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Who’s Up for a Giveaway???

This giveaway was a bit delayed in getting to me… when I got my notice that I need to have my review done, I reached out to my person and I told her that I never received the CD…..when I got done emailing her, my husband nonchalantly said “hey, we did get that CD, I’ve been listening to it all week long.”

Tis my life.

This week, I’ve been recovering from surgery and I’ve not been on my game…at all.  I’m so thankful for the people who love my family well, to bring us food, send us well wishes, come watch my kids, and keep me occupied so I do not rehurt any part of my broken body.

So, this review comes courtesy of my sweet husband, Big Daddy.  He “really likes it because it has good upbeat songs that he can get behind.”  It is reaffirming what God spoke to him a few Sundays ago, in church.  To live out his faith, to be the man that God has called him to be and to get off the sidelines and be an active part of life instead of a lukewarm bystander………………..which means, he really like this CD 🙂  I’m anxious to hear it now!



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?

In order to be eligible to win this giveaway, you must like this post or any of the other social media posts that I have about this.  You can find all my social media outlets >>> on the side bar.  I will be drawing on Friday, September 29, 2017.

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Nichole Nordeman Review and Giveaway


Every Mile Mattered

With life getting in the way of …. well …. life …. it is nice to have a respite of sorts.  Music is my respite.  I’ve been making long long LONG drives to Louisville, more times than not.  My co-pilot is always wanting MORE music.  So, I play more music.  This has been on loop in my van.  When you go through life with a child who has OMS and the uncertainty of things…it is nice to be certain of one thing.


He is good ALL the time.  He is good on the days Hunter walks and He is good on the days Hunter cannot walk.  He is good when we are home.  He is good when we are getting chemo.


Take some time….enjoy your surroundings….listen to some music.  Let Christ soothe your soul.

I will be drawing a winner for this giveaway on July 26, 2017.  To enter, simply “like” or “comment” on this post or any social media post (you can find links to those on the sidebar to the right).


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Review and Giveaway

I have struggled with depression for as far back as I can remember.  For the past 2 months, I have been taking up residence on the “struggle bus”.  It has been an epically difficult season for me.  I’m okay.  Then I’m not okay.  I “feel” and then I feel empty with an overwhelming dose of extreme sadness.  It sucks.  Not gonna lie.  No one can fix me, no matter how hard they try.  I have come to realize that Jesus is still in the valley with me and He is keeping my head above the waves….keeping me from drowning.  I’m so thankful for that knowledge, but I’m so tired of the struggle.
When the opportunity came up to review Mandisa’s CD “Out of the Dark”…I had no idea that she struggled with the things that I struggle with.  Mental illness is so taboo in our culture and no one wants to talk about it.  They do not want to admit that they have depression, bi-polar disorder, postpartum depression, or anything else for that matter.  People are dying because they do not feel okay enough to talk about this silent killer.  Please, for the love….reach out to someone.  A pastor, a friend, a spouse, a mentor, a counselor.  You are NOT ALONE.  There is help available.  The National Suicide Hotline is open 24/7 with people who are trained to help you and it is FREE!  Please call 800-273-8255.
This CD sort of hurt my feelings.  It sort of had me wallowing a bit…especially the first part where her friends are calling her leaving her encouraging voicemails. The sounds in their voices broke my heart but the knowledge of her deep sadness broke it even further.  This CD is about God’s sovereignty.  Recognizing the voice of God versus the thoughts of satan.  It is about seeing that pinpoint of light at the end of the tunnel and clawing your way back up with the help of a huge Jesus, medication, therapy, and friends.
This is a story of her village and how they lifted her up and pointed her to a Savior.  I wish I could give a copy of this to everyone I meet, but I can’t.  So, I will be drawing a name on May 29, 2017 🙂
MANDISA is back with a NEW CD “OUT OF THE DARK”. 
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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:

