Friday, December 6, 2019

Children's book: My Bedtime Bible Prayers






About the book: 
My Bedtime Bible Prayers
is creatively designed to encourage Bible reading and prayer as a natural part of any nighttime routine.

Inside are 44 prayers, each based on a Bible verse and Bible story, along with a takeaway question. The whimsical illustrations featured throughout depict both Bible scenes and contemporary life. With this caring guidance, children ages 6-8 will learn to share their hearts and thoughts with God--while also discovering how much He loves them!


My thoughts:

This book of prayers contain prayers relevant to a young child’s life. I think this book would teach a child they can and should talk to God about anything!

I like that the prayers are short and meaningful.  It is also nice that each page has a question for the child to consider like on the "God is Faithful" prayer it asks "Who can you count on to be there for you when you need them?" The prayer gives examples of God's faithfulness to us through the sun rise and the family and friends He gives. Also, the prayers begin with a different greeting each day like “Dear God” or “Hi Dad.”  This could lead to a good conversation with your child about how God is our heavenly Father.

As another  reviewer said, it made me scratch my head to see the illustration with the child on top of the dresser.  I thought this was an odd thing to put in a children’s prayer book.  Parents don’t want their children climbing on dressers. This is a safety issue and shouldn’t be in a children’s book.

I received a copy of this book from Kregel publications for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thankful Thursday


My heart is full!  It’s late but I wanted to get my Thursday post up!

Today I am thankful for...

~ my husband helping me do things around the house. Like Sunday he mixed up the dessert for us to take to small group.

~ my big boy and I volunteering at the Angel Tree. We have done this a couple of years, and we both enjoyed it tonight. We shared supper and laughed a lot.

~ my little guy’s excitement over the Christmas lights and blow up yard decorations.  It just makes me smile to see his excitement!

~ enjoying the beautiful weather today at the park with our new friends.

~ receiving a sweet thank you card and little lotion in the mail today.

~ starting to get Christmas cards!  I love finding them in our mailbox!

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Children's book: My God Loves Me Bible



About the book:
 This colorful book unpacks the wonderful truth that each child is loved by God

God speaks His love through every single story of the Bible. What a beautiful message for little hearts to hear!

With eighteen Bible stories from creation through the life and resurrection of Jesus, My God Loves Me Bible shows children that they are precious beyond measure in God's sight.

Each Bible story is supported by Scripture to bring out the truth it reveals. The stories are told both through words and colorful scenes and visual details young children will love.

With this Bible in their hands, they will say with joy, "God loves me!"



My thoughts:
It is important that our children know God loves them at a young age.  This book will help you as a parent or grandparent to share that love with little ones.

I think this book would be appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers.  The toddlers would like the pictures and the simple phrase with each story that gives a reason God loves each of us.  There is a unique reason that goes with each story.  For example in the page about Ruth, the truth is "My God Loves Me....He gave me a family and a home." The text seems more appropriate for preschoolers.  It is not overly long but would be more easily understood by those a little older than toddlers.

It has a handle which little ones will enjoy carrying around.  The illustrations are colorful and applicable to each story.  The stories chosen are good choices from both the Old and New Testament.

I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.  Thank you.
Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Thankful THURSDAY


Happy Thanksgiving! 

We have had a nice week and enjoyed time with family,

This week I am thankful for...
~ getting to do some late Thursday night shopping with my husband. 

~ my big boy taking a stand and speaking up to his teacher. The content of a book he was assigned was not something he felt comfortable reading. It bothered some other students as well.  I was proud of him for taking a stand.

~ how my little guy always asks for the plan and likes his routine each day.  

~ enjoying time with my husband’s side of the family. We spent the night on Friday and then were all there together on Saturday. The weather was nice enough for the kids to play outside and they liked playing in the leaves. 

~ going to feed the birds at our neighbor’s house. Titus Ioves that he gets to go do this and play with their dog.  

~ enjoying Thanksgiving lunch at my Mom’s house. We had leftovers for supper and she heated my plate just like I like it and brought it to me. 

