“G” is for Grace, Gentleness, and Gifts

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter G

Welcome to my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  Today’s letter is “G”, which stands for Gentleness and Gifts.

Today I want to share some of my favorite Scripture passages about Grace.

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Ephesians 2_8-9 [Full Chapter] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves_ it is the gift of God_ Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Now here are some of my favorite passages about Gentleness.

2 Corinthians 10_1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you_

Galatians 5_22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Finally, here is one of my favorite passages about Gifts (as in Spiritual Gifts.

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So what are some of your favorite passages about Grace, Gentleness or Spiritual Gifts?  I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Family, and Friends

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Here is my next installment in my Blogging A to Z series for 2019.  “F” is for family and faith.  Family plays an important role in my life.  My husband and children bring untold blessings, laughter and more to my life.  They provide a lot of joy and distractions in my life.  They instigate a lot of mischief and more in our home.  Truly, they bring so much excitement and intensity to our lives.

Here are some of my favorite Scriptures about Faith.  This first verse from Hebrews is one my husband frequently uses when he is preaching.  Through the years, it has become one of my favorite verses.

Hebrews 11_1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

This verse from Romans reminds us that faith rather than the law is what gives us our salvation.

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Another verse is found in Romans.  Truly, peace is something worth desiring and striving to obtain.

Romans 10_ 17 (KJV) - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ_

Here is another verse from Romans my husband frequently uses when preaching.  I love the words of this passage.

Romans 10_17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Finally, this verse from Ephesians is another of my favorite passages, because my husband has frequently used it in his sermons.  This passage reminds us that our salvation is a gift from God rather than something we can earn by any good works we might do.

Ephesians 2_8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves_ it is the gift of God_

So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “F”.  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read my other posts from this series, click here.

 

 

 

Blogging A to Z – “E” is for Energy, Emotions, and Empathy

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter E

This is my fifth entry in my series for Blogging A to Z 2019, so the letter is “E”.  “E” is for Exploration, Emotions, and Empathy.  With four children in our home, it has been filled with a lot of energy throughout the years.  They constantly have things to discover and to explore.  I have things to explore as well for our writing, for our homeschooling, and for places to visit.

As I am writing and living life, emotions constantly bombard me from all directions.  I have to deal with my emotions, the emotions of my family, and the emotions I wish to convey in what I am writing.  Sometimes I like the emotions, but at other times, the emotions frustrate me.  It is easy to want to convey a specific emotion, but when I am unable to do so it makes things difficult.

Finally, “E” is for Empathy.  Whether living my life or writing, Empathy needs to play an important role. Being able to feel and understand what others are feeling provides a way of relating to those around me.  It also allows me to attempt to express my feelings to those who are reading what I am writing.

So when you see the letter “E” what comes to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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“D” is for Dreams, Daughters, and Drawing

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter D

Well, I may be a couple of days late, but here is my Blogging A to Z entry for “D”.  “D” is for Dreams, Daughters, Drawing.  Dreams allow us to imagine what could be possible.  They allow us to explore uncharted territory.  They give us wings to fly.  Or to write that book someone may have always wanted to write.  Perhaps, dreams allow someone to compose or arrange the perfect piece of music.  Or other things become possible.  They let us have something to strive for and to reach.

Second, “D” is for daughters.  Our daughter has been such a blessing to our family.  She makes us laugh.  She is mischievous at times. She brings joy and so much more to our family.  She truly is a blessing.

“D” is also for drawing.  Learning to draw is one of my own dreams.  I see the artwork our daughter and some of our friends do, and I want to be able to do something with drawing myself.  We will have to see where those dreams take me.

What does the letter “D” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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“C” is for Community, Compassion, and Crafts

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Here is my third entry for my Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  “C” is for Community and Crafts – specifically Crocheting.  I am a little behind on my Blogging A to Z challenge, but here is my third post for the letter C.  First, “C” is for community.  Several years ago, I discovered several amazing communities.  The first is Compel, part of Proverbs 31 Ministries, which is a place for Christian writers and speakers to connect and learn.  Truly, it has been a blessing to me.  Second is Hope Writers, another community for writers.  This community provides information, instruction, and encouragement.  This community is such a blessing.  Proverbs 31 Ministries is an amazing community offering Online Bible Studies.  I have made a lot of incredible friendships throughout the years from these communities.

Second, “C” is for Crafts, especially Crocheting.  Crafts can be an incredible way to pass time.  It allows me to relax and create something beautiful and useful.  Through the years, I have made a number of blankets for both our families and friends.

