Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Noble DVD Review

Christina Noble is a hero and rescuer to millions of lives.  She came from the slums of Ireland and chose to go to the slums of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.  When Christina was a young girl, her mother died and all the kids in her family were sent off to different places.  She dreamed of becoming a singer and she never gave up on anything she put her mind and heart into.  In high school she was gang raped and had a son who was taken from her.  She married a smart, handsome man who broke her heart and abused her.  When she was in this dark place, she had a dream that she was to go to Vietnam and rescue the street children after watching a news piece on TV. 

In 1989 she went to Vietnam under no agency, but of her own free will.  She started to connect with the street children and even though she didn't know the language she used her gift of song to bring them hope and life.  She joined forces with the native people who wanted to help these kids and with a lot of effort, determination, rejection and eventually support she was able to build a new building to take care of the many basic needs of the children.  In doing this she rescued many children from danger, hunger, and a host of other things young children should never have to endure. 

Christina Noble was truly a noble woman who saved many generations of young people to help make a difference in one of the unreached areas of Asia.  She never looked back, never gave up and always  kept moving forward.  She just wanted to give kids their childhood. 

You can read more of her story here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/13/my-700000-children

This movie was incredible.  It was amazing to see the courage of this woman who worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children that others did not think mattered.  But she knew that this mission was given to her by God and she took it seriously and with great determination.  I could not believe all that she went through in her own life and how God used her to make positive changes in her own life and in the lives of others.  Christina made it a point to connect with people and to make a difference.  There was a funny scene with a man who she told that by the time she moved out of the building that she would make him smile.  And she did!  This movie was riveting, inspirational and one not to be missed! 

They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE, the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.
Check out this website for more information: http://thenoblemovie.com/.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this movie for my review.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, May 2, 2016

When Calls the Heart: It Begins With Heart (Season 3, Movie 1) DVD Review

 The town of Hope Valley is never immune to danger or romance.  When Season 2 ended, Charles was on his knee in front of Elizabeth while Jack watched from the doorway.  Elizabeth tries to convince Jack that Charles is a friend and she could never think otherwise.  Rosemary enters a contest to showcase how a real frontier family celebrates New Year's Eve.  The town comes together to make quite a successful event but Rosemary still has to admit she is not what she claimed to be to the reporter who covers the story.  Bill Avery wants to prove to Jack he's not the counterfeit thief, and goes to great lengths to capture the real culprit.  And a young drifter shows up to cause trouble for Pastor Frank.  Yes, it's a place of hope, adventure and family friendly fun. 
Be sure to check out Season 3 Movie 1 It Begins With Heart!

In this movie, Elizabeth is still trying to juggle between her life in Hamilton and her new roots in Hope Valley.  She chooses Hope Valley and the people in it.  This episode also features some touching moments with children.  Cody and Becky are two orphan runaways who are taken in by Abigail and Elizabeth.  Becky is very ill, but she supports her younger brother Cody in a touching moment during the New Year's Eve party.  And Laura is a young girl without a mom and a father who has no joy or hope.  When Laura submits her drawing into the New Year's Eve contest, a touching moment softens the father's heart and opens up Laura's sweet inner need to have hope and love in the new year.  I really like how the people of Hope Valley really pull together and create special memories to last for years in the community.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for my review.  All opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae Book Review

Sarah Mae's new book Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul is long awaited!  Eight years ago she wrote an ebook called 31 Days to Clean and started sharing the Martha and Mary challenges, but now, this new book is so much more.  It digs deep into the heart of what you really desire your home to be not just on the outside, but on the inside.  Each chapter or day starts with a short story.  The Mary Challenge is a devotion with a Scripture and some questions to answer right in the book.  A Martha Challenge follows with specific areas to clean.  The chapters and challenges give practical tips and ideas for the art of "gentle homemaking" which is the purpose of Sarah Mae's vision for the home.  What really matters is how we love others and Sarah Mae wants the reader to look past all the chaos and clutter to reach the heart of the home. 

I want a clean home, but more than that I want an attitude of peace and joy in my home.  After reading this book, I had a good plan to start working on my heart and my home.  I really enjoy Sarah Mae's real life stories and how she overcame some huge struggles to find happiness and also some ideas to make her house clean.  I like how the book is divided into 31 days of challenges.  It takes a big project and breaks it down into doable pieces.  Her wit and humor shine forth in each chapter.  She makes me want to clean my home and have fun in the process!  I encourage you to check out Having a Martha Home the Mary Way and join the challenge on Sarah Mae's blog starting April 11.

Sarah Mae is hosting a 31 Days to Clean challenge starting April 11.  Be sure to join and you might have a clean home inside and out!  Sign up and get the first 42 pages of her new book for free. 

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner SALE!

Hi Friends,

We are a few months into the new year, but you may be missing something.  Could it be the Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner?  I thought so! 

