Fresh Book Smell

Last night I was looking at my email and one of my favorite book stores had sent me an ad. After I looked through it I realized the only ones that interested me were ones I already had but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I have two bookshelves overly filled with books, I mean I have books lined up nicely with books stacked on top of those book. In some places I also have another row in front of them. I’m the kind of person that prefers an actual book in my hand that I can touch and smell, not that I don’t occasionally read on my kindle. I just prefer a paperback.

I’m also the type that finishes one book and then gets five more to add to my list. So I decided this morning to go through my bookshelf, writing down all of the books I haven’t gotten to yet or have partially read. After these I added to them my yearly reads, you know those series that you love and read at least once a year. Okay, that might just be a bibliophile problem. You have to re-read the series though because there is a good chance that a new book for that series was released through the year. Two pages later and 77 book written down I sadly wrote Reading list for 2018 on the top. I assure you I’m happy I have 77 unread books or books to be re-read on my shelves, but I’m sad because I will likely be through this list by Spring. Which also means I will be storing those ones that my heart doesn’t scream I must read again. Of these books usually friends or family go through and take what they would like and we often swap books that we don’t want to hang on to.

This list is different from my past list though, this one actually holds more than fiction. This time I have several self improvement, christian living, business,  parenting, marriage, and lifestyle books. Most importantly my number one book on the list, The Bible. Now this is something that I actually began a few weeks ago, and I read some nightly. I know this will take me months to actually accomplish, but I’ve never been so eager to read a book in my life.

In case you are looking for a few suggestions I highly suggest picking up any book from Priscilla Shirer, Tony Evans or Joyce Meyers.

As much as I could carry on about books all day long, I better cut this short because I’m sure my children would like a warm ride home from school. I look forward to posting some new book reviews in the future though!

God Bless!

 

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December Study

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

Did you pray?

Have you ever had that moment when you want to look at your children and ask why they are so set on driving you insane? This was my morning. Imagine if you will, I’m in the middle of a crowded grocery store, my three young children in tow. One is riding in the cart perfectly content, another crying because I won’t let them walk around the store, and the third screaming I hate you, you’re so mean, and give me that toy. In these moments you start off with patience, but the louder they get and longer it last that last nerve gets very close to unraveling. I will be honest, I was attempted to just grab all three of them and walk out of the store. But then I’d feel super guilty for leaving a cart full of groceries for some poor associate to put back on the shelves. Recently a new set of rules have been placed in our home, where respecting others is high on that list. So, where I would cave before just to quiet my children and get through the shopping trip I instead put my foot down. No they would not be rewarded for being disrespectful, and they are going to have to learn to behave during shopping. A very kind older woman approached me and told me, don’t worry mama you will get through this. Those words helped me get through the rest of that trip, I realized that someday, maybe not soon, my children will appreciate that their father and I took the time to set rules. If we want our children to grow up with strong values and good manners then we have to make sure to be on the same page. A few months ago if you would have asked what our basic ground rules are I would be willing to bet that my husband and I would have said different things. We realized that we truly need to communicate better. We need to sit down weekly and discuss important things about our family, see where we can improve and we have noticed that the more we work on our marriage, the happier our children are. We actively make sure to carve out time for each other, for our children, and time with God. The improvements in not only our marriage but our family too has been astonishing. I was watching Joyce Meyers today, and she talks about the assignment that God has for all of us. How we need to pray for guidance and actually listening to know what our assignment is. I have always felt the strong desire to be a stay at home mom, but I have also felt like there was something more I could do while staying home with my children. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the overwhelming urge to share God’s word really started to hit me. The problem was, I really didn’t know where to begin. I will admit, I was a back-slider. It had been awhile since I cracked open my bible, and months since I had been in church. So I dusted off the bible, found a good scripture journaling plan and went from there. I began spending more time with God everyday, working on praying for guidance and strength for whatever he wanted me to do. Since then he has become number 1 in our home. We pray at every meal, we are working with our children on learning scripture, reading the bible and learning the Lord’s prayer. I have set my goal for next year to become more like miss Clara (if you don’t know who I mean, purchase War Room, you will love her), I want to not only know God but I want to live a Kingdom Life, raise Kingdom children and inspire others to find Christ or grow closer to him. I made a big mistake this morning before leaving my home, and it’s one I hope to never forget again. I will be placing a reminder on my dash or radio….PRAY. I should have never went on the journey without praying first. Praying that God guide me on the journey, that he be with my children and that he would kind me to show my children his way. So while I’m thinking of making this note, I’m going to do it. I also encourage you to do this. Place a note reminding you to pray in the areas you frequent often, for me that would be my coffee pot (I do have 3 young children after all). Keep a notepad or dry erase board in a central location so you and your family can write down things they need to pray for that day. At supper or before bed you can all come together and pray for these, it’s a great way to involve the entire family. So I will leave you with this.

