Crazy Planner Type Lady

I’ve been feeling lately like I need to get more organized. Have a plan for the day, the week, the things I do. Early to rise, stick to a cleaning schedule, stick to a schedule for my kids, stick to a time where I spend time alone with God. Now I’m not talking being strict. I’m a flexible person. But I just mean having a better routine and schedule than having none at all.

You know those people who have a planner for everything they do? It’s full of different colored ink for different things, highlighted areas, little post-it notes are hanging out of it, you see scribbles here and there of things that need to get done or reminders. And things aren’t even in full sentences. Heck, they may not even be written horizontally like normal people write things, it’s just wherever they have room to fit it in. And they are just one word sentences like “Laundry” – “Dog” – “Ground Beef” – “Babysitter – “Doctors“. Those types of planners are kind of a beautiful, hot mess.

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I find those kinds of planners funny but at the same time interesting. Notice I say planners and not “those kinds of people with planners.But I guess we are talking about the people who have those kinds of planners. I always used to think to myself how unorganized these people are that they have to write their whole life in these unorganized looking books. I think of those moms who are just constantly doing and going. They always have an appointment and always working on a project. But now that I have kids I have found that it is so opposite. People who write everything down in this crazy book of a million colors and scribbles aren’t disorganized and crazy. They’ve had it right all along! Foolish me!

I’ve found that as long as I don’t have a plan then my whole day is just going to be me doing what I feel like doing. Which is generally just moseying around the house doing this and that. I’ll straighten things up, keep the kids alive, I’ll set out to clean the bathrooms but then I don’t get around to doing it. So basically my days are just filled with a bunch of nothingness. I’m busy, but at the same time by the end of the day I’ve hardly accomplished anything. WHY?!

I think it’s because I don’t have any organization to my day. I don’t have a plan. No routine. One day I sleep till 10:00 (which I hate) and the next I’m up at 8:00 with my oldest child. Some days we eat lunch at 11:00 other days it could be as late as 1:00. Mondays and Thursdays used to be laundry days but now I’m lucky to do laundry once in the week and even that takes me a couple days to get it washed, folded, and put away. Which by the time that’s taken care of there is a new pile that needs to be washed. What is this doing? It’s making me constantly feel stressed about my chores. Or stressed about my 9 month old not being to bed at the same time every night.

There’s something to be said about those crazy ladies with the colorful wonder books. They have a plan. They have a routine. It may look crazy. But they know what they gotta do when they gotta do it. And they probably get most of it done. Because it’s in writing. It’s scheduled. They’re held accountable to that schedule.

With that being said I was given a book to read by a friend and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s all about getting organized and loving your days as a stay-at-home-mom. This friend that let me borrow this book didn’t even know I’ve been struggling with this and working to fix it. And one day she just shows up with it for me to read. I think God is definitely working with me on this.

I’m still working on reading it and also working on a book review for it. And I’m feeling very excited about it! I also have on my shopping list to Target to buy myself a planner. YES! I’m going to be one of those crazy, colorful ink pen, post-it note, planner lady moms!

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Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart Book Review

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“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7.  These verses are the premise of this book Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart and they beautifully sum up our roles as mothers and fathers in the home.

I absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed reading every single chapter, page, and every last word! So much so that I’ve read it more than once. And I know that as I continue my journey as a mother I will probably read it many times. Whether your children are young and little or fully grown, I strongly urge you to read this book! I also feel like this book isn’t just for mothers with daughters, but can also be applied to your sons as well!

In this book Elizabeth George begins by telling us we need to be “the bell sheep” for our daughters. I loved this metaphor she used for mothers. What is a bell sheep? Well, when a shepherd noticed a sheep that would stay close to him he would hang a bell on that sheep so that the rest of the sheep would follow the bell sheep, who was following the shepherd. I need to be the bell sheep for my daughter. God has called me to lead, train up, and guide my children in the ways of the Lord. If I won’t, who will?

In fact, Elizabeth George poses that question in chapter two “The Prayer Warrior” she asks “If you aren’t praying for your daughter each day, who is?” That question really stopped me in my tracks as I read it. And you can replace that word “prayer” with a lot of things! Ask yourself: If I’m not training my child in the ways of God, who is? If I’m not teaching her how to be kind, who is? If I’m not showing her how to love, who is? God has made you the mom. He’s entrusted your daughter to you. He’s assigned you to train her “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4. It is certainly not a task to be taken lightly or half-heartedly. That’s one of the reasons why I really loved this book. It really opened my mind and heart to my role as a mother. Being a mom is so much more than physically taking care of your children. There is so much time and effort that goes into raising and training your children to become women and men of God.

This book was an eye opener to me. It was motivating to read because it made me excited about my role as a mother. I take pride in the job God has blessed me with, the job of raising His children in His image. This book really goes into detail about the different areas of your daughter’s life and my role as a mom in each of those areas. Earlier I mentioned how if I wasn’t to do these things, who will? Sure, I could leave it to the pastor and elders, teachers at school or sunday school, and those people are great help meats and assistants to your job as a mom! But a comment she makes in this book is that, “Home is the natural 24/7, morning-to-evening place to impress truth upon your daughter. It’s where she gets to hear every day how important the Lord is to you.”

After reading Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart I felt inspired to put first things first. Nothing in this world is more important than the lives of my children. And nothing would mean more to me than seeing them grow in the ways of the Lord, to find their calling in Christ, and eventually raise their children to be children after God’s own heart. Another comment she makes in this book is, “Few things in life could ever be as grand as seeing your daughter love and follow the Lord.” And I couldn’t agree more!

I’ve gotten a lot of good suggestions from this book on actions I can take towards raising my daughter. And one of those things I would like to share with you is Elizabeth George suggested making a prayer journal for your child. She suggests to make headings for each area of your daughters life (spiritual, physical, financial, social, vocational, mental, family and church life) and to pray specific prayers for each one. Write the prayer down and then write the answer to that prayer you feel God has given you. I know when I’m older and my children are grown I’ll love to share those prayers with them so they can see how God moved in their life since they were young and how He helped me as a mother.

The book is just full of suggestions, advice, encouragement, and tools on how you can help raise and train your daughter. And like I said before they are not just for a daughter, but are great tools for a son also. I, myself, have a daughter but have also been blessed with a son and I know I’ll take many of the things I read and learned and apply it to my relationship with him.

Something else I really enjoyed was her great use of the scriptures. So, as you sit to read this book I strongly encourage you to have your Bible with you! Sometimes she just quotes the reference and not the scripture and I definitely wanted to read the scripture! My eyes were opened to so many great verses that I am now applying to my walk with God as a mother. You’ll definitely want your Bible with you and even a pen or some highlighters because there are so many good things to take from this book. And it just goes to show that God has already given us the tools we need to be useful and faithful stewards for Him. Whether thats our roles as a wife, mother, sister, friend, or just being a good child of God. It’s all in His Word. God is so good!

Put in the time! God’s given us the tools we need. I want to encourage you that we can raise godly children! It just requires getting into God’s Word, taking the time, doing the work. Something else I highlighted in the book is, “Not one truth is ever wasted, or powerless, or unimportant, or fruitless. God’s Word cannot return void, no matter when it’s sown. It always works on the heart of the hearer and accomplishes God’s will. Isaiah 55:10-11.”

I just want to leave you with these encouraging words from the book, “…my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity…I won’t give up, shut up, let up, or slow up.” Make raising and mentoring your children a priority. Be a mom after God’s own heart and help raise daughters and sons after God’s own heart!

I encourage you to read this book! If your planning on becoming a mom, start planning now! If you have young children, start learning and applying now! If your children are older, its never too late to impart truth to them or your grandchildren! Thank you! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. God Bless!

FULL OF CHRIST

I’d like to share a short experience.

I love it when God does a work in the hearts of His people!

As you may have read in other posts I have really felt a calling in my heart to draw closer to the LORD through prayer, reading His Word, gaining all I can from messages given at church, many ways! Now, more than ever, I feel my need for a closer walk with Him. And I’ve done my best to respond to that call. Though, I know I need to continue to work harder and keep that zeal alive in my heart. And do more for the LORD.

In this time that I’ve been seeking Him more, God has given me a little experience. I hate using words like ‘small’ or ‘little’ when it comes to the things of God. Because with God nothing is little or small or too big. To you it may seem like a little thing, but to me its a great deliverance!

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Something you should know about me is I’m a very paranoid person. I’m always thinking about these horrible and terrible scenarios. Just totally absurd thoughts. Tragic things happening to my children, husband, family members. And I just play out these crazy thoughts in my head. Like a horrible disaster movie where bad thing after bad thing happens and it just leaves you feeling depressed and scared after watching it. Well, that’s a bit of what goes on in my head.

Except it’s not just every-so-often these thoughts come. It’s not once a month, every couple weeks, or even once a week. It’s every…single…night. For months this was happening. I will toss and turn thinking and imagining. Sometimes I would wake in the night with these paranoid, fearful thoughts.

BUT GOD! Has put a deeper calling on my life. I’ve made a great effort to begin reading my Bible every day this year, which will result in reading the Bible through cover to cover. And ever since I’ve been reading the Bible I haven’t had one fearful thought! Glory be to God!

I feel like Joseph, in the book of Genesis after he is done interpreting the dreams for Pharaoh, when he says in Genesis 41:16 “It is not in me: God shall give…” It wasn’t anything that Joseph did, BUT GOD did it for him. And that’s how I feel! I didn’t do this. I couldn’t have done this. I tried for so long to gain control over my thoughts. I would quote scriptures, sing Godly songs. And yet, the only victory I would get over it would be falling asleep. But it’s been weeks since a thought of fear has entered my mind. That could have only been God!

And it’s not that I had this sudden epiphany or read this extremely powerful scripture verse that just miraculously made it all click and fix things for me. Though, I do certainly believe that could have happened! In fact, I think that’s what I was expecting. I’d be sitting reading my Bible and then it would happen. It would just hit and click. All around me would light up. And my hair would begin blowing back perfectly with a rush of wind. You’d hear the choir of angels sing! And I’d be healed from my spirit of fear! I was really expecting that! Okay, I dramatized that a bit, but something along those lines.

(I’m certainly not making light of that. Because I really believe God can instantly heal people of conditions; mental, physical, and spiritual.)

But that’s not how it was. It was simple. I just began filling myself with MORE OF GOD! Something amazing happens when you empty yourself of yourself and begin to fill yourself back up with God. Christ begins to move on your behalf. And you will start to see changes. You’ll begin to have deliverance from things that have been burdening you.

Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Do you think God wanted me to have that spirit of fear in my life? No! But I think He wanted me to be more full of Him. To start making Him a priority in my life instead of secondary. And sometimes He wasn’t even secondary to me. And if I’m full of Christ do you think I’ll be carrying around nonsense burdens? No! Christ has already bore those burdens for me. We just need to give it all to Him. Start emptying yourself of your wants and desires and begin to let Christ come in and fill you up.

I’m not saying I’ll never struggle with being fearful again. I’m a mom so I think a lot of it is just natural. But that’s where God comes in. I need to start getting rid of the things that put those fearful thoughts in my head. Maybe it’s some intense TV show I watch. Empty it from my life. Then, fill that up with Christ! Fill myself up with Christ and claim the victory over it!

God is so good! I understand now how David felt in writing the Psalms. He was so full of praise. I, too, want to be full of praise for my God!

And I just want to end this with a verse in Genesis 32:10 when Jacob is praying to God he says “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies.” And that’s how I feel. I’m not worthy of His mercies and of His goodness! But He’s faithful! His mercies are new every morning! He wants to see us have victory over the burdens we have in our lives! He hasn’t asked us to carry those things but He said “Just give them to me!” Fill yourself up with Christ and He will fill you up with good things!

Highlighting with Colored Pencil

At the start of this year I made it my mission to read more and study the Bible more. Not to read just anything, but books of worth. Books that I can learn from and gain some knowledge. Books that cause you to think and evaluate your life. Books that motivate you to change for the better. Books that add something to your life.

Whenever I read books like this I love to underline and/or highlight things that stick out to me or that are worth value. I feel like I retain more. It brightens up what I’m reading. And it gives my reading some purpose. And then when I go back through that book at a later time I can quickly search for the things that stood out to me.

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 I’ve recently come to love colored pencils and figured they’d be a perfect highlighter! There are so many color options. Which is perfect for subject studying. Or for brightening up your book. They are very light so you don’t have to worry about it bleeding through the paper. You can put a light amount of pressure for a lighter shade or apply a brighter/darker shade if that’s what you want. Sometimes if there is a single word I want highlighted I do a very light shade of color over it. So it’s there but subtle. And for whole sentences I do more of a darker or brighter shade.

These are the colored pencils I have been and enjoy using. Pretty basic, but lots of color options and it gets the job done. Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050)

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There are currently 3 books I’m reading that I’ve been using colored pencils in. For one book I’ve picked one color that I’m going to use throughout the book. It’s a pretty light green shade. For whole sentences I get it as solid and bright as I can. If there are key words that pop out to me in a sentence I lightly color that word so that as you come across that word I know it’s important to me, but may not be the first thing that leaps out at you on the page. And if there are big paragraphs that I like, but don’t feel like coloring the whole thing, I just make a square or bracket with the colored pencil around the paragraph.

