February BOTM: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Crazy Love helped me realize my love for God was all talk. I realized that I didn’t truly understand the extent of what God has done for me. I realized that I was satisfied with my Christian life. I have become comfortable. Then I read this, “They (lukewarm people) feel satisfied that while they aren’t as hard-core for Jesus and so-and-so, they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the street (Page 72).” “Their love is highly conditional and very selective (Page 73).” Then after I considered this a while and decided that I had become lukewarm. After this I was challenged with the question if my life would change at all or look any different if I was not a follower of Christ. I thought about it and there were a few things.. I would probably use some bad language, I might wear a bikini, and  my shorts might be a little shorter. Is this really the question though? Do these things matter as much as my heart matter? Is my heart changed because of my relationship with Jesus Christ? DO I have a relationship with Jesus Christ or do I simply know about Him? THEN, I was confronted with yet another problem – the issue of love. “How would my life change if I actually though of each person I came into contact with as Christ (116).” Would I dare talk about Christ “behind his back?” Would I dare to not obey immediately? If I met Christ in person I would like to think I would do everything perfect for Him.. He says that the way I treat the worst of these it is as I am treating Him that way.

My challenge for myself this month is to act as though God is real in my life. To love others, as I would love Christ. If I come away unchanged I am fooling myself.

January Book of the Month: ESV Study Bible

Hello Friends!

Do you remember the post I did back in December? I told you all I was going to be buying a christian book a month and using it in my devotions. For January I bought myself a new bible because mine was falling apart and I wanted an “adult” bible. I was tired of the light notes in my teen bible and wanted more depth. I chose the  ESV Study Bible, Personal Edition because my youth leaders wife had recommended it to me and I already knew I liked the ESV translation. I felt it was accurate and easier to read but It was still true to the original meaning.

As for the bible itself, the cover is sturdy. However, the words are very tiny. If you have trouble with that, I recommend getting the regular one or even the large print.  The personal size is fairly light but it still contains all the information you could ever want. There is cross referencing, study notes, maps, etc. I find the study notes helpful because they are mostly objective and just explaining what words mean or explaining context.

I will be back soon with a review on Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

xoxo,

Jess

January 5th, 2015

Hello Friends!

The New Year came in with a POW. Literally.  For those of you who don’t know – I coach gymnastics! I coach levels 3 and 4. Injuries come with the job. I have been smack in the face, kicked in the shins, and I trip over mats all the time.  Monday I got nailed in the nose! I ended up in the emergency room with a broken nose. I’m currently healing from that. Ive got quite cute (sarcasm) swollen cheeks, and my nose is a little swollen and crooked! Ill be getting that fixed the end of this week at the ENT. The whole reason I am telling you all this is because my New Years Resolutions are put on hold a bit. I am not allowed to be bending over or laying down for this week. For this reason, there is very minimal working out for me!  Obviously, I have to be careful not to have it bumped so I am out of work for a week or so. Yesterday was my recovery day and today I’m taking it slowly as well.

I hope everyone is having a good week!

Xoxo,

Jess

Exercise Goal: Tone It Up

Hello Friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful productive day. If that is not the case, here is a hug and a pat on the back for some motivation!

I’m here to share a bit about what has been motivating me to make and reach my health and fitness goals. I found Tone It Up on December 28th, 2014 after hearing about it from the youtuber Nikki Phillippi. They do different challenges and give you a weekly plan. There is also an online community there which is free to join. Here there are thousands of ladies that are so supportive. So props to them! Feel free to join me anytime! 🙂 I just wanted to check in and let you know how I have been doing with my goals..

January 1st:

TIU Love Your Body With Yoga *check*

January 2nd:

1 Hour Zumba Class *check*

Love Your Total Body *check*

January 3rd:

Love Your Abs 3x {Meaning I did the workout 3 times.. feel the burnn!!} *check*

January 4th:

Today is semi-rest day. A relaxing walk is on the schedule! Or I might change it up and try the TIU HIIT workout. We shall see!

If you are interested in joining along in the Love Your Body Challenge here is the link: http://toneitup.com/2014/12/new-years-love-your-body-challenge/

I hope you will join me!
xoxo,

Jess

January Reading Plan

Hello My Friends!

This month I received my new bible! I had, had my last one for a few years and it was completely falling apart. Part of my New Years resolution was to have devotions daily. I knew that if I didn’t have a plan, I was setting myself up for failure. I decided that the book of John was a good place to start! I have completed three days of the plan thus far!

30 Day Reading Plan

I found this file through searching Google but it didn’t go to a website, I’m not sure the original source! If anyone knows, feel free to comment below and I will gladly give credit where it is due.

Have a wonderful day friends!

Jess

2015 Goals

1. Exercise + Health

A. Workout 15 min 5 days/week

B. 30 min cardio 3 days/ week

C. Eat Clean – Low sugar +  Low carb

D. 6-8 Glasses of Water/day

2. Spiritual + Character

A. Devotions Everyday

B. Selflessness

C. Listen

3. Piano

A. Practice Everyday

B. Finish all books

4. School

A. Do my best

5. Work

A. New Drills

B. Gain confidence spotting

C. If possible – Summer Job

Motto: It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

Word: Embrace

Verse: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Prayer for the Hurting

This season has been hard. Not physically, but mentally and emotionally. I fell overwhelmed with change and loss. This prayer is not only for myself but all those who are hurting. Those who have lost loved ones, those who have lost jobs, those who feel hopeless. This is my prayer for me, for you, for us.

Dear Lord,
I pray for the hurting tonight.
For the ones tucked under their sheets sobbing.
I pray for the girl who feels lonely and overwhelmed with change.
I pray for peace. I pray for your grace to be made obvious to them.
I pray for love. Love shown in an overwhelming and powerful way that only you can give.
I pray you would allow me to see that I don’t know the whole situation.
Help me to allow you to take control. Help me to use this to strengthen me. Don’t let us be swept away.
Hold us.
Hold me Lord.
Give me a spirit of strength.
Help me.
Help us , because we cannot do this alone.

In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.