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Review & Giveaway: iPhone Cases from Prone to Wander

I was given three cases by Prone to Wander for my honest opinion and, as always, honesty is what you’ll get.

In a day and time when everyone’s cell phone looks the same, we all don’t just like but need to personalize our phone so that we know it’s ours. That’s a given. What a lot of us like to do, though, is to project a little bit of our personality or our beliefs, wherever we can, to show the people around us a little bit of our own soul.

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With Prone To Wander, that just got easier and more fun! Not only do they have some of the cutest designs – that please both mom and daughter – but you can even customize your own! Got a special Bible verse that expresses who you are? Visit their customizing page and make your cell phone case come alive.

Oldest came home from a college class pleasantly surprised!

I found these cases to be current, relevant, sturdy, and easy to get on and off. The phone case designs, themselves, are relevant in their colors, font, and imaging. I would say that they easily fit nearly any female I know – whether they prefer bling or consider themselves more hipster.

Above all of this though, I love how you have a self-affirming, uplifting, word right in the palm of your hand to remind you that you’re a child of God. ❤️

NOTE: If you want to use their customizing page, you may be able to find one more masculine. I say this because while this website does tend to focus more towards females, my husband truly loved his wooden case that he once had for his cell phone. So you may consider getting your special guy a masculine Bible verse personalized on a wooden case as a gift.

Photo Credit: Prone to Wander

They have silicon like cases that are see-through. They have metallic-like cases that are for the girl that likes the bling. They have wooden cases that seem to have been etched for the more nature-loving girl.

⭐️These cases would make an AWESOME Easter 🐣 basket filler!⭐️

Interested in winning a set of THREE for free? Click below to enter to win!

Tip: Keep an eye out because April is my birthday month and I may just give another away, myself, I like these so much!❤️

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Iowa says, “NO” to killing babies. So why isn’t this news everywhere?!

“Legislation making it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion in Iowa once a fetal heartbeat is detected won Senate approval Wednesday as a first step toward what many see as a legal battle aimed at overturning the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Senators approved Senate File 2281 by a 30-20 margin.

The measure would bar a physician from performing an abortion when tests determine a heartbeat is present, unless a medical emergency exists that warrants the procedure. Violation would subject a doctor to a Class D felony, carrying up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. There would be no penalty for the woman.” The Gazette said.

While Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, floor manager of the bill said, “This bill is the logical beginning point for all of civil governance,” Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City struck back by saying, “It is time for Republican politicians to stop playing politics and stop using your positions of power to harass and disrespect girls and women. Enough is enough.”

So, we know where most Republicans stand on the issue of abortion just as we know where most Democrats stand on the issue of abortion. There’s always the select few that feel different even though they are part of that party. I’m not even going to talk about that.

For just a moment allow me to vent.

When I open my Google app, the news it suggests for me (and yes I know all about preferences and algorithms – I am a blogger) I see:

1. “The Google App’s New iMessage Extension is Pretty Great”

2. “The story of the internet, as told by Know Your Meme”

3. Winter Storm Quinn

and more… yet NOTHING about this landmark decision!

When I go to ABC News online, I see…

1. “2nd nor’easter bearing down on East Coast days after deadly storm”

2. “Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas”

3. “Trump reopens seemingly settled video-game debate”

When I go to FOX News online, I see…

1. “Pelosi slams California ICE raid as ‘unjust and cruel,’ amid outcry over mayor’s tipoff to immigrants”

2. “Tammy Bruce: California chaos — Unchallenged liberalism leaves homelessness, drug abuse, garbage in its wake”

3. “Nikolas Cruz’s jail records reveal details of gunman’s behavior in days after Florida school shooting”

And I could go on. Literally I am not seeing this landmark Iowa decision anywhere!

So, my question to you all is, “Why is this news not everywhere?”

Why is this news not every…where? Why, if we have a Republican president and this is a major issue for Republicans (and many Independents such as myself), is this not all over the news, all over the Internet, and constantly showing up in your newsfeed? Why did I have to read about it in a Christian wives and moms Facebook group? Why was it a post that was typed out by the poster and not even a newsfeed that she was sharing?!

Does the nation not really care about this?

