Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Flowers and Mothers


If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. 
Stevie Wonder.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Meant to be Modest Review and Giveaway

Meant  to  be  Modest: A Call for  Women to  Return  to  Modesty By Nicole Crone 


Modesty  is  a  topic  dear and  near to  my  heart. I  was  so  excited  to  review  Nicole’s book  for her! Reading  through  it  you  can  tell  that  her heart is  set  on  pleasing  the  Lord  and  encouraging  women to biblically  consider  their  clothing  choices.  The  Scriptures aren't  silent  on  the  issue  of attire. If  you  read Proverbs  7:10  you’ll  see  that  there  is attire  that  makes one  look  like  a  harlot  (And, behold, there met  him a  woman with the  attire of  an  harlot,  and  subtil of  heart.)  This is in  direct  contrast  with  what God commands of  godly  women. Nicole does  an excellent  job  of providing  scripture  to  explain  the  biblical mandate  for  Christian  women to dress  modestly.   She  does  this in a gentle  way  continuously  reminding the reader  that  while  God  commands us  ladies  to  dress modestly  He  doesn’t  have  a cookie  cutter approach  to  it,  each  family  will arrive  at  their  own standards. The  general  rule  is  to  cover  your body  so  as not  to  draw  attention  to  yourself but  to  give  God  all  the  glory, to  be  light  in  a  dark  world,  and  to  not cause  a brother  to  stumble. What do  I  mean by  God  doesn’t  have  a cookie  cutter  approach?  Well I  mean He  doesn’t say  that  your dress  must  be  4  inches below  the  knees  or  that  you  must  wear only  plain colored clothes, etc. There is a bit of freedom in that area as long as the general rule is met.

 In  the  first  chapter  Nicole  dives into  defining  modesty.  Modesty  is  not  necessarily  just  clothing related. Nicole reminds us ladies  that  a gentle  and  quiet  spirit is precious  to  God.    I like  the  way  she describes  it  as a  form  of holiness. She states,  “Dressing  modestly  is  a  form  of holiness. It  is  a way  for us to  be  set  apart for  the  Lord  in a way  that  is pleasing  to  Him.”   During  the  first  chapter  Nicole  gently reminds us  that  as new  creatures  in  Christ  all  things are  new  and  the  old  are  passed away. All things include  our attire.  When  the  precious blood  of  the lamb  Jesus washes  over  us,  in  that  moment,  in the twinkling  of  an eye,  we  are  born  again. We  are  changed. We  are  different. And  because  of that  our  lives in  every  part  will  change. Our actions  will reflect  being  born  again. We’ll have  godly  fruit. Of  course,  not all  this happens right  away  as sanctification  is a  lifelong  event  but  at  some  point  in  time,  bit by  bit,  things change.

 Nicole  continues  to  touch  on  why  dressing  modestly  is  important. She  presents  quite  a bit  of Scripture  to  back  up  her claims.  She  touches  on  quite  a  few  different  topics in the  world  of  modesty  such as  does Jesus  care  about  what  we  wear, head  coverings, and  swimsuits  just  to  name  a few.  While coverings swimsuits  she’s kind  enough  to  provide  websites  to  modest  swimsuits.  Very  convenient  for the reader.   There’s  mention  of  men  and  modesty  too.  Most  people,  when  dealing  with  this  topic,  forget that  modesty  isn’t just  for  women  but  for  men too.  I like  the  fact  that  she included  this bit  of information  in her  book  along  with  Scripture  to  prove  her  point.    In  one  chapter  she  gets personal with the reader  by  sharing  her  own  testimony  from  the  1980s retro  look  to  the  long, practical, denim  skirt. Quite  the  change. At  one  point  she  quotes  a lady  who  refers  to  dressing  modestly  as  “missionary fashion.”  I  really  like  that.  “Missionary  fashion.”  Simple  and  to  the  point.     At  the  end  of  each chapter Nicole has  included thoughts  to  ponder in  a  question  format. This  makes  putting  together  a ladies  bookstudy  that  much easier. You  don’t  have  to  think  of questions  yourself  though  if  you  desire  to  you shouldn’t let anything stop you. Her book is a short read and I do believe you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

