Becoming a Girl of Grace – Review

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With all of the love of a mother, Catherine Bird shares with us a beautiful Bible study perfect for moms and their tween girls. With three tween girls of my own, I am always looking for news and engaging ways to explore Scripture together. Catherine does just that.

Each of the eight chapters start with a personal story which quickly connects to Scripture. She goes on to dive deeper into the Bible. The “Heart Check” questions are perfect and appropriate for an 8 year old and a 12 year old. Nothing is watered down or too simplified for older girls.

I love that encluded with each chapter are activities for moms and daughters. These creative ideas range from arts & crafts to home pedicures to community service. There is something for everyone and each idea provides intentional time to connect with your daugther.

The book also includes and eight-week Bible study facilitator’s guide. Fun activities and games are included to help make a group Bible study extra fun. I can’t wait to use this with the tween girls from my church this year.

Becoming a Girl of Grace is an engaging, age-appropriate, creative Bible study that aims to bring mothers and daughters together all while studying the Bible.

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This book is available tomorrow, February 14th on http://www.amazon.com, http://www.christianbook.com.

*I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.*

Radio Silence

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Radio Silence.

A status where radio stations are asked to stop all transmissions in an area for safety or security reasons.

Safety or security reasons.

I have been in radio silence on my blog since 2012. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. If you asked me, I would have said, “Oh, it’s been a couple of years. Maybe three.”

Why?

Safety and security.

The heaviness of life, has been…well, heavy.

Every new year, I pick a new word to help guide and focus me. My word back in 2012 was “Faithful.”

Faithful through the good, the celebrations, the every day, the hard, the heavy.

I got stuck in the heavy.

Radio silence.

Two years ago my word was “Restore.”

Restore the broken, old, weary, heavy. We moved into a 100-year-old home that year. Not only was the restoration going on in my heart and my soul, but in our new home. Layers upon layers of wallpaper. Old, dirty, slightly pink paint. Lots of scraping. Lots of cleaning.

Beauty comes out of restoration.

Rest.

New.

Songs.

This year, my word has changed.

Rejoice.

Again, I say rejoice!

New Year’s Day I put my feet in the salty water and washed away all of what was and rejoiced in all that was coming.

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The radio silence is over.

There are joys and sorrows to be shared, songs to be sung, and stories to be told.

I choose to rejoice! Join me.

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I am Worth More than Gold

Our family typically does not do dessert after dinner. Except ain the summer when it’s all about ice cream. But last night, after a good dinner on our screened-in deck, Shawn brought out Hershey Kisses for everyone. Not really dessert, but a great treat in the eyes of our children.

This particular bag of Hershey Kisses are part of their Fall Mix and the wrappers are not just silver, but also black and orange (which looks more gold).

Emaline got a gold kiss and I ended up with silver. Emaline came over to me and said with a smile:

“Gold is worth more than silver.”

Then, with only a moment’s pause, she said:

“It’s okay mommy. It doesn’t matter if you have gold or silver. God loves you the same. God doesn’t care how much money you have. He just loves you.”

A simple Sunday school lesson about favoritism taken from James 2:1-13 stuck with Emaline this week. Her observation was beautiful and much deeper than she realized. Thank you to her Sunday school teachers, who with a simple lesson, instilled a powerful message into my Emaline.