Is this not something to cheer about – the saving of thousands of baby’s lives?

Does the news not want you to know about this? Any news outlet regardless of which way they slant?

I want to hear from you because I’m at my wit’s end over here.

At this point, I truly believe that every news outlet is bought by someone. I filed as an Independent because even at the age of 18 I knew that I didn’t want any particular party to know which way I was going to vote; and my primary party is the party that follows God’s word. There isn’t a party for that so I filed as an Independent. This has allowed me to have a truly unbiased view. I don’t have a particular news outlet that I watch. I do my own research. Having been a paralegal for nearly a decade I know where to look, I know when something smells funny, and I understand legislation.

What I don’t understand is news such as this not being viral within an hour of it happening. Can someone please explain to me why a Hollywood couple getting a divorce propels millions to tweet about it within half an hour… but thousands of baby’s lives being saved, infanticide being abolished, and the torture, dismemberment, and murder of the innocent in Iowa – a thing of which should have never happened in the first place – now no longer happening ISN’T EVEN IN MY NEWSFEED?!

Short story:

For those of you that don’t know, when I was two months shy of being 18, I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t know anything about Planned Parenthood. All I knew was that some people went there to get birth control. So, I went there to get a pregnancy test. When I was told that I was pregnant, I was scared, not as surprised as one would’ve thought, and in awe. I was not in tears. I was not in the fetal position. I did not need to be consoled. The woman across the desk from me proceeded to try to talk me into my “options.” At 17 years of age, I immediately turned into mama bear. I looked that woman dead in the face and said, “If your ‘options’ include killing my baby, think again.” And I walked out of there.

So, I guess this topic is a little closer to my heart than others. Somehow, though, I can’t wrap my brain around why the killing and torture of babies – a thing of which has been proven – is not close to everyone’s heart in this nation, IN THIS WORLD!

So, unlike my usual well thought out, outlined blog posts that I usually post… This one is more of a vent, a question, and a prayer. Forgive me for my not standing on formality today.

If you are a believer, please come together with me – in one mind, one heart – and pray this prayer with me:

God:

Forgive us for not comprehending the miracle, the magnificence, of any creation that you have made in history. But certainly forgive us for not comprehending the miracle that is life. Forgive us believers that have not fought tooth, tongue, and toenail to save the lives of individuals that had a purpose and a plan. Help us to find what each one of us needs to change this horrific practice in our nation, in the world. Expose within us the things that we need to change and shed light on where we need to go, the things we need to say, the things we need to do in our communities. Help us to be better warriors in your army. Raise up Mosess, Davids, and Elijahs! Teach every mother and father how to raise our children to be world changers and earth shakers.

Bind up Satan. His reign of murdering those that could change the tide of the direction this world is going in is over! We ask that you throw out every elected representative that would contribute to the murder of our children by either vote or choosing to not vote. We ask that you open the eyes and the ears of every believer and motivate them to act. We ask, we pray, we even beg that a revival would sweep across this nation. We ask that this nation be reborn under You. We lost our way but You are our True North. We are like the Israelites lost in the desert – the promised land is just in sight with an act of legislation such as this, yet the few are running the many. We ask that you bind up the squeaky voice of the few and you raise up a loud clatter from your followers, your believers, your people. We ask that you help us to save ourselves, our children, our future. Let the Holy Spirit, like a fire, burn inside of each and everyone of your children this day.

The men and women that we read about in the Bible were men and women of action. They were men and women that were called by you and followed. Help us to be this generation’s Esther, Moses, Elisha.

Help us. Hear our cry, today, oh Father! None but you can eradicate evil with your righteousness. You are mighty and mighty to save. You are a promise keeper and you are God of all creation. You are our deliver even right now when the world seems to reign under evil. You are Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end. Simply put, you are I AM. Nothing stands in your way and nothing can defeat you.

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Yes, you NEED the Holy Spirit

….but you don’t have to have Him. You don’t have to have or do anything. God’s funny that way. He’s a gentleman, never forcing Himself on anyone.

