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“IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so—until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing.”

This tag line aptly summarizes Priscilla Shirer’s uplifting devotional book, God Is Able. If right now you’re struggling because your problems are looming larger than the Lord’s presence in your life, you need this book!

God Is Able is a fast read. But not because it doesn’t have important things to say. It’s simply that Priscilla’s style is so down-to-earth and easy to take in, you’ll feel like you’re hearing from a good friend—one who has been where you’ve been and knows just what to say. It’s a godly, positive, pep talk that you can re-read as often as needed!

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(Don’t you love how the book fits right in with my Christmas decorations?)

Here’s an excerpt from God Is Able. Take a moment to read it, and let Priscilla’s words give you hope today.

From Priscilla: “No matter who you are, however old or young, there’s always at least one thing. That thing in your life that you can’t seem to escape or fix or solve . . . You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve begged. You’ve fretted. You’ve calculated . . .And honestly, you’re starting to seriously wonder now if God can do this, if He can do . . . It.

I’ve got a few Its myself.

In the midst of these various challenges and struggles that come together to threaten my sense of security, stability, and balance, I’ve found my worse fears confirmed.

I am insufficient, outmatched, and incapable of fixing everything.

Sometimes I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the day.

But I’ve also learned something else—something that changed my entire life.

God is able.”

See? A great pep talk! Here’s one of the many quotes I marked . . .

Priscilla Shirer 1aAs soon as you connect your current circumstances to your God, He raises a banner of hope in your mind & heart. ~Priscilla Shirer~  (Click to Tweet)

I am insufficient, outmatched & incapable of fixing everything. But God is able. ~Priscilla Shirer~  (Click to Tweet)

Sometimes I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the day. But God is able. ~Priscilla Shirer~  (Click to Tweet)

If you don’t want to wait for the results of the giveaway, you can grab a copy of God Is Able at this link. ***Thanks to Priscilla Shirer and Icon Media Group for providing a copy for me to review.

Priscilla Shirer 3About the Author: Priscilla Shirer is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Also a popular author, her books include the New York Times best seller The Resolution for Women, One in a Million, and Life Interrupted. Priscilla is married to Jerry with whom she founded Going Beyond Ministries. They have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.

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Would you be thrilled to meet 30 young ladies who are dedicated to living for God and giving voice to His work in their lives? Then let me introduce you to a group of writers who will give you hope for the future: Godly Girls for God.

Their Webzine, Godly Girls for God unites 30 writers, ages 11 to 25. They post devotionals and stories every Friday. Follow this link to peruse their site. If you know a young writer who might be interested in writing for the site, you’ll find an application here.

Their Purpose: “Our heart is to honor Christ with our writing and to let God speak through us in order to bring others to Christ. Everyone has a unique story. Everyone has experienced God’s work in their lives to get them to where they are today. We strive to keep the story going, by having real girls writing the truth.”

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Founder: This webzine is the brainchild of Hillary Beth Koenig. Hillary, now 24 and married, was 15 when the webzine really took off.

Why did Hillary gather these girl writers together? In Hillary’s words, “God has taught me that He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus. It was reinforced to me that we are not alone, and that we can find others going through very similar things. Satan’s biggest lie is that ‘no one else could possibly understand me.’ It isolates us in a way that makes it hard for us to open ourselves up to God, and others in healthy ways.”

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Their Book: The GGFG have published a book called Write for Him: The Story of Godly Girls for God. This is the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound by their writing hobby. The 25 young ladies featured in the book come from many different backgrounds and represent 10 different countries—Australia, Burundi, Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Russia, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and the United States.

The girls gathered their devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes into a book. The topics reflect how the girls put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth. The authors range in age from 11 to 24.

Follow this link to purchase or wish list Write for Him: The Story of Godly Girls for God.

GIVEAWAY: When Hillary contacted me about giving away a copy of her book, I was eager to share this opportunity with all of you. Enter below. I’ll give the name of the winner to Hillary & she’ll send out your book. Return next week to see who won!

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My bloggy friend Amber from Seasons of Humility lined up some of us to highlight an exciting new YA novel by Lena Goldfinch. Today I’m sharing a summary of the book and a link to a special giveaway. It’s open to all so please be sure to enter!

