Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 22, 2014

The Women of Christmas Week 4 Study – O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Week Four Chapter Four O Tidings of Comfort and Joy


Read Luke 1:39-56

  1. Soon after Gabriel’s departure, Mary headed for Elizabeth’s house, the angel’s words surely echoing in her heart: You who are highly favored. Think of a time when you felt favored or blessed by God. Were you eager to share that experience with others? Why or why not? Did Mary need to give something to—or get something from—Elizabeth? How might each of them benefited from their three-month visit?
  2. Though Elizabeth was a good deal older than Mary, they were hugely supportive of each other. Do you have a younger- or older- woman in your life who builds up your faith? How does she accomplish that? How do you build up hers? What steps might you take to strengthen and enhance your spiritual relationship with others of a different generation?
  3. In the end neither Elizabeth nor Mary is the star of this chapter; rather the Holy Spirit takes center stage. In John 14:26 we learn that the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things.” In Acts 13:4 Barnabas and Saul were “sent on their way by the Holy Spirit.” And in Romans 15:13 we’re told we will “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life? Elizabeth and Mary were both filled with the Holy Spirit. When and where have you sensed God’s Spirit in your life? Teaching you? Sending you? Flowing through you?
  4. Was there something in Chapter Four that really spoke to you?
Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 19, 2014

We Have a Winner!

The contest has ended for the $10. appreciation certificate to Family Christian.  Thank you for reading my review of the Susan Boyle Hope CD and Thank you Family Christian for awarding one lucky winner a $10 customer appreciation certificate to your store.

The winner of the $10. customer appreciation certificate is:

Kathryn who posted on 11/14/14 at 6:39pm.

You have 36 hours from the date of this winning notification to contact me at svnhm1 at yahoo dot com with your mailing address so I can have Family Christian mail your $10. customer appreciation certificate to you directly.  Thank you for entering.

Until Next Time,

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 17, 2014

The Challenge Fight Human Trafficking With Me November 22 – 30, 2014

I don’t usually share my about my personal convictions or beliefs on my blog, I usually share my opinion based on a certain product.  BUT, I have to take a stand and say NO MORE!  Not while I am walking this earth and I hope you’ll join me this holiday season.  What am I talking about?  Read on and find out how you can join me.

Family Christian and Destiny Rescue are teaming up for The Challenge to Fight Human Trafficking from November 22 to November 30, 2014 and I’ve decided to stand up for what I believe in and say enough is enough.  NO MORE!

DR3Every 26 seconds!   That is too much, wouldn’t you agree?

And yes it happens even here in the United States.

Penn State, abortions need I go on?  So wake up, Melissa.

 When the opportunity to share this challenge came across my screen from Family Christian I felt the conviction of the Lord in my heart telling me to step up to the plate to be apart of The Challenge to Fight Human Trafficking.  The Israelites disobeyed God when they were led into the promised land.  They failed to drive out what God had told them to drive out, the failed to tear down what God told them to tear down, they made agreements with those God told them not too.  The Lord asked the Israelites why they disobeyed His Word.  Is He asking you too?

God is calling each one of us to be obedient to stand up for Him, His Word.  To say NO MORE!  God is asking me today, “Melissa, you are not driving out the sexual immorality in your generation, you are allowing it to live among you and your family, you are tolerant of it. Melissa, you have disobeyed the Lord’s command.”  Ouch..  These Words, the Words of the Lord are sharp and quickly cut to the marrow.  Holy anger began to burn in my heart calling me no longer look the other way.  I was not going to turn a blind eye to this problem any longer and  I was going to take a stand and say NO MORE!

Family Christian and Destiny Rescue are teaming up to take a stand to end human trafficking.  The Challenge begins November 22. By shopping with them through November 30th, you’ll help rescue those enslaved in the sex trade and keep them safe. Our goal is to help our partner, Destiny Rescue, start their program in the Dominican Republic, a country that desperately needs their efforts.



Will you take a stand with Family Christian, Destiny Rescue and me and shop or donate to the cause?  To find out more about The Challenge and how you can make a difference in the vicious cycle of human trafficking and to join the fight all you have to do is click on the word Family Christian, Destiny Rescue or donate anywhere within this post.  Remember shop between November 22-30,2014 at Family Christian in-store or online.  The earnings from your purchases will go to support The Challenge.  Donate, please consider donating a specific amount.  The employees and spokespersons involved in The Challenge have already raised over $32,000.  We are challenging you to keep it going!   So don’t delay stop by the Family Christian website and check out all The Challenge particulars and pray about what your involvement could be in this cause. I hope you’ll join me for this awesome cause.  I already have my shopping list prepared to purchase online to support The Challenge.  How about you?  Don’t you have something on your list you’ve been waiting to buy for that special someone?  Why not now?  Why not you?

Until Next Time,


I was supplied with all graphics by Family Christian none of the images are my own. 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 15, 2014

The Women of Christmas Bible Study Week 3

(Excerpt from December 1, 2013 by Christine Smith)

Welcome back to women’s online Bible study as we read The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh With Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs. This week we read chapter three and learned about the filling of the Holy Spirit and Mary’s calling. As the mother of a 12-year-old girl, I am awestruck at the maturity Mary had over her situation. Today most girls this age are fascinated with their friendships, fashion and technology games. We can assume from Mary’s calling that she was simply fascinated with God.


Simplicity is woven through the virgin birth. God commands, she conceives. Never repeated in history, yet a story told and celebrated for more than 2,000 years. “When we meet Mary again, she will be on the move and pregnant. Did the Holy Spirit hover over her the instant she said yes? Or did that sacred moment fall between this scene and the next, shrouded in darkness?” wonders Liz Curtis Higgs.


Often we are looking for God in the details, rather than looking for God inside our heart. Mary looked at her own heart, accepted Gabriel’s words and then moved forward in her faith journey. A simple act of obedience to the One she truly loves. She did not run to her mother for advice, gather her circle of friends for a party, or stomp her feet and complain “my life is over!” This young girl followed the voice of God, spoken through the angel and found a connection with Elizabeth.


Elizabeth and Mary are filled with the Spirit of God, while Joseph and Zechariah are absent from scripture for the next three months.  Both women were not depending on men, they were depending on the Father. They surrendered to the Authority. Elizabeth trusted God with her high-risk pregnancy and her muted husband. Mary trusted God with her life- she risked death by stoning as an unwed mother- and risked rejection from her future husband. Fueled by love, both women gave their all to God.


Liz Curtis Higgs writes, “Think of it! Two ordinary women—one younger, one older; one from a rural area, one from a Jerusalem neighborhood—bound together by an extraordinary God, empowered by his Holy Spirit. They were forever changed. They were filled with life. Through them, God began the salvation of his people, promised through the ages. Through them, God altered the course of history.”


Have you considered what God can orchestrate through the ordinary? Last week we asked you to journal how you are limiting God. Now that the obstacles are out of your way, let’s consider the areas of our lives that we are not giving over to God. First consider what Mary and Elizabeth gave:

  • their bodies
  • their marriages
  • their relationships with family and friends
  • their own plans for the future
  • their reputations and their pride


Looking at that list…what have you not surrendered to Him? Have you decided your body “will always be this way?” Or perhaps you see your own limitations of age and health? Did you allow God room in your marriage, or is that still “your mess” to solve? Are you holding your relationships in bondage to unforgiveness and resentment, or did you allow God room to heal?

Um…have you mapped out the next ten years of your life and planned your future…or are you allowing room for God to move in your life through His will?


Did you surrender your all…or only those areas of your life that you trust God to manage?


Never doubt for a moment that women matter to the Almighty. Liz Curtis Higgs

For the next seven days ask yourself this important question: What things in my life am I not giving to God? Pray and the Holy Spirit will convict you.


Assignment For The Week


Discussion Questions For Small Group via Liz Curtis Higgs- From the study guide in the back of your book 

  1. What questions might you have for Gabriel if you stood in Mary’s sandals the day she encountered him? How can we lay aside our cynicism and recapture our ability to take the Lord at His Word and trust Him completely?
  2. Read this verse: For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37 NLTWhat things in your life seem too hard to handle? Make a list. Write across the top Luke 1:37. If you truly believe that nothing is impossible with God, what must you to do embrace that reality?
  3. Think of a time when you felt blessed or favored by God. Were you eager to share that experience with others as Mary did with Elizabeth? Why or why not? How might each of them benefited from their three-month visit?
  4. What did Mary’s obedience cost her from the moment she said yes. What risks was she taking for the future? What would it take for you to say with all your heart, as Mary did, “I live to do God’s will”? “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”1 John 2:17
  5. Was there something in Chapter Three that impacted you?
Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 12, 2014

