5 Things to Pray For Your Heart Book Review

Have you ever had those days when you pray and your prayer sounds like a wish list? Or like a broken record? I have those days. Wanting to grow deeper in my prayer life and to pray prayers which are meaningful, I was excited to read and practice what I have learned from this book, 5 Things to Pray for Your Heart: Prayers that Change You to be More Like Jesus by Rachel Jones. This book is part of the award-winning series 5 Things to Pray.

James 5:16 says “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Prayers that reflect the heart of God are powerful and effective. This book helped me organize my daily prayer time by giving me a scripture each week and praying for the 5 specific verses each day. There are 3 subcategories : praying for spiritual fruit, praying that I would be and praying for growth when I’m… There is a prayer guide for each day and it’s not just a random guide but very specific and deep. I appreciate how it challenges me to go beyond my prayers. It has helped enrich my prayer life as my prayers now go beyond my physical needs or pressing needs. It gave me a fresh way to pray, and it realigned the desires of my heart.

Currently available at CSM Publishing for 99 pesos (SRP). You may also purchase this from CSM Lazada shop at a discounted price of 79 pesos only.

CHIPS 2021: Thrive at Home


As schools in our country has shifted to school at home setup and some have even tried homeschooling,  I would like to invite you to attend Educating for Life’s CHIPS 2021: Thrive at Home or simply #CHIPSThriveAtHome.

Happening online via the Accelevents platform, the Summit will take place on July 30-August 1, but participants will be able to access the event anytime and learn from all the Summit talks even after the event dates, up to August 31, 2021.

The Summit’s line-up of speakers consists of both international and local speakers who will leave the participants inspired, encouraged, empowered, and equipped to start or continue their respective home-based learning journeys more than ever before. This applies to both homeschooling and distance learning families.

Below are just some of the 30+ #CHIPSThriveAtHome topics: 

  • “Well-Being Matters: Supporting Parents’-Kids’-Teens’ Mental Health” by Dr. Michele Alignay
  • “Lead Your Family to Thrive: The Importance of a Father’s Presence” by Bo Sanchez
  • “Mother Culture: How to Thrive When You’re With Your Kids 24/7” by Gina Guerrero-Roldan
  • “How to Thrive as a Solo Parent During Challenging Times” by Professor Nina Era
  • “How Homeschooling Helps Our Family’s Relationships to Thrive” by Julius and Tintin Babao
  • “How to Help Your Kids Thrive in Distance Learning” by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua
  • “Survive and Thrive: Stories of Homeschooling COVID-19 Survivors” by Joe and Rica Bonifacio
  • “How to Keep Your Family Safe Online” by Kenneth Lingan
  • “What We Learned After a Year of Distance Learning” – A Panel Discussion by Ina Arabia-Garcia, Jing jing de Guzman, Michelle Aventajado, and Pehpot Pineda
  • “The Most Important Person in Your Homeschool is You” by Julie Bogart

There will also be sessions for kids and teens. All the #CHIPSThriveAtHome topics and speakers can be seen here.

For more information, kindly visit their website at : www.educatingforlife.net and their social media pages:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eventbyefl

Instagram: www.instagram.com/eventsbyefl 

 

NLT Bibles from CSM Publishing

I can’t emphasize how important the Word of God has been in my life. For the past 31 years, I have bought several versions and one of the most easy-to-read versions is the NLT or New Living Translation. If I want easy reading and something that is translated using today’s English, this is the version that I pick up.

I was excited to hear that CSM Publishing is launching their newest NLT or New Living Translation Bibles! They have released four beautiful cover designs. I personally like the Sunrise and the Spring.


The NLT Bible is a paperback version and contains 760 pages which includes both the Old and New Testament. It also comes with a daily reading plan and a brief introduction to every book of the Bible. Its introductory price (until July 30,2021) is 175 pesos only. The SRP is 275 pesos.

UPDATE: Good news! The Bible promo is extended for you readers for 1 week. Promo extension is from AUG. 1-7, 2021 ONLY via Lazada and Shopee.

Here’s the link voucher for the NLT Bibles. 

For more information, you may visit CSM Publishing’s social media pages in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may also visit their webpage and their Lazada shop.

CSM’s Hope Bearer

Since we have started homeschooling many years back, I have always been on the look out for Bible curriculums we can use not just at home but also for our church’s kids ministry. I was delighted to know that this December, CSM has launched their newest curriculum made for Sunday School entitled Hope Bearer: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis and Change. 

We all know that the pandemic has changed the landscape of Sunday School ministry and to aid teachers and parents in this season, this curriculum was developed with the message that there is hope in God and we can always rely on Him. During this time of crisis, we must not forget our children need to understand  that God is still faithful, powerful and reliable and that they can trust Him.

Hope Bearer contains 30 lessons of hope and courage for children suitable for ages 4-12. It is a tool for teachers to use in the  regular Sunday school ministry, online ministry or even in the home setting.

Hope Bearer includes:

¨      options for adjusting activities to suit online classes;

¨      links to online action song videos to enhance Bible learning;

¨      downloadable Teaching Pictures and craft templates families can print at home;

¨      suggestions for collaborating with parents to enable home-based Sunday school;

¨      a checklist for monitoring children’s spiritual growth and character development.

Here are some photos of the lessons:

The curriculum has an easy to follow layout and has already listed all the information one would need to prepare for Bible lessons. For every lesson, there is a Bible Text, Objectives, Memory Verse, Opening Activities and Closing Activities. The Opening Activities is further divided into Connect, Study and Apply.

A spiritual growth and character development checklist is included and it can be helpful to teachers and parents to see the cognitive, affective and psychomotor development of the children. They can use the checklist as goals for the children as well.

This is a good guide for parents since there is minimal preparation needed and has very detailed instructions on the different activities.

Hope Bearer is in paperback edition and contains 116 pages. It is currently available for 269 pesos only from CSM Publishing’s Lazada store . For more information, you may visit CSM Publishing’s website.

Unchanging Grace from CSM Publishing

With so much negativity around us these days, it is imperative that we have daily source of inspiration. Thankful for CSM Publishing’s new daily devotions, Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year.   It comes in 5 different cover designs which features the Philippines’ beautiful tourist destinations. It is conveniently sized to fit my small bag. Easy to carry for people who go to office and won’t occupy much space on the table. I like  it because it because each day’s reading isn’t  too long to read and has some important insights for daily meditations. The devotions are written by Pastor Joey Umali.

Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year is available at CSM online stores at Lazada (https://bit.ly/3j6H93t) and Shopee (https://bit.ly/2CGtDE3) starting this September 2020.

For more inquiries about Unchanging Grace: Devotions for Each Day of the Year, email marketing@csm-publishing.comor call 8852-7301 to 04 local 210.