Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'm All In - CD Giveaway - Robert Pierre - A Review

Do you recognize this face?  I recently was given the opportunity to review Robert Pierre's CD "I'm All In", July 26th release date.  Read on for a description and to find out how you can win a free copy of this new CD.

"I'm All In" is the third studio album released by Robert from thinkaboutit records.  Robert wrote and recorded this album of contemporary christian music, has been playing on a summer tour and leads Sunday morning worship at his 800-member Orlando, Florida church.  The amazing part--he has done this all as a high school senior!

Eleven upbeat, worshipful songs share Robert's heart for the Lord.  I think my favorites were Maker of the Stars and Greater is He, but they are all very good.  A wonderful voice, a wonderful message, and definitely great for any age listener.  I look forward to hearing more from this talented new singer. 

Robert says "The Bible talks about how the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro throughout the earth, searching for someone whose heart is wholly His, someone He can strongly support.  This CD is me saying, 'I'm all in.'"
To find out more about Robert and check on this and his other albums please visit

                            Robert's website here

                            Robert's Facebook Page here

                            To listen to samples or purchase from Amazon click here

How To Enter This Giveaway:

1.  Leave me a comment (on this blog) mentioning your interest.

2.  For another entry check out Robert's Facebook page and tell me the name of one of the songs on this new album. 

One winner will be chosen randomly at 8 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011.  Good luck!  Blessings!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, July 15, 2011

Guess Who'll Be Laughing Out Loud

Oh Beverly, the Cow Queen, you have the great honor of being chosen randomly as winner of the Women of Faith book Laugh Out Loud.  Watch for an e-mail to verify your address.

Blessings to all who entered!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday - July 14, 2011

Ok, so the plan is that each Thursday I'll be focusing on the person/thing I'm most thankful for that week in the following categories:

I'm so thankful for my favorite mountainman, my hubby Steve, this week because he's there for the good and the bad.  He's a godly father.  He's a wonderful provider.  We'll be married 23 years in August.  

The best provision I'm most thankful for this week was someone willing to step in when I couldn't see a way to take care of a stupid mistake.  Thank you--you know who you are.

A Bible verse about thankfulness:  Phillipians 4:6-7  "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto god.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your minds through Jesus Christ."

The thing I'm most thankful for learning this week would be that grandma wants drama queen (my darling daughter) for a week in August.  This is such a blessing and a break for her and a fun time for grandma and grandpa.  The mom in me said "Give her jobs to do too, she's very capable."  Grandma already had a few in mind--hehehe.

I'm thankful that I don't have to clean up after a flood like so many this year.  We went through a flood in 1997 and were out of our house for a little over 3 months.  My prayers go out to everyone in this situation right now.


By the way, have you entered my Laugh Out Loud book giveaway for tomorrow at 8 a.m.? 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wishing Wednesday - It's under control

Today I'm wishing . . . 
  • that our economy was under control
  • that everyone had a secure job and all of their needs met
  • that what the little guy has to say would be heard
  • that leaders really did what they promise
But, while I'm wishing, I'm remembering that God is in control and has a plan.  I guess that is good enough for today.

John 3:16-17

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Titus 2sday - Mentoring, What It's About

Mentoring - What It's About

So many things come to mind when I look at the second chapter of Titus.  Perhaps the strongest idea that jumps off the page for me is the whole idea of mentoring of those younger than yourself.  Mentoring is so helpful and usually a growing time for both the mentor and the person  mentored.  With that said, let's look at mentoring for today.

Titus 2:3-5 "The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things--That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."
Holy Bible - New King James Version

I remember a few mentors from when I was younger, both at high school and at college.  These ladies encouraged me to dig deeper, develop skills, share my skills and abilities, and most important, they showed me how they do these things.  They mentored me by allowing me to watch and help them with home and work tasks and by sharing worship, music and the genuine love of God. 

So what exactly does mentoring involve?  Well, according to Webster's Dictionary
mentoring is being a tutor.  That means to teach or give guidance to someone who is less experienced.

Taking that definition into account, I think that what these verses encourage us to do is to be real, genuine, loving and teaching at all times with those who are younger, whether chronologically or spiritually.  We can show them how to do homemaking tasks by allowing them to watch or help us.  We can show them how to worship by inviting them to worship with us, sing songs with us, and study Biblical and other topics with us.  We can show them in our everyday life how we love and serve our children and spouse--even when than means pointing out something we do wrong.  Anyone do that for you?
Thank them and pass it on to the next generation.  I think I'll be praying about who to mentor next, besides my daughter of course.  By the way, thanks Kathy and Linda.

Next time, what does it mean to be reverent in behavior?


I thought perhaps it would be helpful to share some references and links which could be helpful while examining these ideas.