Susan Boyle Hope – CD Review for Family Christian




I love music.  I have music playing at all times.  Especially during my quiet time each morning.  I’ve found the perfect CD for my quiet time.  I was given the opportunity to review Susan Boyle’s CD Hope by Family Christian.  You have to listen to this CD.  It is full of inspirational songs that uplift and inspire.  Remember to read the whole review as I am giving away a $10. appreciation certificate to Family Christian.  You can use it to purchase your very own Hope CD by Susan Boyle.

From the Family Christian website:

Singing sensation Susan Boyle returns with Hope, featuring breathtaking renditions of

Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” Simon & Garfunkel’s

“Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and the iconic John Lennon song “Imagine.”

Prior to receiving the Hope CD from Family Christian I had never heard of Susan Boyle.  I am ashamed to admit this.  As an avid music lover how could I have missed out on her powerful vocals and inspirational songs?  Don’t be like me and wait.  Stop by the Family Christian website today to check out her newest release.

Susan Boyle rose to international stardom in 2009, smashed music records around the world, sold over 22 million albums.  Her latest album is Hope.  It is her 6th release in five years.  The Hope CD is a new direction from her usual style of music.  This CD has marry ballads and tempos that lift the spirit.  I totally fell in love with her voice.

But, the song “Angel” that is number three on this album hit home for me.  This song was played at my wedding.  Me and my husband choose this song for our marriage.  When I heard Susan Boyle sing it my heart was touched all over again and I went back 15 years to my wedding day.  Wow is all I can say this song has always held a special place in my heart, but the way it is sung on the Hope album brought back memories.  The vocals and notes are so touching.  Good memories and reminded me of all the good things in life.  Thank you.

There are ten songs included on the Hope CD.

Wish You Were Here
I Can Only Imagine
Abide With Me
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The Impossible Dream
Oh Happy Day
You Raise Me Up (featuring Lakewood Church Choir Live)

I could listen to this CD every morning.  I love the fact that the music never overpowers Susan’s vocals and it is so soothing that you can listen to it while having a morning quiet time and not be distracted by overpowering music.  It is soft enough to listen to anytime.   Now for the good part Family Christian has authorized me to do a giveaway for a $10. appreciation certificate that will be sent to you by Family Christian.  You can use the appreciation certificate to purchase from them.  Entries are earned in the following manner.  One entry for visiting Family Christian’s website and picking the product you would use your $10. appreciation certificate for.  Come back to the blog and leave a comment telling me what you would purchase if you won.  One entry for sharing this review on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog.  Once you’ve shared the giveaway, come back to my blog and leave me a comment with the link to the share.  One entry can be earned by visiting the Family Christian website and telling me what you would pay it forward if you won. One entry can be earned for each social media follow on the following sites, (Click each link and follow and then return to the blog and leave a comment with the account you followed and your user name).  Follow:  Family Christian on Twitter (one entry), Follow Family Christian on Pinterest (one entry), Follow Family Christian on Tumblr (one entry), Follow Family Christian on Instagram (one entry) and Follow Family Christian on Facebook (one entry).   Come back to my blog and leave a comment and tell me who you would purchase a gift for and what you would purchase.  Giveaway ends: 11/18/14 at midnight.  The winner will be notified by blog post here on the blog and by email.  You have 36 hours to claim your prize or a new name will be drawn.  So what are you waiting for?  Enter now!

Until Next,


DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this CD from the Family Christian for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links. 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 8, 2014

Women of Christmas Bible Study Week Two

Welcome to our online Bible study as we read The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs.  We continue with Chapter Two.


