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“Called to Controversy.”

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Called to controversy was different than I was expecting…. More biography than story, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. While parts of Moishe Rosen’s life journey were certainly inspirational the book was altogether not what I expected.

Having said that, the book was well written and unbiased for being written by his own daughter. Perhaps a good read for a person feeling called to mission work.

This book was provided free for review from BookSneeze.com

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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‘Revealing Jesus’ by Darlene Zschech (A book review)

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Darlene Zschech is already well known for her musical and song-writing abilities and now she has added a whole new chapter to that talented portfolio; writing.

Each new day is another beautiful new perspective. Starting out with a scripture, she follows with practical ways on how to both understand no apply these scriptural truths. To end each day she writes an absolutely beautiful prayer that you can tuck into your heart for the day ahead!

A great devotional for those who find their lives hectic and busy. The devotions are not huge but will give you the meat you are hungry for! Definitely a five-star book!!!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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“‘Jennifer’: An O’Malley Love Story” Book Review!!!

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This is the first book that I have read by Dee Henderson…..and what a beautiful love story it is!!!

The romance that Henderson paints in the pages of this book between Jennifer and Tom leaves me hungry for more of the O’Malley seres!!! This book seems like a great place to start this series and I highly recommend reading it! If you’ve already read the O’Malley series this is a neat look back into the history of Jennifer’s life!

Definitely a must read!!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Sisters in Christ :)

John 15:12-13 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for {her} friend.”

I have learned the wisdom and the incredible value of this scripture this past year. There is such a huge importance in having a sister in Christ.

First we must understand how God loves us. John 15:12 says this: “…Love each other as I have loved you.” So……How does God love us? He loves us with an agape love. Let me break that down: Agape love is divine, unconditional, selfless, self-sacrificing, active, thoughtful, kind and never-ending. 1 John 4:9 & 10 says it better…. “God showed his love for us when he sent his only son into the world to give us life. Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.”

I think there are a few things we can take away from this verse!!

1. The source of agape is not the character of the loved rather the nature of the lover. God doesn’t love us because of who we are. He loves us despite of who we are!
2. This quality of love is absolutely unconditional. It is not given out to the worthy, but to the unworthy! It isn’t inspired by achievements or accomplishments but by need.
3. The goal of this love is the good of the loved. This love seeks the best for the other no matter the cost. “God sent his only son…..”
4. The evidence of this love is action. “God showed his love for us when he sent his only son into the world to give us life.” This love doesn’t just feel and speak – it acts. Agape chooses to act in the best interests of another.
5. The extent of this love is sacrifice. “…the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.” Without sacrifice there is no love…because love’s very nature is to pour out, not to self-serve. Love does not act only when it is convenient – but rather it acts no matter the cost.

I have a very special friend, she knows who she is – and we both believe that God has set our friendship up in a very unique and divine way.

If you are feeling like you really need a sister in Christ- a precious friend, a confidant, a source of encouragement and support ….ask our Heavenly Father to supply that friend. If he has laid it on your heart to be these things for another… Ask our Heavenly Father to show you to whom you may be that friend.

I am a better person because of my precious friend. She is honestly an answer to a prayer I prayed for a long time! I feel like I am a more confident woman in being a wife to my husband and a mommy to my babies because of her. She prays for me when I ask, and she prays for me even when I don’t ask. She brings new perspective into light and she isn’t afraid to speak up when she believes a choice I have made isn’t “God’s best.” Neither one of us is perfect, but neither one of us expects the other to be perfect. That’s the beauty of it all, we are unworthy of a friend and yet The Lord has blessed us abundantly anyway. Thank you, Lord!!

I am praying that you may be encouraged! Yes, you!!! God loved us first so that we may pass that amazing love on to others!

So go…. “Love each other as brothers and sisters and honour others more than you do yourself.”

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The ‘Slop Bucket’!

You know, sometimes The Lord just really amazes me! I receive emails daily with devotions in them….every once in a while the devotional I read is so very timely! Today’s was one. I figure if I need to hear this, chances are someone else out there needs to too- so here it is.
Lord, please touch our ‘slop bucket’ and fill it with compassion and forgiveness to the “mean people” in our lives!! Amen 🙂

Have a blessed day!
Mandy

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

Recently I met a friend for coffee.

This is one of the great bonuses of having my son home from college. He needs money. I need time. My daughters need activity. So he took them to an indoor fun center that is the delight to many a child.