I believe we all need the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When Christ left this earth and ascended into Heaven He said that He was leaving us a comforter. If Christ left me something, or someone as it were, I’m going to follow that – since my whole life is based on following Him and being as much like Him as humanly possible – by receiving whomever or whatever that thing may be! We know that whom Christ left us was the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17).

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul writes, no matter what our diversity of gifts in the Spirit are, it is the same God who works within all of them. He goes on to say, in addition, “but the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”

Now, I should be clear that what you’re about to read – my thoughts, God’s word, here is not referring to some willy-nilly unorganized chaos of emotion that so many Christians nowadays call “an outpouring” and that you may have been witness to in person, on television, or the internet. There are certain things that must line up for an outpouring and often times (more often than not, I’m afraid) these things simply do not line up; but, rather people are overcome by their own emotions. That is not always the case though. We must be vigilant to not have the audacity to put God in a box while still cross referencing occurrence with His Word.

I only have a few things to say about this (I’m sure I’d have more but I’ve forced myself to only say three): 1) If your church is having such an “outpouring” that you haven’t heard a message delivered in weeks… you may want to really seek the Lord and ask Him for some discernment in regard to that. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be like throwing pearls before swine if the church hasn’t even been fed.

2) You don’t live like the world Monday through Friday and then speak in tongues on Sunday. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is only possible through having a relationship with God and then making it an intimate one. Think of the most intimate earthly relationship you have. Now, compare that sort of communication, love, understanding, forgiveness, etc. to your relationship with God. It’s incomparable; yet, we almost never even attain that level of intimacy with our Father.

My husband is not going to feel as if we have such an intimate relationship that he wants to share unimaginable gifts and truths with me if I’m dancing with another man just two nights before. We should not expect God to be any different.

3) I do believe that you have days of outpourings but God is organized, orderly. He is, in most all things, a gentleman.

His word says, “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”

He also lays it out in Deuteronomy by telling us that one way leads to blessings and one ways leads to death; and, then He says, “…choose life that you and your descendants may live.”

See, God has given us the authority to make our own decisions in life.

He will honor those decisions without interfering. He does not force Himself upon us. If a number of individuals within a church are actively living under the anointing of an intimate relationship with God, and then they collectively come together within a church (or any gathering place) and find themselves unified – of one mind, there God will be. Now, He’s been made welcome. Now, if He sees fit to share with us knowledge, prophesy, etc. He will speak to us.

On the flip side, if you are content simply believing that structuring your life around the Word of God – rather than doing that along with believing God moves, heals, and speaks to His children in real-time – that’s your choice. There’s no judgment here. I would be remiss, however, if I did not share with others what they may be missing out on simply because they can’t conceive of God doing and moving miraculously right before their eyes.

So let me share my thoughts by starting with Romans 8:26, since I feel so strongly about it, where we are told that “we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I cannot imagine knowing of the hell that I have been through in my life and knowing that there is an interceder for me (Jesus) and not going to him.

Further, I cannot fathom knowing that there is a sort of conduit, for far lack of a better term, in the Holy Spirit that He would actually pray for what I truly need rather than what I think I need so that I could find true happiness and success… and me not doing everything I can to access Him.

If you have been praying, and it seems as if nothing is getting through to Him – it’s as if you’re praying to the walls and the words are just bouncing off of the sheetrock – I encourage you to look at Romans 8:26 as if it were the first step in God’s list of instructions on “How to Pray.” It is my thought that we, as a whole, simply do not know how to pray to God. I say this based on two things, specifically, that the Bible has told me: 1) In Luke, when John asks Jesus how they should pray, Jesus doesn’t respond, “Oh, you guys do just fine. Just keep talking and He’ll hear ya.” Rather, He gave them specific words to say to God. These words were sort of a catch-all. “The Lord’s Prayer,” as it has been dubbed, covers everything from worship to provision to sin!

I believe He gave us this prayer in order to supplement our prayer lives until we each have come to the place that we have attained that divine entity that would pray for us (Romans 8:26-27). I should add here that of course I’m not in any way inferring that when you talk to God He’s not hearing you. I know that God hears every word you utter. I’m simply trying to draw attention to what is available to all of us.

I’m trying to open your mind – just as the disciples asked Jesus – to ask God, “How should I pray? I know what I want to pray for; but, what would You have me pray?”

