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Sep 19

Messy Beautiful Love Giveaway with Darlene Schacht…aka Time Warp Wife

NOTE: Winners to announce!!! Rebecca D. won Lynn Cowell’s book MagneticJulie R.  won Shari Braendel’s book Help Me Jesus, I’ve Got Nothing to Wear and Katherine won the color swatches. Congrats to all three of you. You will be getting an email from us at the address you left when you commented asking for your mailing address so we can get your prize to you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~messy beautiful loveAre you suited up with the armor of God for whatever life throws your way?

I’m so excited to have one of my favorite people to hangout with doing online ministry, Darlene Schacht. You may know her as the Time Warp Wife. Darlene’s new book, Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer. {Who wouldn’t want some cleaning advice}?  Leave a comment for a chance to win one of 3 giveaway books.

Now meet my friend Darlene.

darleneDarlene’s an Evangelical Christian whose number one priority is to serve Jesus Christ in every area of her life. She started Time-Warp Wife in 2010 out of a place of grace, with a passion to encourage women in their marriages.

She and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada. Married 25 years, they have four children (three still at home), a bird and two pugs who are everyone’s babies, especially hers! Their lives are basically surrounded with three things: faith, music and everything books. She’s an award winning and New York Times best-selling author who is nothing without the grace of God.

I’m Riding Beside My Husband In Battle…an excerpt from Messy Beautiful Love

Can we pause for a moment to talk about one of the most beautiful portions of scripture? It brings us back to that day in the garden, when God completed the work in which He had begun.  And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. – Genesis 2:18

Here we see the term, “help meet,” which in the Hebrew text is translated, What’s interesting to note is that the same word is found several times throughout the Old Testament when describing God as our helper.  But the fascinating part about this is that in nearly every reference where this term is used, God is coming to the rescue where He protects His people and How does that relate to my role as a wife?

Reading these passages I couldn’t help but wonder if my purpose in being a help meet runs deeper than merely doing the dishes, looking for keys, or folding his socks. Could it be that my purpose is to fight alongside my husband in battle? Could it be that my role as a help meet is to pray for him, to encourage him in his walk of faith, and to exemplify a strong faith of my own?

Don’t get me wrong, Titus chapter 2 calls women to be good keepers of their home, so don’t put down the duster just yet! But being a good keeper of the home includes watching over the affairs of your family–in other words “guarding the castle from harm.”

messyWhat I’m suggesting here is that we make a conscious effort to nurture our husbands spiritually through prayer and encouragement. So that we are the helper that we were created to be. Let’s suit up for battle by putting on the armor of God in accordance with Ephesians chapter six. Here are two of the verses that particularly stand out to me as I consider the ways in which our families come under attack. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. – Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)  

Our husbands, our children, and we ourselves are constantly faced with negative messages. When we stand strong in faith, we are prepared to quench each and every one with wisdom and strength from the Lord. This is why it’s so important that we stand guard over our heart and those that we love.

What a great teaser to learn more about guarding ourselves with God for the daily battle of life.

Now for the giveaway.

Leave a comment below telling when or how equipping yourself with the armor of God {His word} has helped you stand strong in faith.  Or tell us why you would like Darlene’s book on marriage.

Three fabulous winners will win a copy of Messy Beautiful Love.

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Sep 17

Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants Giveaway with Lynn Cowell

TheTypeofGuyIs there a teen girl in your life you love? Then you are gonna love the opportunity to grab her a tool that will help her navigate the drama-filled and often turbulent teen years and that will point her toward God and His desires for her.

What a treat to have my dear friend and partner in ministry at Proverbs 31 Lynn Cowell guest posting today.  Lynn is giving away a copy of her new book, {hot off the presses==>yesterday} Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants.  Be sure to leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win a copy.

Now meet my friend, Lynn.

Lynn Cowell 2Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs 31 Ministries’ speaker, and author whose passion is helping our generation become wise women who raise wiser daughters.

She is also a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today reaching an audience of over a half a million people every day. A regular contributor and guest blogger, she often shares her passion for teen girls and their moms through additional venues such as The Mom Initiative and The Whatever Girls.


Lynn’s new book, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants will help empower young women to choose to live out nine amazing characteristics—known as the fruit of the Spirit.

She will not only cultivate an inner and outer beauty, but she’ll also hold an irresistible appeal for godly guys. Shifting the focus from a guy to the Guy, she can become the magnetic young woman God created her to be.

Don’t miss this chance to win a copy of Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants for you, your daughter or a young girl you may know.

Leave a comment or share words of encouragement that helped you as a young women to keep your focus on God. Or tell us about a teen girl you would love to give a copy of Magnetic to.

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Sep 12

Banana Cake w/ Peanut Butter~Cream Cheese Frosting {& a giveaway of Everyday Confetti}

NOTE: You may enter the giveaway from Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith until Monday. Click here if you missed the post where she is giving away her book Help Me Jesus, I have Nothing to Wear, a color analysis and color … [Continue reading...]

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Sep 11

Remembering. Weeping. Praying.

No words. Just praying. … [Continue reading...]

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Sep 10

Help Me Jesus! I Have Nothing to Wear Giveaway with Shari Braendel

Ladies it is about that time to pull out the fun fall fashions {boots and scarves}!  And speaking of fashion......do I have a treat for you {and perhaps a fashion overhaul} My funny and fashionable friend, Shari Braendel.  I'm so excited Shari is joining us today for a Q & A segment as well as … [Continue reading...]

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