Never fails to surprise me

Ahhh…I’m all caught up on my Bible reading plan now.  Yay!

I would also like to thank my Kiddo who played quietly in the living room while I read at the dining room table.  Makes it so much easier to concentrate when he does that.

Here are the verses that I was supposed to read each day:

James 3:1-6

James 3:7-12

James 3:13-16

James 3:17-18

What verse from each segment stood out to me?

James 3:2 which reads “Indeed, we all make mistakes.  For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

James 3:9 states “Sometimes it (the tongue) praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.”

James 3:13 “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James 3:17 (well a small snippet of 17) “…it (wisdom) shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

Let me tell ya folks, all of this was what I needed to read today.  Last night and again today I read things on Twitter that just made me think “Wow”.

*all James verses are taken from the NLT translation.

Who am I?

This morning when I was catching up on Twitter I came across a tweet by Cindy that said “I fear for women who only seem to be able to talk to me about there s/o.  Who are you without that person?”

It dawned on me that I AM that person.  I have no clue who I really am apart from my husband.  That is something that I am trying to work on.  I want to know who I am on my own.  What do I enjoy? What am I good at?  What makes me interesting to others?

So who am I?  That’s a good question.  It is definitely time to dig deep and figure that out.

No words

A beautiful, talented, loving and giving woman lost her battle with cancer last night.

Heaven is getting a wonderful woman and she will be greatly missed by all those who knew her here on earth.

Here is a video where she talks about “what God is trying to teach her”.

My prayers are with her husband, son, and their “like-a-son” son C.  Also in my thoughts are everyone in my stepfamily who are hurting today due to this loss.

Take your best shot {a book review}

Last year I signed up for a great program through Thomas Nelson publishers called BookSneeze.  This program allows bloggers to receive books from the publisher and give our honest opinion of the book.  It’s a pretty neat deal.

My first review was for the book Fearless by Max Lucado.  Well now I’m back and I am finally ready to share about the book “Take your Best Shot” by Austin Gutwein.

Austin was 9 years old when his life changing story began to take place and it all began with a 4 minute video from World Vision.  In the video was a young girl named Maggie who touched his heart and at that point Austin new he needed to do something to help the orphaned children in Africa.  After asking his parents what he could do, they contacted World Vision to see what opportunities they had for a 9 year old to help.  A gentleman named Dana Buck called Austin back and he encouraged Austin to do what he likes (basketball) and change the world.   It was with that phone call and having watched the video of Maggie that set Austin to start “Hoops of Hope”.

This book details Austin’s story of how “Hoops of Hope” started but it is more than that.  Austin also brings in biblical references that tweens, teens and adults can understand.  He uses stories and modernizes them (David vs Goliath). Another great addition to the book are the stories from tweens and teens across the world who are changing lives as well.  At the end of each chapter (there are 14) there is a section called “take your best shot” which is a place for the reader to dig a little deeper by answering questions, reading bible verses, and writing a prayer to God.

Do I recommend this book?  Yes, yes I do.  Not just because I agree with the fact that God wants to use us but because it is a touching story about how tweens and teens can get involved and help change the world for the better.    If you are not a teen or tween can you still get something out of this?  Yes, yes you can.  As an adult there are many things in this book that grabbed my attention.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, get involved and start something!  Look around you, pray to God to show you the needs in your own community first and then act on it.  There are opportunities to help all around us if we open our eyes.  So open your eyes and start letting God work through you.

Austin says it the best in the introduction to his book (page xx) when he says “God wants to use you, and he’s ready to use you now.  Life is short, and the world is waiting.  It’s time to do something bigger than yourself.  It’s time to take your best shot.

I review for BookSneeze

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Coincidence, I think not

As you may have seen I just reviewed a book entitled “Take your best shot” by Austin Gutwein.  This book talked about service and letting God use you.

So imagine how surprised I was when I read James today!  Yesterday I should have read James 2:14-19 but time got a way from me and I had a lot of work to do at the end of the day.  (horrible excuse I know but I did not carve out “my” time yesterday)  Today’s reading, according to the schedule, was James 2:20-26.  Since I missed yesterdays reading, I simply doubled up and did two journal entries.

This portion of James that I am reading talks about faith and good works.  The book I just read (yesterday) talked about letting God use you and begin making a difference in this world.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Here are the verses that I chose that spoke the loudest to me:

What good is it if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?  Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14, NLT)

We are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.” (James 2:24, NLT)

Tomorrow my reading plan calls for me to read James 3:1-6 and the topic is controlling the tongue.  Oh boy, this is going to be a MAJOR eye opener for me as I have issues in this area.  Eek!

It happened again!

About 2 weeks ago I mentioned that I must be the odd one in regards to getting goosebumps when hearing certain songs. (whether on the radio or at Church)

Well it happened Saturday at Church when the band played “One” by U2.  It is such a moving song.  It really is.

It also happened again today.  One of my friends posted this video on Facebook

Needless to say this song just touched my heart and the goosebumps appeared.