Giveaway! Chonda Pierce

Chonda Pierce: Unashamed At select Cinemas May 7 & 9

This Mother’s Day week, May 7 & 9 at 7:00pm., you and your friends can enjoy a night of laughter and  truth as only top selling female comedian, Chonda Pierce, can deliver.  Chonda will make you laugh and think as she boldly proclaims the truth of the Gospel to a hurting world.  Chonda takes a journey into the hearts of the faithful as she engages some of the boldest believers in America. Mike Huckabee, Danny Gokey, the Benham Brothers and others tell their stories of speaking truth to our culture…no matter the consequences. Don’t forget to bring your moms, grandmas and every mother in your church for a night to remember!

Only Chonda can communicate deep and meaningful truth and make you laugh at the same time.  Chonda is unchained, unrestrained and UNASHAMED!


Book Review : Joyful Surrender

When I see Elizabeth Elliot’s name on a book, I can trust that the message will be valuable and true! I snagged a copy of Joyful Surrender by Elizabeth herself and I have loved it!!

This book is a reprint from 1982, so the book has been around, but in 1982 I was not reading any books about my faith. So this is a brand new book to me!

I loved that many chapters were short and to the point and easy to grab and read when you have a few minutes. The messages were direct and clear and they encouraged me each time I read this book!

In fact when I read the chapter about Under Orders I asked my boys to read it as well. Elizabeth calls us to be more than hearers of the Word, similar to James’ call on our lives. She calls us to serve, to act, to do as a soldier under orders from a commanding officer. We are called to act on what God’s Word tells us.

This book is about 7 disciplines for the Believers Life :

  1. Discipline of the Mind
  2. Discipline of the Body
  3. Discipline of Place
  4. Discipline of Time
  5. Discipline of Possessions
  6. Discipline of Work
  7. Discipline of Feelings

She starts out by laying the ground work of addressing The Answer to God’s Call, then How do we know we are called, Under Orders, Grace and finally A Sovereign God and Man’s Choice.

Each early chapter leads the reader to understand the foundation of what being a follower of Christ looks like and the expectations.  Then she dives into each of the disciplines of what our life should look like in each area.  

I love the wisdom that Elizabeth shares in her books. Her words can be applied today just as much as they were applicable in 1982, in fact since we have drifted so far from the truths of the Bible, her words and encouragement might be more applicable today!

NOTE : I received a copy of Joyful Surrender in exchange for an honest review.


Finding freedom and happiness in divine surrender

In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is often overlooked. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all times. She shows you how to

· discipline your mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings
· overcome anxiety
· change poor habits and attitudes
· trust God in times of trial and hardship
· let Him have control in all areas of life

Elliot masterfully and gently takes you through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations to help you discover the understanding that your fulfillment as a human being depends on your answer to God’s call to obedience.

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity and The Journals of Jim Elliot, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.

Book Review : Tiny Truths Bible

So much fun to check out this sweet Children’s Story Bible!!

I love books that are fun to look at as well as great to listen to! This Bible is both! The pictures in this Bible are fun, colorful and engaging!! Kids will love to look at the illustrations as you read the stories to them!

This is an illustrated Children’s Bible – so each chapter is a Bible story that will explain the truths from God’s word. These stories will draw children in and help them understand the ideas of our scriptures. Topics such as Who is God, Who created you, What were you created for – are all subjects that are addressed and taught in the Tiny Truths Bible!

If your children are like mine, they want to hear stories over and over, and by reading Bible stories to them we allow their understanding of God’s word to grow in their hearts! I love that my children still love to flip through illustrated Bibles!!

We loved the illustrations, we loved the stories! This is a sweet Bible for families with your children and would make a great birthday present, or even a new baby gift!!

Note : I was offered a copy of the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible in exchange for an honest review!

