God’s Not Dead Movie Train!!




I have posted about the movie “God’s Not Dead” ~ I have had a few state they cannot afford it so here is the deal ~ I am ordering an extra one and will do a “God’s not Dead TRAIN”. What does that mean, LOL? If you are interested in viewing the movie, but cannot afford it, please fill out this form HERE to get put on the train. I will then mail it to the first person on the list and will include a complete list of all the names of other people wanting to watch it. . . Once you have watched it, you will send to the next person on the train (list). Each person will have 7 days to watch the movie and then they will highlight the next name and will mail to the next person on the list (IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY FOR POSTAGE). . . and it will keep going until everyone has received it and watched it, and the last person will mail it back to me. We are doing this on the honor system and believing each person will ONLY take 7 days and will then mail to the next person on the list.

Again, if you want in on the “God’s Not Dead TRAIN” Please complete the God’s Not Dead Movie Form Document and I will compile the list as the names come in.

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Is it okay to ask a child to lie? Is there such a thing as a white lie?

I know this may bring much controversy, but I truly feel led to write it after my son’s 1st homework assignment.

My question would be, is it okay having children telling lies? Is lying ever harmless or innocent?  This was my 5th-grade son’s 1st homework assignment. Notice it is a way to get to know the kids. I handed it to Jonah this morning and he immediately said “Mom, I’m not doing it because I am not going to tell a lie”  He instead chose to tell two truths about himself.  We have ALWAYS taught our children there are consequences for telling lies, yet, in his homework assignment he is being asked to tell a lie. We are a very spiritual family and we don’t believe ever asking a child to tell a “lie” is innocent. Have you ever went into a buffet or an amusement park and seen a family bend down and tell their children, if they ask how old you are tell them x, y, or z, because they want to get the cheaper price. People justify it by saying, “Well, they won’t eat that much, so why should we have to pay that much” or “they won’t ride many rides so why should we have to pay the full price”, or “we couldn’t afford to go if we had to pay the full price”.  You have to pay that much, because that is the rules of the restaurant. Even when we do not like them, those are the rules and truth always prevails. The 9th Commandment is “Thou Shall Not Lie”. There is not a stipulation under the commandement telling us when it is okay. There is no place where it says some lies are more harmful than other lies. The same is for a sin. Because ultimately sin separates us from God and lying is a sin that also separates us from God.   As humans, we try to justify our sins or our lies, by saying, well it was innocent, but honestly that is NOT truth. ALL sins separate us from Christ and lying is a sin. This lesson, in our opinion, is telling our kids that some lies are okay, because it was given as an assignment by a teacher, so in essence we are justifying the telling of a lie. It is also confusing for a child, so sometimes I can lie and it is okay?  In all actuality, it desensitizes us to lying and I don’t want my kids to be desensitized to sin.

But what does God say about lying? The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God. Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Everyone may not agree with what our family believes and that is okay.  I will still love and respect everyone :-)  We are strong believers on God’s word and lying is NEVER a good thing. If that means Jonah receives a “zero” on that assignment, that is okay with us.  We have already prayed about it and know God is in control.  We are proud that Jonah recognized how important it was to stand up for what he knew was not morally right.  He knew it was much more important to stand up for what God has instructed him to do. And as affirmation after I wrote this post, I received this tweet from Rick Warren. . THANK YOU JESUS

quotes about lies

Quotes about Lies?   “Well, it was only a white lie”. What’s a white lie?  A lie. There is no such thing as a “little” white lie.  No matter how big or small, it is being dishonest and separates us from God.   By no means am I implying the teacher intended for this assignment to come off this way, but maybe now she will see how it could come across and rethink the wording of the assignment.  It could read “Tell us 3 facts about yourself” or my one friend suggested she could say “What’s something you wish were true about yourself”. There are other ways to complete this assignment without asking our children to “Lie”.  It really is sending mixed signals to our children that lying is okay sometimes.

For anyone that saw the Movie “God’s Not Dead”, well that has had a huge impact on Jonah. They were asked to write “GOD IS Dead” in class and one student refused to do it, because he  felt a huge conviction from God.   The others just wanted to be done with the assignment so they completed it, but this student knew he needed to stand up for what was right. He lost a lot while doing it, but he gained so much more at the end. God will bless the person who acknowledges him and his ways. Standing up for truth is not always easy and many times will make us uncomfortable, but when God nudges at our heart to do the right thing, we need to be obedient no matter what the consequences. Scripture says in Romans 12:2 NIV “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” So no matter if everyone else is doing it, we cannot use them as a measurement of what is right and wrong.  Our ONLY standard should be God.   If we truly want to know God’s truth, all we have to do is open the Bible and pray for wisdom, strength, and courage, and let God do the rest. When we make a decision to take a stance, we need to do it in a loving way. God doesn’t want it done in a confrontational manner. We need to be the image of Christ and represent him well in ALL things.  God’s not Dead!!! He is living on the inside of each of us and today pray how God would use you for his Glory!!  Do not conform to this world EVER. .  Use God ALWAYS as your standard :-)  I would love to know your thoughts on this topic. . . Love you guys!!

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GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win a Prize Package Worth $415 & Learn How To Coupon!

