Category Archives: Christian

Rick Warren Book: God’s Big Plans for Me – Review and Giveaway!

It’s always fun to plop down each night on the bedside with my kiddos and introduce them to a new and wonderful story from a special Bible themed storybook. This one is called God’s Big Plans for Me by Rick Warren. It is a devotional book designed for kids filled with 40 beautifully illustrated stories based off God’s Word. It includes many points of focus such as something to think about, something to remember, and a question to answer.
We have been reading it each night for about 12 days now and I have found it really captures the kids attention well. It shares just enough info based off the Bible stories covered that help students learn important key facts about those Bible stories without going too deep. if you have older elementary students, they will enjoy it and yet desire something that digs deeper, but this is still a great review collection of devotional stories they can read at bedtime. Younger students from toddler to early elementary will most likely benefit the most from this book.
It is a large hardcover book with beautifully illustrated pages. My daughter is 11 years old and she enjoys reading these short devotionals to her younger brother.  It’s a great idea for Christmas or birthday gifting. Enjoy!

About God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible:
God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.

About God’s Great Love for You:
God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

Social Corner:
Hashtags: #RickWarren & #FlyBy

Purchase this book as a gift today!

 
GIVEAWAY TIME!
Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Rick Warren’s new book: God’s Big Plans for Me
Age: Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to the Continental US only.
Date: Starts October 30 and ends November 7 at midnight EST.
How to Enter:
Earn 1 entry by leaving a comment sharing what some of your favorite children’s storybooks or devotional books for kids are.
Earn a 2nd entry by visiting BecandBecDesign on Etsy and favoriting our shop.
Here are the new guidelines for you to use in 2017:

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

***

This is part of the Holiday Tweet Fest! Follow along on Twitter at #htfest or follow @Choosingtolive so you don’t miss any of the fun giveaways, freebies, deals and games!

JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

Ready to buy this great new CD for gift giving this holiday season or for your own listening pleasure? Grab it HERE

Official Hashtag:
#TheAnswer

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner: Nicholas W.!!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album The Answer by Jeremy Camp!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date:Oct 2 to Oct 11 at midnight EST! (Part of our Holiday Tweet Fest!)
How To Enter:
1. Leave a comment below sharing what you love about Jeremy Camp’s music, your favorite song or album, or name another Christian artist you love to listen to just as much. (counts as 1 entry).
2. You may get a second entry by retweeting this tweet and commenting below with your Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/Choosingtolive/status/914853482712190977
3. You may get a third entry by commenting on any other recent post on the blog.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
HashTag: #ALLIN
 GIVEAWAY TIME!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. The Winner is: Michelle D.!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date: Sept 25 to Oct 1 at midnight EST! (Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest with this giveaway!)
HOW TO ENTER: 6-12 chances to win!
Get 1 entry for each of the following items you do below:
1. Leave a relavent comment on this post
2. Share this post on any social media channel and comment where you shared. You’ll find share buttons on this post.
3. RETWEET this Tweet 1 time OR Daily (once per day from Sept 25-Oct1): https://twitter.com/Choosingtolive/status/912391643898302465
4. Comment on any other post and comment here to tell me where you commented
5. Enter any other giveaway on our site and leave a comment on that post
6. Visit http://learningblast.net and leave a comment sharing what you think?
7. Bonus entry for my Giveaway Group fans! Just comment you are in the group. Not in the group yet? Join here!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for delivery of giveaway prize. That will come from the sponsor.

Go See All Saints in Theaters August 25

Calling all Christian movie lovers! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get an early glimpse at the newest Christian film to hit theaters soon – All Saints! You will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to see the film in theaters!!

ALL SAINTS is a refreshing heart-felt faith-based film that all audiences can enjoy. It’s very essence is the heart of God caring for us – His children. He knows our needs, and He listens to our prayers. God provides for our needs and answers those prayers according to His perfect Will. Sometimes God calls us to do things in this world on His behalf that will not only affect our futures and lives, but also the lives of many others. It’s incredible to hear stories like this one in All Saints and learn again and again how amazing our God truly is.

