A Reading Log

Remember that BOOK CHALLENGE I mentioned in the last blog post? I’m working on it and looking forward to all the goodness I’ll discover this year as a bookworm.

If you and your children are readers, or hoping to be, you might want to print a reading log for each to keep track of each of your achievements. I’ve been keeping a log since 2015 when Cheryl shared the idea with me and I love it. It’s encouraging to track all my progress.

I looked up some freebie printables on Pinterest (one of my favourite things!) and found this simple download. Enjoy this Reading Log! 😉

~Shannon

Some Favourites & My 2019 Word

So my Word for 2019 is Quiet.

I told my husband not to get too excited. Not the kind of quiet that keeps me from sharing my opinion, asking questions, or generally talking up a storm. That would take a super miraculous, end of times, kind of act of God 😅.

No, the ‘quiet’ I’m talking about is what Psalm 91 talks about. Be quiet and trust God to take care of things…. he is able. I need this word to be active and full force right now. So I’m working at memorizing this amazingly comforting chapter.

In December I had been thinking about how I wanted to jump out of the boat like Peter did and learn by doing. He headed into the crazy-hard, life threatening experience with just Jesus to look to and learned how capable God is of handling his storms and bringing quiet to a troubled soul…. then Nikki surprised me with the AMAZING piece of art by one of my favourite painters in the world!!! Gasp!

I now have a constant beautiful reminder of Gods sovereignty in my troubled waters, right here in my living room. I sneak a peek at it often each day. Glory.

I do not have Facebook but here is Holly’s Art page for you to check out. Let me know if the link doesn’t work! I’ll have to console myself if you buy all my favourites. 😉

What’s your word for 2019? Leave it in the comments!

Another new year kind of habit you can start is to become a bookworm. So often I meet up with a lady who says she’s not much of a reader. It makes me sad…. and frustrated for them. If you aren’t reading you are missing out! Be a reader! Be teachable! There are so many ideas to mull over and stretch your brain!

Fit To Burst is my latest read. FANTASTIC! My sister gave it to me for Christmas and it is a must read! 🙌🏻 Praise hands all around🙌🏻! You could finish it in an afternoon. Not a big book, but it is PACKED with goodness.

To help you on your way to become a lover of books here’s a link Charmin sent me just this morning that my husband and I are going to give a try.

2019 BOOK CHALLENGE

I’m following the directions and beginning with the light list and see how far I can get. 2018 was a challenging year for me and I only got through 13 books. 😔😔😔 But maybe this year will be different.

And last but not least. Please check out this AWESOME SERMON . I laughed out loud, wanted to wave some hankies, and contend for the faith a lot more by the time all 28 min of this message were complete!

Hopefully I’ll be able to share some favourite things like in this post every couple of weeks. So if you enjoy these links make sure you ‘follow’ this site to know when more are posted!

~Shannon

A Giveaway!!

During my mother’s session, Keeper of My Heart: How God Transformed My Home, she mentioned a book that helped her tremendously as a brand new christian and homemaker. The session is needed very much in today’s world and is worth another listen! Somehow the book that was going to be a prize, Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund, was lost in all the conference busyness. I decided it would be fun to have a blog giveaway so that you still have a chance to win a copy.IMG_5252

There are two copies to win and I’ll mail them (or hand deliver if you live close enough) to each winner. Contest opens today, Tuesday, November 13th and closes Wednesday, November 21st at midnight. I’ll be picking the winning names out of a hat here at home, all fancy-like. Watch for the winners to be announced on November 22nd!

 HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
Just write a comment on this post about this year’s  2018 Home & Vision Conference, whether you were there in person or listened in online afterward! If you haven’t listened in yet, check out the 2018 Sessions here and then you can try for the prize. 

~Shannon

Books for the Soul

It’s like they reach right into my soul and put words to paper for what they find there. The Lord has used many books to build up, and tug at me, the way the Scriptures have already taught me.

I really appreciate book lists made by other women of their top reading choices. I’ve read a number of books on someone else’s recommendation that I would not have considered otherwise. One of the most recent examples of this would be Sir Dalton, by Chuck Black.

All that to say, maybe sharing a few of my favourites, just a few mind you, may give you a chance to break out of your norm and try something a little different. And if you see something that interests you, check with Cheryl @ HomeGrown to see if she has it in stock. Her prices are great!

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So, here are some of my top book choices in no particular order:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Didn’t take long to get through this one. A great true-story of a muslim who is transformed by meeting Jesus. Absolutely amazing story and will make you want to know your Bible a lot better and the box you have God in may get a whole lot bigger. 😉

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson
SO ENCOURAGING. A quick read and down-to-earth common sense. If you are a homeschooling mom, you need to read this book. Also, Todd is going to be the speaker at the HENB conference in New Brunswick this year. Can’t wait to listen to him in person and chat with his family! Maybe I’ll see you there?!

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
This one gave me a whole new perspective on mission work both abroad and here in my own home with my own children. Humbled and encouraged me. Absolutely worth the read.

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A must read in my opinion. One I will be reading yearly. If you have read it you know what I’m talking about. It’s powerful. In chapter 10 Christian explains to Hopeful:

“They think that these fears are prompted by the devil (though in reality they are wrought of God) and, thinking so, they resist them as something evil that would unbalance the mind. They also think that such fears will undermine faith (what they have is only fancy, not faith), and they harden their hearts against them. They presume that fear is a weakness, and that it is wrong to be afraid. Therefore, in spite of their sincere convictions, they become unduly self-confident. They see that fear tends to destroy their happiness and their pitiful self-righteousness; therefore, they resist it with all their willpower.”

God Isn’t In a Hurry by Warren Wiersbe
Another encouraging book that won’t take long to read. It was passed on to me through my dad. Want to get rid of what I call ‘white-washed tomb syndrome’? This book will give you a glimpse into areas of your life that you just might be behaving like a pharisee. I loved it. It was a huge help to me.

Born After Midnight by A.W.Tozer
Oh. My. Goodness!! I love Tozer. Anything I’ve read by him has been highlight-able. (I’m known for underlining and highlighting like there’s no tomorrow!)

 “To me it has always been difficult to understand those evangelical Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They say they serve the Lord, but they divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play and loaf as enjoy the pleasures of the world as well. They are at ease while the world burns; and they can furnish many convincing reasons for their conduct, even quoting Scripture if you press them a bit.
I wonder whether such Christians actually believe in the fall of man.”

Keep A Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliot 
Daily constant encouragement from this well-known author. Short chapters for a mom on the go. Short chapters, but packed with good stuff. All women need this kind of reading on their coffee table!

Our Search for Serenity by Dr.Stephan & Gigi Tchividjian (Also titled A Woman’s Quest for Serenity, depending on the year)
In a time when I was young, discouraged, and overwhelmed I was given this book. The elderly lady that handed it to this young wife & mother didn’t know how much of an impact it would have…. or maybe she did. 😉 I have since thanked her for it and told her how much of a help it was. It’s out of print now, but I find copies here and there in used book places and always pick it up so I have giveaway copies. I’ve also bought some used copies on amazon.

Mimosa by Amy Carmichal
What a beautiful, brain-stretching story!! Please read this book! It was my niece’s favourite and let my mom borrow it. Mom was fascinated and passed it on to me. Now I buy it and pass it on. Another one that will force you to take God out of the box you have created!

Sir Dalton by Chuck Black
I had googled ‘Christian Women Book List’ (or something like that) and a lady had a number of my all-time favourite books on her list, so I figured we had similar taste. Sir Dalton was on her ‘must read’ list for every christian woman. That’s a kids book! Fiction! I am not one to give my time to fiction.  My kids have been enjoying a number of Chuck Black books for a few years so I rummaged around and found it. An allegory and heavy on the importance of Scripture… It was SO good!

Happy Reading! And feel free to share your own book recommendations in the comments. I’d love to know what your all-time favourites are!

~Shannon