Roar-chestra

Some of the best years of my life were spent as an Elementary Music Teacher. Of course, I was always on the look-out for new ways of teaching the basics of music. Wouldn’t you know I would find a very usable book for the classroom after I had moved on to another education career?

This delightful book is perfect for introducing some of the basic words used by the instrumentalists in the orchestra. It is cleverly devised to show different animals that match the action words. The author uses sleeping animals to show the concept of the word adagio and animals that can move swiftly to portray allegro. The illustrations are fun to look at and clearly show how the animal’s movements match the Italian word.

I highly recommend this delightful book for the classroom and home. Although recommended for ages 3 to 7, I think most Elementary students would enjoy it. After all, we never have enough books. Right?

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Net Galley/Kids Can Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Why God?

I’m thinking of a song that goes like this…

Where do I go when there’s nobody else to turn to?
Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there’s no foundation stable?

Of course, the next line is – I go to the Rock. When Whitney Houston wrote this song she knew where to take every problem and frustration of our lives.

When we are having problems with the whys of life, with the endless irritations and annoyances God says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest..” (Matthew 11:28) He knows that this life is hard. He knows we don’t have the answers. But, He also knows our hearts. He can and will answer when we go to Him.

I have a comfy chair in my office where I read His Word and contemplate each morning. There is a window from which I can see His beautiful creation. I look out at the beauty of His creation, the blue sky, the trees and fields that are different each season, and I quiet my mind. I let His presence flow over me. Sometimes I read His Word. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I focus on all He’s given and done for me.

In these times of blessed stillness and knowing the uncertainties, irritations, and annoyances disappear. I am at peace!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

This post is my response to Week 2 of 52-Week Devotional for Women by Deb Wolf.

One Word 2021 — Transformed

Each year I choose one word and one verse to focus on. I do this in place of making resolutions that I’m not likely to keep anyway. This year I have chosen the word transformed with the following verse:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:2 NKJ

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2 MSG

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 TPT

From time to time I’ll let you know how this transformation is going.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Ruminate

Do your thoughts race and roll in your mind sometimes? Do you find yourself following other paths when you really need to stay focused on an issue? Mine do. In fact, all of us do that. It’s called rumination and God has some words about it.

 

 

Whenever my busy thoughts are out of control the soothing comfort of Your Presence calms me and overwhelms me with delight. Psalm 94:19

If you read the next verse you’ll find one of the reasons this condition is rampant in our culture right now. However, that’s not where I want to go with this post. My thoughts went somewhere else, again.

Racing thoughts often happen in conditions of anxiety and stress, especially in times like we’re living now. The pandemic, the political/governmental crisis, the uncertainty, and the business of life contribute to thoughts that run helter-skelter.

Paul gave some much-needed guidance on this issue in Phillippians 4:6-7:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And so how do we get our thoughts back into some kind of order? Paul tells us to pray, to ask (supplication), to give thanks. For me, the moment I go to God and talk to Him my thoughts begin to calm and I’m usually able to gain some perspective.

The next thing I do is start thinking of Bible verses I have memorized. My favorite is Phillippians 4:8.

I highly recommend having many verses memorized. Not only will they help when your mind wants to ruminate, but they will also be always there for any situation you find yourself in. In Psalm 119:11 David says, “Thy word will I hide in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

 

52-Week Devotional Journal for Women – Book Review

I have been blessed and honored to review Deb Wolf’s first book, 52-Week Devotional Journal for Women. I could hardly wait to receive it and when I opened it it was all I expected and more!

This book offers 52 short studies on subjects that affect women’s lives. These include: comparing ourselves to those around us, thankfulness, God’s protection, finding joy, prayer, unity, humbleness, the El Roi, worry, and so much more.

Deb’s writing is real, reflective, and so ‘down to earth’. It’s like having a personal mentor walking you through some of life’s challenges. The journaling/writing she offers in each devotion draws one close to the One and Only. The great blessing of this kind of journaling is there is no right or wrong answer.

Thank you, Deb! This is a great personal resource! I can hardly wait for a new one each year! Hint! Hint!

The book 52-Week Devotional Journal For Women is now available on Amazon.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Callisto Media/Rockridge Press Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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