As for praying in tongues…. I recognize that a lot of my followers are not as they would describe “Pentecostal.” I pray that you would read this with the understanding that my focus is on your obtaining the power of the Holy Spirit within you that God wants you to have, more so than any outward display.

Paul says to us, in 1 Corinthians 14, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

Wow, that’s a lot to digest for anyone. The fact is clear, though, that Paul wants us all to speak in tongues. Further, Paul wishes that we would desire, and attain, the ability – through the Holy Spirit – to prophesy because it edifies (instructs or improves (someone) morally or intellectually) the church, rather than simply edifying ourselves.

However! Don’t miss this:

While Paul wishes the new Church all spoke in tongues, He wishes even more greatly that we would prophesy because that is edifying for the entire Church!

After all, this would go hand-in-hand with each and every Christian’s first and most important calling – to share the gospel. What could be better for this world than the gospel than God’s current, spoken, word? A rhema Word as it were…

I must admit that to be in the presence of God, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is powerful and … awing. If the presence of the Holy Spirit is nothing else, it is that – awing.

Through my teenage years, for mostly medical reasons, my relationship with God became a struggle for me. Thankfully, by the time I was 18 and had a brand new baby girl, I was able to focus on what everything else in my life hinged upon – my relationship with God.

Over the years that followed God showed me how He could be everything to me – husband, father to my child, father to me, best friend, provider, healer, teacher, etc. I had no idea that a person could have that kind of a relationship with someone. It was literally as if He were my husband. Communication now goes both ways between me and God. Through that progress in our relationship the Holy Spirit – within me – was growing all the while; and, I can honestly say that the Holy Spirit has used me in some powerful ways since then.

And, yes, during this relationships of ours (God and mine), I have watched Him heal each of my children. I have heard His voice delivering me from any thought of suicide. He has woken me in the middle of the night to address a spiritual attack from Satan on my husband. That is what having the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life means to me.

So, what am I saying? I’m saying THIS is what the anointing of the Holy Spirit means to me. I’m saying this is available to you. Answered prayers are attainable. Knowing, without a shadow of a doubt, that God is hearing you is possible. Praying over a perfect stranger and God meeting their need is totally possible. And, this world is going to hell in a hand basket all around us. What does it say about us if we’re not trying to change the world?

If you want to change the world, then you must be greater than it. The only way to be greater than the world is to have God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) residing within and acting through you.

That’s it. That’s all I’m saying. You can be a cog or you can be a spectator.

If you want to know more about the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit – but would prefer to hear it from someone more unbiased (as I grew up in a Pentecostal Church), I encourage you to read the book They Spoke with Other Tongues.

This book, from a sceptic’s point of view, shares with you historical and biblical accounts of who the Holy Spirit is and how He can and has operated. I so want someone’s life to be changed that I’m giving away a copy of this book. I am not giving this book away as a promotion. I am not even going to promote this on social media other than to share this blog post as I do all of my posts. I just ask that you comment below that you would be interested in winning a copy of this book because you are interested in what it has to say. I will then take all of those peoples names and let Rafflecopter choose a name.

Please, if you have any questions drop them below. I love all of you and want us to get our job done – changing people’s lives through God – the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Review & Giveaway: This Dangerous Book

I was not paid for this review but was given a book for my honest opinion and, as always, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you intentionally built your life, your family, and even your business around and upon God’s Word? Well, that is exactly what Steve and Jackie Green did. You may recognize their names. Steve Green became President of Hobby Lobby in 2004 and since then the CEO and his wife have opened the Museum of the Bible smack dab in the middle of our nation’s capital.

This Dangerous Book, written by Steve and Jackie Green, is an amazing book highlighting the power of the Bible, the lengths people have gone to to preserve it, and how it is still able to change people today.

Rick Warren says it best in the foreword of this book when he says, “If you want to become all that God has designed you to be, you must build your life on the Bible. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God.” And let me tell you: if you’re living life like that then you will be a danger – a danger to sin, a danger to oppression, a danger to those and that who would attack your family.

