Shhhh– I’m Spoken For and So Are You!

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Have you ever had the desire to be wanted, pursued, loved, called, valued, treasured, freed, covered, promised… spoken for?! I know I sure have and still do, and for all of the females reading this post– you know exactly what I am talking about. The Lord has purposefully created us this way, and He longs to be the One to fulfill these desires. The only question that remains is… “Will you let Him?” For the next few moments I want to dive into Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are. 

I do not believe that Robin Gunn and Alyssa Bethke could have done a better job on this book… from the beginning until the ending, I was hooked. It wasn’t because of the flowery words or the attention grabbing stories, although this was all present; it was because of their heart– literally piercing through every word on the page. They know that we as God’s children struggle with these desires and how to fulfill them and they weren’t afraid to tackle the challenge and bear their hearts to us.

As mentioned earlier, God created us with desires. These desires, though, when left unchecked can seriously harm our relationship with Christ because we look to fulfill them in all the wrong places! When we give these desires fully over to our Savior, who knows us best, it is then that we can grow and mature our desires that He has created us with. We ladies have a longing to be wanted, pursued, loved, spoken for– yes! And that is OK!! We shouldn’t lock away the desires that God created us with, but we need to know how to fulfill them righteously. Gunn and Bethke take the time to show us that their is One who wants to fulfill these desires in our life, not only does He want to He longs to! Sadly, the one thing standing in His way is YOU and I!

Reader– pick up this book as quickly as you can! Not only do the authors share with us personal experiences throughout this book, but they share Biblical principals that back up what they are writing about! The choice is yours… Will you continue looking to be fulfilled in all the wrong places or will you give yourself fully to God, the One who knows you best and wants you to be His forever?!

A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Spark– to ignite a FIRE!

If nothing else, the Spark design team sure knows how to make a great book cover, but what is that faithful saying… “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

The main thrust of Juggard’s book is transformation, as you can tell from the title, Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time. Over and over again he points out that we are key to the change that we long to see in the world–how true this is! Nothing will begin to change (in a positive way) until we as believers do something to change it. That something for you may be taking a stand in the workplace or your school or not participating in an activity due to the influences. Maybe you are thinking, Allie, I already do that– keep doing it! Small things add up. Do you remember the little boy in the Bible who brought Jesus five little loaves of bread and two small fishes? Jesus used that “small thing” to feed 5,000 people. Think of the word spark; it allows us to vision a little twinkling of fire bursting forth into ignited flames. The little boy’s decision turned out to be quite the spark by the end of that day, wouldn’t you say?

Many times as believers we feel the need to want immediate, drastic change in a situation; but often times this is not the case. Some situations will take days, months, or even years until it is where we long for it to be. Don’t get discouraged in this though; take hope in the fact that change is coming. This change will come through your dedicated prayer, your consistent and growing walk with Christ, and the constant encouragement of other faithful believers. What is that quote– “Be the change you long to see in the world!” Be faithful; change is coming!

Looking back to my introduction, I will say that I was disappointed in the lack of depth, or one may say “meat” in Spark. There were times on the completion of a chapter, I felt as if the thought trying to be conveyed was lost–the intensity was not there. While reading, I would want to know the destination of the author’s thought only to be disappointed at the end that it was not conveyed. The book seems more motivational and light-hearted than others I have read on the subject of change in the past. I might recommend this to a friend as an easy, motivational read, but nothing more beyond that.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

“The Last Blood”

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” ~Romans 3:24-25

I never cease to be amazed at the blood of Jesus Christ my Savior. He left the beauty and splendor of Heaven for you and for me. He did not leave Heaven without cause, though, He left with you and me on His heart. Luke 19:10 states, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

I am so thankful that the blood of Jesus Christ my Savior cleansed me from all my sins– past, present, and future. He redeemed me, a worthless sinner! It was nothing I did, but everything He did on the cross at Calvary. I no longer have to worry about the “death penalty” for my sin– Jesus Christ paid it all!

Friend, if there has never been a time in your life when you have accepted Christ as your own personal Savior, I pray that you will do so now. If you are uncertain of what salvation is or how you can receive this gift, please take the time to read my page “What is a Voice? (https://avoicefitleespoken.wordpress.com/what-is-a-voice/)

I had the privilege of singing a song about the blood of Christ recently with some friends. I hope this song encourages and edifies you. I can’t help but get excited every time I hear or sing The Last Blood. Enjoy!

