{review & giveaway} ESV Illuminated Bible

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It’s so important that mothers show their children that God’s Word is important. So how do we, as mothers, fit that into our days? Find tools that make studying and reading God’s Word accessible, enjoyable, and rejuvenating.

Yes, God’s Word is all of those things on it’s own. But when it’s so easy to access the Bible on our phones, it’s important to use our time in God’s Word to pause and focus. And it’s been proven that one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to color or draw. So which Bible makes all of this easy for busy moms? The ESV Illuminated Bible.

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A Dishwasher Supply Line and The Lesson It Taught Me

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So I flooded my kitchen a few weeks ago and I was so happy about it. No, for real. I disconnected a dishwasher supply line and made a huge mess. Every towel in our house was being thrown into the kitchen to soak up water, I was laying in the middle of it (completely soaked!), and I couldn’t have been happier.

You see, my dishwasher hadn’t been working properly for over a year. After an issue with the drying cycle, I completely gave up on it. With a final slam of the door, I told my family to not use it again. It was broken and I was tired of having to deal with rewashing dishes. This dishwasher was hopeless.

It was long after things were fixed, I was dry, the towels were clean that I realized my flooded kitchen could really teach me some lessons.

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Alone For The Holidays

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We’ve all seen the commercials and made-for-tv movies. Snow gently falling outside, happy children running towards the windows to watch their world turn white, as mom and dad put the finishing touches on a holiday feast. Then the doorbell rings! The children fling the door open and fall into the loving arms of their loving grandparents. The holiday celebration can now begin.

Then you shut off the tv and sigh. There will be no knocks at your door.

Head over to Life Of A Homeschool Mom to read my guest post as a part of the Homeschooling Through The Holidays series!

The Choice That Matters

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Everyone has choices. The most important decision anyone can ever make is whether or not they will choose to follow the Lord or to follow the world. This was made so plain and clear to me recently, during a small group meeting as we discussed John chapter 3. What do we all think of when that reference is mentioned? Easily one of the most popular Bible verses. John 3:16. But just past that, the text reveals something that struck me so clearly.

 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

John 3:19-21

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