Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 10, 2015

Melissa’s Gleanings…

Fall is here, even in the Sunshine state we’ve had much cooler weather and I am so excited.  No more sweating like a pig.

How is the weather in your side of the world?  What is your favorite time of the year?

I found some great and challenging quotes around the web this week and I just had to share them with you.  “The dream we are to have are not about my glory, but about His glory”.  That came from Gretchen from Life Lived Beautifully.  Also from her mouth is our commission that was given to each follower of Christ to go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Trinity and teach them to observe all that I commanded you.  Are you?  Am I?  What have you done this week that caused you to exit your comfort zone and go out into this lost and dying world and reach those who are dying without Jesus?  Anything?  What an awesome journaling prompt to help you go deeper with your Heavenly Father.

Another quote I found on the web this week but I could not find where it came from or the source “My enemies are God’s enemies”.  Think and meditate on that for a while.  God fights for us.  God is my shield, He is my Champion.  Those who oppose us are my enemies as well as God’s.  Do not fear my child is the words I read over and over.


Speaking of journaling I have a few questions that you can ask yourself daily, weekly, monthly which ever works best for you.

  1.  What is one thing I can do this day, this week, this month that will bring me closer to living the life that will please the Lord.  Lord I want to live or be the me that brings You the most glory.
  2. What is the one thing you will do that will get you closer to God.  What has God laid on your heart?  What goal have you set?
  3.   Is there one thing you can think of that stands in your way of number one and two above?  Pray and seek the Lord.
  4. What have you been putting off in your personal relationship with the Lord?  Why?
  5. What is the one thing you need to do right now to fulfill a plan the Lord has for you?


I began a new Bible study this week with Hello Mornings.  If you are interested in a Bible study for moms who rise before their family and place God at the center of their life just drop me a line and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.  I am a group leader for this session on Twitter and I am also a Group encourager which leads a group of group leaders so I am pretty busy, but I am enjoying the study as I discover more and more about my Lord.

I’ve learned over the years that in Bible study and life to write down as many questions as possible!  This admits you don’t have all the answers.  It’s okay if you don’t have time to find all the answers.  Still write down the questions.  Because asking questions is important.  Don’t filter or censor constantly ask God why questions.  Be honest with God.  Journal your questions. pray your questions and answers.  You see a pattern in the questions and God answers.

Until Next Time,

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 8, 2015

We have a Winner!

The contest is over for the Endorphin Warrior bracelet.  I was surprised at the low number of entries.  The Endorphin Warrior bracelet never leaves my wrist as I am training for a 5k in December.  It is my new wrist kick.  If there is such a word.

I thought every one would want one to push them one more mile, one more step, etc.  But there can only be one winner and the winner of her choice of Endorphin’s Warrior Bracelet’s is…


Dawn Maurice

Please send me an email at svnhm1 at yahoo dot com within 48 hours of this post and let me know which one of the Endorphin Warrior bracelet’s you would like.  Is it still the “perseverance” one you mentioned in the comments?

Until Next Time,


endorphine warriorNot just a piece of jewelry, but encouragement to change your life.

Endorphin Warrior.

Endorphin Warrior’s purpose is to help you train, perform and live with greater strength of body and mind. We make products with positive and powerful messaging to wear while running, working out, cycling, practicing yoga, competing – or all day long – to help you stay more positive, strong-minded and focused. You have the strength within you. We help you draw upon your own inner strength when you need it…so that you can be your best. Warrior On!

Endorphin Warrior has graciously agreed to let me review one of the bracelets above in exchange for an honest review.  BUT, the best part is they’ve agreed to let one of my blog readers win one too.  I am so excited, so keep reading to find out about this motivational product and how to get your very own too.