The Last Blood

When man sinned in the garden, that sin Jehovah could not condone
The blood shed of animals could not forever sin atone
But the Son had compassion, He said Father I’ll be your Lamb
So once again blood was shed, as the soldiers nailed His hands

It’s been three days since Heaven watched their Prince of Glory die
His followers are in mourning, for in the tomb their Savior lies
But at the grave something is happening, as death screams I’ve lost my hold
Angels rise in anticipation, for the Son is coming home

And there He comes, and He’s got the blood
That He shed on Calvary, and the Father says
“Well done my Son, this is the last blood I’ll ever need”

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And there He comes, and He’s got the blood
That He shed on Calvary, and the Father says
“Well done my Son, this is the last blood I’ll ever need”

How Thankful are You?

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are heading our way–in a rapid fashion, I might add. That’s okay for me because I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!!! Not sure if being born on a holiday naturally put that love in me; nevertheless, I do love them.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, literally–it’s tomorrow! When one thinks about Thanksgiving what normally comes to mind? Maybe it is the turkey and dressing and all the fix-in’s, maybe it is the eager anticipation of getting the newspaper to start planning out your Black Friday excursion, or maybe it is the football on TV that makes Thanksgiving for you. Not one of these things in and of themselves is wrong, in fact they can all be very good things. Good food…Good Deals… Good Football! I feel as if these things, though, can take our mind off of what Thanksgiving should truly be about.

Thanksgiving is just that, a time of “thanks” and “giving”. This post isn’t meant to be incredibly theological, it is meant to make us (you and I) think! How long has it been since I have taken 5 minutes out of my day just to be thankful? Have I actually approached someone personally and told them that I was thankful for their influence on my life, or that I was encouraged by something kind that they did for me? We live in a thankless generation, and sadly, I feel as if it has rubbed off on you and me. What is the solution to this? It is simple—be more thankful! Take some extra time this Thanksgiving and holiday season to notice the little things that people do for you.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 118:29

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy!” ~Unknown

 

“No Friend like a Sister…”

For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands. ~Christina Rossetti

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I cannot begin to tell  you how many times I have read this quote. Like I have mentioned in previous posts, I just love quotes. More than that though, I love quotes that have meaning to them, and not just meaning, but personal meaning to me! This quote happens to have that.  

Friends mean a great deal to me. I honestly do not know where I would be without the friends that God has sent my way. I can tell you this, He has sent me the best. I have one friend, in particular, that came to mind while I was reading and meditating on the quote above. She has been one who, no matter the circumstance, has lived out Rossetti’s quote–cheered me, fetched me, lifted me, and most definitely strengthened me!

We met each other in our church’s youth group when I was in junior high school. Through summer camps, youth activities, and much else, we began to build a lasting friendship. I can not even begin tell you the number of times this girl has stood beside me, through thick and thin, I could count on her friendship. There were times she told me things that I didn’t want to hear, but most desperately needed to. There were times she was a listening ear when I just needed to talk. There were times when she would say an encouraging word when I needed it most. There were times when all she could do was make me laugh without even trying. This girl is more than my friend, she is my sister!

Hollie, I could go on and on about how much you mean to me. The Lord continues to strengthen our friendship and that amazes me. When we met, several years ago, I never thought that we would be as close as we are today. I am so blessed to have you in my life and to be able to call you my sister! I hope that in the many years to come, I am able to do what you have done for me these last 8 years! I love you!

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What’s in a Name?

knowing_god_by_name_sharon“Infinitely holy. Intimately personal. Our God wants not only to be worshipped but to be known.”

When thinking about the names of God, which ones come to your mind? Maybe it is the name Jesus as we remember His humble birth in Bethlehem to His death on the Cross at Calvary. Maybe it is the name Messiah as we think of the promised one and deliverer. Maybe it is the name Emmanuel, which is interpreted “God with us”.

Knowing God By Name is an 8-week Bible study that goes through forty different names of God. The unique style of this read is the authorship. It is written by three ladies who have individually studied these names of God. They expound upon God’s love and mercy, as they challenge us to get to know God on a deeper level.

Whether you are looking for a guide for your new Bible-study at church, or maybe it is just for you and three of your closest girlfirends–pick up a copy and jump right in. As we take a step back, why would we not want to get to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, after all He is our Savior, our Lord, our Messiah, our Friend, our Comforter, and so much more! While I do not necessarily agree with every idea stated, I would recommend this book to fellow readers.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

Getting Lost in the Love of Christ

get-lostDannah Gresh has got to one of my favorite female authors, and I must say that she hit the nail on the head in this book. When looking at the title, Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love, one probably thinks this book is a “how to” on relationships and finding that “love of your life”. Not so, my friend. Of course, she does speak on some of these topics, but Dannah’s main focus in this book is falling in love with Christ. 

