Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: Timothy

Brad Riley's Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose!  is the familiar Biblical account of two stories interwoven into one to create a lesson on obedience.

This book contains a beautiful lesson that God can use big and small alike but the key to both big and small alike is obedience.  Peter had to trust Jesus' command that the fish (Timothy) would have a coin and Timothy had to obey his mother and grandmother.  Interweaving these two stories demonstrates God's greater purposes that we may not fully understand but get to enjoy so long as we walk in obedience to His commands.  

Because these are two separate Biblical accounts, I would strongly suggest reading the actual Biblical accounts afterwards.  This way it can further discussions on Peter, Timothy, obedience, trust, and faith.  In order to give an accurate account and not foster confusion as to why there is no father mentioned, reading the Biblical account is imperative.  

I can see this book being used as a tool within the home and even in a church setting for further study.  The illustrations are simply beautiful and will definitely engage the attention of small children.  The author's note to parents/grandparents is very encouraging and timely.  I would be very interested to read the author's upcoming titles when available.  

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Emergency Kit

Having you ever been outside and gotten a cut?  Or maybe went out to lunch and it didn't sit So well with your stomach?  Good news is we all have been there.  Bad news, for the most part, we weren't prepared.

With Alicia heading out to do volunteer work, I thought I should assemble an emergency kit for her.  And while I was at it, I did one for myself too.

Kit Contents:
Pain relieving spray
Insect Repellant
Tide to Go
Nivea Creme (ashy elbows:)
Nivea Lotion
Colgate Wisps
Hair tie
Bobby pins
Safety pins
Eye drops
Nail Clippers

So there you have it, my emergency kit.  Others items I think you could include but I couldn't get to fit are clear polish (run in your tights), sunscreen, body spritz, floss.

These kits are super easy to assemble and cost efficient as well.  The cosmetic case is a Target freebie, some items were samples, and others coupon freebies:)  These are handy to toss in your purse, keep in the car, or at work.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Book Review: The Gospel Call & True Conversion

Paul Washer's The Gospel Call & True Conversion "challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ."

This book is a challenge for every Christian to thoroughly examine the manner in which they preach the gospel.  Through reading the well laid arguments of what the gospel is and is not, Paul Washer confronts the reader to examine the message they are preaching but more importantly how that gospel message has affected their lives.  Page after page, the reader is exhorted to examine his life to see if they are really in the faith according to the Bible and not based on a supposed declaration of faith that bore no fruit.  

The author  refutes the often misuse of the Scriptures themselves in evangelizing with numerous biblical references.  Clearly, this is not the author's opinion on the subject, but the truth found in the Bible which is too often neglected or flat out rejected to appease the carnal man.  The author does well to point out the consequences of catering to the carnal man.  Not only is the carnal man himself lost but he who preaches another gospel, which is no gospel at all, is equally lost.  

Paul Washer lays out the truths of the Bible clearly.  He demonstrates the fallacies of Western Christianity where the gospel is man-centered and rightfully so, redirects our attention to God, the One who began a good work in us is also faithful to complete it.  Not only does the gospel begin with God (because He is love) but also ends with Him (He is the One who gives the growth).  Our conversion is not based on a decision we once made but rather on His calling us.  Our remaining in Him is not based on our works but His through His Holy Spirit who is not only with us but in us.  

This book should set on the bookshelf of every Christian for two reasons.  First, we would do well to remind ourselves of the true gospel and evaluate our message in evangelizing.  Secondly, we would do better to test ourselves to see if we are really in the faith.  

Interview with Paul Washer:

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Empties: July 2013

Do you have three or four bottles of lotion?  Or two body washes cluttering your bathroom?  Well, me too, which is why I decided to clear the clutter and focus on getting rid of half-empty bottles around my house.  This is will not only help me clear the clutter around the house but also limit what I am buying (because although the Bath and Body Works sales are tempting, I don't want 10 bottles of body wash in my house:)

So, here are the products we finished in July in no particular order:

1.  Scentsy Just Breathe bar
2.  Scentsy White Tea & Cactus bar
3.  Up & Up all purpose towelettes (will not be repurchasing)
4.  Up & Up Cotton Rounds (repurchased already but the wrong ones:(
5.  Up & Up Children's Gummy mutltivitamin (will not repurchase)
6.  Crest 3D White Toothpaste (will not repurchase)
7.  Purell Hand Sanitizer (will not repurchase)
8.  Body Shop Grapefruit oil (already have another one in my stash:)
9.  Vitamin E lip balm (will not repurchase)
10.  Boots Expert Sensitive gentle cleansing wash (will not repurchase)
11.  Kiss my Face Shower Gel (already repurchased)
12.  Lubriderm Daily Moisture (finishing off another bottle)
13.  Reach Total Care floss (lots of floss to work through)
14.  YSL Champagne perfume (actually gave my other bottle of this away)
15.  Listerine Pocketpaks (already repurchased)

Note:  We didn't start using all these products in July; we just finished them in July.  Also, choosing not to repurchase doesn't necessarily mean the product wasn't good, I may just have something else in my stash I want to get rid of or am looking to buy a more natural product.