This Dangerous Book is probably one of my favorite books because it highlights the most important book in history without weighing down the entire book with a person’s opinion and their own personal translation of It. Rather, this book is a journey and the Greens want you to go on that journey with them.

This Dangerous Book talks about how the Bible has been a very controversial thing. How could it not? It has disrupted and interrupted sin and chaos and in its place put peace and abolished death wherever Its words have been spoken.

One thing that I find myself often asking people is, “How can anyone dispute a religion with such documented history?” This Dangerous Book is a great book for your arsenal if you appreciate Apologetics or simply want to be able to defend your faith. And, have no fear! This book is not merely a coffee table book, nor is it a book to make you look good to your fellow Christian friends. This is an outstanding book of reference. In the back, just as with any good reference book, there are notes, credits, and an index. I know I sound a little like a nerd right now but most of you know that I am one!

If you are a lover of history, I encourage you to get this book. If you are a person who likes to challenge themselves, I encourage you to get this book. If you are a person who reads the Bible and wants to understand even more about the Book that feeds you every day, get…this…book. This book is for anyone – yes, even the unbeliever.

I encourage you to buy for yourself or gift this book this holiday season. This is not an affiliate link. I get no kickback from this. Just like the Greens, I simply want to spread the power of the Bible. So….what are you waiting for?! Get it! You can buy it anywhere books are sold: Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com, etc.

Want it for free? Awesome! I’m giving one away! Click on the the Dangerous Book below and find out how!

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What are you free for?


Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. 


Why did America want to be free of England? They believed they were being treated unfairly. The colonists were effected by tax law with no representatives in Parliament to vote on or discuss these laws. England refused to allow for this and treated America much like the red headed step child that should be seen (or taxed as it were) and not heard.

So, Independence Day is a day to celebrate just that – our independence. To me, it means so much more. I’ve lost people I love to war in other countries. I’ve had countless friends and family members’ lives forever altered because of war and various battles. Whether these battles were fought for America or not…they were all fought for freedom. Each bullet, missile, or IED may not have directly been for my freedom but it was for freedom overall. 

Every man, woman, and child has a right to pursue freedom. Every man, woman, and child should have freedom. Unfortunately, they do not. To not have freedom, though, is not God’s will. 


“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭2:13-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Or as The Message puts it…
“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:13-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This one passage, along with many others, disproves any theory that God wishes for you to separate your relationship with Him from your political beliefs and actions. 
Let’s pause for a moment though and reflect upon one hypothetical question: 

How would you celebrate independence if you lived elsewhere, where it was not “one nation under God,” and received freedom as a gift? 

Imagine you lived in North Korea where your entire family is starving, to work is mandatory – not a right – there are no wages, and electricity and anything other than rice is only for the elite. Imagine being force-fed that a narcissistic man is your only true god and he only can receive your praises, though he never sees fit to love you and never hesitates to punish you and your entire family, children included. Now how do you celebrate independence? 
As a Christian, how would you celebrate suddenly having the freedom to worship God? How would you celebrate being allowed to pray aloud to Him for the very first time in your life? How would you celebrate being not only allowed to own your first Bible but being free to carry it and not hiding it away? How would you feel to walk, amongst other believers – freely, into a house of God to talk about Him, sing to Him, love on Him, and learn about Him? 

It kind of makes your complaint about the air conditioning being too cold or the music being too loud in church a little petty. Doesn’t it? 

I’m not here to judge. We’ve all taken our freedom for granted. It’s not about kicking ourselves but rather regaining the proper perspective


We are blessed – SO BLESSED! So, I’m celebrating Independence Day this year by reminding myself of what I’m free of, what I’m free to do, and what I’m free for.

  1. I’m free of bondage, sin, and oppression.
  2. I’m free to choose righteousness and to worship the one true God.
  3. I’m free for Him and Him alone. Whatever He asks of me I will do.

So…

What are you free of?

What are you free to do?

What are you free for?

Follow up questions you may ask yourself:

  1. Are you voting for representatives that you believe can and will act as “God’s emissaries for keeping order?”
  2. Are you exercising your freedom by serving God, not breaking rules?
  3. Are you treating everyone…EVERYONE… you meet with dignity, loving your spiritual family, and revering God?