Brigades #1 by Peter

Hello I’m Peter Cole, Janelle’s favorite son. Over the past couple years you may have seen posts about the Texas brigades. Well for the next couple of weeks I am going to break down each different aspect of what Texas Brigade camps are about, why you should attend, or encourage others to, and why they are so important to the future of our world.

Sharing about Texas Brigades at a youth hunt.

 The Texas Brigades are a group of wildlife leadership intensive camps located around the state.    There are five differ wildlife subjects covered by seven different camps: Rolling plains Bobwhite Brigade, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Ranch Brigade, Bass Brigade, and Coastal Brigade. Have had the privilege of attending as well as returning to three different brigades over three years. 

Sharing what I learned at Texas Brigade Camps

One major focus of brigades is to teach wildlife  Each camp focuses on teaching the habitat, conservation, and anatomy of the focused wildlife. The Texas brigades motto is “Tell me I forget, show me I remember, involve me and I understand.” At camp the instructors live that out by teaching wildlife, but also by us doing what they taught.   The other focus of Texas Brigades is to teach public speaking, decision making, leadership and critical thinking.  Learning these skills at camps has helped grow me into a more determined and qualified leader.  

Teaching other youth about Wildlife Conservation, earning that scholarship and an invitation to come back as a leader to Buckskin Brigade.

At most camps one of the first activities is the anatomy. We get to dissect the animal we are learning about. The first brigade I went to was the 24th Battalion (or year) of the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, this was the camp that started the program back in 1993.  Bob White camps focus on the conservation of the quail species in Texas. We learned about their habitat, diet, and everything they need to live.  One bonus from my Bob White camp experience was earning a $2250 scholarship for college by sharing what I learned and advertising for the organization!

Receiving my scholarship at North Texas Buckskin Brigade in 2018.

In 2018, I was able to attend the 3rd battalion of the Coastal Brigade. At the Brigade we learned all about Coastal wildlife. We were able to study the anatomy of a fish, by dissecting one. We also went to a hatchery, to learn the life cycle of fish, specifically the life cycle of the red drum, the state fish of Texas. One of my favorite parts of camp is always the plants. At coastal brigade we studied the many different types of coastal plants. We learned all about the plants that directly impact the coast, and any type of coastal wildlife. 

Applications are open for a few more weeks at  Youth agers 12-18 should apply now!

Review : Love Nudge App

Download the LoveNudge App and be entered to win Dr. Gary Chapman’s #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages®, The 5 Love Languages® for Men, AND The Love Languages Devotional Bible (hardback)! Go to to enter and for more details.

If you have not heard of Gary Chapman, or The 5 Love Languages you are in for a treat!!

Robert & I have heard of both, and have benefited from understanding just how different our love languages are! You might be wondering why this matters. Well for us we communicate and feel love in vastly different ways. For instance, Robert’s number 1 love language, really his only one, is touch. So to express his love he touches and he wants to be touched to feel loved.

Guess what? Out of the 5 love languages, my last one is touch. So do you see how that disconnect could be an issue? My top one is acts of service. If Robert tells me he loves me by touching and never serving, I never feel loved.

The book The 5 Love Languages has led to the Love Nudge App. This fun app is a great way to figure all this out. Part of the app is the test to figure out your own love languages. Then your partner takes the test to figure them out. Then the app will give you practical ways to express love to your loved on in their own language.

Will this app TOTALLY CHANGE your marriage? No. Only the Lord can truly cause real change in our relationships. However, with this little app we can become more intentional, more aware and more likely to express meaningful love to our loved ones.

So the 5 languages are : words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and touch. Normally we are divided among two or so and the others are much lower. The test on the app will rank all 5.

The Love Nudge App can help you better express your love! By using this app you can understand a little bit better how someone else feels loved and then choose things throughout your week to express your love. Understanding Gary’s love languages has certainly helped Robert and I understand each other better and helped us realize that we were using our own style of feeling loved to try and express love, and that is not very effective when you have such different love languages!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of The 5 Love Languages in exchange for testing and reviewing the Love Nudge App.