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Books I read in 2016

If you dream of a huge library with a sliding ladder and singing at the top of your lungs as you ….oh wait that is a different scene.

As the year comes to a close, I am enjoying seeing what others have read this year.  And as I read other’s lists of books they read in 2016, I am secretly hoping to find another gem.

8 best books I adventured through in 2016:

The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: Yes, I have made it this long in life without reading this book. No judging.  What an adventure to go on! Definite good read for fantasy fanatics.  Goblins, elves, and huge eagles, oh my! The transformation of the main character, dear Bilbo, is written wonderfully.

Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: I love this book for many reasons.  Firstly I enjoy the author very much.  I remember a very simple interaction with him and his wife in a very trying time in my life.   This book is unforgettable and sincere just like my interaction with them.  Naeem’s story of coming to faith is unique and has impacted many.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

Genre: Memoir

My two cents: This book was so engaging that I plan to re-listen to this in the new year.  Yes, I said listen.  Shonda reads her own audio book.  She makes excellent car company.  I feel like she was rallying me to march to my own beat, unashamedly and creatively.  For every woman who has many dreams and goals, but needs a friend to honestly propel her forward, this is for you.

Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Emily has inspired me for four years now through her authentic and life giving writing on her blog.  In this book, she invites me to sit on the bench and pay attention to the small moments, the moments where life happens.  This book is truly a breath of fresh air.

Birthing the Miraculous by Dr. Heidi Baker.

Genre: Spiritual Growth

My two cents: Baker encourages us to carry our promises to fruition, no matter how hard, crazy, or unbelievable the promise may seem.  She shares personal stories that stir up faith to trust in the Lord and to lean on him daily. I love her stories that show that faith is much more than a bunch of talk.  Faith requires action.

Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore.

Genre: Spiritual Growth/Devotional

My two cents: This is a devotional book following much of Jesus, David, John, and Paul’s life.  I love the structure of the readings each day.  And the journey through 1 Samuel was rich. It’s an easy read before the day begins, or for a lunch break.

Rising Strong by Dr. Brené Brown.

Genre: Self-Help/Badassery 😉

My two cents: Here is another fantastic audio book read by Brené herself.  I highly recommend the hardback copy as well.  This reading is meaty and soul searching.  You will be called to courage, and I will bet you will even start to crave a brave lifestyle even in the midst of struggle.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

My two cents: I grew up with the Harry Potter series.  I went to the midnight showings of almost all the movies.  So of course I had to read this book.  It is a quick read that you will not want to put down.  And I absolutely love the character of Scorpius.

 

I am already compiling my list for books to read in 2017.  This year I will have more clinical books to read for school, but that won’t stop me from adventuring through my list.

What are some of your good reads of 2016?  And what are some on your list for 2017? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

He is

Me?

I am not self made.  I am uniquely designed, one of a kind.

I am who I am.

Moving from glory to glory.  Oh please, Amen! Amen!

I want to smell of Love and for that there is a cost.

I will gladly take the purging by fire.  Bring it on!  For I was built to withstand!

I will emerge even brighter, ever purer.

I am who I am because he is the great I am.

I am not self made, he brought me forth as his.

Breathed life into these working limbs.  Dreams knitted in this beating heart.

I am because he is I AM.

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Day 26-27:: Fiery boots

Summer seems to be in a war with fall to gain a few more minutes of glory here in the South.  Being a warm sun loving babe, I do not mind one bit.

Well, except for the fact that I am ready for bonfires and boots.

Bonfires means an excuse to get together with others. For some reason, fire makes conversation easier.  There is not so much focus on what to discuss, but rather all those gathered can focus on being in the moment around the warmth.  Wine. Fire. S’mores. Its common place where we can be at ease.

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And well as for boots, they just make you feel powerful.  Well at least for me.  I feel like I stand taller and more confident.  I am ready to conquer whatever the day may bring.  I have something to offer, and here I go putting it out there for the world to see.

To be more open.  To be more sure.  A fire.  Some boots.

Its funny how we associate things with some of our inner desires.

As you begin this week, may you find the time to be self-aware of what it is you are desiring.  Then with confidence and openness may you pull on your boots to take up the challenge to go after those things you desire, want, or need.

Maybe the first step is simply acknowledging your need or your desire.

May we all find the courage this week to partner with a Good Father who desires to give us good gifts and provide for those things we need.

 

 

Day 9:: The wolves

I stumbled upon this neat little video this evening.  It was a subtle reminder to me and felt it fit well here on Day 9.

 

What we “feed” is what we reflect.

What struck me the most is that which we try to ward off and wage war against often times increases.  There is something to be said about letting things go.  For me, the art of letting go often entails an honest confession before a very understanding Father. What about you?

My we deal the rest of the week with each wolf appropriately, so that we may gain a greater awareness of ourselves.

 

Day 8:: To see the shells

Seeing the pictures of sharks teeth and beautiful shells littered on the beach in the wake of the storm has encouraged me to make it my goal to walk barefoot on the shore this week in search of treasures.

Barefoot Honest, unrestricted, open, feeling.

Sounds inviting to me.  I had a moment today…not a melt down moment…not a heroic moment…more like a tender moment.  A barefoot moment.

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In worship, I burst through the fog swirling in my head.  In honest worship, that kind that comes from your gut.  Worship that pulled me to a higher plane, to see above my current state.

Barefoot. 

All I know is that with that moment, I realized my feet have been cramped in my shoes for too many days.

Time to kick of the shoes and take a slow “walk”.  My particular walk involved sitting indian-style on the floor, eyes closed, soaking up His goodness.

“Not enough time” can be a wicked lie.  When all it takes sometimes is a few minutes to get this heart aligned and for peace to sink where anxiety had a foothold.

Barefoot.

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I am unearthing a couple practices to help me live more moments barefoot.  One that you might find interesting as well is Centering Prayer.  What practices are helpful for you to reflect and center yourself?

 

31 days:: Day 1 Reflections

Scroll down for Day 1!

Or to check out the other days just click the link below.  I am adding each day to the list as I go.

Day 2:: On Fire

Day 3:: The Ups of Downs

Day 4-7:: Aftermath

Day 8:: To see the shells

Day 9:: The wolves

Day 10:: Off for reflection 🙂

Day 11:: The middle, man!

Day 12-13:: Dimly

Day 14:: Sunday’s Loop

Day 15-16:: A mirror like no other

Day 17-18:: Lowcountry Lights

Day 19-20:: Break for fall

Day 21-22:: The unruly discipline

Day 23-25:: Prayer from the table

Day 26-27:: Fiery boots

Day 28-29:: Simply impactful

31 That’s a wrap!

Here I go again, attempting with thousands of others on the internet to write consecutively for 31 days on the same topic.

This go around will be interesting for sure. Grad student, busy body keeping clients happy, ministry school student.  The roles can be a bit overwhelming at times.  But at my core what are the burning desires?  The roles that if I were to not fulfill, a piece of me would be in angst.  These roles are birthed out of a relationship with the one who is Love.  Writer, Artist, Revivalist, Daughter, Sister.

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In an attempt to feed (and hopefully you can do the same) the inner spinnings of my spirit, here is space for you and I to explore for 31 days, Reflections.  I’m more than thrilled! I hope you will join me on this journey.

We take a look back to remember, to learn, to restore.  We reflect.  In the deepest parts of us we have mirrors hidden within our souls covered by dusty blankets.  What are these mirrors meant to reflect?  We look upon the waters of a vast lake and we see the heavens kiss the earth as clouds dance upon the ripples.  It is but a mere reflection.

What is in your heart and soul spinning around waiting to be revealed?

Maybe, you too, would like to take up the challenge and write for 31 days. Click on the link to discover resources and helpful tips.  You have until Oct 5th to link up with people from all over who are taking up the challenge.

Blessings!

In and Thru

Can you see? It runs through young veins.  Brave catawba showing through as the sun caresses me.  Leave me here for a while, content I will be.  Salt air breathed in deeper, richer.  Winds whisp me away to where water pounds on rock.  Scoop me up to behold the sea creatures dancing with one another.  Home to this heart is sand between these toes. Let my eyes gaze on the horizon as heaven kisses earth.  Hear. Here, angels wait to minister to wandering sailing souls.  Mine gladly receives once again.

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Dreamin’ and Livin’

In my way home I discovered the Tarlatans.  I was listening to the radio as this song reached out and grabbed me:

     “If I’m dreaming, I might be missing right now.”  I’m a dreamer. And to dream is good because we venture to places and potential yet inhabitat within and with out when we do so.  But if you are like me I know when my soul feels unsettled and its time to return to the here and now.  

     Now is full of color and vibrant just as the future.  But often times it seems dull and gray because we forget to live in the adventure and abundant opportunity of the present.  It’s all we are gaurenteed really. Now. Right now, may we have grace to see what’s around us with fresh eyes.

     I’ll leave you with one more from the Tarlatans:

Peace!

Spontaneous Presence

So the past two nights I have spent with two different individuals.  These moments have not been planned but they have been rich in different ways.  I have a friend who says all the time that communion is common union.  Community like wise is what we have in common is what unites us.  So I’ve been partaking in communion the past few nights with beautiful souls.  Therefore no lengthy posts and one missed night of blogging.  However I would challenge you to see the one in front of you rather than being driven by the list of things pulling for your attention.  Souls are eternal, and many things are material.

Take a listen to what has been feeding my heart lately. And may it meet you in your present moment.

Chris Mcclarney-“Thirsty”:

https://youtu.be/ZCs6Jztq08g 

31 days past, present, future

I am committing to write here for 31 days. Joining with a bunch of cyberspacers that are doing the same.  I’ve gotten a late start but if you’d like to join me a many others check out what 31 days is all about. 

For me this is a great chance to challenge myself to write everyday no matter how small or how big. I love writing but so often I get swept up in obligations that I sweep the importance of expressing myself through this avenue under the rug.  So for 31 days I will be pulling up that big ole rug and cleaning out the dust.  I’ll be discussing, encouraging, and reminiscing.  We cannot have a future lest we have a past, and both are built here in the present. The sweet present in which Andrew Murray says, “His (God’s) presence and grace enjoyed today will remove all doubt whether thou canst entrust the morrow to Him too”.  So join me as I explore the past, present, and future here at Rehoboth.  No doubt there will be a few days of “rabbit trails” to follow as well. 

Peace and Grace  

 

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