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.

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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,

M

 

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.

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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.

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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:

Features

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

Information

  • 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,

M

 

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.

 

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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.**

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 20, 2014

When Tragedy Strikes Close to Home….

Just recently the community that we live in was changed forever by tragedy.  In the aftermath there are 8 human beings dead.  2 adults and 6 children.  Tragedy.  Loss.  Death.  I received the notice from the Editor of our newspaper via Twitter.  I was preparing to leave the house with my 3 girls to meet someone regarding a Pomeranian puppy we are selling.

I glanced at the phone and saw, “Are you meeting the man in Bell?”  I replied “No, Barbeque Bills, why???”  For a moment there I felt like Olaf in Frozen.  “Why, why, why….” The tweet came back instantaneously “8 dead, six kids”.  Life stopped as my heart thumped in my chest.  What?  Why?  How?  all these thoughts ran through my head and my heart-felt as if it were breaking.  The next tweet from me was “praying”.  At that moment in time I thought it was a car accident.  I mean after all how can 8 people be dead unless a motor vehicle was involved.

It wasn’t until almost two and half hour later that the full story began to unravel in our community.  And as I say unravel, the community unraveled with the story.  When you live in a rural, small town, 8 people is too many.  When you live in a community that is all about caring, sharing, farming and hard work, 8 people affects everyone who lives there.  But, why didn’t these 8 people catch our attention before?  hmmmm  Or maybe they did and we were just too busy, too full, too consumed with other things.

I don’t watch the news.  I hate the news.  It is not news, it is the opinions of the newscasters, it is the opinion of the politicians, it is not news that is true and I want truth.  I think the only time I actually watch the news is when there is a hurricane headed for my home and then it stays muted so I can watch not hear.  I know that sounds hypocritical as I work for a newspaper.  But, I read the newspaper and I listen to the stories that call in, email in and I get all the news I need locally.  I don’t read webpages for our local area from people who could not cut it in the newspaper business, I read our physical printed copy of the newspaper and I visit our website to read the breaking news.  I read the newspapers that are invited to press conferences and actually attend.  I don’t use Facebook for my news, only to talk to family.

A grandfather in our community shot and killed his daughter and her six children.  Tragedy.  I chose after receiving the full story not to share this with my children.  I knew that the story would be all over our small town by tomorrow morning.  It was bedtime and I wanted them to end their night with prayers and the LORD.

The next day, I felt horrible.  My mind just could not reconcile what happened, how it happened and why it happened.  As I kept returning to Jesus’ arms for comfort about this tragedy, I was reminded that He was there and He has this situation.  What an exhausting day, the phone calls, the emails, the press conferences, everything pressed heavy on a momma’s heart that was grieving already.  When I picked up the girls from school, all three could not wait to share with me the murder that happened right down the street.  I listened to three different versions of their story.  Of course all three were very different. I asked them if they forgot where I worked?  They all replied “No” and then realized that what they were sharing as news was not really news but gossip that had spread to their school and their world.  Most of what they shared was not based on fact, it was based on the speculation of some parent of some child within their school.  It breaks my heart that these three precious little girls had to hear these horrific stories passed down from adult, media to child.  It breaks my heart that children have to die at the hand of adults that are trusted with their care.  It breaks my heart that our legal system has become all about plea bargains and short time prisoners.  I am totally heart-broken.  What is a momma to do?  Pray.  Seek God for comfort and guidance.  It is a scary world we live in and it will get worse the Word of God says.

I hugged my three little girls a little tighter Thursday, Friday and ….  As each day I am given from my Heavenly Father is a blessing.  Hug your loved ones a little tighter because in a blink of an eye everything can change.

Until Next Time,
M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 12, 2014

TGIF….

Today is Friday.  Lately, I find myself counting the minutes and seconds until it is Friday.  I don’t like that about myself.  I am not really a planner, I am more of a worrier.  I worry about what will happen tomorrow, I worry about what will happen the day after that and so on.

So I wanted to ask you this morning.  Are you a planner or a worrier?  It’s okay, you can speak the truth here.  No judgment, just love.

I have all the necessary planning tools.  Stay tuned by the way for another awesome planner review coming in October.  I use my planner daily. Or so I worry I will.  I write all the important events on my planner.  I schedule my quiet time, my Bible Study, church services and Sunday School.  I schedule all the birthday’s, anniversaries and life events I want to remember.  I schedule all the appointments my family has.  I schedule my blog posts and then I worry over them.  What if I forget?  What if I am late.  What if this what if that.  The worry takes over.  Ever done that?

