Gratitude

When there’s a blizzard in April, I need an extra dose of gratitude…

I’m thankful for…

  1. A warm house with heat that works and extra blankets.
  2. A stocked fridge and ice cream in the freezer
  3. Revelation Wellness workouts to do from home
  4. Books to read
  5. Homework to do
  6. Kids to play with who bring lots of joy and laughter
  7. Worship music to play
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Made for This

I was not sure what to expect with Jennie Allen’s Made for This. I was a bit nervous that the content would be repetitious of her other books and would not be new. I had seen a lot of buzz and decided to give it a chance by requesting a review copy. Thankfully, I was wrong! Granted, it has been a while since I have read her other works but what I love most about this one is the interactive format.

The book is setup with 40 days of content, questions, scripture, and reflection. I appreciate that everything goes back to the Word and gives real stories. The questions are challenging and encouraging. I have been slowly working my way through the book and find myself going back to reflect again.

This book would be great for someone who likes to dig a little deeper into their own story through questions and scripture.

Disclosure: I received this book for free but all opinions are my own.

Friday Finds

Friday is here and I am excited to be headed into a weekend where we are finally NOT car shopping! Our beloved (by me) Lexus died and we have been on the hunt for a new one. We finally pulled the trigger on a Ford Flex and I am so thankful to move on from that decision. While I am a bit sad to be using the money for a car instead of travel or staying in our emergency fund (hello Dave Ramsey) or something else, I am very grateful we were able to use cash to buy something that will fit our kids better and give some extra space.

I’m hoping the weekend will include time outside and that the weather will cooperate for a walk or two! We’ve been loading the younger two in our BOB stroller and Asher has been big into scootering lately. I have a feeling this summer will be a fun stage for being outside with everyone!

I recently listened to a sermon by Francis Chan while we were out on a walk and he talked about prayer. You can find it here!

This morning my devotional included this little verse…

I also found this article to be intriguing and convicting. I definitely use my phone more than I would like and could use to change my habits.

Well…kids are waking up so time to set down my phone and pay attention!

Weekend Thoughts

Here we are heading into the weekend! This week has both been full and slow. A few of the kids have been rocking colds still so sleep has felt a little like Russian roulette of who is going to wake up when and how long will it take to get them back to sleep. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for these kids who snuggle and teach me so many things.

Lately, they’ve been challenging me in stepping out of my comfort zone. My oldest loves to talk (er yell? We work on using a talking voice…his voice just is so loud naturally and then he amps it up anytime he starts talking). When we have been out enjoying the (finally) spring weather, he starts talking to everyone we meet. When we are at the grocery store, he decides to ask if he can pray for anyone who is sick.

I love his boldness and the way he assumes people want to talk to him. He does not appear to shrink back or question the worth of his words. He assumes that others will talk to him and that he can bring prayer everywhere.

(Now, granted, he is still learning tact and social skills…he is four after all! We have many, many conversations and role plays about how to start conversations rather than just say very loudly, “Are you sick??”)

Right now at least he is little enough to still hold the cute factor for most people and quite a few will engage with him. He’s opened doors to conversations and opportunities to share God’s love that I haven’t even seen or taken the time to see.

I find myself feeling convicted of how I can be friendly and smile but rarely “see” people beyond that. What have I missed? Who could I have prayed for? Am I too focused on my tasks?

I want to surrender my agenda and hold my time with open hands so that I can respond to God’s promptings. I want to help cultivate my son’s eyes and perspective so that we can bless others as we go about our day.

Latest…

I love these types of posts and saw my friend (Carrie!) post one so I thought I would jump on board too! So, here are my latest…

Book Read: Translating God by Shawn Bolz (so many thoughts on this one!)

Favorite Thing On a Restaurant Menu: Truffle fries.

Coffee Drink Ordered: I don’t do coffee but I’m a big fan of white hot chocolate with mint!

Purchase: A lego set for my son! I hardly ever splurge on toys but had read about how God lavishes is and felt prompted to say yes. He and his sister have loved playing with it.

Song to Sing Along to on Spotify: The Outcome by The Church Vessel, I Shall Not Want by Audrey Assad, You Satisfy by Upperroom, Yes and Amen by Housefires, Isaiah 6 by Lindy Conant, and man so many good songs lately!!

TV Show Watched: I haven’t watched one for so long…Great British Baking Show probably!

6 Months

What we have learned…it’s time to transition out of the rock n play, rolling more and more, and that we have had a crazy winter/almost spring.

What we are enjoying…smiles, having him sit in our lap, and the first signs of warmer weather.

What are struggles…sickness, flooded basement, still haven’t bought a van, and waking up at night.

Most exciting milestones…rolling both ways often and tried some avocado and promptly gagged ek!

What Canon seems to like…being held, grabbing everything, toys in his mouth, being handed a toy, being talked to, and talking/spitting.

Dislikes seem to be…when he is left alone, when he’s been on his belly too long, and being set down when he’s not ready for that.

What sleep looks like…he loosely naps around 10 and again around 1 or 2 and then usually sneaks in another before going to bed about 8. He’s up around 8 still too. Nights have been a wildcard since he’s been sick and transitioning to the nuna. Bad nights he’s up 4-6 times. Good nights probably like 2-3! Between him and Melea waking up and coming in bed…we haven’t been sleeping much.

He’s eating…milk and tried a bite of avocado a few days after turning 6 months. Still eats in about 10 min and still roughly every 3 hours.

Who we have seen…same people!

At the last doctors appointment…he weighed 16 pounds 8 oz and was like 25 3/4 inches when he got checked for a fever. He has his appointment next week. He is in 6 month clothes but just barely and fits in 9 month sleepers and tops. 9 month pants are a bit big. He and Melea are rocking size 3 diapers.

Preach to Yourself

I have been working my way through Hayley Morgan’s Preach to Yourself for the last few months and finally finished out the last few chapters!

On a whole, the book felt practical, encouraging, honest, and relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts that shared about brain chemistry and helped show how science proves how God’s process can (and does!) renew our minds! While this was not new information for me, I felt like it fit well into the book. The book did a good job at laying out the process of renewing your mind and explaining something similar to CBT which is often used in counseling.

I could relate to some of the lies and lists that were included in the early chapters. Particularly, the lies about pressure to perform and to seek a platform. I appreciated the scriptures that were brought in to reiterate about how Jesus responded in similar situations. The author did a good job at basing the book from scripture while adding in other stories or sources that reinforced the Bible.

In all, I enjoyed the book and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for help in renewing their minds. I would say that a good Christian counselor would be a great asset alongside this book to help combat your inner critic.

Disclaimer: I am thankful to have received this book for free and all opinions are my own.