Posted by: hugapoohlouise | February 25, 2021

NIV Verse Mapping Bible & Giveaway!

I have another Bible review for you my favorite readers. But, not just any Bible. This is the long awaited Verse Mapping Bible based on the system created by Kristy Cambron. Not familiar with verse mapping you say? Well stay with me as you’ll learn a new, exciting way to go deeper with the Lord in your personal Bible study all the while learning about the connections contained within God’s Word.

I was given this Verse Mapping Bible to review by FrontGate Media in exchange for my honest opinion upon use. So thank you FrontGate Media, Kristy Cambron and Zondervan Publishing for this awesome Bible that has transformed my personal quest (Bible study) to know God more. This is a truly amazing resource that will benefit anyone. Whether you are a Bible scholar or a Bible Nerd or just starting out on your quest to know God more this Bible will benefit you. You will want to read to the end because I have a special surprise for you.

Not familiar with the term “Verse Mapping”. Don’t feel bad, I just learned about this Bible study method within the last year and I am loving it. It is is such a great Bible study method. I tend to get bored easily with Bible reading and Bible study. I call it Bible ADHD. Verse Mapping is simply a Bible study method and Kristy Cambron created her own study system and now she has her very own Verse Mapping Bible that makes this study method a breeze. You can visit Kristy’s site Verse Mapping by clicking on her name within my post and be sure to check out her videos on YouTube to learn more about this method of Bible study. One thing that I truly love about this method of Bible study is I never get bored. It is not a box I check off everyday to say I did it. I actually look forward to verse mapping each day as I can’t wait to find out what nugget of truth I will discover. Each day is new and exciting. You can go at your own pace and when you are finished you will be amazed at what YOU found in God’s Word.

Here are some of the neat features of the Verse Mapping Bible.  I was sent the NIV version of the Verse Mapping Bible by Zondervan.  They describe the Bible as: 

  • Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible.
  • More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses
  • Bible study tools to research what you’ve read—to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life.
  • The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.

So if you are ready to go beyond just reading the Bible here is some information for your to consider.  “Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today. In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word. Verse mapping involves five steps:  Choose: Select a verse and write it out. Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations. Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it. Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer. Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?”

Now I always save the best for last.  You can win your very own Verse Mapping Bible.  Yes!  Just click on the word “WIN” right now or click the banner below and enter to try out this amazing Bible study resource for yourself. 

https://www.blessedfreebies.com/verse-mapping-bible-giveaway.html

After using this Bible for a week, I can not believe I Verse Mapped without it. It makes it so much easier. Everything you need all in one place. The only addition I use is my James Method Journal as I didn’t want to write within the pages of the Bible the first year I used it. The only thing I did not like about the Verse Mapping Bible is the version. I am NOT a NIV girl. I do not recommend the NIV either. So I use my own favorite Bible translation in addition to the Verse Mapping Bible only because I do not like the translation I received. Otherwise, I love the Verse Mapping Bible for it is ease to use and it is a great resource to add to any Bible study library.

Until Next Time,

M

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 this Bible 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

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | February 3, 2021

15 Minute Bible Reading Plan Kit Product Review

Well, we have our first month of 2021 complete.  I have a question for you, how are your spiritual goals going?  Have you started the year 2021 off with lofty spiritual goals only to run smack into February realizing you failed miserable?  Let me say, you have not failed.  The very fact that you chose to set spiritual goals says a lot about you personally.  As far as not living up to the goals you set, well maybe they weren’t specific enough, or you set too many for you to humanly complete.  So don’t beat yourself up too much.  Remember God gives grace and His mercy is new each morning.  Keep reading as I have a great product that will help you stay on track with your spiritual goals in as little as fifteen minutes a day.

I was sent a 15 Minute Bible Reading Plan Kit by Natalie at Bible Verses For You.com.  I have used this product and so have my three girls and it is truly amazing.  It takes the guilt, guess-work and condemnation out of trying to juggle all those spiritual goals.  Just as the name says it only takes 15 minutes a day.  So prepare to be amazed and be sure to read the whole blog post as Natalie has graciously allowed me to giveaway two copies of the 15 Minute Bible Reading Plan kit too!  And I have a special surprise for you if you cannot wait until the giveaway is over.

In our household I have one full time college student, one senior in high school who is currently dual enrolled in college classes and one sophomore that I school at home.  We are busy people with tons of commitments so adding just one more sometimes is crazy.  But this year we were all convicted to read our Bible daily.  It has been a little rough in patches, but once we started using the 15 Minute Bible Reading Plan Kit (and I call it a kit because it contains so much more than just a Bible reading plan) fulfilling this goal has become a lot simpler. 

Let me share with you what is included in the 15 Minute Bible Reading Plan Kit so you can see for yourself.

  • An 18 monthly plan tracker.
  • A daily dose of Proverbs
  • 6 Prayer Journal sheets that includes a ton of resources on prayer.
  • 4 Bible Reading Resources that include: journaling pages, book overviews and sermon notes plus more.
  • 5 Spiritual Goal Trackers
  • 12 Memory Bible Verse Cards
  • Adult Coloring Pages
  • 12 Month Calendar

Now you can see why I call it a kit.  The 15 Minute Bible Reading Plan Kit contains so much more and it is set up for success in achieving your spiritual goals in only 15 minutes per day without any condemnation.  So if you’ve struggled to read your Bible, pray or memorize Scripture than this is the kit for you.  When you use the kit it will allow you to read the Bible in a year, but no worries if you miss a day or fall behind just pick up where you left off and keep reading. 

An awesome feature of the 15 Minute Bible Reading Kit is that when you purchase it you get the file as a digital download that you can use over and over again.  To me this is important as I hate purchasing a digital download only to be able to download it once.  So with this kit you have your spiritual goal plans for years to reuse over and over again, not to mention the fact that if you print it out you will have a record of your spiritual growth to leave as a legacy. 

Now for my favorite part.  You can click anywhere in the post on the title 15 Minute Bible Reading Kit and you’ll be taken to the website to check out this awesome kit so you can get your spiritual growth on track for 2021.  Natalie, at Bibleversesforyou.com has graciously agreed to giveaway two copies of this kit to my readers.  So how do you win?  You will need to do the following:

  • Comment on this post and share what spiritual goals you’ve set for 2021 and how your doing on them.
  • Share this blog post to Facebook, Twitter/Instagram & then leave a comment that you’ve shared it.

Easy peasy right?  Yep!  Contest will run 10 days and end on February 13, 2021.  Winner will be contacted by email which must be posted in the comments on my blog and you will have 24 hours to claim your prize or it will be given to the next person in the drawing.  If you just cannot wait the 10 days to get your very own copy then I have a deal for you.  You can purchase your own copy right now and have it in your hands in moments, but wait at a 50% off discount.  Just visit Natalie’s site by clicking on the product name in my blog post and enter the code when purchasing (savehalf).

Until Next Time,

M

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 this kit 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

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | January 27, 2021

Thousand Generations Guided Prayer Journal Review

Welcome to 2021, I don’t know about you but I was ready for a do over. 2020 was a hard year, but I now that we are 1/2 way through January 2021, I wonder if 2021 might be worse. First of all I apologize for neglecting the blog. My dh broke his ankle and tore all his ligaments in it days before Christmas so we’ve been busy trying to get him healed up. Countless doctors appointments over 100 miles away have not allowed me much time to write. So I hope you will enjoy the first review of 2021. My theme for this year is prayer and what a better product to share with you than a prayer journal. Look at this gorgeous prayer journal from Thousand Generations Blessing Tools Guided Prayer Journal

Thousand Generations sent me my very own hard copy of the above pictured journal. I also received a digital copy with all sorts of awesome tools to use as I journaled my prayers. Prayer is my focus in 2021, I love to pray but I have a hard time concentrating when I pray. My mind is going at the speed of light and when I sit down to prayer I get off on all sorts of rabbit trails. So after reading tons of articles, books about prayer I realized since I am an avid journaler I need to prayer journal and that is where Blessing Tools Guided Prayer Journal comes in. Another added bonus is when you purchase a Blessing Tools Guided Prayer Journal you can join a private Facebook group too. Accountability, creativity and encouragement comes with this journal too.

Now let me show you some of the awesome attributes this prayer journal contains.  One thing that was new to me was the power prayers.  I was unfamiliar with this, but don’t worry when you purchase the journal you get tons of how to’s and instruction.  These power prayers are where you can spend time speaking your prayers aloud.  A short, sweet powerful spoken prayer.  I have always called these breath prayers, prayers I say under my breath as I go about my day.  I love that this prayer journal has a place where you can refer to in case you are struggling on what to pray.  How I used the power prayer section is I kept the Blessings Tools Guided Prayer Journal on my nightstand so first thing in the morning before my feet hit the floor and I engaged in a flurry of activity I reviewed some power prayers and then began to speak them out loud for my children, husband.  What an awesome way to connect with our Lord and Savior to give Him the first few precious moments of my day in prayer. 

Other features of the Blessing Tools Guided Prayer Journal is a family member section, my child section for boys/girls, process pain section.  I won’t go into too much detail about these sections as I’d love for you to check them out on your own once you purchase your journal.  After all prayer is a very personal, intimate thing between God and you and I wouldn’t want it to seem like I was leading you in your prayers.  But I am telling you, you won’t be disappointed with the prayer journal.  Whether you are an expert prayer or if you are just starting out it has something for everyone and is an awesome resource to add to your prayer life.

Now on to the things that I loved about this journal.  I loved the flexibility most of the prayer journals I have used or reviewed seem to force you into a box.  They layout or the format is so rigid and there is no room to personalize it so you will be comfortable using them.  Not this journal there are suggestions and instructions but you can use it the best way it benefits you.  You can write in it, journal in it, decorate it, basically make it your own and this is my favorite feature.  The next feature that assisted me in praying was that all my information was gathered together in one place.  I didn’t have 50 sheets of paper falling all over the place that I had paper clipped together.  The copy I received has a spiral bound and is tabbed for easy reference.  The cover is durable enough that I can throw it in my purse and carry it with me.  I can take it to church to write the prayer requests down as I hear them. 

Now for the important stuff.  If you would like your very own prayer journal you can purchase it by clicking on the words in this review “Blessing Tools Guided Prayer Journal” and you will be taken to the Thousand Generations website where you can view, purchase your own hard copy or digital version as well.  But don’t forget when you make the purchase you also get blessed with a special tools website to help you on your way to prayer and then last but not least is the private Facebook group you can join too.  So much bang for your buck.

I hope you enjoyed the first review of 2021 and please stop by and let Julie at Thousand Generations know you saw my review.  I was sent one copy of the above referenced prayer journal to use for 30 days in exchange for an objective review.  All thoughts contained within the review our my own from using the prayer journal.

Until Next Time,

M

 

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 this journal 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

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 2, 2020

Christian Journals Direct Review & Giveaway

Just in time for the gift-giving season. I was truly amazed when I was given the opportunity by Christian Journals Direct to review one of their gorgeous personalized journals. P.S. don’t forget to read until the end of the post as I have a giveaway you don’t want to miss.

I am a note taker by nature. I love to journal and write down things. So when offered another journal to try out for my readers I was onboard a 100%. I like to take notes in church so when I received the journal in the mail I had plans for it already. It comes in a beautiful gift wrapped box that is perfect for gift giving and if you are like me and cannot wrap to save your life this is perfect.

Christian Journals Direct creates personalized journals with the recipient’s name written into scripture on every page!  There are over 300 cover designs to choose from with designs for women, men, and children.  Great for personal use or as a gift!

These journals are great to use for:

•            daily devotional time

•            scripture memorization

•            sermon notes

•            grocery lists and to-do lists

•            recipes

•            fitness goals and routines

As part of my review I was allowed to select the cover that I wanted on my personalized journal from Christian Journals Direct. I chose the one shown above because I don’t know about you but the year 2020 has caused me to have more worry than normal. But as a customer you can select any cover that fits your needs. As you can see from the title page picture below it has my name and and a Bible verse. What an awesome feature right? It also has a start and end date which is perfect for sermon note taking. I keep all my sermon notes and I like to categorize them chronologically.

One feature that I love about my new Christian Journals Direct journal is the paper. It is so thick and luxurious. My pens no matter which ones I use do not bleed through. I can highlight and even use permanent markers and there is no shadowing at all. At the top of each page is a place for me to date it and when taking sermon notes this is very helpful. At the bottom of each page is a Scripture reference that has been personalized using my name. This is a very unique feature that I’ve never had in a journal before. Below you can see the different options available for women, men and the youth journals.

Now for the part I am sure you’ve been waiting for. As part of my review, you enter to win your very own journal and customize it any way you desire. All you have to do is click on this link: Giveaway of a personalize journal. And you can enter to win your own. Now the question is who will you give the journal too? Or will you keep it for yourself?

Until Next Time,

M

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 this journal 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 | November 21, 2020

CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible Review & Giveaway!

I have always wanted to visit the the Holy Land since I made Jesus Lord of my life. Have you? Boy, do I have a resource for you if you answered yes. If not, I still have an awesome Bible study resource for you to check out. P.S. stay tuned at the end of the post I may or may not be giving away a copy.

I was so excited when I was asked to review The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible! I could see and experience the Holy Land without leaving the four walls of my own home. I am so thankful that Holman Bibles created this resource so we could experience firsthand the land where our Savior was born, lived and died.

I was sent a free copy of The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible by Lifeway Christian Resources and Holman Bibles in exchange for my honest review. What you read below is my review of this product. The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible was released on 9/15/20 by Lifeway Christian Resources.

So let me share with you a little bit about this Bible so you can see for yourself just how awesome it is.

The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible is a visually immersive Bible reading experience featuring over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations to provide greater insight and understanding of the people, places, and events of scripture. Book-specific introductions provide the setting and circumstances of writing for each book, and every image includes a descriptive caption to help better understand what is pictured.

Here is a sneak peek inside: Just click on the words The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible and you will be taken to a video where you can look inside.

Features include:

  • 1,200+ images, maps, and illustrations
  • 275 full-length commentary articles
  • 40+ “Digging Deeper” call-outs

If you would like to download a free sample to try before you buy just click on “Free sample” and to you will be taken to the download.

I plan on using The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible as my major study Bible for 2021. Each year I read through the Bible cover to cover and this Bible will be a huge asset for me. I can see the actual places that the Word of God talking about using the maps, illustrations and the commentaries will also help me go deeper in my reading and study. I think this Bible would be a great asset to anyone who wants to draw near to the Lord, and I recommend it to any Bible student or expert alike.

The best part is I have been authorized to giveaway a copy of this awesome resource. To enter leave a comment on this blog post by answering the question – Have you ever wanted to visit the Holy Land? and I will draw a winner the28th day of November 2020. I will notify the winner via email so make sure you leave me your email address.

Until Next Time,

M

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 this book 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 5, 2020

Butterfly Box: A Christian Women Subscription Box Review

https://www.yourbutterflybox.com/

I don’t know about you, but I love to get things in the mail. Especially pretty things that help me grow closer to the Lord. Do you? Have I got something for you to check out. The Butterfly box which is a Christian women subscription box that will arrive at your door each month filled to the brim with Christian goodies. I never knew there was a monthly subscription box available for Christian women, but now I know and there is no looking back.

I was sent a box by the Butterfly box to use for my own use in exchange for my honest review. Prepare to be amazed at what this little box contained. I was shocked when I received my Butterfly box in my mailbox that it was so small, but then I opened it and was totally amazed at all it contained. You can see for yourself by looking at the picture above. I know right? Good things come in small packages! The theme for the box I was sent to review was Women of Prayer. Included in my first box was: A Weekly Prayer Strategy Guide on cardstock, My Prayer Bracelet based on Romans 12:12, A Leatherbound book by Stormie Omartian on The Power of a Praying Woman, Be Still and Know Journal, Vanilla White and Sweet Peppermint Tea Drops. All these gorgeous goodies in one little box.

https://www.yourbutterflybox.com/

The concept behind the Butterfly box is very simple to get started you simply join their community of Christian women, receive your box and grow your faith. One thing that I love is the Butterfly box has a Facebook page you can join. What a great opportunity during these trying times to connect with like-minded Christian women.

So now that you’ve seen what came in my box lets find out what has been in previous boxes or future boxes. Don’t forget to read this entire post as at the end I have a special discount for you to try your very own Butterfly box

Every month the Butterfly box will curate 4-5 top quality items surrounding a certain theme to send you. This could be inspiring books, journals to walk out your faith, Christian jewelry, Home decor items relating to a Scriptural theme and last but not least self-care items. Here are a few pictures of previous boxes subscriptions received.

