Thursday, January 24, 2019

My Bible Reading Plan for 2019...and a giveaway!

It's hard to believe we are already 24 days into 2019! 

This has been a month of new adjustments for me...literally. I've been getting used to a new chiropractor after a long search for one that would not 'twist' or 'pop' me. I have a neck issue, severe scoliosis in my back, and a lot of nerve blockage, so I needed a very gentle approach to getting me to the point where I can function more efficiently.  

Less pain...less brain fog, which interferes with my ability to write. Managing the pain has been an interesting journey since I don't take any pain meds stronger than ibuprofen and I won't get steroid shots.  But I believe I'm back on the road to better back and neck health and less pain to manage...so for that, I am very thankful. 

I don't usually write about my own personal health...which thankfully is really pretty good at the age of 60, despite the neck and back issues. So, I'll quit the health update and get to what I really want to talk about...adjusting to my new Bible reading plan. 

Old Plan...

Through the years I've tried different methods of reading through the Bible in a year but the one that has worked most consistently for me has been The Daily Walk Bible (NLT) from Bruce Wilkinson's Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Tyndale House Publishers.

I've read through the Bible cover to cover for more than 8 years with this one...and the pages are starting to fall out. 

I use other Bibles for study but this has been my morning coffee & the Word go to for so long that I've decided to make a change and say goodbye to this old friend. 

I don't tend to work off of a Bible Reading Plan 'list' very well so I needed to find an actual Bible that was already laid out with daily readings sectioned off. I find that reading through the Bible in this way helps me to keep an overview of scripture and how the books fit together to create a larger narrative of what God is doing in the world...both throughout history and today. By doing this, I tend to get so much more out of the other more in-depth studies I do both privately and in Bible study groups. 



New Plan...

As I began to think and pray about what to do for 2019, I was offered the opportunity to review the Day-by-Day Chronological Bible. So I thought, perfect, it's in a reliable translation, Christian Standard Bible Translation(CSB), so that will be a good change from my previous reading in the NLT. So I signed up to do the review. 

They sent me this beauty!
 This Bible has a very nice soft as butter brown leathertouch cover. It's a bit hefty, but still comfortable to hold in my lap as I read from it. (It's about 7X9" and 2" thick).  It has two ribbons to hold your place as you read. One for the front of the Bible and the other, I presume, for the second half. 


So, I'm thinking this will hold up to many years of reading on a daily basis. 

This Bible is arranged into a chronological reading plan with daily readings guided by Dr. George Guthrie, professor of New Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. And I kind of love his approach. 

The Bible is a grand story...His story...and it includes you and I. But in order to understand where we fit, our place, in the story, we need to understand how the "Bible's Grand Story fits together, how it develops, where its climax comes, and how it invites us to join in a never-ending script that God continues to write in and through the lives of real people like you and me."  Dr. Guthrie gives us tips on reading through the Bible and understanding how to keep the Big Story in view, by dividing it into three acts and seventeen scenes, while also divided by weeks(52) and  6 days of reading with the 7th day of each week reserved for a recap and prayer/meditation. 

He begins each reading by reminding us where we are in the story and gives tips for reading that day's section. The pages are not dated so you can begin at any time, and there are diamond shaped boxes at the end of each day so that you can check off when you have completed the reading for the day.  In fact, there are 5 of those boxes so you can keep track of how many years you have read through this Bible. I love that!

I think this particular Chronological Bible is different from others in that the readings are arranged by content according to where it falls within the storyline of the scriptures and not necessarily by the date each book was written. 
For instance, on day 2 of week one, the readings are from Psalm 8, Psalm 104, and John 1:1-3. Because they all echo the creation story in Genesis 1 & 2.

Large margins for note taking and journaling.

I have many days more to go to get the full impact of this Bible reading plan. But I love the direction of the journey already. 

I'm a story girl as many of you know. I love a great story. I've even written a series of articles on Story that begins here: Story...The Great Connector

I believe we all have an innate desire to either hear or tell a good story. 

