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“The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional” by Jeff and Abbey Land

The Way to the Savior: A Family Easter Devotional by Jeff and Abbey Land, is fun and meaningful for the whole family!

Content

This devotional includes 40 family devotions, to be read the 40 days of Lent, leading up to Easter.

It also includes prayers, discussion questions, journaling pages to fill in with Easter memories, and family activities.

The book is sturdy and has the potential to stay nice for a long time.

The illustrations are one of a kind, and make each day stand out.

Recommendation

This devotional is made so that it can be a family staple and heirloom for Easter every year.

I highly recommend this Easter family devotional!

Looking for MORE?

Check out this Bible reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App1

The Authors

Jeff and Abbey Land

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“Big and Little Activity Devotional” by Rachel Swanson

Big and Little Activity Devotional by Rachel Swanson, is a great book for all ages!

Content

Not only are there activities for kids and adults, the book is laid out so that the child and adult can do the same activity at the same time (and age appropriate to each one). The book literally folds open facing the adult and the child at the same time.

Not only that, each page contains a biblical devotional for you and your child to learn and discuss together.

Recommendation

I highly recommend this activity book for families seeking to do fun, interactive devotionals for their kids.

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“Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book” by B&H Publishing Group

Little Words Matter JUMBO Coloring Book by B&H Publishing Group, is a good coloring book for kids.

Content

Not only does it include simple pages, teaching your child the ABC’s, counting, and colors, it includes the song “Jesus Loves Me” and a prayer of thanksgiving.

I like the integration of God and of His creation, but I wish there was more of it.

I also would have liked to see the pages be easier to tear out of the book. Since I have four kids, it will be hard to share the coloring pages, but am glad the book is thick enough to have plenty of pages.

Recommendation

I would recommend this coloring book to any parent of young children.

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‘The Quiet, Crazy Easter Day” by Jill Roman Lord

The Quiet Crazy Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord, is a great picture book for any family celebrating Easter!

Content

As a mom and an author, I love how this book is both developmentally appropriate for children. All the way through the story, the author emphasizes the verbs and sounds the animals do or make.

Jesus and the resurrection are the focus the entire way through, not culturally used icons, like bunnies or chicks.

I also love how the book gives kids the truth about the resurrection.

Kids are told they can talk to Jesus still today, and then gives them an action step, of sharing “the truth of Easter day” with others.

Recommendation

Not only did the author do a fantastic job sharing the resurrection story with kids, the illustrations, by Kelly Breemer, and book material quality are outstanding!

I highly recommend this book for any Easter basket!

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Peace, Joy, and Jesus

As a writer, I have been thinking of so much I could say. As a mom, I’ve been overwhelmed, and not sure how down deep and personal to be.

As A Citizen…

As most of you are well aware, this nation-wide, and pretty much world-wide quarantine is less than ideal. No one could have anticipated this happening in our world today.

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Our world has technology, several have access to medical care, and the ability to travel anywhere in the world in record time.

Why would a pandemic be a problem?

As a Christian, I truly believe God is using this time of uncertainty and chaos, to bring peace, hope, and strengthen our faith.

We are most secure when we dwell in the safety of our shelter and fortress, our Almighty God.

As A Mom…

For me and my family, this period of isolation has been both a blessing and a curse.

Right before this virus disrupted our lives, I had confessed to my husband a specific concern.

I was so worried we would be sucked into the busyness that comes with each spring season. Sports, drama, graduations, concerts, outdoor activities, and whatever else you can think of.

Blessing #1

However, because of the Corona virus and the mandatory quarantine, our schedules are wiped clean from last week, until the foreseeable future. I never imagined my prayer would be answered like this.

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Blessing #2

In addition, I have been struggling with maintaining my relationship with my school-age kids. For so long, I have been home with them, and having all the time in the world.

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Deep in my heart, I miss that so much, but God has not led me to homeschool at this time.

Now, I again have all the time in the world with all of my children, this side of Heaven.

I am thankful God has heard the desires of my heart, and is redeeming this time with my kids.

So I choose to see this time as a gift from God.

Curse #1

To be transparent, I am not going to sit here and pretend this time in our world is not scary, unsettling, and discouraging.

Yet, I never imagined it would be a grief trigger, for my son in Heaven.

For me, the mere suggestion or possibility I could lose any of my children, or my husband, took my breath away. This fear caught me dead in my tracks, and I wept with sorrow.

I have no more control now over life and death, than I did almost four years ago.

Defining Moment

Our pastor’s sermon this morning really challenged my heart. Storing up possessions doesn’t provide security, only God can do that for us. True peace can only come from the God of peace Himself.