If you're interested in further information regarding this book and chapter check out some of the following:

Blue Letter Bible
Bible Gateway

For free online Bible Commentaries click here to go to On this site you'll find the following helpful sections:

Commentaries (Scofield, Wesleys
Other Resources

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Trivia - Just Who's In Charge Anyway?

While thinking about trivia ideas for today I was reminded of the many current events going on around us.  I was also thinking about how in 9th grade we had to memorize a list of US and world leaders and know what they did--and yes, there was a test.  With the many comings and goings in our government in the last few years I thought it might be interesting to review the list and see how many I know now--unfortunately not as many as I should.  If you're interested in brushing up on who's in charge of the various parts and positions of our government go to for more information.

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Most people in the US know that Barack Obama is President, but did you know more than 2 or 3 of the following?  If it was important back then, with the craziness of everything around us now, I'm thinking that brushing up on the list of our current leaders and their positions and job functions is going to be on the list for school this year.  How about you?

White House Staff

Chief of Staff                          Bill Daley

Deputy Chiefs of Staff             Nancy-Ann DeParle
                                              Alyssa Mastromonaco

Counselor to the President       Pete Rouse

Senior Advisors                      Valerie Jarrett
                                              David Plouffe

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Did you also know that all of the following entities exist within the Executive Office of the President?

Council of Economic Advisers
Council on Environmental Quality
National Security Council and Homeland Security Council
Office of Administration
Office of Management and Budget
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Office of the United States Trade Representative
Office of the Vice President
Executive Residence

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Or how about that the following exist within The White House?

Office of Cabinet Affairs
Office of the Chief of Staff
Office of Communications
Media Affairs
New Media
Office of the First Lady
Office of the Social Secretary
National Security Advisor
Office of Legislative Affairs
Office of Management and Administration
White House Personnel
White House Operations
Telephone Office
Visitors Office
Oval Office Operations
Office of Political Affairs
Office of Presidential Personnel
Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of Public Engagement
Council on Women and Girls
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Urban Affairs
Office of the Press Secretary
Office of Scheduling and Advance
Office of the Staff Secretary
Presidential Correspondence
Executive Clerk
Records Management
Office of the White House Counsel
Office of White House Policy
Domestic Policy Council
Office of National AIDS Policy
Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
National Economic Council
White House Military Office

I'm pretty sure this will take a while to accomplish around here, but we're going to give it a shot.  How did you do?  Good luck staying on top of it all.  Ever feel like asking "Who are all these people, and where did they come from?"


*****Don't forget to enter the Laugh Out Loud book give away that will be drawn Friday, July 15th at 8 a.m.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Laugh Out Loud - A Giveaway - Let's Try This Again!

It's Another Book Giveaway!!

OK, so I've been under the radar for a couple of weeks while we've been vacationing.  Got a good sunburn that contributed to a nice dark tan, mowed, and mowed, and mowed, fished and swam and just plain relaxed.  Looking forward to getting back into the blogging mode.  About those daily posts I was going to do - uh yeah, bad plan right before vacation.  I'll be trying to get my act together and get these going this week.  In the meantime . . .

It's a Giveaway!  How often do you see LOL when you're on the computer?  Well, this Laugh Out Loud is a little different.  Laugh Out Loud is a  221 page book from Women of Faith.  These stories have been shared to "touch your heart and tickle your funny bone" by authors including:
  • Martha Bolton
  • Luci Swindoll
  • Sheila Walsh
  • Patsy Clairmont
  • Karen Scalf Linamen
  • Mark Lowrey
  • and several others.

Take a look at what you'll find:

  • Part 1 - I've Never Seen Those Kids Before In My Life!  Laughing Out Loud At Our Children
  • Part 2 - Say Goodnight Gracie!  Laughing Out Loud At Our Spouses
  • Part 3 - Dogs, Cats, and Caribou!  Laughing Out Loud At Our Animal Friends
  • Part 4 - Giggling In The Pews - Laughing  Out Loud In Our Churches
  • Part 5 - On The Road And In The Air - Laughing Out Loud At Our Traveling Adventures
  • Part 6 - A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste!  Laughing Out Loud At Ourselves 
Whether you're a Women of Faith fan or just looking for a pick-me-up and a good laugh you'll enjoy this fun and entertaining book.

Random drawing will be at Friday, July 15th at 8 a.m.  Winner will be posted here and notified to verify mailing address.

*To enter this drawing all you need to do is a leave a comment indicating your interest and telling me who is your favorite comedian or inspirational speaker.

*For another entry visit me on Facebook - and friend me and/or follow me if you like - then leave a separate comment here.

*For an additional entry share this post and leave a separate comment here how/where you shared.

*Finally, for an additional 5 entries, blog about this post and let me know with a separate comment here.

Blessings to all who enter!

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