Saturday, May 16, 2015

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

Something I've realized in my walk with God is that it is easier to read about Jesus' life and to believe that is the model for the Christian life than it is to actually live out what Jesus' life teaches us.

I will be more specific. It is easier for me to read and in theory understand the walk of a Christian than it is for me to actually apply and walk it out. I'll start out good, then my flesh will get in the way and I'll mess up. And thankfully God gives us grace.


So Randy Frazee along with Robert Noland has penned an excellent guide to aid us in living like Jesus. The book, "Think, Act, Be Like Jesus," helps us to read God's Word, think like Jesus would, and act on the Word of God to be like Jesus. This book is the companion book to Believe, the review of which is here. Believe took the bible and pulled the passages which aids in understanding our choice to believe in Jesus Christ. Think, Act, Be Like Jesus expounds on that by showing us how to live like we believe in Jesus Christ.

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus seeks to help believers, new and old. According to the blurb for the book: The Bible teaches that the goal of the Christian life is to become like Jesus—for our own personal growth and for the sake of others. Every believer needs to ask three big questions: What do I believe? What should I do? And who am I becoming?

This book seeks to answer those last three questions for the believer. For me, I need this book because I have always read, understood, could explain to the next person, but was faulty in application in my own life. Now I am learning to apply what I learn and become a completely new creature. I do NOT always get it right however I am taking baby steps to get there.




{FYI: I am a member of BookLookBloggers which allows me the privilege of receiving books for free in exchange for my HONEST opinion of the book.}


Also, I have recently become the Community Groups Director for Be Made Whole of Whole Magazine. On Monday June 1st, Be Made Whole will host its first corporate bible study of the book of James. I invite you to join us here.


Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not people. (Ephesians 6:7)
Kris

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015

There are several of these bundles that go on sale through out the year however this is one I personally endorse because I am a wife & mom who is a homemaker. And sometimes I struggle with it. So why not invest in something that will help make homemaking easier for me?





Dear Homemaker,
Are the inmates running the asylum?
I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.
I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage.
I wanted to make a special place that was a magical mash-up of:

  • a school,

  • a playground,

  • a refuge,

  • a boo-boo “fix it” station,

  • a “you can do it” pep rally, and

  • a safe place for personal expression, sharing and growth.
  • And then real life happened…
    …laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and never-ending meal prep… money worries, gritty floors, soap scum, and the stain that won’t come out of my son’s favorite shirt… holiday stress, and teaching my daughter to read (and master long division)… a husband who works long hours, a kid with the sniffles, stomach aches and a fever… and a secret dream to run my own little business from home.
    And that’s why Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… because as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

    I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

    To help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker – help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, resources at your fingertips…

    It is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

    What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

    The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.
    Here they are:

    • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home

    • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style

    • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself

    • Finances… build a budget that works

    • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time

    • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new

    • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease

    • Marriage… heat up your marriage

    • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering

    • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life

    • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby

    • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies

    • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

    • … a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

      Are there too many books in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

      Let me ask you a question.
      Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?
      Of course not!
      Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”
      But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.
      Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, blueberry or apple with whipped cream)?
      So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

      Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

      In a word… yes!
      To be absolutely certain, Erin and Stephanie asked questions, tried techniques and just about drove themselves crazy making sure that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the very best homemaking resource anywhere.
      They dug through hundreds of websites and connected with dozens of authors and teachers.
      And then we all worked together to make these resources the most affordable possible.

      And They Were Delighted to Help…

      The result? This collection is a fraction of the price of what someone would pay for each resource individually!

      For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of:

      • 76 eBooks

      • 6 eCourses

      • 1 audio download

      • 2 online conferences, and

      • 14 printable packs
      • …99 carefully selected resources designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (A total value of $984.74.)
        That breaks down to 30 cents per book.

        Your 30-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

        If for any reason, you decide that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is not for you, then please send an email to customerservice@Ultimate-Bundles.com and we will refund 100% of your investment. No questions asked.

        Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

        Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

        • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)

        • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)

        • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)

        • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)

        • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)

        • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)

        • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)

        • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)
        • Now It’s Your Turn

          I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…
          “Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”
          The proven, simple, and effective skills you need to transform your house into a home are all waiting for you in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
          This is your chance to get all the love, support, guidance and inspiration you need to nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.
          But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.
          After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.
          Act now!
          Best wishes and happy homemaking!
          Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

          Becoming Spiritually Strong

          How many of us are spiritually weak? We have no self discipline. We don't fast. Our prayer life is nonexistent. We don't study our bible regularly. We don't take time to make ourselves known to God and to know Him. And by know I mean have a relationship with Him not just know about Him.

          Kristen Feola, author of the Ultimate Daniel Fast, has done it again. She has released Spiritually Strong, a 6 week guide to building your body and soul.


          As someone who has struggled with their faith, I wish I'd had this book many years ago. However I am thankful to have it now. As I am reading it, I am truly enjoying the insight and practical tips for exercising the spiritual muscles. People don't always tell you that it takes consistency (especially when you don't feel like and trust me there will be many days when you don't feel like it) to studying the bible, to building a prayer life, to being disciplined, to fast, to eat in a healthy manner, to serve others, and to practice good stewardship. I think in this day and age of society this really needed. 

          Many of the people in my generation pride themselves on what they can do. On being able to buy whatever they want (and buy they do, I can't say anything I am guilty of it too). Yet many don't speak of practicing self discipline to be a good steward over your finances. I don't want to hear about the donations because those are done out of the goodness of your heart. Fasting is something that is needed to hear from God. Sometimes you need to not be plugged into this world & to be still, be quiet, and listen for the voice of the Lord. Going to church on Sunday is not enough, we need to study (not just read) your bible regularly. We need to pray daily, sometimes several times a day. Many times my prayers happen while going about my day, washing or cleaning. With three children I don't always have the luxury to be alone and pray.

          I enjoy this book because Kristen takes the time to help believers (new and old) to gird themselves up. She writes on ways to become strong, on how necessary it is to study so that you can wield the Sword (the Word of God). I love this book because this is the kind of legacy I want to leave to my children.



          -take rest in the Lord our God who cares for us.
          Kristin


          Tuesday, April 14, 2015

          Life's Little Glitches

          Life has it's little glitches. Things we have no control over or so we think.
          My life has experienced many of these little glitches. At the moment, I cannot speak on them extensively, however I can say that my marriage has suffered and is now in recovery & restoration mode. Thankfully we have recently joined a new church where we are getting the love & support we need.

          One thing I will share with other married couples is to trust God and let your marriage look like Christ, don't worry about this world. Even more than that stay prayed up, because many times the things you think will never happen actually does and if you aren't embedded in God, the hurt & disappointment & anger can take you out.

          Thankfully no one is sick anymore! Yipee! We spent nearly the entire winter battling the cold virus, pink eye, ear infections, strep throat, and the flu.

          Coming up on the blog is a book review of Spiritually Strong by Kristen Feola. As well as weekly updates on my Facebook bible study group's new 12-week book study: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. The study starts on April 20th. You can follow along, just get a copy of the book which has the study guide in the appendix to the book.

          I am also on the Launch team for Joanna Weaver's new DVD study for Lazarus Awakening, which I plan to do a group study for when it is released!

          Until next time, stay embedded in God. Stay in the Word of God.
          -Kris

          Monday, March 9, 2015

          The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

          Right now, there is so much going on in my life. I'm not really in a place to blog heavily. So for now I'll just be posting a book reviews until this season and this storm passes.



          This book is pretty awesome. It is separated into sections, the first breaks down the Daniel fast and the reasons why we do the fast. It helps us to understand the spiritual and physical demands of the Daniel Fast. The second section is a 21 day devotional, written to coincide with the 21 day length of this Daniel Fast. The devotions are personal and have testimonials from people who have done this Daniel Fast. The third section is a cookbook. It has over 100 hundred recipes that you can replicate at home. Appetizers, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks are included in the third section of this book.

          Personally I did the Daniel Fast last month and it was hard. I think it was especially hard for me because I was literally stressed out the entire fast and even got sick a few times from being stressed and barely eating. I would recommend not to deal with any stressful situations while on this fast.
          I do recommend taking the book with you daily to read over the devotions and even keeping a journal of your prayers and when they are answered.



          {FYI: I received this book from the publisher through the BookLookBlogger program in exchange for my honest review of this book.}

          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?