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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible by Thomas Nelson

I was searching for Max Lucado's devotional Bible and was having a hard time finding it. I had heard it was simply amazing. So, I kept searching with no luck. However, I came across his study Bible. Friends, let me tell you, this is one spectacular study Bible. I started reading and didn't want to put it down. So, I have made a plan to work through one chapter a day.
I too was searching for some great new studies. With this new Bible my search is over. There are over 1,000 life lessons in this Bible. I find that outstanding. This is just what I have been searching for. First I should say that I purchased the hardback copy and it looks exactly like the jacket. I was totally surprised at how pretty it is on the inside. Very eye catching and inviting.
I am finding that every chapter in the Bible is covered by Max's life lessons. He begins with an introduction to each book of the Bible. He makes it very personal.  Max has this flow with his words and has a gift to bring a p…

NIV Real Life Devotional for Women by Lysa Terkeurst

I have Bibles in every corner of my house. I love Bibles of all kinds. Since I review books, I don't have to purchase many Bibles, but when I saw that Lysa Terkeurst was coming out with this new Bible I pre-ordered it from Amazon. I was excited for it to arrive. I adore Lysa Terkeurst. She is such a gifted writer and can share many issues with women because she understands. She has been there with us.
I have to share that I had just finished reading, Lysa's new book, "Unglued", and I too read the devotional that goes along with it. So, when I seen this Bible listed under Lysa's name, I just assumed the devotionals were written by her. If you haven't read Lysa's books, ladies, run out and grab them up. They are just amazing in every way. I can say they are life changing.
My Bible arrived last week and I have been reading through the devotionals. There are 366 devotionals in order by day 1, day 2 and so on. Something that I didn't catch when ordering…

Needing A Drink Of Faith?

Last summer my husband and our granddaughter were working in the garden picking tomatoes. Picture dirty feet and hands. The sun was shining brightly upon them as my husband showed Pip which tomato to pick. Soon enough they were working up a sweat. They are just having a ball. As I stood back and watched all I could see was simple beauty. A grandpa and his precious granddaughter laughing in the garden.

I hear Pip say, "Pa Pa, I need drink". Pa Pa did as any grandpa would do. He said to Pip, "Lets go get ourselves a drink", and she took his hand as they walked to the water pump. He reached for  the water hose. At first she wasn't quite sure of the hose and the water escaping from it. But, everything changed when Pa Pa took the first drink. First he washed Pip's hands and feet and tenderly held the hose so she could drink in the cool and refreshing water. Giggles began and beauty touched my eyes.

After they shared a drink from the hose, they were ready to …

Is It A Mountain Or A Mole Hill?

Just what is a mountain about anyway? Ever make a mountain out of a mole hill? The climb seem extra tough today? I have seen that mountain and in fear ran the other way. There are times I'd rather duck and hide than face the mountain before me. See those self clouds of doubt up there high above the mountain? Sure, you know them. They are saying, "You can't do it!" Mountains come in all shapes and sizes. But when we face the side of mountain and look up, don't they all seem out of reach? It's frightening to think about climbing, isn't it?

"And the Lord said, 'If you have faith as a mustard see, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea', and it would obey you'." Luke 17:6

"So Jesus said to them, 'Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and no…

When It Seems All Has Left Jesus Remains

Have you ever felt alone? I mean really alone? To the point that you have no one left to call. No one standing next to you. Not any one who can understand. It seems almost as though the world continues on while your standing still. It's like you see the motion of life around you, but inside your dying. Trying to catch your breath seems almost impossible. I mean, why breath anyway? Would anyone really notice if you weren't?

Yes, I think at some point we have all been there. Whether as a child when a bully shows up after class, as a teenager when the world seems against you, as an adult when everything seems like it's in shambles. Your just waiting for a sound, any sound, to drown out the silence you feel in your heart. Your soul feels raw. The things that once brought you so much joy now seems so far away. You begin to question everything. Your life feels like a blank slate and you don't even know where to begin or how to dig your way out. Where are those friends you …

Come With me To The Cross

Here is a fact. We cannot come to the foot of the cross without Jesus. He is the reason we go to the cross and while at the cross He is right there with us. My question is. Do we go to the cross enough? I don't. I mean, I see the cross, know the cross, but at some point, do you ever feel as though you have taken the cross for granted? At some point, I think we all do. Jesus is no longer on the cross. But it is at the cross we find freedom in Jesus. The cross is personal. Its intimate. Its where we find life.

I have been caught in a passage in Matthew over the last few days. Take a look at Matthew 26:36-46. Over the next few days I'm going to stay here within these verses and spend some time writing. Here in these passages we see Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane. He knows what is about to take place. He will come face to face with the cross. Its this picture that I cannot get out of my head. I'm trying to wrap everything I have around why my Savior would die for…

Scent of Lilacs by Ann Gabhart

Oh, how I love Ann Gabhart. She has the gift to bring a story straight to your heart. This is a sweet southern story about the journey of a young girl coming to understand who she is. It's her journey. A journey that is wrapped with love, but holds an uncertainty. It's learning to trust in the Lord with those uncertainties that bring us closer to Him.
Hollyhill Kentucky is that quiet yet connected town that reminds me of Mayberry. Everything is so simple, but yet, hidden in that simplicity is such uncertainty. It seems trying to find peace when there is a whirlwind of secrets is quite the task, but as we see, everything is possible when we trust in the Lord.
Its 1964 and Ann takes us back in time to a different era. People didn't talk about what lies underneath their smile. It was easier to keep things hidden in hopes that no one found out and all would work out. But what happens when those secrets are uncovered? Lives can be shattered.
We meet Jocie Brooke. A sweet a…

