Who I Am With You

Jessica Mason’s husband and young daughter died in a tragic accident. She is grieving more than one loss and also facing life as a single mom with her unborn child. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and reeling from false media headlines that have hurt his good name. Both hurting, they discover that they are neighbors and a stray dog brings them together. Are they ready to step out in faith and begin dating one another. 

Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to change families forever.

The power of prayer is so important and was a central theme in the book. I loved how each character turned to prayer before making decisions. This is the first book by Robin Lee Hatcher, I look forward to the next book

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Keep Believing, Keep Fighting

Our lives are minefields of challenges, that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don’t give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages you to cast your concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

I have read the author’s other books, “The End Of Me” and “Not A Fan,” and “Don’t Give Up” was just as encouraging. Kyle teaches us to be free from everything that entangles and hinders us from moving forward and how to draw strength from God.

Don’t Give Up is just what we all need to bring ourselves into the life that God meant for all of us. Kyle challenges me to step up in my life to keep believing and persevere and to run the race that God has set out for me. We have all faced a time or two when we wanted to throw the towel in, give up or walk away, Don’t Give Up will show us what we need to do to stand tall and push forward and experience what God has in store for us. Kyle has a unique way of writing that pulls the reader in from page one and relate to the reader. I throughly enjoyed the how the author used different examples from the Bible, for instance, Hebrews chapter 11 lists people who faced enormous challenges yet found the faith to keep believing and the courage to keep fighting. We should do the same every day, to not give up. God know’s our plans way before we do, we need to trust Him in everything.

Don’t Give Up should be on everyone’s to be read list. 

I received the Don’t Give Up from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Don’t Give Up

When you have a few pieces of the puzzle but no big picture, it’s easy to give up. The big picture is your guide for the whole process. It shows you where you’re going. It assures you that everything interlocks in a way that makes sense. The writer of Hebrews 11 defines the big picture of the cloud of witnesses as faith. Faith is the principle that joins all these various lives. 

“Tell Her No Lies”

As children, Nina Fischer and her sister were plucked from foster care in Florida and brought to Texas by a wealthy uncle they’d never met after their mother went to prison for selling drugs. Now, as an adult, Nina loves her adopted father and wants to please him, but she’s chosen her own career path as a photographer and poet—choices state district court judge Geoffrey Fischer can’t appreciate. When she finds him murdered in his study on a night they’re home alone, she’s the prime suspect and has to prove her innocence or face her own prison term. Is she her mother’s daughter, after all?

The two men in her life want to help, each for their own reasons. Can she trust her on-again, off-again boyfriend, attorney Rick Zavala, whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss? Can she trust her friend, photographer Aaron McClure, or will he use their friendship to break the biggest news story of his career?

While cleaning out her father’s things, Nina discovers a box of old letters and photos, revealing the secrets her father had been concealing for so long. When her biological mother makes an appearance at Geoffrey Fischer’s funeral and asks to be welcomed back into her daughters’ lives, Nina is even more determined to find the truth about her past. Following the evidence leads her on a journey of discovery about her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove deadly, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.”

A high-stakes race for truth, Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin is a story full of drama, suspense, and romance. 

Despite the mystery, Tell Her No Lies does progress slowly. Between major plot points, the story drags without the action. Still, it kept me interested enough to want to know what would happen next with Nina, and I enjoyed it enough to read more from Kelly Irvin in the future. Twists and turns in this suspense filled novel will keep you guessing!!!

I was provided a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson and all reviews are of my own opinion.

Chosen People: A Must Read

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation….” Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli who practices law in Georgia is asked to represent a family whose wife and daughter were killed by terrorists in Jerusalem. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer who is pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the women’s family under the US Anti-terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take the case.

The case involves finding parties involved in terrorism and bringing them monetarily to accountability. They must dig into the past of the terrorist and find connections. The plot deals with the realistic, gritty and horrifying world of terrorism, but shines a light on the importance of faith and hope. I’d recommend this book to suspense and romance lovers.

I fell in love with the characters, little did Hana and Jakob know the impact this case would have on their own lives. Jakob finding his life in danger, find’s Christ and Hanna knowing the gospel finds grace.

BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review

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Do Essential Oils Stain


Do essential oils stain?

From aromatherapy to workout recovery, you can use essential oils in some pretty cool waysGeranium reduces the appearance of fine lines, Lemon essential oil is perfect in DIY garbage disposal freshenersLavender oil promotes feelings of calm and relaxation, and our VitalityTM essential oils spice up your cooking. Pure essential oils are an important part of any routine, whether you’re talking skin care, cleaning, relaxation, or overall wellness. To help ensure your day is free of oil-related mishaps, we’re answering your questions about whether essential oils stain clothes and other fabrics. 

