Saturday, March 30, 2013

Busy Mamas Colossians 3 Bible Study Book Review

     Welcome to my first book review!  I have always had a passion for reading books and have always loved to do bible studies.  I have been actively involved in group bible studies for about 10 years now, and have even had the opportunity to teach a few.  I have, however, had some challenges in this lately, specifically after my 4th child was born about 2 years ago.  I began struggling on so many levels that I often felt amazed that I was even functioning most days.  I had a deep desire to get back into the Word of God; not to be a part of a bible group, but to feed the hunger that my soul was feeling.  I knew deep down that it was God’s strength that was going to get me through my difficult days.  During this time I stumbled across a study through Doorpost Ministries entitled “Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas.”

      I was instantly drawn to this study.  The author, Pam Forester, gently leads you through each day with reassurance and true joy.  She encourages busy moms through manageable 5-minute studies that can be taken at any part of the day.  Pam Forester uses chapter 3 of Colossians to help invigorate and inspire a busy mom through God’s word.  This is also a wonderful way to lead into precept study because she challenges you to think about each word you are reading by marking them and studying them in their context.  In just 5 minutes a day, you can start to feel God’s word awaken your soul and you will start yearning for more!

      What really spoke to me about this bible study is the way it not only leads you through God’s word, but allows you to include your children as well.  I am always looking for ways to include my children in what I am learning from God and this study was perfect for that.

     This study also does a great job in giving you the freedom to dig a little deeper into God’s Word.  There are many opportunities and optional assignments, should you find you have some more time or feel really drawn towards the Word, to explore and continue learning.  This makes this bible study really fulfilling because it can adapt to you, and it also allows you to do it more than once without being repetitive.

This is a beautiful book and study.  I would recommend this to all moms whether you are busy or not!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

Easter Beginnings

     These last few weeks have been busy.  Trying to sell a house with 4 kids living in it is not easy.  My free time for the computer has been used up by extra cleaning.  It still has not sold either which means I must keep cleaning.  We have also had a lot of snow days which makes cleaning even harder.  But  I know God has a plan for us and this house.  In His perfect timing it will sell.  I am learning to be patient...again.  

     Here is Jacob, my 2 year old who is now a Puggle in AWANAs.  He loves it and is always so excited to wear his shirt.  This was also hat day.  So proud of my little Jacob.  He is really coming along with speech therapy.  He consistently uses 2 word phrases now and is able to move his tongue more and more.  He has very low muscle tone in his tongue and just in January was not able to touch the roof of his mouth!  Now he can and he can stick his tongue out!  I have to remind myself all the time about these great improvements he has made for himself and not worry about how long of a road we have ahead.

We did manage to find time to paint our Easter Eggs.  Thankful for those snow days!  

We also had the neighborhood kids over to make our Resurrection Rolls.  They all really enjoyed the bible story, making them, building lego soldiers, playing with friends and eating the rolls they made.  Great memories!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Scrappy Star Quilt Quilted

I had my Scrappy Star Quilt finally quilted and now I am working on the binding.  Here is a peek at it.  I can't wait to finish binding this project and have it on the spare bedroom bed.

Flower Basket Table Topper

My Grandma gave me this table topper to quilt when I was visiting her in Arizona.  She put the blocks together and my Great Aunt Violet did the hand applique.  My Grandma has had this sitting in her to-do pile for at least 20 years!  She gave me some stensils to use to possibly hand quilt.  Instead, I used the stensils and used my free motion foot and quilted it on my machine.  I really wanted to hand quilt it. I even bought the hoop.  But I knew that I would honestly never get around to it if I was going to do it by hand.  I love using the free motion foot too and felt confident I could quilt this nicely.  I love it.  I love how old the fabric looks too.  It really reminds me of my Grandma.  I have this on my table right now, but I would like to have it hang on the wall in our new house.