Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blue Skies and Rainbows

This took about four takes because somebody (who actually moved up to another class, but wanted to join our class one Wednesday night) said he didn't need a song book, but kept mixing up his verses.



Blue Skies and Rainbows
By Gary L. Mabry

Blue skies and rainbows,
and sunbeams from heaven,
Are what I can see,
When my Lord is living in me.

Chorus:
I know that Jesus is well and alive today.
He makes His home in my heart.
Never more will I be, all alone since He,
Promised me that we never would part.

Green grass and flowers,
all blooming in springtime,
Are works of My master,
I live for each day.

Chorus

Tall mountains, green valleys,
The beauty that surrounds me,
All make me aware,
Of the One who made it all.

Chorus

I’m not ashamed of
the Gospel of Jesus,
For it is the power,
That saves us today.

Chorus



Saturday, October 18, 2014

These kids know how to have more fun with songs!

Last Sunday, I subbed in the first and second grade class. We did the second part of the Noah lessons, and I was going to sing the same songs I did last week with the older kids. Some were excited about "Rise and Shine," but not so much towards the end (you'll see).

Here we did an impromptu "Good Old Noah." I started the camera after we had started getting into it. They are better animals than the bigger kids.




Friday, October 17, 2014

Join Judith Miller for The Brickmaker's Bride webcast and enter to win a Kindle HDX!

Don’t miss Judith Miller's latest novel, The Brickmaker’s Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, “. . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials.”
Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a “Refined by Love” Facebook author event on November 4th.
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One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at theRefined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She’ll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!
So grab your copy of The Brickmaker’s Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)
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DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY BY SIGNING UP FOR A REMINDER. TELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 4TH!


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Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia
Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

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Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas
Find out more about Judith at http://judithmccoymiller.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author Lynn Austin to host live web event on October 21


Live web event allows readers to join author to discuss Keepers of the Covenant
  
Best-selling author Lynn Austin invites readers to join her for a live web event on October 21 at 8:00 PM EDT to talk about the latest addition to The Restoration Chronicles series. The evening will center on a Biblical fiction book club discussion featuring Austin’s new release, Keepers of the Covenant (Bethany House Publishers/ October 7, 2014/available in hardcover, paperback and ebook).

During the online event, Austin will be discussing Keepers of the Covenant, answering reader questions live and giving a sneak preview of future releases. Throughout the hour, readers will have an opportunity to chat with other fans, answer trivia about the book and submit questions for Austin to answer during the evening. A number of prizes will be given away to those participating in the discussion, including copies of Austin’s books and gift cards. At the end of the webcast, the winner of a Kindle Fire HDX will be announced. The Kindle giveaway is being held in conjunction with the Keepers of the Covenant blog tour being coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group during the month of October.

“We are so excited for readers to be able to connect with Lynn through this upcoming webcast,” states Noelle Buss, marketing manager at Bethany House. “Lynn is just as delightful and well-informed as her books. I’ve always come away cherishing my interactions with her.” 

Austin’s The Restoration Chronicles have received rave reviews from critics and readers alike. Library Journal wrote of the first book in the series, Return to Me, “. . . a powerful new historical series that brings the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah to life.” According to Publishers Weekly, “Austin shines a bright light on ancient Jewish life and lands. Biblical fiction fans will cheer her latest offering, which bolsters this challenging genre.”

“I know many readers have been eagerly awaiting the next novel in my Restoration Chronicles series. It is based on the biblical book of Ezra and features him as one of the main characters. I really enjoyed researching this exciting time in biblical history and bringing the story to life for my readers. Even for those who didn’t read Book I, this book works well as a stand-alone novel, too,” explains Austin.

The Keepers of the Covenant webcast will be hosted on Austin’s Facebook page, as well as the Litfuse Publicity Group website for readers without a Facebook account. Leading up to the webcast, readers can RSVP for the event and sign up to receive an email reminder. From October 1-21, fans can also enter the contest for the Kindle Fire HDX via the author’s Facebook page


About Keepers of the Covenant:

In their darkest hour, where would hope be found?

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future — of family and love — seem impossible.

Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.  


About The Restoration Chronicles:

The Restoration Chronicles bring the books of Ezra and Nehemiah to vibrant life, telling the stories of Babylonian exiles: the few faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home. The series follows biblical characters like Zechariah and Ezra as they bring hope to God’s people in a time when dreams of the future—of family and love—seem impossible.

The first release in the series, Return to Me, released in October 2013.


About Lynn Austin:

Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner and an inaugural inductee into the Christy Award Hall of Fame, as well as a popular speaker at retreats, conventions, women’s groups and book clubs.

Along with reading, two of Austin’s lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. Twenty-five years ago, Austin was able to travel to Israel to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah.

Austin’s husband’s career allowed them to live in Bogota, Colombia, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada.  They now make their home in Michigan.



Readers can keep up with Austin via her website www.lynnaustin.org or on Facebook (LynnAustinBooks). 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Expectant Parents – New Resource from Focus on the Family {And, iPad Mini Giveaway!}

While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be, Suzanne Hadley Gosselin's Expectant Parents' core purpose is to help new parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.

