Category Archives: Books

Debt-Free Living

Debt-free living ties in with my goal for a simplified, less-cluttered, more stress-free life. Did you realize that being in debt and having lots of bills is a big cause of stress? I want to be wiser about spending and saving, so I’m taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class, which teaches you how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and save more. The teaching is based on Biblical principles for handling money and has helped thousands of people pay off large amounts of debt in a short amount of time.

I’m just now starting the class as part of a small group at my church, so I’m not an expert on debt-free living yet! 🙂  However, I did get a chance to hear Dave Ramsey speak in person and he shared five life/financial tips that can be helpful to anyone—each tip has a Scripture to back it up:

  1. Live on a budget (Luke 14:28)
  2. Get out of debt (Proverbs 22:7)
  3. Foster high-quality relationships (I Corinthians 15:33)
  4. Save money (Proverbs 21:20)
  5. Be outrageously generous (2 Corinthians 9:7)

You can find out more about Dave Ramsey, his books, his radio show, his courses, and live events at DaveRamsey.com. Are you familiar with Dave Ramsey and is debt-free living a goal you want to pursue?

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The REAL SIMPLE Method to Organizing Every Room

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THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED-congrats to Marge K on winning the giveaway copy! I’m reviewing this new book on home organizing from the Editors of REAL SIMPLE, and I also am doing a giveaway for one copy of it! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I think I was meant to have this book! From the beginning of this year (actually, even before that), organizing and simplifying have been on my mind a lot. It’s this year, though, that I’ve really become serious about it. So this new book, The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room and How to Keep it that Way is just what I needed! I Continue reading

Giving it Forward

Hello and hope you are having a nice Sunday! Today I wanted to share some excerpts from a book I read a few months ago–Be the Gift by Ann Voskamp. This is a shorter Continue reading

Beautiful Truths

I’m sharing some hand lettering you’ll find in the new She Reads Truth Bible. It’s beautifully designed, with special hand lettered key verses from each of the 66 books of the Bible.

There are also specially designed maps, charts, and timelines for added insights as you read, study, and reflect on God’s Word. I love all the color and hand lettering! You can find out more about it at shereadstruthbible.com.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

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Holding Tight to the Permanent One

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“How quickly things change. Life is a given until it isn’t,” writes Amanda as she shares about her father’s battle with cancer.

“For a long time, nothing was certain except that life was uncertain,” Raechel adds, as she describes the brokenness in her childhood home.

Two women, two stories–different, yet not so different from yours or mine. In their new book She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away, authors Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams share experiences in their lives that we all can identify with. As I was reading through my review copy, I realized that even though our stories are different, they’re similar in many ways. Loss, illness, financial setbacks, family relationships–we all can relate to the pain, the stress, the worry, and the uncertainty of life’s ups and downs. But the stories don’t end there. Raechel and Amanda write about how faithful God has been in every situation. And how they found comfort in the Truth of His Word and strength in His promises.

14322622_732489793750_5655470604830158633_nWe live in a world that is temporary and fleeting, but  the authors of She Reads Truth emphasize that in this world of uncertainty, God is permanent, unchanging, and ever-faithful. He is our Rock–the One we can always hold on to, the One who is always holding us. And He specializes in redemption. He redeems our stories in beautiful, unexpected, unpredictable ways.

“Sometimes, by God’s sweet grace, the hard stuff is also the most worth–it stuff.” says Raechel. “Because of God’s proven faithfulness to us, His people, we can put our hands squarely on each other’s shoulders, look one another in the eye, and remind each other that God is at work. Without a doubt. Redemption is always coming.”

In Amanda’s words, “He is the God who penned redemption’s story, from before the beginning of time all the way to the fingertips of eternity’s outstretched hand. He is the God who is not bound by my efforts or held back by my doubt. He is the God who is Love infinite, Love perfected, Love inextinguishable.”

I found this book so encouraging because it points to our everlasting God and His unchanging promises. He is the Permanent One–the Alpha and Omega who is, who was, and who is to come. He has always been there for us and always will be. He takes the brokenness of our lives and creates something beautiful from it. He will never stop loving us and loves us more than we will ever be able to comprehend.

He holds us close by the Truth of His Word. Let’s always hold tight to Him!

Authors Raechel Meyers and Amanda Bible Williams also have an online community called She Reads Truth–to learn more about it, visit SheReadsTruth.com.

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