Posted by: hugapoohlouise | October 5, 2020

Butterfly Box: A Christian Women Subscription Box Review

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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.

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 25, 2019

The Tony Bible Evans Study Review

I know what you are going to ask, “Another Study Bible?”  Why yes!  I love study Bibles.  I personally cannot get enough of them.  It is so helpful to have one to use when you are studying God’s Word.  The reason I like having different versions of the study Bible is so I can see the whole story from different angles.  I do not like to be spoon-fed the Word of God.  I like to read it, study it, research it and break it down and put it back together again, until I am sure I am gleaning what God originally intended when He inspired the writing of His very Word.  I mean after all if He went to all the trouble of writing His inspired Word down and has preserved it for generations shouldn’t I at least have enough of a desire to know what He wanted me to read?  So I have another study Bible and I’d love to tell you about it.  Thanks to FrontGate Media for the free Bible to review.

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Tony Evans is one of the most influential church leaders of our time and has been faithful in his effective proclamation of the gospel for over fifty-years.  He is the pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and founder of The Urban Alternative, a ministry that promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy designed to enable people to live all of life underneath the comprehensive rule of God.  He has served as chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and is author of over one hundred books, booklets, and Bible studies.

Click here for a promotional video for the study Bible and you can even download a sample of this study Bible which includes a personal letter from Tony Evans. Just click on the highlighted text above and you can download your own sample.

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I just have to share the features of this Bible with you.  I am getting older and I currently wear bifocals so most of the study Bibles I come across I cannot read without some sort of assistance.  (magnifying glass, etc)  But not this Bible, I can read it with ease and it is easy on the eyes.  I am so thankful this was taken into consideration when they designed and wrote this Bible.  I love the craftsmanship of this Bible.  Black/Brown leathetouch outside that feels like a buttery soft real leather.  But because of the flexibility of the cover I believe it will hold up over the years.  I can’t stop running my hand over it.  Nice thick pages that are not paper thin so they will withstand wear and tear without ripping easily.  You can also highlight using highlighters or underline with out bleeding through.  A few of the other features that allow this Bible to stand out from the others:

  • Elegant design
  • Study notes crafted from Tony Evans sermons and writings
  • 40 inspirational articles
  • 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living”
  • Plethora of “Questions & Answers”
  • Numerous “Hope Words”
  • Over 150 videos of sermons
  • Devotionals, and teaching from Dr. Evans, page-edge cross-reference system
  • Black-letter text
  • Presentation page and introductory front matter
  • Special back matter section with key definitions
  • Theological and doctrinal charts, and other study helps
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plan
  • Full-color maps

I have a surprise for you.  This Bible is currently on sale just in time to buy a few copies for your Christmas list.  Tony Evans Study Bible Sale (Note: this will take you to the Lifeway bookstore website).  Just click on the words sale and you can order your very own copy.  But better yet why not visit this site and enter for your chance to win your very own copy Blessed Freebies website by clicking on the name.

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Overall, I would recommend this study Bible especially to those in leadership positions.  But I personally found one thing that was lacking that I love to have in a study Bible.  A big thing for me is that there is no Red Letter text for the words of Jesus.  I like having these within all my study Bibles because without the Red Letters it is just another Bible not necessarily a study Bible.  This is more of a preference so I will let you make your own determination based on the free sample above.

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 FrontGate Media 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 4, 2019

NIV Life Application Study Bible, 3rd Edition Review

Please join me as I review the NIV Life Application Study Bible, 3rd Edition by Zondervan.

Thanks to Biblegateway.com and Bible Gateway Blogger Grid for the free Bible to review.

I love study Bibles.  I collect them.  So every time I am given the opportunity to review a study Bible I jump at the chance.  This particular Bible has been on my wish list for sometime as I love to study my Bible using the Inductive Study Method and follow along with Kay Arthur of Precepts.

Since receiving this Bible in the mail from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid to review for them this Bible has since become my favorite Bible and I use it daily for my studying.  I also keep it handy when I am just reading the Bible because it is full of awesome notes, features and so much more.s

Some of the many features that sets this Bible apart from other studies Bibles are”

  • 10,000 Life Application Notes* and other Gold Nuggets
  • 100+ Characters and Personality profiles
  • Intro to Each Book and Timelines
  • Lays flat
  • Tons of Maps and Charts. Full-color Maps in the back!
  • Has punch of red color
  • Dictionary/concordance in the back.
  • Cross-reference system
  • Words of Jesus in Red
  • Two bookmarks
  • Tons of different cover colors and designs to choose from
  • Great for Beginners in the Bible

One feature that really stood out to me was the text size.  As I get older my eyes have a hard time seeing small words on a page, but this Bible has text that is perfect size and it is an easy read.  That is why I started using it for my daily Bible reading time.  It was easy on the eyes and has a wealth of information at your finger tips.

The only con I could find with this Bible is the version.  I normally do not use the NIV version due to the fact that somethings that I personally consider important have been changed from the KJV that I grew up on.  But still I won’t let that stop me from using it.

You can watch an interview with this Bible’s general editor Ron Beers, on the Bible Gateway Blog by clicking on his name above.

I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope that you will check out this Bible and give it a try for yourself.  You won’t 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 | June 4, 2018

The Study Bible For Women CSB Version review

I love study Bibles. I don’t care what kind I love study Bibles, because I love to study the Bible. So when I was given a chance to review a new study Bible I jumped at the chance.

