Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Title Tuesday: My Daddy is a Hero

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

Today I want to share a special book with you! My Daddy is a Hero is probably my new favorite military book for kids. It is also available as My Mommy is a Hero! You can order it from my friend (and fellow military spouse) Laura, here. Check out the video below for my full review.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Military Monday: The Meaning of the 13 Folds

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Title Tuesday: Your Own Beautiful

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

I was excited to receive a copy of Your Own Beautiful with Advice and Inspiration from Chelsea Crockett. Crockett became a YouTube sensation for her makeup, life, and style videos. She is very popular in Christian circles because she often mentions her faith a bit here and there. 
However, I can honestly say that I was sincerely disappointed with this book for a couple of reasons and I will list those out here:

  • If the book is about being your OWN kind of beautiful, why then would you try so hard to look exactly like everyone else? 
  • In a culture saturated with sex and digitally enhanced gorgeous women, it is easy to feel less than beautiful.  Why then would her parents allow a young girl to spend literally HOURS in front of a mirror and a computer screen to make and create this idea that you need to be physically beautiful? (She posted her first YouTube video at just 13 years old.)
  • Simply throwing random Bible verses (OUT OF CONTEXT) into your writing does not make your writing biblical. 
  • THE ENTIRE PORTION ON DATING in this book was very questionable. 
  • She talks about modesty, but she simply does not live it out. Aside from some VERY sexualized pictures in the book, modesty isn't just what you wear it is an attitude. If you are taking a bazillion selfies everyday to post up, it doesn't seem like modesty is actually very high priority at all. 

Overall, I give this book a measly C-.  It seems as though this book is a marketing ploy. It is something put on the shelves that mothers will buy for their preteen daughters to help them navigate the perils of middle and high school. However, it falls markedly short of helping to make a person truly beautiful. Instead of reaching for Christ, Crockett reaches for a "peachy blush".  


Monday, November 5, 2018

Military Monday: The Hour of Separation

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.




Saturday, November 3, 2018

Eating With Demons: A Call to Discernment


I was recently convicted by the Holy Spirit, and it has strengthened my resolve to speak (write?) the truth instead of keeping my mouth shut.

Let me explain.

While sitting in a crowded restaurant with two women from my Bible study I was suddenly struck with an uncomfortable feeling. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I felt a creepy feeling pulsing through my spine. At first I couldn’t figure out why. That feeling is usually only something that I experience with false teachers, people lying to me, and books that misquote or misinterpret the Bible.

Yet here I was, sitting at the dinner table in a downtown San Diego restaurant with two very good friends and feeling uneasy. These weren’t just any friends, these women are solid in their faith, I know because despite attending different churches we all attend the same women’s Bible study.

I just couldn’t shake the feeling the entire time that we were in the restaurant.

We had a great time talking, eating, and laughing.
But still, that feeling lingered.  

As we stood up to leave I looked around the restaurant and I realized what the problem was.

This restaurant was filled with demonic imagery. I don’t mean I saw demons running around.

What I mean is there was an image of a demon on the menu, the artwork, and the wine bottles.

The decor and design of the restaurant was dark, foggy, and with red tapestries, stones, and fire.

As we were walking out I realized that this was supposed to resemble (or be?)... hell.  

Three Christian women who are dedicated in our faith just sat and ate an entire meal in a restaurant with demonic images and set to look like hell itself.

The Bible is pretty clear on why this is a bad thing. Check out 1 Corinthians 10:20-21 which says,

No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

Now, am I saying we were suddenly possessed?No.

What I am saying is that three fairly mature Christian women walked into this place and it didn’t click with us that this was wrong. We have been inundated with demonic imagery, artwork, and music for so long that our radars weren’t tuned to it.

I know now that I should have said something to my friends when we sat down and I felt uneasy, but I didn’t. I chose not to because I did not want to seem weird or overly sensitive. I am already kind of odd in a lot of (even Christian) circles because I don’t celebrate Halloween. I didn’t want to be like, “Hey y'all, I know we just got here, but could we leave? I feel weird here”.

So instead of standing up, I gave in.

I think that we as Christians are being taken out en masse by the enemy with hardly any effort on his part because we are so incredibly used to blending in to the world rather than standing out in what Christ has called us to.

What have we come to as believers that we are eating in a restaurant filled with demonic imagery and we don't even bat an eye?

We need to be more discerning of where we go, what we do, and what we allow ourselves to be influenced by. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to be uncomfortable, so we ate a dinner surrounded by demonic imagery in a a restaurant designed to resemble artistic depictions of hell.

I wasn't keeping us from being uncomfortable.
I was standing on the sideline.
Standing on the sideline doesn’t make you innocent, it makes you complacent.
God didn't call me to sit on the sidelines.
I refuse to be complacent.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Military Monday: US Military Medal Hierarchy

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Title Tuesday: I Am

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!








Monday, October 22, 2018

Military Monday: Getting Stronger

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Title Tuesday: Book Pain

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!