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Faith Journeys Bible Study Series Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We talk A LOT about things for my kids – what works, what doesn’t, what we love and can’t wait to share with you – so much about my small crew but today, let’s change it up. Let’s talk about a bible study for YOU! I recently had the opportunity to review two bible studies from Julie Naturally. The first is Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans bundle and the second is Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians .

Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans bundle is where I started. I spend a lot of time in my garage working and the way this bible study is set up seems to really be working well for me. This eight week study is clearly laid out. It tells you what verses to read for that day. Answer the questions to go with that day – usually around four questions and sometimes some things to note about those verses. The questions encourage you to look inside yourself and your life to think about how it relates to your life. There are printable Bible memory verses and coloring pages. Each week, there is a video to listen or watch at the beginning of the week.  I listen to it while I’m working in the garage because that is when my world is the calmest.  I find myself nodding to things she is saying and talking about and as you listen, you hear her speaking about things in her past, her life and that really sits well with me.  It feels very relatable to me which encourages me and keeps me going through the study.  The questions for the day end with things to pray about, ways to change a behavior that you should let go, and encouraging thoughts to go out in your world, your community and make a difference.  

Faith Journeys Bible Study Series:  Philippians is a four week study.  Now – I haven’t started using this one yet but I wanted to look through it a bit so I could share a little about it with you.  This study is similar to the Romans study although there are not videos for this study.  With the same layout – read the marked Bible verses and answer the questions about those verses and also how it relates to your life, your church, etc..  The end of that weekly study has a lovely coloring page.  I’m excited to get started on this study after the New Year.  

If you are looking for a Bible study to do from home that doesn’t take a large chunk out of your day – gives these a shot.  Each lesson can be completed in around fifteen minutes.  One thing I would love to see that isn’t included is a way to chat with others who are doing or have done this study.  A place where we can ask questions, get clarifications or just comment things like – Hey!  That really hit me and I have a story that I want to share or something along those lines.  

Let me know below how I can pray for you today.  Then, check out what others have to say about Julie Naturally and the Faith Journeys Bible Study Series.



Saturday Night Game Night

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So – no surprise, I’m a game addict and I’m passing it on to my kids – yay! Well, I shared a post with the games we played tonight and got a lot of questions which made me think – hey Shannon – why not share them with you readers too? So, here we are. I’ll try to post weekly but, who knows!

Tonight, the kids and I played three games – Allowance, Professor Noggin’s Horses, and a new game – Froggy Fractions {like, real new – it showed up from Amazon as we were playing games tonight}. Here’s a little bit about them. But first – the kids ages may be useful to you. We have a houseful – 10, 8, 8, 7, and 6 years old. Pretty great grouping for some family game time.

Allowance is a great game to count money. This is how my older two learned to count money. We skipped right over the stuff in the workbooks to learn it and just played games. They are great at counting money so I say this game works.  As you travel around the game board, you earn money or pay money all as you try to be the first player to collect $20 to win the game.  

Professor Noggin’s Horses is an awesome game. We were lucky enough to get ours for free because it is out of print but I know I’ve seen it on Amazon before so I’m sharing the link.  As of this moment that I type this, it’s unavailable but I’m sure that will change.  It’s a fun trivia game about horses.  Roll the dice, choose easy or hard and answer the numbered question.  Get it right, keep the card.  Get it wrong, add it back to the deck.  Whoever gets the most cards, wins!  Simple enough and easy to play with any number of players.  We love the Professor Noggin’s games and play them in the car when we have to go somewhere.  My daughter reads them and we take turns answering them.  There are tons of different topics from animals, to presidents, history, science, art and more.

Froggy Fractions I just ordered because when my daughter was doing her review the other day, you could tell she forgot some of what she had learned.  I figured what better refresher than a new game!  This is like 7 games in one – lots of variations.  And while it says ages 9+, there are versions in the instructions for 7+. The games vary a lot so even kids just getting introduced to fractions can play.  There are also two sided squares shaded different colors for you to use as manipulative as you learn.  

