Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Love Well by Jamie George {Book Review & Giveaway!}

About Love Well by Jamie George
Do you feel stuck? There is a way to get moving again. A path to a life of grace, peace, and deeper faith is up ahead. In Love Well, you will discover how to get unstuck. You will be equipped to set boundaries and build long-lasting, meaningful relationships. Ours is not a condemnation story but rather an adventurous love story. Through deeply personal reflections and stories, Jamie George speaks candidly regarding his lack of faith in organized religion and his struggle to survive in a broken marriage. Jamie weaves his own story through ancient tales and sprinkles in enough pop culture anecdotes to keep you coming back for more. You will laugh and you will cry. And if you follow his twelve prompts, you will experience a life filled with a lot less pressure and a lot more fun.

A few thoughts on Love Well "Living Life Unrehearsed and Unstuck":
  • easy read
  • entertainingly written
  • Jamie (a pastor) does not try to have the answer or 'be perfect', but shares how God spoke to him through his own difficulties 
  • many many thought provoking quotes through out the book (honestly-more than I would have chosen. I always prefer more scripture.)
  • has an underlining story of how his marriage was broken and restored (kept me interested.)
  • could be encouragement for either husband, wife, or single person; especially those raised in an American church culture.
  • Jamie uses a 12 prompt system: principles not a formula (it is not over done to where the reader feels like they can't move on if they didn't accomplish each one perfectly.) 
  • I know this sounds odd, but he purposely spaced the text for the reader to absorb truth and read throughly.
Jamie George founded The Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee in 2006 as a safe haven for the “religiously wounded.” Acclaimed worship band, All Sons & Daughters, was birthed in this faith community. In addition to writing Love Well, George is co-authoring a curriculum with New York Times best-selling novelist Karen Kingsbury. Jamie lives with his wife and four children and serves the community of Franklin, Tennessee.

If Love Well sounds enjoyable to you, it would definitely be worth adding to your reading collection. :) One of my readers will be given a FREE copy to enjoy on its Release Date: August 1st. Please just enter the Rafflecopter below and be sure to spread the word. Giveaway will end in only ONE WEEK!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Priscilla is 5 months old!; Summer Life and THM Update :)

Summer is flying by..

My two oldest return home after being gone for two weeks at Space Camp...
Baby Chicks are here..
Jack got his first haircut..
Had our first hurricane of the season..
Hadassah got her first haircut!
Jason turned eight years old! :)
Kids finally did all their testing..
Fire works have come and gone..

and it has been five months since God gave us a precious new gift~ Little Priscilla June.
Her personality is already shining in our family of nine. I am amazed after having seven children, God designs a new little Buckout.. completely different from the rest.

She was a go-getter in the womb and continues to surprise us with her strength!

One of her family given nick names "Munchie" because she like to MUNCH. Anything she can grab for especially mommy she will bite and suck on. She rolled over the other day and is my first baby who actually likes tummy time. She loves girl time with her big sisters too. Baby talk is her specialty.

Love her. Love her.. LOVE her.

My new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is going wonderful! I have lost 20 lbs and can't believe I am only 1 pound away from the 140's!!! The first time in 12 years. Whoot!

My favorite "go to" foods are: Wasa and Laughing Cow Cheese; Homemade Oatmeal with berries and Greek Yogurt, any Veggies (esp Kale) with Eggs; I LOVE Protein Shakes.. I made a new Lemon one, which is de-lish with this humid weather; and since I purchased a coffee family has now discovered my Skinny Chocolate with almonds :)

I found this lovely blogger and for the first time have been enjoying more THM desserts. Her lemon muffins and coffee cake are YUMMY.

Year Round Homeschool life has started. I feel as busy as ever. YET-Day by day.. by His grace alone!

she loves having big sis home!

20 more baby chicks!

 happy bday JASON!
 a few of the new crew to keep our egg supply up this summer

 fourth of july with our neighbor miss maggie
 seventh child- put an apple on a fork
 her haircut went much easier!

the oldest and the youngest :)

 love eating this and still able to lose weight.
fresh eggs, kale, and tomatoes from our backyard!

In Him,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin DVD: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins {Giveaway and Review!}

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful movie. Period.

I did not know much about Rich Mullins before Sean and I reviewed Ragamuffin. All I knew is my husband liked his music and recalled Mullins died tragically in a car accident when we were in high school. 

