Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BLOG REVIEW: The Story of King Jesus

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might, and these words which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall TEACH them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  And you shall write them on your doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:5-9  (NASB)

This school year in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), we have been studying the Life of Moses.  Our study has taken us through the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and finally Deuteronomy.  I have been moved immensely by the WORD and these old testament books have profoundly impacted my daily thought life.  One of the recurring themes throughout these books is the importance of passing on faith in the ONE TRUE GOD to the next generation.  We have learned there were always consequences for not passing down their faith.

MY REVIEW:  We want the best for our children, don't we?  We want to see them blessed beyond all measure!  One of the best ways we can provide for our children is to share the FULL story of God's plan for redemption.  The Story of King Jesus does just that in a short, concise way with beautiful illustrations to captures a child's heart and mind.  I love that Ben Irwin scripts a book with such rich truth in a perfect amount of pages to read during one setting!  He quotes "God's redemptive tale can't be reduced to a few memory verses from Scripture.  It's not a formula or a plan or a prayer you recite.  It's a drama that you life, and it's woven throughout every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation."

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE our Jesus Storybook Bible and the other Bible storybooks we have, but you can't sit down and read the whole thing in one setting.  My experience is that preschoolers and early elementary kids don't have long attention spans, so something that is concise is perfect!  It is short enough that it can be read over and over again, with different parts of the story impacting the kids lives at different times.  The book is written in language that our kids can understand perfectly.  It also, focuses on Jesus as KING, which is so crucial because that is what transforms our life.  Overall this book is an excellent "launching point to explore the Bible together."  It has generated additional conversation with my oldest two children.  We discuss the pictures in the book, which then leads to additional bible teaching.

Ben encourages us as parents, "Show your children --- with your life and words -- that this is your story, and it can be theirs too."

One of my favorite lines is towards the end of the book ... "God gave us the King we needed."  Isn't that so true?  He didn't give us the type of King we wanted, because He knew that wouldn't be the best.  So often in my life, God gives me what I need and not what I want.  Thank heavens He knows better than I.  Jesus is God's Best and because of His sacrifice, we have the opportunity to once again be in a restored relationship with God.  And that my friends is GRACE!

Question to ponder: What has God given you recently that is what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANTED?  

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated for this review.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

His Strength ....

One of my dear friends wrote this poem and I thought it was so good I wanted to share as an encouragement to the women in my life ... 

To the Mom who would give anything for just ONE night of sleep
To the Mom who has volunteered for more than four activities in one week
The new Mom of two who feels defeated
The Mom of a teenager...and also a toddler
To you, the Mom taking care of your parents and your family and your neighbor and...


To the woman that can't look at her own reflection in the mirror
The woman that feels guilt taking time for herself
The woman whose marriage is crumbling
To you, the woman that keeps a smile on her face through despair


In the moments that you have never felt more alone
The moments you feel like a failure as a mom, a spouse, a friend
Moments of regret and shame


For the days that you know you did your best
The days that you took time for yourself
Days when you slept through the night for the first time in...months
Days when your toddler actually let her daddy put her to sleep
The days that you thank God for the patience you didn't know you had
For the days that you smiled and gave thanks for chaos
Days that are renewed and that give you new breath


~By: Jennifer Mobley

When have you felt the Lord's strength and provision in your life recently?