So – these are our Saturday night games for this week.  Tune in next week to see what we are playing.  I’m considering becoming a Simply Fun games consultant – I’d love to hear your thoughts about that.  See you next week!

Truth Becomes Her – The Adventures of Rooney Cruz Ringleaders Review

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It’s no secret I am a book addict – I mean, I write a weekly Books We Love feature to share our favorites each week. I don’t just want any books in our house though, I want good ones – you know, the ones with a message that counts! The Adventures of Rooney Cruz RINGLEADERS from Truth Becomes Her is a big hit for me!

Geared towards girls ages 4-10, this book is gorgeous! I’m talking, from the hardcover binding and the illustrations on the front page all the way through to the bible verses and illustrations at the end of the book! RINGLEADERS is a nine chapter book that is more like two stories in one. Join Rooney as she auditions for a play that she is excited about and her journey through this experience. But – go beyond that as her angel Mari pops up to take Rooney on adventures through the Bible. Adventures with women of the Bible whose story relates to Rooney and a situation she is facing.

You will see Rooney peer through windows into the past, windows that help her to “meet” women from the Bible and learn about their journey and struggles.  You can almost feel Rooney’s emotions as you “hear” their story told by Mari.  Then, you can read on as Rooney recognizes how even if her situation feels difficult, that if Elizabeth, or Mary or any of the other women from the Bible could face these situations and be okay, that she would also be okay.  She will fold her hands and pray throughout the chapters.  There are colorful pages with bible verses that are perfect for your young girls to memorize.  

I love how Rooney takes these situations and applies them to her life and her situation.  It helps my daughter to recognize how facing a difficult situation isn’t impossible but takes faith and trust in God.  The absolute ONLY downside to these books is that my daughter is getting too old for them!  Not for the message necessarily, but for the length of the stories.  She is a great reader and whipped through the stories quickly.  Having said that – I will be ordering some more of the other Bible Belles stories for her to read.  

I really love that as part of the review for this book, we also received the Ringleaders Coloring Book, Ringleaders: A Devotional for Girls and the Ringleaders Journal for Mothers and Daughters.  We haven’t used the coloring book much yet, but as it turns out, last night, my cousin was here with her 1 1/2 year old and Maggie read her part of the story and turned to a matching page in the coloring book and let her color it.  

The Devotional is amazing {and the timing was perfect – we just finished up her last devotional}.  Each lesson has a few paragraphs to read, some Bible verses to read and questions or activities to answer or do and prayers.  The devotional is broken down into chapters to go along with the RINGLEADERS book.

The RINGLEADERS Journal for Mothers and Daughters is also awesome and something I have looked for for awhile.  Since this journal goes along with the story, it is broken down by the women from the Bible that Rooney learns about in the story.  You will read and study about Elizabeth, Mary, The Samaritan Woman, Mary and Martha and Mary Magdalene.  The pages alternate with space for mom to answer and space for the daughter to answer.  They are clearly marked mother and daughter.  They ask questions like what I love most about the story, favorite part of her story, draw a scene you liked from the story.  Talk about why that person’s story is important and a time when it applies to your life.  Space to write about how God works in your life, free space and pages to answer together – these are my favorite!  

Okay, I had a lot to say!  You guys, I highly recommend these books for your young girls.  Amazing stories about good choices and ways to follow and live a life God wants for you.  You can read more reviews about the RINGLEADERS books.  

Books We Love: Toliver’s Secret

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I love when I can sneak in some history by reading an interesting story that really has a lot of historical information and the kids don’t know! You see, this book – Toliver’s Secret is about a young, ten-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy to deliver a VERY important message to George Washington. Young Ellen faces many challenges along the way and we get to journey through the story with her and discuss the differences between then and now, the geography of where she is and where she is going and so much more.

If I started reading this story during the morning when we do our book work for school, my son would fight it, goof off, who knows what – but we wouldn’t enjoy the story. I decided to read it at bedtime and guess what – we both just want to keep reading every night. It is part of the extra recommended reading for Notgrass history that we are doing with Charlie.

You can view other books we love – let me know below what one of your favorite books of the week has been.