Tuesday, August 8

The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby Book Review

Greetings, everyone!!! I have to open this up by saying I saw Edie on Home and Family. She was interviewed and spoke about her book. She was such an inspiration! I say that from my heart. I had just learned just days before that my Mom's cancer was back and spread to her spleen. Her body is already compromised by Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, an auto immune disease. Hearing her story I knew this book needed to get into my Mom's hands. I immediately looked up the book to get the price; then talk to my husband about purchasing the book. I found it talked with him and right now financially it was not within the budget. I said can we please pray about the book because I really feel like this would be a great tool for my Mom. He agreed that we would pray about the book. I hadn't received the list of books available to review yet and I felt in my spirit to wait to choose my book. I waited then the email I was waiting on came in. I looked at the list and there was Edie's book!! I cried, I was so blessed to see this book. God provided the book!!

Now to get into my thoughts and opinions of this wonderful book. I have to say wonderful while it had so many things going on, things that you the reader to absorb. The book kept your attention and you couldn't get to the next page fast enough to see what was going to happen next. We first learned of  Edie's diagnosis and the impact on her family. No matter how difficult Edie's battle became she kept her focus on the Lord. She would say,"Through the grace of God and His medicine, I am healed." This became her constant prayer. Another reminder that the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. The Bible encourages us to use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks. Prayer is the most powerful of all God's armor. I want to say this was such a fast read; hanging on each word following along to what was coming next. There was a part that was frightening. I feared for their lives in the story. I knew Edie made it out, but just the fear that ran through me I could only imagine what she was feeling when it was happening to her. I felt her pain as she traveled along. I appreciated her endurance and the courage she had to take on the challenges she faced while walking the mission trail. I am encouraged to take this up on my walk with my bone disease and encourage our son to do the same. We now will have our walks together.

I really enjoyed this book; I loved the book. I really didn't want the story to end. I can say I have a lot of friends and family in mind for this book. I will be directing them to purchase this book. If you'd like to purchase a copy click the words The Mission Walker

Grace & Peace,

Monday, July 31

Beth Moore Get Out of That Pit Book Review

Good morning, Everyone!!! Hope you're having a wonderful day. I must say that it didn't take much to get me to jump into this book. I started reading and thought do I need this book?? I didn't think so, but was shown how easily we can get into a "pit" we need to arm ourselves with the scripture of God.  When things upset us we need to be careful with our motives behind what we do. Are we saying something, writing something, posting something that we know will cause someone to react. Are we doing this on purpose? Are we craving their reaction to what we do? We need to remember I Chronicles 28:9, says "....the Lord searches every hearts and understands all the intent of thoughts..." We can make impact on those around us if they're down or in a "pit" -- we can be an example to them; secondly we can be in prayer for them. Thirdly we can be an encourager to them. Just like it says in Hebrews 3:13 we are to warn each other daily that we aren't deceived by sin. We are to encourage one another to stay away from sin. We are to direct back to Christ. I had friends direct me back to Christ when I was dealing with my injury that landed me in a wheelchair. I went back, back, back and back again to the Lord. I did and I graduated from wheelchair to walker to cane. I now mostly walk on own, but cane is at the ready when needed. God developed biblical wisdom within us. 

An important point that stood out to me was this picture in my mind of our Lord standing in front of me "Right here, child. Look right here. Don't look right or left. Stare into my face. I am your Deliverer. There is none like me." 

I have had the Lord bring a family member, friend come alongside me to encourage me through what He has planned. I am glad He does that because He knows what we need. The opinion is my own. I did this review on my own words. I would recommend this book for friends and family. 

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, July 26

Our Beautiful Aunt Laid to Rest

Today was a beautiful sunny day; glad we had beautiful weather. Although our emotions were running high because we've lost our beloved Aunt. Aunt Cora fought long and hard with brain cancer; but she always had God shining through her - showing His love with any that she came in touch with.  She always had a bright spirit even if she had to have a word of correction for you she always brought you to God. I love that she prayed with me. The chats we would have and some adventures we'd have over the years. I will never forget that she was the only one that stood by my side when I was going through a difficult time in my marriage. Aunt Cora guided me through the Word of God; she prayed with me, she encouraged me---I love her for that. My husband and I are now on 28 years of marriage. At the time of difficulty was at 9 1/2 years into our marriage. 

We laid our Beautiful Aunt to rest - though she be apart from us she is in Heaven with our Lord. We will miss her greatly but we know we will see her again. May you be a light in the darkness that others will see Jesus in you. 

Grace & Peace,

Tuesday, July 25

God's Plan

Good Morning Everyone!! I hope you're enjoying your morning. I have been enjoying mine and have listened to the rain as God let it fall to water his garden and care for all that He's created.  I love how God takes care of us. We may not always see it at first, but when we take the time to look deeper we see it. 

I am writing because I was thinking through the hurt, the pain, the challenges I have faced whether they be by injury, surgery or other obstacles that have come up in my life God is sovereign. He knew the plans He had for me. He knew how I would go through these things. Just as He says in Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope."

He knew the struggle, He placed the right people in my life to influence me in the direction He would have me go. Even if I wanted to be stubborn and not want to comply at first, but in the end, I do and did; I was very blessed. I was very blessed with what He taught me through the struggle, through the challenges. So I challenge you to step out,  walk out in faith when you think you can't He's there, He's by your side -- Take it up!!! Walk with Him!!

Grace & Peace,

Friday, July 14

Book Review Time Again...."The Comeback" by Lou Giglio

I want to start out by saying that this book caught my attention just in the description of what is contained inside.  The part of God always has a new beginning for us no matter the disappointment that we are facing, the feeling of failure, the mistake that we've made, the feeling of being confused or frustrated, or that we are grieving. We may feel far from God, but He's never far from us. He already has the solution for what we are facing and going through.  While I was reading through I found some great gems that I shared with friends including the reference of where found with friends. One of them is this, "None of us can cop out and say, "I'm just going to check out." No, that's not God's purpose for you. He wants you to understand that there are no wasted moments. For His glory, He uses everything that's happened, everything that's happening, and everything that will happen--the past, present, and future."  I spoke with friends while reading this book. I found that this read was a deep but at the same time quick one. I mean that as you get reading you're ready to flip to that next page.  Another good one was this; "Step by step, God will make our comeback happen. He will bring about what He wants in our lives. He will unfold His plan in His time and His way. And it will be like nothing we could dream up ourselves."

Grace & Peace,
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