Be a Pineapple

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New year, New you…so why not be a Pineapple?!  Pineapple’s are more than just a sweet, healthy treat.  They stand tall and regardless of their flaws they are boisterous and proud.  And heck…they get to wear a crown.  YESSSSS!  Please, I want to be a pineapple.  On a more serious note…Be a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside is one of the most inspiring quotes for 2017.

STAND TALL my friend.  Be you for that is all you can be.  Be you and be proud of your accomplishments, your faults, your desires, your goals, and your past-present-future.  You were made with love in the image of Christ.  Our maker designed you and stitched every part of you.  He knows everything about you….EVERYTHING!!!  And his love flows for you.  God’s love is unconditional and that will  never change.  So be a pineapple and stand tall; knowing you are special and absolutely beautiful!

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

WEAR A CROWN, why not!  You my friend are royalty; the daughter of the KING, our Heavenly Father and Creator of all things.  We live a rags to riches fairy-tale that begins and ends with the Prince of Peace.  We were designed with a Happily Ever After  for ETERNITY  which beats any Disney Princess story-line.  As a royal it is safe to say that you were made to be treated as such; never settle for anything less.   Love, kindness, respect, patience, understanding, and gentleness.  So wear that crown and let your inner Princess shine.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

BE SWEET ON THE INSIDE and share it with the world.  A pineapple is rough on the outside; but regardless of the exterior faults it is what is on the inside that matters and that makes this fruit so desirable.  Just the same no matter your rough patches on the exterior, it is your inner being that counts.  God made you to love and be loved.  May kindness and love flow through you and shine in all you do and each person you interact with.

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

pineappleBe a Pineapple, Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside.  This is my motto for 2017.  As a reminder, I have this beautiful print by KNOTnNEST displayed in the coziest and busiest room of my home.  Unlike other prints, the motivational image and quote is printed on a soft beautiful burlap with a glazed backing and come ready for framing.  Shabby chic and sophisticated,  KNOTnNEST artistic prints will add class and a touch of encouragement to any room.  I placed this uplifting pineapple print on my vintage nightstand in the family room for all  to see.  It delivers comfort and warmth to all guests that come to my home.   I just adore the sweet messages from KNOTnNEST!

Give the gift of sunshine to someone you love with inspirational burlap prints from KNOTnNEST.

 

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Only God Can Make a Kitten- a book review

only godThis is one of the sweetest children’s books my children and I have read together.   As your child reads the rhyming text and enjoys the softly drawn images he/she will discover who the one and true creator  is.  The story is written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Laura J Bryant.  A mother and her children are enjoying a day of exploration in the great outdoors.  Her children are climbing on rocks, swimming in the sea, and discovering God’s creation with every step of the way.

There is lots of fun word play through out the text, ” “Mama, look! A tiny sprout! Who made this sprig of spring pop out? He who knows our every need. Only God can make a seed.” (Greene, 2015) Only God Can Make a Kitten will become a treasured family favorite and shares the truth about our world and her creator.

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The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend: a book review

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews

This is an adorable story about a young boy that is having trouble fitting in and is in search of a very special friend.  But who???  Learn how God’s plan for Henry unravels and how he found happiness and companionship in his new forever friend that God chose for him…a new family pet!

From the Author:

From Andy Andrews, the best selling author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!

I absolutely  enjoyed reading this story to my children.  We all struggle with fitting in at some point in our lives.  It is so easy  for parents to over look this and forget it’s not always easy to make friends.  But…GOD never forgets and he has a very special plan for you and will help you overcome these yucky feelings.  Like Henry Hodges,  God has chosen a special friend just for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

It Will Be Okay- a book review

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It Will Be Okay is the perfect book for children between the ages 4 and 8.  With adorable illustrations and a sweet story of a farmer and a little seed, children learn to trust God and that he is always with us.  What a sweet message for your youngin’ to learn and understand at an early age.  Through out the story little seed expresses over and over again his fear of leaving the comfort of the seed packet in the farmer’s shed.  Little Seed is reminded that the farmer is kind and gentle and always watching over him.  It is so easy for fear to consume us, but it is even easier to place out trust in God.  With repetition the message of the story is, “trust in God.” “God is with us.”

The first page of the book is a list of 10 scriptures to memorize and explore with your child.  These scriptures share the promise of God’s word that will conquer the fear in your child’s heart (and your own)!

This story is incredibly sweet and easy for your child to connect with the characters.  They will enjoy reading about the friendship shared between Little Seed and Little Fox.  My children ages 5 and 10 were very much engaged through the whole story and have started memorizing the bible verses.   My children feel more content and are becoming more fearless as they are reminded of God’s presence in their lives.