Once Upon a Time Bible and Story Book Review

Oh.  My.  Goodness…..Seriously, people.  OH.  MY.  GOODNESS.
Can I just say that I might have hoarded these books so none of my kids could swipe them?  Let’s just pretend that I did not say that.  K?  K.
These books are ones that, yes, eventually I will let my kids see LOL, but I will not let them have when they leave.  First of all..I have a boatload of kids and there will be no fighting over these books.  Secondly, I have so many kids so I can, eventually, have grandkids and I want these books to be shared with them.  Like, let’s just pretend for a minute………I have 8 kids and if each kid had 8 kids, I would have 64 grands.  Now, let’s pretend that I could have a Lolly and Pop week o fun, at my house where everyone comes here and we have a camp type thing….and at the end of every night, Pop reads from these books…………..I can just see it now.
Sorry, I had a squirrel moment.  Right now, I am knee deep in raising these kids, so I’m totally in survival mode LOL.   This review is just that, a review.  There is no giveaway BUT these books can be purchased and should be purchased as quickly as possible!  They do not disappoint!
Check out the links below and enjoy!
ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE and ONCE UPON A TIME STORYBOOK BIBLE will give life to 6 loved stories as well as the full text of the Bible in NIrV translation.  The
Storybook Bible gives you the stories in fun color and pictures.
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  • With the popularity of fairy tales and Disney animation, and especially with the new release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast on March 17, Zonderkidz wanted to publish a storybook Bible and full -text Bible (Holy Bible offered in hardcover, and pink leathersoft editions) that would resonate with children and families who loved those types of movies, and loved reading a great story.
  • What Christian parent doesn’t want to tie in Bible learning fun with what their kids already love, but also have the opportunity to teach them that the real heroes and stories of our faith come straight from God’s Word.


Giveaway Time!!!

Oh how I love doing giveaways. Laura Story is one of my favorite artists. Her new CD is called “Open Hands” and it does not disappoint.

I firmly believe that music speaks to certain seasons of a person’s life and Laura’s song “Blessings” was my song for the season during out adoption.

I was able to sit and listen to this song and it was healing for me during this difficult time. I learned to look for blessings during one of the most trying times of my life.

I will be drawing a winner for this CD on March 23, 2017.

About Laura Story
GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.”

Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts.

The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura’s first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012.

God Of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, released in October of 2015. Laura recently released a new book and bible study curriculum When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without.  She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.

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In addition to being an artist, mom and author, Laura Story is also a worship leader and is gifted at teaching the truth of God to others. Below are some devotionals that she wrote, and you are welcome to use as content if they have any use for them…

Music Music Music Giveaway

I love music, yes I do….I love music how’s about YOU?????????

**Picture me singing that with my hair up in pigtails and my pom poms**

I love music.

Now, Big Daddy and my children REALLY love music, so this is a win win.

The songs of this CD are written out of my pain, sadness, joy, and reflection of how great our God is and how simple we are….that we have to live by faith when what we see is too much for us to handle.

What a journey.

I will be drawing a winner for this CD on my son’s 3rd birthday, February 13, 2017….that day holds much joy for his birthday celebration, but that day will also be a very difficult day due to his circumstances and we are also dealing with a very frightening thing for my daddy on this day…….pain, sadness, joy and reflection….this day will hold.


I know this is a lot to read…but it is better then any review I may have….actually, we give it two BIG thumbs up 🙂


It’s said for everything there is a season. Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. One by one, we experience these seasons throughout our lives. Our souls grow dark and weary in the thick of winter, and just when we think we can’t endure another cold night, we recognize the first signs of spring. Slow and unexpected, welcome shades of green break through the frozen ground. Sometimes our Creator uses His own creation to remind us that even amidst winter’s chill He is always at work. For it’s in the unseen where life’s most beautiful moments take shape.

Worship leader Kari Jobe knows this to be true in her own life, and on her fourth album, The Garden (Capitol CMG), she invites listeners to drink of the wellspring of hope she’s found in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

Jobe has earned the right to speak from experience. She’s become a trusted friend to listeners throughout a career that includes more than 1 million albums sold, a GRAMMY® nomination, multiple Dove Awards and praise from the New York Times. She’s amassed 173 million career streams and is the most-followed female CCM artist on social media with a following that exceeds 3.5 million. Beyond the stats, Jobe’s timeless songs have carried countless listeners to the feet of Christ over and over again. Her voice has become a soundtrack to people’s lives, and The Garden is well-equipped to bring healing in the midst of pain.

While The Garden planted the songwriter back in the studio following 2014’s critically-acclaimed live recording, Majestic—which won a GMA Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year—the new album is also rooted in a series of personal transition and remarkable grief for the singer and her family. In the past two years, Jobe married her husband Cody Carnes and moved from her hometown of Dallas, Texas, to Nashville, where the couple bought their first home and had a baby. With due dates three months apart, Jobe and her sister, Kris, were excited to be pregnant at the same time. Yet, in the midst of happy life changes, heartbreak struck. Seven-and- a-half months into her pregnancy, Kris gave birth to a stillborn daughter, James Ivy. Jobe, four months pregnant with her son at the time, was devastated.

“It just shattered my heart. It was so, so hard,” Jobe shares. “It wrecked me—just the weight of unanswered prayers. I was trying to walk in peace when I didn’t feel peaceful and find my rest when my spirit didn’t feel rested.” Aching for her sister, Jobe was simultaneously anxious for the safety of her own child. On February 18, 2016, a healthy Canyon Carnes entered the world. “It’s hard to celebrate life, but to be grieving with your sister,” Jobe admits, adding that knowing Canyon’s name ahead of time gave her strength through the remainder of her pregnancy after the loss of her niece. “God gave us his name even before this whole thing took place,” she says. “Canyon means a deep ravine for water to flow through. Canyons are formed through storms, so the fact that God gave me his name was so peaceful to me… I was thankful He gave me his name for that season.”

While the birth of her son was undoubtedly a milestone to celebrate, her sister’s loss weighed heavy on her heart. Yet, a reminder of God’s kindness came in a surprising way. As Jobe held Canyon in her arms, she stood looking out the kitchen window of her new home. And there in her backyard, she glimpsed the first signs of spring. When she and her husband purchased the house, a garden that resided on the property was overgrown; and though they knew it needed to be tended, they were advised to wait and see what it produced.  The result was a breathtaking bounty of harvest. That day, Jobe made her way through the garden—a stark reminder of God’s faithfulness in all circumstances. Looking up, interwoven in the archway, she couldn’t help but smile as she saw what only God could produce: thick, green ivy lacing its way overhead, immediately reminding her of her niece’s namesake.

“Ivy is the most resilient plant there is. It can grow in the harshest of climates; it can grow in the harshest of situations,” Jobe explains, adding, “I’m standing in this garden. There’s ivy growing, and I just started to realize, ‘God, You’re moving in a way that is different than what I asked for, but You are moving.’ He’s at work and doing things we can’t see.” The experience yielded the title track for Jobe’s new album and fresh healing for her soul. “Those seeds were planted years ago for it to be the way that it was that day for me, because it wasn’t just last year that they planted all this beautiful ivy. That took years,” she observes. “Something in my spirit started to rustle. Life was coming back. What felt dead in my heart was starting to wake up. It was like I’d been in this place of being numb in my walk with the Lord, but something just started blooming in my heart.” Her unanswered questions began to grow into songs. As Jobe declared God’s goodness over her own circumstances, He began to transform her heart. “These raw things were coming out of my mouth, so I just started writing,” she shares.

“I Will Sing,” written while she was still pregnant, became the first song she penned for this album. Jobe spent the next several months pouring out her emotions one track at a time, collaborating with friends, and eventually recording half of the album in Redding, California, and the other half in Nashville. She and her husband wrote together frequently, and Cody adds vocals on numerous tracks. In addition, Jobe co-wrote with acclaimed songwriters, including Jacob and Amanda Cook of Bethel Music, Brooke Fraser Ligertwood, Ben Fielding, Jason Ingram, Mia Fieldes, Martin Smith and Josh Silverburg, among others. In addition, she covered two songs that she claimed in the midst of loss: Jesus Culture’s “Miracles” and Elevation Church’s “Here As In Heaven.” Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Bryan and Katie Torwalt), who helmed Majestic, produced the project. While songs like “Fall Afresh,” “Heal Our Land” and “Closer to Your Heart” reveal congregational anthems like many of the offerings that have defined Jobe’s career, most of The Garden’s 14 tracks speak to hope in the midst of loss, peace in the midst of uncertainty and God’s presence in the midst of pain. “Oh The Power” vividly recalls another garden where suffering took place, the Garden of Gethsemane. “Jesus went to a garden in His last moments to have intimacy with the Father. It was like He wanted to be surrounded with something that reminded Him of when there was no sin and there was no separation from God,” Jobe says, referencing the garden where mankind began—in Eden. It’s a heavenly space she hopes to invite listeners into with her new album, which, on a sonic level, feels like an overarching narrative backed by a sweeping cinematic score, meant to be savored from start to finish.

“The garden is true intimacy with the Father, and it’s a place where He intended for us as humankind to be surrounded with His creation. There’s life in things that He’s created,” she offers. “I want to lead people into intimacy with the Father. It’s something that’s so important as we walk through stuff in our lives.” Today, Jobe and her family continue to discover restoration through glimpses of God’s goodness. “The healing that He’s been bringing to my family and the way that He’s met us in our pain, it’s made me realize how many people are going through really intense pain and disappointments and trials,” Jobe offers. “There’s a lot of people who have lost babies or family members out of traumatic experiences. My eyes have been opened to that in a whole new way.”

She’s also viewing her platform in a new light since giving birth to Canyon. “I feel more of a maternal instinct now in my worship leading, even declaring things over people,” she shares, adding, “At the end of the day, my favorite thing now is just to be on the floor playing with blocks and reading books. Nothing else really matters. If I just became his momma and a wife, I’m fine with that. I just feel more settled than I’ve ever felt in my life.” In the time leading up to The Garden, Jobe has experienced both indescribable joy and unimaginable pain. Life and death, side by side. Yet, through it all, she’s found God to be inextricably faithful because she’s learned to trust the Gardner and the beautiful, unseen ways He tends to our hearts. “Everyone who’s seen something grow out of the dust realizes God was up to something in the midst of pain and questions. He never promised that it would be easy or that it would be pain-free, but that He would never leave us or forsake us,” Jobe offers, adding, “I’m more aware of His presence than I think I’ve ever been. God has surrounded us with things that will be life-giving if we take a moment to realize it. God’s always at work in our lives. He truly does go before us and prepares the way for the journey ahead.”

Grammy nominated Kari Jobe is the premiere female worship leader in Christian music. Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone,” Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.

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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.

When My Feels Have Feelings….

Good gracious…..I love giveaways and I am always blown away by the things that I have the opportunity to review…but this one….geez Louise.

My first thought, upon hearing the title of the book, “When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette,” I thought this book was on coveting…jealousy and how to overcome it.  I was mistaken in a huge huge, like BIG way.  This book….again…I had feels all over my feelings when I read this.  I was surprised and in awe of how Jesus spoke to me through this author and his experiences.

When I was suffering through my Master’s classes…one professor said something that still sticks with me and has shifted my mindset.  She said “we are to be Jesus with skin on.”  I never saw myself as that because Jesus is the only perfect Person to walk the face of the earth and I will never be perfect…like ever.  Then it resonated on me that to be “Jesus with skin on” means that whomever I am around, I am an ambassador for Christ and I may be the only person, who knows and loves Jesus, that some people may encounter in that day.  How am I going to best represent Him?  This is what this book is about.