Dannah points out that we as females have a craving given to us by God, but we do not know how to satisfy that craving biblically. Therefore, we try to starve the craving altogether, or we feed the craving things it ought not be fed. Neither ways are honoring to Christ, and they most certainly are not healthy for us. Dannah also addresses getting lost in Christ’s presence, pursuit, words, intimacy, strength, friendship, story sacrifice, and much more.  

To point out one aspect of this book that is most helpful is a hard thing to do. Nevertheless, it would be this, we need to be desperate! Desperate not for the attention of a man but desperate to get completely lost in the love of Christ. For when we do that, all else falls into place. It amazes me that so many times we as ladies worry about the most trivial things when deep down, we know that God really is in control. It is time we start living like it and getting a new kind of “desperate”. 

     Phenomenal book. Fun read. Pick up a copy! 

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.

A Forgiving Thought

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you!” ~C.S. Lewis

I do not know what it is about me and quotes, but I can tell you this.. I love them, and plan on sharing more of them with you!! I was just rummaging through some old quotes and came across this one, and what a quote it is! When I think about the abundant forgiveness that God has given me, I am overwhelmed. Almighty God has forgiven me and not just forgiven me but forgiven the inexcusable in me! I pray that I never take that for granted.

When I let my mind meditate on this quote, that God has forgiven the inexcusable in me. Conviction arises from all the times I have held a grudge toward someone for the smallest offense. Sure, there have been times when hurt was experienced even for something major, but, Oh, how forgiveness was hard to find in my life. Friend, God gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our SINS, for our forgiveness. All the sins we have ever committed past, present, and future are under the blood, if we only ask Him.  Yet, we cannot forgive those who have wronged us in the smallest of ways. We are called to a lifestyle to be more like God; therefore, we need MORE forgiveness in our life. I have found that the more apt I am to forgive, the stronger my relationship with God tends to be. Friends, I pray that this will help and encourage you today! 

Radical: Characterized by Departure from Tradition

the-radical-question-a-radical-ideaThis book review is long overdue. Amidst the craziness of college life and Christmas break, I was barely able to read this small, yet powerful book. While I do not agree with every point or idea David Platt has, I did enjoy reading and hearing his point of view.

In this double book, Platt asks this pensive question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” Convicting, huh? In all reality, most of struggle answering this question.  Platt challenges you to examine this question with an open heart. He asks you to consider this fact, that we have departed from a God-centered gospel in order to fit our self-centered priorities. Back to the question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” Is he worth departing from your comfortable American lifestyle to live a life completely devoted to Him? A life that requires perseverance and hard work, but in the end a life that is overflowing with blessings and benefits.

If you are not willing to give up your designer house, your weekly dinner outings, and yes, even your daily Starbucks (Ouch!); do not pick up The Radical Question/A Radical Idea. Maybe changing your lifestyle is something that you ARE planning on doing and NEED to do, pick up this book and dive into it with an open mind and heart.

The main thing I did not care for in this book was the fact that it  contains bits and pieces from David’s main book, Radical. This mini-book leaves you wanting to read the main one. So pick that one up to while you are at it.

Hopefully, I have been able to wet your reading appetite a bit today. I challenge you to depart from the ordinary American life and live a radically transformed one in the light and love of Jesus Christ. Remind yourself of this question often, “What is Jesus worth to you?”

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book. 

A Love Story Worth Desiring

“Another one of those Christian dating books, huh… Nothing I haven’t heard before…” Is that what you are thinking? Probably so, because that is exactly what I thought when I started to read this book. After just a few pages my thoughts on the book were changed… Let me tell you why.

A book not filled with how to get the right guy or how to get the right girl, but a book about striving to be the right guy or girl… How refreshing! So many of us are doing the complete opposite, instead of focussing on becoming the right one we are trying to find the right one, the one we are supposed to spend the rest of our life with.

What Eric & Leslie point out in When God Writes Your Love Story is that over time the “pen” of our lives has been taken from the One who desires to write our story. And the one who is responsible for taking that “pen” is you and I. We feel like we, in our own strength, can write a better story than the One who has the greatest story. It is He who showed to us the greatest love story of all when He sent His son to die for us, worthless sinners… But oh! how He longs to once again have the “pen” of your life and mine, so that He can then start writing your most desired love story. The Ludy’s back up all of this with Scripture.

You will find personal experiences inside this book that Eric & Leslie desire for us to learn and grow from… While I do not necessarily agree with every thought in this book, I do recommend it to others. Maybe you are a girl who has been through several hard relationships just trying to find the “right one” or maybe you are a guy who is so tired of standing strong in the world that we live in… I encourage you to pick up this book, while it should not take away from the encouragement and principles found in the Bible, it could very well be a good help to you in your Christian walk.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.