Lysa TerKeurst (the author) has written a beautiful story with a promising message that it is OK to be afraid, but to always remember that God is there, loving us and watching over us, and that it really will be OK.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Just Sayin’ a devotional for girls

This devotional by Carol McAdams is packed with 90 days of Biblical inspiration for tween girls ages 8-12.  Tween girls are inquisitive about the world around them and their very own self discovery.  Girls will be challenged to follow Jesus through various topics, quotes, scriptures, journals, quizzes, and more.  Acknowledging self expression while teaching girls to live God’s way is a common theme throughout the devotional.   The black and white pages appeal to young girls with fun, bold fonts and doodling sections.  Your daughter’s life will be colored bright as her love for Christ grows.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Passing on morals through storytelling…

Since the beginning of time it has been a tradition to pass down family stories that give incite to what life was, “once upon a time.” These stories or family myths are retold just as the unknown author had originally intended. (Altshuler and Janaro, 2012 p 37) Sharing cultural traditions that are passed on from generation to generation and last forever. These stories teach life lessons that will never alter or fade with our ever changing society. In this paper I will share a story about David and Goliath. This particular story shares a Biblical lesson that teaches children there is nothing to big that they can’t conquer with the help of God the Almighty. David and Goliath is a story I remember reading when I was a child, and is one I read to my children today.
In the story of David and Goliath we are introduced to a young boy, named David who was very small and battled a giant named Goliath. This story takes place in Bible times and can be read in 1 Samuel 17. David was the youngest of three brothers. His brothers were in the army for the nation of Israel and were fighting a great battle with the Philistine army. David’s father sent him to deliver loaves of bread to the brothers at the front of the lines and was told to report back with news of them. When David arrived to the battle field he heard a giant named Goliath demanding for a soldier to fight. The Israelites ran off in fear, but David showed no fear. He told King Saul that he would stand up to Goliath the giant and he would fight for the people of Israel. No one believed that David could defeat the giant. He was young and small. He told King Saul that the Lord would give him the strength stronger than all the armies to defeat Goliath. He was suited up in armor, but quickly removed the armor due to the difficulty it created in walking and moving about. Along his travels to the front line where he would meet Goliath, the young boy stopped to pick up five small stones for his sling shot. With nothing but his sling and his staff he walked towards Goliath. The giant mocked him due to his puny size and tried to break him down with hurtful words. Goliath told David that he would feed his flesh to the birds and demanded for some real competition. David told the giant that he did not need a sword or a javelin, but that he was armed with the Lord Almighty. With this, David reached for one of the smooth stones he found earlier and slung it at the Giant. The stone hit Goliath in his forehead and he fell down to his face. With the help of Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty and a small stone, David a small boy defeated the giant known as Goliath.
This story has been passed down from generation to generation within Christian families. Stories are a great way to share a moral or lesson because they allow the child listening to visualize the lesson and retain it better. Story telling is entertaining and develops an imagination within the young minds of our children as they read, study, and retell the tale to others. Children also develop keen communication skills through sharing these practical tales. In the Bible story of David and Goliath the reader learns through God all things are possible. There is no giant too big for God. There are also hidden lessons within the text. David chose to remove the armor that was provided by King Saul and to use what he was familiar with, his sling shot. We learn that it is important to be yourself. By using what he knew how to maneuver and his faith and trust in God he was able to defeat the Giant. With this we also learn that it is important to know your weapons and be prepared to use them.
By passing down stories of faith we are able to pass on or pasts and learn from them. Holding on to these traditional tales we show children the importance of diversity in our culture and the value of tradition. Stories, like David and Goliath may have happened many centuries ago, but the truths and the lessons learned through the retelling of their story are timeless.

help & hope for the singe parent- a book review

It is so easy to feel grief as a single parent.  Life can be overwhelming and demanding.   It is easy for a single parent to wonder why they must go at it alone or get upset and think this is punishment for making a mistake.  There is hope and help for the single parent and Tony Evans shows us the answers from scripture in his new book titled, “help & hope for the single parent.”  God can pick up where we fall, give us strength when we are weak, provide us with an extra boost of energy when we are dragging and super exhausted. God is a father to the fatherless and will be a mother to the motherless.  Evans reminds us of God’s love and that we are never alone.  Being a single parent is a gift not a punishment.  It was refreshing to be reminded of God’s promises for me as a single mother.  I am so grateful for all that I have been blessed with and knowing God is my parenting partner is a great relief. “If you miss grown-up conversations or cuddling with someone other than your toddler this book is for you!” Moody Publishers

Embrace the role God has given you and read about his promises he has for you as a single parent in this new book by Dr. Evans.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book by Moody Publishers in return for my honest review.