I have a daughter who is terrified of storms.  Any kind, wind, rain, thunder, lightning you name it.  So I worry for her.  I check the weather forecast at least 100 times a day so I will know if there is a chance of a storm and try to find ways to divert her attention.  Then I have another daughter who worries she will forget to do one thing for school either homework or some project.  So I worry for her and try to keep track of all that is going on in her 6th grade life.   Her teacher sends me her homework each night via email and any special projects.  But, I worry for her.

I think I have established I am a worrier.  Because I have allowed this bad habit to take up residence in my life I suffer several side effects from it.  I have heartburn often.  I have indigestion often.  I am usually exhausted before the day even begins because let’s face it worry saps your energy.  As a mother of three, wife and caretaker of my dad, I don’t have much left over energy to spare.

I came across this verse this morning as I was having quiet time.  Psalms 31:15:

My times are in your hand  ~Psalm 31:15~

What?!  As a born again child of God I know that I am His.  He bought me with the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  I know He is in control and always will be.  But, I guess I never read this verse before, I mean really read it.  I love how the Word of God is alive.  What I mean by that is you can read a verse over and over, for instance the one above, I have read it at least 6 times as I’ve read the Bible through that many.  But it wasn’t until today when the worries of life threatened to capsize my boat that it really ministered to me.  WOW.  Alive.  God knew just what I needed this morning.  He always knows just what I need and if I will surrender to Him moment by moment He will show me.  Now sometimes the stubbornness comes out in me and I chose a path that I think is better and where do I end up?  In the pit of despair, worrying.

My worrying has never gotten me anywhere.  It has left me feeling sick and depleted of the necessary energy I need to be a wife, mother and caretaker, even a friend.  BUT on the other hand God has never let me down.  So why do I keep chosing to worry?  It has become a habit in my life.  I’ve allowed it to have free rein for so long.  Well, after reading the above verse, I’ve made the decision that I am not going to choose worry.  I am going to choose faith and trust.  Will it be easy?  No.  I’ve worried for far too long and it is going to rear its ugly head over and over again.  But you know what?  I have the very same power residing in me that raised Jesus from the dead.  I have the Holy Spirit within me.  Victory is mine!

So let’s pause right here and take a deep breath.  A really deep one, one that makes your belly move, inhale and as you are let the peace of God enter your life.  Now hold that breath and take that worry that is weighing you down and exhale and let go and let God.  He is so much more capable than I could ever be.  Let Him have it.  I mean really let God have the worries that are choking out the very life that resides in you.  The next time your mind or your heart wants to return to this worry, stop again and take a deep breath.  Give it to Him.  If you have to do it a 1,000 times, do it!

So if you are a worrier I hope these words today are encouragement to you.  If you are not a worrier, I hope you will share encouraging words and prayers with us today.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 9, 2014

Wherever I go there is I AM…

Just wanted to check in with all my loyal blog followers and readers.  I haven’t contrary to popular opinion fallen off the face of the earth.

I have been sick for the past three weeks and can not seem to shake it.  I have been running a fever, a high fever and then a low-grade fever and then I’ve had aches and pains, chills and sweats.  I know… Have I went to the doctor? No, I haven’t had time.  In between preparing for back to school and all the physicals and appointments necessary, I haven’t had time to go myself.  Then throw a holiday in the mix and my whole month is totally out of whack.

On top of all the sickness that our household seems to be sharing back and forth, I received some disturbing news regarding my student loan.  I am just appalled at how they’ve treated me and truly I know everyone must say this, it is not my fault.  I can not help that the US Department of Ed chose to change an address they had on file for me for the past 10 years to an address that I’ve never lived at.  Then send me threatening letters to the correct address and place my account in collections.  What the?  Only the government could handle a debt this way and treat the person the way I have been treated.  To top matters off, I have been lied to by at least 3 different employees who represent the US Department of ED.  I know we live in a fallen world, but when you have someone by the throat as they do me, why would you lie?  What do they gain by lying to me?  Getting off the phone with me quicker I guess.  I am upset so I better stop here.  Sorry, I digress.

So I have been busy trying to get my little one’s who aren’t so little back to school and healthy.  I’ve been busy fighting the government and trying to prove that I am not a dead beat debtor that I pay my bills on time, etc.

I have some awesome reviews in the mix for you, just have to find the time to sit down and write them.  So stay tuned.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 28, 2014

The Hounds of Hell Pursue Me…..

On any given day, I can hear the call of the hounds of hell that threaten to over take me.  I can hear them barking and threatening to take away the sliver of light that I found for just this moment.  The hope that has shone through from a Glorious Creator, The LORD.  The only Light that can penetrate my darkness that is so black, so deep.  That it can be felt in my bone marrow.  He is the only One who can pull me out.  Thank you for all those you’ve sent alongside me that have been used by You to rescue me.

I suffer from depression.  As far back as I can remember, even in grade school.  During college I never personally met Jesus.  I heard about Him, but never came to know Him personally.  I lived a life that was pleasing, pleasing only to me.  A selfish life that revolved around I, me and myself.  I was a happy, healthy 20 something college girl pursuing a law degree.  Depression came in one day after a series of events in my life that totally turned my world upside down.  The event itself is not important it was the downward spiral that caused me to contemplate ending my own life for the second time in my young life.  What did this 20 something college girl have to live for?  At that time in my life, the answer was nothing.  You may ask how that could be and I look back and ask the same thing, but when the darkness is so thick in your life that you can feel it, a lot of things just don’t make sense.   It is so easy to get lost, especially when the focus has turned inward instead of upward.  I lost about three months of my life, I don’t remember anything about that time only the darkness and how it surrounded me and promised me things that this world I was walking in could not give.  What can I say other than it was tempting.

Thank God!  I found a counselor who took me seriously and a doctor who cared enough to help.  With the help of counseling and medication to help my body produce what was lacking, I began a slow journey out of the darkness that swallowed me whole.  It was not easy, there were still days when I thought that it would be better to quit.  Then there were days when I felt nothing, heard nothing and these were the days I started to crave.  Nothingness was better than the all-consuming darkness.  When you don’t feel you don’t fear.  I didn’t at least.  After several years of medication and sporadic counseling, a decision was made for me to come off the medication in hopes of having children.  I was scared.  What if the hounds of hell returned to haunt me night and day, moment by moment?  Would I be able to handle it?  or would I succumb?

While I was pregnant, I never struggled with depression.  I don’t know if all the hormonal changes within my body caused my body to produce what it had not before, but I was not depressed.  Maybe it was that precious life that was growing inside me.  Maybe it was the fact that I had finally met Jesus personally and surrendered my life to Him.  I am not sure, but I am thankful.  So very thankful that Jesus met me right where I was, just how I was.  I didn’t have to clean myself up or change, He accepted me.

After the birth of our first child, depression in the form of postpartum depression returned with a vengeance!  There was no light no matter how hard I tried to find it.   I knew the truth and had met the truth Jesus.  But, still I could not pull myself up by the boot straps.   It was just total, pitch black.  Hopelessness sapped every ounce of energy I had as a new mother.  And the feelings of what am I living for returned.  Since, I had already experienced this once in my life, I immediately shared it with my spouse and doctor and received treatment.  My treatment again came in the form of medication and counseling.  Everybody is different and my treatment may not work for you.  No matter what type of depression you are facing I urge you greatly to seek help.  If no one is listening or no one feels like they are listening cry out louder.  But this time something else came along with my depression, guilt, mommy guilt.  In order to go on the medication needed to save my life I could not nurse my precious child.  Guilt to me is very similar to depression.  But in this case I was causing and allowing the feelings.  IT wasn’t something that was not being produced in my body.  It was me producing it.  I listened to the lies.  Lies straight from the bowels of hell where the hounds that pursue me reside.

In 2006, my mother committed suicide.  Yep, she took her own life one day, just as I had thought about but never had the nerve for years.  When you wake up each morning asking yourself, what am I doing this for?  Why am I here? And the answers never come, one day you get so tired you can feel the weariness deep within your marrow and you just give up.  In my mother’s life it was the result of being sick for years and no hope of getting better.  Each day you watch yourself deteriorate and slowly any hope that you can muster is gone.  No matter how much I shared with my mom without Jesus she didn’t have a life raft to grab onto. I failed or so I thought.  I couldn’t save her and I was right.  Only Jesus could.

Depression in my life, it is a picture of me on a floatation device the size of book out in the middle of an ocean.  No land in sight, day after day you tread water, hoping, waiting to be rescued.  Day after day it does not come until you realize you can not hold on any longer and start looking for ways out.  That is what it feels like to me when the darkness creeps in and overshadows me.  I won’t know what happened with my mom, but I do know that suicide is final.  Once the decision is made and the actions are put in place and the deed is done you leave behind a bunch of questions and in most cases spouses, children, family and friends.  The pain that is left is something that doesn’t go away when your loved one commits suicide.  The memory is there every moment.  Then the feelings of guilt overshadow the pain and the blame game starts.  It was my fault, it was your fault, you should have done this… The endless cycle of voices goes on and on.  Resolving nothing.

But God… is still in control and after my mother’s suicide I made it out of the grieving period, guess what?  The glorious light was shining on the other side.  My LORD and Savior was waiting for me with open arms.  He held me through the whole ordeal, but I finally saw those nail scarred hands holding me.  I still struggle with darkness, depression, but I also still struggle with what suicide leaves behind.  They have a name for me, it is a suicide survivor.  I survived suicide, my mother’s, my own and now my niece’s.

Apparently, there is a history of mental illness in our family.  My mom, my niece and me.  But… I am determined with the power of my Lord and Savior to end it here.  I don’t want my children or the rest of my family to face what I have faced in my young life.  I want them to hear the truth and let the truth set them free.

This was the hardest post I have ever written.  This will probably open a can of worms that I am not prepared to face, but I felt the Lord asking me to share my story.  This is not all of the story and someday with the Lord’s help I can share more.  Hopefully, someone who reads this will get a glimpse of the Light that saved my life too.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to my dear husband!

In six days, my dear, sweet husband will be turning 39 years old!  Happy Birthday!  I hope you have a special day and I am so glad that me and the girls get to spend it with you.

Thank you for giving me almost 16 years of your life.  Thank you for introducing me to Jesus!  Thank you so much for your love, support and faithfulness throughout these years.  Thank you for keeping me grounded as I tend to get a little hyper sometimes.  LOL  Thank you for being such a strong leader and a great dad to our three girls.  I also want to thank you for taking care of my parents as they aged.  For being the son to my mom when she was sick that lived next door.  For being my dad’s son, since his won’t step up to the plate.

Thank you and Happy Birthday “J”.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | August 19, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!

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The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle!
It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public! Sign up today for just $5!

Here’s what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.
Plus, here’s a sneak peek of a new episode called “The Lone Lawman”!

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Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids’ Radio show set in the Old West. “The Lone Lawman” features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle.
One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page again on the 28th to see if you won! (You’ll see the winner’s name in the widget.)

This book was birthed out of the “21 Dates With God Challenged” featured on Devoted SONrisers blog.  I hope you will stop by her blog and check it out.  Now let’s begin our journey to spiritual revival.

21-Dates-with-God-Final-3D-Image-1024x1024The eBook includes:

  • 21 daily ideas for drawing closer to God on your busiest days
  • encouraging scripture verses
  • a practical application assignment for each day
  • and journaling space at the end of each chapter to record your thoughts and prayers

. . . All in one free printable PDF download!  Stay tuned at the end of the review to find out how you can get your very own copy.

 

I loved how this book was broken down day-by-day.  I didn’t feel pressured to read more than one day at a time, but if I felt lead to continue it was there for me to read.

The eBook 21 Dates With God is a journey and Jane starts at the beginning.  In her eBook she shares with you how to use her devotional guide and then she starts off with how we should approach the God of the universe.  Once you’ve approached the Heavenly Father’s throne, she guides you to connect with other like-minded believers through a church family.  Then the hard work that reaps great dividends begins.  Laying the ground work for a fulfilling, satisfying, God glorying relationship with your Savior.  Prayer, Scripture memorization and Worship.  We then go on to establishing a routine of meeting with Him everyday. After you’ve established a commitment, Jane leads us in how to strengthen the bond of quiet time with the Lord.  This eBook is full of ways to worship, meet with God and find Him right where you are.

It is one you will want to return to time and time again to refresh you time with the Lord.  It draws you near to the Lord over and over each page.  Now as I promised above:  How can you get your very own copy of Jane’s eBook 21 Dates With God?  Visit her site by clicking anywhere in this post on her name or the name of the eBook and you will be taken to her blog.  Sign up for her free weekly newsletter and you will have one copy of this awesome eBook delivered to your inbox.  Be sure to let Jane know that Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings sent you.

Until Next Time.

M

 **I received a free digital 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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