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Practical Theology

Read All the Books of the Bible!

Have you chosen a Bible plan to follow this year? I am very, very happy with my reading planbecause it allows me to have all the flexibility I love, and at the same time it helps me not to leave out books like Amos or Numbers. Sisters, no matter which Bible Reading plan you follow, make sure you read all the Bible this year, not only the Psalms.

I have learned that the easiest way to read all the books that seem to be hard to understand is tostudy them in depth instead of just jumping from one verse to the other trying to catch some vague significance.

So my little advice today is this: read those “hard” books from the first chapter to the last with a good study help at hand… (Keep Reading)

Submission as a Freedom?

“In assuming the relation of a wife, the woman surrenders much; still, it is a surrender. There was a moment when her independence was undisputed; if it be resigned, it is through the election of her own will. The considerations which were addressed to her judgment, or to her fancy, led her to prefer the new condition; where, if her freedom be restrained, certain advantages accrue, which, in her esteem at least, more than compensate its loss. In the comparison between the two, she deliberately chooses to be less free in order to be more happy, and therefore, she submits herself…” (Keep Reading)

Love is Risky

“Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up for safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness…” (Keep Reading)

Issues of Life

Just Another Birthday

Click here to watch Casting Crown’s new music video for the song “Just Another Birthday.” The song focuses on the life of a young girl abandoned by her father and the path that leads her to the Lord. There is a strong pro-life message in the song, but most importantly a recognition of the need for God’s love and hope to be shown to those who are in difficult circumstances.

Birthday Party Ideas

A Wonder Pet Birthday Cake Success!

Yesterday we celebrated our little Elliot’s 3rd birthday. All he asked for was a Wonder Pets birthday cake, so of course, I had to make that happen. If you are not familiar with The Wonder Pets, let me fill you in. Day after day these little classroom pets spend their time saving baby animals who are in need of assistance. When the school children leave for the day, the Wonder Pets receive phone calls from helpless baby animals. Soon Linny, Tuck, and MingMing too, are off to save the day!  Both of our boys love these helpful little animals, so I was racking my brain for a way to make a cake that would capture the “adventuresome” nature of these little characters (that wouldn’t include me, shaping and molding their little faces out of icing!).

I found this toy at Wal-mart, (also available on Amazon) that lights up and sings the show’s theme song. It was a perfect cake topper (as well as an additional present!). I decided to create a cake that provided a background for their “fly boat.” Blue buttercream icing dotted with puffy white clouds was a simple enough setting for their adventure to begin, as it always does, with them flying through the sky “on their way to save a baby animal.”

But wait, a Wonder Pet birthday cake can’t end there! It must contain a rainbow of course. Inspired by this cake, I decided to give this birthday cake a little something extra… (Keep Reading)

Happy Birthday Banner Printable

About two hours before Elliot’s Birthday party, I realized that I had forgotten to buy a “Happy Birthday” banner! “No problem,” I thought, “I will just find a printable on the internet and make my own really quick.” Well, that didn’t turn out to be as easy as I had hoped. Most of the printables available required crafting paper, or additional resources. I had paper, ink, balloons, and ribbon on hand… that was it. So of course I quickly created my own that wouldn’t need extra work to make it look cute (and I think it turned out pretty fun, if I don’t say so myself)… (Keep Reading)

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  • http://www.theologyforgirls.com Diane

    Jessalyn, Thank you so much for linking my blogpost. May the Lord give you a blessed weekend.

  • http://www.beckypliego.com Becky@Daily On My Way To Heaven

    Thanks for putting together these great posts over the week!

    Hugs to you!

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