Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

A great season for this Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal!gratitude-journal-book-cover

Thoughtful prayers to guide and inspire,

space to write your own,

a little color to make the journal simply pretty on it’s own,

some creative art to color and personalize this journal,

beautiful and durable in a hardcover.

This would also be a wonderful gift idea for older girls, teens and ladies who enjoy journaling and coloring. The coloring isn’t overly complex, but very sweet designs and word art.

I wanted to share one of my favorite prayers from the journal, which was harder than I expected… so many good choices!

The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose


I’m so thankful for this life! Today I’m going to enjoy reminders of the abundance you offer. You’re my joy in the mundaneness of the everyday, my hope during tough times, my stability in a mixed-up world. When my patience wears thin, you infuse me with your strength. I praise you for every opportunity for your Spirit to work in mine. Thank you for salvation, Lord.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. —John 10:10

Here’s some more other links….

·         Tyndale’s Inspire Creativity board on Pinterest has downloadable samplers and sharable coloring pages from our coloring and Bible journaling line, the Living Expressions Collection!

·         Check out for the latest news and information on our coloring and journaling products.

**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

God’s Comic DVD

The family and I were looking forward to a fun evening of laughter with Brad Stine’s Gods-comic-brad-stine-dvdcomedy dvd called God’s Comic. I had never seen him before, but my husband had at a Promise Keepers event. On the DVD, Stine had good personal interaction with the audience, even picking on a few in the front row. (Lesson learned: When going to see a comedian, never sit on the front row!) His topics included God, life, marriage, death, technology,…. and even gravity.

I liked Stine’s view of laughter: “Feels good to laugh,” “Laughter is a gift from God,” and “We laugh to experience joy.” My husband and I both agreed that he was pretty funny. However, sometimes he would yell and it was more of a put off because it didn’t fit in. Our kids thought he was “hilarious” and liked his silly faces. Those were a bit annoying to me though. As usual with comedians, there were some generalizations and not everything got everyone laughing, but overall he was clean and humorous…but not our favorite.

**Disclosure: I received a free copy of this DVD from in exchange for an honest review.

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Mr. Zip and The Capital Z by Kimberly Bryant-Palmer

I love tracking down new and interesting books for my kids! I really want my kids to loveunnamed-2 reading. Now if I can find a fun clean series that will pull them in AND include history — What a find!! 🙂

I really enjoyed Mr. Zip and The Capital Z. The main character is, of course, Mr. Zip, an older gentleman who owns a very unique shop with “everything you would need to know — from A to Z.” He is a very likable and yet slightly strange character that has a hint of Mr. Whitaker from Adventure’s in Odyssey and Finnian Jones from Lamplighter Theatre. (Great audio resources I would highly recommend!)

This book focused on a young boy called Peanut. He learns a little more about family, history and his heart. Somehow with Mr. Zip he sees glances of history from General Jackson in the War of 1812 to General Washington in the Revolutionary War to as far back as the Tower of Babel.  I love the last chapter with the interaction between Peanut and his dad. What a special moment!

Mr. Zip shares an interesting fact from history between each chapter. Also, there’s footnotes and endnotes concerning the history, if you want to check more out.

We look forward to the next book in the series — Mr. Zip and The Capital Z ~ Lucy Jane Pennywhistle Comes Home!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering

This is Julianna Deering’s 2nd book in the The Drew Farthering Mystery series. The first was Rules of Murder. I would definitely recommend startingDeath by the Book book cover  there to get to know the characters, their relationships and the setting better.

Aunt Ruth (Madeline’s aunt from America) has unexpectedly shown up. She’s worried about Madeline and suspicious of Drew’s intentions. Although a great twist to throw into their whirlwind romance, it also causes some separation in the witty crime-fighting trio from book 1 — Drew, Madeline and Nick, Drew’s best friend.

I was excited about this series. It’s been clean with good messages throughout – the kind of books I wouldn’t mind passing along to my family or friends. I love the setting – both time and location. The characters of this small English town are quirky additions. However, I haven’t been truly won over as a fan. However, on a positive note, all the book covers have been very creative! 🙂

…But it was truly a surprising ending! I wasn’t expecting that!

And you?



I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

Future Tense…”And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”

IF by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Do I want to restart?

A friend – a young wife and mom – is being buried today. I have been enjoying her blog (and crying often) which she regularly added to after she started it in 2007. What precious memories for her kids to enjoy as they grow up and as they want to remember who she was. So, I’m considering coming back to this blog as a way to share with family & friends. But it will also be a way to share in the future with my kids some of myself now. Any thoughts?

Shirley Goodnest and Marcy…….

Enjoy this cute story I received from a friend:

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school.  He didn’t want his mother to walk with him.  She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.  So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her.  She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed. 

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew.  She did this for the whole week. 

As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. 

Finally he said to Timmy,  “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week?  Do you know her?” 

Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.” 

The friend said, “Well, who is she?” 

“That’s just Shirley Goodnest,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy.” 

“Shirley Goodnest?  Who the heck is she and why is she following us? ” 

“Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much.  And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!” 


     “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

… and May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always!!  =)