5 Amazing Summer Reads

Yes, school is starting up again but I decided to post some of my favorite summer reads.

1.) Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
An exciting, intriguing read full of suspense and adventure. Follow Vango, a special young man with a mysterious past, as he runs for his life across Europe. You’ll touch down in France, Germany, Scotland and other places and you’ll travel in zeppelins, cars and trains. Meet exiting characters and flirt with danger. Such a great read! Make sure you get the sequel A Prince Without A Kingdom!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Another high adventure book following four gifted children and thier fight to stop disaster. Full of beloved characters, daring escapes and curious puzzles this book is sure to keep you reading late into the night. Witty, clever and heartwarming as well. Make sure you read ALL of Trenton Lee Stewart’s books! They are some of my favorites!

Watership Down by Richard Adams
A different sort of fantasy, this book follows a group of rabbits as they search for (and fight for) a home of thier own. Enjoy a fresh and beautiful look into rabbits (in a fantasy world) as they keep together as a family to create a home.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
If you have NOT read these, summer is a fine time to start! Classic adventures that everyone must read, adults and kids (because we are all children at heart, right?). Narnia is the most beautiful land I think there could be. You are sure to enjoy the adventures therein!

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
Theses books are so beautiful. They will make you laugh and cry and yearn and dream. Full of adventure and many near escapes the delightful characters in these books are going to grab your heart. The Igibys are a family with a secret and what a captivating story it is as you watch those secrets unfold! Love these so much!

Well, there are five quick summaries of five amazing stories. Make sure you read them all!
Priscilla Joy

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How to Make a Paracord Lanyard

Hey there!
Today I have a really cool project for you to do using Paracord (the survival cord). It is really simple and does not use a lot. A friend had given me some Paracord for my birthday and I wanted to make something really cool with it and this is what I came up with! Hope you enjoy!

How to Make a Paracord Lanyard

What you will need:image

To make this sweet lanyard you will need the following:
-about 4 feet or so of your choice of Paracord
-a key ring

Step 1

Fold your cord in half and put the key ring through it. You can kinda measure out how long you want it. You will want to have the point where you put the key ring a little longer than what you want your lanyard to be. Then you want to flip it around so the two loose ends are pointing up.

Step 2

This is where you will start doing the “cobra weave”. As in the picture you will want your loop part pointing down and the loose end on the left to be folded over the loop part forming a “backwards P”. You will want the loose end on the right to be straight down over the “backwards P” part. Take the right loose end and put it under everything and through the “backwards P”.

Pull to tighten. This is your first stitch. Here is a picture of how it should look.


Step 3
Do this on corresponding sides. (Your next stitch will be a “regular P” and the left loose side will go over it and then under and through the “P”.) Tighten after every stitch.

Step 4

Once you get to the end of your cord as you see in the picture above you will want to cut the excess cord off (not too much, not too little).


Then use the lighter to smolder the edges so it won’t fall apart.

Step 5
Put a key on it and you are done! I think these things look so amazing!


Lovely! Practical! Homemade!

Lovely! Practical! Homemade!

Have a fun time making your own DIY Paracord lanyard!

Priscilla Joy

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Living Like a Pioneer: Why Raise Chickens?

Why Get Chickens?

They provide food.
-Every twenty five hours a chicken lays an egg. With three chickens I get about eighteen eggs a week, plenty to feed a family. These eggs are not just grocery store eggs either. They are fresh (You don’t have to worry about eating eggs that have been in factories and then onto trucks which take them to your grocery store. These are not the freshest.), nutritious (You know what you feed your chickens and you know that they are not being fed chemicals. Remember, what you feed your chickens is going to show up in your eggs!), strong (ever noticed how the yolks and shells of fresh eggs are so much stronger? None of those chemicals on the shell to keep the eggs “fresh”!) and humane (You know that your chickens have laid these eggs in a humane environment. In fact, you are the one who lovingly cares for them!). Also as a bonus, eggs are full of protein!

They provide education.
-Raising chickens are great for kids and young people. The experience teaches you about responsibility in caring for animals and shows you the process of where food comes from and how it is produced. You can learn about hatching, incubation and care for baby animals. It is also very fun to watch the chicks grow from tiny little babies to grown chickens who are producing your breakfast!

They provide entertainment.
-Chickens can be pretty funny and each one has their own personality. You can feed them treats and when you bring their food to them they just flock to you! Also, it is fun to collect eggs, it is like an Easter egg hunt but everyday!

