Grit & Grace Book Review – Blog Tour

It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.

Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.

So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.

I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little  abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.

I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.

The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.

You can read more in the press release below:

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I received a copy of this book in return for a review and publicity during the Grace & Grit blog tour. All opinions and statements are my own and a positive review was not required.

Hillsong Kids – Can You Believe It DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Can you tell my kids were excited to check out this DVD? (Even Baby Bear! Ha!) We are a music loving family. My husband and I participate in our church’s praise band, so we are singing and playing music ALL the time. Worship is such a powerful way to connect with God, so I love that Hillsong has made music for our kids to worship with! This DVD is jam packed with some phenomenal songs that even the adults will enjoy. You’ll find “Can You Believe It” clips from Funny Man Dan, some select music videos, live in the studio clips and lyrical videos.

We’ve been using this DVD as a way to get some energy out. The kids love to dance, but they prefer dancing to videos… but we all know that YouTube has questionable ads sometimes, so I love that I can pop this DVD out and trust that the content is not only kid friendly but also showers my kids with the love of Jesus!

I’m even more excited that I get to share a copy with one of my readers! It’s easy to enter, just follow the instructions in the form below.

Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It DVD

 

“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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, 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.

Passion “Whole Heart” Album Review & Giveaway

 

I am so excited to share this album with you, it is full of some of my favorite worship songs by AMAZING artists. Everyone from Matt Redman to Melodie Malone to my personal favorite, Crowder! This music is phenomenal, you can tell that the Passion Conference that this was recorded at was full of the Spirit!

On Passion’s website you’ll find this quote, “Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.” Beautiful. It’s so true. This music they have recorded for this album is such a refreshing encounter of worship. This particular worship session was recorded at the 2018 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. They’ll be traveling across the country this year, including Atlanta again, you can find those tour dates HERE.

The list of songs included on this album are:

  1. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
  2. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
  3. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
  4. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
  5. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
  6. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
  7. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
  8. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
  9. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
  10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
  11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

You can listen to Passion music HERE on Spotify or you can download the album HERE (link goes live 2/23/18). If you can’t wait to download the album, you can enter to win your own copy below! Thanks for swinging by Mustard Seed Mommy, and as always God Bless!

Whole Heart by Passion Music

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, 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.

ESV Illuminated Bible Review & Giveaway

I’ve always loved coloring and outlining different verses and sections in my bible as I study and listen to sermons. I love that Bible Journaling has become a huge thing and that so many people are artistically coloring, drawing, writing, and adding life and color to their bibles as a way to enhance their bible study and quiet time with the Lord.

I received this amazing Bible to review called the ESV Illumiated Bible – it’s the Art Journaling Edition, and let me just say how GORGEOUS this bible is. It comes in a box sleeve and the cover is a navy cloth with gold lettering. The details just on the cover and spine are beautiful.

This journaling bible contains over 500 hand-lettered illustrations (also in gold ink) by Dana Tanamachi. Tanamachi is a renowned American artist who does lettering, graphic design, and illustrations. You can learn more about Dana and her work HERE. Below you can watch a video on how Dana helped create this gorgeous bible.

I have not been able to do any writing or coloring in my bible just yet (hello crazy fast move back to NC! More on that later!), but I just had to share some of the gorgeous pages that are found in this Illuminated Bible!

You’ll find fully illustrated pages with verses, you’ll find little snippets of hand lettering in the margins, and I love the way they left space on the sides for your own drawings and writing. I can’t wait to start journaling with my bible!

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You can purchase your own copy HERE or enter to win a copy below!

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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller/Fly By Promotions int he last 30 days on the same blog, 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.

ESV Illuminated Bible – Art Journaling Edition

Matthew West – All In Album Review & Giveaway!

Have you ever given something your all? Given your family your all? Given your job your all? Given God your all? That is what Matthew West’s new album, All In is about! When writing this new album, Matthew’s goal was to not only encourage himself, but to encourage others to get up and really live out your faith.

I’m really enjoying this album and I can truly say that it is encouraging and a great group of songs to listen to when you feel like you need a push to live out your faith. My favorite two songs are Broken Things and All In (click on the links to watch a video about the story behind the song).

Matthew is challenging his social media followers to go All In (started 9/18), I’ll link his social media accounts after this paragraph so you can check it out! You can also head HERE to purchase a copy of your own or you can enter below for your chance to win a copy! It’s easy to enter and only takes a few minutes.

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I was given a copy of Matthew West’s Album All In in return for a review. All statements and opinions are my own.