“Who Moved My Pulpit?”  by Thom Rainer President & CEO of Lifeway is a necessity for leadership of any church facing changes,  whether it is changing from traditional to contemporary music or a new pastor search.

The average church member of a healthy church does not realize how the smaller local churches are struggling not only to grow, but to survive.  Because my husband serves as a relief/interim evangelist for many local churches, I have  seen the sheer devastation left behind because of disagreements, inward fighting, and the new vs. old ways of doing things.  In the eyes of those who remain, there is desperation with a glimmer of hope. These members I call the ruins – the foundation on which to rebuild.

In his latest book, Thom Rainer outlines a step-by-step plan that a Pastor, staff, and church  needs to “gently” introduce change.  Rainer discusses fives type of people a Pastor will face when “change” appears, “The Deniers”, “The Entitled”,  “The Blamers”, “The Critics” and “The Confused”.  He also gives a guide for building a coalition, being  the vision, implementing and consolidating change.

Because of the generosity of Thom Rainer and B&H Publishing, I had the opportunity to give a copy “Who Moved My Pulpit?” to several local churches who are either facing change or struggling with change. Also because of this generosity, I have FIVE copies to giveaway on my blog. Just leave a comment on the blog, Twitter or Facebook for your chance.


(Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  B & H Publishing provided copies of this book for review and to giveaway.)

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If you or your kiddos are looking for a great read this summer, look no further.  Priscilla Shirer’s  “The Prince Warriors” will keep everyone on the edge of their seats with  intriguing adventures as brothers Xavier and Evan, along with their friends and  unexpected characters, go on an amazing journey!

The Prince Warriors (Prince Warriors Series #1)

Xavier and Evan are just your  average boys with the typical sibling relationship- nothing special about either…. or is there?  One night Xavier and Evan are awoken from sleep and begin an adventure they will not soon forget.  The boys-next-door brothers soon become prince warriors who find themselves in a unknown world called Ahoratos.

After the brothers and their friends are given the protection they need, all are soon sent on a journey to find their individual paths by following instructions provided by their armor. Each one must follow the instructions carefully to find their way safely through this strange and adventurous world known as Ahoratos. Danger lurks in beautiful forms of deceit making the journey more difficult.  Things are not what they seem in this world called Ahoratos.  Will all the kids make it back safely?

The story is based on Ephesians 6:10-18 and interweaves biblical truths into this adventurous story.  Within the instructions given to the prince warriors, there are elements of salvation and the Word of God.

The Prince Warriors is the best new christian children series since C. S. Lewis’ Adventures of Narnia. Visit the website with your  kids to learn more about the adventures and download an App.  The next book,  Unseen Invasion, will be available in October 2016.  Priscilla Shirer has also written a corresponding devotion, Unseen: The Prince Warriors 365 Devotional.

I truly enjoyed The Prince Warriors and recommend it for kids ages 9 and up.  I look forward to the next book, Unseen Invasion.

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May is Mother's Day Giveaway

Welcome to the last Mother’s Day giveaway and congratulations to Emily, the winner of Encouraging Thoughts for Women.

Drum roll please! I saved the best for last, the Devotional for Women written by Rhonda Harrington Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson.  B & H Publishing provided a courtesy copy to me for my honest review.

The Devotional for Women

This devotional looks like a pocket bible so you can take it anywhere, keep it your handbag, in the car, or tucked beside the bed. There is a place to write your “personal reflection” at the end of each devotion.  There is also a reading plan in the back that aligns with the order of the devotions.  However, the daily devos are not dated so you can read it any in order you wish.   This is a good devotional for anyone who does not necessary enjoy devotionals.  It will make a great addition to your library. Enter to win by leaving a comment on my blog or Facebook and/or re-tweeting.

Many Blessing!

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_He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done._

A day of rest.

No blogging.
No Facebook.
No Twitter.
No email.
No Pinterest.

Just…
Peace.
Quiet.
Family.
Naps.

Unplugged Sunday.

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May is Mother's Day Giveaway

Congratulations to Ashley of CreatingPreciousMoments.blogspot.com for winning Peace for a Woman’s Soul, the first of three devotionals I am giving away in May in honor of Mother’s Day!

Devotional two is Encouraging Thoughts for Women, A Devotional Journal .

This devotional journal is lovely and topic driven. There are devotions for anger, blessings, children, giving, God’s provision, guidance and prayer.  Each devotion is short and has space to write your prayers and insights.   Enter to win this devotional by commenting on this post, commenting on Facebook or retweeting.

Thanks to all you entered the first giveaway.  Please share on your social media!

Good Luck.

 

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May is Mother's Day Giveaway

 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away THREE devotionals during the month of May, one each week for three weeks starting today.  Here we go!

Devotional One:

Peace for a Woman’s Soul
Finding Rest for Your Spirit

This devotional was written by Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Thelma Wells, Barbara Johnson and Sheila Walsh and others.

Enter to win by leaving a comment, retweet, or “Like” on Facebook.

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Waiting

I spend a lot of time waiting.  Waiting in lines.  Waiting to pick up KJ from school. Waiting in the doctor’s office.  All this waiting can add up to more than a hour of time a day!  With this new found time, there are 8 things you can do while you wait.

Communicate:
Waiting can be an opportune time to pray.  It is a time that is generally quiet and uninterrupted.  Praying can re-set your mood, re-fuel your spirit, and re-connect with the Lord.

Check Social Media:
This is the most obvious and the one we all do naturally.  Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs are a great way to stay connected to everyone in your circle whether personal or professional.

Conversations:
Waiting in your car is a great time to return missed calls or make appointments assuming there are no kids with you or loud external distractions.

Comprehend:
For  me,  waiting is an idea time to read a book.  I generally keep something   to read in my car, my handbag, or my Android.  If you do not enjoy reading,  listen to an audio book.

