Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One Crazy Idea...

You guys! I'm so excited today!

Not only is today the LAST DAY of my 2nd Whole30 (results posted next week)...but my friends, Jeff and Julie, asked me to guest blog about the experience for their blog! These two really inspired me to do my very first Whole30 last year. Julie fielded so many questions from me that she probably started wondering if I would ever stop! ;) But seriously, the experiences I've had on my Whole30 I own in part to them and the inspiration they have been over the past year as they've pursued their healthy eating goals. So it was an honor to be asked to write a guest blog for them.

Without further ado, my 1st guest blog!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Taking the Plunge

Well, last week I took the plunge...

Tweet, tweet
...I joined Twitter.

Yes, I know that I'm a little behind "trend" since people have been using Twitter for years now. But there wasn't much incentive until recently when one of the book review programs I review for tied the books you could choose to a social media influence score based partially on your Twitter account. Hence, Meghan has a new Twitter account. :)

If you'd like to follow me, you'll find me @Faith4Wings on Twitter :)

Happy Tweeting!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Grace

It's not often a book can move me or make me think just by reading the description, but "Grace" by Max Lucado. You may think you understand or know grace but Lucado challenges the reader to dig deeper and gain a deeper understanding of God's true grace. Because God's grace is not simple nor surface-level, but is a force of nature unto itself that God wishes to lavish on each of us to strengthen and sustain us, change and embolden us.

I loved this book. Each chapter was short enough to not weigh me down but always had plenty to think about after reading it. At times I read several chapters before processing but occasionally there would be something that would grab me and I would only get through one chapter. I was challenged to deepen my understanding of what God's grace looks like and how He might want to use his grace in my life. It truly gave me a more vibrant picture of what grace could look like.

Now, I know that Max Lucado's story telling style is not for everyone. But I rather enjoyed some of the real life stories that permeated the book and helped to give flesh to some of the concepts on grace. I think this will definitely be one I will have to reread at some point again as I work to have a more grace-filled life.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Soli Deo Gloria,

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

"NEw" Observations

Now that we've been in Nebraska for almost four months, I've learned several things about myself and my new surroundings that I thought I would share. :)

#1: I learn my way around a lot faster when the streets are in a grid system.
See all those nice roads that have numbers? They're all going north/south. See that road going east/west in the middle, labeled "O Street"? It's the north/south delineation for road names (N. 14th vs. S. 14th). I've been able to go out now without the GPS several times and know that I could find my way home. :) It's quite the feeling of accomplishment.

#2: Skunks seem to be the most common form of roadkill.
Don't know why...all I know is that I try to avoid them whenever I see them. No sense making my car smelly.

#3: If you have to go out, never leave the house until after kickoff on football game days (home OR away).
If it's a home game, then everyone is getting to the stadium. If it's an away game, everyone is out getting snacks or heading to friends' to watch the game. Either way, it's really much less crowded on the roads and in stores if you just wait until after kickoff. :) In a similar vein, make sure to be back again before the game ends.

Not our actual garage
#4: We love having a garage!
Our townhome has an attached 2-car garage and we are so enjoying the convenience and comfort of having it, especially when it snows.Makes it a lot easier when you don't have to clear off your car the next time you want to go out. We've so enjoyed it that I think it's going on the "must have" list when we start looking at homes.

#5: Hobby Lobby is A-MAZING!
Oh my gosh, I had no idea what I was missing! I had heard rave reviews from friends that had visited a Hobby Lobby before but had no clue what was in store for me when I visited for the first time. I've loved making return visits for yarn, home decor, Christmas items, and crochet supplies. I love it...and I really hope the government stops harassing it...

Well, that about sums it up for the first batch of lessons and observations from NE! :) I look forward to seeing what else I will learn in the months and years to come as we explore our new home.

Soli Deo Gloria,