Endorphin Warrior sent me a brown bracelet with the words “I CAN”.  Why this motivational saying you might ask?  I can get up each morning and decide to live healthier and give God the glory for creating me in His image.  I can go that extra mile, in life, helping others or physically another mile.  I wore my Endorphin Warrior training bracelet for 30 days while training in the Florida sun.  I sweated, I kept on training for that next 5K.  Every time I would look down at my wrist, I would see this saying and it would help me dig deep to push just a little further.  I am not saying this training bracelet has magical powers.  I don’t believe in magic, miracles, yes, magic no.  I am saying that it was a piece of encouragement when the going got tough.  Have you ever ran four miles in 100% humidity?  Have you had blisters on your feet because your shoes were filling up with all the water you’ve been consuming on this run to stay hydrated?  Have you ever had so much chaff on the inside of your legs you thought you would bleed out before you got home?  Or this is my favorite, had a cactus go through your favorite running shoe into your foot and out the top of your shoe while you were 3.5 miles from home?  Word to the wise, don’t pull it out until you get home.

Endorphin Warrior is about so much more than motivational products.  Click anywhere within this blog post and check them out.  They even maintain a blog for us fitness people.  Filled with encouragement, motivation and helpful tips and ideas.  Endorphin Warrior gives back too.  Endorphin Warrior believes in the power of exercise to improve and transform lives so they help those in their community by giving back.  They don’t sales of their products to different local organizations and do fund-raising using their products.

After thirty days of sweating, wearing and the exposure to the Florida sun, my Endorphin Warrior training bracelet held up nicely.  I had a few skeptics in my house when it first arrived.  They told me that the minute it got wet it would fall apart or the minute I started sweating I was going to be brown from the color.  I am proud to say that neither of these predictions came true.  My bracelet got wet many times.  Sweat, rain and washing.  It did not fall apart nor does it look like it will.  I am also proud to say the color of the bracelet never bled either.

So I know you are dying to find out how you can win your very own Endorphin Warrior training bracelet.  Visit Endorphin Warrior website and check out each of their products and come back to this blog post and leave the one you can not train without.  That is one entry.  Subscribe to their blog at Endorphin Warrior and come back to this blog post and give me the email address you subscribed with for a second entry.  The contest will end at midnight on November 7, 2015.  The winner will be announced shortly afterwards and has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

Until Next Time,



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received a free training bracelet from Endorphin Warrior to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




Posted by: hugapoohlouise | October 10, 2015

Melissa’s Gleanings….

A well-known author challenged me this week.  Am I choosing God’s way at every opportunity?  Does my life reflect God’s priorities or mine?  Do the choices I’ve made or are making reflect God as my ultimate priority?  By the way priority means to prefer.

Proverbs 3:6 – ESV

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Let me say after reading what this author shared my toes hurt and I was convicted of those times, those choices when I was not reflecting God and His Ultimate priority as my Lord and Savior.  How about you?

The real question though is how am I going to change directions from not letting my life on a daily, moment by moment reflection reflect God?  I can’t remain the same.  I can’t.  First of all my part is to stop and acknowledge God along my way according to Proverbs 3:6 above.  For instance today when I was anxious or stressed, I stopped.  I pictured myself physically placing this weight of anxiety and stress at the foot of the cross and me walking away.  I was acknowledging God is capable, I am not.  He is sufficient, I am not.

God’s part according to this verse is to direct my path.  I don’t know about you, but I want the Lord to direct my paths.  Because left to my own, I can get pretty lost and cause all kinds of problems.  How can I let the Lord direct my path?  Consult Him.  Share with Him.  Let Him be involved in the multitude of decisions you make each day.  Let Him in on all those thoughts that run through your head faster than the speed of light, speak to Him with your words and respond.  Simple?  One way I consult or I like to call it surrender to Him is by asking first thing in the morning “Lord, what would You have me do today?  Help me to see the needs that need to be filled.  Help me to speak the words You want me to say to whom You want me too.  Order my steps and plan my day Lord and let me bring You all the glory and honor. Amen.”

I do this daily commit myself to Him.  I learned long ago, if you don’t commit yourself to God, you are still committing yourself.  We make split second choices and each one reflects the One we follow, serve.  Who are you committing too?  Develop the habit of drawing near to God, not man, technology, etc.  A way to get in the habit of drawing near to the Lord is through regular exposure to His Word.  This can come in many different forms.  Preaching, but remember to study to shew yourself approved.  Whatever is preached from any pulpit in the word check it out and make sure it lines up with the Word of God.  Bible reading daily.  There are tons and tons of plans out there to help you read through the Bible in a year, two years, chronologically, etc.  Find one that words for you and you don’t even have to wait until January 1st, just do it.  Bible study, find one locally or if you are like me and don’t have any that are local, find one online and be faithful to it.  Study each day, search the Scripture for within in them you will find life.   Schedule this time with God if you have too.  My schedule is usually hectic, so I physically write my time with the Lord in my planner.  From 5am to 6am each morning this is what I call my quiet time.  I spend it with the Lord.  30 minutes after my kids are in bed is another time that I spend committing myself to Him before I go to sleep.

