Day 4: 30 Days of Giving Thanks

Day 4: Today, I am giving thanks for my children.

30 Days of Giving ThanksSometimes I still find it so hard to believe that God has chosen to bless me with 6 precious children, and that we are awaiting the arrival of our 7th blessing. What an awesome responsibility that has been put before me, and every day, my heart is full of thankfulness for each of these children.

Each child has something special to offer… from their sweet spirits, to their contagious laughter. I cannot imagine a moment without each one of them in my life.

My children are healthy, happy, and always have someone there for them. There’s no hope of feeling alone in this family. 🙂

Thank you, Lord, for these amazing blessings. I know they are a gift from you, and I pray that I will always treat them as such. Help me to be the mom that prays, teaches, and loves my children in the way that you would have me to. Help those that are still too little to come to a saving knowledge of you, and those that already have to always heed your words and cultivate a true relationship with you. Thank you for their health, their smiles, and their sweet spirits.

I am feeling abundantly blessed today. God is so good.

What are you thankful for today?

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Read and Share Bible for Children (Review & Giveaway)

This giveaway will end Friday, Jan. 14 at 11:59pm EST.

bible for childrenLast year for Christmas, we bought each of the older kids their own Bibles. For about the past 6 months, Parker has been begging to have a Bible of his own, but I’m not quite ready to buy him a nice, leather bound Bible. He’s still too little, and he likes markers *way* too much.

Luckily, I was introduced to the Read and Share Bible for children by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Before I get to my (and Parker’s) review of the Bible, here are some things you need to know:

The Read and Share Bible is the perfect way to share the amazing joy and wonder of God’s Word with the children in your life. Features include more than 200 beloved Bible stories, bold, bright illustrations, a discussion starter with each story, and so much more. The Read and Share Bible makes it easy for you to create long-lasting memories as you encourage a love for reading God’s Word.

Our Review of The Read and Share Bible

On Sunday mornings, during our church’s main worship service, I teach a small children’s class. It has always been so important to me that children hear the Word of God on their level so that they can understand it. I know that’s not how many in the South feel, and they want their children raised to sit in the main service, but I don’t agree. By giving them a clear understanding of the Bible when they are young, they will be more apt to staying in church and continuing to want to learn more as they grow older.

I am constantly scouring the internet, trying to find Bible stories that are appropriate for 2 – 5 year olds. And then we received the Read and Share Bible for a review. WOW. These are the stories that I have been looking for, in a language that children can understand, all in one place. I love it!

Parker's new BibleAfter browsing through the Read and Share Bible for awhile myself, I handed it over to Parker and told him that it was his own Bible. The sheer look of joy on his face made me smile from ear to ear. He carefully turned each page, taking in all the bright, bold colors of the illustrations.  He was in heaven. We read several stories together, and I loved the discussion questions at the end of each story. While Parker is still a little young to fully understand what we’re reading, he will definitely be able to grow into this Bible. And it’s perfect for the other children that I have in my Sunday morning class. I’ll definitely be taking it along with us on Sundays and reading them stories from the Read and Share Bible.

There are several features of the Read and Share Bible that I love:

  • The length of the stories – they aren’t too long. Just enough to capture the interest of a child and leave them wanting more.
  • The number of stories in the Bible – over 200 stories, all in one place. And these are stories that we know and love.
  • The illustrations – perfect for little eyes, attention grabbing and colorful.
  • The discussion questions – great for expanding on the stories and getting kids to learn more.
  • Also, each story starts with the reference where you can find the story in the Bible. This is great for older kids, so you can read straight from a Bible and then read the story.

Overall, I really like the Read and Share Bible, and Parker does too. This Bible would make the perfect gift for any child in your life that you want to encourage to learn more about God’s Word.

Want to Try the Read and Share Bible for Yourself?

Parker loves his BibleShop Now: Click here to purchase your copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing for just $16.99. You can also find the Read and Share Bible on Amazon for just $5.85! Talk about a steal!

You Can WIN! I’ve got a Read and Share Bible to give away to one lucky reader.

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