How to Live Royal: Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls

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Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls

We get to revisit the book of Esther today! Twice in one year, but totally different, too. Remember when I reviewed Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia over the summer? I explained then that I had the unique privilege of doing both a sermon series at church And preview a book of Esther Bible study for teen girls just before reading that fun novel? Well, this is it! I am so happy to introduce you to Aminata and the first Bible study in the Girls of Excellence series. Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girl … Read More

I Prayed for Patience-God Gave Me Children: Review

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I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children

Today’s Celebrate Lit Christian book tour features a unique devotional: I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children This is perfect for parents, but is also great for any child of the King, whether you have kids of your own, or not! And you don’t want to miss the giveaway, either! About the Book Book:  I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children Author: Linda Wood Rondeau Genre: Non-fiction Release date: Second Edition 2019 God indeed has a sense of humor. He chose children to teach us too-smart adults what it means to be his child, the very special relationship the believer enjoys with … Read More

Managing Expectations in Relationships: 8 Great Christian Books That Help

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Managing expections in relationships and the Christian books that can help.

My small group did a study on the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere a couple of years ago. It went a long way towards helping me in managing my expectations in relationships with others. The subtitle of the book is “Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense.” When you think about it, we tend to get offended most when our expectations aren’t lived up to. We take it as a personal affront. If your baby pulled your hair or throws food, you do not take offense. You don’t expect them to behave any other way, they … Read More

What is Lent? Plus 12 Best Books For Lent Season

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Best Books for Lent: Easter Books for adults

What is Lent? As a Southern Baptist from before I was born, I didn’t really get it. I mean, why do we celebrate Lent? Isn’t Lent season a Catholic thing? But my current church home isn’t Baptist. And a very dear friend is a Methodist. So I’ve had more exposure to Lent in recent years. And the more I’ve pressed in to the question of what is Lent, the more I value many aspects of the lent season. And of course, I had to come up with a solid list of books for Lent, because that’s who I am. A … Read More

How to Teach The Real Easter Story For Kids: 10 Best Easter Story Books

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children reading, Best Easter Story books

The Real Easter Story is so special. I don’t think we truly grasp just how privileged we are, to have such free access to forgiveness and love. And if we as adults struggle with wrapping our minds around it, then we need to think about our kids. The meaning of Easter for kids can be overwhelming. But, between the ages of 4-14, they are far more likely to understand and accept the truth, and run with it their whole lives, than if we wait until “they’re old enough to understand” or some such sentiment. That is exactly why I love … Read More

How to Set Christian Goals: Understanding God’s Grace is Key

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Understanding God's Grace: How to set goals and achieve them

Okay, so this is a little hard to write. I’ve been ‘in church’ since well before I was born. But in over 30 years, I was still childlike in understanding God’s grace and favor. I’ve had the Sunday School answer, a simple, childish acceptance, which is great, but we’re called to a combination of childlike faith and spiritual maturity. (Matthew 18:2-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 6) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But now I’m excited. Every time I do learn the Biblical or historical meaning of a word, I find my Bible reading time so much richer. It’s something … Read More

5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits You Need to Know and The Best Gratitude Journal Choices

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Gratitude Journaling Benefits

This fall I started something new. I’ve known the importance of gratitude but now I’m discovering more practical gratitude journaling benefits – And I am loving the process! For at least 15 years now, I’ve kept a (semi-consistent) gratitude text message conversation with 2 friends, and have seen first-hand the gratitude journaling benefits that has provided. Because there were days when one of us {read me} was in a funk, and got mad when someone else remembered to start the conversation, so we {I} ‘had’ to come up with something to be grateful for. Oh the drama! But its been worth it. The … Read More

3 Top Christian Resources Full of Hope, Science and Scripture for Depression

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Science and Scripture for Depression

If you, or someone you love, is struggling to overcome depression, whether it’s a small thing or a major issue, you need more than just Christian platitudes. Even depression scripture can be misused and misapplied by well meaning people in a most unhelpful way. There is power and hope in trusting Scripture for depression coping strategy. Science and scripture can work together in practical ways to overcome depression and other issues. Today, I would like to share 3 top Christian resources to combat depression scripture based, scientifically proven, and worth your time! The Book that Links Science and Scripture For … Read More

Faith in a Box: 15 Great Christian Subscription Boxes

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Faith in a box: Christian subscription boxes

I certainly don’t want to keep my faith in a box, do you? But receiving Christian subscription boxes would mean opening the box and setting that faith free to do its work, right? Getting monthly packages full of Christian encouragement, books and apparel, etc. would be awesome! I recently discovered the wonders of the Christian subscription box, and couldn’t wait to share them with you! 3 Benefits of Faith in a Box Recharge Your Faith: When you receive Christian subscription boxes and USE what comes, you give yourself a great opportunity to recharge your faith and reconnect with your Creator. … Read More