“Captive Set Free” by Valerie Limmer–a review

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Do you have a grip on, or understanding of, what it means to forgive? How to forgive? Why to forgive–and why we should forgive? I don’t mind telling you that this is something I’ve truly struggled with, off and on throughout my life. Valerie Limmer’s lovely, refreshing book is both a primer and an advanced-level teaching–in a kind, humble, and honest manner–on forgiveness. It is beautiful, sometimes full of epiphany, and definitely a book I recommend for you. Here’s more about it, plus my own review a little later in the post. (Plus, you can enter to win!)

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About the Book

Captive Set Free

Title: Captive Set Free Author: Valerie Limmer Publisher: Green Sap Publications Release Date: October 18, 2022 Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living

Have you been hurt? Are you hounded by turbulent feelings and looping thoughts? Do you know you need to forgive but aren’t sure where to begin?

Captive Set Free is a lamppost along the path of healing, offering engaging stories and examples, explaining how forgiveness fits into our spiritual DNA, and examining mindsets that make forgiving easier or harder. In this book, you’ll learn how to – take concrete steps to forgive; – be sure forgiveness has taken hold in your heart; and – guard your spirit from bitterness, both now and in the future. If you’re tired of being imprisoned by pain and toxicity and want to step into the free and abundant life Jesus has planned for His children, this book is for you.

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About the Author

Valerie Limmer

Valerie Limmer is a missionary in Japan. She is neither a therapist nor a theologian, but she has experienced severe abuse from a handful of people. In Captive Set Free, she shares the principles and techniques she’s learned in her own life on her journeys towards forgiveness.

Connect with Valerie by visiting valerielimmer.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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My thoughts & experiences with Captive Set Free

Life isn’t easy. In fact, it’s sometimes breathtakingly hard; and painful. Despite the fact that at my core, I’d LOVE for life to be full of sunshine, flowers, and kittens every single day, I am reminded (sometimes more often than I’d prefer) that instead, it’s often difficult. It IS gorgeous too. But sometimes the things that bring us joy (people and relationships) can also bring us pain, heartbreak, and sorrow.

Here’s the question: what do we do with that deep inner pain that results from our interactions with people, whether they’re those we love or those we don’t even know? Scripture’s–and Jesus’s–answer is clear.

Forgive.

Honestly? I don’t even WANT to forgive, sometimes. I want justice! Restoration! Removal of the pain!

Yes, I’m really that emphatic about it in my heart of hearts. But that life and those habits and thought patterns, if left unchecked, can leave me in a well of bitterness. And that bitterness entraps me, binds me, fills my mind with ugly, critical thoughts. And keeps me from living the abundant life Jesus promises me.

Valerie Limmer knows that terrible pain can happen in life. And in her beautiful book, she talks about the wheres, whens, whys of forgiveness. And, she talks about the hows. I need to know why I should forgive. But I also need to know how–and Valerie speaks to that. Here are some of my favorite thoughts that she shares in Captive Set Free:

  • “Jesus longs to free us from the painful burden of unforgiveness. He wants to construct a better future for us, but He won’t force us into anything. So, now we must decide what we want.”
  • “We always tend to walk in the direction our eyes are looking. This is just as true in the emotional and spiritual realms as it is in the physical one…When we adjust the direction of our gaze and focus on the forgiveness of the cross rather than on the hurt that’s pierced our hearts, our futures are infused with Jesus’ hope and promise…We’re left with a decision. We may not have had a choice over what happened to us, but we have a choice now. It is a sacred gift God has given us.”
  • “In reaching out for Him, we may realize we’ve been in His arms all along. God can redeem and heal lives filled with abuse. He can “give back the years the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25, my paraphrase) if only we have the courage to let Him perform His divine surgery on our hearts.”
  • “It’s all a matter of focus. When we criticize others, our ability to examine ourselves begins to slip.”

Really, there is so much in this book that will equip you on your own journey toward learning to forgive. I’m a list person, so I love the practical actions that Valerie recommends. These are some of them that I’m embracing now:

  • Take thoughts captive to the cause of Christ and decide to stop embracing past hurts–while at the same time acknowledging (and not denying) my own emotions
  • Utilize exercises to encourage healing/enable forgiveness: realizing my own emotions; praying about it with God; being willing not to demand having the last word; journal; meditate on helpful Scriptures (listed in her book)
  • Guard my heart WHILE actively engaging
  • And–pace myself. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon!

I so needed this book, and I’m truly thrilled to recommend it to you. It will encourage you, inform you, bless you, and help you to embrace and live–with beautiful outcomes–the path of forgiveness.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon GC in celebration of “The Garden,” a sweet new faith-based cartoon series for kids!! (ends 12/29/22)

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I’m so excited to tell you that there is a fun new addition to the world of faith-based, quality children’s entertainment. It’s called The Garden, created and written by Butch Hartman. I was given the opportunity to watch The Garden‘s brand-new Christmas episode, “The Greatest Gift,” and I believe that both parents and littles will love this!

About The Garden

Here’s a bit from the producer:

The Garden is a Christ-centered children’s cartoon series aimed at teaching your kids the Gospel in a way they can understand. It features LENNY THE LION and LUCY THE LAMB—two best friends who work inside a magical garden where ANYTHING can grow! Each story revolves around them having to accomplish their goals by learning a Bible story or an original song. “The Garden” will take your kids right along on these adventures, too!

The Garden can be streamed now on both Pure Flix and Yippee TV. And soon, a Garden App will be available! 40 episodes of The Garden are being made.

