The Imagination Station: Light in the Lion's Den {A Review}

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I have always enjoyed Adventures in Odyssey. I grew up listening to cassette tapes with my siblings before bed and in the car on road trips. Now my kids are enjoying the same quality stories, not on cassette tapes, but online. The method of streaming sure has changed, but the same great stories are still there! 

Adventure in Odyssey Imagination Station Books are something I was unfamiliar with before writing this review. This is a nourishing paperback series from Tyndale Publishing for children ages 7 years old and up. This book is the 19th installment to the Imagination Station Series. 

Light in the Lions' Den (AIO Imagination Station Books)
By Marianne Hering, Focus on the Family

If you are familiar with Adventure in Odyssey, you know that the Imagination Station is an invention of Mr. Whittaker's to take kids back in time to experience a story first hand. Kids are actually part of the story as they enter the Imagination Station. The books in this series work just like that. In this story, the characters go to the gates of Babylon, meet King Darius and learn about the prophet, Daniel.

There are plentiful black and white pictures throughout the book.

The story is easy-to-follow so young readers can comprehend what's going on. The story is creative and imaginative as you would expect from anything with Adventure in Odyssey's name on it. This story highlights resiliency, courage and the refusal to worship a false god.

There are a few spots in the book where you can find a two page spread depicting a key scene. This part of the book is pivotal as Beth refuses to go get a dove to sacrifice to a false god. The author does a good job of making the intensity palpable. The pressure is real and I think you can feel it, even within this story.

The chapters are short enough to create some traction and momentum for a young reader. Your young one will want to keep pushing along and reading what's next, just like the audio adventures we are all so familiar with.

Here is a list of other Imagination Station books. I was reading some of the amazon reviews for these books and a woman from a church library said these are checked out often. I am contemplating buying the whole series for my kids. These are valuable reading that contain no questionable material- quite the opposite! These books bolster children's faith and bring them an adventure they will want to be a part of!

In the back of the book is a fun activity for kids to decode the "secret word."

I'm thankful Focus on the Family, Tyndale and the Adventure in Odyssey crew have come together to create this timeless resource for children. Finding a trusted series of books for kids is hard! It is not for the faint of heart, but this book will be an excellent way for your kids to sink their teeth into an engaging story without compromising your family's values on content.

Reading this story of Daniel, Beth, Patrick and the Imagination Station will encourage your reader to not back down when the testing of their faith becomes the hardest. You can feel a sense of relief that your kids are digging into the best kind of story - one that strengthens their faith and adds to what you've already planted deep with them.

Always a fan of Adventure in Odyssey and a new fan of this particular series,

Lindsey Feldpausch

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are 100% my own.

Lindsey Feldpausch

Lindsey Feldpausch is a sinner saved by grace who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her worship leader/youth pastor husband and four delightful kiddos fill life with unbelievably amusing quotes and sweet snuggles. She enjoys Christian rap music, mangoes, and Tim Hawkins. She celebrates not burning dinner. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice.

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Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for March 26–April 8

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Enjoy a healthy & delicious dinner in under 30 minutes with this simple and savory Grilled Herb Chicken with Pineapple Salsa recipe.

Enjoy a healthy & delicious dinner in under 30 minutes with this simple and savory Grilled Herb Chicken with Pineapple Salsa recipe.

It's so much easier to eat healthier when you take a moment to meal plan. That's why we're here to help! As part of our ministry, we're happy to provide free whole food meal plans with links to each of the delicious recipes featured.

Once you click on the graphic below, you can easily save this healthy, gluten-free, whole food menu to your computer for easy access. Then, simply click on the links within the meal plan pdf to gain instant access to each of the recipes. (Please note: Many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf document. So be sure to save the meal plan to your computer first.)

March 26–April 8 GF Whole Food Meal Plan

To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, many mobile devices and tablets are not able to open links within a pdf. So save the meal plan to your computer first.

In addition to the free gluten-free meal plan above, we're pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans:
• Meal plan template PDF 

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal Planning. My hope is that this will be a great resource and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Wishing you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas!
Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Kelly Smith

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, grain-free cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's whole food, gluten-free journey began six years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating whole foods. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

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The One Essential Decision That Changed My Day Forever

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Do you ever sit still? Sometimes right... but what about... everyday? Moms need a break, to refuel heart and soul, and be ready to pour out to their families. Maybe it's time to take a little rest at your house.

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I knew the day would come soon, but I was dreading it just the same.  The day when your child stops taking his/her afternoon nap.  Without that quiet break, the afternoon seemed to drag on endlessly.  Would I survive until dinnertime?  Would he? 

After a week of trying to entertain my then 4 year-old, I was exhausted, irritable and not much fun to be around.  Not to mention the fact that my little guy wasn’t winning any awards for his chipper mood either.  I knew something had to change.

The next day, I gathered books and puzzles that weren’t in his regular rotation of toys and piled them in a bin to put in his room.  That afternoon I told him that we were going to have family rest time.  He loved the idea that he had a bin filled with “new” books and puzzles that were just for this time and giggled when I informed him that, “Mommy was going to rest too.”

For over an hour, that little brown-eyed boy looked at books and played with his puzzles, contentedly.  I was amazed! The hardest part was actually getting myself into a rhythm of rest. 

It is so easy for busy moms to get in the habit of finding something else that needs to be done around the house instead.  That “to-do” list is endless… laundry, messes to clean up again and again, and meals to prepare. Like I said, endless. Coupled with the list, comes our own feelings of guilt for actually taking a moment for ourselves to regain strength for the rest of our day.  I knew that list would still be there in an hour, but that time of peace and quiet wouldn’t be, if I didn’t use it wisely.

Family rest time became an hour where I was able to read my Bible, along with books that nourished my weary, momma heart.  It gave me a time to pray and even occasionally take a nap, believe it or not.  Most importantly, God used it as a time to pour goodness and truth into my soul, so that I had something to give to my precious loved ones around me.

Fast forward six years later. Now, I spend my days working part-time and homeschooling two kiddos and our family still implements family rest time.   Being able to homeschool my children is a gift, but it can honestly be very hard and often draining.  I’m a mom, a teacher, a counselor, a chauffeur and countless other roles to my kids 24/7. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I am not naïve to think that these roles will last forever. They are the most sanctifying roles that I may ever play in my life.

Fellow moms, we often give and do so much throughout our days that leave us feeling depleted and completely drained.  Christ tells us “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.” He DOESN’T say keep going until you are at the end of your rope, nearly too tired to stand and are snapping at everyone in your path.

It is up to us to cultivate times of refreshing for our families and ourselves.  We can only pour out that which we’ve put into our souls, ladies.

Blessings,

Heather Fisher

Heather is thankful for the grace of Jesus in her roles as a wife, mother, teacher, blogger and homeschooling mom.  Former elementary and middle-school teacher turned adjunct university professor and homeschool teacher, Heather is passionate about teaching her children to “know God and to make Him known.”  She loves encouraging other moms and educators on their journey to educate children through workshops and on her blog at aguidedpath.weebly.com. Heather, her husband and two children live in Memphis, TN, where they are actively involved in their church, leading a community group and helping in the children’s ministry.

In her free time, Heather enjoys hosting people for dinner at her house, reading, running, spending time with her family and trying all the fantastic local places to eat where she lives.

            

Guys and Girls Life Application Study Bibles From Tyndale {A Review}

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I remember the first time my parents bought me my very own "real" Bible! Do you remember your first full Bible? I had been using a pocket-size new testament that the church gave me for a long time. My parents came to the Lord just before they were 40 years old. I was 13 years old. Soon after our whole family understood the gospel message and began reading our Bibles and going to church each Sunday (instead of just on Christmas and Easter like I was used to) our parents bought us our own Bibles! What a wonderful day that was. My Bible, at the time had colorful inserts and everything seemed to be made for a girl just like me. 

Today, I want to share two Bibles with you that can be the Bible that your kids receive as "their very first real" Bible. Perhaps you have a granddaughter, grandson, niece, nephew or even a godchild. This Bible would be an excellent gift!

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

Whether you are buying for a "girl" or "guy," these Bibles will be an eternal investment. Both Bibles are printed in the New Living Translation. Both have durable covers and both glow in the dark. Allow me to show some of the unique features that each of these Bibles offer.

The Girls Life Application Study Bible has pink, sparkly pages.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

The cover and binding are durable, colorful and attractive.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

This Bible, as well as the Guys Life Application Study Bible are loaded with features. This Bible is specifically designed for girls ages 9-13 years old. Here is a picture of the contents so that you can see some of the sections that will be of interest to the girl in your life who will be searching thorough the pages and soaking up all she can!

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

There are eye-catching inserts throughout the Bible that answer common questions and/or take the time to break things down in an understandable way.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....
We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

One of my favorite features is the reading plan. When I was younger, my Bible had something similar and it was both a motivating and simple way to get started. This is a realistic reading plan of the greatest stories in the Bible which is an excellent idea for young girls as well as realistic.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....
Girls Life Application Study Bible NLT
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The Guys Life Application Study Bible has the same durable cover and also a dot design, but you won't find any sparkles or pink pages. The contents are below so you can see the unique features offered within this Bible.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....
We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

This Bible also has full color inserts throughout that are informative and engaging.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

"Freeze Frame" is a section that highlights boys or men who have a personal faith story that is beneficial for boys to read and remember. It will strengthen the reader as he steps out in his own faith!

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

"Amazing Facts" is a section that drops tidbits of information or helps the reader to test retention on certain Bible stories.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....

The memory verse section will be helpful for boys looking to commit key passages of scripture to memory.

We are always looking for ways to encourage our children and our teens to dive deep into God's word. The Life Application Bibles for guys and girls engages the heart and helps to put scripture in the center of their real life....
Guys Life Application Study Bible NLT
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Both of these Bibles have so much to offer! I am thrilled that young girls and guys have this resource! God's word does not return void and I love that Tyndale took so much care in creating something specifically designed for kids who might be receiving their very first Bible. 

Just like I dived into my first complete Bible, I hope your son, daughter, niece, nephew, granddaughter, grandson or godchild finds this Bible and treasures the transformative truths found within its covers. Looking at these Bibles takes me right back to the joy I had when I looked at my own Bible's color inserts and felt like I was understanding the Bible for the first time.

May the guys and girls in your life discover the same joy in the scriptures.

Lindsey Feldpausch

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are %100 my own.

Lindsey Feldpausch

Lindsey Feldpausch is a sinner saved by grace who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her worship leader/youth pastor husband and four delightful kiddos fill life with unbelievably amusing quotes and sweet snuggles. She enjoys Christian rap music, mangoes, and Tim Hawkins. She celebrates not burning dinner. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice.

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