C-O-U-P-L-E Spells LOVE...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

There is no secret when it comes to the difficult nature that surrounds marriage. The current statistics point to this fact.

With this in mind, it is important for those that are married to understand that a vow is not simply a promise that you are trying to keep. A vow is more than just a promise, it is a guarantee that you will follow through with an activity or behavior. In the case of marriage, you are guaranteeing that you have placed the activity of unity above all other earthly responsibilities.

So it is safe to say that in order to follow through this vow, you need to commit your life to being a student of your spouse, and of marriage. For me, being a student means getting my hands on books that help me to understand how to actually do this - be a student of my spouse and marriage.


Come & Listen

Friday, April 26, 2013

The last few weeks have been spent trying to catch up on current events in the seconds when my kids are no where near the computer.  And actually watching the news on the television has practically stopped.  You see I still feel that part of my job description as mother is to protect the innocence of my children.  Yes I know that the world will seep in, and this is not a realistic objective for long, but you see, right now they are still very young. They were given these few short years to simply learn how to live in their own skin, without worrying about living in this broken, hurting world.

And in the last few weeks, there has been so much of that broken, hurting world that I feel compelled to remember, understand, sympathize with. At least as much as I can as one who is somewhat removed from the outstanding-ness of it all.

As I also want my boys to grow up with the ability to show compassion to the least of these around us in the broken, hurting world, I know that I must know about the broken and hurting, and slowly allow some of that in. You see, while I am able to have a little bit of control on the speed of this experience, I get to walk along side my boys and literally show them how to be compassionate.


Prepare for the hardship: Empty

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am probably making a horrible assumption, but I haven't met too many people who truly think that life will always be easy. I mean, there are few that I have come across that haven't tasted one of the more bitter tastes in this world.  If you are one of those with the mindset that this world will always be perfect, that you will not face trials or challenges, I'm sorry that I am bursting this bubble. But as I have told my kid on almost a daily basis, life is not fair, and sometimes we have to go through things we would rather avoid.

And this life, this hard and tiring life that can be full of trials, it can really leave us feeling empty.


For When You're Feeling Fearful...

Monday, April 22, 2013

I don't know about you, but I often feel like the underdog.  

It might be because I am a small, short person - let me be a little honest here, I'm not really five feet tall.  

There are many situations where I just don't feel like I can make an impact. And I'm not talking about the big things, like foreign missions, or large groups, I'm talking also about those times when I take my kids to the park, and it's full of other moms that I don't know.  There's a part of me that fears that moment, knowing I should be a Light to these women, who probably deal with many of the same daily challenges I face, but I just don't feel strong enough - big enough - capable.

No fear

Do you know what I'm saying?

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Jump

Friday, April 19, 2013

“Write like you used to run. For the pure joy of it.” –#FiveMinuteFriday –>click to tweet.


When you pull yourself off the ground, as in two feet off the ground, with your strength, core muscles, leg muscles.

For a moment you are not touching anything, right?

And yet so much is touching you.

The air - full of molecules - full of support.  That air is supporting you - bringing you back to the place on the ground.  That place of stability.

Jumping takes the stability away for a moment. A moment of freedom? Maybe...

Or is it just a new perspective on the same reality you had seconds before, when you were standing in one place, in control - or semi-control.

Growing up we are told to be in control - control your thoughts, your actions, your words. Take control of your life, choose a path.

And I'm not saying those decisions are important and necessary. But control? Is it in my control?

At any moment I could jump from those chosen paths. Or for that matter I could be forced to jump.

Where does that force come from?  Within? Out side? Can I see it? Can I touch it?

That moment of jumping though - it's different, and for half a second there is a freedom in the new, the different. Then reality comes, the landing, the back to choosing.  To control the next step - control my ability to jump quickly or just stay put. 

There is a freedom in the jump, the ability to jump. We were given the ability to jump, to stand, to feel...

This was inspired by Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday prompt - five minutes of writing, just to write, not to impress...

Beverly Lewis

The Covenant

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Covenant, The (Abram's Daughters)
Beverly Lewis

Here's another Christian Fiction Series book - the first of a four book series by Beverly Lewis. This book holds to Lewis's traditional Amish characters around Lancaster County PA. The Covenant is wonderful introduction to Abram's Daughters - four in all - Sadie, Leah, Hannah and Mary Ruth.

Abram and Ida Ebersol are the parents to these unique girls, who are full of dreams and desires, even if they do live a "plain" life.


When Comes the Spring

Monday, April 15, 2013

When Comes the Spring (Canadian West #2)
By Janette Oke

Since I enjoyed When Comes the Heart so much, I wanted to continue on with the series, and of course I wasted too much time one weekend and read it straight through in a couple of days.  So here are my thoughts on this second book of the series.

I should probably state that in order to discuss this book, I have to give away some of the plot from When Comes the Heart, so if you are reading that book and don't want it ruined, STOP reading now.  Otherwise, here we go.


Shine Where God Asks You to Serve

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

One of the common sayings in Christian churches is "Let your Light shine."  Have you heard a similar proclamation?  Do you feel like you actually let the Light shine through you?

There are many days when I feel the weight of daily responsibilities create a heavy curtain that muffles my life- do you ever feel that way?


When Calls the Heart

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1)
By Janette Oke

I should probably start this review with a confession, Janette Oke has been one of my favorite authors for years and years.  There is just something about the time period she sets her books in and her ability to develop characters as the stories progress that has always captured me.  With that said, here are my thoughts on When Calls the Heart.

Blog party

An Ultimate Blog Party!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

There is just something so inspiring about the community that can form online through bloggers, don't you think?  That is honestly one of the reason I enjoy writing here so much. So of course I wanted to take part in the Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Reading List is a blog that mostly focuses on book reviews. The idea is that as a Christian stay-at-home boy-mama, I naturally have a different vantage point on the books I read, which impacts how I review them. There are reviews of books for study groups, Christian Fiction, Popular Fiction, non-Fiction, Children's books, and so much more!  I write in hope of starting small discussions with others who love to read to hear their vantage points on books.  But Reading List has slowly evolved to include some posts of a more personal nature that I want to share with my (ever-growing) community.

Reading List is also the home to a weekly link up of posts on books and reading and writing, so please join us weekly to share what you've been reading, or writing!

And right now I am holding my first giveaway!  I know what perfect timing. It's a great motivational ebook on how stay at home mamas can earn some money by putting their passion into a home business, or writing a book on your passion.  Check out the review! Then fill in the form for a chance to win.

Alyssa Avant

Faith Leaps: An Interview and Giveaway

Friday, April 05, 2013


Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day seventeen of the Virtual Blog Tour for FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose and Profits by author Alyssa Avant. On the last stop of the tour, Alyssa visited Jacqui’s blog at Reflecting His Glory.

Below is the great interview (and a giveaway) I did with Alyssa about FaithLeaps.

Alyssa Avant

FaithLeaps: A Review

Thursday, April 04, 2013

As a mom who has experienced both sides of the working world, working outside the home, then working from the home, I always feel I have a unique perspective on the trials of being a working mom. I tend to find myself drawn to the stories of how other women are juggling their roles because of this experience I've had.

So when I was approached to read a new book from a woman who is sharing her experience as a mom working from home to build a career that God called her to, I was more than excited. Alyssa Avant, mom entrepreneur, asked me to read her new book a few weeks ago, and I'm so excited to share it with all of you today!

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