Trusting God’s Plan (and a little help from Lysa TerKeurst)

Post includes a 2 book giveaway of the NEW children’s book by Lysa TerKeurst, “It Will Be Okay”

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Trusting God’s plan isn’t an easy thing for us as humans, is it? We simply want to know the plan. Our questions often include:

  • What is the purpose of this problem or circumstance?
  • How could something good come out of this?
  • How is God going to use this in my life?

I often wonder why we who trust Christ for our eternal salvation struggle so much to trust him with our everyday lives.

Do we forget that the God who saved us will sustain us?

Yikes, I preach to myself.

 

Over the summer, my 1o year old daughter and I were privileged to meet with Lysa TerKeurst for a few minutes at Women of Faith. I really wish I had thought to take a photo, but my mommy brain must have been on overload that day. When Tristina discovered that Lysa had written a new children’s book, she wanted to review it for you.
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Now the interesting part of the story is that when I asked Tristina if she wanted to read the book, it was just a simple request. But God had something so much bigger in store for her! This week was a trying one for her and a certain situation left her tired and struggling against fear. My mama’s heart ached for her, because the truth is- I struggle with this same fear. We had to make a change in plans because the situation just seemed too big.  The problem can’t be avoided and will have to be resolved, so we rescheduled a time to tackle it in the near future.

When Tristina finished reading the book and immediately came to me, I saw her eyes wide open. “I know why you wanted me to read this book, Mom,” her voice full of accusation. I honestly had no idea what she meant, but it quickly became obvious that the message of the book was personal to her. Here is her review:

Hi! I’m Tristina Wojnarowski.  I read the book It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst, who I met before with my mom. It’s about a seed in a little seed packet and he doesn’t want to be planted.  He likes it up on the shelf in his packet. But then a little fox came into the shed because it was storming.  Throughout the story the little seed and the little fox grew up together and stayed right next to each other and became best friends.  I think that it was a great book to teach kids like me about trusting in themselves and trusting in God as well.  I really like the cute illustrations and the characters.

One of my favorite parts about this book is the awesome list of 10 Scriptures to Memorize with Your Kids. What a wonderful list to give them as practical tools to use in the face of fear!

I figured you would want a sneak preview of this precious book and its beautiful message on trusting God through fear and change! So take a peek below:

I’m pretty pumped to give away two copies of this sweet book this weekend! Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter to win.

For more details or to purchase, go here—–> It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox)

Have a great weekend!!
Rachel

More Resources on Trusting God’s Plan:

15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times

A Prayer for when I can’t understand God’s plan

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A Prayer of Love Over My Child

A Prayer of Love Over My Child

Dear Father,
As a parent,
You are the perfect example
Of love and how it gives.
You gave your one and only son
Because you love the world.
The depth of your love cannot be measured.
The largeness of it cannot be sized.
Will you help the one you’ve gifted to me
to know the gift of your love?
Will you help this child of mine
know just how much love he is loved?
May each opportunity to share your love
Be embraced to the fullest possibility.
Amen.

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Today I’m writing for the MOB Society during their 21 days of praying for our sons series. I’d love it if you’d pay them a visit to read more on praying love over our children.

21dAYS OF PRAYER

Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Rachel

9 Family Favorite Bible Games

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At the beginning of the cooler temperatures here  in Ohio, my thoughts have turned towards more indoor activities for spending great family time together. My husband is a true board game lover and when I tell you I don’t know how many board games he has, I really mean it.

“A whoooooole yot,” as my three year old would say.

Both my husband and I grew up in church and each of us also grew up playing Bible games. You may have caught on to our love for Bible trivia if you watched us on American Bible Challenge. What I only recently came to realize is how many board games also have a Bible edition of the game! With the season of board game playing upon us, I thought I’d share my discoveries with you. You ready? In no particular order, here we go:


1. Apples to Apples Bible Edition
We love Apples to Apples because it’s a great game when everyone is tired and has had a long day or week. This game doesn’t require a ton of strategy or put a strain on the brain, but it’s loads of fun.

  • Age Group: Age 8 and up (I have found if children are proficient in reading, they can play this game at ages 6&7)
  • Number of Players: 4-10
  • Discontinued by Manufacturer, but the Bible edition is still available on Amazon.


2. Bible Taboo
Taboo is a word game played by getting your team players to say the word at the top of the card without saying the word. So “Moses” could be described with single words, such as “Egyptian” “Miriam” “Pharaoh” “river.”

