Monday, January 16, 2017

No More Perfect Marriages Chapter 3


I've enjoyed reading Chapter 3.  It discusses 8 "God tools" we all have that we need to use regularly in our marriages.  These 8 tools are:

courage
forgiveness
grace
love
humility
wisdom
compassion
acceptance

There were many things that stood out to me in this chapter that I highlighted. I love this quote seen in the image above. As we've read I have thought of many examples when I have NOT followed this guidance in the past and have also had some practice applying it the past few days.  

Another thing I noticed was how using these tools in our marriage is not something we do in our human capacity. We must rely on God in order to act these ways toward our spouse.

There is still time to pre order this book!
#NoMorePerfectMarraiges

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday

It's time for my Thankful Thursday post. Our week has gone quijcly even with my husband gone on a business trip.  Our mornings have been quick with us getting Caleb to basketball practice before 7, and our evenings have been smooth and fun. The temps have been in the 70s after being in the teens over the weekend so we've played outside too.

This week I'm thankful for ...
~ reminders of all the many things my husband does to help me/us. We've missed him this week!  Also thankful he's home now safely!

~ my big boy being so helpful to me and also talking to me about his school days. I enjoy those times of him telling me what is going on.

~ my baby boy is 21 months old today. He is learning so much and is a happy boy,  This week Monday morning on the way to school he was singing "Jesus Loves Me." We can understand parts of the tune and words now along with motions. He leaned those in His Sunday morning class. It is so precious to hear him sing it.

~ having lunch with one of my friends from church. We enjoyed nice conversation, and she enjoyed seeing us and talking to Titus.

~ sunny weather. You never know what kind of weather you'll have in Texas. It was nice to have a few days that felt like spring!

~ fellowship lunches at church. We have these every second Sunday. The church provides the meat, rotating between fried chicken and BBQ, and everyone brings sides and desserts. We look forward to it each month.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Children's book: Made for a Purpose


About the book:
A beautifully illustrated picture book, designed to be read to young children, inspiring inquisitive minds to think more deeply about the world around them from a Christian perspective. The simple text and detailed illustrations are windows into the world of each animal represented. Unique features of these animals are explained in the simplest way. God's wisdom and ingenuity is introduced, stimulating new thought processes in young minds, leading to exploration and discovery of their world, themselves and their God.

My thoughts:
This is the first book in a series called Joyful Creation by author Kristie Wilde.  It is filled with beautiful illustrations of nature and animals.  The text shows children how God made animals uniquely and with their own special design and purpose.  For example, He gave strong teeth to beavers and webbed feet to ducks.  This leads to show how He made each child too and with a special purpose!

The illustrations are so nice.

I think this book would be nice for a church or home library. It is appropriate for young children aged preschool--1st grade or so.

I was sent a copy of this book as part of the bookcrash reviewers program for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Monday, January 9, 2017

No More Perfect Marriages! Chapters 1, 2

I am excited to be part of the launch team for No More Perfect Marriages.  This is a new book written by Mark and Jill Savage.  It is available on February 1!  (You can pre-order now though!

I have written in the past about other books for Moms by Jill Savage.   I expected this one would be great and was looking forward to reading it.

My husband and I are reading it together which is fun.  I'll be sharing some thoughts, quotes, etc. from the book as we go.  We are at the beginning in Chapters 1 and 2.

So far they have shared their story of marriage.  I appreciate their honesty in sharing about their troubles and Mark's affair.  We've learned about the masks we often wear on the outside that make things appear to be better than they are in our marriage.

In Chapter 2 we read how the husband and wife both come to the marriage with their own story and "blueprint" of marriage that they learned from their homes of their childhood.  This has a great impact on how you love in your marriage.



#NoMorePerfectMarriages

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Hope you have had a good week. It's time for me to post my list of things I'm thankful for from the past week.

Today I am thankful for....
~ the many ways my husband takes care of me.  He had my car battery checked and replaced this week cause.  He also took off a couple hours so I could go to the doctor.

~ my big boy having a short week back to school.  They started on Wednesday and it was nice to have a shorter week to get back into the routine after our wonderful break.

~ doing "lessons" with my little boy. Caleb and I did "lessons" as we called them.  The teacher in me loves planning activities and themes.  We have a little blue table (that was Caleb's).  We will do letters, shapes, colors, and Bible lessons.  We started this week and have had fun.

~ going to the doctor to get his opinion about my throat constriction.  I felt silly to go but he said it was good I came.  If it gets worse or changes he will refer me to a GI doctor.

~ a perfectly time devotional reading.

What is on your thankful list this week?

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book: Let Food Be Your Medicine



About the book: 
CHOOSING A BETTER LIFE ONE MEAL AT A TIME
In Let Food Be Your Medicine, Dr. Don Colbert takes a look at the most common health issues and offers simple dietary changes using a specially modified Mediterranean Diet. With a better understanding of what to eat and what not to eat, readers will know how their nutritional choices affect: * CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE * WEIGHT LOSS * ARTHRITIS * ADHD * TYPE 2 DIABETES * CANCER * AND MORE

Let Food Be Your Medicine includes meal plans, delicious recipes, tips on supplements, and other information to help you find an approach to food that will change your life. You can beat genetics. You can overcome. You can start today.


My thoughts:
I have not completed this book yet; however, it has been a very enjoyable read so far. It is easy to follow and very interesting to learn how the foods we eat can cause inflammation.  Inflammation is a contributor to many common diseases we are facing today.  Just by changing your diet and removing the inflammatory foods you can reduce or reverse the effects of some diseases.

I was not sure if I would be able to read this book because I typically do not read this type of book. So far it has kept my attention with the stories and examples of success stories that Dr. Colbert has witnessed in his practice and his own life.

I would recommend this book to you and hope you will find it as beneficial as I have.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Sunday, January 1, 2017

SSMT 2017 Verse #1

In the past I have done the scripture memory challenge on the Beth Moore blog.  I decided to do that again this year.  I'll post my verses on my blog.

This is the first verse I've chosen...

"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."  Galatians 4:4,5

You can check out her post here and join in with memorizing God's Word in 2017.

Happy New Year!

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany