Saturday, November 22, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 22


Today I am thankful for the opportunity to go to the farmers market to try and sell some crafts. While I was there I was able to read some and enjoy the view.

Part of my display.

The other half of my display.

My view.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 21


Today I am thankful for the opportunities we get to go eat lunch with dad when he works. This is something we have all been missing lately since we don't get out during the week right now. For a few years we used to go eat lunch once a week and do all our errands on that day. But that will change soon and we will be back to doing that again.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 20


Today I am thankful for the ability to plant and grow a garden. Fresh veggies are so awesome. These green beans are my favorite variety. We like them better than regular green beans. I only wish when you cook them that they keep their purple streaks, but they don't.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 19


Today I am thankful for the ability to make crafts. I love to make things and have been able to supplement our income by selling some of it at craft fairs.

At a craft fair a few years ago.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Give Thanks Gratitude Challenge - Day 18


Today I am thankful that I live in the south. I grew up in the north but I have been down south for 21 years and I am thankful that I am here, especially when winter comes.

I love the snow and am grateful for the times we get to go up north and play in it, but I don't think I want to live where they get a lot of snow.

At my in laws house in Indiana.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Goals for the Week of November 17, 2014



This past week has been a little different but I was still able to get stuff done. Here is what I wanted to get done.
  • Finish a craft project that I started. I  actually have to do 3 of these as I want to give one to each of the kids for Christmas.
  • Finish reading, How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates to the kids.
  • Finish reading Churchless by Barna and Kinnaman.
  • Write a post for another blog that I contribute to.
  • Get some good time as a family this week. (We checked out a new museum in our area.)
  • Process some pumpkins so that I can freeze them this week.  (We got 15 - 2 cup bags full of pumpkin pulp.)
I had wanted to get a craft project done this past week, but the weather just didn't co-operate, since I left my boards out in the yard and it rained and got them soaked I couldn't do my project last week.

This week is going to be busy, busy, busy. I have lots that I would love to get done and a few must do items.
  1. Finish a craft project that I started. I  actually have to do 3 of these as I want to give one to each of the kids for Christmas.
  2. Write a post for another blog that I contribute to.
  3. Get some crafting done. I wanted to make some crafts out of clothes pins and pine cones.
  4. Start reading Ever Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty.
There are some more things that I would love to get done this week but I am not sure if I am really going to get to it so I am not going to put it on the list for this week. How about you, what is on your list of goals for this week?

Churchless by George Barna and David Kinnaman - A Review


I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

Churchless is the latest book by the Barna Group. The Barna Group is a research group that has been researching cultural trends related to values, beliefs, attitudes and behavior since 1984.

About the book:

"Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm: The number of churchless adults in the US has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You Lost Me), Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchless will help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage."

Karen Says:

This book contains lots of statistics and can be quite overwhelming if you read to fast through the book. But this book is full of interesting insight into the world we live in and why people do not attend church. I read through this book faster than what I wanted to so I am looking forward to going back and reading it more slowly so that I can absorb more of what the authors are saying.

This book contains lots of graphs and charts to help you see what the research says.

This book was definitely an eye opener for me. Some of what the authors were saying in this book really made sense as to why people don't go to church. One thing I was so surprised at was what they say active church attendance is now. If you attend church at least once a month, you are considered active in church. To me that is amazing. I must be living in the past, but I guess with our active lives today that is the new normal.

Churchless is a great book for the Christian community. Church leaders should read this book if they want to understand where people are at and why they don't come to church. It is interesting to see what people have to say as to why they don't come to church and what would bring them out to church. What they say may surprise you.

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