Review of Love Nudge For Couples and Giveaway

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If you are at all familiar with the 5 Love Languages, you know that everyone has a specific way they prefer to have love demonstrated to them.  For example, some people prefer acts of service, while others prefer physical contact.  But what if there was a way to go beyond just reading a book and taking that head knowledge instead to a heart level to essentially “train” yourself to properly illustrate and demonstrate level.

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Just like an athlete needs to train to be successful, relationships require training as well.  Love Nudge For Couples aims to provide just that training.  Perhaps you have a spouse who provides you with fancy and expensive gifts, but you would prefer him to provide loving touches.  Then you wonder why this is the case.  In 5 Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman details the different ways people prefer to have love demonstrated.

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But what do you do with that knowledge?  Love Nudge for Couples provides a way to do exactly that.  With a simple download of an app, it is easy to set up an account to get started.  Once the app is downloaded and you set up the account, you then take a quiz which provides results on your preferred language of love.  You also have the ability to set reminders to make sure you are attempting to demonstrate the desired responses. You then set goals to help you tangibly demonstrated love. Then you can send your spouse a link so the two of you can connect.

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When my husband and I took the quizzes, we both felt like the results provided a reasonable assessment of how we prefer to have love expressed.  Then once we were connected, we were able to send each other love nudges to determine how the other’s love tanks were.  The concept of this app is really good.  However, I believe it is best used by people who have cell phones that can connect immediately.  We, unfortunately, did not have phones with that capability.  For us, we could only send the love nudges while at our home or someone else with WiFi capability.

Marriage and relationships take hard work, I feel this app does an excellent job providing assistance with this.  So if you are looking for a way to effectively connect with your spouse and speak the proper love language of your spouse, check out Love Nudge For Couples for yourself.

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Finding and Speaking Voices of Truth

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Have you ever been going through life and suddenly you feel as though God is trying to get your attention?  Well, that is how I have felt for the last week or so.  Everywhere I look, from a course, I am doing, to books I am reading, to blog posts and more, I am constantly being bombarded with the idea of positive affirmations.  Specifically, I am seeing the need to speak them out loud.  So I guess God is trying to get my attention.

In my case, I am supposed to be writing out and then speaking out positive statements regarding changes I want to make in my life.  I have started writing them down.  Writing words comes fairly easy, but speaking those some words is more of a challenge.

We need to be able to speak words, whether orally or written that God will bring to fruition.  So I guess I know what I am going to be doing this week.  I am going to be writing down my affirmations and then recording myself speaking them out loud.

Now I need to make something clear, I do not like listening to myself on a recording.  I do not mind recording other people, but I do not want to record myself.  But I guess this is God’s way of encouraging me to be willing to follow the words of the song, “Voice of Truth” from the movie Facing the Giants.:

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

I think this particular song is one of my favorites from the movie Facing the Giants.  So I need to step out in faith and believe that God will be there for me.  I need to face and slay my fear of listening to myself speak.  I need to have faith and confidence in what God wants for me.

I am participating in Mom Boot Camp 2.0 with Hannah Keely, and does she ever have a way of taking away all the layers and getting to the heart of things, even when it is hard.  So I am going to speak my affirmations.  I am going to believe that God loves me with an everlasting love and wants to provide an abundance for me.  So I am stepping out in faith and believing in the power of the spoken word.  I believe that nothing is impossible for God!

So do you need a “voice of truth” or maybe to face some giants?  Maybe you already speak or write affirmations out for yourself, or maybe you need some encouragement to do so. I would love to hear back from you about whether you are speaking or writing out your affirmations.

#fmfparty – Build

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So today I am doing something new here on the blog, I am participating in the #fmfparty , the Five Minute Friday writing prompt.  The prompt for today is build, and I definitely want to build up this blog and its following.  I want to build more content by writing more posts.  I want to share about my writing, our family and where I would like to get to in the future.

I would like to build connections with my readers.  After all, if I just wanted to write for me, I would choose to keep a personal journal rather than posting for everyone who cares to look at my posts to read.

I also want to build a writing habit.  For the last year, I have struggled with staying on top of posting here.  But I want to change that this year.  I want to build something that allows for me to connect with you, the reader.

I want to build my relationship with God and then share that with you through my posts.  But while I am building my blog, I want to build my relationships with my family.  So until next week, happy Friday.

If you would like to read other posts in the #fmfparty, click here.

