book, I am awed by the transparency and the thoughtfulness and the way Darlene pulls me in. It's a warning, it's heart-warming, it's beautiful, it's an example of what the bible meant by husbands loving their wives like Christ loves the church.

Now for the FUN part! When you pre-order Darlene's book, you get $50 in FREEBIES. And who doesn't love freebies! 

What You Get When Your Order One copy of Messy Beautiful Love:

A bundle of 10 eBooks, including Darlene’s newest never-before released eBook, I’d Rather be a Crown Than a Trophy Wife
A set of 31 Printable Prayer Cards
1 Downloadable MP3 song- “Untold Story” by Naomi Striemer


 What You Get When Your Order Five or More:

The bundle of 10 eBooks, including Darlene’s newest never-before released eBook, I’d Rather be a Crown Than a Trophy Wife
A set of 31 printable Prayer Cards
1 Downloadable MP3 song- “Untold Story” by Naomi Striemer
The Messy Beautiful Love Companion Study Guide
25 inspiring iPhone Wallpapers
Words Fitly Spoken – 200 printable conversation starters!


How to Claim Your Freebies

Once you have purchased one book or five, simply email us at: MessyBeautifulLove@gmail.com. Provide us with your receipt/order confirmation number & the number of books you purchased, and claim your freebie package! Please be patient as it may take a day or two for the freebies to arrive.

- See more at: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=4331#sthash.I0ufILTG.dpuf




FYI This is not my review of the book! This is a prelude!

Live each day telling the truth and love immensely.
-Kris

News!!!

So if you haven't noticed, the domain changed!!! Yup I got my own custom domain! 

Other news: I am currently looking to sell some advertising space. Mama wants to return to being a stay at home mom, currently I am working 12 hour shift 3-4 days a week. Being able to legally generate a income is worth a shot. So if you or anyone you knows is interested in buying advertising space, please contact me at kris@kristindaniellebush.com!! Thanks!

So recently there's been some changes to Good Morning Girls as the ministry kind of broke into two with Angela going one way (Loving God Greatly, intended to take the spot of Good Morning Girls) and Courtney going a different way continuing with Good Morning Girls on Women Living Well. So in light of that, I have opted out of leading a group with Loving God Greatly and I have been reading through the bible with Courtney at Women Living Well, we're reading the book of Esther at the moment. I have certainly enjoyed reading Esther and each time I read it, I learn something new. 
I have also been studying with Joyce University, with is a 4 week course delivered via email.

I am also apart of the Messy Beautiful Love book launch!! Be on the lookout for more news and in the meantime head over to www.timewarp.com for WEEKS of giveaways leading to the book release!!!

I am also looking to add contributors to my blog. One person who can contribute recipes and someone else who can contribute DIY ideas. Please email: kris@kristindaniellebush.com! Thanks!!


Everyday tell the truth and love immensely. 
Kris