The Lords Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver is from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen

Matthew 6:9-13

God Bless

Perfecting Chaos

As I sat down tonight going through my list that I have taped all over the place of things I need to get done I began thinking, how in the world do I get anything accomplished? I’m a faithful list maker, I make a list for everything. Ever morning I write down the things I want to accomplish that day, things that need cleaned, bills that need paid, ect. The problem is I am also a faithful list loser. I tend to lose them fairly quickly and things end up getting forgotten about until the day is over and I’m too exhausted to accomplish them. So tonight I realized that my email calendar syncs with my phone calendar, so why not use something I already have literally in my hands. I began marking the things I do daily first, such as my daily devotionals and bible reading. Then began with my once a week things like bible study and book club, and then filled in my more sporadic things. Like books I am reviewing and the timeline I have, or the research I need to do for upcoming studies or post. I am someone who tends to pile on more than I probably should and without some organization I will become anxious and overwhelmed, and chances are this will spill over and effect my family. This is the last thing I want to happen. I am slowly learning sometimes I just have to say no, I often get roped into doing things for others. When I decided to start my blog and put in the many hours to build something much bigger than myself so that I can stay home even after my children all go to school, I also took away a portion of time I once spent fully focused on my family. So the time I do have, I prefer to cherish with my husband and my kids. I feel horrible saying no, but I have learned that sometimes, you just really need to learn to prioritize and say no. Don’t run your self ragged and lose out on the important things in life. Aside from the things you already see on my here, Twitter or Facebook, I have also started working on Prayer Shawls. I am currently working on a children’s crocheted version, after it is completed I will be working on an adult one as well. I was gifted one many years ago and when I read, pray and even sitting here working, I like to have it draped over my shoulders to keep me warm. This is something I would like to offer to others. Of course this takes time, and it seems like as soon as you sit down there is an alarm that sounds telling your children it’s time to run all over helping them out. So while I am anxious to have these available I am taking my time, and making sure I spend time with my family. Because in the end, family is what is really important. So we have to find a way to tame the chaos, get things done that need to be done and then give our full focus to our families. So use your phones calendar, buy a wall calender, a planner, or if you can actually remember where you put them, make a list.
So starting tomorrow, I will be doing what’s on my calendar, and only what is on my calender. If something else comes up, it will have to be penciled in somewhere else because I will become sidetracked and my whole day will end up chaotic, too short, and overstressed. Here’s to hopefully ringing in the new year a little more organized, and let’s pray that a new product launch of handmade prayer shawls can happen here soon.

“Neglect the whole world before you neglect eachother.”-Ann Landers

*God Bless

Raising Royalty

A while back I began realizing that in order to be a good parent that I needed guidance. Now, I’m not as familiar with the bible as I would like to be, and that is still currently a work in progress for me. Since I completely adore Priscilla Shirer I thought she would be a good place to start looking, which led me to her Father, Tony Evans. He has a series that is based around becoming a Kingdom family. My husband and I got the Kingdom Man and Kingdom Women books for eachother for Christmas (along with the Resolutions for Men and Resolutions for Women, also written by Tony Evans and Priscilla Shirer), and we have the Kingdom Marriage Devotional. I soon hope to order the Kingdom Marriage book but all this led to my ordering Raising Kingdom Kids. I’m only through 4 chapters of this book and there is already so many things that I’ve jotted down and we have started implementing in our home. It is far easier to shape a child than to repair an adult. The best way to teach our children is to lead by example, lets face it, children often don’t listen to what they are being told. Instead they repeat what they see. Raising a Prince or Princess of God’s Kingdom has to start with you and the example you set. You also cannot rely on others to be the sole guidance spiritually for your children. Read Deuteronomy 6 if you need to know who is supposed to do the guiding. You home should be the main place of spiritual development, for both your children and your self. You should teach them daily about God’s word. As Tony Evans says, Kingdom Parenting isn’t perfect parenting, Kingdom parenting is purposeful parenting. If you start your children off on a good foundation of faith, then as they grow older they will continue this path (Proverbs 22:6). You also need to make sure that you have a strong marriage so you can guide your children. When your marriage is weak you often start to look to others to help you teach your children. Working on your marriage, even if you already feel it is strong, can only help improve your life as a family. As parents we have to make sure to make a priority of 2 relationships. The first one is the most important one, our relationship with God, remember he’s your One. The second is the two that you seek your One with, your spouse. These relationships need to be strong so that you can guide your children. Teach your children to be kingdom children and how to have healthy relationships. As a wife, submit and let your husband lead your home. (Now I know many people get instantly in a huff when they hear the wife submitting to the husband, make sure you fully understand what that means biblically before you turn your nose toward it. This does not give your husband permission to control you in any way, and does not mean you cannot have a voice in your home.) As a husband stand up and lead your family, just as Christ leads the church. For any family, even if you do not have children yet, I highly recommend you invest in the Kingdom Series by Tony Evans. These are great resources from a Kingdom father, husband and preacher.
Before I end this I also want to recommend one more thing, actually writing down ground rules for your family. Make sure everything is in black and white so their is never a question. Also begin setting aside time every single day for time as a family and always eat as a family.
I recently came across a woman that could not afford a book that she felt would save her marriage, I tried reaching out to her offering her help but never could get a reply. This led to many prayers on the matter, I have some books that I believe are very beneficial in building your marriage back. If there is anyone who is in need of help in their marriage and feels like there is simply no hope please send me an email at familynfaithblog@gmail.com I have a few books I would recommend and may still possibly have some that I could mail to you.

God Bless

New Year, Better you

This time of year I often hear people setting their New Years resolutions, and it has really made me think this year.
Some of the more common I have heard:
*I’m going to lose x amount of weight
* I’m going to eat better
*I’ll go to the gym
*I won’t drink so much
*I’m giving up pop
The list just continues to go on, but one thing I’ve realized is I never hear, I will grow closer to God. I will read my bible everyday, I will pray every day. Most people I’m sure would say they could improve their relationship with the Lord somehow. I’m not saying you should make these your New Years resolutions, lets face it most of those are forgotten about in a week. Instead make a promise. Sit down and pray for guidance, let God lead you to what you need to do to grow closer to him. I personally do have my favorites, and maybe they can help inspire you too.

1. Bible Reading:
I find it relaxing to sit down with a cup of coffee and my Bible. What better way to become closer to the Lord than by reading the book that is here to Guide you through everything in Life! I also prefer to have more than one version with me when reading. I like to read the NIV Bible, but when something sticks out to me I also go and re-read it in my KJV. I mark scripture in both bibles and write little notes. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, pick up your bible, I bet it makes your day better too.

2. Bible Study:
You can participate in a Bible Study in many ways. There are often groups available at your church, you can order individual studies, or you can participate in online studies. The current Bible Study I’m doing is the book of Ephesians, however next week we will start the Present over Perfect study, this is a dvd/study guide package. If you would like to join us you can go to my home page for the link to purchase this. I try to keep the studies affordable, and will bounce between ordering materials or picking a book in the bible and studying it daily.

3. Reading:
I love to read, which is also why I offer reviews on here. I read a lot of Christian books that are Fiction, Lifestyle books, Parenting, Marriage, and family books. Tony Evans, Pricilla Shirer, and Stormie Omartian  are a few of my favorites when it comes to Christian marriage, parenting and family books. My husband and I have recently started the Kingdom series by Tony Evans. We have the couples devotional, Kingdom Man and Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids and The Resolutions for both Men and Women. I will admit this is also why I haven’t been putting out reviews almost daily, I am currently reading at least 2 books at a time. For those of you that travel for work, I would suggest getting audio books to listen to in the car.

4. Devotionals
A daily devotional is a great way to get the good word and doesn’t take much time. If you are married I would suggest a couples devotional. We really like the Kingdom Marriage, it has a  very short daily passage and then follows up with 3 questions for you and your spouse to answer. Quiet times for couples is another favorite of ours, and we recently received the Love Dare devotional so we are excited to begin that one too. My husband enjoys the Duck Commander devotional and my daughter likes her 3 Minute Devotional for little girls. I personally use the Daily Wisdom for Women everyday in addition to my couples devotionals.

My point is that there isn’t one set way to do a little more. Without my faith I’m not sure how I would have gotten through the holidays. I used to shut down when grieving. I’m not saying that the depression didn’t creep in and make me want to crawl in a hole, it did. But I prayed, over and over, for strength and peace. I knew I needed to be there for others as well and we needed to lean on each other. My husband played a big roll in helping me through it. He dropped everything and stayed with me, he prayed with me, and was there when I needed to just cry.  1 Corinthians 13:2 really stood out to me ( If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ) Without love you truly have nothing, and one thing that I realized I am truly blessed with is the ability to love so many people and have so many people who love me. Love and the Lord  is what got me through the holidays this year. If that’s not blessed then I don’t know what is.

God Bless and travel safely home!

Social Media

Social media has been something that has led to many prayers here lately. I haven’t really been sure if it’s beneficial for my life. The last few weeks I’ve frequently had conversations with my husband, my parents, close friends, and of course God, trying to make some big decisions. For so long I did what I thought I should do, what was going to make me happy? I think many of us do this at some point. We realized that as a family we lost sight of what is really important. We ultimately are to blame, but social media plays its part in this. It is very easy to become addicted to social media. So a few weeks ago when I began praying and asking for guidance I started to wonder if I needed to walk away from Social Media for good. We became more mindful of the time spent on social media and spent more time as a family. In return, we have become closer.
I started this blog in the beginning as a journal of sorts, I figured it would be based more on being a mom and the challenges presented with having children. But as I began my heart was telling me that I needed to do something else. My first thought was sharing my faith through one of my favorite things to do, reading. I love to read. So if I could reach even 1 person and help their faith through a book I recommend and reviewed than I am filled with Joy. But why stop there? Why not discuss raising a christian family, having a christian marriage, or finding your way back to God? Why not offer a Bible Study? There may be someone out there looking to join one online because they are homebound. Why not offer a Book Club? There is likely many more women at home like me that love to read and share their faith through what they read. Maybe, just maybe I can bring  someone else back to their faith after they lost their way. But to do this, I need to reach a larger audience and spread the word. Which led me back to that addictive Social Media. I’ve decided to go ahead and start a Facebook page for FamilynFaith, https://www.facebook.com/familynfaith/ which I urge you to join and share with your friends. Join in and share your journey and faith with everyone.

Before I end this I do want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, I pray you all have safe journeys if you are traveling and that you all get to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For those who cannot be with their loved ones, I pray that God can bring you comfort and peace and that you can see your loved ones soon. Merry Christmas and God Bless

 

Book Club/Bible Study Particpants

I am in the process of setting up a private chat room. This will give us the ability to come together and discuss both the book club and bible study. I may end up starting a second room so that we can keep them separate but for this first go around we will see how it starts out. You will need a password to gain access to this room. Please email me at familynfaithblog@gmail.com to get this password, in this email you simply need to state if you are apart of the book club and/or the bible study. The link to the chat room is <iframe src=”https://chatstep.com/#FamilynFaith” width=”500″ height=”500″>

Thank you and God Bless!

Struggles and Prayers

I originally planned on writing about christian families and how you can grow in your faith together. But the last few days have been a struggle for myself and my family. In these moments it is easy to become angry towards God, although I have been angry its more at the situation. I find that at these times it is best to pick up your bible. People often complain there is no guide to life, yet right there in front of us there is. The Bible has the answers, you just need to pick it up. Not sure how to pray? Use the scripture to guide you. Spend time everyday studying your bible. I spend time everyday with my devotional, using both my KJV and NIV Bible to dive a little further into that scripture, a daily scripture study, weekly bible study and reading a christian based book (which you can usually find my reviews for on here also). When life becomes too much to handle, and you feel like you have lost it all, turn to God and pray. He will see you through it, it may not be how you want or expect but he will see you through it, you just need to have faith in him. So today as I pray for comfort and guidance for my family, I will also pray for all of you. I pray that you will find comfort in the Lord, and be open to his guidance, that we fulfill the destiny he has set for us all.

 

*Just a little sidenote on today: I will be receiving the bible study materials for Present over Perfect by tomorrow hopefully and will begin preparing for this study. I truly hope you all are able to join us in this study. There is a link on the homepage that provides a source you can purchase this. I’m excited to start this one!
I also will be receiving an autographed copy of a popular new book that has recently come out, I cannot wait to read it, post a review and it will also possibly be one of our next studies!

*Thank you for joining me today and God Bless*