Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Didn’t Read Much…

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Didn’t Read Much…

Hey guys!

Quick post today because I visited the eye doctor for an annual check up and she put drops in my eyes to dilate them and my vision is kinda wonky right now! So typing this is a challenge!

Anyway, to make a long story short, i barely did any reading this week and I probably wont do much for the rest of July (lol) Its vacation season and im jetting off on a plane in 2 days. I have yet to pack….. sigh.

I did manage to finish, “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven. What a great book! I really think that the author was able to capture the face of depression and the mask that so many people  wear when trying to convince everyone that they are okay.You can never truly know what someone is going through, but this books serves as a reminder to us all to pay attention.To treat everyone with love and compassion and to cherish those you love each and everyday. One kind word could save a life…I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

                     4 out of 5 stars….

As for next week/travel, I have no set goals! I really wanted to re-read ” To Kill a Mockingbird” in anticipation of is sequels ( “Go Set a Watchman) release on July 14th. But the way things are going…who knows?

I am also doing the Proverbs challenge! I chapter of Proverbs a day for the month of July. As of right now its day 8! So far so good. I am also continuing with Ezekiel 🙂

Have a successful reading week!

What are you guys reading this summer?

xoxo

Grieving yet still Grateful….

Grieving yet still Grateful….

“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”
Anne Lamott ( Goodreads.com) ( i love this quote, It puts into words exactly how I feel right now)

 I  know this blog is kind of repetitive as I did a similar blog topic last week, but its been on my heart again 😦

It’s been a crazy two weeks y’all. Losing two family members within ONE DAY of each other has probably been one of the hardest situations I have ever been through in life. But what made this situation even harder to deal with, was with the fact that I had to step into the role of “the strong one”. Each one of my parents lost a sibling, and not only a sibling, they lost their closest sibling. So naturally they are hurting. Also what makes this situation so hard, is that they don’t even really have each other to lean on right because each one is grieving the loss of their own.

So that leaves me. The most accessible child caught in the middle of two grieving parents. It’s been hard guys. I’ve been doing my best to be supportive to both parents, but it can really take a toll on you especially as you yourself are grieving. I think this past Sunday as we laid my Aunt to rest, It really hit me that she’s really gone 😦  She is the aunt that I take after the most. I get my attitude from her, my temper from her and my awesome skin from her ( thanks to all the nights of her coating me in baby lotion and Vaseline 😛 ) and to even imagine that I can’t pick up the phone and hear her cuss me again is so hard. The way that she took care of my father as a young boy( and even as an adult) always resonated with me. As a self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl” ( lol) It always warmed my heart to see their relationship, and because she loved my dad so much, that automatically made me her favorite 😛 ( sorry guys they said it at the funeral: it’s confirmed lol 🙂 ) Then there’s my uncle.. such a kind-hearted man. My mom’s number one fan and her fiercest protector growing up. My mom is shattered and that just breaks me  😦

But I am so glad that I have had an amazing support system. I can’t even stress the amount of love I have for my friends. They have truly rallied around my family and I during this time. The calls the texts,the social media check ins, the visits, the food,the laughs and cheering up has been absolutely my rock during this time. My amazing co- workers ( who are friends like family) have made it possible for me to be accessible for my family, picking up my slack at work, literally feeding me ( thanks Mina 🙂 ) and just being as supportive as can be…. words can’t even express my gratitude. My church family… man… words can’t even express how supportive they have been. Right from day one they stood by our side and filled our home with prayers, company and  groceries. No church is perfect but my church has certainly set the bar high when it comes to genuine compassion and love.Hamilton Church of God of Prophecy, you are loved.I’m forever grateful.

Now I’m not the type of person who grieves openly. I’m more of the “keep it bottled in”  kind of girl . It’s actually really hard for me to express my emotion. I guess it’s because I’m pretty tough and resilient I sometimes forget that “tough girls” need to cry sometimes too. While it’s hard for me to express my emotion, I know that it’s not healthy to keep everything bottled up. I have my “true few” who have seen me break down and have been a great support but I am so glad that I serve a God that I can come to with my grief and lay it right at His feet. If there is anyone I can be completely transparent with its God. He has been there through the darkest of times and I know He will continue to see me through.

Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

All I can say is that if you are grieving please reach out to someone. I understand not everyone shares the type of relationship with God that I do ( although you should try it, its honestly amazing! 🙂 ❤ )  But please talk to someone. A friend,a coach, a parent, a teacher… anyone. It’s much harder to “recover” from grief by yourself. Put your trust in someone.

Keep me in your thoughts y’all! Now that things have calmed down a tad, I’ll be right back on to my regularly scheduled blogging!!!

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xoxo

Monday Motivation: It Is Well With My Soul…

Monday Motivation: It Is Well With My Soul…

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,It is well, it is well with my soul…..

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Yes. Yes I know its Tuesday. Forgive me please 😦  It has been probably one of the toughest weeks of my life this  past week. On Wednesday of last week my aunt on my dads side passed away and on Thursday of the very same week  my uncle on my moms side passed away…. Yes you read this right. Last week I lost and aunt and an uncle less than 36 hours apart… Its been a rough week. Needless to say I experienced the emotion of grief this week. Not only grieving for myself but for my parents as well.

What is grief? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary,grief is described as deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement;  a cause of such suffering.

However, even in the midst of my grief, I never experienced the despair and depression that comes along with it. I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends and church family that have truly outdone themselves when it comes to the gift of compassion. From my friends who came to see my parents and brought them dinner, the text messages and endless phone calls and social media words of encouragement; to those wonderful co-worker friends sending a care package to my house and physically kept me going ( literally fed me and took over my role at work without me even asking) and most importantly the prayers of those who know and serve the God I serve, conveyed a source of comfort.

I don’t know how people deal with such hard circumstances without a strong support system.Please, whatever you are going through , talk to somebody! I’m not one to really show my emotions not even to my family. I don’t like to have people fuss over me. I always have to be the one who is the comforter. But a person can only take so much and there is a small handful of people who have seen me get there. But this time, even though my heart was breaking for myself and was absolutely shattered for my parents, I was overcome with such peace. A peace that could only come from my God.  A ” peace that transcends all understanding”, ( Philippians 4:7)

The song, It is well with my soul just kept me repeating over and over in my head. Especially the part of the song that says, “whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say, It is well with my soul.”

I know that no matter the circumstances, how grim the situation may look, that I have a heavenly father right beside me mending the pieces of my grieving heart. I know that He has put people in place to stand in the midst and lift me up and that he has enabled me with strength I didn’t even know I could possess. I stand in awe of a God who loves me that much to ensure that even when life looks bleak I am able to see light at the end of a dark tunnel. I don’t ( and never will) understand Gods plan, but I do understand that God has A PLAN.

So rest on in paradise Aunt Lynn and Uncle Ken. Your service here on earth is complete. Rest on in the arms of our savior and I will work hard to see you again….. Sleep well

xoxo

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It…

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It…

Today has been a rainy day. I know, I know, rain is good for the grass and flowers and the environment and blah blah blah ( lol) but sometimes, ( especially in Southern Ontario where the weather is unpredictable) all you want to see is a beautiful sunny day! I mean it is June after all! I bet by the time I have kids, I’ll be able to tell them about the times where the seasons were not interchangeable and when June was actually a part of “summer”. Okay, I’ll stop griping. It is only June the 8th. Summer still has time to redeem itself! 🙂

So, today as I sat sipping ginger ale and taking in some old jams ( I wasn’t feeling so hot 😦 ) watching the rain come down and observing how it saturated everything around it, a simple thought came to me from a meme quote I had stumbled across. It read: ” The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, It’s greener where you water it.”

Well if that isn’t a metaphor for my life right now ( and I’m sure countless others) then I don’t know what is! Everybody goes through transition phases. Maybe you feel like you are stuck in a rut and think that starting over somewhere new will help get you moving again. But who’s to say that once you start over that the grass in your new place won’t become brown as well?

First you should look at what caused the grass to  become brown in the first place. Did you take care of it? Water it? Fertilize it? Weed out unnecessary impurities? Well if your answer no, then you can’t really be surprised that your grass isn’t thriving.

