Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CD Review and Giveaway: Laura Story's Open Hands

The giveaway winner was randomly chosen using The winner is Vinny Johnson. Congratulations!
 Open Hands
Laura Story's new album, Open Hands, is now in stores. I love Laura's beautiful voice and passionate heart for God. Laura Story is a gifted song writer. This new album is filled with meaningful, worshipful, reflective songs. Below is the list of songs.
1. Death Was Arrested
2. Open Hands
3. You Came Running
4. Give You Faith
5. For the Love of My King
6. Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)
7. Whisper
8. Every Word You Breathe
9. Majesty
10. Extraordinary
11. Grace Abounds

The first song, Death Was Arrested, reminds us of God's love, grace, & mercy and our life & freedom in Christ. One of my favorite songs in this album is Open Hands, a song about faith and surrender (featuring Third Day's Mac Powell). You Came Running talks about hope and comfort we find in God & His faithfulness. As a mom, I can relate to the song, Give You Faith, which shares my desire to teach my children about faith in God and to leave a legacy of faith. Another favorite is For the Love of My King, which is an adaptation of the hymn, "My Jesus, I Love Thee." Awake My Soul is an adaptation of the hymn, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing." Whisper is a song about waiting for the Lord in quiet trust and surrender. Every Word You Breathe is a prayerful song of revival. Majesty is a wonderful song of praise. I love the catchy, uplifting song, Extraordinary, which talks about God's extraordinary love for us. The last song, Grace Abounds, really ministers to my heart. God's grace truly abounds even when our faith is weak. I actually enjoyed every song. The songs resonate surrender, faith, hope, and encouragement. I highly recommend this album!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review: Tightropes and Teeter-Totters by Lisa Pennington

We, especially moms, seem to struggle with finding balance. Too many things to juggle! Lisa Pennington has been there and done that. She is a homeschooling mom of 9 children. Lisa shares stories from her own experiences and offers practical ideas for finding and keeping balance in our lives. How do you define what balance is? It's easier to tell when we are out of balance. Symptoms may include stress, anxieties, depression, discouragement, guilt, sleepless nights, feeling overwhelmed, etc. There are different areas in a woman's life that can get out of balance. The author covers all the important areas such as marriage, motherhood, home management, ministry and work, friendship, finance, speech, moods, and more. Causes vary. The recent death of my mother-in-law really knocked me of balance. This book came to me at an opportune time. I find this quote in the book ministering to my heart: "Balance is the result of an intentional reaction to an extreme situation. We are not slaves to our emotions and attitudes. We can actually be large and in charge of both our external responses and our internal responses. Balance is looking at areas in your life that are not working and finding measurable, specific actions to change them." (p. 22) Each chapter starts with a Bible verse and ends with an assignment. The author uses an acronym: B(egin) A(ssess) L(earn) A(ccount) N(otify) C(hange) E(ndure) to help navigate through a difficult situation or a problem that leads to imbalance. I can relate to her pretty well since she is an introvert, list-maker, and homeschooling mom like me :). I appreciate her transparency, humor, insights, and Biblically-based advice. Live intentionally; find balance and beauty in your lives. Check out this encouraging read!

Lisa Pennington is a homeschooling mom of nine who shares her life-one laundry load at a time-on her blog, The Pennington Point. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and women's groups and is the author of "Mama Needs a Do-Over." Lisa and her family live near San Antonio.

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~I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To read other reviews, visit here.