“Courageous Women of the Bible” ~ A Review & Giveaway (Ends 6/20/18)

Hello friends!

I have a lovely new book to tell you about!  The BlogAbout Blogger Network was kind enough to send me not only a copy of LaTan Roland Murphy’s newest book, Courageous Women of the Bible, to review; but a copy for one reader to win as well!  (You’ll be able to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.)  This beautiful (inside and out—I just love its cover as much as the book’s insides) book is something that women will find inspiring, courage-producing, and uplifting, whether they are single, married, mothers of young children, moms of older kiddos, or retired…or any other life stage a woman might be in.  Whatever your life experiences are in this stage of your journey, you’ll find something here to relate to.

 

 

Courageous Women of the Bible

What are you experiencing in your life today?  Are you in a smooth patch of life, or are you facing challenges with your job, an illness, your relationships, your parenting, or even on a larger scale in your nation?  All of us have faced some of these and some of us may have even faced them all.  When we face life struggles, sometimes we can drum up the courage to meet them head-on.  Yet other times, we wonder how on earth we will possibly endure them.  What if I told you that courage can look a little different than we might imagine?  What if all we have to do, to be courageous, is to set our feet toward obedience?

Author LaTan Roland Murphy knew that she–and we–all need courage.  So she wrote a book about courage and how we can have it.  She delves into the lives of 11 women of the Bible who faced a variety of circumstances that demanded courage: everything from leading a nation; to giving unsparingly; or defeating an enemy; to believing in miracles when all hope seemed lost; and stepping into leadership when the actual leader wouldn’t do it.  And that’s just a few.

In Courageous Women of the Bible, you’ll have the opportunity to meet:

  • Deborah
  • The woman with the issue of blood
  • Jael
  • Bathsheba
  • The Samaritan woman
  • Jochebed
  • and 5 others!

In each chapter, the author describes a Biblical woman and what’s happening in her life that demands courage.  She includes the Bible passages that inform us of these women and each one’s state of affairs.  Then, LaTan pulls out for our edification the particular character qualities, choices, strengths, and evidences of faith that these women exemplify.  She introduces us to these gals and describes them so richly that, by the end of each chapter, we feel as though we might actually know them—or recognize them if they were to step across our paths.  Lastly, each chapter ends with a courage quest, a list of 5 questions designed to help us identify our own need for each type of courage and help us to embrace and build it in our own lives.

LaTan has also included a journaling chapter at the very end of the book, to give readers the opportunity to mine their thoughts and emotions for the things God would like to show them–and do in them–through the experiences of the Biblical women of each passage.

My impressions of Courageous Women of the Bible

I have to say that God used this book in my life in a somewhat curious yet fascinating way.  I received it while my teen son and I were wrapping up the end of his 10th grade homeschool year.  And the last 6 weeks of the year (the last part of April and May) were so packed and, at times, exhausting.  (You know the drill:  finals, finishing courses, end-of-the-year projects/papers, teacher appreciation days, drama performances, art shows, final coop classes, etc.)  I had this lovely book sitting on my bedside table.  I wanted to read it.  I had made it 4 chapters in and loved what I’d already read.  Yet, I could *not* find a moment to delve further.

This is one of those moments when I get to say, looking back, “But God!”

This might sound crazy.  But I honestly believe that God halted my reading by using the circumstances of our very-full family life because there were two very significant–even crucial–chapters that I would need at the very end of May.  And oh, when I read them!  What refreshment, encouragement, and strength they provided.  Timing is everything, sometimes, my friends.  And God works with the seasons and events of our lives to bring strength, comfort, and yes, courage, just at the very moments when we need them.

I won’t tell you which women were so deeply meaningful to me, simply because ALL the chapters in this book are going to minister to you, and on different levels, depending on what you’re experiencing in your own life.  I do want to share some lovely quotes from the book, though, that ministered to me:

  • “When every single angle you have tried is met with a dead end, know that you, yourself, are an overcomer with God as the voice of wisdom.  God wants you to experience life and freedom—to experience all that He is.”
  • “…God had challenged Moses to use what was in his hand to perform miracles that would set the stage for God’s chosen people to be freed from four hundred years of bondage and persecution.  God asked Moses:  “What is that in your hand?”
  • “Never forget that one willing woman with a tiny ounce of faith, grit, and tenacity can do amazing things; there is nothing too big, too hard, or too impossible with God.”
  • “I wonder if the Samaritan woman felt the same sense of awe as she experienced the rushing power of heaven’s truth spoken over her empty life.”
  • “The story He is writing in your life will be way better than the one you have been working on.”
  • “Friend, God still has His pen in hand and He is writing a good story across the pages of your life.  He is in the process of answering your prayers and He’s not finished yet.”

