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The Greatest Story Ever: The Story Chapter 1

Let me start by saying that…this is not meant to be a review of the book The Story.  This is my journey through the book.

My church is going to work our way through The Story for the next 31 weeks and, since I would be studying it, I wanted to chronicle my thoughts as I read.  If you have read or are reading please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  I would love to hear what you are thinking.

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The first chapter is all about creation but also includes the stories of Adam & Eve and Noah.  I guess that makes sense since creation had to start all over again after the great flood.  So far this chapter was a recount of stories that most of us know if we have even opened up our bibles.

While reading there were a few things that caught my eye and made me think.  The first one was when the authors were talking about how God created the earth and each day of creation.  When they talk about our sky they are using the word “vault.”  Now, I had to think about this for a minute and wasn’t exactly sure what they were talking about, but once I figured it out, I realized that it couldn’t be anything else.

According to Dictionary.com a vault is a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vault like structure, especially one located underground, which obviously makes sense, BUT I have to say that when speaking about God’s creation I like this definition better (also by Dictionary.com) a room or compartment, often built of or lined with steel, reserved for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, especially such a place in a bank.

I mean, think about it…they sky holds us inside the earth and provides a protective shield from so much.  Also, we are God’s creations so I only makes sense that his most precious and valuable things should be put inside a vault.  We mean so much to Him, sometimes I don’t even think we grasp just how much, that He would want nothing more than to make sure we are protected and saved.

Which brings me to the next thing that caught my attention in this chapter…

We are saved.  God put us in a glorious vault but…

…humanity’s legacy of hate, anger, murder and deception play out as people continue to neglect their relationship with God.

We are naturally saved since Christ was sent to earth to save us, but we stand separated and drawn away from God and His saving grace because of all the negativity we harbor inside us.  The best way to get rid of that is by spending time with God. God will lead us from all the things that will keep us down and hinder us from reaching His ULTIMATE vault…just as long as we DO NOT neglect our relationship with Him.

Now, I know that you might be saying…I don’t have the time.  But, in fact you do.  It took me only 10 minute to read this first chapter and I am a wife, mother, business owner, blogger…need I go on.  You can find the time to reach out and have a valued relationship with your Heavenly Father.  If you really WANT it.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts on Chapter Two next week.   Please leave me a comment and let me know if you have read this book, what you thought of chapter one, or if you are just looking forward to picking up with book.

Until next week!!!

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Essential Oils…A Cry for Help

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This post is EXACTLY what the title says…A cry for help when it comes to essential oils.

I have started working my way to an all natural way of living for myself and family.  I really want to start incorporating essential oils into our lives and have no clue where to start.

I do know that each oil has certain uses, but my biggest question is…Which brand to use?

I have heard of a couple of the more popular brands such as doTerra and Young Living, but I know nothing about either one and whether there are others that might be just as good or better.  There is so much information out there and trying to decided which is valid and which isn’t is hard.

This is where you, my dearest reader, come in…first hand experience means a lot.

If you or someone you know use essential oils, what brand do you use? What other brands are out there other than the two that I have heard of…I know there are more???   Have you tried others and came back to the brand you are using?

I really am curious as to which brand is the best.

I know that most of you are very loyal to your brands so please…help me by telling me why you know your brand is the best.  I want to find a great brand that I can stick with for the long haul.

Please…Help me by commenting below and let me know your favorite brand and why.

 

 

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The Moody Handbok of Theology by Paul Enns

0802411983_bDo you want to take a theology course without all the hassle of going back to college? If you do then The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns is for you. It’s a book filled with information and just like a course in theology, just without the expensive price tag. Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t cheap, but it’s a lot more economical than taking just one college course.

Weighing in at a whopping 2.70 lbs and over 800 pages, this book is filled to the brim with everything about theology that you might want to know. I love what the back cover says that “Theology, once the domain of academicians and learned pastors, is no accessible to anyone interested in understanding the essentials of what Christians believe.” This is really what this book is all about and I think it accomplishes this perfectly.

We, as Christians, are supposed to continually learn and then teach the next generations and this book helps with that. The more you know and understand your faith, the better you can teach it to someone else.

At first this book is a little overwhelming (just the size, Oh My!), but it’s not hard to read or understand. It feels like the author was keeping in mind that he was writing this book for people that might not have a theology background, but just want to understand the bible and God’s teachings better.

I think anyone who wants to dig deep and truly understand their faith better should have this in their library.

[Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

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Lost & Found by Sarah Jakes

9780764212093This is the review I have been dreading to write. I really never like writing reviews for books that I do not like, BUT seeing as that is part of the deal…here I go.

I got the chance to read Lost & Found by Sarah Jakes, the daughter of famed T. D. Jakes. Now, this is a story of how she found herself pregnant at the age of 13, in the public eye because of who her father is, and feeling alone and lost in life. The one good thing I have to say about this story is that it’s brutally honest. She doesn’t hold back anything.

That’s where the good stops though. I just couldn’t shake the feeling, while reading it, and even now,that the only reason she has this book is because of who her dad is. There are plenty of “everyday girls” that are battling similar circumstances (minus the luxuries that having a famous dad brings), but doing so without a book deal. There is an over-abundance of teen pregnancy, but these girls are not getting rich from it.

I love a beautiful memoir and love getting hope from a book that you know you can relate to the circumstances, but this was just a little much for me. I’m sorry, but I didn’t feel like this was a special story that required a book deal.

[Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

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Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

9780764210280I don’t really read too many fiction books since I am more concerned with making myself a “better me,” but I took the time to read Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl and I am so happy that I did.

