Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World & Bible Study DVD Giveaway

I’ve been reading the book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver. I feel a bit late to the party on this book because many of my friends have read it already since it originally released in 2000. I can’t express how much I appreciate this book. The subtitle is “Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life.” Certain seasons of my life have been busier than others, but I certainly am in a busy season.

The material in this book is absolutely fabulous. Joanna expresses much of my personal struggle as she outlines the struggle of many Christian women- we want to be close to Jesus, but the daily busyness of the world intrudes on the opportunities to draw close to Him. When we read the story of Mary and her heart for God, we want to be the ones listening intently to the Master teacher. But the Martha in us tells us there is much to be done and we should be moving along.

If you’ve never read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, I can’t recommend it enough. And whether you’ve read it or not, I want to be sure you know about the incredible NEW material published just this year! This beautiful book in the new edition contains a 12 week companion Bible study guide. And I’m so excited that Joanna also offers a 10 session DVD AND Bible study guide for group or personal study with a TON of bonus material that you will not want to miss, including tools to go deeper into the study.

Now to be honest, I’ve only watched the first session of this study, but truly it is one I can’t wait to dig into more. Joanna’s warm and open style of teaching will capture your heart from the first word. I’ve been contemplating how and when I’m going to complete this study, but I wanted to list my ideas out for you to see if one might meet your needs.

  • Host a group study in home, at church, or in the community.
  • Use the DVD for you and one other accountability partner. Maybe this person is a neighbor, friend or co-worker you see regularly for convenience of discussion.
  • Use the DVD and study guide for personal use. (Very affordable!!)
  • Host a retreat using the retreat session on the DVD. (How cool is that??!!)
  • Host a Bible study marathon day. What’s that? One day or weekend in which you watch ALL the DVD sessions, in this case, 10 sessions of 20-22 minutes each. How does that work? Be sure to come back on Monday for my next post to see how I’ve used the Bible study marathon method successfully!!

I really want you to see how affordable this Bible study is. So check out the book HERE, the DVD and study guide pack HERE, and the single copy study guide HERE. 

And now for the super fun part!! I’m so excited to be giving away 2 sets of the book, DVD and study guide today!

maryheart giveawayI’m really pumped about this because I receive many emails from readers who say their church doesn’t have the resources to purchase Bible studies and could I send study recommendations, especially free studies. This giveaway will be incredibly beneficial to whomever wins it!

Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter and be sure to return for the next post about how to host a Bible study marathon! Have a great weekend!


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Bible Stories for Kids Book Giveaway & FREE My Story Printable

When I was a child, our family owned two sets of Bible story books. From the time I was 3 years old until I was about 9 years old, my mom read a story or two to us almost every night. The first set of books contained 5 volumes and to this day, I can quote some of the stories word for word. The second set of books contained chapters and had 12 volumes. I remember each cover of each volume and the stories that were contained in each volume.

Children are so impressionable. Their minds are little sponges that soak up everything. I’m so grateful for my parents instilling God’s Word at an early age, in all types of creative ways. I’m excited to have the opportunity to offer this Bible stories for Kids book giveaway!

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The two stories I’m introducing to you today will  be favorites with your little ones. Designed for ages 1-4, these Bible stories, My Story: Joseph and My Story: David, are sure to be well-loved! A. They contain stickers! :) B. The stories are told in first person and the artistry is expressive and fun. I’ve always loved the story of Joseph (maybe because I have his mama’s name!) And I think every kid in the universe falls in love with David and Goliath.

I really wanted you to see a demo of the books so you would understand the printable I’m offering with this awesome giveaway so take a peek at that:

So now that you’ve seen a little of the super cute way the stories unfold, I wanted to give you an activity you could do with your children alongside the book. Perhaps you could begin your printable time with:

“Now Joseph had a story and David had a story- what’s your story?”

And your child could fill in the blanks of this free printable with his or her own story.

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You never know what you might learn from your kiddos with this little activity! Just click on the graphic above to open the FREE printable pdf.

Be sure to follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore Review & Giveaway

A few weeks back, I stumbled across an ad with Beth Moore’s latest release, Whispers of Hope. At the time I had no idea that it was a devotional prayer journal. When I received the book, I was a bit astonished to see the words “10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer” as the subtitle.

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God surely knew my heart- this book has been a much-needed prompt to keep my focus on daily prayer time. I’ve passed on a ton of prayer ideas, materials, and ways to keep journals to you over this year. The methods we’ve discussed throughout the year and all the ideas pinned to the Prayer Pinterest board are wonderful! But the reason I enjoy the variety of ideas and prayer plans is because…

When routine is turning into a rut, that’s when you need to change up your time with God.

And just to be perfectly honest with you, I had arrived at that point about six weeks ago. So I’m just so happy this book arrived right on time.

Whispers of Hope teaches the process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.


For our weekly Whimsical Wednesday linkup, I typically share an article I’ve carefully written and chosen specifically for my readers. This book made such an impact in my life that I’m thrilled to be giving a copy away today in lieu of the usual Whimsical Wednesday. Just follow the Rafflecopter for the chance to win this beautiful prayer and devotional book.

If you’re interested in purchasing the book, Amazon just happens to have it at half price right now- only $7.49! Click HERE to order.

Bloggers, I’m so glad to have you linking up and I hope you’ll enter the giveaway!

Have a great day!



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