What’s in the Bible for Christmas

~This is a sponsored blog post from Family Christian.  I was provided the products to review in exchange for my honest opinion.~

Although I have most of my Christmas shopping done, I am always on the lookout for movies that I can add to our collection. Most of the time I like to look for one that will educate my children while it is entertaining them, and VeggieTales movies are the go-tos for that.

This year has been a little bit harder to find movies that I feel are worthy I having my children in front of the tv to watch them. Granted, I liked Frozen {which is EXTREMELY popular}, but I was stuck on what other films I would like to get them for Christmas.

Well, this year, my kiddos got an early Christmas present. I recently received 2 videos from Family Christian to review and instantly fell in love with them. They are from the series What’s in the Bible and are from the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer.


Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible DVD review on my blog today. #Sponsored post via @familychristian

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Ok, so I might have been a little biased to start since they were from the same guy that created a franchise that my kids just adore, but these are really good videos even without that fact.

Now, I have heard of this series, but never had the chance to watch any of the shows. I have to say that I am sooo happy that I got this chance.

I got Volume 1 In the Beginning {Genesis} and Volume 10 Jesus is the Good News {Mathew, Mark, Luke & John}. It was really kind of cool to get the beginning of the bible and then the beginning of the New Testament.

Ok, well maybe that’s just me.

In each volume there are two, 25 minute episodes, which are perfect for short attention spans. They teach a lot in a short amount of time.

Volume 1: What is the Bible?
Who wrote the Bible?
Volume 10: God’s Perfect Timing
The Messiah has Come!

When my kids were watching these videos, they couldn’t stop laughing, dancing, and singing. The characters that Phil has created with the puppets are hilarious. They are funny, educational, and attention gripping. Once the movies were done my kids came to me and WANTED to talk about what they had learned.

What more could I ask for from a movie…biblical education and entertainment. Teaching the Bible doesn’t have to be boring to kids.

Included in the case of the DVD’s are a coloring sheet that I know my youngest loved and a note to parents…But the thing that I loved the most was the discussion questions that will keep the conversations going long after the videos are done.

Phil Vischer has thought of everything a parent would want or could need.

For a short time longer, until December 24 2014, Family Christian has the What’s In The Bible DVDs on sale for only $9.97. So, if you still have some Christmas shopping to do {via store, I am not sure online orders would get to your house in time for Christmas} or if you want to get a jump on next year’s birthdays and holidays, I would highly suggest you get at least one…I know that I plan on ordering a few more of DVDs in the series.

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The Daniel Cure by Susan Gregory & Richard J Bloomer PhD

With the start of a new year I watch every start setting goals and resolutions for weight loss. Just out of curiosity for my own weight loss journey, I wanted to read the book The Daniel Cure by Susan Gregory and Richard J Bloomer PhD. This book goes beyond The Daniel Fast and The Daniel Plan to create a lasting healthy lifestyle that will prevent illness and further issues.

The science and premise behind the programs is the same if you have read either one of the other two books that I spoke of above {which I have read both} so this part of this book would be a little bit redundant. This plan is not for everyone and will take a lot of dedication from someone to be able to accomplish it, but it has been found to work for lots of people.

The first part is conversation about obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease so I would suggest that if you are suffering from any one of these diseases to check this book out. It could help you get a jump start in the right direction.

The rest of the book is a basic meal plan with quite a few recipes to get you started. Theses are veggie recipes since the plan is based on no meat. Don’t worry…you will get plenty of protein and the recipes sound fairly appetizing, and here are a few examples:

Breakfast: Granola Mix & Potato-And-More-Pancakes

Main Dishes: Acorn & Squash Boats & Tortillas with Zucchini and Guacamole

Sides: Breaded Cauliflower Sprigs & Veggie Stuffed Tomatoes

Desserts: Apple Crisps & Fruity Protein Smoothie

Overall this book is an ok one…There is a 21 day devotional included, just like the other books about “Daniel plan”, but I feel that it is lacking something. If you have read anything about this plan then you probably already know what is included in this book. If you are new to this plan, then it would be a great book to start with. I, have read two other books about this plan so this was a little boring to me. I also wish that there were more recipes included in the book.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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Joseph: The Original Gentleman | Gracefull Country Diva

Joseph: The Original Gentleman {Linky}

Joseph: The Original Gentleman | Gracefull Country Diva

Mary was pregnant out of wedlock. Back in her day, this was completely sinful and no man would ever want to marry her. Joseph was engaged to her, but when he found out that she was pregnant, he decided to call off the engagement, but do so quietly, so that she would not be embarrassed or ashamed.

