Friday, June 8, 2018

GLORIFY and UNSEEN



As promised here is my post about Glorify and Unseen, from a post I shared a few blog posts back http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/05/summer-is-upon-us-now-what-books-and.html that I would share what I was learning about these words. You see, I combined it into one post, see I am sweet like that. 😉

I keep going back to that word "unseen", I have struggled with it somewhat. However, I am learning the importance of "unseen" moments. This has been the season of waiting and wondering. With this has come some difficulties and changes. However, it is good because there has been growth in my faith and learning more about what God desires. Being an ex-doer has been a struggle to not do all the things and to be content in not accomplishing "big" things and by that I mean things that can be seen. Moving to the country has really taught me much about this! I am learning I am still doing "big" things even if my things are unseen, because what matters is obedience to God and glorifying Him.

I also had to relearn what I thought glorifying God meant, I thought it meant doing/accomplishing things for God, but I am learning it is so much different and that is a wonderful thing! God is showing me that glorify means to praise, enjoy, and delight. Being in the presence of God is its own reward! It's about God, His Word, and His people. God is about other-orientation, He chooses us for His glory and He likes joy. So He offers Himself to us (When you think about that, how awesome is that!)! It's not about self-centeredness, God is about His creation and people. He has given us so much! We can't save ourselves, but God saved us through Jesus. We can't pay, bribe, or do enough good things to earn salvation, it has been done for us. He did this through self-giving and love! Which teaches me so much! God made us to join Him in His joy and to share it. We glorify and enjoy Him as we worship Him, serve the community, and care for His creation. He wants me to delight in the presence of His beauty-His creation, like a sunset, hummingbird, or a flower, to cultivate and this may be through our families, neighborhoods, work/service, teaching our children, churches, gardening, painting, writing, and oh yes cleaning too, etc... These things are necessary for flourishing. We glorify God when we do these to praise or make much of Him.

From this I am learning to ask what is my intention, why am I doing something?  How often do we leave God out of this equation? I need to focus back on God and what His Word says, and this is not easy, it takes discipline (and this is something we don't like, but it is good). How often do we do leave God out when we make a decision, set to accomplish something, checklists, rush through a to-do, or say look at me I completed something? That is definitely not about self-giving or other-centered love (agape love) when we do things in that way. So I must learn to be content with the mundane things, and notice the beauty in those things, and this brings glory to God! I learned this by stepping away, being obedient to God, letting go of some things to see this. I thought stepping away would cause me to miss out (you know FOMO for the younger ones), but instead, I am learning and seeing God more! It comes down to me trusting, resting, and noticing Him in the things He is having me do. Afterall, we belong to God! I was bought with a price! Christ my Hope, in life and in death! Romans 14:7-8 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.


Here are some worthwhile reads and posts from around the web, at least they were for me:


I thought this was good, thank goodness it does not fall on my shoulders!

Right out of the horse's mouth!
No argument here!
Yes, my poor sweet friends! Thank you!! 💕
This one made me LOL, this so me, unfortunately! So sorry, I just suck at small talk, I don't know how to talk about the weather without sounding bored. I will keep trying though! 🤣


Learn for love. Read to know him. Study to enjoy him. Memorize to love him. Do it all for the surpassing worth of knowing him. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/is-my-reformed-theology-sick
Six historical moms who show us what it looks like to raise our children in the Lord https://www.jenoshman.com/jen-oshman-blog/2018/5/19/6-breathtaking-examples-of-motherhood-from-history
I'm more convinced than ever that we should take an inventory of our hearts and cares, and yes, of our own sin and ask,  Am I truly following Christ in a wise manner. http://joyfilleddays.com/the-question-weighing-on-my-heart-is-our-example-worthy-to-be-followed-and-a-myriad-of-other-questions/
When the Lord in his goodness withholds fruit—even when we have been obedient in our service—we can know this is for his glory and our good. More than productivity, God cares about pruning, refining, and growing inner fruit that reflects his Son. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/results-not-your-responsibility/
Virtue is hard to come by, and vice is quite easy to obtain. https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/bad-influence-rubs-good-influence-does-not
Why? Why does this keep happening? Those who advocate for gun control have an immediate answer — the prevalence of guns in the United States. Yet guns have been part of the fabric of American life for the entire history of our republic. Mass shootings — especially the most deadly mass shootings — are a far more recent phenomenon. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/why-do-mass-shootings-happen-best-explanation/
Because God has spoken by his Son in these last days, and because he is the Creator and Sustainer and Owner and Ruler and Redeemer of the world — above all angels — therefore (“for this reason . . . ”) “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard. https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-danger-of-drifting-from-the-word
“If we, then, are not our own [cf. 1 Cor. 6:19] but the Lord’s, it is clear what error we must flee, and whither we must direct all the acts of our life.” —John Calvin https://www.ligonier.org/blog/heart-john-calvin/


