Books/Entertainment, Spiritual Walk

Book Review: Draw the Circle

For the past few months, I’ve been including Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson in my daily devotions. It is a must-read for anyone who has a dream, a request, or a concern that they want to bring before the Lord. It taught me some valuable insight and provided challenges that made me think, and prayer, differently than I had before.

I started in 2017 with a “read through the Bible” plan on called the Solid Life “Whole Bible” Reading Plan. I start off my devotional time with reading and recording in my prayer journal any verses that stand out or speak to me. After that, I would read one of the prayer challenges, then journal on the topic and listen to what God had to say about it. It’s become a very big part of my prayer life to not only bring my concerns to God, but to literally ask God what He has to say to me. It’s at that time, when I’ve been fully concentrating on God, that I allow myself to just listen and write down anything I’m feeling. I’ll admit, He hasn’t answered every one of my questions, but I’ve received true insight during those times and I thank Him for the promises he has given me.

Draw the Circle made listening to God a daily task, and while I cannot say that I am confident that everything I write down in my prayer journal is truly from Him, I’ve been learning how to discern. Day 1, page one started off with a bang: “And when you pray to God regularly, irregular things happen on a regular basis.”

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Myers

It’s the last week of February, and I am 3 books deep into my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017. That’s honestly not a terrible number for me. My goal for the year is 30 books, and considering I read 3 or 4 last year, I’ll be super stoked when that happens.

Side note: I absolutely love reading. But in the years since I graduated college, I also became a huge fan of the “Netflix and chill” phenomenon. Believe it or not, that greatly cuts into a girls reading time.

I was first introduced to Me Before You through a trailer I saw on Facebook for the movie. Emilia Clarke was adorable, and who didn’t want to see another side of Sam Clafin after watching him as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games. After enjoying the theatrical version, I figured the book could only be better, and recently decided to read it.

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Life, Marriage

I Fail at Birthdays

This past week was one of my favorite, low-key holidays: Valentines Day. Now, this wasn’t always on my list of favorites, especially thinking back to the single-girl days when I wouldn’t even get notes from admirers (let’s face it, I didn’t have any). But having spent the past 7 valentines days in a committed relationship, I love it. My husband knows the exact flowers I love, has some sort of chocolate-covered sweet delivered (which I promptly eat half of and wish I had saved some), and we usually plan some sort of meal/celebration around the holiday. He knows that displays of affection like that are part of my love language, and he does a great job at making me feel special.

Then February 15th hits, his birthday, and every year I feel like I fail at showing him the same love he’s shown me just the day before.

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