I was so overjoyed when I received my box as I have been struggling with prayer lately. I wanted to create a prayer journal but I was so overwhelmed by all the information out there. Enter my Butterfly Box and now I have a book on how to pray especially for Christian women and a journal to start a prayer journal. Coincidence? I think not, more like the providence of God leading me to go deeper in my relationship with Him. I cannot say enough good things about the Butterfly box. The items really brightened my day and started me on a prayer journey. I can’t wait to see the next box and the next one.

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for. I have been given the privilege of sharing with you a special discount code off your first Butterfly Box. Save 10% today when you order by entering the code “welcome10“. But wait it gets even better, want to win a 6 month subscription for free? I said FREE! Click on the word FREE and you can enter to win your own box for 6 months. Don’t delay what do you have to lose? I know what you’ll gain by doing it.

Until Next Time,

M

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 this book 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 28, 2020

Spiritual Seeds Planner Review

I am what the planning community calls a planner tramp. I love new planners and I love to use them in my everyday life for everything. I’ve tried all kinds of different planners in my life time and a very few make the cut. As you can see, planning is important to me as a wife, mother of three and child of God. I want a planner that encourages me in my walk with God and helps me grow spiritually. Trust me, that is a hard planner to find until now…

Enter the Spiritual Seeds Planner. This is an amazing planner that encourages you as a Christian to plan your life to be fruit bearing. It utilizes the guiding of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Spirit found in Gal. 5:22-23. Inside the Spiritual Seeds Planner is a garden theme that focuses on four gardening beds – Family/Friends, Self, Community and Vocation/Work. Each month the Spiritual Seeds Planner focuses on one of the fruits of the spirit to nurture your spiritual growth through the process of plant, cultivate and grow. It also encourages daily planning which helps you form a habit of planning daily. What is unique about this planner and has helped change my planning habits is it makes spiritual growth the priority instead of just checking things off your to-do lists to feel successful.

When I opened the box to reveal my Spiritual Seeds Planner I was shocked at all that comes with it. First of all I received a pencil case filled with fine liner colored pens in a variety of different colors and a notebook. Next, I received planner stickers that include over 800 stickers to help you plant, cultivate and grow through out the year. Next, I received a 2021 weekly planner that is gray. Last but not least is a canvas tote bag with the Spiritual Seeds Planner logo on it to carry my planner and other things.

Features of the Spiritual Seeds Planner:

  • Easy to follow instructions with visuals
  • Vision Board 
  • Monthly Fruit Focus & Planning Pages
  • Monthly Inspirational Prayers 
  • Weekly Planning
  • Beautiful faux leather cover
  • Fruit of the Spirit Bookmark with definitions and scriptures
  • Fun Garden Themed Stickers 
  • Back pocket 
  • Blank pages for notes
  • Brown Ribbon Bookmark
  • Monthly Tabs

 

If you would like to win one of these gorgeous planners please click on the the words giveaway for your change to win one for yourself. Or if you can’t wait enjoy the 20% off coupon code by using: FRUITOFSPIRIT

Until next time,

M

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 this book 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.”

Prayer Puts Things Into Perspective
By Timothy Z. Witmer
On a recent trip Barb and I visited a beautiful property. One of the features on the grounds was a huge hedge maze consisting of lots of misleading turns and dead ends. It would really be easy to get lost in there. At the maze we visited, as at most similar mazes elsewhere, there was a tall platform overlooking the hedges. From this platform, an overseer could see the whereabouts of anyone in the maze. I’m sure it is there to give direction to someone who might panic as they are trying to find their way out.

“Sometimes we too feel like we’re in a maze and don’t know which way to turn. We fear that if we take a wrong turn, it will lead to a dead end from which we might not be able to escape. When we’re feeling lost and frustrated, the Lord knows our circumstances and is eager to direct us if we’ll just ask him. Prayer puts us in touch with the One who sees the beginning from the end. The One who can give us his perspective on our worries and fears. The One who promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The One on whom we can cast all of our cares because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Our verses from Philippians 4 also give us direction about the characteristics of prayer that smothers worry and how we can implement them:

Pray specifically. Paul uses different words for “prayer” in verse 6. The first is a general word for prayer, but the second word, “supplication,” refers to an urgent specific plea. This is reinforced when he adds, “let your requests be made known to God.” I’ve heard some folks say that when they pray they don’t ask for anything for themselves. This might sound very selfless and holy, but it is wrong! The prayer Jesus taught his own disciples includes specific personal requests. It begins with praise to our Father in heaven and ends with his kingdom and power and glory; but in the middle supplications Jesus teaches us to ask God to meet our important personal needs. “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:11–13). Requests for daily provision, forgiveness, and protection are quite personal, and we are urged to bring them before the Lord regularly. This includes things we are prone to worry about. Do not be reluctant to cry out to the Lord about anything and everything.

Pray remembering God’s goodness. You’ll also notice that Paul tells us to pray “with thanksgiving.” Praying with thanksgiving requires us to remember all of the good things the Lord has done for us and is doing for us now. After all, there are more things in your mindscape than just worry weeds. Worries might be in the foreground at the moment, but there are many other things to which you should draw your attention and for which you should be thankful. This isn’t easy because our natural tendency is to focus on our worries rather than to give thanks. When you are worried, bring your cares to the Lord, but also remember his kindness and goodness to you right now and in the past.

Pray expecting an answer. Another reason we can pray with thanksgiving is that we can expect an answer. Sometimes the answer might not be what we expect, but the Lord has promised to answer. As many have observed, the answers the Lord gives can be “yes,” “no,” or “not yet.” We might always like a “yes” but the Lord our heavenly Father knows what is best and he will not give us something that isn’t good for us. When I was in college I thought the Lord’s plan for me was to become a famous tuba performer. Yes, that’s right—I said, a tuba performer! He had given me lots of success up to that point and I was a performance major in my college. I decided that I would audition for the United States Marine Band (The President’s Own) in Washington, DC, and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. I didn’t make either one. It was “no” and “no” from the Lord. I was disappointed, but in closing those two doors the Lord was directing me elsewhere—toward the ministry.

Pray expecting that God will want your response, too. As we pray, the Lord might make it clear that there is something that we need to do. For example, if you’re worried about a relationship, God might lead you to have a conversation with the individual with whom you’ve had difficulties. He will certainly impress upon you the need to look for and apply for jobs if you have lost your job. New health challenges will require a change in diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Be ready to be directed toward things you might need to do regarding your situation. This leading will always be according to and consistent with his Word. If you feel that God is calling you to do something that is beyond you—pray about that as well. If he is calling you to do something, he will also give you his Spirit to do it. Pray for the Spirit to help you and direct you so that you can follow Jesus wherever he calls you to go. Fundamentally, Paul reminds us that the Lord will answer, and that we should be prepared for where that answer may lead or what that answer may call us to do.

Prayer leads to peace. Paul tells us that the result of our prayer is that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Notice that this doesn’t promise that the problems will go away, but that even in the midst of our problems, anxiety can be replaced by peace.


Excerpted adapted from Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying by Timothy Z. Witmer. ©2014 by New Growth Press.

Timothy Z. Witmer, MDiv, DMin is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has also served for more than thirty-five years in pastoral ministry, currently as the pastor of St. Stephen Reformed Church. Tim is the author of Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of WorryingThe Shepherd Leader, and The Shepherd Leader at Home.

I hope you enjoyed this post which is an excerpt from Mindscape:  What to Think About Instead of Worrying.  What a timely piece of advice during the current path we are walking through with the COVID-19 virus.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 8, 2020

Artisan Collection Bible NRSV

I am so excited to bring you another Bible review.  Bible reviews as my faithful readers know are my favorite.  I am a Bible collector.  This Bible is so amazing.  When I was given the opportunity to review the Artisan Collection Bible NRSV by BibleGateway I jumped at the chance I had the perfect plan in mind for this Bible.

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I have the perfect plan for the Artisan Collection Bible NRSV, I plan to use this Bible for my prayers.  I will pray Scripture from the Bible back to the Lord.  My plan is to highlight certain verses with my highlighters and then journal a prayer to the Lord based on the Scripture that I highlighted.  It is my hope that this Bible prayer journal will be a legacy I can leave my children which will help them become prayer warriors.

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As you can see from the above photo the Bible gives you plenty of room to journal or in my case write out my personalized prayers of Scripture right on the pages of the Bible.

