Book Review

Today I am going to review The Apologetics Study Bible. I am used to the ESV version of the Bible however once I picked this Bible up I did see that it is not much of a difference in the Christian Standard Bible and the English Standard Version. What I really liked were the Articles that were included in the Bible by many of whom were evangelists and they helped tell you how we can apply the scripture to our lives as well as how we can use the information and minister to others. One thing that might be a turn off for many people is Jesus words are not in red. I am used to it as my ESV study Bible does not have His words in red either.

What I really enjoyed the MOST about this Bible were the sections in the beginning that talked about what apologetics is, how it applies to our lives and how it can be used to change our lives. It also has a section in the beginning that describes the differences in the our writing history and how things have changed and how to answer people who are skeptical about taking the word of God that was written thousands of years ago and apply it to our lives today. This Bible helps someone who desires to have a better understanding of the scriptures and how we can use the word of God to encourage others and most of all convince them that the word of God is infallible and concrete as well as use it to help someone see the truth through all the fallacies that are being pushed on us in this time in society.

I believe as a Christian, apologetics is a critical area of knowledge for any type of ministry. I am looking forward to using this bible as a reference as I continue with my counseling degree and then onto my career in the future. This Bible and the greater understanding of apologetics is a great tool that can be used when ministering to others. I enjoy having many different Bibles to use as references and I am very pleased to have added this one to the collection. =)

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The Weekend

I love the weekends! My hubby is off and the kids are done with school work so we have a chance to hang out with family. This past weekend we went to Winter Jam. Winter Jam is where they have about 8 or 10 Christian artists who come and play in one night for a low admission price. It was AWESOME!! To see so many people of different races, religions, and backgrounds get together and worship God is always just so AMAZING. Then Sunday we had practice for the dramas we will be doing in Mexico. More details on that later. Needless to say my legs are KILLING me! And then we finished off the night Sunday with the chili cook off. I was so busy over the weekend I didn’t have time to cook my chili. It’s all good there were soo many good ones there. I am glad I do not have to be a judge. Yesterday was a holiday so hubbs was of. We decided to do our biweekly shopping trip… that is always fun… NOT! It is painful people… grocery shopping for a family of five. What makes it worse is we are making better choices with our food and trying to eat healthier… and eating healthy is expensive… No wonder obesity is a problem in America. It is cheaper to eat junk food than it is healthy food. Sorry, End of Rant. I truly love the weekends and being with my family. My kiddos are getting to the age where they like to go to their friends houses and they love going to their aunt and uncles house too. So I want to spend as much time with my kiddos as I can. You never know how much time God will bless you with them and I know its impossible but I want to look back on their childhood and be proud of what I have done with them and time I spent with them and not regret much. I know there will be a ton of things I am doing wrong or may do wrong and one day regret but I want the regret to compare nothing to the pride I hope to one day feel with being with my children. Anyway, those are my thoughts today. Tomorrow I will try to write more about our lifestyle changes. =) I pray you all have a blessed day!!! =)

Dreary Days

So the last couple of days have been quite dreary. Cloudy, rainy, cold and so on. But today is probably the most dreary, weather wise, this week. This front is going to bring in some colder days again. I am not sure if my grass can handle any more freezing temperatures. It already looks like I live in a wheat field that is ready to be harvested. The only green grass in my yard is the little splotch of grass under the kids trampoline. Anyway, I got a book in the mail today to review. It’s not a book its a Bible.. and if you know me you know I love adding Bibles to the large collection that I already have so be looking for that review in the near future. The book I am currently reading is by John Macdonald from his Pastors Library called Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically. It has been interesting and I really enjoy his take on biblical counseling vs. Christian counseling and psychology and psycotherapy. It is very interesting to read a different perspective than from a psychology textbook. Since today is a dreary day were are just going to have a chill day. I welcome chill days. Sometimes you just have to have a day where you let everything go and just do what you want to do. It is how you maintain sanity these days. In all the madness you gotta just say STOP and just do your thing. Jesus did the same thing except he dropped everything went into the wilderness and prayed. “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Luke‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ While taking yourself away from all of your distractions to pray I feel like it is okay to do your own thing as well. Take some time for yourself. Reconnect with God and take a breath, it is okay. SO much and so many depend on you maintaining your sanity that if you lose that… you have lost it… literally. So I hope you give yourself a time out and gather your thoughts and sanity and prep yourself for the beautiful mess that is our lives! =) Till next time! XOXO!

Impending Madness!!