The purpose of The Garden is to entertain kiddos while also teaching them God’s Word. Episodes include original songs, Bible verses (as well as their addresses or locations in the Bible). Best friends Lenny and Lucy play, sing, work, and worship together–as well as listen to God’s voice and direction to resolve the challenge or issue in each episode.

The show’s creator/writer and actors

So–before I tell you about them, I have to tell you a bit about why I’m so excited about them. I spent a delightful number of years with my family as our child began to explore the amazing world of animation. And it IS amazing. I found that once I began to watch with our son, I started to notice repeated names in the writers, directors, and voice actors–overlapping in different series and even different networks. Just so you know, the people involved in The Garden have worked on incredible high-quality programs. Friends, these people are basically animation, writing, and voice acting royalty! (Now, of course, I have to tell you who they are!)

Butch Hartman is the creator and writer, who also worked on Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Odd-Parents, Danny Phantom, Bunsen is a Beast, and Tuff Puppy. The incredible voice cast includes James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Leonardo in TMNT, Looney Tunes Cartoons, and more), Cristina Milizia (Poison Ivy in Batman, Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern, various voices in The Casagrandes and Monster High), and Brian Stivale (voice actor in an enormous number of video games, including Marvel Avengers Academy and Beats by Dre).

I love that these creative people came together to make something so colorful, fun, and faith-building!

My thoughts & impressions

The Garden‘s episode “The Greatest Gift” was fun, charming, and made me really focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas: because of Jesus’s birth, God’s greatest gift to all mankind. I found much to love, in this darling video. Lenny and Lucy are best friends (they’re a lion and a lamb–get it?). They joyfully make Christmas cookies together, and do a little tree decorating. Then, they get an assignment.

They’re to go decorate the concert hall for the upcoming Christmas event. And on the way, they have to pass the grumpiest, meanest person in town. Who scares them! But all that is the preparation for the cool things that God is going to do–through His people.

I don’t want to tell you any more, because I want you to have the joy of watching this, not knowing what is coming. But I do want to tell you some things I loved about “The Greatest Gift.”

  • The sweet, clear way that Scripture is woven into the dialogue and the show
  • Conversation with God (the Boss) is natural and normal for these characters
  • The music! There is a wonderful combination of original music, with styles including pop, jazz, and even, if I’m not mistaken, big band!
  • God’s very good purposes in what He asks Lucy and Lenny to do
  • The fun animation! Its style (though not its content) is very reminiscent to me of 2D cartoons I grew up with.

Here’s a fun video from Butch & Julieann Hartman

Here’s where you can purchase The Garden’s episode “The Greatest Gift” — and more!

You can purchase this sweet Christmas episode now–for only $1.99! With your purchase, you’ll receive a quality curriculum based on the episode! Just follow these instructions:

  • Go to this purchase link for “The Greatest Gift”
  • Click on “The Greatest Gift”
  • That will take you to a new page. Click on “Add to cart”
  • Purchase the episode
  • Download PDF
  • Open Christmas streaming page with password
  • Download free curriculum

And enjoy!

Now, you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

In celebration of The Garden and its new Christmas episode, The Greatest Gift, you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! To enter, simply click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. US entries only; must be 18 and older to win. Giveaway closes 12/29/22. Giveaway winners will received their gift card after the new year. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

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Many thanks to Garden Productions for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible for kids: a review

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Have you ever had a book that combined all the best assets of a print publication with the excitement of video? I didn’t think it could happen, either–but with Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible, it has! FrontGate Media provided a copy of this amazing story Bible for kids and families for me, and I’m delighted to share its features (and coolness!) with you as well. Plus, you can enter to win this neat Bible too!

About the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible

ABOUT THE BIBLE, from the publisher

With a proven track record of over 6 million copies sold, Egermeier’s Bible Storybook has been a favorite for generations.

The Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible now brings the Bible to life with new colorful illustrations and an entire series of quick-sketching videos that tell the stories as they magically appear on the screen.

Readers now have the choice to read the stories or to watch them being drawn before their very eyes!

Children of all ages may read the stories or watch them being drawn before their very eyes!   312 stories feature animation-style illustrations, scannable QR codes, Scripture references, and discussions questions – all designed to help kids understand how God’s word fits together and how the stories point to a relationship with Jesus!

Suitable for kids ages 8 and up! This hardcover, easy-to-read format is 660 pages and is makes the perfect gift!

My thoughts about this Bible

What a wonderful, engaging story Bible for little ones and families! The Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible is arranged chronologically, so that children can learn via story the big picture of God’s interactions with humans, and the ways He spoke about the coming Messiah, Jesus, all throughout the Old Testament and all the way through the New, when He arrives on earth as a baby, and grows into the adult Jesus; with His ministry, death on the cross, and resurrection. This Bible then continues through Acts and the Epistles, through Revelation. At the end, there’s an exceptional reference section which includes:

  • How We Got Our Bible
  • Explanation of the books of the Bible, what they contain, and their literature categories
  • Interesting Facts About the Bible (fun factoids)
  • Great Prayers of the Bible
  • Our Lord’s Parables
  • Wonderfully-drawn maps with Old Testament-time Israel, the Temple at Jerusalem, Jerusalem itself during Jesus’s days, the Holy Land in New Testament Times (current-day as well), and Paul’s missionary journeys

Although this Bible is designed for children ages 8 and older, I think it would also be a wonderful one for parents or grandparents to use with smaller children for reading aloud–and for using the QR codes! When parents scan the QR codes with their cell phones, a voice narrates the written story on the page with the QR code. Then, line drawings appear first in black and cream. Then, the drawings are colored in as the story is told. It’s as if the viewer is in an artist’s studio, watching the drawings be created and then colored in, all as they illustrate the Bible stories. (There are additional illustrations included in the QRs that aren’t in the print book, but that further illustrate the Bible stories. Not every Bible story has a QR code, but many do.) Each story also includes the Scripture references (addresses) that it comes from, with questions for parents to ask their children after reading.

