Be the Message Devotional: A Thirty-Day Adventure in Changing the World Around You

As stated in the title, it a thirty day devotion dedicated to various topics that one can you for his or her quiet time.  The Authors walk you through the process and setting up the mood to receive not only the Word of God but to apply it.  I found the applications to be very helpful as they guide me on how to apply what I’ve read.

Each days starts with:

Open Yourself
Open God’s Word Open Your Mind
Open Your Heart
Open Your Life
Open Your Arms

Each of the above is thoroughly discussed as the authors expose you to God’s Word and let you come face to face with the applicable scriptures. Normally, I would read and move on but this process does make you ‘process’ the word and bring you face to face with how to put into practice throughout your day.  Whether it is creating list of names to pray for and the applications will go well beyond the 30 days. 

In the process, you will find new ways to live a more intentional life as well as impact those around 
you. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


Walking with God in the Sean of Motherhood

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood could not have come at a better time in this season in my life.  It is a very well sound theological sound workbook that any mothers would benefit from on a daily basis.  This 11 week Bible study has the scriptures in the book and you can take it with you and do anytime.  The verses that she referenced in the book are so foundation and on point that I've had to write them down and reference them over and over.
On the days that life seems to spiral down and we don’t seem to see the purpose of it all with little ones or older children, the foundation in this book will help you to make it through.
Week 1: Understanding Your Purpose

Week 2: Knowing God's Word

Week 3: Entrusting Your Child to the Lord

Week 4: Ordering Your Home

Week 5: Reflecting the Heart of God

Week 6: Encouraging a Thankful Spirit

Week 7: Fighting Against Anxiety and Worry

Week 8: Letting Go of Harshness and Anger

Week 9: Training Hearts Through Discipline

Week 10: Guiding in Godliness by Example

Week 11: Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome (PMS)

From the first day and week of this book, I was sold.  Understanding Your Purpose, Week 1, if we grasp this reason, the very purpose for which God created us then our worldview is seen through God’s lens and life is approached from a total different viewpoint and life is approached differently.  I've been whispering this to myself over and over: Lord, help me to glorify you and bring glory to your great Name.

Needless to say that I would recommend this devotional book to any mothers and especially new moms that are in the trenches of raising the little ones entrusted to our care. If you have children, know someone with children, this will make a great gift.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 


A MUST READ: I Tried Until I Almost Died: From Anxiety and Frustration to Rest and Relaxation

 The title says it all. And while some people can relate to it - it is almost a guarantee that legalism has somehow not crept into our lives and grace has taken a backseat.
A simple word but yet a profound and beyond our understanding to grasp how powerful it is.  And Sandra has done just that as she waved the while flag an invited God to her rescue.  Grace is not for the ‘perfect’ people who have it all together – it a free gift to us by our loving and gracious Father.

If you are looking for a deep book theologically then you will have find another one but if you are in the trenches of life, leaving in fear, and frustration then she has something to share with you. She had me with the first few words in chapter 1: “From as far back as I can remember until age forty-two, I lived in a prison – not one built of bricks and mortar, but a mental prison, locked up by legalism, rules, and regulations”.

It’s as if she’s been reading my mail.  That described me and further in the book ended up realizing that I am been leaving a legalistic lifestyle trying to ‘do’ all that I can to please God but never measuring up. And frustration can quickly set in and because she has been there she’s able to hold our hands as we take the shackles off and come to the light of grace.

You will find her prayers that she prayed to God during the process of relying on God’s grace and letting Him take the wheels of her life and as she gently followed and continue to do so.
If you’d ask me if I was leaving under the law- would think you were crazy but God has graciously been taking the scales off where I do not have to perform to earn His love. 

Are you need in of some grace?  Do you need to return to living in God’s grace?  Are you tired of not measuring up?  Is peace lacking in your life?

Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book.  I promise you that you will not be the same person when you turn the last page.  Just like her life was transformed on that faithful January 2, 2012 – yours can too.  Let today be the day.

 “I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”


Lent Challenge Day 1

Margaret Feinberg is hosting a 40 Day Lent Challenge (#LentChallenge) through the Gospel books.  And of the questions that she’s posing is:

What do I most need to read but least want to hear?

For me, it’s a sense that I need WAKE up and not live a life of complacency any longer.  There is too much at stake.  I need to WAKE and get in the fight and not be a bystander.  My heart cry is for Christ’s light to shine in my life and in the process radiate his light to others.
I think of the following passage: This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Eph. 5:14.

The assigned reading for today was Matthew chapters 1-2. And I couldn’t help but focus on the names of the Child that was to be born as Matthew points us to his genealogy from the beginning of time.  And in the fullness of time from the entire Old Testament, Jesus “God saves” shows up to save his people from their sins.

In the first 2 chapters of Matthew, Jesus is:

Davis’s Son
Abraham’s son
Jesus – God saves
Immanuel “God is with us”
King of the Jews

What do I most need to read?  That He is everything on that list and more.