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Looking for a Fun Weekend Craft? Here’s One We Suggest!

When the weekend is approaching, and your kids have no plans, you know the infamous phrase “i’m bored” or “i have nothing to do” will be approaching.  Well fear not parents, because we have your solution and it’s even a great learning tool (but we’ll keep that our little secret).

You can’t go wrong with this brand new product called Mikes Inspiration Station from Nest Entertainment. It’s packed full of DVDs teaching your kids how to go about doing the different crafts, what they need and how to prepare for this exciting craft time!  The DVDs are also Dove approved, so parents, you won’t have to worry about the little one’s running around during this crafty activity time.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Here’s a quick summary of this fun-filled product:

Mike’s Inspiration Station (staring Michael Cariglio of Pappyland) teaches and inspires kids to develop their God-given gift of creativity. With inspiration from sidekick. Booker T Bible (a talking cartoon Bible), real-life popular television artist, Michael Cariglio, demonstrates various art projects that include: watercolors, sculpting, pastels, drawing, and much more. This series targets 8-16 year olds, however, younger ones love to watch even if they may choose not to work along with Mike on the project.

There you go…need i say more?

Click for fun on Kids Inspirational DVDs and grab your painters cap!

Guess What’s Right Around the Corner…Valentine’s Day!

Even though, it’s a little less than a month away, planning for Valentine’s Day early is your ticket to a successful day!  It’s easy to fall into that procrastination of waiting until the week before (like every) year and then realize every gift is sold out, or that it might take too long for shipping.  Planning ahead is smart and leaves you, your significant, or your family stress-free!

Are you looking for something specific on this “LOVEly” day? If you’re looking for something for the family, check out our Valentines section for the 5 Love Languages.  This book is great for family members of all ages and allows everyone to participate in both reading and figuring out their specific “love language.”

I f you have young one’s at home, try the Veggie Tales: Silly Little Thing Called Love DVD. It’s kid-friendly and fun for a great Valentines gift!

As for your significant other, Nest offers an entire page of gift options from books about leading a God-centered relationship to the Marriage Check-up list books. Take your pick!

Working It Out Part III: The Butterfly Stage

We’ve all seen the Biggest Loser, most of us walking away inspired to get fit and live a healthier life style. Abby Rike’s story is no different; she talks of being cut off from the family and support she had left in her life only to be pushed to her body’s limit and to the point of injury. But her injury didn’t stop her – she kept going in the competition until she was cut and sent home. Even then, Abby never gave up – she kept working out and eating healthy. With help from trainers and nutritionists to lose the weight, she lost 100 lbs in the end!download movie The Visit now

She could not have done it alone though – and she is the first to tell you this. Despite being cut off from communication with the outside world, letters from family and friends along with the rare, but occasional allowed phone calls gave Abby the wings she needed to break from her cocoon and fly again. Her support from the other contestants got her through in between these much needed communications with her family.

And upon returning home, her family and friends support meant more to her than ever. All of this is meant to inspire and motivate all of us – reminding us that we can do it too! We can become healthier and find ourselves again!

But I wonder – can we all REALLY do what Abby did? She lost 100 lbs in a short time frame. She was given the chance to leave her home and lifestyle to do nothing but work out with amazing trainers all day. And even after going home, she opted to not go back to work being offered the chance to work out with some amazing trainers that donated their time to her. This would not be the case for the majority of us –Abby Rike was truly blessed with this opportunity.

While I’m not saying what she did is impossible – I am a strong believer that through Christ we can do anything – but, Abby’s circumstances were one in a million.

As for her closing notes: I was a little shocked by them! Her message throughout the book was inspirational and caring – her tone very quiet and subdued. The last few pages however, became very ‘preach-ey’ and passionate about her views and beliefs. Not once throughout the book does she preach or push her beliefs – but it seems like she was waiting until the very end to throw it at you as a last note.

So I caution you, if you have not read this book, to be prepared for the last few pages. Some of you will agree, others will not, but it is clear that she wanted her voice as a Christian heard.

3 Tips on How to Choose the Right Bible for You

With hundreds of different Bibles and Bible covers to choose from, it’s easy to end up with one that you won’t like.  Choosing the Bible translation that best fits your needs is indeed a bit tricky—like buying a house.  You first need to know what you need in a home before you begin your search.  So before you go out shopping, here are 3 tips you need to remember on how to choose the right Bible for you:

 Tip #1:  Know what you want in a Bible.  Do you need one that is written in simple English that’s easy to understand?  Do you want to know the historical significance behind biblical stories?  If you’re not familiar with the order of the books, for example, consider getting a Bible with thumb index.  Are you going to use for a Bible study, or for your course work in school?  If you are reading it with a group of people, ask what translation is recommended or required.  Determining your needs will help you pick which Bible version is best for you.

 Tip #2:  Choose a Bible translation that’s perfect for you.  There are so many translations available in bookstores and online, so you will need to do some research.  Some of the common ones are: KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV, AMP, TLB, ASV, NIRV, HCSB, TNIV, CEV, YLT, and WNT.  If you want a Bible that’s easy to read and understand, for instance, you might want to consider the New International Version, as this version employs a thought-for-thought concept method called Dynamic Equivalence.  But for a more thorough study of scriptures, go for either the King James Version or the New American Standard Bible.

 Tip #3:  Consider your options.  Browse through the Bible version you picked to get a feel of the scripture.  Read a passage and see if you understood it.  Did you easily read the text?  If you have eyesight problems, consider getting a Bible with larger print. Remember, this is something you will use frequently, so it’s wise to be picky.  Shop around and look for great deals.  If you’re working on a budget, consider getting your Bible in paperback.  Quality should be your top priority, but that doesn’t mean going far and beyond your budget. 

Where to Find the Best Bible Translation for You

 If you need help choosing the right Bible translation for you, visit Nest Entertainment today—not only will you get your Bible and  up to 40% off, we’ll even help you find the perfect Bible cover for it!  This offer is valid only until the end of the month, so don’t miss your chance to save money!

Steven Curtis Chapman: Dealing with Pain and Loss

Over 118,000 people in search of enlightenment came to Angel Stadium to witness the 21st annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with evangelist Greg Laurie and Grammy Award-winning Christian artist and adoption advocate, Steven Curtis Chapman.  The crusades’ message of hope was enough to create three evenings of intimate spiritual experience, blessing those in need of strength and courage.

 The Grieving Process:  Dealing with Loss and Suffering

 We’ve all been there.  One way or another, we’ve lost someone dear to us—a child, spouse, parent, friend; we’ve ended relationships that broke our hearts; we’ve lost jobs, careers and wealth.  We all know how “rock bottom” feels like, but not many realize that we can also choose to react to it differently. 

 As Laurie described to the audience the pain he went through after losing his son, Christopher, in a car crash two years ago, he asked a question we are all very familiar with: “Why do bad things happen?”

 And the truth is, this is one question no one really knows the answer to.  However, Greg Laurie said, “Christians do not know sorrow as those who have no hope because we will see our loved ones again.  As a Christian, you are assured by that hope.”  Steven Curtis Chapman, whose youngest daughter—Maria Sue—died from a tragic car accident in 2008, added, “God restores and redeems what He takes away.  There are no words for the pain of loss, but our hope is in the resurrection.  Emmanuel, God is with us.”

 Good Grief:  Overcoming the Pain of Loss

 Healing only happens after you’ve genuinely mourned.  Take time to feel the pain of what will soon be the past, so you can live more fully in the present.  And when you’re ready, share your feelings with others and let it all out.  Cry, if you feel like crying.  But remind yourself that what you’re going through will inevitably pass. 

 Get help.  Talk to friends or relatives who are great listeners, or join support groups that can be there for you during the grieving process.  Seek counselling from your church, and trust in your faith to carry you through trying times.  As Steven Curtis Chapman said after the death of his daughter, “Worship only becomes true worship when we’ve started from a desperate place, where our response to Him is different.”

 Recommended Reading and Listening

 Read more about the pain of loss and the power of faith that heals even the deepest wounds in Mary Beth Chapman’s Choosing to See.  This book tells the story of how the wife of contemporary Christian music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, struggled to heal after the loss of her daughter, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. 

 Listen to Beauty Will Rise—a collection of 12 new and profound songs from Steven Curtis Chapman.  Created as he walked through the darkness of the loss of his daughter, Maria, this part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope and part pondering play list resonates as Chapman’s personal Psalms.

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