I hope this helps you draw closer to the Lord.  Until Next Time,



Posted by: hugapoohlouise | October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad!



October 1st has always been a date that stood out in my mind from a very young age.  One because it was my earthly dad’s birthday and then after I started school it was also one of my best friends birthdays.  October 1st is still a special date in our lives.  I no longer live close to my best friend but it is still her special day.  My dad’s birthday’s care a little bit more meaning for him and us.

His birthday’s especially now that he is past 80 are ones that we make a big thing out of.  I celebrate each new day I am given with him by my Heavenly Father.  My dad celebrates that he can still get out of bed without help.  I pray each day for his salvation.  My dad prays each day that they won’t take his driver’s license away.  I pray that he will be alive when my girls graduate.  My dad wishes his aches and pains would go away.

We had a big celebration this year.  Twice in fact.  One with just my dad and my family.  We had homemade German Chocolate Cake and Root beer Floats.  My dad’s favorites.  We watched Emergency.  Not bad for a work night.  We will continue the celebration this Saturday too.

I promised my dad that I would not give his age away in this post all about him.  So I can’t tell you how old he is.  I am so thankful that the Lord gave me my dad and I am thankful for each new day He gives us.  I pray for the soul of my dad that he will see Jesus in my girls and will want to become His child.  I am thankful that my children have a relative from Pearl Harbor and they are interested in discovering the truth.

So I pray you have the best birthday ever, dad.

Until Next Time,


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 25, 2015

Melissa’s Gleanings….

It has been awhile since I posted a Melissa’s Gleaning post and I truly apologize, I let the busyness of life take me away from posting all that I am gleaning as I am reading through the Bible for what I believe is the 7th time.  I am so excited for next year, I am going to be doing something different when I read through the Bible I will be using the Discovery Bible Study Method to read and study the Word of God each day.  I haven’t decided on the translation yet, I think I will try to find a daily Bible in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).  So if you know of a daily Bible in the HCSB version please send the link I have been looking but not finding what I want.  I will also be in my quiet time before bed writing out books of the Bible.  I want to have one day as a legacy for my children one whole copy of all the Scripture inspired by God handwritten by me, not that I am anything special, just to have a handwritten copy.

I recently started back journaling, again I let the busyness of this life take me away from something that I really enjoy and that helps me stay sane.  I especially need each day the brain dump, usually before bed I will pour out the contents of my brain on paper so these thoughts do not swirl around in my head while I am trying to sleep.  Oh, how I missed you brain dump.  I have slept so well lately.  Thank you Lord, for drawing me back to journaling so I can connect with you in a way that works best for this child of yours.  You know I love to write and I love to talk so this is our way of connecting, thank you.

Journaling also helps me with prayer, I write out my prayers to the Lord each day and this really helps me to slow down and contemplate what I am praying for, whom I am praying for and how I can pray for them.  I know prayer journaling is not for everyone, but it works best for this girl and I am sticking to it!  One thing I have added to my prayer journaling is adding my to-do list to my prayers.  I look at my schedule for the next day and the things I think should be done and then I enter them into my prayer journal and pray about them I ask the Lord to order my steps as I go about my day in such a way that it brings Him the most glory.  I want to be a glory reflector.  I want to reflect Christ, don’t you?

I have also started back listing three things in my journal that I am grateful for, I will write more if need to but three is the minimum.  This helps me to remember to be thankful for each and everything that comes into my life.  It helps me stay focused on the Creator and my Lord.  You’ll be surprised the more you count blessings each day how you start looking for more.  Open our eye’s Lord to behold Your handiwork.  Then I list who, what, why I am praying for.  I write their name down (Melissa) and then a short reason behind it why I am praying for her.  That way I won’t forget to pray for them.

