Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WINNER of the PW Kitchen Towel Giveaway is...

 Congratulations, Carrie!

Thanks to all who left comments for an entry. 

Have a blessed week!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Short Review ~ Then Came You by Becky Wade

Then Came You by Becky Wade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wade has written an engaging novella through journal entries, texts, and phone messages. I couldn't put this book down! My heart was tugged more than once and I do believe this will be one I will read again. Strong romantic elements and a powerful redemption theme. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. The novella was free on Kindle.

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~Happy Reading~ 

Monday, March 20, 2017

PW Kitchen Towels Giveaway


Note: Please read and follow the entry rules at the bottom!

I was shopping at Walmart the other day and happened upon this pretty 
Pioneer Woman Wild Rose Kitchen Towel set on sale.

They have a nice vintage vibe to them, which is all the rage right now! 
They are more red than orange red. Bad lighting, is my plea!

You can dry dishes or dust furniture with them.

The Wild Rose pattern is oh, so pretty!!! It's even trimmed in a sweet little rik-rac. 
Oops...forgot to photograph that part. :)
The solid towel is waffle weave, which is truly a beautiful pattern!

I have a set of her towels in teal and yellow and red and love them! 

 Above is a PW mug I received in a Teacup & Mug Exchange I participated in last year. I also snagged a soup bowl and another mug last week that was on clearance to add to my collection.

 I'm giving away the 2pk of Wild Rose Kitchen Towels to one of my blog followers here in the US 
(contiguous states only...sorry!)

Entry Rules
1-Leave me a comment and tell me if you have any Pioneer Woman Dishware, Kitchen or Table linens and you'll be entered in the giveaway for the Pioneer Woman 2pk Wild Rose Kitchen Towels!  

2-Leave an email address in a non-spammy format so you can be contacted if you win. No email, no entry.
3-Remember, you MUST be a follower of the blog to be entered. GFC is preferred but you can sign up for email too!

Life is kinda busy this week so I'll choose a winner next week! Share with your friends!

Acts 20:35 (ESV)

  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sing to him, sing praises to him!

I need thee every hour,
most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine
can peace afford.
I need thee, O I need thee,
every hour I need thee.
O bless me now, my Savior;
I come to thee.

 I need thee every hour;
stay thou near by;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh. [Refrain]

 I need thee every hour,
in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide,
or life is vain. [Refrain]

 I need thee every hour;
teach me thy will;
and thy rich promises
in me fulfill. [Refrain]

 I need thee every hour,
Most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed,
thou Blessed Son! [Refrain]
(I Need Thee Every Hour ~ words: Annie S Hawks, 1872)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen. 
(anonymous, 2nd Century)

1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (ESV)
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples! 
 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!

 ~Grace & Peace~

Friday, March 10, 2017

Review ~ God Glimpses from the Jewelry Box: Becoming Jewels God Can Use by Michelle Cox, John Perrodin

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 15th 2016 by Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC

What is in your jewelry box? A love letter, lock of hair, watch, or safety pin? Did you know that God’s fingerprints—evidence of His presence—can be found there as well? We can uncover some amazing spiritual lessons tucked between our pearls, earrings, and silver bracelets.

Sometimes we act as if God is distant, but God glimpses are present in every aspect of our lives. We just have to look for them. Take a trip through thirty items in a jewelry box and discover encouragement, inspiration, and confirmation that God is so close we can reach out and touch Him.

Be bling for the King. Look for God glimpses in your jewelry box and shine for Jesus.

My Thoughts

I tuck things into my jewelry box that I don’t want to lose. Things I call ‘tiny treasures’. You’ll find snippets of baby hair and a few baby teeth from each of my children (yeah, okay that could be gross but it used to be the thing to do), and even a tiny slip of paper that has genealogy written down so whoever opens it after I’m gone will know where a certain piece of jewelry in our family came from. These things aren’t worth money but they are special to me.

In God Glimpses from the Jewelry Box: Becoming Jewels God Can Use, Michelle Cox uses treasures found in our jewelry box to show us in an ‘everyday kind of way where to find real treasure. Since reading through this devotional, whenever I reach for something in my jewelry box I’m reminded that my greatest treasure isn’t contained inside the little drawers and red velvet folds but it is in Heaven

Matthew 6:19-21  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This book is a little ‘gem’ in itself. Cox has an astonishing gift for bringing to life things that seem so simple. I found it most encouraging and inspiring. Pick up a copy today and see what treasure abides within. 

I appreciate the author and publisher sending me a copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion of the book. No compensation has been received.

You can read more about Michelle Cox and access purchase links by visiting God Glimpses @ http://godglimpses.com/

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review ~ The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1) by Carolyn Miller

Paperback, 304 pages

Published February 28th 2017 by Kregel Publication

Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...
Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition, and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?

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My Review
5 STARS!!!

I tried to win this book in numerous giveaways, to no avail! I knew from the cover and blurb that I was going to like this story but I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE this story!!!

Rarely do we get to see the protagonists POV this prominent in a book. Stamford is the quintessential Regency earl. I love his character! Being inside his head so much was a real treat. His doubts and cynicism and struggles were presented in such a realistic way that I was not positive he was going to come to know the Lord but I held out hope and his faith journey did not disappoint.  
Miss Ellison is an interesting character. Outspoken and service oriented, she has a distinctive personality and it was fun to watch her interactions with the Earl. The author penned beautiful imagery and it was easy to imagine Lavinia escaping into the ‘hedge’ for solitude.

For my friends that are sensitive to certain things in books, there is some occasional alcohol use but no drunkenness. It does not detract from, or in any way sully the story. It really is a wonderful book and I hope fans of Regency and historical fiction will grab a copy to enjoy while sipping a cup of hot tea. I actually became so lost within the confines of the pages that my cuppa was long cold before I even thought to take a sip. :)

High fives on this debut novel by Carolyn Miller

Thank you, Kregel Publications, for a complimentary paperback copy to read and review. No compensation has been received.

I am not affiliated with any online retailers but if you wish to purchase a copy of this delightful beginning to the series for your own reading pleasure, you can do so at Amazon or CBD.

~Happy Reading~