Quitter

Book #2 is in the books! Pun intended.

Quitter

For February, I decided to read the book Quitter by Jon Acuff. It was more of a whim read than something I had been looking forward to for a long time. I started following the author @jonacuff on Twitter, and he often posted excerpts from the book. It intrigued me. So I bought it on a discounted website and planned it for this month. I read this book in 18 days. That’s got to be some kind of record for me. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The whole theme of the book is “Closing the gap between your day job and your dream job.” Which, as most of you probably know, is something that I would definitely say I’m striving after. Believe it or not, my dream job is not nannying 3 boys 5 days a week. It might be close, but that’s definitely not it. Who am I kidding? Nannying was one of the jobs that was furthest down on my list. But sometimes you just have to take what opportunities come your way when you have student loans up to your eye balls and the bills that have to be paid.

All that goes to say, my degree is in Women’s Ministry and Biblical Studies. What drove me to that field was a heart for teenage girls. I want them to fully know their identity in Christ and allow Him to satisfy every single ounce of who they are. I feel like it has been a neglected area of ministry for far too long and I wanted to educate myself on how to reach that black hole. However, I don’t know how to even get started there. I feel like since I graduated, the Lord has revealed even more things that I’m passionate about. Godly marriages, healthy lifestyles, purity, and even more recently, the hot topic issue of abortion. As I pray through how the Lord would have me to follow Him in these different areas of ministry, I know I have to obey Him where I am currently. And currently I am a full time nanny for 3 boys, ages 4, 5, and 7. And until I’m grateful for that job and do my absolute best at it, He will not let me move on.

Reading this book was very helpful to me. It helped me to realize the importance of working at my day job longer than I would like. It helped me understand that pursuing my dream does not mean throwing caution to the wind. It means striving for excellence in my day job and slowly working toward my dream, or taking steps toward my dream job in my spare time. If I become a professional Quitter in trying to find that “perfect dream job” out there, I’ll never be satisfied and I’ll probably be a terrible employee if I ever do have the opportunity to work in my preferred area of ministry.

If you’ve ever used the phrase, “I’m a __________, but I want to be a _________, ” I highly suggest picking up a copy of this book and applying the lessons from it. It will definitely start giving you hope towards making your dream a reality.

Also, he’s a hilarious writer. I literally laughed out loud throughout every chapter. Ask my husband.

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January Summary

I know, I know, I’m a little bit behind on my “blogging once a week” goal. So in this post I’ve decided I’m going to cover the content of two blogs. Sorry ahead of time for any excessive information 🙂

The Bible study I’ve been doing has been great so far. In my earlier post I said it covered 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles, but its actually 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. My mistake. But it has been challenging me, to say the least.

Our study began with the succession of Solomon as king after David, as well as the events and details of him building the Temple for the Lord. One of the most challenging things the Lord has brought to my attention is the wisdom of Solomon. The Lord told Solomon that he could ask anything of the Lord. Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment. Because God was so pleased with Solomon’s request, God granted it and so much more.

James 3:15-17 says,

“This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

I’ve been so challenged to pray for godly wisdom, no matter what it may look like to other people. I’m beginning to understand that as I seek the Lord’s face, He very well may give me wisdom from above that does not match up with what the world would say is wise. And that’s okay. That’s exactly where I need to be. Any wisdom that I seek that has an underlying motive of selfishness is completely of the world. And that’s why I have been praying differently since this has been brought to the forefront of my attention. –This is the tip of the iceberg of the depth of this study so far, and I know I’m going to learn much more as I yield to the authority of God’s Word.

Next, my January book: So Long Insecurity

I got this book from my mother in law when Matt and I got engaged. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t start it until October 2011, but then even more embarrassed to say that I just finished it at the end of January. Either way, it was fantastic.

Beth Moore has such a way of writing to the female population. She is witty, authentic, and BOLD. And we women need someone to get in our face and tell us like it is. I’m positive that this issue speaks directly to the core of every woman who is breathing, especially me. Several years ago I had a moment that I distinctly remember after a big heartbreak. I sat in my car and asked myself, “Who am I now?” And that was the beginning of the Lord really bringing to light this deep seeded issue in my heart. Can I be completely open and transparent? One of my biggest fears is to be found boring, for my husband to lose interest in me, and to find myself alone. However, all too often the enemy takes hold of my fear and wreaks havoc with it. This is when I learned that I need to CONTINUALLY speak truth to myself, to rehearse Scripture and preach to myself daily. A secure woman rests in the confidence of Christ. She fully defines herself by the description God has for her and the price that Jesus paid for her. “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.” (Proverbs 31:25). That means that she is confident in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting Him with all aspects of her life, even her biggest fears.

I highly recommend this book. Seriously, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, or ask to borrow mine. It is a necessity in order to bring to the surface the issues that we so often try to hide and forget. Instead of trying to put a bandaid on them, it is worth it to let the Cure do His work and allow us to live in the secure freedom of Christ.

Last but not least…my running has been going great! I’m not going to lie, the training is HARD. But oh my word is it worth it. The feeling of accomplishment after running my route for the day is more than I’ve experienced in a very long time. Right now I’m up to 4 miles, moving up to 5 next weekend, and my pace is on track and about 2 minutes better than what my training plan has me at. Needless to say, I’m not a speed demon, but I’m still SUPER proud of my progress so far!

And just for fun, my twin Kelsey came into town for a good 48 hours this week on her way to Arkansas to see her fiance. They’re getting hitched March 16, so it was a nice little visit before she runs off and gets married, moves to Arkansas and I never see her again. Just kidding. Hopefully 🙂

Haha I can’t get it to save turned the right way! Weird…oh well. Do some neck stretches while you’re at it.

Have a happy weekend!