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Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds Review

Hey everyone!  Here at the Zoo we love having people over for dinner and what not.  Feeding people is Chief Zoo Keepers favorite hobby.  Generally, he does all the cooking and the house and any creative bits are my job.  I recently came across this book and was super excited to try it out.  At the time, we didn’t use cloth napkins but you know I just had to switch!  I’m really glad I did, because it really has saved a lot as far as napkins are concerned and they just seem so much nicer without much effort!
ISBN-10: 0778804232
ISBN-EAN: 9780778804239
Price (USD): 29.95
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Published Date: Oct 2012
The book contains exactly what it says: 100 Step by Step Napkin Folds!  I had never explored this area, never really cared to before, but I am super glad I did!  It is so easy and really adds such a special touch!  Each fold has a picture to picture step instructions to make it all the more easier, and I promise you can do this!  It just takes a few minutes and once you fold one of the designs, you are left wondering why you had never thought to try it before!  They have really fancy folds and even informal cute folds to fit any occasion!
Denise Vavaldo is the author whom has catered over 10,000 parties!  She founded Food Fanatics which focuses on recipe development, food styling, and catering.  Through her firm, Denise has catered the Academy Awards, Governor’s Ball, Hollywood Wrap parties and even more!
The book can be found here at Robert Rose Publishing for $29.95.  If you ever have people over for dinner, or even want a special meal for you and your loved ones, you’ll be glad you got it!


Originally posted 2013-01-11 14:48:00.

When a Woman You Loved Was Abused Review

When A Woman You Love Was Abused:
A Husband’s Guide to Helping Her Overcome Childhood Sexual Molestation

Well, this book….  I’ll just start with this: reading the first chapter brought up so many memories and nightmares.  A deep desire to help Dawn, the author.  It is amazing that she feels she can share her pain with millions of people.
I know that this guide is for husbands, but I wanted to read it as an abused woman.  I also wanted to have it for my husband if it helped me and for my friend’s husband, as she too was abused.  Furthermore, I can say I’m glad I got the book.
The book takes one through a place to help understand why abuse took place.  It helps to improve in the true capturing of what abuse is, how a woman may feel and have felt, as well as the journey to helping her.  The book is divided into three sections:
Understanding the Survivor
Understanding the Healing Process
How You Can Help
Even as a victim, I feel like the words are helpful.  I appreciate knowing that it wasn’t just me, as if having the knowledge that other women really do feel this way in writing validates my feelings.  Reading the book has also given me new things to understand.  Things I never realized were connected to my abuse now make a lot more sense.
If you, or someone you love was sexually abused, I really recommend this book.  Primarily for understanding.  I know that if you were abused you probably feel you have a good understanding, and maybe you do, but I also know that I thought I understood and now realize I didn’t get it all.  Of course, I’ve never received treatment either.  Most people in my life don’t know I was abused at all.  Consider reading it, if for no other reason than it may actually help.  Dealing with this is difficult enough, understanding may give you the strength you need.
Also, I don’t usually do this, but if you were abused and need someone to talk to, reach out.  Find someone in your life you can talk to.  If you can’t talk to anyone, my contact email is on the PR page if you’d like to utilize it.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to overcome these feelings, and you can.
Many Blessings,

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About the Book:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It’s proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife’s suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren’t being met by a wife who is powerless to control her inner turmoil.

Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it’s creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.

Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace. Dawn:

For over twenty years God has graciously used Dawn to touch the lives of people through her affecting personal testimony, her humor, and her writing. Dawn’s past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry; enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through.

Dawn is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She has served in various capacities including Executive Team Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Woman’s Ministry Director. Dawn travels Nation-wide speaking, training and consulting.
Find out more about Dawn Scott at Webcast:

In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.

Cat Hoort of Kregel says, “”We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope.”

To register for the event, just click here. {}

Originally posted 2012-09-13 05:00:00.

Babycakes: 175 Best Cake Pops Recipes

175 Best Babycakes Cake Pops Recipes!Okay, these pops are flippin’ adorable!  I love them!  I was recently given the chance to review:
175 Best Babycakes: Cake Pops Recipes
by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss.
Let me start by saying that I love the book!  The pops are adorable, it is well written, and they even have tips, tricks, and ideas to go with every recipe!
The book includes recipes and ideas for every holiday, season or event you could think of.  Almost every recipe includes an idea to make a fabulous gift for someone!  Who wouldn’t use a great food gift!
Not big into sweets but love giving them as gifts?  I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed in a food gift!  Especially since usually they are things I won’t buy for myself (like cake pops, cookies, etc!)
I’ve got the solution!  😀  My specialization is rationalization.  LOL
Ready???  The cake pops don’t have to just make/do cakes!!!  They also have appetizers, fondues, dips, muffins, breakfast items and so much more!  See, you thought you didn’t need it.  😀

The book tells you how to use the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, along with tips and tricks and makes it super easy to understand.  Plus, they are fast and clean up is a breeze!  That alone sells me, not gonna lie!  LOL.

Anyway, you can get more information here from the awesome publishers, they even have a link to buy the book from your fave book retailer (Amazon included!)  I’m thinking, go to Amazon, get your book and your cake pop maker.  Soon, you’ll be saving so much money and getting so much attention from the awesome gifts you’ll be giving!  😀

I had the privilege of sharing three fantastic recipes from their book and you can try them out too!  Here are some additional recipes from this cookbook you may enjoy:


DIY Easy Halloween Cake PopsDIY Romantic Roses Cake Pops RecipeThai Crab Bites Wasabi Mayo Recipe

Originally posted 2012-09-07 14:40:00.

Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @EllieClaireGifts

A journal can have a serious impact on life. Where the mind goes, the soul follows. These will help you to feed your soul with  the right ‘nutrients’ for a better life.Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @ellieclairegifts

Ellie Claire does it again! If you didn’t see my post about Finding Your Peace with Ellie Claire Journals, I highly recommend it! Those journals bring so much peace! Even if you missed it, or they just weren’t for you, we’ve got more that may be up your alley!

365 Day Devotional Journal

Each journal starts us out on January 1st and takes us through the entire year a verse, a short story, and a prayer. However, they do not serve the same purpose and they do not have the same content. Each one is meant to help us in different areas. All are worth focusing on.

The Earth is the Lord’s & Everything In It

Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @ellieclairegiftsOut of total favoritism, this one goes first. There is something about the beauty of peacocks always captures my attention. One thing I love about this one is that there is simply enough room to journal what speaks to you in the moment just spent with God. This gorgeous journal guides us to “embrace His nature by taking the time to stop, notice, and connect, our hearts are encouraged and souls refreshed.” Perhaps it is my love for nature and God’s creation, but this one is definitely the one I love most.

Peace Begins With Me

Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @ellieclairegiftsDone in the same style as the previously mentioned journal, this one is slightly different. It gives you a little more space to journal than the first. It, too, begins with a scripture, then a story and prayer. This journal contains different scriptures and such as it focuses on inspiring you to find peace through praise.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @ellieclairegiftsLife is busy. Who would have thought? I’m sure yours is totally calm and not at all chaotic… For those of us who feel like we are running around in circles, it’s perfect. With meditations to help us stop, each short devotion reminds us to focus on what is truly important. This journal gives you a positive moment to spend with God, to focus on Him, and strengthen your trustthrough your relationship with Him.

Journal: Feed Your Soul 365 Days @ellieclairegifts

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Make Your Sleep Work For You!

Twin Z has some of the best pillows ever!  Big or small, everyone needs great sleep!  These awesome pillows are the perfect combination of soft, comfy, and security to help with the perfect night’s sleep! With multiple colors to choose from, you’ll find the perfect Sleep Z pillow! Make Your Sleep Work For You

Make Sleep Work For You!

