“When lies are not confronted, callings are not fulfilled”

Crash the Chatterbox By: Steven Furtick

We all have those voices in our head, the voices that tell us lies, that warp what we know is true into something different. That voice has the ability to skew the knowledge and truth of God into something so that we think that we are not good enough, that God expects something He doesn’t. That voice distracts us throughout our day, it keeps us unfocused and leads us down a path full of lies.

In Steven Furtick’s latest book, Crash the Chatterbox, he addresses all the noise and clutter that goes through our heads and how our minds can take a truth and by adding a simple word or intonation we change the meaning completely that causes us to believe that we are not who God wants us to be. That we are not doing the things we are supposed to be.

Crash the Chatterbox is a great book that helps to share how you can stop the voices and clutter within your mind and focus on God’s voice and the truth He has for you. Instead of allowing the voices to fill your head with lies and distract you from where you should be headed you can focus on God’s truth and the plan he has for you.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the blogging for books program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

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Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, A Journey to Redemption

Hope Runs is the story of Claire and Sammy, both from different parts of the world and how they came to find one another and become a family. Claire an avid traveler from the States and Sammy a Kenyan boy growing up in an orphanage that Claire came across at the end of a year of travelling the world. Both from different backgrounds with different stories to tell but in the end their stories intertwined to turn them into family.  This is an inspirational book about the journey that Claire and Sammy took to finding one another and how their relationship grew. Sammy shares his story of growing up in Kenya and eventually traveling to the states to attend high school.

This book will inspire you to do something, that even if it is something simple it can change someones life. Something as basic as starting a running club can change how people see the world, and that instead of sitting on the side lines there are ways you can help make a difference.

I could not put this book down, Sammy and Claire’s story is beautiful and Sammy’s positive attitude on life will make you realize how much you take for granted and to reach for your dreams and to keep pushing forward.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The Grace Course: Lesson 2: Innocent!

Expectations.

I hate that word. I may say it often, but I place expectations on myself on a regular basis. Expectations that I convince myself that my family has placed on me, that God has placed on me, that my employer has placed upon me.

Now some of these places due have expectations, after all you get hired to do a certain job and you are expected to do the tasks to make sure the work is done.

Your family has expectations but we allow our minds to take them overboard. I am a middle child, and although I live the farthest from home I feel that sometimes it is my job to fix and patch any problems that may be happening, or fill that middle child role as the ‘peacemaker’ and to not cause problems or conflict and go along with everything. It might be simple things, it doesn’t need to be as complex, just recently I’ve realized that since, out of my siblings, I am the only one without children, I feel like I am expected to go on vacations with my mom, now there is nothing wrong with a vacation with my mom but by doing so I’ve ignored seeing the places I’ve dreamed of seeing because I know it is not her thing.

I serve in church, if someone calls with a last minute paint job or task that needs done no matter how late I do everything I can to make sure I can help. If I am not able to serve that night I feel guilty that I am letting a leader down, my church down, and overall God down.

Currently I not only work for my church but I serve on the Creative team and in the Children’s ministry, on certain Sundays I am serving through all services feeling guilty that I am not sitting in service in learning but at the same time feeling guilty about asking for a night off of serving so that I can sit in service.

One of the things that hit me most in lesson 2 was the discussion on guilt and how guilt is not a feeling. “True guilt has nothing to do with feelings. It’s about hard facts.”

Now I know that we feel guilty about a lot larger things than what I’ve listed, that there are sins we feel guilty about, but I am trying to show you that guilt is not always about the big things, we feel guilty about minor things, things that we feel called to do, guilty because of missing church, not reading our Bible.

These are signs that our feelings are lying to us. That instead of trusting and believing the grace that we have been giving we are relying on our feelings and on works to be living up to God’s expectations.

However, God does not have a list of expectations for us.

He does not place guilt within us. Through Jesus’ death, He took all of our guilt to the cross. We have been forgiven, God, through Jesus, sees us as forgiven, as pure and clean. The guilt is unnecessary.

