The Whole Woman – Book Review

Knowing how to coordinate body, soul, mind, and spirit, can be very challanging. Maintaining a good balance between them is sometimes difficult. However, Kristin Kellen and Julia Higgins have compiled a guide for just that. Using several women’s writings there are many suggestions to live a total life that both nourish and encourage women in stabilizing their busy lives and making them more focused and productive.

Divided into the four sections mentioned above, The Whole Woman, gives many excellent suggestions for living the life God intended as well as reaching out and discipling the women around us. The book discusses the importance of knowing and living God’s Word, keeping our minds healthy and focused, taking care of our bodies, and discipling others.

I am giving this book a score of 5 out of 5. It’s we’ll written and full of usable information. I hope you will learn as much as I have.

Blessings and success to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Net Galley group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR requirements, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday Psalms 5

Psalm 5

Hear my words, LORD. My King and my GOD. I lift my prayers to You. Sometimes my words are just sounds, yet You still hear my prayers every morning.

You do not allow wicked people to live near You. You hate all who are evil, who think they are better than You. You destroy liars and murderers.

I bow down before You. I worship and adore You. You have chosen me and made the way stright before me. My enemies are lost and cannot find their way. They speak lies and death is in their words. Judge them, LORD. Let their own words convict them of their sin and rebellion against You.

All who live in Your protection will rejoice & sing. You are praised by all who love You. Put Your shield of favor over Your chosen, O LORD!

Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the NIV Bible.

Beneath The Bending Skies Book Review

Life, from childhood on, is a series of ups and downs, new experiences, old struggles, good and bad memories. ‘What a ride’ as some would say.

That’s what this new book, Beneath The Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick, is all about. It’s the story of Mollie who wanted the respect and support of a wandering, controlling father, who was unable to give it. After her mother dies she is left with people she doesn’t know, then later on with relatives. When things are not going well she is moved to different states. At 14 she opens a school to help with family finances. She is engaged at 16. When her father returns and finds out he breaks it off and moves her far away again. Not all is lost, though, there is more, much more, to Mollie’s life.

As with many (or all) of her books Jane Kirkpatrick bases the story line and her characters on historical events, real people and places. This story comes to life while reading of lives of those who lived during the Gold Rush, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and the Indian Wars during the Westward Expansion.

I highly recommend this book and hope you will take the time to read this delightful story.

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR requirements, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday Psalms 4

Psalm 4

Righteous GOD, answer my prayer. You have made me right in Your eyes. You have calmed my fears. Forgive me and hear my prayer.

Why do so many hate me? Why do they continue to listen to the lies and dishonesty of the know-it-alls?

GOD knows His children! GOD hears when we call!

Do not sin because you are angry. Think it through, pray about it, and don’t say what you are thinking. Ask for forgiveness and simply trust Him to do what needs to be done.

Selah! (Amen and yes!)

Thank You for the joy You have given in all You have provided. Shine Your goodness on us!

I will sleep in peace, knowing that You are protecting me.

Sunday Psalms are the Psalms in my own words.  You can click on the Psalm number at the top to read it from the NIV Bible.

What We Think Is Not Always Trustworthy

A friend sent a message a few days ago and asked if I could give her some verses to help with her thoughts about herself. I gave this a couple of days of reflection and sent these words back to her:

One of the verses I often go to when my mind gives me all kinds of negative thoughts about who I am and what I am and what I’ve done is Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. To me, that says put all of my trust in God. My own understanding is my thoughts of things that have happened or things that might happen. That is not what God wants. He wants me to consider His Word so that I will know what is really happening.

Sometimes I have to think through Philippians 4:8 over and over and over until my thoughts are focused once again on my God and not on the things running helter-skelter through my mind.

Abba, Father, help me (us) focus completely and totally on Your Word whenever our thoughts are troubling us. Remind us to put You in control of the things that are out of our control.