Thoughts about NY

I have not really spoken up about this abortion issue in NY. Obviously I disagree with it and am devastated by this news. I needed sometime to step back and not write any angry post. Before I go on, I believe in the redemption power of Jesus. I believe that no sin is greater in God’s eyes. I believe that if you have abortion as part of your story, that God can forgive you and guide you to forgive yourself.

I listened to a song tonight by Phil King called “Not Forgotten.” It is beautifully written about the real victims in this tragedy, the babies. They never had a chance to do anything in this world, but that is what will cause people to wake up. To be able to abort a baby at the last second is murder. I don’t care about the angle or about how you can explain it, it’s murder. If someone can be charged with 2 murders when they kill a pregnant woman, then this is murder.

I used to see things differently when I was a teenager. But after watching what happens during an abortion and going through infertility with no baby as the outcome, I feel completely different. I see that every life is precious. You are that close to giving birth, just finish and then give the baby up for adoption. Someone will love that baby, that baby will become somebody. Maybe the person to stop this from happening.

I know this post is long and it may cause some people to unfriend me, but that is okay. My job is to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves. To give a voice to the ones who will never get to use theirs. I will stand up for what I believe to be true. God made each of us in His hands. He knows every part of us before we are born. God wake us up to speak up for what hurts your heart.

Review of NKJV Study Bible

I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review this Bible from the Blythe Daniel Agency.  I have loved the NKJV version of the Bible since I became a Christian.  The Women’s Study Bible back in the late 90s was my first ever Bible.

When I received this Bible, the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the cover.  I love beautiful Bible and book covers.  This is the 3rd Ed, Full Color Ed which means that there are colored pictures and maps throughout the Bible.  According to the information in the foreword, there are over 15,000 annotations, or more in-depth ways of looking at the text.  There are introductions and outlines to each book.  There are cultural notes and articles spread throughout the text  it also has specific word studies and a large concordance.  There are 2 ribbon markers that will vary in color based on the specific design of the Bible.

In addition to the concordance, the back part of the Bible also contains articles, charts and maps.  The charts include: teachings, parables and prophesies fulfilled by Jesus, and how to relate the book of the Bible to present times.  The font type and print of the Bible are very easy on the eyes and has a flat-table cover.

I love this Bible so much!  I have been looking for a new study Bible in the NKJV version to use in my daily study and to take to church and this is it.  It is a little heavy, but I am willing to work with that.  The only two issues I have is that it isn’t a red letter Bible (which a lot of the new ones are not) and that there is not a lot of room in the margins to write in.  There are quite a few blank pages on both ends of the Bible to write in if you want to write notes in it.  I highly recommend this Bible to anyone at any point in their Christian walk.  I am partial to leather covers, but there are other covers to choose from that will work for each person.  As you can tell, I have claimed this one as mine, but it is available through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0785220682/ref=emc_b_5_mob_t and on christianbook.com: https://www.christianbook.com/nkjv-comfort-bible-bonded-leather-burgundy/9780785220664/pd/220663 or wherever you purchase Bibles.

Seriously it’s almost 2019 already?!

Whenever I was younger, people used to say how fast time flies. The older I get, I realize that truer words haven’t been spoken, outside of the Bible. This year has been full of incredible highs and some stinky lows. I started off the year restarting my blog and writing online articles for the Grit and Grace Project and Little Red Bird Press. I have expanded my blog and writing to include a few different networking adventures and book reviewing. I am also now a volunteer with Proverbs 31 OBS. I have been blessed to meet many people in person who I have been online friends with. I have also met many new friends. That has definitely been the highlight of my year.

I have also had to let go of some things in 2018 that were a big part of my life. I have had friends come and go. I have also had to walk away from things due to the call of God on my life. I have also had multiple bitter issues during this year in my marriage.

I have seen so much growth in myself and in those around me. I am so grateful that God has given me a front seat to this! It has been a true blessing. I have been discovering exactly who I am and for what purpose I am here for. My words for 2018 were joy, brave and warrior. I definitely feel as though I have found true joy from becoming a brave warrior for God!

My word for 2019 is trust. Last night at church, the pastor revealed the church’s word for 2019 as “from bitter to sweet.” God has put Psalm 62:5-8 as my verses for this year. I look forward to what He has for me in 2019 with excitement and if I’m being honest, some trepidation. So as 2018 comes to a close, I am feeling blessed for the highs and lows and will welcome 2019, my 40th year of life with open arms and an open heart.

