Guys!! I’ve missed writing so badly. I took a little break over the holidays to just relax. But I still couldn’t turn off the idea-train. Honestly, it was perfect though. I was able to reevaluate where I wanted to take things and decide what was for me and what wasn’t.
The other amazing thing I was able to do was focus on my devotionals and wonderful new books to get me in the right space for this season of my life. So I just had to share them with you all!!! These all are such amazing books to get the whole family involved and even friends.
I am going to be doing some online study groups for some of these, as well. So whether you are around me locally or only able join online, I want us all to be able to connect and focus on what we truly want out of this God Given life. I want a community where we are all the leaders and guiding each other.
It’s very important for people to have fun and connect. I have always loved family life and motherhood. But I got to a place where I had no clue where I wanted to go next. It was a little alarming. All of the sudden it was time to search for new homes, start thinking about my children starting school, the Big 3-0 came and went… My quiet life at home with the kids was suddenly changing and so was I. I wasn’t giving myself anytime I needed to process anything either. And that’s when the idea hit me of what I truly wanted to do..to connect and help any woman who needs that extra support or inspiration. And to get organized spiritually again!
That ultimately has always been my goal here but I wasn’t fully diving into it the way I wanted. Or I was having so many ideas of things I could do that I couldn’t even pick a lane to focus on! So first and foremost, I think it’s important to stay humble and put our Faith first. When we have that main focus, everything else will fall where it needs to.
So that leads me here..to the books I did over Christmas break and have just begun for this new year. Some really are life changing! And it’s all personal books I have picked out, I promise! Even though this post contains affliate links, they are still books I purchased myself and love..I think anyone looking to dive a little deeper into their Faith or connections will benefit greatly from any of these.
My Top 10 Picks For 2018
1. The Beautiful Word Devotional
This matches my Beautiful Word journaling Bible. It is colorful and simple for daily inspiration. It reminds me of Spring, which always reminds me of new beginnings. Love and use this daily.
2. The 52 Lists Series, Project & Happiness
I have actually completed these books before and even gave them as gifts. It a lovely way to reconnect with yourself once a week. You make a list each week based on the topics, which are about you and what you enjoy. I love the topics and feel centered afterwards.
3. Craving Connection
I have just started this book and love the basis so far. It is challenging you to get out of your comfort zone and break down the walls you can build around yourself, whether intentional or not. It teaches you to open up to other like-minded women. As a mother or just busy woman in general, it is so easy to get stuck in the rut of not making time for yourself and friends.
4. 100 Favorite Bible Verses
Another beautifully illustrated book to get me ready for Spring/Summer! It’s light hearted and a great devotional. I love the passages and pick this up in the morning or read over the simple messages during my afternoon coffee. Take this along to the parks with you this Spring and do some extra journaling!
5. Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal
I loooooove this book. It gets straight to the point. This is a journal laid out for each day of the year so that you can write down three things that make you grateful. Each week there is an inspirational quote, then a section for each day that week below it. Once the week is over, it even has space to go over what the highlights were for the entire week. Fill this out each morning over coffee or at the end of a hard day. It will keep you humble and get rid of crankiness!!
6. Walking In Wisdom
Oh the amazing book of Proverbs. I’ll tell you some wonderful advice that was told to me… if you don’t know where to start in the Bible, start with Proverbs. All the messages you need are right there! So this study breaks it down daily and let’s you jot down reflections and ways to apply the words to your life.
It honestly will improve your quality of life and guide you to make respectable decisions towards everything. We are all sinners, but it’s important we keep each other on the right path and this book helps connect and show the way. I want to do a study group for anyone who’d like to join me on this one.
7. Kingdom Family Devotional
As a mother, this is my favorite. This devotional focuses on one main lesson for each week of the year. Then there are five devotions (for the 5 week days) based on the main goal and it gives you the weekend off. So we do our lessons before or after dinner and there are wonderful ways to get kids involved. Each Friday, we review what the main lesson and it actually sticks! This has been great for teaching my young ones manners and the appropriate qualities of life. Definitely recommend to growing families!
8. All in All Journaling Devotional
The author, Sophie Hudson, does a fantastic job of inspiring and being totally relatable at the same time. I stumbled upon this book and as soon as I opened it..I knew I wanted to hear more from her. With 100 devotionals and space for journaling, it makes this a fun, interactive way to get involved spiritually.
9. Women Living Well
This was a huuuge game changer for me. I was feeling frazzled and a little lost when I finally grabbed this book off my shelf to finish one night. I had a long doctor appointment that night and was able to dive into this book for hours. And it was exactly what God wanted me to read right then.
It covers what it is like to be a Proverbs 31 woman…To live serving your family and God. Some of it can be a hard pill to swallow but some of it really does change the way we view ourselves as a woman/mother/wife. It helped me be more grateful of my role as a busy woman.
10. Kingdom Marriage Devotional
Another great one by Tony Evans. This is something I have yet to fully begin, but it is great for establishing a connection that needs tended to or even just maintaining a connection as prevention. Perfect for any couple! It’s 90 days of inspiration for you to bond over.
These 10 books have been a blessing! If your looking to dive in a little bit more spiritually this year, these are my top 10. So many ways to help you grow as a woman, mother, wife and family even. So even if one or a few speak to you, I highly suggest you follow your heart like I did and get going!
And again, I will be beginning some online studies and coffee chats for anyone who wants to join this year!! Talk soon guys!