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What I’m Reading – Tales of the Defended Ones

10 Apr
My Thoughts

Tales of the Defended Ones is the second book in Beth Guckenberger’s Storyweaver series. I loved the first book in the series – Tales of the Not Forgotten and couldn’t wait to read this one. Beth has written this collection of stories for children 8 years old and up with each story pointing to God and how we can see Him in the stories, even the hard ones to read. The children’s stories shared are heartbreaking, yet filled with hope.

I love that Beth includes pictures, facts about the places where the children live, and insight into the culture where their stories begin. She also shares something to remember at the end of each story and a space to write down thoughts as well as snippets from her own journal.

Beth shares these stories of children to let others know that our stories are all interwoven and God is our Storyweaver. She invites us to hear how God is working in people’s lives and to get involved. Not only are both books in the Storyweaver series great reading for individuals, but are fantastic to read together as a family.

You can purchase this book here:


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About the Book

Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family looking just for them. Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless situation. Caitlyn dares to trust that truth will set her free. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace.

Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to foreign places and extreme struggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver – our Defender God shielding and defending the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can. These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong.

About the Author

Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others. Guckenberger travels and speaks regularly at women’s and missions conferences, as well as youth gatherings and church services. In addition to her children’s releases in the Storyweaver series, Guckenberger has written two mission-minded books. She has also partnered with Standard Publishing on the mission content in its 2013 VBS program. The Guckenberger family lives and serves in Monterrey, Mexico.
Find out more about Beth at http://www.bethguckenberger.com/.  


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Ornaments for Adoption

6 Oct

Just a Small Town Girl
Ornaments for Adoption is the beautiful way my friend, Megan
is helping the Brock family in their adoption journey.

You can read more about this wonderful family here.

All ornaments are custom made and the proceeds 
are going to make the dream of a family come true.

You can find out more information on placing an order and 
other ways you can help by visiting Megan’s website here.

Anyone who welcomes a little child 
like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Matthew 18:5 

Missions Monday

20 Aug

It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to re-introduce you to
From the website:
“The LORD’s Child is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization, founded in 2008 and headquartered in Sevierville, Tennessee. It provides food, clothing, school supplies and Christmas toys for American children. It also provides shelter, schools, health care and clean water for children in Uganda, South Africa, Kenya and India.


The LORD’s Child has undertaken a long-range community development plan for remote villages. Building an infrastructure to last for generations of children is the best way to ensure that the individual child’s needs will be met within the safety of his/her village.

To provide the funds for this community development, The LORD’s Child established a child sponsorship program in August 2011. The program is unique in that an army of Village Missionaries travel overseas at least once a year, acting as the hands and feet of our Village Partners who sponsor children.

The LORD’s Child sponsorship program offers a doublefold means of spreading the gospel.

1. It sponsors children by developing communities that will provide their needs.

2. It also reaches back into America’s rich heritage of sending missionaries into all the parts of the world.

A zeal for missions is what made America so great. Our sponsorship program enables our Village Missionaries who have been called of God to have the financial means of ‘going into all the world and preaching the gospel’ while being the hands and feet to personally care for sponsored children.”

You can learn more about this organization and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and follow them on Twitter here:



Missions Monday

16 Jul
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
From the website:
Our Mission:
To minister the love and hope of Christ into the hearts of orphans worldwide by providing basic needs and creating educational platforms from which opportunities abound.

Beautiful Feet Global Outreach, Inc. is a Christian based charitable organization focused on improving the lives of orphans worldwide.

You can learn more about this organization and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
You can connect with them on Facebook here:
Beautiful Feet – Facebook.
You can connect with founder – Melissa Irwin – here:
Melissa Irwin – Twitter.

Missions Monday

21 May
It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
From the website:
“Heartwork is about bringing purpose to our young generation by empowering them to bring hope to the orphan. There is an unsettling paradox facing our world today. As over 160 million orphans fight to survive, millions of other young people indulge in a culture of self-focus and yet still struggle to find real happiness. True life is found by giving our lives away and true religion is caring for those in need. Isaiah 58:10 says, “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” We believe that God wants to use this generation to rescue the orphans of the world, and use the orphans of the world to rescue us. We need them. They need us. We call this destiny rescuing destiny.”
You can learn more about this organization and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:

You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and you can follow them on Twitter here:

Missions Monday

14 May

It’s time for Missions Monday.

Every Monday I will introduce you to some great charities that you can get involved in. When I say get involved, I mean you can donate your money, time, and/or pray for these organizations who are doing amazing things to help people.

Today I would like to introduce you to
From the website:
“Our vision is two fold. First, we will strive to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God given potential . Second, we will empower first world citizens to partner with us in service at home and abroad.”
You can learn more about this organization and how you can get involved by visiting their website here:
You can connect with them on Facebook here:
and follow them on Twitter here: