Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.


Book Review: Rebellious Heart

Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

I received free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program in exchange for an honest review in my opinion.

I absolutely love historical fiction and this is a good book for you if you like romance with some history and danger thrown in. It is set at the time of the Revolutionary War. I lost myself in this book, the details and story line caught me up all the way to the end and I was sad when I finished it just because I wanted to keep reading the story!
It is about a girl, Susanna who has everything she wants, except for a higher education for in that day women didn't receive that. They were expected to learn all the good graces of raising a family and running a home. Susanna does all she can so learn more and is determined to marry well so she can help the poor.
Ben is farmer's son. He became lawyer, but can't escape the fact of his poor upbringing. Through his profession he desires to help the poor as well and when he meets Susanna he is captivated by her, but know she intends to marry much higher above his pay grade.
You will have to read to find out how this plays out!

Book Review: An Elegant Solution

An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

I received free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program in exchange for an honest review in my opinion. I was intrigued to read this book after reading what it was about, I have always enjoyed mysteries. It might just be me, but I just couldn't get into the story. I only read the first few chapters and didn't finish it. Seemed to move along slowly and in much detail. I'm sure other people  may enjoy reading it, it just wasn't for me.


Book Review: Blessings for the Evening

Blessings for the Evening: Finding Peace in God's Presence
By Susie Larson

I love this book! Each devotional is a simple yet calming read before bed. I love how it includes Scripture with each reading. The encouraging and peaceful words are perfect to read after a long day. Each page has a new and beautiful colorful picture! My husband and I have made it routine to read one every evening and I am looking forward to using this book with my kids each night when tucking them in bed. Also would be a wonderful book to give as a gift! I received free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program in exchange for my honest review in my opinion.


Book Review: To Honor and Trust

To Honor and Trust
Bridal Veil Island
By: Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

This was the third book of the Bridal Veil Island series. I haven't read the first 2. I received this free copy from Bethany House to review. I really liked this story and finished the book in a few days. I never found it dull, maybe a tad predictable like most romance novels, but I still really enjoyed reading it! I liked what period it was written in and really felt like I was back in 1913. I could really relate with the main character and her heart break and learning to trust a man again. How both main characters were very unsure about their futures, but consistently trusted in God and sought Him out in prayer with a desire to do what He wanted. In the end their futures were joined, two paths became one, and they were off to Africa to serve. It was and encouraging book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!


ten dollars

How much does $10 dollars mean to you?
A few months ago I signed up to receive a glam bag once a month for $10 a month. Glam Bags apparently are all the rage now and there are several options and sites to sign up on. I opted for one that I could cancel anytime. Basically what it is are beauty product samples that are sent in a little makeup bag. It can range from mascara to nail polish. It was really fun to receive it every month and you never knew what you would get, but you got at least 5+ things each time! I recently started cutting back my spending and cancel my subscription.
Then I was checking out a friends facebook page and for their birthday they wanted a $10 donation to an orphanage in Kenya instead of people giving her a gift. There was an option to do it monthly. I have been supporting an orphan in Togo since last year so I didn't select the monthly donation at this time, but it made me stop and think. I was paying $10 a month for several months for this silly little glam bag, which I don't NEED I just WANTED and the products I don't use as much. And here was an orphanage that could make my $10 go alot farther for the furthering of God's Kingdom...ALOT farther than makeup.
I've been reading Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn. The person marrying us is having Ryan and I read it. I highly recommend it! There is one part that talks about strategic lifestyle and a simple one. IF you are living a strategic lifestyle then what you invest your money in will be used for Kingdom purposes. It is all about perspective...! This website might help you see that. It is quite eye-opening to see where you land on the scale. I'm in the top 11% percent  of the richest people in the world! And even if I only made $1500 I would still be richer than 75% of the world!
After spending almost 2 weeks in Togo I started realizing how much I really have! Right now planning and spending money on a wedding sometimes seems a bit ridiculous to me when I saw how little money there could go so far! I could help a family with a goat and a bible (a goat to help their lifestyle and a bible for their souls) for just $35. If I took all the money from this wedding and put it towards that it would help over 170 families in Togo. I'm not trying to be ridiculous here....I want a nice wedding and it's a once in a lifetime thing...but this has still crossed my mind.
Another part in the book I enjoyed was about what you leave behind, your legacy. Why save up bucket loads of money when I can use it for God's Kingdom now! Some parts in this book are quite radical, but it this part makes sense to me. He also does address the need to enjoy vacations and little comforts for the renewing and refreshing of our mental, physical, and emotional health. So it's not like he is saying to leave everything and "follow" Christ, but there is a part about that I really like to, which I won't go into right now.
"What may strike us as radical, when compared to those around us, even in our Christian culture, seems not to be radical at all when compared to the teaching of the Scripture."


First Book Review

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House to review! This is my first time writing a book review and I'm so excited to have this opportunity! This book is non-fiction.

Real Life, Real Miracles: True Stories That Help You Believe
By: James L. Garlow and Keith Wall

This book is inspiring! I received a free copy from Bethany House to review it. I started reading it right away and couldn't put it down. It went in spurts though. When I would pick up to read I would read several at a time, but it wasn't always the first book I would want to pick up and read. Some of the stories get repetitive. For example, the medical stories of how certain illnesses are miraculously cured! It is always amazing to read that, but I felt that there could different subjects of miracles.
Otherwise, the stories are short and directly pointing at how miracles do still happen to this day! I felt overwhelming emotion reading some of the stories and they were so encouraging. They leave no doubt that God is at work in our lives and He is all-powerful and a loving God!


