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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One Perfect Life- week 1

The introduction to One Perfect Life by John MacArthur is an introduction to this blended harmony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Part I, Anticipating the Lord Jesus Christ, the different passages of the bible that refers to the later coming of Jesus Christ. Chapter One is entitled Jesus Christ- the Preexistent Creator and Savior. It weaves together Scripture from different books of the bible that establishes the fact that Christ existed long before He was born to the virgin Mary. Then the next chapter entails "the fall." Chapter 3 then entails the curse that God pronounced as a result of the serpent's deception of Adam and Eve. Chapter 4, I love because it is entails through Scripture why we need Jesus Christ, why we need a Savior. Chapter 5 entails through Scripture how Jesus Christ is the promised seed of Abraham. Chapters 6 & 7 give a description of Jesus Christ as the prophet and king, the Israelites had been waiting for and as the suffering servant that he needed to be in order for Jesus Christ to truly understand us as flawed human beings.

One thing I love about the first part of One Perfect Life is the fact that it does not just pull from the Gospels but from all over the Bible as it relates to each Chapter. In some chapters you will see Scripture from Genesis next to Scripture from Hebrews. 

So far I am truly enjoying reading this harmony of the Gospel.

For those of you reading along, what do you think thus far? If you've blogged about it, then please leave a link below so I can check it out!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

God's Great Creation

The most recent children's book we've received is God's Great Creation (published by Zondervan). It tells the story of the creation and of Adam & Eve and the fall in Genesis. I loved it and so did my children who chose it as one of their reading books while on the road from Florida to Illinois.

This story is accurate yet it easy for young readers, like my 7 year old, to read and understand. I love the vibrant pictures and the fact that it did not "sugar coat" Adam and Eve's disobedience nor their consequences. God's Great Creation is a companion book to the Adventure Bible so if the illustrations look familiar that's why.

I seriously look forward to new books in this series!

Tell the truth and love immensely always,

{FYI: this book was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review.}

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Perfect Life Schedule!

Here is the Schedule for the One Perfect Life by John MacArthur Book Study!

I look forward to learning and sharing about our Lord Jesus Christ with each of you!

{Above is the video to accompany the book release.}

I am so looking forward to reading this book, sharing what I've learned and you all sharing what you've learned. On Facebook you can join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovinggodgreatly/

-Tell the truth and love immensely,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Finally Settled

Hi everyone! *waves hand*

We are finally feeling settled in.......here in the south suburbs of Chicago. For those of you who don't know our family was originally from the Chicago area and we decided to move back this November after being in Central Florida for the last three years. 
I will admit I already miss my warm weather winters and being able to wear flip flops and shorts in November. However I enjoy being around family and skating (we are avid roller-skaters).

 At the moment, I have been reading through a NIV Once a Day bible. Totally enjoy being able to read a bit each day from the Old Testament and from the New Testament along with Psalms and Proverbs.

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

This is the specific bible that my hubby and I are both reading from. Soon I should have a copy of the Duck Commander Bible in my hands and I cannot wait to dig into it. I have read great reviews of it.

So for the bible study... is going to be a book study on Jesus Christ.
I would like to read through Jesus' life using "One Perfect Life" By John MacArthur. Amazon has the book for as low as $17 plus s&h. Grace to you (gty.org) has the book for $15 (with free shipping), And Christianbook.com has the book for $20. The best deal of the three is Grace to You (gty.org). I will post as I read through the book, starting next Monday. I hope you can join me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekly Bible Study

For the last couple of months I have not been able to get to church considering I have been working on Sunday (I trust the Lord to work this out in my favor soon).

So I thought to maybe start a group bible study, either via Anymeeting (free to use). My goal with this is to allow people from different areas of the country/world to be able to come together once or twice a week to learn God's Word together. We can share our "gleanings" from what we've read and stay in fellowship with each other.

I am giving an open invitation to my readers. Come study the bible with me.
If you are interested please email: kris@kristindaniellebush.com

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,

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,

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,

(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.)