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Monthly Giveaway - What would you like?

Since this is our very first giveaway I thought I would let you choose!  What would you like - a King's Square CD or a Hope's Journey book or the January edition of Cotswold Style magazine that I was about to put in the recycle bin or the King's Square Songbook?  Simply let me know which one you want along with your name in the comment box  and I will randomly pick one and send you the item you chose.  The Monthly Giveaway is only open to people subscribed by email, so if you have not signed up do so quickly on the right hand sign up box.

Being a Woman - Wild & Captivating

  If you are really serious about your journey with me this year in uncovering the truth about being a woman then I highly recommend these two books to you. Wild at Heart is an amazing book that really helps us to understand the heart and needs of men and how we are so very different to them.  Captivating truly is captivating, once you start reading you won't be able to stop, you will find yourself nodding all through the book as John & Stasi Eldredge uncover the truth of who we are as women.  I have discovered a two in one book on Amazon - a great buy!  If you have read either of these books please let us know what you thought of them?

Being a Wife - Who Understands Submission

Thanks so much for sending your questions in Tamara, they are questions that I think most woman ask.  I most certainly don't have all the answers but I will try and point you to what the Bible says. ' Talking about creation of the man and the women - were we created equal ? Or is the man a degree above the women. Is this because we are driven by different impulses and feelings or is this because we were created from him? Or is this because we tempted him with forbidden fruits? ' In Genesis 1:28 God blessed Adam and Eve together and gave them a mandate to subdue the earth together. In Genesis 3:16 when Adam and Eve were cursed after they sinned, God said that man will rule over women.  This was the reality for all women in the world until Jesus came.  In Galatians 3:13 it explains how Jesus redeemed us from the curse when He died on the cross, so that we no longer have to live under the curse any longer. Galatians 3:28 also states that we are one in Christ, there is n

Being a Woman - Beautiful Contrasts

Let's carry on with the theme of being made in the image of God since it is such a wonderful and powerful concept. I believe that we will uncover a lot of our identity as we begin to understand this truth. Genesis 2 expands on the day man and woman were made as mentioned in Genesis 1. Genesis 2:18-25 covers the process of God removing the woman from the man thereby creating one man and one woman - they were still mankind but represented in two people.  Why did God do this, why did he make woman?  Who is 'woman'?   In my understanding, when God made mankind he made Adam fully masculine and fully feminine, perfectly balanced in his heart, just as He is. God thought it was not good that mankind be this way, He tried and tried to find a companion for Adam, but couldn't find a suitable helper for him , so He separated masculine and feminine.  He separated them so that they would need each other, depend on each other's differences and so that they would love.  Since

You are... a new creation

Artwork by "If you were to see a butterfly, it would never occur to you to say, 'Hey, everybody! Come look at this good looking converted worm!'  Why not? After all, it was a worm.  And it was "converted."  No, now it is a new creature, and you don't think of it in terms of what it was.  You see it as it is now - a butterfly.  In exactly the same way, God sees you as His new creature in Christ. Although you might not always act like a good butterfly - you might land on things you shouldn't, or forget you are a butterfly and crawl around with your old worm buddies - the truth of the matter is, you are never going to be a worm again!"  From Classic Christianity by Bob George: No glass will ever became sand again. No bread will ever became wheat again.  The new you will never be the old you again. You are a new creation, there is no going back now so choose how you will live, as the old you or as the new you!  It'

Being a Woman

"What is the true meaning of being a woman?" The heart of a woman screams for romance and beauty, to be free to love extravagantly and to live intentionally. Should she be a 1950's housewife or the leader of a nation? Most women, especially Christian women, are rather confused about this whole subject. A great deal has been written on this subject, all with conflicting conclusions, leaving women not sure of what is true anymore. The Being a Woman book is a refreshing where we have taken certain Bible verses and pulled them apart at our weekly Girl's Nights . We have delved into the Bible to find the truth and only the truth, nothing but the truth! Each chapter includes a study guide which can be used for self study or for small group study. Our Girl’s Night group has taken the bold steps of answering these questions too and included our unashamed, honest, exposed answers at the end of each chapter. An inspiring read on being a woman with lively discus

Being a Woman - With Sure Identity

Daniel & Amy I love children - they are so sweet and innocent and say the most profound things at times. Today I was driving home from church with Daniel in the car. We were chatting and he said that he was scared of getting arrested by the police. Concerned, I asked why. Here is what he said, "Because Tyler said that I was a naughty boy and that the police will arrest me." I replied to that with a swift, "You are not a naughty boy and the police will definitely not arrest you." "But Tyler said I am naughty", he replied "Well I said you are a good boy and Tyler said you are a naughty boy, so who are you going to believe." "God", Daniel innocently replied. Surprised by his response I thought I would probe a bit more. "What does God say about you then?" I asked "I don't know", Daniel said. "Well why don't you ask Him Daniel?" Daniel shyly replied, "I don't know how to.&q

Passion & Purity

"God made us girls for extravagant, wild, imaginative, adventurous, fantastic loving!" The heart of a woman yearns for love, fantasises about romance and dreams of being someone’s princess. 21st century living has robbed us of that simple heart cry and Hollywood has fed us lies about romance. We need to fight for our passion & purity to take back the awesome adventure of living and loving without compromising our purity.  Angela openly shares of how her search for passion ended up in adultery and how she managed to find a way back to purity. A must read for any woman who wants to be free to live and love with passion and purity.  Available at: | | Kindle StudyGuide: | | More Info Contents: Introduction Robbed of Purity     Searching for Passion   Lies of Love     Dating Games     Rescued by the Prince     Rebuilding My Soul     I Am Forgiven        I Am Valuable        I Am Pure        I Am Bea

Being a Woman - Image of God

My deep desire is to find the truth so I thought I would start right at the beginning of the Bible - Genesis.  When God made us women what exactly did He mean?  To fully understand woman we need to understand how woman was created. She was created as part of a man (meaning mankind). Before Male & Female existed  a human was only known as man (mankind not male gender). Most importantly we can also see that man (mankind) was made in the image of God .  Before there was male and female definition, there was image of God definition - this is our most basic identity.   So what is the image of God?  Does God look like a manwoman (both male and female)? Of course not, God doesn't have a body He is a spiritual being.  Our hearts are the shadow of God's heart , that is the image of God that we bear.  So in order to truly understand who we are, we need to understand what is in our heart - the core of our being.  Take some time this week to observe what is in your heart. and

The Loving Life Series

Click for larger image Due to the number of requests for the other two books in the Loving Life Series I have decided to make them available for pre-order - they will be coming out before the official launch date so pre-order today here :)

Being a Wife - Heterosexual or Not?

Thank you to everyone that has sent their thoughts in, I wanted to discuss a few comments here before we continued.  Here is one reader's comment: " My opinion? Rather than asking what being a wife is, which assumes marriage and a heterosexual couple, I think more important is asking what being a partner is.  That comprehends wives, husbands, married couples or not, same sex or not, wedd...ed according to religious views or ...not - all equally valid expressions of love and ways of sharing your life with someone important to you. And that means sharing joys and responsibilities, making each other laugh, doing things together and also having individual moments, being there for good and bad times, being supportive and sharing opinions and being tolerant of different ones, respecting and being respected. It's great!! " I think that some of the things that were said here are really valuable and true in any relationship.  The thing that I would like to pick up on is that

Being a Wife - Time & Location

I have been throwing some ideas around in my head about being a wife.  What does it mean to be a Godly wife?  To start off with I wanted to eliminate some things that are assumptions either from the time or the country that we live in.  I would love to hear your views before I get stuck into sharing some of mine.  What do you think is essential to being a wife and what do you think is purely determined by the time or country that we live in?  Even if you are not married, please share your thoughts, I am really excited about getting stuck into this subject :)


Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in order to facilitate an honest review.  At first I didn't feel that the book offered anything new but I decided to keep an open mind as I continued to read.  Surprisingly, even though I can't put my finger on the exact moment, something changed inside of me.  Perhaps it was a deeper awareness of stuff or perhaps it was a changed perspective of stuff.  Never-the-less, whatever it was, it was good.  I didn't think that  I had a problem with stuff, as I lead a simple life, and try to avoid most of the trappings of modern living.  Or so I thought.  It seems I am just like everyone else in many ways and Unstuff really did exposed this in me.    If you want to truly open up your heart to consider whether you have a stuffing problem, then this is the book for you.  Since we are focusing on women this year, I would recommend this book as a great way to take stock of your relationship with stuff.  Stuff is

Secure on the Rock

Every little girl wants to know that their daddy thinks they are beautiful! As we grow older that need doesn’t change, but what if your daddy didn't call you beautiful? What if he hurt you and did things that he shouldn't do?  How can you feel beautiful or believe that your Father in heaven loves you when you have no idea what that means?  Secure on the Rock is an emotional roller coaster ride through Angela's experiences with her earthly daddy and the security she finally found in the heart of her heavenly daddy.  Available at: | | Kindle StudyGuide: | | More Info Free Audio:  Part 1 - Insecurity | Part 2 - Daddy   Contents: Introduction My Daddy - A Sandy Foundation My Darling - Freedom from controlling insecurity My Daughters - Discovering my daddy’s delight in me My Rescuer - Being rescued by my Prince My Redeemer - Being pieced back together My Rock - No turning back My Only

Being a Woman - 2011 Invitation

Happy New Year! This year I am going to intentionally focus on one thing on this blog!  By the end of  2011 I would like to be able to answer one big question!  The question is... "What is the true meaning of being a woman?"    I know you might think this an odd question, but to be honest I am slightly confused at times.  I have some thoughts, some preferences and even some convictions - which I will share with you through out the year.  I also have some concerns and some fears about being a woman - I will also share these with you.  The bottom line is that I know deep down inside that God had a perfect plan when He designed us male and female.  It wasn't random and we weren't a second thought, a plan B.  He made us male and female and said that it was good!  I look at the world around me today and what I see is not good.  I see confusion, hurt, fear and desperation.  This is not good.  Men don't know how to be men and women no longer understand how to be woman.