Rich Mullins, whom is mostly famous for the song, "Our God is an Awesome God" has an amazing testimony on how he came to understand the unfailing love of God. He loved God deeply and honestly. He failed many times over... stumbling through years of alcohol addictions, depression, and his need for true companionship. 

I found myself laughing (and crying) during the movie. While watching, it was obvious Rich Mullins  had a simplicity which Sean and I identified with and loved.  Especially our personal experience being "in ministry" for 10 years. 

Loved this quote from Wikipedia: "His faith can be understood by a quote he gave at a concert shortly before his death. He stated that:
Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken-hearted.."
Michael Koch also did an amazing job as Rich Mullins in Ragamuffin. I am very impressed especially since I read he was new to the acting scene! I was curious how the music would be tied in the acting (dubbed over?), but NO he sung every Rich Mullins song himself. Rich was all about Jesus and Michael Koch allowed this to shine through. If Rich was alive today I have no doubt he would be pleased with this movie.

As far as this being a "family" movie, my opinion definitly for children 12 years and up (due to the struggles with drinking and emotional elements of depression.) Of course there is no nudity in the film, but the word damn is used quite often. 

Here is the sneak peak on the trailer! :D

Or do you know personally someone who could benefit? 
They would be blessed!

Also, I would love for you to WIN a free copy  you can by entering the give away below. :) Giveaway ends in 2 WEEKS!

About the Film:
RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion
and conformity.

About Rich Mullins:
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “RichMullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, John Tesh, and Hillsong United. Mullins’ musical career formally began with Zion Ministries in the late 1970s, where he wrote music and performed with a band called Zion.  Mullins first solo hit, “Awesome God,” appeared on his third album and brought his music to a wider audience. Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

Film Testimonials:
Rich was a gifted songwriter with an amazing heart for people. This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world. His was a heart yearning for God.”

- Michael W. Smith
Singer, Songwriter

“This film captures the life of one of the most important people in the history of modern evangelicalism, a ragamuffin that our children and our grandchildren need to know about.” -Shane Claiborne
Author, Activist

Church Screening Tour:
Thanks to a nationwide church-screening tour from January through May 2014, RAGAMUFFIN traveled to 200 screens where it was seen by over 25,000 people at churches, college campuses and even jails.
**Soundtrack also available July 22nd featuring Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash and more! Plus 2 NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins recorded in the early 70’s!**

Release Date: 7/8/14
Run-Time: 137 minutes
Writer/ Director: David Schultz
Dove Seal: Faith-Based with Caution
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Distributor: Capitol Christian Distribution

For fun, here is a great YouTube video of the man himself: ENJOY GOD. FOR HE IS GOOD! :)

In Him,

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Killed a Snake {a very big one!}

Sorry. I was not going to take time and "google" if this snake was poisonous or not... Most snakes in our neck of the woods are!

Jason came running inside terrified with the little ones. Sure enough, it was a big as they said... yup. the real deal.

This just happened to be Dad's full day at the office, so the killing it was up to me. Sean is terrified of snakes himself. Similar to my fear of spiders.

I took about 30 whacks with the shovel. With all my built up aggression, I put a small hole in the ground while I was at it!! 

Found out later that night it was not poisonous, but would have loved to eat our chicken eggs. NO thank you.

I came. I conquered.

Sean said next time I could use the shotgun, but I think that would have been a little too much overkill.. No pun extended. :)

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman... Genesis 3:14-15

 Elizabeth a couple hours later with very dead decapitated snake

Took this video shortly after my kill...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bumping Shoulders Constantly- the art of refinement

Nine people 
(4 homeschoolers, 2 toddlers, 1 infant, a homemaker, web designer/realtor daddy) 
 One 1100 sq ft home

bumped shoulders
usually constant noise
toddlers fighting
pre teens tattling
mess and more mess

but somehow 
and Jesus.
(at least that is what we pray for!)
He holds this home together.

Yes, I was inspired once again to write a blog on space. Aahhhh.. open space. Even the word is pleasant.
Inspired while trying to do my laundry I ran into 3 people literally in less than 2 minutes! At least we were all moving and getting our chores done, right?

A few years ago I wrote this blog on Beautifully Rooted: "God I am here!" At that time the fires were hot and I was embracing 8 people in 850 sq ft. You can see pictures of our old home here. I have more and more google hits on that post than practically any other!

As we are getting to know people here in NC, once again their jaws drop at the size of family, but a second time if they find out how we live!

I don't mind when people are dumbfounded by our living circumstances. I do avoid telling people. If we invite them over, I push away thought of what they might be thinking when they arrive... I just try to have the home clean.

I don't want to be proud. I am not -believe me. I am AMAZED at God. He alone has refined my need for more.

Does that mean I do not want more space? Certainly Not. Sean and I talk about adding on a bonus room all-the-time.  When I read my old blog post I rejoice, He has shown me how to live. I depend on God-my-Provider for every need.

Found this article and thought it was interesting. Here is a snapshot:

It makes me smile. :) Maybe we bump into each other a little too much. lol. A little too much "collaborating"! We transfer information all the time. Good behavior and unfortunately the bad.

Sean and I have to be careful how we interact.  I have to be careful how I interact with my toddlers. Especially when their high pitched screams make my neck squirm! My new weapon- the whisper rebuke. After 13 years of parenting, Michelle Duggar's advice hit home. I have no doubt all of our conflict will make a stronger family. I have faith God knows what He is doing. My job- not to loose it.

Oh, the simple things-

  • Praise God for our outdoor pool! A great way to get our energy.
  • Our garden and chickens. (We will have a totally of 31 by then end of the month! more on that later ;))
  • A second bathroom which is a temporary nursery!
  • Cupboards. Didn't have those in my last house.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Painted subfloors.
  • 8ft table with Daddy made benches
  • Financial provision! An online job I can work on when I nurse. So awesome.
  • (Hello!) A new to us van- given to us. wow. 
  • And a new sewing machine- thank you Mom!

Every need dear friends. He supplies all our needs by His glorious riches!
I may have a small home but serve a Big God,

even my bedroom (dad's office) is the center of activity

Priscilla is learning about noise and activity.
cutting a slit in a yogurt container. 
never knew money could be so much FUN!
why i do what i do.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Devotional: God's Promises for Tough Times by Jen Sheppard {Book Review!}

How often we do judge a book by its cover?! We live in such a visually stimulating environment and if it does not catch our attention we will turn a blind eye. Although, the cover is not "modern" you will not be disappointed by the simplicity of truth in Jen's devotions. 

I have read many devotionals and I always find it the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" story style disappointing. God's Promises For Tough Times: A Devotional For Bible Believers spells out what you'll read: His PROMISES for YOU-- Not fluffy unrelatable stories. Each of the 30 day short devotionals begin and end with a scripture relating and encouraging you from the text. 

Please, don't let your heart grow dry and hardened! Even if it is a quick moment or two this would be a perfect book to keep on hand along with your bible. (I even kept mine on the back of the toilet for a week ;) As a busy mom it is hard to find quiet time!) Almost everyone I know is enduring through hardship. Let us have God's word hidden in our heart no matter what trial is beholding us!

Jen's heart is to reclaim God's vision for the family and home but we all know this must begin with our relationship with the Lord. I look forward to possibly purchasing her two other books; Wise Woman Builds Her House: Encouragement for Christian Stay at Home Moms and A Biblical Home. To visit Jenn's Sheppard website click here.

God's Promises for Tough Times can be purchase on Amazon for only $13.49 or $2.99 for the Kindle Edition. Click on book link below

Author Bio:
Jen Sheppard is a wife, homeschooling mother, and inspirational writer. She challenges people to take up their cross, turn from worldly traditions, and get back to following the Lord in truth. She is also the author A Wise Woman Builds Her House: Encouragement for Christian Stay at Home Mothers

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Many thanks to Jenn Sheppard and the CWA Review Crew for letting me post this review!
In Him,

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Just a few days ago...

we saw a turtle...

 "silent E" went missing...

 jack was protecting mo...

cilla got a photo shoot by big sister...

 hadassah rode her bike with new training wheels...

elijah requested that I take a picture of his garden ;)...

 I flew to Oregon to see my Daddy...
Cilla got to meet her grand parents...
I stopped by my bothers gravesite...
went to broadway coffee house with these
lovely ladies...

 and loved on my big brother.

Oh, the boundless riches in Christ!
My life is a vapor, but eternally His.

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