The language is simple and clear, yet still reverent; easy for children to follow and understand.

And my impressions? I love this! I think often of the Bibles that were available to me when I was a child, at the time of my own salvation when I began to try to read the Bible on my own. I had a copy of the King James Bible, and one of the Living Bible. What a wonderful friend this Bible would have been to me! The story format is wonderful and engaging. I love that each Bible story has its originating Scripture references, and that the Bible stories are laid out in chronological order. How amazing and equipping this will be for each child that reads it (or who’s read to)!

The QR codes will also allow this Bible to engage children in this world that we all live in; where the Bible becomes to children the Living Book that it is, with animation, audio, and video proclaiming the Word. It’s rich, beautiful, captivating, and enjoyable. It will provide even more ways for God’s Word to be taken into little hearts; and enjoyed by the whole family. It is marvelous!

A fun short video about the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible

You can watch a fun short video about the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible at this link, to see all the amazing features I’ve told you about, and more!

Where you can purchase the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible–plus a code!

You can purchase the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible from Warner Press at the buy link below. Also, if you use the discount code BLOG30 during the months of November 2022 and December 2022, you’ll receive 30% off the purchase price!

Buy link for Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible

And! Enter this giveaway to win the Egermeier’s Interactive Story Bible

You can enter a giveaway to win your own copy of this cool Bible from Blessed Freebies! Just click on the link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to the Blessed Freebies website. Just follow the directions there to enter the giveaway. Giveaway closes on 12/27/22. Winner will be selected and notified on 12/28/22. US entrants only; must be 18 or older.

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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions shared here are my own.

The beautiful “The Secret Garden Devotional” ~ this is one you’ll want for your own quiet times! (review & GA, ends 12/7/22)

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If you are anything like me (and I’m guessing you might be, since I’m clearly a book lover and you must be as well, if you’re reading this post), you adore good fiction in its many forms. The the book-loving pump was primed for me when much-loved relatives read me storybooks over and over, from my tiny child years on. When I learned to read to myself, it was if a door for joy and delight opened in my life. And, I never looked back.

I remember clearly the effect the book, The Secret Garden, had on me. Despite the fact that it starts with a tragedy and its protagonist is (at the beginning at least) an unlikable little girl–this classic masterwork of literature caught me squarely in its lovely narrative and pulled me along in, as Mary Lennox herself might say, its rich Magic. And now, author Rachel Dodge has taken this much-beloved childhood book and created an engaging and inspiring devotional based on it. Keep reading for more (including a giveaway!) plus my own review.

The Secret Garden Devotional JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Secret Garden Devotional

Title: The Secret Garden Devotional Author: Rachel Dodge Publisher: Barbour Release Date: December 6, 2022 Genre: Devotional

Devotional Inspiration from Mary Lennox’s Beautifully Mysterious Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the themes of faith, family, contentment, wisdom, and joy in the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, cherished by generations of readers. Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s guiding hand in your life as you are becoming His new creation. With themes of growth, spiritual nourishment, God’s love and care, and His transforming power, this beautiful chapter-by-chapter devotional includes original artwork throughout. Each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, and prayers perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Dodge

Rachel Dodge is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel’s newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional! Rachel teaches college English classes, gives talks at libraries, teas, and book clubs, and is a writer for the popular Jane Austen’s World blog. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping women to grow closer to Jesus through prayer and the study of God’s Word. A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel enjoys books, bonnets, and ball gowns.

Connect with Rachel by visiting racheldodge.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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My thoughts

Oh my friends. Sometimes there is beauty in books that just makes you stop, ponder, and appreciate. The Secret Garden is one of those books. How fitting that Rachel Dodge’s The Secret Garden Devotional is, as well!

Mary Lennox’s story, although I’d never have realized it when I was a child myself, can be viewed as an archetype of the lives of humans before they step into lives of faith, and during and after that step, as Jesus begins to transform them and make them more like Himself. Mary is (for many understandable reasons) disagreeable, selfish, argumentative; generally quite unlikable! But Mary’s journey doesn’t end with her tragedy. The journey continues to what looks like, at first, an also very disagreeable place; to a huge dark mansion in the middle of forbidding-looking moors. That still isn’t looking so great–but oh, the transformation in Mary as she begins to live her new life! And she’s not the only one who has a transformation. Beautiful change is coming not only for Mary and the humans around her, but for the place she lives as well.

So Rachel takes this lovely story and breaks it down, bit by bit, into devotional illustrations for us, from Mary’s life. She uses Scripture generously to show us the beauty available in the walk of the believer as we see the blossoming of the secret garden at Misselthwaite. Her chapters cover so many things that we face as believers; joy, answered prayers, difficulty, the nearness of our Father–and so much more.

“Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” As a follower of Christ, you now have access to God’s throne of grace. As you come before Him with a humble heart, asking for His will to be done, don’t be bashful–and don’t leave anything out. Go to God with your eager, anxious requests. Run to Him freely and quickly with your every need, with your greatest fears, and with your wildest dreams. Ask Him to expand your territory and give you a “bit of earth” to tend.”