And as wonderful as this book has been for me, I’ve even more excited that I have a copy to share with one special reader via a giveaway!  You can read a little more about Courageous Women of the Bible and its author LaTan Roland Murphy in the next section; then scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaway!

 

About the author

LaTan Roland Murphy is a published author of books and articles as well as her own website and blog, latanmurphy.com.  She wrote Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance and co-authored God’s Provision in Tough Times.

 

Her articles have been featured in WHOA women’s magazine and other publications as well.  She was a founder of The Colors of His Love Women’s Conference, and lives in North Carolina with her husband Joe.  She’s the mother of three adult children as well as several grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

How to enter:

Simply click the pink “Enter here!” link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  There you’ll be able to enter in a number of ways.  One winner will be selected after 6/20/18, when this giveaway closes.

Enter here!

Best wishes, my friends!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

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What I’ve Been Studying This Spring: “Entrusted” by Beth Moore

It’s kind of interesting how things worked out for me this year with my Word of the Year and my current Bible study, this spring.  They’re both called “Entrusted!”

 

 

This Bible study is a LifeWay study by Beth Moore.  Her studies are often (maybe always?) set up for teaching in groups.  Normally, in a group study like this participants will gather each week to discuss what they’ve learned in each lesson, and watch an additional Beth Moore teaching session.  This is a wonderful way to do Beth Moore studies; I did that for years with Precept Bible studies.  But in this season of homeschooling and healing from the surgery and chemotherapy last year, I have chosen to study this on my own.  And while I’m sure I have missed the great fellowship and teaching I’d have received had I done this with a group, it has still been incredibly rich and personally powerful for me.  Even, I would say, eye-opening and healing!

 

So what is Entrusted, anyway?

This study focuses on the New Testament book of 2 Timothy.  That is one of my all-time favorite books of the Bible.  It was the first-ever book I studied inductively (with Precept Ministries, as a matter of fact) and I just fell in love with it.  2 Timothy is Paul’s final letter, sometime before his death, to Timothy, a young pastor and fellow missionary that he had mentored for many years.  They had a close father-son relationship, and in 2 Timothy Paul is giving his final charges and instructions to the young man who will carry on the work of the gospel after Paul’s passing.  It is personal, relational, instructive, and so encouraging.  I loved it the first time I studied it in the 1990s and I still love it today.

The study is set up in an interesting fashion, with daily lessons for each of 6 weeks, theological essays by Beth’s daughter Melissa, sections to fill in with Beth’s weekly video teachings (which I didn’t use, since I’m doing this on my own instead of with a group), and a section at the end of the book for writing the verses of 2 Timothy, passage by passage.

 

How I’m using it

I work on this study generally about 3-5 days per week.  Often, I split one day’s lesson over two days.  (It is almost the end of the semester, and of an extremely busy year, and I am apparently needing more sleep right now.  I am a morning person but I am waking up later than usual!)  I read the lesson, which includes teaching, cross-referencing other Scriptures, definitions, and fill-in-the-blanks.  It is just a fantastic way for me to be in Scriptures before I start each full and busy day.  It calms my heart and spirit and enables me to look forward to my responsibilities with anticipation and encouragement.

One thing in particular that I have loved is the writing of passages that Beth has the student do in the back of the study book.  As we begin study on each passage, she has us write that collection of verses in the back.  It doesn’t HAVE to be pretty; the key idea is, I think, to help familiarize the student more and more with what is being studied.  But, I reviewed a handwriting/calligraphy curriculum some time ago that I really loved (but never had time to get back to practicing).  So this provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn the Scriptures and the calligraphy method, all at the same time.  The combined activity of pausing to focus on the beauty of the verses plus practicing the italic handwriting just really does something sweet for my heart.  It also makes me slow down (I admit, I am definitely someone who moves fast through life) and really dwell in the moment and in what I am working on.

