A Life Hidden in Christ

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest blessings that come from a life hidden in Christ is the security He gives you.

You don’t have to be in charge of dishing out justice or leveling the score. You don’t have to fret when someone gets what you want or doesn’t treat you like they should have.

And goodness, there is freedom in this. You can trust that the grace of Jesus has given you far more than you could ever articulate. If you really understand this grace, you’ll want to extend that grace to everyone.

Trust that having and being Jesus is so much better than the bitter endeavor to set all things right. Trust that He is your Portion and that nobody can reduce that. Trust that His grace has covered more ugliness in you than you can even acknowledge.

Now that doesn’t mean you won’t battle some hard emotions about it. It means that when you do, His Spirit can transform these insecurities and help you walk through them. Ask Jesus for help.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10


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Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Rom 5:6  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.


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(The following graphics were made by me for a friend while doing my review of this website and are not for anyone else’s use or sharing) these are my own personal work and placed here as examples only.

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My Thoughts

   I have to say that I really enjoy this site and this service that they offer!  They have Custom Creator for graphics design and Custom Video Creator for promotional videos.

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” Time is money!”

Being able to create highly effective graphics for promotions yourself without hiring a graphic artist can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars yearly.  I know I use to hire my webmistress to do a lot of my artwork years ago! I use to pay $25 even for a small button for my website and that was 20 years ago and over $1000 for a simple website!  So you see Artwork is not cheap and here we are 20 years later and the prices have gone up and as I well know in my line of work, the demand has risen also!

We all need to see the value in the time one spends on creating art for the purpose of promotion!  Everyone’s time is very valuable! So whether your the Author, the Artist or a Blogger, your time is worth something and I believe this website and its services will save you money as you strive to create the best promotional artwork!

It will also save you time, giving you more time to spend with your family or doing other fun and enjoyable things in life!

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Graphics Creation and Ease of Use

I was able to create some very nice graphics without much instruction.  I did find a few things more challenging but with Book Brush’s tutorial videos, it was so easy to learn to use all the advantages this site offers in the creative process.

I was able to create clear and highly effective graphics for use on several platforms in just a short amount of time.   I think this would be easy enough for any author to use.  But if you are pressed for time it would be ok to allow someone like myself to make these for you, for book promotion.  So easy a kid could use this!!! 

Honestly,  I have seen some authors, as well as bloggers, that have no clue what is eye appealing and this could sadly cause the loss of many sales. It is not always easy for some to see what is truly eye appealing and what will sell a book!  And some folks just have no artistic ability in this area…  Always ask when you are not sure! 

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This site has an area for creating videos for promotion and I can see where they could be used for reviews of bloggers on their website or on youtube as well.  

 

I really liked this site for graphics creation, it is a great site for even the novice.

 

 

 

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“We All Make Mistakes”

“We All Make Mistakes”

Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”

“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel


Spirit of God Bible Review

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The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

 

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About the Author

Author Bio:   Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

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Illustrator Bio:  Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

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Review

I know that many parents are looking for books that really catch their children’s eye and are appealing.  From the moment we opened the box we were intrigued. The beautiful cover had a sparkle and shine that would be very appealing to children.  Each story showing a swirl of light where the Holy Spirit of God had come to those in the story, this let the children know that God was with those who lived during this time.  ( I explained that to the kids before reading to them, as seen above. )  As a Christian parent, I want my children to know when God was present with those we are reading about in the Bible. Sometimes it is not so apparent when just reading to small children from a regular bible and they may miss and not understand that God is ever with us and his Spirit is there to help, guide, comfort and praise those living according to the Word.

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I so loved this children’s Spirit of God Bible that I gifted my copy to my niece and nephew while they were here with me this summer.  They loved it!

(Here is Kendra Holding it ) She has such a sweet spirit and is so loving, she enjoys sitting on your lap to hear the stories!

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A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman

After Tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, home, and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart?

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Author Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta is a very down to earth, caring person and a sweet friend to all who know her. She never lacks to bring touching stories that will warm the heart, even when sadness or loss is at the heart of a story.  You will really enjoy her Full of Grace Fiction. Her sweet and caring character shines through all her wonderful stories.

All her books are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

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My Thoughts on this book…

A Widow’s Hope is a sweet and touching story of a young widow and her handicapped son and also a story about a young man who bears his own scars of his parent’s death. Though these two know each other from their past, they hardly thought they would see each other again. Will pain keep them from finding love? or will all the hurt from the past keep them apart?

I really liked the characters in this story, especially Hannah’s mother who seems to have some wisdom about things and is looking out for what is best for Hannah. Being a mom I can relate to her and her wanting to see her daughter not grieving for too long over the death of her husband. Also for her and her husbands love for Hannah and her son who now live with them.

This story touched my heart as I was/am grieving the loss of two of the most spiritual men in my life. Grief is not always hard to go through and letting go of the past and forging a new future is hard. Doing it with children seems even harder, though they are more resilient and more accepting of new things at times.