“I would do it if I had the time. There just aren’t enough hours in a day.” Ever said this referring to taking care of yourself? We all have. Let’s face it, if there were more hours in a day we would use them to run more errands, make more appointments, clean more, do more things around the house; basically even if we had extra time to do a little TLC for ourselves life would find a way to fill that extra time before the thought, “ok now I can go work out.” Or “awesome I have time for a facial” even comes to mind.

Thankfully there is time you have that you may not have even thought of using. A time where no offices are open, so you don’t have to worry about appointments. A time when house work is basically impractical. What on earth am I talking about? Those wonderful hours of when you are doing nothing but sleeping! That’s right while you are sleeping for those eight required hours (if you are one of the lucky ones J) you could be doing more for yourself than just getting some beauty rest.

Here are a few things some women would like to get more of a handle on, but often don’t have the time for during the day, that we can do as we are sleeping:

  • Burn some tummy fat
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Get healthier hair
  • Facial aid

Here are some helpful ways to shed a few extra calories and lose the pooch all while you sleep

  • Studies show that eating a spoonful of peanut butter right before you tuck yourself in for the night will actually help burn more calories while you are catching some ZZ’s


Here is a recipe to help burn off tummy fat:

1 cucumber

A bunch of parsley or cilantro

1 lemon

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tbsp aloe vera juice

½ glass of water

*Blend this up and drink it right before you “hit the hay” and you will soon see a dramatic difference!

DIY Belly Wrap

A good diy nightly belly wrap can also help you shed a few pounds without hitting the gym

Freshly grated ginger (ginger powder works too)

Body lotion

Plastic wrap

Ace Bandage

*mix up the ginger with your lotion. Massage it into your skin. Wrap with plastic wrap. Secure with ace bandage. Settle in for the night and kick the fat out while you’re sleeping!

You can also check this out for more ways to reduce stretch marks and even get rid of scars!

Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Want those awesome stretch marks no longer be one of the first things you see while dressing? Here is a tip to help you out, all while you are zonked out:

  • Lather down the stretch marks with some Vicks vapor rub and wrap it up with some plastic wrap. Do this and they will start to fade out while you are vacationing in dream land.


There you go ladies! Some awesome ways to achieve some you time, without the struggle of finding extra time in the day to do so!

One Problem & One Solution

Sleep Zzz Pillows!

Make Your Sleep Work for You with Twin Z Pillows!The only problem is…  for Momma to have her sleep work for her, The Monkey has to sleep well too!  With Twin Z pillows, everyone gets to sleep better!  These pillows are amazing!  They are super soft AND the pillow case is washable!  With the U shape, it shapes around your little one so that they feel safe and secure!  Not to mention, super comfortable!  With this pillow, not only will the kids sleep better, they will wake up happier!

Good Sleep = Good Mood!  

Want something even better?  They have the same pillows for adults!!!  So yeah, you’ll want one for Mom too!  I love that they have so many covers for them so you don’t have to worry about the over night washer issues!

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Originally posted 2017-11-21 07:02:41.

Calligraphy Lettering: DIY Amazing Gifts!!!

Calligraphy is absolutely beautiful but can be challenging to learn. The Complete Book of Calligraphy Lettering makes learning this beautiful art easier for everyone!

DIY Amazing Gifts with This Easy To Learn Calligraphy Book

An attempt to learn calligraphy in middle school turned out to be a total nightmare. Let’s just say my teacher was better at doing it than teaching it. Certainly not an enjoyable experience. We shall leave it at that.DIY Amazing Gifts with This Easy To Learn Calligraphy Book

The Complete Book of Calligraphy Lettering, however, was able to explain it in a way I could understand much better! Not only do they verbally explain it, they also have step by step photo tutorials to show you the necessary angles, strokes and amounts of pressure for each type of calligraphy. Definitely things that would have made it easier to learn in the class!

None the less, I’m learning it now! The book makes it so easy to grasp the style and write in gorgeous fonts! You’ll be ready to write beautiful letters and cards in no time! And now, for the most well known quote from Ron Popeil:

The Complete Book of Calligraphy Lettering

But Wait, There’s More!

Calligraphy Art: Learn It Here!Not only will this book teach you calligraphy, you’ll also learn great lettering patterns, swashes, & more that you can customize to whatever you love (perhaps snowflakes or flowers in gorgeous letters). You’ll learn fabulous hand lettering, but what could we use it for? You guessed it…. But wait, there’s more!

Craft Projects

DIY Calligraphy Journal: Here's How!There are multiple step by step tutorials for craft projects to utilize your newfound skills! They walk you through, with pictures of course, how to create a Personalized Journal Cover, Quotation Art, Calligraphy Place settings, Negative Space Lettering & Illumination, chalk lettering and it goes on!

Loving that they included not just how to do it, but gave ideas and instructions to get started!

This girl is thinking buying the book and supplies will save me money on wall art, gifts, awesome planners (I’m totally modifying the personalized journal idea) and tons more! Saving money all the time, that’s what motivates me!

Digital Art

Ever seen those gorgeous digital quotes, words and so on? Wish you could do your own? This book will actually teach you how! Not only does it teach you how to set up a photo shoot to get a perfect shot of your newly created art, it walks you through uploading and editing with Photo Shop to modify the background, change the color range, etc! Once complete, you will have your letters and no background to put over anything you’d like! Sounds like saving money again, bring on the canvas prints!

Calligraphy DIY: Learn It, Do It, Gift It!Quorto Knows Books

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#HigherIsWaiting #PenguinRandomHouse #ad #rwm

Many have seen Tyler Perry’s plays and films, but his books are fewer and less known.  I was greatly motivated and inspired by Tyler Perry’s Higher is Waiting and I definitely suggest you check it out as well!  Learning of his journey was very interesting and there were many moment’s of growth that were very inspirational.

About the Book

An intimate book of inspiration by one of the great cultural icons of our time
Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.
Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed. Perry writes of how he nurtured his dreams and discovered solace in nature, and of his resolute determination to reach ever higher.
Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear. Here he is: the devoted son, the loving father, the steadfast friend, the naturalist, the philanthropist, the creative spirit—a man whose life lessons and insights into scripture are a gift offered with generosity, humility, and love.

My Thoughts

I hate that they call it a ‘Spiritual Guide Book,’ I am pretty much not in favor of anything with that description.  Thankfully, I didn’t read that prior to starting the book!  I was inspired and fascinated by his story and am always grateful when people share such personal things.  Unlike many spiritual books that I’ve read, this one isn’t difficult to get into and is hard to put down!  I greatly suggest you add it to your reading list this year!

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Originally posted 2017-11-17 16:12:27.

Peace: One Moment at a Time Today

Ellie Claire Journals are not only beautiful, they help any willing seeker find peace for at least a little while in their day.Peace: One Moment at a Time

Finding moments of peace these days can be quite challenging. I randomly have inspirational moments come out of nowhere, as that’s how they work. However, peace… well… we have to seek those out. They don’t just fall from the sky for some reason. I know, that’s lame.

Wake up, start the coffee, to do list flying through your mind, phone ringing, texts coming in, all before 7 am. Sound familiar? Maybe you have kids demanding your attention as well, probably with wide awake unhappy wails. No doubt the first part of this paragraph goes on as well.

Peace: One Moment at a Time

Find Your Peace

However you find peace, make time for it. Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s the most important thing we can do (barring emergencies and such) to be our best selves. Journaling allows us to work out the things that keep us awake at night, to better understand situations and life events. They are also wonderful for drawing closer to God.

Ellie Claire Journals

We received a wonderful set of journals by Ellie Claire and were pleased to review them! The set is pictured above and includes: Illuminate Your Story, The Illustrated Word, and the Faith and Lettering Journal. Each of them are absolutely stunning journals, they seem much better than the notebooks I used growing up!

While my thoughts were that they’d make great gifts for so many people that I love, this girl feels the need to buy additional copies as gifts and get started on my own! They are so great, it’s hard to choose which to start in!