One thing that the author says is “What could God do if we just gave Him what we have?  What could He do if we game Him…our faults and failures..our circumstances…our struggles…our prisons…our one finger.”  He talks about Jesus reaching into the deepest darkest parts of us and revealing His plan and His glory and His Name is always glorified.  Our job is to give credit where credit is due….it is all about Him and not about us.

God can take what He has allowed…what He has ordained….and our freewill and He glorifies His Name through it all.  Nothing catches Him by surprise.  Nothing.  There is nothing that you have done, are doing, or will do that He does not have knowledge of, but if we allow it…He can and will create something beautiful.

This book………dangit people………just dangit.  I will be drawing a name on Monday, December 26, 2016 for someone to win this book….if you do not win it…buy it.  If you cannot buy it, go to your library.



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.

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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.”

Journal? Scrapbook? Color?

If you do any of these things…then this giveaway is FOR YOU!

My artsy fartsy side of me was much like a giddy school girl when I received this product to review.  I mean….I embarrassed my children because A) I squealed B) I hugged the UPS man C) I colored all day in my Bible and journal D) I squealed when I revealed my final masterpiece to my husband.

They.  Were.  Mortified.

Do I care?

Uhm, no…not one bit.

So…here it is :

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YAHOO!!!!!  I will be drawing a name for this product on December 10, 2016!

About the Product

Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

·         4 sheets of word stickers

·         4 sheets of alphabet stickers

·         24 tab stickers

·         8 colored pencil twists

·         1 journaling pen

·         1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes

·         1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

**Bonus: As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 different kits.  Head on over to this link for more details: (The link also offers free downloads of several coloring pages, which might interest you).

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Hello.  My name is Brandi.  I am addicted to books…..especially PHENOMENAL and HANDS ON books.  This fits my bill on both levels.  I was eager to get this and open it and, selfishly, I wanted to put MY name to personalize it….but I didn’t…I restrained and chose my child over myself…shocker, I know.
The illustrations are beautiful, which is such a good point for me and my kiddo. The flaps are durable and hard to tear (per experience of having a 2 year old).  There is a letter from God in an envelope after each story where you can put your child’s name on to personalize it!  I think that is really neat cause God sent his son for each one of us!  If you are interested in this, I will be drawing a winner on November 30, 2016!


Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.






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Blessings of Unity



Marriage is TOUGH.  It is really tough…whoever says it is easy is NOT married….or they are still on their honeymoon.  It takes work and if Christ is not at the center of your marriage and He is not at the top of YOUR food chain, you should very well just stop now and call it quits.

It took a long time for me to understand my food chain.  First, I placed me on top, Bart next…then we had kids.  Kids came to the top, friends came next, then me, then Bart….can you see where I am going with this?  The Lord, graciously, took every friend out of my life, He moved family away (this is when you still had to make a long distance call)…there I stood…alone…with “no one.”  God replaced those people with an unnatural love for my husband and for Him.  He taught me, during these times, to look to Him to fill all the crooks and crannies of my heart and then to look at the GIFT that is my husband.

My daughter is embarking on this winding road and I hope I have instilled in her to love God and solely look to Him to help her through any and everything. Go to the guide book, The Bible, for the daily “how to’s” of living….then look across the table at her GIFT that He gave her, in her future spouse.

Awww…………….if I knew then what I know now………..


About the book:

The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:

1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and

2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.

Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

($13.43 on Amazon, paperback)

About the author/ministry:

Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

Amazon link to this GREAT book

**Added bonus to my giveaway, which the drawing will be on 11/24/16, cause that is my girl’s  21st bday is that you can get this:

Also with this, you will be getting a link to a free ebook, Unshakeable (6 pgs), material that will help and support growth in Christ, from the All for Jesus ministry:



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