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Book Review: VeggieTales every Day with God

Posted by Julie on October 5, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Description:

Newly updated VeggieTales art and content refresh these daily devotionals, giving kids a fun and meaningful way to think about God each day
Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day! Ages 4-7

My love for all things VeggieTales goes back over 15 years. Although my kids are 18 and 13, I still pay attention when I hear a VeggieTale song or learn a new product is out. That’s why I wanted to check out the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD: 365 Devotions for Boys.

This is perfect for boys ages 4-7. It’s small enough for them to hold, bright, colorful, and features all the favorite characters. It numbers each devotional by “Day 1” instead of January 1, so you can start any time of year and keep organized. The readings are short with a verse, a topic boys can relate to, a thought of the day and a short prayer. I think it makes for a great evening routine where you can keep the conversation going before bed.

I highly recommend the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD.

To purchase, click here.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: ESV Family Devotional Bible (Includes Giveaway)

Posted by Julie on May 7, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
The ESV Family Devotional Bible

The ESV Family Devotional Bible

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.

This easy to use Bible has a lot to like. For kids, the cover is visually appearing and highlights the illustrations included in the Bible. There are a lot of devotions included that would be appropriate for an upper elementary age child to read and ask the questions that are also included. The questions prompt good discussion for family members, although some questions were worded a little hard for younger ones. I think between the reading, devotions, and questions, families have the opportunity to use the Bible as a catalyst for a daily time together where they can grow in faith.

For adults, there are maps to discover and talk about, and a convenient ribbon bookmark. It’s not a big Bible, so it’s easy to transport or have kids bring it to the dinner table. It’s well laid out. The font is a bit on the small side, but it’s a good price to pay for the smaller size.

I believe the ESV Family Devotional Bible would be a welcome addition to any family, so much so, I have ONE copy to give away. Leave me a comment here or on social media (I’m on FB, Twitter, Instagram, G+. Pinterest and Snapchat as @JulieArduini) on why you want this Bible and I’ll pick one US or Canadian winner May 10th.

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 Consulting, 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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

To purchase the ESV Family Devotional Bible, click here.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Grow Your Family’s Faith This Easter with Odyssey Adventure Club

Posted by Julie on March 26, 2016 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
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If your family is like most, breakfast is rushed to get everyone out the door. Lunch is spent at school or work. So where does that leave dinner? Nourish your family’s spiritual health as you eat supper together. Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to give you a free resource to help you begin your new dinner tradition of making the most of your family mealtime, beginning this Easter season. Simply head to this page and fill out the form to receive a free sample of Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions.

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Grow Your Family’s Faith this Easter with Odyssey Adventure Club.

Want new resources to continue to build your family’s faith, even after Easter is over? Consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

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Still Thankful for Breast Cancer by Laura V. Hilton

 

This is really going to sound strange, but I’m thankful for breast cancer.

 

Yes, you read that right.

 

Six years ago, I had the shock of my life. What I thought was an inflamed milk duct was diagnosed as breast cancer.

 

I’ve always been a Christian, I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was nine. I was in church, Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. My parents had Bible studies in the home. I grew up immersed in Bible.

 

So, it might come as no surprise to find out I married a pastor. 

 

Well, being married to a pastor doesn’t mean that you take the time needed for devotions, praise and worship, or the necessary things that make you grow as a Christian. I have five children. I homeschool.  I was busy in the church. My life was spent constantly going and doing for others. I told the doctor I didn’t have time for cancer!  He just looked at me.

 

Well, treatment is one of those things you have to make time for. And during those long hours sitting at the chemo room, I took my iPod shuffle, preloaded with praise and worship music.  I spent my time praying and studying God’s word. And as a result, I developed a habit of spending time with the Lord. My own personal time with the One who loves me more than anyone else.

 

pinkribbonAs for the times spent in recovery from chemo? Well, I had no time. My recovery from chemo time was spent catching up on homeschooling, church stuff, family stuff—all those things that didn’t get done when I was at the chemo room.  The doctor commented that I breezed through chemo surprisingly well. That I was on the strongest, harshest chemo available, and I had virtually no side-effects (other than losing my hair.)  I told him it was all God.

 

That was six years ago. Today I still make time for detailed study in the word.  If I get busy and can’t spend time with God, I miss it and my day is incomplete.  So, I thank God for breast cancer. For getting me back on the time I needed to spend with God.

 

What is something you’re thankful for?

BIO:

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also  has two adult children.

 

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/  & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/ 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/

 

Purchase my books:

 

Amazon   http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=laura+hilton&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/laura-hilton?store=allproducts&keyword=laura+hilton

Deeper Shopping http://www.deepershopping.com/index.php?query=laura+hilton&x=0&y=0&module=productsearch&_logmode=Y&querymodule=SPX

 

 

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Saturday Confession: Outflanked

Posted by Julie on November 1, 2014 in encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Saturday Confession |

Don’t Forget!

I’m still looking for thankful submissions from YOU! Send me anything from a paragraph to 750 words on why you are thankful. Attach a bio and optional picture and send to me at juliearduini@juliearduini.com. I’ll publish them throughout November as part of the annual thankful series. Thanks!

From Wikipedia:

If a flanking maneuver succeeds, the opposing force would be surrounded from two or more directions, which significantly reduces the maneuverability of the outflanked force and its ability to defend itself. A psychological advantage may also be present, as the confusion and threat from multiple directions is often problematic for morale.

A few years ago I visited Gettysburg and signed up for the auto tour. I’ve been before but beyond loving American history, I also enjoy having different guides. They always bring something different to the experience. With this guide, he took us to Little Round Top and maneuvered us so he could help us visualize what happened during a key battle. He explained flanking and with just our little family and the guide standing in strategic places, showed us how the regiment was outflanked. They were tired, hungry, low on resources and missing communications.

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Although the accuracy and specifics of the battle elude me, I haven’t forgotten the visual of being outflanked. There was vulnerability and loss.

I’m not military, but I can relate.

I’ve been running full tilt all year. Event after event with no time to catch my breath. Add a move. The back-and-forth of international travel to disrupt schedules. Staying up until 2am to catch up on emails and writing.

Tired? Check.

Hungry? Well, for healthy foods, check. I’ve been reaching for the junk because I’m tired.

Missing Communications? Check.

Then people start lining up. Most aren’t “armed,” but their requests, even for my time, catch me off guard. The minority who are armed with criticism that go after me with both barrels?

I’m not just drained.

I’m defeated.

Thankfully the state of America doesn’t rest on my readiness, but my family needs me outfitted for success.

Again, Saturdays are the day I confess. I don’t always have the confession mastered. I know the answers are rest, eating better, regular time in the Bible and “behind the veil” spending time with Jesus—but I’m not quite back on track. I know that makes me vulnerable.

Can you relate to flanking?

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My Adventures in Odyssey Confession

Posted by Julie on July 2, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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I have a confession to make.

I’m in my 40’s and I love Adventures in Odyssey.

My favorite episodes?

When they time travel.

As a history buff, I love how history comes alive through my speakers when someone in the gang ends up in a place and time I can usually only read about. The character is placed in the event and sees firsthand what the event was about and why it is important. There’s always a lesson for the character. And of course with Adventures in Odyssey, it’s Biblical.

The Odyssey Adventure Club is geared for families with kids ages 8-12, but don’t let that stop you. As a member (because I’ve agreed to blog/review the site) this is what I have access to:

Your Membership Includes …

Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey Library (740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500
New monthly exclusives episodes
Monthly web quests
Clubhouse magazine subscription
Daily Devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
OAC exclusive blog posts
OAC Monthly Member Newsletter
OAC exclusive video stories
Other Odyssey content (Last Chance Detectives and More!)

I’m not only searching for and enjoying the episodes with the Imagination Station, I’m reading daily devotions from the site. Sometimes they are my own devotion time, not just what I do with my youngest. I’ve worked through the monthly adventure, mission based episodes and themes that highlight a ministry and/or organization that helps others and shares Jesus throughout the world.

Whether you’re a fan because of Whit, Connie, Eugene, those Rathbones, the time travel, or something else, this is a great opportunity to enjoy everything Adventures in Odyssey while growing closer to your family and Christ.

Learn more here.

I’m part of the team blogging about the Odyssey Adventure Club. I received a trial membership to OAC in return for promoting the club through social media.



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