There are time where you just need a great book to take you into another world and give you a small escape from the day to day strife. Well, Shadow Hand is the perfect book to do that.

The main character Lady Daylily is facing a betrothal to Prince Foxbrush, who she does not love. But, she does love his cousin, Lionheart, who is otherwise disposed of. As her wedding day gets closer, she feels overwhelmed and runs off to a place of magic and mystery, a place that feels strangely familiar to her, and filled with unknown dangers.

Shadow Hand is the newest addition to the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. I have not had the chance to read the other books in this series, but this was not needed to have a wonderful experience with this book. It is so well written and filled with descriptive imagery that I felt like I was living Lady Daylily’s story. This is definitely a book you can get lost in. Plus, it’s a very quick read, so you can read it more than once if you want.

[Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

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Slimming Meals that Heal by Julie Daniluk

475108f35dce4af69db576053b88f2c8Inflammation is a huge problem in society. We are putting so much processed food into our bodies that we creating an body filled with inflammation. In Slimming Meals that Heal by Julie Daniluk, she lays out a plan of healthy eating that does not involve dieting, but rather a lifetime of eating right, and that will relieve the inflammation that most of us currently live with.

This book is split up into three different sections. I like the layout since it makes sense. In the first section she explains why diets don’t work and goes into the science behind how to lose weight the right way. In section two, she lays out her plan called The SMTH Program, which focus on anti-inflammatory foods that help heal your body. In the last, but best section, she gives you tons of tasty recipes that are filled with the anti-inflammatory (fresh, nutrient dense) foods she talked about earlier in the book.

I love this book for two reasons…first, the recipes are amazing. Eating right and healthy doesn’t have to be boring and flavorless. None of these recipes are boring and they have so much flavor present you won’t believe they are healthy AND healing for you. Secondly, it is writing in a way that I understand everything, even the science filled parts. Some books have a tendency to write to an audience that is filled with science majors and professors, but the “every-day” person can understand this book and find the help that they need to heal their bodies.

This book is available through Hay House and it is very much worth it. I don’t think you can put a price tag on your health.

[Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hay House for the purpose of this reivew.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

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All New: KidSafe from Plant Therapy

I am so excite to be telling you about this brand, spanking, new line from Plant Therapy called KidSafe.  KidSafe is 19 new, and 1 existing, synergies that were formulated for use with kids by Robert Tisserand.  If you don’t know who Robert Tisserand is, well, he is world renowned for essential oil safety and co author of Essential Oil Safety 2e.KidSafe Logo - Color (RGB Low Res)

These 20 synergies, like I said, are formulate with use for kids.  I love this since there are a lot of essential oils that you shouldn’t use with your kids unless used with the proper dilution or not to be used at all.  The synergies come in two different forms…100% pure undiluted or in a pre-diluted roll on.  So, if you don’t want to mess with making your own dilutions, you can get these wonderful, new formulas, ready to use.

KidSafe from Plant Therapy and Robert Tisserand take the guess work out of using essential oils with your kids. With KidSafe you can have confidence knowing that the essential oils you are using for your kids are SAFE for them.

Listed below are descriptions of the 19 new and 1 existing synergy.

A+ Attention: specifically formulated for children with ADHD or those that suffer from focusing in school.

Ban The Bugs: Nature’s time tested bug repellent that is safe for your children with out all the harsh chemicals.

Better Than Kisses: Instant relief for cuts, scrapes and bee stings while fighting bacteria so the owie won’t get infected.

Eczema Helper: Soft and effective way to clear children’s eczema.

Germ Destroyer: Protects your little ones from getting sick by destroying the germs in your home. Gentle on children from strong on bacteria and viruses.

Go Go Go: Created to give your child that extra boost that is needed in the mornings before school or after lunch when children seem to get the most tired.

Growing Pains: Eases sore muscles and muscle cramps in young children.

Headache Away: Quickly will relieve your child’s worse headache or migraine.

Immune Boom: Perfect way to help build your child’s immune system.

Lice Away: Keep your kids free from head lice with Lice Away.

Nighty Night: Helps your child fall asleep more quickly AND stay asleep.

No More Warts: Safe and effective way to dissolve your child’s warts in 3-6 weeks.

Pain No More: Eases sore muscles, reduces pain and reduces inflammation caused from rheumatoid arthritis. It even helps with the pain and swelling of a broken bone or ligament.

Silky Soft: Improves skin texture, reducing roughness and redness.

Smell Your Best: Whether it is their stinky feet or they are starting to go through puberty, Smell Your Best is the synergy they need.

Sneezy Stop: Relieves your child’s allergy symptoms.

Sniffle Stopper: Clears up congestion in your little one and helps them recover more quickly from that awful cold.

Sweet Dreams: Helps create a more relaxed and calming atmosphere so that your child can sleep more deeply and soundly. Sweet Dreams is specific for relaxing your child’s mind so there are no more bad dreams or night monsters.

Tummy All Better: A safe and effective way to help your child’s tummy feel all better.

(Our most popular) Calming The Child: Helps promote a calming effect during the day or before bedtime.

If you want to find out more about this new line you can go to Plant Therapy’s blog post about KidSafe and read more.

All KidSafe products are available for PRE-OREDER (except for Calming The Child) starting today (July 21, 2014) and will be shipped by August 15.

Plant Therapy is offering a 5% discount on all KidSafe products until August 15 and if you pre-order today or tomorrow, you can take advantage of an extra 10% off with the coupon code that can be found on their blog, Facebook page, or through their newsletter.

I can’t wait to order some for my kids…you should get some too.  :)

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