The Secret Garden Devotional, Rachel Dodge

Are you needing a fresh breath of life in your quiet times; a reminder of God’s deep, abiding, indescribable love for you? Then I recommend this lovely book for you. It will encourage and strengthen you even as you are re-established in the beauty available in the life of a Christ-follower; even if you feel that you’ve lost that sense of beauty for awhile. Be reminded that God is for us, and He is always with us. The Secret Garden Devotional will walk with you down that beautiful path where the garden of our soul-lives can be tended, refreshed, and brought back to life by the hand of Jesus, the master Gardener.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Invincible Joy” ~ a review & giveaway (ends 11/27/22)

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Hello there!

I have been a fan of the missions model of ANM (Advancing Native Missions) since I first learned of their organization. Essentially, it’s about equipping the members of a people group to share the gospel among themselves. So when I heard that Oliver Asher, the president of ANM, had just written a book, I was immediately interested. His book, Invincible Joy: Chasing God’s Dreams for Your Life, was itself an enormous joy to read. Let me tell you more, then you can enter to win a copy of this book for yourself!

About Invincible Joy

Here’s what Invincible Joy author Oliver Asher has to say about his new book:

“I’m not an extraordinary person. I came from next to nothing, from almost nowhere. But God had a plan and a purpose for my life. He picked me up from where I was and took me places I could never have expected to go. He invited me to join him in chasing his God-sized dreams for the world. And that is where I found invincible joy. You may have the same story. Or at least you can, and I hope you will. That’s what this book is for. I pray you will benefit from my story as you follow the Lord on your own adventure from where you came to where he wants to take you. I believe, as the Lord leads, you will end up with a stronger sense of God’s purpose for your life and your place in his plan for the world. That’s where you can find invincible joy too.”

Over the course of 12 chapters (plus a little extra), Asher shares experiences from his own life. These include: his childhood in the “holler” in southwest Virginia; his football scholarship and player time for the University of Virginia; meeting his wife Andrea there; their short-term missions experience; his engineering career; and his foray into full-time missions employment with Advancing Native Missions. Asher came to faith as a child, and over the course of his life he experienced both ups and downs. What he learned in times of danger, loss, provision, and success was that the source of the invincible joy in the book’s title is God and His presence.

This joy is something that each and every person who follows the Lord can have access to, and daily live in. Asher has broken the concept of this invincible joy, and its sources, into three foundational qualities:

  • an unshakeable faith in the Father, our provider
  • an unshakeable love for Jesus, our Savior
  • and an unshakeable hope for the future

How Invincible Joy impacted me

This is what my copy of Invincible Joy looked like on the outside, when I finished it. The inside is pretty colorful as well, since I used both my peach and lavender highlighters on it!

I’m always surprised (but I shouldn’t be), by how God will put exactly the resource in our hands that we need; be it a book, a film, art–or last, but definitely not least, a Bible passage. Again, this book was given to me at just the right moment. Reading it nourished my soul, warmed my heart, and reminded me that God has a wonderful plan for my life. That overall plan will never change, although the particulars of it may (circumstances, jobs, provision). Of course, change does happen in our lives. Our jobs change, our children grow. We may have health issues, or other losses.

But God is not only ALWAYS there–but we can have joy always as well.

And that’s not just joy that’s birthed out of denial of troubles. It’s the joy of: His love and His constant support; of faith in Jesus, who loved us enough to give His life for us; and the hope for the future that we can have because of them.

“God has a plan for you. He will give you hope and joy, no matter what your situation, no matter how chaotic and dark. He’s the one who will shine the light in the darkness. He’s also a provider–not just the physical necessities such as food and shelter, but also the spiritual nourishment you need and the people who will help guide you along the path. Look to the Lord for everything you need.”

Oliver Asher, Invincible Joy

In Invincible Joy, Asher has described these three truths that can place us in the joy of the Lord, regardless of our circumstances. He uses Scripture to define that for us and illustrates them by the stories of God’s hand leading him throughout his own life. The result is a book that will comfort you, inspire you, and bless you as you read, and thereafter. Wonderful, rich, and encouraging–one of the best books I’ve read this year!

Some of my favorite passages

  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?…With these simple illustrations, Jesus shows the people listening to him that God is aware of our needs. Because God is sovereign and because God designed and created us (and the birds and the flowers), he understands who we are and what we need.” (p. 25-26)
  • “So you see, God is a dreamer. He envisions what can be and what will be, and he invites us to move toward that vision with him.” (p. 46)
  • “God is writing a beautiful story through his people. I encourage you to find your role in that story and join in. I believe that the great purpose of our lives–my life and your life–is the Lord’s purpose. And I believe that is good and exciting and fulfilling.” (p. 114)

This is a book that I wholeheartedly recommend to you. It will encourage your heart and remind you of God’s enormous love for you (AND for everyone!). Perhaps more than that, I believe that God can use this to help bring healing to you of the moments of suffering you’ve experienced during your own life. God loves us. He cares for us, so deeply. Sometimes we need someone else to remind us of those truths. And Oliver Asher has done that here, as he’s shared with us the ways we really can have joy in in the Lord, every day.

Where you can find Oliver Asher and Advancing Native Missions online

Just click on the links below!

At Oliver Asher’s website, you can find out more about his book Invincible Joy

Oliver Asher on Twitter

Oliver Asher on Facebook

Oliver Asher on Instagram

And, here’s the About page for Advancing Native Missions, where you can find out how they’re enabling leaders in people groups around the globe to bring the gospel to their own.