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thankful Thursday

We’ve had a busy, full week.  The weather was just perfect in my opinion for a little bit and then today it suddenly got cold.  I don't mind the cold too much actually though.  We went to get Caleb after school and Titus said it was soggy. I think he meant foggy but it did look soggy!

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband making a plan work to go with me to the funeral on Sunday.

~ picking up my big boy at 4 after school and weight lifting.  I love football season, but it was nice to pick him up earlier and have him home longer in the evenings.

~ my little guy having his art chosen for display at the local art museum.

~ enjoying a girls' retreat with the youth group girls Saturday and Sunday.  It was fun, and I enjoyed getting to know them better.

~ being able to go to the funeral of my high school English teacher on Sunday.  I was thankful that it worked out with the retreat for me to go.  It was such a beautiful tribute to her life.

~ our neighbor bringing us supper one Tuesday.  She had bought chicken for them on "Tender Tuesday" and wanted to share them with us. I thought it was a nice surprise and sweet of her to share.

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thankful Thursday

I'm getting my Thankful Thursday posted on Friday!  It was too late when we got home last night. We had a playoff game.

Today I am thankful for...
~ my husband getting me a pretzel at the game last night at the concession stand.

~ my big boy giving me one of his sweet hugs after he got home from the game.  It touched my heart.

~ seeing my little guy interacting with the people on our Meals on Wheels route.  He is so cute with them.  One gave him animal suncatchers to paint, it was so sweet I thought.

~ meeting a new friend and that Titus got to have a playdate with her little boy.  They live right in our neighborhood, and the boys enjoyed it too.

~ my dear high school English teacher who touched so many lives.  She passed away this week and will be greatly missed by so many.  I have so many special memories of her and the impact she had in my life.

~ watching the football boys in the playoff game.  We didn't win, but it was a fun.  Caleb has been on JV but was moved up to join varsity this week.  It's been a fun experience for him to be part of that.  I look forward to next football season.

Have a day of blessings!
Bethany

Friday, November 8, 2019

Holly Lane





About the company:
Our line of sterling silver Christian jewelry is intentionally designed to create opportunities to share Christ with others, and to be worn as a personal reflection of faith. Each piece is designed in central Virginia by jewelry artist Tiffany Scott who has based her designs on verses from the Bible in order to bring comfort to the wearer and be a representation of God's promises. These unique designs are meant to catch the attention of others and spark conversation about the verses they are based on. 




Product Line Description:

Each piece of verse-based Holly Lane jewelry comes with a Story Card that features the verse reference on the front, and an explanation of the design's significance on the back. Tiffany's love for semiprecious gemstones shows through in her use of many different gems throughout the line. The Holly Lane line is designed so that the customer can put together their own personal combination of pendants, chains and bead drops based on the promises they are holding on to and how God is currently speaking to them in their lives.








A Special Note: Each Holly Lane shipment is packaged with great care to provide an unboxing experience that will convey to the customer just how special they are.
 




My thoughts:
I was so excited to have an opportunity to review jewelry from Holly Lane.  I was not familiar with this company.  I enjoyed looking through their easy-to-use website.  There are great photos and descriptions of each piece of jewelry. It is easy to find just the right piece because you can search by type of jewelry (necklace, pendant, ring, etc.), by recipient (wife, daughter, mother, hurting hearts, friend), or by verse.  It was hard to decide which necklace to choose!  There are so many, and each one has a beautiful verse to go with it which gives it special significance.


Let me show you the necklace I decided to choose.  It is called the Compass Necklace.  I have loved wearing it and the reminder it is to me each day that I wear it to seek the Lord and His plan for my life.



I received the package in my mailbox and was excited to open it.  The packaging was beautifully done. 



This is definitely not just thrown in a box and sent off to be shipped.  You can tell time and care was given to the packaging.  My little guy enjoyed helping! 



Here is my beautiful necklace!




I look forward to buying more jewelry from Holly Lane in the future.  I recommend that you go check out their website and find something special for yourself.  Or for a loved one for Christmas!
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I received a necklace from Holly Lane for my honest review.  Thank you.

Loved this sticker on the package!

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Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany