Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Coloring Cafe: Inspired Heart - Adult Coloring Book Review and Giveaway

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In the beginning of October my mother was in the hospital. I spent several nights in there with her. To pass the time, my sister purchased an adult coloring book and coloring pencils for me. From then on, a hobby was born. I found that coloring helps relieve stress and takes my mind off things. It's beneficial mental relaxation. My mother has taken up the hobby too, and spends time coloring in pages. It's been a whirlwind of gel pens, pencils, and markers!

One company that I've come across and really like for their adult coloring books is The Coloring Café.  Theirs is one of the first set of coloring books I started with.  I've since built on my collection, with books from other artists.  It's not that I don't like the others, but The Coloring Café books rank at the top for my favorites.  The designs are whimsical, uplifting, and light-hearted.  The patterns are enjoyable to color.  They're intricate, yet not exhausting. 

 With a selection of coloring books, kits and party packs written and illustrated by Ronnie Walter, The Coloring Café is quickly moving up in the ranks of Amazon and is selling several thousand copies a month. There are several versions available, with new titles planned for release several times a year.
a coloring page "Enjoy the Little Things" hangs on a corkboard above my study desk.
 
One of the adult coloring books, Inspired Heart, is designed with reflections and positive messages.   There are 48 pages of delightful illustrations, sayings, and drawings.  Each page is blank on the back.  I'd prefer if the pages were perforated but there's still enough leeway on each one to carefully cut them out without cutting into the design.
 
Ronnie Walter is an amazing illustrator and it shows in her blank coloring pages.  I've enjoyed spending my time coloring in the blanks to create my own pretty picture.  I've used a few of the finished pieces as artwork throughout my home and have given some to others to lift their spirits.
 
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Last of December Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Blu-ray giveaway is #17, Rachel.

The winner of the Christmas Doggy Gift Package giveaway is #10, brendaelsner.

The winner of the One and Only Colouring Series for Adults giveaway is #43, Amanda Neilson.

The winner of the Big Slice Apples giveaway is #31, MizVickik.

The winner of The Mindfulness Coloring Book - Volume Two giveaway is #16, Lori's Place.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  If you haven't already, be sure to enter my current active giveaways.  They're listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 12


So it seems I've missed two weeks of "Power of Prayer Thursdays".  Will try to be more consistent.  I hope that life is treating you well and that God is greatly blessing you.

I believe in a God that hears my prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week twelve.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

VO5 Men's 3-in-1 Ocean Surge - Review

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I'm guilty of usually purchasing bath and body products aimed for women.  Which would be okay, except my teenage boys throw a fit about it.  What, they don't want to smell like flowers and perfume?!  After much persistence, I'll remember to pick up manly stuff at the store. 
 
Recently the boys were introduced to VO5 Men's 3-in-1 Ocean Surge.  A shampoo, conditioner, and body wash all in one bottle, it is packed with five essential vitamins.  The essential vitamins help with moisture, hydration, body, nourishment, and strength.  All the guys have to do is massage it into their hair and all over their body, then wash off.  Logan and Adam don't like to spend a lot of time in the shower anyway, so this lessens it with the convenience of "one and done".  They also like the manly smell and that it doesn't dry out their skin.  The product is affordable and the guys have no complaints.
Logan heading in to the shower with VO5 Men's 3-in-1 Ocean Surge

Wordful Wednesday - Christmas

Christmas came by like a whirlwind.  It was busy, busy with gatherings, gifts, and food.  Everyone got along and seemed to like their presents, so I'd say it was a good one. 
 
Here are just a few pics of how we celebrated:
our youngest, Emma, with her gifts
 
My oldest step-daughter, Allyson

Appetizer and snack table with the faux fireplace crackling on the computer

hanging out at my sister's house

The cutest little Santa of 'em all
 
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well!  Happy WW!

This Year's Awards Season Has Gone to the Cats - #CatsMeowAwards Giveaway

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my kitty, Misty, hanging out on the couch
 
The Meow Mix Acatemy has voted and the results are in: The winner of the 2015 Internet is... Cats. From Reddit posts to Buzzfeed lists, it's im-paw-sible to scroll through your news feed without a cat pouncing its way into your heart.

I recently partnered with Meow Mix to help kick off award show season and recognize this year's top theatrical performances (on the Internet, of course) for The 2015 Cat's Meow Awards.  Move over, Robert Meowny, Jr., Jenni-purr Aniston and Leonardo DiCatrio -- the year's most anticipated awards show honors a flurry of furry faces.

Meow Mix received more than 25,000 submissions for the Cat's Meow Awards, which celebrates the best cat moments of the year and the one-of-a-kind bond that only cats and humans share.

Finally... an awards show starring my favorite types of purr-formers: cats!

View clips from this The Cat's Meow Awards show below:

Best Cat-hlete:

WINNER: Miricle and cat Panda (Buckeye, AZ) in "Crazy Legs Panda"



Best Cat Cuddle:

WINNER: Lindsay and cats Manny and Oliver (Fayettevile, NY) in "Brother Snuggles"
(I'm partial to this one!)



Wild Cat Card:

WINNER: Craig and cat Fred (Rome, NY) in "What's Up?"



Con-cat-ulations to the all of the 2015 Cat's Meow Awards nominees and winners!

Do you have a cat destined for the silver screen (or one that just likes tasty treats)? Visit irresistiblemoments.com to learn more about Meow Mix's Cat's Meow Awards and get a FREE treat! (Your cat will thank you in his/her acceptance speech.)

Readers, which new cat-egory should The Cat's Meow Awards add next year?
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bakery On Main Nut Crunch Snacks - Review and Giveaway

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With Christmas came an abundance of delicious treats to enjoy.  Christmas is over but that doesn't mean the delicious snacking has to be.  Bakery On Main is a company that offers great-tasting gluten-free snacks and foods.  Granola bars, instant oatmeal, and nut crunch snacks are just a few things they offer.
 
I was given the opportunity to taste different varieties of Bakery On Main's Nut Crunch Snacks.  The lineup is available in six bakery-inspired flavors that include: Original, Blueberry Cobbler, Chocolate, Maple Vanilla, Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Orange.  Four of the six were sent to my household, and they were a huge hit.
 
 
Nut Crunch Snacks come in a re-sealable bag and they consist of clusters of cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and oats.  Some are flavored with fruit bits or chocolate.  They are satisfying and tasty.  There's a lot of nutty crunchiness blended with yummy flavor.  Each one was as good as the next but my personal favorite was Chocolate Peppermint for its added chocolate mint taste.  There are no artificial flavors or preservatives in Nut Crunch, and they are free of trans fat and cholesterol.  We are "nuts" about the Nut Crunch Snacks!
 
Bakery On Main’s Nut Crunch Snacks are available at select retailers across the country and online at BakeryOnMain.com. The SRP is $5.99 for a 4oz bag.  Until the middle of March, Bakery On Main is holding a fun promotion.  When the plant in East Hartford, CT is seeing snowflakes in the forecast, YOU will see 15% off any online orders at bakeryonmain.com for that whole day! Make sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages even more than normal over the next few months because whenever the snowflakes are in the forecast, they will announce the promotional discount on those pages. 


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Over the Holidays

Hello my friends!  It's time for another edition of Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.  If you'd like to play along, just link up at her blog.  She won't bite (at least I don't think she will).
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five of our six kids
 
Christmas is over and our tree is down.  We put it away the day of.  I enjoyed the holidays but I'm over it.  We spent the day at home on the 23rd and all the kids unwrapped their gifts.  Then we ordered pizza and stuffed our faces.
Christmas Eve was spent at my sister's house.  There was so much amazing comfort food.  And if that wasn't enough, we ate much of the same thing at a friend's house the following night.

Ralphie (er, Alec) in the bunny suit
 
My 11 yoa nephew has a big fondness for A Christmas Story and the band, KISS.  Which just seems like an odd, yet cool, combination to be fascinated with.  Especially for someone his age.

a few of my gifts
 
I'm not hard to please and am more like a teenage girl than a middle-aged woman when it comes to the things I like.  I received so many wonderful gifts for Christmas.  Some of them included bed sheets, adult coloring books, Bath & Body Works, Joann Fabrics gift card, Sam's Club gift card, AMC movie gift card, socks, Monster High doll (what, don't judge!) and other goodies.
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My mom comes home Wednesday.  I'm glad to have her back but am somewhat anxious about any setbacks.  She's been doing so well the past month in the nursing home. 
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It's almost the new year!  I think we're going to be hanging out a friend's house.  I won't be making any resolutions.  I suck at keeping them anyways.
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How was your Christmas?  Get any nice gifts?  What are your plans for the New Year?

Panettone di Milano- Holiday Cake Review

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I'm a December baby and my birthday was recently celebrated.  Rather than the traditional birthday cake, I set out a variety of cookies, cakes and candies.  One was the Panettone di Milano holiday cake from the Bauli company.

Bauli, a traditional Italian brand, is best known for its Pandoro and Panettone holiday cakes, which have become traditional staples during the holiday season.  Although I've seen them in stores around this time of year, I've never purchased or tried them until my birthday party.
The cake itself arrived packaged in a neatly shaped box.  The ready-to-eat oven baked cake required no preparation other than unwrapping the paper layer from the bottom half.  The cake had a golden brown color and was almost perfectly shaped.  It looked deliciously inviting. 
 
The Bauli Panettone is all-natural and made with simple ingredients: butter, sugar and eggs, along with sweet raisins and glazed orange peels.  It had a very fresh taste and good balance of flavor.  Rather than cut it in slices, guests tore pieces from the top and ate it in chunks.  It was tasty, and was an excellent choice to serve at the celebration.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Gift Ideas and Security Tips from Master Lock‏ - Review and Giveaway

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As we’re in the midst of the holiday season, I wanted to share a few last-minute purposeful gift ideas from Master Lock. From the techie (blue-tooth padlocks!) to your favorite college student, these security gifts will keep on giving.

· For On-the-Goers: From business trips to soccer games, the Master Lock SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe is the ideal gift for those on the move – perfect for recreation, campus, office, travel or leisure environment use. Designed with water-resistant construction and a durable cable to secure this safe to a fixed object, the Master Lock SafeSpace keeps cell phones, keys, money and other small valuables secured and protected as users journey through their days.
  
For Stocking Stuffers: Perfect for travelers and college students, the Master Lock Set Your Own Combination TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock keeps checked baggage secure. Available in black, red, blue and gray with a unique flexible cable and easy-to-set 3-dial combination, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners can open, inspect and relock bags locked with a TSA-Accepted lock.

 
Master Lock is best known as the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and other security products. One of their items is the 5900D portable personal safe that's best used for electronic devices, identity protection and credit card storage.

When I'm out and about, there's times I want to keep my valuables locked up tight. I mean, let's face it, it's not always a safe world out there! It's cool to have a safe at home, but it's also nice to have a product that will keep my valuables secure when I'm not home.
 The Master Lock Portable Personal Safe is lightweight and ideal for MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, jewelry, and other small valuables. Granted, it doesn't hold large objects, but it does keep small assets protected. Instructions are included, and they are easy to understand. By following the instructions, you can set the combination to the four numbers you want for access. A cable wrapped around the sides can be used to affix the portable safe to a fixed object if desired. The cable also doubles as a carrying handle. A shock absorbing foam interior liner keeps the valuables from being broken if rattled around. The safe is constructed with durable water-resistant materials.

I've started taking this portable personal safe with me when I go on day trips or to events.  It usually holds my cash, cell phone, and car keys. Although there's no guarantees in life about safety and security, it helps give me a peace of mind that my valuables are protected.
 
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Have A Heck Of A Merry Christmas

I admittedly wasn't much into the Christmas spirit this year.  It seems the season came upon me too fast and I've been busy dealing with other realities of life.  But the last two days have renewed my spirit.  We opened gifts with the kids a couple of days ago and yesterday was spent at my sister's house with family, feasting on food and exchanging gifts.  Then we attended church service.  My ex-husband actually showed up(!!) upon the boys' request.  I don't have a whole lot of good things to say about the ex but I really respect that he attended, even with some hesitation.  Today we will be having supper with my mom at the nursing home, then attending a gathering at a friend's place.  Busy, busy!

