“A Million Little Ways” by Emily P. Freeman (CL/PG Series)

Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

Do you feel like your life has no meaning–no purpose? According to God’s Word, we are a masterpiece made for good things and God is the ultimate artist.

In “A Million Little Ways” by Emily P. Freeman, writer and speaker, she explains that each one of us “are art” no matter our personality, skill(s), or talent(s). Part of the problem is that many of us give up our desires to “create” because we give up “the art we were born to make” for various reasons.

Uncovering the art within us is to “uncover our deepest desires and our longing for God” because He is the ultimate “creator of art.”

The author suggests five areas in our lives to look in which to uncover the art within:

. Look Within:–What is your true desire(s)?

. Look Back:–At your childhood dreams and rescue them.

. Look Up:–God is our true hope.

. Look Around:–Don’t allow critics to discourage you from realizing your dreams.

. Look Beneath:–What really moves you–it’s time to listen more closely to that inner voice.

This is a book about self-discovery and realizing the true potential of our God-given gifts.

Happy reading and blessings,
Yvonne

Week 7: “The Lost Choice” by Andy Andrews (FI Series)

Life is full of choices…to choose good over evil, love over hate, forgiveness over bitterness.

Do you wish you could be given another chance, to choose differently, to gain wisdom and knowledge by the choices you make? Or do you regret the choices you have already made?

In “The Lost Choice” by Andy Andrews (best-selling novelist and speaker), he weaves both good and evil that happened throughout history using an ancient relic (artifact) that was found by one individual to portray a “parable of hidden potential of the human heart.” Lessons are imparted from men and women throughout time who have been profoundly affected by this relic.

The author gives profound wisdom (as expressed by a historical figure) that “the Lord God instructs us, leads us and inspires us, but He expects us to do something“–take action–with the gifts that He has given us and to take every opportunity as it arises in our lives. The choices we make, both past and present, will affect and change “everything for everyone.”

“The Lost Choice” is a thought-provoking book whose concepts assist us in evaluating our current choices, and encourages us to take risks that will ultimately affect not only ourselves but others as well in a positive way. This is a worth-while read.

Happy reading and blessings,
Yvonne

“Change Your Words, Change Your Life” by Joyce Meyer (CL/PG Series)

Do you often hear yourself saying things like, “I can’t do that”, “I won’t”, or “I shouldn’t” as part of your vocabulary, and end up frustrated at the results of negative thinking?

Using a wide variety of topics, “Change Your Words, Change Your Life” by Joyce Meyer (one of the world’s leading Bible teachers) from the impact of our words to how to have a smart mouth, the author clearly believes that our words can increase or decrease our joy, which affect the answers to our prayers.

Included at the end of the book is a “Dictionary of God’s Word” to arm ourselves with scriptures to read when we are faced with everyday life situations.

She explains that we must use our words wisely so that we can change our negative thoughts and talking into positive talk. As a result, our talk will be constructive and healthy.

Keeping a positive attitude will lead to a “positive outcome” in every adverse and challenging circumstances in our lives so that God can work things out for our good.

Happy reading and blessings,
Yvonne

Week 6: “The Noticer Returns” by Andy Andrews (FI Series)

Are you looking to create a “better life” for yourself and your family but have numerous questions before you totally understand what a “better life” means?

In “The Noticer Returns”, a sequel to “The Noticer”, by Andy Andrews, the character “Jones”–not mister–returns once again; but this time, he teaches a parenting class for a random group of people who embark on a life-changing journey that will, indeed, change their “perspective” for the rest of their lives.

Discussions arise on various topics with “Jones” and his adult students that include how to change the culture in which we live, teaching valuable lessons to our children as they become adults, and the end is only the beginning. It is a matter of “perspective” once again about every facet of your life.

This book is an incredible read and Andy Andrews writes it in a very believable way that it will leave you “wanting more” of this author’s talented writing.

Happy reading and blessings,
Yvonne

“When A Woman Finds Her Voice” by Jo Ann Fore (CL/PG Series)

Are you caught up in painful experiences from your past (and/or present) circumstances, believing false lies about yourself, and are in need of emotional healing?

In “When A Woman Finds Her Voice” by Jo Ann Fore, a certified life coach and popular blogger, she assists you in identifying unresolved painful hurts in your life from the past–or currently experiencing–so that you can heal and move beyond them.

To help you in responding to God’s call to develop your voice, she created “The Voice Studio” in the back of every chapter to use as a tool in self-discovery of your own voice and to connect with others who have–or who are–going through similar circumstances by connecting our passion with God’s plan.

Extensive scripture references and personal stories abound in this self-help, personal growth book for women of all ages.

Happy reading and blessings,
Yvonne

A Prayer For Valentine’s Day

This Friday many individuals will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special, gift-giving remembrance(s), such as a dinner and movie, flowers, candy, a coupon book filled with “love notes and promises”, special books, and so forth. When I think about Valentine’s Day, I immediately think of my spouse and wonder what I can buy him that would honor him on this special day, and/or wonder what he, in turn, will buy me. It seems that this is such a big part of our culture, but what if I don’t receive any gift except “I love you” from that special loved one? Would that be enough? Of course! That, in itself, is a “special” gift.

The Word of God is filled with many scriptures regarding love. Let us examine two wonderful passages that not only talk about God’s love, but which also gives us guidelines about how we should treat one another.

I Corinthians 13:1-8; 15 (NIV):

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

“Ephesians 3:14-23 (NIV):

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, and I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

This, indeed, is what love is all about–even on Valentine’s Day.

Give someone a hug and tell them that you love them for this is truly a special gift given to each and every one of us from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blessings on you,
Yvonne

Week 5: “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews (FI Series)

Have you sought wisdom, knowledge, or hope for your current circumstances but can’t seem to find the answer(s)? Perhaps you need a change of heart and a different perspective.

In “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews, author of numerous books, including “The Traveler’s Gift” and “The Final Summit”, he introduces you to a mysterious man named “Jones” who offers wisdom and hope to many individuals who have none and who are caught up in their own demise. Jones is an old man–who appears and disappears throughout a period of time from the lives in one unsuspecting town–who has a gift for seeing people’s unfortunate situations with a “different perspective”–a broader view.

Filled with simple wisdom and hope, you can not help but examine your own heart and change your way of thinking about your own circumstances in life after reading this thought-provoking message.

Happy reading and blessings on you,
Yvonne