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The Truth

by bosssanders on March 24, 2011 with no comments

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Don’t Miss This

by bosssanders on February 1, 2011 with 1 comment

I’m reading this wonderful book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp, and don’t want to put it down.

We all have those moments, days, and even years where our life seems to have crumbled to shambles beneath our very feet.  This book is about the dare to live fully right where you are.

Join the author, myself and many others as we come together to discuss this wonderful life-changing book (HERE).

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A Christmas Adventure

by bosssanders on December 14, 2010 with no comments

When I say the words, “Christmas Adventure” – what comes to mind?

Standing in long lines at 2 am to race to the biggest deals?

Wrapping paper debacles?

Getting shocked by Christmas lights or falling off the roof while trying to secure the 100th strand?

I know we’re getting short on time, since it’s nearly Christmas (yay, flu!), but this timeless resource will be good year after year.  I’m loving “A Christmas Adventure” by Scripture Adventures - packed full of relevant and interesting illustrated lessons, crafts, and recipes for this Christmas season.    It’s only 7.99 and comes in both KJV and NIV versions!

In “A Christmas Adventure” kids will make:
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Scripture Countdown Chain
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Rebus Story
Christmas traditions for kidsPopcorn Garland for your tree
Christmas traditions for kidsHand-made Christmas Cards
Christmas traditions for kidsSongs for Caroling
Christmas traditions for kidsCandy Cane Reindeer
Christmas traditions for kidsWritten Testimony of Christ
Christmas traditions for kidsPaper Poinsettia
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Greeting Banner
Christmas traditions for kidsMerry Christmas Word Search
Christmas traditions for kidsHomemade Wrapping Paper
Christmas traditions for kidsAngel Bringing Good Tidings Poster
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Dove Craft
Christmas traditions for kidsPeace on Earth Bookmarks
Christmas traditions for kids“Stained Glass” Christmas Picture
Christmas traditions for kidsClay Pot Nativity
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Bird Ornaments
Christmas traditions for kidsNativity Puppets
Christmas traditions for kidsHoliday Spice Potpourri
Christmas traditions for kids9 Christmas Coloring Pages


Plus 26 easy-to-make Christmas recipes for kids:
Christmas traditions for kids Crispy Christmas Trees
Christmas traditions for kidsCrispy Christmas Wreaths
Christmas traditions for kidsEdible Cookie Wreath Oranaments
Christmas traditions for kidsOrnament Cookies
Christmas traditions for kidsCrockpot Carmel Apples
Christmas traditions for kidsOld Fashioned English Toffee
Christmas traditions for kidsKid Friendly Fudge
Christmas traditions for kidsAlmond Roca
Christmas traditions for kids Candy Cane Cookies
Christmas traditions for kidsCandy Cane Hearts
Christmas traditions for kidsCandy Cane Cupcakes
Christmas traditions for kids Chocolate Caliente
Christmas traditions for kidsMexican Hot Chocolate Jars
Christmas traditions for kidsSuper Simple Gingerbread Kids
Christmas traditions for kidsFrosty’s Almond Bark
Christmas traditions for kids Easy Scottish Truffles
Christmas traditions for kidsPioneer Potato Pancakes
Christmas traditions for kidsCornbread Rusk
Christmas traditions for kidsGingersnaps
Christmas traditions for kidsParmesan Breadstick Shepherd Staffs
Christmas traditions for kidsRoyal Chocolate Cheesecake Squares
Christmas traditions for kidsAuntie June’s Scottish Shortbread
Christmas traditions for kidsChocolate Covered Peanuts
Christmas traditions for kidsChristmas Tree Cake
Christmas traditions for kidsRudolph’s Antlers
Christmas traditions for kidsRudolph and Friends Cupcakes

Interested?  You can go here to download a free sample to try it out.

Or, you can buy it here.

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Gifted.

by bosssanders on December 7, 2010 with no comments

It’s Christmas-time, and I’ve got gifts on the brain.  Spiritual gifts.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the gifts God has given me and how I can use them to best serve Him and His people.  However, like a lot of people, the self-doubt begins to set in and I begin to wonder what my gifts really are and if, once paired with my flaws, they’d hinder more than they’d help.

After doing a Spiritual Gifts Assessment, I was pretty surprised.

I scored high in the following:

  • Exhortation
  • Administration
  • Mercy
  • Service/Helps
  • Teaching

I need to especially work on:

  • Evangelism
  • Apostleship
  • Discernment
  • Prophecy
  • Wisdom

Of course, KNOWLEDGE only gets you halfway, so I used a great resource (which I’ll list below) to make a plan to improve what needs improving and to put to use what I’m already good at.

Your gifts don’t have to be tied with bows and glitter to be meaningful – what will you be giving others this holiday season?

Click here if you want a List of Spiritual Gifts and what they entail.

Click here if you want the Spiritual Gifts Survey.

Click here if you want the Spiritual Growth Assessment and Planning Sheet.

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Snippets Of Truth – Hearing His Voice

by bosssanders on December 6, 2010 with no comments

The whispers of God echo. They do not fade nor will you miss His still small voice. He is not waiting to catch you with ‘only once’ instruction, hoping you’ll recognize His voice. When God speaks, His voice reverberates in the facets of life. He stirs within your heart then leads you to a verse that confirms. A sign in the store, the pastor’s sermon, a friend’s kind word, your devotional all resonate the same message. Today, listen for His echoes. (Consider the story of Balaam. God first speaks to him in a dream. When Balaam fails to heed the Lord’s instruction, God sends an angel. Balaam’s eyes are closed to the angel, so God causes the donkey to speak. At this, Balaam’s eyes are opened and God uses him for His purpose. Clearly God echoed in Balaam’s circumstance though he was a very ungodly man. How much more will God pursue His intent in the life of His children, the faithful few who are listening?)  —-  by Christine

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Courage – Do Not Fear (Isaiah 40:10)

by bosssanders on December 1, 2010 with no comments

Full Page Bible Verse Printable

Bible Verse Visuals

Bible Verse Copywork Tracer Pages

Coloring Pages

Freebies from Seeds of Courage

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Free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Book

by bosssanders on December 1, 2010 with no comments

Go HERE for your free copy from “A Holy Experience”

(It’s a really great devotional/walk through Advent as we await Christmas and all it means.  Join the journey yourself or with your family, either way, I hope you love it as much as I do!)

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The Story Of Jonah

by bosssanders on November 29, 2010 with no comments

Question:  Jonah was stuck in the belly of a whale and was still able to praise God for 3 days.  Will you choose to praise Him not only in spite of, but BECAUSE of your sticky situations today?

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Snippets Of Truth: A New Start

by bosssanders on November 22, 2010 with no comments

“Maybe I will have a fresh start tomorrow,” she wrote me, pondering the mistakes of the day. In the afterglow of failure, hope shines light on possibilities of new tomorrows, of fresh starts, of new mercies. We must never forget that the righteous will fall many times, but God is always faithful to lift them back up. Will you have a fresh start? You will. You always do. Praise be to God! Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lam. 3:21-23                          —–by Christine



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But God, What About ME?!?

by bosssanders on November 18, 2010 with 1 comment

We’re often taught that if we are good, follow God and do the right things, our lives will be great.

But, the fact is – life is still life.  The bumps and bruises don’t stop coming.  Even when (sometimes, most especially) you’re good.

I’ll be one of the first to admit that I often forget this little nugget.

Sometimes I get so caught up in life, that my prayer begins to look like:  “But God, What About ME?!?”

It’s hard, isn’t it?  When we’re not doing the things we think we should be doing, the things we want to be doing.  When we can’t purchase the things we feel we need or the things we think we deserve.  When things just don’t go our way.  When troubles weigh on our hearts and minds and we just feel so alone.  When we lay things down to follow God just to be met with obstacles instead of miracles.  When justice seems like some big joke.

And, if you’re anything like me, it can be easy to look around you and begin comparing yourself to others and their circumstances and lives.

We begin to count the good things, the holy things, that we have done for God and suddenly, it feels like He owes us.  Or, at least we should be more deserving than some of these other folks!!

Oh man, how I feel that way some days.  Sometimes things just seem so incredibly unfair that I just want to cry out, “But God, What About ME?!?”

In Job 30, Job feels a lot like we do sometimes.

20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer;
I stand up, but you merely look at me.
21 You turn on me ruthlessly;
with the might of your hand you attack me.
22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;
you toss me about in the storm.
23 I know you will bring me down to death,
to the place appointed for all the living.

24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man
when he cries for help in his distress.
25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?
Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
when I looked for light, then came darkness.
27 The churning inside me never stops;
days of suffering confront me.
28 I go about blackened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29 I have become a brother of jackals,
a companion of owls.
30 My skin grows black and peels;
my body burns with fever.
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,
and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

And God’s response?  It was something like:  Who do you think you are?

We live the way we should be anyhow, and we expect brownie points.  We know Jesus was nailed to a cross for OUR SINS and because our Lord loves us so much, yet sometimes our response is to ask for more.  Sometimes, it’s like we forget.

We all know the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), but so very often, we zoom in on the brother that comes home.  But, how much are we like the other brother?  – The one who went out into the field and came back to his brother’s party, exclaiming how UNFAIR things were, after all it was HE that was the good one.  Why wasn’t HE getting blessed with special treatment?  But, while he was doing everything right on the “outside,” his heart was still in need of changing.  He looked the part, alright, but he hadn’t become the part.

Oh, how hard these stories have hit me this week.  I cried out, “But God, what about ME?!?”  And, this week… he said, “Yes, what about you?  Let’s talk about that…”

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