Here’s a general overview of the film All Saints:
-Product category: film
-Title: ALL SAINTS
-Genre: drama
-Rating: PG
-Run time: 1:48:00
-Recommended ages: 10 and up
-Campaign focus: theatrical release
-Release date: 8/25/17
-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)
-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

I’m very eager to see this full motion picture in theaters! There’s so much going on in this movie All Saints that many people can relate to. Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and He answers in His timing! When you are looking for answers, get closer to God and listen for what He is trying to tell you. Don’t be so surprised when He actually answers those prayers!

Want to learn more sneak peaks about this exciting film? Check out these cool Behind the Scenes clips!

Other YouTube clips about the movie All Saints you may enjoy:
All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA
The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog
The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY

Keep up with all the fun! Share your thoughts about the film on social media and keep learning more from others by using hashtags  #AllSaintsFlyBy

Ready to see the movie? Visit the official film site at http://www.allsaintsmovie.com where you can  buy tickets to see the film, access video or photos, downloads, news, theaters the movie is playing in and much more.

Giveaway Time!

Prize: Enter to win 2 tickets to see the movie All Saints in theaters. (All Fandango codes are only good to use In U.S. movie theaters.)

Location: Open to USA residents only. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Dates: August 14 – August 19th at midnight EST

To Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what other Christian films you have been inspired by in the past. You may leave a comment ONCE per day. Maximum of 6 entrees.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received two tickets to see the movie All Saints in exchange for sharing about this new film. I was only given the opportunity to view the free behind the scenes clips and trailers before the official release of the movie All Saints in theaters. I only support and encourage my readers to learn about items I feel are of value or interest to their families. 

Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered – Music CD Review & Giveaway!

It has always been a pleasure to do music reviews for you here at Love2EncourageYou. There are so many great and talented artists in the Christian music industry who create lyrics that just overflow with inspiration and encouragement from the blessings and trials they’ve experienced in life.

Today I have a heart-felt CD from Nichole Nordeman for you to enjoy! It’s titled: Every Mile Mattered

Some of you may have already heard the hit, “SLOW DOWN” on the Christian radio. She includes a new recording of that song on this album.

I’ve found that having the combination of reading God’s Word, prayer, and the sound of God inspired music can be a great combo over a relaxing cup of tea watching the sunrise for your morning devotions. Nichole Nordeman’s cd is both inspiring and calming in many ways. A great CD to listen to when reflecting after devotions and preparing for your day in the morning, or if you’re wanting to unwind after a hard day at work.

Here’s a glimpse at one of my favorite songs on the album: Listen To Your Life

I hope you will find it just as soothing and inspiring as I did! There are so few things in life that I take the time to enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for kids, cleaning house, work, and reaching out to others, but music has always been a source of peace and calming for me. Trust me when I share that this album is one of those go to albums to accomplish just that. Her gifts have been fine tuned after all these years of multiple albums and I really think Nichole Nordeman has offered us something special with this one!

For those of you who enjoy humor, my hubby was listening to the album with me during my review and when I got to that song, “Listen to Your Life”, he asked me this question: “So is that last song we just heard called, Listen To Your Wife?” I told him YES!!! lol.

SOCIAL – CORNER

Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com

Purchase the CD here: 

ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
Spotify:  http://capcmg.me/emm.sp
Amazon: http://capcmg.me/emm.am)

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August!! If you’re interested, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com

Stay connected to us by sharing about the CD using the Official Hashtags: #everymilemattered & FlyBy

Check out Nichole’s blog http://nicholenordeman.com and sign up for newsletters!

 GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win your own copy of the Nichole Nordeman album: Every Mile Mattered!

Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Open to residents of the Continental USA (lower 48 states).

Dates: August 2nd -August 14th at Noon EST.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Please see future giveaways listed on the blog including the next big giveaway for two Tickets to the movie All Saints!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Mandisa: Out of the Dark – Review and Giveaway!

IMG_8356

There’s just something incredible about God’s people being inspired to share what He has laid upon their heart and done in their lives to give Him the glory. Mandisa has already become a wonderful inspiration to many with her previous hit songs that our Lord had here share with the world.  Now she shares her heart and tells us the story of how God has rescued her from some of the darkest parts of despair in her life. Encouraging us to look to Him for guidance and trusting Him to be there for us always. Watch a short video of Mandisa sharing this story behind her new album here.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here.

No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, or where you see yourself going in life, we all have a need for encouragement. Everyone can use a lift and a bright spot to help them through their day. This new album from Mandisa titled “Out of the Dark” can be that tool to help pull your down attitude into one of encouragement and gratitude!  Get your hands on a copy today and find ways to bless it to others as well. They will thank you!

I particularly felt blessed by this collection of “musical weapons against the enemy’s schemes” as you feel how much Mandisa pours out her heart to God in the lyrics. Her desire is to show us how much God truly loves us and rescues his children. We are NEVER alone during our trials or tough circumstances – God is there through the midst of it, gently guiding us through.

I always love songs that include other artists as guest singers or cameos so it was a joy to see so many great artists popping in for some of these great songs on Mandisa’s album such as Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp and Britt Nicole!

Mandisa has a fantastic song on this album called “Unfinished” that I really think you’ll enjoy listening to. Check out the Acoustic Video for it here.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Now I give a huge thanks to Mandisa, Capital Records, and Flyby Promotions for allowing me to share a great opportunity with all of you! Here’s YOUR chance to win this brand new just released Mandisa album in a giveaway!

To Enter: Simply share in a blog post comment below telling me what Mandisa songs you enjoy the most, OR share how much you’d really like to win and why.  Each comment counts as one entry. You may enter once per day until the end of the giveaway.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to the USA lower 48 states (Continental US) only. Void where prohibited.

This giveaway starts on Thursday, May 25 and ends on Tuesday, May 30 at midnight, EST. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Save The Lost: Glow in the Dark YOUTH Group Game

 

stl-key-1920-72-res-no-top-text.jpg

Have you ever hoped to connect with your teens or the kids in the youth group on important topics like Salvation but weren’t sure how to break the ice? Here’s a unique and super fun way to do just that! Introducing the game: SAVE THE LOST! This fast paced action game is fully interactive for youth to get their energy out in a dark environment with glow in the dark components and exciting game play for all to enjoy! It plays somewhat similar to a capture the flag style activity, but much more impactful and significant when it comes to using in a youth group at church or at a camp. This fun family oriented game can be a huge hit at birthday parties, family reunions and block parties or graduations.

IMG_7334

IMG_7335

Watch this video to get an idea of just how much energy and enthusiasm these kids have for this game!

VIDEO – See the game in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Z9RqmIJ7reQ
OFFICIAL RULES – Learn how it works: https://www.savethelostgame.com/the-game.html

IMG_7347IMG_7348

My son and I enjoyed sharing this game and donating it to our youth group at church. They LOVED Save The Lost! They enjoyed it so much they want me to buy more of the wrist bands to add even more players and expand the challenge! They played it again at a youth LOCK-IN event during Spring Break too and said it was a blast! An AWESOME way to help kids connect with the truth that Jesus is the LIGHT and is the WAY to be SAVED.

With the lure of social media and video games, it can be hard to get youth off the couch and active. It can also be difficult to get them to focus on their Bible study when all they want to do is go play with their friends.

This new, glow-in-the-dark adventure game helps solve both these problems. “Save the Lost” gets youth to experience Christian principles while giving them a reason to have physically active fun.

To no surprise, I’ve heard the game has been a big hit with youth leaders and students alike—reflecting on profound Biblical principles that teach about avoiding temptation, finding redemption and showing them how to help others do the same— all while being a delightfully exciting and fun game to play.

“The strategy that took place in the game involved everybody, and everybody was playing together,” says Jeff VanWagoner, another youth leader involved in testing the game. “Everybody would strategize as a whole group against the Tempters—regardless of whether or not they’re friends.”

