If you’ve read any of my blog post or my About Me page, you would discover that I wear many hats, as you probably do as well. Trying to stay focused on creating an authentic life filled with purpose and intention in the midst of a world that brings you a cup of chaos on the daily basis is not easy. It takes a lot of discipline, dedication, and determination to work your towards your daily goals. When everything pulls at you and distractions seem to find you at the most inopportune moment, I’ve learned it’s really important to look inward and look up to God to stay focused and impenetrable.
A part of remaining focused and being impenetrable is feeding your soul and spirit with the right words it needs to grow strong.
What areas can I do better with the same or less amount busyness?
Did I spend time on doing something that matters most?
Did I give myself the grace and flexibility I needed to stay balanced and whole?
Most of the time I feel like I can never really rate myself a 10 in any of these areas. If we are honest with ourselves, when we lack in many of these areas, the root of the issue is we’re not spending the time we need with God to stay centered and focused on becoming the woman we know we are supposed to be and exemplify to our children and others. When I asked myself these questions it was very easy for me to feel like I was not doing a good job as a mother, wife, or entrepreneur.
Don't allow the adversary to play on your vulnerability. Turn what you see as a demerit to your character and turn it into a call to come up higher.
Reading books that challenge us to come out of our spiritual complacency is necessary for our growth as women.
I wanted the call to come up higher to always be present on my mind and to do so, I chose two books that I felt would help me in my journey to becoming the woman I knew I was created to be. A Virtuously Victorious Woman!
Our fervency to grow spiritually should be just as fervent or more than what we do to grow our blog and business. As much as I want to spend a lot of my time creating blog post, I recognize that it’s important to step away and give our souls the rest and food it needs to survive.
Before I go any further, I’ll state that I don’t do books by the month. It sounds really cool, but I don’t have that kind of time to read a book in a month, especially if I really want to absorb it and learn from it. So I read and when I’m done, I’m done! No point in adding pressure on myself to read. Hopefully you don’t either, and if so, girl stop it! You’ve got enough going on.
Book 1 Proverbs by She Reads Truth
This book has beautifully inspiring images and is definitely well written. Proverbs is the book of Wisdom. This book has a 28-day reading plan with some great content.
This is the overview "The pursuit of wisdom and the pursuit of God cannot be separated. In this way, the study of the Book of Proverbs is a journey to spiritual maturity—a journey to the wisdom that comes from God alone. This 4-week study, Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom, gathers a selection of wisdom sayings from throughout the Book of Proverbs into daily thematic readings. Each day’s reading is followed by a short series of questions to help you grasp the meaning of the text and the apply that day’s wisdom to your own life. This study is meant to be contemplative—light on the quantity of verses but heavy on the thoughts, questions, and prayers that flow from them."
What I really appreciate about this book is that it’s not meant to be read or consumed quickly. It’s contemplative so it’s designed to help you read, reflect, and pray.
The other book is This book is definitely a must read. What I love about this book is that it helps you focus on the process God takes you through to grow you rather than trying to figure out the ending. When we focus on how the trial, storm, or story will end, we miss out on the lesson that's supposed to be learned from it all. This is why sometimes we have to go through the same thing more than once. We missed the lesson!
I think it's important to choose books that are relevant to the season of life you are in. There are so many things that I hoped for, prayed for, waited impatiently for. Yes, impatiently! The process of getting to my joyous expected end seemed to take so long that I thought it wasn't meant to be. I had to learn how to "stay in the wait" and recognize that waiting didn't necessarily mean no. It simply meant to wait. So whatever it is you're waiting on, be content with the season God has you in right now.
If you are trying to build a business, blog, raise a family, care for loved ones, or whatever you have set your hands to do, there will always be some sort of trial. Don't shy away from it, it's a challenge to come up higher in your thinking, doing, communicating, responding, and living. This is what builds us up and prepares us for the next level that we strive so hard to get to.
So the two books I chose to read for this season in my life really go hand in hand because they complement each other so well. Proverbs gives us the wisdom we need in life and in all seasons and Even if Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between helps me to stay focused on the joys and blessings of my journey rather than fretting about the end and how it will all come together.
If you were looking for some great spirit -building books to read, I invite you to join me on this journey. It's not a book club, it's a self-paced journey of growing and learning.
Reading two books at a time can be very difficult to do so I was very selective in what I chose to read right now. I use the Proverbs book as a devotional book and read it in small increments. Choose the best time of day for you to read your devotional book. I read Even if Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between during my down time, usually on the weekend.
I will be giving you my reflections throughout my journey at some point and I'd love to hear yours.
Let's keep the dialogue going. Tell me what you're reading or have read that really impacted your spiritual growth and challenged you to a higher calling.
"the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:7