Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Season of Thankfulness Beyond November

Thankfulness....it's not just a season!  

With the changing of summer to fall, comes more than just a beautiful display of God's amazing artistry in nature, or the changing of temperatures from warm to cool, but with the physical seasons changing often times our hearts begin to change too.  

As November draws near each year, people begin focusing on being thankful.  There is the 30 Days of Thankfulness challenges that you see on Facebook, Instagram, and blogs.  There are picture challenges to post a picture a day of something you are thankful for.  Those things are good, don't get me wrong, in fact, I often participate in these type events. I'm glad that people's hearts are more attuned to thankfulness in the month of November but at the same time, I'm convicted that we may have missed the mark.  

Thankfulness and being thankful is NOT just a season in our lives!  
Did you catch that little word "always"?  Always...regardless of the season, regardless of your circumstances, regardless of your emotions, always give thanks!  Thankfulness goes beyond November.
As Christians, Thanksgiving and the season of thankfulness is more than just 30 days or a special Fall holiday, it should be an everyday experience and an everyday feeling.  We have so much to be thankful for because of Christ.  Take a quick glance at your clock and for the next minute, just one minute, start thinking of all the things you are thankful for because of Christ.  Are you beginning to see how thankfulness is more than a season?  Years ago, I read one of the most convicting quotes:  
Let that sink in.....think back to what you prayed yesterday?  Did you even take time to pray?  If you did pray, what did you pray for?  When I first read that quote years ago, I made a list of all the things that I could remember that I prayed for the day before.  When I saw what my prayers had been and thought about this quote it put my prayer life into a whole different perspective. I talked with my Aunt Charlotte a few weeks after that day about my experience and she told me how she kept a daily prayer journal.  The next time she came to town, she showed me hers and taught me how to make my own.  In 1999, I started keeping my first prayer journal and still journal today.  
This week, I read a fun idea on a children's ministry site.  They suggested that you take a mason jar and turn it into a thankful jar.  Starting the day after Thanksgiving, each member of the family will write one thing they are thankful for each day.  The catch is that no one can look in the jar at all until Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas Eve, you sit down as a family and pour out the jar and read all the notes of thankfulness.  That is just another way to extend the season of thankfulness beyond November.  
Have you ever thought that even God doesn't like to be taken for granted? He loves when His children talk to him through prayer and even our prayers and prayer requests should be tied in with our prayers of thanksgiving.  God loves it when we have the kind of prayer life that includes thankfulness.  Have you ever sat down to pray and been so burdened you didn't know where to start? So you just start thanking God for all His blessings and suddenly your burden is lighter, your heart is encouraged, and you feel hope?  Being thankful is an attitude adjuster too!  

So hear me out, I'm not saying that all the focus on being thankful in November is wrong.  I'm simply challenging us to remember to extend that same type of focus on being thankful beyond November.  Thankfulness is not a season.  It's a Biblical command.  It's a choice we get to make everyday.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Learn the Times Tables - 8 Resources from Educents

Learning multiplication tables can be quite tricky for some children.  If you are an educator or parent with a frustrated child who is attempting to memorize the multiplication tables? Read on.
Times Tables Resources
Hundreds of kids have learned their times tables in an hour using a very fun & easy to understand animated video. The Times Tales DVD is a two-part video series that uses stories to teach multiplication to kids. The videos use cute, simple stories that provide students with a "memory peg," allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract multiplication facts. As students progress through the video, they'll learn multiplication without even knowing it! It's that easy!

About the Times Tales DVD - What is included?

  • Animated video comes on a DVD
  • CD includes printable worksheets and flashcards

What Educents customers are saying about Times Tales:

"Fun and effective! Did in 2 weeks what other curriculum didn't do in a year!"
"My kids did NOT want to like this when I first opened it up, but they ended up liking it a LOT! They kept trying to "figure it out" so it took a while for my 2nd and 4th grader to just relax and watch the stories. We followed the recommended pace, and in 2 weeks this DVD solidified what other methods could not do for them in a year! Even my 3 yr old shouts out the answers to some of the quiz questions! Of course she doesn't understand what she's learning yet, but when her time comes, learning her multiplication facts will be painless and easy :) Definitely recommend this program to anyone who has stressed over drilling boring multiplication facts into their kids! You WILL Love it! :)" -ML
"I can’t even imagine how many less papers my 5th grade teacher would have had to grade if we had this in my elementary school! We did multiplication drills every single day during our 2nd semester! Using this DVD really beats that." - Celena J.