It’s Been a While

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So it has been a while since I have posted here.  I plan on being more diligent about sharing here this year.  The first thing I want to post about is my words for the year.

My words for the year are:  delight, gratitude, and courageous.  Here are some passages of Scripture to go along with these words.

For Delight:

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and:

Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
I will be back tomorrow to give some Scripture passages to go along with gratitude/grateful.
Now I want to move on to Courageous or courage.  Here are some verses I found:
My first verse is from Joshua 1:7, which states, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.”  I am taking the verse from the King James Version of the Bible, which is our family’s version of choice.
My second verse is Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
My third verse for courage/courageous is Acts 28:15 – And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God and took courage.

So now I am going to conclude by talking about gratitude.  Unfortunately, when I tried to find Bible passages that directly used the word gratitude in the King James version, I could not find any.

Here is what I found when I looked up the word “gratitude” online:

grat·i·tude
/ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
    synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanksappreciationindebtedness

    So I decided to search for passages that included the words “thankfulness or thankful”.

     

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So I decided to search for passages that included the words “thankfulness” or “thankful” and here are some passages I found:

 

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Another passage is:

colossians 3_15 and let the peace of god rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (1)

So if you have chosen a word of the year, I would love to hear from you!

Review of David C Cook’s Family Devotionals

 

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As the mother of four, I have always been on the lookout for devotionals for our family.  So when I had the opportunity to review three devotionals from David C Cook, I was thrilled.  These three devotionals include: Knowing The Holy Spirit, Knowing Jesus, and Knowing God the Father.  The three devotionals are available as individual titles or as a set.

David C Cook, a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources,  offers a variety of products for all ages and for Christians all over the world.  These resources are designed to help Christians grow their faith so they can pass it on to the next generation.  The company was established in Chicago in 1875 by David Caleb Cook.  Since then, they have published numerous bestselling books including Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  They offer over ten lines of Sunday School materials along with praise and worship songs through Integrity Music, the music division.

Simplified doctrine with easy-to-understand language characterizes these devotionals to ensure children will be engaged and will be able to follow along.  The theological level of these devotions will strengthen parents’ faith while providing an enriching experience for children and parents together.

Each devotion includes a topic or questions designed to start a conversation regarding spiritual matters, while growing the children’s faith.  A simple closing prayer is provided as well.  Illustrations highlighting key concepts help parents and children to treasure the time  spent going through these devotions together while growing closer to God and to each other.

Like all materials our family has used from David C Cook, these devotionals truly impressed our family.  Each devotional contains 52 devotionals for your family to go through.  One of my favorite things about these devotionals results from the length of the material.  It is short enough for even the youngest family members to enjoy, but lends itself to going as in depth as your family wants to go with the study.  These devotionals would be perfect springboards for deeper study – especially if you have older and younger children in your family.

So if you are looking for a single devotional for your family or a set of devotionals, check out these devotionals for yourself.  You can purchase them at the following links:

Knowing God the Father

Knowing The Holy Spirit

Knowing Jesus

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Review for “Renewed” by Leigh Powers

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*****This post is also being posted today on my blog Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy as part of a Celebrate Lit book tour.

MY THOUGHTS:


Leigh Powers provides an insightful and realistic view into what is like to be a preacher’s wife.  Roughly twenty-six years ago, my husband became an ordained Primitive Baptist Elder (preacher), and I became a preacher’s wife.  As I read through this 40-day devotional, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with what she says.  Even though we have been away from our home church since 2008, I still consider myself to be a preacher’s wife because the calling on my husband did not stop just because he went full-time in the Army Reserves.

Her complete title, Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry resonated with my soul.  She captures the challenges and difficulties pastors and their wives face in the church.  I found the opening line for day 11 to be truthful, “Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one.  And now, God – this?  I’m supposed to forgive this!”  As a Christian, these words come across as both honest and heartfelt.  Forgiving is much easier said than done. We know it is the right thing to do, but that does not make it easy.

Being a Christian often means being hurt by other Christians.  Healing from that hurt challenges us in ways that make releasing the hurt hard.  Leigh Powers does an excellent job addressing these facts.  She offers inisghtful glances at how to move forward and truly love others well as a Christian.

This book suits both pastor wives, those in ministry roles and those who have been hurt by the church.  While serving is typically a calling, something someone feels led to do, it often winds up being an experience of unrealistic expectations, judgemental church members and more make ministry hard.  Leigh Powers captures all those facts in a truthful and insightful view.  As a preacher’s wife, I definitely recommend this book.

So check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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