I wish the spirit of Christmas was celebrated all throughout the year.  That we could be kind and generous to each other every day.  That we could show love and kindness every minute.  That we could show concern and care all the time.  Jesus may be the reason for the season, but He's also the reason for the rest of the year. 

I'd like to wish you, dear readers, a wonderful Christmas today.  That your heart be filled with joy and that your spirit be filled with Christ's love.

The Ninja Coffee Bar - Review

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Back in May I had the opportunity to review the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ.  I have it at work and can't tell you the number of times we've made smoothies in it.  It's the best blender I've come across and that's why I was excited to try a coffee brewer from the same brand. This particular coffee bar uses the latest technology and comes with several extra accessories. Included with the brewer is a
permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40-recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass carafe, milk frother, and insulated tumbler.

The Ninja Coffee Bar with glass carafe
 
What sets The Ninja Coffee Bar apart from the rest is the Multi-Serve Dial that lets you choose a size for a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe.  There's also the Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology that allows you to dial up the flavor richness level and choose a brew: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty.  Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir based on the brew size and brew type you select
permanent filter inside brew basket
 
I don't consider myself a coffee virtuoso.  Rarely do I purchase from a specialty coffee shop and I prefer to brew at home.  The Ninja Coffee Bar gives me the opportunity to make exactly the kind of coffee I'm in the mood for at any given time.
 
An instruction booklet and guide are included for The Ninja Coffee Bar.  I do recommend that you read them before use because there's a fair amount to learn.  It's not hard to use the machine once you've worked with it a couple of times.  The water reservoir is 43-oz. and the carafe is an 8-cup stainless steel unit.
The Ninja Coffee Bar works by filling the water reservoir to the indicated carafe line.  You can either slide the brew basket out and fill it with the desired amount of coffee or you can use a paper cone filter if desired.  A plastic scoop is included that allows you to measure how much coffee is needed to fill a carafe or a single-serve cup.  For a single cup, you need to remove the carafe and place a mug on the cup platform.  The same is for a travel mug.  If you choose a full carafe of coffee, you just need to place it on the base of the coffee bar. 
 
insulated tumbler with straw, and milk frother
 
As mentioned before, there are four brew selections to choose from.  Classic Brew gives you smooth, balanced flavor from your coffee.  Rich Brew makes the coffee richer and more intense.  Over Ice Brew is specially designed to brew hot over ice.  This works by filling your vessel with ice before brewing.  Specialty Brew is designed to create milk-based and coffeehouse-style drinks.  The one I usually go with is Classic Brew. 
 
recipe book
 
Some functions on The Ninja Coffee Bar is a programmable digital clock, a stay warm button, a drip stop indicator, and an Intelligent Clean Cycle indicator.  The Programmable Delay Brew button lets you set the brewer to automatically brew the following morning or at a desired time.  You can stop the flow of coffee and pour a cup mid-brew, but you must first flip the Drip Stop switch.  It will not automatically stop on its own.  A warming plate keeps your coffee hot for two hours, then it will automatically shut off. 
 
 As for the glass carafe, it can be somewhat hard to clean.  I use a soft scrub brush to get all the way down in to it for cleaning.  The tumbler is very durable and keeps coffee hot for a long time.  I haven't used the recipes in the recipe book yet but have looked through it and there's several coffee variations, some that I will be trying in the near future.  Overall, I'm impressed with The Ninja Coffee Bar and how it brews great coffee.
 
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Food Coma Ahead: My New Favorite Holiday Recipes - #americasrecipes

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It's my favorite (and most delicious) time of the year! Preparing holiday meals is an extremely important tradition in my family -- it has been since I was a little girl. During the holiday season, we'd always make tons of casseroles and cornbread for our extended family. I used to love the smell of everything browning and bubbling in the oven. I still do.