I believe anyone who is dealing with loss, grief or who deals with a disability would really grow from reading this story. It is a book for everyone in the family to enjoy! Vannetta as always brings us a heartwarming story for all ages. You won’t be disappointed by this first book in her Amish Brides series.

~ Linda Marie ~

 


Oh Lissa, Daddy’s Calling…

 

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Oh Lissa, Daddy’s Calling…

by Linda Marie Finn

Oh Lissa, can’t you see what is missing… Daddy’s calling out to you to find your way…
Oh Lissa, can’t you hear him…He is begging you to turn and walk away…

Turn away, take a stand… Peace and Contentment doesn’t come from worldly man…
Turn and run to the one who can… give you love like no other can…

Oh Lissa, can’t you can’t you see what’s missing…Daddy’s calling out to you to find your way…
Oh Lissa, can’t you hear him… He is begging you to turn and walk away…

If you stay, they will run you down… Happiness will not be found…
Turn and run…To the one who can… Help you like no other can… Today…

Oh Lissa, can’t you see whats missing… Daddy’s calling out to you to find your way…
Oh, Lissa can’t you hear him… He is begging you to turn and walk away…

So many there to help you, yet they seem to be lacking too…
They lack a real affection and love to follow through…
They are leaving you there to flounder… in satans deceptive web…

Leaving you to wish that you were dead…

Oh Lissa, can’t you see whats missing… Daddy’s calling out to you to find your way…
Oh Lissa, can’t you hear him… He is begging you to turn and walk away…

Come Back Home… To the One Who Cares… Let Him Do What No One Can… Guide you with His Loving Hand…Today! 

 

            For my sweet friend Melissa…


Lazy Days of Summer $250 Giveaway !

Lazy Days of Summer $250 Giveaway

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My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict by Murray Pura

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When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, but he refuses to enlist when the war breaks out. How can she remain true to a man being labeled a coward? When the war comes to her back door in an epic battle, the greatest challenges to her faith and love are yet to come.

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Murray Andrew Pura was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986, Pura has served five churches in Canada and headlined numerous speaking engagements in Canada and the United States. He has five books published, was a contributor to the Life With God Bible, has been a finalist for The Paraclete Fiction Award, The Dartmouth Book Award, and The John Spencer Hill Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Kobzar Literary Award of Canada

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Release Date: November 1, 2018

I am so looking forward to this Novel!

Murray is my favorite male author of Christian Fiction!

Linda Marie


Home School Navigator Review

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Grab a cup of coffee!  I want to share with you today about our review of Home School Navigator. After thoroughly looking over the site and getting a really good feel for the program, I want to share what this could do for you and your children! Home School Navigator is a Reading and Language Arts Curriculum, a full curriculum including plans, teaching videos, and handouts that go along with the program. This curriculum is designed for elementary grades. This is a video, printable, online web-based site to use for the study of English Language Arts. ( Reading, Writing & Grammar ) This program allows you to save your child’s work and it is there to use as a portfolio for your child’s evaluation that you can save and print out for the end of the school year.  Each learning level is represented by color and geared toward a certain set of books and lessons for the corresponding Level to be learned from. each level includes:
· A 36 Week Course
· Daily Reading, Writing, and Word Study Lesson Plan
· 60 Instructional Videos
· Word Study Program (including word wall headings, cards, and games)
· Activities That Encourage Multiple Learning Styles
· Monthly Skills Checklist
· Portfolio Maintenance
· Monthly Goal Sheet/Portfolio Check-In
· Downloadable Review Games
· Interactive Notebooks

Many of the books can be found at your local library, online in pdf files or purchased online, but some are available as videos on youtube where your child can listen to it being read to them.

My Review

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Issue Resolved

We were given the ability to check out several levels during the first few weeks of this review. Due to family health issues, we got signed in later and I had less time to try out the levels. I was not able to try to adjust the levels. When I first tried to do this I found no way to adjust the level that I became locked into and found no phone number or way to contact the website for assistance.  I was given information to contact them and when I did this they promptly replied and added the email to the website for future support. They also addressed my issue of needing to change the level and fixed that for me. So I was very happy with the quick reply and issue resolved!

At first, I signed into the Green Level for Daniel and proceeded to try to check out the Yellow Level just for the review, but the lower level for Daniel seemed even more inappropriate for his reading level.  But at this time keeping him at the higher level doesn’t seem to be working for him either.  I think this is due to his always reading historical fiction and books that deal with learning a topic like coding, computers or a book that deals with one topic.  His interests lie in technological things and computer stuff!

Every child is unique and at a different level of learning. Also, children develop a like for certain books versus other books.

Being an adult I can see the benefits of using this program for learning. I feel bad that my kids just didn’t take well to it.  I hope you will check it out and see if it would be a good fit for your children.  It is very complete in content for the year and full of so many educational things to do. I am going to try again to get the children interested in this program, we were just going through a lot at this present time and I think all the changes in things we were using and life happening has just got them a bit to stressed right now.

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