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Freely Subscription Box Curated by DUCK DYNASTY's Korie & Sadie Robertson

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I love subscription boxes because every month is a total surprise. It's so much fun to unpack the box and see all the gifts inside! The Freely Subscription Box is for Christian women. It's filled with both spiritual products and active lifestyle products. The December box, shown here, features products hand-picked by Duck Dynasty’s Korie and Sadie Robertson.
I opened my box and was delighted at the attention to the box itself. It features a Bible verse inside the lid and all the gifts were wrapped up together in tissue paper. It's perfect for gift-giving since it comes pre-wrapped.
Inside I found "Strong and Kind; and other important character traits your child needs to succeed, with stories and wisdom from Willie Robertson. I'm excited to delve into the book and enjoy it over the holiday season!
I also found a beautiful hardbound journal. On the front it reads "Being kind makes you feel happy" quoted by Sadie Robertson. It features a sparkling purple elastic wrap to keep it tightly closed. Inside the book, I found lined pages that each have a Bible verse at the bottom. I'm inspired to write!
Next, I discovered the Scripture Shareables - Share Courage box of 32 cards in a carrying case. On each glossy cardstock card is a Bible verse that inspires us to courage. These cards are perfect for tucking into lunchboxes and holiday gift cards, or leave one on the dinner table each night!
I also discovered a big textured magnet in the Freely box. It says "Being perfect isn't as important as being real." That's a great reminder! I'm going to put it on the front of my refrigerator so that I see it every day.
Inside the December box was also one of the most unique necklaces I've ever seen. The pendant, which looks like a big diamond, is made out of wood. It's the Sadie Robertson "Live Original" necklace from YouWood.
The last item in my Freely box was a delicious Dark Chocolate Cherry and Sea Salt snack bar from This Bar Saves Lives. Honestly, any subscription box for women should have chocolate inside! It's the perfect healthy snack to eat while I read my new book!
I think the Freely monthly subscription box is fantastic! It's only $35 per month and shipping is free. Freely believes in giving back, so $5 from every box subscription each month is donated to The A21 Campaign, a non-profit fighting against human trafficking. Each monthly box is curated by a different featured celebrity. You can send a one-time Freely Box for any occasion, try their 3-month subscription for just $99, or sign up for a whole year!


Giveaway! Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book - #FallingForPrizes Giveaway Hop

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It's time for the
Falling for Prizes Giveaway Hop!
these giveaways are open from
September 15-30.

You can visit all the blogs listed below and
enter to win prizes on each blog!

I'm giving away the
Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book
a $35 value!

Read my review and see the book HERE!
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***A fabulous holiday gift idea!***
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 9/30/2015. Good luck!

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HOPE in a Box for Your Student #GiftIdea

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Your student needs inspiration every day. Whether they just started middle school or are finishing up their last year in college, a box of HOPE will make their day. HOPE in a Box goes much further than a standard care package with its message to "Hang On Pray Everyday."
You can inspire your student with these gifts that will remind them how precious they are in your mind and in the mind of God. These practical, meaningful products are the perfect reminder, even in the midst of a busy daily life, that they are never alone.
HOPE in a Box for Students includes a HOPE Backpack in a choice of four colors, a HOPE iPad cover in a choice of three colors, a HOPE Wristband in a choice of several colors, a HOPE bookmark, and a HOPE Pen and Notepad.
You can even send HOPE in a Box with a special greeting tucked inside and check out their free shipping offer! The sling backpack comes in Black and Red, Black and Royal, Black and Grey, or Black and Lime. Your student will think of you every time they reach inside their new backpack.
The HOPE iPad cover comes in Black Logo, Brown Cross, or Pink Floral. They will be reminded to hang on and pray every day when they reach for their email. These inspirational products may even help them to spark a meaningful conversations with other students around them.
HOPE in a Box for Students is a wonderful way to share the love of God with your favorite students. This amazing company also makes HOPE in a Box for Mom, HOPE in a Box for Dad, and others, as well as custom HOPE boxes and individual products that will inspire those you love.
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I Saw Jesus on Nevis

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On one of the days our group was riding around for tours of Nevis, the other journalists in my group asked our driver if he could stop downtown so they could use an ATM. Everyone else piled out of Tanny's van but I stayed behind. I asked if he could swing back around the block so I could grab a shot of these cannons sitting on the Caribbean side of the island. He said yes and pulled up by the curb so I could jump out and take the picture.

