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Podcast Episode 46: Christine Chappell, Stop Struggling and Start Fighting

Are you struggling with the same issues over and over? Do you feel like Satan’s lies are so loud you can’t hear the voice of God? In this episode, I’m talking with Christine Chappell, author of Clean Home, Messy Heart.

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Links for Today:
Christine’s Website: Faithful Sparrows

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My January Reading List

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but I never really considered myself an avid reader. I’m getting better, though. Between audiobooks, paperbacks thrown in my purse, and read-alouds when I tuck my kids in, I’m slowly getting to the point where I can call myself a reader.

Here are the books I finished in January. A couple of these were started in December, but we won’t get all picky about that.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
This gem is on many “must-read” lists for good reason. I listened to the audible version and the accents were excellent. A young Irish girl becomes an indentured servant on a tobacco plantation where she lives in the kitchen house surrounded by her loving adopted family of slaves. She is eventually brought into white society more and more and must go between the two worlds. This book is full of loyalty, cruelty, hope, and despair. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

 

Assimilate or Go Home by D.L. Mayfield
Mayfield started as a gung-ho missionary, determined to personally evangelize every one of the Somali Bantu refugees she was sent to help in her hometown of Portland. Over the years she learned how much she didn’t know about evangelism and what it really means to share the love of Jesus. The book is written as a series of essays. Her writing is wonderful and her experiences serve as a reminder that we are sent to be the hands and feet of Jesus, not Jesus Himself.

 

The Attributes of God, Volume 2: Deeper into the Father’s Heart by A.W. Tozer

Over the past six months I’ve been on a mission to learn more about God. That led me to Tozer, so I read The Attributes of God, Volume 1 a few months ago and finished Volume 2 recently. Tozer is deep, but his explanations about difficult theological concepts are the clearest I’ve ever read or heard. I feel like I understand God (as much as a human can) so much better after reading these two books. They took me a while to finish because I need to give them my undivided attention, but it was so worth it.

 

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Bottom line: if you’ve never read the Narnia series, go ahead and do it now. Not only are they great books, but you’ll feel much more culturally literate if you have a working knowledge of Aslan, Narnia, and the White Witch.
I’m reading the series to my 6-, 8-, and 9-year-old boys at bedtime. My older kids read these when they were younger. I’ve never read through all the books so I’m looking forward to it!

 

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Ditto the above

 

 

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

This isn’t the exact version I bought, but it has the same words. It’s an old book, so it has been reprinted several times by different publishers. Guys, this book is amazing. If you want to know how to live your life for God but it seems so hard, read this. Then you can stop striving to please God through your own efforts and instead receive the Holy Spirit’s love and power freely. You can get Kindle versions for 99 cents, or google the title and you can read it online for free. You can even listen to it for free through LibriVox (there’s an app for that!).

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings movie fan, so a few years ago I tried to read through the books. I failed. They’re really long and the pace is much slower than the movies. Fast forward to this month: My kids and I watched all the movies again, plus all the Hobbit movies, and I knew I needed to try the books again. This time I tried the audiobook and it was a winner! I read lots of reviews to find the best version, and the one I chose is read by Rob Inglis. He’s amazing. The books are still long, but somehow Mr. Inglis makes it zoom by. It also helps that the movies were fresh in my mind so I had an easier time following the story. Once I finished I immediately downloaded The Two Towers and I’m currently listening to that. I’m LOVING these books now. I’m a total nerd. Want to talk Tokien with me? Harry Potter? Dude, we can be best friends.

Any suggestions for future books I need to read? What have you loved? Find me on Instagram at amomsmissionfield. Have a great February!

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Giving God Your Future (Bible Study Review)

Hey friends! I hope your year is off to a great start. I always feel a bit overwhelmed after the holidays and it takes me the month of January to get back on track with our normal routine. For that reason I always feel like February is the real start of my new year.

My goal for 2017 is more God. I want to spend more time with Him, learn more about Him, and share Him with more people. I’m learning about surrender and total dependence on Him, which involves letting go of my need to plan my future. Super simple, right?

That’s why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review Giving God Your Future by Thelma Wells, from the Women of Faith Bible study series by Thomas Nelson.

Actually, they sent me all three and I’m looking forward to Praying with Power next!

I’m using these as supplemental studies to go along with my regular Bible reading. Giving God your Future is a topical study, and as such it skips around the Bible showing examples of God’s provision and our surrender. Wells uses different Bible translations throughout the book to give clarity to the concepts she introduces. I found it easier to use the Bible app on my phone for the study so I could switch between different translations and find passages quickly.

I like to plan and look forward to whatever big event is next on the horizon be it a new baby, a big move, or a ministry project. Lately, though, I’m in a weird waiting period where I long to know what’s happening next (and when), but God is teaching me to trust Him with all that and be okay with not knowing. Oh gosh is it hard.

Maybe you are struggling because God has given you clarity about what path He wants you to take next, but you flat don’t want to go there.

However you feel about the future–anxious, worried, despondent, confused, excited–this study is for you!