Where you can purchase Invincible Joy

Invincible Joy is available to buy on Amazon. Just click on the highlighted link below to go to the purchase page.

Purchase Invincible Joy here

And, how to enter to win your own copy!

You can enter to win a copy of the wonderful Invincible Joy from Blessed Freebies! Just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” for your chance to win, then follow the instructions. Giveaway closes 11/27/22. Winner will be contacted by FrontGate Media. Best wishes!

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Enjoy! –Wren

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AdelFi Bank & Credit Union: a review

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Hello everyone!

I admit to you that I am not a financial genius. Or a financial expert in any way. But I have to say that AdelFi Bank and its principles and giving appealed to me! It is a bank and credit union that supports ministries, organizations, and churches in ways that Christians are likely to find appealing. Let me tell you more about what I have learned, and what you might find interesting yourself!

About AdelFi Banking

Here’s what AdelFi Banking tells us about itself and its institution:

“Do you know where your bank gives and invests its money? Does it align with your values? By placing your financial resources with AdelFi, you’re uniting your finances with other believers to advance Christian values with empathy and compassion. AdelFi supports thousands of Christian organizations worldwide that spread the Gospel with AdelFi’s commitment to giving back 10% of its profits every year to support Christian. Whether you’re starting a family, running a business, or serving a non-profit or ministry, AdelFi has products and services that align with your financial goals and Christian values. Partner with like-minded people and still access the technology and services that makes day-to-day finance transactions easy.”

AdelFi was birthed out of an Association of Christian Schools International Credit Union merger with the Conservative Baptist Credit Union, in 1984, to become the ECCU. Eventually, in 2022, the ECCU was rebranded to become AdelFi. This new name “AdelFi” is composed of two ideas. First, “Adel” denotes the Greek word adelphos or adelphoi, used in the New Testament to describe brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, very coolly, the Hebrew word adel translates as “God is eternal; noble.” Second, the ending letters “Fi” here denotes financial stewardship.

AdelFi, a Christian credit union, supports Christian nonprofit organizations and ministries in the US as well as around the world. This is not only done financially, but via staff volunteer hours. Their website lists what they’ve done as an organization during 2021 alone: contributions of over $1 million in cash and in-kind donations; and 509 hours volunteered by staff to individuals and ministries. That’s pretty amazing for a Christian bank–really, for any organization!

AdelFi is an Equal Housing Lender and is insured by the NCUA (the National Credit Union Association).

The AdelFi banking products include savings, giving, and lending. Banking can be done online and digitally (via apps available in both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play app store). The CO-OP Branch Service allows members to participate in a national network of 5,600 credit union branches, with 30,000 ATMs providing fee-free AdelFi account withdrawals.

What one study shows about the way people of faith spend

Here’s something else that’s fascinating that I learned from AdelFi, that really made me think about the businesses I support financially, with either my spending or donation dollars.

“In a recent study by AdelFi, it found that young Christian consumers gave nearly 3x more than non-Christians. However, when supporting business that aligned with what they aligned with their beliefs/causes, they were no different than non-Christians.  And in some instances, non-Christians cared more than Christians about doing business with organizations that aligned with their non-Christian beliefs.  This was mainly due to the fact that there aren’t many Christian businesses marketing its values.  At AdelFi, we believe that as stewards of God’s money, we support fellow Christian businesses and understand the need to promote the intersection of faith and finances.  Daily purchase interactions should have a form of tithing daily.  Where you bank has a ripple effect on how resources get used or recycled within the Christian community.  Banking with AdelFi means more support to fellow Christian consumers, businesses, churches, non-profits, and causes. In fact, AdelFi is a not-for-profit credit union, where the money doesn’t go to wall street, but to God’s streets – where the Gospel is spread domestically and internationally.”

Isn’t that interesting?

A brief video about AdelFi

My impressions

First, I love that AdelFi was birthed out of the ASCI Credit Union and the Conservative Baptist Credit Union. I don’t know a lot about the second credit union, but the Association of Christian Schools International is near and dear to my heart, as a Christian missions movement during the 1990s was birthed out of a foreign dignitary’s visit to one of the ASCI conferences. I realize that this reason is personal to me, but I will never forget the story of how God moved in American hearts, and in the leaders of a number of other countries for the gospel. I’ve always respected and loved them for that.

Second, as a person who’s privileged to have served in short-term missions, I know how vital financial support is for those who are laboring in mission fields (either at home or abroad). I appreciate that AdelFi is committed to financially supporting individual missionaries as well as Christian organizations. I’m not aware of many businesses or financial institutions which do.

Third, I have a fondness for credit unions in general. I love the credit unions’ nonprofit status and outlook, plus their lower fees and in many cases, higher interest rates on deposits. AdelFi fits right into that preference, plus they even give to missions, which is something else that’s near and dear to my heart!

Where you can find out more

You can visit AdelFi by clicking on any of the highlighted links in this blog post. They’ll take you to the AdelFi website, where you can learn more about the credit union’s financial products, statement of faith, and opportunities for members. They’ve also got a blog that shares topics about stewardship, saving, spending, and even what you can find about those topics in the Bible. Just click to find out more!

AdelFi

Enjoy! –Wren

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“Room 1010” ~ a review & giveaway of an incredible story of a little girl & answered prayer (ends 11/26/22)

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Here’s a wonderful book that will encourage you and remind you of the miracles of prayer, as mom Billye Survis and cowriter Brenda E. Cortez tell the story of Billye’s daughter Elynn’s accident. It’s a remarkable story told with honesty (and all the mom feelings you’d imagine) by the pair. I received a copy of this sweet book from the author and FrontGate Media. Here’s more about the book, plus a giveaway you can enter to win Room 1010 for yourself!