I finished up a couple books over the week and shared those reviews here, so if your interested check those out here: 
Discipleship  http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/05/dont-miss-this-book-discipleship.html
The Spirit-Led Heart https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-spirit-led-heart.html
Quit Church https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/quit-church.html
Bible Infographics for Kids  https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/bible-infographics-for-kids.html
My Good Reads, has all my recommendations and books I am currently reading (Not including books I read with my children, but maybe I should start?) https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/46967494-jennie

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bible Infographics for Kids

Kids of all ages and adults too will enjoy this new book about God, the Bible, and Jesus our Savior. I have enjoyed reading and going through the amazing and wonderful facts in this book. The facts show us just how awesome and powerful our God is, a God of patterns and plans. Kids will enjoy the vivid graphics on this book also!! Plus there is a Bible game included in the book! A great book for families to have and would make a great gift to those children in your life!

Check out some of these cool Bible facts from a few of the pages in the book:






For more about this book and where to get it go to: http://bibleinfographics.com/

Here are some graphics from Harvest House Publishers:



“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Harvest  House Publishing for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Spirit-Led Heart


 
Suzanne Eller has written a book about encountering the Holy Spirit in your life, titled The Spirit-Led Heart. I have to admit I don't always live my life relying on the Holy Spirit, but I desire to rely more and more, and I think as believer's many of us would say the same thing. So what should we do? Well, first we need to learn more about who and the purpose of the Holy Spirit. As I learn that I then learn to rely on the working of the Spirit in my life, more and more. That is what it takes, trusting and obedience to the Word! Though not always easy.  Suzanne shares about her experiences and what she learned, she also shared what happens when we focus on self and self-reliance, about how our natural reaction to fear is doubt, and what happens the longer we hold on to that fear and doubt will hinder us and cause us to run the other direction. So much truth there, as I have experienced that. This will cause our vision to be clouded. Who wants to live like that? Not me, so what do we do? In the book, Suzanne shares Scripture, Bible stories, and quotes by theologians to point us to what that entails. I like how she simplified the work of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit: we were created and we are loved by our heavenly Father, we were rescued by our Savior, and we are empowered to live our faith through the Holy Spirit. "The Trinity reveals how God loves, seeks, and helps us in every part of our relationship with Him" I don't know about you, but I need that, because I know I can't do it on my own. But I have the Holy Spirit, the Helper to go to. Just as the Scripture says in John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Suzanne shares stories that are real and relatable with struggles that many of us have dealt with, and points us to Scripture to provide us with truth and what the Word of God shows us. Some of these struggles she writes about and what the job of Holy Spirit is in these areas of: uncertainty, empowerment, living in truth, wandering, boldness, comfort, counseling, discernment and wisdom, conviction, and gifting. She also lays out some of the lies and assumptions we make, how that may make us feel like, but then how the truth in the Word can set you free and how we can overcome those struggles, lies, and assumptions we make. 

We need to be women that stop relying on self, trying to figure out things on our own, and trying to prove ourselves, and instead rely on the power the Holy Spirit can have in our lives, if we seek, trust and believe in our Lord. This book will help take you to the Word, share a promise's from God, learn more about the Holy Spirit, and invite you to practical application to grow you in faith. Another great thing about this book is the study questions at the back of the book for each chapter to take you deeper or to do with a group of ladies. 

Here are some of my highlights and there were many more that I did not include:
  • It wasn't my job to make it all go away. I'm not big enough, and it's not what he was asking for. Instead of letting my emotions dictate, I asked the Holy Spirit for help. 
  • We become so busy trying to repair, foster, and manage what is beyond our ability that we live in defeat or continual frustration. But God's plan for that person does not hinge on your efforts. It's based on what has already been done on the cross. (Romans 8:11)
  • The Holy Spirit is not a one-time encounter...A Spirit-led heart goes through a continual process of emptying and refilling. 
  • A Spirit-led empowered heart believes that His power is greater than a right-now situation and right-now feelings.
  • Ask to be filled. Refuse to run on empty or in your own grit-your-teeth strength. 
  • Truth is a spiritual weapon. It's one of the arsenals in the battle against an enemy whose goal is to mire God's daughters in toothless lies. 
  • There are those moments when the inner voice of the Holy Spirit is confirming or comforting, but sometimes it's convicting. ~ this keeps us from wandering
  • God leads us daily. We can plan, and we will, but if he's in it (the waiting times, the go times), we are exactly where we should be. If God is in this waiting phase of your life, then it's not going to fall apart if you release it to him. If it does, then it probably needed to be put down. 
  • A Spirit-led heart reframes the usual questions to find the God factor. When we do this, we find direction. 
  • Every part of our lives counts. If God is in it, there's something taking place that we might not understand until eternity. 
  • If a bold heart is a surrendered heart, you obey even when that makes you feel uncomfortable. 
  • By ourselves, we can do nothing. 
  • The Spirit of God helps and strengthens us, even when it seems there is no fight left in us. 
  • We think that we have to make grand gestures, and sometimes that's exactly where God might lead. For most of us, though it's the small things that make the biggest difference. 
  • Why we desperately need a Counselor. We all have gaps when it comes to faith. We all have gaps when it comes to God's plans for our church, our family, our marriage, our nation, our lives. We come to faith as babes, and we grow. At some point we transition from the bottle to spiritual meat. We practice our faith and we live it. In every part of this we need counsel - advice, guidance, insight. The Holy Spirit knows. 
  • There is no voice that should be louder than God's in my life. 
  • Discernment searches the truth. It knows the truth. It lives the truth. 
  • If I say I love something, but I'm not willing to give myself to it, it's still in the flirting stage. Deep, committed love is sacrificial. 
  • Conviction will always take us into deeper waters of faith. 
  • I can't imagine my life without faith in Christ. I can't imagine a life without the love of my heavenly Father. I love that the Holy Spirit can take heartfelt words and plant them like seeds in rugged soil.

 

To find out more about this book and Suzanne Eller go visit her blog at http://tsuzanneeller.com/
or go to Bethany House Publishing Group.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Quit Church???

OK, so I got this book for review Quit Church - Because Your Life Would Be Better If You Did by Chris Sonksen and the title made me chuckle, so it interested me. So really this book is not about quitting church, because that would be unbiblical, it would be a big red flag!! This author makes several great points on why to attend, be a part of a church, serve at the church, etc.. All which were great, but I didn't necessarily agree with some of his reasons and the why. I had to share a couple of them with my husband, and he said if that be the case, they should preach on that, because you would have every man sitting in a pew. So as much as I liked some of the author's points and reasonings, some of it just didn't fall into what I have learned in God's Word. I could be wrong, I am not perfect, not an expert. So you may just need to read it yourself and determine. I did gain some good information from it and some things to think about. The book does have some sarcasm in it, so if you like that kind of thing (which I tend to do, because I am a bit weird y'all), it may be a book you find interesting and can relate and chuckle too. Maybe I struggled with it a bit too because I am reading it from not a leadership standpoint, and more of a church attending standpoint, though I feel it is geared towards both readers. But in all seriousness, being a member of a church is a big deal and the Word of God is the best place to read more.

Here are a few notes from it I did take in:
  • If we are believers and we attend a local church, we are not guests in that church. We are part of a family: God's family. Just as kids have responsibilities in their family, so we as Christians have a responsibility to serve, to give our time, and to make our talents and gifts available for the advancement of God's kingdom and of the church we attend. 
  • If we are committed to Christ, then we have to be committed to our spiritual family. You can't separate the two. 
  • You can give and not be a Christ follower, but you can't follow Christ and not give. 
 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Baker Books for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Don't miss this book--Discipleship--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer


If there is one book I would recommend as best read for this year so far, it would be this one Discipleship~What It Truly Means To Be A Christian ~ Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer. If you read my blog you know I have recommended Tozer's books before. He is one of my favorite pastors and authors, he writes simply but provides you with deep truths, which are relevant today, even though he has long since past on. Tozer always hits truth hard and deep, he keeps me up late at night thinking. This newest release, which is a compilation of his sermons and previous writings, provided me with some clarification and new insights with things I myself have been praying and questioning about. I thank God he puts books like this in my hands when needed! What I really like about Tozer is he never points to himself or provided an answer based on a feeling, but points to the truth from God's Word.

If you want to know what a true disciple of Christ is and to know what a real relationship with the Savior looks like, read this book. It is for the one not knowing, the one struggling, the doubter, the new believer, and also for a long time believer. The way Tozer tackled "accepting" Christ answered some questions I had. He reiterated the importance of obedience, what a truth and false disciple may look like, how we are to act as believers according to the Word of God, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, how we are failing, and why Christians are slipping away. This book might upset you, convict you, but it is based on Godly truth and wisdom, and we all need that at times, this I know personally! I read through this book in three nights, staying up late thinking about it. I have lots of underlining. Here are a few of my notes:
  • "It is not uncommon to hear Christian workers urging seekers to accept Christ now and leave moral and social questions to be decided later. The notion is that obedience and discipleship are unrelated to salvation." Tozer goes on to explain this and provides ways we fill or substitute discipleship. 
  • "Jesus was not in the business of offering human advice that people could take or leave as they wished. Instead, He always spoke with absolute, final authority."
  • "It is not Jesus plus a number of other philosophies. It is Jesus only. He is enough."
  • "A true disciple has not taken an impulsive leap in the dark...A true disciple has allowed the Word of God to search his or her heart, has felt the sense of personal sin and the need to be released from it, come to believe that Jesus Christ is the only person who can release him or her from guilt, committed himself or herself without equivocation, without reservation to Jesus Christ the Savior, does not consider Christianity a part-time commitment, experience where there is no turning back." 
  • "As Christians disciples, we should be whatever we are wherever we are. Like diamonds. A diamond does not adjust; it is always a diamond. Just so, Christians ought always to be Christians. We are not Christians if we have to wait for the right atmosphere to practice our religion."
  • "No one can know truth except the one who obeys truth...Truth is not a text. Truth is in the text, but it takes the text plus the Holy Spirit to bring truth to a human soul... Faith comes by hearing the Word, but faith is also the gift of God by the Holy Spirit." 
  • "The question ought not to be whether I will accept Him; the question ought to be whether He will accept me! But He does not make that a question. He has already told us that we do not have to worry or disturb our minds about that (John 6:37). He has promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be. But the idea that we can make Him stand while we render the verdict of whether He is worthy of our acceptance is a frightful calumny - and we ought to get rid of it!"
  • "The expression "accept Christ" does not occur in the Bible. The phrase "will you accept Christ? or have you accepted Christ?" have become the catchwords throughout our soul-winning circles... The words accept and acceptance are used in the Scriptures in a number of ways, but never in connection with believing in Christ or receiving Christ for salvation or being saved. My concern in this matter is my feeling that "easy acceptance" has been fatal to millions of people who may have stopped short in matters of faith and obedience." 
  • "This kind of philosophy in soul winning, the idea that it is the easiest thing in the world to "accept Jesus" permits the man or woman to accept Christ by an impulse of the mind or emotions." ~ This was an answer to a question I have been pondering on for some time, because I have been guilty in the past of saying this to people and seeing this happen to others. This chapter on accepting Christ got to me.
  • "We are often too casual and there are too many tricks that can be used to make soul-winning encounters completely painless and at no cost and with no inconvenience." 
  • "To accept the Lord mans to accept His ways as our ways. We have taken His Word and His teaching as the guide in our lives. To accept Christ means that I accept His rejection as my rejection. When I accept Him I knowingly and willingly accept His cross as my cross. I accept His life as my life - back from the dead I come and up into a different kind of life. It means that I accept His future as my future."  Tozer goes in more detail and says if some were to hear what it actually means to accept Christ and receive Him and obey Him and live for Him we would have fewer converts but those who would come and commit would not backslide, they would stick. Those are some convicting words!
  • "We know that He never does anything without purpose. Everything He does is alive, meaningful, and brilliantly significant."
  • "I am not afraid of the word mystic because the whole Bible is a mystical book, a book of mystery, a book of wonder. I have discovered that you cannot trace any simple phenomenon back very far without coming up against mystery and darkness. It is much more so on the spiritual level." 
  • "So it is plain that a person who is a creation of God becomes a child of God only when he or she is born by a special privilege or grant of God Almighty."
  • "I cannot understand why we do not begin to act like children of God if we believe that we have a special higher right to be children of God. We have a right to be sick inside when we see children of heaven acting like sons of earth, acting like children of the world and the flesh, living like Adam and yet saying they believe in a new birth by God's Spirit."
  • "The Bible knows absolutely nothing about passive receiving, for the word receive is not passive but active. We make the word receive into accept. Everyone goes around asking, Will you accept Jesus...This makes a brush salesman out of Jesus Christ, as though He meekly stands waiting to know whether we will patronize Him or not."
  • "Do not for one second let the crowds, the bustle of religious activity, the surge of religious thinking fool you into supposing that there is a vast amount of spirituality."
  • "To urge men and women to believe in a divided Christ is bad teaching, for no one can receive half of Christ, or a third of Christ, or a quarter of Christ! We are not saved by believing in an office nor in a work, but to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the person who has done that work and holds those offices." 
  • "He did not leave any middle ground to accommodate the neutral who preach tolerance. There is no twilight zone in the teachings of Jesus - no place in between."
  • "Our great need, then is simply Jesus Christ. He is what we need. He has what we need. He knows what we need to know. He has the ability to do in us what we cannot do - working in us that which is well-pleasing in God's sight."
  • "Each hearer of the Voice must decide for himself, and he must decide on the basis of the evidence the message affords. There will be no thunder sound, no heavenly sign or light from heaven. The Man is His own proof. The marks of His hands and feet are the insignia of His rank and office."
  • "A disciple is one who is in training. Being a disciple of Christ brings us to the day-by-day realities of such term as a discipline, rebuke, correction, hardships. Those are not pleasant words...but they are in God's plan for our spiritual maturity." Much in the same we as parents teach and discipline our children, we are going through the same things as children of God. 
  • "The Bible links faith to expression, and faith that never gets expression is not a Bible faith. For we believe in our hearts, and utter forth with our lips that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we shall be saved."



I probably shared more then I should, but there is much I didn't share and I didn't go into detail, but gave you some of the points he made, you will have to read the book for more of the explanations. I was also excited about the timing of this book too, as I am going through Disciplines of a Godly Woman as a study this summer, and some of this will be helpful in reading through that book again. Tozer's book will be one I reread again and look over my notes from time to time to pray over, to act on. For more information and where to get this book, go to Moody Publishers at https://www.moodypublishers.com/books/evangelism-and-discipleship/discipleship/

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Moody  Publishers for providing this opportunity for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer is upon us, now what! Books and encouragement also!

Hello May, almost June, my how the time goes sometimes. I am reminded by God the importance of numbering our days Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

We finished up our official school lessons this week, so now on to a little break before we pick up some summer lessons. I feel excited, joyful, thankful, tired, and sad all at the same time when we finish another year. However, I feel homeschooling is awesome (most days), the freedom to learn and keep on learning all year long, plus take breaks and days off when we need them. To change things up when needed, to slow down, or skip something when need be. We accomplished another big pile of books this year!! I am looking forward to planning our new year soon!
This girl completed Sonlight Core D
Little man completed Sonlight Core B
These were some of her favorite books from this year!
Little man's favorite books from this year!
Last day of school for 2017-2018 at Raising Arrows. Super proud of my students AKA my children!

I too have been a reading and a reading. You can check out my list at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/46967494-jennie

As I prepare for our next year, this is my planned teacher reading for the summer!
For next couple months, while our lessons are much shorter and we have a lot more free-time, I want to make sure to use it wisely and not waste it! I have been thinking about what life was like before the internet and social media, and how much more I was able to accomplish and focus better. So I am taking some time to slow down, focus on some projects, and spend time more wisely! This is not easy, but I have greatly reduced my social media feeds, changed up my blogging, removed apps, and placed boundaries on things that do not matter as much. I have a couple journaling pages I plan to write and share about more as I put them together, one is all about what I am learning about unseen and the word glorifying, some good stuff I think, so watch for those future posts here on the blog. I am spending some time this summer taking an online graphic arts class and playing around with some photography. Plus doing some reading on writing (Teaching English grammar and writing is a bit insane if you ask me, because it often doesn't make sense. Thank goodness for Latin!) in order to teach my children, better than I was taught. The kids and I will be doing some nature studying together, along with painting and drawing. One important thing homeschooling has taught me is learning never ends and we should all be life-long learners and one way to teach this to my kids is to also live it. So I continue to learn new things and deepen my faith through spiritual disciplines, because we often learn more by what we see, than by what we are told, and I have some little 👀 eyes watching me. I also see days at the pool and fishing with the hubs when he isn't working, with lots of sunscreen (Take it from me who has about a dozen cuts on my body from mole biopsies, a tan is not worth it!)! Summer is short, so I want to take advantage of it! This may look selfish in some ways, but as I said I am learning to count my days, life is precious, and God desires us to delight in Him and at the same time, we can glorify Him in all the things we do!! Colossians 3:16-17 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.