Create:
Why not be creative. Start a family journal. Knit. Plan your garden or decorating project.

Calendar:
Another wise way to use “wait time” is to update your calendar by preparing for the day, the week or even the month.  I like to have a framework of what to expect at least daily and when I have those tasks complete, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Clean:
I store shopping bags in my car for a quick clean up while I am waiting for KJ to get out of school.  It amazes me how much stuff we accumulate in a short time.  I once found a fossilized french fry marinated in spilled chocolate milk encrusted with a mixture of road salt and baseball dirt.  Yuck! Since then I have tried to take any trash out more often and do a quick clean up. I also keep baby wipes in the car to clean up spills, and to wipe down the dash (as well as any other disasters  that may happen).

Culinary and Couponing:
This is a good time to plan menus, make shopping list, clip, download and organize coupons.

Team Moms’ Bonus:
During my down time, I can plan for the next game/event, attend to administrative duties, answer emails, and update the teams’ Facebook Page.

How do you spend your wait time?

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I’m always on the hunt for good christian books for kids, especially those with good messages.  One such book is Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace by Andy Addis.

This is a story about a little boy named Blotch who realized he was not perfect because of the blotches on his skin.  He very much wanted to know why he had these blotches and how to get rid of them.  He set out on an adventure in search of answers.  A long the way, he met other people with these blotches and asked many questions, but no one could explain the stains on their skin.  Disappointed, he diligently continued on his journey traveling from village to village searching for answers until he met a man…

Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace

Blotch is a good way to introduce children to the gospel.   It not only explains sin in a kid-friendly manner, but also provides parents with a chapter-by-chapter discussion.  I recommend this book as a way to share the gospel with kids.  Because it is simply written and illustrated even kids of an early age can understand it.

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(Disclosure:  B & H Publishing provide a copy of this book for my honest review.)

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I didn’t know what to expect, but there it was.  It intrigued me.  It was different.  I flipped through it.  Examined it.  Read it.  Interesting.

Finally, a devotional for women by women, speaking to the heart of women.  It is not a devotional laced with personal stories, but is beautifully sown together by passages of the Bible.

From Genesis to Revelation, The Devotional for Women, walks you through the Bible from the beginning to the end.  At the end of each devotion is a guided prayer and a place to write your “personal reflection”.  There is also a “Daily Bible Reading Plan” in the back that corresponds with the devotions.

The Devotional for Women

Honestly, I am not a big fan of devotions, but this one is different.  It speaks to the heart of every day women who want more from a devotion.

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(Disclosure:  B & H Publishing provided a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.)

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As most know, we homeschooled KJ for two years. It was a time of blessing as I watched him thrive and grow.  My time was short, but I gave him a strong foundation for what happened next… I had to return to the workforce, not by my choice or my family’s choice -the economy.  We were fortunate  to find a solid classical christian school whose curriculum is almost identical to what we were using. The transition was fairly easy. KJ made new friends. He was doing well academically. All seemed fine until midway into the school year something changed. This is my story why I want to return to homeschooling.

The Change:

Sometime following Christmas Break, my sweet son went from the I-can’t-wait-to-get-school kid to the crying-don’t-make-me-go kid.  I was confused.  I didn’t understand.  After all he and his new bestie were very close and had made plans to become brothers.

At first, I thought KJ just needed time to readjust to his routine.  But it continued almost daily, and grew worse and eventually it all came to the day (or night).  He was sobbing.  I was teary-eyed.  I snuggled him and asked him to tell me what was wrong, because I couldn’t help if I didn’t know what was on his heart… KJ began pouring out his six year old heart to me.

I learned two things that night, first, he was stressed because wasn’t doing as well as he wanted to.  The truth is he is an A/B student on a harder grading scale than the average school. Secondly, he wanted to return to homeshooling.  That night I promised him that as soon as we can we will homeschool again.  Three years later, he has not forgotten my promise and reminds me periodically that it is his heart’s desire to homeschool.  I have not forgotten my promise to him.

THE BEST CHOICE:

KJ’s school is good.  It is grounded in the Word of God. He is growing academically and he has good friends.  But,  he is 100% boy. He is active.  He is curious.  He is easily distracted.  Sitting in a classroom for hours at a time with little free time and limited recess it not good for him.  KJ needs to be able to move about, stand up, sit down, lay down, jump, and sing.  It stimulates his brain and burns off energy!

He needs to be able to move at his own pace.  Move faster through subjects that are easy for him, take longer on subjects that are more challenging, and spend more time on subjects that he is interested in.  In any structured classroom this may not be possible, because everyone has to keep the same pace.  If some kids are behind they have to catch up – which may cause frustration.  If some kids are ahead, they have to wait for others- which usually causes boredom.  Either of these combinations can cause disruptions in the classroom that must be addressed by the teacher thereby taking time away from teaching.

THE FLEXIBILITY:

The flexibility of homeschooling is a huge plus. There is flexibility in what to teach, how to teach, and when to teach.  If we want to jump on one foot while singing the Timeline song we can!  If we want to go outside for science to explore the insects and plants we are studying, we can. We can even have a field trip to the zoo or aquarium.

We can homeschool in the car by listening to memory work, reciting facts, and yes, your child can read in the car instead of playing a video game or watching a movie.  We can homeschool when out of town.  If I need to go to help my parents, it’s not an issue.  I just pack up the wheely cart with the school work and go!

These are just a few reasons I believe homeschooling is the best choice for us.  But for now, KJ will attend his private school until I can return home.  There are many points of view regarding education overall. The only opinion that matters is yours . The only choice that matters is what works best for your family.  Whatever your choice of education, it should be a family decision that has been discussed and prayed over.

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