Here are some other comments and testimonies from the Christian youth leaders who tried this game, Save the Lost:

“I know you may be skeptical and think, “OH, Another cheesy Christian game!” but let me tell you my kids LOVED it! I am a youth pastor in the heart of Hollywood, CA and my kids had a blast with this” — Michael B, Hollywood CA

“We used this game for our church youth group activity with boys aged 13-17 and they all had a fantastic time. There are multiple variations on the structure of the game which allowed them to pick and choose which they enjoyed the most. The technology worked amazing when we used it in a darkened gymnasium, and also outside as it turned dusk. The message of the game was evident to the boys, but not overbearing” — Laurn V, Riverton, UT

“This is the best game I have ever owned! I’m a youth leader at my Church…so I ordered it and I was amazed by how great this game is!! No joke my youth all loved this game and have discussed playing all Sundays after church! — Andrew A, Rio Roco, AZ

stl-key-1920-72-res-no-top-text.jpg

I highly recommend purchasing this game for your next youth group event, family reunion or as a great way to have fun and be a positive impact at your son or daughter’s graduation party coming up! Paul King is the creator and teacher for this game and has done an amazing job on customer service – even helping me find additional items to go with the game when we wanted to expand the number of tempters for a bigger challenge. He is awesome and will be more than happy to assist you with anything your youth group, homeschool group, or Christian school needs to enjoy the game and make an impact on the lives of today’s youth.

Blessings to you as you embark on this exciting journey together to SAVE THE LOST!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample copy of the game in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items I feel would be of value or interest to my readers. 

Importance of Upholding Marriage Values

ice-1740353_1920

Navigating the road of marriage can be difficult. This is even more apparent in light of our modern times. When it comes to upholding traditional marriage values, it’s vital that you work together to make your marriage a happy one. Don’t let your love for each other melt away over time. Marriage can be difficult; there is no disputing that. But, when it comes to upholding your marriage and ensuring that your commitment to each other is unrivaled, there are some things that you need to bear in mind.

Marriage should be an unbreakable bond, a unity between man and woman. Committing to each other, in the eyes of God is not something to be taken lightly.

There are some key things to remember when it comes to the sanctity of marriage, and how you can ensure that your marriage is on the right track.

 

Loyalty and honesty

 

Loyalty is imperative in any marriage, whether you are traditional or more modern. Loyalty to each other is the cornerstone of a happy marriage, and it’s vital that you uphold this value to ensure the longevity of your marriage. While people often feel that their relationship has lost its spark over the course of time, it’s important to remember why you are a union. Making the most of each is important. Communicate and talk about your problems. Don’t forget to make time for one another. By doing this, you will ensure that loyalty is upheld in your union.

 

Viewing your marriage in a realistic way

 

In the early days, marriage can be exciting and provide a rush. The newlywed phase may wane after a couple of years, but that is no reason to give up on your marriage. What you are left with is an unbreakable bond, loyalty, trust, and intimacy. View your marriage in a realistic way. There may be times where romance is off the cards. Family life is taxing and demanding. But there are ways that you can keep the passion alive. Make time for each other. Send each other small tokens of your affection. Find unique gifts for men and for women, and show your spouse how much they mean to you. Being in a committed marriage means having to be practical. There are times when life will get tough. It’s how you weather the storm and work together as a team. Remember, you are a team, and you need to work together, not against each other. That is what will get you through the more difficult times.

pexels-photo-256737

Keeping your faith in marriage
Looking at your common and shared values is important. Your faith should play a significant part of your marriage; after all, your shared values are why you are together. If you cannot remember what these are, take the time out to communicate these. Do you want to accumulate wealth? Do you want to secure a career? Speak to each other about what your shared goals are and make sure that these are in line with your faith so that you don’t lose sight of what is important to you both. It’s important to keep God and faith in your marriage so that you are aware of what the other needs and desires. These values are incredibly important for your marriage, for now, and for the long term.

Share with us how you like to keep your marriage vows alive.  In what unique or helpful ways do you show your spouse you are committed to each other?

Disclosure: It has been a pleasure to bring you a variety of value-rich articles from a large collaboration of writers who share the same focus on family values and commitment in marriage. Enjoy!