God’s grace isn’t only for the moments when we are reading our Bible or serving our community. Grace is for every moment of everyday, God doesn’t pick and choose when to offer us grace, He continually extends grace to us!

 

“God doesn’t want you to feel guilty when you’re not guilty! He wants you to rejoice! He wants to restore your joy in life. God loves you before you sin. God loves you after you sin. God even loves you in the midst of your sinning though He never loves the sin. God will never turn His hatred of sin into hatred for us.”

Grace leads us to living a righteous life.

There is no condemnation.

 

Romans 8:1-2

“Don’t So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.live up to God’s expectations”

-Elle

DANCING WITH FIREFLIES || RSVP for April 10th Facebook Party and enter to win a Kindle HDX from @DeniseAHunter!

Don’t miss Denise Hunter‘s latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies “swoon-worthy” and “the perfect love story.” 

Join Denise in celebrating the release of her new book by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway and RSVPing for her April 10th Facebook party.

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One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Dancing with Fireflies and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 10th. Winner will be announced at the Dancing with Fireflies Facebook Party on April 10th. Connect with Denise for an evening of prizes, book chat, and an exclusive look at the next book in the series.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

Dancing with Fireflies By: Denise Hunter

Jade McKinley thought she was prepared to move out on her own, living in the city she would live the life she had dreamed of, but when the unthinkable happens Jade finds herself headed home pregnant and with no where to go. Not sure of how her family will responds she hides the pregnancy and decides to find a husband that would be the father of her child.  When she turns to long time friend Daniel, she sees the potential for a future, simply wanting a reliable husband but not someone she would love. With emotions rising and her due date getting closer Jade must find a way to survive on her own and raise a family.

I absolutely love Denise Hunter’s books and Dancing with Fireflies is at the top of the list! This book is a story of how strong a mothers love can be no matter what the circumstances. The main character goes through many things we can each relate to, from learning to not blame ourselves because of circumstances outside our control and learning to forgive others. This book will keep you glued to the very end.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mom’s Night Out Giveaway!

Be sure to enter to see this outrageously funny movie and attend the movie premiere!

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Zonderkidz Book Giveaway!

Spring is here! Which means the sunshine has returned! Trips to the zoo! Getting ready for Summer Camp! Thunderstorms! Flowers! Tornadoes! (Or is that just Oklahoma) and longer days of sun! Easter is around the corner so I can’t think of a better way to celebrate except for giving away books!

The winner will receive a devotional, fiction title, and Bible of their choice! These book are great for your preteen! Reviews of each will be posted throughout the week! You have until 6 pm central time on April 5 to leave a comment with your e-mail address and what you are looking forward to most this spring!

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Adventure Bible Book of Devotions 
The Ether: Vero Rising by Laurice E. Molinari
Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne
The Sequin Bible NIV  (Blue flower)
The Jesus Bible NIV 
-Elle

Great Selection of Kids Books!

Adventure Bible Book of Devotions:

This is a great book for kids to take a step further and begin regular devotions! Each devotion has a Bible Verse topic, a short story and a summary. This devotional is clear and understandable for kids of any age and a great way for parents to start their kids on a regular devotional.

 

The Ether: Vero Rising

By: Laurice E. Molinari

This is a great fantastical story for older kids and pre-teens. Vero is a guardian angel that was adopted by human parents at birth and now must train to become a guardian angel while also balancing the human life of a 12 year old. Kids that love the fantasy genre will fall in love with this book.

 

Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

By: Jill Osborne

Great story for young readers! This series shows girls the values of hard work and dedication. The main character is someone that young girls can model and aim to be like. It is great having a book for younger readers that also appeals to girls that are more adventurous.

 

The Sequin Bible NIV

This is a beautiful Bible for young girls, with the bright sequins of the cover, any girl would be proud to own this Bible for use at church and for personal devotions.

 

The Jesus Bible NIV

This is a great Bible for young readers, both boys and girls will love this Bible that gives extra information about who wrote the book as well as historical information to help the reader understand the context of the story. This Bible also includes mini-devotions throughout the book and also includes short prayers every few pages.

 

I received all of these books complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

-Elle