 

 

There have been some incredible moments of learning for me as well.  I learned a lot about healthy boundaries in one section.  In another, I was so encouraged to look over the entire course of my life and see how God has worked in everything, whether it was calling, difficulties, struggles, or blessings.  I’ve also been reminded of key truths that I had lost sight of during times of suffering.

I am someone who loves this type of Bible study.  There is nothing like inductive study for me to teach me, strengthen me, and delight me.  And I’m often so amazed at God’s timing in the various studies I’ve done over the years; the amazing things that I learn, that I NEED to learn, right at that moment.  Entrusted has been that for me again; a joy and a delight.

What have you been learning personally or spiritually that has impacted you lately?

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

Have you seen “The Star” DVD?

When my son was younger, I was always looking for high quality video entertainment for him…especially around the holidays.  We loved having great cartoon DVDs to watch at home.  Some of our favorites were holiday features, for Christmas and Easter.  You may have heard that Sony Pictures and Affirm Films produced a wonderful movie for families to enjoy around Christmastime (or really, even the whole rest of the year) called The Star.  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions has offered me the chance to share more about this neat DVD with you!

 

What is The Star?

This animated feature tells the story of a donkey, Bo, who longs to escape his humdrum life at the village mill.  He sets off one day and experiences an adventure he never dreamed of!  Joined by a sheep (Ruth) and a dove (Dave), the group ends up inside the courtyard of a young couple, Joseph and Mary.  Bo has injured his hoof, which Mary treats as the animals and people get to know each other.  But as the new friends interact, more is going on in the world; a star has appeared in the heavens, prompting the travel of 3 wise men on camels to head to Israel.  King Herod has also heard about this star, and he is worried.  And a census is called for all of Israel, requiring Mary and Joseph…and their new animal friends…to head to Bethlehem.  Danger is ahead not only for the new parents-to-be, but also for the animals, as they head to a stable that will become famous for what will happen there.

 

 

Isn’t that an interesting way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth?  The Star includes not only amazing animation but spectacular voice talent as well.  You’ll get to enjoy the voice acting of:

  • Steven Yeun
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Tyler Perry
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Patricia Heaton
  • Gina Rodriguez
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Anderson
  • and many more!

In addition, viewers will get to enjoy Mariah Carey singing the movie’s theme song, “The Star.”  The film has a running time of 86 minutes and is rated PG.

 

 

The Star on DVD

The Star is now available on DVD, and it’s packed with tons of extras—in fact, an entire hour’s worth of bonus materials in addition to the movie itself!  Viewers can enjoy:

  • “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends”
  • Making a craft with “Star Votives”
  • Baking “Sweet and Sparkly Stars”
  • Behind-the-scene moments with the stars of the film
  • A lovely children’s sermon with DeVon Franklin in “Faith All Year Round”
  • “Life Is Good” dance-along
  • Lyric sing-along portions with the 5 songs in the show

 

There is also an online weekly Bible study to go along with The Star with Devon Franklin.  You can find more info about it on The Star‘s Facebook link.

More about The Star on social media:

Website (where you can purchase the DVD)

 

I just love the idea of this movie!  It is a fantastic idea and great for the entire family.  With an incredible voice cast and beautiful animation (not to mention music and DVD extras), this is definitely something you should check out!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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A “Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to You” Giveaway #2 (Ends 12/27/17)

Hello again, friends!

Welcome back to another “Merry Christmas from FINCHNWREN to You” giveaway!  My sister Finch and I are so excited to share some fun giveaways with you all.  Today, we have something  Christmas-y and something for the New Year for one special reader!

 

 

First, something Christmas-y!

I love Christmas ornaments.  And I love bunnies!  So when I saw this little Lauren Conrad wool and sparkly bunny ornament, my heart was smitten.  (She even has a crown!)

 

And then, something for the New Year!

Bless the Lord, O My Soul is the title of this combination Bible journal, coloring book, and daily devotional.  It is a softcover book with gold-edged pages.  The pages have psalms printed out (one for each day of the year) with coloring pages tucked in here and there.  Each page also has lines for journaling and reflection, where the reader can jot down thoughts about the psalm and what it has meant to him or her that day.

