Blogging for Orphans {Make a Difference}

Blogging for Orphans Christmas in July for Door of Hope of Palawan. We are banding together to bring Christmas to orphans in the Philippines. Come see how you can help at!

I am excited to be partnering with a great group of bloggers for Blogging for Orphans. We are banding together to bring Christmas to orphans in the Philippines and we need your help. Please read the rest of this post put together by my friend Dollie to see how you can help us! Please and thank you!

Blogging for Orphans | Door of Hope Palawan

Blogging for Orphans is a group of bloggers, who are uniting together online to make a difference in the lives of children… orphaned children.

Door of Hope Palawan is the orphanage for this campaign and we would love to introduce you to some of the sweet children who call this place home.


Blogging for Orphans has set out to accomplish 2 goals in this campaign for Door of Hope and we need your help to do it!

52 Filled Bags for Christmas in July

It is our goal to help in the Christmas in July program, where every July people fill 2-gallon plastic bags for each child in the care of Door of Hope. This year there are 52 children to bless (24 for boys and 28 for girls), at the Door of Hope Palawan. It is our goal to help fill these bags, so each child can have something to call their own on Christmas.  The bags are shipped from the host church in upstate New York on a ship for the cheapest shipping, which takes 3 full months. Now is the time to make their Christmas special!

Two Ways You Can Help Meet This Need:

  • Fill Your Own Bag for An Orphan – Once you have registered for blessing a child’s Christmas, print Door of Hope Christmas in July Shopping List, shop and fill a 2-gallon plastic bag or use 2 – 1 gallon plastic bags for each orphan you registered for and ship it to New York. (Address will be provided once you have registered)
  • Let Us Fill Your Bag for You – If you have limited time and want to avoid shipping, while providing a Christmas bag to a child, you can donate $25 and the bag will be filled for you. You need to register to let us know the gender and age of the child you want to bless this upcoming Christmas. After you have registered for a child, please donate on the Door of Hope website for this need, which is below the registration form.

Please register and donate by July 15th and have all bags shipped to New York no later than the 18th of July.

Door of Hope Palawan Collage | Blogging for Orphans

52 Children Sponsored for a Year

It costs $300 a year to provide food and education to each of the children, who call Door of Hope home. Blogging for Orphans would love to help meet this need but we need your help!

How You Make a Difference For These Orphaned Children

  1. Raise $300 to Sponsor a Child for a Year – As a family, you can work together to raise $300 to sponsor a child for a full year, in your family’s name.  We have created a promotional form that can be emailed or printed that will help you share with family, friends, church members and neighbors about this life-changing campaign for Door of Hope Palawan.  Every donation helps and nothing is too small to make a difference!  You may want to have a yard sale, bake sale, lemonade stand or talent show that can help you raise the money to sponsor a child for a year. With a donation of $100, a child’s expenses are covered for 4 months and $200 covers these expenses for 8 months, while the $300 covers their expenses for a full year!
  2. Sponsor a Child for $25 a Month – That is all it cost a month to feed and educate one child in the care of Door of Hope Palawan, which is less than $1 a day.  Our goal for Blogging for Orphans is to see all 52 of the children, who call Door of Hope their home, to be sponsored by the end of this campaign. Won’t you make a difference in an orphaned child’s life and sponsor one now?  To do so, please donate on the Door of Hope website with the $25 a month option.
  3. Donate $25 in Teachers of Good Things Name – Each of the bloggers involved with Blogging for Orphans would love to help by sponsoring a child’s expenses for a year.  With 12 of my readers donating $25, the readers of Teachers of Good Things will have the joy of sponsoring an orphaned child.

Want to do more for Door of Hope Palawan?  They have many needs and are sharing them with those who have a heart to help where they can.

Show Us How You Are Helping!

We would love to see photos of all the wonderful things that your family is doing to help the children of Door of Hope Palawan. If you are on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and would like to share your photos of packing your bags, raising money for sponsoring a child or anything that pertains to how you are uniting with us to meet these needs, please use and follow the hashtag #blogging4orphans on all of those social media networks!

To stay connected with Door of Hope Palawan, you can read their blog and follow them on Facebook.

On behalf of the bloggers that make up Blogging for Orphans, I would like to thank you for taking time to learn how you can ‘unite with us online and make a difference in the lives of orphaned children’ in Palawan, Philippines. We invite you to share our post on your social media networks to help us spread the word of the needs at Door of Hope.