 I cherished  my  time  reading  her delightful  book.    It reinforced  my  beliefs. However,  there  were some  things I disagreed  with  her on  and  just  flat  out  disliked. I disagreed with  her  view  on  1  Timothy 2:8,9  in  regards  to  worship. I dislike  the fact  that  she quotes  numerous  versions  of the  Bible.  That  just annoys  me.  Personally  I read  the  KJV  only. A  book  that  quotes  otherwise  isn’t  going  to  scare  me  off.  I’ll just  pick up  my  bible and  check  the  Scripture  they’re  quoting  to  make  sure it’s  in  context  and  to  see what the  KJV reads as. I do  this with  any book,  even if  they  quote  the  KJV. But what I can’t  stand  is  when numerous versions are  quoted. It’s like  bible  ADHD. Just  pick  a  version  and  stick  with it. Another thing that annoys me is the cover. I don't understand why immodest pictures are put on the cover of books speaking against immodesty.  It's contradictory. I keep reminding myself, "don't judge a book by its cover." I encourage you to do the same because the contents of the book are great. Those  are  minor things in the big  scheme.

I  own  the kindle  edition  and  guess what!!!  My  copy  won’t  become  friends with the delete  button. Out  of five  stars I give  the book  four. One star being  taken off  due  to  the  reasons listed in the above paragraph.

Nicole is  a  homeschooling  mom  to  seven  children. She  enjoys  writing, reading, sewing, and blogging. She  has  written  a  novel, A  Young  Mother’s  Redemption,  which  was published  in January  2016. Also  published  by  her is  a devotional for  moms,  31  Days  of Rest:  A  Daily  Devotional for  the  Weary  Mom.

You  can  find  Nicole  at  her  blog  childrenareablessing.org
Her  website  nicolecrone.net
Or you  can  connect  with her on  facebook  and  twitter  by  going  to http://www.facebook.com/childrenareablessingblog  and  @crone_nicole

Mrs. Nicole Crone has agreed to give away a copy of her book Modesty Matters to one of my dear readers. All you have to do is comment, making sure there's a way for me to contact you if you do win. Winner will be chosen at random using the old fashioned draw from a hat methid. You're not required to but it would be nice of you to share this with your friends so they have a chance to win as well. Giveaway ends next Sunday (6-3-16) at midnight mountain time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclosure:I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chocolate!!!!!

Hello ladies!
I thought I would pop in and share two of our favorite chocolate recipes with you. Let's get started shall we?

Skinny Girl Chocolate
(Trim Healthy Mama Recipe. Dont let the title fool you. If you decide to pig out and consume all the chocolate you wont feel skinny. Please dont ask me how I know.)

Ingredients
•1/4 cup of cocoa (We use this kind)
•1/2 cup of coconut oil (buy here)
•2 or 3 tablespoons of honey (buy here)

Mix all ingredients and freeze. I have lined a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and just poured the chocolate onto that. It came out looking like a frozen mud puddle. We just broke pieces off and enjoyed it. I think it would be fun to add gummy worms to the puddle. I've also placed cupcake liners in a muffin pan. I put down a layer of peanut butter followed by the chocolate so we had a "Reeses."  You could add nuts, dried fruits, shredded coconut or whatever. Your possibilities are only limited by you. Enjoy :)


 With one batch of chocolate I can get four king size Reese's. Mine came out artistic looking he he :)


If I stretch the chocokate I can get eight Reese's cookies.

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Chocolate milk mix

Ingredients
•1/4 cup of cocoa (buy here)
•2/3 cup of sugar (We use this kind)
•pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients and store in a Mason jar. To use, dissolve 2-4 tablespoons of chocolate milk mix in a bit of hot water, add milk, and enjoy :)
Tip:Use powder sugar instead of granulated sugar. That will allow you to skip the water part.




Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”