Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day {2016}

Happy Memorial Day! I've wrote a little poem (two, really. They don't really go together ;)) to share with you all. Here it is, and I hope you enjoy. :) 

Never forget the price that was paid for our freedom. Yesterday we were singing America, The Beautiful at church and these words really stuck out to me... 

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life! 

Who more than self their country loved... That says it all, doesn't it? :') 

God, bless the soldier 
Who left his homeland for us, 
Died to keep us safe. 

And hold near the souls 
Of those who sacrificed all
For our liberty. 

Just for our freedom 
They willingly gave their lives 
On those foreign soils. 

Courageously endured, 
For the freedom we hold dear. 
We owe them greatly. 

Today let's thank God 
For our American soldiers, 
All they gave for us. 

Have you given thought 
To how many men died for you? 
For this our country. 

Now safe in heaven, 
It blesses my heart to think 
Of all them there. 

In our Lord Jesus' arms 
Those battle-weary soldiers 
Have found blessed peace 

At last. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Sparrow Found a House by Jason McIntire {Book Review}

~ Book Description ~ 
What if your new stepdad was a Bible-toting Army Sergeant? Fifteen-year-old Jessie Rivera is living every teenager’s nightmare. Her widowed mom has married a man who wears his heavy Christian values like his sergeant’s stripes – on both sleeves. Glenn Sparrow is persistent, immovable, and not afraid to be firm. Worse than that, he’s loving, kind – even fun – and he has Chris, Moe, and Katie completely won over. But Jessie is determined that she won’t be won over, or give up her “freedom” without a fight. She knows what she wants, and it isn’t what they’ve got. Or is it? 

~ My Rating ~ 
5 stars 

~ My Review ~ 
Wow. I can't say enough about the wonderful family transformation that is so amazingly portrayed in this book. There's people getting saved and lives being changed. Ahh, it was so refreshing! <3 The writing was amazing and oh, so funny, I can't begin to count the times I laughed while reading this. ;) The characters were flawed and believable (the best kind of characters) and I could relate to them in various ways. 

Of the characters, the Sergeant was probably my favorite. His amazing love for his wife and these kids that are his only by marriage was just so wonderful. :) 
I could relate to Chris and Jessie really well – them being the two teens in this book. Their struggles with a new stepfather and all the changes he brought to their family was shone in a real down-to-earth way. 
Moe and Katie were really cute and I enjoyed reading from their viewpoints. :) 
And, of course, the book just wouldn't have been the same without Ben and Mrs. 
Mrs. Scroggins! :D 

I really enjoyed the Biblical stance that was taken in various areas -- including evolution, video games, and homeschooling. 

There's absolutely no romance in this book. (I usually like a little romance in a book, but I didn't miss it here. It just wasn't needed. :)) 
I don't remember there being a lot of specific Bible verses, but there's plenty of mentions of reading the Bible and prayers. 

The references to the Creation museum and Pilgrim's Progress made the book all the more real. :) 

And the ending... Where do I begin? So, so, so wonderful. Aww, it was just so sweet! <3 

I would recommend this book to anyone! :D 

~ Quotes ~ 

“Last one to get there’s an aging Army Sergeant backpacking a really heavy nine-year-old.”

The Sergeant had shown them this technique, he remembered now, with a utility pole (which was probably paying more attention than they were, Chris reproached himself).

It sounded so flat and dumb, yet somehow it spoke the deepest cry from her heart – indeed, from the heart of any honest human, calling out from the trap of sin. 

Upon re-entry, it managed to spray all the passengers efficiently with Dr. Pepper. 

Camp Paranoid Quarantine (as the guest house had been temporarily named)

“Chris, that hole is there specifically so you’ll find Him. It’s there to show you that something is missing from your life without God – something much bigger than the hole itself, the lack of fulfillment, the inadequacy. .... the frustrations in your life are just an obvious temporary symptom of a deep eternal problem.”

**I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.**  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!!! // 2016

Hey everyone! Hope your having a blessed Lord's day! :D

This is just a quick post to say happy Mother's Day to all the great moms out there. Moms, you are always loved, always needed, and always appreciated...even if this is the only day we remember to say it aloud. It is in our hearts and on our minds all the year round. 


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sisters in Christ ~ May 2016 ~ Rebekah Ashleigh

Good day, readers! :D It's that time again – time for the Sisters in Christ chat of May!! I'm pleased to introduce to you Rebekah Ashleigh. You can visit her blog HERE

Hello, Rebekah! So glad to have you here on this glorious May Saturday!! :) Why don't you go ahead and tell the lovely readers a little bit about yourself? 

I am a 19 year old Christian homeschool graduate who lives in Southwest Idaho with my wonderful family. I love spending time with my family, reading good books, playing and teaching the violin, and watch the TV series When Calls the Heart. :)

Let's talk a little about blogging. What inspired you to start a blog? 
Last summer I started looking at the Circle C blog. I saw the list of Andi's fan blogs on the side and decided to look at some of them. I found a few that I liked and just check often for more posts. Reading different blogs made me think that I would like to have a blog. I also really wanted some blogger friends. So mostly what inspired me to start my blog was reading other peoples blogs. Yours was one of the blogs that made me really want to start. :)

I'm so glad to have you in this little blogging community!! :) How did you find my blogs? 
I found both of your blogs through the Circle C blog and I love them both! :)

Aww, thank you!!  

Since this is Sisters in Christ, let's chat about our faith. What's your favorite Bible verse, chapter, and book? Why? 
I really like Jeremiah 29:11. It is really encouraging and reminds me that God is in control of everything and has a perfect plan for my life.

What Bible verses have really helped you through some rough times? 
Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:4-13 have been great verses that have helped me through some harder times.

Both of those are so wonderful. :D  What is one event in your life that really strengthened your Christian walk? 
A couple years ago I found out that I had a hereditary disorder. I had to get a lot of tests done and it was a really stressful time for me. That time helped me to trust in the Lord more, and to know that He is always in control.

Isn't God good? : ) Any Bible reading tips before we move along? 
Just to make time to read the Bible each day. I sometimes struggle with this. It gets late so I just read a short chapter, but I need to make sure I'm spending more time in God's word. So yeah, make time each day to read some. 

I struggle with that too unfortunately. 

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most), how much of a reader would you consider yourself? 
What about a writer? 
I would consider myself a 10 for a reader. :) I absolutely love to read!! For a writer I'd have to say 4. I really enjoy writing in my journal and writing letters, but I'm not much of a writer. Although I did enjoy creative writing in school. 

Where's your favorite place to read? 
My favorite place to read is on my window seat in my bedroom. :) 

Oh, I've always wanted a window seat. =) 

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books by them? 
My top two favorite authors are Beverly Lewis and Janette Oke.
Favorite books by Beverly Lewis:
Child of Mine, The Atonement, The Rose Trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, Annie's People, Summerhill Secrets, and Holly's Heart.

Favorite books by Janette Oke:
A Gown of Spanish Lace, They Called Her Mrs. Doc, A Woman Named Damaris, and When Calls the Heart.

What are some books that really impacted your young life?
A book that really impacted my life would be the A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series. They are SO good! They are really encouraging and inspiring. I've read that series several times, and I still love them. If you haven't read these books than I would encourage you to! They are just the best!! :) :)

I've heard a lot about these books. ;) I really need to read them! 

Now for some random questions... If you had to use one word to describe yourself, what would it be? 

Any pet peeves? 
This might seem strange, but my pet peeve is when people don't wash their hands after they kill a bug. It is just so disgusting.

I can see how that could be a pet peeve. Very disgusting. ;) 

Favorite songs? 
A couple of my favorite songs are: Hold My Heart by Tenth Avenue North, What Do I Know Of Holy? by Addison Road,and Words by Hawk Nelson. They are all really good. 

I love all of those too!! 

Anything else to add? Goals for this year? 
I don't really have any goals for this year except for some reading goals. I would really like to read 100 books this year. I would also like to read 20 books from the Bible. :) 

Both of those are great goals! I have similar ones as well. ^_^ 

Thanks for having me, Faith!! :) It was a lot of fun! 

Thanks for being our special visitor of the month, Rebekah! 


Don't forget to check out Rebekah's blog!! Next month's Sisters in Christ chat will be with Jesseca Dawn from Whimsical Writings and A Kansas Wind. :)