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Book Crash Review: Bible Study for Busy Mamas Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13 by Pam Forster

About the Book:

1 Corinthians 13 is a full-blown description of love – not a sentimental or romantic feel-good love, but a practical, where-the-rubber-meets-the road, perfect love – the kind of love only Jesus has fully accomplished.

This study won’t just tell you to try harder at loving. As you spend time studying God’s Word, you’ll encounter love personified — the perfect love Jesus embodies — and knowing His love for you will motivate you to love others like He does.

Busy Mamas studies take a simple but deep approach to Bible study, divided into bite-size portions that will leave you encouraged and excited as you discover that you do have time for meaningful Bible study.

By giving you short study assignments, five to ten minutes per day for thirty days, this book will help you make time to thoroughly study 1 Corinthians 13 and learn about true, Christ-like love.

View sample pages and find ways to purchase at Doorposts.


My Opinion:

I had the chance to review this Bible study by Pam Forster based upon I Corinthians 13 AKA the Love Chapter, because it tells us what love is – patient, kind, and what love is not – boastful, envious.  It’s geared to be a 30 day study, just like the other one I reviewed here.  While most studies that are supposed to be for ‘busy mamas’ usually turn out to not be for busy moms – this one is different, it doesn’t have to be done at a set time, the study assignments are relatively short between 5 to 15 minutes if I had to give a time of course this depends on how deep you get into it.  If you have a lot of time one can easily delve more deeply into the study but if you don’t even just doing the the basic assignment will give you enough study information to go on – just getting into God’s Word is what matters.

My ESV journal Bible – the first entries I made. Hearts around the words love and charity and other colorings/decorations. Very relaxing.

The only supplies you’ll need are your Bible (you can use any translation you like), although you’ll want to have either online access for Blue Letter Bible, or have an exhaustive concordance and various other translations of Bibles for the word studies.  I like the online way as I don’t have a lot of table space but Pam also recognizes not everyone will have online access or even like it so she does tell you how to do the study without the online portions.  Also needed are some colored pencils, high lighters (if you’d like to make in your Bible otherwise you can do it on your paper), something to write with and paper.  This study is really just a guide, you can use it as you need to in your life without feeling like you’re doing something wrong, like me I’m not doing it every single day but more like every other or every two because I’m soaking up the information from the other days.

Another feature that this one has is a complimentary children’s study – they’ll be studying the same chapter you are, I Corinthians 13, but doing it with you (as a family, just you and the children, or you can omit it entirely) with their own assignments.  It is great for both the little children and older ones and ideas are given for both so no one needs to feel left out or behind.  I have not personally included my children in this one but since I enjoy it so much I will more than likely go back and try to do just the children’s part with them after I finish the study.  It’s a great way to include the children and get them growing in God’s Word and since everyone does the same chapter you’ll all be on the same chapter, no need for each child to have their own guides or for a teacher’s guide.  This is a fantastic Bible Study for busy mamas!



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FIRST Tour: Letting Go of Supermom by Daisy “Dr.Mommy” Sutherland

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:
Daisy “Dr.Mommy” Sutherland
and the book:
Letting Go of Supermom
Publisher: Siloam (August 7, 2012)
***Special thanks to Althea Thompson for sending me a review copy.***

Dr. Daisy Sutherland is the founder and CEO of Dr. Mommy, LLC. She is a doctor of chiropractic by profession, wife, and mom to five children, whom she has homeschooled for the past twelve years. She hosts a weekly Blog Talk Radio show called Family Talk and is the featured parenting expert on Mom Talk Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show that airs on more than fifty stations, reaches 50,000 moms, and has been recognized in The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Day, USA Today, and Parenting. Women all over the country have benefitted from “Dr. Mommy’s” health, parenting, and career management tips and godly advice. She is the voice and advocate for every mom and says she is blessed to be able to help so many.
Visit the author’s website.


This guide will include time-management and organization tips, how-tos for handling stress, nutrition and general wellness advice, parenting and relationship tools, and ways to stay spiritually refreshed and highly productive without losing it! Dr. Mommy will also share her best tips and tricks from her personal experience of being a homeschooling, CEO mom.

Product Details:

List Price: $15.99

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Siloam (August 7, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616384638

ISBN-13: 978-1616384630

AND NOW…A SAMPLE (Click on pages to see them better):

My Opinion:


I was thinking this would be a great book for me – sometimes I do take on too much – but then again I’ve also learned to cut back and listen to my children, when they say that we’re too busy I’ve learned to listen.  The book is a fast read, which I really appreciated, since I don’t have time to read uninterrupted for days on end and it’s divided into 6 parts:

  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Home
  4. Health and Beauty
  5. Balance
  6. It’s a Mom’s World


I do have a couple concerns though, the first is that the author adds a word to Scripture in I Peter 3:3-5 adding the word “only” to this changes the whole meaning of this particular Scripture.  The first part of the Scripture reads; “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry, and fine clothes.”  When the word “only” is added between “not” and “come” it changes the meaning – which is why the Lord cautioned us about not adding or taking away from Scripture.  She also does encourage mediation, cautions against elastic waistbands (this more personal, I have many beautiful skirts that have elastic waistbands but no one would know unless they lifted my shirt!), wearing make up (again personally I hate make-up, I quit wearing it long ago and my skin is the healthier for it and my husband likes me without it).


So while I liked the book, I think it’s more geared to a first time mom more than a veteran mom – I’ve read some of the same ideas in other books and without as many things as I objected to.  I know most of my ‘issues’ are personal in nature and they are my personal opinion, I know many Christians do not have a problem with meditation, lots of women wear make-up, etc so it’s a personal thing.  Overall, I did enjoy the book it was written in a conversational tone and it was a fast read and there were some ideas and app recommendations (she left off my favorite mom must have though, Cozi) that I’ll be trying (not getting rid of my elastic waist-ed skirts though) in the future.

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The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya

About the Book:

The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God’s best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God’s plan for their marriages. “It is my passion to help women discover God’s heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me,” writes Sandy. “When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it’s a beautiful thing indeed.” The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources – Prayer Journal and Mentor’s Guide.
About the Author:
Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV’s Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women’s retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.

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My Opinion:

I strive to be a godly wife, one that is beautiful to both God and my husband – most often I fail but there are small successes as well.  If like me, you need a little help then you must check out Sandy Ralya’s Beautiful Wife which will give you a lot of help on your way to becoming a beautiful wife – you still may not be perfect but you’ll have something which will help you on your way and to pick you up when those days come that you don’t feel like being a beautiful wife.

The book covers equipping for the journey, cultivating mystique, speaking truth in love, managing money, professionalizing the roles of wife and mother, and many others – in total there are 12 areas that will be reflected upon either in a group or individual setting.  There are several ways to run a small group listed in the mentor guide such as once a week for 12 weeks, twice a month for six months, once a month for twelve months or make up your own schedule that fits to each one in the group.  The mentor’s guide is a great resource and inspiration to the woman leading the group with how to start a group, mentor instructions as well as a weekly laid out plan for each chapter in Beautiful Wife.

The prayer journal goes along with the study and while you don’t need it, this to me is the icing on the cake for the study.  This will help in aiding you on your individual trip through the book, such your husband’s prayer requests and your own and the answers to those prayers.  This isn’t your typical study where you thoughtlessly write in your answers, this will have you praying daily for you, your husband and your marriage and making you aware of how God answers those prayers – maybe not the way you want them answered but in how He will answer them.

So, if your a woman who needs some encouragement in her marriage or you have a large group of women in your church who need mentoring in this area then check out the Beautiful Wife study that will begin you on a path of beautifying your marriage so that it will bring God the glory and honor He is more than deserving of.

You can view Sandy’s testimony on YouTube.

Also watch for more information about the Beautiful Womanhood Ministry on YouTube.

**I was provided a copy of the Beautiful Wife book, the Beautiful Wife mentor guide and the Beautiful Wife prayer journal from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for posting the tour info and my own honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Study of I Peter: I Peter 3:1-7


This weeks study delved into submission within the marriage context as well as what real beauty is and what kind of qualities that Peter said women should emulate.  Those of us ladies who are doing the study and choose one thing that really spoke to us when we went through this weeks lesson and I think this time it was the submission part and what that actually looks like in a marriage today.

