Book Giveaway!​

Hello my faithful readers! I have a really fun and different post up today! In honor of a brand new year and another year of writing, I would LOVE to give you something! You probably know by now that I love to read and always have a pile of books waiting to be read. I would like to share some of those books with you! Below are the items that I am giving away and here are the steps to enter:

-Comment below, on my blog Facebook page, or my Instagram Stories something that you are looking forward to this year, and also which book you would like to receive.
-You can comment on each platform for an additional entry as well!
-The contest will end on Tuesday, February 12th at 5:00pm CST.
-I will enter each entry for each book in a drawing and will select a winner at random.
-Once a winner has been selected, I will contact you for your shipping information.
-I am currently only shipping within the United States at this time.

Love Skip Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes by Shelene Bryan

Enough: 10 Things We Should Tell Teenage Girls by Kate Conner

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen

Make Your Mark: A 40-Day Devotional by Gateway Women

Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl

Good luck and enjoy!

Just Be Kind

The last few months I have been reading Generous Justice by Timothy Keller with some friends. This book has been such a good read and has been really convicting in the ways that I think of and treat people. There is value in every single human life and there is no reason at all to assume that my life is more important than anyone else’s. There is a quote in the book that says “when God put His image upon us, we became beings of infinite, inestimable value.” The book then goes on to say that “we must treat each and every human being as a way of showing due respect for the majesty of their owner and Creator.” Ouch. That definitely stings because I know that I do not respond to others that way all the time.

Furthermore, everything we have has not been gained by our own works but has been given as gifts from God. If that is true, which it is, then everything we have is essentially not ours and should be shared with others. Generosity, sharing, and kindness go a long way and everyone, in any season or situation in life, can practice these things.

10 Ways to Be Kind:

  1. Acknowledge someone when you pass them and offer a smile.
  2. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee who is in the same line as you.
  3. Offer a hug to someone having a hard time or day.
  4. Make someone a meal.
  5. Send an encouraging text message, email, or a hand written note to a friend, family member, coworker, etc.
  6. Practice active listening when someone is talking to you or sharing something important.
  7. Donate items that you don’t need to others.
  8. Put someone else’s needs before your own, even if you have to go out of your way.
  9. Leave a gift for someone else to find.
  10. Forgive someone who acted against you or said wrong things about you.

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My Summer Reads

For as long as I can remember, summer has always been associated with reading. When I was a little kid, my siblings and I would all do the summer reading program at our local library–and sometimes we would even try to race each other as to who would finish the quickest. The librarian must have thought that we were some of the most well-read children with how competitive we would be, haha! (What the library didn’t know, though, was that sometimes we read a bunch of kids board books and books that were honestly too easy for us to read–oopsies)

This summer, there are a few books that I really want to read and, like always, I’m going to try my best to have these read by the end of summer.

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

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This novel is set in London during 1939–1942. It was inspired by the letters written between the author’s grandparents during World War II. This novel focuses around the stories of three characters and it is written “with dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion…a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind” (People, Book of the Week).

Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup

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 After going through the home-buying process, this book is especially appealing to me! I’m excited to learn more about life, organizing, finances, etc., from a Biblical perspective.

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good For You and Avoid Those That Aren’t By Henry Cloud and John Townsend

2dadd0e5-7e5f-4ad5-9339-dc9d1b73dc39I heard about this book a couple of years ago and really wanted to read it. Based on the title, I think that this is a really important lesson to learn when it comes to relationships in your personal life, social life, and work life. This book will help to identify those who aren’t relationally trustworthy and also those who are relationally safe.

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider

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This book seems to be right up my alley. A book about adventure, traveling, and making it meaningful? Yes please!!

What are you reading this summer? Do you have any recommendations for my fall reading list?

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Pink Things + Encouragement

Good evening! I am currently huddled up at home eating chicken soup because it’s freezing and raining outside. A couple of days ago it was almost 80 degrees–but that’s typical Oklahoma weather for you! Tonight’s blog post is going to serve two purposes–to share with you some pink things I’ve been loving this month (in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day and February) and to share with you some scriptures of encouragement. This winter has seemed to be a little harder than normal, for me, to focus on encouraging thoughts and scripture, so I wanted to be able to share some with you in case you’re having a difficult time as well. I can’t wait for spring, sunshine, and warmth!

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2 Timothy 1:7

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

1 Corinthians 15:10

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

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Proverbs 31:25

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

 

Psalm 46:5

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be movedGod will help her when morning dawns.

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Psalm 139: 13-14

For you formed my inward partsyou knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully madeWonderful are your worksmy soul knows it very well.

 

Luke 12:7

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows

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Let me know how I can be praying for you! I really want to cultivate a community of encouragement and support with this blog, and it’s been really special to see that happen so far.

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Books I Want to Read: 6th Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve written a book-related post and thought I would do that today. Do you like to read? It’s one of things that I love to do in my down-time and while traveling. I like to read books about history, fiction, Christian living, and mystery. While I always have a list of books that I want to read and a stack of books that need to be read on my bookshelf, I try to just have a few books going at a time so that I finish them.

Also, this is totally unrelated but I’m just curious–have you ever started reading a book, decided it wasn’t for you, but then still read the whole thing? Or do you just stop reading? I’ve encountered this a few times but then felt guilty for not finishing it, haha!

These are the books that are currently in the rotation to read in the next couple of months. If you need some reading inspiration, I hope this helps you! What are you currently reading?

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel 

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I can’t wait to read this book! I like to think that I’m good at “people reading” and having good instincts–but I’m so curious to know what’s inside of this book! I think learning about different personality types is fascinating.

Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear by Wayne Mack & Joshua Mack

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This book was recommended to me by my dad, after learning what some of my goals are for this year. I’m looking forward to reading this and the insight it will give to help in my journey of worrying less. A big shoutout to my dad, also–he’s one of the biggest supporters of my blog and comments on every single post that I publish. Love you, Papa!

Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moved of a Woman on Holy Ground by Jess Connolly

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I love hearing Jess Connolly speak and encourage women in their walk with God. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley

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I have heard a lot of really good things about Emily Ley’s books and wanted to give this one a read. The title seems like it would be something that would really speak to me in the ways of “embracing simplicity and celebrating joy.”

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