History is told through story. More than just a string of facts, it gives us a treasury of lessons learned and points us to a better way of living into the future. History gives us heroes to emulate...teaches us to dream big. It shows us that there is always something to be learned…even through failure. 

John Steinbeck said, "…a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last."  There is a great and lasting story…in HIS story, God's Word.  And yes…we are all a very important part of that story. Our creator speaks to us through His Word using 'story' as one avenue to tell us many stories that bring understanding to our own stories, our own purpose, as it fits into the bigger picture of His Story.

It is the very promises within that great story that keep us going and give us hope.  

Do you have a 'read through the Bible' plan for 2019? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. If you don't, you might consider the Day-by-Day Chronological Bible.

I have a giveaway going through January 30th. You can win your own copy of the Day-By-Day Chronological Bible, Brown Leathertouch($39.99 retail value)! So be sure to enter below! 

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Little Women: A Modern Retelling ~ Movie Review

Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women has endured as a favorite for 150 years. It is considered to be a timeless classic, and rightly so as it has served as an inspiration to generations of women. Originally published on September 30, 1868, Little Women remains a favorite and continues to inspire and encourage women, young and old, to dream new dreams and pursue purposeful lives.
"I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen."
 At the beginning of Alcott's writing career, she wrote poems, short stories, and potboiler dramas. Then in 1868, her publisher asked her to write a book for "little girls"...and the rest, as they say, is history. 

And now, on the 150th anniversary of Alcott’s original release, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings us the same story of those beloved sisters to a new generation.




Movie Synopsis

(Pinnacle Peak Pictures)

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. 
From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy- are committed to always supporting each other. 

Yet growing up sometimes means growing apart.

An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting...her family.

When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story.

Jo knows the perfect one by heart. 

Starring Lea Thompson as Marmee and featuring a talented cast, Including Lucas Grabeel and Ian Bohen, LITTLE WOMEN tells the story of the same beloved sisters to a new generation. Celebrating dreams, family and unconditional love, LITTLE WOMEN opens in theaters this weekend(Sept. 28th).

Themes

  • Family 
  • Purpose: Finding your purpose, following your dreams
  • Friendship
  • Love
  • Identity
My thoughts

I have to admit when I screened this movie, I was ill prepared to do a true comparison to other Little Women movies...or even with the book. It has been so long since I had read Little Women that I needed to do some research to get the story back into my recent memory. 

While some of the elements of the story are obviously different than the original story, such as Marmee(Lea Thompson)dealing with creditors on the phone while her husband is overseas in Afghanistan serving as an Army medic, the heart of the story remains true to the original. The unshakable bond between the March sisters remains the same...and that is the heart of this film. 

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Jo (Sarah Davenport) works on her novel in “Little Women.”
The movie begins with Jo going to New York where she has grand plans to publish a novel and then continues a series of flashbacks to where it all began...in her family home, growing up with her sisters and their wise mother, Marmee who encourages them to follow their dreams. 
I admit that I did get a little confused at a point or two with the chronological flashbacks, but overall the story began to flow for me and I settled in to enjoy the movie.

I did get a little put off with how strongly cruel Jo could be to her sisters, particularly to her sister Amy...but sibling spats can resort to being mean-spirited arguments. I have to admit the 'B' word did come to mind a time or two, but as Jo grew in character some of that meanness lessened as well. And in the end, there is reconciliation...which in my opinion is a necessary element of a good story. 

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I'll leave the rest of the storyline for you to discover. The writer and director of this modern retelling seem to have worked hard at staying true to the heart of the original. The themes of celebrating sisterhood, unconditional love, and the quest of following your dreams come through clearly in this beautiful retelling of this much loved classic novel.  



Genre: drama
Rating: PG-13
Release date: 9/28/18
Studio: Pinnacle Peak
Talent: Lea Thompson (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Sarah Davenport, Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL).