I haven’t read this story, but here’s the summary Amber shared with me: Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.

Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.

Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village—a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.

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Thanks for stopping by today, friends. Blessings!

Lena 480px 66About the Author: Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of “sigh-worthy” romance. You can connect with Lena here at her website, on Twitter, and on Goodreads.

Follow this link to purchase a copy of Songstone.

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Today, please welcome to my blog author Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Since book one, The Letters, in Suzanne’s new series, Inn at Eagle Hill, is about to release on August 1, Suzanne is hosting a scavenger hunt July 23 – August 1. And I’m one of the stops! Keep an eye on Suzanne’s blog for a clue as to that day’s scavenger-hunt stop and visit for a sneak peek at The Letters and the chance to win a copy of the book!

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“There’s an amusing storyline running through The Letters about an oh-so-proper Amish grandmother who allows her granddaughters to keep one book in the house (beside the Holy Bible and the Book of Martyrs, of course). The book is called A Young Woman’s Guide to Virtue and was published in 1948. The granddaughters find the book to be thoroughly old-fashioned and outdated, but surprisingly, they do pull wisdom from it as they navigate their own teenaged pitfalls. This grandmother had a way of getting her message across, loud and clear.

The Amish place great emphasis on the power of example. That’s one of the reasons children are included in all parts of Amish life—so they are constantly steeped in good modeling.

It’s encouraging to realize your example as a parent does go deep into your children’s development. Such awareness is a motivation, too, to be our best self at all times.

What changes for you today, knowing your child is watching and observing everything you do and say?” ~Suzanne~

GIVEAWAY: Suzanne is graciously giving away a copy of The Letters to one of my blog readers! Enter below & I’ll send the name of the winner to Suzanne. She’ll send out your copy!

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Suzanne Woods Fisher 34About the author: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her at her Facebook page and on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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“In a world where permissive misbehavior is more the rule than the exception—at a time when so many parents have opted out—Jill Rigby comes along with a marvelous ray of hope for all who have accepted the responsibility of guiding those who will lead the next generation.” ~H. B. London, VP of Focus on the Family~

Thanks to Howard Books, I was privileged to receive a copy of Jill Rigby’s Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World to review. My take on the book? What a gem! I plan to re-read her book before school begins & then share it with everyone I can. (This week I’m sharing a copy with one fortunate bloggy friend via Rafflecopter!)

How can you tell if this book will benefit you?
  • Are you helping your children find their purpose & teaching them to persevere in fulfilling that purpose?
  • Can you set boundaries without building walls between you and your children?
  • Are your methods of discipline instilling goodness in your children?
  • Are you doing all you can to protect & shield your children from the garbage of our culture?
  • Do you engage your children in meaningful activities?
  • Do you listen with your heart to your children’s needs?
  • Have you found contentment so your children can be filled with gratefulness?
  • Are you the person you want your children to become? Are you closer today than yesterday?
If you desire helpful hints and practical guidance in any of those areas, then you should read this book!

What this book taught me: There’s a big difference between Self-Esteem and Self-Respect. If we focus only on building self-esteem, we teach the kids in our care “to focus on themselves and how they feel and what they want . . . it encourages them to see everything as if looking into a mirror, so they grow up believing ‘it’s all about me.’ . . . They live by the motto ‘I want it, and I want it now.’ Kids with this attitude aren’t exhibiting self-confidence. They are experiencing self-conceit.”

But when we help kids respect themselves, we teach them to focus on others, and how others feel and what others need. This perspective, in turn, leads children to see everything through a window, seeing their own images reflected against the world beyond the glass, rather than in a mirror, and to grow up believing ‘it’s more about others and less about me.’”

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So, parents, are you ready to enroll in Jill’s School of Respect?

Jill’s book will lead you through the SOR’s 4 distinct stages, each with different Development Goals & Training Methods. During each stage kids have 2 critical Soul Questions which parents need to answer. Here’s a preview:

Stage 1: Birth to Age 2. Focus: Building Trust in Tots through Routine. (Soul Questions: Can I trust you? Who’s in charge?)

