New Series! Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave

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I am so excited to let you in on this little piece of news that I’ve been bursting to share! Beginning next Wednesday, I have a new series planned that I know you are going to love. We are going to mine truths from the women in the Bible listed in this popular post. Each week, the focus will be on one of the women in the Bible: beautiful and brave. We’ll take a peek at her culture, what her daily life might have looked like, her emotional baggage, and MORE! I’m really looking forward to all that we learn together!

9/24- Week 1: Sarah

10/1- Week 2: Deborah

10/8- Week 3: Hannah

10/15- Week 4: Ruth

10/22- Week 5: Mary, sister to Martha and Lazarus

Weeks 6-10 are currently mystery guests. (Don’t you love a good mystery? I do; I’ve read every Nancy Drew book existing.) I want you to help me choose the other 5 women we study. I know you have your favorites, so fire them away in the comments today.

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Bloggers, today is Whimsical Wednesday and I’m so glad you are linking up for the Christian encouragement party we have together each week.  For the next 10 weeks, I’m inviting you to join me in the discussion on Women in the Bible each Wednesday. I’m going to be choosing a favorite post each week from the ones you submit in the linkup and highlight this post in the next week’s linkup. Are you ready? This is going to be a ton of fun!

  • For now, don’t forget about the awesome giveaway of Messy Beautiful Love, Darlene Schacht’s new book that just released yesterday. If you didn’t get to enter, the giveaway is still open.
  • Also, the fabulous Logos Women’s Bible Study Collection is still up for grabs; so be sure to enter to win an incredible 12 volume collection.
  • I’d love it if you’d pray for me today and tomorrow as I edit my final manuscript and then submit it to the editor on the deadline tomorrow! My life balance is still  off, but we all have seasons, right?

So you do you want to see added to our Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series? Choose your favorite female Bible character OR someone new you’ve been wanting to study more.

Have a whimsical Wednesday and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel



5 Good Books to Read This Fall

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It’s time to chat it up about all the good books to read this fall!! As you may know, I’m a book lover and even though I’ve been focused primarily on writing my book to be released next fall, I’ve kept my eye on the reading side of things. Since the middle of July, I’ve truly concentrated on writing. This first book I want to mention; however, is the one I managed to read on flights and sneak in a few minutes here and there at the pool or park with the kids. It’s the only one on this list that I’ve already read. And it is:


The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
Making Wise Decisions in the midst of Endless Demands? I’ve got the endless demands side down, but the wise decisions part? Yep, sure could use a little assistance. I’m a huge Lysa Terkeurst fan and have loved her previous New York Times bestsellers, Made to Crave and Unglued. The Best Yes is my favorite book from this author. If learning the power of when to use the two little words “yes” and “no” is something you’re interested in, then this is the book for you.


Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up
The popular Youtube video of this book’s authors is one I’ve watched a few times. Their story of love in the midst of suffering is unbelievably beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading their full perspective on loving through unexpected heartache and persisting through very tough circumstances, especially since these topics are close to my heart.


The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
I saw this book recommendation by MoneySavingMom and I’m always interested in time management books. As mom to 7 and woman of many hats, sometimes time for myself gets lost in the shuffle. There are seasons of sacrifice I’ve gone through in order to meet a goal, but it’s easy to let the sacrificial season transform into a lifelong habit. I’m looking forward to reading this book.


Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities

I met Chrystal Evans Hurst this summer at She Speaks Conference and I appreciated her beautiful balance of spiritual and practical wisdom. This book reminds women of their calling and encourages remembering who we are in Christ. I’m looking forward to the encouragement and empowerment I’m expecting to find in this book.


What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To

This devotional looks just perfect for chilly fall mornings and I can’t wait to dive in. I’m often asked for devotional recommendations for women and I’m anticipating that this is going to be one that I can recommend.

So what are you reading? I’d really love to know!

Have a fantastic Friday!

Rachel

 

 

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Anything Is Possible

Post includes children’s book giveaway!

Anything Is Possible

Many times the limitations we see in our lives are not limitations at all.

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Limitations are opportunities for us to learn to trust God more. If you lean towards negative thinking patterns or are a “the-glass-is-half-empty kind of person,” then sometimes you need the reminder that anything is possible.

Often we hear this phrase in human context and it’s designed to be a positive-thinking stimulation. But God’s Word contains several verses that emphasize that truly, anything is possible- with God.

Sarah was reminded of this fact when God brought the news she was going to have a baby at 90 years of age.

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

The disciples were reminded of this fact when the topic of how a rich man goes to heaven was brought up. Jesus said a rich man can hardly get to heaven and the disciples were completely astonished. Their thoughts were: “Wow, if a rich man can hardly get to heaven, then who can?” But Jesus replied:

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

When the angel told Mary that she would be having a baby, she didn’t understand how it could be. But the God whose Son would be born of a virgin gave another word for the angel to speak:

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

What’s your impossible today?

  • a spouse who doesn’t seem to care about your marriage any longer
  • a wayward teenager who needs a heart transformation
  • a child who requires all your time because he can’t focus
  • a friend who needs Christ instead of that damaging relationship

Regardless of your “impossible,” God says it IS possible. In fact, you know what he does?

MORE than our impossible.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

Not only is the impossible possible with God, but He wants to do more than the impossible- more than we can ask or even imagine!

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Recently I was introduced to this sweet children’s book, God’s Love in My Heart. This book is perfect for teaching your child to believe that God can do anything through you when you are willing. It is also a great reminder that as Christians, God’s love dwells in our hearts. While this sweet little book is designed for ages 0-3, my 5 year old loved trying to read it on her own.

I thought you’d enjoy a little sneak peek of this book:

If you’d like more resources on God’s love, take a look at these Bible verse cards. While they are intended for sharing God’s love on Valentine’s Day, they can certainly be used any time of the year for wonderful reminders of how much God loves us and when his love is in our hearts, anything is possible.

To order this book or for more details, you can find it here.

AND I’m giving one copy away today! Hooray! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

See you tomorrow!

Rachel

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