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Fighting Battles

I know that the last million and one posts have been about books, but today is different.  This post really adheres to the reason behind the blog title, This Is Me.

We all deal with crap.  Crap that happened in our past, present crap, dog crap and otherwise.  There are days when I feel as though I am walking as the overcomer and the warrior daughter that God has created me to be, but then there are days and situations that take me back to a place that I have worked so hard to get away from.  As I sit staring out at the Atlantic Ocean during my first trip to Florida, I realize just how rough life can get.

The waves are crashing on the rocks because a storm off of the coast has stirred up them up.  The tide is high and the water is rough, but yet there is a peace in knowing and in seeing the power of God right in my face.  This has been the hardest, but also the most rewarding of years.  God has called me to trust Him in all things, but in doing that, I have had to face the struggles that still plague me.  The freaking enemy knows the exact moment when I am weak and tired and proceeds to slide the doubt, fears, and then I am right back to that teenager who doesn’t know her place.  She’s scared, hurt and doesn’t know who she can trust.  She fears being alone, yet she fears being around others.  She thinks that everyone either has an ulterior motive of will hurt her further.

As I feel these things that I haven’t felt in forever, I realize that I have not fully processed the feelings I had then.

But then, I am called back to the place I am now.  40 years old, following the calling that God has put on my life and learning how to be the woman that He created.  Learning to be healthy mind, body and soul.  So as I stand on the rocks and the water crashes in, I raise my arms up in the air and release it all to Him.  He releases the power, grace and every other gift inside of me for me to share with others.

Amen God!  Thank you for the work that needs to be done so that I can find peace, trust and rest in You

NIV Life Application Study Bible Review

This is the third edition of the NIV Life Application Study Bible and my first one. This Bible is has a lot of information including: charts, references, maps, profiles, and statistics throughout the pages. Each book contains an introduction, key verses, people, purpose, writer, setting, and more information. It is also a red letter Bible with a text font of 8.5, which makes it easier to read. It is also single column, which leaves some room to take notes.

There are a lot of pros to the Life Application Study Bible, in addition to the reasons above. It has multiple editions in many different versions. It will be an amazing reference for any believer at any level of their study of the Word.

The only con is that it is a little on the heavy side, which some people may not like.

Overall, I love this Bible. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an in-depth Study Bible and since it is multiple translations, there is one out there for everyone. I received a copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Fall in Love with God’s Word-Brittany Ann

This is a fantastic book for women who want to dive deeper into God’s Word despite their feelings, pasts and other obstacles in the way. Brittany Ann has a way of speaking directly to the heart of the readers. On page 21, she states, “When God speaks, people are healed, relationships are restored, and futures are redeemed.”

She speaks on the strategies to overcome every obstacle that the reader can come up with the put off spending time in God’s Word.

Every woman will benefit from reading this book and then keeping it as a resource to keep going back to. So I would recommend it to every woman.

I received an advance copy of this book.

The 2021 Thrive Bible Review

This is an updated version of the Thrive Bible. It is beautifully laid out. It is double columned with a 8.5 text print. There is a paragraph intro to each book with some references at the bottom. 365 devotionals and daily prayers are spread throughout. The cream paper looks beautiful with the rose gold lining. The cover I received is rose gold leather with rose gold writing. I love it! There is also a hardback version available. The size is also amazing! It is smaller than most Bibles out there, so you can carry it around without feeling as though you are lifting weights.

The only 2 cons with this Bible is the print and lack of space on the page to write. At 8.5, it could be considered small for some people. If you are someone who likes to draw and write a ton in your Bibles, this layout of the Thrive Bible may not be for you.

This Bible would make an amazing gift for any woman who wants to dig deeper into God’s Word. I would definitely recommend it for any woman who wants to read it daily with the reading plan inside and the daily devotionals and prayers.

I received a copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Courageous Simplicity Review

This Bible study is the first of four Courageous studies to be released this year from Dayspring. The goal of this study is to learn how to abide simply in Jesus. It is a 6 week, 5 days a week study. Each day is full of stories, Bible verses and stories to give the reader a chance to dive deeper into this topic.

I found this study to be a very helpful tool in leading me towards abiding more in Jesus. I would recommend this study to every woman who is looking to go deeper in their relationship with God and how to become more content in what they have instead of always wanting more.

To sign up for this study and get the first week for free, go to: https://incourage.me/courageoussimplicity.

