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Book Review – Believing God – Rating: 5 out of 5

Believing God, by Beth Moore

Content: 5
Writing Style: 5
Re-readability: 5

Content – This book is so full of insight, I can guarantee you right now that my review will not come close to describing it. It has opened my eyes to the difference between believing that God exists and believing Him. I have always believed IN God, but it has become evident to me, especially after reading this book that there is a lot more to belief than just a casual acknowledgment of God’s existence.

Writing Style – Beth’s books have always been easy reading for me. Since I’ve seen her on video through a couple different Bible studies, and I’ve heard her speak listening to her daily A Quick Word, and her weekly radio lessons, I can hear her southern drawl in my head as I read. I am grateful that she also writes with great humility. There are so many inspirational Christian book authors that come off sounding very proud of the knowledge that they have to share. Beth’s writing, on the other hand, feels very grounded to me. That’s so very important to me when reading.

Re-readability – I will definitely keep this book in my library for future reading. I feel like I just skimmed the surface of the topic and look forward to reading it again – maybe even later this year.

This book teaches how to make faith an active thing. In fact, she says,

“God is calling you and me to leave the life of passivity bred by a past-tense view of faith and get caught in the act of present-active-participle believing.” (p. 22)

If you’re up for the challenge, this book is for you!

Posted in Blessings

One Thousand Gifts – Part 12

  • 119. Getting a head start on the New Year
  • 120 My son being entertained by the simplest of things (even while surrounded by a hundred new toys)
  • 121. Illness. To help me appreciate wellness
  • 122. Warm hoodie sweaters when I have the flu
  • 123. The reminder that Baby Steps are the only way to get a huge project done
  • 124. The fresh landscape of a new year ahead
  • 125. New Years Meditations (Thanks Laurel!)
  • 126. The generous help of our neighbor to help J4 lift things I can’t
  • 127. Friends who are still friends even though we don’t get together a lot anymore
  • 128. The most amazing husband a woman could ask for
  • 129. A beautiful son who is the light of my heart
  • 130. A new year
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One Thousand Gifts – Part 11

  • 114. Another chance at a relaxing holiday weekend so soon after one has been not as relaxing as planned
  • 115. Yummy flavored hot cocoa
  • 116. My family
  • 117. BTVS DVD Set
  • 118. Naps
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2006 Recap

1.) Where did you ring in 2006?

  • I think I was asleep… With a new 3 month old, sleep was at a premium.

2.) What was your status by Valentine’s Day?

  • Married for 10+, mother of 1

3.) Were you in school (anytime this year)?

  • Went to Sabbath School with J5 once…

4.) How did you earn your keep?

  • Keepin’ the house, keepin’ the kid, and workin’ 3/4 time from home as an accountant/financial type person

5.) Did you have to go to the hospital?

  • ER trip – 3 stitches for our lil’ Punkin’ Pie

6.) Did you encounter the police?

  • Tonight there was a police officer at 7/11 when I picked up some milk on the way home. Other than that, no.

7.) Where did you go on vacation?

  • No vacation this year.

8.) What did you purchase that was over $500?

  • Now, why would I go telling about all my bling on the internet?? Reality, though? ER visit.

9.) Did you know anybody who got married?

  • Brooke & Tony. Sweet kids!

10.) Do you know anybody who passed away?

  • Yes, my way-too-young cousin, Greg.

11.) Have you run into anybody you graduated high school with?

  • Didn’t “run into” exactly. Got together for a really nice brunch with Corey & Christy.

12.) Did you move anywhere?

  • Well…we moved my desk and the play yard into the Family Room. Big event for our household and a lifesaver for me in my work. J5 doesn’t spend his time trying to get OUT of the play yard anymore.

13.) What sporting events did you go to?

  • None

14.) What concerts did you go to?

  • Willow Creek Christmas Program (Thanks boss!)

15.) Are you registered to vote?

  • Yes, of course. I’m Marcia’s daughter. 🙂

16.) If so, did you do your patriotic duty on Nov. 7?

  • Nope. (Sorry mom.)

17.) Where do you live now?

  • In my home, with my most amazing husband, precious son and devoted dog.

18.) Describe your birthday.

  • Went out with my moms, sis-in-law, nieces and son to the local Children’s Museum.

19.) What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2006?

  • Managed to keep my job AND get to raise my son at home without involving daycare.

20.) What is one thing you regretted this year?

  • Not spending more time getting to know God.

21.) What’s something you learned about yourself?

  • I can’t do it alone.

22.) Any new additions to your family?

  • No.

23.) What was your best month?

  • Can’t say one stands out over the others…

24.) What from pop culture will you remember 2006 by?

  • Thankfully, my TiVo has spared me from watching any of pop culture that I don’t want to see.

