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Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire – Review & Giveaway!

Good morning, readers. Long time no see! I have taken quite a long break from blogging, but I am so happy to be back so that I can share another awesome product with you. And this one is for the moms!

Bible journaling seems to be everywhere. A simple search on Pinterest will show you all sorts of gorgeous, perfectly hand lettered, expertly illustrated Bible pages. But what if you’re just starting out? You don’t know exactly what you need, where to start, or how in the world you’re ever going to get your Bible to look like those amazing examples. Friends, let me introduce you to the Bible Journal Kit by Ellie Claire.

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So what is so fabulous about this kit? Well, let me start by telling you what is included!

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  • journaling pen
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

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And how will all this help you??

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Well, the first thing you need when you begin Bible journaling is a good journaling pen. The wrong type of pen will either bleed through or smudge, ruining all your hard work. The pen in this kit is designed specifically for your needs. Then, you will want to add some color, and these pencil twists are perfect for the task. This variety of pretty colors will really make your pages pop without the worry of bleed-through that you can get with markers and highlighters.

stickersBut then there is the question of what to write. If you’re not quite comfortable with diving right into writing on your pages, the word stickers are a great place to start. I began my Bible journaling by choosing some of my favorite scriptures, so I would personally recommend that as a starting point. Grab one of the word stickers and place them wherever you like on the page. They’re in black and white, so you can doodle around them, color them in as you like, or customize them however you choose. That will help you ease into writing your own notes, quotes, and lettering. The alphabet stickers can be used in much the same way, and are great for when you’re just not quite as confident with your own hand lettering. The sticker tabs are a cute, colorful way to mark your spot for future reference.

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When you do begin hand lettering, (and there are tons of online sites and tutorials, as well as how-to books on hand lettering techniques if you need ideas or help) you will find this template SO handy. It has ruled lines down one side, helping to keep that writing nice and neat and straight. On the other side is a die cut edge with several designs for adding a fancy edge or border to your decorated pages.

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And last but not least, you need a way to keep all these items close at hand with your Bible, so that you’re ready to journal wherever you are. This kit comes with a super cute, stretchy pouch with an adjustable strap that fits virtually any Bible. The only thing that does not fit in the pouch is the template, but I just tuck it in between my pouch and my Bible and I’m good to go. And there is plenty of extra room in the pouch for things like additional stickers, pens, washi tape, or even a small notebook for jotting down ideas. Plus, I think it’s simply adorable. 🙂

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So now that you have seen all of the wonderful goodies in this kit, let me show you where to get your own! (And remember, the holidays are coming, and these would make an awesome Christmas gift!)

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBibleJournaling

Amazon: http://bit.ly/BibleJournaling

Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/BAMBibleJournaling

Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling

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I am also very happy to offer one of my readers the opportunity to win a kit of your own! Just click the link below to enter to win!

ENTER MY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE!

In addition to my own personal giveaway, the publishers are hosting their own giveaway where readers have a chance to win one of five journaling kits. Their giveaway page also contains some free coloring pages for you to enjoy!

ENTER THE PUBLISHER GIVEAWAY HERE!

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Home Discipleship ~ Book Review

front coverAs Christian homeschoolers, it is our job to provide our children with a solid education that prepares them for adulthood. But in the hustle and bustle of choosing courses, curricula, testing, credits, etc. we are at risk of losing focus on what should be our main goal of parenting: discipleship. But, what is discipleship exactly? Isn’t that the church’s job? Is teaching our children to believe in God enough? Where do we begin?

Home Discipleship by Kimberly Williams explains that above all, we must set the foundation of learning in our home upon our wisdom from God. This foundation is built through the discipleship of our children, by showing our obedience and devotion to our Lord. This book can help parents learn what it truly means to go beyond teaching belief in God, and to raise up real disciples of Christ.  Its 12 chapters offer a thorough study of the facets of discipleship, and includes “Practical Application” study questions at the end of each chapter to help parents implement these facets in the home.

I found this book to be eye-opening, as well as humbling. There are times when I have been guilty of allowing the discipleship of my children to take a back burner. This book, however, was not only a reminder of the necessity of keeping God as the focus of our homeschool, as well as our lives, but it also offered a plan for putting necessary behaviors into practice. Christ should be our main focus, and all other teachings must fall in line under that godly wisdom. I believe that Home Discipleship can help parents to see the importance of not just teaching children what to believe, but also showing, by example, how to live out that faith daily.

  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7

 

 

Please visit www.homediscipleship.net to learn more about this book, or click HERE to order your copy.

~ SPECIAL OFFER ~

Use Promo Code U9KNMTVM at checkout for 20% off your order!

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About the Author

kim 2Kimberly is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother, author, and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ. Living in NW Arkansas with her husband and three precious children, her career is her family. With the loving support and encouragement from her husband and the amazing grace of God, she has been homeschooling since 2000. Each year brings new experiences, creates wonderful memories, and brings her family closer together. The Williams family realizes that homeschooling is much more than ABC’s and 123’s. It is about discipleship. Kimberly contributes to various homeschooling magazines.

Her passion for writing has one purpose, to point others to Jesus Christ. She is the author of Living Out the Word, a series of expository ladies Bible studies through the books of the Bible. In addition to writing, Kimberly also enjoys speaking to women and encouraging them in their daily walk with the Lord. She points them to God’s Word and challenges them to be a true help meet to their husbands and loving mothers to their children. In her spare time, Kimberly loves to read classic literature, play the piano, and write songs and poetry. She would love to hear from you at www.livingouttheword.net or on her blog at www.untilthedaydawn.wordpress.com.

 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered ~ a Hallmark Original Series

 

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 The new Hallmark original series Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal employees who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group’s leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people’s lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.

 

The show airs SUNDAYS, 8/7c on Hallmark

 

I was given the opportunity to preview a sneak peek of this week’s upcoming episode and I will tell you that you are definitely in for a treat. The show is funny and quirky, yet sweet and touching as well. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to check out some of the past shows to catch up on the season. If you are interested in doing so as well, you can view past episodes HERE. I am sure you will enjoy this family friendly show as much as I have, and hope you will tune in to upcoming episodes.

 

This incredible series even incorporates scripture in its themes and in the conversations between characters.  In FACT, The American Bible Society has built a bible study to go with the series. Please sign up for that here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered Isn’t that great? A seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

 

I hope you will join me in tuning in to the show on Sundays at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel!

Virtue Training Bible Review and Giveaway

Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.” –Proverbs 22:8

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Have you heard of the Virtue Training Bible? It is a wonderful tool that organizes Scripture references for 42 different virtues that we, as parents, hope to instill in our children. If you have ever wanted to find a simple way to find the perfect scripture for your family discussions and virtue training, then the Virtue Training Bible might be exactly what you need.

What Is Included?

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The Virtue Training Bible is a set of 5 cards that show how to mark and index a Bible such that it can be easily referenced for various virtues. The set of cards includes:

  • Instruction card – this explains how to properly index your Bible for each virtue. It includes supplies needed, procedure for using the scripture cards, and helpful tips.
  • Key card – this chart will be your reference sheet for all the virtues you mark throughout your Bible. The tabs for each virtue will line up with the virtue’s position on this card.
  • 3 color coded scripture cards. These cards list all of the scriptures for each virtue, and show the position in which the tabs that mark each virtue’s scripture should be placed.

How Does it Work?

In order to use the cards, you will need to purchase a 6×9 Bible, 2 sets if index tabs, and highlighters or colored pencils. (Suggestions can be found on the Virtue Training Bible website supply page HERE.) The key card, which serves as an index for all 42 virtues, is placed in the front of the Bible. The scripture cards list the 500+ virtue scriptures which are then underlined or highlighted in the color indicated. The page containing each scripture is then marked with a colored tab, which is placed in a specific position so that it aligns with the key. This makes it simple to find all of the scripture passages that pertain to each virtue, since all the tabs line up together in order to coordinate with the virtue’s position on the key card.

In addition to the virtues, one of the scripture cards contains verses to highlight concerning the Trinity, and are divided into Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These are grouped together in the yellow section on the top right side of the Bible, as shown below. The back of the scripture cards also contain prayers with scripture references to coordinate with each virtue. These are especially helpful for children, who sometimes might not know exactly how to pray for each virtue, and would benefit from these suggested prayers.

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Our Opinion

We absolutely love the Virtue Training Bible. This system makes it so easy to find the scriptures we need for various uses, saving a lot of time normally spent in searching.  My children even enjoy using the VTB on their own when they have specific qualities that they are struggling with and need scripture references. Anything that sparks an interest in my children to search out the scriptures on their own is a winner in my book for sure! We have used the VTB for Bible study, scripture memorization, and as family discussion prompts. The VTB would also be a perfect addition to any other character training studies. I feel that the Virtue Training Bible is an invaluable tool and a wonderful blessing for all Christian families.

And Now… A Giveaway!!

Mindy, the owner of the Virtue Training Bible, is generously offering one set of these fantastic cards to my readers. Please click below for your chance to win!

Click HERE to enter the GIVEAWAY!

More Information

If you would like more information, or to purchase the system, please check out the tutorial video below, or visit the Virtue Training Bible website. You can also follow VTB on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Prize Pack Giveaway

For all you comic book lovers and superhero fans, this post is definitely for you! The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ is due to be released in theaters on May 2, and today I am very excited to share a fantastic giveaway with all of you to celebrate the release of the film. In case you have not had the opportunity to do so yet, please check out more information and the movie’s trailer below.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

 

The Family Discussion Guide

spidermanMy family was recently given the opportunity to preview a Family Discussion Guide created to go along with the new movie. The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

I feel that this discussion guide is an excellent tool to get children thinking about various themes in the movie, and how they can relate them to their own lives. Each discussion topic begins with a Scripture reference, then a scenario from the movie is presented in its relation to the given topic. This is followed by a short series of thought-provoking questions that are meant to lead in to deeper discussion and personal reflection. I think that this guide will help students to closely examine their own personal values, judgement, and character. It is definitely a resource that can benefit the whole family.

Giveaway!

I am so happy to offer my wonderful readers the chance to win a prize pack full of Spider-Man goodies. Please click the link below to go to the giveaway form to enter for your chance to win. Contest ends Monday, April 28th!

Click HERE For the Giveaway Entry Form

 

For more information about the movie, please visit the movie’s official website, or follow on Facebook and Twitter (#Spiderman).

 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

Updates and Wrap-Ups

I haven’t been around the blog as much lately. Quite frankly, I just needed a bit of a break, and my family needed more of me. 🙂 For the past couple of weeks, I have not done our weekly wrap-ups, so I just thought I would share a short post of some of our latest happenings.

On March 29th, my youngest son had his first major piano recital. He was very nervous before the event got started, but was quite composed once he began playing. He played 3 selections total, Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, Georgiana from Pride and Prejudice, and a piece he composed himself called Battle of the Knights. (He didn’t even inform me he had written the piece until the night before the recital!) He did an outstanding job, and was complimented by other students and parents alike, which he accepted humbly. I couldn’t have been more proud.

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We attended an event at our local library, titled Electrifying Encounters. The boys learn all about electricity, circuits, and even got to check out a Van de Graaff generator. As a result, the boys have a new found interest in circuitry, so I see many projects and activities involving electricity in our near future.

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And finally, this past weekend, the men folk of the house dragged me along to the local Dragway for the 4-Wide Nationals. My husband’s company was actually incredibly generous in giving us the tickets, and none of us had ever been. (I later learned that this is the only 4-wide drag strip in the world, so extra cool bonus there!) And even though I was a bit reluctant at first, I must say that the races were actually pretty cool… and I’m sure my hearing will eventually return to normal. (Yes, I wore ear plugs, don’t worry.)

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So, that about wraps up the last couple of weeks. I did enjoy the break and spending more time with the family. I am hoping to be better about keeping everything balanced, and my priorities better in place.

As for the remainder of this week, I hope you all will be following along, as we will be doing some very exciting reviews and giveaways in store!

Captivated by MediaTalk101: Movie Review

Technology is advancing at a staggering pace, and the involvement of media in our everyday lives has reached an all-time high. Since its inception, it seems that people cannot get enough media. Many consider our technological advances to be an advancement of society as a whole. What could possibly be the danger in such advances? Is there such as thing as too much of a good thing? And how do we know when enough is enough? MediaTalk101 has released the documentary Captivated, which deals with the many issues concerning our society’s obsession with media. I have had the pleasure of viewing the Captivated DVD, and today I would like to share my review with you.

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About the Film

Length: 107 minutes

Price: $16.95

Audience: Intended for adult audiences, but approved for all ages

Where to buy: Captivated DVD

Synopsis

Captivated is a documentary about the effects of media on us as individuals and a society. It discusses how that, since the invention of the telegraph in 1844, technology’s explosion has resulted in society’s unquenchable hunger for more and more media. This has resulted not only in society’s satisfaction with a virtual reality, but in a breakdown of our true society and personal relationships. Captivated offers interviews with many experts who all testify to the negative effects of overexposure to media. They tell how personal relationships are suffering, the family unit is breaking down, and children suffer developmentally and academically. And most importantly, they tell how an overindulgence in media hinders us from having a close personal relationship with the Lord.

Many people today are struggling. They want to avoid the realities of life. They seek escape and freedom. In this need to escape, they accept the false reality that the media portrays. Often times, this results in people becoming addicted to this media, experiencing physical effects seen in many other addictions. Media becomes a drug, and affects all facets of daily life. Basically, many people today are slaves to the media. The danger, of course, is that if we are a slave to the media, and seek to escape life, we cannot experience a strong relationship and true closeness with the Lord.

The documentary also features interviews with people, both young and old, who have faced their addictions to media, be it television, radio, phone, or internet. They tell their stories of how, once they “unplugged” from the media, they were able to see just how much they were affected by those negative influences in their lives. Unplugging was certainly difficult at times, which only confirmed the tight grip that their addictions to media had on their lives. Often, these people are shocked at just how much time they were spending, and wasting on media every day. Only when they began to fill that time that had been occupied by media with things that were good and pure, and pleasing to the Lord, could they truly appreciate the peace and true happiness that only comes from God.

My Opinion

Captivated is a wake-up call. Even for those of us who feel like we are doing a good job of limiting and censoring media exposure in the home, I think this DVD is invaluable in showing just how dangerous media has become. Not that this film is all about scare tactics, because it certainly isn’t. But it does show the reality of the affects of media obsession. What is so frightening, for me, is that media can have such a strong hold, without us realizing it, that it can take us away from the most wonderful gift in this life, which is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What this DVD has revealed to me is that anything that takes that much time away from my relationship with the Lord is becoming my idol. And that is something that I will simply not allow.

Does this mean that all media is a bad thing? No, and the documentary says this as well. What we, as Christians, need to be sure of is that we always need to consider if what we are doing or watching is something that is pleasing to the Lord. Is it a good use of the time that God has given us? If not, then it is time to unplug and refocus on the things of the Lord. I would definitely recommend this to all Christians today. And for those with teenagers, or soon-to-be teenagers, I recommend watching it together. I think the Captivated DVD will help open the eyes of many Christians so that we see our need to be captivated by Christ, rather than by the media flooding our society today.

Please visit MediaTalk101, the Captivated website, or click here to purchase the Captivated DVD. You can also follow Captivated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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