When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette + Giveaway

greeneyedbrunette

It’s always an amazing experience to find yourself so wrapped up in a book or a movie that you just can’t put it down or stop watching it. When it is a book or a movie about Jesus or God’s people sharing their testimony or who God truly is, then the plot just gets even more exciting to me and I can’t help but want to read or watch more. Today I have the blessing of sharing with you about a very special book written by Max Davis. Max is the author of 20 books and after reading his newest one, “When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette: Loving People Like God Does“, I’ll be looking forward to reading all the others too!

Just a few paragraphs into the book and you are hooked! This incredible collection of stories shared by Max is capable of delivering more insight into how life should be lived, shared, and enjoyed than most any other book out there. Filled with the gifts from the Holy Spirit to express his testimony and unique moments of his walk with Christ, Max Davis has been able to craft stories that leap off the pages and into your heart and mind. You just can’t put this book down!

Buy this book and READ this whole book to it’s end.  I can’t say it any other way. You will not regret it. Now, after you complete those two tasks… I want you to give the book away to someone else who needs to read it. I’m sure you will be able to think of tons of friends or family you wish could read this book: When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette.

Get a deeper grasp of who Christ is in your own life and how he wants you to live a life that tells HIS story within you. Be the one who stops people in their tracks to get to know what it is about you that is different from the rest. Let them SEE JESUS in the person that you are each and every day. Learn from the stories in this book by Max Davis just how easy it is to live for God and be genuine through and through.

About the Book:
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”
List price: $15.99
208 pgs.

About the Author:
Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.
Product URL: http://worthypublishing.com/books/When-Jesus-Was-a-Green-Eyed-Brunette/

Hashtags needed: #JesusGreenEyedBrunette

Enjoy the internal blessings you will receive when you read this book. Please share with me in the comments below after you get the chance to read it and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the book “When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette.”

Where: Open to the USA only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Giveaway starts 12/19 and ends on Dec 25 at midnight EST.

To Enter: Please leave a comment below sharing what books you’ve read lately and what you liked about them, or tell me what types of books you enjoy reading the most and why.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant  per mailing address, per  giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Christmas Love Letters From God – Hardcover Book & Giveaway

img_3368
Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a beautiful day here in central Florida and we are already enjoying the tempting smells of the turkey cooking in the oven. My children are happily playing with a new app while hubby and I look through the Thanksgiving paper and all the ads for Black Friday. Seeing these “things” on sale makes us ponder other ways we can focus our kid’s attention on the true meaning of Christmas instead of the hype of the holiday shopping season taking over.

Today I have a treat for you… a delightfully different type of Christmas story that is sure to please any child as you read through the book together leading up to Christmas. Let me introduce you to author, Glenys Nellist, and her amazing illustrator, Rachel Clowes. Together they have produced an incredible book sharing the glory of God’s Son – Jesus. This book is titled: Christmas Love Letters from God – Bible Stories. (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

img_3091

Learning about the real Christmas story and how Jesus came to be here and for what reason, are important reminders to take things slower during the holidays and enjoy the time you have with your children and family members.

img_3096

Take a journey towards the wonder of the birth of our Savior with this collection of intimate tales from the Bible . Each page is laced with details sharing important messages from Scripture that direct us towards who Christ is and why He came. The writer shares in a tone that’s easy for kids to understand and helps them enjoy the blessings in each story as they see the action through the beautifully designed pages from the illustrator.

img_3105

My kids enjoyed reading through a different story each night learning about Isaiah, Gabriel, Mary, and other significant figures in the Bible that help kids learn the true meaning of Christmas. Each character points us towards Jesus and we learn more and more about God’s great love for us and how much we need to focus our attention on our Savior (instead of on things).  The delightful collection of mini devotionals is a great start to teaching your kids about Jesus and why we celebrate his birthday at Christmas.

img_3098

Inside the book there are “love letters from God” that are like lift-the-flaps revealing a new note of love from God to the reader.

Please join us for a chance to win the hardcover book in our giveaway! See details below.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive a hardcover copy of the book: Christmas Love Letters from God Bible Stories.

Open to USA only. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends on November 29 at midnight EST.

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for review and this post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”