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The Big Pig Stampede (A Tyndale Review)

The Big Pig Stampede
In “The Big Pig Stampede,” Hartman retells the Word of God to the next generation in an inventive way. Through Gideon (or “Goat Boy” as he is often referred to), you get to journey alongside him and his crew (his family, plus his friend’s family) and get a first-hand insight into the Scriptures. To envision seeing Jesus heal the “dead girl.” or the aftermath of James and John leaving their father with this big load of fish. We get to see Jesus.

We get to experience the Scriptures, through this book using Gideon and those he journeys alongside – as they travel following Jesus to support themselves financially. In the process, God is working in their hearts. Leaving Gideon with one question – “Is Jesus the Messiah?”

In the book, we get to be reminded of Jesus

  • as our healer
  • as the one who calms storms.
  • as the one with the power to resurrect the dead.

And, so much more…

My Thoughts

There are a few words used to describe my experience with this book.





This book offers the retelling of Jesus in the most captivating way. Though this captivating story telling, you can create a journey to teach your children (or perhaps yourself) about the truths we find in God’s Word.


Often times, we can become disengaged the remembrance of what God has done. This book places us in the center of all the excitement. What will we do with the experience of knowing Jesus heals? What will do we with experiencing His calming effect on the storms? Just as He healed many and calmed storms (among other miracles), He wants to do the same in our own lives, as we follow Him.


I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an easy-to-understand book to help your children learn much more about Jesus and to learn who He is. Taken straight from the Scriptures, we get a closer look at what we might have saw if we were there after James and John left their father. What might we have seen or heard, as Jesus healed the paralytic?

Through this book, we get a closer look into the Scriptures that fill our hearts with hope. We get to pass those onto our children, to help them in their walk toward Jesus and falling in love with Jesus – our Savior!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale’s 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.

Chronic Illness Personal

Jeremiah 33:3- The Hidden Things

Few days ago, my focus verse was Psalm 139:10. Today… Today, it is Jeremiah 33:3. This is the verse I am choosing to focus on, spend my head-space thinking on and repeating.

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you, I will tell you
great unsearchable things that you do not know.

In my head space, this is the best place to be. Meditating on God’s Word. Letting Him fill me up, and make me whole.

I may not know what the upcoming test will show, but God does.
Research profits little, but His Word profits a whole lot.

I wanted to share what it says in my ESV for its commentary:

33.3 CallI will answer. Because of His love and grace. hidden things. Future things that will now reveal. You is singular, addressed specifically to Jeremiah, but this great promise also has wider application to all the people of God, particularly as they call out for understanding and he gives them understanding of his word and his purposes in their lives.

Calling out to God profits much. Calling out to God profits much more than research or even if I had the ability to know without a shadow of a doubt what the test might show. For me, it’s about using these moments to meditate on God’s Word. Using life’s situations, to meditate on God’s Word more.

I made the decision to focus on this Bible verse until my test is over. I know the Lord will guide me into the truth, and He will supply me with all I need. I know after this test is done, He will lead me to another Bible verse I need to allow to get into my “head space” (as I am calling it) and into my heart. He supplies me with all, I need!

Chronic Illness Personal The Overcomer Life

9.26.14- My Journey. So Far.

Please pray for me.

After over a year of trying to find out what is going on with me physically, I am going for, what is called a tilt table test. This test, it may give answers that I have been searching for. It may be the beginning of moving toward healing. I would really appreciate your prayers. My test is on Thursday.

A lot has led up to this moment. A lot of tests have been done. A lot of doctor appointments. A lot of being weary, but still trying to keep going strong. I haven’t given up yet, though I have made moments of feeling like I was going to have to give up. I just hope this test is the one that shows what is wrong, so that healing can begin.

No matter what, God is in total control!

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification
for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

Thank you in advance for praying, and reading this message! <3


Autumn Goals

We become like those we spend time around. I spend time around Misty’s blog. You can check her out here along with her own Autumn goals. So after reading her goals, I decided I would try to make my own. I wanted to make my own, but also make a list that works for me and where I am in my life. After all, that is what it is about. Finding goals that work for us… Now, I had this amazingly large list of books that I wanted to read over Summer. I didn’t get to a whole lot of them. I wanted to share that, today, as well as just share what I hope to accomplish during the season of Autumn.

1. Join a woman’s Bible study. I signed up for it, book has been ordered, and all I have to do is stay committed and show up. A great opportunity to engage in the Word with fellow women of God!

2. Reach out in my community. Offer to pray for others, dig into the Word faithfully with my community. Not only in church, but in my neighborhood where I live.

3. Minister to my family in my home. I can do this, by staying caught up on housework (as able), continuing to have what I like to call ‘family dinner’- nothing fancy, just food and devotion time with those I love.

4. Rest. I really need to work on getting more sleep. So, I want to work more on getting a better bedtime schedule. Of course lately, that means cutting down on caffeine. It is worth it all in the end.

5. Make sure to “charge up” each day. This should really be the #1 thing. I want to stay more faithful in my quiet time. It may mean my daily reading plan, a different study, or the women’s study, but it is important to be staying ‘charged up’ each day. A significant way this process happens is through writing during my quiet time (being in the Word and prayer). It charges me not only spiritually, but also emotionally. As someone with introverted tendencies, I need to remain consistent in blogging- this is my only place where I write out my thoughts. Important to be more about the things that help me to stay charged up!

6. Take better care of myself. This means, keeping with my food guidelines and working toward growing in how much exercise I can pursue. Just doing what is right for me. Honoring God in it all! <3

7. Book List:

Before I share what I hope to read this season, let’s share what I actually read this Summer (my Summer goals can be found here).

What I did read (at least part way or all the way through):

  1. “Martin Luther King, Jr: A Biography” by Roger Bruns
  2. “Balancing It All” By Candace Cameron Bure
  3. “Spoken For” by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke
  4. “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado
  5. “Introverts in the Church” by Adam S. McHugh
  6. “Quiet” by Susan Cain

These are just the ones from my Summer goals list. I don’t add in the books I read for reviewing. Though those books are often quite wonderful too! :)

This Autumn, I would like to continue working on my Autumn list of books, and finish those above that I didn’t get to finish all the way. In addition to those, I would like to include: “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst and “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George.

Anyone else have any Autumn goals? Keep an eye out, I do want to start back with my weekly goals. I think it would be very helpful, especially as I move toward a path of having motivation to create new habits.


Resources for Spiritual Growth

My goal here is to post sermons, articles, etc that have helped me in my walk with Christ! I have really enjoyed, so next time I want to listen to them- the links are ready. It may offer others encouragement also. Yet, another reason to share.

Fantastic Insight:


Got Questions


On Alcohol:

Adrian Rogers on Alcohol

Adrian Rogers “The Battle of the Bottle”

On God’s Character:

Priscilla Shirer- Longsuffering of God

On Obedience

Lysa TerKeurst @ Liberty University