APRIL BOOK REVIEW

Hey friends! It's Book Review Day! 

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This is me! 

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All you bookworms are right there with me! 

I've got THREE new books to share with you! 

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The first book I read this month was If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. This is my first book to read by Kristan Higgins and I was so excited about starting it! And it did NOT disappoint! This is a total chick lit, read by the pool or on the beach this summer book. The story is about two sisters. One sister moves from New York to the suburbs after going through a divorce. She is a wedding dress designer and opens a new store hoping to start over. However, her ex and his new wife make that difficult as they seem to still be around all the time. The other sister is a stay-at-home mom to triplet daughters. She goes through some trying times in her marriage. I loved the characters and really didn't want the book to end. I wanted to keep up with these girls! This book was super cute and a great way to start off my month! 

   

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The next book I read was What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. This book sucked me right in from the beginning! The title gets in your head because the whole time you are trying to figure out who the "she" is and what did she know?!  Ha! The story is about a mom's son who goes missing while on a walk in a park. The blame game begins along with following the investigation to find out what happened to this little boy. Let me tell you, I kept my kids a little closer while reading this one. There are some raw emotions in this book that will get you thinking. Such a good book! I highly recommend this one to add to your list! 

 

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My last book to share with you today is Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Now, I didn't actually "read" this book. Instead, I tried out Audible and listened to this book while I was running, doing laundry, waiting in school pick up line, wherever I had a few minutes! I was very hesitant to try an audiobook because I am the nerd who seriously LOVES to hold a book, turn the pages, see how much longer until the end of a chapter....love a book! However, Amanda at That Inspired Chick is always raving about Audible so I decided to give it a try! Friends, I LOVED IT! Loved the book and loved listening to it! It actually made me look forward to my run! 😉

I had never heard of Rachel Hollis but I really want to be her friend. She's the type of girlfriend you need around to speak truth and share wisdom. Rachel is a wife, mom, blogger, Christian who is just flat out FUNNY! She is relatable and shares about life and loss and everything in between. She is raw and honest and I was so uplifted by her book! She is encouraging and writes directly to us women! Girls, read this book! You will have a new perspective on loving yourself and living life! 

And if you haven't tried Audible, give it a chance. I still much prefer to actually read a book but I'll definitely have one book ready to listen to as well! 

Have a great Tuesday, friends!! 

DAILY QUIET TIME

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Hope you guys had a great weekend! 

We had crazy freezing temperatures here in Texas on Saturday. Thankfully, they canceled soccer and baseball and so we had the day to get all the things done on our "To Do" list! Well, a lot of things anyway. It was a much needed day at home!

We attended church on Sunday morning, had Cutter's soccer game Sunday afternoon, a meeting at church, and then the annual Pie Auction at church that evening which is a fundraiser for our youth. 

This week, we have STAAR testing (standardized testing required in TX) at school and therefore no baseball games scheduled. This Momma is looking forward to a little less chaotic week! 😉

Today, I wanted to share about my Daily Quiet Time. 

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My favorite way to start my day is with my daily quiet time. My morning routine is to wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth, grab a cup of coffee, and have my quiet time. 

Now please know that for many years while my kiddos were little and my sleep was interrupted with babies and toddlers, I squeezed in my quiet time whenever I could throughout my day. When I taught, it was during my break. However, now that my kiddos are older and my sleep schedule is more consistent, I MUCH prefer mornings! I have always been a morning person. I just LOVE the quiet stillness of the morning hours. 

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I start with reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. 

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Each day has a short reading and then some scripture references. It is always a good thought for my day.

Next, I read my One Year Bible. 

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Mark gave me this Bible for Christmas in 2016 and I LOVE it! I read it in 2017 and am now repeating it in 2018. No matter how much or how often I read scripture, God is always faithful to reveal something new to me. Things I didn't dwell on the first time or details I missed before will jump off the page.  I am constantly growing in my faith and in my walk with the Lord. 

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My One Year Bible is written in the New Living Translation. The format is broken into daily readings as well. There is a passage from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Proverbs for each day. The passages are written in order of the books of the Bible. For example, your Old Testament reading will be in Genesis each day until you read all of Genesis, then it will go to Exodus - New Testament starts with Matthew, then Mark and so on. You read through the Psalms in order and then Proverbs in order as well. 

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I really like the format! It has been the easiest for me to follow when reading all the way through the Bible. 

You can find the One Year Bible on Amazon HERE. 

 

After my daily readings, I spend time in prayer. Praying over my day, my kids, Mark, my family, my clients, friends, and any other prayer concerns for that day. 

I am a HUGE believer in the power of prayer.

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I keep a prayer journal to remind me of prayer requests mentioned at church or from family and friends as well as what God has laid on my heart to be praying for during that day or season of life.  Right now I am using this journal. It is just one I picked up at Target. I write the date and then what I am praying for/over that day. I also write praises in my journal. I believe a big part of our time spent in prayer with God should also be spent praising Him for all He does for us and the many blessings we receive daily. I also like to note what I am grateful for in my prayer journal. I try to jot down a couple things each day and try not to repeat - from little things like grateful for coffee to big things like health and Mark & the kids. 

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Our Sunday School class is trying out a new Discipleship Study Guide format this spring and so far I am a FAN! This study guide is broken into 5 daily readings over what the lesson will be the following Sunday. I feel like it really helps me to be prepared for lesson on Sunday and gain more from our Sunday School teachers and class discussion if I have already read over/studied the material beforehand. Again, this is a very short reading each day. 

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Last, I end my quiet time with reading a chapter of a book. 

If you know me, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read! If I could find a job where someone paid me to read books, I would apply immediately! If you know of such a job, PLEASE share! Ha! 

Because I am always trying to find more time to read, I recently started reading a chapter during my quiet of a Christian genre book. Right now, I am reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. 

That's how I do my quiet time. What about you? I'd love to hear if you have any books/devotions/studies you recommend and how you have your daily quiet time! 

Hope you guys have THE BEST week! 

XO

I'm linking up with the Hello Monday girls today! 

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