About the book

When Elynn Survis was ten years old, she and her brother Ethan were riding their bikes in their neighborhood when a freak accident occurred. She was brought home, but her symptoms worsened and Elynn was taken to a children’s hospital and admitted–during the height of Covid-19, when only one family member could accompany her inside. It became clear that surgery was necessary to repair the traumatic injury–surgery which could leave her with lifelong health issues and complications. Or is there another way?

Room 1010 is the story of how people around the world were rallied to pray for this little girl–in a remarkable and miraculous true story. Coauthored by Elynn’s mother, Billye Survis and Brenda E. Cortez, Elynn’s journey will remind you that God answers prayers; and often, in ways we’d never expect.

And about its author, Billye Survis

Billye Survis was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. After spending a few years working and traveling, she settled back in Wisconsin where she met her husband Dan. Billye has spent the last twenty years helping to build, grow, and lead talent acquisition teams, where she is able to share her passion of helping others. Billye and Dan still reside in Wisconsin with their two children, Ethan and Elynn.

You can read more about the Survis family’s story at their website.

My thoughts

Do you ever read a book, and the experience of the believers in it transports you to a time when you saw amazing faith and answered prayers happen? That is exactly what I felt as I read Room 1010. The Survis family’s experience took them out of what we’d consider regular life, into a frightening experience when their precious ten-year-old daughter was terribly injured (on the inside, where it wasn’t visible, other than externally with a bruise on the skin). Emergency care. Surgeries. Some potentially awful life-long prognoses. Potential months in the hospital.

And yet, God.

As I read Elynn’s story, penned by her loving mama, I was reminded of, and encouraged by, so many Bible verses. Here are two of them:

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14, The Holy Bible

and,

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:19-20, The Holy Bible

Life is hard sometimes, isn’t it? Especially when it’s our own children who are suffering. We would do *anything* to be the ones who are going through the hard things instead of our little ones! I so often forget that God must certainly feel that way about us when we are going through suffering. He made all of us–and how His heart must grieve when we suffer!

We don’t always know what we should be doing when we’re suffering, much less what we need to be doing when our kids suffer. We try to love them, and support them. To help them to make (or make ourselves, depending on their ages) decisions that will be good ones. And yes, we pray. Constantly. We ask our friends to pray. We turn to the One who sees everything and ask Him to help our babies.

This is what Billye did. And in Room 1010, we get an intimate viewpoint of the suffering both Elynn (and her mama, as she watched and held her daughter) endured. But oh, the faith. And the prayers.

Room 1010 reminded me that we can all come to God as we pray with the faith of a child. Even if our faith is as tiny as a mustard seed! And that God still does miracles today.

Where you can purchase Room 1010

You can purchase a copy of Room 1010 from Amazon, via the purchase link below.

Purchase Room 1010 here

Enter to win your own copy of this inspiring book!

You can enter to win a copy of Room 1010! Blessed Freebies is giving a copy away to one entrant. Just click on the link below that says “Enter to win!” Giveaway closes 11/26/22.

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Again, I believe that this lovely book will encourage and bless you! Enter to win your own copy or go purchase your own at the links above!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed here are my own.

“Where Is God In This?” ~ book review

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Is “Where are you, God?” a question that ever resounds in your heart? If your answer is “yes,” as mine was, you’ll want to hear about Landra Young Hughes’ honest, helpful, and heart-touching new book, Where Is God In This? Thanks to Landra and JustRead Publicity Tours, I was able to read (and highlight!) this wonderful book. Let me tell you about it!

From the publisher:

Title: Where Is God in This?
Authors: Landra Young Hughes and Holly Crawshaw
Publisher: Baker Books
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Genre: Christian Living

Life is unfair. Bad things happen to good people. Not all dreams come true. We lose people. We fail people. And when we encounter the inevitable struggles of life, we may be tempted to ask God Why me? as we try to reconcile our pain with God’s promises. But a far more helpful and life-enriching question for us to ask God is What are you trying to teach me in this?

Tackling ten common struggles, such as isolation, fear, rejection, failure, insecurity, temptation, and more, Landra Young Hughes shows you how to have peace even when life doesn’t make sense. Speaking with great empathy born from her own losses and years in ministry, Hughes doesn’t suggest you “get over” your hard times. Instead, she helps you recognize that, while you will always live in a broken world this side of heaven, your pain has much to teach you about God and yourself. With her empathetic help, you’ll discover how to grow through grief and thrive despite adversity.

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My rich experience reading Where Is God In This?

So I have to admit, ANYONE who starts a chapter with these words:

“Y’all, I give you my word, I am not a pyromaniac. But I almost burned down my parents’ house the other day. This is a totally true story.”

Landra Young Hughes, Where Is God In This?

…is an author I want to hear more from.

It *isn’t* that I like to read true crime stories about arson. (Just no. I don’t like true crime books. AT ALL.) What those sentences told me? That Landra is honest about her own life and struggles–and that she can tell her stories with great warmth and humor. Which encourages me so much as I read a book about pain and the issues of life that we wish we didn’t have to deal with. Where Is God In This? had so much to share with its readers about those deep issues (including failure, forgiveness, addictions, loss, and more). Isn’t it encouraging when an author can speak about human beings’ troubles in ways that make you want to keep reading?