I am going to stop here lest you become bored with my gleanings.  Stay tuned for the next installment of Melissa’s Musings Prayer Journal and Bible Journal.

Until Next Time,



Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 23, 2015

Celebrate the Whit Award with Adventures in Odyssey


Most people can think of one or two figures whose love and life example had a great impact on the formation of their spiritual foundation. It might be a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a parent or grandparent. Whatever the role, it’s hard to put a value on the investment these people make on a daily basis. In an effort to bring honor to these countless, quiet heroes, Adventures in Odyssey announces the John Avery Whitaker Award. Named after Odyssey’s resident leader and the namesake of Odyssey’s most famous attraction, Whit’s End, the award will be bestowed annually on one deserving mentor.

Like the Adventures in Odyssey character John Avery Whitaker, or “Whit” as he’s known by fans of the show, the person should be someone who is passionate about innovatively teaching children the truths expressed in the Bible. Those who create Adventures in Odyssey know that while Whit might be a fictitious character, there are thousands of real people just like him. “Our hope is that by bringing those people into the light, others will be inspired to follow their example,” says Dave Arnold, the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey. “If we can spur mature believers in Christ to mentor and influence a generation being barraged with messages of compromise, we can turn the tide and encourage revival in our youth.”

Nominations are being accepted now through October 31 for the “Whits” out there in the world. Beginning on November 1, one nominee will be selected daily and awarded with a prize package including Adventures in Odyssey’s latest album, Taking the Plunge, and a DVD of the movie Beyond the Mask. One grand prize winner will be chosen and announced on November 20. This worthy recipient will receive more than $500 worth of Focus on the Family resources, including an Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) membership. The OAC offers 24/7, on-the-go access to more than 800 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as well as a new, members-only episode every month. It is a safe, fun environment where the whole family can explore, create and imagine, all while learning biblical truth.

Nominations can be submitted via this form, or the information can be emailed to (See the Official Rules for all the details.)

To learn more about the John Avery Whitaker Award, visit Discover the Odyssey Adventure Club at or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received free access to Adventure’s In Odyssey Club to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


By Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ movie War Room,

this exciting resource from the #1 best-selling team

behind the Love Dare and The Resolution for Men

is designed to help anyone—of any age—-

become a powerful person of prayer.  

The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose,

its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. 

Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals

of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer,

more intimate relationship with God,

and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life.

 Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish.

It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles,

not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of

mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

I have not seen the movie the War Room by the same authors of this book.  I know I think I am the only household on earth that has not been to the movies to see the War Room.  I wanted to finish this book before I went and saw it.  I was afraid the movie would taint my review of this book.  So now that we are on the same page here’s my review of The Battle Plan for Prayer.

In all honesty, I had to read through this book two times.  It is truly amazing.  If you only read one book other than the Bible this year it has to be this book.  I mean it!  The first time I read The Battle Plan for Prayer I read it from page one to the end without stopping.  The second time I read the book I followed the author’s example.  (shhh. I can’t give too much away or I would have to label my post “spoiler alert”).   Definitely follow the author’s example and prepare to see changes in your prayer life.  I know I did.   The Battle Plan for Prayer is a witness to answered prayer, it happened all the time in the legacy of the authors and it became the norm of their life to see prayers answered daily.

The Battle Plan for Prayer is full of personal examples from the author’s lives, hints, tips and ideas.  This was one of the things that really touched me.  Anyone can tell you to pray, anyone can show you their method how to pray, you can pray.  BUT, in this book the legacy of prayer is on each page and you can experience a legacy of prayer from the author’s own family dating back a few generations.  Scripturally based. Full of God’s Word, Quotes that reveal the prayer legacy in the Bible too.  An ongoing example of how prayer influenced the lives of men and women will encourage you the reader in developing and working your own battle plan of prayer.

The author’s ask you to join them and countless others on a journey of learning how to pray more Biblically and strategically.  To build your own war room of prayer.  This book starts out like basic training, now don’t let that scare you.  It starts out building a solid biblical foundation for prayer and takes you through the foundational passages and truths in the Bible and leads you to discover the many resources given to you by God to help us become powerful prayers and to pray with precision.  All along the way  you are given benefits of prayer, prayer’s purposes and how God answers.  This is an encouraging book that lifts up the heart that is longing after God’s.

