Friday, June 29, 2012

Summertime Beauty

Now that summer is in full swing, my go-to beauty products include brighter nail polish and higher sun protection.  I really like my everyday SPF 35 sunscreen but after talking to a friend recently who increases her SPF for the summer months I decided to follow suit.   I was worried the higher SPF lotion might be too heavy, but it actually has a very light application and the higher protection comes in handy for all of summer's outdoor activities.  My little sister bought me the perfect coral pink lip gloss that I absolutely adore and I seem to be reaching for it every day.  So much in fact that I bought a blush with similar tones.  Coral is one of my favorite colors in the summer because it makes me think of strawberry lemonade and gorgeous sunsets.  And although I don't worry too much about eye makeup for those summer nights, I do like a tried and true mascara that coats after one application and lengthens my lashes for days. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Reading

books on a hammock

One of the things I enjoy most about summer is lazy afternoons by the pool with a good book in hand.  I thought I'd share several "pool-worthy" books with you in case you were needing a good title or two.

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I finally finished the second and third book of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  It was really good!  I can tell which book was my favorite by the time it took me to read them.  Book 1 {24 hours}, Book 2 {48 hours} and Book 3 {two months!}


Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer is an excellent resource for anyone who works with youth.  This book was dead on about the heartbeat of our youth in the Church today and the statistics were astonishing.  "A majority of twenty somethings - 61% of today's young adults - had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying)." {George Barna}   I highly recommend this book for anyone who is passionate about discipling the next generation.


I really enjoyed The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller.  This book explains the concept of a consumer relationship vs. a covenant relationship.  Our society treats the marriage relationship as a consumer relationship that can be terminated once our needs are no longer being met.  A Biblical worldview sees marriage for what it is: a covenant relationship between a husband and wife that is binding and can only be separated by death.  Our marriage is to be a picture of the Gospel to a lost world.  


We were all made to connect.  Larry Crabb introduces a paradigm shift in his book, Connecting.  His premise is that the Church has been outsourcing our counseling needs to "professionals" when in reality, the Spirit has given every believer the power to connect with another in the safety of community.  To do this we must first have a God-centered vision for those God has placed in our lives so that we can affirm the work that the Holy Spirit has already begun in them and release the desires that He has already put in their heart. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CBT Women's Conference {Ullin, IL}

dinner at Patty Ann's in Hayti, MO

speaking at women's conference in Ullin, iL

speaking at Shawnee Community College

Over the weekend I had the awesome privilege of speaking at a Chronological Bible Teaching Women's Conference at Shawnee Community College in Southern Illinois.  Iva May asked me to speak on discipling youth during a breakout session but due to a higher attendance than expected the leadership decided to have all three of us speak in the main auditorium.  Out of the 100+ ladies that attended the conference there were 20 local churches represented!  It was a blessing to see various denominations coming together with the desire to disciple the next generation.  I'll be honest, preparing for the conference definitely stretched me but of all the emotions I experienced I was most surprised by how much fun I had.  I really enjoyed the entire weekend - the fellowship, the speaking, the traveling and the adventure of it all.  And for a girl who doesn't like travel, adventure or change all I can say is... it was a God thing.

"God will always do more in you than through you." - Iva May

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