To me, grass is like a metaphor for life. Lets break it down.

Step one: Prepare your Turf: Basically prepare your life! Are you ready for a new beginning? Have you gotten rid of any things that can be hindering your growth. If so, move on to step two! If not, take some time to do some soul-searching and prepare your mind, body and soul for change.

Step 2: Spread Your Grass Seed: Now that your turf is ready, you can plant your seeds. The ground is ready to receive them. The same goes for your life. Once you have done the ground work, you are now ready to set your plans ( seeds) in motion such as taking the steps to complete your post-secondary education, getting yourself financially stable or putting time in to relationships that you want to be long-lasting.

Step 3:Water and Watch It Grow: After you plant seeds, you have to water it in order for it to grow. For life, watering it simply means taking care of it. Take care of the life you were given. Make the best of each day. Live each day like its your last.

These three steps work for your life spiritually as well. As a Christian, you have to prepare your turf ( get your Christian walk in order) before you can be of real spiritual use here in this crazy world!
Once your turf ( life) is prepared, you then can start spreading your seeds ( sharing the gospel ) Whether it be on a bus on the way to school, through ministry ( on any level) or as simple as sharing your love for Christ and your relationship with Him on something as trivial as social media. However, make sure you don’t get trapped in a “social media Christian relationship” If you are going to “post” about it, be about 24/7/365!
Lastly, water your grass, meaning your personal grass and the grass of those you have influenced. You can’t expect grass to stay green if you don’t take care of it. Simple as that! Take care of your grass ( your LIFE!) 

(“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:” Romans 1:16)

At the end of the day, don’t worry about what’s going on with anybody elses grass. The less time you spend worrying about their grass, is the more time you have to work on yours! Take pride in what you have and do your very best to make what you have the best!

I love y’all! Have a blessed Monday!

xoxo

P.S: here are two of the jams I had on repeat today! It was a slow jams kinda day. ❤

Mourning Into Dancing

Mourning Into Dancing

Hey everybody,

I hope your day was fantastic. I had an extremely busy day at work ( will do a detailed blog on my busy work life soon 🙂 ) and as I was sitting here catching up on my devotional, the scripture Psalms 30 came to me. It reads ( from the New Living Translation) :

1I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,and you restored my health.
3You brought me up from the grave,a O LORD.You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!Praise his holy name.
5For his anger lasts only a moment,but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night,but joy comes with the morning
6When I was prosperous, I said,“Nothing can stop me now!
7Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
8I cried out to you, O LORD.I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9“What will you gain if I die,if I sink into the grave?Can my dust praise you?Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.Help me, O LORD.”
11You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Verses 5 and 11-12 are on replay in my mind right now!

 Verse 5 serves as a reminder that things may seem tough right now ( weeping my endure for a night) but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.( joy comes in the morning)
Verse 11-12
are verses that show that God will turn all of our mourning into dancing or in other terms, turn an unhappy situation into a pleasant one. I am pleasantly reminded to give thanks to God for everything! I won’t be silent! I’m forever grateful

I don’t know who this message is for this evening, but I hope whoever is reading this is encouraged! Even If you don’t believe in what I do, remember that any day above ground is a good one! So take your lemons and turn it into lemonade!

We sang this song at church a few weeks back! Enjoy ( this isn’t my praise group but i’m not a huge fan of the Ron Kenoly arrangement…sorry )

Wednesday Weekly Read: Feeling Motivated Again Finally!

Wednesday Weekly Read: Feeling Motivated Again Finally!

Guys,

After a two-week reading slump, I can honestly say I’M BACK! I’ve reignited my passion for reading again.( it was a sad two weeks without my books LOL)

Like I had mentioned before,I recently started reading the book “Roots” by Alex Haley and although I didn’t have an enormous amount of time to read, I did manage to get about 160 pages (of 888) into it! (Yay me!) Man, is it ever a captivating read! I The story has been journeying through the protagonist  Kunta Kinte’s childhood. Right now, I have reached the part of the story where Kunta has begun his manhood training. I don’t really want to say too much more, because if anybody has yet to read it, I don’t want to spoil the journey! I will continue with my progress next week. 🙂

I really have no set plans to read anything else right now, except for my “Women of the Bible” devotional. We just finished up “Tamar” and now we are on to “Potiphars Wife”. 

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Up next… Potiphars Wife…

I hope you all have a successful reading week!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Iron Sharpens Iron….

Monday Motivation: Iron Sharpens Iron….

Hey guys!

I hope your weekend was filled with good weather, good food and good company! Mine certainly was!

Quick blog post today because I am in the midst of one my busiest weeks so far this year. However, today, one of my “little sisters”  turned 21 years old today. I knew it was coming but I never anticipated it hitting me so hard! Would you believe I was an emotional wreck this morning,( as I also was 2 years ago when my other 2 “little sisters” turned 21…)  Now, by no means am I that much older( there is less than 10 years between us) but I literally feel like she was my baby. I mean she was the first diaper I ever changed ( at 9 years old) the kid I used to pinch to wake up so I could take care of her, the kid who stole food from my plate ( she’s still doing this!) and broke  my chain! ( lol)

So today, as I sat and reflected on this, the scripture passage found in Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)  came to me and it reads:

“As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.”

What does that even mean? Let’s break this down in the easiest way possible. If you have two knives, and both are dull, what’s the easiest way to sharpen them? ( without the use of a fancy knife sharpener 😛 ) Rubbing them together of course! When the blades are sharp, each knife becomes more effective and usable. The term “iron sharpens iron” is a true example of partnership. As Christians, fellowship is extremely important. As human beings, we thrive on fellowship (friendship and unity), and when we are engaging in healthy fellowship, it becomes very difficult for one to stumble and fall and stay down, because there will always be someone there to pick you up. Ultimately, Jesus is always there to pick you up spiritually but sometimes you literally need someone to pick up, dust you off and set you straight!

I began to think to myself, have I done enough to ensure that my “iron” is sharpening their “irons” . I’m by no means perfect,but I hope my journey has encouraged them to strive towards better! It is my responsibility  as a big sister to live a life that is pleasing to God and a life that sets an example spiritually,mentally, emotionally and beyond! I pray that I will always be able to live up to this great responsibility.

I think the song ” Count on Me” by Bruno Mars is so fitting today! The lyrics read:

If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea,
I’ll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see,
I’ll be the light to guide you

Find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like 1 2 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4 3 2
You’ll be there

Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

Woooooooh, Woooooooh
Yeah, Yeah

If you’re tossing and you’re turning and you just can’t fall asleep,
I’ll sing a song beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me,
Everyday I will remind you, ohh

Find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like 1 2 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4 3 2
You’ll be there
Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

Wooooooh, Wooooooh
Yeah, Yeah

You’ll always have my shoulder when you cry
I’ll never let go, never say goodbye

You know you can count on me like 1 2 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4 3 2
You’ll be there
Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah

Oohhhh, ohhhhh
You can count on me cause I can count on you ❤

I love y’all and just know, near or far my iron will ALWAYS sharpen yours! # GDC forever!

Oldie but a goodie!!
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Ps: Happy birthday “Mamud”

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Reading Fail… And I’m Ok With That….

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Reading Fail… And I’m Ok With That….

Hi Guys!

Yup…. Once again I barely read  anything this week, but you know what… I’m totally okay with that! My teaching partner was away this past week, so that left all of the teaching responsibilities on me which left very little time ( or energy) for leisure reading. Plus, my most recent reading choices aren’t really sparking my interest right now. Those books I think are going to have to take a back seat and be picked up at a later date.

This week I picked up and started a very ambitious read. This is a book that I read as a young teenager but never really took the time to read it in-depth and take in the deep message that it carries. That book is “Roots” by Alex Haley.  Here is a brief synopsis: ( as described on enotes.com ( **spoiler alert**)

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In the spring of 1750 in Juffure, The Gambia, a son is born to Omoro Kinte and his second wife, Binta. The child is named Kunta. As a member of the old and highly esteemed Kinte family, Kunta is schooled in the customs and traditions befitting a future Mandinka warrior. Throughout his childhood, Kunta is taught to avoid and fear the “toubob,” white men who capture African people for evil purposes.

Despite these tribal caveats, Kunta is captured by white slave traders in 1767 while searching for a tree section to make a drum. Along with 140 Africans of various tribes, Kunta is shipped as cargo on the Lord Ligonier. Pestilence, filth, depravity, and cruelty fill this episode, serving as a controlling metaphor for the inhumanity of the institution of slavery. The captives unsuccessfully stage a revolt, resulting in the deaths of many. Kunta admires the courage of these dead, for they died as warriors. He, as a survivor, dreads what is to come, for he instinctively knows that his eventual fate will be worse than the ocean voyage.

In Annapolis, Maryland, Kunta is sold to John Waller and given the name “Toby.” Appalled by the toubob and their pagan ways, Kunta attempts to escape four times. After his last attempt, he is apprehended by two slave catchers. Given the choice of castration or foot amputation, Kunta chooses the latter. John Waller’s brother William, a physician, is outraged at the mutilation and buys Kunta.

Kunta, through the ministrations of William Waller’s cook, Bell, recovers from this last ordeal. After a lengthy courtship, he “jumps de broom” (the slave equivalent of the marriage ceremony) with Bell. A daughter is born to the couple. Kunta gives her the Mandinka name of “Kizzy,” meaning “you stay put.” Now crippled and unable to run away, Kunta is entrusted with driving Dr. Waller on his calls, which enables him to hear news of the outside world. Of particular interest to Kunta are the accounts of Toussaint Louverture’s revolt in Haiti, which he sees as paralleling his own struggle for freedom, especially when Napoleon Bonaparte captures Toussaint.

Kunta persists in keeping alive his dream of freedom and his pride in his African heritage, both of which he passes on to Kizzy. A clever child, Kizzy is entranced by her father’s African tales and learns many Mandinka words. At the age of sixteen, she is sold to the dissolute Tom Lea as punishment for aiding another slave to escape.

Lea rapes Kizzy repeatedly for several months, eventually fathering a son, George. Kizzy, a devoted mother, regards her son as the descendant of “the African,” not as the son of Tom Lea. She instills in her son both her pride in their African heritage and Kunta Kinte’s dream of freedom.

As George grows to manhood, he exhibits traits of both parents. Like Tom Lea, he loves cockfighting and carousing. The rakish George becomes such an accomplished trainer of gamecocks that he earns the sobriquet of “Chicken George.” From Kizzy he has inherited the desire to be free, and he is determined to buy himself and his family. When Lea loses Chicken George in a bet with an Englishman, he promises Chicken George his manumission papers upon his return.

Years later, Chicken George returns and is grudgingly freed by Lea. Kizzy has died during his absence, but Chicken George seeks to reunite his family, whom Lea had sold to the Murrays. When he finds the family, Chicken George gathers them around and relates the family narrative.

After the Civil War, the family moves to Henning, Tennessee. Upon Chicken George’s death, Tom Murray, his son, asserts his position as patriarch and emphasizes the importance of the family and the oral tradition to his children. Both of these ideas are perpetuated by Tom’s daughter, Cynthia, and other female members of the Murray family. Cynthia’s daughter Bertha, who evinces little interest in the family narrative, goes away to college, where she meets and marries Simon Alexander Haley.

While Haley is a graduate student at Cornell, their first son is born, Alexander Haley. At this point, the novel abruptly shifts to Haley’s first-person narrative, which recounts the death of his mother and the summers he and his brothers spent at Grandma Cynthia’s house listening to the “graying ladies” tell the story of “the African Kin-tay” who called a guitar a “ko” and the river “Kamby Bolongo.” In the final two chapters, Haley details the research and writing of Roots, addressing the fact/fiction elements of the novel.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book and Alex Haley’s account of history. Although he says this book is “fiction” he states that it is based on true facts. He actually refers to it as “faction” (aka fact fiction) There have also been claims and settlements that have occurred based on accusations of plagiarism. ( It has been claimed that some parts of the story come from the 1967 book “The African” by Harold Courlander.) Haley claims it was unintentional.