As seen on TLC Extreme Couponing – Joni Meyer-Crothers

Joni has partnered up with WTOL Channel 11 for an AWESOME Giveaway.

Need A Personal Shopping Consultant?

Joni Meyer-Crothers, the TLC Extreme Couponing Expert, will come to you! Where you will host a How to Coupon Party!  She will teach you and your friends (up to 15 total) how to shop smart; for groceries and beyond!

The winner will receive a price package valued at $415:

  • “A How to Coupon Party” at the location of your choice for you and 14 friends. (Winner will provide festive food & refreshments. Date will be determined based on your schedule and Joni’s availability. Up to 2 hours) ($300)
  • An Autographed copy of Joni’s book: Extreme Couponing ($15) and a Complete Coupon Binder ($55)
  • Each of your guest will receive a “How to Coupon” handout and a $3 coupon for a clipping service ($45)
  • A Hands on Shopping Trip with Joni! Joni will provide the coupons for the trip. Results will depend upon the in-store sales. Date will be determined based on your schedule and Joni’s availability.(PRICELESS)

Click HERE to Enter the Contest!  - if that does not work – Go to WTOL FB Page and on the left-hand side click on WTOL Contest!! Good Luck Everyone!!

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Citrus Lane: Score a Box of Baby Care Items ONLY $2.95 Shipped (Reg. $29!)


NEW Citrus Lane customers can score a box of baby care products from CitrusLane.com for only $2.95 SHIPPED (regularly $29!). No promo code needed. This is an AMAZING deal since you are getting a nice assortment of baby care items (like toys, baby food, and personal care items!) to try out for just $2.95 shipped!

This promo is only good thru 8/20 so hurry!!

To get in on this *HOT* offer, head over HERE, click on the blue “Get a Box” button, select the Monthly Subscription option (on the left), enter your email and additional info, then select if you’d like a girl, boy, or neutral box and proceed to checkout. See the discount applied and then enter your payment info. That’s it!


*IMPORTANT: Only NEW, first-time Citrus Lane subscribers are eligible for this offer. Limit one offer per household. Note that by signing up for the monthly subscription, you are signing up to receive new boxes on a monthly basis. However, you can cancel at anytime if you are not interested in receiving future shipments from Citrus Lane.

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FREEBIE ALERT: FREE Disney Custom Map ~ These are AWESOME!!


Order Free Disney Customized Maps – A map that fits your plans and your family!! Highlight your family’s favorite Park activities and attractions and then have them delivered to your door! Create special keepsake Maps of all 4 Parks that highlight your favorite attractions and entertainment. This is completely FREE – Just click the banner above and customize your map!!

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FREE Ibotta App – Earn Money When You Shop + NEW USERS CAN EARN AN EXTRA $2!!


If you haven’t signed up for the Ibotta app yet, you will want to now. They have special promotions all the time, where you can earn extra money:)    Why not get paid to shop? I featured this app on GMA back in January. It is an easy app and very user friendly. It is a great way to maximize your savings!!

ibotta app
Here is how the Ibotta app works:

1. Download the Free Ibotta App BY CLICKING HERE

It is currently compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th & 5th generation) iPad (limited stores), and Android – HOLLA LUJAH!!. [Read more...]

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Place an order for the Volunteer Outreach T-Shirts!!

Outreach Shirts
I am placing the order for the “volunteer” shirts Monday, 8/11 at 11 a.m. If you want to order one, you will need to email me at joni@freetastesgood.com and I will need money sent via paypal to “crothers8@aol.com” to place your order. The Shirts are sizes S, M, L, and XL for $12 and 2XL for $15 (be sure to include what size you want) . . .  (if you want it shipped it will be an additional $5.60 so either $17.60 or $20.60)! If you are volunteering at an event and don’t have a shirt, we recycle them, meaning they will be washed and cleaned, but you will need to return it before you leave the event.  Also, you will need to pick them up August 16th or 17th at event if you are not paying for shipping (we will not be delivering) Thanks in advance. . . so excited to be able to wear these for the FREE Laundromat Day!!!!


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FREE Backpacks for eligible Sylvania Students (K – 12th grade!)




If you have a child enrolled in Sylvania Area Schools, they may be eligible for a backpack. Sylvania Area Family Services will be giving away backpacks for K-12th grade students on Saturday, August 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The child must be present.  They will also be doing a few gift card giveaways – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN and did I mention, they will be giving away a bike also!! Come out and join us for the FUN!! To get more information contact Dottie at 419-882-8415.

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SAUTTER’S: Purex 2x Laundry Detergent, 50 oz, ONLY $1.48!!


For any of you local, you may want to check this AWESOME Purex Deal out. The Purex 2x Laundry Detergent, 50 oz is on sale for $2.48. In addition, we have a $1/1 Purex coupon making these ONLY $1.48 each. That’s a nice stock up price.

*PLEASE ALSO NOTE THIS SALE INCLUDES Kazmaier’s in Perrysburg, Stanley’s on Stickney Avenue in Toledo, and Schorling’s on West Bancroft in Toledo.

Here’s what the deal looks like:

Purex 2X Laundry Detergent, 50 oz – $2.48
Use $1/1 Purex Liquid or Ultra Packs Detergent, exp. 8/10/14 (RP 08/03/14 #2)
Final Cost: $1.48

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