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Sabbath Sunday: But, God.

October2014leavesWhen I first took this picture, I smiled thinking about the other leaves and how inferior they must feel around this big yellow leaf in the middle.

and that reminded me of a story.

About a huge giant who laughed as he slayed solider after soldier from the Israelites who dared fight him.

But, David.

Look at the tiny leaf that is at 11:00/top left in the picture. The leaf is so small you could almost dismiss it.

But, David.

David was a shepherd, not a warrior. Yet when God tapped him as the one to take down the giant, victory was assured. It wasn’t because of armor, he took it off because it was cumbersome. It wasn’t because of training, he basically stumbled out of the field.

It was because of God and David’s not just believing in Him, but believing Him.

What new door has opened for you that seems so huge you could never knock it down?

But, God.

He’s got this.

And, He’s got you.

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Sabbath Sunday: But, God.

Posted by Julie on October 19, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

October2014leaves

When I first took this picture, I smiled thinking about the other leaves and how inferior they must feel around this big yellow leaf in the middle.

and that reminded me of a story.

About a huge giant who laughed as he slayed solider after soldier from the Israelites who dared fight him.

But, David.

Look at the tiny leaf that is at 11:00/top left in the picture. The leaf is so small you could almost dismiss it.

But, David.

David was a shepherd, not a warrior. Yet when God tapped him as the one to take down the giant, victory was assured. It wasn’t because of armor, he took it off because it was cumbersome. It wasn’t because of training, he basically stumbled out of the field.

It was because of God and David’s not just believing in Him, but believing Him.

What new door has opened for you that seems so huge you could never knock it down?

But, God.

He’s got this.

And, He’s got you.

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Sabbath Sunday: But, God.

Posted by Julie on October 12, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |

October2014leaves

When I first took this picture, I smiled thinking about the other leaves and how inferior they must feel around this big yellow leaf in the middle.

and that reminded me of a story.

About a huge giant who laughed as he slayed solider after soldier from the Israelites who dared fight him.

But, David.

Look at the tiny leaf that is at 11:00/top left in the picture. The leaf is so small you could almost dismiss it.

But, David.

David was a shepherd, not a warrior. Yet when God tapped him as the one to take down the giant, victory was assured. It wasn’t because of armor, he took it off because it was cumbersome. It wasn’t because of training, he basically stumbled out of the field.

It was because of God and David’s not just believing in Him, but believing Him.

What new door has opened for you that seems so huge you could never knock it down?

But, God.

He’s got this.

And, He’s got you.

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Sabbath Sunday: Blazing Love

February2014sunsetOhio

It’s my pleasure each Sunday to share my own nature picture and share a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I couldn’t believe this sunset in the dead of winter.

Brilliant.

Warm.

Blazing.

Passionate.

When I’m feeling:

Cold

Numb

Frozen

Guess what?

God’s love blazes just as hot for us when we’re cold.

Rude.

Unforgiving.

Broken.

We just need to take that first step.

Toward the Son.

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Book Review: Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel

Posted by Julie on March 14, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Book Description:

Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response.Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.

When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him.

God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?

Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.

Features include:

    • Helpful guidance on a question without an easy answer
    • Practical tools for studying the Minor Prophets
  • Easy-to-understand, accessible language

91HZN8-qxmL._SL1500_This is part of the inScribed series, a collection of stories by women. Thomas Nelson wanted to highlight women writers because often studies come from pastors, and women who are not pastors often have great things to say, but find it hard to get their Bible studies published.

I loved Amazed and Confused. The second part of the title is “When God’s Actions Collide with Our Expectations.” That’s something we all can relate to. To make it a study around the prophet Habakkuk was even better. He is someone I knew a little about, but it’s obvious Heather Zempel did a lot of research for this study.

I found this easy to follow and full of detail, yet with information applicable for my own life. Key thoughts are emphasized, and there are questions and places for notes and journaling.

This is one of the best studies I’ve seen in a long time. I think Amazed and Confused will help and bless you. It did me.

To purchase Amazed and Confused, click here.

I received a copy of Amazed and Confused from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Book Review: Fistful of God by Therese Travis

Posted by Julie on March 7, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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She’s never taken a drink, but she’s recovering from alcoholism all the same.

After the death of her father, teenager Aidyn Pierce spends all her time cleaning up her mother’s messes. So when Mom announces she’s getting sober, Aidyn doesn’t believe her. Mom has tried before, and Aidyn knows there will come a time—a day, a week, maybe even a month from now—when the cravings will be too much, and her mother will start drinking again. So, when Aidyn is encouraged to attend support meetings, she refuses. No point in wasting her time when her mother’s going to drink again, anyway.

But what Aidyn doesn’t count on is the healing power of love and friendship, and the incredible strength of God to walk both mother and daughter through the dark valley of addiction and recovery.

Fistful of God is categorized as YA-Young Adult, but I’m telling you, this is a page-turner for adults, too.  Therese Travis writes a heart-wrenching story full of real tension and consequences from alcoholism. Aidyn Pierce is a teen who has experiences to last a lifetime–a father that died too soon, and a mother that she’s had to parent because of alcoholism. Aidyn lost her best friend and has trust issues. And if she has to hear the word AlaTeen one more time…

This was an excellent read because I’ve walked in Aidyn’s shoes, and Therese hit all the right notes in creating a complex daughter. There’s anger. Hope. Resentment. Fear. Sometimes all at the same time, and she showed that. She also crafted the mom with authenticity. Recovery is a process full of physical issues, as well as emotional. Therese also crafted strong supporting characters that also understand the complications.

I recommend this for teens and adults. It’s an emotional read, especially if alcoholism is something you’re familiar with, but it’s so well-crafted. You will root for Aidyn and her mom.

To purchase Fistful of God, click here.

I received Fistful of God from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 



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