Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend...and other jewels work equally as well!

"I'm so excited.  I just can't hide it.  I get to be a
 Gabby Mom, and I know I like it!..."

I'm singing the praises of http://www.homemakingwithteach.com/!  They've started a new program entitled TheGabbyMoms.com, & guess who gets to be a Gabby Mom!

In fact, this is my first assignment.  They send me wonderful Teach Magazine products and I get to try them out and tell you about it.  Think about it!  Something for free and telling people what I think, two of my favorite things!  :-)

This time I get to review True Treasures.  It is a compilation of some of the best articles from 10 years of TEACH magazine.  In case you're not familiar with TEACH, it stands for "To Encourage And Challenge Homemakers."  It just recently changed it's name to Eternal Encouragement.  Either way, it's the same great resource and encouragement.

Now, back to our sponsor...so to speak!

True TreasuresTrue Treasures was, well, a treasure.  I've always appreciated what Lorrie Flem and other shared through TEACH.  I appreciate it because they write from the perspective of someone who's down in the trenches with me instead of speaking down to me.  "I've got your back" vs. "Been there, done that, what's your problem.

This book of Treasures is filled with jewels like "Marriages of Solid Gold" and "Parenting Pearls."  It's exactly what the mission of TEACH/Eternal Encouragement has been all along. 

One of the many articles that blessed me was in the section entitled, "Homemaking that Dazzles Like Diamonds."  The article is "Housekeeping: A Matter of the Heart and Hands."  I don't know about you, but sometimes it seems very easy to forget the importance of being a homemaker, wife and mom.  In this article, Lorrie makes the point that not only do we get "credit" so to speak, for what we do, but we share in the fruit of those who "go out and fight the battles."

She mentioned how Winston Churchill encouraged the coal miners during WWII by making them realize that the war could not be won without the coal they would mine.  Their part may be "at home" but was integral to the war effort.  Of course, in the Bible, David said of those that stayed to guard the supplies, "The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle.  All will share alike" (I Samuel 30:24). 

It's so nice to know that when I wash my husband's uniforms, it's not just a blessing to him, but can be a blessing to those with whom he works and guards.  Or even as I sit at the table and teach my daughter a hymn, God will use that to bless others as they hear her sing now and someday.  I get to be a part of that.

See what I mean?  All that just from part of one article!  I haven't even touched on the part of the article dealing with enjoying what we get done.

I had a hard time putting this book down.  I would make myself stop after each section just to allow myself some time to chew on what I'd read.  I could easily see this book used daily as well.  I'm not talking about using it instead of doing your quiet time, but maybe sitting down with a cup of coffee and just reading one article to get a "thatta' girl."  I also think the fact that it's in sections is great. It makes it easier to go to a specific section in which you might be having a little struggle.

So, my first mission as a one of The Gabby Moms is complete.  I'd lend you my book to read, but I'm not parting with it.  Besides, I think you'd want your own copy to keep anyway!  And if you act now, you'll also get a set of Ginsu Knives!  Not really, but if you put in the code GABBYMOM at check out when you purchase this book, you'll get $4 off.

I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as part of The Gabby Moms blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.


Cindy said...

I like the humor that you've sprinkled throughout! Nice review :)
fellow Gabby Mom

~Jamie~ said...

Great review! :) I love reading all the reviews from fellow Gabby Moms!! So uplifting. God Bless!

♥ Mama ♥ Britni ♥ said...

Very Nice- I'm a Fellow Gabby Mom!

Jenny said...

Love your opening, ending, and yes, the middle! Great work!
Jenny a fellow GM and already a subscriber! :)

Lorrie said...

Hi Betsy,

What a pleasure to meet you! I'm just tickled that you like True Treasures, but more than that, I am blessed that you feel the book is a good read and will help make you into a woman who looks a little more like Jesus!

Thanks for being a Gabby Mom.

Under the Shadow of His Wings,

Heidi... said...

So creative! Following along as a fellow Gabby Mom.

Victoria said...

Nice "giggles." Cute way to end the review. ~Fellow Gabby Mom

mrspriceisright said...

WOW! Thanks you all! It means a lot coming from Lorrie and fellow Gabby Moms! :-)

Chic Mama said...

Ginsu Knives! Ha!! I love it! Nice job with your review!

I am so glad that you enjoyed your first review and trust that you will like the others just as well!

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