Must Read!

Jaquelle’s book is AWESOME! I simply cannot wait to meet this young woman in person. As if it’s possible, it makes me even more excited to sit in on her sessions.

I hope whether you are a teen or not you all read This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years. The message applies to my 41 year old self just and much as my 18 year old. Don’t let the word ‘teen’ under the title scare you away. Read it!

But if you don’t have a chance to pick it up or order it before, you will be able purchase a copy at the conference and chat with the author. I’m sure you will want your teens to read it along with you. 😉

We are continuing with our work to make this years conference the best one yet. Stay tuned as I get more details out to you.

We would appreciate your prayers through the preparations of the next couple of months as we wrap it all up pretty for you.

~Shannon

Books for the Soul

It’s like they reach right into my soul and put words to paper for what they find there. The Lord has used many books to build up, and tug at me, the way the Scriptures have already taught me.

I really appreciate book lists made by other women of their top reading choices. I’ve read a number of books on someone else’s recommendation that I would not have considered otherwise. One of the most recent examples of this would be Sir Dalton, by Chuck Black.

All that to say, maybe sharing a few of my favourites, just a few mind you, may give you a chance to break out of your norm and try something a little different. And if you see something that interests you, check with Cheryl @ HomeGrown to see if she has it in stock. Her prices are great!

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So, here are some of my top book choices in no particular order:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Didn’t take long to get through this one. A great true-story of a muslim who is transformed by meeting Jesus. Absolutely amazing story and will make you want to know your Bible a lot better and the box you have God in may get a whole lot bigger. 😉

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson
SO ENCOURAGING. A quick read and down-to-earth common sense. If you are a homeschooling mom, you need to read this book. Also, Todd is going to be the speaker at the HENB conference in New Brunswick this year. Can’t wait to listen to him in person and chat with his family! Maybe I’ll see you there?!

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
This one gave me a whole new perspective on mission work both abroad and here in my own home with my own children. Humbled and encouraged me. Absolutely worth the read.

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A must read in my opinion. One I will be reading yearly. If you have read it you know what I’m talking about. It’s powerful. In chapter 10 Christian explains to Hopeful:

“They think that these fears are prompted by the devil (though in reality they are wrought of God) and, thinking so, they resist them as something evil that would unbalance the mind. They also think that such fears will undermine faith (what they have is only fancy, not faith), and they harden their hearts against them. They presume that fear is a weakness, and that it is wrong to be afraid. Therefore, in spite of their sincere convictions, they become unduly self-confident. They see that fear tends to destroy their happiness and their pitiful self-righteousness; therefore, they resist it with all their willpower.”

God Isn’t In a Hurry by Warren Wiersbe
Another encouraging book that won’t take long to read. It was passed on to me through my dad. Want to get rid of what I call ‘white-washed tomb syndrome’? This book will give you a glimpse into areas of your life that you just might be behaving like a pharisee. I loved it. It was a huge help to me.

Born After Midnight by A.W.Tozer
Oh. My. Goodness!! I love Tozer. Anything I’ve read by him has been highlight-able. (I’m known for underlining and highlighting like there’s no tomorrow!)

 “To me it has always been difficult to understand those evangelical Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They say they serve the Lord, but they divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play and loaf as enjoy the pleasures of the world as well. They are at ease while the world burns; and they can furnish many convincing reasons for their conduct, even quoting Scripture if you press them a bit.
I wonder whether such Christians actually believe in the fall of man.”

Keep A Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliot 
Daily constant encouragement from this well-known author. Short chapters for a mom on the go. Short chapters, but packed with good stuff. All women need this kind of reading on their coffee table!

Our Search for Serenity by Dr.Stephan & Gigi Tchividjian (Also titled A Woman’s Quest for Serenity, depending on the year)
In a time when I was young, discouraged, and overwhelmed I was given this book. The elderly lady that handed it to this young wife & mother didn’t know how much of an impact it would have…. or maybe she did. 😉 I have since thanked her for it and told her how much of a help it was. It’s out of print now, but I find copies here and there in used book places and always pick it up so I have giveaway copies. I’ve also bought some used copies on amazon.

Mimosa by Amy Carmichal
What a beautiful, brain-stretching story!! Please read this book! It was my niece’s favourite and let my mom borrow it. Mom was fascinated and passed it on to me. Now I buy it and pass it on. Another one that will force you to take God out of the box you have created!

Sir Dalton by Chuck Black
I had googled ‘Christian Women Book List’ (or something like that) and a lady had a number of my all-time favourite books on her list, so I figured we had similar taste. Sir Dalton was on her ‘must read’ list for every christian woman. That’s a kids book! Fiction! I am not one to give my time to fiction.  My kids have been enjoying a number of Chuck Black books for a few years so I rummaged around and found it. An allegory and heavy on the importance of Scripture… It was SO good!

Happy Reading! And feel free to share your own book recommendations in the comments. I’d love to know what your all-time favourites are!

~Shannon

Add this to your Bible Challenge!

Another Bible Challenge update for you. This time I’ve added one of my favourite and most helpful ideas to the video. You just might want to adopt it as well! 🙂

New here? Check out the previous videos to catch up:

Bible Challenge Introduction 
Bible Snippets 1
Bible Snippets 2  

Have you been trying the challenge out? I’d love to hear from you! The testimonials I’ve heard so far have been wonderful!

~Shannon

Nikki’s Testimony

In our 2017 conference you were able to listen to my cousin give her amazing testimony within just a few months of her salvation. Since then Nikki has learned, and taught me, so much!! She’s been voraciously studying her Bible and discussing it with her church family here… and had much opportunity to share her faith with others. It’s so exciting to continue to watch the Lord use her in amazing ways.

I promised that I would be sharing the testimony that Nikki gave on the website, so here it is! Have another listen… and be ready for her to share again at the 2018 conference of all that God has been doing in her life since you saw her last! 🙂

~Shannon

Bible Challenge Snippets 2

Another video about creating your Bible addiction. Talking about how to go about journalling in this one… and a new idea to add to your Bible Challenge reading.

Keep in mind that as I share these videos, they don’t have to be perfect to be encouraging. 🙂  I’m just using my iPhone and grabbing whatever quiet time I can within a 2 week period to get some fresh thoughts and ideas out to you. I try to keep them short and sweet & as to-the-point as I can, to reach as many women as I can.

Thank you to all who have contacted me and let me know you are in on the challenge and how God is working. YOU ARE ALL A HUGE ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME!!!

If this is new to you, check out the introduction and follow up post here:

Bible Challenge Introduction and Bible Challenge Snippets 1

~Shannon

Bible Challenge Snippets 1

So excited to hear how many are jumping in to this Bible Challenge, and the difference it’s making in their lives already! Praise God for the simplicity of reading the Bible and how He works through it!!

Here’s an update for those interested, with some snippets from my conversations with Jenn (fellow Bible Addict). Feel free to watch and stay tuned for more thoughts in this journey of loving your Bible.

Here’s the link to Video Introduction to the Bible Challenge. If you don’t want to watch the video, I’ve added the poster to the bottom of this post to give you the challenge in a nutshell.

Challenge poster

~Shannon

 

 

Matthew 5:6 Printable

At conference this year we were reminded to hunger and thirst after righteousness. My niece, Sarah, created this beautiful print for us to hand out to all the ladies in attendance. I LOVE IT!! We are now making it available as a Matthew 5:6 printable for you to download.

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Enjoy your print! Feel free to share it with everyone. So thankful for Sarah’s talent and willingness to make this beautiful reminder for us!

~Shannon

A 2018 Challenge

Here’s something I’ve wanted to pass on for a looooong time. I just used my iPhone, and it isn’t awesome quality, but that’s not the point…. When I say this will change your life, I do not say that lightly. I hope to be sharing often this year on the blog all the ways this simple challenge has made a difference for me since I began 19 years ago. Check it out and I double-dog dare you to try it! 😉Challenge poster

 

 

~Shannon

Distracted By Good?

There have been times that I found myself concentrating on something that God never intended for me to. Been there?

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Satan loves distracted families. He loves ‘good’ families. He loves families that are focused on good things, but the wrong good things….like rules and programs and methods.

Jesus never lived by rules. He lived by relationships. Every incident was very individual. He met each person and each happening fresh and new and personally.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.” Philemon 6,7

I am always communicating my faith. I am either telling my kids that it is a list of rules that God expects us to follow, a rat-race to be endured, or a relationship to be discovered.

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I have to ask myself if I am communicating my faith in an encouraging way. Am I refreshing my family in the way that I introduce Christ to them while we go about our days, just like Philemon said? If I’m not communicating Christ I am still communicating something. Am I communicating  lists? Rules? Assimilation? Always communicating…

We can’t take comfort in our perfect church attendance, wardrobe rules, courtship rules, family Bible reading plans, outreach opportunities and church programs…. this isn’t where Jesus meets us… or our children. Our kids don’t care a lick about being in the church choir or going door to door if they don’t know Jesus. It’s just what they understand the christian culture to be…. and they must take part in it until they are on their own.

Naturally, being in the Word will steer how I live, what I do, where I go, what activities my family gets involved in, and maybe some of these are good things that God has asked me specifically to do, but they don’t replace the need for the relationship in the first place. So many times I catch myself putting the cart before the horse. Morality is a dangerous pedestal to set ourselves up on and terrifying results in parenting!

 

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If you want your family to be strong you don’t go to church more.
If you want your family to be strong you don’t do visitation.
If you want your family to be strong you don’t set up a dress code and courtship rules.
If you want your family to be strong you don’t homeschool.
If you want your family to be strong you don’t keep a tidier home and give the children chores to do…….
If you want your family to be strong you INTRODUCE THEM TO THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST ALL DAY EVERY DAY!!!…. and the only way to do that is to be in the Word constantly.  If I do not start there it doesn’t matter if I show up at church every time the doors are open. It won’t matter if I help in every ministry there is. It won’t do a thing if I homeschool. The devil won’t be offended one bit if I go door to door with tracts in hand,… I have NO POWER. None. The only way to conquer and gain victory at home is to concentrate on my relationship with Jesus and God’s Word.

God created the family home to be the place where He is introduced, lived out, and praised. He wants the family to be an extension of Him and how His grace works. If home isn’t allowing for Christ to be shared because we are too busy running church programs or extra curricular activities, or fulfilling educational quotas, then Satan is getting his foot in the door.

Ministry starts at home. Moms, we should never forget that our children are our first and foremost priority in sharing and living out the gospel. We are always communicating our faith to someone, and when we have kids at home we need to be making sure they are our biggest mission field and receiving the right message.

~Shannon