Times Tales Animated DVD & Printable Worksheets

Times Tales teaches kids the upper times tables without rote memorization. Students can simply follow along with the entertaining story. As they progress, they'll be guided into associating the stories they've learned with real math. You can always find the Times Tales DVD at a discount on Educents.com!

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More Activities to Practice Multiplication:

This hands-on activity uses legos to reinforce multiplication facts. Source: SchoolTimesSnippet
This hands-on activity uses legos to reinforce multiplication facts. Source: SchoolTimesSnippet
Early Multiplication: Grouping with Legos by School Time Snippets - Kristina and her son practice multiplications using Legos!
Multiplication Rap DVD - Kids discover what multiplication is all about, learn facts through 12, and practice skip counting.
Multiplication Clever Catch Ball - This colorful ball is an interactive way for kids to practice multiplication facts outside or during an organized classroom activity.
Visual way to teach multiplication to your student. Source: Lemon Lime Adventures
Visual way to teach multiplication to your student. Source: Lemon Lime Adventures
Patterned Multiplication Circles by Lemon Lime Adventures - Dayna and her 7-year old use this visual way to learn multiplication. This math craftivity is fun for all ages!
Musical Math with Sue Dickson’s Songs that Teach - This program makes memorizing the facts easy, sure, and fun with catchy songs that allow students to master the facts in no time!
30 Multiplication Facts Printable Worksheets - This low-cost packet includes 30 printable worksheets, 143 flash cards, six vocabulary word cards, and a multiplication chart.
A+ Math Multiplication Unit - Build a strong foundation in math with A+ Interactive Math’s multiplication unit.

Disclaimer:  This blog post is an affiliated blog post with Educents. The links in this post are my affiliate links with Educents.  Should you choose to purchase through these links, I will receive a very small commission which will be used to help our family cover homeschooling expenses with Educents products.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NKJV Study Bible for Kids {Review}

I have always been a huge fan of the NKJV Bibles.  When I graduated high school, my church that I grew up in gave me a NKJV Study Bible and I still use it to this day. It has traveled to college and all over the world with me and I love it.  Therefore, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this NKJV Study Bible for Kids!  

The premier New King James Study bible for children in the trusted NKJV translation.  The NKJV Study Bible for Kids is the premier study Bible for children 8 to 12 in the trusted New King James Version, and in full-color! Not only is this a Bible for study of biblical facts and themes, it also includes articles that are topical, and truly applicable to a child's daily life!

This new Study Bible just for kids in the trustworthy NKJV translation is packed full of hundreds of study notes to help kids understand and engage with scripture. The features will help kids learn more about God's Word and apply it to their lives. A firm foundation in the Bible will create a path to a stronger faith. 
The first thing I liked about this Bible was not only is it hardback (which will hold up well to usage) but it has beautiful, vibrant colors found not only on the cover but also throughout the Bible.  These colors definitely are eye-catching and appealing.  There are so many awesome features in this Bible too.  Each book of the Bible begins with a "Behind the Scenes" page that introduces the book, tells basic facts about it, and gives kids a brief overview of the book.  
Scattered throughout the Bible are "Epic Ideas" (which are must-know topics that relate to a kids world) and "Action" (which are helpful, interesting, tidbits about day-to-day life topics.  Each page has a color-coded tab that tells you which book of the Bible and chapter/verse is found on that page.  This makes it much easier for the kids to find where they need to be quickly and helps them learn the order of the books of the Bible.    

There are also "Starring Roles" that give kids an understandable personality profile of some of the main Bible characters.  Of course, kids love the colorful maps in the back and there is a dictionary and concordance.  

This Bible is set up in a theatrical format (everything seems to relate to movie/theater theme) which I still don't understand why but the kids don't seem phased by it and it does not detract from the Bible and message itself.  This Bible is geared toward children ages 8-12 years old.  I can tell you, our 10 year old son LOVES this Bible and he is reading from it everyday and carrying it to church with him too.  He has severe Dyslexia so reading is quite challenging for him but he is doing great with using this Bible.  

The NKJV Study Bible for Kids is available from Amazon for just $18.38.  

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this Bible for review purposes only from BookLook Bloggers.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here reflect my own experiences, thoughts, and feelings.  Your results and opinions may vary from mine. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Life of Fred Books (Buyer's Guide)

Math can be one of the most challenging subjects for children to learn and understand.  Having two children who have learning disabilities in our home, we know that can complicate learning Math even more.  That's why we are thrilled to discover Life of Fred books that not only teach children Math but do so in a fun and unique way.  These books can stand-alone as a curriculum or they can serve as review books.  Not only does Life of Fred have amazing Math books but now they have Reading, Language Arts, and even Science books!  

"Life of Fred" is quickly becoming a buzzword in the homeschooling world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts!
Complete Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - by Educents.com
So, why are the Life of Fred books gaining popularity? The books follow Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius, during his exciting adventures which encounter every day math situations. Children actually want to read these books.
Your child can start using these books when it's time to learn how to read, and your child can continue learning with Fred all the way to college! For a complete overview of the entire collection, check out each series of books below.

Click a title to learn more about each series in the Life of Fred collection:

Reading: Beginning Readers - Language Arts

Math: Elementary - Intermediate - Intro to Algebra - Pre-Algebra - High School - College - Finances & Entrepreneurship

Science: Biology - Physics - Chemistry

Life of Fred Beginning Readers Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide
If your kiddo is just starting to learn to read, add these Life of Fred readers to your at-home library. They are fun to read over and over together. Incorporate Fred in your early reading lessons! The complete set consists of 18 books. Each book contains 32 pages.
Who is it for? Beginning readers (ages 4 and up)
Concepts covered: counting, using a compass, patience, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to make mashed potatoes, how to build a house, and more.
Titles included in the set: Blue, Bus, Lake, Potato Dreams, Ducks, Rain, Mud, Night, Dawn, House, Windows, Kitchen, Electricity, Dinner, Evening, Garden, Peach, and Going Home
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More resources: Fred Beginning Reader Tips Fred Beginning Reader Tips

Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

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Life Of Fred is like no other math program out there. It's a story that begins with book one, and continues all the way through high school. It includes every other subject, such as science, history, geography, and more. Each book contains short, 4 to 6-page chapters, and usually is less than 20 chapters per book. This makes it possible for each child to go at a pace comfortable for them.
Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade
Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.
Titles in this series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans
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More about the Elementary Math Books:
  • Life of Fred Elementary Math books are discounted on Educents.com
  • "This is my first year home schooling and I wish I had found Fred earlier. My son loves to read, so Life of Fred makes math a cinch to teach now." -Shanna, homeschooler
  • "I see a light shining bright from within my son that was almost extinguished completely. As he watched me place the order for the complete elementary set of Life Of Fred, I said 'I can't wait to see how Fred starts, and I want to see how it ends too, so be ready to order more!' I smiled and assured him that not only would Fred be part of his learning as long as he desired, but that Fred would be gift wrapped for Christmas presents this year for his niece and nephew, my 2 grandchildren. No more costly potholes for this family!!" -Janet, homeschooler
  • "My granddaughter, who truly dislikes math, always wants to start the day with Fred. I have to stop her after four chapters. She would do the entire book in a day if allowed. I never thought I could use math class as a reward! And she is learning besides." -Bette, homeschooler
  • Life of Fred Math Books in Carisa’s Homeschool
  • The Complete Guide to Using Life of Fred Homeschool Math
  • Featured on Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks
  • Samples: Apples, Butterflies, Cats

Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
Designed for students under age 10, but already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.
Who is it for? 3rd to 7th grade
Concepts covered: Milliliters, writing numerals in checks ($4000 and not $40.00), idioms, 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4, elapsed time, metaphors, milligrams and pounds, rounding numbers, three-eights of 19,416, and more!
Titles in this series: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft
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More about the Intermediate Math Books:
  • Life of Fred Intermediate Math books are discounted on Educents.com
  • “I was not so sure on these books. I heard a lot of good reviews but after we got them, just skimming through I wasn't sure my 9 year old daughter would like them. I was WRONG! she really likes them! They move at a pace she likes and being one continuous story about Fred's life keeps her interested and entertained. We will be back for more soon. She just finished Kidneys and is now on liver.” -Melisa W., Homeschooler
  • Samples: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
If your student can solve these equations: 5 + 8, 8 – 5, 7 times 8, 6231 divided by 93, then he or she is ready for the Fractions title. It also might be time for you to begin using a very basic calculator to complete these lessons.
Who is it for? 6th to 12th grade
Concepts covered: less than, cardinal and ordinal numbers, adding and subtraction fractions, lines of symmetry, geometric figures, circumference, reducing fractions, sets and subsets, probability, consecutive numbers, repeating decimals, area of a triangle, square roots, ordered pairs, and more!
Titles in this series: Fractions, Decimals and Percents
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Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
Fred does physics before algebra. What’s the difference between math and physics? In this series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios - all while having fun with Fred of course!
Who is it for? 3rd to 7th graders
Concepts covered: numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, static versus kinetic friction, photosynthesis, metric system, Gregorian calendar, conversion factors, unit analysis, freedom versus liberty, steps in solving word problems, venn diagrams, germination of seeds, digestion, negative numbers, whole numbers, chromosomes, DNA, circumference of a circle, and more!
Titles in this series: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, and Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics
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More about the Pre-Algebra books:

Life of Fred High School Math Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey.
Who is it for? 8th to 12th grade
Concepts covered: infinite numbers, ratios, graphs, plotting points, averages, multiplying polynomials, solving fractional equations, Pythagorean theorem, milkshake marketing, absolute value, surface area of a cone, imaginary numbers, slopes of perpendicular lines, complex fractions, linear equations, Cramer’s rule, ellipses, graphing in three dimensions, geometric sequences, Pascal’s Triangle, right triangles, quadrilaterals, entrepreneurship, geography of Kansas, piano music, sines, cosines, functions of two angles, a preview of calculus, and more!!
Titles included in the series: Beginning Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
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More about the High School Math books:

Life of Fred High School Language Arts Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
Each book contains 19 cohesive lessons on grammar, language, writing, common mistakes, and basically the entire English language. The creator suggests doing these four books once every year during your students’ high school years.
Who is it for? 5th to 12th graders
Concepts covered: the seven parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, similes, silent letters, rules for making outlines, the difference between a metaphor and metonymy, and so much more.
Titles included in the series: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, Dreams
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More about the Language Arts books:

Life of Fred Chemistry

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
In a single lecture hour, Fred completes a whole year of high school chemistry.
Who is it for? 8th grade to college
Concepts covered: exponents, atoms, conversion factors, mass vs. weight, Avogadro's number, Kelvin scale, atomic number, isotopes, compounds, noble gasses, finding the atomic mass, early chemistry, oxidation numbers, balancing equation, and more!
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More about the Chemistry book:
  • Life of Fred Chemistry book is discounted on Educents.com
  • "It’s solid science presented in a way that’s understandable, not intimidating, and fun. You learn math, you learn history and you learn science, all through the Life of Fred – through his experiences and teachings." -Lisa, Homeschooler
  • "It reads like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but the chemistry is solid." -Lisa's husband, PhD in Analytical Chemistry
  • Sample of the Chemistry Book

Life of Fred College Math Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
This series is geared toward advanced high school math students, students preparing for college, or any adult who wants to brush up on their math skills while reading fun stories. Students will learn calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and advanced math puzzles (equations, not word problems).
Who is it for? 9th grade to adults
Concepts covered: functions, speed, slope, curvature, polar coordinates, Bayes’ Theorem, probability, descriptive statistics, field guides, solving systems of equations, vector spaces, linear functionals, math theory, abstract arithmetic, and more!
Titles included in the series: Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Five Days of Upper Division Math
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More about the College Math books:

Life of Fred Financial Choices

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents
Let Fred help you teach your children about financial management, decisions, and choices. It's very likely that you, the adult, will pick up a tip or two while teaching.
Who is it for? Useful for middle school kids all the way to adults
Concepts covered: entrepreneurship, spending, investing, retirement, debt, calculating interest, how to start a business, insurance, taxes, real estate, successful spending habits, stocks, mortgages, REITS, mutual funds, and more!
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More about the Financial Choices book:
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Adventure Bible Handbook

