Summer Time Reading: Books I Recommend

Summer is here and it’s hot. Hot and humid! Too hot to rush around, it’s time to slow down. Time to live life at a more relaxed pace…we wish!

Whether you are at the beach, the lake or the kiddie pool in your backyard, find a shaded area, put your feet up, have a cold refreshing drink at hand, relax and enjoy a good book.

Here is a list of some of the books I have enjoyed reading, they are not in any particular order. Please note; I am NOT being paid to recommend these books, I have genuinely read and enjoyed each one.

First let me say, no book or devotional should ever replace your daily reading of the scriptures. We need God’s word in us daily if we want to grow in our Christian walk. Scripture is not just words on a page, it is food for our soul, meat to our bones. It’s nourishment…don’t skip a meal, this is not the time to diet.

That said I highly recommend The One Year NLT Chronological Bible, the flow is easy to read.

Here they are 20 thought provoking, encouraging, enjoyable books.

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

Extravagant Worship by Darlene Zschech

Run to Win by Christine Caine

A Life Unleashed by Christine Caine

Here Comes the Bride by Sue Angel

Words That Change Everything by Karen Jordan

Without Rival by Lisa Bevere

Driven By Eternity (Revised & Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition) by John Bevere

Dressing the Wound: Give Yourself the Gift of Forgiveness by Vickie Petz Henderson M.D.

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

100 Days of Favor (Devotional) by Joseph Prince

Mark Of The Lion series by Francine Rivers, 3 books in the series…A Voice in the Wind. Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn. (Christian Fiction)

Checking Into Faith by Ian Green

Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting Rick Bezet (my pastor)

Real Love In An Angry World by Rick Bezet to be released on Amazon July 4th (I got an early copy)

Marley & Me by John Grogan (get the tissues ready)

When Wallflowers Dance by Angela Thomas

Now it’s your turn, what books do you recommend? Need book title and author. Leave a list in the comment box either on this site or on my gracelaceandpolkadots Facebook page.

Until next week

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

 

 

 

Give From the Inside Out

Generosity comes in all sizes from a large financial gift to an unexpected smile from a stranger. Throughout scripture we read account after account of people giving both out of their abundance and their need.

Red tartan had made a comeback once again and I was glad I had kept my jacket. There was a slight chill in the air making it a perfect day to wear it. Updated jeans and top and who would know the jacket was from the eighties…no shoulder pads for this girl!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38NIV

I stopped at the Welcome Center in the church foyer to say hi to a dear friend, she too was sporting red tartan only hers was on her purse. I told you it was fashionable.

We talked for awhile, red tartan being part of the conversation, she asked me if I liked her purse?

I did.

As we talked she emptied the contents onto the Welcome Center table. I thought it a little strange but kept on with our conversation thinking she must be looking for something hidden deep in the recesses of her purse.

All of the contents lay on the table and I mean ALL. my friend picked up her purse looked me straight in the eye and told me she would like me to have her red tartan bag. There wasn’t any hesitation on her part, no waiting to get home and change purses before offering. It was straight up lets do it now.

I hesitated to accept.

What was she going to do with the contents from her purse? How was she going to get them home? Here they lay spread out on the table. She on the other hand did not see it as an issue. I wasn’t looking for a purse, though, you know we can always use another one. I accepted because she wanted to bless me and I was not going to deny her the privilege of being a blessing.

This lady, my friend Joelda ,has blessed many people over the years. Sometimes it has been with a particular gift, other times a word of encouragement or a scripture verse. She is the lady you go to if needing to be covered in prayer. The wisdom the Lord has given her is beyond her years, she would be first to say that she is not that wise but really she is. She is humble, she always gives God the glory for what He has done in and through her life.

Giving Joelda Style

Being generous has nothing to do with our bank account or our possessions, it is an attitude of the heart. I think we all could learn from Joelda:

Give without hesitation

Give from the inside out.

Always be thankful for what we have no matter how much or little it is.

Own our possessions but don’t let them own us.

Be generous and bless someone today whether it is with a material or financial gift, a word of encouragement or scripture verse. Be available to cover someone in prayer and always give God all the praise.

My dear friend is leaving Arkansas to live in New Mexico, she will be greatly missed not only by me but by all her have known her. Albuquerque is getting a gem, she has certainly been a treasure to us in Central Arkansas.

To the saints in New Mexico concerning Joelda; “I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.” Romans 16:2NIV

Do you know someone like Joelda, someone who gives from the inside out? Would love to hear about your friend, leave a comment on this site or on my Facebook page Grace Lace and Polkadots.

Until Next Week

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance