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“What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? It is enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!” -Susannah Spurgeon
Part of fulfilling my job as a nanny includes filling these little hearts and minds with books, songs, stories, and words that drive their thoughts, hearts, and affections to the only righteous One. Here are some of my recommendations for doing so. (Link in bio.)
Lilli was praying while coloring earlier and said, “God, I love You when You’re the same and I still love You when You’re not the same.” • This echoes a lot of conversations we have on a daily basis, conversations of how she is loved regardless of her actions and how we “love you when you listen and we love you don’t.” • “Hey, Lilli, want to hear some amazing news?” • She always does. • “God never changes,” I tell her. “He’s always the same.” • “Wow.” • “How does that make you feel?” • She smiled so big. “It makes me feel really happy.” • “Why would that make you happy?” • “Because I love Him and I want Him to come everywhere with me and if He never changes it means He is always with me.” • She’s three years old. • Solid theology is a comfort for every age. Praise God for His immutability.
“Are you not willing to pass through every ordeal if by any means you may save some?” -Charles Spurgeon

Follow me as I follow Jesus

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It’s the middle of January so I thought it would be a great time to post a reading list from two months ago.

Bless.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket

November

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The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

One of the best. I listened to this book on Audible for the first time and, though I was prepared to hate it, I loved it. Every return to Narnia is better than the last. 

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

This is the third time I’ve read this book and I was once again overwhelmed by the clear display of the Gospel in it. Such a beautiful, intense read for believer and nonbeliever alike. What a Savior we have. 

Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens by Andrew Beahrs

Books and food are two of my favorite things so this seemed like a no-brainer. I listened to this Audible version of the book and was entertained by the fascinating documentary, however, there were a few (of what I would consider) inappropriate comments. 

Strong Ending: A Journey from Combat to Comedy

I love the military and I love comedy so I thought this would be a great fit. While it was insightful and fun, it was also (unsurprisingly) extremely inappropriate at times. Cannot recommend.

Steadfast Love: The Response of God to the Cries of Our Heart by Lauren Chandler

Highly recommend. This was my second time reading it this year and I was once again mesmerized by the glory of the God we serve and the stability of His character (and therefore our lives as a result).  

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The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home by Russell Moore

Undoubtedly one of the best books of 2018. I love Dr. Moore and this book was so good. Highly, highly, highly, highly, highly recommend for anyone. Also would be a great book to go through with unbelievers who are investigating true Christianity or are considering marriage or experiencing family struggles.

Eyes Wide Open: Enjoying God in Everything by Steve DeWitt

Okay, Steve, hi. Thank you for writing one of the best books I read this year. I loved this stunning book. It was so helpful for my heart (prone to fearfully resist good things) and it was charged with beauty and ways of seeing that beauty all around us then helping our eyes soar to the Source. READ IT RIGHT NOW AND LET YOUR HEART EXPLODE IN WORSHIP.

This quote might be “long” but read it anyway and thank me later, OH MY WORD:

“The end of the Big Story is beauty, because the end of the story is God. This world and its history are prelude and foretaste; all the sunrises and sunsets, symphonies and rock concerts, feasts and friendships are but whispers. They are prologue to the grander story and an even better place. Only there, it will never end. J. I. Packer said it so well: ‘Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this ever to end.’ But it invariably does. The hearts in heaven say, ‘I want this to go on forever.’ And it will. There can be no better news than this.’” -Steve DeWitt

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Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick

I read this with one of my best friends and it was a tremendous help to both of us as we are beginning to navigate through the reality that we don’t actually believe God loves us. This was extremely helpful and the Scripture content alone was worth it all. Definitely recommend. Great for a counseling aid as well.

December

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Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul Tripp

The introduction is worth the price of the book but then it just keeps getting better. There were certain days that weren’t as “wow” as others, but they were all packed with the Gospel and full of hope, conviction, and truth. Highly recommend.

The First Songs of Christmas: A 31-Day Advent Devotional by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

I did not love this. It wasn’t as Gospel-driven as I wanted it to be and actually tended to be more focused on self than Christ.

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Two Funerals, Then Easter by Rachel Welcher

My friend Rachel knocked this out of the park. This, her second book of poetry, was beautiful and deep, intense and holy. Read it and let yourself feel all the things as you worship the One who sits with us in our ashes and teaches us to see His beauty there. Read this book, especially if you’ve walked (or are walking) through pain and darkness. 

 

 

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