Books

2018 Must Read List

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Another goal of mine this year is to read more, a lot more.  I find it hard to believe (okay, maybe not) I used to hate reading, but the only reading I ever did was for school, stories I had no choice over weather I wanted to read them or not. It wasn’t until my junior of high school I began reading novels I was actually interested in. Ever since then, I’ve found reading to be rather enjoyable and much more relaxing than ever before.

I’ve been slacking off on my book reviews the past couple of months. I need to pick up the pace. Take a look at the novels on my list this year:

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Crafts

Vision Board

Let’s keep these new years resolutions rolling along! All you need for this project are magazines, poster board,  scissors and a glue stick.

If you love cutting and pasting, (or in my case, taping) then this is right up your alley! The kids can even join in as well and make their own.

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What is a vision board?

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do, or have in your life.

The new year is a perfect time for a vision board. Flip through and cut images and words from magazines that revolve around your new years resolutions. If you don’t have any magazines on hand check out Half Price Books, your local used bookstore, or ask family or neighbors if they would kindly recycle them to you. Do not buy new magazines, as it will make this project expensive when it doesn’t need to be. Let’s get started!

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Books

Book of the Month: FERVENT

I purchased this book at least four months ago, but I never took the time to open it and really dive in. After a massive wake up call a few weeks ago, with my life spiraling out of control, I decided it was time to pick it up again, and I’m extremely grateful I did! Wow, Priscilla writes exactly what I’m thinking and precisely what I need to hear. The enemy is against you, and it’s not who you think it is.

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Priscilla Shirer

New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, widely known for her international speaking, teaching, and writing ministries, brings her new role from the 2015 film War Room into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more. Each chapter exposes the enemy’s cruel, crafty intentions in all kinds of these areas, then equips and encourages you to write out your own personalized prayer strategies on tear-out sheets you can post and pray over yourself and your loved ones on a regular basis.

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Crafts

Faith Planner 2018

We could all use a bit more structure in our lives. One of my words for this year is structure. I’m determined to live better and think better with the help of a daily planner. I’m actually surprised I haven’t used one in the past. I’ve always been such an organizer!

I recently discovered a fun, new way to keep track of daily living. Instead of writing boring tasks in a boring weekly planner, why not make it enjoyable? There are planners available today in all different brand names, colors, designs, and sizes. I’m positive you’ll be able to find one to fit your specific needs. Now, the fun part! Shop your local craft stores where you can find oodles of stickers and stamps created especially for planners.

This is the first year I’ve ever used a planner. I really don’t have a super busy life, but I do have a lot of medical needs that need to be remembered, and honestly I sometimes forget. From RX refills, to monthly lab work, to mail-ordering medical supplies, and tons of appointments to schedule and remember. At the end of the day I have no idea how I do it all.

So, which planner have I chosen? My planner is actually only available from Faithbox, a monthly subscription service. When I opened my December box, I planned on giving the planner away at first glance, but then I realized it was a sign. I was the one who really needed it! I added some personality to my planner by applying a matching gold sticker and feather tassel charm.

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Monday Motivations

Happy New Year!

New Years Resolutions

Definition:

  • A promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.

Everyone dreads the question, “What is your New Years Resolution?” Usually it revolves around a habit you no longer want to associate yourself with, such as, quit smoking and drinking, or discontinuing unhealthy eating and losing weight.

Instead of disassociating ourselves with common resolutions, or in addition to, we should focus more on which areas of our lives we can outwardly improve upon. You get back what you hand out. The reward is much richer when you reap what you sow.

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