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3 Books For Christian Women

While
I was on my 10-day  Sabbatical in the Maldive Islands I spent a lot of
time reading.  There were 3 books that I read while I was away that I
have been encouraging my friends and family to read.
They were that good.  

My own Worst Enemy: How to stop holding yourself back by Janet Davis is one I’ve already shared on the blog, but wanted to list again.

 

Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the battle for your home, family and friends by Leighann McCoy

Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself highlighting passages and when that wasn’t enough I started to journal my thoughts as I was reading a long. I have since read it again.

There are so many spiritual truths in this book.  The key point embraced in this book is that Spiritual Warfare looks different for women. The Enemy attacks us differently because we think differently.  The book specifies the areas that women are most targeted by spiritual attacks as: marriage, children, friendships with other women, health, and church.  Let that sink in.  Don’t you want to run out and buy it now?

What I liked about this book is that Leighann desires for you to go deeper and look at scripture yourself to weigh what she is saying against what you read in the bible. Each section is filled with “sharpen your sword” scripture verses, passages to look up and read and thoughts to contemplate.

For me the most life changing part of the book was the concept that Spiritual Warfare can present itself masked as “good” (think Eve in the Garden of Eden).  How many times are women kept busy, driving themselves into exhaustion, by doing many GOOD things, instead of one GREAT thing?

For me that was an eye-opener and one that I have been very aware of as I navigate life as a Christian woman.  I don’t want to be kept busy with the good and miss out on the great that God has for me.

 

Is the cry of your heart to exchange the clutter and chaos of everyday life for a simple focus on what really matters?

A woman’s High Calling: 10 ways to live out God’s Plan for your life by Elizabeth George

Most women I know are jugglers.  We are jugglers who are always trying to define our priorities and well, prioritize them.  Titus 2:3-5 is where you’ll find God’s 10 most important priorities for women.  By focusing on the 10 priorities that God has ordained for women(wisdom, purity, Godly speech, Personal discipline, Love of husband, Goodness, Love of family, Ministry to others, Love of home and Christlike behavior)  you can simplify your life and fulfill your purpose.

Elizabeth George is one of my favorite Christian authors because of the gentle yet practical way she inspires me to live out Godly truths. This book, which includes a study guide, takes you through those truths and offers practical and encouraging tips on how to live them out in your life.

I think it just might be the book I give out this year for Christmas.  If you have read this book (or after you read it) will you please share your thoughts in the comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts and hear what sections spoke to you the most.

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Sunday Inspiration: Jesus Painting & Difference between Christian & Non Christian

Some reading for you:Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church talks about The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian.



An inspiring video:

Does this give you chills?

I am so amazed at the creativity that is given to each of us and the unique ways that it can be expressed. Thank-you to the Hollywood Housewife for sharing this first.
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The Comfortable Christian

Today I was convicted that I am a Comfortable Christian.  

Simply put,  I am a Christian when it is comfortable.

If it is uncomfortable?  Well, then I’m not so sure it is for me.

Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t gone as far as to say that I am NOT a Christian when it gets uncomfortable. I am not like Peter after all.
Or maybe I have?   

Maybe I am just like Peter?

Put me in a room of believers and I will share and proclaim the truth of God’s word with the best of them.
Put me in that same room, but with a room of unbelievers, and I will be the most politically correct person you’ve ever met.

I don’t want to offend anyone.  
Even if Christ is offended.  Especially, if Christ is offended.
This goes beyond judgement (Matthew 7:1) and refraining from judging others so you won’t be judged. (Luke 6:37)
That is the lie that I believe that Comfortable Christians tell themselves.  
I tell myself that I’m  just refraining from proclaiming the truth of God’s word because I am not called to judge.  And that is true.   
We are called not to judge.  We are called to love one another. That means everyone.
But we are also called to proclaim the truth of God’s word, are we not?
I am uncomfortable sharing the truth of God’s word when it is not comfortable or easy to do so.
Simply put, I am uncomfortable sharing the truth that I KNOW  has the power to SAVE and TRANSFORM lives; because I do not want to be: called out, heckled, confronted, challenged, bullied, criticized, ostracized or unfriended on Facebook because of it.

Let’s face it. I don’t want to be unpopular.

I am just like Peter was.  Except he was facing being killed and tortured.
I just want everyone to like me.  Actually that’s not true either.  I just want it to APPEAR that everyone likes me.  I already know it’s impossible to be liked by everyone.  
In reality,
 I want the LIE of appearance over the TRUTH of  salvation.

I am a Comfortable Christian.

Are you?

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3 Books For Christian Women

While I was on my 10-day  Sabbatical in the Maldive Islands I spent a lot of time reading.  There were 3 books that I read while I was away that I have been encouraging my friends and family to read.  
They were that good.  

My own Worst Enemy: How to stop holding yourself back by Janet Davis

Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the battle for your home, family and friends by Leighann McCoy

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Spiritual Warfare for women

Spiritual Warfare is real.  I’ve heard about it and experienced it.  Yet, I sort of behave like an ostrich and want to stick my head in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist.

Spiritual Warfare for women: Winning the battle for your home, family and friends was eye opening and spiritually changing for me.  My faith and understanding grew by reading this book and diving deeper into the scripture.

This book exposes the enemy for who he is (a liar) and gives detailed examples of how he specifically targets women (our marriages, our children, friendships with other women, health, and our church) and what we can do to combat the lies in our own heads and stand firm in our knowledge of God and who we are in Christ. I particularly loved that each chapter ends with scripture to look up and questions to ask yourself, scripture to memorize, and a prayer. 

 I read this book with a highlighter in hand and suggest that you do too.
 

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