‎”…when our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.

Romans 5:4-5, The Voice

Being Content

“Believers are content knowing God’s promises, no matter the circumstances.”

-Monica Pankratz

Why is it that we are never content? For everything we have been provided, for all the blessing that God pours down on us, we forget to remain thankful, to be content with what we have been provided. We get that promotion and can only think of the next step and next pay raise, nevermind the months we spent praying for any job. We finally get to live in a house, and only can think of the furniture we want to add, the renovations to make the house bigger, nevermind the days where we did not understand how we managed to afforded the rent for that month.

Instead of being content (and continually pursuing God, not staying in one spot) we always want the next big thing. We spend each day like the Israelites who wandered through the desert complaining, forgetting all the God had promised to them and provided for them.

It is time for us to open our eyes, continue to pursue God and  be content with the season that we are in. Thanking God for each moment and each gift He has given to us and praise His name. Always.

-Elle

Lamentations 3:25-29

“God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear.”

Hermie’s Latest Story

Thank You, God, for Blessing Me

By: Max Lucado

Max Lucado’s latest children’s book Thank You, God, For Blessing Me is the perfect bedtime story for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The beautiful artwork and Lucado’s story are a great pair that will captivate kids of all ages. The story follows Hermie the caterpillar as he thanks God for everything he has received throughout his day.

This story is written for young kids to be able to understand how much God gives us on a regular day and that we should remember to thank God for all of the blessings He has brought to each of us. Kids will love the character of Hermie and his friends, all the new Hermie books are a great set of children’s books to add to any collection.

I received this book complimentary through the BookSneeze program and Tommy Nelson Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

-Elle

It’s time to fill those holes and become Whole

Whole

By: Lisa Whittle

Have that feeling that something is missing? Feel like something is holding you from life? relationships? a job? school? anything? Lisa Whittle has brought it all out into the open. Our lives are filled with holes, and often times we let those holes hold us back, we let them control who we are and the decisions we are making. Now what if those holes in our life are the things that will in the end make us whole?

Through Whole, Whittle shares her experiences of finding the holes in life and turning them around to be filled with God’s presence when he makes us whole. Whole takes an honest look at who we are and takes us on a journey to a full relationship with God where we can take those holes in our life and become whole in Christ.

This book will keep you encourage and uplift you to finding those holes in your life and filling them with God’s love, Whittle has compiled through her own experiences and others an honest look into how we allow things in our lives to grow and control who we are, she hows us how we are not called to be controlled by those things and that only God can fill the voids in our life. This book will have you re-examining your relationship with Christ and finding out how you can fill those empty parts of your life with Christ and all He has planned for you.

I highly recommend this book, be prepared to take a look at your life and re-evaluate everything, get ready to continue on a journey to becoming closer to our Savior through His amazing healing and grace. Get ready to become whole.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are all my own.

-Elle

The potential to be a great story – Book Review

     After 10 years Claudia is still haunted by the night she watched as her best friend was murdered and unable to do anything.  The murder has gone unsolved for so long, when Claudia’s husband, Victor, decides to reopen the case in hopes of bringing Claudia some closure the nightmares and panic attacks return full force.  Now that the case has been reopened and new evidence has come forward there is no way of stopping now. The case is tearing apart Claudia and Victor’s marriage, will Victor be able to solve the case and be able to pull his family back together?

     The Crossing could be a great story, the idea and storyline pull you into the lives of those affected by the murder and how some of the students are still trying to cope after ten years. Jakes has a good start to what could be a great story; however, the story comes off as very surface level and does not really dive into the characters and the problems they are facing on a deeper level.  The issues that develop throughout the book are solved very easily and fall into place a little too neatly.

     The summary on the back of the book is also slightly misleading, this book could be great if Jakes would take it to the next level and really delve into the characters and what makes them tick as well as what causes some of the relationships to be so strained. Reading a book where the characters have many situations to overcome and in the end fall perfectly into place seems unrealistic and avoids showing the growth of each character.

I received this book complimentary from Waterbrook Multnomah for an honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

-Elle

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Dear Lord, Send Me! – Book Review

You Were Born For This

By: Bruce Wilkinson

     “Dear Lord, Send Me!” How many times have we all cried out like Isaiah? Or thought of of crying out but in the back of your mind you are also praying, please don’t! We all are witnesses to miracles day in and day out, whether we realize it or not, and many times we ask why haven’t we been asked to be part of a miracle in someones life?

     In You Were Born for This, Bruce Wilkinson tells us why we may not be part of a miracle and how we can change that to become more miracle-minded when asking for and answering God’s call. It is not that God does not want us to help perform miracles, because He does, but many of us ignore His voice when He calls. Wilkinson goes through the steps to begin listening for and seeking the moments where God has asked us to start off. The first step of which is simple and complex all rolled into one. The first step is to ask God to send us. And when we ask to be sent, God will surely send and we will be amazed at the miracle encounters we come across daily.

     You Were Born for This is a great book to help reformulate what you believe when it comes to miracles, this book will help you to realize that God wants each of us to be a way for Him to show His glory, it is time for us to step up and do what we were born to do. Answer God’s Call of “Who shall I send?” Send me.

     I received this book complimentary through the Blogging for Books Program from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

-Elle

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