Perspective

Perspective.

Perspective

Do you need a new perspective for this year?

Sometimes all it takes is looking at things from the bottom up.

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Or the top down.

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Try getting up close and personal and really studying the details. Feeling them.

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There is beauty there!

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“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

One Word: Become

Every year, toward the end of December, I get asked the same question. “Any resolutions for the New Year?” Resolutions have always felt like an impossible to-do list that I am most certain to fail. I often feel defeated before the year even starts.

A few years ago, my husband and I were introduced to the book One Word: that will change your life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their little book leads the reader away from resolutions and to one word, a theme, for the new year.

“one wordcreates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.”

Every year, our family takes time to pray, think, talk and share about our words. To us, they are more than just a theme. We ask God to guide us to a word that we can focus on for the year. Some of my words in the past have been: Faithful, Restore, and Abide.

We make something visual, so we don’t forget. We have reminders in our home of our past words. Art work, or words painted on old barn wood. They are a testament to how far we have come, what we have accomplished and what God is doing in our lives.

This year, my word is: Become. I am turning 40 in a few months, which seems to be a good turning point. My children are getting older, I’ve been in my career for years, my husband and I have been married for 17 years. But with all of that, the dreams shouldn’t go away or fade. They should become bigger. So this year, in 2018, I will become so many things. Many of them I already am, I just need to live into them.

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Our family spent time on New Years Day to create our One Word vision boards for 2018. I love that all of our words are different, and personal, and challenging, and beautiful. Our family likes to include key Bible verse for the year as well.

I encourage you to think of a word for your 2018 and live into it!

If you would like more information on the One Word book, you can check out the website at: http://getoneword.com/

She Reads Truth Bible – Review

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It seems somewhat strange to me to be given a Bible to review. I have never thought Bibles needed reviewing. However, there are thousands of different Bibles on bookshelves. Go to your local bookstore or take a look on amazon. There is a Bible for every kind of person, in many different translations, in a rainbow of colors. I received the gray linen hardback version of the She Reads Truth Bible.

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The She Reads Truth Bible is a beautiful and well put together study Bible. It is heavy, but opens flat, which I appreciate. I really like all of the extras that are included: devotionals, beautiful key verses, color timelines, color maps and charts, reading plans and more.

I really like the wide margins which are perfect for note taking or for Bible journaling. I did find the pages a bit thin. This is only a problem for writing or highlighting on the pages. I would suggest using the pens and highlighters made especially for Bibles. The font color is more of a dark gray than black, so it could be harder to read. The pages are laid out in one columns instead of the traditional two. This may help people read the Bible more as a book.

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The overall look is beautiful and every “extra” was put in with a purpose leading the reader to see the Gospel throughout the whole Bible. If you are looking for a new Bible, I encourage you to try the She Reads Truth Bible.

*I received a copy of this Bible from the publisher, but this review is fully mine.