As I turned around to go back to the van, I noticed it was empty. I walked over towards the van and found Tanny helping an older man. The old man was dirty, shoeless, and wearing a pair of old jeans that were clearly five sizes too big for him. Tanny was standing in front of the man he did not know, bent over, and tying a piece of thick wire through the front loops of the man's jeans to help keep them around his waist. This sight made my heart leap and this came to my mind:

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

Tanny stood up when he was finished and shook the older man's hand. The old man shuffled away with a smile on his face. How wonderful this world would be if we all stopped what we were doing and helped someone simply because it's the right thing to do! I saw Jesus in Tanny that day.


Michael W. Smith's Video Release + Giveaway #SkySpillsOver #FlyBy

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Michael W. Smith has just released "SOVEREIGN!"
Go check out the video now HERE!

The video is amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on the CD by Michael W. Smith. He is one of my favorite Christian artists and he's sold over 3.5 million CDs. This CD features these songs: You Won't Let Go, Heaven Come Down, Miracle, Sky Spills Over, All Arise, You Are The Fire, Christ Be All Around Me, Sovereign Over Us, Hide Myself, The Same Power, I Lay Me Down, and The One That Really Matters (Featuring Kari Jobe). I've already heard Heaven Come Down on my local radio station and love it. He is going on tour this year and will even be cruising the Caribbean. You can get more information and sign up on his website to go with him!

Here’s a quote from Michael W. Smith on the video:
"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER. It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night. My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project. But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video. This video was a lot of fun to make. I hope people enjoy it!"

Win a copy of this amazing CD!
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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book #JesusSeesUs

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As a Christian parent, it has always been important to me that my children know that Jesus is always with them. We attended services and Sunday school at church. We worked together to show charity to others. We sang Christian children's songs together at home. I believe we can never provide our children with too many opportunities to "be Jesus" to others. That's why I love the Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book set!
Designed for ages 2 and up and created by mothers, Jesus Sees Us is a wonderful way to help young children better understand Jesus and His teachings. The Jesus book is a beautiful hardbound book that shares with children the many ways that children can "be Jesus" such as showing love to others, sharing with others, and forgiving others. By providing children with a Jesus doll, they can easily re-enact the stories on their own.
If your child is the type to carry a special doll around, wouldn't you want it to be Jesus? What better way to impress upon their hearts and minds that Jesus is always with them! The Jesus doll is the perfect size for little hands and His outstretched arms are always ready for a hug. I absolutely love this idea and think the Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book is a set that should be in every young Christian's hands. When the seeds of faith are planted early in a child's life, they carry it into adulthood. This would make a wonderful Easter gift for the children in your life!


Giveaway! National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About the Bible‏

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Books are so important for the healthy growth of our children and it's my belief that we should be providing them with interesting books about Christianity. The Holy Bible is a large and somewhat intimidating book for school-age children, but the National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About The Bible is a fun, engaging book that they will reach for again and again. This hardbound book is simply beautiful, with colorful pages printed on high-quality paper that feature facts that are clearly marked so that they are easy to read, easy to share aloud, and easy to remember.
Some of the topics include 25 Beastly Facts About Animals, 15 Bouncing Biblical Baby Facts, and 50 Facts About Miracles. Children will be interested to find out things like: "Desert tribesmen wore earrings and necklaces. Sometimes they used them to pay for room and board on a journey." and "The full Bible has been translated into more than 1,000 Languages." There are so many things to explore and enjoy in this book and the format is perfect for a child's style of learning.
National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About The Bible also comes complete with a glossary, annotations, an index, and a listing of additional resources both in print and online. The final lines in the book's forward, written by the renowned biblical scholar Jean-Pierre Isbouts, sums up this fascinating book best: "Whether you are Christian or Jewish, or you simply want to better understand the importance of the Bible in our modern times, National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About The Bible is not only a trustworthy guide but also a very entertaining one. It will introduce you to many amazing people, countless exotic places, and scores of exciting events."
This book is perfect for your family library and a thoughtful Easter gift! You can purchase this book on the National Geographic website. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win this gorgeous book that your children (and you) will love!

