A Must-Read Before Christmas!

For many people, Christmas can be a rather controversial topic. It’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year”, filled with reflection on the baby in a manger and quality time with family. While this may be the case to some degree, there’s more to the story for most families. . . In reality, this season is also a time of hectic chaos, heartache that seems to build up from a difficult year, and frustration over what we wish was true but isn’t. In a new book from Baker Publishing, “Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season”, Alexandra Kuykendall unpacks some great insights into being present AND finding joy in our own actual, imperfect Christmases. Continue reading

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Have You Packed Your Shoeboxes Yet?

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It’s shoebox-packing time!  Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week is November 14th – 20th…  Below is a picture of a couple of the shoeboxes we packed this year, and we can’t encourage you enough to get involved as well.  As Samaritan’s Purse explains: Continue reading

A Wonderful Bible for Kids (Guest Review by Hayley)

airship-genesis-bible-imageHave you been looking for a Study Bible that will actually look interesting to a tween-aged child – particularly a boy? If so, then look no further than the “Kids Study Bible: Airship Genesis Legendary Bible Adventure”! The back cover says it best: “‘The Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible’ brings Bible stories to life and helps kids discover vital truths from Scripture, finding real-life applications for children living in today’s world.” Some of the features included in this fun, appealing edition of the NKJV Bible are: Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

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Can you believe it’s already November 7th?  Is it “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” where you live?  Where I live, it only looks like a chilly, cloudy, and very windy day, with no snow in sight…  But regardless, Christmas is just around the corner and so is an annual tradition in our house – packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!  People in Canada and around the world have been packing shoeboxes for many years, and perhaps this is the year you could give it a try, too!  Please see the video and document below for more information on how to get started. Continue reading

Simply Charming and a Beautiful Gift!

beautiful-word-coloring-bible-imageAfter taking just one look at the Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, it had already surpassed my expectations. If I were going to describe it in just a couple of words, I think that most accurate would be “absolutely charming”.

The illustrations for coloring are lovely – not too intricate, but not too simple, and there are plenty of lightly lined, or blank spaces in the margins that can be used for either journaling, or for drawing your own personal creations. Since it is a Bible, the pages are rather thin, so I would recommend coloring with pencil crayons rather than markers, but the pages are still thicker than a regular Bible. A pretty, light blue ribbon marker, and a lovely presentation page make this Bible ideal to be given as a gift, or simply for your own enjoyment. I also appreciate that it is in the NIV translation.

All in all, I highly recommend the Beautiful Word Bible, whether it is for yourself, or to give as a gift. It is charming to say the least, and will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to your devotional time, artistic endeavors, or anything else you choose!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.