I can’t stop our family from getting sick.

I can’t prevent my family from dying from the virus, let alone any other cause.

I can’t make toilet paper appear out of thin air, just because we ran out! (Yes, a little humor to lighten the mood.)

Resolution

God is God, not me. God is in charge, not me. God has everything under control, and I have nothing under control, in my own power and strength.

Everything we have is God’s, but He loves us so much, He gives us everything we need.

Yes, I said NEED not WANT really bad or WANT because someone else has it.

As a Christian, as a citizen, as a wife, as a mom, and as a writer, I urge you to take a stand in your heart and mind.

Choose peace. Choose to trust God will take care of you. Choose to find joy in the blessings of today, not live in fear of tomorrow.

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Choose Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you will never regret it, for eternity!

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY church! Don’t lose hope! We serve an all-powerful, mighty, loving God.

Encouraging Scriptures

Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

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that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 2:1 ESV

“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

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2 Chronicles 7:11-16 ESV

“Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king’s house. All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the LORD and in his own house he successfully accomplished.

Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people,

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if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.”

Proverbs 3:5-12 ESV

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

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Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

My son (to King Solomon from his dad, King David), do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

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The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame

The Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society by Randall Goodgame, is a great first book in a meaningful children’s book series.

Content

Goodgame presents a group of Christians as a raccoon society.

This is quite creative, because raccoons are known for their scavenger and thieving qualities, mirroring our human sin nature.

This first book’s focus is on generosity and sharing.

As a mom myself, I love this message, teaching my kids about sharing and the mutual blessings of showing generosity to others.

The illustrations are fun, clean, and colorful.

Recommendation

My kids and I highly recommend this book, and any in this serious.

About the Author

Randall Goodgame is a singer/songwriter and the creative force behind the family music brand Slugs & Bugs.

He has recorded eight solo albums and contributed to numerous others. He has written songs for VeggieTales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters.

Randall and his family call Nashville home, but he also began touring in 2010 to bring Slugs & Bugs to families nationwide.

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March 2020 – Updates and Exciting News!

To my regular readers and faithful audience, thank you so much for your prayers and support! It means more than you know!

Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review!

Last month, I entered the Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest. I won’t know until September about the awards part of the contest, but I did receive a 5-Star Review!

As an author, I am so excited to share this with you! It feels like a dream come true.

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New Monthly Newsletter!

This month, I published my first monthly newsletter, entitled THE HAVEN NEWS.

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For those who’ve read my newsletter for March 2020 already know this. I am in the process of planning to begin a podcast or similar video series.

For the podcast, I am planning on talking about biblical, family, miscarriage, and life as we know it.

Stay tuned to the April 2020 Newsletter for more details!

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!! Your encouragement means so much to be and motivates me to keep going forward. God bless!

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“What’s So Wonderful About Webster?” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

What’s So Wonderful About Webster?, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, is a children’s book with a powerful message.

Content

Webster, a fourth-grader, and his class have field day coming up. He is so nervous, because he doesn’t know what event or race he is good at.

Webster struggles with fear, insecurities, and jealousy of others’ abilities. he even tries to copy his classmates abilities, but he fails yet again.

It isn’t until Field Day arrives, that Webster finds his true ability and gift from God, and the power of his and his parents’ prayers.

Recommendation

This is a valuable lesson for any child, to know their value and worth in the eyes of our Creator God, and we don’t have to be someone else to be special or important. I highly recommend this well-written, well-illustrated masterpiece!

About the Authors

Alex Kendrick

Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations.

After serving in church ministry for 20 years, he now writes, speaks and produces Christian films with his brothers, Stephen and Shannon.

Alex directed the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel and cowrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer.

He has been interviewed by “Fox & Friends,” CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film foundation. He and his wife, Christina, live in Albany, GA with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church.

Stephen Kendrick

After serving in church ministry for 20 years, Stephen now writes, speaks and produces Christian films with his brothers, Alex and Shannon.

Stephen produced the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel and co-wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer.

He has been interviewed by “Fox & Friends,” CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film foundation. He and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Ga. with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church.

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“Recovered” by Robby Gallaty

Recovered, by Robby Gallaty, is a captivating read, no doubt about it!

From class clown, to drug addict and dealer, to pastor, Robby’s story is sure to wow and inspire readers at the same time. Pastor David Platt, who wrote the forward for the book, is also part of Gallaty’s salvation story.

Content

Recovered is not only Gallaty’s testimony of how his life hit rock bottom, but his proclamation of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and grace.

I love how he incorporates what happened, and his reflections now, sharing how he can see God working, even in the darkest of moments.

Recommendation

I highly recommend this book for those readers who have family members struggling with drug addiction.

This book gives and insider perspective and could be useful.

Disclaimer: is very specific about Gallaty’s dealings as an addict, so use caution and discernment when sharing with an addict or past addict.

About the Author

Robby was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002.

Eight months later, a young seminary student named David Platt asked Robby to meet weekly for accountability, prayer, and Bible study.

For the next 2 years, David instilled a passion for missions, expository preaching, and disciple-making in Robby’s life.

After going back to school and earning his Masters of Divinity, Robby launched Replicate Ministries to equip local churches to make disciples who make disciple-makers. The Disciple’s Study Bible is the tool he’s designed to help do that.

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Resetting Expectations

A Birthday Party Story

Picture this. Your daughter has a birthday party coming up. Their 3rd birthday, and you want to make it as special as possible.

To prepare, you plan a month in advance for this birthday party. You even ask your birthday girl what she wants for the cupcakes and decorations. Things are going so well!

Shopping

Finally, it is time to shop and bake. You take your birthday girl to the store to buy decorations and party favors for her friends. Don’t forget the special, helium-inflated birthday balloons, matching the party theme.

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Your cart is so full, you wonder how over-the-top this party is getting. Your fears are confirmed, when the checkout lady literally says to you, “You are overdoing this, Mom.”

You know she’s right, but don’t want to admit it to a total stranger.

Party Favors and Cupcakes

The week of, you, the birthday girl, and her siblings, all work together to put the party favor bags together. The excitement on their faces is so inspiring, more for the candy than anything else, you know these are perfect for your guests.

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Two days before the party, you bake the cupcakes. The night before, you make the extra cupcake decorations, so they are ready for the morning of, when you freshly frost and decorate them.

You place them in the fridge, and you feel a sigh of relief and accomplishment.

Decorating

Last but not least, you stay up until midnight, with your tired husband, decorating. You start to pull out all of the decorations you purchased with the birthday girl, and your husband gives a sigh and intense eye-roll.

It takes hours to perfectly decorate with the party signage, party favors, streamers, balloons, even a large, plastic mural background for pictures and added scenery for effect.

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The Perfect Party

Finally, you’re done. Perfectly planned, purchased, and executed birthday party plan. You slip into bed, relieved, and happily anticipating the next morning.

You can’t wait to see the look on your birthday girl’s face when she beholds all your work for her party. You hope she feels as special as you know she is.

The Twist

Then it hits. The screaming, vomiting, and complete misery from – guess who? The birthday girl herself.

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The stomach flu or some similar, awful virus has hit your house, literally hours before the party is supposed to start.

You have to break it to your precious, birthday girl that her party is cancelled and now she has to spend her birthday sleeping and drinking water – no cupcakes.

Reality Stings Sometimes

As you might have guessed, this happened to me and my family last week for one of our daughter’s birthday. Let me tell you, it has been a rough week for all of us.

However, somehow God used this atrocious sickness to change something in my mind and heart.

As her mom, I was not only buying and doing things for her to make her feel special, but to show off to our guests, “Hey, look at me and what I can do? I’m such a great mom, aren’t I?”

My Aching Heart

Wow, that was a slap in the face and a prick in my heart. In my heart, I had let pride and the fear of insignificance drive me to spend more money, time, and energy than necessary.

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Also, I realized I was justifying my behavior with a false sense of what my daughter actually expected and wanted for her party.

I knew exactly what she wanted. We had planned it together, and the plan itself was pretty simple.

In my own prideful heart, I was making her party about me. How selfish is that?

The Real Party

Now, tonight is the night before her party. We have rescheduled it for tomorrow.

Most of the decorations we left up from decorating last week, but not all have stayed on the wall. The cupcakes are done and decorated, but I let my daughters help me, instead of pushing them away, and doing it alone.

For my daughter’s sake, and for my own good, I laid down my expectations of attention, glory and honor from my efforts as her mom. God is teaching me to be content in the simple, not frantic in the complex.

Finally, the party did not go according to my perfect little plan. To be honest, I’m glad it didn’t. I had more prepared and done last week, so I can just relax and enjoy my daughter growing up.

God’s plan is always better than my plan. If I am not careful, I will trade fear and anxiety for peace and joy in the Lord.

Which will you choose today, your finite plan or God’s perfect plan?

Scripture

These verses really helped change my expectations this week. I hope they help you, too.

Proverbs 3:5-12 ESV

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”