Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Review - God's Love Letters to You – Dr. Larry Crabb


This book is a 40-Day Devotional Experience. It is a companion to another book by Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters. The devotional uses 40 different books from the Bible. Each day begins with a devotional title relating to the book of the Bible being referenced. A scripture is printed and then a “letter” written as though God is speaking to the reader is presented followed by 3 questions and a follow up prayer.

A simple devotion with a powerful impact. If I had to give a one sentence review, that would be it. Each day there was something worthwhile in either the letter, the scripture, the questions or the prayer that resonated with me and what I was experiencing at that point. Sometimes I felt like I would have understood and took away more from the questions if I had the 66 Love Letters companion book on hand. I felt like the questions were disconnected a bit from the letter and hope that perhaps a recommendation that the reader using this devotional takes the time to read the 66 Love Letters book, which I have not read, will bring some clarity.


Overall, I have taken 3 major things from reading this devotional:
1. I have gotten back into the habit of reading messages from God through non-fiction Christian writings each day. I hope to continue this as I have other devotional books that I haven't read yet and am eager to have a daily reading.
2. God is with me every day, no matter what. I had some ups and downs through the 40 days, really, who doesn't have some ups and downs in any given 40 day period. I felt that the letters each day gave me something tangible to take away and told me that I was not alone and that God was on my side cheering for His victory to be found through me.
3. When reading non-fiction Christian writings, I don't have to agree 100% with every written letter, but I do have to open myself to God and He will show me what I need to hear.


I would recommend this to any man/woman looking to further their faith walk through a daily devotional experience. I would caution that you may get more from the experience by reading the 66 Love Letters book in addition to the devotional.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Routine...Routine...Routine

It is that time of year again!  Back to School time...

My hubby is a teacher.  I am not.  Our schedules change with the school year, so just as soon as we get adjusted to the "lazy days of summer", it is time for things to change again :)

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change a thing.  Having the opportunity for my husband to be home with the kids during the summer and on most breaks is awesome.  I get a little down time not having drop off/pick up duty and we all benefit from more family time.

Anyway, this week school has started again.  I find myself anticipating the change more easily each year and this year has been the best transition in our 11 years of marriage.  Here are 3 reasons why I think it is going smoother:

1.  I have finally realized that I just need to take back the household duties of laundry and dishes when school comes back around.  I don't mind doing it and he appreciates not having to do that in addition to prepping for a new school year.
2.  He has "retired" from coaching.  For the first 4 years of our marriage, he was a 3 sport high school coach.  When we had our son, he went down to 2 and eventually settled for 1 sport; however, he moved "up" so the duties/time taken was about a wash.  As the kids get older, he wants to be more involved in their development and the different sports they play so the time was right.  I couldn't be happier.  I am so looking forward to a whole school year without Saturday practice, late night scouting, multiple games in a weeks time...:) :) :)
3.  The kids have grown up.  At 4 and 7 they are so much more independent and (for the most part) do what they are asked to do and I can trust them a bit more...don't get me wrong, the leash is still there, but there is a bit more slack for now...

So, a happy start to the school year, routines being established, sure there are some rough patches here and there, it is not all wine and roses (although, I might hint to hubby that I wouldn't mind some wine and roses  :))

Here's to another great year!