Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Small, Subtle, Shifts OR Big Obvious Changes

Don't be deceived by the small, subtle shifts. The small, subtle, shifts are more dangerous then the big, obvious, in your face obstacles. The small, subtle, shifts can almost be missed or overlooked, like a small change of mind, a slight change in attitude or a small indiscretion etc. But over time all of those small, subtle, shifts add up.
When you look back at your life you can see where the enemy inserted or instigated a bunch of these small, subtle, shifts which over time became BIG CHANGES, PITFALLS, DISTRACTIONS, and OBSTACLES which all worked together to cause you to veer off the path that God designed or destined you to be on. All those small subtle shifts have added up to major DISAPPOINTMENTS, DISOBEDIENCE, HARDSHIPS, and/or SINS that God NEVER INTENDED FOR YOU or called you to.
Overtime due to many small, subtle, shifts you have lost your way, lost time, lost direction, and lost hope.
Ahhh, but I am here to tell you today that just because you think you are lost, just because you feel as if you have veered too far off God's path does not mean you cannot change. It is not to late to get back to where God wanted you. You may have had setbacks, but God is wiling to meet you WHERE YOU ARE!
All you have to do is be willing to SHIFT and change your direction! Transition from the old into the new!


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Noah A Good, Bad, Epic Movie?

Wow! I saw the movie "Noah" today and I really enjoyed it! Yes, there has been so much negative press about it. How it was written by an atheist, and it is not the TRUE telling of the story, and so on and so forth. Frankly, I don't care about that! I went to the movies to be entertained by an interesting story and if nothing else I got that!

It amazes me how people watch television, and watch movies, knowing it is not real but then are quick to judge the product. If you do not want to see the movie then don't, but telling me that your reason is because an ATHEIST wrote it or that it is not THE TRUE STORY is asinine. Many atheists walk this earth, sit next to you on the bus, serve you your food at the restaurant, and take your money at the bank.  IF YOU want the true story of Noah then READ YOUR BIBLE! Why are you relying on a movie to teach you? People are PHONY! Some of those same people who are so against this rendition of Noah, are the same people who take their children to take pictures with Santa Claus, buy their children Easter baskets, participate in the Trunk or Treat at the church! So stop your holier than thou antics and climb up on your cross and nail yourself to it and thank you for your sacrifice!! NOT!!

The bible tells the account of Noah in chapters 6-9 of Genesis. Anyone who is so concerned about the movie not being true GOOD! Maybe this will help you to go back and read it again! Maybe get a fresh understanding. If this movie shakes or shatters your faith... well than I daresay it was not that strong in the first place!

The Bible does not give you the interpersonal relationships of the people, I like that the movie made them real. A real family with real issues to work through. This was an epic movie. The movie took many liberties but it was a good time, great cinematography, and great scenery!  I go to the movies for entertainment and for 2 hours and 16 minutes I was entertained!!

If you like BIG, EPIC, movies, and are not afraid to enjoy something that is NOT real, than go see this movie! Now THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!!

Be Entertained!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Big Picture Interactive Bible - Book Review

How many of you know that YOU are your child's first teacher?
How many of you understand that it is the PARENT's job to TRAIN UP A CHILD in the way they should go so that when thy are old they will not depart from it?
How many of you know that Children LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE? (This means YOU have to BE AN EXAMPLE for them!)

I understand that raising children is a very daunting task. It has many benefits, and blessings, but it is still a daunting task. It is hard to do and even more difficult to do with no resources or no support system. As  mother of 5 grown children and the grandmother of 3 beautiful blessings I TRULY understand the task you are called to.
That is why I signed on to review the "Big Picture Interactive Bible"!