Blogging for Orphans | Door of Hope Palawan Bloggers

Dollie of Teachers of Good Things
Cassondra of Beyond the Cover Blog
Lisa of Organize 365
Vicki of the Vicki Arnold Blog
Aurie of Our Good Family
Ticia of Adventures in Mommydom
Sarah of Chores and Chatter
Tabitha of Meet Penny
Trisha of Intoxicated on Life

How Do We Know God is Really There? by Melissa Cain Travis {a review}

How Do We Know God is Really There? by Melissa Cain Travis :: a review from

How Do We Know God is Really There?

How many of us have fielded this question from our kids? How many of us have even wondered it ourselves at one point or another? I am so thankful that God is bigger than our questions and is faithful to honor even the tiniest faith (mustard seeds, anyone?).

I am also thankful that He provides us with tools to answer these questions when they arrive. The best thing to do when your child asks questions, is to lead them to the Bible to see what God has to say about it. The Word of God is alive (John 1:1) and the more we learn to seek it, the more opportunity we have for His Words to change us.

Answering Children’s Questions About God

That said, there is definitely a place for books with pictures and words on a child’s level. Children often need a visual to help them grasp concepts. How Do We Know God is Really There? is a great tool for answering this very question for kids. I received a copy of this book to review with the other Mosaic Reviews bloggers.

The book is a storybook about a boy and his father. The two of them have a special routine where they share their days and then explore the night sky. One day the son is presented with the phrase that there is “no proof that God is real” from a friend. Naturally, the son asked his father the big question…”How do we know God is really there?”

The father in this story shares about Edwin Hubble and his discovery about the galaxies in our universe. The father then helps the son to understand how this man’s discovery helps prove there is a God. He leads his son through some questions to use logic to answer the boy’s questions. Ultimately, the boy ends the conversation feeling he has an answer for his friend…and himself.

My Thoughts on How Do We Know God is Really There?

This is a fun book for kids. The story is engaging, it is a relatively quick read. The illustrations are good. Most of all, I liked the explanation the author gave. The reasoning used was pretty straightforward and easy for a child to grasp.

The book retails for $16, which seems high for a picture book to me. I did find one thing odd. There is no author or illustrator information. They are credited, but there is no further information. I usually read those and often my kids do, too.

Pretty short and sweet today. You can find Apologia online, where you can check out their other products. You can also connect with them on Facebook.

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Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy

Bible verses to memorize about joy. See what God's word has to say about joy. Where is your joy found?

I’ve covered Bible verses to memorize for when I don’t like myself and for overcoming procrastination. This time I am taking on my One Word. This post is a list of Bible verses to memorize about joy.

I was recently talking with a friend about keeping our mind’s focus on the joy of the Lord. She asks a great question of herself, what is the source of my joy? As Christians, our joy is to be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet in this world, it is so easy to lose that and focus on just about anything else.

We lose our joy when we are consumed with worry over life situations. We lose our joy when we easily react with anger to our children. We lose our joy when we are consumed with jealousy over a spouse’s interactions with others. We lose our joy when we sin against God. This world is full of joy-killers.

Be consumed with the God. Be consumed with the Word of God. Be consumed with prayer. Be consumed with following Christ’s directives. Be consumed with working out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Be consumed with the joy of the Lord.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” This is the prayer of Psalm 51:12. He can restore the joy in your life. Seek His face and hide these verses in your heart for the times when you need to counter the joy-stealer voice in your head.

  • “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into the gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” – Psalm 100
  • “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” – Proverbs 15:23
  • “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:11
  • “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 15:13
  • “But the fruit of the Spirit s love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
  • “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” – Colossians 1:11
  • “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3
  • “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3 John 1:4

I encourage you to do more than simply memorize these verses. Go to them in your Bible and read the context. Pray for God to guide your understanding and show you how to apply it to your life. The Word of God is alive, it will change you from the inside out…if you let it.

Let me leave you with this section of scripture as a reminder of where our joy truly is found:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” – Isaiah 12:2-6

Child Training Bible {a review}

The Child Training Bible {a review} + a giveaway!

My Review of the Child Training Bible

I received the Child Training Bible chart set free. I purchased the rest of the supplies myself and received no other compensation. This review is my honest opinion because I’m not interested in being a liar. If I were, I could use the Child Training Bible to easily find verses to change that. I’m giving away a chart set, too. So keep reading!

The Child Training Bible was created by Mindy Dunn. She is the homeschooling mama to four who desired to “train her children in the way they should go”. Anyone who has a child knows that they come with many opportunities for training, add in a sibling or two and you can multiply those opportunities exponentially. When these situations present themselves, we have options in our reactions. Mindy decided that she wanted her reaction (and training) to be turning to the Word of God. Oh, how I wish that was my first reaction to every situation.

So What is the Child Training Bible?

The Child Training Bible is a tool for parents to disciple their children while correcting bad behavior by getting to the root of the problem…a selfish heart needing to be transformed by the grace of God. The front page is a color-coded key to finding just the right scripture for the problem at hand. Whether the problem is anger, lying, or laziness, Mindy has done the work for you and you can easily find a scripture for your child to think on.

For example, your children are arguing and you want it to stop NOW. You open the front page of your Bible, find that Quarreling verses are the blue tabs on the bottom row. You choose a verse (or go through all of them). You can read it to your children or have them read it out loud to you.

Inside cover and index of the Child Training Bible

After you do that, you take out another card. This card has the behaviors and verses on one side for easy reference (see below). There are three of these cards, they correspond with the three sides you will have tabs on. (If you are confused about the tabs, keep reading I’ll get to them.)

An example of the verses for the Child Training Bible

On the other side of the cards are questions to ask your children about their behavior, questions to help them think about how the Bible applies to the situation, and scripture based prayers to pray with your children.

Questions and sample prayers on the back to help you along.

How Do You Set up the Child Training Bible?

The hard part has been done for you, the verses have been found and organized by behavior. You have to get a Bible that will fit the 8.75″ by 5.75″ index/cover card. You also need to buy the matching tabs and highlighters. The Sharpie Accent highlighters may seem a little on the pricey side, but they are pretty dang awesome and you will have leftover tabs. You can purchase your supplies on Amazon via the CBT’s supply page and you will help support the ministry by using their affiliate links in the widgets (doesn’t cost anything extra).

I purchased my Bible at Family Christian Stores because at the time, I could not figure out dimensions for a King James Version online. I bought this one:

The King James Version Bible I used for our Child Training Bible

Once you have your supplies you go through the Bible one section at a time, highlighting the verse, and putting a tab in the correct spot. The instruction card has clear instructions on this.

What Do You Think of the Child Training Bible?

I LOVE it! I love that the work of organizing the verses has been done. I love that it uses the word of God to correct behavior because that aligns with 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” I feel $9 is a good price for these cards, they are worth their weight in gold, really.

Tabbing and highlighting the Bible was a tedious job, but so worth it to be able to grab and go when reproof is needed RIGHT NOW, as is often the case.

I intend to use this in our coming homeschool year as part of our character building curriculum. I happen to be putting one of those together. I am pretty dang excited about that, God has been connecting dots all over for me. 😀 He is so good. And yes, I will be sharing that later this fall. Make sure you sign up for my brand new newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement!

Facebook Giveaway!

Yes! Mindy has graciously agreed to give away a free Child Training Bible chart set to one blessed reader!

To enter the giveaway, you have to head on over to Facebook and click on the Only For Likers tab. Please note that the giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way, it is simply being held there. The giveaway ends June 6, 2013.

Go enter the giveaway!

Where to find the Child Training Bible giveaway!

I’m adding this to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop at Upside Down Homeschooling. Be sure to check out the other blog posts shared!

Waterproof Bible {a review}

Have you seen the Waterproof Bible? This is a review of it.

Today’s Mosaic Reviews review is the Waterproof Bible. I was sent a Waterproof New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs so I could review it here on the blog.

The Waterproof Bible

The Waterproof Bible is exactly what it sounds like. It is a Bible printed on 100% plastic so that water does not cause harm to the Bible. It is also tear-proof (within normal reason). It is not indestructible, temperatures above 150 degrees F “adversely affect” the material. Um, I guess I won’t be baking my Bible… Also, petroleum products can cause the ink to smear, which includes bug spray.

Regular highlighters and gel pens won’t work in this Bible, but dry highlighters, ballpoint pens, and pencils will work just fine.

