Hello! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! I was looking through my blog and realized that it has been like 7 months since I published a recommendation list. So if these posts aren’t your “cup of tea” just bear with me until the end!
I’ve grown into a HUGE reader in the past few years and am kinda drowning in a pool of amazing books and not enough time to read all of them. However, the ones I have made time to read have been life changing.
UNINVITED by Lysa Terkeurst-
Uninvited is a book about feeling less than and unloved. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this to every single girl, no matter what stage of life you are in. As girls I think we always struggle with the feelings of loneliness and like we aren’t good enough. But man, my girl Lysa terkeurst just punches those feelings right in the face. This is a super easy read with amazing biblical insight.
YOUNG AND BEARDLESS by John Luke Robertson-
I have been obsessing over this book for the past year. I have already done a full length review over John Luke’s book but have decided to read it for a third time this summer. It is just packed full of amazing insight and I fear, no matter how many times I read it, I will always need to read it again.
Now just one classic 😀
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley-
I took a Sci-Fi reading and writing class this year and the last few weeks of school my group decided to read Frankenstein. I was a little hesitant at first but really enjoyed the story. Now I know Sci-Fi is most defiantly not for everyone but if you are into classical literature and are interested in a larger literature library, this is a great book that will ease you into the world of Sci-Fi.
This past year I helped lead a Sunday school class at my church, and the month of July is my little break from teaching. And during this time I am hoping to reflect on what I’ve learned about leading as well as what I’ve learned about myself.
The first thing that comes to mind was a lesson I was taught every single week. Leading is not always easy. Sometimes kids will throw a cup at your head (yes this happened and the kid did not do it on purpose… or at least that’s what he said :D) Sometimes the point or lesson you are trying to get across juts wont land the way you wanted it to.
But let me tell you something, the way God wanted that lesson to be heard is the way it will be heard. There is nothing you can do to mess with God’s plan, and that is included with leading. God has you in a leadership position for a reason. That was the biggest lesson I learned. That I matter, my appearance and presence in the class (even if I am just filling up water cups for snack time) is part of God’s plan for me and the kids I am teaching.
I also was reminded that leading happens outside of the classroom. It was like everywhere I went I saw one of those cute little kids from my Sunday school class. That challenged my character as well as my shyness. I am not a person who loves to approach someone and start a conversation just out of the blue (unless the Holy Spirit just takes over me, which happens a lot haha). But those cute little kids would run right up to me and give me a big hug. And that challenged me and pushed me to be more willing to make someones day even if it put me in an uncomfortable situation.
I have been trying to train myself to be more “others focused” and have learned a bunch already. I’ve seen that people just need to know you care for them. They need to look you in the eyes and hear you ask about them and their well being. Once you have that, you then need to show them through your actions, how much they mean to you. That may be through a small act of kindness, or even obeying them even when it’s really hard. It will take prayer and lots of it. But the God you’ll be talking to is a pro at caring for people. He will give you the strength… I have no doubt about that.
I know that God is busy moving and changing the hearts of people right now. It is so evident and I love it. One bug thing I have seen recently is that, as followers, we are getting better at praising Jesus in the midst of the storms. I think we are slowly being able to come to God with our broken hearts and confusion and still lift our hands up to him. And that is something so wonderful.
So keep up the praise people!
I hope you all have a great week. I challenge you to pick up a book and allow the words to speak to your life. Keep reading, leading, and observing. I’m praying for you guys!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster