Exciting news…

I’m really excited to introduce my new blog!

His Face – My Vision

It’s a little place I share quotes, verses, music, thoughts and poetry I come across or write and want to share!

So, head over there right now and follow me!  I’d really like it if you’d click the link and check it out… and follow me if you like what you see! 🙂 Comments are always welcome too…

 

❤ Riahjoy

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Hume SD Camp! 6/23-28/13 {Flashback Friday}

If you click on the first picture it will enlarge and you’ll be able to page through each one (and see the captions)…

Camp was amazing and a TON of fun. I was challenged and encouraged in ways I didn’t expect!

VBS! – 6/3-7/13 {Flashback Friday}

Vacation Bible School is always something I look forward to each year. I love getting to shepherd 6-7 kids around while having lots of fun!

My silly boys from my VBS  group

The silly boys from my VBS group

The boys loved making the “Kingdom” themed crafts. The shields below were quite a hit!

Game time was also always a big hit! Especially the day they turned the gymnasium into a giant Candy Land game board!

One of my favorites was music. It was fun to see how much the children got into learning the moves and words. It was also really great to see how worshipful the children could get praising Jesus!

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Although VBS is an amazing week I’m always glad that it only lasts five days at the end 😉

SetApart Girl Conference – 5/31-6/1/13 {Flashback Friday}

This year’s SetApart Girl Conference was amazing!

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We worked with the Ormand’s church and we’re able to use their building to reach a bigger group then last year in my small living room

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I am so grateful for the Ormand family and all they did to help grow my vision and share this conference with others!

Unexpected Love by Julie Zine Coleman

A book review by Kim Newhouse (my mom 😉 )

I was intrigued by the title of Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed in Jesus’ Conversations With Women. It’s often difficult to understand exactly what we should take from various Bible stories because of our extreme cultural and historical differences from that place and time, so I hoped this would help clear that up some. I didn’t hear much in the way of new insights (from previous books, sermons, and articles examining these characters) and was not real comfortable with some of the conjecture that took place as the author tried to breathe new life into “old” stories. ie I was reading some aloud to my daughters and found myself stopping to say “well we don’t know if he or she REALLY thought (or said or did) that”.

 

But on the other hand, I did like the format of the book very much. After the brief reiteration of the story, we are given a bit more historical and theological information, an application section entitled “For Today’s Woman”, then some questions to think about, and finally some journaling prompts. My favorite part was the application section, especially the one on Martha. It zeroed in on what Jesus was truly admonishing her for—not her actions or busyness, but her attitude. It was her critical spirit, her focus on self, and her need to control things that got her into so much trouble. And yet Jesus loved her and extended grace to her at each interaction, gently drawing her into deeper relationship with Himself.

 

Unexpected Love makes a great devotional book, particularly if you invest plenty of time on the journaling section, but it would also be good for Bible study or discussion groups.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Twelve Unlikely Heros by John MacArthur

A book review by Kim Newhouse (my mom 😉 )

I was hoping to give this book a good review…I usually love MacArthur’s writing, I relate to the unlikely heroes God chose, and I’m dedicated to studying the Bible. Alas, I felt the book to be repetitive and unenlightening in many ways. Yes, there was some historical context, description of Jewish tradition and MacArthur’s own embellishment of possibilities in the characters’ lives to supplement the Bible stories we all know, but glaring errors made me distrust the facts. The carelessness of the editing is inexcusable–even my children caught Biblical issues as I read aloud to them. Here are 2 examples:
From Miriam’s life story:
(p. 45) “His wife, Jochebed, was pregnant with their third child….That child was indeed a baby boy. And they named him Moses.”

Excuse me? We do NOT know what they named him…Moses means “drawn out of the water” and that name was given to him by the daughter of Pharoah who found him in the Nile AFTER he was weaned and came to live with her! (Most of us know the story so I’ll just put the verse that proves this point.)
Exodus 2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
Another example, from the story of John the Baptist:(p. 156-7) “Having used his voice to express sinful doubt, Zacharias would be unable to use again it until his son was born.” (I kid you not, that typo is indeed in the book.) “When he saw his newborn son for the first time, his tongue was instantly loosed.”
Read the Scriptures…that is NOT what happened:
Luke 1:57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.”
61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 So they made signs to his father–what he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God.

I have John MacArthur’s study Bible–chock FULL of study notes through every chapter of the Word of God. How could he be so careless in this book? Makes me think someone else wrote it and put his name on it! Or is that the case with the study Bible? Just doesn’t make sense.

Although this book had great potential, I wouldn’t recommend it until another fact-checked version came out….

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

A book review~ Nearing Home

Since Riah is gone, let’s take a minute to sneak in a guest post from mom 🙂

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Billy Graham

In this easy-to-read book, which is part memoir and part instruction, Billy Graham shares brief stories from his fascinating life, as well as insights about growing old, dealing with loss, and living out one’s latter years.  Chapter titles like “Fading strength but standing strong” and “The impact of hope” reflect the positive encouragement shared by Graham in this, his 9th decade of life.

My favorite part of Nearing Home is the key scripture and often whimsical quote at the beginning of each short chapter, which includes such gems as “Don’t resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.” Graham backs up his points with relevant Bible verses, interesting research, and helpful anecdotes.

I think anyone can benefit from reading this wise and enjoyable book, but especially those who need an extra boost as they begin to slow down and struggle with the aging process.  I was definitely challenged to face each decade with hope, humility, and a hunger to learn more and live a life full of faith and service to the very end.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith.” –Col 2:6-7

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Easter – through the years

Remember the below picture from this post? I thought it would be fun to show pictures of us from the past few years! Hope you enjoy 😀

2012, Miss J had the part of Anna in the Easter play this year. She had a few AMAZING solos!

2011, Sadly I don’t have a picture of all three of us in 2011, so this will have to do…

2010

2009

I find it pretty funny that Miss J and I have around the same length hair each year!

Goals #3, #18, #34 and #35 COMPLETE!

√    3. Memorize Proverbs 31

I did it! I memorized Proverbs 31:10-30!

√    18. Organizing; closet and cubbies in my room

I organized my closet and cubbies 😀

√    34. Cook 5 meals for Mema + Papa — (5/5) 

I greatly enjoyed this one and I think my grandparents did too! Being able to serve them in this way was such a joy 😀

√    35. Send 12 thank you cards (or ecards) — (12/12)

Sending out thank you cards was a lot easier then I thought it would. There is so much to be thankful for!

So I have tallied up how many goals I have completed in all….

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And I will post that number in my next post 😀

 

 

For now… I hope you have a VERY Happy New Year!!