Saturday, December 9, 2017

Beyond the Farthest Star DVD Giveaway

Beyond the Farthest Star is now available in the USA and Canada! Have you bought your copy? I love the film so much that I picked up one for myself --- and one for a givveaway. I strongly believe that this story will appeal to many people on a myriad of levels.

This film
 is an insightful, mesmerizing story that centers on the Wells family. Each struggle with resentment and bitterness that threatens to destroy their family...and the emotions intensify following a move to the small town of Leonard, Texas. BTFS has universal themes that speak to all people and effectively weaves the idea that there is hope in spite of physical or emotional scars. This richly layered story shares a raw honest portrayal of transformation and restoration after hidden secrets are revealed and healing is allowed to begin. Elements of suspense, romance, and political intrigue are combined with multi-dimensional characters to present an escalating tension that intensifies to an explosive climax, and, ultimately, to a satisfying conclusion.

When Beyond the Farthest Star was in theaters, I was able to see it several times and was riveted to the screen each time as I picked up nuances missed before. The story is fascinating and the actors do an incredible job of making their characters come to life onscreen. This film also inspired a novel by Bodie and Brock Thoene, a Kinkade painting, and a new arrangement of "Beauty For Ashes" by Crystal Lewis. I am thrilled to now own a copy of the DVD and I highly recommend this movie!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Family Honor Plate and Cards

The Family Honor Plate is a creative ceramic painting activity that is also a part of a family tradition and an awesome parenting tool. Using the fruits of the Holy Spirit, as written in Galatians 5:22, this is a good way to instill the character traits you want your children to have. Plus, even adults need reminders now and then.  

There are also fun questions from the Table Thyme Discussion Cards that lead conversations to a deeper level, help kids learn to articulate their thoughts and lead to special memories of family time, both present and past. The questions are followed with "Why?" to initiate a real conversation rather than simple 2-3 word replies. Even a simple question about dessert can lead to remembering special people and events or just getting to know your family better. Being connected to your kids when they are small can help pave the way to a deeper relationship with them as they get older and live separate lives.
Creator Michelle Weber says this about the plate:
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children.  This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us. 

Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.

Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE.  This is when you:
·      Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
·      Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.

Our Family Experience: My granddaughter volunteered to test this product with her daughter...and the help of her mother/my daughter. Needless to say, the discussion cards did not come into play much with a two-year-old, but the adults see the value of them over the years as the little ones in our family grow older. Actually, I would enjoy using them with my adult family and friends as a way to connect/re-connect.

With a toddler doing the painting, our plate is not beautifully painted, but the women in our family all admit we are NOT artistic at all. My granddaughter suggested this painting project is more suitable for 4+. Even with constant supervision, toddlers are a bit too free-spirited to do a structured craft like painting.

Personally, I think Audrey painted a beautiful plate that will be a reminder of God's love for her and that her family loves and cherishes her... and care as much about her first steps of faith as we did her first steps as a toddler. The plate is an outstanding family project with multiple ways to use ranging from each family member doing their own to doing one as a family to present as a gift to someone else (like grandparents).

I love everything about this and highly recommend it. Look below for links to purchase and for social media links.

 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Let the Little Children Come

Let The Little Children Come provides gospel tracts and evangelism tools and resources for children. This sampler pack contains 10 Gospel Tracks and Evangelism tools. The resources are appealing to children, but, more importantly, are visual aids that clearly present the basic gospel message in a way that children can remember. Since I worked with Pre-school Ministry for 10+ years, I am familiar with some of the tools provided, but I worked mostly with 1, 2, and 3 year olds and just lent a hand from time to time with older children. We would make Wordless Books and Beaded Necklaces (for 3+).

(Not included in this package, but I must mention my favorite plan of salvation using my fingers. I confess, I would even catch myself using that method --- with appropriate Scripture --- when doing Decision Time counseling with adults. 😊)
Below is a video showing a really cool gospel tract for kids. That black and white strip animates the pictures on each page. I had fun with these, so I believe a child would be just as excited as me! There were 3 of them included in my sample pack. Also included is a paper with questions for the adult to ask.

They also included a couple of pop-up tracts and a silicone gospel bracelet. The only thing I did not like as much were the 2 FlipAbouts. My brain is simply not wired to grasp this concept. It's like the test where you guess what an unfolded box will look like folded (what ARE those things called?!?) that I stare at blankly. However, I believe kids will enjoy them.

These are wonderful evangelism tools to use in Sunday School, VBS and outreach programs to share the gospel with children. From my experience, I would say that the products are for kids 4+, since younger ones would be more likely to tear them up.


Links for individual tracts inside the Let the Little Children Come sampler pack you receive:

 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.