The Illuminate Your Story Journal contains instructions on drawing spectacular illuminated letters to begin your story. Very similar to those that were once in children’s books. Can’t wait until I conquer that talent!

The Illustrated Word is an Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal. Opposite the journal pages, are coloring areas and prints of medieval illustrated manuscripts written hundreds of years ago. Each one is credited so that you’ll know what they are and when they were printed.

Faith & Lettering Journal includes not only lined pages but also pages ready for one to express themselves however with lightly dotted grids. Definitely a journal for someone who enjoys drawing or doodling. A fantastic way to freely express one’s feelings and journey.

From the Publisher:

Faith & Lettering Journal

There are many ways to incorporate hand-lettering into your life, spiritually and practically. The purpose of this journal is to inspire you to reignite your devotional time, to imprint Scripture on your heart, and to help you dig deep into the Word of God through the art of lettering.

The Faith & Lettering Journal is designed to be a safe place to practice prompts, try your hand at different styles, and grow in your lettering skills. You’ll practice the basics of hand-lettering, Bible journaling, sermon sketch note-taking, and have space to write about how these techniques are deepening your walk with God.

Something special happens when you slow down and take time to focus on Scripture in a creative way!

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

Peace: One Moment at a TimeCreate your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

Illuminate Your Story

Peace: One Moment at a TimeUse this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.

Peace: One Moment at a Time Today @ellieclairegifts



Adventure Bible: An Epic Polar Adventure Awaits! #PolarAdventureBible! #FlyBy

The Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration Edition is a fantastic Bible for any kid! They’ll love it and enjoy their journey with Christ!

An Epic Frosty Adventure Awaits! #PolarAdventureBible! #FlyBy

Getting a new Bible, both as a child and an adult, has always been fun for me. I love flipping through and learning new things or being reminded of things I already new in the little ‘extra’ sections. It’s always fun to read what they found pertinent and re-reading those stories from a new light!

The Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration Edition

The Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration EditionThe Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration Edition is super fun all on it’s own. Throughout the Book, they have inserted images of what we imagine the polar landscape to be with each book of the Bible. Each one telling who wrote the book, why and when it was written, who it was written for as well as some of the key teachings of that particular book.

Did You Know?

Did you know? The Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration EditionThere are narration spots with penguins in ‘Did You Know?’ sections. These sections answer questions such as ‘Why do we give?’, ‘Why was Habakkuk so unhappy?’ (Habaukkuk 1-2), and ‘What is the “Word”?’ (John 1:1). I love that they took out these sections and inserted answers to questions many of us have or have had at some point. What a great way to feed the soul of Christian children!

Live It

Live It! - The Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration EditionAnother part they did has various polar animals provide ‘Live It’ sections that depict how to live out particular Biblical applications such as ‘Look in the Mirror’ based upon Matthew 7:1-5 that tell us what Jesus says about judgment or ‘What You Heard’ going further into 2 Timothy 1:13-14. These sections make it so much easier to decipher what the scripture is teaching us.

Words to Treasure

Words to Treasure: NIV Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration EditionWords to Treasure are sprinkled throughout the entire Bible, featuring various scripture and pictured with a treasure chest. One of my favorites: “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 is included in the Words to Treasure section.

Life in Bible Times

Life in Bible Times: NIV Adventure Bible: Polar Exploration Edition

This section includes an adorable picture and a small paragraph explaining whatever the section is about. An example is depicted on the Page with Psalms 38:39 of an archer in clothing we imagine would have been worn at the time, holding a bow getting ready to fire. It tells us that Psalm 38 pictures God as an archer, His arrows wound a person who does wrong but only to help us as when we feel bad about doing wrong, w will confess so that God can forgive and heal us. I love this explanation, as it’s difficult for some to wrap their minds around such concepts.

People In Bible Times

People In Bible TimesPeople in Bible Times is another little snippet throughout. Each of these point out a person who is being spoken of in the scripture and gives a simple explanation of who they were, what they did, etc. Definitely a great way to help kids get inspired to read more about or have a deeper understanding of those God chose to be featured in the scripture!

Discover a Life of Faith

Discover a Life of FaithThere are also thicker pages throughout that include sections to deepen our learning and understanding. Such as ‘Famous Children of the Bible’ a ‘Love Passage for Kids’, ‘Two Week Reading Plan’, ‘How to Pray’, a timeline of Jesus’ life, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, ‘Bible Verses to Read When You Feel….’, and so many more. Each of the sections include cartoon like depictions of the arctic related often to what it’s teaching.


Obviously, I’ve enjoyed the Bible a lot and I’m having issues deciding which of the children in my life would find the best use in it. There’s also a temptation to study it on my own for a while, as I love learning and being reminded of different facts myself!

The Bible is a New International Version which is quite common these days. My wish is that they’d do the same thing with King James Version as NIV has taken out and modified many things. I get that it’s meant to make it easier to read and understand as it seems that’s more difficult for people today, though I don’t remember it being particularly difficult 30 years ago.

It just takes more study, and in my opinion that is a good thing. But alas, NIV is a great way to get an understanding where one may be struggling in KJV. My NIV Bibles are for reference only. I consider them to be the ‘Cliff’s Notes’ of the Bible world.

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Beloved: Focusing On The Path

Beloved is a new devotional for young women. It’s one you certainly do not want to miss, check out this post and learn a little about it!

Beloved: Devotional For Developing a Better Life #Beloved #Flyby

The importance of devotionals cannot be overlooked for one’s spiritual life. It took me a very long time to learn that lesson and has taken even longer for me to get into the habit. Honestly, I’m still waiting on myself for that one regardless of the fact that I know how much it helps each and every time I dedicate that time to God.

There’s humor in this bad habit of mine, given that I’ve written about how great devotionals are for children.  Guess this is the confession of not doing what I know we all should.  We can’t take care of anyone else if we don’t make time for God and time for ourselves.

How do you make time for God? I’d really love to learn how one makes it a true habit, like something that is just done each and every day.

It is my habit when it comes to reading devotions or studying His Word to randomly flip to a page and go. Conformity isn’t natural for me. So that’s what I did. Flipped to a page and dove in. This way, a truly objective view can be found.

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women #Beloved #Flyby

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

Beloved is a devotional for young women, which makes one wonder what topics it addresses. How might the author know exactly which subjects are most important, and what scripture helps to best support the young woman who reads the devotional. While I can’t answer this, I can say that they’ve seemed to do a really great job!

Going through, I read devotions about things that every woman needs reminders of. Especially young women. Peer pressure, how one truly shows love, facing the future rather than living in things past, and compassion are just a handful of the devotional topics in Beloved.Beloved Focusing on The Path #Beloved #Flyby

Honestly, each and every short devotion took me only a few minutes to read but brought me to prayer every time. It’s so funny how one may know these things, have an understanding of the scripture discussed yet it doesn’t always pop up in the forefront of one’s mind during the times you could use them.

Overall, Beloved is a wonderful devotional. Though this blogger may not be considered a ‘young woman’ anymore (I’m really not sure where that age range is), this one is going to be the start of my attempt to develop a new habit. It’s about time for a healthy one!

Beloved: Inspire Young Women To Be All They Can Be #Beloved #Flyby


From the Publisher

Young women are searching for their place in this world, and a little direction may be what they need to get to where they are going. Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is arranged as a topical devotional filled with inspiring stories of women in the Bible, such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, and Abigail. Readers will be encouraged to develop a deeper faith and confidence as they discover insight into topics like relationships, inner beauty, and chasing dreams.

Discover an easy-to-read, relevant devotion for each day coupled with a Scripture verse about a biblical girl or woman. Plus, you will find journaling space to reflect on the daily message. Honest, poignant, and humorous messages will speak to the pressures and changes girls face. Find real-world applications to find God in your heart and life today. Beloved will resonate with girls who are searching for truth and guidance. This devotional will make a wonderful gift with a foiled cover, two-color interior pages, and a ribbon marker.

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