Ticket Info here.

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    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Rambling on about books...and a movie ticket giveaway! Little Women: A Modern Retelling

    My idea was to share how this love affair began.  You see, I was going to write just a bit about my passion for all things books. After a bit of rambling on about my love of books, I was then going to find a way to segue from talking about a classic I read as a young girl to introducing a movie that is a modern retelling of said classic...releasing in theaters later this month...Little Women: A Modern Retelling.

    Photo courtesy of Official Facebook Page for LITTLE WOMEN,
    a modern adaptation of the classic book Louisa May Alcott
    But the 'just a bit' became several paragraphs and was on track for becoming a full-blown article...without mention of the movie. No surprise there. So I've decided to just talk just a bit about the movie here.
    She is too fond of books, it has turned her brain.   
                                 ~Louisa May Alcott
    I can totally relate to that quote! Books like Little Women tend to make us stop and take a deeper look at the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Books have deeply impacted my sense of right and wrong, taken me on exciting adventures to new lands, and given me insight into the way others think that is profoundly different than my own way of thinking. Reading has shown me glimpses of characters who portrayed such traits as valor or courage or chivalry. 
    But enough about books for now...


    You can check back later to read the article on my love of books and how it all began and where it has taken me. 

    Also, next week I will have a review of the movie on the blog...so if you haven't made up your mind to see it, be sure to check back here to see if it sounds like your cup of tea. 

    In the meantime, I'm running a giveaway!! Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a $25 Fandango e-gift card, redeemable for LITTLE WOMEN!

    It's the 150th Anniversary of Little Women, which makes it the perfect time for the release of a new film adaptation of this beloved classic.

    Little Women releases in Theaters nationwide September 28, 2018. 
    Get your ticket info here: Little Women Ticket Information. 

    Watch the trailer here...



    Happy Birthday, LITTLE WOMEN!!! Let's Celebrate!! Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!!


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    Just for fun take this QUIZ to find out which March sister you are!
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    See you at the movies! 
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    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Healed By Grace 2...Review & Movie DVD Giveaway


    Overview

    Studio: Blended Planet
    Genre: Family/Drama
    Rating: NR/Dove Approved: All Ages 
    Run Time: 1:32
    Release Dates: 8/20/18 Digital, 9/18/18 DVD.  
    Talent: Sean Young, Kennedy Martin, Natalie Weese, David Matthew Weese

    About

    Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and the only gift she desires is a horse. 
    Unbeknownst to Jesse, her mother Brandy is in the throes of a cancer diagnosis which has Jesse's father jumping through unexpected obstacles. He signs Jesse up for summer camp, but when summer camp falls through he decides to have her stay with her estranged grandfather, an old gruff horse trainer named Gauff. Gauff, still recovering from the death of a special horse named Grace, now faces the challenges of teen negotiation. Gauff finds he must swallow his pride and ask his daughter Brandy for forgiveness. A humorous and inspiring story of how Grace works in mysterious ways. 

    Themes

    • Forgiveness
    • Reconciliation
    • Faith


    Available now on Digital. Available on DVD 9/18/18! 
    Purchase your copy here: Healed By Grace 2 DVD 

    Official Movie Trailer


    My Review


    Healed By Grace 2 is the second in a film series set in an inspirational equestrian training setting.  While the movie begins by establishing Jesse's love of horses, it quickly gets into the tricky problem of dealing with a cancer scare for Jesse's mother, Brandy. Brandy doesn't want to let Jesse know about the possible cancer diagnosis until she has had time to go through diagnostic testing to establish whether it is cancer or not. So, they begin making plans to send Jesse to camp in order to give them time to work things out.

    I don't want to retell the entire story in my review so I will just say that things begin to get a bit more complicated as Jesse's dad works on taking care of not only Jesse's situation with camp but also Brandy's need to take care of some emotional baggage in her own healing process with the cancer.  And it all becomes entangled with an old horse trainer named Gauff and a horse named Grace. 


    The Takeaway


    Again, as I said in my last movie review, like so many other movies within this genre there is a certain level of predictability. And some of the humor is a bit too cheesy for me...particularly the Christian camp director who Jesse's dad first spoke with. He was a bit too caricature-ish for me. 

    That said, I would still recommend this movie as a good family movie. While it handles some serious subject matter, there is also a good amount of humor to lighten it up. 

    I believe that there is value in watching movies with our children that handle difficult topics with grace. It can provide opportunities to discuss life's tuff stuff with our kids. In this case, there is family division, divorce, and cancer. But even more so the movie points out the importance of reconciliation, the role forgiveness plays in our healing both spiritually and physically, and the importance of unity within the family. 

    This film will encourage you to trust "...that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose."  


    Here's the fun news! I have a flash giveaway! 
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    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Daily Question For You & Your Child | More Than A Review

    I don't usually do straight up book reviews here on the blog. However, I do love to post an occasional Interview With The Author article. I work with some publishing companies and authors to help promote books and movies from time to time. I can assure you that I only recommend those products, whether movies or books, that I can honestly get behind. My heart in sharing these things with you is to give you resources to help you to grow and continue to pursue all that you were created to be. I will only promote products that I personally use and/or that I believe will add value to you, my readers, and will further the Kingdom building message and purpose of my site.

    With that in mind,  I want to introduce you to a book I have had the privilege to preview. I believe this little book is a precious opportunity for parents to create lasting memories with their children. The Daily Question For You And Your Child: A 3-Year Spiritual Journey. 


    Publisher's Synopsis:

    A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith journey.

    This interactive prompted journey allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child's life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child's feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus
    on spirituality and the child's heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.


    My thoughts:

    As a woman who has two grown children, I can tell you that I wish I had something like this book when they were little to prompt me to write down some of their precious thoughts on...well...so many things. 

    We all think we will remember the cute, funny or sometimes profound words that spring forth from our children's mouths but as time passes so do those memories. Our recall becomes questionable...how did they say that again? Oh...it was sooo cute! Or perhaps their words revealed just who God created them to be...their creativity or industriousness, or their tender heart. By the time they reach their teens we sometimes have to dig to find that tender heart again. 

    As an adult, I wish that my mother had written down more to recapture the essence of who I was as a child. I believe that when we are very young before the world has had a chance to tell us who it thinks we should be, we are who God created us to be, even though getting fully there is a process yet to have taken place. All of those inclinations, tendencies, dreams are there...until someone comes along and tells us how childish, silly and impractical we are being. And begins to extinguish the dreams our Creator placed in our heart and spirit.  Or as one author put it,
    Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. 
    ~Ann Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups
    Now I don't necessarily believe I have turned into someone I was not meant to be...but I can see how the obstacles along the way have put roadblocks in my way to feeling completely secure in who I was created to be.  And perhaps have kept me from fully realizing all that God created me to be. I'm still on that quest.

    Getting back to the book at hand. I believe that this is a great tool to create a beautiful keepsake not only for the parent's but for the child as he/she grows into adulthood. One that will be treasured.  

    This is a quality little hardback book with a pocket on the front cover of the book where you can place a photo of your child, and even change it out with each year. I would recommend getting one book for each of your children. You can record their words when they are young and as they are able they can write down their own answers. 

    I love the questions! They are thoughtful and have the potential to prompt great conversations. Some questions are just fun and silly, while others are thought-provoking and have the potential to reveal your child's heart as you listen to their answer. The questions could be read at the dinner table each day or at bedtime each night.  Or whenever it works best for you. They are so simple that if you miss a few days it would be easy to just ask a few questions at one time to get caught back up. 

    Take a look at this photo of a two-page spread from the book. 