The title is taken from one of my most favorite psalms; Psalm 103, which begins like this:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  (Psalm 103:1-5, NASB)

And to enter the giveaway…

just click on the pink Enter here! link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  Giveaway closes 12/27/17.  One winner will be selected from all entries.  Best wishes, and Merry Christmas!

Enter here!

Enjoy!  –Wren

“Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer” Review & Giveaway

Do you ever feel as though you need a new way to approach prayer?  Author Jeannie Blackmer did, and out of that came her new book Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer.  The BlogAbout Blogger Network generously sent me not only a copy to read and review myself, but one to give away to a reader!

 

 

So, about prayer…

What does prayer look like for you?  I’m a morning person, and I’ve always thrived on an early morning quiet time when I can have some time in the Bible and in prayer (along with a cup of coffee, of course!).  That was a great way for me to start my day when I was single and working, and it’s just as good for me as a wife and mom.  Especially as a homeschool mom; having that time of peace, God’s Word, and time with Him helps me to stay on track and get going in the right direction each day.  (And, I hope, staying the course throughout that day!)

Our family has been through a lot in the past few years, including job challenges, surgeries, and most recently, the chemotherapy treatments I had following my May 1 surgery.  And I noticed recently that my prayers had just been knocked down to the bare bones.  It’s not that I WASN’T thankful for God and His character, and His love.  But I was urgently pleading and asking for the help I so desperately needed without focusing on thankfulness, praise, and worship.  It looked a lot like, “help, help, HELP!”

 

Author Jeannie Blackmer

And about Talking to Jesus…

Also recently, I was given this meaningful book,  Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer.  Something that author Jeanne Blackmer experienced when her children became teens was that she desperately needed to find a way to pray deeply for them…to change the focus and perhaps the nature of her prayers.  Blackmer was inspired as she looked through Scriptures and found other parents coming to Jesus with their needs about their children…their loved ones…and themselves.  Out of this, the wonderful Talking to Jesus was birthed and written.  In 21 chapters, we meet 21 different people or groups of people who encountered Jesus (plus a few preceding and closing chapters).  While staying faithful to the Scripture accounts, Blackmer has written about what the characters might have been thinking or feeling as they ministered (the disciples); as they came to Jesus with a huge request (like the Canaanite woman, or Jairus, or the woman who’d bled for 12 years), or as they lived and struggled (the blind men or the scribe).  I loved this!  I am a person who loves and finds meaning in story, and by adding story to the lives of these real Biblical men, women, and children, Blackmer is able to take us into what the characters might have experienced….and help us to see how those feelings aren’t so (if at all) different from our own.  Here’s a sampling of some of the Biblical characters whose experiences with Jesus are explored here:

  • The Centurion
  • The Paralytic and His Friends
  • The Ruler (a.k.a. Jairus)
  • The Bleeding Woman
  • The Disciples (in various situations)
  • The Blind Men
  • and more!

Blackmer concludes each chapter with three very good–and very impactful–sections.  First, there is her Personal Response portion, where she talks more about what we can glean ourselves from the Bible account, and some specific things she noticed.  She concludes these sections with gentle encouragements and exhortations for the reader.  Second, there is a Reflection segment, which includes pertinent Bible verses (with both the verse itself and its address printed out); further nuggets from the Word of God that will draw the reader closer into the arms of God.  And third, is a place for the reader’s own Observations.  Here are spots where we can write about our responses to Jesus’ experiences and invitations, or prayers for the ways we’d like to move forward.

 

What this book has meant to me

So I mentioned earlier that my prayer life had been, for quite a few months, in sort of a crisis mode place.  I knew that I needed the help that only God could give me.  And I was definitely desperate enough to ask, and keep asking, for it.  During my chemotherapy journey there were a lot of moments of amazing provision…and absolute hilarity…and faith and trust.  But there were also fear and pain, which kept driving me to God for His help.

I’m so thankful that we’re past the chemo now.  I am feeling better and more energetic every month.  But I’ve noticed that there can be more to my prayer times now.  After all, I’m in a relationship with God; and any relationship has got to be about more than the things one person needs from the other.  Reading and working through Talking to Jesus has been a rich, lovely experience that has opened my eyes to some wonderful things, like who God is; how He loves me; and how readily He stands to be in relationship with me.