Women's NIV Devotional Bible by Zondervan

I received the Women's Devotional Bible by Zondervan as a gift for my review. This week I have been reading through the pages of this lovely devotional. This Bible was released in September of 2012. I received the hardback copy. You can easily slip the jacket off. I always take the jacket off for easy carrying. That's just me. This is an NIV version for easy understanding.
I must be honest and tell you this isn't quite what I expected from a women's devotional. When looking for a women's devotional I search for one that relates to women and has devotionals based on issues that women face daily. I found this devotional Bible to be more for everyone. I was hoping for something more personal.
With that being said, the devotions are very well written. There is one for every day of the year. They are even labeled for the days of the week and for weekend devotionals to help keep you on track for daily reading.
With each devotion there is a key verse and three reflec…

"The Return of Cassandra Todd" by Darrel Nelson

I am a huge fan of Darrel Nelson. After reading his first novel, "Anniversary Waltz", I was hooked. His second book, "The Return of Cassandra Todd", is a beautifully written story about facing the past and finding freedom in the hope of Jesus.
Main characters, Cassandra Todd and Turner Caldwell cross paths once again. This time high school is far from view. But for them dangerous paths are ahead. Believe in God's perfect timing? He brings Turner into Cassandra's life and their lives are weaved together in this wondrous story.
Cassandra has been in an abusive marriage. Violence has become part of her life. Her perfect life isn't so perfect when the doors are closed and no one can look inside. She is fearful not only for her own life, but for the life of her son. She gains courage through her faith and decides that is time to escape. Her freedom is near, but she must cross many mountains before peace comes and she finds solice.
Turner Caldwell was bu…

Just One Touch

All is well. She had just spent time with her family. A family she loves. I can imagine her sharing morning coffee with girlfriends while chatting over the town's news. The sun is shining. All is wonderful. She is counting her blessings one by one. How could life be any better? What could possibly happen to change the beauty of today? She has everything a woman could possibly ask for. Until..

She wakes early. There is spotting. Just a little, but enough to alarm her. It isn't time, why is this happening? She doesn't dare call upon the girlfriends she just enjoyed breakfast with. Who could help her on this dreadful morn? She travels into the city and sees a doctor. Nothing. He has no answers for her. She begins to smile and says, "Tomorrow will be a better day". But tomorrow comes.

There is no change. More bleeding. What could possibly be wrong? The days pass and the doctor visits are now taking up every token she has saved. There is no more money to spend and n…

Life Is Outside The Tomb

I walked out of doors this morning to snow flakes touching my cheeks. I stood still for a few moments. As I closed my eyes I just listened. I could hear the trees being moved by the wind. On this early morn I could hear cars passing. I stood a little longer and soon enough I could hear the horses next door. Then came the cows. Geese, ducks and yes, even goats. I listened even closer and a smile came as the chirping birds flooded my senses. Next a few hoots came from an owl.
This was the morning the Lord wanted me to see. He wanted me to have an understanding of what it truly is to see. Even with my eyes closed I knew these things were near. Just because I couldn't see them didn't mean they were not real. They were very real. This is what faith is. Seeing beyond ourselves and allowing our senses to be touched by an unseen and miraculous beauty. Faith is believing even when we cannot see.
This is how it was for Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Friends of the Savior. Friends who unde…

"When The Heart Heals" by Ann Shorey

I love books based in Missouri. The Civil War era is a time in history that captivates me. Here in, "When A Heart Heals", we once again visit the town of Noble Springs. Sweet, simple and quaint. It's an easy going and lovely town. I absolutely adored this book. From the first page I found myself totally absorbed. I simply couldn't put it down. The words flowed at the perfect pace.
In this second installment of the, "Sisters At Heart Series", we find characters of old and some who have arrived in Noble Springs that change the people who live there forever. Yes, I mentioned the characters. They are lovely. Many characters, all with a story of their own healing process. Circumstance hits, but the people of Noble Springs are not those who give up easily. Especially Rosemary Saxon. She is one stubburn girl. This I can relate too. This can be a hinderence, but it too can be a strong attribute. Rosemary is a nurse who had her training at Jefferson Barracks. At …

I'm To Be A Humble Servant Of God

Two sisters. Both serving, but in different ways.
Two sisters. Both giving, but in different ways.
Two sisters. Both loving the Savior.
One brother raised from the dead.
One man who allowed greed and temptation to over take him.
One Savior who died for ALL.
Today I want to take you to John 12:1-8. This is not the first time we see Martha and Mary with Jesus. But this time Judas is here to give his opinion. Again we see the love of Jesus.
On this day, six days before the Passover, we see Martha serving. Mary at the feet of Jesus. Judas showing his true colors. They are all gathered once again. Once again we see the love of Christ.
Let's begin with Lazarus. He is a friend of Jesus. Soon the chief priests will come for him too. They see him as a threat. Christ brought Lazarus back from the dead. His linens were needed no more. The tomb is empty. Sound familiar? We too are like Lazarus in the fact that we are dead in sin. Jesus can bring us back to life. We can have life eve…