    There are 365 Questions, here is just a handful:


    • Who do you think needs a hug today?
    • If you could spend an hour as any animal, what animal would you pick? 
    • Do you prefer to build snowmen or have snowball fights?
    • If you could ask Jesus a question, what would you ask him?
    • What makes you sad?
    • What is something you'd like to know how to make?
    • What do you wish I did more of?
    • What do you wish you could spend less time doing?
    • If you could meet someone from the Bible, who would it be?
    • What is the first memory you can think of?
    • What is hard for you right now? How can I help you with it?
    Some who have reviewed this book have stated that the drawback, like so many other things begun with good intentions, is that it has the potential to be just one more thing on our already too long list of to-dos.  But I think it is something so precious it is well worth the effort to get this book and begin making memories with your child.   

    It's time to slow down in this crazy media driven world. Take time to sit down at the dinner table with your family, put the phones away, and talk to one another. Ask questions and listen...really listen to your loved ones as they answer. Don't tell them what or how to think, but listen to their hearts. You might just begin to understand why you have been given the privilege of having this child pass through you into this world. You did not create their destiny even though they share your DNA. Listening to the way they process these questions just might give you an idea of the inclinations of their heart.  

    Parents, we are not the ones who created these precious ones who have been given into our care. No, they are the offspring of our heavenly Father, their spiritual Creator...just as you and I are. So listen and learn, so that you can be a part of the legacy that HE wants to leave with this world through the lives of our children. Be the guide in their lives to help steer the inclinations of their heart toward their Creator so they will grow fully into the man or woman God created them to be. 

    God has given us an awesome responsibility.  Let's use all we can to help us accomplish His purposes for our children. 

    I'm not saying this book is the end all to good parenting...not at all. I just think that it might be another small tool (and a fun one) to help us along the parenting journey. 

    My plans for this book? I'll be ordering a second book to give as gifts to my grandsons, Judah and Eli, for Christmas.

    You can order your copy here: The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual Journal

    I hope that this book helps to create some very special memories for you and your child! 





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    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    5 Battle Ready Tools To Help In Hard Moments | Kelly Balarie | Guest Post

    I'm so excited to have Kelly Balarie, author, speaker, fear fighter, and faith cheerleader guest post on the blog today. Kelly gives us a glimpse of what it means to be "battle ready" by giving us 5 tools to help in hard times. 

    The enemy of your soul wants nothing more than to jump into your weakest moments and ambush your faith, leaving you weak and exhausted and doubting the Lord's love for you. Don't wait for that to happen. In her latest book, Kelly provides a variety of biblical truths to renew the mind, exercises to boost hope, and habit altering strategies to equip and prepare us to be ready to stand firm when the attacks come...even to experience peace in the midst of the mess.

    Kelly gives us the tools to equip our heart, spirit, and mind to be Battle Ready.

    So grab a cup of coffee/tea and join us. I hope that you are blessed by her words today!  

    Oh...and Battle Ready releases today!! Congrats to you, Kelly on the birth of this beautiful book-baby!! 
    Follow the links in the post below to get your copy today!!

                                                                By: Kelly Balarie

    She didn't so much as say hi to me. In fact, even worse, she walked right past me, looking the other direction. She pretended I wasn't there. Hmph!! After all I've done for her. After all I've given her. After how I've gone out of my way to love her. 

    Now I'm the one left looking like a crazed waving-at-the-air fool.  Like - an idiot.

    humph at her husband along the way to my church seat. Silently, I critique her in my mind, She's rude. Before not too long, I get side-tracked by own thoughts: Everyone always hurts me. Like that boy, I asked to dance in 4th grade. Like those girls who circled up to whisper about me in that damp locker room. Like the group of women who act like they're far better than me.

    I'm supposed to be listening in church, but who can listen, thinking about all this, all of them!?

    Here, I find myself, in the heat of a horrible battle. You can always tell if you're in the heat-of-a-battle. Almost instantly, your soul-crushing problem magnifies 100x larger than your promise-keeping God. Suddenly, you're standing weaponless, in all-out combat within your own mind. Hardly able to win.

