Now I am going to come right out and admit that as much as I'm familiar with Duck Dynasty, I have yet to watch an episode of the show. What? Really?! Yes, I know, I know, but I can tell you that after becoming more familiar with the values of this family, I do have it on my watchlist. About a month ago, I was presented with a chance to check out the latest book, starring the Duck Commander family, Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. I was about to pass, simply due to the fact that we weren't viewers of their television program–I didn't know if we'd actually appreciate it as much as someone who was. Luckily, I was able to get an advance glimpse at some of the stories included. I soon realized that we didn't need to be regular watchers of the show to enjoy a book like this, so here I am today, sharing our thoughts and a fun giveaway opportunity for Our Everyday Harvest readers.
February 22, 2017
Hi Folks! So yesterday I shared a super awesome freebie throughout my social media outlets. I just realized that some of you may be reading my blog through other means besides Twitter and Facebook, so I didn't want you to miss out.
February 21, 2017
The Bible is full of many uplifting words, but the Psalms are one collection of scripture passages that always seem to stand out for me when seeking that extra bit of encouragement. Psalm 91 is one of my favorites to read–another is Psalm 23, which offers a precious message of hope and is the perfect example of how much the Lord cares for us.
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
God is all we need and He's right there beside us. What a wonderful reminder to everyone, especially little children. Recently, we've been reading a new board book by Sally Lloyd-Jones, called Found, that actually brings Psalm 23 to life, so little ones can truly understand its significance.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.– Jeremiah 29:11
I love this scripture verse, not only is it extremely encouraging, but it brings me great peace. Author, Amy Parker, has created an entire children's series based off of this passage in the Bible. The Plans I Have for You series is one that reminds children that God made them special by giving them unique qualities and traits. This series already includes, a fun picture book, a devotional, and a journal. The latest addition to the collection is the new NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible.
February 16, 2017
Even from a very young age, children learn all about making choices in their daily lives. These could be simple things like picking out what color shirt to wear or which snack they'd like to eat, while other times the choices can be more profound like making the decision to share their toys with a sibling or friend. Your Magnificent Chooser is a precious new children's book written by John Ortberg that touches up on the subject of choices and how they shape our lives. Of course, this is all told in sweet rhyming prose that little ones will definitely enjoy!