The Waterproof Bible came from a heart’s desire to take God’s Word into every nation, no matter the weather conditions. This is something I admit I’ve never thought about. I agree with the mission of taking the Bible all nations and peoples, but I never thought about what weather conditions those Bibles would face. My Bibles are your standard paper Bibles that would not hold up to rain leaking through a hut roof. This Bible will do that.

And they are taking the Waterproof Bible into the nations. Currently they are partnering with donors to send Bibles to Christ School Bundibugyo in Uganda. You can read about past causes on their website.

The Waterproof Bible is published by Bardin & Marsee Publishing. It is available in the King James Version, New King James Version, New International Version, New Living Translation, and the English Standard Version. A full Bible is $44.95 and the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is $24.95. All are available in a selection of covers and personalization is available. There is also a selection of accessories available.

You can find The Waterproof Bible on Facebook and Twitter.

My Thoughts on The Waterproof Bible

I like this. I like the size of the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs version. I love that it is a King James Version. The text is on the small side, but very clear to see. It isn’t very heavy. And it’s WATERPROOF.

Waterproof means that it can go just about anywhere, like say, poolside, a nice long bath, and camping. It also means that even my littlest kid isn’t going to hurt this Bible. Unlike the one he ripped pages out of a couple days ago… 🙁

I bought a standard Bible recently, and the price is not any more than the average Bible cost. I do recommend this Bible as a great gift for those Christians who love the outdoors.

So tell me, where would you take your Waterproof Bible?

We Choose Virtues {a review}

We Choose Virtues review at the Vicki Arnold blog

When I first considered doing reviews, one of the first things I wanted to review was a character training curriculum called We Choose Virtues. I was thrilled when it was announced that we would be reviewing just that with Mosaic Reviews. I received a set of the Virtue Flashcards and a few digital files for free for this review. This review is a compilation of my own honest opinions (which just makes me laugh that I need to state that, and annoyed that there are dishonest people out there who make this necessary). Oh, and I wasn’t paid. Alrighty, the FTC should be happy now so let’s move on to my review…

First, look at this cool collage I made of my girls using the curriculum:

We Choose Virtues ReviewOk, now I’ll tell you about it.

The first thing we did was use the free character assessment sheet that comes with just about every product. It is a download that you print out for each member of the family. This can be an eye-opening experience, to see what your kids think of themselves. My kiddos were pretty accurate in their assessment of themselves once I explained that there were no wrong answers and this was just to help them see how they are doing with their character.

We then discussed what character and virtue meant.

What I found most valuable with this task was the reminder that my kids already know they have flaws, I don’t have to point those out to them. What I need to do is help them aim for positive change. Focus on the positive, not the negative. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you have to deal with the negative head on. I simply mean that a lot of the negative things we deal with in parenting (and life) can be helped by taking positive, preventative action.

This is what I appreciate about character training. What I appreciate specifically about We Choose Virtues is that it is bright, colorful, and fun.

The virtue cards are awesomely illustrated with kids that my kids love. They love the names particularly. Did you know how fun Oboe Joe and Feather Heather can be to say? Apparently, it is much fun.

The cards have a positive statement on the front that reads “I am <insert virtue here>” with an illustration of one of the aforementioned kids. The back side has a catchy catch phrase to use when you need a practical, hands-on reminder in life. You know like when your kid starts to whine because they are bored and don’t like waiting? Yep, you prompt them with ” I wait, and wait, and wait with a smile!” With a smile on your face, of course.

There are also antonyms listed on the cards. For example, “I am NOT…pushy, or controlling, and I don’t get frustrated or bored when others are slow!” I do like giving kids the words to acknowledge weak character, they need to know that patience isn’t just waiting with a smile, it means we don’t push the person we are waiting on. The antonyms paint a full picture for kids to learn to recognize what good character looks like…and what it doesn’t.

Probably my favorite part is the Bible verses on my cards. I asked for the King James Version cards because that is what fits with our family. There are also options for NIV and secular cards which have no scripture verses. The secular cards are perfect for teachers wanting to use We Choose Virtues in the classroom.

The final product that I will mention is the coloring book. I received the digital (downloadable) version. My kids loved coloring the pictures! I loved that I only had to buy (well, you know what I mean) one and then print off as many copies as I needed. I did not like that I had to use my printer, but that’s just because my printer is dying and not exactly working the greatest.

Overall, we love the product. It is a bit on the pricey side, but you do get what you pay for and you are supporting a family business in the process. That is priceless.