Submission is often misunderstood both in society and even in the church today, which is unfortunate, because even as Brothers and Sisters we should submit to one another.  However, when it comes to submission in a marriage it’s more than likely equated with the man keeping the wife in a slave capacity, allows the wife to be abused, however that is not the way the Bible tells us submission is – that is what the world wants us to believe about submission.

The definition of submission from the Merriam Webster is:

The first definition isn’t particular to what I’m writing about so I’ll skip to definition #2 which is ” the condition of being submissive, humble, or compliant” and definition #3 is “an act of submitting to the authority or control of another”.

So re-read that again.

When we read God’s Word we know that we women are called to be pure, meek, mild, having a quiet spirit.  This goes along with the definition of being humble and compliant.  Does it say that we need to be door mats or a stomping ground for our husbands?  No.  Does this go for our husbands as well?  Yes.

Feminists and others in the world would have us believe if we submit to our husbands that we are some how making ourselves lower than our husbands, that we are denigrating ourselves to some sub-human standard.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, and I’ll get to that in a minute.  When we took the vows of marriage, if it was a Christian marriage, they we promised to love and obey our husbands.  I know, I know – some are thinking well if we’re supposed to be equal they need to obey us too.  When we took those vows we willingly and knowingly put ourselves under the authority of our husbands.

Now, God tells our husbands that they are to do the same as Christ does to His church.  Does Jesus abuse His church?  No.  Does He love it, protect it, cherish it?  Yes.  This is what the husband should be doing, Biblical submission does not excuse abuse of any kind, in fact there are grave repercussions that the Lord promises to the man who does abuse his power over women.

Okay back to the original idea for posting – what does submission look like in marriage (and for what it’s worth, I know it will more than likely look different for everyone).  I have friends who love to wait on their husbands, if that is what God has worked out for that marriage, great but in my marriage and what I desire for my children submission would look like:

  • The husband to be a true saved and Bible believing Christian who submits himself to the Lord and the authority of a Bible believing church.
  • A wife who is a true saved and Bible believing Christian who submits herself to the Lord, her husband and the authority of a Bible believing church.
  • The husband’s desire is to protect and cherish his wife as the precious commodity she is.  If there is an argument, he fights fair, no name calling, no bringing up the past.
  • The wife’s desire is to bring honor and glory first to the Lord through honoring and respecting her husband through listening to him and following through on things – he wants the dishes done before he gets home from work, get ’em done.
  • When issues need discussed the husband and wife meet together and discuss the issue.   Whoever has the issue presents it.  “Honey I want to take the children to XYZ on ABC and we’ll need $$.”  After presenting the issue the spouse calmly listens to the other “Well darling, I’m afraid I’d rather you stay home that day and focus on the studies with the children and clean the house up a bit.  I will make arrangements for you and the children and maybe even take the day off work so we can go another time soon.”  In this case the wife would calmly agree to the husband’s request and cheerfully stay home while her husband works to follow through on his promise.  If the wife stomps her foot (or vice versa) and argues or still goes it’s a sign of a defiant heart and not a submissive one that God desires.
  • The husband’s word is final.  Now, I know there are some things that could change this, if he thinks a child should go to the dr for a minor cold I would present my case that it would be a waste of money and time or if the husband would ask the wife to do something that would jeopardize her life, her children’s life or cause her to commit a crime.  I know there are some staunchly patriarchal types who would disagree with this under the claim that the wife is protected from God’s wrath since she’s following her husband’s will – I still believe God will hold us each accountable.

Am I the perfect submissive wife?  Definitely not.  I’m constantly being molded by the Potter’s Hands.  I still sometimes defy my husband and try to justify it later.  I also know that if my husband says no to something he is firmly believing that he is protecting the children and I.  Sometimes I want my way, but I try not to yell anymore although you may still catch me rolling my eyes (see, I’ve got something to work on!)

**I am participating in the I Peter blog tour and I was provided a copy of the Inductive Bible Study in exchange for posting about my experiences with the study for nine weeks, no other compensation was given.

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Study of I Peter: I Peter 2:11-25


This week’s lesson was probably easier than the other weeks’ but no less thought provoking.  It’s titled “Shadow the Servant” and Peter is speaking to a church of Believers and encouraging them in the fact that they are strangers in the world and how they should be living.