25.) How would you rate this year with a scale from 1 (bad) to 10 (excellent)?

  • An 8. It’s been an extremely change-filled year. I don’t do change very well. It’s all been for our good, but boy, are we exhausted. It would be really nice if 2007 cuts us some slack… 😉
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One Thousand Gifts – Part 10

  • 91. Super fuzzy Christmas socks
  • 92. Spiced Christmas wine
  • 93. The pile of brightly wrapped gifts right before the kids dig in and turn the place into a confetti factory
  • 94. Gift card
  • 95. Taking naps
  • 96. My son’s excitement over a new book
  • 97. Days off work
  • 98. Beautiful Christmas programs
  • 99. New books to read
  • 100. New music to listen to
  • 101. New movies to watch
  • 102. Peace and quiet
  • 103. Holiday coffee (like Gingerbread Latte, and Ho Ho Mint Mocha)
  • 104. Our home – it’s simple, but it’s ours
  • 105. Not giving in to envy – realizing that it’s ALL relative
  • 106. Thoughtful gifts
  • 107. My husband
  • 108. This time of the year to reflect and adjust
  • 109. Hope
  • 110. Good friends
  • 111. A thankful heart
  • 112. Blogging & other bloggy moms
  • 113. Sleep
Posted in Reflection


I was tagged for this meme by my girlfriend Amy, over at my little secret:

A- Available or single?

  • Neither.

B- Best Friend?

  • J4

C- Cake or Pie?

D- Drink of Choice?

  • Diet Black Cherry Vanilla Coke

E- Essential Item?

  • My purse / diaper bag

F- Favorite Color?

  • Variations of blue

G- Gummi Bears or Worms?

  • Bears. They’ve been in my pocket. They’re real soft and warm.

H- Hometown?

  • Monmouth, IL

I- Indulgence?

  • A second cup of coffee, Lundie-style

J- January or February?

  • January

K- Kids and names?

  • J5

L- Life is incomplete without?

  • Love

M- Marriage Date?

  • November 26, 1995

N- Number of Siblings?

  • The one and only

O- Oranges or apples?

  • Oranges

P- Phobias/Fears?

  • Heights

Q- Favorite Quote?

  • “Get away from her, you B!TCH!”

R- Reason to Smile?

  • J5 making his new monkey noises.

S- Season?

  • Fall

T- Tag three people!

  • I don’t know anyone who will read this and do it…

U- Unknown Fact About Me?

  • It’s not so unknown anymore – I can say the alphabet backwards.

V- Vegetable you hate?

  • Kale

W- Worst habit?

  • Correcting people’s spelling mistakes – especially when they don’t ask me to.

X- X-Rays you’ve had?

  • Ankle, teeth, abdomen.

Y- Your favorite food?

  • Crab alfredo

Z- Zodiac?

  • Taurus
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Why He did it…

1 Peter 2:21-25 (New Living Translation)

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

He had a purpose for His death. He had a plan. And part of that plan was for ME. To make it possible for me to live for what is right. I was really hit this morning with just how ungrateful it must seem (and rightfully so) for me to continue to dawdle and dabble in my cherished sins – things like gossip, criticism, overeating, and the like.

Several years ago I went to see The Passion of the Christ with my husband and a couple of friends. When I left the theater I could hardly speak. That was the first time in my life I think I truly felt the impact of what Christ did. For me. If I keep that image in my mind, and based on the scripture above, he did all that so I could be dead to sin and live for what is right.

Lord, forgive me for easily dismissing my sinning without thought of my purpose in life. I am so grateful for your ready willingness to forgive me and to continue to set me on the path you’ve got planned. I am so excited to see where it takes me.

I have been called to do good. It seems like it’s the right season to get in the spirit of doing good for others. May you be so blessed as to be able to do what you were called to do!

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One Thousand Gifts – Part 9

  • 89. Seeing my son try to do the “Ahhhhhh” that comes after taking a quenching drink (but forgetting to swallow his milk first)
  • 90. The lightbulb moment when scripture speaks something fresh to my heart
Posted in Reflection

Motes and Beams…

…or specks and logs, depending on your preferred version. Luke 6:37-42

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

Lord, may I see my own log first…

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One Thousand Gifts – Part 8

  • 78. Grace
  • 79. My Bible
  • 80. Giggles coming from my toddler as he runs circles upstairs with daddy
  • 81. Peanut MnMs
  • 82. Hot tea
  • 83. Hot Cocoa (with flavors)
  • 84. The vast uncharted territory of a brand new computer
  • 85. People leaving comments on my blogs
  • 86. The practice of being thankful
  • 87. That my family (including my in-laws) all get along very nicely
  • 88. The love and adoration my son receives from his grandparents