My Top 10 Favorite Christian Books

My Top 10 Favorite Christian Books

As an avid reader, I'm always looking for a great read. Recently a new member of the Tribe, Barbara, asked if I had any book suggestions. I thought it was a great time to put together a list of my favorite books.

If you're looking to grow in your relationship with the Lord, what you read, watch, and listen to are vehemently important. Here is a list of books to feed your mind and more importantly, your soul.

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5 Ways to Hear God Speak (to you)

5 Ways to Hear God Speak (to you)

One of the defining characteristics of the Christian faith is our belief in a loving God who desires to have a relationship with us. From the moment of our creation on, God laid the foundation for this type of intimate relationship by His very first actions toward us.  They were not the actions of a cold and distant God, who set things in motion and then stepped away, but of a close and personal God who created and then came near.  Come with me to Genesis 1 to see for yourself…

    So God created man in his own image,
        in the image of God he created him;
        male and female he created them.
    And God blessed them. And God said to them… Genesis 1:27-28 (emphasis mine)

Immediately after creating us, God came near to us.  Near enough that we could hear Him speak, learn His voice.  Take a look at verse 28 again:  God blessed them.  And God said to them.

 
Since the very beginning, God’s blessing of us has been made manifest through His speaking to us.  Mankind was only moments out of the dust of the Earth when our creator began establishing the nature of our relationship with Him.  He would relate to us, seek relationship with us, guide us, direct us and care for us, through speaking to us. But how often do we neglect this reality?  How often do we fail to listen or respond to this God who speaks? Do we even believe that He speaks to us at all?  

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SPIRITUAL VISION: Too old? Too late?

SPIRITUAL VISION:  Too old?  Too late?
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp
    Or what’s a heaven for? (1)

Ah, Oswald, how you prick my heart! Anyone who knows me knows that Oswald Chambers is on my list of top 10 heroes – it (the list) changes periodically as I study and read and get to know people – most of whom are dead since most are from the Bible – save and except Francine Rivers (that’s for another time!) Oswald Chamber’s  “My Utmost for His Highest” has been on my daily reading list for 20+ years.  And it was, once again, his words that encouraged me to search the scriptures.

I digress (must be dreaming dreams instead of having visions).  Because - VISIONS – that’s what’s been on my heart.  As  I read Oswald, I recognized myself as often being one with “idealistic principles.” 

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Bible Journaling: 10 Supplies I Love

Bible Journaling: 10 Supplies I Love

So you've dipped your toe in the water.

You've started Bible journaling. Now you may be wondering, "What supplies should I use?"

 I don’t use a ton of supplies. I have tried numerous things, but I always come back to these.

Everyone has a different style. After you’ve been journaling a while, you’ll probably notice that you tend to gravitate towards certain things. Some of my friends, like me, tend to only use watercolors.

Other's pages look like beautiful scrapbook pages, full of stickers, tip-ins (when you tape in a printable/prayer card/etc), and other types of embellishments!

There isn’t any right way to journal and there aren’t any proper or improper supplies. You should use whatever you love.

That being said, here are the things that I love!    

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How to Handle Your Curious Cravings

How to Handle Your Curious Cravings

Curiosity killed the cat. While this isn't biblical, it sure fits nicely in the opening chapters of Genesis where Eve stumbles and falls and takes her husband down with her.  Moreover, there is much to learn from our Lord's wise warning in Genesis 2:17,

"You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die."  

Why do we feel the need to know? Better yet, why do we feel the right to be informed? How much heartache and misery we could be spared if we truly heeded God's warning

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Bible Journaling | Matthew 28:20 - God's Promises

Bible Journaling | Matthew 28:20 - God's Promises

This page was inspired by a SheReadsTruth devotional a few months ago on Genesis. One thing in particular that the writer of the devotional said really resonated with me. It said, “Jacob’s path was marked with memories, with celebrations and sorrows, just like yours and mine. And the most remarkable part? God kept every bit of that promise He’d made to Jacob, watching over him wherever he went.” 

As I read this, I could so clearly see our path so far. 

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Bible Journaling | John 16:16 - In A Little While

Bible Journaling | John 16:16 - In A Little While

"In a little while."

 Something that I have said so often to my son…and honestly sometimes it’s just my way of not flat out telling him no. A placeholder until I can find the time or the energy. When Jesus told His disciples "A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” John 16:16. It was a promise and He meant it.

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Bible Journaling | Genesis - It is Good

Bible Journaling | Genesis - It is Good

In the beginning of the year people asked me, “How was last year?" How do you think this year will go?” My first response wants to be, "Kind of bad." We lost my grandpa in July. We haven’t felt very good physically. We had to cancel plans because of things out of our control. Things went our way & things didn’t.

But if I sit & I think about it, it was good. It was good because there is a blessing in every situation. There’s something in the works of every struggle & victory, even if we can’t see it.

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Bible Journaling | John 8:12

Bible Journaling | John 8:12

I think that sometimes in life we feel like we’re just surviving. I know that I have definitely felt this way. Sometimes it feels like I’m seriously just living day to day, hoping to make it through to the end in one piece. 

When you’re out in the wilderness, the first thing you need for survival is fire. Pretty much everything hinges on it. You need it for warmth, light, food, for fresh water… you need it to sustain and thrive. Jesus is our campfire. He is our campsite. He’s the Living Water, the Bread of Life. He’s our shelter. He gives us every single thing we need to survive the wilderness of life.

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Bible Journaling | Exodus 14:14 - The Lord Will Fight For You

Bible Journaling | Exodus 14:14 - The Lord Will Fight For You

So, most of the time, I just need to be silent.

In Exodus14:10, the Israelites started complaining. This is only the first instance when they grumbled and doubted. They were afraid that they were trapped as the Egyptian army started closing in on them. They started saying to Moses, “See? What did you think you were doing? We told you to leave us alone.” And in response Moses told them to be still, the Lord would fight for them. And He did

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How to Start Bible Journaling

How to Start Bible Journaling

In my last blog post I briefly explained WHAT bible journaling is, so your next question might be where do I start?! 

When you think you’re ready, it’s time to find inspiration on what to journal. Inspiration can be found in so many places!

  • Devotionals (I love the Bible reading plan on here, SheReadsTruth, First5, and plans on the YouVersion app)
  • Sermon notes
  • Worship songs
  • Your feelings for the day or season in your life. 
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Bible Journaling | What is it?

Bible Journaling | What is it?

If I told you I knew something that could perhaps help your relationship with God grow in ways that you didn’t know were possible, would you be interested in hearing me out? If I were to tell you of a way to worship and study God’s word in a way some might think was unconventional, would you be open to trying? I hope so! Here goes…

I paint in my bible. Yes, I totally just said that I paint in my bible. I paint, draw, and color in it! I have done this almost every single day for over a year! It has helped me go from never reading my bible…well, pretty much ever…to doing a devotional and translating what I learned to the pages of my bible almost every day.

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5 Better Ways to Memorize Scripture

5 Better Ways to Memorize Scripture

Billy Graham once said, "The Bible is the only thing that combats the devil. Quote the scripture, and the devil will run."

I don't know about you, but I want the devil to flee. Maybe you're like me and have great intentions to memorize scripture. You pick out the verse and read it over and over, but it just doesn't stick. I thought there HAS to be a better way to get scripture to stick in my brain so that it will ultimately change my heart. Because isn't that the whole point?

Here are 5 better ways to memorize scriptures:

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