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Favorite Podcasts: A Great Supplement to Reading

I have a very high priority on learning and reading, but as a mom of four, it can be challenging to find time to sit down and read, and to learn new skills and glean from other’s wisdom. But I’ve discovered over the last few years that I have pockets of “empty space” where I am doing activities that don’t require a lot of brain power or focus.  In those times, such as while I fold laundry, as I get ready in the morning, and as I prepare meals and clean, I find myself listening to podcasts. I look forward to having moments throughout my day where I am gaining wisdom, insight, and inspiration!  Podcasts are a great supplement to reading because I can listen and multi-task!

Podcasts I’m Listening to Right Now:

Going Scared with Jessica Honegger

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique

Chrystal’s Chronicles

I have also started listening to Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis, Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher, and I frequently tune it to At Home with Sally.  You can find a podcast on just about any subject that interests you!

To listen to a podcast, simply go to your iPhone/iPad and click on the “App Store” and then go to search and type in “Podcast.”  The first thing that pops up will be a purple “Podcasts” button and you will need to download it.  Once that app has been downloaded to your phone, click on it and open it up.  Now to go the search button and you can type in any of the podcasts I’ve listed above. Typically, a podcaster will record a new episode once per week, but once you’ve subscribed to their podcast, you can listen to all of the episodes they’ve previously recorded! Enjoy!

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When I need to reassure myself of Christ’s love for me: Romans 8


One of things I’ve set on my heart to do this year is to read through the Bible.  I got set up with the Navigators Bible Reading Plan through the 2:7 class that Ryan and I are taking.  I love how it breaks it out each day in four different sections.

I read through Romans 8 this morning, and there were several truths that were like a sweet balm to my soul.

And while I already knew these truths, that’s what God’s Holy Spirit does: presents the Word as fresh; a message just for today, personalized just for what my heart needs.

In verse 1, Paul starts out with the most comforting of words: “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” NO CONDEMNATION–Yes, please.  The notes in my McArthur Study Bible say that we are introduced to the “staggering results of Paul’s teaching…that justification is by faith alone on the basis of God’s overwhelming grace.  No sin a believer can commit–past, present, or future–can be held against him, since the penalty was paid by Christ and righteousness was imputed to the believer.”  How comforting it is to know that nothing I’ve done, ever, or in the future, will result in condemnation because I’ve trusted Jesus as my Savior.  Thank you, Jesus!

(For further description and elaboration of above, see verses 2-8.)

I’ve got highlights all over the chapter, let me share some more balm: In verse 9, Paul states that we have the Spirit in us, and later in verse 16 he comes back around and shows us that we can confirm God’s Spirit in us because our own spirit will bear witness that we are children of God. McArthur explains it another way: “God’s Holy Spirit confirms the validity of our adoption, not by some inner, mystical voice, but by the fruit he produces in us and the power he provides for spiritual service.” We can confirm in our own hearts that we have the Spirit because of the fruit and power that can only have been given to us by God.  What a miracle!  I know that on my own without Christ, I am not fruitful nor powerful.

Skipping ahead to verse 24, Paul talks about hope and says, “Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” He encourages us to rest secure in our hope, our faith, even when what we see is not what we want or understand.

In verse 28 (one of my most favorites of all), he furthers my hope stating “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ALL.THINGS.WORK.TOGETHER.FOR.GOOD.  Even those things we don’t want, or those things that we brought upon ourselves.  Yes, those things God will work together for GOOD. Maybe not what we initially think is good, but trusting Him for what he knows is good for us, and for His kingdom. As John MacArthur says, “In his providence, God orchestrates every event in life–even suffering, temptation, and sin–to accomplish both our temporal and eternal benefit.

A few more treasures in Romans:

v.31: If God is for us, who can be against us?

v.32: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

v.37: In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

v.38: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor thins present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This book, this chapter, is where I return again and again when my heart needs to be surrounded in His love, His assurance, His truth.