What comes to mind when you see the letter “C”.  I would love to hear from you.

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Review of “The Pledge of A Lifetime: Her Hope for Connection, His Guide Through Conflict”

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Mark Oelze, a marriage and family counselor since 1985, works to help couples process conflict in love rather than spite or anger.  He and his wife Zerrin have been married for 23 and teach the Madly In Love Marriage Conference.  They are parents of three grown children and live in Wichita, Kansas.  He and Zerrin have a passion to see intentional love used to shape how we communicate with one another. To contact Mark Oelze about the PLEDGE process and/or teaching a marriage conference in your church or city, you can email him (mark@madlyinlove.org) or learn more at http://www.madlyinlove.org

Having celebrated 26 years of marriage to my husband and coming up on 27 years,  I know marriage takes work, communication, and love.  It is definitely not easy.  Through the pages of this book, the reader will see just how much work is required for a healthy, happy, and lasting marriage.  Mark Oelze does an excellent job of laying out how couples should communicate with one another.

Whether you have a marriage that is thriving or one that is in trouble, I believe all married couples and even those looking to get married should read.   The acronym PLEDGE tells the steps to take for healthy communication:  Pause, Listen, Echo, Disarm, Give, Engage.

So if you are looking for a book that dives into what healthy communication in a marriage should look like, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Blogging A to Z – “B” is for Boisterous Boys

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter B

This is my second post for Blogging A to Z 2019, which means the letter is “B”. “B” is for boisterous boys.  Growing up, I imagined I would have children.  However, I do not think I was prepared for God’s incredible sense of humor.  He gave my husband and me three sons followed by one daughter.  Our sons are boisterous boys.  They like to be loud, and sometimes they like to be super rambunctious.  Even at 22, 20, and 18, these boys love life and living it to the fullest.

They keep our home filled with laughter, love, and more.  They adore their sister and constantly demonstrate their love for her.  But these boys can be a handful at time.  They definitely believe the sky is the limit.  And what one does not think of doing, one of the others surely will.

So today’s letter is “B”.  What comes to your mind for the letter “B’?

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A little late but beginning Blogging A to Z challenge

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So here is my first post for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  “A” is for abundance, amazement, and ability.

First, “A’ is for abundance.  God has given me an abundance in the way of my amazing husband, our three sons, and one daughter, plus other family members and friends around me.

Second, ‘A” is for amazement.  I stand in amazement looking at the things our children are accomplishing and feel tremendously blessed.

Third, “A” is for ability.  God has given us each different abilities and it is up to us to use them to work for God’s Kingdom.

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Review of the “Gospel of Matthew” from Alabaster

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As a Christian, I am always on the lookout for Biblical books to read and study.  So when I had the opportunity to review the Gospel of Matthew from Alabaster.com, I was thrilled for the opportunity.  This book begins with the history of the birth of Jesus and finishes with mentioning the Great Commission.
I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I can not say I did.  It utilizes the New Living  Translation, which is not one of my favorite translations.  Also, the font and color of the font made it difficult to read.
The book is of a more expository nature than a Bible study workbook.  I feel like I would have loved it more if the font had been different and different photographs had been selected.  The paper is of wonderful quality.  The idea behind this book is great, but I feel like the execution could have been done better.
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Review of “Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier” by Rory Feek

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I remember seeing and reading about Joey and Rory Feek’s life on social media when she was battling cancer.  The poignant updates I read about their life and love story touched me deeply.  Reading about their daughter, born with Down’s Syndrome caused me to stop and rejoice at this miracle child born into this world.  So when I received the opportunity to review Once Upon a Farm: lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier by Rory Feek,I knew I had to read it.

Faith and God permeate every page of the book, which I love.  For without God, the world would not exist.  The power and emotion found in this book drew me in, just as his blog posts did during the days when his wife was battling cancer before her death.

Rory Feek shares his life and his daughter through the pages of this book.  I can not imagine the pain of losing my spouse with a child so young, and Rory takes the reader on a journey through finding hope and the desire to go on despite his loss.  This book truly includes love, life, and hope.

I have always tried to live the belief of blooming where you are planted by God, and this book follows that idea.  As a child, our family moved every few years.  Then in 2004, my husband went active duty in the Army Reserves and now as an adult, we have moved every few years.  Sometimes, it is hard to find joy when forced into new circumstances.  But Rory Feek illustrates how to do it with love and faith in this book.

So if you are wanting to read an inspirational and emotional book about one man’s journey through love, loss, and finding his way after that loss, check out Once Upon a Farm for yourself.