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On My Nightstand

On My Nightstand

I am always on the lookout for some great books that will both encourage me and challenge personally and also as a wife, mom, and friend! These are books I have recently read and I wanted to pass them along to you!

book1Anxiety touches a large percentage of the worlds population. I never understood the struggle, until I dealt with it myself.  Anxiety seemed to get a choke hold on me and there were times it seemed so great I could not even breathe.  It was during a very difficult year and a half in my life with trials just coming one right after another. I didn’t like what anxiety was doing to me and how it made me feel so helpless, so when I saw this newly released book last year, I knew I needed to read it! I love the style of writing that Max Lucado has! He is very personable and relatable.  Max has no magic potions that make anxiety disappear, only God can bring healing from it.  He does however share truths from God’s Word and helpful insights that will help on your own road to recovery.  This book was probably the most helpful book I have read since reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp!

Does prayer seem to be a challenge for you? Do you find yourself struggling to keep a book2consistent prayer life? Or maybe you are like me and you just want to learn more about prayer! Before Amen perked my interest earlier this year because I never want to grow lazy in my prayer life. I want to always learn more about prayer and grow consistently in my prayer life as I continue to grow spiritually. Prayer is not fanciful words full of vain repetition. God is not impressed if our words are eloquent, He cares about the state of our heart.  Prayer is simply communication with God! Sometimes we have words, and other times our pain is so deep we have none. How thankful I am for the Holy Spirit, the One who makes intercession on our behalf with just the right words, even when we do not have any. {Romans 8:26} We are so blessed to be able to come to Jesus at any moment of any day, pour out our hearts, our burdens, our cares, and also intercede on the behalf of others, and Jesus not only hears us, but He WANTS us to talk with Him!

I rebook3member a phone conversation with a friend as I was in the process of getting my book, Made Only For Heaven, published. She shared that she also was working on a book and it was wonderful to be able to talk with each other about some of the things God has seen us both through and what He has taught us through them! Our journey’s were vastly different, but our heartbeat was in unison. We felt led to share and encourage other women with what God had taught us.  Anchored In is a book written by a genuine author! Micah and her family have walked through some pretty intense and heart-wrenching times, but they have stayed anchored in to Christ. Staying close to Jesus is the only way any of us can make it through and not give up! There are some very real and difficult trials we all face, but the power of Jesus is also very real! This is a book that will both challenge and encourage you in whatever place you find yourself right now!

We have all been there. We have all experienced hurt. A good majority of us have never book4had physical swords thrown at us, but we know the sting and searing pain words and actions can cause. Words are powerful, cutting us right to the core and when spears have been thrown our way, we are left with a choice. Will we pick those spears up and throw them back or will we leave them be?  Our flesh is strong and the urge to pick up even just a small spear and hurl it back at the one who hurt us is great! However, if we are saved we have a much higher calling than spear throwing. A Tale of Three Kings is an absolutely excellent read! Using the true account of King Saul, King David, and King Absalom from the Bible, this book will be very thought provoking.  What kind of person will we choose to be? The easy thing to do is to be a spear thrower, but spear throwing is not the calling of Christians. King David never picked up spears. Though they were literally thrown his way, he never picked them up. Revenge was not in his heart. What was his secret? You will have to read the book to find out!

All of these books have been incredibly helpful and I just had to pass them along! As always, if you have any to share I would love to hear about them!

Be encouraged!

Wendy

Good Reads

Good Reads

Goodness it has been awhile since I’ve shared some really great reads! Here are three that are currently on my nightstand!

This first one has been sooooooo very good for me to read right now!  Broken is the word I would use to describe our yeFullSizeRender (1)ar thus far.  God has been at work and the enemy has as well. God is faithful and our season of brokenness has only drawn us to our knees even more. We all have seasons like this I would imagine.  Broken is oftentimes looked at as a bad thing. If toys are broken we toss them, if the car is broken it costs a lot to fix it, broken just does not equal good in our eyes the majority of the time. But brokenness can be a gift as well, even when we ourselves feel broken.  In essence we are all broken but we so often put on our brave face because we just can’t let others see us in any other way. In Psalm 51:17 the Psalmist shares, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”  Broken can actually be a really great thing.

