Nourish

IMG_8619Some years I begin with the thought of a single word. A word I dedicate myself to owning, to seeking out it’s meaning for my life, and to sharing with others. Today my word came to me. My word for 2016 is Nourish.

Nourish: verb 1) provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition
2) keep (a feeling or belief) in one’s mind, typically for a long time.

Nourish. My body and growing baby well through sound diet and exercise in order to be healthy through the pregnancy and delivery.

Nourish. My mind by finishing my degree so I can turn my focus on the greater things God is calling me to.

Nourish. My spirit through regular time in the word and through fellowship with those around me so that when the day comes I can pour these things into my child’s spirit so that they may love our Savior in the same way.

Nourish. My relationships by regularly making it a point to invest in others.

Nourish. My marriage by continually seeking my husband’s heart and pouring into him the love God shed’s on me.

Nourish. My church by actively seeking ways to help our family’s raise up their children in the way that the Lord has called them to and working to make the family ministry what God has called it to be.

Nourish.

{Make It Happen}// Book Review

After many friends began reading this book, I knew it was one I should review. No more than 3 pages in, I was already in tears knowing that this book was about to help me take the leap and make changes to live on purpose.

Make It Happen by Lara Casey is not a manual to success. It’s not a 3 step guide to greatness. It’s simply the detailed path that brought Lara into understanding her purpose and it shares the path that you can also take to understanding yours.

Through the easy to read format, the space for self analysis, and additional resources provided, Lara helps readers work through their own struggles and fears and replace them with action steps to bring progress to goals.

A key theme throughout the book is this : My Life + God’s Way= True Success. This key theme is what helped remind me that apart from God’s way, my life will never yield success.

This book is for those who are ready to live beyond fear. To apply purposely thought out action steps to their goals, and finally Make It Happen.

” In choosing purpose over perfect, the dreams God gives us may be hard because they are bigger than us. But, in Him, we are part of a whole, and we help others to know that they are too. We are never alone. We are enough. We are free.”
-Make It Happen, Lara Casey p.273

Focus on progress, not perfection.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Goal Setting to Make It Happen

Making Things Happen

I recently began reading Make It Happen  by Lara Casey ( review coming soon!) Through it, I’ve been challenged to face my fears, question my passions, make action steps, and structure my life in such a way as to create an environment for progress to happen, not perfection. Then I learned of the conference. I began to contempt the idea of attending.

But then I saw the cost and was defeated.

How could I, a 25 year old fiance who is in the midst of home buying and just doing life attend a conference that costs $1800?! A friend shared a possible solution.

Lara Casey was having a giveway. Could I win? Possibly. Wouldn’t hurt to enter. I could win entrance to the conference. More importantly though I could win the knowledge of how to make things happen over this next year.

I could gain wisdom on finally launching my photography business.

I’m praying that this chance would come to be, but even if it doesn’t, I know that I’m on the right track to make things happen in 2015.

{Contagious Disciple Making} //book review

Confession: I like instruction manuals. I like directions, I like knowing how to do things. I like methods that have been tried and proven to work. Why? Because it makes the path much easier to follow.

Fact: The Christian life wasn’t meant to be easy to follow. That’s why it’s the road less traveled.

I think that’s why making disciples seems to be tough for us. Because there is no manual. Jesus just said go and make them.

So when I came across “Contagious Disciple Making” by David and Paul Watson I was intrigued. This book wasn’t like the other discipleship books. It didn’t have new hidden methods on how to grow disciples. It just shared the principles and practices used in various parts of the world that worked.

It’s a guide that church plants need. it’s a guide you need when looking at how do I share my faith in the workplace or neighborhood. By guiding you through the mindset of a disciple maker and then the practices, you’ll grow in your journey on sharing the name of Jesus by being a disciplemaker- not just doing discipleship.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

{From This Day Forward} // Book Review

When I recieved this book to review as part of the Booklooker Bloggers, I thought what a great resource for the couples in my ministry and what better way to prepare for my future one day than to start reading marriage books now? While I was in a serious relationship when I received this book, I didn’t know that by the end of the book I’d be engaged and that these 5 commitments would be things I’d be putting into practice sooner than I thought.

Craig and Amy Groeschel do a great job of not only teaching you these five simple ( yet profound) commitments, but they show you how they have applied ( and failed) and applied again these commitments. Through it all the Groeschel’s give great application points and always keep the gospel the main focus.

I really enjoyed this book. Not only will I be sharing it with my couples in my ministry, but my fiance as well as other single’s because Craig also speaks to them as well. This may be geared towards marriage, but the commitments are ones we can apply to many different relationship we face in life. So if your single, engaged, newlywed, or oldlywed- take time to review these commitments- are you applying them? Are you glorifying God in your marriage? Are you committed From this day Forward?

Lean on Me {Book Review}

Community. It’s something we crave. Something we long for. Something that my church is so committed to, it’s one of our core values. So when I was give the chance to review “Lean on Me” by Anne Marie Miller through Booklook Bloggers, I jumped on it expecting an everday guide to how to do community differently. What I found though was one person’s story on how her community was shaped and how her transformation can help others craft community for themselves.

Through this memoir, I saw glimpses of myself. Through her story I was able to see my own story full of faults, pride, selfish ambition, and my own call for community. Her word’s resonnated with my heart as I currently seek to build a community for myself through my local church and people in my life who have been influental.

In order to embrace the person we are meant to be, we must let go of the person, the ego, we created.

The richest relationships bloom only through time, commitment, and a wide-open mind about who those relationships might be with. Community will come. It may not arrive tomorrow. Or the day after that. It may not show up in the form you expect or be the people you are expecting, but it will come.

Community is meant to be intentional. It takes work. It never looks or acts the same. Community requires action and humility. It requires commitment. If you are searching and find yourself empty. If you tire from endless relationships that lead no where, check out “Lean on Me” by Anne Marie Miller and through the words of her story, may you find the ability to create community for yourself for the sake of the kingdom of God.

Home Behind the Sun {Book Review}

Hope for the journey- that is what Timothy Willard and Jason Locy work to bring us in Home Behind the Sun. With beautiful and eloquently crafted words do we find ourselves at the cusp of each chapter yearning for more, being equipped with the words to inspire and encourage through the days here on earth, reminding of us of our Home Behind the Sun.

“We need the wild-eyed wonder of a child to see the beauty. We need the innocence. When we open our eyes again, when we return to a state of discovery like a child, we see that God’s brilliance cannot be overcome. No matter how dark our world, no matter how many shadows cast their despair on us, beauty remains.”

Willard and Locy work to help readers see the beauty around us, keeping us encouraged through the dark knowing what exists on the other side is far greater than anything that exists here.

I really enjoyed this book and believe it’s something I’ll pull out more than once in the years to come as a reminder to not forget the beauty of the things adults over look.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLookBloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”