Yep I know I’ve been gone for a month now, I promise it wasn’t intentional or I would have given you a heads up & not started a new series on Thriving. But I’ve had a bit of computer issues and my family has been hit with the flu, pneumonia & a wreck; which have all knocked me out of my regular routine. While there have been many times when I have really missed writing and sharing with all of you; I have trusted I was where I needed to be and know that the time spent caring for my family and being “mom taxi plus 1″ while a car is being repaired, is helping the relationships with my kids & husband Thrive.
So today I wanted to take a brief moment while I have internet access to let you know what I’ve been reading while waiting in Doctor’s offices, baseball practices, & gymnastics practices.
Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future by Tracie Miles
In Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future, Tracie Miles a speaker & writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries, shows us how to overcome a difficult past to be used by God. I have loved slowly reading and working through the Purpose Ponderings at the end of each chapter. Tracie does a wonderful job showing how God can use any difficult situation for His Glory through her story and the stories of other women.
“Do regret and shame over your failures, sins, and shortcomings make you wonder how you could ever be loved, much less used, by a holy God? Tracie Miles felt the same way until she discovered the path to healing, peace, and significance.
She helps you recognize that God not only has a purpose for you, but He has prepared you for your divine purpose based specifically on the experiences of your past.
You will find forgiveness and healing from the troubles of your past, discover the courage to step out of your comfort zone to help others find hope and strength, and be inspired to step into the beautiful future God divinely designed for you.”
The Crimson Cord (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #1): Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith
This is the first book I have read by Jill Eileen Smith but it won’t be the last. In The Crimson Cord (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #1): Rahab’s Story, Smith brings Scripture to life as she takes us into the life of Rahab, the prostitute who protects spies and helps the Israelites overthrow Jericho. I have loved watching the story of God delivering His people unfold through the eyes of Rahab.
“Wife to a gambler who took one to many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.
In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls-or if she will ever know the meaning of love.
Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity-and a permanent place in your heart.”
The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers by Dawn Camp Editor & Photographer
In The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers Dawn Camp has invited us to “slow down, take a deep breath and know that (we) are loved”. Dawn Camp has compiled writings from some of my favorite bloggers & writers, – Lisa-Jo Baker, Robin Dance, Mary DeMuth, Emily Freeman, Melanie Shankle, Ann Voskamp and so many more. Through Dawn’s gift of photography and the words shared on these pages The Beauty of Grace is a quiet respite in the busyness of life.
“In this hectic, life, it’s easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even through He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won’t let go of our hearts-they’re all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we’re not paying attention, we can miss it.
Combining heartfelt stories from some of today’s foremost writers with Dawn’s stunning photography of God’s incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos. This inspiring collection includes stories of cultivating friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, learning to trust, and much more.
If you’re in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this: you’re invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.”
The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle
I am not one who laughs out loud while reading a book but The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life had me in stitches. Maybe it’s because Melanie and her husband were married just a few months before my husband and I were and her stories helped me relive the early days of our marriage or maybe it’s because she has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you were right there when it happened. Either way this is one of my favorite books I’ve read in a while.
“Melanie’s second book is a hilarious story of two people sharing one life. A laugh out-loud page-turner! @bigmama #theantelopeinthelivingroom”
Melanie Shankle blends the romance of marriage with the harsh reality of life – and shows how joy can come through it all. Bravo! @bigmama #theantelopeinthelivingroom
Melanie’s description of marriage is spot-on while being hilariously relatable. You don’t want to miss this book! @bigmama #theantelopeinthelivingroom
So that’s what I’ve been reading over the last month. If you get a chance to read these books I would love to know what you think of them.
While I’m updating you on what I’ve been doing while away I want to ask you to pray for me. God laid on my heart a few months back to begin working on a Bible Study through the Book of Nehemiah. I don’t know what it will look like or how I will share it with you but I know God knows and His Plan is perfect. Will you pray for me in these areas?
- God’s protection over time set aside to study His Word
- That I will clearly hear and follow the direction God wants to take this study
- That I will learn the lessons He wants to teach me through the Book of Nehemiah
I miss you all and promise once I get my computer issues resolved I will be back with the Thrive series.
In His Calm,