Win National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About the Bible‏!
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 3/31/2015. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Hope and Miracles from Chicken Soup for the Soul - 3 Winners

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Do you ever hope for a miracle? I'm sure at one time or another, all of us have wished that God would wave his magic wand and fix all the bad things in our lives. Life is a struggle from day one, and it seems to get more challenging every day. With 7 billion people on this planet, I'm sure God has his hands full with all our prayers, from the smallest prayer of help to get through a school test to the largest prayer of healing a child with an incurable disease. I believe God is bigger than any problem we will face in this life, but when my prayers go unanswered (or answered in a way I don't like), it's heartening to read stories from others who have experienced divine intervention. Chicken Soup for the Soul has put together a new book called Hope and Miracles, and it's a collection of 101 amazing, inspirational stories of answered prayers and miracles.

While reading through these stories of miraculous healing, messages from God, unlikely reunions, and almost-unbelievable divine interventions, I recalled many events throughout my own life that I believe were a direct result of God placing his hands on me. My faith and hope is tested daily, but having experienced those events I know without a doubt that God is with me always, even when (and especially when) I don't deserve it. You are probably dealing with something in your life right now that you wish wasn't happening. I encourage you to read Hope and Miracles, because I know reading it will bless you too.

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Thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, I am excited to give away THREE copies of Hope and Miracles. To enter, just fill in the contest form below. You must be a US resident, at least 18 years or older, to be eligible to win. The giveaway ends at midnight on 3/15/2015. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs

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I've always believed that music is one of the best ways for children to learn. Sing The Bible with Slugs and Bugs is an upbeat collection of Christian songs that will teach children about God and His great love through Jesus Christ. As I listened to the songs on this CD, I was reminded of the fun songs I learned in vacation bible school and Sunday school. All the songs are original and feature many scripture verses, making them easy for children to remember. Even as an adult, I found joy listening to these songs. My favorite song on the CD is Two Shirts and the line that plays over and over in my mind is "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none." Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to hear your children singing?
There are 18 full-length songs on the CD - Freedom, To You O Lord, Two Shirts, Deuteronomy 6.5, Rejoice, Trust in the Lord, Be Dressed, Alien, Old Testament Song, New Testament Song, Romans 8, Love One Another, For Us, What is the Book, You are the Christ, He Will Rejoice, Love, and The Lord's Prayer. Sing the Bible also comes with a booklet that contains all the words to the songs. It's a wonderful holiday gift idea!
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One winner will receive a Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs CD. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on December 3, 2014. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Good luck!


Iesodo The Joy of Christmas CD plus a Giveaway

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Iesodo The Joy of Christmas is a wonderful music CD that will help you and your children get into the Christmas mood. Filled with new songs and familiar traditional songs with a bit of a playful twist, Iesodo and his friends celebrate the season through delightful music. I enjoyed listening to it and it got me into the Christmas spirit. It includes the Iesodo Theme Song, Something From the Heart, We Three Owls, Molly's Song of Praise, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, For Unto Us, On This Day, I-E-S-O-D-O, and Iesodo Instrumental Theme Song. I visited the Iesodo website to see what they offered there and it's filled with stories, videos, activities and more. Your children will love the music in this wholesome music CD! Find out more and shop for wonderful holiday gifts at
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To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You could use the gift certificate to purchase Iesodo The Joy of Christmas! Open to US residents, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 11/30/2014. Good luck!

