I recently had a birthday. The big thirty is getting closer each year. Where does the time go? If you know, let me know. I gotta say, my favorite gift I received this year was a devotion book from my sister-in-law, Jennifer. Unexpected, but totally needed. Life gets busy, hectic, and sometimes just hard. As a woman, daughter, wife, sister, and friend, expectations are high and responsibilities are overflowing just like my laundry. We give so much of ourselves to everyone else, organizations, our church, our jobs, the list goes on. This birthday gift simply reminded me to take a moment and make sure I’m giving back to myself. We are spread so thin in the everyday hustle + bustle. I needed a “check-up” on my relationship with the One who truly matters. That my friend, is Jesus.
So I begin to dig into this bible study, Finding I Am by Lisa Terkeurst. Gotta be honest, it took a few devotions until I really began to relax and enjoy the study. My heart and my eyes began to open to God’s presence in my life. Grace and healing was poured over me for the next 6 weeks. I loved doing the study with Jennifer. Not only was she an accountability partner, but someone to share my favorite verses with, my weaknesses, and how it was growing + challenging me. This birthday gift turned into a gift that kept giving for 6 weeks, y’all! I absolutely fell in love with God all over again.
When the study was coming to an end, Jennifer and I were both somewhat sad. This had become a healthy routine to our day. I loved having my cup of coffee and starting or ending my day devoting time to God’s Word. We decided we couldn’t stop there. We went to our local Lifeway and picked out another bible study. This time, Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. Over the past couple months, the devotions had become regular conversation with my clients, friends, and family. We now have some of the girls in our community doing the studies! Isn’t it amazing how God works?! Something as simple as a birthday gift has chain reacted into encouragement in our community and friendships. If you would like to be a part of our Women’s Bible Study Group, please message me on our Facebook page HERE and I will get you connected, gal!
Also, isn’t this floral top so precious!? I love the print, colors, and material! It’s one of the softest shirts I own. During the sweltering summer, I’m all about light + comfy material! I’ve had lots of people ask about my Journaling Bible. All these details can be found below! I hope you’ve been encouraged, felt like you’re not the only one struggling in your faith walk, been motivated, and enlightened on some great new devotions to dive into! Girlfriends, life is tough, we’ve got to stick together! I’m praying for you this week!