*Liz also recommends watching The Nativity Story DVD along with the weekly readings: “The value of watching the movie as part of your study is to offer a richer understanding of the world into which Jesus was born: the realities of Roman rule, the harshness of the taxes levied, the role Herod played, and the challenges Mary and Joseph faced. Although Anna’s story is not included, and the scenes watched each week will not always align with the chapters you’ll be reading, I do believe adding a dramatic, visual element could greatly enhance your learning experience.” Week Two’s video portion are: Scenes 6-10, ending with one of the Magi saying, “I am the wisest”


Study Questions for Week Two Chapter Two


Read Luke 1:19-25

  1. Zechariah was silenced for nine months of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. How might this be a challenge for them individually and as a couple? If the Lord silenced you even for a day, what lessons might you learn?
  2. On pages 31-32 you’ll find several possible reasons why Elizabeth remained in seclusion for five months. Which of the many suggestions seems most plausible to you, and why? Read Psalm 139:13-16, which describes God’s participation in forming an unborn child. How might those verses add deeper meaning to Elizabeth’s statement: “The Lord has done this for me.”?
  3. Read Ecclesiastes 7:8. If you are waiting for a blessing from God, how does Elizabeth’s story challenge you? encourage you? convict you? give you hope?
  4. What is something you learned about the parents of John the Baptist that you did not realize before reading this book?

Good is good, always!

  • Was there something in Chapter Two that stood out to you?
  • What might you discover if the Lord silenced you for a day?


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 1, 2014

Women of Christmas Bible Study Week One

Welcome to our online Bible study as we read The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs. We begin with Chapter One and meet Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah.

*Liz also recommends watching The Nativity Story DVD along with the weekly readings: “The value of watching the movie as part of your study is to offer a richer understanding of the world into which Jesus was born: the realities of Roman rule, the harshness of the taxes levied, the role Herod played, and the challenges Mary and Joseph faced. Although Anna’s story is not included, and the scenes watched each week will not always align with the chapters you’ll be reading, I do believe adding a dramatic, visual element could greatly enhance your learning experience.” Week One’s video portion are: Scenes 1-3, ending with “for those who have nothing”

From’s Christine Abraham last Christmas:

Our study begins with a reminder from Liz Curtis Higgs of the greatest gift of all:

  • Love, wrapped in swaddling clothes
  • Hope, nestled in a manger.

Imagine, these two gifts. Timeless, freely given and unblemished. Gifts that travel both sides of eternity. No expiration date, no expired warranty. Freely given, though not always accepted. Pause for a moment and think about this…if you had a small box of hope or love sitting beside you, what would it look like inside that box?

Inside my small box would be the name Jesus. No religious symbols of a cross, nail or crown of thorns…only His name. The name that means hope and love to people around the world. Have you prepared room in your heart for Him?

We see God’s power and strength working in the lives of Elizabeth and her husband, “blessings piled on their heads” as Liz Curtis Higgs describes it. They received these blessings because they opened their hearts to the gift. So my question for you is…have you opened your heart to receive His gift too? Where is your heart this time of year? Some of you may have “heart arteries” clogged with financial worries, relationship struggles or unbalanced health. When your focus is on your troubles, then your clogged heart is not focused on God. Zechariah and Elizabeth prepared their hearts to receive the gift, through obedience and relationship with the Lord.

When the angel appears…will you be too stunned to receive the blessing?

Liz Curtis Higgs writes “Believing is what Christmas is all about. Believing Jesus is the Son of God. Believing he was born of a virgin. Believing he came to earth to rescue us from our doubts and save us from our sins.”

It’s one thing to believe in Jesus and celebrate Christmas with family and friends. On a deeper level, do you believe that Our Lord is bigger than your troubles and He would bless you with your own miracle?

Expect. Pray. Receive.

Stop thinking in human terms

and get the big picture.

Liz Curtis Higgs


You get human results when you think in human terms. For the next week I want you to think about this: How am I limiting God? Start journaling on your computer or on a pretty piece of paper and ask yourself this question each day. Over and over…embed this thought for seven days. While you’re at it…do me a favor and post a comment below, you can even copy and paste this so I know you read this article:

For the next seven days I agree to ask myself the important question: How am I limiting God?

Assignment For The Week

  • Read Chapter One
  • Read Luke 1:5-18
  • Read Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Read 2 Peter 1:3

Discussion Questions For Small Group via Liz Curtis Higgs- From the study guide in the back of your book 

  1. If you know a modern Elizabeth, a woman who lives her life in biblical terms, what specific things does she do that you find exemplary (representing the best of biblical womanhood)? How might these biblical women (Proverbs 31, Elizabeth and the woman you just mentioned) inspire you to change the way you”ll serve God in the future?
  2. Read 2 Peter 1:3. What happens when we praise ourselves if only in our minds- when we do something right? How can you combat the human urge to take credit for your good behavior when it belongs solely to God?
  3. When Zechariah was bewildered and alarmed by the appearance of a heavenly messenger, the angel told him, “Do not be afraid.” When and where in your life might you need a reminder that God does everything out of love so you can truly put aside your fears? What comfort might you find in Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation”? And how might John 14:27 encourage you: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid:”?
  4. Was there something in Chapter One that struck a chord with you?
  5. How does Elizabeth’s faithfulness inspire you?