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New Hope Oahu Victorious cd - Review

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I just checked out this new Christian cd from New Hope Oahu called Victorious. It features eleven songs including We Live, Hands Held High, Victorious, Yours Forever, Grace Like Rain, Raise Your Voice, Grace to Us, Above All Things, Faithful You Are, Perfect Peace, and None Like You. It's more of a reflective type of music and would be great for meditation music. I usually play my Christian music loudly, but I found I enjoyed this more as a quiet background type of music. I loaded the songs on my mp3 player and went for a quiet walk with God (and my dog of course). I came home feeling uplifted and peaceful. My favorite song on this cd was Victorious and I can see why they chose it as the title song. Check it out for yourself!
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Giveaway! MercyMe - Welcome to the New cd

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Having faith while living in this world of ours can be a challenge for me. Every time I turn on the television, I'm bombarded with images that show the darkest side of humanity...murder, rape, incest, disease, hunger, and on and on. It's even harder to look into my own soul and realize that although I've never done some of the more horrifying things, my own sins are still sins. It would be so easy to let the weight of all the depressing parts of life weigh me down. There are times in my life where depression gripped me so tightly that I could hardly breathe. Awful events that involved people I love sometimes left me feeling that God had already passed judgment and we were all lost. That's a terrifying place to be. The world is a terrifying place to be. I cannot imagine trying to navigate my way through life without my faith in Jesus. Sometimes my faith feels very small, but even in the worst of times, I know my God is there for me.

My favorite way to "feed my faith" is through music. When I'm working at home during the day, I often listen to my CCM Playlist on my mp3 wireless speaker, which is filled with Contemporary Christian Music. I love to listen to it loudly, because it makes me smile to think I'm tuning out the darkness and drowning out satan. When I'm in the car, I prefer the Christian music radio station over all the others. I guess in a way, I'm trying to deflect the dark noise of the world, by instead bombarding my ears with the messages of God's love, forgiveness, and mercy. After all, in the end, isn't that the only thing that will matter? I also love to sing, and even though I'm sure God is the only who appreciates my voice, I sing anyway. I crave that "goosebumps" feeling I get, of being flooded by the Spirit, when I'm singing from my soul.

One of my favorite CCM groups is MercyMe. The first song I ever heard from MercyMe was "I Can Only Imagine" and it touched me so deeply that I had to pull the car over because I couldn't see through my tears to drive. Since then, I've specifically looked for songs by MercyMe to add to my collection. MercyMe has just released Welcome to the New and I'm so excited that I got a copy of it for review. Their music always refocuses my heart and my mind on the gifts I have and will receive. MercyMe songs can get me up on my feet, dancing because of the rocking beat. My favorite two songs from this cd are "Shake" and "Greater." I love the words "Greater is One living inside of me, than he who is living in the world" because it reminds me that even though satan is here now, so is my God and in the end, my God will triumph over all.
Grab the new MercyMe cd at Welcome to the New features the songs Welcome to the New, Gotta Let it Go, Shake, Greater, Finish What He Started, Flawless, New Lease on Life, Wishful Thinking, Burn Baby Burn, and Dear Younger Me. If you haven't listened to Christian music since you heard your grandmother sing the old hymns, this is a wonderful cd to experience a new way to grow your faith in a more contemporary way. I hope it blesses you in the way it has blessed me.

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Left Behind - Movie Begins October 3

I am SO excited that Left Behind is now a movie! I read every single book in the series and it touched my soul in so many ways. I can only imagine the number of people who will be touched by the movie. Nicolas Cage is also one of the actors on my "Very Best" list! Left Behind hits the theaters on October 3 and you can bet I will be there!