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Learn ways to strengthen your marriage relationship, set plans and expectations for parenthood, increase communication, and prepare for the new stage of your family life. Pick up a copy for yourself or for expectant friends and enter for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Expectant Parents from Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Focus on the Family
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd on Suzanne's website here.

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(Focus on the Family / Tyndale, October 2014)
Many books focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be. While Expectant Parents does touch on important issues of pregnancy, its core purpose is help expectant parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.
It’s often said that babies don’t come with an instruction manual. This book actually provides parents with information and practical steps for writing their own—as they work to create the kind of home and family they choose to build. This includes strengthening their own marriage relationship, setting plans and expectations for parenthood, increasing communication, and preparing for the new stage of their family life that is just ahead. Ideal for first-time parents, this book would also be helpful for couples wanting to explore and prepare for the emotional, physical, and spiritual life changes that come with the arrival of any new child into the family.
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

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Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is the former editor of “Clubhouse Jr.” magazine for Focus on the Family. She is now a regular contributor to “Thriving Family” magazine and Boundless.org, and the recipient of several Evangelical Press Association awards for her writing and editorial work. Gosselin writes children’s resources for David C Cook, Zondervan and Harvest House. She is also the author of “Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through” and is currently working on the “God’s Got an Answer for That” children’s devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and biblical theology from Multnomah University. Suzanne and her husband, Kevin, who is a children’s pastor, have three children and make their home in Colorado.
Find out more about Suzanne Hadley at http://www.suzannegosselin.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kara Tippetts’ THE HARDEST PEACE Blogger Challenge & Giveaway! Share Your #HardestPeace Story.

Kara Tippetts' brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life's hard moments.

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts

Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:

  • A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
  • A handcrafted candle
  • Journal
  • Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug
To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace. Then follow Kara online (via the Rafflcopter) for additional entries into the giveaway.

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A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.
Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.
Learn more and purchase a copy at Kara’s website, Mundane Faithfulness.
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Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com.
Find out more about Kara at http://mundanefaithfulness.com.

Monday, October 13, 2014

THE SEA HOUSE Kindle Fire Giveaway from Elisabeth Gifford

Don't miss The Sea House, a stunning fiction debut from the UK. Set in a house on the windswept coast of the Outer Hebrides, Elisabeth Gifford's haunting tale effortlessly bridges a gap of more than a century. Adeptly interweaving two tales involving residents of the titular house, Gifford sets up an absorbing mystery revolving around local lore and myths about mermaids, selkies, and sealmen. Stretching seamlessly back and forth through time, layers upon layers of secrets are slowly and effectively peeled away in this evocative debut (Booklist).

Celebrate with Elisabeth by entering her Kindle giveaway!


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at Elisabeth's Blog.

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Watch the trailer:



The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

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(St. Martin’s Press, April 2014)
Scotland, 1860.
Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.
Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

Elisabeth Gifford

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Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She is the author of “The House of Hope: A Story of God’s Love and Provision for the Abandoned Orphans of China” and has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston on Thames but spend as much time as possible in the Hebrides.
Find out more about Elisabeth at http://elisabethgifford.co.uk/.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Good Old Noah

Another video from our full Ark last week! I do apologize for you having to listen to my singing!


Good Ole Noah Built an Ark

To the tune of “Old MacDonald”
Change animals and sounds each time through

Good old Noah built an ark,
Like God told him to!
And on that ark he took two lions
Like God told him to!
With a roar, roar here and a roar, roar there.
Here a roar! There a roar! Everywhere a roar, roar!
Good old Noah built an ark
Like God told him to!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

All work and no play makes Audra a dull girl

This week has been insane! We have an author who has made national news and whose book has been in Amazon's top 14. (Check out my post about Kara Tippetts and The Hardest Peace.) That is awesome news, but my inbox was beyond what I could mentally endure.

It also meant I was trying to track down an op-ed writer at the New York Times with a correction. On a Saturday. Not a simple task.

So, today, I worked on getting things straight to start next week. However, I timed all my emails (except a few I missed by accident) to go out on Monday morning. I'm going to look really productive come Monday.


While I was slaving away, I was smelling what was in the crockpot. This is why I hate crockpot cooking... I get hungrier just smelling it. 

I thought that crockpot chicken and dressing sounded good, but I should have known anything with boxed stuffing mix was going to be terrible. I used to handle some Stove Top on occasion, but ugh. My homemade is so much better (except last Thanksgiving, but that was a long story), but who has time for that?

It smelled great, but didn't taste as great. (I will soon have a new phone where all my pictures don't have a yellow tint to them.) A Pinterest not really a fail, but wouldn't do again. 


The only crafty thing I've gotten to this weekend is a couple of rounds on my crocheted work in progress.


Friday, October 10, 2014

THE MASON JAR Kindle Fire Giveaway from @JRLingerfelt!

James Russell Lingerfelt's debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It's even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production.

Catch the spark by entering James' Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at James Russell's blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective.


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What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.
In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.
Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.
A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.
Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jarinterweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with WolvesA River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

James Russell Lingerfelt

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James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for “The Huffington Post.” James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family’s ranch in Alabama.

Find out more about James Russell at www.jamesrussell.org.