Long time coming...

So it's been months since I've been on here. I haven't had the time nor have I felt the urge to write in quite some time. I've had many things going on in my life. Things to work through, things to drop, things to pick up. So. many. things.

I started college. Wow. Let me say that was and is a huge deal and a big, long, hard, bumpy, exciting ride. I'm going into nursing. Some will probably roll their eyes at that. Let me explain. I've had an experience in the past with a family member. They weren't cared for or treated well by the nurses she had and it eventually cost her her life. As a family, this was heartbreaking for us. Worse was the nurses didn't even care. I thought that was kind of the definition of a nurse- care. How can you be a nurse and be indifferent to the things around you?! How can you be a person and have little to no regard for anyone else? So, because of that situation I felt like God has given me a unique situation that allows me to care for others from a different perspective. The family and the patient both matter GREATLY and they should know that. I want to be that. I know God can use me in this way and I'm excited about it.

Secondly, my relationship with God had become stagnant. I realized a few days ago just how sad it had gotten and have since rededicated my life to Him. I haven't made time for my Heavenly Father like I should have. I allowed things and stuff and jobs and work to get in the way of truly living. How can I help anyone when my well is dry? I have nothing to give. So, I gave it all back to God and asked for His help. I'm excited to see where He takes and I'm more excited to see His face one day.

Thirdly, family situations have been STRESSFUL!!!!!!! Y'all, the older you get, the harder it gets. For real. Life has been freaking hard lately, but thankfully, my perspective is changing and my spirit is becoming more in tune with His Spirit and life is looking better. PRAISE THE LORD. Even if things don't change soon, I know I can do all things through Christ and that really does strengthen me.

I'm not sure if anyone is reading this or not. This was more or less an update for me, to see where I am now. If you are reading this, who are you? How is your life? Tell me something interesting.

God bless you. <3


NKJV Study Bible -Review

One of my favorite Bibles I've ever had is this thick Life Application study Bible. I studied that Bible every day for a few years. So when I saw the NKJV study Bible I knew I wanted to get it.

This Bible is a really wonderful study Bible. It has cross references on every page. It has study notes as well as little articles around the text. Keeping in mind that these notes are not God's holy Word they merely help us study iit. It also has maps at the back to see locations and things like that. It has a beautiful imitation leather and is very well made. It's pretty light so it's also great for taking with you.

All in all this would be a great gift for yourself or someone you know.

*Note I received a complimentary copy for the purpose of reviewing.


Uninvited-book review

I have felt it. The feeling of never being good enough. Not fitting in just right. Thinking I'm too fat, too dumb, too ugly, too bad and so forth. Not a day goes by that I don't battle one of those at some point.

Lysa Terkeurst is one of the realest authors I've read from. She is soooo fun to read from. She's funny, godly, wise and very down to earth in her writing. I have 2 other books by her and they are really good.

However, Uninvited is easily hands down my favorite book by her. Like ever. I read it a week at a time and its such a blessing. I found my intimacy with the Lord soared. She covers all the main areas us ladies tend to obsess over and places it in light of the Lord and who he says we are. What a blessing!!!

This book is a 10 out of 10. I recommend all ladies to read it. This is something I know the Lord will use to set women free. Definitely go pick this up and savor every piece of truth the Lord gives you.

*note: I received a free copy for the exchange of a review.



My heart burns within me.
There's a pain that does not go away. Depression, discouragement, disappointment?
They all feel the same somehow.

I've forgotten Him.
Not totally. But enough to sense His absence in my life.
No, He didn't leave. I did. I moved away to pursue the muck.
It's been enough. Until today.
I want You, Lord. I need You, Lord.
Why do I always run away from the ones I love?

Jesus, will You help me?


The Blessing of Humility

Jerry Bridges has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. I enjoy reading any book that is backed up with Scripture and is not preachy about how to live your life. I don't feel condemned or judged, I feel convicted and encourage when I read his books.

The Blessing of Humility is no different. He fills this book with Scripture and gently pushes all of us (including himself) to the cross of Christ and His help, healing, and humility.

Pride is the downfall in our lives far too often. The essence of why we sin is because pride tells us we know better than God. Well, Bridges, challenges us to stop giving in to those sinful tendencies and to lean upon the Lord. He goes through 8 chapters of brilliant chat leading you through the Beatitudes from Matthew and how they apply to true humility.

I need more humility in my life for sure. How about you?

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

I Don't Wait Anymore

I have followed Grace Thornton's blog for a very long time. Something about her honesty and story telling abilities just hits my spirit in a good way. Her ability to take ordinary events and show the hand of the Lord in them is something admirable to me.

Well, of course, when I found out she was writing a book titled, I Don't Wait Anymore, I knew I was definitely going to get it.

I have not been let down at all by this book. The same wonderful writing that accompanies Grace's blog is also found within this book. She is witty, funny, faith-filled and passionate. Her heart is threaded neatly throughout this book. She tells stories of messes and God's hand in them and dogs in fields and leading the way home and travelling and there isn't much else to desire within this book to be honest.

To top it off, the layout of this book is beautiful and trendy with tribal printed arrows on each page as well as crisp, clear font on beautiful lily-white pages. (To some this won't matter, to my book friends out there, I know you get this. ;) )

If you're looking for a summer read that's deep but not too deep and filled with adventure, well you've found it. Don't wait (pun intended) to get this book. It's so good!

Note: I received a copy in exchange for a review.


NKJV Chronological Study Bible - review

The NKJV Chronological Study Bible from Thomas Nelson is a gorgeous Bible.

This Bible offers countless study paragraphs on Biblical times and the culture from which the Word of God was written from. There are full color photos on most of the pages that go alone with what you're reading, in addition to the obvious, everything be put into chonological order. This Bible also has maps and note taking space located at the back.

I like this Bible very much. It comes in two different imitation leathers- the one in this photo, as well as a stone and navy blue color. Both are gorgeous and would make for a wonderful gift for those graduates you know.

The only thing I wish this Bible had was wider margins. If you have tiny handwriting then you could probably write alright in the margins, but for me my handwriting is big and there's not much room for it.

All in all, a wonderful product and great Bible for all ages.

Note: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.

Night Driving - review

Depression hangs thick in my life quite often.
Sometimes is subtler than usual and other times it's right in my face, all up in my business, taking the joy and happiness that once was mine.

Stories like Addie Zierman's in, Night Driving, are very much a comfort to me.

Addie decided to take her 2 kids on an across the country trip that proved to be very hectic and crazy, but it wasn't just in search of a beach or different surroundings- it was for something much more valuable. Addie is really on a search for true faith in God. Not the youth group, Christian concert filled, over the mountain top experience. No, something real and true and good.

I've been there. Or I am there? Seeking. Searching. Wanting God and yet not sure exactly how to find Him. I'm asking, but I'm tired. Addie shows these same feelings among others in her book.

I love a good truth telling book and Addie delivers. What's amazing to me is this is not the book that tries. You know, the one where everything is tidied up in a nice bow at the end. The one where everything works perfectly out and we're all smiling and assured by the end. This is not the book that is preaching at you. I like how Addie shows her struggles, her "ugly" sides (if you will) and is just real. I have ugly sides. I have struggles. I CAN RELATE.

Thank God for honest writing. Thank God for Addie. Whether she knows it or not, God is working through her book. He reminded me I'm not alone. I was so comforted while reading this. I smiled, laughed, teared up, I had all the feels.

Depression and loneliness in the midst of people and looking for God can all be found in this book, but also hope can be found. Hope that this is not the end. God is still working on us. Thank God for the work.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.


Siren's Song - review

Siren's Song is the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy written by the lovely, Mary Weber.

I read both of the previous books in less than a week. The romance, thrilling fights, and comical sarcasm produced in these books makes for the most enjoyable of reading experiences.

Mary is a talented author to say the least. Her characters Nym, Eogan, Miles, and Draewolf are hard to forget and impossible to reproduce.

This book picks up exactly where the last one left off, with Nym wondering what in hulls (you'll also pick up the language after reading one of the books. ;) ) is going on with Eogan and why she is always in the middle of a crisis.

You'll follow along the path of war, romance, and pain as Nym fights to save all that matters to her.

This book is a 5 out 5 and must read for fantasy lovers. Not a dull moment in the whole book. Highly recommend.

Note: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.


A Refuge At Highland Hall - review

I have read the two previous books in this series from Carrie Turansky and they were both wonderful reads, however, for me this book was different.

My personal opinion was that this book was eerily similar to the tv show, Downton Abbey. What I mean by that is I thought quite a bit of it was very much inspired and somewhat changed to fit writing style, and yet some of the situations were very similar to those I've seen in that show.

I am not accusing her of having ripped off the tv show's script or anything of the sort, just I was looking for the different situations and experiences that I have read in her two previous books in this series.

If you like that show, you'll like this book to be certain. However, if you're looking for something a little different with a bit of a twist, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to you.

Note: I received a copy of this book for the exchange of a review. All views and opinions expressed are mine.