Something I enjoy doing is connecting people to others. My blog follows suit. I love using this space to connect you to the blogs and bloggers that I enjoy as well as the things I'm reading that I can't help but share. So here are a few new finds:
The Christian Faith of Jane Austen - Michael A. G. Haykin
I'm a big fan of Jane Austen, but I never put two and two together that she was a Christian and that her faith plays out in the morality of her characters.
The Secret to Becoming a Woman Who Laughs - Bless Your Heart and Home
I recently discovered this blog, and this is one of the first posts that I viewed. This woman's post about her grandmother perfectly sums up the focus of my blog and it's beautiful to read the story about a woman that feared God.
Take Up Your Cross: Live a Balanced Life - Ajith Fernando
I struggle with living a balanced life, and it often feels like the cross that God calls me to bear. Is a balanced life a cross that God is calling you to bear too?
5 Lessons I Didn't Learn From Pre-Marital Counseling - Erin Davis
Lessons that I'm learning as well.
Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder - Jen Wilkin
"Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance or purpose. It’s that we lack awe."
Confession time: Theology often overwhelms me. When I think of Theology (the study of the nature of God), I think of big ideas and big words that are hard for me to understand. But knowing and understanding God is essential in knowing and loving God more. How can we know and love God more if we don't learn more about Him?
Enter Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding The Truth About God by Tim Challies and Josh Byers. I wanted to read this book from the moment Tim Challies shared about it on his blog. When Book Look Bloggers offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review, I was sold. Here are three things that I appreciated about this book:
1. The Breakdown of Truths About God
Tim Challies and Josh Byers break down this book into four sections: Grow Close to Christ, Understand the Word of Christ, Become like Christ, and Live For Christ. Ultimately knowing more about the truths of God should help us grow in our relationship with Christ. The truths that Challies and Byers share does just that. They break down truths about God so that readers would know more about how to live as Christians in this world.
2. Helpful Visuals
You don't get Visual Theology without visuals. Challies and Byers used visuals to enhance what they were sharing in terms of theology. I found the graphics to be helpful in terms of understanding the concepts they were breaking down. While there is more text in this book than visuals, the visuals go right along with the text.
As a side note, this made me want books with information to contain more visuals and graphics! I enjoyed how this book blended visuals and information.
3. Accessible to Everyone
Visual Theology isn't an in-depth book on Christian Theology, but it is a helpful appetizer, whetting the appetite to learn more. It does what it sets out to do, showing that Theology is something that everyone can understand and how it enhances our knowledge and love of God.
Overall, I would recommend this book to those that want to learn more about God or enjoy visuals that break down truths about God in a way that everyone can understand. The books main aim is to help individuals understand concepts about God and the Bible to help them live a life in which they can know and love God more and live their life for His glory. If that's something that you would like to learn more about, then check Visual Theology out!
Some links I stumbled upon and enjoyed, so I'm sharing them with you!
Isn't She Beautiful // Desiring God
Why It's Often Better To Say Less // Storyline Blog
From Where I Drone Instagram Account // Instagram
Exercise Isn't The Best Way To Lose Weight // Youtube
Have You Looked Into the Mirror Today? // Challies
My last few days as a single lady, getting married, moving, name change things, and so much in between. June was a month filled with so many new learning experiences. Here are five things I learned in the beautiful month of June:
1. Wedding Days Fly By
I've heard a lot of people say this while wedding planning, but I guess it took experiencing it to understand. Your wedding day flies by, so enjoy every moment. Some of my favorite moments from Mr. B's and my wedding were the little moments we got to enjoy together, like taking photos in the rain while our guests were arriving and getting to spend time with my dearest friends.
2. Every Wedding Has a Unique Story
On our wedding day, the fire alarm went off in the hotel where the lads and ladies were getting ready, so we had to leave the room with our lunches for a few minutes while the alarm got straightened out. And it rained only during our ceremony on the day of, which meant that we couldn't have the ceremony outside as planned, BUT it meant that we got to say hello and greet our guests while we took pictures before the ceremony in the rain. Even though our wedding didn't go as planned, I wouldn't trade the fun story God worked out with the quirks.
3. Cruises Are Awesome For Honeymooning
No driving? No cooking? Getting to make all the friends? YES PLEASE! B and I loved getting to enjoy time together on our honeymoon, but we also enjoyed making new friends while eating meals. We were on a Royal Caribbean ship and we were so pleased with the service and care of the RC staff. I can't wait to go cruising again!
4. Evernote Is The Best Online Note Taking Tool Eva'
I have a thing for to-do lists and taking notes, but I struggle with knowing how to organize my notes, to-lists, memos, and random thoughts that need a place to be stored. Enter Evernote. I came across this web-based note system while perusing Tim Challie's blog. What I appreciate about Evernote is that it allows you to create digital notebooks which you can then file your notes under. It meets all of my note needs and lets me keep all my notes and thoughts organized. Look forward to a more in-depth review of this tool in a future post.
5. Gospel Themes in Downton Abbey
Mr. B and I have been watching Downton Abbey in our down time. I've seen the entire series, but the world of DA is new to Mr. B. It's been a joy to watch it with him, but it's also given me a fresh view of the series. With each episode, I keep seeing gospel themes. For example, the servants of DA image Jesus in the way they serve the family that employs them. It reminds me of when Jesus responds to the two brothers that wish to sit at the right and left of Jesus when he enters his Kingdom
Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
While the servants are paid to serve, it's a beautiful thing seeing how the servants image Jesus in the way that they serve faithfully and with love and care for the family.
These are just a few things I've learned this month. What are some things you learned this past month?
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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