Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Summer Reading List

So Summer is right around the corner and of course, I needed to find some reading material, for when my little one naps and I actually have some quiet time. It was so hard choosing. I have a really long running list of books I want to read. I had to be realistic though, and narrowed my selection to 6 plus my morning devotional.

1. Mere Christianity
2. Wild & Free
3. A Million Little Ways
4. Living So That
5. Grace Not Perfection
6. The Crossroads of Should & Must
7. Explore My Heart (See More Below)

I am so excited to read each one. I have read so many great things about each one. It is so hard for me to find time during the school year to read, because I have so much else going on!!

My devotional, Explore My Heart, is the same one I have been doing for the past few months. Since January of this year I have been doing a different kind of morning devotional. I created 10 areas (topics) that I really wanted to study more through scripture verses. I found 8 verses for each topic and I have literally just been focusing on one or two verses a week.

Don't get me wrong, I love devotionals that are centered around one theme, like one book of the bible, or ways to strengthen your marriage. I also really like the daily Proverbs 31 devotional that gets sent to me via email, and the first5 app that I have on my phone. They both have scriptures with a short message linked to the verse. There are really so many ways to study God's word!!

For me though, I needed something a little different. I wanted to be able to have a few verses for each topic that I could memorize or go to whenever I needed encouragement in that area. I really just wanted to take a few verses and see how He was going to speak to me through them and in turn explore my heart in each of these areas. A lot of my time has been spent just repeating certain lines from theses verses and letting them sink in.

I have really enjoyed studying the Bible this way and I still have 7 more areas to study. Would you like to join in with me? Click the picture below to download this month's topic on wisdom & discernment. After each month is complete, I add each topic to one binder that will be a great reference guide for years to come, after I am finished with all of the topics.

Many Blessings,

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