Sage 2: Age 3 to Age 5. Focus: Developing Security in Tykes through Recognition. (Soul Questions: Are you watching me? Who do I belong to?)

Stage 3: Age 6 to Age 12. Focus: Helping Tweens learn Obedience through Relationship. (Soul Questions: Do you really love me? Are you real?)

Stage 4: Age 13 to Age 19. Focus: Teaching Self-Respect through Responsibility. (Soul Questions: Who am I? Can I be in charge?)

Quick Tip for Fall: For a Pre-School or Kindergarten student who cries when leaving mom each morning, turn a photo of mom into a button that can be carried in his/her pocket.

Have I convinced you? You can purchase a copy of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World at this link. Keep in mind that the book also contains a Study Guide & would be perfect for your small group!

And now for the GIVEAWAY. You have a chance to win a copy of the book today! Enter below & stop back next week to see who won. (I tweaked my easy entry, so if you couldn’t leave your name before—you should be able to now!)

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jill rigbyAbout the author: Jill Rigby Garner, character education and parenting expert, and nonprofit founder, is also a dynamic speaker, award-winning author, and the publisher of character education programs and books for students, educators, and parents. You can connect with Jill at her website Manners of the Heart, on her Facebook page, on Twitter, and on PinterestContinue Reading…

UPDATE: The 2 Winners of Eciple books are Kelsey F. & Sheryl F. Congrats! One of the guys will be contacting you.
Today I’d like to introduce you to a new term: Eciple. (Take the ‘dis’ off disciple & add an E!) Eciple is a digital-only publishing ministry founded in 2012 with a very simple mission: to help people learn the Bible and grow in their faith through a series of concise, easy to understand, video-enhanced eBooks.

What are my Top 6 Favorite Things about Eciple study books?

  • They can be read through quickly.
  • They can be easily understood.
  • They have cool, embedded video clips.
  • They’re doctrinally sound.
  • They’re affordable$4.99 or less.
  • They make great gifts!

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This ministry is the dream of four young men. Meet . . .

bobbyFounder Bobby Person: Bobby is an accomplished entrepreneur, business manager and publishing professional with 18-years of distinguished performance, primarily focused on reference and learning solutions. Bobby has a passion for turning complex, lengthy and otherwise challenging content into simple, clear and accessible formats.   

Co-Founder, Author & Series Editor Matt Eachus: Matt is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, and author who thoroughly mattenjoys the busy life God has given him. He currently serves as Lead Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Halfmoon, NY, a growing multi-generational church in the Albany suburbs. He has a passion for teaching the Bible, for serving the church of Jesus, and for seeing churches planted so that more people can know the life-changing power of the Gospel.  

scottAuthor Scott Fisher: Since 2002 Scott has served as the Executive Pastor at Temple Baptist Church of Halfmoon New York. It is here where God enabled Scott to use his giftings and passions to be trained and to help train others for the work of the ministry.

Videographer and Technology & Content Advisor Rob Tompkins: Rob is the team’srob videographer and technology adviser. Rob accepted Jesus as his savior very young and went on to study at Maryland Bible College and Seminary, where he earned his Bachelors in Biblical Studies. He worked for years serving the homeless in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, before going to Sophia, Bulgaria, as a missionary to aid in a church plant.

Follow this link to check out the Eciple website or order a book! Continue Reading…

midsummer 2013

It’s the season of Giveaways! And I’m hopping into the Spontaneous Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway hosted by Inspired Kathy of the I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog. The hop will run from now until Sunday, June 30th.

There is something special that you need to know about this hop—Kathy has invited bloggers to join up whenever they can. So the linky list will grow with more prize options each day. Even though you can only enter my giveaway once, you may want to return a few times between now and the 30th to check on the new prizes!

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Here at Doorkeeper I’m giving away one $20 Amazon Email Gift Card.

This is the first time I’ve tried using Rafflecopter, so please be patient with me. And just in case I have trouble retrieving the email address of the winner, return next week to see the announcement of who won.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below . . .

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UPDATE: The winner of the Fleur-de-lis wall decor is Peggy! Congrats! Sarah will be contacting you.