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Here's more information about the movie:
Among the most highly anticipated films to be released in 2014, Stoney Lake Entertainment announces the full-length action-adventure motion picture LEFT BEHIND. The movie stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (NATIONAL TREASURE, CITY OF ANGELS, THE CROODS) as Rayford Steele, as well as Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks. The movie is directed by veteran filmmaker, Vic Armstrong (THOR, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, WAR OF THE WORLDS), widely renowned for directing action sequences. LEFT BEHIND is produced and distributed by Stoney Lake Entertainment, with the national release slated for October 3, 2014.

LEFT BEHIND follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother. Shot mostly in and around Baton Rouge, LA., LEFT BEHIND was produced by Paul Lalonde and Michael Walker and co-written by Paul Lalonde and John Patus.

“We're seeing a number of big, biblical movies on the calendar this year, particularly SON OF GOD, NOAH, and EXODUS. What makes LEFT BEHIND different is that it is a contemporary story that could actually happen at any moment,” says Paul Lalonde, LEFT BEHIND producer and CEO of Stoney Lake Entertainment. “It’s also a historical account in a sense, because it's based on a true story, it just hasn't happened yet. So it’s very important to us that the core story not be changed. We had offers from three of the major studios in Hollywood to distribute this movie, but none would allow final control of the story to be left in our hands.”

"My greatest hope for this movie is that people will be entertained and thrilled by it, but also that they'll go home and have conversations with their family, and ask 'do you think this could happen, or couldn't happen?' and it’ll inspire discussion and closeness,” says leading actor Nicolas Cage.

The movie is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Based on the Bible and published in 32 different languages, the series has sold more than 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time.

“I believe it does justice to the novel and will renew interest in the entire series,” author Jerry Jenkins said. “It is the best movie I have ever seen on the rapture,” added Tim LaHaye.

Behind the scenes, LEFT BEHIND features an award-winning team including Oscar and BAFTA nominated Director of Photography, Jack N. Green (UNFORGIVEN), Oscar, BAFTA and EMMY nominated Production Designer, Stephen Altman (GOSFORD PARK, CHRONICLE), Editor Michael J. Duthie and Costume Designer Abby O’Sullivan. The music was composed by Jack Lenz (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST).

Entertainment One has acquired the domestic home video rights. For the latest news and updates regarding LEFT BEHIND, please visit:

About Stoney Lake Entertainment
Stoney Lake Entertainment (SLE) is a film production company created in 2012 by CEO Paul Lalonde, co-founder of Cloud Ten Pictures. SLE is focused on producing big budget faith-themed films for a wider audience. LEFT BEHIND will be SLE’s first feature film.

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Hawaiian Falls Waterparks PhotoJournal #Travel #Texas #Pflugerville

Hawaiian Falls Waterpark is a Christian-based company and they aren't afraid to show it. Each time a new HF is close to opening, there is a Prayer Walk where the community is invited to come and pray over the new location. Chalk is handed out and community members are encouraged to write a blessing on the concrete pool floors and walls.
On May 8, 2014, the Pflugerville, Texas, location held its Prayer Walk, even while under ominous cloudy skies and a severe weather warning. As we pulled up, I was pleasantly surprised to see the hundreds of Pflugerville-area residents who turned out to participate.
The waterpark is scheduled to open this spring and though only the bare bones of the slides and a mess of wood framing currently exist, it was obvious that God was present among His people. As I walked around taking photos of some of the hundreds of chalk blessings, I discovered that it was a challenge to photograph through tears of spiritual happiness. I was most moved by the children who were writing Bible verses that were on their hearts.
I spoke briefly with the HF owner and several of the HF representatives, and I was touched by their expression of faith through this family-oriented company. I was told that many baptisms are held in Hawaiian Falls rivers across Texas. My husband Johnny and my son Ryan attended with me, writing their own blessings on the pool floor and we prayed together for the many lives that would be blessed there.
I thank God for holding off the rain for this wonderful experience. As we arrived back home, just northeast of the construction site, the heavy clouds in the skies let loose and a torrent of rain poured down for at least an hour. I hope that my photos below will bless you!