(Note: I received the keepsake bracelet featured in this post from Teresa at The Keep Collective in exchange for an honest review.)
Do you have a way of marking the years?
This month is my birthday, and I’ve been thinking a lot about different ways of marking the passage of time. I think of myself five years ago on my birthday, and my life looked totally different. Even my attitude was different! You know how they say you don’t know how much you don’t know? I don’t think that’s completely true. I’m on my way out of my twenties, the decade of the “know-it-all”, and I realize more now how much I used to think I knew, but I really didn’t. There is some wisdom in knowing what you don’t know, and not pretending you do know what you can’t, and I’m slowly learning that.
In Girl Defined, Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird (who are sisters) discuss God's design for women, and how that often clashes with our cultures expectations. They tell their personal journey in discovering what God expects of us as women and His plan for living out our God-given femininity. They address topics like gender roles, working outside the home, and relationships with grace and biblical wisdom. I really appreciated how organized this book was as they discussed the three "pillars" of biblical femininity, and how those apply to life and the decisions we have to make as women.
I was excited to review the audiobook of Gloria Furman's Missional Motherhood. This is Furman's newest book, and though I haven't read through an entire book of hers before now, I have heard people speak so highly of her.
This book was not what I was expecting, and I have mixed feelings. However, I will tell you what I do not have mixed feelings about - the doctrine presented in this book is all sound, with a solid biblical foundation that is clearly explained. That is not always easy to find these days, and I loved that this book was chock-full of Scripture!
"How I Gained 1,000 Followers In One Week"
"Three Ways To Grow Your Pinterest Following"
"How To Make Money Blogging"
I see titles like these every single day in my newsfeed, and if you are a blogger, my guess is that you do too. When I first started blogging, I searched high and low for posts like these, trying to figure out what in the world I was doing.
I am spending a silly amount of time picking out an outfit this morning, and I know it. But what does one wear to pay a visit back to their old office when they've been a stay-at-home-mom for the last year? Especially when that office is a dental office, and all I ever wore there was scrubs? I end up with a floral tank, a cardigan, rolled up skinnies, and my lace-up pointy-toed shoes to add a little flair.
I come with my four kids, packed tight in the minivan, licking my tongue over my teeth. I am way overdue for a cleaning. I had been due to come in right around the time Clarice was born, but the post-baby haze didn't allow for a phone call to set up an appointment until she was nearing six months old. Or maybe I had just been avoiding going back. Is it weird to go back to your old place of employment for a dental cleaning? Should I just find a new office?
Almost anytime I go somewhere, someone asks me the ages of my kids. I guess we are quite a sight, me with my three little ones trailing behind me and one in a stroller. I answered, and Wyatt chimed in.
"No, Mom, Clarice is 7 months." (I told you we get asked the ages of our kids often.)
And I had to explain that another month had indeed rolled by, and she is eight months old now.
Time. slow. down.
If you've been reading for a while, you know that even though I don't talk about it much, I am very interested in politics. When I saw Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry For Conservative Women up for review, I had to request it! Penny Young Nance is the head of Concerned Women For America, a political action group for Christian conservative women - which I am one, so I was excited to read this book.
Story: This is the story of two friends, Violet and Audrey, living in Hollywood in the 1930's. They both have dreams, Audrey of becoming a star, and Violet of becoming a mother - and through this story we learn how far one of them will go to get her dream.
I have been struggling a bit in my devotion time this year.
Last year I used a reading plan to read through the Bible in one year - and it was great! I really enjoyed getting the big picture of the whole Bible, especially because I read in order of historical chronology.
But I didn't really want to do that again this year. Mainly because I can't ever seem to manage to get up more than five minutes before my kids, which leads to me rushing through my Bible reading, especially when I have multiple chapters to read. This year I wanted to slow down and really study each chapter that I was reading, just for a change of pace.
The problem with not having a plan is that...well, you don't have a plan.