Jesus loves me, this I know…

(All Scripture references are from ESV version, The MacArthur Study Bible)

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What I’m Reading this Year: My 2017 Book List

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing what’s on my bookshelf to read in 2017!

Last year I made a book list at the beginning of the year for what I wanted to read in 2016.  This helped me establish a plan, have something to look forward to, and build leisure time into my life! ( You can see what I read in 2016 on my Pinterest board here.)

Here’s my 2017 book list,in no particular order:

walk to beautiful

Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne–This was a Christmas gift from my mom.  She watched an interview that the author did and says his story is simply amazing.

entrepreneurial reflections

Entrepreneurial Reflections by Jay D. Rodgers–This was a gift from my sister.  Since Ryan and I are in the thick of #entrepreneurlife, I’m certain I will enjoy advice in this book!

god king

God King by Joanne Williamson–This is a book my daughter read in homeschool and couldn’t quit talking about.  She left me inspired, so I can’t wait to dig in!


Lighting by Chris Weston–I checked this out at the library because I received a new camera body for Christmas and lighting is on my brain!

in the company of women

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney –Anthropologie purchase from my momma. It’s got to be good!

new morning mercies

New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp–Was given to me by my mentor, who is a a spiritual inspiration and highly recommends this devotional.  I have completed two of this author’s studies and he is one of my very favorite Bible teachers.


Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst–Received this at a gathering of mommas and I’m looking forward to reading this treasure by an author I greatly admire.

deepening your roots

Deepening Your Roots in God’s Family–This is the 2nd book in the 2:7 series–Ryan and I did the first book in 2016, so now we are progressing forward in the series together! One of my favorite things is studying/reading/memorizing/discussing with him!

my bible

My Bible–Ryan gave me this NIV Bible the first Christmas after we were married and had it inscribed with my new name! It’s on every year’s reading list!

whole 30

Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig–This is a re-read. I did a Whole 30 in August/September and I loved the way I felt when I followed the plan.  I know most of the do’s and don’ts, but I’m going to re-read it to review the science behind it and to try a few new recipes.

daring greatly

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown–I have this book on Audible and I started listening to it in 2016 and need to finish it up!

big magic

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert–I also purchased this on Audible and began listening to it in 2016 so I have a head start!

preemptive love

Preemptive Love by Jeremy Courtney–This book is the founding story of a ministry I was introduced to in 2016.

strong and kind

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson–I love Duck Dynasty and I love Korie Robertson, and I admire her intentionality as a parent so I’m looking forward to reading about how she helps her children succeed.

a more perfection union

A More Perfect Union by Ben Carson–I believe in what Ben is trying to do for our country and I hope to learn more about our Constitution and political system by reading this book.  The 2016 election revealed some deficiencies in my political knowledge.

i married adventure

I Married Adventure by Luci Swindoll–A Women of Faith book given to me by my momma.  I like the title already.

contentment in contentious times

Contentment in Contentious Times–One of my sweetest friend’s mother-in-law wrote this book.  My momma already borrowed my copy and says it is great!

wild and free

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan–I am a fan of both of these girls, who I follow online, and I have heard lots of good reviews about this book.  I purchased it last year and am looking forward to pulling it off my bookshelf.

hope heals

Hope Heals by Katherine & Jay Wolf–I first heard Katherine’s story on the Happy Hour podcast and I can’t wait to dig into her inspirational story.

harry potter

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling –The 8th book/play in the Harry Potter series!


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery–I need more fiction on my list, and this is one of my most favorite childhood books and movies!  Can’t wait to enjoy it all over again.


That’s 21 books this year–I’m leaving some room open for books that come up…books that I check out at the library, books that friends recommend, books that are gifted to me, and books that I can’t resist purchasing!

My goal is to post a monthly book review that sums up what I’ve read for the month!

What do you love to read? What have you read lately that you would recommend?

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