Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, April 18 {with link up}


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

One with the Church Above {a devotional}

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Ephesians 3:14, 15.

The church of God upon the earth is one with the church of God above. Believers on the earth, and those who have never fallen in heaven, are one church. Every heavenly intelligence is interested in the assemblies of the saints, who on earth meet to worship God in spirit and truth, and in the beauty of holiness. In the inner court of heaven they listen to the testimonies of the witnesses for Christ in the outer court on earth, and the praise and thanksgiving that comes from the church below, is taken up in the heavenly anthem, and praise and rejoicing resounds through the heavenly court because Christ has not died in vain for the fallen sons of Adam. While angels drink from the fountainhead, the saints on earth drink of the pure streams flowing from the throne of God, making glad the city of God....

In every assembly of the saints below, are the angels of God listening to the thanksgiving, the praise, the supplication, that is offered by the people of God in testimonies, songs, and prayers. Let them remember that their praises are supplemented by the choirs of the angelic host above....

The company of believers may be few in number, but they have been taken by the cleaver of truth as rough stones from the quarry of the world ... to be fitted up by test and trial for a place in God’s heavenly temple, and they are very precious in the sight of the Lord.... Even in the rough they are precious in the sight of God. The ax and the hammer and the chisel of trial and test are in the hands of One who is skillful, and are used not to destroy, not to bring to nothingness, but to work out the perfections of every soul....

The Lord will no more cast off the humblest, lowliest believer in Jesus, than He will demolish His throne. We are accepted in the Beloved. We are members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Watchman Pictures, Princess Cut {Homeschool Crew Review}

We enjoy movies in our homeschool and family life, and I'm always looking for a good Christian film for us to watch. I was pleased for the opportunity to view and review Princess Cut, from Watchman Pictures.
The story is about Grace, a young woman in her early 20s, who dreams of Mr. Right and the day he places a princess cut diamond ring on her finger. Instead she finds herself  in relationships that end badly. This leads her on a quest to discover what it means to truly love another, with guidance from her father. He encourages her to wait for God to bring the right man into her life.
Some of the points I found in the movie:

  • It's not so much in finding the perfect person, but becoming the person God made you to be. 
  • Stop trying to find love; let God bring it to you.
  • Use this time in preparing yourself for marriage.
  • Don't try to reap a harvest without planting the seeds first.
  • True love is worth waiting for.

I recognize Ashley Bratcher from War Room; Rusty Martin, Sr. from War Room and Courageous; and Rusty Martin, Jr. from Courageous. Both are among our favorite movies.

My 24 year old daughter, my 15 year old son and I each watched Princess Cut.

My thoughts: Sometimes the acting seems stilted, but overall I enjoyed it. It is entertaining, while providing a positive message. Yet, I found it hard to watch, because my own children have never had a godly father figure in their lives, to be that spiritual guide and leader in our home.

SJ's thoughts: "It's good."

I also loaned the video to my homeschooling friend, who watched it with her 14 year old daughter. She didn't have her husband or 17 year old son watch with them, because they tend to mock "chic flicks." (But she may try again later to get the men to watch it.)

My friend's thoughts: "The acting was a bit forced, but the characters were engaging and the plot improved as the story progressed. What I really appreciated was the message of the movie and it is one hardly seen at all in today's entertainment.  I think it encourages young people (and old) that there is a choice other than today's dating scene and disposable relationships."

J's thoughts: "I didn't care for the acting and that made the story seem unrealistic to me. I liked the parents - they were very good to her. They listened. I liked how the doctor came into the story. I was happy that she found someone that treated her nicely."

Be sure to check it out for yourself. When you do, make sure to watch the special features at the end, which go into the details of how the movie was made, as well as some of the bloopers. (We love movie bloopers!)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason {a book review}

About the book

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.

Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

What I thought about the book

Susan has become one of my favorite authors. A Most Noble Heir is an enjoyable read. I found it enthralling. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. In case I haven't said it before, I like historical novels. I find this one captivating since it's set in England. Be sure to check it out for yourself.

About the author

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

High Cotton, by Debby Mayne {a book review}

About the book

Some families are filled with so much love they can't help but drive each other crazy.

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family's next reunion. On the one hand, she'll get to see everyone in her mama's family--folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there'll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law's deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunions . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay's teen self, but the woman she's become doesn't know what to make of this.

Shay's contentment is challenged, and she's determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she's looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.

What I thought about the book

An enjoyable story. It's written in first-person point of view, and skips from one character to the next by chapter. Sometimes it's hard to keep the characters straight in my mind. If you enjoy contemporary fiction set in the U.S. South you might enjoy High Cotton.

About the author

Debby Mayne is the author of more than 40 novels and novellas that have received the "Top Pick" award from Romantic Times Magazine and been among the "Top 10 Favorites" in the Heartsong Presents book club. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers.

Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

Debby and her husband Wally recently moved to North Carolina so they could get even more hugs and snuggles from the granddaughters. It's also the ideal place for an author of southern women's fiction. Debby and Wally have 2 beautiful daughters, 2 handsome sons-in-law, and 2 precious granddaughters. Between novels and cuddling the granddaughters, Debby also writes etiquette articles and does freelance copywriting.

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