She Walked Before Us Review

This is the second book on a series written by Jill Eileen Smith. She looks at the stories of 12 women in the Old Testament. Some of the women who are discussed are not ones that are not always looked at in other studies. Each chapter contains 4-5 sections to read, one “ponder this” section and then a set of questions for the reader to answer about the chapter. This is a different, yet interesting way to look at the stories of theses amazing women. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in diving deeper into the grace, courage and strength of these 12 women.

The In-Between Place-Review

This book is definitely one that is needed right now! Most of us are at an in-between place. Kat does an amazing job of bringing the story of the Samaritan woman for a present day woman to relate to. Kat takes the readers through making peace with their pasts, finding hope in the present and stepping confidently into their futures. She also does a summary at the end of the three sections with some vital takeaways. This book will speak to the hearts and minds of every woman who picks it up. I recommend it for every woman who needs to move on and move forward into what God has for them.

NLT Study Bible (2017 Ed.) Review

  • This is a very in-depth study Bible for lovers of the New Living Translation. The beginning of each book contains information about the setting, maps of the area discussed along with other Biblical verse references, an outline, timeline and summary of the book, authorship,composition, literary characters and the message. This is all before you even start with verse one.
  • I included three pictures of inside the Bible so everyone can see how much information is packed into this Bible. One of my favorite things is that the words of Jesus are in red.
  • I highly recommend this Bible for everyone to add to their collection. I received the Large print version, which I believe is the perfect font. The only con is that it is a little heavy so carrying it to and from church may not be an option for some people. Definitely check out this Bible for scholar, casual, and new reader of the Bible. The language and the information given will make it easier to understand at any level. I received a copy of this Bible from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

    Thrive Creative Journaling Bible Review

    This Bible was created in 2016. It is beautifully laid out. It is double columned with a lot of space to write or do art on the sides. There is a paragraph intro to each book with some references at the bottom. 365 devotionals and daily prayers are spread throughout. The cream paper looks beautiful with the rose gold lining. It is hardback with a pretty blue cover.

    The only con with this Bible is the print. At 8.5, it could be considered small for some people.

    This Bible would make an amazing gift for any woman who wants to dig deeper into God’s Word. I would definitely recommend it for any woman who wants to read it daily with the reading plan inside and the daily devotionals and prayers.

    The Giant Print Filament Bible

    I was on the launch team for the Filament Bible when it first came out. It was only offered in 3 colored bindings, one version (NLT) and one font size. They have come a long way!

    First of all, I love the concept of this Bible. Being able to have a smaller Bible to carry and having an app that can scan the top of each page to get study material, devotionals, maps, and so much more is a great idea! I found the app to be very user friendly. It is something anyone can use considering we all carry phones or something technology-related with us at all times.

    Second, are the versions. I received the NLT, but they also carry the KJV. This will definitely appeal to some people who only read that version.

    Third, there are two resources included in the back of this Bible. There is a verse finder section, which includes numerous verses for specific topics. The feature that I love is the Virtual Overview of the Bible. People who are visual learners, like myself, will love the 14 different events in this section. It is beautifully done and it helps to put things in perspective.

    The font size for the giant print is 12, which is a great size for giant print. The Bible I received is personal sized in black and onyx leather. It has a great feel to it and it is not as big as other giant print Bibles tend to be.

    There are only 2 cons to this Bible. One thing is that the pages are super thin. It can make it difficult to highlight or underline. The other con is that there is next to no space to write notes. There are translation notes and cross references at the bottom of the 2nd column, so if you like writing in your Bible, you may not like the lack of space.

    Overall, I love this Bible. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to dive deep into Scripture. Especially people who are visual learners and love the technology side. It makes having all of this extra material easier to handle without having to carry a 5 pound Study Bible everywhere. I received a copy of the new Giant print Bible from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

    Upset the World-Tim Ross

    In this book and study guide, Tim addresses 10 different areas of focus in which Christians should be ready to “upset the world with the message, love, and hope of Jesus Christ” (pg.13). He does a great job of demonstrating what this should look like and why the world really needs us, especially now, to do this in each area of our lives. The study guide goes more in depth with questions to get the reader thinking about how this works in their own lives. I recommend this book to everyone who is ready to take this world, flip it upside down on its head and refocus on Jesus. I received a copy of this book and study guide to give my honest review.