Candle Bedtime Bible

By: Karen Williamson

Illustrated By: Christine Tappin

The Candle Bedtime Bible is a collection of 3, 5, and 10 minute long Bible stories for kids; each story is labelled by the length of time to help aid every parent before bedtime. These Bible stories are written in a way that makes the story easy to understand and is complimented by beautiful illustrations that correlate with each story. The print used in this book is large enough that beginner readers will also be able to enjoy the stories as they practice reading each night.

I enjoyed being able to use the Candle Bedtime Bible in the nursery at our church, the kids loved looking at the pictures and listening to the stories. This is a great book to have as an introduction to Bible stories for all young kids.

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

-Elle

Poison By Jordyn Redwood

It’s been 5 years since Keelyn Blake’s step-father took her family hostage. 5 years since she heard the name Lucent, a hallucination from her step-father’s mind. Only now Lucent is back, and he is no hallucination, he has kidnapped Keelyn’s niece, and Keelyn’s sister Raven is no where to be found.

With the little family she has left, Keelyn is searching for her sister, but will her relationsh ship with FBI hostage negotiator Lee Watson be able to make it through?

Book 2 in the Bloodline Trilogy by Jordyn Redwood will captivate you, Redwood has the ability to use such descriptive words and phrasing and will pull you into the story that afterwards you will wonder if you actually read a book rather than watching the events unfold in person. With rich characters and a story that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with twists and turns at every corner you will surely love this book.

-Elle

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

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit: 1 Peter Graduated Blog Tour Week 5

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

1 Peter 3:3-4

Week 5! Can’t believe we are already this far into the Blog Tour, but I have been waiting for this week. 1 Peter 3:3-4 is one of my favorite verses, I just love it! I don’t know if I can really define why I enjoy this verse so much.

Beauty is always a tough subject for me, and I know that for many others it is the same way, that we just don’t feel quite up to par. Not wearing the latest styles, or attempting to wear them and feeling like you can’t quite pull it off. Wearing make-up to fit in and to not feel completely self-conscious.

So many times, especially as a girl we give into what the media has defined as beauty, we let outside influences take charge telling us to dress and look a certain way to be beautiful, that we have to have a certain body type and weigh under an absurd unhealthy amount to be considered beautiful.

I’ve always wanted to fit in, to be accepted by the general population, but that has never been who I am, being invisible comes very natural to me, something I mastered in high school just to get by, but now in my late twenties it starts to get frustrating when people look right past you and don’t realize you were ever standing there, which leads to more self consciousness and wondering how to get people’s attention at times.

One of the hardest things for me to remember is that God does not define us by the world’s standard of beauty, and He does not judge us how the world judges us, by our outward appearances, by the money we make, the success of our careers. What does matter is our heart, our spirit, a gentle and quiet spirit. A spirit that fears God.

I am not flawless. I will never be perfect.In fact I am amazing at making mistakes and saying stupid things at the wrong time. I like dresses, I wear make up, I get muddy, most of my clothes are covered in paint and that is alright because God still loves me. He knows what is in my heart, and He knows what I want to work towards, and the flaws I want to improve upon and the things I want to change. And rather than telling me I have to change for the world to approve of me, He reminds me that He will change me for the better, to be what He has called me to be. Created in His image.

-Elle

 

The 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times was provided to me complimentary from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is an inductive Bible Study by Sue Edwards which I will be going through for the next 9 weeks

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I am Chosen: Week 3 Graduated Blog Tour

1 Peter 2:4-9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

How many times in a day do we get caught up in what life is handing us, and get caught up in worldy things that we forget that we have been chosen! And not just chosen but chosen by the Most High God! We are His special possession! A Holy Nation! A Royal Priesthood! Have you ever actually taken the time to consider those phrases?

I am a Chosen People.

I am a Royal Priesthood.

I am a Holy Nation.

I am God’s Special Possession.

Wow. There is not much to say beyond that. We are Chosen. God’s Special Possession. Not only are we Chosen but we are called, each of us has been called to something different, some of us know that calling since we were young, others (like myself) are still trying to figure it all out.

I may not know exactly what God has called me to do, but I know I have been called to serve, to share His word and to glorify God in everything.

As I continue to search for a clearer calling I know that my gifts lie in serving. To help others. I’ve always loved to volunteer and that has never changed, I can’t remember a time when I did not want to help people, when I did not raise my hand to be the first to help out.

I love to give  my time, to serve others, and to teach when I know what I am doing (and sometimes when I have no clue!) It may not be specific, but I know I am chosen. I have been called to serve. I will glorify my God in all ways possible.

-Elle

The 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times was provided to me complimentary from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is an inductive Bible Study by Sue Edwards which I will be going through for the next 9 weeks.