Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

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Looking for a beautiful Bible for yourself or to give as a special Christmas gift?  I recommend The Names of God Bible (Ann Spangler, General Editor).  This Bible inlcudes more than 10,000 names and titles of God restored to their Hebrew equivalent.  Have no fear.  It’s easy to understand.  The names of God are highlighted in brown.  For instance, if you read Psalm 18:30, it would say,

He is a Magen to all those who take refuge in him. 

What does Magen mean?

You turn to the front of the Bible and see it means “shield.”  Then you can read more about this name for greater understanding and you have prayer prompts to help you pray to the Lord your shield. 

The Bible gives a fresh perspective to your reading as you learn along the way about the names of God.  Your respect for God’s name deepens as you discover the many meanings of God’s name found in the Scriptures.

The Bible is beautifully laid out.  I’ve never read the God’s Word translation before and I like it.  The general editor Ann Spangler is a scholar who knows how to communicate.  I read one of her works years ago, Women of the Bible, which is excellent. 

You know how you have nicknames for members of your family?  Special names that only you use?  Well, it’s interesting to see what names different people in the Bible used for God.  For instance, Joshua referred to God as El Chay (the Living God) and El Kanna (the Jealous God). 

This is a wonderful resource to add a new dimension to your Bible reading, both now and in the New Year!

This Bible was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

 

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My kids have two days off from school this week for Veteran’s Day, so we were able to enjoy a quiet day at Legoland yesterday before the official holiday.  We had a BLAST! 

Look at Ethan and Noelle – they look so sweet!  Hard to imagine the cat and dog fights they can get into when they look so angelic!  But we moms know better…

I post the picture as a reminder to all of us – we can have peaceful family relationships (even when we disagree).  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons with peace between all the members of your family? 

Here’s Noelle jumping at Legoland – we can imitate her and choose joy even when someone rubs us the wrong way. 

Instead of rehearsing the offending comment in your mind, jump away from those thoughts.  Learn to laugh at yourself and the circumstances you find yourself in from time to time. 

From my home to yours, hope you had a blessed Veterans Day and that the upcoming Christmas season will give you many opportunities to jump for joy! 

Two Sundays ago we had Silly Hat day at our church.  The kids got to decorate hats and everyone who participated got a prize.  Plus there were prizes for the most creative hats.  Ethan was so happy to get 3rd prize.  He made a racetrack on his hat with a “Race Day” sign, checkered flag, cars, and even a paper airplane flying overhead.

Silliness isn’t just for kids!  And it’s not even just for children’s pastors (but doesn’t our children pastor look so fun!).  

One way to look and feel younger is by doing something silly and goofy.  So you can have a silly hat day with your kids, co-workers, grandkids, friends – and I bet it would be a day to remember! 

Silly sunglass day, silly hair day, silly shoe day – the options are awaiting your creativity!

The highlight of my weekend was a wonderful brunch/workshop I attended on Saturday.  It was the San Diego ChristianWriters Guild Spring Fellowship Event.  I have enjoyed going to the guild’s fall writers conference at Maranatha Chapel but I’ve never attended the spring fellowship.

Meeting with this dynamic group of writers is always inspirational and this weekend was no exception.  I got to hear my dear friend and fellow mother/author Leeana Tankersley speak about the craft of writing.  Leeana and I used to have offices right next door to each other when we worked at Turning Point with David Jeremiah.  It’s extra special that – this many years later – we have both become mothers and authors.  Her book is Found Art which is an amazingly beautiful memoir about her first year of marriage on the foreign soil of Bahrain.  She married a Navy seal and talks freely about the transitions that come with marriage, letting go, and being in foreign territory.

Something Leeana said stuck with me.

“The process will yield something important.”

Writing is hard work, no matter what the finished product is.  But it is the process that yields something important.  That teaches us something about God.  About ourselves.  About our loved ones.

We got caught up in the destination but perhaps it is the road trip that is noteworthy.  So if you are feeling a bit impatient (Lord, why have I not crossed the finish line yet?), take heart.  The process is full of life lessons that will sweeten your journey today.

Of course my favorite Mother’s Day gift looks like this:

I am confident your mom, your grandma will enjoy it.  Why not make a “younger you” gift basket and include:

  • 31 Days to a Younger You
  • Dark chocolate
  • Exercise DVD
  • Jump rope or resistance band
  • Bottle of water
  • Lotion

Then you can the finishing touch – a lovely Mother’s Day poem.  I found a great website called Mothers Day Central that has all things pertaining to Mothers Day, including 101 poems for moms. 

My book is available from any online retailer like Amazon, or if you would like an autographed copy for your mom or grandma, just send me an email at arlene@arlenepellicane.com  It’s $10 for the autographed book and $2 for shipping.  I’d be happy to send a signed book to your mom for Mother’s Day!

My sweet James turned 40 this month.  We celebrated in a sweet (James’ famous ice cream cake) and active (ultimate frisbee) way! 

Here’s what we served that was healthy at the party.  Impressive right?  Thanks to my awesome parents who don’t know how to bring over a normal fruit or veggie tray over. 

But I also have to include this picture to be completely honest…

A little of everything right?  After lunch and cake, we headed to a nearby park to play ultimate frisbee.  This is one of James’ favorite games.  He used to play every week in grad school but hasn’t played in probably 10 years.  It was my goal to get our friends playing so James would feel young again! 

We had a blast!  Ultimate frisbee is played like soccer – your team is trying to get the frisbee through the goal.  But a teammate has to catch the frisbee at the goal line so there’s a lot of running involved.  You should have seen us all huffing and puffing.  One friend got a jammed finger and one of the boys got a bloody lip.  We were getting injured and everything – so that made us feel even more young. 

But yes, we were sore in the days that followed.  Being sore is a good thing – it’s a sign of a body that’s being used!

My hubby is in the middle with the green shirt.  Happy 40th baby!!!

This morning I went to a fantastic moms group at Shadow Mountain Community Church.  The group is called “Moms Inc.” – incorporating moms of all ages.  I love that name! 

I went to encourage those ladies – to tell them they are beautiful and beloved by God.  And it turned out that I was the one so encouraged by them.  When your desire is to bless others, God blesses your socks off!

Most of the moms there had kids with similar ages as mine (1, 4, 6) so it was really fun talking shop (potty training, pacifiers, date night with hubby, etc).  I had the opportunity to pray with those ladies one on one which was very special. 

Plus I just attended an amazing leadership conference for women this weekend (“When Leaders Lead” with Calvary Chapel).  I’m still on the mountaintop from that one! 

I have seen over and over in the past 3 days that God is intimately involved with our lives.  The call at the weekend retreat was to rise up like the judge Deborah did in Judges 5:2.  When God calls you to do something, do it.  And as you step out in faith, God will direct you!


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