I’ll never forget being a newly married woman and caring not for the things of the Lord.  My husband was raised Catholic but left the church, so he was more than okay in letting me have my way.  He could have his God, but I was going to live life on my terms, my way.

Fast forward to the birth of our first child, our daughter.  After having her I started feeling this pull, to come back to church.  Not to God mind you.  Just get back in church.  Little did I know that God would begin showing me things – things I would have rather ignored.

He wanted me to be a godly wife.  Okay, easy.  Not!  Submission?  Not me Lord, I’m liberated.

Well then I started reading the Bible – although I must say that I really didn’t come around until I started reading a series of books that softened my heart for God’s Word.

Homeschooling.  Dressing like a woman.  Covering.  Staying home.  There were just some of things that the Lord had  has been teaching me.

I’m in the world though.


It’s been a struggle to adopt God’s standards when living in the world – I don’t know who had it easier the early church or Christian’s today?

I’m put down.  “Oh, you’re just a mom”  “You let your husband control you”

I’m mocked.

I’m made fun of.

It’s a struggle but one day, upon my arrival in my Heavenly mansion that God has promised all His children, that I will hear well done!

When I think of those martyrs who have died for the faith.  Christians, fellow Brothers and Sisters who are in prisons and being tortured for His Kingdom.  I can only think that my suffering is not enough.


**I am participating in the I Peter blog tour and I was provided a copy of the Inductive Bible Study in exchange for posting about my experiences with the study for nine weeks, no other compensation was given.


Study of I Peter: I Peter 2:4-10

In this week’s study I read about the royal priesthood that we are all a part of, if we are Believers in Christ.  For me, being a priest conjures up men behind pulpits lovingly directing their flocks so that they can better enable us to understand His Word and live it.

The definition of Priest is one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God; specifically : an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon (from Merriam Webster)

If we look at the definition that focuses on a person who can perform sacred rites and can act as a mediator between us and God then I can better see myself as part of this royal priest hood that Peter speaks of.  Does that mean I need to run out and start my own church?  No, God does speak of this and women’s role in the church, so how can women be priests?

Now before anyone starts getting their hackles up – I’m not saying that I think women should preach over men (this will probably get me in trouble too) or that we should have our own church, but we can still be priests.

I struggled with writing this post but as I worked my way through the study this week I realized that the Bible wasn’t meaning just priests who guide their churches but anyone who shares the Gospel.  As a woman I can share the Gospel.

I can share with other women.

I can share with my children and other children.

I can point men to the place or person they need to speak with.

I can give my testimony.

I can be a mediator – praying for those who need prayer and going before the Throne of Christ and interceding on their behalf.

I have a ministry in my house – I’m the priest while my husband is gone, and sometimes while he is here but I try to make sure I don’t usurp his position as leader.  I’m to teach my children the ways of the Lord – how better to do that than having them with me 24 hours a day and homeschooling?

Right now my ministry is my house, my children, my husband.  This has caused issues for me when I’m in a church (which we aren’t right now).  Everyone thinks I should be involved with the children’s ministry (even if we don’t use the children’s ministry), the women’s Bible study, the Wednesday night prayer meeting – they forget I’m a mom and wife.

God didn’t tell me that I have to join every ministry in the church and then sacrifice my family upon that altar.  My ministry right now is the ministry of being a mom and a wife.  One of these days my children will be grown and beginning their own ministries as spouses and parents.  One of these days I’ll be able to do more, but for now, my calling, my ministry, my God ordained priest hood is in the home.

I’m to guide the flock that He has blessed me with.

I’m not saying that we should always turn down ministries within the church, by all means if God is laying it on your heart to teach your child’s Sunday School class so you can ensure His Word is being taught then by all means BUT if that ministry comes to the detriment of my ministry of being mom and wife then it’s not of God.

My heart longs for foreign mission work.  Until the time comes that the Lord makes it feasible for us to do so as a family and the Lord makes the way clear – I’ll be content with my ministry to my family.  Of course our family can also minister to those who need it, but for now my main ministry is to raise my children.

**I am participating in the I Peter blog tour and I was provided a copy of the Inductive Bible Study in exchange for posting about my experiences with the study for nine weeks, no other compensation was given.

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“A Woman’s Guide to Fasting” by Lisa E. Nelson

About the book:

When women think of fasting, many of us think of grumbling stomachs, low energy, and high-stress days. But this is not what fasting should be! With warmth and experience, Lisa Nelson provides the step-by-step advice women need for before, during, and after all types of fasts. When you learn how to fast successfully, you can–and will–experience God in a whole new way.

My Opinion:

I’ve heard of fasting but never knew much about it, until I read this book by Lisa Nelson.  This book may be small at just over 147 pages but it’s full of information regarding fasting and how to go about being a busy woman while fasting.  I think part of me is scared of the idea of fasting, give up food?  No.  What about the migraine?  The fatigue?  The low blood sugars?  It’s really not a good idea for me to fast – I’m a type 2 diabetic, BUT, I also know that if God is calling me to fast then I need to listen to that call.

I love how Lisa gives ideas for how to do a 24 hour fast, or even longer, what foods are good and how to effectively complete a fast even if you don’t succeed at the entire time you think you’re supposed to fast.  The facts about what a fast is and is not, is also a great way to understand the facts around fasting and how to do it to honor God while doing it safely.  This book will give you what you need to begin preparing yourself to fast even with a busy schedule.  I know I’ll be referring to it as I pray about whether to fast from food myself.

**I was provided a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


Litfuse Tour: “Mornings with Jesus 2012” by Tricia Goyer, Camy Tang, Judy Baer and others (and giveaway CLOSED)

About the Book:

“Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Each day’s selection includes: • a Bible verse • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives

My Opinion:

If you need something to jump start your day and if you’re like me, a busy mom who really doesn’t have free time, then let me introduce you to Mornings With Jesus 2012 written by some very talented women authors who speak God’s truth.  These devotionals are short, just right for the busy mom or woman, but filled with Truth, God’s love and poignancy.

I think the one thing that I’ve read so far that has inspired me from this devotional is the one I read on January 22, 2012 that spoke of children, family and it not being all about me.  It seems whatever I have read so far this year, the Lord is using it to direct my heart more towards my children and my husband.  I love how God works in our lives even we are not aware of it or even acknowledge it – He is working to draw us near and bring us into His flock.

So January 22’s devotional gives a Scripture verse, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and it truth.” I John 3:18 NIV and the author gives us a few words from her life that can also relate to ours, in this case it was about being a mom and the world no longer being all about her wants, her needs, etc.  After the short reading there are faith steps, these are a question that will make you think how the reading relates back to the Scripture at the beginning, or an action to take.  There are two for this date and one is “how did Jesus model selfless living?”, it doesn’t take a lot but the impact is big if you let God work through it and get into your daily life through these daily reading.

Normally I’m not big on dated devotionals as when I feel I’m bound by dates I feel like I can’t use it past that time, however even though this is dated I could see using this on a yearly cycle and just ignore the dates given.  If you’re looking for a great devotional for women written by women then look not further than Mornings With Jesus 2012.

**I was provided a copy of this devotional through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.  I was also provided an extra copy to give away in a contest on my blog.


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The Gentleness Challenge – Week 2

Since  I’ve decided to take part in the Gentleness Challenge I’ve been more aware of how I react to my children.  I’ve not been a perfect mom and yes I’ve still yelled this past week and right now I’m very, very close to yelling again.  My girls are trying to do their math work, my son is taking apart the broom and bugging his sisters.  Okay, yes maybe I should have something for him to do – he was coloring and cutting but decided that wasn’t fun anymore.  Being a mom of a boy is both a blessing and a challenge as I just can’t figure out his brain, one minute he acts like a little man and the next?  He’s whining and sounding like a little girl – yes, really!

I know where my parenting style comes from and unfortunately also my husband’s style.  I used to blame my hot part Irish blood, then I blamed my part German blood but it doesn’t matter – I have a temper but the Lord needs me to control that and use it to bring Him glory.  Yelling at my children doesn’t bring Him glory, it doesn’t help my children love me and it doesn’t help me feel close to my children.  Most moms of many can probably relate – our houses are loud, sometimes – especially during winter we are in our homes day in and day out, and the nerves, conflicting personalities and well it seems like no one is listening.

