Nothing to Prove 

Since I read a fair amount of Christian non-fiction, I was curious if Jennie Allen’s Nothing to Prove would be similar to others about the same topic. I found the first couple of chapters to be especially thought-provoking!  I underlined a ton and resonated with many ideas. 

I’ve been one who has hustled and strived to meet all sorts of standards. I’ve tried to prove myself and keep myself up on my imaginary pedestal (spoiler: it didn’t work). Let me tell you, this kind of living is exhausting! The pressure and constant worry took up too much time!  Through a lot of different things like counseling, prayer, changing my self-talk, and engaging in relationships, I’ve come a long ways from where I used to be. Yet, I still found Jennie’s message to be relevant and helpful. 

I love how she continually brings it back to focusing on God. We don’t get anywhere by repeating how good we are but we sure can gain ground when we are abiding in the one who is more than enough!  

The book included great questions to ponder and prompts to help you take the next steps. I loved texting these to a friend and writing out my answers. This was really helpful for me! 

The only thing that didn’t resonate with me were the parts of chapters that turned Bible stories into first person accounts. I would rather read the Bible verses than the expanded fiction version. But these did create a great way to really dive into those stories in a new way. Mostly a personal preference!

Otherwise, I highly recommend the book for a refresher on God’s goodness and on how to really focus on Him in a world that is constantly baiting us to measure up and prove ourselves. 

Disclosure: I got this free book from Blogging for Books but all opinions are my own!


3 Months

Our little lady is now over 3 months! She’s just the perfect addition to our family. Asher still comments about how she’s pretty cute. I’m still a little in denial that I’m a mom to a girl but I’m sure glad I get to be her mom!

What we have learned…spring can come anytime. Sleep is still great! The rock n play outside is a great thing. 
What we are enjoying right now…the few days of warmer weather, lots of smiles, a few giggles, tummy time, grabbing at things, reading books, and lots of music. 
What our struggles are right now…cold weather and next steps for the future. 
Most exciting milestones…a few giggles!
What we are looking forward …warmer weather, walks, a new backyard, and what God has planned. 
What Melea seems to like and dislike…likes seem to be grabbing things, her blanket, tummy time, the kick n play, being upright, and watching. Dislikes seem to include being alone for too long, being sleepy, and being too close to the edge of the kick n play.
What sleep looks like…I haven’t kept track much but she’s waking up usually around like 4am and sometimes one other time in the night. Sleeping until 7:30 or so and then taking a nap around 9 and then usually another good afternoon nap and evening nap. She’s going to bed usually around 8 and then maybe waking for a bit before we go to bed around 10:30. 
What we are eating…milk! She’s a little more willing to eat whenever but mostly not. She’s speedy and eats for about 10-15 minutes. 
Who we have seen…we saw the Paradee’s again! And Taylor came home some. 
At the last doctor appointment…we just had one! She’s petite! She weighed 11 pounds 2 oz and was almost 23 inches. She’s wearing size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes. She’s still sporting some cute cloth diapers too. 

Good Good Father

We are big fans of worship music and it is constantly playing in our house. My son could probably listen all day. 

We first listened to Good Good Father by Housefires (they’re a favorite around here). Though, when I heard Chris Tomlin had a version, I was excited that he would be able to get the song to a wider audience since I love the song!  Personally, I still prefer the original. The song really shows God’s heart as a loving father. 

Since the song became so popular, I wasn’t surprised to see they made a children’s book to go with it.  I was excited to receive the book for free to review since my son likes the song. 

The book is a fairly short board book that follows the story of a lion who is the “father.”  The storyline talks about the different things good fathers do. The illustrations are cute and simple. My son (2 and a half) has enjoyed reading it. I wouldn’t say it is a favorite book but he seems to like it. 

The biggest disappointment to me with the book was that it doesn’t talk about how God is our “good, good father.”  The connection between how the father lion acts and how God is was never made in the book. I was able to verbally share this concept at the end of the book but I would have preferred the book had focused on how God is our “good, good father.”

So, I would not recommend to go out of your way to find this book but if you like the song then it might be a fun addition to your kids’ bookshelf. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”