Sometimes, when we’re in the middle of suffering, we have an understanding somewhere in our hearts that we can make it to the other side. We just don’t always (or often!) know HOW. (I can tell you from personal experience that gutting it out is not necessarily a healthy way.) And yet faithful friends, wise mentors or counselors, or members of our communities can offer us practical ways. Where Is God In This? completely offers this! But that practical help was hard-won by Landra. She lost a beloved sister to an addiction. She is a PK (preacher’s kid), is in ministry, has overcome her own eating disorder, and is a busy mom and wife. She has experienced devastating pain, pressure, and loss…

…and yet. And yet God was there for her–and she held on to Him, while being utterly honest with Him about her own pain and struggles. This, at its heart, is what makes this book SO worth reading. It’s loving, kind, funny, and so full of the kind of help I wish I had had years ago! But it is also something that is incredibly useful and comforting to me today. I can apply it to my life looking back AND in the present; and I can remember that our God is a God we can trust. And know that He has our hearts in His hand and beautiful intentions for our lives.

I highlighted so many passages that I want to incorporate into my journey. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • “Have you lost your health? Have you lost your dream? Have you lost faith in someone you trusted or faith in the entire country?…I lost…But I know my God. And I know he is good. Because of that, I can be certain that he will not waste my suffering. He will not waste any suffering–including yours.”
  • “In Mark 11:23, we read about the kind of belief we’re capable of through Christ: “What I’m about to tell you is true. Suppose someone says to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea.’ They must not doubt in their heart. They must believe that what they say will happen. Then it will be done for them.”…Let’s start speaking God’s Word into our struggles. Instead of blaming him or withdrawing from him, let’s partner with him by believing what his Word says.”
  • “If you’re feeling burned out right now, take a beat…Finally, Jesus, perhaps struck by empathy, issued an invitation to all those listening: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover from your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt. 11:28-30 MSG) There it is–our situation to the burnout epidemic. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Jesus says, Come to me.”
  • “One way to reframe our opinions of others is to recognize that we all value different things. Just because someone’s values vary from our own doesn’t mean they’re bad people. It just means that they have different priorities.”
  • “So if Jesus required rest, we require rest.”

My own personal journey, recently, has helped me to focus a bit more on two things, the essences of which seem to run throughout Where Is God In This? One of them is how important it is that we get some rest; so important for us to be able to see clearly, to make good decisions, to love our people. The other is something that makes my heart grow warmer: how tender and kind Jesus really is. Even (and maybe especially) when we are suffering.

If those are things that speak to you? Watch for Jesus’s words and actions in Scriptures. And, maybe read Landra Young Hughes’ lovely book. What an encouragement!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Matters of the Heart” (a review & GA, ends 11/23/22)

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A young Irish émigré, destitute, sells her mother’s locket to procure passage to America, where she moves to Missouri to live with her widowed aunt Aideen. Another immigrant, this time from Finland, is dealing with PTSD after his hospital service in the Civil War. Hans and Katie are both looking for different, better lives. Can they wait long enough to hear the voice of the God who loves them; whose purposes and plans are sure?

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Matters of the Heart

Title: Matters of the Heart Series: Discerning God’s Best #3 Author: Heidi Gray McGill Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC Release Date: July 26, 2022 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way. Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best? Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done. Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him. Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek. True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill‘s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

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My thoughts

Matters of the Heart starts off with a bang. Both Hans and Katie are in situations not of their own choosing, and feeling a lot of pain as a result. Both think that, “if only I were doing” something different, their lives would be amazing! Katie’s desire is to open and run an orphanage for the women and children displaced by the Civil War. Hans would like to build and create with wood–and to get away from his sister-in-law’s bitter tongue.

Heidi Gray McGill has written a beautiful “but God” novel. Her characters have journeys ahead of them; physical, mental, and emotional, for sure, but also spiritual.

“When you are relying on your own strength, it’s fear. When you are relying on God’s strength, it’s reverence….The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Reverend Jenkins, “Matters of the Heart,” by Heidi Gray McGill

What a wonderful, thoughtfully written book. Heidi doesn’t rush her characters through either a romance, vocational paths, or their individual spiritual journeys. That makes them feel so real, so honest. I love how the author doesn’t try to tie everything up in a bow or rush the story. She includes real thoughts, real emotions, and honest struggles as she walks Hans and Katie (and the secondary characters) through their seasons of life. They feel so real; and their challenges on their roads to faith and life are those we can definitely imagine (or maybe, that we ourselves have even been through!).

Matters of the Heart will engage you, make you think (and laugh), and cause you to hope for a happy ending for its wonderful characters. And, I believe your faith will be encouraged and blessed. It’s a lovely book, and one I definitely recommend.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Precious, Christmas-themed PJs–Holy Pals (a review & giveaway, ends 11/20/22)

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Hello darlings!

I have the most wonderful family, faith-filled pajamas to tell you about–and the fantastic company who makes them, Holy Pals. I received the most precious pair for myself, thanks to Holy Pals and FrontGate Media. And you can also enter to win a pair for yourself, or for one of your family members (either parents or kiddos!) These really might be the most charming faith-based clothing items I’ve ever seen.

About Holy Pals

So. I LOVE this company. Their mission is this:

  • Give children the opportunity to draw near to Christ, and to help parents teach their children about their faith.
  • To shine a light on child-focused charities in need of support, raising awareness of their worthy causes and supporting them alongside our customers.

Every pajama sale supports the Littlest Lamb Orphanage, a privately funded orphanage in Egypt. They have built a home for orphaned and at-risk children who have lost parents to death, imprisonment, or abandonment. The Littlest Lamb provides these children with everything they need to thrive – shelter, food, clothing, education and most importantly A FAMILY that loves them. 