Not that I was feeling like I needed a break from all the family togetherness.

But my friend needed me.

So, we met and chatted and processed a situation I wish we didn’t have to process — mean people.

I know I should say that people aren’t mean. Sometimes people just do mean things.

And I know there are always two sides to every story. Glory be do I ever realize there are two sides. But during the holidays when “nice” is usually served up in high fashion, even the slightest meanness can seem really huge.

And knowing that in years past, my friend had spent way too many days crying during the holidays made me sad. For her. For the people who were mean to her during this time. For the reality that we Christians can be mean sometimes. We can be sharp and cutting and too tired to find the right words.

Not long ago, I got an email from someone who was too tired to find the right words. I still don’t understand what caused her to be in such a tiff. And though I made my fingers type words back to her that were gentle and graceful, I will admit that what I really wanted to do was get in her face and tell her a thing or two. Boy did I have the perfect comeback. Because I can be mean. Just like those people who hurt my friend.

We are all more alike than we care to admit.

And not that I want to wax philosophical today, but here I go anyhow.

There’s a bucket inside each heart where hurts are dumped. Little hurts, big hurts, past hurts—they all get dumped into this slop bucket. We think we’re fine because the hurts are contained. We think we’ve dealt with the hurts because they aren’t rising to the surface that often. But then someone comes along and kicks that slop bucket with a mean word or two and it spills over.

Sloshing. Spilling. Leaking. Staining. And every word we speak in response carries some of what’s in our slop bucket.

So here’s the thing.

Slop can be good if it’s been turned into compassion. Some people have let Jesus touch their slop, mixing in mercy, grace, forgiveness, and a love that reaches just beyond what we’re capable of on our own.

But too many of us have let our slop bucket sit and ferment in pride, resistance, our right to be right, and bitterness that cuts off our potential to grow into the woman we’re designed to become. So, instead of compassion, the harshest judgment drips out with each of our words.

Compassion. Judgment. The reality that every girl has a slop bucket.

These are good things to think about over coffee when you’ve sent your kids away to play.

Dear Lord, You are worthy to be praised! Help me lean on You to heal all of my hurts and frustrations. I know that only You can change my slop into compassion, and for that I am grateful. Soften my heart, Lord, and continue to transform me into the woman You designed me to become. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Proverbs 31 Ministries

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Elf on the shelf 🙂 A new Christmas tradition for the Hill family!!

It’s always such an exciting time of year- Christmas! Celebrating the birth of our wonderful Lord and Saviour… The time set aside with family and friends… The songs, the music… The yummy food… It’s all great! What’s even better is sharing all of those things with your children! Starting traditions, making memories!

This year we have started a new family tradition! Elf on the shelf! 🙂

‘Fargo’ our Elf on the shelf has made his very first appearance in the Hill home and we can’t wait for the kids to discover him!! 🙂

Here is a little info on the tradition of “Elf on the Shelf” 🙂 Find out more at: http://www.elfontheshelf.com

Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages.

The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Waiting for their families to bring them home, these patient elves hibernate until their family reads The Elf on the Shelf, gives their elf a very special name, and registers their adoption online. Once named, each scout elf will receive its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year.

Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.

Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus’ cookies!

Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot! While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.

On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy. Join the tradition and adopt your own Elf on the Shelf now!

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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Thankful, oh so thankul!!

It has been a long time since I continued on with my gratitude list! It’s about time I pick up where I left off….

281. A beautiful, warm, sunny and happy summer!

282. Family vacation!! Just 6 more days and we will start our journey east!!

283. Cake making fun!! I have been so busy with orders lately…I LOVE it!!!

284. Time with a friend who is visiting from away! Catching up, yummy cake, laughter and even a few tears!

285. A healthy,growing baby boy! He just melts my heart away. I seriously couldn’t be more proud of the joy that he is and has brought to our family!!!Image

286. My beautiful brown eyed, blond haired girl! Isn’t she something?! Her innocence and curiosity bless me every single day I have the priviledge of being her mother!!  Image

287. My blonde haired green eyed boy! Every day with him is a new adventure! An adventure I absoutely would not change for anything else in the whole wide world!  Image

288. Wisdom. I know whom I serve, and I will not sway from doing so. Nothing and no one will become a greater priority than God alone.

289. Laughter. It really IS good for the soul.

290. THIS beautiful family is MINE. Somedays I wonder what I ever did to deserve them….but I am so thankful every day that I can call them my own.Image

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized