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Robin Steinweg: 15 Ideas for Family Togetherness

Posted by Julie on October 4, 2016 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

15 Ideas for Family Togetherness

by Robin Steinweg

Time with our families. How hard can that be?

We probably don’t intend to dash in and out of their lives saying, “Gotta go! See you later!” We want to create memories with siblings, parents and grandparents. But life gets in the way.

September is Intergenerational Month. What a great time to start!

Here are 15 ideas for family togetherness. Some can take only minutes. Choose one this week. Be intentional—make it happen.

  • Q&A-with-a-Twist—Ask foolish questions like these:
    • o Do fish get thirsty?
    • o How does the snowplow driver get to work?
    • o What would chairs look like if our knees were in the back?
    • o Where does your lap go when you stand up?
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    • Games:
    • o Oodles—or other question-asking games.
    • o Board Games.
    • o Word Games—Scrabble, Bananagrams, Crosswords.
    • o Volley Balloon—for the youngest and the oldest in your family.
    • o Hangman (Wheel of Fortune)—can be played on a napkin at a restaurant while waiting. Someone chooses a word and draws the correct number of lines. Others guess letters. For each incorrect guess, draw another piece of the gallows or the unfortunate hangee.
    • o DIY games with family-made pieces:
    • Share Interests/Hobbies.
    • Walk: make a scavenger hunt of views to collect (sunset, catalpa tree, ant, pine needle…).
    • Music: share a recording, play a song, sing together, or find a youtube video of favorites.
    • Books: read aloud or everyone read the same book and discuss next time.
    • Movies: take turns choosing. Create a family review afterward.
    • Take a class together—learn something new!
    • Cooking/eating: choose an ingredient. Divide the family for a contest using the featured food. Choose a theme with decorations, place-cards, and divide duties according to age/ability.
    • Coded messages: a way to involve relatives at a distance. Write one coded message per week and send. Keep it going!
    • Pray together.
    • Worship together.
    • Gardening: big or small, indoor or outdoor, in-ground or in containers.
    • Teach each other a skill: teach a family member to knit (or whatever), and he/she teaches you to use an iPad (or whatever).
    • Family Giving Project: are there homeless in your community? You might collect food pantry items. Or personal care items. Join up with others—knit warm hats for shivering school children.

How about it? How will you bring the generations together this week?


robinsteinwegRobin Steinweg finds life sweet in the middle of writing, speaking, teaching, caring for aging parents and adjusting to having adult children. She, her husband and family live near Madison, Wisconsin. Her passion is to help others discover joy in every age of life. On fb—Robin June Steinweg.


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My Women of Faith Experience

Posted by Julie on February 9, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

I’ve had the pleasure of being chosen to review the February 18th screening of Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey, and I can’t wait. I went to a conference with friends from Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS, and I invited some MOPS moms who could use some laughs to come with  me. I can’t wait to go, and of course, to share my thoughts here with you.


Check out the Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey Movie Event

Before I do, I thought I’d talk about that experience. It was probably eight years ago, but I can recall it like it was yesterday morning. Beth Moore was announced as the pre conference speaker and I was determined to go. Her study, BELIEVING GOD, had transformed my life. The conference was in Cleveland, about an hour away, and MOPS moms thought the entire event would be a great experience as a local chapter.

Seeing Beth Moore in person was breathtaking. I do not worship her, don’t get me wrong, but I watched her worship. I was in the fifth row and I could see clearly.

Should I have been paying attention to my own worship?


But I learned something by watching Beth Moore.

She was in a cute little business outfit and we were inside the Q, where the Cavs play. The floor was cement. And that little lady went face down in front of 5,000 women and gave her complete focus to Jesus as her worship leader, Travis, played. I was in awe and it struck me how hungry she was. And that I want to be all in for Him.

I have far to go, but I keep in mind I’m not Beth Moore and because the Lord looks at the heart, He sees beyond my worries that my pants would split or my knee would dislocate. We’ve had great conversations where I ask about why certain things happen with others and not with me and I loved his intimate answer. But I’ll always remember that worship. It was amazing.

The main conference made me laugh and I felt especially blessed as I realized it was the best of both worlds. The original group was starting to retire, but I believe it was Marilyn Meberg and Lucy Swindoll had me in stiches. I remember being mesmerized that when I closed my eyes, Lucy sounds exactly like her brother, Chuck.  From the younger crowd I could relate to Sheila Walsh. She was so transparent and uplifting. Her accent was beautiful.

I went home feeling energized, uplifted and refreshed. It was during a season where I was still trying to process the upheaveal my life took a couple years before through grief and change. The Beth Moore pre conference and the Women of Faith event were a prescription for mental and emotional healing. I am grateful for events like these that can touch and change women like me.

Have you ever been to a Women of Faith conference? I’d love for you to tell me about it.


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CD Winner + Chocolate Reminder

Posted by Julie on January 16, 2016 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It’s time to announce the winner of the Passion: Salvation’s Tide is Rising CD. This was fun. For one, you all were kind enough to leave comments. Yay, you!

If you want me to keep doing giveaways (I’m often asked and usually decline for lack of interest,) leave a comment so I know you’re paying attention. Thank you!

My thanks to this judge for picking the CD winner!

My thanks to this judge for picking the CD winner!

My alarm went off at 12pm EST and with that, our youngest was the only kid in the house. I asked her to pray and choose the one she felt deserved the CD, and I read them aloud, NOT telling her any names. So this was a fair pick because she had no idea that in “real life,” she truly knew the winner.

With that, congratulations to SUMMER! She will receive the CD!

Didn’t win? I can tell you she was torn between three. I have another chance for you to win this month. I will have a chocolate giveaway announced in my February Julie Arduini: Surrender Issues and Chocolate newsletter announcing the person who won simply by subscribing to my new weekly encouragement, Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate. This is a quick email I send on Sundays so YOU start your week with an uplifting message that always mentions chocolate.

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Music Review: Salvation’s Tide is Rising by Passion

Posted by Julie on January 14, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Life Lessons |

You might win a copy of Passion: Salvation’s Tide is Rising.

How would YOU like the newest album Salvation’s Tide Is Rising (releasing on January 29, 2016) from the Passion Conference and sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG?

Leave a comment on why you would like to receive a copy and my family will pick the answer that moves us the most. We’ll pick a winner Saturday, January 16 by 12PM EST.  You must live in the US or Canada. Make sure you leave a valid email where I can reach you in case you win.

Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. From its start in 1995, the Passion Movement has had a singular mission–calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. This yearly conference uses live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God. In 1998, Passion decided to document the musical portion of the annual conferences via live worship recordings — raw, in-your-face praise songs with an alternative edge.


About Salvation’s Tide Is Rising:
This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill. It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.

Track List:
1. Salvation’s Tide is Rising – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2. My Victory – Passion featuring Crowder
3. Remember – Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4. God & God Alone – Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5. Simple Pursuit – Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6. I Turn to Christ – Passion featuring Matt Redman
7. Your Grace Amazes Me – Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8. All We Sinners – Passion featuring Crowder
9. Surrender – Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

My Review:

This isn’t my first listen to a Passion album and it isn’t my last. There is something, though, that stands out before I even pushed play on Salvation’s Tide is Rising. I think the title is a decree, a proclamation, an encouragement and a hope.

Each song only magnifies the stirring. Starting off with Kristian Stanfill and the title track, I experienced the music. I didn’t just listen. It’s hard to explain but it was as if the words and the music synced to my heart. There is so much that resonates, every song felt like, “Yes! This is where I am. This is where the church is.” Just when I had a favorite, the next song played.

This is a standout album that will be one I will play until I’ve worn it out and my gadgets refuse to play it anymore.

I don’t just highly recommend Passion: Salvation’s Tide is Rising, I am telling you if Jesus is Your Savior, if you are an intercessor or worship person, get your hands on this now. And if Jesus isn’t on your radar, but you’re curious, I challenge you to listen in a quiet place and ask God to speak to you.

I promise after listening to Salvation’s Tide is Rising, you won’t be the same.



About Passion albums:
Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like “Our God”, “Holy Is The Lord”, “How Great Is Our God”, and “God Of This City”. Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single “Even So Come”, which went Top 5.

About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.


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.”


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Music Review: Exhale by Plumb

Music Description:

About PLUMB:

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:

EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.”

Plumb’s music has been a major part of my Pandora shuffle this year. Once I heard her testimony I resonated with her. Not that I’ve had the exact issues she’s surrendered, but that’s the rub. I can identify with her act of surrender.

. Whether it’s a declaration like “Lord I’m Ready Now” or a song of Thanksgiving like Champion, it all feels like surrender. The words don’t sound trite.

I only received the CD a couple days ago and worried I wouldn’t have enough time to review. No problem. It has been my mainstay while driving. My comfort while in quiet time.

Whether in a mountain or a valley each song is going to be an anthem of sorts to encourage and guide you, if you let God use Exhale.

I hope you do.

To purchase Exhale, click here for iTunes.

Click here for Amazon.

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I received Exhale in exchange for an honest review.



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Kept by HIS Promise Women’s Conference

Posted by Julie on April 22, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

11025951_10206236725738246_26627730578968076_nDawnita Istre will be the key note speaker. Jill Barlow will lead worship and special music will be provided by Rachelle Joy. Kristi Bull, Dr. Linda McNair and Pastor Paris Yanno will lead the worshops.

I will be on hand with a book table talking about Entrusted and the summer book club.

The conference is open to women throughout Greater Youngstown.


To learn more and to register, please go to Highway Tabernacle’s website.

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