The challenge this week is to smile more, hug more, SLOW DOWN, listen, take a deep breath.  When you feel like screaming – whisper.  Pray pray and then pray some more.  Take time to write out, meditate and memorize the 2 verses above, as you pursue gentleness.   Can I do this?  On my own strength I know I will fail but if I lean on the Lord like I should have been doing all this time I can do it.  My flesh wants to laugh and say really?  Smile when my son is whining like a girl?  Hug my daughter when she doesn’t clean up her lunch mess?  Slow down when we have to get to karate AND dance.  That is my flesh.  The Lord says “I gave you these children to train up, discipline them, love them and teach them My Ways – I will give you strength and lift you up like the eagles and give you peace that passes all understanding.  Come here my Daughter, lean into My arms, and let Me guide you, comfort you and give you the peace you so desire.”

I’m not guessing what the Lord will say to me, I KNOW, He tells us all the same thing in His Word, in the Bible.  He is with us, as long as we call on Him and give over our weaknesses, our failures, our sins, He is quick to forgive if only we ask.  In realization of this I don’t only need His forgiveness I need my children’s – I need almost 10 years of forgiveness from my Hannah (God has favored me – what a tall meaning to live up to), 7 years of forgiveness from Bethanne (Beth means house and Anne is a variant of Hannah in Hebrew – WOW!) and 5 years of forgiveness from my son, Christian (Latin for follower of Christ).  I want forgiveness, I need it, we can move on and we can grow a better relationship one based on love and not yelling or anger.

Want to know what the two verses are that are mentioned above?  The are Galations 5:22,23 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.  A balm, a cool breeze, a cool drink, the Word can refresh our spirits and renew our minds, keeping these two verses in the forefront of the mind can get me through the day when my son is whining, my 7 year old is crying because she doesn’t want to ask for help in math, or my 10 year old is yelling at her siblings.

The reason why I included the meanings of my children’s names is because I need to remember that the Lord knew what they were going to be named before I did – He knew them before I knew that they were mine.  If I can keep in mind that my daughter’s share the same meaning (totally unplanned by the way) of God has favored me and if I want my son to be a follower of Christ his whole life I need to remember what I need to do – be slow to anger and quick to love and embrace them and let God take charge over all our lives.

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Book Review: "A Place to Belong" by Lisa Troyer

About the book:

Looking for a place to belong? Find it in a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation, and accountability —find it in the Circle of Friends. Your outlook will never be the same as you explore the ministry potential of a dynamic group of “women helping women,” and catch their vision to be women committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will, and fulfilling their life mission as Christ-followers.

With the Circle of Friends, you’ll encounter:

  • Acceptance
  • Authenticity
  • Affirmation
  • Accountability
  • Action

My Opinion:

Most books written by women for women seem to lack something, and that something is usually a transparency that we women need from other women.  When we want to connect we want to do that on a deep emotional level but also feel safe when doing so – if we feel threatened or that what we say will get us judged or worse, spread around – then women can’t and won’t open up and feel like they belong.

When you open this book you’ll find yourself face to face with the author’s transparency of a huge child hood secret that she finally knew God wanted her to acknowledge and let Him carry her pain, guilt, anguish, everything and through that process she had to let others in, not superficially, but heart and soul and mind.  Whether your secret is being promiscuous in the past, having an abortion, or something even as seemingly as insignificant as lying to someone we all have secrets and we all long to belong – especially to a God who longs for us to come to Him, accept His Son and His love no matter how imperfect we are.

Let’s quit being afraid to share ourselves and in the end maybe even help someone else with a trial in their life, lets have companionship without the fear of judging or losing a friend.  That doesn’t meant that you’ll get away with living in sin but it does mean that your past is past and a group of women are out there to help you heal and help find ultimate healing through the Saviour.  So open up A Place to Belong and begin a life changing adventure with other women and with the Lord.

You can watch videos of each of the five points above by going to A Place to Belong , how to purchase the book, start your own Circle of Friends and much more.


**I was provided a copy of this book through The B&B Media Group in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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