I know I said it was a little pricey, but guess what? I have a discount code for you all! Two, actually.

HOME20 is good for 20% off the homeschool kit through the end of April.

VIRTUE15 is good for 15% off ANY product with no expiration date.

I will be sharing more about how we are using the curriculum and even some supplemental ways to use it in the coming weeks. So be sure to sign up to get my blog posts in your email (on the right, at the top).

Now tell me, what do you use for character training in your home?

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp – A Review & Giveaway

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp - A Review and Giveaway

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp is a book about the glory of God. A refreshingly honest story about what it means to live a life of worship. Jeremy grew up without material goods, but was blessed to be raised by parents who lived a life of faith. He learned by example what it meant to praise God even when you didn’t understand. This would serve him well as he faced what most would call tragic circumstances later in his life.

Jeremy married Melissa on October 21, 2000. She died from ovarian cancer just three months later on February 5, 2001. From this tragedy came some of his most beloved songs, great worship songs about trusting God when you can’t see through your grief. It is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Let me elaborate.

I have always been a fan of Jeremy Camp’s music so I was aware of the songs he mentions in the book. What I didn’t expect was how deeply those songs would touch me once I knew the circumstances surrounding their creation.

This story is more than Jeremy’s testimony of faith. It is the testimony of faithful parents, who raised their imperfect children to see God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and provision EVERYWHERE. It is the testimony of Melissa, who praised God with abandon even as cancer destroyed her body. It is the testimony of Adrienne, who embraced a situation most would run from and came out a better person.

Every page of this book drips with God’s glory. Jeremy takes you through his thoughts as he struggles with his questions, like David in the Psalms. He doesn’t paint a perfect picture of a perfect Christian living a charmed life. You can feel his grief as he mourns Melissa. You can feel his conflict as he struggles with his growing feelings for Adrienne. And you celebrate with him as God begins using his story to touch many, many people.

I found myself in tears many times as God touched my hear through this book. I still am not sure how to comprehend when I started chapter 18 titled “There Will Come a Day” and heard the song “There Will Come a Day” come streaming through the radio in the kitchen. Sometimes God really hammers a point home. 😉

I loved this book so much that I am giving away three copies. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern on 3/12/13. Easy peasy entry with the Rafflecopter below:

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Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale house for an honest review. All giveaway materials are paid for by me. This post contain an affiliate link.

Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don’t Like Myself {Healthy Habits Tuesday}

Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don't Like Myself from the @vicki_arnold blogI’ve talked before about needing to change your inner voice in order to make a healthy habit stick for good. I have found myself needing to reinforce this in myself, so I came up with a list of five Bible verses to memorize for to combat those times where I am not happy with where I am. Because sometimes all the goals in the world can’t make me like myself.

I make bad decisions, fall flat on my face, and sometimes just flat out ignore what I know is right. If I take the time to dwell on this, I have a full fledged pity party in no time. How’s that for transparent?

The good news is, I know that this is not the way my God sees me. He sees me through the lens of Christ, His precious, perfect Son. He values my life not because it is important for any worldly milestones, but because it was bought and paid for by my Lord, His Son, the spotless Lamb. I really should be focusing on what He has to say about me. So I went looking to see what His Word said.

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” – Jeremiah 31:3

If He has loved me with an everlasting love, I think I can manage a few years here.

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:12-14

He has delivered me from powers of darkness, I should live my life in continual gratitude. I’ve seen what the powers of darkness can do to a life. I am eternally grateful to Him, my thought life should reflect that. Not only has He saved me from darkness, but He has forgiven my sins. Oh mama.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13

Yes, yes I can. Although I do try to leave out the two most important words of this verse more often than I’d like to admit.

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:18

Daughter of the Lord Almighty? Humbling.

I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” – 2 Samuel 22:4

While I’m thankful to be unaware of physical enemies in my life, I am fully aware of the spiritual Enemy that seeks to destroy anything that belongs to the One Most High. This is why I must call on the name of Christ, He is worthy of any and all praise my lips shall sing.

This week, I intend to meditate on these scriptures to internalize the hope, promise, and the joy that comes from serving a lord called Christ. He is worthy of my praise, and through Him, and only through Him, I am worthy.


My Healthy Habits Tuesday co-hostesses: Teachers of Good Things, For This Season, A Classic Housewife in a Modern World