Share your thoughts and comments with us below. Join us next week for Chapter Two: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.


I went through the Cathedrals Family Reunion Past Members Reunite Live In Concert CD and I absolutely love every song!  It took me on an amazing journey back in time to good old gospel music that brings you back to the feet of Jesus.  Family Christian provided me with a review copy of this CD to listen to and write a review of my opinions.


When I was asked by Family Christian to listen to and write a review for the Cathedrals Family Reunion CD, I was overjoyed.  I love Christian and gospel music.  My commute to work is not very long but the first thing I do each day is turn on the radio to the one and only Christian radio station we get in my area.  I love to listen to music that speaks of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  I grew up as a baby Christian listening to the Cathedrals and the Gaither’s.   This CD brings back memories.  Memories of finding Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

For the first time ever the Cathedrals quartet have reunited and performed live in concert.  The lineup includes past members from the 1980′s and 1990′s, I won’t give away who returned you’ll have to listen to the CD to find that out for yourself.  Such an awesome tribute to a long-standing gospel singing group.

This is an album that you will want to listen to over and over again.  And it is one that you can listen to in your car with your children.  Such a family friendly album and group that radiates the glory of God in words.  My children and me loved listening to this on the way to school and home again.  I was able to share my Christian legacy with each song sung on the Cathedrals Family Reunion CD.  Each song played an important part in my young Christian life and I was able to share with my children how God is real and He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  The song “Somebody Touched Me” was one such song that has greatly impacted me and my life.

I can honestly say this is the best CD I’ve had the chance to listen to in a long time.  The memories that it brought back and the good Christian, gospel music was music to my soul.  So uplifting and faith-filled.  Need encouragement?  Pick up your copy today.

The CD includes thirteen songs song by the Cathedrals and the past members as they reunite to pay tribute to a legacy of gospel music.  I won’t give away all the songs that have been chosen for this album, but I will say you don’t want to miss this one.

Until Next Time,



DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this CD from the Family Christian for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links.


wp95b4c780_05_06Time, it is a cruel taskmaster if you allow yourself to become a slave to it.  It marches on and on and no one can stop it.  Some days our lives can spin out of control with time being the taskmaster driving us forward in our life that we are not really living.  Other days we’ve placed time in its rightful spot, a tool that we can manage and use to accomplish our God-given purpose while here on this earth.

When Sue Hooley of The Homemaker’s Friend contacted me in early June about reviewing her 2015 Daily Planner, I didn’t even have to think about it.  Of course the answer was “Yes”!!!  Last year I shared my first taste of the The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner so please stop by the archives or click here and read all about the planning necessity that helped me become more organized.


I have come to the determination the “I Can’t Live Without My Planner”.  For the last year and half I have been using The Homemaker’s Friend 2014 Daily Planner.  And I can honestly say there has been a difference in my life.  I am not forgetting things, I am not missing appointments, I am tracking my prayer requests better, my shopping list is not a jumbled mess on scrap pieces of paper. I have projects scheduled for now and in the future and I feel confident that they’ve been mapped out in my planner.  My planner goes everywhere with me.  I have always been a Type A personality, middle of the road obsessive compulsive, very detail oriented and I thrived on stress.  Stress was my drug of choice.  I didn’t use real drugs but I used stress in my life to give me a high.  I didn’t crave the drama, I craved the stress.  As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I’ve come to the determination that I can’t do it all, all the time.  I have to choose what to do and when to do based on my God-given plan given to me by prayer and spending time in His Word.  I have to seek Him first and His righteousness before I take that first step or open my mouth.  This has been hard for a jump right in all or nothing kind of person.  You may ask why I am sharing this with you, well planning has changed me.  Planning has allowed me to slow down the roller coaster that is going at the speed of light (time) and see the whole picture with eternity in mind.  To not just see the here and now or the moment by moment but to see them as a puzzle piece that is put together in my planner one day at a time.

