Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pretty Hair by Lilla Rose

Hello again!

In the effort of Spring Cleaning and in preparation for Mother's Day (It's May 11th!), I am finally getting to post a review I have been wanting to and planning to post for waaaaayyyy tooooo looonnnnggg!!! :) Please check out my (very amateur) pics below and consider this for a sweet lady or young lady in your life.

A precious friend of mine is a distributor for a very cool hair accessory line called Lilla Rose. She is actually a consultant along with her daughter. I had never heard of these hair accessories until getting to know my friend Jennifer. Now that I have been introduced, I am sure to get to know more of their products. :)

I got the XS (Extra Small) Flexi-Clip from her in a gold tone. It has been so handy and versatile and pretty that I have used it at several stages of my hair length over the past few months. It is so nice because it is one piece even though it looks like it is a separate pin that sticks through the main holder. They are actually joined permanently so you never lose either. And they are very durably made as well.

I ordered mine when I had relatively short hair, but wore it through several lengths (and color shades!). 

As you can see, I could wear it half up at that time.

And, when my hair was shorter, I could even wear it all up as in these few pictures. I could have continued to if I had a larger size, which they do make.

I liked it so much I started noticing who else around me would benefit from wearing it and would enjoy it. I even loaned it to my sister-in-law to wear on Easter Sunday. She, as you can tell, has much longer, thicker, naturally curly hair than I ever will. Yet, the XS worked perfectly for her to wear her sides back as she often does. She will likely be ordering a couple in larger sizes so she can wear more of her hair up in one.

I also love all of their other products and look to order some more soon. I really need their beautiful badge holder(s) since I work in healthcare and have to wear an ID badge all the time. Some other products I like (& my sis-in-law, too) are the hair sticks, pony tail holders, hair pins, and beaded headbands.

So, do yourself and/or some special lady or girl you know a favor and grab one or more of these cool hair accessories. You and they will love them! And you could send a badge holder my way if you want. ;) lol!

P.S. I did this review for no compensation. These opinions are solely mine...and my sister-in-law's.

Following Rabbit Trails with #WriteTheWord

Hi, everyone!

It's been awhile since we did some #WriteTheWord together. Lots going on around here. I'll tell you more about that in a future post. For now, how are you? Did you have a great Resurrection celebration during the past several weeks pre and post Easter? I did! So much to be thankful for.

On that note, I want to branch away from Joshua for a bit with this #WriteTheWord and show you something I did on Good Friday.

One of my pastors preached on Palm Sunday (the Sunday prior to Easter - read about it in Luke 19:28-44). In that message, he mentioned an Old Testament passage that is one of the many prophecies about the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled. For some reason that passage struck a chord with me, so I decided to dig a little deeper with it and used it to #WriteTheWord on Good Friday.

That passage, Zechariah 9:9-10, though short has many cross-referenced verses that can lead one on many power-packed rabbit trails throughout God's Word. So, in the pictures below you will see how I followed the cross-references in my Bible. I didn't draw any conclusions. I just wrote---The Word. Good stuff, too!

Oh, and after you look through my pics, I urge you to check out a new Bible Study resource site I found thanks to a dear friend. It is awesome! It's called BibleHub.com. As a matter of fact, here is a link to that scripture passage (Zech. 9:9-10) on BibleHub.com. It finds FOR YOU all the rabbit trails you could ever imagine and then some...including commentaries and maps and everything!

So, here are my pics from this rabbit hunt...get it...

In case you have any questions about cross-references, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help you figure them out. They typically follow a logical flow, and most often are explained in the front part of your Bible where there is an introduction from the publisher on how your specific Bible is structured. Either way, let me know if you have questions as you start to navigate cross-references.

I say, have fun with them! It's even more involved and enlightening to look at the cross-references on a verse you were cross-referenced to and go that much deeper and farther down a rabbit trail. I have learned some really neat things that way. And it can be a way to get your self into a Bible-study that can go on as long as you want it to. You can spend several weeks or even months just writing through cross-references of cross-references and keyword searches and more cross-references.

Seriously, this is truly my kind of fun!


Okay, you can go ahead and call me a Bible Nerd! 
I'm right proud of it!

Now, go be a nerd for yourself and see what the Holy Spirit has to show you through that much-neglected middle column of your Bible.

Let me know what questions and revelations you have!

Go #WriteTheWord!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Catching up with #WriteTheWord

Back again and for one last #WriteTheWord "catch up" post. The rest from here forward will be me writing along with you through the remainder of Joshua. In those posts I will also share some more techniques with you to add to your #WriteTheWord repertoire.

Without further adieu, here are the last parts I have previously written from Joshua which include chapters 13, 14 & the beginning of 15.
My Chapter 13 Side Notes:
Main point of v.1-7 - Our LORD will continue to guide us & work through us & fight for us---even in our very old age, should we live so long.

Main point of v.8-14 - When ultimately trusting God for victory & following His plan, we will receive the promised land as our inheritance---in spite of impatience, mistakes, & disobedience along the way.

Oops! Looks like I skipped writing verses 15-23
Here they are for you to read over (& write if you would like):

15 This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Reuben, according to its clans:

16 The territory from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and the whole plateau past Medeba 17 to Heshbon and all its towns on the plateau, including Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon, 18 Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath, 19 Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar on the hill in the valley, 20 Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth Jeshimoth— 21 all the towns on the plateau and the entire realm of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled at Heshbon. Moses had defeated him and the Midianite chiefs, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—princes allied with Sihon—who lived in that country. 22 In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination. 23 The boundary of the Reubenites was the bank of the Jordan. These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Reubenites, according to their clans.

v.27 - Valley = part of God-given inheritance
Main point of v.24-28 - Valleys, though often difficult & dark, are necessary & special gifts to us. They offer nourishment and times of growth unmatched on the mountain top.

Main point of v.29-33 - Even if you have no known inheritance on this Earth, as a child of God---the LORD is your inheritance! You will inherit His riches which He has promised to us.

My Chapter 14 Side Notes:
Main point of v.1-5 - Sometimes even those in God's service receive no earthly inheritance, yet He always provides for their daily needs while on this Earth. He often does this so that we will depend on Him for our daily bread & draw close to Him in the process.

Main point of v.6-11 - Following the LORD produces a strong core, strength, & endurance for the training & trials of life.

Looks like I left out another small section in chapter 14
Here are verses 12-15 for you to read (& write):

12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. 15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

My Chapter 15 Side Notes:
Main points of v.1-8:
As we roll away from our valley of trouble we roll full circle back into it only to find it is a doorway of hope & valley of fruitfulness.
- Valley of Achor = "valley of trouble",
but becomes a valley of fruitfulness & a doorway of hope
- Leads up (north) to Gilgal
- Gilgal = "circle" (of stones); also "roll away" (like a wheel)

So there you have it! Looks like I left you & me both hanging a bit with chapter 15 (there are a total of 63 verses in it)...sooo, I get to pick up with you in verse 9 of chapter 15 for our next #WriteTheWord session.

In the meantime, do share what you have learned from chapters 13-15 and/or whatever other portions of Scripture you are currently writing.

See you again soon! 

Keep on writing!!!