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My second book is my daily devotional book. For this one I don’t really have a rhyme or reason for what I do. I just read my devotional for the day. And if there are things that leap out at me then I choose a fun color and highlight that phrase or group of phrases. Each day I like to pick a new color. It’s fun and bright. Makes for being dedicated to my devotionals a bit easier. I look forward to finding things in them, choosing a color, and highlighting it.

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And my 3rd book is the Bible. I’ve been doing a lot of scripture reading and plan to do more studying of His Word. But I wanted to do more than just underline and highlight with the same color for every verse. I wanted to be able to categorize the colors I would use. Which would make for better subject studying. So I’ve put together a basic list of what the colors I’ll use are for. I’m sure the list will grow as I get more in depth and the more I figure out how I want to do things. I needed some inspiration on what colors to use for different subjects, so I got an idea of what to use here, but also added some of my own and used my own scripture examples. So, here’s the color list for Bible studying:

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(I keep this list in my bible notebooks as a quick reference)

Green-My thoughts and actions. We are used to symbolizing ourselves and our fleshly nature as “the old man.” And as we become more like Christ and allow Him to work in us we call it “the new man.” So to represent this I liked the idea of a nice bright, light green for verses that deal with our thoughts, words, and actions being more like Christ, a Christ-like nature. For example this scripture which is highlighted green in my Bible. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24  

Blue-Scriptures for things personal to me. I’m a wife and a mother. But I’m also a daughter, a sister, and a friend. So for scripture verses pertaining to these things I highlight in blue. Such as Psalms 113:9 “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.” 

Pink-Love and kindness. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

Yellow-God and Jesus. Who they are and what they do for us. II Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power; and he maketh my way perfect.” 

Purple-God’s promises. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”  Genesis 9:13-15

OrangeThe Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 

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Hope this is helpful to you and sparks some ideas!

Am I a Mary or a Martha?

Today as I was reading my daily devotional (Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer) it talked about knowing when to start and stop. In the devotional she referenced the day Jesus and His disciples came to the house of Mary and Martha. How Mary knew when to stop and Martha didn’t. So I figured I’d do a little study of my own on this subject and look further into the story of Mary and Martha on this particular day Jesus came to visit.

We can read of this account in Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42. In verse 38 we see they come to Martha’s house and in verse 39 Mary sits at the feet of Jesus to listen to His words. And in verse 40 Martha starts to get stressed out.

“But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, LORD, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.”

I can only imagine what Martha was feeling here. We have all, at some point or another, entertained guests. It’s a bit of a stress. Is the house clean? Will they feel comfortable? Will the food be good? Will they have a good time? But we are talking about hosting Jesus Christ and His disciples here. I would’ve probably ended up burning down the house in a nervous, stressed-out, frenzy. And then, Mary her sister, who is supposed to be helping her goes in and sits with everyone leaving Martha to tend to everything else on her own. I get it, I’d freak out too.

I know Martha didn’t actually freak out, but it was pretty obvious she was frustrated.

But Jesus tells her in verse 41, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled(anxious) about many things.”

She was worrying about things that didn’t need to be worried about.

Verse 42, “But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

One thing was needed in that time and it was to sit with Jesus and hear what He had to say. Put away the things of this world, the tasks of the day, the stresses and spend some time with the LORD.

Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”

I want so much to seek after the LORD. To admire His beauty as Mary did. Every day to dwell in His Word, in His presence and learn more of His excellent greatness.

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A couple of questions came to my mind while reading these scriptures. Why did Martha show Jesus her frustration? Why wasn’t Mary helping Martha? What was “that good part” Jesus was talking about in Luke 10:42? And why was it something that could never be taken away from her?

Some of these questions just came from curiosity and don’t have much value in their answers. But some of these questions have good answers and are a big part of the lesson we should take away.

In John chapter 11 we read the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I wont go through this chapter in detail since it isn’t my focus. But in this chapter we find out that Jesus was good friends with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He had spent time with them and in their home. John 11 verse 35 we read that He was moved to tears at the death of Lazarus. So we know that Martha must’ve been pretty close and comfortable with Jesus to express her frustrations to Him. (Luke 10:40)

As for my second question, Mary and Martha are two different people. They had different personalities and demeanors. Martha was maybe more controlling, a leader, more of an outgoing person. Mary was quieter and her approach to Christ was one of a very humbled person. She strongly desired to enjoy the presence of her Savior.

Is there anything wrong with being a Martha? No! Absolutely not. We should all have a heart to serve God and His people. But Ecclesiastes 3:1 states “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

As a housewife I think my #1 priority is to serve. Cook, clean, etc… but sometimes it’s important for us to sit. Especially to sit awhile with Christ. Spend time in prayer. Spend time reading His Word. Admire Him, learn from Him, dwell with Him daily. (Psalm 27:4)

We have many priorities and responsibilities as wives and mothers, but what is most important?

Like Martha there are so many things we become stressed about. This is our job! It’s our duty to serve people. As wives we serve our husbands. As mother’s we serve our children. As stewards of God we serve His people. But who are we ultimately seeking?

Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

In our day we have the Bible to read. That’s our guidance, that’s where we learn of Christ, that’s our foundation. In Mary and Martha’s day Christ was The Word. Mary chose “that good part.” She chose The Word. Which the answer to my 3rd question. In Hebrews 2:1-3 we read of the importance of hearing and doing the things of the Word. To choose the “good part.” And in answer to my 4th question. Things of this world will pass away, but the things of God are forever. They give us eternity.

There are many needs in this life, but what is the greatest need? Why are we allowing secondary needs to fill us up when Christ is priority? There’s wisdom in choosing what to do in our day-to-day lives and when to do it. Cleaning the house, caring for our family, these things are priorities. But don’t forget to set aside those things for a time and for a season to seek after God. For in Him is our strength. In Him there is life everlasting.

I would like to think that I would be a Mary, but honestly, I’m pretty sure I’d be a Martha. Not a bad thing. But for such a time as that was, Christ wasn’t going to be there, in the flesh, forever. They needed to learn all they could from Christ while he was with them. And for such a time as this, I need God more than ever. I’m a young mom of 2 kids. I’m a wife. I can’t do this on my own. I need more of Him to get me through.

Again, I want to stress that there is nothing wrong with being a Martha. She loved the LORD so much, as do we. I’m simply encouraging myself to look at the big picture here. How much time am I spending with Him? I’m not saying keep your nose in the Bible all day while your family needs you. But to look to Him more. Seek Him more. In our troubles and in our needs where can we go but to the Rock that is higher than I. I want to dedicate more time to Him and less time to the things that I deem as most important. Those things will be there for another time, those things will fade, but Christ is upon whom I want to build my life. He is forever, “which shall not be taken away from me.” Luke 10:42

Fat Dad, Fat Kid Book Review

 Fat Dad, Fat Kid came out December 29, 2015, and that’s the day it arrived on our doorstep. I began reading it pretty much immediately. I’m not one to read “fitness” or health books. I never have before. But because I’m pretty familiar with Shay Carl and the Shaytards and what they do on YouTube I wanted to read this book.

 My first thought while reading this was what a great way to start the year! The timing of it’s release was perfect. New year, new you type of stuff right here in this book. From the title, the cover, and most of the content in the book its pretty safe to assume this is a fitness book. But I’d like to better classify it as just a motivational book. It’s a really motivating book! Sure, it focuses more on physical aspects, but I think all of what is in here can be applied to your every day life.

I think that if you get really serious about your physical health, you work hard, you play hard, eat healthy, do more, that all of that will leak out into other aspects of what you do with your life. You work harder for yourself, you’ll work harder for those around you, and you will reap the rewards from that.

Something else you may take from looking at the cover, and something I’ve read a lot of comments saying based on the cover or those who know the Shaytards, is that they don’t look like thin and trim or health experts. That’s true. They aren’t. But I really don’t think this was written with a “This is what you need to do-look at how great we look” objective. The whole book and all of its chapters are a challenge between a father and his son, over the span of a month, to learn more about being healthier. It’s dinner time, will you choose to hydrate yourself with refreshing water your body needs or this brown sugary drink? Will you eat a double bacon cheeseburger or opt for something healthier?

What I took from this book is it really isn’t a number on the scale, sure that’s a good measure, but it’s how you feel. Its the good or bad habits you make that affect your health. Its the good or bad choices you make that will either help you or put you further into a life of health issues. It’s about changing your thinking. Change how you look at food. Shay and his son aren’t experts or the thinnest people in the world, but their book motivated me!

I’m not going to say no forever to the things I enjoy eating like cookies, pizza and soda. I’m probably not going to exercise everyday. But more often than not I’m going to make better choices. Not sit around all day, day after day. Do I have to give up my chocolate chip cookies I love so much? No! But do I need to make them every single week? No, that’s probably not healthy. Do I have to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables? Well, that’d probably be good for me to do at least for a little while, but no I’m not going to do that. I am, however, going to eat them more often and make them more apart of my meals and snacks.

So, maybe you aren’t looking to read a “how to” book on fitness and health. You just need some motivation to get you going in the right direction. Then, this is definitely the book you want to read. After that it’s up to you to take action and do what you feel you need to do to feel better!

No More Excuses I’m Going To Read My Bible

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth.” Isaiah 55:10-11a

I’ve had such a desire stir in my heart to read and become more familiar with His Word. And it’s in my list of Godly Resolutions you can read here.  A message was given by my pastor back in August about the Word of God. It truly inspired me. From then on I’ve had an increasing desire to make the Bible a priority. A couple of statements he made in this message that stood out to me were, “God speaks every day through His Word. His will is in His Word.”

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The Bible is literally a Christian’s instruction manual. In it I find everything I need for my daily walk with Him. It’s as a rain that cometh in and nourishes my life so that I can grow more in Him. I learn how to treat my brothers and sisters, how to be a good friend, how to forgive, how to have charity, how to walk righteously, how we ought to love. The list goes on and on.

But more than those things I get to learn more about my God and Savior. I get to read of His love. How he sent His only Son so that I may live eternal life. I have the privilege of reading how when Christ came and died on the cross for you, for me, how grace was applied. Where there was sin and death-Christ came and was obedient unto death. Where sin abounds in my life, grace does much more abound!! Romans 5:20

How empty and hopeless my life would be without Him. But how much more faith and hope and love I can have by reading His Word; by increasing my knowledge and understanding of what He’s done for me I will have more of a relationship with Him. The Word is powerful enough to move me from a destiny of death to a destiny of life. II Timothy 3:15 I can have life changing encounters with God through His Word. It’s powerful enough to change my way of thinking. Ephesians 5:26

I want to read his Word, I want to talk about it, I want to meditate on it, I want to sing it! In these words of life is my God and my Savior, in these words are His will for me. I want to fill my mind with more of His Word. And by doing this I’ll begin to have more communication with Him as He speaks to me through it.

I’ve never been faithful about reading my Bible. It’s something I really need to work on and make a priority in my life. But I think God is so great, in that He knows the desire of our hearts. And when we have a desire to learn more of Him, He will satisfy those desires. I’ve had some experiences (dealing with every day life, the kids, praying for friends, etc…) in just the last couple of months and a scripture will come to my mind. And I KNOW it’s God speaking to me. And it’s causing me to want to read the scriptures more!

Like I said, I’ve never been good about reading and having a knowledge of His Word. Sure, I’ve heard it my whole life. But to have scriptures randomly come to me like that has never happened. I know it’s God giving me a greater desire to search out the scriptures. I want to listen to His call. He’s asking me to draw closer. And I know that as I draw closer to Him that He will draw closer to me. Grant it, LORD! And I just have to give Him the glory!

 I really have no excuses why the Bible can’t be apart of some part of my every day life. I’m not running around like a chicken with its head cut off from the second I open my eyes to the minute I close them. There are always times in my day where I’m relaxing here and there. Either I’m nursing my son, putting him to sleep, taking 10-20 minutes to myself while my daughter plays in her room, or the 2-3 hours I have in the evening after my kids are asleep. There’s plenty of time to read 2-4 chapters a day of the Bible. So, why do I always make excuses for myself not to read my Bible through in a year?

I’m ashamed I’ve never read my Bible through, cover to cover, in a year. Shouldn’t that be something every Christian has done? Yet, somehow I’ve always come up with a reason or why not to. And somehow I always feel justified by those excuses. But this year those reasons and excuses just aren’t enough. I may have 2 kids and a house to tend to, but let’s be honest, I always have times throughout the day where I have the opportunity to look through my phone. I check some social media, pin some things on Pinterest, do some texting, etc… And I have the KJV Bible on my phone so why don’t I read it while I have some down time?

I know it won’t be easy. I may miss a day here or there. I know it will be hard to bring my mind under submission and really focus on what I’m reading. I have no excuses. I have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.