Title – Big Picture Interactive Bible
Publisher – Holman Bible Publishers
Date of publication – March, 2014
Number of pages – 1294

* Holman Bible Publishers has provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “Big Picture Interactive Bible” to read in order to write my review.*

About The Bible:
The Big Picture Interactive Bible has nearly a thousand features in full color throughout including pictures of key items so children can understand what they're reading. The B&H Kids Augmented Reality App (free and available for Android and iPhone) creates a digital pop-up book when used with full-color illustrations, bringing the Bible to life for each child. It features the full text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, a clear, contemporary English translation that's faithful to the original languages of the Bible.

My Thoughts:
I LOVE the big, color pictures in this bible. There is not really any diversity in the pictures but I didn't expect any so I over looked that point. The bible is targeting children ages 6-10 (Perfect because my grand daughter is 7!). This bible is not your typical children's bible. This is an INTERACTIVE bible! In our age of technology, this bible has found a way to be current with the times. The parent (or child) can download an augmented reality app for their Android or Iphone. This app allows you to view pictures and hear narrations of the events in the bible.
This bible has a lot of awesome features such as:
Large, color maps and pictures.
Big Words - Colorful Bible Dictionary entry with photos, maps, illustrations and descriptions of key terms, right in the Bible text.
Big Questions/Big Answers - Kids always want to know why. This feature asks and then answers many of the common "big questions" throughout the Bible.
Christ Connection - This feature can be found from Genesis to Revelation and will help kids understand how each story points us to Christ and His work for us.
Introductions - Basic information about the books of the Bible will give kids perspective on the who, what and when for each book as well as "the Big Picture" from that book and key stories it contains.

On a scale of 1-10 I give this bible a solid 9!!

Awesome Christmas or Birthday gift! Get yours today!


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Friday, March 21, 2014

WORD Clashes With The World

I was reading a book titled "The Devil Walks In Mattingly" by Billy Coffey, last week. I had to write a review on it (You can find the review HERE). It was an interesting book about REDEMPTION,GUILT, and SIN.
In the book was a very interesting quote. I actually went back into the book to find the quote and think about it some more.  The quote was...
"When the WORD clashes with the world the WORD must always win out".
I found this quote so interesting because the world seems to want to battle the WORD! I have no idea why this is true or why people want to challenge the WORD of God but they
do. However the WORD OF GOD will always win out!
The bible says in Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The only way to renew your mind is to immerse it in the WORD of GOD.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Devil Walks In Mattingly - Book Review

For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man’s untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.

Title – The Devil Walks In Mattingly
Author – Billy Coffey
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Date of publication – March, 2014
Number of pages – 400

* Thomas Nelson Publishing via Litfuse has provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “Devil Walks In Mattingly” to read in order to write my review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and uncompensated.*

About The Author:
Billy Coffey's critically-acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. To learn more about the author go HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

About The Book:
It has been twenty years since Philip McBride’s body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since—Philip didn’t kill himself that day. He was murdered.
Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly’s sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be. His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.

Now the good stuff, MY review!
This was an excellent albeit dark book about redemption, sin, hatred, and love. The story showed the results of living a life behind the guise of a lie. Sin that is not repented for and given to God can harden and shape a life. A life of lies is not worth living because eventually the lie will fall away. Once the lie falls away a person has to face up to whatever spawned this lie.
This story was an interesting read. An entire town living in the clutches of sin and lies are about to embark on a journey that not all of them will survive. The story is told from the many different perspectives of the various town's people. The story got a little slow at times but then picked back up. I think the town's folk were very comfortable living in the lies that we tell ourselves to get through the days, the weeks, the years but when it is time to walk in the truth .. well...
You have to read the book!
This book kept me totally enthralled! On a scale of 1-10 I give this book solid 8! I enjoyed reading this book and would be very interested in reading other books by Billy Coffey.
To purchase this book go HERE.

Happy Reading!!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ask Me Anything Lord - Book Review

Title – Ask Me Anything, Lord
Author – Heather C. King
Publisher – Discovery House Publishers
Date of publication – November, 2013
Number of pages – 261

* Heather C. King and Discovery House Publishers provided me with an advanced, complimentary copy of “Ask Me Anything, Lord” to read in order to write my review.  The opinions expressed here are purely and truthfully my own and uncompensated*

We all know that God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient.  When coming across the book "Ask me anything ,Lord", you might ask yourself why? Why, if He knows all, sees all, and is everywhere, why does He ask US questions? That is what author Heather C. King addresses in this book.

