"Thus says the Lord...who created you...who formed you, 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God...you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you...Fear not, for I am with you" ~ Isaiah 43:1-5
I love this Scripture for many reasons. First, God's affirming that He created me and formed me - that's a personal God talking, not a God who's far away and doesn't care about what's going on with me. Second, He's assuring me that I don't need to fear because He's redeemed me, saved me, called me, and I. AM. HIS! That's huge! I'm God's daughter! Third, He's with me - always...in the water, in the river, in the fire, in the flame. He promises they won't overwhelm me, burn me, or consume me. Why? Because He's walking before me and with me (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8)! Last, He says that I am precious, honored, and loved! What more could I want?
Last year I started journaling things I'm thankful for, based on Ann Voskamp's book "One Thousand Gifts". I ended up finding 1,142 gifts over the course of the year!! So, this year I'm going to blog each Saturday some of the things I found to be grateful/thankful for each week.
Today's post is a list of the non-fiction books I want to read this year. I don't have to be intentional about reading fiction so I'm not going to list those. My goal is to read 52 non-fiction books this year. I'm not sure if I'll accomplish that but I'm going to do my best.
"Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst
"Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly
"Because He Loves Me" by Elyse Fitzpatrick
"The Gospel Centered Woman" by Wendy Alsup
"A Praying Life" by Paul Miller
"Idol Lies" by Dee Brestin
"Behold our Sovereign God" by Mitchell Chase
"But God" by Casey, Lute
"Steadfast Heart" by Elyse Fitzpatrick
"A Scandalous Freedom" by Steve Brown
"Christ in the Chaos" by Kimm Crandall
"Unglued" by Lysa Terkeurst
"Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
"Counsel from the Cross" by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson
"Unconditional?" by Brian Zahnd
"Generous Justice" by Tim Keller
"The Transforming Power of the Gospel" by Jerry Bridges
"Holy Habits" by Marilyn Wilson
"Letters from a Skeptic" by Gregory Boyd
"Simply Homeschool" by Karen DeBeus
"Called Home" by Karen DeBeus
"Glimpses of Grace" by Gloria Furman
"The Meaning of Marriage" by Tim Keller
"The Cinderella Rule" by Bethany Jett
"When People are Big and God is Small" by Edward Welch
I'm Jen - mom to 4 munchkins (E-14, AP-10, AE-9, R-7) and wife to Mike since 1999. We live in Southwestern Virginia where we are in our 8th year of home schooling. I'm also a RN at a Maternity Care Center working postpartum and nursery.