Here are some of my favorite posts to encourage you or make you ponder:
God put His heart in a book, too. (That’s not the secret.) The secret is this: The more we look, the more of God’s heart we will see. In Jeremiah 29:13, God promises us, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/psst-can-share-secret/?doing_wp_cron=1525714791.3372321128845214843750
Stay in the wrestling match with God. God can handle our questions and doubts. We should openly share them with him instead of letting them rot beneath a veneer of belief.  http://theglorioustable.com/2018/05/reclaiming-a-curious-faith/
For the believer wanting to know God’s will for her life, the first question to pose is not “What should I do?” but “Who should I be?” https://www.crossway.org/articles/the-better-question-believers-should-ask-about-gods-will/
Reading out loud to our children is a potentially a powerful parenting tool when it is done intentionally and biblically. Here are five reasons to read out loud to our kids. https://thechristianpundit.org/2015/02/11/reading-as-parenting/
We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized. https://utmost.org/classic/the-discipline-of-dejection-classic/
If you are truly born again, your history and self-perception does not define you. What God says defines you. How God sees you is who you are. The eyes of faith look not only to Jesus, but also must look to ourselves and see what God does. Although Satan cannot snatch you from God’s hand (John 10:28), he can steal your identity, convincing you that you are still inherently wicked, orphaned, and merely tolerated by God. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/you-are-totally-not-depraved
The History of Public School Indoctrination https://www.benandme.com/2018/04/public-school-indoctrination.html
Scripture is not about me. It is not about you. There is a temptation to believe that we, as God's people, are the central characters. While we are beneficiaries of the central story of the Bible, the story of redemption, we are not the the main characters of the story. God is not incidental in the redemptive story of man; he is the central focus. http://out-of-theordinary.blogspot.com/2018/04/bend-or-bring.html
How much of our lives and the world around us do we miss by simply going along in that great rush? https://begininwondersite.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/angels-unaware/

Yes, too many, book problems!

This is a real book-nerd!
Sometimes 😉

Here are couple pics from the last month and a peek at what we have been up to. Family and friends feel free to follow me on Instagram for more peek's into our life and encouragement!

My family spoiled me on mother's day with some homemade gifts and the hubs got me some books, he knows my love language 😉 Plus he made me his famous hamburgers, which are the best!

Spending time with my hubs on some new trails he made on our property and some more fishing spots! Date nights at home are the best!
We spent some family time at Bassmasters, such a cool event for fishing enthusiastic's!
A day of school spent hiking and fishing!

Reminder to thank God for the beauty He provides us each day! Sunset and front porch sitting best way to end a day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

45 Days of Prayer ~ A prayer guide and journal

So thankful to be on the launch team for Lindsey Renee's prayer guide and journal ~ 45 Days of Prayer. In this book, Lindsey briefly shares what led her to write this journal, along with why pray and how to use the journal. I love that she shared that prayer is a mighty tool, it is powerful. "We forget that the act of praying lets us enter into the Holy of Holies and come before our Heavenly Father." She reminds us to come to our Father God anytime and anywhere! "Prayer is our lifeline."

Each day Lindsey provides Scripture along with a prayer on the subject of that Scripture, and space to write your own prayer, which she encourages you to take part in to make your prayers personal. God loves to hear from you, wants to hear from you! Over the 45 days in this journal, you will find prayers for the year, missions, leadership, family, community, inward focus, praise, and thanksgiving! I personally like having space to write prayers and count my blessings, so this is perfect for a journal person like me. However, even better is the Scripture she includes and the personal prayers she wrote for us to also pray.


So who is Lindsey you may ask, well go check out her blog, mama's you will especially enjoy her http://www.learninggracethrumotherhood.com/ This book releases May 15, so grab a copy, go through it yourself or with a group of women together. Join me, let's get deeper into our prayer life or if you are struggling with prayer, start today, because the power of prayer is like no other power!