Psalm 91 – Comfort for Today

I know right now all we can think about is COVID-19. It’s all over the news, on our social media feeds, and it’s all everybody talks about. Scratch that, it’s all we worry about. We worry about when/if it will strike our household. We worry about how it’s affecting our lives. We worry about whether or not we will be able to get all the groceries we need. We worry about toilet paper (who would have ever thought toilet paper would be something people in America went crazy over?). I’ve said it before, but we DON’T have to worry. We have a God who cares about us and our needs. A God who knows exactly what the outcome of all this is. Yes, I find myself worrying occasionally when I start hearing things in the media, but I have to tell myself, “God is in control. God will provide my needs. God knows the future and the end.” This is a comforting thought! My God will supply all my needs. He knows if I’m going to get this nasty virus. He knows if I get it, what’s going to happen. He’s going to take care of me and my family. Today I claimed the promises in Psalm 91 and prayed them over my family. I encourage you to read Psalm 91 today and claim the promises contained there for you and your family. Take special note of verse 10 as you read.

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I pray that this Psalm brings you some encouragement today. Cast your cares on Him. He’s way better at handling them than we will ever be!

If you would like to study Psalm 91 even more, I highly recommend Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth. (Click the link to see my review of it and where you can get your own copy!)

Little Words Matter Jumbo Coloring Book–Review

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Little words matter, and so do little artists! Your toddler will love these simple coloring pages filled with animal friends, alphabet blessings, and reminders that Jesus loves them! With almost 400 pages of fun, the Little Words Matter Jumbo Coloring Book is sure to be a big favorite for your littlest loves.

My Review

This coloring book is adorable! I can’t wait to give it to my toddler for Easter. He is just now starting to show an interest in coloring with his older sisters instead of simply eating the crayons! This will be perfect for him because they are big illustrations to color for little hands, and I love that they can also be educational. Now my little guy is not quite 2 so he’s just going to scribble in it, but I think it is a perfect coloring book from 2 to 4-year-olds. I definitely recommend this coloring book for the little ones!

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Way of the Savior by Jeff and Abby Land–Book Review

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Amid the hustle and bustle of springtime chores and storefront bunnies, focusing your children on the true meaning of Easter can be a challenge. But this forty-day devotional brings the family together and shows them the way to the Savior instead.

As a follow-up to the successful Christmas title The Way to the Manger, Jeff and Abbey Land now guide families as they explore and celebrate eight aspects of Lent, the season leading up to Easter: Forgiveness, Hope, Trust, Thanksgiving, Love, Commitment, Obedience, and Jesus’ Last Days.

Filled with discussion questions, easy family activities, and prayers, this collection of devotions can become a family keepsake, bringing your family together to celebrate the Easter season and the way to the Savior year after year.

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My Review

We have been enjoying this family devotional. It is a 40-day devotional for you to use as a family devotional during the season of Lent leading up to Easter. I love how at the end of each short devotional there is a sample prayer that ties in with the lesson, and a “Cross Connection” section. This section has questions that help make sure your children (or even you, yourself) were paying attention, as well as spark conversation about what you just read as a family. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and they won’t disappoint. I wish we had gotten this book on time to start at the beginning of the 40 days to finish on Easter, but we’ll be a bit behind, but that’s ok, we’ll still finish! My kids span in age from 18 months to 8 so this book is perfect because the reading section is not too long that I lose my 18-month-old before we even get to the discussion part but also still perfect for my older 2 to get something from it! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a great devotional to do with your family for Lent. You could even grab a copy as an Easter gift that you can do for next Easter season! Or start it after Easter, just because Easter is past doesn’t mean you can’t go back through the story!

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**I received this book from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Encountering God’s Heart for You by Diane Stortz–Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book:  Encountering God’s Heart For You

Author: Diane Stortz

Genre:  Christian non-fiction, Devotional

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Enountering-Gods-Heart-for-YouGod put the Bible together for you, and he wants you to understand and know him better. But sometimes you can get lost in the details and miss the big picture. The Bible is more than just a collection of wisdom, instructions, and history. It’s one unified story of the incredible love of God!

Encountering God’s Heart for You
 takes you on a daily journey through the full narrative of Scripture in a year. And in the process, it will draw you nearer to God as you discover his love and compassion. It won’t cover every verse, or even every chapter, in the Bible, but by the time you’re through, you’ll have a strong grasp of what the Bible is all about.