As I read Talking to Jesus, I was encouraged to place my own name–and myself–in one of the stories.  You can probably guess which one was deeply meaningful to me!  It was Blackmer’s chapter on The Bleeding Woman.  The woman who was desperate–really desperate–for healing.  She believed that Jesus might be the one who could help her.  And He did!  She reached out and touched his garment.  Not even his hand or his leg…but the fabric of his robe.  And He noticed!  He turned, and asked who had touched Him…and, knowing she’d been found out, she came forward.

As an “unclean” person, she shouldn’t have even have been in a crowd of people in Israel.  Her very presence or accidental touch of another person would have transferred (albeit temporarily) her uncleanness to that person.  And yet Jesus didn’t say, “Get away, you’re dirty, you’re going to taint us.”

He called her “Daughter.”  Beloved girl child.  Wanted.

And then, He told her that her faith had healed her!

What an incredible moment.  I’ve loved it for years, ever since a favorite pastor taught on Jairus (and his own desperation) and the bleeding woman.  But never, in all those years, did I see until I read Blackmer’s retelling, how very deeply Jesus loved and valued the bleeding woman.  And how very deeply He loves and values us.

Wow!  What a moment.  And what a book.

 

And your chance to win!

The BlogAbout Blogger Network has given me a copy of Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer to share with one reader!  Let me tell you, whether you use this book in a devotional fashion, or just read it in huge chunks, you will be blessed and encouraged.  Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below, and you’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you can enter to win this for yourself.  Giveaway closes December 18, 2017.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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The Family Honor Plate…A Fun New Way to Connect with Your Family (A Review)

Are you looking for enjoyable, meaningful ways to connect with your children and family…in a manner that will impact them positively?  I know that family life can get so busy with life, school, activities, and chores that chances to connect on a deeper, personal level can sweep by.  FlyBy/Propeller Promotions and the Family Honor Plate company were kind enough to send us the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards to review.  We’ve had a wonderful experience using these…and they truly have provided some neat new ways for our family to connect with each other!

 

 

The Family Honor Plate…

was created by Michelle Weber.  As a mom herself, she realized that she wanted to focus on blessing her family and modeling a positive attitude and spirit with her children.  She developed the Family Honor Plate and the Table Thyme Discussion Cards to provide opportunities and jumping-off points for moms and dads to use with their children…to recognize them, encourage them, and talk about topics and ideas that might not come up in normal conversation but are keys to understanding our kids and how they think and feel.  First, the plate is a cool craft that parents and kids can create and design together.  Then, both the plate and discussion cards (more on those in a bit!) can be used at meals in ways that will bless the whole family.

Weber’s thought process on developing this neat family activity is threefold:

  1.  That Mom and Dad are the examples their children follow and we’re to be their role models
  2.  We can notice when your kids and spouse do amazing things, and link them back to great character traits
  3.  Third, that we can celebrate them by serving a meal on the Family Honor Plate.  And we don’t just stop there, we can use the moments to talk about why their behavior was amazing and how it made others feel.

 

What we received…

was everything we needed to decorate and make our own Family Honor Plate.  The kit includes:

  • A white Family Honor Plate, which has the fruit of the Spirit qualities printed around the inside rim (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
  • A paint palette to mix colors on
  • A plate stand for displaying the plate in a special place in the home
  • 3 paintbrushes (and they’re wonderful, high-quality ones)
  • A paint set of 8 colors to decorate and personalize the plate
  • Simple instructions to follow
  • We also received the Table Thyme Discussion Cards, which are set up like a perpetual calendar and provide an interesting conversation starter on each page

 

Creating our own family plate

Jackson and I love doing art together.  Yet as he has gotten older–in high school–it seems like we have more to do in homeschool and less time for art in a day’s work!  So we both really valued and appreciated the opportunity to a) paint together and b) create such a wonderful tool that we can use as a family in our home.  We selected a design (you could paint ANYthing, really, but we chose one that was pictured in the company photos) and began to paint.

The paint colors are rich and the plate itself is a great canvas for them.  The paintbrushes are soft and apply color beautifully.  They were so fun to paint with!  And when we were finished painting, we followed the instructions to bake the plate in a conventional oven to set the paint.  It worked perfectly.  I’m hand-washing the plate just to keep the paint on and the plate in stellar condition, but the paint seems perfectly applied and set.

 

 

 

Table Thyme Discussion Cards

I’m sure we’ve all read the statistics on how good it is for families to eat dinner (and/or other meals) together on a regular basis.  Here are some of the reasons that underline how important meals together can be.  Children and teens who eat together with their parents are more likely to:

  • Eat more healthily overall
  • Be less likely to skip school (yes, there really is a meals together/truancy connection!)
  • Have higher GPAs
  • Have better vocabularies (really!)
  • Helps kids (both younger and older) feel closer to their family
  • and more!

 

Both the Family Honor Plate and the Table Thyme Discussion Cards can provide more ways for parents and kids to connect with each other at mealtimes.  Using the plate to recognize and honor different family members is one way.  But what if you’re looking for some interesting conversation starters?  Table Thyme to the rescue!

This perpetual calendar-ish set of cards (meaning that you can flip the cards over one at a time and get tons of ideas for questions to ask your kids…then flip the whole set over and start again) has questions that are fun, meaningful, and guaranteed to generate interesting conversations.  Here are just a few of the 170+ questions or directions you’ll find there:

  • Look at someone at the table and say something nice about them.
  • Describe a time when you were scared.
  • What is something that made you laugh recently?  Why?
  • If you could create your dream pet, what would it be like?

Tons of great–and sometimes deep–conversation starters!

Using the plate and the cards at mealtimes

We had an opportunity right away to use our plate to bless and encourage a member of our family.  Our son, Jackson, just had his wisdom teeth out so as you can imagine, his mouth is on the sore and swollen side just a couple of days after surgery.  So here is a shot of his breakfast this morning on the Family Honor Plate; poached eggs (nice and soft!).  He isn’t feeling great overall but loved having his breakfast on this special plate.

 

 

But, you don’t have to wait to use the plate for someone who’s ill or just had surgery!  Pull the plate out when someone has done something amazing that you want to recognize.  Or has exemplified some excellent character qualities or done something kind, or is living out the fruit of the Spirit that is written on the center of the Family Honor Plate.

Using the discussion cards are interesting, fun, and just plain wonderful.  Imagine the creativity that could be initiated from these—or learning cool stuff about your kiddos that they didn’t know!  We’re big storytellers in our house, meaning that we love to share details about favorite experiences.  Honestly, though, there were so many questions in Table Thyme that I’d never even thought of asking my child.  And I was captivated to discover his (and my husband’s) answers!

Some of the interesting questions we discussed recently were, 1) Which of your friends are you the most grateful for? and 2) Which Halloween costume that you’ve worn over the years was your favorite?  I loved hearing Jackson’s answers and thoughts on that.  (I can only remember a couple of my own childhood costumes!)

 

So who would enjoy the Family Honor Plate?

And the Table Thyme Discussion Cards?  People who’d like to…

  • bless their kids
  • hear more about their thoughts and ideas
  • create fun mealtimes
  • model great character qualities
  • help their families get even closer

If any of these sounds amazing to you, visit Family Honor Plate and learn more!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Social Corner for Family Honor Plate

Family Honor Plate website

More about Michelle, owner of the Family Honor Plate

Buy the Family Honor Plate kit here

 

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this product.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 

Wonderful Gospel Tools ~ Let The Little Children Come (A Review)

Recently, Let The Little Children Come and FlyBy/Propeller Promotions sent me a wonderful collection of gospel-sharing tools to use and review, all for sharing the gospel with little ones! I received the Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sample Pack, full of 10 different booklets, bracelets, and tools.

 

 

Do you ever have the opportunity to share the gospel with little ones?

I do–at least twice per year.  In our homeschool coop, which is run from a Christian perspective, teachers share the gospel with their students each semester. And while I’m a former missionary and do have some experience sharing the gospel, I always want to be sure that I’m being as clear as possible, not overcomplicating the message, and covering all the basics. This is especially important with children, who may not have as much experience with the Bible or the teachings of Christ. I’m always looking for vivid, kid-friendly materials to use…and I really love the products Let The Little Children Come sent! They are clear, beautiful, and filled with eye-catching and memorable illustrations while staying faithful to the Biblical gospel message.

