Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore


Hello and happy Wednesday! I have some super cute pieces to share with you today, so let's jump right in!

There are so many great choices in dresses available on zulily.com right now. Check these out:






Even though I am thoroughly enjoying the warm, sunny weather we are having this week, I have started thinking a little bit about autumn and transitional pieces and boots. What do you think about these items (also on zulily.com right now)?






And look at these fantastic Dark Leo Earrings from lilyasher.com! They have so many choices, but these are some of my favourites.


I've also had my eye on this fun, lace tunic from groopdealz.com


I'm linking up with the other girls for What I Wore on The Pleated Poppy. Hop on over for more fashion inspiration.

Blessings and love. xo

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Holy Ghost Movie {Review and Giveaway}


Oh. My. Word. 

I was recently given the opportunity to review Holy Ghost by filmmaker Darren Wilson and FlyBy Promotions. I am thrilled to share this movie with you guys. Thrilled!

About the film:

Can the Holy Spirit Direct a Movie?

In this fast-paced documentary from the director of the popular films Finger of GodFurious Love, and Father of Lights, Darren Wilson sets out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. No plan, no script, no safety net — just go wherever he feels the Spirit leading him to try and discover the adventure God has for him. Whether it’s the riches of Monte Carlo, a heavy metal concert, or the oldest city in the world, the result is a film that not only challenges and excites, but also reveals a God who is far more alive and active than you ever imagined.

The movie features names such as Lenny Kravitz, Brian “Head” Welch, Bill Johnson, Michael W. Smith, Todd White, Meredith Andrews, DeVon Franklin, William P. Young, Phil Vischer, and many more!

My Thoughts:

I have seen Darren's other films and have wept and laughed and stared, mouth open, at my television screen as he has taken us on some crazy, God-journeys in those other DVDs. So I had high expectations for this film and yes, they were met and exceeded! 

I've written before about learning to live more according to God's Kingdom here on earth. I've asked the Father what that looks like and how to live it out. This movie is a fantastic example of where I want my life to go. To be completely led by the Holy Spirit. Not that I never have a plan or write down a schedule or get into a routine, but to be so open-handed with my own plan that when He speaks, I go where He says "go" or stay put when He says "stay" or reach out to someone when He says "reach" or drop what I'm doing to pray over someone when He says "now". And even better, to just give Him a blank page and say "please fill it according to Your plan and perspective. I'm Yours." That is how I want to live and how I want my family to operate in this life. Heaven on earth. Here and now.

Darren says: If love doesn't motivate you, there's really no point {see 1 Corinthians 13:1-3}. 
This is a beautiful theme in all of Darren's films. Without love, we are simply clanging cymbals. Holy Spirit is God. He is real. He is here on the earth now. And He wants to release His love AND power in us and through us. Miracles didn't just happen two thousand years ago. They are for now. Our family has seen them and we are asking 'more, please, Lord'. 

1 Corinthians 2:4 
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power . . .

1 Corinthians 4:20 
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

Check out the official website here: http://holyghost.wpfilm.com 

On September 6th, Wanderlust Productions will host the FREE worldwide premiere of the film at this site HolyGhostMovie.com

Please, please don't miss this film! I think it is one of the most important movies you will ever watch.

Giveaway Details: 

Thanks to FlyBy Promotions, one of my readers will win a copy of Holy Ghost!!! All you need to do is comment (and PLEASE leave your email address) and tell me if you've seen any of Darren's other films OR you can tell me how you have seen or want to see Holy Spirit work in your life. Giveaway is open to anyone age 18 or older in the US or Canada. End date is September 9, 2014 11:59pm. 

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
Blessings and love. xo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan {25 August}


Hello friends!

We have an exciting week here celebrating Emma's 18th birthday. Goodness, it's hard to believe I just wrote EIGHTEENTH! What? Time keeps marching on, doesn't it? 

We have added some new components to our schedule for the first time this week - Bob has new work hours and Ava starts soccer. Plus I'm still adjusting to Emma's new work schedule, as well. Isn't it a constant factor to keep schedules straight and plan accordingly?

Here's what I have planned for this week:

Monday - Steak bites on the grill, sweet potato fries, salad

Tuesday - Macaroni and cheese (Emma's night to cook)

Wednesday - Birthday dinner for Emma (one night early, due to her work schedule)!

Thursday - Asian Lettuce Wraps

Friday - Curried Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions

Saturday - Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy and Mushrooms

Sunday - Snack-y supper

In case you missed it and would like help thinking of what to make for lunch, here is my post on Homemade Lunch Ideas!

Blessings and love. xo

Linking up: Menu Plan Monday and Good Tips Tuesday  

I Need You to Survive


The past couple of weeks have been heavy, eh? I haven't written anything about the tragedies our world has been experiencing, until now. I just needed time to process and pray. 

Honestly, the death of Robin Williams has been hard to accept. He was a man who became a part of so many families all over the world, ours included, even though we never actually met the man. How many times did he make us laugh? How many times did he touch our hearts? Bring us a little more joy? He was a brilliant comedian and actor. It's still hard to believe that he took his own life. Knowing that he was under such depression (as well as learning about the physical issues he was having) just breaks my heart. And watching the comments on social media has been eyeopening, as well. I knew there were hurting people everywhere. The past 14 days have shown me just how many. 

Add to that the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The Christians being killed in Iraq

The continuing attack on Israel and Jews around the world

The beheading of James Foley

The news is particularly distressing right now. It's almost too much to take in at times.

People are struggling. Life is difficult. Depression has taken hold. The devil is a liar and he's very crafty at getting us to believe him and agree with him. 

I just want to share, that as a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe there is HOPE. Even in the darkness, even in the storms, even in the sleepless night, even in the seasons of feeling completely alone, Jesus is our Salvation and Hope. His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead make it possible for me and for you to live a life of joy and hope and love and compassion and prosperity. We can flourish in our lives, because of Jesus! 

The enemy whispers lies - 'you are not important' - 'you are not good enough' - 'you don't deserve happiness' - 'you make too many mistakes' - 'you'll never get it right' - 'you're too tired to get out of bed' - 'life is too much to handle' - 'you should give up' - 'you're a burden'  and on and on and on. But guess what? His lies are just that and cannot stand against Truth. I just need to arm myself with the proper weapons to fight him and he cannot win. I'll be writing more on this soon. 

But for now, please know that God is for you and I am for you.

There is a song that has continued to play and replay in my mind these past two weeks. I first heard it a little over a year ago when our family joined the church to which we now belong. The song is titled "I Need You To Survive" by Hezekiah Walker and the lyrics are so touching. I wept and wept upon hearing it that first time. We sing it often and it has become a part of the songs I wake up singing in the night. 

If you are in a hard place right now, please listen and know that I need you to survive





And if you are in such darkness that you don't think you can pull out of it by yourself, call on Jesus AND call on a friend or loved one who can walk you through your pain. It's a good idea to get help. We are not meant to walk this road alone. 

And if you would like for me to pray for you, please let me know in the comments. 

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Wore


Hello, lovelies! How are you today? I am taking a quick break from trying to get my homeschool act together to post a few favourite fashion finds from around the web this week. I hope you enjoy them!

Check out this Gorgeous Rosette Necklace from toadorn.com! Only for a limited time.




And there are so many cute pieces on zulily.com right now for fall. These will only last for a short time, so check them out today!








Happy shopping!

Blessings and love. xo

Linking up: The Pleated Poppy

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