Ahhh…What does this mean? Are you with me?

I don’t know about you, but I seem to always think that life is going to slow down as soon as I get through this thing I am dealing with right now.69520623f35487f2bed71f2c4d4f5a6d Strangely enough, that never happens and my pea brain keeps thinking it will.

I mean, YEAH, it hasn’t slowed down yet…but it’s got to eventually, right?

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I am pretty sure that God lets us think that so we aren’t too overwhelmed. That’s totally His mercy. But the truth is, His thoughts are so far above our thoughts that there’s no comparison. He knows what’s coming and knows we couldn’t handle it if we knew all of what was to come. So, He gives us these little chunks we can handle (with His help) at a time.

You know, I was talking to someone the other day and she was commenting on how hard it must be to be a counselor. I mean, they have to know how to handle their clients’ problems AND their own. She was saying how difficult it was because just handing your own is overwhelming. I suggested to her that maybe that was the problem. We aren’t meant to handle them. Why would we want our own opinion on how to help ourselves when we have access to the One who’s thoughts are so far above our own?

c771a9bccf11c9ab09d603fdf00ecea7I know that almost every time I try to sort a problem (big or small) on my own, I would naturally do the opposite of what God would suggest. And the truth is, He created us, so He would know what makes us the happiest.

a4ea5912d48c3634db2a1fb313a986a6When you find yourself unsure about ANYTHING (Yes, even if you should buy the red or the blue shirt), ask God.

He WANTS to give us wisdom. He is NOT a God of confusion. If you are confused, perhaps that’s a sign that you aren’t seeking God’s wisdom?

All this to say, we need to be in the Word. We need to be learning more about Him and helping each other out! The more we know Him, the better we can hear His voice. I don’t know how many times I have been saved from a big jam because I asked Him for wisdom at the last minute!

I am just now finishing my “reading through the Bible chronologically in one year” plan and am about to start something new. I want to do it again, but a bit differently.

I am hoping that some of you would like to read through the Bible with me (and adding in a few things). I am not going to read it chronologically this time. I am using a different plan. I also intend to do some very verse specific highlighting. Lastly, and most importantly, I would love if some of you would like to go on this year-long journey with me starting April 1st. (nope, not a joke) It would be fabulous to be working together and falling more and more in love with God ❤

I will be posting more about it over the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait to hear from you guys about taking this journey!

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Jesus Without Borders: What Planes, Trains, & Rickshaws Taught Me About Jesus

by Chad Gibbs

Traveling all over the world so you can “research how people worship” is very clever. Well played, Chad! Well played.

This book had me hooked from the beginning. It is always interesting to see how other cultures worship God and live their lives. In America, for some reason, we always think we are the professionals of everything. However, Christianity has been practiced for years in other countries long before the good ol’ U.S. of A. ever existed.

Chad’s witty humor (yes, actually laughing out loud while reading a book is not very cool…I know), honesty and writing style have you “whipping through” this book. You’ll enjoy flipping the pages as well as learning a lot of new things about the world around us** (**Yes, there is a world outside of the Bible Belt of America).

5 Solid Stars! Pick it up for that friend of yours that loves travel, culture and a good laugh here and there. (Link is in the pic above). Thanks, netgalley and Chad Gibbs, for a copy of this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!


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And for more fun, check out our awesome face-off. Want to find out if “Death by Skydiver squashing him” will be on his obits? How long between dentist visits?? War Eagle? What’s that?!

A Year of Living Prayerfully – How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbies, and REVIVED HIS PRAYER LIFE

by Jared Brock

From the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, to the “Men’s Only” Island in Greece, with a stop at the Westboro crazies, Jared went around the world. These are only a few of the destinations that he visited in his year of learning to pray. Oh yeah, lunch with the Pope? Wha???

His great wit, charismatic personality, VERY PATIENT wife, and desire to learn new things leads him on a once in a lifetime journey that will keep you turning the pages. Through it all, he is seeking the different ways that people pray and worship God through different “Bible believing” sects/denominations/whatever you want to call it.

It was a really fun book with so much information. Loved it. Would definitely recommend!! Link is in the pic.

Thank you, Tyndale House, for this awesome read. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Booked – literature in the soul of me

by Karen Swallow Prior

From the very first story to the powerful and final statement , I was enraptured. In Karen’s book, cleverly titled “Booked”, we see her life intertwined with literature and God. What a task to bring them all together. I assure you, she was up for the challenge!!

Each chapter is dedicated to some form of literature that made a huge impact on her life. It may surprise you that I did not grow up reading books like Karen did. In fact, books are a relatively new thing for me! Seeing how she was able to pull truths out of these books, that are so quickly overlooked, completely blew my mind. I honestly wish I could spend about a week absorbing each chapter. They are so rich in content and full of truths.

I believe that every person could learn and grow from this book. I don’t care what stage you are at, there is something here for you. She tackles the tough issues without reserve. There is no holding back. It’s so beautifully offered up, you almost miss the depth of what is there!

Thank you so much, Karen, for this book! As always, this is my honest opinion. I would ask that everyone reading this check out Booked! There’s a link in the pic above.

Also, don’t forget to check out NAME IT!! and see if you can do better than I did!!

The truth about God, Jesus and religion. Spot on.

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?

What if I told you getting you to vote republican, really wasn’t his mission?

Because republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian,

And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision.

If religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?

Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?

Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever been divorced

Yet God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people whores

Religion preaches grace, but another thing they practice,

Tend to ridicule Gods people, they did it to John the Baptist,

Cant fix their problems, so they try to mask it,

Not realizing that’s just like sprayin perfume on a casket

Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,

It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.

Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,

Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,

Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,

Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by that little section on your facebook

In every other aspect of life you know that logic’s unworthy

Its like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey

But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,

I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.

I’d go to church on Sunday, but on Saturday getting faded,

Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.

Spend my whole life putting on this façade of neatness,

But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.

If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,

Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken

I no longer have to hide my failures I don’t have to hide my sin,

Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.

because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,

God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”

Which is so different from religious people, and why Jesus called em fools

Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?

Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and I believe in sin

But my question, is if Jesus were here today, would your church let Him in?

Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton by  “religious men”

The Son of God not supported self-righteousness, not now, not then.

Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,

How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,

One is the work of God one is a man made invention,

One is the cure and one is the infection.

Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.

Religion says slave, Jesus says son,

Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets you free.

Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see.

This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,

Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.

Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,

Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.

Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face

He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.

While being murdered he yelled “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”,

Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you

He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,

Which is why I’m kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room

So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it,

Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it.

Killing Christians – Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe

by Tom Doyle (with Greg Webster)

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Everyone should read this book. Period.

As news channels broadcast everything going on in the middle east, we see millions of images and hear millions of stories: ISIS, Hamas, Muslim Radicals, Islamic Radicals, innocent civilians being killed and people all over the world persecuted for their faith. People are sick of religion and looking for something different. Religion causes war, suffering and fear.

This book takes you inside some of the lives of people that are currently living in those situations. People that are currently suffering and being persecuted, tortured and killed for their love of Jesus. As you read story after story of how God is moving in the midst of persecution, it will inspire you and your own faith.

Tom Doyle asks us the two big questions: “Are you willing to suffer for Jesus?” and “Are you willing to die for Jesus?”. The answer to these questions will show you where you are at in your life and relationship with Him. After reading this book, you will have made up your mind!

Pre-orders start on December 17th for Killing Christians. Get those orders in and gift the pre-ordered book this Christmas!!!! Here’s the link!!

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