Okay so right now I am at a lul season in my life. I am in between semesters in college and Bible Studies and getting geared back up homeschooling my kiddos. But…. Yes there is a but in there, isn’t there always. On Jan 22 my life will be pushed right back into madness. AHHH!!!! So what do i do before then and the time unfolding up to that time? I add more things to my plate that will come during that time. Sigh, I am getting the feeling that at some point I am going to have to take a step back and say okay time to get my priorities in order and some things are gonna have to go. I get overwhelmed at having to make those decisions and trying to decide what will go and what will stay. Woooosah. I am just trying to enjoy the calm I have in my life right now because that’s what life is made of. Different seasons. It is what you do during those seasons that defines you. Understanding that each season in your life has its own lessons to learn and knowing that allows you to glean knowledge through those times. I am also so grateful for my husband. While he is an addition to the madness he more often than not makes the madness fun and less of a load on me. Husbands are like that but honestly that is another post for another day!!

Anyway, I hope that during the times of madness I will still have time to blog. That way you have to endure the madness with me. I’m just kidding but I do hope you tag along that way you can see that everyone has times in their lies where crazy busy is common. Because life wouldn’t be life if it was always boring! =) I hope you all have a blessed day!!! Until next time!!! XOXO

God’s Timing

If I have learned a very important lesson in my life is that God’s timing is everything and it is perfect. Often times I get frustrated because things do not happen when I WANT them to only to realize that my timing would have thrown Gods plan way off or looking back realizing I would not have been able to handle what I wanted at the time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”. In the verses following this particular verse it goes on to explain there are times for everything in our lives. One of the things we need to take away from it, it does not say that there is a season, which YOU determine will be a time for. Meaning everything is in GOD’s time. So often I question God’s timing but the Bible says something different. Acts 1:7 “He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” To question God, his actions and his timing is to question God’s sovereignty. To question Him is to doubt him. Throughout the Bible God’s timing is shown as perfection over and over again. From Noah, to Moses, to Rahab, to Ruth, through the birth and death of Jesus Christ, everything God has set in motion has been through his perfect plan. So at times when you are questioning the season of life you are in, why you are in this season and when is the next season coming, or even when you feel like what you deserve is overdue remember to trust in the Lord. (Trust me, I am writing this blog more for me than for you). No one has more questions and why’s than I do. Lol. So let me leave you with this piece of scripture.

Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

I need to remember that…. Waiting… and quietly… whaaaat?? Yep, a lesson God is constantly teaching me all the time. Trust in his timing, and its better to trust quietly. =) I hope I can continue to learn from the lessons God has and is continuously teaches me through each season of my life! God bless you and I pray you have a great day!

Hungry & Thirsty

I can not tell you how long I have sat here at my computer or on my tablet looking for some way to dive into my Bible. No study at my church as of yet and I although I get a lot of scripture out of the books I am reading I am really desiring some one on one time with God and his word! So if you have any suggestions on where to start please let me know. Right now I am just flailing in the the wind looking for something to grasp a hold of and ground me and start there. I have picked up my Bible a ton of times to get started and I know that is all I need to do but I really want somewhere to dig in and start. I have a ton of studies saved on my Bible app. Maybe it is just the season of life I am in right now but my hunger and thirst for a more intimate relationship with God could not be more prevalent. I pray that we can encourage one another to continue to have that thirst and hunger for that relationship with God. If there is anything I can do please let me know and I will do the same. My prayer is that we get through this together and uplift and encourage one another!! I hope you all have a blessed day!!

A New Year!!

Okay so its now 2018 and I haven’t blogged for 6 months, I am so sorry…. I know you all have missed me so much!!! (Just kidding) So much has happened and has been going on. YEAH!!!! It’s crazy and life gets crazy. However, New Years mean new starts and new things… right? Exactly… But I am choosing to go against the grain this year and I have decided I will make no New Years resolutions… I resolve to not resolve. Funny how that works. I have recently finished my prerequisites to my degree and am now starting to focus on the degree specific classes all the while homeschooling and trying to keep house around this crazy beautiful life of mine. One of the things I desire the most is to help people. Hence why I am getting a degree in Christian Counseling. O also hope that through my blogs I am able to reach others and show them that no matter how imperfect your life may seem that Jesus still loves us. Perfectly imperfect because of my savior Jesus Christ. I do have some goals I would like to attain in the year 2018. I guess those would be considered resolutions. I would rather call them goals. You don’t feel as bad if you do not do well with your resolutions than if you didn’t attain a goal you set in your life. Looking back there are so many things I can and should have done better. That’s the luxury of being the daughter of a king. You live and make mistakes and learn from them and pick yourself up and move on. Last year was crazy… through that crazy realized how blessed I am. Pray this year is just as crazy (maybe with less serious accidents) so I can be reminded how much my father in heavens loves me. I pray it for you too. No one needs to go through life and not be reminded how love they are. Because my dear friend, you are loved!!!! I think that will be my phrase for the year… You are loved!!! XOXO Until next time! God bless!!

What I Spend My Money On

The Bible says that where you spend your money is a good indication that is where your allegiance lies.

Matthew 6:21-24 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” 

This is not going to be a lecture about where you should and should not spend your money. Trust me of all people I would be the last one to lecture anyone on money. But I am going to encourage you to step back and see exactly where you spend your money. It never fails but whenever I step back and look I am always disappointed. I know where I would like my money to go but it does not necessarily work out that way all of the time.

More often than not money goes to food, albeit mostly eating out and groceries. I very rarely spend money on myself. I do not know why but it brings me more happiness doing for others than it does doing for myself. Do not get me wrong when I do spend money on myself its on my Thirty-One bags, getting my nails on or books. I love books! =)

This is an area in my life I could use a lot of work on and a lot more faith in God. I tend to prioritize where money goes and the first place it should go sometimes ends up being the last place and I know it should not be that  way. But hey! I am just like everyone else on this planet… a work in progress. Of course that is where faith and trust come in and well let’s just say I struggle there too. There is always something we can work on to better ourselves. Always. There is never once in our lives that we all have it all together.

I will leave you with this. There is a warning in the Bible against the LOVE of money.

1 Timothy 6:10  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

There is nothing wrong with making money and having money but if you are letting money control you like spending more time at work than with your family, than going to church or if you let you carnal desires fuel you then that is also an area that needs to be evaluated and worked on. I think people really miss the point in this scripture because it is not money that is evil. Money can not be evil its an object.. It is our love for that money that is evil. Again, I am preaching to the choir. I pray that God blesses you with full wallets and that you take that money and bless others with it and show them God’s love through your actions! Your works will not go unnoticed! =)

My Scariest Experience!!

I have truly been blessed that I have not had to go through any terrifying experiences. And I do not mean to boast in that but mention it humbly. I know in many peoples lives that are around me and close to me they have been through some terrifying experiences. I can however think of some things that barely equal the magnitude of the tragedy some have gone through.

One of the scariest experiences I have ever gone through was when I received a phone call that my husbands unit was hit with an IED and there were losses… It was 30 days before I heard from him… I managed to find out that it was in fact his unit and he was not one of the ones hurt. 30 days I did not hear from him, his voice, no letters, nothing and it was terrifying.

Another one of the scariest moments was when my 6 year old daughter fell 15 feet out of our big oak tree in the back yard. She somehow managed to find a way onto one of the low lying branches of course with the help of her siblings. She got about 15 feet into the air and started to fall and went to grab onto a branch to catch herself but it was dry rotted and she fell to the ground. I happened to glance outside and seen my son running towards the house in a panic and I seen my littlest lying on the ground so I took off. She was responsive but seemed out of it. I called the paramedics and they took her into the hospital. MRI was done and they brought her back and everything came back clear. Praise God. No broken bones no internal bleeding… nothing. It was scary….

Luckily those are the only two instances that stick out as my scariest experiences at least that I can consciously recall. I am sure there are a few other almost scary incidents but those are definitely the two most prominent memories in my mind. I pray that whatever scary experiences I go through God helps me learn from them and enables me to deal with them through His strength and I pray the same thing for you as well!!! I do not know what scary experiences you have had or maybe you are going through one now but I pray the same for you as well! God bless and as always thank you for reading!

Favorite Quotes

I am not sure where this blog is going to lead me. I can think of a ton of favorite Bible scriptures but I guess since I spam you with those on a daily basis I will give you some of my actual favorite quotes. Mind you these most likely are not quotes from famous philosophers but some of my favorite movies and books. There could possibly be a lot of Nicholas Sparks quotes! I just LOVE his book!

  •  “There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.” The Notebook
  • “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein
  • “It is during our darkest moments that we must FOCUS to see the light” Aristotle
  • “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever” The Notebook
  • “I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.” Dear John
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “I love it when a plan comes together” The A-Team
  • “Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like not other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we’re gone” P.S. I Love You
  • “I am Groot” Guardians of the Galaxy
  • “In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance – when you least expect it – sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined.” The Lucky One
  • “Why is the rum gone?” Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss
  • “I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.” The Notebook
  • “My Precious” -The Lord of the Rings
  • “Anybody can become angry- that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way- that is not withing everybody’s power and is not easy.” Aristotle
  • “When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.” Dear John
  • “I Feel the need…. The Need For Speed” Top Gun
  • “What was that? I should kill everyone and escape? Sorry, it’s the voices. Ahaha, I’m kidding! That’s not what they really said.” Suicide Squad