My 2016 Reading List – Books To Challenge, Motivate And Inspire Me As A Child Of God, Wife, Mother And Homemaker

I thought I would share with you the HUGE pile of books I always have sitting around me! (Just in case this mom of eight gets a few spare moments lol! A girl has got to be prepared, right? 🙂

I’m always looking for good books that challenge, inspire,and encourage me to grow deeper in my walk with The Lord Jesus Christ,  improve my homemaking skills, and that encourage me to be a better wife, mother and homemaker!

1. The Holy Bible- This trusty friend is what I fill up on daily. It is such a HUGE part of me and a absolute necessity for my life that it is like breathing to me!

The second picture lists various other books I am hoping to read this year! Notice I use the word hoping because with all my kiddos I will be happy to read at least one of these books! Some of these books were Christmas presents from my family and others were treasures I picked up from our local thrift store! Getting books free or next to free always makes me feel extra good!

Psst… That’s my handsome King (husband) in the background! Just in case you all were curious 🙂

 

I currently have been reading the third book from the top titled Passionate Housewives Desperate For God by Chancey & McDonald. This book has been challenging me in so many ways and I have practically dog eared almost every page because their have been so many truths to what I’ve read! If you are looking for a good Christian book to challenge you check this one out for sure!

What is on your book list for 2016? I would love to hear what books you have chosen to challenge, encourage, and inspire you in this new year!


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Decorating For The Glory Of God: Decorating Our Homes With Decor That Encourages, Inspires, and Edifies

Do you want to decorate your home to bring glory to God? I compiled a list of great items for our homes that encourage, inspire, and edify others. To learn more about decorating listen to my newest episode on the Virtuous Mother Podcast entitled “VM PODCAST #9: Decorating Our Home For The Glory Of God”

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Pillow Wraps – Bible Scriptures by TETELESTAI33AD

il_570xN.720101524_6hooThese elegantly styled pillow wraps transform any 18-20″ pillow into a comforting expression of God’s love for us. Fresh phrases with scriptures that support each phrase printed on a 7″ tall burlap pillow wrap.
Choose from any of the phrases, then simply slide down over your pillow and essence created will change the atmosphere of any room.

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This is the Day That the Lord Has Made Wall Decal Vinyl Wall Decal by CustomVinylbyBridge

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This beautiful decal would be perfect in a kitchen or dining room! Cut from the highest quality indoor matte finish vinyl, it will give you the look of three coats of paint without the time, mess, or commitment!

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Fruit Of The Spirit Galatians 22 Stair Decals by GrabersGraphics

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These decals come in strips, to be arranged however you like. They are approximately 3″ tall and vary in length, with none being longer than 32″ wide.

They use high quality, interior grade matte vinyl. This special vinyl is made for interior use and because it has a matte finish, it gives the appearance of being hand painted on the wall.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd Embroidered Kitchen Towel by ComfortQuiltsForLife

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These flour sack kitchen towels are approx 17″x32″ and are embellished with a variety of fabrics and designs. They are perfect, not only to brighten your own kitchen, but as hostess gifts, shower gifts, or simply to bless a family member or friend with.

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Wood Pallet Art – Wall Decor – Bible verse- Ephesians 2:8- Grace – Faith – Saved by HollysHobbiesTN

il_570xN.664293935_d1xcThis pallet artwork inspired by Ephesians 2:8 with teal, red, stained, and natural wood with white font is approximately in inches: 24×22.

Each pallet is made with care. Every piece is unique and different in size, shape, wood type, and color. Since each one is handmade, you can be sure that you will have a one of a kind piece to show off in your home.

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Proverbs 22:6 – Letterpress Block Set from DaySpring

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6.  Display this Scripture reference on a wall or shelf in a nursery or young child’s room as a wonderful reminder to pray for God’s wisdom in raising a precious little one – for help in recognizing the child’s giftings and strengths, for help in teaching them God’s truths and principles, and for help in guiding them to fulfill their God-given destiny.

Blocks are easily connected by simple metal connectors that snap almost flush across the back of two blocks into perfectly positioned grooves.  Display on a level surface or hang on wall.

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As for Me and My House – Wall Art from DaySpring

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Make entryways and/or doorways an inspirational focal point with this intricately designed wall art, and boldly share your faith with friends, family, and all those who enter your home.  A perfect gift for any occasion, including housewarmings, birthdays, ministry appreciation, and others!

Message:
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
(Joshua 24:15)

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When Life Gives You More Than You Can Stand, Kneel – Wall Art from ChristianBook.com

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Rustic wall art makes a statement of warmth and inspiration in your home; 24″w x 24.75″h on vertical pallet slats; a primitive natural look with distressed finish. When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel. With wildflower motif.

Sawtooth hanger for secure wall display; pine slats from actual pallets are attached to two cross beams; ready to hang on your wall.

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Good Morning, This Is God Wall Art from Christianbook

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I spoke about this on my podcast.

Rustic wall art makes a statement of warmth and inspiration in your home; approximately 17.5″ x 21″, on vertical pallet slats; a primitive natural look with distressed finish. Good morning. This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. Sunshine motif.

Sawtooth hanger for secure wall display; pine slats from actual pallets are attached to two cross beams; ready to hang on your wall.

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Custom Designed “Cross Quilt” With 11 Imbedded Cross Stitch Designs of Scripture Verses

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From the store: “I designed this quilt in the early 1990’s and used it myself for a few years. Although previously used it is in good condition. It is 96″ wide and 100″ long, poly batting, cotton/poly fabrics, hand tied. There are eleven cross stitched Scripture verses on the quilt positioned in the shape of a cross. The cross stitch patterns are also my original designs. They are each framed with lace. Four of them are pictured in the photos. Two of them have minor smudges. Only one other similar quilt was made and sold by me in the ’90’s. OOAK item!”

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John 3:16 – Bible Verse – OOAK License Plate Art – Scripture Verse- Birthday Present, Father’s Day gift, Religious Decor by UniquePl8z

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One of the most popular and most read bible verses. John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever belieth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”)

Perfect for a dad or office!

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Micah 6:8 // “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God” // Coffee Mug // Tea Mug by KLoveGifts

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This is a perfect gift for yourself or a special someone in your life!!

Specs of the mug:

  • Made to order 🙂 🙂
  • Off-white color
  • 4 1/4″ tall and 3 3/4″ wide mouth
  • Right handed as pictured above (unless otherwise requested in order)
  • Design only on one side (unless otherwise requested in order)
  • Bible verse written on the handle (request if wanted moved)
  • Hand drawn, so you should only hand wash (do not put in dish washer or use anything abrasive over the design)

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Leggings Are Not Pants Video- A Must See For The Fashion Conscience

The Jen Hatmaker Rules of Legging Wearing  is a must see for everyone who chooses to wear leggings, jeggings, or yoga pants to work, to the grocery store or in public viewing period!. Watch the video and learn the rules for legging wearing You will be glad you did! Dress with class not like trash…. and remember leggings are not pants!

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Podcasts I Love: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

I recently came across a homemaking podcast that I absolutely fell in love with! It so encouraging, spiritually uplifting, and it really helps me to make sense of my job as a stay at home mom. Be sure to check out Jami Balmet and the wisdom God has shown here at youngwifesguide.com!

You can listen to the podcast here!


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Bright Ideas Press: New Audiobook North Star Geography

Bright Ideas Press just came out with their popular book in audio format!

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From Their Website…

GEOGRAPHY is more than just place names and outline maps—it’s understanding how the world around us works! North Star Geography gives students a deep understanding of how geography impacts all of us every day-with real-life applications for college, career, citizenship, and ministry.

Written from a distinctly Christian perspective by a homeschool grad (now a homeschool dad), North Star Geography is a full high school credit. It covers:

  • Geography Skills (such as reading maps and navigation)
  • Physical Geography (the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere)
  • Human Geography (social structures, culture and heritage, interacting with the environment)

If you want your students to understand our world, this could be the most important class you teach!

What’s included

  • The entire North Star Geography student reader — over 10 hours of audio
  • Narrated by the author
  • Mp3 format
  • Each chapter is zipped for easy downloading

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