Fully Booked July 2017 Haul

Apparently Fully Booked is on sale for the weekend. It’s 20% off on regular items until Sunday. Perfect timing because I was already looking forward to curling up with a good book to read over the weekend. I don’t regularly go shopping for books anymore so I thought calling it my Fully Booked July 2017 Haul was appropriate!

So here’s what I got for my Fully Booked July 2017 Haul:

Fully Booked July 2017 Haul

(1) Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters and (2) The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller

I’ve actually been seeing a lot of Timothy Keller quotes online and some of them hit close to home with me. I only got to physically buy Counterfeit Gods though. I had to order online The Meaning of Marriage because they didn’t have a copy at the store.

Now, why on earth am I reading a marriage book? To be honest, it felt weird looking for the title but most of the Timothy Keller quotes I really liked were from this book. Not only that but I think it may be the season that I start praying for it. So I’m hoping I get to learn a lot of things from this book once it arrives.

(3) Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge

I was actually hoping to read Wild at Heart first but it wasn’t available either. I tried looking for it on the online site as well but with no luck. Maybe it will be in CCF’s book store! Will probably check it out on Sunday.

(4) Creativity, Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration  by  Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Moving away from the Christian books for a moment with this purchase. Truth is, I’ve been feeling pretty down i the dumps lately. Retail therapy may be a thing. I’m hoping this book takes me out of my creative slump and motivates me with work!

And that’s it!

If you’ve read any of these books let me know what you think! 🙂

I’m starting an attitude of gratitude

I’ve decided to start an attitude of gratitude. Generally, I’d like to think of myself as a grateful person but lately I found myself struggling. Waking up is hard to do and just thinking about the day ahead makes me grumpy. There are times when I feel overwhelmed with too much work. Other times, I feel unproductive. I felt stuck in a vicious cycle of routines and I was getting tired of it.

In fact, I relate to the prophet Elijah at this very moment:

while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

(1 Kings 19:4)

How many times do we feel like giving up? I’m pretty sure we’ve all been in situations like this because let’s face it, life IS tiring. So what did Elijah do?

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

(1 Kings 19:5-6)

What do we notice in the passages above?

  1. He slept. Most of the time the reason we’re too tired is because we’re not getting enough rest. And rest is valuable. It enables us to do our best, like a fully charged battery.
  2. When he woke up, he had food and water ready for him. It wasn’t a feast, but it was enough and it got him through the day.

The next day, the angel came back and he was fed again!

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

(1 Kings 19:7-8)

Isn’t it amazing how God was with him, to give him strength? We should be thankful to have such a caring Father! He provides for us and He sustains us.

And this is why I really want to start an attitude of gratitude. Sometimes we take the little things God does for us for granted. It’s because we’re always looking for the “best”. It may be the best food, best phone, best drink, best bag, best car, or whatever. But God holds a different standard of what’s best for us. The question is, are we grateful for it?

Attitude of Gratitude

I challenge you to take some time in the morning to think about three things you’re grateful for. Not only will this teach you an attitude of gratitude but it does get you in a pleasant mood for the day! Join me in trying out for the next week!

Curious about what I’m thankful for today? Here’s my list:

  1. I woke up to a gentle breeze from the electric fan today. Usually I get cranky in the morning because I get itchy from the heat (I sleep by the window). Now that the rainy season is here, I get to wake up all cozy wrapped up in a blanket.
  2. My mom wasn’t going to work today so I get to leave the house on my own time. I went from 70 minutes late yesterday to 3 minutes late today. Well, I’m still late but it’s an improvement! I was already in such a good mood that it didn’t matter.
  3. Since I knew my workload for the day, I knew I could go home early. I had already paced myself with the workload for the past few days and I’d like to think I’m going to end the week strong!

And that’s it. Simple as that. I hope you consider making your own lists in the morning.
Feel free to share them with me if you are! 🙂