God Gave Us Family (Blogging-For-Books)

God Gave Us FamilyMy “Kid’s Ministry” library is a bit bigger now. Over at Blogging for Books, I was graciously offered and given a copy of “God Gave Us Family” by Lisa Tawn Bergren (with David Hohn as the book’s artist). This isn’t the first time I have come across Bergren’s work, as I have reviewed several of her books. Her children’s books are my favorite from my collection.

God Gave Us Family does not disappoint, my  friends. Through this book, we are able to teach our children that it is God who has lovingly given us our families. Some times, our family just doesn’t look like other families. . . . but, it’s okay. Our great God has given us a family. The beautiful thing is acknowledging God has given us these beautiful, annoying, much loved people to be inside our family. He will even bring in others who aren’t related to us, but have become our family. This shows the goodness of God.

This is a beautiful story about one family in particular, but looks at how Little Pup views his own family – and the families around him. Our family life can look so different in comparison to that of others, yet it is still a gift sent directly from God.

The artwork in this book is absolutely amazing! Hohn and Bergren are a great team, where both of their talents are orchestrated – making this beautiful book! I absolutely adore this cute book and definitely recommend it to others.

Be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life! This is a beautiful book, that can help us point our children and loved ones to the One who has made them and our families. Right now on Amazon, you can receive this hardcover for under $9.50!

Below you can find other reviews of Bergren’s books.

In Him,


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



Week 1 (2 Kings 6:14-17)

Oh friends, I invite you to join me on this week’s journey. While much of this week is completely unknown (other than having another infusion scheduled for Friday), I know this much – Indoor Outreach will have a short, daily, post over on its Facebook page. Beyond that: My hope is to carefully craft a few blog posts for Gracefully Overcoming. However, I can guarantee you my little “blurb” of a daily devotion (for Indoor Outreach). We are going through a very short passage, but looking at certain topics regarding Elisha and his servant’s experience in 2 Kings 6:14-17 – where Elisha’s servant fearfully saw the enemy coming to overtake them and Elisha stopped to pray. Elisha prayed, and God definitely answered. Likewise, God has much to teach you and I about our circumstances and how to faithfully handle them. For more information and to join us, keep on reading. ~ Stacey

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Welcome, my friends!

In a few moments, we begin another week. You might be feeling overwhelmed already. Friend, I am here to be here for you. You don’t need to walk through life alone. Each week, my hope is to provide biblical teachings and accountability.

How are you doing today? I know you likely have a busy week ahead, but honestly how can we pray for and encourage you?

This Week’s Reading Schedule is found below, and will be shared daily on our Facebook page.

Sunday – 2 Kings 6:14-17
Monday – John 14:27; 2 Timothy 1:7
Tuesday – Psalm 46
Wednesday – Jonah 1:1-3, 2:1-2, 3:1-3
Friday – Hebrews 4:14-16
Saturday – Ephesians 6:10-13

Devotion Time

Running Scared

In 2 Kings 6:14-17, we find a honest prayer by the prophet Elisha who has a very concerned servant.

“Alas, what should we do now?”

Many of us find ourselves in…

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Psalms #2

We have started reading through the book of Psalms in our chronological Bible reading plan, and I am soo excited!!

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Just as it was with the earlier Psalms, we will be just grabbing pieces of these Psalms. There is so much we can receive from them, so I encourage you to take the time to read through them – as your schedule allows.

A minute here to read one short Psalm, a few minutes there to listen to a longer Psalm. It all adds up, and is being stored up in our hearts – my friends.

Psalms 56

Be gracious to me, God, for a man is trampling me;
he fights and oppresses me all day long.
My adversaries trample me all day,
for many arrogantly fight against me.
When I am afraid,
I will trust in you (vv, 1-3, CSB).

Psalms 120

I have dwelt too long
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war (vv. 6-7).

Psalms 140

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1 Samuel 4-8 (Part 1)

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“Why did the Lord…? (1 Sam. 4:3)”

Unfortunately, we get like this also. We go out to fight without praying and our spiritual armor, then we bring forth our questions like this.

We want to make and carry out our own plans, but expect God to bless them.

When we do this, we are forgetting one little thing –

The Lord is the One who rules over all (1 Sam. 4:4)

Israel lost the war on the Philistines, because they went their own way versus stopping to pray and see what God wanted. They even, acted in a way – that causes the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant {which is a BIG deal} to be stolen. For seven long hard moments, God’s glory departed from Israel.

Friends, we need to pray in the battles we face. We need to pray in the midst of the battle, but also need to pray

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Deuteronomy 5-11

Lately, I haven’t felt too well. Which means. . . playing “catch up” on the Chronological Bible Reading Plan. Take a look if you so feel led.

Deuteronomy is a book, where God can speak deep into our hearts. While it is a book of the Old Testament, this does not mean we can ignore it. We tend to ignore the first few books of the Bible for one reason or another. Like Leviticus. Particularly if you embark on a yearly Bible reading plan. Regardless of the kind of relationship you have with the book of Deuteronomy, join me in taking a few quiet moments and listen for God.

The Israelites were called “stiff – neck” people for good reason. They refused to listen to God. We can get that way, too. We are not exempt from the human struggle to humbly accept God and take Him at His Word. Still, we are reminded that there are blessings and curses set before us. Let’s choose to humbly accept Jesus Christ, His salvation, and the blessings He holds in store for His followers.

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This is a large chunk of Scripture to ingest, but let’s see if we can make it through these seven chapters.

Chapter 5: The Big Move –

God brought Israel out of Egypt and is jealous (and protective) of them (5:6, 9). In chapters 5-8, I want to say that Israel is reacquainted with the Lord their God – their first love. Israel is moved from their old life and introduced to a life with God. Let’s remember how Jesus Christ has rescued us, and continues to teach us how to live with Him by our side.

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you. . . (5:33)

Chapter 6: The Great Heart Issue –

In 6:13-19, we are taught to fear God and keep Him where He belongs in our lives. Our response to God ought to be love and excitement to enjoy Him and speak of His name boldly to others (6:2-3…

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