Blue Tansy essential oil

Q: Do essential oils stain? 

A: Other than the exceptions listed below, pure essential oils do not stain. Because they are volatile, the oil evaporates without leaving a grease stain on clothes or fabrics like you could get from a drop of carrier oil. Young Living’s pure essential oils don’t leave a greasy mark. 

Q: Which essential oils stain? 

A: Though pure essential oils don’t leave an oily spot, a handful of oils can leave a stain due to thenaturally occurring darker or yellowish coloring from the original botanicals. So be careful using these essential oils around your favorite white layering tee or Grandma’s heirloom linens.

Oils that stain due to a natural dark color: 

Oils that stain due to a natural yellow color*:

Myrrh essential oil

*The yellowish color fades, but you’ll still want to avoid using it around your whites. 

Q: How can these essential oils stain? 

A: Applying any of these oils directly on white fabric will leave a stain—which is okay if you’re trying a new tie-dye project. If tinting your t-shirt isn’t the plan, avoid doing the following with these oils:

  • Applying directly to the skin and then putting on clothes before the oil absorbs 
  • Adding to your laundry
  • Spilling on clothes or other fabrics

Q: How can I use the darker-colored oils? 

A: While it’s true that these essential oils have potential to stain, their bottles are full of powerful benefits. If used with care, you—not your clothes—will be golden! Here are a few ways you can use darker-colored oils:

Tangerine essential oil
  • Add a drop of Blue Tansy to your moisturizer to dilute its color and help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
  • Diffuse Jasmine to fill your home with a rich, sultry aroma.
  • Combine German Chamomile with our V-6TM Vegetable Oil Complex to enhance your massage.
  • Make a set of DIY bathtub crayons that double as soap.

FYI, these oils may stain your diffuser depending on the oil and the amount you use. Be sure to clean your diffuser after each use; check out this post for some helpful tips!

Q: Can I use essential oils as a stain remover? 

A: You’re in luck! We have a recipe for a stain remover stick made with Lemon essential oil and Thieves® Laundry soap. You can also use essential oils, and a few other natural ingredients, to clean up after your pets

BTW, some of your favorite blends include darker oils that could stain, like Peace & Calming® and Valor®. Remember to read the labels before adding them to your laundry!


Shaped by God’s Grand Story

“The Bible is the most important book the world has for all generations. The Bible is our guide to faith and life. Nothing can compete with it or improve it. But in Dr. Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, you are holding in your hands the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.” Rosario Butterfield.


I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Dr Yuan’s book. The author “came out” as gay to his parents and the book talks about the journey that led his parents to Christ and finally, the author as well. He shares insight and wisdom to sharing the gospel with those who are gay/lesbian, loving our neighbors even when we don’t agree with their life style and God’s heart for relationships and sex.


The book was a quick read the author discusses holy sexuality-chastity in singleness and faithfulness in marriage, shatters the paradigm of gay and straight, and points us towards the biblical standard of sexuality.


I received this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Faith Among The Faithless

In Among the Faithless,” the author writes about the love story of Esther and connects it to the post-Christian world we live in today. Can Christianity survive in a secular age? Can Christians live without compromise in an increasing hostile society? And what if they’ve already given into that society’s vision and value?

The author answers these questions by pointing out the parallels between our world and the story of Esther. A tale of sex, ego, and revenge, the book of Esther reveals a world where God seems absent from everyday life- a world not unlike our own. Christians are just as likely to divorce. Christians are just as addicted to porn as non-Christians. Christians are just as obsessed and addicted to social media and other things of this world.

Have you ever compromised your identity to get somewhere in life? How much of your identity have you compromised? Esther is the only book in the Bible where God’s name isn’t mentioned. Cosper says at the end.

I believe that’s why God is ‘hidden’ throughout the story. It is the story of a group of people finding their way back to God through a darkened world; finding their voice for faithful, vulnerable witness; and seeking to ensure that the generations after them don’t make the same mistake.”

I received a copy of the book from Booklook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

A Letter To Santa

Day 7: A Letter to Santa


There’s nothing like the Christmas joy in a child’s letter to Santa. Bring that happiness into your home with a diffuser blend that combines the brightness of citrus, the fresh scent of a forest, and a warm floral aroma to keep things cozy.


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Better Not Pout

Day 6: Better Not Pout


This delicious essential oil diffuser blend brings the comforting scent of holiday goodies to the air! Sweet citruses and warm spices will make your home smell like your favorite bakery; whether you decide to actually bake is entirely up to you.
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Day 5: Candy Canes and Silver Lanes


It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic candy cane! We love its festive red and white stripes that burst with delightful peppermint flavor. Try this diffuser blend for a calorie-free way to enjoy the nostalgia of this favorite holiday candy!


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