A Moment

The world is
going on around me.
Here i sit and the only
thing that matters
right now
in this very moment
is You.
i go back once again
to be lost in You
to fall in love with You.
Fall in love with You
more and more
every day
but i don't
i get lost in this
world of folly
caught up in the routine and activities of life.
You sit
until i remember You again.
To come back and sit with You
in this moment like i am now
where the only thing that matters
is You.
Can i not stay here forever?
But i don't
i stand up
walk away
swept away
with the flow of the busy crowd
leaving You
until i come back and sit with You next time.
At least i think
You always sit there.
i could take You with me
to be next to me
to be aware
of Your closeness
but i don't.
You do go with me
You are still with me
aren't You.
i'm not always aware of it.
You are right by my side
all the time
holding onto me.
i return to sit with You
as if
You have been there the whole time
i'm unaware
You never left me
when I went back in the rotation of the world.
may i always take You with me
in my words
in this life
i get lost in this world
may i still be found in You.
Right now
as this moment is drawing to an end
i must rise from where i sit
with complete contentment in You
feeling Your presence
with me
at this moment
i will take You with me.
The way You have loved me and love me
overwhelms me
i deepen my love in You.
My whole heart
to You
at this


How to Prepare for 2011

 This link was post by our pastor, thought it was pretty thought provoking and awesome!

Review the list of all completed projects:

What was your biggest triumph in 2010?
Beating Leavenworth and winning WVSSL Championships!

What was the smartest decision you made in 2010?
Breaking off an unhealthy relationship.

What one word best sums up and describes your 2010 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2010?
Once again, who my true friends are.

What was the most loving service you performed in 2010?
Helping friends out (moving, wedding, etc.) offering my service in childcare at church.

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2010?

What are you most happy about completing in 2010?
 Gearing up for Africa.

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2010?
Jenny Leigh, Courtney, and Ryan Jacob.

What was the biggest risk you took in 2010?
Giving my heart to someone who ripped it apart.

What was the biggest surprise in 2010?
The amount of my so-called "friends" who turned their backs on me.

What important relationship improved the most in 2010?
Jenny Leigh.

What compliment would you liked to have received in 2010?
You are a Godly Woman.

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2010?
You've always been there for me.

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2010?
God is faithful!


What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2011?
Helping alot of people with great nutrition and income.

What advice would you like to give yourself in 2011?
I don't know what 2011 holds, but I know who holds 2011...God is in control!

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2011?
Set and write down goals for advancing my business!

What would you be most happy about completing in 2011?
 Nourishing our world.

What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2011?
Backpacking trips!

What would you most like to change about yourself in 2011?
Be strong.

What are you looking forward to learning in 2011?
To be on mission with the Gospel daily. Applying the Gospel to every decision.

What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2011?
Investing in relationships.

What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving in 2011?
Being a leader.

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2011?
Backpacking in the mountains.

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2011?
 Swing dancing! Find me a good partner bahaha ;)

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2011?
Pouring out my love to disease-infected orphans in Africa and to the kids on swim team.

What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2011?


Heart Matters - new song

My heart is still beating,
Though it's broken into pieces.
I thought you were leaving?
Leaving me with this hurt and this pain.

Why did you deceive me?
Desert me in confusion.
The loneliness consumes my very being.

Not all hope is gone;
I will stand watch.
Set my self on the rampart.
Watch to see what He will say to me...

I'm breaking you down over and over again.
When you think it stops you'll still find you in over your head,
But I have My hold on you,
Nothing can snatch you away.

And I'll always hold your heart, so still.

My beating heart has ceased,
In the stillness emptiness is peace.
The canyons of confusion disappear.
My first and only Love steps out,
From the catacombs of my heart once again.

My hope ignites again,
The waiting game is over.
The ramparts of my heart have found a home.

And You're breaking me down over and over again.
When I think it stops I find I'm still in over my head,
But You have Your hold on me,
Nothing can snatch me away.
And You hold my heart, so still.


Singing in the Shower

Yes, I was singing in the shower tonight, might not seem like a big're probably like "so what, I sing in the shower too!" Well after I say that I can't remember the last time I felt like singing in the shower or anytime for that matter. My joy is starting to creep back into my soul :)
And why? Yesterday a burden was lifted. A heavy burden pressing down on me almost everyday from people in my past that hurt me extremely. So I just didn't feel like singing for quite a long time, anytime. I came to a point in my life where I was praying God either show me what I have to do or just give me a peace in my heart about the situation. And He gave me a peace and joy.
I was just sitting outside at O'Grady's Pantry listening to the little waterfalls and gazing up at the glorious mountains basked in sunlight and colors of changing leaves and I knew that I didn't have to live under the burden anymore. He has given me a new song!
I remember when I was caring for my grandparents and I was singing in the kitchen and grandma asked me why I was singing and grandpa interrupted and said "she always has something to sing about" one of the treasured memories in my heart from South Dakota. And now, once again....I do!
Another burden lifted another step to gaining back my joy :) Praise God! Amen! :)