Pros: The author does a good job bringing in a large number of Scripture references for each chapter. She has a small personal essay at the beginning of each chapter, but for the most part she allows the Bible to speak for itself and doesn’t insert much of her own opinions. The lessons are a good length for a busy mom, and I gained a thorough overview of what God’s Word has to say on this topic.

Cons: I feel like this book is definitely more of an overview than an in-depth study. By skipping around the Bible and pulling out one or two verses here and there, there was no real sense of context. While it does have a short section at the end of most chapters with a prayer or a question to ask yourself, there isn’t much self-reflection.

Giving God Your Future reads like a collection of curated verses to lead you through the process of trusting God, which is awesome. I would suggest taking one or two verses from each chapter–whichever ones stand out to you personally–and read them in context or look at an online commentary to gain more insight. Enjoy!

disclaimer: I received these books for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Some links on my website are affiliate links, meaning I make a little cash, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and buy. Thank you for your support!

 

Podcast Episode 45: Kayla Craig, Living an Upside-Down Life

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What does it mean to live an upside down Christian life? The crazy thing is, what we may think of as extraordinary, radical Christianity is what the Bible describes as pretty much baseline Jesus following.  How do we get back to the idea that being a Christian means looking different from society?

I’m excited to talk about all these things with the lovely Kayla Craig. She’s a mom, a pastor’s wife, a podcaster, a children’s book author, and more. If you don’t know Kayla yet, trust me you’re going to love her.

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Links for today:
KaylaCraig.com
Kayla on Instagram
Katelyn’s Fund

Books we mentioned:
Just Really Joseph by Kayla Craig
Falling Free by Shannan Martin
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
Upside Down Kingdom by Donald Kraybill
Ordinary by Tony Merida

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Have a wonderful day!

Podcast Episode 42: Rebecca Pierce, Who is Jesus to You? Back to Basics in Your Relationship with Christ

A Mom's Mission Field Podcast Episode 42, Rebecca Pierce, Who is Jesus to You? Back to Basics in your relationship with Christ

Do you know Jesus? No really. Do you know that you know that you know Jesus? Who is He to you? Who is God to you? Can you honestly say you love Him? In today’s episode we go beyond the textbook Sunday School answers to look at how to evaluate your relationship with Christ. This is fundamental, my friends. Nothing else on earth or beyond matters more than loving Jesus.

What does that mean? Where do you start? What do you do about your doubts? If you are ready to move past surface-level Christianity, I can’t wait to introduce you to Rebecca Pierce. Rebecca is a wife, a mom, and a podcaster who loves teaching women the basics of walking with Jesus.

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Links for Today:
Rebecca’s Website
Rebecca on Instagram
Rebecca on Facebook
Rebecca on Twitter

Books we mentioned:
Passion Cry by Robbie Symons
The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

 

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Podcast Episode 41: Vanessa Clark, God Still Works Miracles

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Do you believe in miracles? As a follower of Jesus I believe in miracles. I know they exist. I know God still performs miracles. But I’ve never actually seen one. I don’t know why that is, to be honest, but I know that’s not the way we’re supposed to live. I know we Christians are supposed to see God work in miraculous ways all the time, but we are content to live average lives devoid of any power. I want to change that. That’s why I’m so glad to have Vanessa Clark on today’s show. Vanessa has an amazing story of watching a miracle unfold in her own home when God healed her infant son of blindness.

If you struggle with your faith in God’s power or God’s goodness or God’s concern for our problems, I hope you’ll be encouraged today. I don’t have all the answers to who God heals and who He doesn’t or the whys behind all of that, but I do know God is good and God loves you more than you can ever imagine.

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Links for Today:
Vanessa’s Book: Now I See
Vanessa’s Website: NowISeeHope.com
Other Books we Mentioned:
God in My Corner by George Foreman
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Lauran Schlessinger

Thank you for joining me today! I release new episodes (almost) every Tuesday, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss one, Subscribe to A Mom’s Mission Field Podcast on iTunes. You can find me on Stitcher if you have an Android device.

You can also connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment below.

Podcast Episode 40: Lea Ann Garfias, Rocking Ordinary

A Mom's Mission Field Podcast Episode 40 Lea Ann Garfias, Rocking Ordinary

Hi friends! Would you consider your life ordinary? I think many of us would, but can you say you are rocking it anyway? That’s what today’s guest is here to help with. Lea Ann want you to know the impact we moms have in our ordinary lives, how to overcome when we feel like a failure, the significant influence we have in our intimate relationships, and the ways our past pain enables us to reach out in compassion.

In this interview, we also talk about adoption, grace, and the difference between boredom and a burden. Let’s embrace our ordinary and change the world for Jesus!

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Links for today:
Lea Ann’s Website
Lea Ann on Instagram
Lea Ann on Facebook
Lea Ann on Twitter

Books:
Rocking Ordinary by Lea Ann Garfias
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegel and Mary Hartzell
Radical by David Platt
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl
Supermom Has Left the Building by Judith Edwards

Thank you for joining me today! I release new episodes every Tuesday, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss one, Subscribe to A Mom’s Mission Field Podcast on iTunes. You can find me on Stitcher if you have an Android device.

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