    Ever been there?

    I've struggled through a lot – through massive health-scares, depression, an eating disorder, financial debt and relationship-severing dramas. Battles. Huge, hard-fought battles, loaded with momentary decisions of pain, struggle, and uncertainty.

    I remember the time:

    1. The doctor returned to the room with the clipboard saying, "You really might have Mulitple Sclerosis."
    I thought: How do I keep my thoughts close to God with this kind of news?
    2. My colicky newborn made me pace my hallways 24-7. Sleepless, hardly-thinking and powerless to change my health-situation, I didn't know what to do.  
    I thought: How do I still love people when my whole life is unraveling?

    3. A family member called me to say I really should get on setting up long-term care for myself.
    I thought: How do I deal with the fact all my dreams will now look different than I thought?

    Through all this, I realized, real wisdom is having a battle-plan.

    Let’s talk about Christ-centered battle-plan preparedness. Begin by asking yourself: What am I currently facing?

    Identifying your main struggles (resentment, regret, trauma, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, fear) is to allow God to help you win your battle. For example, for me, underneath that issue with the girl, was an old war full of rejection, humiliation, and abandonment from years past. Underneath, were old battles I’d lost – because they were left unaddressed. Therefore, they left me with resentment towards God.

    Seeing our battles for what they are, gives us a clear-cut strategy to fight - and win.  It also removes all the pent-up offenses that, like plaque, cover our heart.

    What about you? Do you emotionally respond to happenings set before you or do you wisely act based on God’s Word and promises?

    Today, you can fight your battle a new way. Consider:

    1. Asking God what feelings of fear, worry, anger, resentment, neglect and hurt He desires you give to him.
    2. Giving those hurts to Jesus, by saying, "Jesus, I am not meant to carry these. Forgive me. They've hurt me for far too long. I know and believe you have peace, joy, life, and freedom for me as I give you these things."
    3. Blessing any women who have hurt you.
    4. Reframing your moments of hurt. (Example: when she passed by me quickly, she was probably was in a rush, she might have had something to do or she lost in thought)
    5. Returning to a heart of love. (Example: Thank you God that you love me and I can love others. In fact, I can love the very person who hurt me by ___.)

    This is the start of being Battle Ready. There truly are practical insights, wise biblical instructions and truths that can help you rise above the mayhem of trials, and hardships. You can find the light of Christ and step into all God has for you. 

    The victory belongs to the Lord. Isn’t it time you began to make room for it?


    About Battle Ready: Train Your Mind To Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously

    "The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy's tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!"
    Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence building mind-sets to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You'll gain practical wisdom, like how to

    • make new habits stick in just five steps
    • disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
    • exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
    • implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
    • create boundaries so you live life full of what matters

    Buy Battle Ready here: https://amzn.to/2Ng6xEu


    To get Battle Ready freebies - printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the Find Your Battle Style quiz, visit: www.Iambattleready.com


    To order the companion Prayer Journal that will help you take a practical approach to change your thoughts, then your life, visit here: Battle Ready Prayer Journal: A Simple 3-Month Battle Plan to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, 





    Kelly Balarie, an author, and national speaker is on a mission to encourage others not to give up. Through times of extreme testing, Kelly believes there is hope for every woman, every battle and in every circumstance. She shares this hope on her blog, Purposeful Faith, and on many writing publications such as Relevant, Crosswalk, and Today's Christian Woman. Kelly's work has been featured on The Today Show, 700 Club Interactive, Moody Radio and other television and radio broadcasts. When Kelly is not writing, she is chilling at the beach with her husband, a latte, and 2- toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles. 

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    I have found through the years that yes... life is hard, but God truly is good. It can be hard to hold onto that truth in the midst of a battle. In Kelly's book, Battle Ready, she gives us the tools to stand firm in the midst of the mess and the conflicts of life.

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