God has blessed me with wonderful friends to inspire me along the journey of life. Today I’m featuring a gal I’ve known since she was 19, my sweet friend Sarah Trop. Sarah knows no strangers—she’s one of those folks who brings joy and laughter when she enters the room and makes everyone around her feel special. She loves God, her family, her friends, her church—and interior design. I’ve watched Sarah become a bride, a mother, and now an entrepreneur. I’m excited to share her story & a giveaway today!

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John & Sarah and the kiddos

How did you get started as a small business owner?
We started our furniture design business, FunCycled, about a year and a half ago because I wanted to be home with my kids—they’re growing up too fast! First, I thought about making jewelry and crafts. Then it came to me: my husband John enjoys building furniture, and I melt over interior design.

Plus, I’ve been painting since I was twelve. Mom and dad paid for us to have art classes. Since we were homeschooled, they figured this would give us more “culture.” (lol.) FunCycled actually started as a blog to show people how we redid furniture pieces in need of new life.

After I ran out ofroom in my house, we began selling what we made. Then people started calling to ask if I could find furniture to custom paint for them or paint furniture they already owned. We’re all about adding the fun in upcycling!

How do you accomplish what you need to while raising the kiddos?
Now THAT’s a good question. More days than not, I start out overwhelmed. Then I ask God for help. He shows me what He has planned for my day and enables me to accomplish all that I have planned.

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I always remember that I started all this to spend time with my little ones. So most days I work while they nap. (And, yes, I have 3 and 5 year-olds that still nap!) My hubby is not a night owl so he’s in bed by 8pm, as well as the kids. That leaves me from 8pm to 12am to create. This schedule generally works. But I must admit, my kids know more about paint colors, fabric designs, and the best places to find furniture than most. They’ve even been known to help their Mommy with a paint brush!

What are some benefits you love most about the work?
My favorite thing about what I do is being able to meet new people and create something that brings joy to their home. There’s something special about helping a customer re-imagine a piece of furniture. It’s amazing how a new design, color, or knob can bring a piece to life. Creating a pretty piece of furniture just makes me happy!

How do you decide on projects and where do you sell your pieces?
I really just go with my gut. If I see something that I can picture redone in a certain way, I buy it. If it’s free, I take it and hope the idea comes to me in time.

I sell my pieces on our website primarily but am hoping to have more time to dive into other areas once the kiddos are in school in September.

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The most popular question I get asked is, where do you get all of your pieces? People don’t usually like my reply because it’s not a quick, easy way for them to go get the same thing. I’m always on the lookout for furniture with potential anywhere I go—yard sales, Craigslist, even garbage day. (Yes, I’ve been known to dumpster dive !)

Secondly, people ask me if I can paint furniture they already own or help them find a piece that would work for their home. The answer is YES! We can paint what you have or find what you’re looking for. I have much more access to finding pieces than most people do.

Where are we located?
We are based out of Troy, NY. We don’t have a retail shop—yet. Right now, we do everything in our home and either deliver or hold the piece for pick-up. We have shipped our furniture throughout the country—to North Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Massachusetts—and we’ll ship to you!

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What’s next for you?
FunCycled has grown so much that it’s more than one person can handle. We’ve been praying about my husband quitting his job and joining me in the business. And we finally have complete peace about this next step. So our exciting news is that my husband will be joining FunCycled full-time! We’ll now have time to custom build furniture and expand into interior painting and color consults.

flur de lis 2GIVEAWAY: To celebrate this new phase of FunCycled, Sarah’s giving away this beautiful wall piece: Fleur-de-lis Cast Iron Hangers with Burlap on Reclaimed Wood. It’s a $25 item that she’ll send to you for FREE! (Also, free S&H, US only.) The giveaway will run until Friday, June 28th.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. In that one comment, you can list any bonus entries you’ve completed. You don’t need to leave separate comments. (Since I do have to moderate some comments—especially if you’re new to the blog—don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away.)

**Also, I believe you have to enter your email address in order to comment. Though you can’t see your email address here, I can view it from my blog dashboard. So don’t feel you need to write your email address again in your comment

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