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Books I’ve Been Reading (and one for you)

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately. And it looks to be a particularly book-filled year. So I’ve decided to not only share some of my favorite reads with you . . . but actually send some of my favorite reads to you! Every morning, I start my day with devotions and reading time. This habit, which I’ve practiced since I was a young girl, helps my mind and soul wake up while my body attempts to catch up. By keeping this date with myself — and reading extra on sick days and weekends — I can power through a few books a month. Spoiler alert — I’m heavy into nonfiction. I know that fiction is good for me, but I just gravitate toward answers to burning questions. If you have a good fiction recommendation, please leave the title in the comments! And as for how you can have one of these books for your own collection, just keep reading to the end. Some Books that Made Me Think . . . and …

I Got My Word of the Year Wrong (of course)

Do you pick a Word of the Year? It’s kinda’ the thing to do these days years. I have several friends who pick a word from the Lord to meditate on, to live out, to wrestle with through the year. For the past couple of years, I’ve been fearful of picking the Word of the Year.  Because there are 171, 476 words in the English language and the chance of picking the right one word out of all of those is 0.00000583%. I did the math. I have a better chance of being struck by lightening. Again, I looked it up. Last year was The Year of Lea Ann. Don’t roll your eyes, it was really a thing. The Year of David was two years previous, and it went . . . ok for him. But last January, all signs pointed to a Super Awesome Year of Amazing Things for Lea Ann. When my husband christened it in my honor, I had no objections. Neither did the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world, either …

Fighting the Devotional Battle

Truth be told, I stuff my face far more often than my soul. There’s an urgency to mealtime, an ingrained habit of snacking that doesn’t easily translate to the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible reading. And I say that to my shame. You know what? I’m taking a big risk by being honest about that, because it’s much cooler to post a Bible meme on social media or a picture of my coffee mug with my devotional journal or to use trendy translations in Facebook statuses than to admit the harsh, human truth: I didn’t have devotions today. Or worse, to honestly say, “I read through my daily Bible reading, but two hours later I had already forgotten every word of it. I raided the refrigerator twice in the same amount of time.” The fact of the matter is that this is a struggle we don’t always win. It doesn’t matter if we schedule Quiet Time early in the morning or during baby’s naptime or late at night. It helps only moderately that we …

Giveaway: Pitchin’ a Fit

Parenting is the worst. Seriously, it’s a twenty-year (or more) sentence to a prison of imperfection, the impossibility of changing small people into what we want. Then we quickly learn from experience that doesn’t work. So we get mad. Actually, the socially-acceptable term is frustrated or annoyed, but we all know what we really mean: steam comes out our ears and loud noises out our mouths every day. And we think that’s the way it has to be. My friends Brook and Israel Wayne totally get that. They have ten children (and frequently take them on the road), so they know insanity like few people. They sent me this book on how to not be so angry, and I wanted to laugh. Because I thought God made them with no anger emotions at all (or else they used a really good essential oil or something). But no, apparently they have genuine struggles, too. Or else they have watched me turn into a monster every day at 4pm. I had come to love so much having all my “ducks in …