This book was a gift to me the beginning of the year by my husband and this book has been just exactly what I have needed right now at this time in my life.  God can use the broken! He isn’t done with us, He can actually use us best when we are broken.  “You become real when you make every situation, every suffering, every single moment, into a way to lead you into closer communion with Christ. A broken way. ~ Ann Voskamp

How many of us have replayed words spoken to us throughout our life

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as if they were a broken record? Words full of labels we have allowed to define us. Words maybe full of condemnation come back again and again to give a sucker punch and they sting just as sharply and deeply as they did when they were spoken even though time has passed. You know, just the other day my mind began to wander as I cleaned our tiled floors. It started out just fine, but then one thought led to another (you ladies know how spaghetti brained we are! It is all connected some how!) and before I knew it I was mopping my floor and wanted to cry! I caught myself right in the heat of those emotions and asked the Lord to help me take all of my thoughts captive. The words replaying in my mind were condemning ones spoken to me by someone but they were not true and I have no business allowing them to try and define me. The enemy loves to get us to dwell on those things as he tries to make us forget who we are in Christ. This book has been incredible! If you have ever been told you are not good enough, have been labeled by others, or even if you find yourself struggling with how you actually view yourself, then this would be  a great read for you. The author reminds us by using Scripture who we are in Jesus, and that is the truth that matters. “Instruction brings life, condemnation brings destruction. Wise, truthful words are never harsh or unkind. They are gracious. You can’t remove those hurtful thoughts, words, and memories, but by the power of God you can drain them of their potential control over you.” ~ Jennifer Rothschild

 

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Any Fixer Upper fans out there? I love this show, but not even really for the beautiful designs and incredibly beautiful homes at the end! I love the chemistry between Chip and Jo! They have fun together, they love each other, and they have fun loving each other! No marriage is perfect, but marriage is such a gift that has been under attack and it is wonderful in the midst of so many broken marriages and families to see a couple that flirts shamelessly, laughs abundantly, and genuinely loves each other. It’s how I feel about my own marriage! A few weeks ago my hubby and I were able to slip away to Waco for a belated anniversary getaway! It was absolutely fun and wonderful and I am still head over heels for this man 12 married years later <3 This book is a fun one to read as it tells the story of Chip and Jo. Loving God and loving each other the way God wants us to makes a marriage wonderful! This was a lighthearted read and I found it pretty down to earth and delightful! If you ever get the opportunity to go to Waco and see Magnolia for yourself, do it! Get a cupcake while you’re there, they are toooootally worth the calories 🙂

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On My Nightstand

On My Nightstand

Finding time to read has become a little bit of a challenge lately, but I do have one book that I wanted to share with you that I have been enjoying!

For my husband’s birthday back in May I purchased a book for him that he had wanted to read.  We are always on the lookout for good books on the home and Paul Chappell is a trusted author we know. He and his wife have raised all of their children up anthd they all love the Lord and are serving Him with their lives!  A beautiful testimony of godly parenting and we want to learn all we can from older godly parents who have raised their children up to love the Lord.  My husband and I have both been enjoying this read.  It challenges us and encourages us.  I’m sure it will be an encouragement for you as well!

Up next on my reading plan are two books by the same author actually!

First is her new book soon to be released, Uninvited. I think there are times when we have all felt left out and lonely. We feel the burn of rejection and believe the lies the enemy hands out to us when we are.  I love the points listed on the back of the book:

  • 636ff06c2a1f0ae7a1fa3ea180df0febStop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
  • Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. 

Sounds like a good book doesn’t it?  I have always walked away from Lysa’s books encouraged!

Second, my husband bought me this one a little bit ago and I am looking forward to diving into it soon!  I was drawn to this book just by the title! th (1)

I look forward to sharing with you all about these two new books soon!

 

Many blessings,

 

Wendy

 

Books On My Nightstand

Books On My Nightstand

As a younger ministry wife and mom I didn’t really seem to have time to read!  I had the desire, but the time seemed to slip away each day and I would fall into bed exhausted!  Anytime I picked up a book to read I would fall asleep!  I know many of you all can relate!  I was good to squeeze in my Bible reading for the day, know what I mean?

However, two years ago I felt the urge to purposefully make time to read once again.  Since my time to read is somewhat limited, I wanted to choose books that would help me in my Christian walk.  I LOVE books that help point me back to the Lord, books that help me grow as a Christian woman, teach me things I need to be taught, or better yet reminded of!

Here are a few of the books I have worked my way through in the past few months.  Now I don’t have a lot of time, but I have learned to couple my devotional Bible reading with some other reading.

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Okay ladies, how many of us are willing to admit that our tongues can oftentimes get us into trouble?  Um. Can you see my hand held up over here?  I start my day completely intending to tame that tongue, but find myself by days end having had to apologize or really regretting that tone of frustration that came out.  This book hit me right between the eyes.  It has such practical truths in it!  It is a book I recommend for every.single.woman. whether we think we have an issue with our tongue or not, this book is full of wisdom!  I absolutely LOVE how Lysa writes. She doesn’t use flowery or over zealous words.  Have you ever read a book and while reading you think, “Why didn’t they just use a word I understand?!  I don’t have time to flip through the dictionary too!”  Lysa writes as if she was sitting on the couch next to you and I love it!  If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend running out and getting it!

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So many who are avid readers have exclaimed their disappointment once they reach the end of a great book. The story has swept them away, carried them right into the story with the characters. The end of a good book seemingly means the end of a new friendship! This is exactly the way I feel about this book, Becoming More!

I have sat on the corner of my couch for several weeks now, soaking in and gleaning from this wonderful book. Conviction has swept over me, encouragement has helped lift me, truly God has used this book the challenge my heart to become more…. for Him!

When I finished this book I found myself wishing it were just a bit longer, it was just that good!  Once again practical applications that could be used in our every day personal Bible study.  Though I recently finished this book it was so good it makes me want to just start reading it all over again!  This is a great read that will really challenge you to pursue God more than you ever have before.  Not just reading His Word to check it off your list, but to read it because you want it to become alive and you want to grow closer to Him than you ever thought possible!

 

This next read is just a little bit different.  A couple of months ago I was invited to attend a ladies Bible study at another local church.  This book is a seven week Bible study with a daily devotional each week.  I have been so challenged and yet completely encArmorouraged by this study.  We have so much in Christ, friend!  This Bible study not only teaches you about putting on the entire armor of God and what that looks like on a daily basis, but also to use the weapon of prayer!  The author has pointed out that as a child of God we have an enemy and whether we choose to engage him or not, as a child of God we are already in open war with our enemy.  He has strategies he uses against us simply to try and make us stumble and become useless and feel worthless.  This book will encourage and help equip you to fight back and to be more on the offensive than the defensive.  All we have to do is look around us and we can see that the enemy has gained waaaay to much ground in our families, our churches, our communities, even our country!  It is time to fight back!  It is time to go to war!  Can you sense the passion this book helps instill in your heart?  Oh, I cannot emphasize enough, this  is such a great Bible study!

Last but certainly not least is a book my husband recently got me for my birthday.  After going through the Bible study above I knew I wanted to read this book!  I have just begun to dig into it but I know it is going to be a great read and I cannot wait to tell you about it when I am done!  Listen, if you all haven’t seen the Ferventmovie War Room, it is a must see!  We cannot recommend it enough!  It is worth having in your library of movies!  Our country and our world may be in trouble, but we need to remind our enemy that greater is HE that is in us than he that is in the world!  Christ has won the victory!  Let’s take back the ground we have handed over to our enemy!  Let’s get a serious prayer life!  It isn’t a cliche, there really is power in prayer!

Alright, I’m done, for now!  I’m curious what you have been reading though!  What books have you been reading that are challenging you in your Christian walk?  I am always eager to learn about more great reads!  These are just a few from my nightstand!

 

Many Blessings,

Wendy

 

 

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