Reading Scripture isn’t just a way to collect information or check something off a to-do list. Let this book bring you into God’s presence to better understand the Bible’s story of love, sacrifice, and redemption as he draws you to himself.

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

This devotional will take you from Genesis through Revelation in one year. These short devotionals are perfect for a busy woman. I enjoyed this devotional, and I appreciated the insights gained through it. I personally like a devotional that goes a little more in depth, and this was just so short that I felt like it only touched the surface, and yet it gave a great insights from the selected passages. Since I’m reading through the Bible in a year, I decided to read the corresponding devotionals that went with the passage I read that day. If you are strapped for time and you only have 5 minutes, then this is a great devotional. We all have those times in our lives, and this would be perfect for those times/days. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a short insightful devotional.

**I received this book from the publisher for review through the CelebrateLit blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author


Diane_Stortz_Diane Stortz
 is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

 

 

More from Diane

Twenty years ago, I was invited to join a women’s Bible study group planning to read through the Bible in a year to get to know God.

Although I’d been a Christian for many years and had read many parts of the Bible and used the Bible in my work as an editor, I had never actually read the entire Bible.

I joined the group. We read about three chapters a day and met weekly on Monday nights to discuss what we’d read.

I’ve repeated that experience in various forms most years since then, and it has changed my life in so many ways. (Getting to know God does that, right?)

I’m convinced that one of the most loving things we can do for someone else is to invite and encourage her to become a lifelong reader of the Word, and to read it together.

That’s how I view my new devotional, Encountering God’s Heart for You. It’s an invitation to every woman to pick up her Bible, read along with me, and look together for all the ways God teaches us about himself on every page.

Blog Stops

For the Love of Literature, March 21

Through the Lens of Scripture, March 22

Holly Jo Morris, March 22

Inklings and notions, March 23

amandainpa, March 24

deb’s Book Review, March 24

Genesis 5020, March 25

For Him and My Family, March 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27

Spoken from the Heart, March 28

Lights in a Dark World, March 29

SPLASHES of Joy, March 29

Texas Book-aholic, March 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 30

She Lives To Read, March 31

Remembrancy, April 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 2

Lis Loves Reading, April 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away the grand prize package of a journal, a set of Scripture cards, and a set of gel pens!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f6ec/encountering-god-s-heart-for-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

“Fear not”….an encouragement for today

Isaiah-41.10“Fear not…” Over and over in the Bible, God tells us to “fear not,” “do not be afraid,” or “be not dismayed.” But here we are in the middle of a pandemic and people are going crazy. You know what, as God’s people, we have nothing to fear. So you can’t find toilet paper, eggs, or bread. So they’re running low on meat at the grocery stores. I get it, I’ll admit it’s tough. I mean I was a little worried when I went to the market with my husband thinking maybe we’d stock up on a few things just in case we were ordered to stay home (because Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboards were looking pretty bare!), and found the meat cases almost completely empty. In those times where I start to get a little nervous, I’m thankful for a husband who keeps me grounded and says it’s going to be ok.

My point though is, through all of this craziness going on right now, God tells us we don’t have to fear! This is something I keep telling myself when times feel uncertain, when I start to get nervous. I go to God’s Word and remember, God’s got this! He says in Luke 12:27-30:

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

And see not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

If God can provide for he lilies and the ravens (mentioned earlier in Luke 12:24) He surely will provide for us! Here’s a few more verses that show us how God will take care of us:

Psalm 34:9-10 – O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but those verses alone give me comfort that God will provide our needs, even when it seems impossible! I’ve seen it firsthand. When we first were married, I was finishing up my senior year of college so we had that bill on top of the normal expenses. Guys we didn’t make much, but God always somehow provided the money for us to have groceries each week, and pay all the bills including tuition! There were several times we didn’t know where it was going to come from because on paper it didn’t make sense, but maybe we’d get a random check in the mail, or we’d somehow have enough to get by until the next paycheck. I will always cherish that first year living on little and seeing God work! More recently during this pandemic, I’ve seen God provide everything we need when we need it.

I have been studying the book of James and today as I was going through the first couple of verses, I’m at the point in my study where I’ve started looking up what the commentaries have to say about what I’m studying, and I was blessed by what I found today in regards to trials….which I’d say the COVID-19 can definitely be considered a trial right now. Here’s what Matthew Henry’s Commentary had to say about trials. Let me set the stage so it will make better sense for you. In James 1:2, it talks about how our trials will be divers, or there will be many different kinds of trials, and we therefore need to be prepared and be equipped with our armor so we can be ready for the temptations the devil will throw at us from all sides during our trials. Next in verse 5 is where it really got me. Verse 5 starts out, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…” Matthew Henry says: “We should not pray so much for the removal of an affliction as for wisdom to make a right use of it. To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to him we must seek for it.” I don’t know about you, but while we all want this Coronavirus to just go away so we can get back to our lives, maybe God is wanting to teach us something in this time. That could look different for all of us obviously. Maybe He wants us to slow down and spend more time with Him, maybe He wants us to trust Him more, maybe He wants us to learn to spend more quality time with your kids, whatever it is, listen. Ask God for wisdom during this trial known as Coronavirus, ask Him to show you how to respond to each situation, ask Him what He wants you to learn through all of the craziness going on in the world. There’s more though, at the end of that verse it says that God will give it to you, not just a little, but liberally, as often as you ask for it. So while the Coronavirus is a real thing, with serious implications, be wise, listen to the precautions set out, but ask God to provide your needs, ask God for wisdom on how to handle each day as it comes. He will answer, He will provide!

I want to leave you with one last verse and after that I want to challenge you to read Psalm 91 as a further encouragement today.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

One Little Lie by Colleen Coble–Book Tour

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About the Book

Book:  One Little Lie

Author: Colleen Cobleone-little-lie-197x300

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.

 

Click here to get your copy.

My Review

Colleen Coble has done it again! From the very beginning, I was drawn in. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. While each of the main characters have secrets they don’t want anyone else to find out, both Jane and Reid were easy characters to fall in love with. I felt like with each chapter, it was like a puzzle coming together, and with each clue to what the finished project, it left me with questions. What was going to happen next? Will Jane and Reid prove her father’s innocence? What is it about Reid’s past that he doesn’t want to come out? I can’t wait to read more in the next book in the series when it comes out this fall! This one will keep you on your toes, and I highly recommend it!

**I received this book from CelebrateLit for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

colleencobleBest-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, March 10

Life of Literature, March 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 10

Texas Book-aholic, March 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 11

The Avid Reader, March 11

Lighthouse Academy, March 11

By The Book, March 12

Older & Smarter?, March 12

Through the Fire Blogs, March 12

Remembrancy, March 12

Betti Mace, March 13

April Hayman, Author, March 13

Emily Yager, March 13

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 14

Bigreadersite, March 14

deb’s Book Review, March 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 15

Inklings and notions, March 15

CarpeDiem, March 15

Christian Bookaholic, March 15

Just the Write Escape, March 16

For Him and My Family, March 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 16

Robin’s Nest, March 17

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 17

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 17

Stories By Gina, March 18

Janicesbookreviews, March 18

Mary Hake, March 18

Empowermoms, March 18

For the Love of Literature, March 19

Blossoms and Blessings, March 19

Because I said so – and other adventures in Parenting, March 19

Hallie Reads, March 19

A Baker’s Perspective, March 20

Quiet Quilter, March 20

Simple Harvest Reads, March 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Splashes of Joy, March 21

Moments, March 21

amandainpa, March 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21

Pause for Tales, March 22

Britt Reads Fiction, March 22

Spoken from the Heart, March 22

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 22

To Everything There is a Season, March 23

Life love writing, March 23

Daysong Reflections, March 23

Lights in a Dark World, March 23

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith–Book Review

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In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

With her impeccable research and her imaginative flair, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the romantic, suspenseful, and beloved story of Esther, queen of Persia.

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My Review

I thoroughly enjoy reading Biblical fiction because I feel like it brings the Bible story more to life. Esther is one of my favorite Bible stories, and Smith did not disappoint! I love how she brings the story to life. I love how she made me think about what was going on in Esther’s life leading up to when she was thrust into her new role as queen in Vashti’s place. Smith did such an amazing job, that I felt as though I was reliving the story of Esther right there beside her. I related to all the emotions Esther was feeling as the story unfolded. If you love Biblical fiction as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this book! I highly recommend it!

**I received this book from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.