I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays.  They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

1. Potatoes (mashed or scalloped): 84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)

2. Pie: 82%

3. Baked goods (cookies & muffins): 81%

4. Macaroni & cheese: 75%

5. Cake: 71%

6. Casserole: 69%

7. Stews and hearty soups: 68%

8. Meatballs (with or without pasta: 65%

9. Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut): 61%

10. Cornbread: 60%

Throughout the holiday season, we have pretty much all of these dishes on the menu. We love potatoes in our household, but casseroles are always a huge hit too.  The casseroles and pies are my personal favorite. 
One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

Going through the Del Monte America’s Recipe site, I discovered some recipes I'd like to try out for this year's feast.

Cheddar Corn Casserole may be the ultimate holiday comfort food. You can also add ham or turkey to it to make it a complete meal.

Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole.  In fact, it's not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. (I'm certainly one of these folks, and expect it at the table during every major holiday.)

And... Pie. I could probably eat a fruit pie everyday. Del Monte's Peach Slab Pie recipe is so easy to make.  The crust is mixed into the pan; it doesn't get simpler than that.
Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes

So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:

46% of Americans agree that their family "shows love and comfort through food."

44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (Can't argue with that statement!)

62% of Americans say that they are "traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year."

38% of Americans say they "like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods."
Peach Slap Pie

Looking for more quick and delicious versions of comfort food? Check out some of my new faves which match the top 10 comfort foods:

1. Potatoes (mashed or scalloped): 84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
 Skinny Scalloped Potatoes

2. Pie: 82%
Peach Slab Pie

3. Baked goods (cookies and muffins): 81%
One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

4. Macaroni & cheese: 75%
The Best Macaroni, Cheese and Peas

5. Cake: 71%
Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes

6. Casserole: 69%
Cheddar Corn Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

7. Stews and hearty soups: 68%
Shrimp and Corn Stew

8. Meatballs (with or without pasta: 65%
Meatball Pasta Bake

9. Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut): 61%
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pear, Sage and Browned Butter

10. Cornbread: 60%
Golden Sweet Cornbread

The day after Christmas I will be hosting a gathering in my home and will be creating the Meatball Pasta Bake and Green Bean Casserole as delicious dishes to serve to my guests.  Find more of Del Monte's top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes at Del Monte America’s Recipe site.

Dandy Day For These December Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Casey's Bright Red Christmas book giveaway is #2, Amy C.

The winner of the Blu-Bot: Intelligent Bluetooth Robot giveaway is #14, John & Pam Collins.

The winner of the Star Wars Keychain and Washi Tape giveaway is #55, Melinda Atwell.

The winners of the Amazingly Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer giveaway are #17, Dominique C and #25, Debbie and #5, Fiona N.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  I have other giveaways currently going on right now, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.  Good luck!

The Cultural Battle for Human Dignity: Evangelicals for Life

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Clear your schedules January 21–22, 2016, because Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.


Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.






Russell Moore will be speaking at Evangelicals for Life. He is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a theologian, ethicist, frequent cultural commentator, and author of several books. In the guest post below, he speaks to the importance of hosting the conference in the midst of the cultural battle for human dignity.


Why We’re Hosting the Evangelicals For Life Conference

By Russell Moore

As many Christians sat at their computer and watched a casual dinner conversation over the price of dismembered children, a lot of us probably thought: “But what can I do about this?” This is a question I hear often from pro-life evangelicals. Many Christians are utterly convinced in their heart of the personhood and dignity of the unborn, yet don’t know how to faithfully effectively advocate for life.

It’s important to understand that the cultural battle for human dignity doesn’t begin on Capitol Hill or on CNN. It begins in your family, in your local church, and in your neighborhood. In fact, many of the people we know most vulnerable to the abortionist’s rhetoric are not actually pro-choice, they’re just scared, scared to scandalize a church with their secret. The false gospel of the abortion clinic, which says, “We can make all your trouble go away for you,” is overwhelmingly seductive.

What these people need more than a lesson in embryonic development is to have the Gospel preached to their conscience. This means much more than simply offering “The Romans Road” or prompting a sinner’s prayer; it means speaking directly with the message of Jesus’ complete sovereignty of the universe, his righteous indignation on the murder of the unborn, and most importantly, his complete absorption of God’s wrath on the cross, and his invitation to mercy and fellowship and the imputed righteousness of the Son of God.

The Gospel disarms the appeal of the abortion clinic because it offers truth with love, judgment with mercy, and righteousness with grace. The consciences around us don’t believe what they’re telling themselves. They’re scared and confused. Shine a light on their conscience, and then present the Gospel of reconciliation.

Moreover, the pro-life movement has set an example worthy of our imitation when it comes to practical, holistic mercy ministry. For over 40 years since Roe v. Wade, those committed to defending unborn life have done much more than preach and teach; they have welcomed the scared, the vulnerable, and the wounded and loved them. This has looked like the establishment of crisis pregnancy centers all around cities. It has looked like adoption advocacy and building a culture of adoption in local churches. It’s true that our pro-life witness has a long way to go, but we do not, thankfully, conform to the caricature that says we believe life “begins at conception and ends at birth.”

FOTF-EFL 

Questions like these are why I am excited to be a part of the Evangelicals For Life Conference in January. This conference exists to help evangelicals articulate a truly Christian doctrine on the dignity of all human life. Being pro-life, after all, means much more than being against abortion on demand; it means believing in the dignity of the elderly and infirm, and advocating for compassion and inclusion of the poor, the orphan, and the widow. No doctrine of human dignity that fails to speak to these cases is fully “pro-life.”

Sometimes Christians are encouraged to leave issues like this behind. Sometimes the fight for human dignity is portrayed as “culture war” baggage. For those of us that watched an executive from Planned Parenthood talk about the most valuable anatomy of dead children, we know this to be false. The stakes for human life and human dignity could not be higher, and the plight of those ignored by the world does not go unnoticed by our heavenly Father.

We have a Gospel word to speak to the abortionist and the unborn, to the orphan and those not considering adoption. Will you join me in Washington, on January 21-22, as we seek to speak this word?

This article was adapted from the original article posted on Russell Moore's website.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Christmas Shenanigans

It may be Christmas week but it's also Random Tuesday Thoughts Day!  If you'd like to play along, link up at Stacy Uncorked.
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I won't drown y'all with Bah Humbugs, but I'm ready for Christmas to be over.  I'm not even prepared for it yet.  Today I MUST get it all done.  No more excuses.

As soon as Christmas is over, I have to take down the tree and rearrange my front room into a bedroom.  My mother is coming home from the nursing home and her bedroom is too small for a hospital bed.  She has improved (with lots of help from God and therapy) but her mobility is still very limited.  Hence the hospital bed.  And a wheelchair.
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The nursing home held their Christmas party a few days ago.  Me and Jason went up to be with mom.  Santa showed up and we gorged ourselves on food while listening to someone sing Christmas music.  Although she's in a nursing home, I'm blessed that mom is in one that is so good to her and treats the residents so well.
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Misty, my new kitty, has adjusted well to our home.  She's spoiled like nobody's business.  Once in a while the dog while try to show Misty who's boss but, for the most part, it's a happy pet menagerie.  
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Speaking of animals, is this not the ugliest one you've ever seen?!  

Chipmunk is a Chinese Crested Somethin' Somethin' and belongs to a friend of mine.  I hung out at her house the other night and this creature decided to become my lap dog.  If reincarnation were in fact real, this poor dog got the raw end of the deal.

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Sunday night our small group got together for our Christmas party.  We went out to the field and shot guns, ate more than we should have, sang Karaoke, and played 'Pie Face'.  

Word is that Pie Face is a popular game this year.  It definitely brings on lots of laughs....and anxiety.
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A friend gifted us with a year's membership to Sam's Club for Christmas.  It's been years since I've shopped there.  What's the best things to buy there?
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Well, I'm not getting any Christmas stuff done by being on here.  Guess I better get busy.  How's your holidays been so far?  Hope they're wonderful.  Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.  Happy RTT!