The Study Bible for Women in the Christian Standard Bible is a new Bible to me. Prior to using and reviewing this Bible I was not familiar with the Christian Standard Bible. After reviewing this Bible I am now very excited about this translation and it will be the translation I use in 2019 to read through the Bible in a year.

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The CSB Study Bible for Women has highly readable features that will attract anyone interested in studying the Bible for their self. As I get older I find it hard to find a Bible that print that is large enough for my old eyes even with glasses to read comfortably. I have to say I found a Bible that is very easy on the eyes with or without glasses.

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 11, 2017

The Near Journal – Review

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The Near Journal/ Draw Near Co.

Pre-Order Price: $24.99
Regular Price: $26.99

The Near Journal is flexible; and can be used with normal bible reading or it can also be used as a complement to a themed/topical bible study. The Near Journal helps people read the bible, journal their thoughts, experience personal growth in an area important to them, express daily gratitude, track and see how God answers their prayers, and helps them memorize scripture – all in an easy to use 90 day journal.

I am a devotional journal junkie!  I absolutely love devotional journals that point me back to the truth of God’s Word.  I do not like devotional journals that spoon-feed me God’s Word.  So if you are like me and love to have a guide along with you as you study God’s Word for yourself, I’ve found the perfect journal just for you!  The Near Journal .

My favorite feature of the The Near Journal is that it helps you stay on track and focused as you study the Bible.  It was so hard to choose just one feature that was my favorite as the The Near Journal has tons of features at your fingertips every time you open it up.  Let’s say you’ve chosen your word for 2018 or you decide you want to focus on a specific topic within Scripture.  Let’s choose – Grace – The Near Journal allows you to focus on a Word, Topic or verse for 90 days as it guides you through your study time.  What an organization tool.  It takes all the guess work out of how to study God’s Word.  But don’t let that fool you The Near Journal is for beginners as well as seasoned Bible study students. 

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The Near Journal also features:

  • Blank lined pages in the back for note taking.
  • 16 of the blank pages are perforated, so you can easily tear out a note if you are on the go.
  • Pocket inside back cover used to hold additional pieces of paper, church bulletins, or note cards.
  • Commit to reading the Bible for yourself.
  • Keep a record of what you’ve read and how it has changed your life.  God’s Word calls us to be hearers as well as doers.
  • Journal your thoughts, ideas and anything that stands out to you.
  • See personal growth in areas that are important to you.
  • Record your daily gratitude and reverence to the Lord.
  • Record, Journal and track your prayers.
  • Memorize Scripture.

As you can tell I absolutely love The Near Journal. Finally a place for all my Bible study information, a place to journal, a place to study, a place to track my prayers, gratitude, sermon notes whatever my heart desires this book can contain.  I love the fact that it will become a legacy that I can pass down to my children.  They can have all my old journals to see how their mother spent time in the Lord’s presence.

I give The Near Journal a five stars out of five.  I will definitely recommend this to all my friends and church family.

To learn more about The Near Journal and Draw Near Co., visit the website or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

You can order your copy of The Near Journal  HERE.

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 CWA through The Draw Near Co., 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 1, 2017

Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Rue Merrill Book Review

Redeeming Ruth is the inspirational, true story of an abandoned baby, a devastating diagnosis, and the way God loves broken, hurting people through us–even though we may be broken and hurt, too.

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When Meadow met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn’t lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and part memoir, Redeeming Ruth is a heartwarming, against-all-odds story about the most unlikely pairing of a typical American family and a physically challenged orphaned girl from Uganda. Much more than an adoption story, this book explores what happens when we sacrificially reach out and share God’s love with others.

Ruth’s story will inspire families considering adoption, people raising or teaching children with special needs, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one, ministering to people with disabilities, or striving to serve God despite their own wounded hearts and broken dreams.

Features:
• Includes a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book for each chapter for group discussion or personal reflection.
• An eight-page insert with personal photos will be included.
All personal proceeds from this book benefit orphans and people with disabilities in Uganda.

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About Meadow Rue Merrill:
Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning journalist who has spent the following eight years corresponding for The Boston Globe and writing for The New York Times, Harvard University, and The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine. She has regular columns with The Portland Press Herald and Down East magazine.

I was a little skeptical to review this book when I first came across it.  But I gave in to the nudge that I received and requested to review it.  I was skeptical, because ever since me and my husband found out after our third child that I could have no more children, I’ve wanted to adopt.  I love babies, children all shapes and sizes.  For years after we received this devastating news, I searched the face of every child I came into contact with.  I asked myself  “Is that the one?  Lord?”  I searched adoption websites until I found one that I thought would be a perfect match for our family.  But…I never took the final step, I don’t know if it was God stopping me each time, but my arms are still empty longing for a child to cuddle.

This book is a very fast read, but contains so many lessons that the Lord wants to reveal to us.  I definitely will be reading this book again as you can not possibly grasp all the Lord has for you in one reading.  Faith is interwoven throughout each page, how we have to have faith and use it to keep on the path that the Lord has laid before us.

One thing that I discovered as I was reading this book was just how selfish I am.  When I read the story of Ruth and her adoptive mom, it became evident that I was not the person that God wanted me to be.  I am selfish and for that I had to confess and ask the Lord to help me put other’s before myself.  I mean after all I have a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes on my back not to mention the closet full.  This heartfelt journey in Redeeming Ruth will cut right to your heart and it helps you see where the Word of God meets real life.  Don’t be surprised to discover more of yourself as you take this journey with Ruth from Uganda to the United States and back again.

Redeeming Ruth can be purchased here at the best price (I receive no commission or any compensation whatsoever for this link).

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 CWA through Hendrikson Publishers 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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