George, Jen, Nazareth, and Nile (pictured in the adorable family photos above) want people to know that Jesus is the reason for the season–and the pajama prints sweetly present that focus. Holy Pals has created this clothing to do just that. As they say, “Keeping Jesus the reason for the season in fun matching family Christmas pajamas focused on the true story of Christmas!”

We pray that Jesus is born inside the hearts of all who wear these pajamas. And that they may witness to their family and friends His amazing love.

George, Jen, Nazareth and Nile from Holy Pals

The Holy Pals pajamas:

  • are made from 100% soft and cozy cotton
  • the knit cotton is both very soft and comfortably stretchy
  • are consciously sourced and produced in India
  • are snug-fitting for women and children and loose-fitting for men
  • have a small label stitched on the right arm of each pair of Holy Pals pajamas, with the verse reference of the print
  • are available not only in Christmas prints, but also in prints featuring Easter, Palm Sunday, Esther, Noah, David & Goliath, Jonah, Adam & Even, and more

The Christmas patterns are pictured below, in clockwise starting from top left: Christmas Classic, Starry Night, Joy to the World, and Away in a Manger.

My Holy Pals pajamas experience

I received a pair of Holy Pals pajamas in Christmas Classic, the top left pattern above. I chose the men’s pajamas in size L for myself. I love the women’s pajamas pictured above, but I have had numerous abdominal surgeries over the years and felt that a looser fit might be better for me. I am so happy with my choice!

I wear, most of the time, a women’s M (sizes 8-10), and I am just over 5’7″ tall. But since the men’s pajama bottoms have a drawstring closure (with light elastic) on the waistband, I knew that even if the bottoms were a bit big, I’d be able to pull the drawstring closer and have them fit well. And, while the pajamas were large on me before I washed them, they did shrink just enough to create a perfect fit.

When I launder my own clothes, I *always* wash them in cold water, and I usually hang my shirts and pants to dry after wrinkle-releasing them by running them in the dryer for about 10 minutes. (This is because, over a lifetime of experience, I’ve had sleeves and leg lengths in my clothing end up too short, if I didn’t.) I followed that pattern after turning the pajamas inside out (as recommended) to wash. After the wrinkle release, I hung both the top and the pants to dry.

When I tried them on the next day, there had been a slight shrinkage, which is not surprising since the knit fabric is 100% cotton. But that really just helped them to size perfectly for my frame, in both length, width, and circumference. The quality fabric looked as rich and lovely after the washing as it did before.

Also, since I’m a woman and these are men’s pajamas, I wanted to mention the fly. There is a button halfway between the top and the bottom of the fly, so they felt modest and didn’t have an open gap. I didn’t think of that to begin with, but I appreciated it when I wore them!

…and my final impressions

First, the comfort. Interestingly, I noticed that ALL my pajamas and nightgowns (both winter and summer) are 100% cotton, and the Holy Pals pjs fit right into that preference. I gravitate towards cotton for sleepwear because it’s just so comfortable and doesn’t get too hot. The Holy Pals cotton is smooth, stretches in all directions, and is wonderfully comfortable on the skin. The fit was great as well. The men’s top fit loosely but really nicely, and the bottoms were so comfortable; cozy, but not too tight or constraining anywhere. I guess I felt a bit like Goldilocks–everything was “just right!”

Second, the look. The printed fabric is SO darling. The cartoon drawings of the Christmas Classic design have a plethora of Nativity personages (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the Three Kings, an angel, and even animals–a camel, a donkey, and a sheep!). Baby Jesus even has an ichthus fish on his swaddling clothes! It is joyful and just so pleasing on the eyes and to the spirit. Really, each one of the designs is wonderful and will provide tons of opportunities to talk with children about Jesus and our spiritual heritage as believers. And, they’ll provide the most adorable family Christmas jammie pics!

Third, the craftsmanship. I have a high appreciation for exceptional seams and tailoring work (just ask me about my mom’s hand-sewn creations!). So, when I see beautiful craftsmanship in clothing, I just value it all the more. The seams, buttonholes, hems, and plackets are superbly sewn. (The men’s pj’s white shirt placket even has the Christmas Classic fabric facing out!) The pajamas are just incredibly well-made and should last for many years to come.

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ ”

Matthew 19:14, The Holy Bible

Fourth, the company. I just love their vision for providing a quality product for families that will provide comfort, great fit, and beautiful moments for spiritual training. I so appreciate their donations to the orphanage in Egypt. How wonderful that their products can go to little ones whom Jesus describes as precious and loved.

Where you can purchase Holy Pals pajamas for your family–and even get a discount!

Holy Pals is making it possible for you to purchase these darling pajamas for your family–and they’re providing you with a 10% discount as well!

You can get this discount by using this link:

Holy Pals MELANIE10 discount

Or by applying this code when you purchase: MELANIE10 at the Holy Pals website.

And, enter to win your own pair!

You can enter to win a pair of pjs from Holy Pals! To enter, just click on the link below. That will take you to the Blessed Freebies giveaway hosting page, where you can enter to win. Just follow the directions on the website.

Enter to win a pair of Holy Pals pjs!

Where to find Holy Pals online

Holy Pals website

Holy Pals Facebook

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Thanks for letting me share Holy Pals with you. I so recommend their lovely pajamas–and their company as well. Check them out, and don’t forget to use the purchase link above to get 10% off!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received these pajamas from Holy Pals. All opinions expressed here are my own honest ones.