Check out my video of the overview of the planner (from 2015):


Here is what I like about this planner:
*It's a convenient size- I can fit it in my purse, but it's big enough that I can write in it (no shorthand).
*The weekly task list is vital to my organization.
*I can record my menu plan.
*I can plan birthday parties, trips, summer ideas and book lists.
*I can record gifts to buy, cleaning ideas, and use the tear out shopping lists.
*I can make a master shopping list in the back.
*I can keep loose notes in the back pockets.
*I can see a month at a glance.
*I can record good quotes from podcasts.
*If I lose this planner, I will lose my brain (I'm not kidding!)
I have REALLY enjoyed this planner.  I am so glad to have used it this year.
I have felt more organized, I can see what I've done and the different areas are great for taking lots of notes and lists.

As I'm into my 2nd year with this planner I have seen so many great ways to utilize it to fit my specific needs.  I'm curious to see how you might use it too!

Let me know if you have any questions.  I'm happy to answer.

If you are curious about using this planner and think it might be something to try, Homemaker's Depot is having a SALE and I have a coupon code just for you for an EXTRA $2 off.

(Get $2 off with code: SK200)
This code expires March 12.
Offer good only while supplies last.

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*I am an affiliate for this product.  Thanks for supporting me at no extra charge.*

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Captive DVD Review + Giveaway


About the movie:
Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse) 
Captive is a compelling true story about a young widow (Ashley Smith)  held by her own prison of drugs and the loss of being the mother to her little girl and Brian Nichols, a man accused of rape and an escaped prisoner with 4 murders in his wake.  These two are thrown together in a thriller drama that shows the power of redemption.
One rainy night in Atlanta, GA, Brian Nichols grabs Ashley Smith outside of her apartment and holds her hostage for 7 hours.  In that time he takes the drugs she still has in her new apartment but she refuses.  She calmly tries to talk to him and eventually she ends up reading parts of the book The Purpose Driven Life to him.  They are two desperate people and Ashley saw how broken Brian was and he saw the hope that she had within her.  Both were imprisoned by their choices, yet, God chose to redeem them in miraculous ways. 
Ashley believes that God saved her that night in March 2005 and she has been drug free since.  Brian Nichols surrendered to the police without a fight and now is in prison for life without parole.  Both realized that light can shine through the darkness and this movie showed just how messy lives can be, but how no one is too far away from the God who saves. 
I really enjoyed this movie. It was powerful and thought provoking how God can use such broken people to come to him.  Although Brian is not "saved" he surrenders to the police which ultimately ends his flight peacefully.  There are a few drug scenes and some violence with gun shots and punching, but this drama was also full of hope and humanity that we all face things that imprison us and God can use any circumstance to bring us out of that pit.  This true story is worth watching. 
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Connect Cards for Small Groups from Missional Women Review



 Creative Resource for Small Group Leaders: Deeper connections are critical to a Small Group and creating them is a formidable challenge. So here is a resource—creative ideas and content—to help your Small Group make those connections: Connecting with God, Connecting with Scripture, Connecting with the Mission, and Connecting with One Another.

Why Connect Cards?
Many times when a Bible study is over it can seem like getting into God's Word was great but the group didn't really connect with each other, didn't grow in a heart for prayer or for reaching the world for Christ.

Small groups provide an atmosphere where great growth can take place but it takes intentionality to think through how to help group members connect with God, each other and the Great Commission in a deep and meaningful way. The Connect Cards provide training, questions and ideas to ensure each of these elements are present each week to make not only a deep and meaningful group but also an influential one.

How it Works
The Connect Cards deck has four essential elements: Connect with Scripture (for the leader), Connect with God (prayer), Connect with Each Other (group interaction), and Connect with The Mission (ministry). Each week during your small group Bible Study, chose one card from each section. All four categories combined (depending on the size of your group) should about 30-45 minutes to your group time. If you are short on time, you can choose to go through one category at a time.


The Connect Cards are a collection of cards with specific themes and questions or reflections for connecting to God, others, mission and scripture.  There are 11 cards in each section.  Each card focuses on a specific aspect of the theme.  Included on the cards are questions, Bible references, web links, thoughts and many ways to connect to God and others.  These cards would work well in a small group to pick 2-4 during a Bible study time and dive into the activities.  These cards cover what might not come up in normal conversation, but what dedicated Christians should be discussing and researching in their Christian walk. 

Do you need a unique way to increase discussion and make meaningful conversations in your small group or Bible study?  Connect Cards might be a good resource for you.

Be sure to visit Missional Women for more information and to order. 

*I was given these cards for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert Book Review

A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert is the third book in her Texas Gold series.  Faith Marin is a successful news anchor with her own show on the local TV station in Texas but hides a secret past that she doesn't want to expose ever.  Then she meets Geary and they become enchanted with each other. She even puts up with his overbearing and strange, but loving family.  But Faith and Geary have different interests and dreams and eventually they go their separate ways emotionally.  Then an accident happens and Faith is unable to accept that her life will forever be changed.  She and Geary must trust God with their pasts and future to be honest and give their marriage new life. 
This story had me hooked from the beginning.  The bounce between present and past was very tasteful and helped me to understand the story better and kept me guessing as to how the relationship between Faith and Geary changed.  The way they went from complete separation to healing and hope was quite a transformation.  This book kept me glued to my seat until the end. 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own. *