Trying to Prove Something?

Have one or more of these questions and statements flooded your mind? Have you tried to prove yourself or your worth over and over again to a family member, friend, or co-worker? Have you gotten to the point where you are tired of comparing yourself to other individuals?

If you are like me, you have struggled at one time or another with comparison, with always trying to prove yourself and measure up to a particular standard. [Side note-who even sets this crazy, unattainable standard we are all trying to measure up to?!] It weighs on you so heavily because you know that you will never be like that Instagram mom who always has her life together or that newly married 21-year-old bride who only had to date one guy for her “happily ever after.” It’s crippling isn’t it-always trying to measure up?

In her book Nothing to Prove, Jennie Allen shares with her readers her own personal struggles and fears of proving herself. Jennie speaks transparently as she would to a friend over a coffee date. Confidently, she speaks that we can stop comparing ourself because Jesus is enough…Through Him we have absolutely nothing to prove! As you and I stop proving ourself, we can truly enjoy living this “more than enough” life that God has given us!!

Still have something to prove? Pick up your copy of Nothing to Prove…You’ll be glad you did!

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Strong-willed? Well, so am I!

9781601428981Would you consider yourself to be a strong-willed woman? I’ll be honest, I certainly would. I looked up the adjective strong-willed in the Cambridge dictionary and was given this definition-(of a person) determined to do what is wanted, even if other people disagree or disapprove. And would you know the example that they used was strong-willed woman! I suppose the various authors of this particular dictionary knew some pretty strong-willed mothers, wives, daughters, etc. I am sure the list is endless!

I am the type of woman who considers having a strong will to be a great asset or a great handicap depending on how one directs that will. Looking back at the definition, I happen to wince ever so slightly. Why? Because more often than not when others disagree with what you are doing and you continue to press ahead, you get a name for yourself. Maybe some names that come to mind are stubborn, hard-headed, head-strong, etc. Sadly, more often than not, we press ahead through the clear principles and guidelines that the Lord has given for us in His Word to follow causing us to be handicapped by our strong will.

Ouch! Rough paragraph, yes, I know. However, like I said being strong-willed can be an asset. Cynthia Tobias in A Woman of Strength and Purpose uses her platform as a guide to helping women use their God-given strong will to honor and glorify Him in their relationships and influence. By making God the primary and centered focus of our lives, our strong will can and will be an asset in what He calls us to do!

I would say that this book is good, not necessarily a favorite, but definitely worth taking a look at!

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“Beauty Begins”

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We live in a culture that is so obsessed with beauty. What started as a little girl that paints her nails has moved to a teenager struggling with anorexia to be stick-thin… This teenager then turns into an insecure adult who has to have monthly visits to her plastic surgeon just to stay “beautiful”. Yes, this is just an example, but you know what I am talking about. Who even set this standard of so-called beauty?

Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha, co-authors of Beauty BeginsMaking Peace with Your Reflection, dive in to the origin of beauty. Ready or not! Throughout the book, readers are reminded that beauty began in the heart of God, but it has been stolen by society and given a new “image”-a marred one. Sadly, instead of regaining a Biblical approach to beauty, we as women strive to be beautiful in the eyes of the world.

I appreciated the Shook’s straightforwardness throughout the book that was backed by Scripture, reminding us over and over again that true beauty begins in the heart of God, our Creator. Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made-and until we start living in this truth we will be at war with our reflection. We will always be trying to live up to society’s standard of beauty-which isn’t beautiful at all!

Ladies, pick up a copy for your sister, niece, friend or for yourself! It is worth the read.

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“Simply Calligraphy”

I’m not sure about you all, but I love finding new and creative ways to write things. I’ve never been one to excel at calligraphy, but I have been known to take my own spin on creative lettering.

Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick is just the cutest lil’ how-to guide for calligraphy. She breaks down the beautiful art of calligraphy into simple, easy to follow steps with illustrations throughout. Tho not a comprehensive guide to all forms of calligraphy, this is a wonderful how-to guide for beginners.

Want to dive into the beautiful art of calligraphy? Simply Calligraphy is a wonderful place to start!!

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Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick

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I’m Happy for You–Well Maybe

41bF+bdNj9L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_We live in a world where we are striving to get the most Facebook likes on a picture, well “reactions” I suppose now. We want every friend or even acquaintance to click the heart on our Instagram post. We want followers to retweet and quote our tweets on Twitter. Sadly, we live in a constantly comparing atmosphere–never satisfied with who we are and what we have.

Kay Wills Wyma takes on the subject of contentment in her book, I’m Happy for You (Sort Of… Not Really). She uses humor along with personal stories to remind us that we can be content in a world that is constantly comparing us to others, even when we do the comparing ourselves!

She points out that “…the longing to know we belong compels us to race after anything that offers to secure our feelings of importance and worth.” How sad, but how true. We as individuals want to belong, we have that desire to fit in. We as believers, however, are not created to “fit in”-we are to be different. We are to be a shining light in a world that is very dim.

Thought-provoking read! Pick up a copy.

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What Kind of Magnet are You?

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When looking up the word magnet in the dictionary, the most common definition is a person or thing that has a powerful attraction. That being said, what kind of magnet are you? What people are you attracting? What lifestyle are you living that makes them want to join you?

Lynn Cowell opens up her heart to us in her book Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants. She stressed that we shift our focus from a guy to our great Savior and become the magnetic woman that He created us to be. We live in the generation of females that live in a state of wonder. They wonder why they have yet to be asked out, why they are not popular, why they are not on the fast track to married life, and so much more. Sadly, if we do not control these wonders, we are left useless in the work that God has for us.

Lynn reminds us that as we live out the Fruit of the Spirit (“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23), we will cultivate an inner beauty that will radiate on the outside! As we shift our focus from guys to our Savior, and live the magnetic life that attracts others to Him, in His timing we will attract that Godly guy that He has for us. Don’t rush…

Ladies, pick up a copy of this book, you won’t regret it!

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Eat Less Sugar– You’re Sweet Enough Already!

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Ever thought about giving up sugar?! Many would laugh or perhaps state that such a lifestyle is not for them. After reading Sarah Wilson’s book, I Quit Sugar, I will admit… I am considering it.

Sarah begins by sharing with us her journey of saying “Goodbye” to sugar, and how much better she felt after truly doing so. She continues her book with an 8-week plan, full of encouragement and tips as you walk down the “No-Sugar” path. She admits that at times it will not be easy, but that it will be worth it! You will have more energy, loose weight, and so much more!

Finally, Sarah closes her book with over 100 recipes that will help you on your journey to living an “I Quit Sugar” lifestyle!

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