The Battle Plan for Prayer is not some magic formula or book you read and you get all your prayers answered.  That is not how it works.  We pray for the glory of the LORD.  This book is meant to be a guide to lead the new prayer to deeper relationship and prayer with the Lord.  This book is meant to guide the seasoned prayer to battle all for the glory of God.

Get your copy today!

Until Next Time,



Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received a copy of the book reviewed here to read in exchange for my honest product review.  There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas)  included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 11, 2015

Word Notebooks Product Review

Word. sent me three pocket notebooks to review at my request.  I am currently involved in the Midori obsession.  I was looking for notebooks to fit my Midori A5 size.

red-floral_e59ed8f4-5b70-4d9a-b695-44dc73f551a8_grandeWord.  gratefully sent me a three pack of Red Floral & Skulls.  I didn’t read the fine print when I was looking for a notebook.  I needed an A5 size notebook and Word. notebooks measure 3.5″x5.5″  which is real small, small enough to fit nicely into your pocket.  A pocket on your shirt or your pants.  But, too small for Melissa of Melissa’s Musings.  I am a large writer, I have very loopy handwriting and it is huge, wide rule paper is too small for me.  So needless to say it was not an ideal fit for me and these Word. notebooks.  But don’t despair, keep reading as they may work for you.

From the Word. website: “Word.” Notebooks are designed to help organize your life while looking good in the process. Each pocket notebook features 48 pages of lined paper with the unique Word. bullet point system. Designed and made in the USA, Word. Notebooks are available in a variety of colors and styles.”

I loved the color of the notebooks that were sent to me to use and abuse.  I was also very surprised at the quality of the paper.  No Bleed through.  Yes, as a pen lover and journaler this is very important.  Very smooth paper to write on too.  If you are a daily notebook such as myself and Word. you know that the perfect notebook can take years to find and when you do find it, you order multiple copies and hoard them.  Word. notebooks are stylish and functional which is hard to come by in notebooks.  I am also amazed at the fact that Word. wanted to standardize notebooks for everyone so no matter what you were writing you could rest assured you could find the perfect notebook for it.  I love that they wanted a standard in the industry, but I am not a standard kind of person.  I need variety in my life to be happy, I need to have one shaped this way and one shaped this size and so on and so forth in order to have a world that I thrive in.

I noticed on Word. that most of their notebooks are sold in packs of three.  Each Word. notebook contains 48 pages.  I also noticed that their notebooks sell out fast and they will reflect that on the website, but one huge advantage is you can request to be notified when they come back into stock.  But keep in mind that some do enter retirement never to return again so if you find your favorite cover I wouldn’t delay I would order it.  You can click on the word (Word.) anywhere within this blog post to be taken to their website and browse their product selection.

Uses For Word:

  • Daily, Weekly, monthly to-do lists
  • A packing list before your next trip
  • Restaurants you want to try out
  • Song to download
  • Crafting your ultimate bucket list
  • Grocery List
  • Beers you want to try
  • Keep track and follow your workout routine
  • Holiday Shopping lists


11881684_1664349433784055_1854841762_nBe sure to tell Word. notebooks that Melissa’s Musings sent you as you check out their huge selection of pocket notebooks.  Also I would love hear how you used your Word. notebook and I know they would too.

Until Next Time,


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received one three pack of Word. notebooks to use in exchange for my honest product review.  There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas)  included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | September 7, 2015

Someone is getting a new planner!

What an amazing way to celebrate Labor Day!  We were running a contest here on Melissa’s Musings for a new planner.  As most of you who read the blog regularly know I am a planner tramp.  I am addicted to planners, I must try them all and find out if they are better than the one I am currently using.  So I did another planner review, check it out here on the blog.

So without further ado, I wanted to announce that we have another winner here on Melissa’s Musings….


Sarah you were the one who posted a comment on September 1, 2015 and you are looking forward to starting with your planner as soon as possible.  You have 72 hours, I am giving you longer as it is Labor Day and you might be on holiday.  To respond to me via email (svnhm1 at yahoo dot com) with your mailing address and full name and I will have Action Day send you your new planner!

Thank you to each and every one of you that entered.

Until Next Time,




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