Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Greatest Showman | This Is Me Lyric Video | 2018

My husband stayed home with the kids so I could have the chance to go see The Greatest Showman with my sister and mom (and a few other family members. It was suppose to be a girls night, but kind of grew. lol). What a fun musical!  While I realize they took quite a few liberties with the story (That's Hollywood, right? Some of the history behind P.T. Barnum's circus can be found here) and could of done without Barnum's infatuation, I did think it was well done and an enjoyable story about acceptance and dreaming big. For me, it represented the glitz and wonder side of the circus.

Some of my favorite stories that are about the circus:

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why I hate Green Beans

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If there is one thing Lincee Ray has learned over the years, it's that the majority of women on the planet struggle with insecurities. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our just-trying-to-help mothers are just driving us crazy. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. It's enough to send you on a gummy-bear bender while binge-watching Friends reruns and not showering for a week. Lincee knows. She's been there. Right there, in fact. Gummy bears and all.

For every woman who's ever wondered if she's unlovable, uninteresting, or unattractive, Lincee offers her particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection. Like a true friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection, trust that God knew what he was doing when he made us, and maybe go buy a new tube of mascara. Walk alongside Lincee as she discovers that her identity is not found in her job, her relationship status, her bank account, or her social circle. It's found in Christ.

My thoughts: This book is excellent! It's like sitting down with a good friend and discussing the things that are on your heart. I love her open way of sharing, and her sense of humor! This book will resonate with women in all walks of life, since we all struggle with insecurities and remembering to find our worth in Christ.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

I Will Not Fear

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In 1957, Melba Beals was one of the nine African American students chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. But her story of overcoming didn't start--or end--there. While her white schoolmates were planning their senior prom, Melba was facing the business end of a double-barreled shotgun, being threatened with lynching by rope-carrying tormentors, and learning how to outrun white supremacists who were ready to kill her rather than sit beside her in a classroom. Only her faith in God sustained her during her darkest days and helped her become a civil rights warrior, an NBC television news reporter, a magazine writer, a professor, a wife, and a mother.

In I Will Not Fear, Beals takes readers on an unforgettable journey through terror, oppression, and persecution, highlighting the kind of faith needed to survive in a world full of heartbreak and anger. She shows how the deep faith we develop during our most difficult moments is the kind of faith that can change our families, our communities, and even the world. Encouraging and inspiring, Beals's story offers readers hope that faith is the solution to the pervasive hopelessness of our current culture.

My thoughts: This is an incredible memoir about the civil rights movement and what it was like to grow up in the 1950's and 60's. I thought the stories that Melba shares are interesting, and loved the testimonies! It was sad to read some of the experiences that she had to go through, even in more recent years. This book is an inspiring account of one woman who wouldn't give up, even when faced with difficult choices.
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A Passionate Hope

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Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

My thoughts: This book does a fantastic job of bringing to life the story of Hannah and what the details of her story might of looked like. I thought that Jill did a wonderful job of breathing life into the story! It would of been hard to give up the little boy who was an answer to your prayers, but also the faith that she had to of had. If you enjoy Biblical fiction, then I recommend picking up a copy of A Passionate Hope!
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Helping children deal with grief

We lost several loved ones over the holidays and have had some tough discussions at our home lately. I recently stumbled upon this podcast by Focus on the Family where they had Kathleen Fucci come and talk about her experience with marrying a widower and the struggles and victories that they had as a family. She has some wonderful advise on how to handle those tough discussions with children. I loved her message, and highly recommend both it and her book! I know they have been a tremendous blessing to my family.

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In All Things

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This accessible and practical Bible study of the book of Philippians invites you to discover a joy and contentment that will carry you through every circumstance of life.

With warm teaching and perspective-shifting insights, Bible teacher Melissa Kruger walks you through the power-packed words of the apostle Paul to believers in the early church to discover what he knew about the secret to unshakeable peace--and how his insights can help any woman discover a secure and satisfying contentment no matter what life may bring. With the Scripture passages printed right in the book for handy reference, this is an ideal resource for busy women of any life stage who want to deepen their spiritual life and increase their daily joy.

My thoughts: This study came at the perfect time for me! I love that it is so firmly rooted in scripture and shows that we can have joy even when things are incredibly difficult. I love the scriptures that reminded me that it wasn't easy in the early church, but we have a hope that is beyond this world, and that alone should give us joy.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Your Money Map

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"The practical principles in Your Money Map are powerful and life-changing because are they based on the Bible. My only regret is that I did not read it twenty years ago. Don’t make the same mistake!"

—Joe Gibbs, former NFL head coach and founder of NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing
This book will transform your finances . . . and your life.

When you learn what the God of the universe says about handling money—and apply it—everything changes. Your Money Map shows you how.

This biblical and practical guide is for everyone—single or married, young or old, whether you earn a little or a lot. It helps you:

Frame your finances within God’s big picture
Determine and change the trajectory of your financial situation
Establish and follow 7 steps for wise stewardship.

Follow the principles in Your Money Map toward financial freedom and you will know a joy, peace, and confidence about your finances that few ever do.

Includes discussion questions, tools, and resources to help you put the book into practice.

My thoughts: This book is excellent! While we have done some of the Dav Ramsey practices, I always enjoy reading different philosophies on managing money. I like that this book has thoughts on saving for college (including how your children can help) and what to do when starting a business. If you are looking to be a better steward over your finances, then I highly recommend this book!
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