The 5 Day Adoption

April 14, 2015

Adopting is a precious gift from God. Just as He adopts us into His family He desires us to adopt His children into ours as well. The McCoskey family has adopted before and they keep their arms open to whatever the Lord wants to give them. What a surprise when they received a phone call asking if they’d be willing to adopt that week.

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The McCoskey Family

Guys, I can’t tell this story as well as the family who went through it can. This is such an amazing testimony. I know so many couples that are longing to adopt and are hesitant because of all of the “don’t knows.” This movie will open eyes are hearts to the gift of life. Please consider becoming a part of this kickstarter. They are so close to meeting their stretch goal of $10,000. With your financial help this film can be prepared for theatrical and online distribution.

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Baby Christina

Are you looking to adopt? Share this story with your adoption agency. There’s already been one baby adopted because of the inspiration of this story.

Are you part of an adoption agency? With your kickstarter support you can have your organization’s name on the dvd, in the credits and on the website. Amazing marketing for a great price!

At first we were hesitant to do this documentary…but after months of prayer and Kevin {the director} asking us again, Todd said we should do it. And here we are, “Stepping into the Jordan” again, trusting that the Lord will guide us and protect us as we open our family, our story, and our precious children to the testimony of prayer, faith, hope, and the power of God in this film.

Please, if you would, keep our family in your prayers as we move forward with this documentary.

-Barbara McCoskey

I’m telling you, I’ve cried every single time I’ve watched the trailer. Watching this family walk in such faith is inspiring and encouraging.

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Oh, did I forget to mention that the Duggar family had a hand in helping this adoption along? Yes, all you Duggar addicts {like myself}, watch how God used the Duggar’s as part of His story with sweet lil Christina’s adoption.

When you support the kickstarter you also will receive a reward! Your reward will depend on how much you give. Maybe you’ll get your name in the credits, or a dvd, or even a skype call with the family! Head on over to the kickstarter page and look on the right hand side at all the reward choices there are! As of the time I am writing this they are $3, 391 shy of their stretch goal of $10,000. There is just over 24 hours remaining!!! 

Maybe you truly cannot support financially right now. Please support this family and this film through your prayers. As you can see, that is exactly what this film is about! Not just adoption. It’s about prayer and walking in faith and trusting God through the small and the big. When we can’t see where we’re heading we still follow the One leading us.


Swollen with Praise

April 5, 2015

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I stood in the kitchen this messy morning. Making breakfast with my daughter. A couple nights ago we had celebrated our messianic passover. It was beautiful and sunk us deep into His word. Learning from the past and leaning into the future.

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As families around the nation are awaking and children are eagerly coming down the stairs to see what the Easter Bunny has left them, I weep. My heart hurts that they are searching intently for the things of this world and not for the One Who is greater than His creation.

I reach for my phone and allow the hymn to sing to me.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

And I remember who I was. And who I am now. And I weep.

He showed His compassionate holy hands to my humble and undeserving life. And said “Yes, if you are willing, I can use you to further my Kingdom.”

Ever since that day sixteen years ago when I was birthed forth into a new life, I have never been the same. My heart, though at times I struggle, is sewn to His. My desire is to make Him greater and to make me smaller. My flesh fights but I remember again, who I was and who I am now.

And I weep.

I need to remember to remove myself from my heart throne and allow Christ to sit where He rightly belongs. We all need to remember to not sit on a throne that we are not suited for. There is one King and it is not “self.”

There are minute by minute battles for your soul.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV)

My prayer for you today is that you will be filled with eucharisteo. That your heart will be bursting to praise His name today and always. That you will not be ashamed to lead the lost around you. That you will remember the battle that is raging every moment of the day. Remember that Jesus has the keys to Hell and does not want for you, or anybody, to go there. But, He gives us the freedom of choice. He allows us to choose our rewards and punishments.

Yesterday I took my children to see the new movie, Cinderella. I leave you with these beautiful words. Apply them today.

“Have courage and be kind.” -Cinderella

Being kind does not mean turning a blind eye to sin. If you love somebody you will help remove the scales from their eyes. May God give you the courage you need to fight in this battle.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage (Psalm 27:14 ESV)

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)


Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Christian Atheists

March 30, 2015

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Do you have a Bible in your possession? Do you open the pages or are they still crisp as the day you got it? Do you only own a family Bible out of respect of family history? Have you memorized scriptures and used them in the battle of good and evil in your heart daily?

Are you a God fearing, God loving, God worshipping Christian? Or are you a Christian Atheist?

Do you contort scriptures {scriptures you’ve never even read} to appease your appetite?

But Oprah said…

I went to church when I was a kid…

I know God’s heart…

Your being deceived. And you’re the one doing the deceiving. You can’t blame social media and you can’t blame the church. You own a Bible, open it. Don’t be like the sheep that just follow the others.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Matthew 7:13

The path to life is not an easy one to walk. You are constantly having to hold your thoughts up to scripture to know how the Lord wants you to go. You are constantly being attacked by non-believers {false believers} because you don’t dance the same way they do.

Here’s the difference: False believers will tell you that they are right. That you need to follow and obey them. True believers will tell you that Christ is all. And that we need to follow and obey Him.