They provide help around the homestead.
-Chickens can provide some practical help for you in ways other than eggs! First of all, they eat your scraps which would otherwise go in the garbage and landfills. They also eat your bugs and keep that bug population low. And thirdly, chicken manure is great for your garden and yard as a fertilizer. So collect that manure and put it on your garden to produce that rich soil that is excellent for growing things!

Hope you enjoyed my four reasons why you should raise chickens!
Look for a post on how you actually raise chickens…. (There is your sneak preview)

Priscilla the farm girl

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The Love of A Letter


How many of you have listened for the mail truck? When you hear it, you run down to the curb to meet it and see if there is any mail for you. There is quite a bit of junk mail, some bills and maybe a catalog for clothing. Doesn’t your heart jump when you see an envelope addressed to you? It could be a birthday card, a postcard or a letter from a friend.

According to the Huffington Post, teens now send over 60 texts a day. Everytime you get a text is it as special as receiving a letter in the mail?

Some might argue that writing letters is a waste. It wastes paper, money (for stamps), and time (who wants to sit and write letters?). But receiving a letter in the mail, is a special experience. It lets the other person know that you care about them, you took the time to make and personalize a letter to them.

As I write this, my sister is sitting across the table from me. For the last hour or so she has written four letters for friends. She has a letter box which contains stamps, envelopes, address labels, pens, cute stationary and her friends addresses. She personalized each of them, adding hearts and smiley faces to the envelopes. Carefully, she cuts stationary and scrapbook paper and writes a nice letter that sincerely inquires how her friends are doing. It makes me smile to think about the young girls who will recieve those letters. Letters bring a smile to peoples days.

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
Proverbs 16:24

How can you share love through letters? -Application

Who will you write to?
Some suggestions…
1. Someone elderly. (a grandparent or elderly neighbor)
2. Someone who needs encouragement. (a young mom, a person who is sick)
3. Someone you want to get to know better.
4. Your friends.
5. A penpal. (you can probably even get a penpal overseas)
6. Someone you don’t see a lot. (a cousin, friend who moved away)

What should I include in my letter?
Some suggestions…
1. a Bible verse
2. a brief update on how you are doing
3. a sincere inquiry on how they are doing
4. a question to have them answer
5. a game (my sister plays tic-tac-toe with her penpal through letters)

A couple tips…
-make it personal! (stickers, drawings and small gifts)
-if writing a birthday card try to send it off at least a week before the birthday
-try to respond as soon as you can after you receive a response

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. Mother Theresa

Thank you for reading.

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A Valentine Card Challenge

As you know, I am big on challenges! I have posts on how I am challenging myself but now I have a challenge for YOU! This beautiful young woman is creating a challenge to send valentine cards to imprisoned children in Uganda. I strongly encourage you to make some cards as a family, make it personal, it is a ministry oppurtunity that your little brothers and sisters can help with. Lets make simple cards to further HIS kingdom! The details are on the blog below. Just copy and paste this URL into your browser!


Thank you!


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#25- Read Through the Entire Bible

About a year ago I received a Bible reading schedule and a challenge. Two days ago (Saturday, November 29th) I finished the challenge. As you have probably guessed the challenge was to read through the Bible, no time limit, just the hope that I would hide God’s word in my heart. Thanks to the Lord I did. I believe that reading all of the Bible, God’s word to us, is a huge step in your Christian walk. I hope to read through the Bible again this year. My family was such a blessing to me and an encouragement when I finished. Can not wait to see how God will teach and guide me this next year!


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#11- Started Playing More Worship Music on the Piano

I have been playing the piano about 5 years. My skills are far from perfected but I have in the past few years started playing more complex pieces. I enjoy the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit music and I played that music last year and started playing music from the Narnia movies this year. I did play some worship songs, even performing at one of our community group Christmas parties. However, after attending a bible study (and worship time) with some friends I felt compelled to buy a piano book with worshipful songs in it and start playing worship music even more. I purchased the ‘Best of Hillsong’ piano book which has over 25 worship songs. I really enjoy Hillsong music and it would be a good challenge for me to start learning how to play and have people sing along. I just received the book I ordered today and started playing the song ‘Came to my rescue’. I loved that I could play songs that glorified God. I still enjoy playing my other music too but now I am grateful that I can start playing music that could be used for broader purposes (ex. family worship time, playing at nursing homes, etc.). Music is a really beautiful thing, there are all sorts of styles and music can be uplifting and joyful to show glory to God. The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is:

Q. What is mans primary purpose?
A. Mans primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

One way we can glorify and enjoy God is by praising him through our music. We hear about Miriam, David and others who sang praise songs to their God! In fact the entire book of Psalms is a lot of praise songs. The Song of Ascent psalms are songs that the people of God would sing when on their way to the temple (church). Many times now, music is focused on the singers voice and looks instead of praise to God. So let us glorify God by the music we play, sing and listen too. Here are the lyrics to the Hillsong song I am playing now:

“Came To My Rescue”

Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek your face
Lord all I am is yours

My whole life
I place in your hands
God of Mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at your throne

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

My whole life
I place in your hands
God of Mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at your throne

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

Praise be to the Lord!


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#9- Weeded Garden

Ok, you may look at the list of what I have done so far and go, “Hmm, she has done an awful lot of housework.” I understand that. God has recently been teaching me to be faithful in the little things during this challenge. I’m a go getter, I have big plans and ideas and though I don’t mind doing little things, I felt like I wasn’t doing “hard enough” things. After talking to my mom, I believe the Lord was telling me that it is ok to do “small hard things” and wait for chances to do big hard things. So my hard thing (for Saturday actually) is weeding the garden. We have a pretty large garden and I have been taking care of it this year. A couple weeks back I took Drivers Ed in the mornings and was unable to weed it, so this week our bean plot was full of weeds. This Saturday, I weeded, mowed and trimmed the whole garden, in the morning, and I still had time to help with other projects. I don’t know about you but Saturday’s at the Bowers are a whole lot of work. But hard work is good for you. As my mom always says, ‘work is the best fun’. I have grown up doing household tasks, yard work and more, plus any other projects that I am doing (clubhouse, 4H projects and soon to come chicken coop and chickens!). If you want something, you work toward it. So even though weeding the garden isn’t the hardest of things to do, it speaks of hard work and doing the simple small hard things to glorify God!


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#8- Decided to stop reading the ‘Peeved section’

Our town newspaper, the Mooresville tribune is delivered to us every Friday. I don’t usually read much of it, I skim the contents, read the ‘Peeved’ section and put it down. The ‘Peeved’ section is basically where people in Mooresville can enter complaints to the newspaper and they get published. Yeah. At first it was funny to read people’s rants, then it got ridiculous and then today I read the ‘Peeved’ section for the last time. Literally. My hard thing today was a personal decision to stop reading the ‘Peeved’ section. I used to do it just for fun but reading material like that isn’t uplifting. Doesn’t it say in Phillipians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!” Or “Whatever is true and honorable, think on these things.” Is it truly honorable to be reading complaints? I can use that time to read the Bible. Which is the second part of my hard thing. When I see the newspaper sitting around and I am tempted to go read it, instead I will go get my Bible and find a good chapter to read instead. Think about what things you read, watch and listen to that is not honorable and then change.


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#6-Made a list of 15 “christian” books I would like to read

I decided to make a list of books I wouldn’t normally read but I should read, and read them! So I went around the what seems like hundreds of book shelves in our house and found 15 books I would like to read. (There are a couple other books my Dad gave me to read that are not included in the initial 15…) Here they are!!!

1. The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
2. Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
4. Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman
5. The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn
6. Cleared for Takeoff by Bob Griffin
7. Radical by David Platt
8. Enjoy Your Bible by Irving L. Jensen
9. Bloodwork by Anthony J. Carter
10. War of Words by Paul David Tripp
11. Worldliness by C.J. Mahaney
12. Created for Work by Bob Shultz (this book was geared toward boys but I remember reading it as a family a long time ago and wanted to reread it…)
13. A Little Book for New Theologians by Kelly M. Kapis
14. 52 Ways to Know Your Bible Better (unknown author)
15. The Serving Leader by Jennings and Stahl-wert

The books my Dad gave me to read are:

1. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (almost finished with it now!)
2. Concise Theology by J.I. Packer
3. Whats in the Bible by R.C. Sproul and Robert Wolgemuth

There are lots of good books out there! And no, theology and “christian” books are not just for grownups and pastors. Us teens can learn a lot from these sort of books. (Max Lucado does have some great “christian” books written just for teens. I have read “Wild Grace” and “Facing Your Giants” Both are really good and I would totally recommend them)

Thanks for taking some time to read this post! Now maybe you can go read some other good things too! :)


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