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A Grieving Momma's Heart

Life seemed a mess and the world was a struggle. She felt alone in every way. Then the day came when she woke to feeling queasy. Life was no longer empty. It was about to be full. That first little kick made her stop and place her loving hand on her tummy. No reason for maternity clothes yet. She's still too tiny to show, but she goes out and purchases that first top that catches her eye. She puts it on and even though it swallows her she wears it with such momma love. She's so proud of this little one growing inside of her that she must show him off to everyone. 
Those nine months seemed quite long at first, but then once those contractions began she knew those nine months flew by in a hurry. This little one was ready to make his entrance into the world and she was ready to greet him with a kiss. His finger wrapped around her finger. So tiny and perfect. Eyes looking up at his momma and she looking at him with such pride and joy. Love that began nine months ago and has now in…

The Study Bible for Women Sky Blue & Deep Red-Indexed by B&H Publishing Group

Okay, I get to share another AMAZING Study Bible with all of you! It is so wonderful of B&H Publishing Group to allow me to share such a vast array of Bibles with all of you. You are sure to find the perfect Bible just for you by visiting their site at B&H Publishing Group. You can also go to the links I've provided and download a sample. 
Here is another Study Bible for Women. I can tell you right off the bat that this Bible is the BEST Study Bible for women I have yet to read. It is truly the best of the best. 
You can find it in the hardback version (which I love), genuine leather, leathertouch, or and you are sure to find the perfect color combination that you love. Soon they are coming out with this Bible in large print and in the compact version! I believe they come out in August. There too are other new Bibles coming out so make sure you check that out!!
This Study Bible for Women is in HCSB translation, which is my absolute favorite. It is indexed and that's a…

It's Not Just About My Want

Have you heard that a believer can name it and claim it? We pray, God gives. Right? Isn't that how it's suppose to work if we ask in His name? 
"Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for." 1 John 5:14-15
See, it isn't according to our flesh wants. It's in accordance with His will. We are to be so in tune with our Lord that when we pray it's what He wants us to pray for. 
"In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27
Prayer isn't our time to get our flesh list out and start with the top and work our way to t…

Meekness in The Garden

What is your first instinctive reaction when surrounded by trouble? Fight or flight? There are days this girl would stand and fight with everything I have in me. There too are days when all I want to do is run for safety. Run anywhere but to face the trouble surrounding me. How about you? 
There's all kinds of trouble that surrounds us. Take your pick of adversity, danger, or trial. The enemy is real. He's hard at work to keep us surrounded by fear, anger, and deep bitterness. It's hard for me to imagine that some don't believe in Satan, while others think heaven is some fictitious place where everyone goes after our life here has ended. When trouble comes, if we are believers, we call out for Jesus. I'm not so sure the world is much different. I think in our time of fear, whether we are believers or not, we want to believe there is more than just what this world offers up for help. 
Take a stroll with me through the garden. Jesus is there with His disciples. He ha…

Gone To Ground by Brandilyn Collins

This is one of those novels that will keep you up late. Once you begin reading a Brandilyn Collins novel you will not be putting it down until you have turned the last page. Her writing is imaginative and pulsating. 
I enjoyed reading, Gone To Ground. It was a fast read for me. Brandilyn's words flow easily. She takes off quickly and the ride doesn't slow down. It intensifies as the pages turn. 
There have been murders taking place in Amaryllis, Mississippi. Three women, all thinking they know the killer, captivate the reader. A small town has lots of gossip. It's hard to keep things quiet in a town where everyone knows each other. Who do they trust? Can they trust anyone? 
I loved how Brandilyn invited us to know these three characters. They each think they know who the killer is, but the fascinating thing is that while they are all assuming they know, the other thinks she knows the truth of who the killer is. They all try to keep secret what they think they know because…

So Much More Than Two Coins

Jesus had just encountered the scribes as He  was teaching in the temple complex. (Mark 12:35-40) These religious leaders were very prideful. These arrogant leaders demanded presence. When they walked into a room the waters were to part and give way for their holiness to shine above everyone else. Yes, these holy heathens thought they were above reproach and were to be regarded with a holy respect. 
They had forgotten they too were servants of God. They were to be humble and not self-seeking. But self-seeking is exactly what they were about. Can you picture them in their fancy garments that made them feel like royalty? These men even shared special seats of honor in the temple. They set themselves apart and above everyone else. 
"As He was going out of the temple complex, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!" Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another t…

You Can Take Him At His Word

Have you been walking at your own risk? You know, your own ideas about living and what to do with life? It can be confusing trying to make it on our own. Oh, we try with all our might, but something is always missing. It's right there, but we can never quite place our finger on it. Things tend to not work out the way we planned. Been there? 
"Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long." Psalm 25:4-5
We live in this 'right now' kind of world. We see it, we gotta have it. Somebody else it doing it, we too gotta get involved. Yes, we try with all our might to fill up and be satisfied, but something's always missing. We look everywhere to be satisfied, but after a while we are left empty. We are left hungry and thirsty. 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will …

Living Treasures

We like to keep lots of stuff don't we? We usually keep heirlooms in the attic for safe keeping. The attic is more of a space where we like to box up all those old things that held such importance to others. 
In the basement is more of a collage of laundry room mismatched socks and stuff that tends to pile up. The basement is that place we can put stuff that no one else needs to see, but we can always find it if we need it. 
Now for the main floor of the house. We like it to show off who we are or at least who we want others to perceive us to be. We place out photos of family, knickknacks that add flair to our home. We like eye catching gadgets that we can talk about. 
Let's be real. We enjoy showing off our stuff. We hide things we don't want others to see and we set out an array of things we want guests to ponder over. We can shut doors to rooms that are messy. We can cram all the dirty dishes that have been left over from the weekend into the dishwasher. Those dirty clo…

The Extraordinary Reach

I love envisioning the Word. How about you? I  have come to enjoy reading the Word aloud. It makes it more personal for me. I too have learned not to speed up too fast through scripture, but to stay put for a while until I hear the Holy Spirit speak to my heart. 
Recently I have been reading in Matthew 14. It's the story of Peter, the apostles, and the storm that had them scared motionless. I shared a few thoughts here in the post, He Goes The Extra Mile. I thought maybe I was finished, but the Spirit had more to share with me. Take a look and read the verses below. 
"Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Have courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's You", Peter answered to Him, "command me to come to You on the water." "Come!" He said. And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, "Lor…

More (From Messes To Miracles) by Tammie Head

When I received this book I wasn't quite sure what to expect. In looking at the cover it's kind of plain. Nothing really stands out. Or does it? On top of the word MORE is printed a gold {more} and the name Tammie Head is printed in gold. In looking closer this gave me a whole new perspective. I LOVE the gold print. When Tammie gave her life to Jesus she became royalty! She is an heir to the throne of the King of kings, Lord of lords. Of course her name is in gold! When she chose to give her mess to God, He began a holy work within her soul and today He continues that work as she offers Him her messy life and He returns her with a blessing of glory.

On the very first page Tammie gives us this:

Mess: a situation that is confused and full of problems.
Miracle: an extraordinary and welcome even that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.

"He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where He always wanted us…

Praying God's Word Day by Day (A Year of Devotional Prayer) by Beth Moore

Do you enjoy devotionals? I love them. They keep me motivated. I keep a devotional on my nightstand and at my desk for encouragement and wisdom. 
This devotional is pretty amazing, but then again everything Beth Moore does is outstanding in my book. This woman has helped guide me to Jesus on more days that I can count. She has inspired me to simply allow Jesus to love me and to stay in the Word until He's done. That's mighty good stuff right there. 
This is a dated devotional. The devotions are short. This is what I love about this book. Beth takes her words from Praying God's Word and shares them here. No, it's not the exact same wording, but the premise here is to start the day in prayer. These short devotionals are perfect for that. Beth prays with us. 
Here is the devotion from March 12:
Humility takes a supply of supernatural strength that comes only to those strong enough to admit weakness. 

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge to You that  have been led astray. But I know t…

Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

If you're anything like me at all you will connect with this book. Pat Layton is awesomeness all bottled up in a girlfriend. 
First, let's talk about the cover. I LOVE it. I'm always stepping in gum, and you know what, just like in this photo, the gum isn't always easy to detect until you're completely stuck! Ah, and the flowers. Of course, as Pat shares with us, where we get stuck, God forever plants flowers around us, so we can learn and grow into the girl He has created us to become. 
I was taken with the stories that Pat shares. It's refreshing to see such an honest perspective and a woman who isn't afraid to share her messiness so that others can learn. She has a passion for Jesus and it's clear in her penned words that God has her on a mission to touch the heart of women everywhere. 
Pat gives us a fresh look at Psalm 139. Oh, sure, we have read it, but do we ponder there long enough to hear the Lord speak to our soul? Pat is encouraging and insp…

You're Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth

I LOVE Holley Gerth! She is that girlfriend you want in your corner. The girl you wanna share coffee with and just open your heart and spill everything. You want to because she invites the reader to know her as you knew one another for years. 
I can tell you that Beth Moore has been life changing for me. Holley Gerth is in that same category. She's transparent and so in love with Jesus! I have been blessed to read all of her books and with each one she has blessed me abundantly. 
The subtitle, Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect, pretty much tells you what to expect, but oh, friends, there are many unexpected blessings within these pages as Holley opens up and helps us see that we are an imperfect mess, but through Jesus, and only through Him, can we find ourselves perfect. 
She doesn't just share her opinion. She shares scripture and within the measurements of God's Word she helps to guide us to a plan of letting go of perfectionism and embracing the messy gir…

One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue

I love the cover of this novel. Very telling with the ring not quite on her finger yet. The first novel I have read penned by these two ladies was Sarah's Choice, which I LOVED! 
This novel started a bit off track for me. It was slow going at first. I wasn't sure I even liked the characters. That's huge for me. If there isn't a connection I'm not going to be overjoyed to pick it up and read late into the night. But after a few chapters the reader gets to know the characters a bit more and the story begins to open up. 
These characters live charmed lives. Everything they want is at their fingertips. This could be a reason why I had a difficult time relating at first, but then the characters are stripped of this life of perceived perfection. Not sure if they truly love one another or they are just in love with the idea of being in love. This makes for a great discussion opener. But the writers do a great job of allowing the reader to journey with these characters as…

Holman HCSB Giant Print Reference Bible, Brown Genuine Cowhide Indexed by B&H Publishing Group

You all know I LOVE Holman Bibles. I just can't say enough about them. Here is another selection for you. 
If you are on the search for a Bible with GIANT print here you go! I have to wear my glasses to see anything in front of my face. So reading can be a challenge. This Giant print makes it easier for me. I'm sure you know someone, maybe yourself, who has trouble reading the print on their Bible. Maybe the large print is big enough for you. Just maybe you need something a bit larger so you can spend more time reading your Bible and less time struggling to see the print. 
This is the HCSB translation which happens to be my favorite. If your searching for a different translation you too can find NKJV, KJV, and NIV at B&H Publishing.
This Bible is beautiful. The genuine cowhide leather is exquisite. This Bible is also indexed. Another feature I love! The Words of Jesus are in bold, red print. And something else that I enjoy about this Bible is how the references are placed…

What Women Fear (Walking in Faith that Transforms) by Angie Smith

I was first introduced to Angie Smith when I read, Chasing God. I was so blown away I followed up and read, Mended. (Take a peek at my reviews). Both were outstanding. So when I seen What Women FearI had to review it! 
Angie Smith is that girl who you want as a girlfriend. You know, the girl to share coffee with and just spend an afternoon sharing Jesus. She's real and transparent. That is what I love so much about her. In every book I've been blessed to review I have found blesses upon blesses to take away and apply to my life. 
I found myself in these pages. I had buried my fears and pretended they weren't alive. But in opening this book I found those fears and strongholds. Some of the chapters that truly blessed me are Fear of Rejection, Abandonment, and Betrayal; Fear of Death; Fear of Not Being Significant; and even Fear of God's Plan for My Life. 
Angie shares with us her personal journey of losing her daughter. I found myself lost in her words. She opens up and…