Party of One – Joy Smith Review

 

This book was so intriguing.  This book brings up topics that I have never heard discussed in church before. It really exposed me to new ideas. It discusses purity culture and how it can negatively effect our lives. It talks about how to deal with the pain of singleness. It teaches how to TRULEY be content in singleness. It emphasizes the idea of Biblical womanhood apart from marriage. As a single person it made me feel less alone in the Body of Christ.

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How Can I Be Enraged When I Spent Time With God Today?

I had a horrible ending to my day at work today.  I came home extremely enraged about a situation that happened to me at work. I was so mad at some of my coworkers. After I calmed down I started to ponder about how I could be so mad when I had spent time with God earlier in the day by doing a Bible Study by myself. After LONG contemplation I came to the conclusion that I was so enraged because I did not bring God into every moment of my day. Although it is great to set apart time with God in order for a heart/soul change we need to walk with Him in every moment of the day.

What I Am Into – End of 2017

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 One by One: Welcoming the singles in your church by Gina  (3/5) :      This book tells you how singles feel isolated in the church that is so often geared to married people. Even though it is very straight forward the author is not trying to accuse or blame married people for all the church problems regarding singles. It just shows that singles have been isolated and rejected in the church. If you love singles or are single I recommend it.

Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness  by Joy Smith (4/5 ) : This book was so intriguing.  This book brings up topics that I have never heard discussed in church before. It really exposed me to new ideas. It discusses purity culture and how it can negatively effect our lives. It talks about how to deal with the pain of singleness. It teaches how to TRULEY be content in singleness. It emphasizes the idea of Biblical womanhood apart from marriage. As a single person it made me feel less alone in the Body of Christ.

Movies: 

Annabelle’s Creation (4/5) –  An evil spirit gets out and messes with orphan girls. This was definitely a very captivating scary movie.

When Sparks Fly (3/5) – A girls bff and her ex boy friend get engaged. She is asked to be the maid of honor. She agrees but then realizes she is still in love with her ex. I absolutely adored this cheesy hallmark chick flick.

 

Helpful Websites:

  • wherefor.com – helps you book a vacation on a budget.

Products I Love:  

  •  Black Speckled Gold Foil Beanie-

    Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. So of course I had to support this cause. It is also the most adorable beanie I have seen.

  •  Homesick Candles– They have candles based on each of the 50 States in America. They also have candles based upon memories. I got the summer camp candle for Christmas because I miss the my childhood days of going to summer camp. These smell so good.

How to deal with being sad during the holidays

During the holidays this year I have heard tons of bad news. I know two people whose family members committed suicide. I have friends who have family members in nursing homes and the hospital. And so as I sit here on New Years Eve I am reflecting on just how hard it can be during the holidays. And one thing this opened my eyes to is how it seems to be wrong to grieve during the holidays. We tell everyone to have a happy holiday. The problem with that is we EXPECT them too. People are not allowed to be sad during the holidays. I think we need to pay more attention to the people around us. We need to have conversations and discuss with people about how they are really doing. Most importantly tell them about Jesus. Tell them how His name is Immanuel which means ‘God With Us’. And don’t forget to tell other your story and about your struggles during the holidays.

What I Am Into – Summer 2017

Read:

  1. Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by Mayfield (3/5) –
This is a beautiful book about a lady who finds out alot about God living near refugees. I feel like this is the perfect book for what we are going through in America. The only negative thing is that it was hard to be engaged at times because of the poor writing style.

Movies:

47 Meters Down (4/5)– This movie was about two girls who were cage diving with great white sharks. The rope disconnected and they fell down to the ocean floor. Trying to make it make it back to the boat alive. This was such an interesting movie and I recommend it.

Highlights: 

  • I went to Wild Life Reserve to celebrate my birthday. It was a ton of fun. I now have warm and fuzzy feelings for animals.

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Friendship

     

      I always complain that I don’t have any friends in my area. The truth would is I don’t have any friends in the area I live. But I definitely have deep friendships. Five that I can count on. They listen to me, are there for me, know my deepest darkest secrets, and always put a smile on my face. Did you know One in 10  people do not have a close friend and even more feel unloved. Researchers at Harvard have even concluded Having no friends could be as deadly as smokingWe need relationships. God created Adam and Eve so Adam wouldn’t be lonely. But we don’t need the shallow service on conversations. We need someone to sit us down and ask how we are and really mean it. One day I will hopefully do a post on friendships in the Bible. But for now really try to get to know people. Listen to what they have to say. Care about them. Love people well.

 

 

 

 

Thankfulness

I noticed something recently. I am never satisfied in life. When God answers a prayer I am not grateful. I just focus on the ones that He hasn’t answered the way I want Him to. Now I am trying to be more intentional about thanking God for what he blessed me with. By being intentional I notice things God has given me that I never have said thanks for. It has made me so much more appreciative. There someways you can do this. I say little prayers as I think of my blessings throughout the day. You can write in your journal a bullet list if you want. Just do what works best for you. If you can’t think of anything you can always turn to the Bible and it tells a lot of things God has done for us.

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34