I’ve said for years, I don’t have a problem with atheists. I can carry on long conversations and not get frustrated. And we can part ways knowing we both disagree. They know I’ll be praying for them on my own despite the fact they ask me not to.

But christian atheists? False believers? Wolves in sheeps clothing? Nothing angers me more. They lead people straight toward Hell and they don’t even care. But hey, at least they had fun while doing it, right?

And yes, we will all be held accountable. So everybody should be aware of their words and their actions. Don’t be so flippant. Know what truth and what lies you’re standing on.

How secure are you in where you’re going to go when you die? If you believe you’re going to Heaven, why? Do you even believe there is a Hell? And if you’re not going there then who is? Are you the judge that determines where people are going to go? Are you all grace and no judging or all judging and no grace?


If you don’t like what God teaches then release yourself from the pressure of having to wear a false face in front of everybody. Admit that you don’t know what you believe and that you may or may not be willing to learn His truth.

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Psalm 26:12

But if you are desiring to learn about Him then seek out a true Christian who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth, even if it may hurt you. Eternity may be far more painful.

“I don’t write the mail. I just deliver it.” -Voddie Baucham



This is for all the Trim Healthy Mama followers. When I first heard about the Shrinker last year and the huge benefits of it I hunted down the coveted oolong tea. I made my first drink and poured it down the drain.

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It. Was. Awful. The Fat Stripping Frappe and Big Boy Smoothie were much more up my alley.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I was purging all the expired items from our pantry from the move. And there were boxes of unopened oolong teas. Boxes I was tempted to throw in the trash or plead for a friend to take them. Alas, I tried one last time to make the Shrinker in the hopes of a change in taste buds. And oh-my-gosh was it amazing! Here’s a heads up to those who don’t have cayenne pepper powder. Don’t use hot sauce!! That is why I didn’t like the first drink I had made. Yup, lesson learned. Just don’t substitute, ok?

While out shopping one day we came across a wonderful little tea store. And would you believe they had rows of oolong tea? My husband graciously picked me up some magnolia oolong tea.

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When I opened the bag it smelled exactly of magnolias. Oh so beautiful.

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I scooped out 4t of the tea leaves and put them into a 32oz mason jar. Then filled the mason jar with about 12oz of boiling water.

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It was fascinating watching the leaves swell in the water.

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To strain the hot tea I place a Flour/Sugar Shaker lid upside down into another large mason jar. It fits perfectly!

Pampered Chef Flour Sugar Shaker

I put the leaves back into the empty mason jar and fill it, again, with 12oz of boiling water. You can steep oolong tea more than once. The tea shop I frequent encouraged me to steep it multiple times. And I have to say, I am not disappointed in the taste even after three steeps.

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I then follow the directions from the Trim Healthy Mama recipe and enjoy a healthy and energizing chai-like tea. I’ve heard of fellow THMers drinking it hot but I haven’t tried that yet. Sounds divine though, especially given the record cold temperatures these days. By the way, I’ve grown to adding more cayenne than when I began. I highly recommend it.

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Do you know the lyrics to “Let it Go?” Or how about the lyrics to the Fresh Prince theme song? When you’re young it’s so much easier to memorize. Children are like little sponges. Which is why we should always watch what we’re saying around them. “Be careful little ears what you hear.” And this is such a great time in life to fill their hearts and memory banks with the scriptures. Instead of your child being able to repeat word for word the lines of a movie how amazing would it be for them to be able to repeat the scriptures?

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV)

Our children thrive when they go to AWANA and memorize verses there. They have a great time with friends and there’s this little seed of competition to see who can memorize the most. And what is most amazing is that when the year is over, they still have their verses memorized. But AWANA takes breaks {winter and summer breaks}. And it’s only one day a week. We’re talking about 28 days a year our children gather to memorize scriptures. So we looked for other ways to help our children memorize verses and we couldn’t find anything “fun.” Something that would excite their little heads.

So for over a year we have been working on a project that will help you and your children to memorize scripture. Introducing Josiah Cards.

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We have a Kickstarter campaign going for the next few weeks with the hopes of raising the money needed to start mass producing the sets. Right now we have two packs prepared: 1-30 and 31-60.

We are praying that children all over the world will benefit from the learning game of Josiah Cards. You know the Pokemon cards? Yeah, this is similar. Instead of imaginary characters on the cards you’ll have a different Bible character on each card with a memory verse.

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I love my children. And I am so thankful that Yahweh has blessed us with each and every one. As their mother I long for their hearts to be knit with His. To live by His word. When they come to a valley in their life I want them to hear His word speaking to them, guiding them. When they are walking with a friend I want them to be able to speak life into them. I want them to be able to share the gospel with the lost.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3 ESV)

That is our hope and prayer for Josiah Cards. That you will be sewing God’s word into their hearts with help of this fun game. That they will be memorizing scriptures from a young age. Mama’s, these children are our art and the scriptures are the glitter that makes them shine. Encourage your children to shine in a dark world. Prepare them now. Be Christ to your little ones.

Please join us in our Kickstarter Campaign and help His word get out and into the hearts of the young.

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