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Review: CSB Women’s Study Bible

Today I have the honor of reviewing the CSB Women’s Study Bible on the blog. Can I just get real with you? I’m just over the moon on cloud nine to be able to bring you this review. Bibles have to be one of my favorite things. I don’t like to admit it but I’m pretty addicted to new Bibles. I always love stalking the Bible section at Lifeway everytime I go in so when I was given this opportunity I jumped at the chance.

Please note that this is not sponsored in any way. This review is my honest opinion. I would never recommend or review anything that I didn’t personally read or try out. I received this Bible free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it.

This Bible comes in three different cover options. It comes in hardcover, softcover teal with flowers, and a soft cover brown version. The Bible itself is a CSB translation which stands for Christian Standard Bible.

I have been using this translation for about a year now and absolutely love it. Growing up I used NKJV as well as NLT. I find that for me the CSB is easy to understand while keeping close to the original translation.

The layout of the Bible is beautiful! There are so many different features throughout to help you navigate through and study God’s Word. My only complaint is that I wish the page that explained the different sections was at the front of the Bible instead of at the back even though it tells you in the table of contents that it was.

When you open the Bible you have the title page of who the Bible is presented too. Next, there is a page for the wife and husband’s family tree, marriage contract (The Ketubah), family milestone page, as well as a page for spiritual mothers. I think the spiritual mother’s page is my favorite.

After the table of contents, you have an introduction to the study Bible for women and how to study the Bible written by Dorthy Kelly Patterson. The Christian Life article written by Rhonda Harrington Kelly is next. Then there is a section that talks about the CSB Bible itself followed by charts of transliteration, table of weights and measures, and abbreviations used in this Bible.

Each book of the Bible starts out with an introduction. Included is a key verse, timeline, content outline and answers what the book is about, good reasons for women to read it as well as provide guidance for studying it effectively.

Throughout the whole Bible, there are study notes that will highlight important truths and insights. I also love that they include different sections like biblical womanhood, hard questions, word study, doctrine, and character profiles.

Each book of the Bible closes out with a section called written on my heart. It is basically a devotional, word of application, celebration, or encouragement that you can remember truths from that book and allow the Holy Spirit to write them on your heart.

Last but not least there is the index of features listed out with page numbers. It tells you what is in each section of biblical womanhood, charts, doctrine, hard questions and maps and reconstructions.

Of course, there are acknowledgments, citations, contributors, the concordance featuring all the women of the Bible and maps.

As I have reviewed this Bible I would highly recommend it to my friends.

It would make a great gift for any woman who wants to dig deeper in the Word while navigating through this crazy thing we call life. It could be very useful or helpful for those in ministry, writers, bloggers, or who have a heart to mentor others. Whether you are a long time Bible reader or just beginning I would say this would be a perfect Bible to add to your collection.

Grab a copy of it today for yourself or for a friend over at Lifeway.com I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Posted in Life, Prayer, Uncategorized

National Day of Prayer Reflection

2018 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER! 🙏🏻

This past Thursday was the day to observed with others a time to pray. Even though it’s a recognized day that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be praying every day.

• I believe that prayer is an important part of life.

• I believe that we should pray no matter what.

• I believe that no prayers are too much for God.

• I believe God wants to hear from you.

As I reflected and thought about National Day of Prayer this year, it means more to me than before. From the beginning of the year, I’ve said that I want to have a more intentional prayer life.

It’s important to me to have meaningful and deep conversations with God. 

God laid on my heart that He wants to hear from me.

– He wants to have a heart to heart talk with me.

– He wants to know my struggles.

– He wants to cry with me.

– He wants to laugh with me.

– He wants to help me.

Basically, He just wants all of me.

As I spent the day praying and today praying as well. 🙏🏻 I want to pray for you.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s an honor and privilege to pray for my followers, friends, family, church, government, law enforcement officers and every single person I can. 

I encourage you to pray today as well. No matter what your political views are put them aside. Everyone needs prayer no matter what. Even if you disagree with someone’s opinions or beliefs that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray for them.

🙏🏻 • Pray for President Trump. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the nation.

🙏🏻 • Pray for all those in authority. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the leaders.

🙏🏻 • Pray for this broken world. 🙏🏻 • Pray for unity and peace.

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” ♥️ Ephesians‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

So here’s my question for you today.  How may I pray for you today?

Feel free to comment, send me an email, or reach out on any of my social media accounts. Let me come alongside you and pray for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Posted in Life, Uncategorized

Seasons, Life, Taking a Break…

Can I just take a moment and get personal and honest with you?

Right now I’m in a weird season of my life. Struggling with all sort of things.

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It’s so hard watching others lives keep moving on when I feel like I’m stuck in a rut. Countless time after time I see friends graduating high school, college, dating, marriage, kiddos, mission trips, working that great job, etc…

It starts to depress me because it makes me realize just how I’m nowhere near close to any of this.

Instead of dwelling on these things I’m learning to try and embrace the present and be who God wants me to be right where I am at and trust that He will bring all my dreams and heart desires to past.

The last couple weeks have been rough. Honestly, I’ve felt like giving up.

I just wanted to sit in my room and cry. I was messaging a friend and she reminded me to cast all my cares on God because He cares for me.

That was a reminder that I needed to hear at just the right time. As soon as I started praying and crying out to Jesus I started to feel a little better.

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After a lot of praying and much thought, I need to take a little break from blogging. It wasn’t an easy decision for me to make. I love communicating with each and every one of you every week. It’s just I have been feeling a little burned out on top of dealing with flare-ups with my health.

I have said since day one that this year I would only bring you quality content over quantity. It’s time for me to take a little time away and spend it refreshing my soul, tending my own faith so that God can use me to encourage you.

Even though I’m taking a break from the blog it doesn’t mean that I’m disappearing altogether. You can still find me over on my Instagram posting as well as on My Facebook Page.

Please also sign up for my free weekly email devotionals. I will be continuing them. I believe that God has called me to share the devos each week with you.

This will also sign you up to receive updates from me as I have been planning and working on some exciting things as well as to notify you when I come back.

I pray blessings on each and every one of you. I hope you understand why I am taking a break and pray that you will still follow me on social media. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email or direct message if you have a prayer request or just want to say hi.

Blessings until next time, Grace Mae ❤

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Book Club Announcement: Unseen – by: Sara Hagerty

I’m super excited about what’s coming starting next week right here on the blog. After some thought and a lot of prayers I thought it would be fun to start a book club. One thing that I love is reading books that point to God or that have a foundation of Biblical truths.

Right here on the blog, I will be posting an article on what I learned and how we can apply what we read in that week’s chapter. There will also be a few discussion questions along with scriptures to dig farther into God’s Word.  Some weeks there will be combined chapters but that’s because they are shorter so I thought it would be okay to read two some weeks. That way we will wrap up this book club in 11 weeks instead of 13 weeks.

Unseen: by Sara Hagerty will be the book we are reading. You can order your copy right here on Amazon.

Make sure you are also following me on Instagram as I will also be posting discussion questions there as well. The plan is as follows:


Reading Plan for Unseen by: Sara Hagerty

  • April 9th|Week 1: Chapter 1 – pages 15-35
  • April 16th|Week 2: Chapter 2 – pages 37-51
  • April 23rd|Week 3: Chapter 3 & 4 pages 53-79
  • April 30th|Week 4: Chapter 5 – pages 81-99
  • May 7th|Week 5: Chapter 6 – pages 101-119
  • May 14th|Week 6: Chapter 7 – pages 121-131
  • May 21st|Week 7: Chapter 8 – pages 133-155
  • May 28th|Week 8: Chapter 9 & 10 – pages 133-185
  • June 4th|Week 9: Chapter 11- pages 187-198
  • June 11th|Week 10: Chapter 12 – pages 199-213
  • June 18th|Week 11: Chapter 13 – pages 215-234

Here’s a Study Guide that was created for this book. I will be briefly referencing it as a guide to my blog posts each week. I’m praying and hoping that through this book as we read together that we learn the spiritual richness of being hidden in God and finding freedom there.

So please join me next week as we start this journey together. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Posted in Bible Study, Life, resources, Uncategorized

Wisdom Whispers Review: How Bible Study Changed My Life

God works in my life in ways that sometimes I don’t expect. You see His timing is always perfect. All I have to do is wait. Today’s post is something different but I want to tell you how God used Bible study and social media to bring me closer to Him.


One day I was feeling really down and discouraged and happened to come across a post on Instagram by Sarah Koontz. It was just what I needed at the right time. Her feed was jam-packed full of encouragement and uplifting photos that point to Jesus.

Since that day, I have been following her and God keeps using her in my life. So I signed up for her SOULfood weekly emails.

God kept bringing me closer to Him through the word and Sarah’s weekly encouraging and inspirational emails.

Fast forward a few months and she was getting ready to release her second free online Bible study on the book of Ephesians. So I decided to sign up to help her launch it. There were many different reasons why I chose to be a part of it. You see God’s timing was perfect once again. Right as I was reading the Worthy of the Calling study I was still going through a rough time. It came just at the right time.

Let me back up a little bit. Last summer I was going through a very difficult time. My mom was dealing with cancer and I felt like was dragging me down. I was tired and worn out. I was taking care of my mom, my own health issues, and still trying to balance life and work.

I continued to attend church but my personal Bible study time was suffering. I mean it was pretty much open Bible and read when at church and that’s pretty much it. If I was lucky I would read the verse of the day on the You Version app.

Honestly, I was struggling to make my quiet time a priority. Don’t get me wrong, I tried multiple Bible studies but kept falling behind or losing interest. So when I came across the announcement for her Worthy of the Calling Bible study and how it would only take 10-15 minutes a day I was sold. Let me tell you it changed my quiet time.

Sarah’s free Bible studies are packed full of truth in manageable bite-size pieces.

Now we fast forward a few more months and as I kept getting to know Sarah and watch God work in her life I was super excited when she launched her non-profit organization Living by Designs Ministries.

When I saw her post about volunteering for this ministry I prayed about it a lot. I mean a lot. I finally got the go-ahead from God to apply as a volunteer. I left it up to God. If it was meant to be then God would make a way for it to happen. In my mind, it would be an honor to work with Sarah after she has blessed me so much when I was going through a rough patch. Well, God’s timing was perfect and right and I am happy to say I was accepted. 


Now you are probably wondering what this all has to do with Bible study but I’m getting to that.

Sarah is releasing her third free online Bible Study “Wisdom Whispers” on April 2nd. This is the last week to pre-register. Once again I am helping her launch it but I wanted to give you a few reasons why I think you should consider joining.

wisdom whispers pinnable 2.pngWisdom Whispers is a 31-day free study in the format of five days on, two days off. The study is on the life and wisdom of King Solomon. I love this format because the two days off are a nice break to rest or catch up if you get behind.

As I was reading through the study one quote that stuck out to me was this:

God’s ways are always the best ways -Sarah Koontz: Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

You see as I have been learning through Bible study and my Jesus time it’s so true. His timing and ways are always the best at the perfect time.

I really encourage you to sign up for this study. It can change your life. One thing that I get asked a lot is how do you have time for Bible study? Well, I know you are just as busy as I am but here are a few reasons this makes this study unique and amazing.

  1. It is delivered in email form right to your inbox each day.
  2. It only takes about 10-15 minutes a day to complete.
  3. There are amazing free digital gifts that go along with the study.
  4. All you need is your mobile device.

If you pre-register you will also be signed up to receive her weekly SOULfood emails as well. I promise you that you will be blessed by them.


So grab a few of your friends and sign up today! I can’t wait for you dig deeper into the Word with Wisdom Whispers.


While I am a part of Living by Designs Ministries this post is my own opinion and I’m not being compensated for reviewing this study. I wouldn’t review or recommend anything that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in.

I believe in this! I hope you will join me!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