Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup!!

I had my second round of chemo yesterday on Monday. I've had two fairly decent weeks after the horrible week right after my last chemo treatment. I've been extremely tired, but I think that's just something that comes with this. My sleep has been off, with me being up all night and then sleeping during the day. This, too, is from the chemo.

One thing I've been doing is my quiet time in the middle of the night. It really is quiet! 😄 I always do my In Touch devotional from Charles Stanley and then add my Bible reading and other devotional readings. I've also been working on my gratitude book that my youngest son got me.

I also finished my hat that I was crocheting. I was spurred on because my hair is falling out in clumps now. It's been rather disconcerting but, again, it's part of the chemo. I made two roses for my hat as well - one pink and one turquoise. I will simply pin them on depending on what outfit I want to wear.

Here it is with the pink rose...


Here I am with my hat on with the blue rose.  My birthday was last Friday and I'm holding the beautiful cake my husband got for me. It was as delicious as it was pretty!


After my last surgery, I started a doily and have had it finished for quite some time. I wanted to share a picture of that, too.  I just love the texture in this doily! The first picture shows the texture so beautifully!


However, this is not the true color of the doily so I took a picture with a flash to show you the true color. It loses the detail but you can at least see the true blue color. 😊


I absolutely love it! I'm making another doily in pink that is oval but haven't worked on it for a while. It's quite tricky and I just don't have the energy for it right now. However, I'm working on my fall pumpkin doily and will try an finish it in time for Thanksgiving.  We shall see - it will really depend on how bad my side effects from the chemo are this time. It is what it is.

I feel like I'm going to be better prepared for this chemo treatment. I saw my pain management doctor and he put me on a regiment of pain medicine as well as nerve pain medicine. He also gave me lots of nausea medicine so I will be protected there, too. He told me to make sure I take everything the day of chemo and from then on for the hard days. I'm praying that this will stop the horrible pain I had last time and get me through those hard days better. My Oncologist also gave a me a couple new medicines to help with the side affects and to help me just sleep for those two really bad days. I was so nervous and anxious today that she gave me something in my IV to help me to calm down. I slept for 2 hours! Plus, I was very calm! lol 😂😉

Driving home from Phoenix, the moon was coming up and it was so beautiful over the desert! Here are some pictures I took from the truck and, while they aren't the best, they are still so beautiful!




Isn't it gorgeous? I just reminds me that the Lord has created everything. My heart worships Him for who He is and how He holds everything in His hands, including me.
A beautiful Scripture depicting this is Psalm 148:1-6






He gave an order that will never pass away. 

*Check this Scripture out on BibleGateway to read the entire chapter and to find out more about it in the study notes they provide. Here's the direct link to this Scripture HERE

This happened on Saturday. 


You could probably see in the picture on my birthday how little hair I had peeking out from under the hat. It was really quite silly looking and so I asked my son to just take the clippers to what was left of my hair. As much as I was dreading it, it really hasn't been horrible and I am looking on the bright side of it. I don't have to shampoo my hair or style it. I feel much cooler, and I get to wear great hats of all types as fashion statement! I actually crocheted myself another hat - a beanie to be exact - and here I am in my new little hat.


I really like this hat because it's super soft and lightweight. I'll probably make more in different colors. 

I have been so blessed with continued cards coming in the mail and more sweet gifts from friends. Oh, how these bless me and touch my heart! They also give me strength because I know I'm being thought of and, believe me, as I'm going through this, I need to know I'm being thought of and prayed for.  I also had a dear friend bring us soup, rolls and flowers one evening. What a blessing! It's not always easy to make food as we are all exhausted. I have had so many blessings to count! I hope that you have had the same. 

My prayer request is that this round of chemo will not be as hard on me and that my pain will be well controlled.  I'm also asking for prayer regarding my surgery.  They will be doing a CT scan after the third round of chemo to see if the little spots on my lung and liver are gone.  If they are, they will then do the hysterectomy! I feel like this will give me a big boost to get the offending organ that is producing this cancer out of my body. Would you please pray that this will be so? I may to still to more chemo, however, I feel that getting the thing that's making the cancer out of my body will really help me to eradicate the rest of the cancer! 

Thank you all so much for the comments, emails, cards, gifts, encouragement and, most of all, your prayers! I have been so well love through all this and I am so grateful! It gives me such a boost and gives me the strength to fight this and stay strong! 

I would love for you to share your own blessings on the Linky below! Share anything at all that you would like. I see so many wonderful things here that are fun and encouraging! 




Many blessings to you, my friends - Julie

Monday, November 4, 2019

Bible Review - NIV Life Application Study Bible Third Edition


ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

The #1–selling study Bible been significantly updated and expanded with more than 30% new content that readers have come to love – more charts, more people profiles, hundreds of new notes and so much more! With a fresh, new interior design, updated study notes, and features, this Bible will help you better understand God’s Word and provide you with practical ways to apply it to your life every day. It’s a Bible for all times.

•In-depth book introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible
•Presentation page perfect for gift giving
•Available in both black and red letter editions

•Over 100 Life Application® Bible character profiles
•More than 500 maps & charts
•Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity (red for NIV, green for NLT)

•More than 10,000 Life Application® notes
•Side-column cross-references
•8.5 font size
•Single-column text

•Dictionary/concordance
•Index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles
•16 pages of full-color maps
•Christian Worker's Resource- a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness
•Ribbon marker
•Durable Smyth-sewn binding, lays flat when open
•Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
•Full text of the New Living Translation (NLT), combining the latest biblical scholarship with clear, natural English

MY REVIEW:

This is a beautiful Bible! I love the rich, brown two toned color of this Bible and the lovely feel of the cover.  It's easy to understand why this Bible is the best selling Bible in the world.

