Showing posts from August, 2016

Experience more of God’s power and presence

Sheryl Giesbrecht leads readers to explore God’s character through His names What’s in a name? Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person’s character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. When it comes to God, His attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names.  In Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision Books/June 17, 2016/ISBN: 978-0692743010/$12.99) , author Sheryl Giesbrecht leads readers in a study to discover truths about God’s character by a study of His various titles and names. Understanding that each of God’s names reveals something about His character opens our spiritual eyes to see His perfect purposes and to recognize His commitment to us. If we can grasp the meanings of His names, we can know God more intimately.  Giesbrecht not only covers some of the well-known titles, such as Father, Ancient of Days and “El Shaddai,” but some of the lesser-used de

If Ashley ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

There is so much reality TV on tonight that I'm really looking forward to watching. Honestly, Bachelor in Paradise is on the eh, let's-get-it-over-with train tonight. I watched the first 5 or so minutes while finishing my dinner, and it went a little something like this... Caila goes to Jared after talking to Ash Kardash, and basically says, "I've had enough. It's too hard being here with Ashley. I am going home." Jared volunteers to go with her, but says he needs to talk to Ashley first. Caila says something along the lines of, "I don't need to talk to anyone else. I'm outta here." Jared wastes his time talking to Ash who is making up stuff about Caila for no other reason than Caila is with Jared and she isn't. Cuz if Ashley ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. She thinks Caila is the kind of person who just wants attention. Pot calling the kettle black. Ash just wants to protect him, blah, blah, blah. Villain. You don't

This season of #bachelorinparadise is getting old.

Another night of Bachelor in Paradise, another day with Ash Kardash drama.  Caila wants to talk to Ash after having a conversation with Jared. Caila says Jared questions her feelings, which Ash says is Caila's problem. Caila says she gets that Ash and Jared are close, but she loves him like a sister. That's the most low-keyed dig she's ever heard. Caila is like, "the two of us don't have to talk for the rest of our time here." That's going to be awkward, but hey, Ash is the one who can't be mature enough to take a hint. Jared talks to Ash next. "You talk to Caila?" Jared is like, "I don't think you want to see me hurt, but there's more between me and Caila..." Here comes Ash's tears again. "It's demoralizing. I can't go on." Jared's such a nice guy, he says, "you shouldn't feel stupid. Here's the point of everything, for better or worse, I need to figure this out on my own. I

Thy Word

Thy Word Based on Psalm 119:105 by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. When I feel afraid, And think I’ve lost my way. Still, you’re there right beside me. Nothing will I fear As long as you are near; Please be near me to the end. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. I will not forget Your love for me and yet, My heart forever is wandering. Jesus by my guide, And hold me to your side, And I will love you to the end. Nothing will I fear As long as you are near; Please be near me to the end. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path. And a light unto my path. You’re the light unto my path.

A little of this, some of that

I have a little of this and a little of that going on this week in The Crafty Dad and Daughter land. We're prepping for nine shows for September - December plus getting a booth in a store locally. I need to update the website, but I have more photos up (or going up next week) on the Facebook page .

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Lynette doesn’t remember that tragic day her mother died, but her nightmares plague her and remind her of her unraveled family. When Lynette’s family’s tragic past begins to resurface, can Nick help her remember the things she can’t? Add Catherine West’s new book,  The Things We Knew , to the top of your must-read stack.  Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister. {MORE ABOUT  THE THINGS WE KNEW } (Thomas Nelson, July 2016) A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love. After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk a

Janine Mendenhall’s ‘Starving Hearts’ Prize Pack Giveaway

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one,  Starving Hearts , of the Triangular Trade Trilogy.  Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . . Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and  Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.   One grand prize winner will receive: A copy of  Starving Hearts A bottle of essential oils An essential oils diffuser necklace A chiffon scarf A shoulder handbag A copy of  Jane Austen's World   Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12.  The winner will be announced

What’s really keeping you from enjoying a better marriage?

Part 2 of an interview with Rhonda Stoppe Author of If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy “If my husband would change, I’d be happy” and “I’m falling out of love with him” are among several common myths that lead women to search for marital happiness in all the wrong places. In If My Husband Would Change, I’d be Happy (Harvest House), author Rhonda Stoppe shares, with candor and humor, how to enrich the relationship between husband and wife (even if he doesn’t change). Along the way readers will find many helpful stories and real-life examples from other couples and discover: How to deal with unfulfilled longings The secret to keeping your husband’s attention 10 keys to a happy marriage Q: What is the biggest problem with believing our partner is responsible for our happiness? Where should we be looking to find happiness? We are all created to long to find our happiness and significance in relationship. Every happily-ever-after princess story affirms th

Enough is enough! #bachelorinparadise

Tonight's dramatic new episode of Bachelor in Paradise . Some of these people need to be weeded out. Ashley needs to be really sent home and no one let her come back. It's morning, and everyone is talking about Izzy. Everyone thought she and Vinny were the tightest couple there, but Izzy wants to see if anything is there with Brett. Here's Carly in her infinite wisdom reminding viewers that she was caught off guard way too late last year with Kirk. Vinny goes and finds Izzy to have a heart to heart. He thought they were on the same page, but the look on her face is saying, "oh, please." Izzy said she was on the same page until Brett, a guy she doesn't know, walked in. Now she thinks maybe they weren't after all. Now they are both crying. Everyone on this show cries. Vinny tells her that he is going home. She wants him to stay. Let's see if the crowd talks him into it.  Izzy loves him and thinks he deserves more than what she just did. 

Go home! No, you go home! #bachelorinparadise

So, I get in from having dinner out with my parents and sit down to start Bachelor in Paradise forty minutes late so live Tweeting is out. That's ok. One less thing to pull my attention away and I can fast forward through the commercials. Suddenly, my head starts to ache. It must be the mere thought of watching. I'm into self-inflicted torture, obviously. Tonight starts with Ashley I aka Ash Kardash crying her eyes out because Jared's just not that into her. Jared has his head in his hands, probably crying himself. Ash is going on about a glimmer. Jared angrily asks, "so why did you come?" "To get over you." Jared is ready to go home, letting her know that this is unfair to both of them to have to go through all this. Ash tells him that every time he walks out of a room she misses him. Pathetic. Jared tells Ash Kardash that he likes Caila, he's been as blunt as he can, he cares for her, but not romantically. "Are you sure you'r