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IDisciple and Military Biblestick Outreach

Military BibleStick PlayerWe recently had the opportunity to test out iDisciple thanks to Family Christian Bookstore as part of the Military BibleStick Outreach program. While we didn’t use the Military BibleStick, we did get to use the iDisciple program which I’ll talk about shortly.

Starting on December 5th, every purchase of a iDisciple membership from a Family Christian store will gift Military Service Members with a subscription to iDisciple and a Military BibleStick from Faith Comes by Hearing.

The Military BibleStick Outreach was designed by the Audio Bible ministry Faith Comes By Hearing to bring the pure Word of God to our troops while on (and preparing for) deployment. Faith Comes By Hearing provides Military BibleSticks to military members at no cost to them through military chaplains. They rely on donations to provide this wonderful service.

The Military BibleStick is a mp3 player that was specifically designed for military service members which means that it’s rugged, it easily fits into uniform pockets, and it’s easy to use even in low-light situations. The Military Biblestick is roughly the size of a pack of gum, and comes pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament and specially selected Psalms.

As a military spouse, I love the idea of this Military BibleStick as it means that military members will have access to scripture no matter where they are during the pre-deployement training, deployment, and post deployment training. Because the unit is so small, it’s for them to take it with them even when they are really short on space. The only concern would be charging the unit as that may not always be possible.

The current promotion is a great way to give the gift of iDisciple (or purchase it for yourself) while providing this gift to a service member. It doesn’t cost you anything more to help give the gift of scripture to our troops. Holidays are a rough time for many service members, so this is just a little way to say thank you for what they do.

iDiscipleOur Thoughts on iDisciple:

I’m trying to think of the best way to describe iDisciple, but it’s a bit difficult as it’s more than just one thing. iDisciple offers a variety of things to help your in your Christian walk. It has sermons, daily devotionals, music, encouragement, a bible, and more. You can customize your experience with the service. If you’re on your computer, you can go to the website and search for topics, music, videos…. You can download the app to your iphone or Android device to have access to content while on the go. You can receive daily emails customized to your preferences, if desired.

We were impressed with the variety of content available. The ability to truly customize your experience was really nice. I personally couldn’t use an app as I have a windows phone, so my husband tested it out. There were a few glitches, but overall, that aspect was nice as he uses his phone all the time. We did experience a few issues with bad links in the emails which was frustrating, but overall, it’s a pretty cool service that offers a variety of different content all in one location.

There are two different subscription services. The free account gives you limited daily access to the service. The monthly subscription service gives you unlimited access for $4.99 a month.

Disclosure: I received a subscription to iDisciple to help write an honest review of the service.

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Wordless Wednesday: Foggy, Misty Morning

Birds on a Wire

Misty Skies

Fog Rolling In

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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

Watch for the LightSpecial thanks to the publisher for providing a sample copy of this book for review.

Watch for the Light Book Description:

Unparalleled both in concept and scope, this new collection of readings for Advent and Christmas offers wisdom, beauty, and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary sources. Containing a selection for each day of the Christmas season, from the last week of November through the first week of January, Watch for the Light (affiliate link) can be dipped in at leisure of followed as a guide to daily devotions. Either way, it will give a new meaning to the phrase “holiday preparations.”

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House (September 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087486917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874869170
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Retail Price: $24.00

My Thoughts:

The readings in this book begin November 24th and go through January 7th. It’s an interesting (not always in a good way) selection of writings about the Advent/Christmas season. While I enjoyed some of the daily readings, other readings were dry, uninspiring, and honestly a little odd for the purpose of this book.

Originally, I had planned on using this book as the daily Advent reading for my family, but I quickly discovered that it wasn’t going to work for this purpose. For now, I’m picking and choosing readings based upon my personal preferences for myself. I don’t mind a bit of heavy reading for devotionals and I enjoy readings that make me think, but these readings just didn’t fit what I was looking for in a family Advent devotional.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Publishers to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

 

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Turkey Tortilla Soup with Canning Instructions

Turkey Tortilla Soup

I always like to take advantage of sales on turkeys during the holidays. Although we had some craziness with our Thanksgiving turkey due to UPS not delivering the turkey in a timely manner, I did end up making extra turkey later on which meant that I had some leftover turkey to use. Chicken tortilla soup is a hit around here, so I decided to substitute turkey into the recipe and make sure it was safe for canning. While we like the soup, we didn’t want to eat it all at once.

This recipe can easily be made in the crockpot, so you don’t need to stand over the stove babysitting it while it cooks. If you’re going to can it, it must be done in a pressure canner.

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup Recipe with Canning Instructions

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. soaked navy beans (weight is presoaked weight)
  • 1-2 lbs. cooked, chopped chicken
  • 4-5 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn (optional)
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2-4 small jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • water or chicken/turkey stock

Directions:

  1. Place the navy beans in the crockpot (or stock pot) and cover with water or stock for a more robust flavor. You’ll want to have 1 inch of liquid covering the beans.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for 1-2 hours. (If you’re going to eat the soup right away, you’ll want to simmer for 3-4 hours.)
  3. Ladle hot soup into hot jars leaving a 1 inch headspace.
  4. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims and adjust lids until fit is fingertip tight.
  5. Process filled jars in a pressure canner according to these times:
    For Pints – 1 hour and 15 minutes at 10 lbs if less than 1,000 ft OR 15 lbs if above 1,000 ft.
    For Quarts – 1 hours and 30 minutes at 10 lbs in less than 1,000 ft OR 15 lbs if above 1,000 ft.
  6. Start the timing process once the weighted gauge begins to jiggle.
  7. Once the timing process is complete, turn off the heat and let the canner completely depressurize. (Do not remove the weight until the canner is depressurized.)
  8. After the canner is depressurized, remove the weight and wait 10 more minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, unfasten the lid and carefully remove it – lifting away from your face.
  10. Remove the jars with a jar lifter and place on a towel leaving at least 1 inch between the jars.
  11. Allow the jars to sit undisturbed to 12 to 24 hours and then check to verify they have properly sealed.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips, or your favorite toppings.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

This year, we have much to be thankful for including our family being together and good friends and neighbors. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we give thanks to the Lord for our many blessings as well as for the rough patches.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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