Inside, there are wonderful study notes that explain so well the Scriptures. I also love all the little maps scattered throughout.  There are maps in the back, however, having the small maps throughout makes it so easy to see where things are taking place as you're reading. There are also wonderful colored charts on the people of the Bible and other interesting facts of the Bible. I love this because they catch your attention.

Another nice thing is the explanation at the beginning of each book of the Bible that gives you an overview of what you will be reading. This is extremely helpful as you start reading those particular Scriptures.


I think my favorite part of this Bible is in the back and it's called the "Christian Worker's Resource". This section shows you how you can become a Christian and also has a section of how to follow up with a new Christian. I found these really great resources and something not found in any other Bible I've read.

Here's more information on the Bible:


You can also read the interview with Ron Beers HERE

The publisher's page can be reached HERE

This is a wonderful Bible with so many great resources right at your fingertips. I really love this Bible and highly recommend it.  I give it 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me by Bible Gateway. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie


Book Review - Stitches In Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Schoolteacher Mollie Graber has come to Stoney Ridge for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she's the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child's heart and knit them back together. Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What she gets are sleepless nights and police at the door.

There's only one thing that breaks through the girls' hard shells--an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, horse trainer Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie's chaotic life. What he didn't expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish community of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, The Deacon's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY REVIEW:

This is book two in the Deacon Family series. This is a stand-alone book, however, you'll love reading the first book in the series - I did.  It helps establish some of the characters and the back story of this book but you won't be lost if you read this one first.

I really enjoyed the continued story of Izzy, Luke, Mollie and Sam.  Each couple is dealing with their own issues and secrets. I loved seeing the growth of these characters and how they worked together to solve life's problems. I also love their faith and how they trust God in these situations.

As always, Suzanne Woods Fisher writes a story where you come away really caring about the characters in the story and you also feel good when you close that back cover. She writes a book that takes you away from your own troubles and allows you to feel good for the duration of her book.

I really loved this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.  I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard


ABOUT THE BOOK:

At the advice of her therapist, Harper Reynolds has traded her job as a crime scene photographer for a more peaceful life taking photographs of the natural world. But her hopes for a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed. She flees the scene in fear--and loses the camera.

Former Green Beret Heath McKade, a reserve deputy in an understaffed county, has been called in to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to see back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff's department can't find any evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed--or how deeply they will fall for each other.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, including Never Let Go, Always Look Twice, and the Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generation Texan and can be found online at www.elizabethgoddard.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book starts out with intense action and it never stops! It's definitely a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Harper is trying to recover and, at the advice of her therapist, she goes out into nature to take photographs, something she loves. While out capturing a grizzly bear, she witnesses a murder. This sets the beginning of a terror ridden journey that has Harper terrified.

Heath is a true to life man who is there for Harper even when others aren't. He has things in his past that he is trying to get past himself so he has understanding for Harper. I love the chemistry between these two and their great friendship.

There is so much going on in this book and the little town it's set in.  I love the supporting characters in this book as well.  There is so much going on in this story and it keeps your interest each and every page.

If you enjoy romantic mysteries, you'll love this book.  I certainly did and I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Book Review - Take Back Your Time

ABOUT THE BOOK:

We all get 24 hours in a day--but it never seems like quite enough, does it? Morgan Tyree wants to help you take back your time with her proven time-management system. With energy and enthusiasm, Morgan shows you how to organize and manage your time using her simple three-color time zone system of green, yellow, and red--moxie time, multitasking time, and me time. She shows you how to

· Identify your most productive times each day
· Regulate between essentials and nonessentials
· Schedule your three time zones
· Match your time zones with your capacities
· Welcome the season of life you're in
· Set achievable goals that align with your values

If you've struggled to find balance and direction in your overloaded life, let Morgan's system help you discover the freedom of less hustle and more harmony.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Morgan Tyree is a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and fitness instructor (exercise enthusiast). She is generally energetic and motivated, but also (very) realistic. Her life tends to be full and fun, and somewhat messy too. She believes in prioritizing and measuring progress one day at a time, while also “keeping it simple.”

Morgan does have a BS degree in business administration with an emphasis in small business and entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon. She has also worked in the fields of marketing, management, and human resources. She blogs weekly on her site Morganize with Me and contributes monthly to the popular blog I'm an Organizing Junkie . She and her husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado.

To find out more about or to connect with Morgan, you can visit her website!

MY REVIEW:

Life can feel overwhelming for so many of us and this book gives us the help we need to take back our time and use it wisely in a way that works for us!

As a planner girl, this book appealed to me because I love organizing my time, but I also hoped to learn even more techniques for doing a better job of prioritizing my time. I was not disappointed at all as the author had a lot of great ideas for getting more done in easier ways.

I liked that she helped us determine our own strengths and energy levels. This was huge for me because I don't always have high energy and to have this recognized was great. I liked that she didn't put us all in the same basket because we are all different and she gives us advice based on this.  I also enjoyed her personal stories throughout the book.  It made it more enjoyable to read, rather than just a typical "how-to" book.

This book is really great for everyone - from the novice planner to the experienced one. She has so many great ideas and tips and I found them invaluable. I was graciously given an extra copy of this book and I loved it so much, I gave my copy to a dear friend who has a lot going on in her life and I know she will love it in helping her prioritize what's important to her.

I loved this book and highly recommend it! I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by the BlogAbout Blogger Network.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie