NKJV Woman’s Study Bible Review and Giveaway

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Today, I have a review of the new NKJV Woman’s Study Bible for you, so keep reading to hear my thoughts.  Also be sure to enter the giveaway to win this Bible plus some fun other prizes that goes along with the giveaway.

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

 

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.  Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

-Beautiful full-color design throughout

-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women

-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes

-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues

-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy

-Book introductions and outlines

-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees

-Quotes from godly women throughout history

-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world

-Topical index

-Concordance

My Review

First off, it’s obviously the first thing you notice – just how BEAUTIFUL and PRETTY this Bible is?!!?  ROSE colored gilded pages?!?!  Yeah, that got me for sure!It really is a gorgeous design – I love the cloth over board version (they have it in other covers as well) with the flowers and pink colors. Something else you notice immediately upon opening up this Bible is that it is full color – not just color inserts or just a hint of color here or there, but on every page, and it just all flows and aesthetically is very pleasing.

In our evening church services we’ve been focusing on Esther lately, so I decided to focus a bit on Esther for this review.  Each book has beautiful (do you sense a word I keep using, haha) book introductions.

There are also Character Profiles scattered throughout and articles on relevant issues

Overall, this is a BEAUTIFUL Bible for any woman… and with Mother’s Day approaching, graduations coming up, this would be the perfect gift for that woman or girl in your life.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above!

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Plexus

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Continuing our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways….

Giveaway #3 (there will probably be a total of 7, so stick around because there are lots of realllly great goodies still to come)

You’ve read about my favorite product of the year, and so how fitting that it should be today’s giveaway, right?

I know, I know, I *know* this sounds are corny as corn chowder, but it is true that these products have changed my life!

So I’ll let you go read that post where I gushed about Plexus above but I’ll also share a bit of info on this post.

But first off, I get this all…the…time – people who are healthy minded and somehow think Plexus doesn’t line up with their view of health.  A Plexus sister of mine said it so eloquently so I am sharing her words here:

“If you came to my house right now, you would see that we use coconut oil for everything, we use natural laundry detergent, my kids take fermented cod liver oil, we don’t do food dyes or artificial sweeteners and we are huge kombucha drinkers.
I am painting a picture for you of the way we view our bodies and what we put into them. Why does this matter?? We are a Plexus family and their products line up with our family’s decisions about health. Plexus Slim is a natural product for the masses that doesn’t artificially make you feel good from caffeine and stimulants. It is sweetened with stevia and is gluten and GMO free.
Do I wish we could get all of our nutrients from food? Sure!!!!! But the reality is that we need supplements to fill in the missing spaces of our diet. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. I do not advocate quick fixes or diets…I advocate minds changed, resetting the body and balancing blood sugar. This is my 22nd month using Plexus products and my body has never been healthier.”

Plexus addresses 3 really keys to our health, that I feel everyone should be aware of and do whatever they can to improve these areas – Gut health, Inflammation, and Blood sugar balance.  So so key to so so many issues we face as individuals, families, and as a nation as a whole in our health story.  People ask me – or usually tell me, haha- that they don’t need to lose weight, and therefore, Plexus isn’t right for them. I have to kindly let them know that the Slim (the Plexus product Plexus is most known for) is all about balancing.  If a person is at a good healthy weight, it won’t make them lose weight.  It works at balancing the blood sugar, which in turn helps the body function so much better, and when the body functions so much better, then weight is just naturally stabilized to a healthy range.  And speaking of weight since I’m talking about that now, haha, some people lose weight very fast and virtually effortlessly (my dad for instance…he’s lost over 25 pounds without really trying since he started the TriPlex (Slim, Biocleanse, and Probio5).  He didn’t eat horribly before, he actually ate pretty healthy because he was one of those people that isn’t real picky and will eat whatever’s in front of him, and my mom has always cooked healthily.  But he noticed a very quick difference in that he actually desired salads and squash and cabbage – where before he would just eat whatever, now he looked forward to eating healthy foods).  But for others, it isn’t quite as fast or dramatic.  For myself, for instance, I feel I have been healing so very much in my body, and I can’t wait for the weight component of it to kick in more, and I also have to do my part with eating good and exercising and not use Plexus as an excuse for poor decisions. I know apparently others areas of my health have taken precedence, and I am just sooo thrilled with that and actually have such a great outlook and hope for what will come!  If someone were to ask me “What should I take?”, my hands-down answer would be the TriPlex combo.  And if you’re dealing with chronic/acute pain, also add in Ease.

