Best Kids Christmas Stories That Inspire Faith

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Best Christmas Stories

Well, I only had my basket of Christmas stories out for 3 days, and I had already been “scolded” for not having a post up about my favorite children’s Christmas books. So I am putting together a list for your enjoyment. Took a few days, but I hope you find it helpful!! *Please note that this post contains affiliate links (for your convenience), which at no cost to you, provide me with a small income to cover the cost of running this blog. I only recommend things that we use and like. You can see my full disclosure here. I … Read More

The Word That Came Off The Page And Into Our Hearts

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The Word That Came Off The Page

Today, we have a special treat! We have a guest post from Bailey, who blogs over at The Thin Place. today she is sharing with us about The Word! A great way to prepare ourselves for this Christmas season! The following is an except from my upcoming devotional, “His Name Shall Be Called.” I hope you will join me in intentionally preparing our hearts for Christmas by studying the names of Christ this Advent. Click here to sign up to receive a free copy of the ebook devotional upon its release.   When I taught English grammar, I began each year … Read More

Exciting New Christmas Around the World Resources

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Christmas Around the World

Have you ever wondered how Christmas is celebrated in different places around the world? What foods they eat, what decorations they prefer, even different countdown methods and types of gifts. It’s really fascinating, when you take the time to think about how diverse the world is, and how many ways there are to celebrate the Birth of our Savior, kindness, and generosity! Note this post contains affiliate links. At no cost to you, I may receive a percentage of your purchase, to help support this blog. You can read my full disclosure here. Growing up, I knew there were many … Read More

Bachelor Missions: A Faith Adventure to Remember

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Bachelor Missions Purpose

Welcome to another Celebrate Lit Book Review: The Bachelor Missions: Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap (Book One) I received a free copy of this book to review, but my thoughts are my own, I was not required to leave a positive review. Note this post contains affiliate links, you may read my full disclosure here. Name of book: The Bachelor Missions Author: Jes Drew The good-guys, the bad-guys, and the wild card- it’s the ultimate game of cloak and dagger… Jes Drew lives with her mom, dad, younger sister (the illustrious Nicki Chapelway), four younger brothers (yes, four), and two dogs. She … Read More

5 Incredible Authors Who Inspire And Encourage Hope

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Authors of Hope

Hey, It’s Authors Day!! I couldn’t decide on my top favorite author, so I decided to share with you some of my favorite nonfiction authors who inspire hope in different ways. In most of these books, you’ll find laughter, tears, growth opportunities, plenty to think about and learn from. We often struggle with hope. Losing It, Finding it, Knowing if it’s even possible. And yet, God offers us Hope. A Joyful Expectation, Confident that He is Faithful. We can claim hope along with so many other gifts God freely gives us. Lets explore these few authors and their books. Most … Read More

Meet Lydia, Woman of Philippi

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Lydia, Woman of Philippi

Welcome to my first post as part of Celebrate Lit! Lydia, Woman of Philippi, By Diane Wallis Taylor. Celebrate Lit is a really great group of Christian bloggers, who get to preview and review lots of cool books and get to share some occasional giveaways with you, our readers, in addition to getting some quality reviews before you spend your hard-earned money on a new book. The more time I spend in Biblical fiction, the more I start wondering about what happened before, or after that little 2-minute scene we get to see. Who were these people? What drove them? … Read More

Walking Worthy of the Calling

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We are Worthy, Because of Psalm 139.14

Valuable. Worthy. So many of us struggle with feeling unworthy. But that is SO not true! You, me, that difficult person in your life, we are worthy-we have value- because we are God’s creation. Learning that, getting it deep down in your heart is absolutely life changing. It effects how we treat ourselves, and how we treat our family, neighbors, strangers at the store, and that person whose driving is more thoughtless (Wreckless?) than it should be. When we see worthy, instead of junk, we can apply grace. It doesn’t come naturally, seeing the Worthy in and around us. We … Read More

Sunday School Songs that Comfort In the Storm

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He's God the Whole World In His Hands

If you grew up in church, as I did -I was a 4th (living) generation Southern Baptist as a kid- then you probably have some favorite Sunday School songs that still go through your mind from time to time. Hopefully you’re passing them down to the next generation as well. As I play our favorite CDs during the day, for my little guy and I to Dance to, sweep to, etc, and as I sing to him when he needs calming, I’m struck all over again by just how meaningful these songs really are! The Truths I’ve known as fact … Read More

Allegories, Adventures And Dragons, Oh My! Part 2

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Faith through Allegories

Allegories are very special to me. I’ve been drawn to them from a very early age. They can be fun, or serious, but they always make a point, in a parallel way, without just saying “You messed up. Look what you did/should have done/are capable of!” In that way, they are kind, and make you think. Some of my favorite Biblical Allegories are With that kind of example, reading allegories is one of my favorite types of fiction. I’m always learning something, scripture comes alive in new ways. Understanding Christ’s sacrifice better, or His love, or some other treasure. By … Read More

8+ Go-to Bible Storybooks-That Aren’t Watered Down

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8+ Go-to Bible Storybooks

First off, I struggle with choosing Bible Storybooks. Sometimes I get it home and find out it’s not theologically sound, or it’s totally watered down. I’ve gotten a few that had me itching to throw them away, and if you know me and books, that’s just not normal! I Love Books. I can rarely stop in the middle of a book, and won’t, unless it hits my 3-strike tolerance for inappropriate content. Poor writing or typos don’t usually phase me. Theological issues, well, that’s the only other thing that can stop me. Especially if it is something I want to … Read More