Kids (ages 9-12) and parents who love the bestselling Adventure Bible and want a fun and engaging supplement to their biblical study need look no further. The Adventure Bible Handbook leads tween boys and girls across the Holy Land and back in time on an entertaining, educational, and inspirational quest to find their missing father.
Four siblings travel with their archaeologist father to the Holy Land, where he is conducting an expedition in search of scientific truth. When he disappears, the children try to find him by joining an offbeat tour group organized by two zany guides whose mission, they eventually discover, is to lead kids on a fun, exciting, and life-changing quest for ultimate truth. Soon the group is visiting ancient cities, important geographical sites, and experiencing biblical times firsthand—traveling back in time with the help of some RSPs (Really Smart Phones) and all sorts of wacky modes of transportation.  It’s a fast, fun, eyewitness adventure around the world and through some of the greatest Bible stories to learn what life is really all about.
Wyatt loved the Adventure Bible so we were excited to get to introduce him to the Adventure Bible Handbook.  This book is written in comic book style so it quickly grabbed his attention and with the hardback cover and extremely sturdy pages it held up well to being carried around in his backpack too.  Geared at children ages 9-12, the full-color illustrations are very eye-catching and they go along perfectly with the text surrounding them.  This is a wonderful way to introduce Bible stories and characters to younger children too.  

The Adventure Bible Handbook is 240 pages that not only takes your child on a wild adventurous journey but also gives them a pretty comprehensive overview of the different books of the Bible and Bible stories too.  The only thing I really didn't like about this book was that references to God are not capitalized.  Call me "old-school", but I am still of the camp that out of reverence and to set the one true God apart from other false gods, that when God is mentioned in the Bible, that it should always be capitalized. I wish this book would have capitalized the name of God.  Other than that, I think this book is very good for upper elementary age children to read.  

You can purchase The Adventure Bible Handbook from Amazon or from Zondervan.  

Disclaimer: I was given the above mentioned book for review purposes only from BookLook Bloggers.  The opinions expressed here reflect my own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results may vary from mine.  The Amazon link is an affiliate link. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bear Hug Band - "Who's Got Their Armor On" Album

As parents, we have always tried to introduce our children to wholesome music.  While we don't limit their musical genres to strictly Christian, we are always excited when a good Christian CD or song is made.  Now that we are working in Student Ministry we are always on the lookout for new Christian songs that we can teach the students we are blessed to work with each week.  
Bear Hug Band started in 2006, when a group of five friends from Calvary Chapel School of Worship were jamming together and decided to utilize their gifts by writing and playing for children.  This led to the creation of Bear Hug Band. Justin Chavez (drums), William Funderburk (guitars & vocals), Joel Jurekovic (bass), Jake Rowley (vocals, fly dance moves and hand motions) and Desmond Sheehan (keys) travel around the world with a treasure chest full of silly songs, comedy routine, costumes and the occasional pantomime routine. Their message is gospel-centered and infused with the kind of joy and hope that brings smiles to both kids and kids at heart. With a mission statement built around Colossians 3:16, which encourages believers to teach and admonish each other with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the Spirit, the Bear Hug Band has stayed on course, laughing dancing and singing kids of all ages all the way to Jesus.  

The latest release from Bear Hug Band is "Who's Got Their Armor On" and features 12 awesome songs that will have kids dancing, the lyrics are catchy and easy to remember, and they teach and reinforce great Bible based concepts and scriptures.  
1)  Big Big Love
2)  In His Hands
3)  Armor of God
4)  New Sound
5) Shout
6) The Dosey Dodey
7)  Take Out the Trash
8)  In Our Neighborhood
9)  Keep the Faith
10) Shadow of Your Wings
11)  Our God is Faithful
12) Raised Up

Our son's favorite track is "Take Out the Trash". Y'all would be amazed how quickly he picked up on the lyrics...and how many times we hear him singing it each day...especially when it's time for him to "take out the trash"!  I personally loved track 10, Shadow of Your Wings.  The concept of being covered in the shadow of His wings can be a little tricky to explain to kids but this song is beautiful and helps kids understand what that means.  Of course, I already think the students in our children's ministry are going to love track 5, Shout.  Come on, what kid doesn't love being told "it's o.k. to SHOUT"?  I loved the sound effects, the "silliness" of the voices in some of the songs, and the way these songs are each catered to meet the specific needs of children.  We can't wait to start incorporating these into our children's worship at church as well as playing the music at home for our family personally.  

The Bear Hug Band and this album would make a great gift for a children's minister, to give to a teacher, or to give to anyone who has a child!  This is a fun way to start pointing kids to Jesus at an early age through music and best of all, they will want to listen to these songs over and over again. 
We look forward to adding Bear Hug Band's music to our children's ministry too!  

You can PURCHASE "Who's Got Their Armor On" or follow them on Facebook for the latest news, releases, and tour dates!  

Disclaimer:  I was given the opportunity to listen to this album and review it from Merge PR.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my own personal experiences.  Your thoughts and feelings may vary from mine.This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of these links, I may earn a small commission on a purchase you make.  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

I am very thankful the Lord is blessing my Young Living business the past few months.  I've been able to share with friends and family and honestly, haven't spent a lot of time "working" the business side of it and have had several people join my team lately which equals a small extra income for us!  Some people have asked why I choose Young Living oils and here is my motivation behind choosing Young Living and share these oils with others. 

Not only am I passionate about helping others get healthy and well more naturally, but I also am extremely passionate about spreading the gospel to the unreached of the world and training nationals to take the gospel to their own people. I feel like these oils and this business have been a huge blessing because of the possibilities that can come from doing the business. Just since February of this year, God has blessed me so much through this business.  God has been blessing me so much through this and allowed for me to meet many different people through this process and share my story with them. The extra income from the business side of Young Living has helped supplement our monthly needs financially too. I know this may sound silly to some but it is the reason I am so driven to tell people about these oils. These oils are truly amazing and they have helped me and my family out is so many ways. I wish that everyone I knew were able to try these oils out and see what kind of change it could make in their lives. It’s not about sickness, it’s about health and wellness and that is what I want to share with everyone! Everyone could afford to be a little healthier in life and these oils are one thing that can contribute to that.  

If you'd like to know more about Young Living oils, please contact me (bamagv at aol dot com) and let me share with you how you can begin a journey to better health and wellness.
I am also thankful the Lord used our 12 year old daughter to encourage me this week!  Yes, my daughter encouraged ME!  I woke up Tuesday morning and had a meeting with a friend to share about Young Living oils and when I went to get my purse, there was an envelope beside it.  I opened it to find this sweet letter above from Sidney.  I noticed there was one beside David's office keys too.  She had written him a different message and scripture from mine and she later told us that she had prayed the night before and asked God to give her the words to write to us!  I'm so thankful that even though there are days that I'm a terrible parent and feel like I'm failing in every way towards my kids, that God can fix all my "oops" and failures and bring beauty from the ashes.  I'm thankful that He is already shaping and molding her little heart to seek Him and to know that God comes first always.  It was such an encouragement to me! 
FaceTime....I am SO thankful for FaceTime y'all!  We live over 1,100 miles away from our families and our almost 4 year old nephew called us on FaceTime this week. He was full of sillies, super energetic, full of giggles and fun and we had the best FaceTime with him.  In the picture on top, he had just used his inhaler to "proclaim" to me that Uncle David was his favorite.  You can see what I think about that by my facial expression..ha!  But then, on the bottom pictures, you can see why Uncle David is his favorite.  He plays guitar and sings for him!  Marshall gave him topics (such as frogs, peepee, rock & roll, poopoo, etc.) and David would spontaneously make up songs with these topics.  The far right picture of our nephew is him showing us his "rock and roll moves" as he called them while David played the rock & roll song!  So, I'm o.k. with being his 2nd favorite person because I love watching David and our nephew interact and love each other too.  I'm so thankful that thanks to technology, distance hasn't got anything on us!  
SUPER THANKFUL...that all of us now have our passports!  The details of this story are a little too long for a Thankful Thursday posts, so we will share all the details a little later.  But....the Lord has opened a door for our family of 5 to travel to Roatan, Honduras to do a mission trip/scouting trip.  We are going January 23-30 and while we are there we will be doing a mini-VBS for the children in the mornings and David will be teaching David Platt's "Follow Me" for students to the youth in the afternoons each day.  This trip will also be a scouting trip for our family to see if this is somewhere that the Lord may be calling us for a long-term missions assignment.  There is a great need in this particular area of the island that we are going to and we have been diligently praying over the Lord's will for this need and for Him to clearly lead and guide our family in the decisions that will be made after this trip. We are thankful for the Lord's provision, faithfulness, guidance, and for this opportunity to go serve in Honduras, even if doesn't end up being a long-term place for us.  

...and head over to my friend RJ's blog and join in Thankful Thursdays!