 

The Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sample Pack has ten colorful, bright booklets, folding images, and bracelets, all of which can be used to illustrate the gospel presentation to children.  There are “animated” booklets, pop-up booklets, “magic” folding cards, and Wordless books and bracelets.  You could use these one at a time when sharing with one child, or you could order more of the individual tools if you were sharing with a group.  Let me tell you more about each tool I received!

 

 

Animated Tracts

These Animated Tracts are small shiny booklets which tell a particular story related to the gospel.  After the story, each booklet ends with an explanation of how we can receive salvation through God’s gift of His son, Jesus, and a sample prayer which anyone could pray to receive Christ.  The added bonus in the animated tracts is a striped clear and black card which readers hold over the booklet pages.  When the reader slides the card back and forth, the images seem to move!

The three booklets are:

  • The True Story of Christmas, which tells the story of Jesus’ birth
  • Where’s Everybody Going, which tells about the God who made the earth and everything in it, including us; and about the sin that separates us from Him
  • John 3:16, which works its way through this pivotal verse with captivating “moving” illustrations

 

 

I really liked all three of these little booklets!  The stories and verses are simply, beautifully, and clearly brought to life.  The gospel, and humanity’s need for a Savior, are plainly and gracefully explained in ways that anyone—even a child—can understand.  The card which makes the illustrations “move” is fascinating!  Even my teenaged son, who’s very into art and illustrations, thought it was amazing, even though these products are designed for a younger audience.

 

 

Gospel Buttons Flip About

We received two of these Flip About cards (Gospel Buttons).  They are sort of like a little magic trick.  The square cards fold shut then open but consecutively display 4 different pages or sides.

  • One has images only; a heavenly kingdom, a darkened heart of sin, the cross of Christ, and a redeemed and cleansed heart.
  • The second contains a phrase-by-phrase and image presentation of John 3:16.

The Gospel Buttons are very cool little gadgets.  They will really keep the listener’s attention as the gospel is presented.  The only caveat I’d add is that the user should practice a couple of times before the presentation is made, so that the folding and unfolding of the various pages is done in order.  But they’re colorful, fun, and interesting.

 

 

 

Pop-up Tracts

Children love pop-up books.  And these little Pop-up Tracts carry on that fun tradition!  The Lost Easter Egg is a story about an Easter egg hunt woven together with the Bible’s Luke 15 parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd who went to find it.  The Most Amazing House talks about the heavenly home God is preparing for us…but how our own sin keeps up from getting there.  Both these tracts close with prayers we can pray to accept Jesus’ death as payment for that sin and to enter into a relationship with God.

 

 

The Wordless Tools

I’m sure you’ve seen something from the Wordless family of products.  These tools are just as simple as can be, yet they still powerfully communicate the gospel message.  Each color represents a part of the gospel (yellow/heaven; dark/sin; red/the shed blood of Jesus; white/belief and cleansing; green/growth in relationship with God).

The Wordless tools are available as the Wordless Book, a small laminated book with no words, just the colors I mentioned above.  There is also a Silicone Salvation Bracelet, which has the 5 Wordless colors printed around the loop of the bracelet.  Finally, there’s a Wordless Bracelet Kit, which includes the beads, a leather bracelet to thread the beads on, and a small flyer explaining the steps to salvation.  There’s even a sample prayer printed on the other side.

 

Where you can find these awesome tools

This Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sample Pack I’ve just told you about is available at the Let The Little Children Come website.  There, you can also find these tools for sale individually, as well as lots of other cool evangelism products!  (Follow this link to purchase:  https://www.letthelittlechildrencome.com/child-evangelism-tools/gospel-tracts-and-evangelism-tools-sampler-pack)

In addition, Let The Little Children Come has a Resources page which is full of ideas on how to make your own Wordless evangelism tools, tips on sharing the gospel, devotions, Bible verses, and even a New Believer Follow-Up Book for Children.  So many good tools, available to you for free!

I can definitely recommend these effective–yet still very kind and loving–tools to help you share the gospel clearly.  They are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to using them myself!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this product.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.