Joseph was a man of integrity. He took Mary’s feelings into account and during this time of uncertainty for her, I am sure this would have meant a lot.

But, God had other plans…

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  ~Matthew 1:20-21~
God sent an angel to make sure that Mary and Joseph got married. He wanted to reassure Joseph that this was he had planned for him.To do something like taking on the role of father to a child that was never fathered by you must have been such an amazing and hard thing to do…especially when it’s the savior.

God knew who Joseph was deep down inside and knew that he would be perfect to be Jesus’ earthly father. Joseph was honest, obedient, and strong. Strong enough to take on the task of being the savior’s father.

This would be the hardest test of Joseph’s obedience and faith in the Lord. Whether he believed Mary and the angel’s story enough to marry her and raise a son that was not his.

Joseph was a man that had a hard road ahead and was willing to accept the challenge.

These two verses are the most memorable when it comes to Joseph’s story. Why??? I believe that they are so important since they show just what Joseph’s character was. Back during their times all you really had was who you are as a person.

I think that today’s society is seriously lacking in men like him. Men that are filled with faith and love for their Father. Men that are so obedient that they will take a wife that was pregnant with a son that wasn’t his. Men that are so loving that they would try so hard not to shame a woman and sully her name.

Our men have drifted so far from who Joseph was as a man. It’s a very sad, but true, fact.

Joseph would be a great character study for every young gentleman. He was truly a man of integrity and full of wonderful qualities that every man needs to learn.

Joseph was the original gentleman!

Time for a linky!!!!  Please feel free to linkup as many posts as you want and the check out my co hosts thoughts on Matthew 1:20-21.
Linkup Grapic

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Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

1578562589_bI know that during the holidays I have a tendency to have a Martha heart. If you don’t know who Martha is, she was a woman that was too busy to spend time with Jesus when he came to stay with her sister and her for a little while. I want to be more like Mary and sit to enjoy Jesus’ teachings, but I get caught up in all the worldly problems.

In Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver, I find the desperately needed help that I am longing for. I have found a wonderful resource to help with deepen my relationship with Jesus and to show me where to focus, which is extremely important so that I can do what is important and leave everything else.

I love that this book is based in biblical principles that focus our mind and life. Weaver touches on all the aspects that I needed help with: prayer, work, hospitality. I tend to neglect my prayer life and overdo my work life. I have found that I have a Martha heart and this needs to change.

Weaver is encouraging and when I was reading, it felt like I was sitting with one of my friends having coffee.  She is helping you find your way to the right place, all without making you feel like you were a failure and giving you hope that you can change for the better.

This would make for a wonderful study with the ladies at your church. It included a 12 week bible study guide, resources, and even journal examples to really help you along your way to having a heart that is worthy of Jesus residing there.

Don’t worry….everyone can learn to have a Mary heart.  You just have to really want it.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a honest review.}

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Guest Posting Today

Guest Posting

Good Morning.  If you were expecting to see your regularly scheduled programming you will be sadly disappointed. 

Today I am guest posting on two different blogs.  Whoever said you can’t be in two places at once was WRONG.  Yes, I have been a very busy woman!

First off, I am talking about the day that Mary’s soul was pierced over on my wonderful friend Natalie Snapp’s blog.  This blog post is for our Not a Silent Night study, but it will still apply to you even if you aren’t doing the study with us….Oh, and if you aren’t doing the study…WHY NOT?  :)

The next place I am at today is on another sweet lady’s blog, Becoming a Godly Wife.   Over there I am talking about how to avoid becoming Martha during the holidays.  I have also included some tips on making this Christmas a little less stressful….Be Mary…Not Martha.

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