  • Age Group: Age 10 and up
  • Number of Players: 4-10, must have an even number
  • Well-loved by Amazon reviewers.


3. Cactus Games Scattergories-Bible Edition
Scattergories has long been one of my personal favorite board games. My inner word geek and Bible study lover are united through this game. This game is played as individuals and requires your thinking cap to be engaged.

  • Age Group: Age 10 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • The links above are for the Bible edition. On Amazon, there is also a Catholic edition. You want to be sure you order appropriately according to the desired preference.


4. Cranium Bible Edition

Cranium is definitely a thinking game, but much enjoyment can be found from all the different creative roles the players display throughout this game. We haven’t played the standard version of this game at our house, nor have we played the Bible edition, because most of our game players are much younger than the recommended age. However, for those of you with teens or if you host small groups, etc., this game would be a great match!

  • Age Group: Age 13 and up
  • Number of Players: 4 or more
  • This game is not specific to a Bible version.


5. (by Cadaco) Bible “Trivia” Game: The Game Where Trivia Is Not Trivial, 5400 Questions, Two Games in One, Fully Referenced, Scripturally Sound
Now I know it’s looking a little retro, but this Bible Trivia game is the one we have here at home and it is so fun. Very detailed and based on the KJV Bible version, this trivia game will keep you both thinking and learning.

  • Age Group: Age 8 and up ( I think kids would benefit from the Children’s version, which I’ve listed next.)
  • Number of Players: 2-12
  • This game is specific to the King James Version.


6. Children’s Bible Trivia Game (1984)

And here we have the children’s version of the Bible Trivia game mentioned above. Both of these games are dated back to the 1980’s, but many of my favorite games are the older ones. So I had to share with you that these old games are awesome!

  • Age Group: Age 6 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • This game is specific to the King James Version.


7.Bible Search Thee Game

I thought you might enjoy seeing one more retro style game. Bible Search is the actual Bible trivia game I grew up playing with my parents and 8 siblings. We passed many winter evenings playing this game after dinner and I was surprised to see you can still find it around. However, I can’t find the details on recommended ages or number of players, etc.


8. Bible Sequence
Our family really loves Sequence and this game is great when you have 3 or 4 players. We’ve never played the Bible version of this game, but my understanding is that the Bible version isn’t played any differently. There is no Bible knowledge required, but the picture cards do increase familiarity with Bible characters.

  • Age Group: Age 7 and up- I think 6 year olds will be challenged a bit, but could play depending on logic skills.
  • Number of Players: 2-12, but teams are played with 4 or more players
  • Fun, easy to play, game passes quickly.


9.Guesstures: Bible Edition
Guesstures is another one of those board games I grew up playing with my family. We have some great memories of getting a little crazy with the inability to speak and only acting, like the time my dad ran to the fridge and grabbed a gallon of milk on his turn. :) This game is basically charades on steroids, which makes it a ton of fun.

  • Age Group: Age 12 and up, another great one for teens!
  • Number of Players: 4 or more players
  • Fun, easy to play, and doesn’t require a ton of Bible knowledge.This is a fun game for those not as familiar with Bible facts.

I hope you found a game or two that clicks with you and you’re ready to embrace the weather change while enjoying your family. Today’s post is inspired by my awesome friend, Courtney DeFeo and her BRAND new book releasing this week, In This House We Will Giggle. The message in this book is one I so desperately want to remember and implement.

You see, Courtney believes that the way to instill virtues in your children is through laughter, not lecture.


In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life

Courtney’s approach to showing your children how to love Jesus more is catching and fun! The questions in her book really caused me to stop and reflect on my own home. Questions like:

How about you? Which sort of home did you grow up in?

When you think about God and how you view Him, what is He like?

What home and view of Christ do you want for your kids?

Do you believe the joyful home is even possible?

I have to tell you, I’m convinced it is. And this book is all about taking steps to make that joyful home a reality for all of us.

I’ve read Courtney’s book and I’m so excited that I’ve planned to participate in some of her challenges in the book. So at the end of a fun post on family board games,I thought it only appropriate to encourage you to purchase In This House, We Will Giggle through the link above or check out her website for more fun!

Happy game playing!

Oh and I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite games, any edition! Do you have a favorite?

Rachel

 
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