Remember God-Annie F. Downs

B4BA8BAE-8E1B-465D-8B21-7E47BA76203F.jpegThis book is amazing!  Annie talks to you as though you are friends talking over coffee. She is very honest, raw and vulnerable. You will laugh, cry and feel as though you lived this story with her. She doesn’t hold back on anything, especially when she has had to question God. She reminds us that it is okay to question Him, but it to forget Him. I recommend this book for anyone who needs to remember that in anything they are going through that God is always with them. Reading and listening to the book makes it really come to life for the reader!

The Beginner’s Bible Review

This Bible was created in 2005 to tell 93 different stories. The illustrations are beautiful and can help the child to see themselves in the characters. The writing is in large print so that the children can read it easier. The pictures take up the majority of the pages. There is also a dictionary at the end of the book to further explain different terms from the stories. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to start their children out at birth until about 4 years old. It can even be used for a new Christian at any age who wants to learn the stories in a basic way.

Brick Builders Illustrated Bible Review

This book is so cool! It has 36 different Bible stories in it that cover both the Old and New Testament. The illustrator, Antony Evans, does a great job of “brick building” pieces to tell each story. This will make it easier for kids to relate and gain understanding from the stories. Each story ends with a “building block” or a lesson to be learned. The book is hard back with pages that are a little thicker than your average Bible page. It will make it more difficult for little hands to rip. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to start teaching a child about the Bible. I would recommend it for children ages birth to about 7 years old.

The Wondering Years-Knox McCoy

This is a great read! Knox takes the reader through the questions that he wrestled with when it came to his faith. He discusses them in a humorous, yet at times, serious manner. I related to this book as a person who grew up with pop culture everywhere and have found that as a marker in my own life. Thank you Knox for being bold enough to write this book. I recommend this book for anyone who has wrestled with their faith and for those who have come to terms with it.

BTW…. he is a co-host on both the Bible Binge and the Popcast. These two shows are great and leave me laughing and full of new information at the same time!

Into the Deep by Lauren Gaskill

This book is fantastic! Lauren is such a beautiful person and genuinely cares about each person she comes into contact with. This shows through her writing. She wants to make sure the reader knows that they are not alone. Her story will make you feel all the things, but most of all will bring you closer to God as you seek to live with courageous faith. I recommend this book to everyone who has struggled with their faith and wants to go “into the deep” with God. Get this book for your friends and family too because everyone can benefit from it!

Thoughts about Rom-Coms

7C2D1EA6-39D5-4DAF-9891-04739F1E6BD7I just got done watching this super cute movie on Pure Flix called Coffee Shop. It was super cute and yes, I cried. That’s what I do, especially since I have no hormones! I started to think about how differently I see these romantic movies now then even a few years ago. I don’t see them and long for something that they have. Or something that I perceive that I’m not getting from my husband. Now I can enjoy the movie, cry about it and appreciate what I truly have. Now before everything thinks everything is rainbow, unicorns and fluffy pillows, let me assure you that it’s not. That’s not real life. Real life is the man who has forgiven all of your wrongdoings even when others told him not to. Real life is the man who strips out an entire walk in closet and builds a library. He then proceeds to make that library into a quiet place to write even though he doesn’t get it and when there is already a fully functioning office in the house. Real life is the man who gets grumpy when I spend money unless it’s on him (😉). Real life is the man who doesn’t try to hold me back from traveling and being around my family and friends.

God never said our lives would be perfect, hollywood makes us feel that way. Life is hard and messy, but is also beautiful. This is our one true life. We don’t get a chance to star in 16 versions of it. We get one. Finding contentment and joy in the situation that you are in, or finding the place that brings you joy is what it’s about. Our problems don’t come to a full solution in two hours, but we can appreciate the moments and the journey along the way.

Side note: not talking about abusive situations when I say about finding joy where you are. Those are different situations altogether, which I have been in but not getting into now.

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay-Sheila Walsh

I did not know how much I needed this book until I read it! Sheila speaks to very specific situations that anyone can relate to. She also gave a new perspective on things including how we see our own wounds. I loved this book so much. Listening to it was also awesome due to her accent! I recommend this book to men and women who have ever felt as though they needed to be okay all the time. She speaks to both men and women. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.