With their 60-day money-back guarantee, it is the perfect Christmas gift to give yourself or to someone you love – it is truly a gift that gives back.  Or if you are wanting to save the most plus share with your loved ones and make it your business, this is the easiest and most generous company I have ever been with (I haven’t been with that many, but I was with one other direct sales company, and while I loved their products and the company, it wasn’t as easy or as generous as Plexus).  It literally costs you only $34.95 to join as an Ambassador – you have no monthly website fees, but you get your own website for people to order from.  You don’t have any monthly minimums or quotas you have to make in order to still get the discounted rate.  You have no product you have to stock.  And you have an amazing team that is growing like crazy and has some of the most kind generous and authentic ladies and gents in the world on it (okay, so I may be slightly biased, but I was blown away with all the help and kindness).

CHECK OUT PLEXUS

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The Nativity Story

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Hope you all are having a good start to the weekend.  I have a fun weekend planned, with family and harp music involved, which to me is always a great combination.

Don’t forgot to enter the giveaway #1 of the Christmas giveaways.

And today, there is a giveaway #2 – Kristin from Exploring Domesticity is hosting a fun giveaway for what sounds like yummy comfort food, so head on over and enter.

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Keep your eyes open because it won’t be too long before giveaway #3 is announced.  (There won’t be 12 giveaways, but the giveaways will run over the course of these 12 days, if you were curious/wondering).

Any fun – even if mundane – things happen lately?  Today, I went to a surplus store – which is so fun to go “scout out” what you can find…only problem is, yes, the cookies were organic and gluten free and would have cost a lot lot more at another store, but did I really need 2 boxes?!   Therein lies the problem of the surplus store.  It’s a love/hate thing.  But you can’t beat iceberg lettuce for $0.50 a head or a 3-pack of romaine for $1.50, so I’m telling myself that made up for the cookie indiscretions.  🙂

Do you have any Christmas movie traditions?  Mine would be watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas Eve, and watching “The Nativity Story” at some point leading up to Christmas.  This evening I watched that and just thought of something I’m sure I’ve known, but just dawned on me (Don’t you love when that happens?  The Bible never gets old!).  So the shepherds in the fields – when the birth was announced to them and they left the fields to find him, they were literally leaving their occupation, their way of making money because I’m sure many, if not all, of the sheep would have wondered off by the time they returned.  But none of that mattered.  Something – no, someOne – was more important and required their worship.  That just struck me while watching the movie this evening.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend – do something fun! 🙂

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Charise Noel Jewelry

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I’m so excited to share about this giveaway series – I’ve joined together with some other amazing bloggers and we will be having various giveaways over the next 12 days – each giveaway being open for 1 week, with the final giveaway ending on Christmas day!  Today’s giveaway is one I am super excited about because I am loving it and think so many of you will too, either for yourself or to gift to someone special in your life.

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I heard about Charise Noel from a friend, who heard about her from a friend,…  Her designs are just so pretty, classic, simple, and feminine, and I just love how easy they are to wear – no annoying tiny clasp that takes 18749 seconds to clasp.

Charise was kind enough to allow me to ask her some questions regarding her jewelry and her company:

Q: How did you get started with Charise Noel Jewelry? 

I never thought I would make jewelry as my passion and purpose in life.   Growing up I wasn’t interested in fashion.   I was interested in helping others.  However, I started making jewelry when I had both of my feet operated on at the same time and needed something to keep my hands busy since I couldn’t walk and was going crazy!  A friend gave me her tools and pearls because she thought she would make jewelry, but she found she never had the time.   As a 6th and 7th grade math and science teacher, I had put a mathematical equation together using the principals of the pulley system to eliminate the dainty clasp on delicate necklaces.  I had done this because my mom, who was a stage 4 breast cancer survivor, had lost dexterity in both hands and couldn’t wear her favorite jewelry any more.  I took the equation that I had already figured out and the tools and materials that my friend had given to me and thought I would see if my equation worked.  I sat and pieced the materials together and what I saw in my head I miraculously could make with my hands.  I made my first pearl necklace for my mom to try and the equation worked!

Q: Is there a creative process you go through to deciding what new designs are added to your collection?
Yes, I am a story teller with jewelry.  I make jewelry that is the easiest to wear and includes everyone.  The saying “the more the merrier” is a mantra for me.  I want everyone to be included in my jewelry, to find a necklace and say “this is me”.  If I have a purpose, a story, a cause, anything that is lovely and redemptive, then I get inspired from it and want to express that in my jewelry.  I draw inspiration for my jewelry designs from scripture and from people’s life stories, like my friend and actress Venda who has struggled with diabetes since childhood.  There are endless inspiring stories and causes.  I am blessed to be an artist who can portray the difficulties and hardships of life as beautiful jewelry.

I have needed a new creative perspective from time to time, like when ladies kept asking for a necklace that had charms.  And I would tell them “NO, I’m not a charm-y girl.”  I like individual charms, however when you put a cluster of charms together, it looks cluttered and makes noise . . . two things I don’t like.  So when I created my Magic line, it was my solution to the request of customers for charms.  I had to open my mind up to creating a charm necklace that I would like.  I don’t call them charms, though.  I call them Magic Endings, because they dangle off the ends but the individual endings are easily seen.  Now ladies get to collect Magic Endings that represent their favorite things in life, and I get to make a necklace that is elegant and simple.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about owning your own business? 

One word…Perseverance.  You make money and lose money, face obstacles and figure out solutions, and accept failures as graciously as you enjoy successes.  When you are building a business it can get messy.  There is no such thing as a perfectly happy story without mistakes and or tough lessons.  Although it is your own business, nobody can do it all on their own.  We need the help and support of others.  The decisions are yours and yours alone, because you have to be able to live with the outcome.  However, when there is a need, a calling, a purpose that is bigger than YOU, then you are not alone in it.  There is a need to work with others and allow God to do the impossible through you.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about owning your own business?

I am passionate about making jewelry that is the easiest you have ever used, regardless of your age or physical ability.  When I see a 3 year old who doesn’t know how to tie their own shoelaces, or a 93 year old with poor eyesight and trembling hands, easily put my necklace on and take it off by them self, my purpose is complete and that is success!  I just feel like screaming “SEE, YOU DID IT” but I don’t have to, because the first thing that comes out of their mouth is even more precious.  They look at me with wonder and say “I DID IT”!

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Charise sent me a Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) as well as a Solitaire Magic Necklace with Magic Endings to review, and I am over the moon about them.  I have worn both, and they are so versatile.  Surprisingly, even though the Teresa has a pink/peach hue to it, it goes with so many outfits and has a beautiful mother of pearl/iridescent quality to it.  Here is the story behind the Teresa: “The Teresa necklace was designed for my Aunt who has crippling  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for her to wear a dainty necklace every day that she can quickly do herself.  The pink color is for joy and the coin pearls lay flat because she is dear to my heart.”  Isn’t that just lovely?  I love hearing the inspiration behind the creations – makes them more meaningful.

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The Solitaire Magic Necklace is also so very versatile.  Because of the design, it can be worn in more ways – as a simple necklace without using any Magic Endings.  Or you can put it on just like the Classic Beauty necklaces, and then attach the Magic Endings of your choice to the magnets and get such a variety of looks.  Her Magic Endings also are used in her Magic Earrings, so even more functionality and swapability there!

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Would you like to win your own Teresa Classic Beauty necklace (22″) AND a Magic Necklace with 2 sets of Magic Endings?!?! Your Magic Set will come with the Solitaire Magic Necklace plus the pearl drop Magic Endings and an angel wing with blue gray bead Magic Endings, which equals 3 different necklaces plus the Teresa (plus who says you have to wear both the pearls or both the wings together – you could do one of each for a fourth look). Just enter the giveaway below for a chance to win big!  🙂  (here are pics of the actual Teresa necklace you will win, as well as the Angel Wings Magic Endings, the Solitaire Magic Necklace by itself, and the Pearl Magic Endings.)

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Also, as if Charise hasn’t been  generous enough, she has graciously given a code – LeafyNotBeefy – that is good for 72 hours from now for 50% off everything in her shop!!!  Yes, 50% off!!  These would make great gifts!

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Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall Review/Giveaway

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Starving Hearts

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage.

She yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter’s faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

Will Annette’s search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall’s book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

MY THOUGHTS:

So much to love about this story – It is *not* an everything-is-perfect, boy-meets-girl, they-fall-in-love-and-live-happily-ever-after story.  It is how your faith and strength is tested in the hardest of circumstances, when all seems to be lost, and you don’t know how anything will be okay again story – which means that redemption is a theme I picked up on in this book as well as trust.

In many books, there are at least some characters or something in the story itself that is a bit unrealistic or something that kind of sticks out to you as not being right, and usually the story is otherwise written well enough that you overlook it.  However, I really didn’t think that about any of the story – the dialogue, the characters, the plots throughout…all seemed very much believable and they all flowed together seamlessly.  There also wasn’t any confusion on my part as I read it, going back and forth between characters (admittedly, that’s something I frequently struggle with in books…keeping things/characters straight).

While there are several characters who are quite unlikeable, the two main characters are both very likeable.  Annette has her health, her mother, and her potential arranged marriage to concern her, while Peter has to search his soul and come to terms with many things going on in his family and the business he didn’t want to play a part in.  They both experience very deep losses that make you wonder how a person could manage to keep on going. I especially loved the strong character  Janine gave Peter- no weakness or sit back and let whatever happen happen.  He is a very godly man who has a strength of character that is so refreshing.  Without giving away any of the ending, this story has a lot of everything and you don’t really know what’s going to happen until the end (you have your guesses, but keep reading!).

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine’s blog.

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