A simple moment, precious, delightful…to be savored and remembered.
the She Reads Truth Bible
I heard a lot about this edition of the Bible last year, but I am so very happy with my simple black NASB that I didn’t give the She Reads Truth Bible any thought.
But! FrontGate Media sent me THIS!
The first thing I did was look it all over. The packaging of this version of God’s Word is just so pretty.
One of the things I love about this Bible are the 66 verses that are artfully lettered, one before each book of the Bible. This one is just before Psalms. Also before each book of the Old and New Testaments are simple reading plans that cross reference chapters of a particular book with other passages in the Bible.
This week I have been reading through Psalms and am appreciating the additional passages for going deeper. Studying in this way has made some connections for praying Scripture, which is the primary way that I pray.
This Bible has other fantastic features as well: nearly 200 devotionals, 35 color timelines, 20 color maps, 11 color charts, a topical index, 2 ribbon markers and wide margins for journaling and note taking.
Thank you to B&H Publishing and FrontGate Media for this beautiful copy of the Hardcover Poppy She Reads Truth Bible, in exchange for my honest opinion told in this blog post.
Maybe the readers of By Quiet Waters know I love a good children’s book. As my own kids have grown, the youngest is in high school, I’ve passed on quite a few books. That’s been a challenging job because if my bookish daughters are around they will declare “they are all good books”. In any case, all the old friends are still on the shelves.
This love of children’s books is why I accept new children’s books from places like Tommy Nelson, Tyndale and Moody Publishers.
“I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat” by Max Lucado from Tommy Nelson arrived this month. Can I just say, the title grabbed me right away. The subtitle of this gem is A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave. Don’t we all need that?
It’s back to school time once again, and this year is the most challenging one yet. We have 2 kids in high school, but two different high schools! What a blessing it is to have options for kids who are not “one size fits all”, but it sure makes for some crazy scheduling. Add in sports and work schedules, and I could be driving all through the early evening. To help get dinner on the table in a timely manner I decided to start filling the freezer with some meals, and sauce packages.
For this first run of fall freezer cooking, I pulled out recipes for some favorites, and one new recipe. I picked up several packages of chicken from Sprouts, so that’s what I started with. Cashew Chicken is a new one for our family, and we’ll try it out early next week. The Sesame Chicken is an absolute favorite, and we like to pull together some fried rice to toss the chicken into. For the Sloppy Joes, I just mixed up the sauce ingredients, which is the most tedious part of making this family favorite. Now whoever is making dinner just has to chop a couple of veggies, brown the beef and then add the sauce packet.
The Chili Taco Seasoning is a mix I make several times a year. It’s called Taco Seasoning, Mexi Spice or Chili Seasoning around here. That’s why it seems to be named differently within the blog posts. We use it for Tacos, Burritos, Chili, Rice & Beans, you name it.
I also put together several individual meals for my daughters who work. Their shifts often are over the dinner, or lunch hours, so it is great to have some food for them to grab and go. There is a microwave at their place of employment, so I think these meals work great. This time I made shells and cheese and enchiladas. I love these pyrex bowls!
We also put together about 2 dozen breakfast burritos, and some bean & cheese burritos that should make the dash out the door easier in the morning or between school and work.
Just this one activity helps ease the tension I am feeling about the fall schedule. I work hard at not letting anxiety take a hold in me, but this month it’s been a tough fight. Getting food in the freezer, and telling everyone what’s what has helped quite a bit. Now to finish sorting out how to get to two different schools by 7:30, without dropping someone off crazy early!
Are you filling your freezer in anticipation of the fall back to school season? What are your favorite recipes?
Zonderkidz has a published a new study Bible, for kids!
NIV kids’ visual Study Bible is a hefty book, with full Bible text, 4 color photographs, illustrations, infographics and map throughout. Study notes are found in the side bar of each page.
While preparing to teach at Vacation Bible School, I used this Bible as a resource. The maps are great, and the notes, infographs and photos make this a good tool.
The Kids Visual Study Bible is a great resource for having in the Sunday School classroom, as well as at home for children around 9 or 10 years old.
The Kids’ Visual Study Bible was provided by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this review.
Starting that hard thing.
Last fall my daughter was starting her senior year and sharing some dreams for the future with me. One of those dreams was to take hiking to the next level… backpacking. With me.
Well I let that idea percolate over the winter and decided to give it a try. My husband generously funded the purchase of our gear as a graduation gift to our daughter.
Backpacking is hard. Really hard. I’m a slower hiker as it is, but strap on a 25lb pack and my pace slows even more. During the second trip I began to get quick discouraged. That old taunting friend started shouting in my head and I had to do some quick thinking to shut her up.
Here is what I learned.
Yes, I am slow, painfully slow. But this summer I am doing something I never thought I would do, something I never wanted to do. I am not only hiking with my daughters, but strapping on a 25lb pack and going up steep hills and down equally steep hills, then, doing it again.
It is very hard. And it is so good.
So let me encourage you! Go ahead and do that hard thing, even if you are not strong enough. Even if you are not fast enough. You will get stronger. You will get faster. And who knows what you will see, what you will hear, and what you will learn.
I bet it will be good, and that you’ll be so glad that you did.
What is that hard thing you’ve been thinking about starting?