Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp!


How has your week been, dear friends? We have had cooler weather here, so I'm thrilled by that. We're in our monsoon season here so we're getting the afternoon rains each day. This is greening everything up and making for wonderfully cool evenings.

51.  This week I worked on my Praise and Prayer Journal. I did quite a few pages and am enjoying it so much. Here's my prayer pages:

 

I added the penciled lines that I will erase after I'm done writing in my prayer requests and prayers.

Here's the pages focused on Grace





Then finally I decorated a little envelope to put in private prayer requests


I would love for you to share your blessings on the linkup!


Blessings - Julie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sleep and Prayer

Lying awake over concerns is so hard. You want to sleep - you long to sleep - but your mind and heart are churning and thoughts tumble over one another until you think you'll go quite mad. Sleep would be a beautiful escape, but the turmoil keeps your emotions on high alert.


I don't know why we do this to ourselves. I don't know why we think by losing sleep that we'll solve the problems that are plaguing us. The next day is made worse because we are so exhausted our brains and bodies won't work. It's a wasted night and a wasted day.

Prayer is the only thing that helps in these situations. Giving it over to God and asking Him to take control is the only rest our hearts and minds will get. We can do nothing to quiet our own hearts - only trusting God can do that. Maybe the situation you're concerned about is health related or a family relationship is shattered. Perhaps we are berating ourselves over something we said or did that we wish we hadn't. Can you relate? I certainly can to all these things.

It's not easy giving it over to God. I'll be the first to admit I mull things over and over. Fret and worry. Trying to figure a way of fixing the issue or being afraid and what may happen. Why is prayer never the first thing I do? Why is it always the last; after I'm so exhausted the words to God are barely coherent?


Thankfully, we have a Savior who cares and does not turn away even when I talk to Him last. He knows my human frailties and He doesn't hold them against me. He is there, in the dead of night, just waiting to listen and to comfort my heart. It is only then that my mind rests and the sleep comes and it is sweet, comforting rest. Thank you, Lord!

Blessings - Julie


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp


It's time to count our blessings!!

48.  My son found this beautiful painting for me at a used sale and I absolutely love it!


I have another rose painting similar to this one but the roses are bright colored. They will look so nice together! Such a blessing!

49.  I'm working on a praise and prayer journal. I'm having such fun with it plus it's getting me deeper into the Word. I love being able to be creative in my devotional time. Here's the cover of my journal


Then there's I have this beauty on the inside cover


Finally, the first page of my journal.


I am enjoying this so much!

50.  Finally, here's an update on my Queen Elizabeth cross stitch piece. I absolutely love this piece! It's so fun stitching on this and I love seeing the progress.


I wish my blue fabric showed up better in the pictures, but alas, it seems to mute the color.

What are your blessings for this week? Please share on the linkup below or in the comments!


Blessings - Julie

Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review - The Perfect You, A Blueprint for Identity


ABOUT THE BOOK:

There are a lot of personality tests out there designed to label you and put you in a particular box. But Dr. Caroline Leaf says there’s much more to you than a personality profile can capture. In fact, you cannot be categorized!

In this fascinating book, she takes readers through seven steps to rediscover and unlock their unique "you quotient"—the brilliantly original way each person thinks, feels, relates, and makes choices—freeing them from comparison, envy, and jealousy, which destroy brain tissue. Readers learn to be aware of what’s going on in their own minds and bodies, to lean in to their own experience rather than trying to forcefully change it, and to redefine what success means to them. Released from the suffocating box of expectations, they’ll embrace their true identity and develop a clear sense of divine purpose in their lives.

Knowing and understanding our identity empowers our choices. Unlocking one’s you quotient is not optional—it is essential.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Caroline Leaf is the author of Switch On Your Brain and Think and Eat Yourself Smart, amongst many other books and journal articles. Since 1981, she has researched the science of thought as it relates to thinking, learning, renewing the mind, gifting, and potential. Dr. Leaf is an international and national conference speaker on topics relating to optimal brain performance such as stress, toxic thoughts, male/female brain differences, thinking and learning, controlling our thought lives, wisdom, and how to identify and use one's natural gifts. She is frequently interviewed on TV stations around the globe, has published many books and scientific journal articles, and has her own TV show, The Dr. Leaf Show. Leaf and her husband, Mac, live with their four children in California.

MY REVIEW:

This book helps us to discover who we are in God. Dr. Leaf refers to this as The Perfect You. Throughout the book she encourages us to be ourselves - who God intended us to be. Unless we live our life in the Perfect You state, we truly are not going to be content, in peace or even be healthy.

It took me quite a while to read this book because I found myself wanting to really understand and apply what she was sharing. My whole book is full of pink highlighter and stars because there is so much amazing information in this book. Dr. Leaf shares complex information but in a way that was very understandable for me. It's just a lot to take in all at once.

One of the things that I found so useful in this book was the UQ Profile (Unique Qualitative Assessment Tool) that Dr. Leaf developed. It is a series of questions that helped me to identify what my Perfect You is - how God made me, actually - and then she gives the instructions on how to apply this to your life. It's a fantastic eye-opening experience and it helped me to understand and truly accept who I am.

The greatest thing about this book is it's not a "how to" book that treats everyone the same with a set formula. This book is all about finding your unique blueprint just for you and being happy with who God made you. I have read Dr. Leaf's other books and the greatest thing I have loved in learning from her is how our mind can change our brain. This book expands on this and I have a great sense of self.

I highly recommend this book! It really is a life changing book and will give you the path to being the Perfect You!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the publisher and author


Blessings - Julie

Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Review - The Weekly Prayer Project


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Are you ready for a project that will actually change your life?

Challenge yourself to journal, pray, reflect, and connect with God with The Weekly Prayer Project. Fifty-two scriptures, one for each week of the year, explore different types of prayers found in the Bible, from prayers of gratitude and thankfulness to prayers of lament and intercession. Each week’s journaling prompts will guide you to reflect on God’s work in your life and to pray with intention. Walk through this book, and see your faith deepen and your joy soar.

MY REVIEW:

I absolutely love this book!! It is like no other book on prayer and it has made my prayer life that much more alive.

This is a hard-back book and I was a bit concerned about how easy it would be to write in it. However, it lies flat quite nicely and is very easy to read and write in. It's a beautiful book, as well. There are so many beautiful photographs and little paintings in the book to inspire you. It just added so much to the book for me.

It is broken up into seven parts. They are: Requests, Gratitude, Lament, Intercession, Faith, Repentance, and Awe. It helps you to focus on these important aspects of prayer. I loved that the introduction tells you to make this book your own by starting at the beginning or jumping to a different part of the book if you'd like.

The fact that this is broken up into 52 weeks is something I love. It allows you to really focus, for a full week, on the Scripture provided for that week and to make those prayer requests for that week something you fully concentrate on. There are also questions to ponder as you go through your week.

This is a really small thing, but to me, just makes this book even more special. They provide a ribbon book mark for you to use. It's just something that makes this book more lovely.

I really love this book and can't wait to make it a real part of my devotional time each week. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make their prayer life more fulfilling and their relationship with God deeper.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by BookLook Bloggers Program


Blessings - Julie