However, I started it this morning on my break and I’m 40 pages ( of 888) in. So this will be what I’ll be reading  for the next few weeks at least. I really want to dedicate most of my time to this novel for the  next little while. This book is also on my 2015 TBR list so I’d really like to knock it out.

I’ll also be continuing with my “Women of the Bible” devotional. We finished up Leah and now we are working on Tamar. She is an intense women! Lord!

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Working on Tamar…

Is anybody else in a slump? What are you reading this week?

xoxo

Monday Motivation: No Pressure!

Monday Motivation: No Pressure!

Hi guys!

I hope your weekend was excellent! Here in Ontario,Canada we celebrated Victoria Day which meant most people had Monday off. ( I was one of them 🙂 ) I took the opportunity to visit family and friends out-of-town. What a blessing it was to just unwind and regroup and spend time with some of the people who I love the most in this world!

I just have a quick post for you today. There is an artist by the name of Jonathan McReynolds that I stumbled across a few years back. He had a hit song called  “I Love You” that was so delicately played and sung, that I immediately was drawn to his ministry.  He is working on a new project and I came across one of his new songs called “No Pressure”. What a beautifully written song! The lyrics are as follows:

I, I can’t even turn on my phone
Without being reminded of the lie
That I am alone and broken, unsuccessful
I, I can’t always talk to my friends
‘Cause they’ve got expectations
That I may or may not be living up to
I really need to rid myself

Of the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone else that the world has made
Jesus take from me
All the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone that you did not create

Help me be me
And only see you
Let me decrease
And glorify you

I, I thought my intentions were good
Just act like a Christian should
And hope someone watching would approve
And be inspired
But you’re not feeling my show
Then how far could I go
Before all of my accomplishment
Go down in fire

Just cause of
Of the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone else that the church has made
Jesus take from me
All the pressure, pressure, pressure
To be someone that you did not create

I just wanna live
I just wanna live for you
Nobody else, but you

Often times, society places expectations on us to be what they deem socially acceptable and I find that as a Christian, the church places such pressure on you to be a model “citizen” of  Christendom . However, sometimes as we who follow  Christ do that, we end up not being genuine in our endeavors to serve Christ. That’s why I love the part of the song that says “…The pressure, pressure, pressure /To be someone else that the world has made /Jesus take from me /All the pressure, pressure, pressure /To be someone that you did not create…”

That’s my prayer this week! That God would take away all the pressure to live up to anyone’s expectations but His. In turn, my living up to His expectations, will serve as an example of what He requires of us. Remember what it says in Romans 12:2


New Living Translation
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

I hope this song blesses someone this week! God bless!

Jonathan McReynolds

I’m In a Reading Slump This Week…..

Hey Guys!

This week was a big ole reading fail!! I started a bunch of books but couldn’t get invested in any of them. I had a lot going on this week. One of my dear friends went into labour and that consumed all of my time.( Welcome baby Dina Rose ❤ ) Plus, the weather has been really wonky and has been causing me to have excruciating migraines. Migraines= No reading! 😦  

So there is really nothing to report. I’m almost finished “The Good Sister” by Jamie Kain. It’s a pretty dark read. There seems to be a plot twist coming up or something. I’ll let you know. 🙂

The Good Sister

I tried picking up  “Secret of a Thousand Beauties” and I put it right down. Just wasn’t interested. I may pick it back up again at some point in the future because the plot line really did intrigue me.

Secret of a Thousand Beauties

I read a couple of pages of “The Children’s Crusade” by Ann Packer. So far so good! I think that’s the only book I’m going to try to finish this week. It’s a long weekend here in Ontario Canada  and I’ll be going out-of-town ,catching up with friends and family, so from Thursday to Monday I don’t foresee much reading happening ( LOL 🙂 )

We are back on our weekly devotional. We played catchup reading about Lot’s Wife, Rebekah and Rachel.( funny enough; Rebecca and Rachel are the names of my devotional reading buddies! Hey y’all! 🙂 ) This week we are studying the life and story of Leah!

Have a beautiful reading week!

xoxo