The 2015 Daily Planner by Sue Hooley of The Homemaker’s Friend is an awesome planning tool.  It has everything a beginning planner would need to get started simplifying their life through good planning habits.  It is also detailed enough to keep us veteran planners satisfied too.  As seen above the 2015 version has a beautiful cover that is laminated to stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use.  I carry mine everywhere with me and it has been in my purse, in my tote, back to my desk and home again and the cover still looks like new.  I love the fact that each Daily Planner has Scripture throughout it.  It has been such a blessing to find a time management product that includes God within its pages.  Now don’t get me wrong it is not strictly a religious planner but does contain inspiration within it.  The thing that gets noticed the most as I take my Daily Planner with me is how beautiful it is.  I get complements, questions all the time.  “Where can I get one?”, and “What is it?”.  It is beautiful and it makes me feel good to carry it with me.


In the front of the planner is a how-to section by Sue Hooley, this is where you can gain insight and instructions on making your planner work for you, not you work for your planner.  An awesome suggestion is to set some time aside daily and weekly to plan.  All the sections are the same from year to year which is great because once I familiarized myself with the layout, I fell in love and I return to it over and over again.  I love the perforated shopping lists in the back of the planner.  You can jot down your grocery list as it pops into your mind and then rip it out to take with you to the store.  A great feature that saves time and money and keeps your list together in one place.

Here are the features from The Homemaker’s Friend webpage for 2015 Daily Planner:


Weekly Layout

  • Two-page spread with entries for each day
  • Menu planning
  • To-do list

Monthly Calendar

  • Two-page month view

Year Calendars

  • 2015 and 2016 calendars with place for notations

Shopping List

  • Perforated shopping list

Task List and Project & Events Sections

  • Untitled pages for you to customize for your own duties and ideas


  • Short-term information that is relevant to 2015


Now that I’ve shared a little bit about my life so you can see the benefits of planning I want to share with you a word of wisdom that I’ve learned along the planning road.  I’ve had expensive planners (Filofaxes) and I’ve had leather planners, spiral bound planners, ARC planners, etc but no matter what type of planner you have it is no good if you do not commit to faithfully using it day in and day out.  So establish a planner habit and watch it change your life.

I hope you have enjoyed this review of my new can’t live without planner and I hope that you’ll stop by Sue Hooley’s website to check out this amazing product.  You can click on her website anywhere within this post that her name and website are mentioned.


Until Next Time or if you want to talk planning,



DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED:  I received a copy of this book from the The Homemaker’s Friend for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.  This post contains NO affiliate links.


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 28, 2014

Before Amen, The Power of A Simple Prayer by Max Lucado ~Book Review

unnamed (8)Max Lucado’s, Before Amen The Power of Simple Prayer!  This is actually the first Max Lucado book I’ve finished reading.  I have quite a few copies of his books as he is a very accomplished author, but I’ve never finished a book.  Now that is no fault of his, it is solely mine.  I tend to start reading too many books  at one time.  I usually read two books for review purposes at all times.  Then I have the book we are reading in Sunday School.  Then I have my Bible study books I am reading.  So something has to give and it usually the books I chose to read for pleasure.

I am so glad I finally picked up a copy of Max Lucado’s writing and finished it!  There is power in prayer, I’ve seen it and experienced it before.  But after reading Before Amen, I know beyond a shadow of doubt.  Max takes us back to Jesus’ prayer, a prayer that is quotable, repeatable and portable.  He takes us back to Biblical prayer, not all these fancy formula’s and repetitions, just plain old Biblical prayer.  The prayer that Jesus gave His first followers.

Max Lucado reminds us all that prayer is about first and foremost personal relationship with the one we are praying too.  It is not about handing Him some wish list and sitting back and waiting for it to appear out of thin air.  It is about knowing the One who taught us to pray in the Bible personally.  It is about intimate conversation with the Savior of your life.  It is about connecting our heart with the God of the universe.  It is not settling for second best or drive-thru requests, it is discovering God in prayer.

Be sure to enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.




One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Before Amen by Max Lucado

Enter today by clicking below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. Winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.

Enter by clicking here!

About the author Max Lucado - max lucado author



More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
Find Max online: websiteTwitter,Facebook


  **I received advance reader’s copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  There are no affiliate links present in this review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.**



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