About The Author:
Heather C. King is a GoodReads author who is a busy-but-blessed wife and mom  to four. She blogs about applying the Bible to everyday life with all of its mess, noise, and busyness at http://heathercking.wordpress.com/ Her book: Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Lives to God's Questions released in November 2013. She is a follower of Christ, a worship leader at her church in Virginia, a Bible Study teacher and women’s ministry leader. You can find her blogging at http://heathercking.wordpress.com/ and writing articles and book reviews at: http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/, http://rubyforwomen.com/, and www.myfrienddebbie.com.  You can also connect with Heather King HERE, and HERE.

About the Book:
When God calls you to make an impact, feelings of fear, doubt, and insufficiency seem to automatically show up. As a matter of fact, they have been making appearances since the beginning of time in the lives of people like Adam and Eve, Elijah, Peter, and many others.  In Ask Me Anything, Lord, Heather C. King reminds you that God can use questions in Scripture to reveal the true motives and intents of your heart, challenge your thinking, and help you overcome.

People are usually petitioning God for "things" or clarity, or understanding, but God also asks us questions. Most notably when He asked Adam and Eve "Where are You"? It is not that He did not KNOW where they were, the question was one that was to bring them to a place of REFLECTION, and INTROSPECTION. He asked Cain, "Where is your Brother"? He already knew what Cain had done to Able, but the question was one of reflection. That is the underlying premise of this book. God DOES ask us questions and for good reasons. How can we begin to understand a God who can create something as beautiful as a rainbow or as dynamic as a solar system, if we can not even understand our selves? This book is a journey of truth and understanding. This is an awesome book for book clubs because at the end of every chapter there are discussion points. The discussion points are in four categories...

  1. Make It Personal - apply it to and reflect on your personal relationship with God..
  2. Make It Connect - What in the bible does this refer or apply to?
  3. Make It Real - Apply this in everyday life.
  4. Make it Last - Memory verse and journal prompts.

This gives the discussion group or book club a time to reflect on the chapter they read and helps them to apply it to themselves and their lives.
The author did not just give you her journey. This book gives us insight on how to better embrace God's questions and apply them to our OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY.
The book has twenty chapters. And the chapters are in groups led by a question from God such as "Where are You", "how Many Loaves Do You Have" or "Do You Love Me". The book is purposed to give you a chance to pause in your busy life and reflect on God's questions and Hopefully bring you closer to Him!
For me the BEST part of this book is the discussion points after each chapter. For example, In the end of chapter 20 one of the "Make It Connect" questions is "Do you consider your love for God AGAPE love or PHIILEO love"? That is the kind of question that would be AWESOME in a discussion group!
If you NEVER buy another book PLEASE buy this one! This book is rudimentary enough for beginners, those new in the faith, but also relevant enough for seasoned believers.

The book is NOT slow, NOT boring, and NOT a burden to read. This is an EXCELLENT READ! On a scale of 1-10 I give this book a definite 10!

Happy Reading!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reimagine Your Life

I bet when you were younger you had no clue that you would be HERE. Right HERE in THIS SPOT, at THIS TIME, doing what you are doing RIGHT NOW.  But I also bet that you do NOT know what you will be doing TOMORROW, NEXT WEEK, or even NEXT YEAR.
We like to think that we have all the answers. We like to believe that we have it all figured out. BUT in actuality we are CLUELESS! We may have gone to the RIGHT schools, got the RIGHT job, even landed the RIGHT mate but is our lives RIGHT?
If you have any questions, concerns, doubts, you should be asking the Father to ELABORATE, EXPLAIN, or ENLIGHTEN you! What do you do next, what is the game plan, what is the endgame? These are the things you want to know right??? Well prayer is not all about petitioning God for the "THINGS" you want in your life. Prayer should be a "CONVERSATION".  And in conversations there is talking AND listening! If you are not hearing anything maybe it is because you are too busy doing ALL THE TALKING!