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The Artisan Collection Bible NRSV as you can see from the photo above was hand-painted.  The cover is a durable cloth that has stunning colors.  The artist was Olivia Joy, founder of Olivia Joy Studio.  She did a beautiful job of capturing stunning colors that flow together to create a masterpiece cover which is perfect for my Bible prayer journaling.

I wanted to share a few of the awesome features of the Artisan Collection Bible NRSV with you:

  • The full text of the New Revised Standard Version (66-book Protestant canon), vetted by an ecumenical pool of Christian academics and renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability
  • Exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print typeface
  • Stunning, hand-painted watercolor-effect cover design printed on soft, durable cloth
  • Page edges with sparkling foil art gilding
  • Lined, wide margins for journaling, notes, and art
  • Two satin ribbon markers
  • 9-point print size

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I wanted to share the first prayer journaling I did in the Artisan Collection Bible NRSV, I read Psalms 91 and verse one jumped out to me.  So I highlighted it in purple with my highlighter and then I went up to the top of the page in the journaling lines included with the Bible and wrote out a prayer of praise to Jesus.  Here is just one example of how to journal your prayers.

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I hope this review has been helpful to you and if you are looking for the perfect Easter gift for someone this year I hope you will check out the Artisan Collection Bible NRSV, I know that special someone on your list would love to receive their very own copy in their Easter basket.

Overall, I would recommend this gorgeous Bible especially to those who love to Bible journal or journal in general.  I could not find anything about this Bible that caused me to be disappointed.

Until Next Time,

M

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 this book from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid 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 | December 4, 2019

The Jesus Bible Review

Welcome back for another hot product review on the blog.  I am so excited to share this review with you.  I love the English Standard Version of the Bible.  I love to read this translation.  It is so easy on the eyes and makes memorization easy.  Plus, when I am sharing the Gospel with someone I always use the ESV version as it allows the Word of God to be comprehended easier as it contains contemporary language that makes understanding a breeze.

I’ve fallen in love with the cover and color scheme.  The multi- colored teal leathersoft cover is beautiful.  It catches everyone’s eye when I carry it. The picture below does not do justice to the actual colors of this Bible.  It is more vivid in person and feminine.

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I received The Jesus Bible in the ESV translation free for being a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.  I received no compensation for this review and all the opinions stated within are my own upon using the Bible for myself.

First I want to share all the awesome features included in this Bible.  Published by Zondervan and Passion Publishing.

  • Introduction by Louie Giglio
  • 66 book introductions highlight the story of Jesus in every book
  • Seven compelling essays on the grand narrative Scripture by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias and Randy Alcorn
  • Over 300 full-page articles and nearly 700 sidebar articles which reveal Jesus throughout all of Scripture
  • Complete English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible
  • Room for notes and journaling throughout
  • ESV Concordance
  • Two ribbon markers
  • 8.7-point type size

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What made me fall in love with this Bible is the fact that it shows throughout all 66 books there is one story and its all about the name of Jesus.  As believers we are to read the Word of God to feed our soul.  To allow it to change us into the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible is not about me.  It is not a textbook or a self-help book.  It is God’s Word to a lost and dying world.  It shows the way to salvation in order to escape the wrath of God.  The Jesus Bible aids in reading the Word of God so you can encounter the living Savior, Jesus.  The study features included in The Jesus Bible allow you to meet the Savior, Jesus on each and every page.

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I recommend this Bible for everyone, but most importantly for new believers or people who are in the process of seeking out the truth about Jesus Christ.  The Jesus Bible is an awesome discipleship product that will help new believers to meet their Savior on a personal level that develops into a personal relationship with Him as God intends.  What a great CHRISTmas present this would be for that special person in your life who has a desire or need to meet Jesus Christ.

In 2020, I will be using The Jesus Bible as my personal Bible reading Bible.  I read through the Bible each year in a different translation and this year I am choosing The Jesus Bible ESV in order to hide more of God’s Word into my heart.  After using The Jesus Bible for a couple of weeks I was unable to find anything negative to say about it.  Usually, when I review a product there is always one thing that stands out to me that I do not like, but with this Bible I am at a loss for words which if you know me is amazing.

Until Next Time,

M

 

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 this book from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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