Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reviewing The Sure Cure for Worry

The Sure Cure for Worry by Kent Crocket is my latest gem from Chosen Book, Blogging for books division. The randomness of this process has allowed me to be God lead. 

Although, I was expecting more of a daily quiet time devotional on the topic of worry based on the title I did find it to be a valuable read through resource. The Sure Cure for Worry is divided into three parts and each chapter has Reflections questions at the end.

Great advise and thoughts from Part 1 titled Learning to Trust God:

Simply live to please The Lord 

Pages 40-43 Gives 15 excellent examples of God's control over the faithful. 

The story of Joseph is probably my favorite story of divine appointments in the Bible because, is show that it is also about His timing and not mine. 

Seven factors necessary for a Prophecy to be fulfilled are listed on pages 52-55

Pages 60-64 gives us a list of Prophecies that have been fulfilled. 

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the smartest one of all.” I found this to be a pivotal question. So often we compare ourselves but are we comparing to whom is the smartest. 

Part two entitled "Deciding to Follow God" is the main course of this book. It is filled with sage advice and encouraging thoughts. Kent strives to help us see how God works for our good in all circumstances, even those that are painful. We can ease our pain by choosing “to see rejection from God’s point of view and looking forward to the good future He has planned for you.”  

Part 3: "Claiming God’s Promises" summaries the main message of this book. 

“Stop torturing yourself (or allowing others to torture you). Surrender your life to The Lord. Place your complete trust in Him. Live one day at a time. Control what you think about. Release your problems to God through prayer. And enjoy the rest of your life to its fullest.”

If you struggle with worry, I highly recommend The Sure Cure For Worry, after reading the cure you only need to apply its principles to master your worrying. 

Have you chosen to enjoy life?

As always,

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Reviewing The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good by Peter Greer is an eye-opening read. It gets to the heart of why we do "good" and how to maintain the heart of Christ while serving Christ. 

Peter tackles the idea of Karma in the first chapter. Are we doing good only so good things will happen to us? He shines new light on the Prodigal Son, balancing life, keeping our moral compass and more. 

The questions at the end of these 17 chapters were certainly thought provoking. Here are a few that stuck with me:

  1. How do you know when your moral compass is broken?
  2. Can you identify those 3 a.m. Friends in your own life?
  3. What are some tangible ways that we can give credit to God as we go, give, and serve?
  4. Where are some areas that you find your identity?
  5. Why is the philosophy of Christian karma a dangerous one to believe?
  6. In what areas of your life do you compare yourself to others.
  7. How do you most naturally express your faith?

Some thoughts from “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” that spoke to me:

  • The core message of grace is religious anarchy. We are forgiven, accepted, and love not because of what we do, but because of what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross. 
  • God only uses flawed people who rely on Him. People who recognize that it's about God’s spirit. God’s grace. God’s power. God’s plan. 
  • There are no minor moral lapses. We go from attitudes to thoughts to behaviors in an easy progression. 
  • Integrity begins with the small decisions we make each day. 
  • Comparison fuels pride. 
  • Strengths divide, but faults unite. 

I enjoy looking in my mailbox and finding my next Bethany House blogging for books review. This is another great book and I plan on having my boys read this book. Peter Greer gives great incite into the heart of the Christian walk. The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good is a valuable read for every Christian. 

As always,

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Reviewing The Ragamuffin Gospel

From the title: The Ragamuffin Gospel, you might not gleam the true nature of this jewel. Brennan has written a heart warming book that connects us to the truth of the gospel. He came to save all us sinners, who are lost without His Grace. 

Brennan Manning has come full circle, To have fallen from grace by becoming an alcoholic, To stand again and learn so much from the experience is the amazing gift of God. But, he takes it a step further and shares his amazing journey with us in a way that helped me discover a new perspective of my truly amazing God. 

I cannot help but love books that proclaim the truth about the Christian walk. Even with the examples of Peter and Paul, many still paint a picture of this perfectly happy butterfly and sunshine life which sets others up for failure. Living in a broken world is hard and challenging, that truth sets us free. 

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning is published by multnomah Books and I was blessed to receive a free copy to review as part of their blogger for books program.

Pearls from The Ragamuffin Gospel:

God does not find me expendable.

"That for those who love God everything works unto the good, even sin."

The gospel of grace announces, Forgiveness precedes repentance. The sinner is accepted before he pleads for mercy. it is already granted. He need only receive it. Total amnesty. Gratuitous pardon.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.

"With unshaken confidence Jesus answers, The kingdom of My Father cannot be overcome, even by death. In the end everything will be all right. Nothing can harm you permanently; no loss is lasting, no defeat more than transitory, no disappointment is conclusive. Suffering, failure, looniness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the kingdom of God will conquer all those horrors. No evil can resist grace forever."

What pearls will you find while reading The Ragamuffin Gospel?

As always, 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

More of Just Born Puppy {Word-less Wednesday}

His name will be Shadow.

The boys were very excited to be hold a new born pup. It is amazing how tiny we all start out.

As always,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Week in Instagram {Word-Less Wednesday}

Thought my days of shopping for Televisions were over but with homeschool we picked up a new one this week.

My first visit to Whole Foods, awesome place to shot.

Purchased the baby of the canon family, excited to start learning to use it.

This is our new addition, He is only a few hours old here and fell asleep in my hand. In 10 weeks he can leave his mother and come home with me.

And Silver was happy to be back in daddy's lap.

As always,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Celebrating Ten Years of Life {Word-less Wednesday}

We drove five hours into the middle of nature so that Nathanael could go horse back riding on the beach. It as a nice break from civilization. 

He looks like such the professional.

Galloping through the water, they even saw wild horses.

I think all boys are cowboys at heart.

I will be taking a blogging and internet break till after June 4 to spend some quality family time.

As Always,

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Visiting the Garden Center Word-less Wednesday

The pictures are from my girls day out at the garden center.

Who do you approach in your times of need?

As Always,