My Pastor has started a new series on Wednesday nights that is talking about REIMAGINE yourself. He is talking about TRANSFORMATION! Being OPEN to what God wants for your life NOT what YOU want for your life.
There are 6 keys to REIMAGINE life...

  1. Open-Mindedness (You must be open)
  2. Development (Let God develop you)
  3. Uncomfortability (God may put you in uncomfortable positions)
  4. Placement (Be ready for a new placement)
  5. Creativity (God created us, Creativity is in us)
  6. Timing (Things happen in God's timing)
Isaiah 55:8-9
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways,” 
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways 
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It is time to let God continue the work He started. It is time to start living a REIMAGINED LIFE!

**You Cannot Develop If You Are Not Open**
Cheers To A NEW and REIMAGINED Life!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Nut Job & AMC Theaters

HE IS FINALLY STARTING SCHOOL! Yaaaaayyy! Being born later in the year the grandboy could not enter school this past September when the other kids went to school. BUT, in March he starts! So to celebrate, This past Tuesday I took my grandson to the movies. There is a movie theater not to far from us. I had some mixed feelings about going to this particular theater because my last visit was NOT a favorable one. The theater at the time of my last visit was owned by Carolina Cinemas who had acquired it from United Artist. This theater was a tragic and disgusting mess! I wrote about it HERE. That was back in March of 2013, so it was with some trepidation that I went on this past Tuesday. I knew that the theater had again changed management and is now owned by AMC.
Since my grandson is starting school next month I decided we may as well make the most of our last month together... No he is not leaving town or anything but when you spend your entire day with a child under the age of 4 you become accustomed to a certain noise level LOL!  That will change in a few weeks!
I was wildly and pleasantly surprised! The theater was clean, the carpets were new, and all of the seats have been replaced with AWESOME RECLINERS! Yes, I said AWESOME! The recliners are plush and comfortable. You do not have to exert yourself to recline because you push a button to recline you and another button to raise you back up.
The fountain drink machines offer various flavorings for your soda. For instance if you choose Sprite y
ou can add peach, raspberry, cherry, vanilla, etc flavors to it! Sheer genius! They have new food selections and have even installed a bar (if that sort of thing works for you). The bar is equipped with a flat screen television so adults who are not watching a movie, or waiting for the movie to start can watch television. The theater was spotless, the workers, friendly (maybe a little overly friendly).
Anyway, we went to see "The Nut Job" in 3D. The movie was about a squirrel planning a big nut heist and the issues with pulling it off. The movie was also about the motives of bad guys and the good guys and understanding the difference. The movie was really good, had a good moral, and the 3D was great, (Oh and did I already tell you that the THEATER WAS AWESOME??). So if you have kids or grandkids between the ages of 4 and up take them to see this movie, and if you live near an AMC Theater go check it out!

The Nut Job

Me & The Grandboy

 Aunty & The Grandboy

We had a ball!! 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr And His Legacy

Today is the day celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Please learn all you can about this man, the history, and his LEGACY!
I am sure you have probably seen a few of Dr. King's quotes. Such as

  1. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
  2. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  3. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  4. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
  5. Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

These are a few of my favorites but there as hundreds of them! You typically only see most of these on Dr. King's birthday, the anniversary of his death, or during black history month (February).

**Martin Luther King Jr Day always makes me think of my Grandchildren. What type of world am I leaving them with? What will they think of me and my life when I am gone? Is my life one that they will be proud of?**

In all actuality Martin Luther King Jr was more than a sound bite on the news, more than a quote to make you feel good, more than a quote when you want to make a point. Dr. King was all about LEGACY! What kind of world are we leaving for our youth? What are we teaching them and training them  and instilling into their lives? Do they really know and understand what it is that Dr. King was trying to do? It is far beyond just a black/white issue. It was a HUMAN issue. Dr. King want equal and just treatment for ALL of God's people.
So before you start quoting him and getting all "BLACK PANTHER" with it, take the time to really do some research on the Man, the Myths, and the LEGACY that was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!
He had more than ONE speech! And what we hear and see, and read all the time is only a small portion of one of his speeches. To learn more about this Nobel prize winning, Preacher, Activist, Father, and Husband go HERE, HERE, and HERE.

An excerpt from
“The Birth of a New Nation,” Sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, April 7, 1957
Montgomery, Alabama.

Moses might not get to see Canaan, but his children will see it. He even got to the mountaintop enough to see it and that assured him that it was coming. But the beauty of the thing is that there’s always a Joshua to take up his work and take the children on in. And it’s there waiting with its milk and honey, and with all of the bountiful beauty that God has in store for His children. Oh, what exceedingly marvelous things God has in store for us. Grant that we will follow Him enough to gain them.
O God, our gracious Heavenly Father, help us to see the insights that come from this new nation. Help us to follow Thee and all of Thy creative works in this world, and that somehow we will discover that we are made to live together as brothers And that it will come in this generation: the day when all men will recognize the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Amen.

What LEGACY will YOU Leave For Your Children And Your Grandchildren?

Be Blessed All,

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

What About The Children?

I do not watch television so the majority of my news comes from the internet.  I even subscribe to various news sites so that current and breaking news comes to my phone or to my Fac
ebook page.
I do not know about you, but I have noticed a disturbing rise in crimes against children.  You may think that crime is crime and that crimes against children is just like any other crime in today's society. But I beg to differ. The rise in crimes, in my opinion, is at an all time epic high.  In my four almost five decades of living,  I have never before seen the amount of crimes against children like I see now.
The attack against our children is catastrophic! Watch the news for a week and note how many news stories involve our children, youth, or teens. And it is not just relegated to any one gender, race, or age.
Aside from all of the "natural" health related deaths you have the accidental deaths. There are stories of parents leaving children in cars while they work or party. Parents are killing their children out of anger and frustration. Parents are leaving their children with neighbors, boyfriends, etc and the children are being raped, brutalized, and killed. Children are killing themselves, children are even killing each other! A lot of these deaths are deemed as "accidental".  You know, like I accidentally left my child in the car for 8 hours in 80 degree temps, or He would not stop crying so I accidentally shook him to death, or I accidentally left the gun loaded in the kids reach.  Yes accidents.  Well guess what? Accidents do not just happen, they are caused. If you are causing "accidents" you are every bit as guilty.

The war on our children and youth is REAL! The enemy is REAL!
Look at this chart from the CDC. And this is 2005! Imagine what the current chart looks like.

Join with me today in prayer for our YOUTH and CHILDREN! You can either be part of the PROBLEM or part of the SOLUTION! Choose your side. If you do not know what to pray then just pray gods promises over the children and youth. Cover the young population in your home, in the schools, in the churches, in the community! If you are walking down the street and pass a child, youth, or teen, pray for him/her to!  You do not have to run up on them and start pouring oil on their heads! (Matter of fact I strongly advise against that!!) But you can quickly say as you pass them, "Father please, bless and protect that child. May your will be done in his/her life, and bless his/her parents with wisdom when it comes to raising him/her. In Jesus name Amen! Or something to that effect. But do not just sit back and do nothing. Stop looking at other children and shaking your head, instead be another prayer warrior for that child's life!

As a parent you are called to pray for, instruct, train up the children. Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Psalm 127: - Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

If God calls the fruit of the womb a heritage and a reward then isn't it our job to protect, strengthen, and guard that reward?

Being a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 3, I take VERY SERIOUS the call to PRAY FOR, TRAIN UP, PROTECT, and LOVE our young! Start NOW praying for our younger generations! Be a Blessing and not a hindrance, be part of the solution not part of the problem!


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